Phase 4 of Lok Sabha General Elections 2019 was held on April 29, Monday. There were 72 constituencies in nine states where the voting took place. In this phase, the voting has taken place in some seats of states like Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The polling hours for most constituencies were from 7 am to 6pm, except for some sensitive regions like Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and some parts of Madhya Pradesh the voting time ended at 4pm.
Mumbaikars also got the chance to participate in the 4th phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 held on Sunday. The highlights of the Phase 4 polling day in the India’s financial capital Mumbai was worth noticing. There were 6 constituenty seats Mumbaikars voted for. Mumbai had the most high profile candidates like Milind Deora, Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt, Poonam Mahajan among the others.
The 6 constituencies of Mumbai were Mumbai North, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central and Mumbai South.
The candidates contesting from 6 constituencies of Mumbai were:
Mumbai North – Gopal Chinayya Shetty (BJP, sitting Member of Parliament (MP)) v/s Urmila Matondkar (Congress)
Mumbai North West – Gajanan Kirtikar (Shiv Sena, sitting MP) v/s Sanjay Nirupam (Congress)
Mumbai North East – Manoj Kotak (BJP) v/s Sanjay Dina Patil (Nationalist Congress Party (NCP))
Mumbai North Central – Poonam Mahajan (BJP, sitting MP) v/s Priya Dutt (Congress)
Mumbai South Central – Rahul Shewale (Shiv Sena, sitting MP) v/s Eknath Gaikwad (Congress)
Mumbai South – Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena, sitting MP) v/s Milind Murli Deora (Congress)
Mumbai being a home to Bollywood Celebrities, Politicians, Cricketers and several Business tycoons, had a greater coverage across all the news channels on the polling day.
Bollywood actors like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri Khan, Paresh Rawal, Amitabh Bachchan with family Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Urmila Matondkar who herself is the candidate, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Director Mahesh Bhatt, Aamir Khan with wife Kiran, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with his family, Director David Dhawan and Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, John Abrahim with wife, Sanjay Dutt and wife Maanyata etc. voted for their respective candidates.
Politicians like NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, President of Yuva Sena Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray, President of Mumbai Congress Milind Deora (Candidate from Mumbai South), Sitting MP Poonam Mahajan (Candidate from Mumbai North Central), Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, BJP President for Mumbai Aashish Shelar, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, Business tycoon Anil Ambani, Chairman of Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister Smriti Irani, etc. also participated in the fourth phase of general election.
These Bollywood Celebrities, political leaders, Business tycoons not only voted in their respective polling booths but also articulated the importance of voting and encouraged voters to vote on social media.
“I have voted…. have u? #VoteKarMumbai,” tweeted actor Salman Khan, reminding Mumbaikars to vote.
“Nothing feels better than making a contribution towards your country and carrying out your civic duty of Casting a Vote. Do your duty,” tweeted Actor-Politician Urmila Matondkar expressing her feeling post casting her vote.
“I voted for a strong, inclusive & developed India. I voted for a New India! Have you? Thumbs up to all Mumbaikars who are out there to vote today! #MumbaikarVoteKar,” tweeted Politician Poonam Mahajan showing her inked finger in a boomerang video.
“ये मौक़ा अब सीधे पाँच साल बाद आएगा! इसलिए पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान! वक़्त ज़ाया मत कर, मुंबईकर वोट कर! #MumbaikarVoteKar #IndiaVotesForNaMo,” added Poonam Mahajan in another tweet urging voters to vote by making them realise that this opportunity to vote will directly come after five years.
“Mumbaikar, vote kar! Just voted for a candidate with a clean image and a vision for Mumbai Did you?” tweets Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora.
“Casted my vote.. exercised my democratic right.. Did you? Every vote matters.. Please vote.. #Election2019 #LokSabhaEelctions2019 #MumbaikarVoteKar #MumbaiVotes #MumbaiVotesForNation @BJP4India @bjpmumbai,” tweeted by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, posting a picture showing him with his wife and Aashish Shelar with their inked fingers.
“This is the moment that matters…. Every vote is a voice that counts. #LokSabhaElections2019,” tweeted actress Priyanka Chopra
“The dominant emotion in my mind is one of gratitude. It’s a privilege to have been born & lived in a democratic nation. Not everyone on this planet enjoys that freedom. Please do vote today. You will be exercising your right, but also expressing your gratitude,” tweeted by Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group, expressing his gratitude towards the democratic nation India and requesting people to vote.
“I exercised my right and my duty as a citizen. Vote for a progressive, developed and united India. Do come out in large numbers and turn our dream into a reality,” tweeted by Congress Leader Priya Dutt, posting pictures with her husband showing their inked fingers.
The 2 hourly reports showing the provisional voter turnout in Mumbai are as follows:
The final report of voters’ turnout for Mumbai is:
Mumbai North – 57.27%
Mumbai North West – 53.12%
Mumbai North East – 55.35%
Mumbai North Central – 54.05%
Mumbai South Central – 53.61%
Mumbai South – 50.34%
2 hourly report of 5 pm:
Mumbai North: 44.6%
Mumbai North West: 40.5%
Mumbai North East 41%
Mumbai North Central: 38.1%
Mumbai South Central: 42.2%
Mumbai South: 41.2%
2 hourly report of 3 pm:
Mumbai North: 44.6 %
Mumbai North West: 40.5%
Mumbai North East: 43.1%
Mumbai North-Central: 39.8%
Mumbai South-Central: 41%
Mumbai South: 38.7%
2 hourly report of 1 pm:
Mumbai North: 32.93%
Mumbai North West: 29.87%
Mumbai North East: 32.37%
Mumbai North Central: 28.59%
Mumbai South Central: 30.02%
Mumbai South: 28.23%
2 hourly report of 9 am:
Mumbai North: 7.85%
Mumbai North West: 6.90%
Mumbai North East: 7.00%
Mumbai North Central: 5.98%
Mumbai South Central: 6.45%
Mumbai South: 5.91%
Even though almost all the rich business tycoons, rich and prominent politicians, Bollywood actors are reigns of India’s financial capital, Mumbaikars are seemingly failing to break the record of low voter turnout. Voting in Mumbai and surrounding areas like Palghar, Thane, Kalyan have considerably low voters’ turnout in Lok Sabha General Election 2019, too.
Meanwhile, a voter turnout of 62.93% was recorded in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls according to the Election Commission. Voting was held in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states in this phase.
Nearly 66% turnout was recorded in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls in which voting was held in 116 seats. In the first two phases, polling was conducted in 91 and 95 seats on April 11 and April 18 respectively.
Election to 543 seats across the country is being held in seven phases. The seventh and the last phase of voting will be on May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
The poll percentage in Bihar was 59.02%, 9.79% in Jammu and Kashmir, 68.02% in Madhya Pradesh, 55.86% in Maharashtra, 64.05% in Odisha, 67.76% in Rajasthan, 58.49% in Uttar Pradesh, and 76.66% in West Bengal, 64.37% in Jharkhand.
These Polling percentages mentioned above are according to the Voter Turnout App, the data produced is the estimated voters’ turnout.