India voted for the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, as the biggest of the seven-phase process saw elections in 117 seats across 13 states and two Union Territories (UTs).
States like Gujarat and Kerala voted for all the seats during the third phase of voting; several others completed the election process on Tuesday.
The first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections for 91 seats was held on 11 April; the seventh and last phase will be held on 19 May. Counting for all the seats will be taken up on 23 May. Four states – Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh are also voting for their respective state assemblies.
Voting For All Seats In Gujarat, Kerala
In Gujarat, elections were held for the all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state. In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party Party (BJP) had swept all the seats. This time, the Congress hopes to put up a strong contest in nearly a dozen seats and is expecting to win several of these seats.
Elections were held for all the 20 seats in Kerala. The state has traditionally witnessed a direct contest between the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). However, the BJP has strengthened its presence significantly over the past few years and hopes to put up a good performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Karnataka has finished voting for all its Lok Sabha seats. While 14 seats saw elections in the second phase on 18 April, the rest of the seats voted on Tuesday.
In Assam, elections were held for the last four of the state’s 14 seats on Tuesday. Voting for five seats each took place in the first two phases.
As the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls came to an end, Chhattisgarh finished voting for all its 11 Lok Sabha seats. Only one seat saw elections in the first phase while voting was held in three constituencies in the second phase. Polling was held for seven seats on Tuesday.
Violence In West Bengal
Violent clashes were reported from several places in West Bengal, as the state voted for five seats on Tuesday. The first two phases of the 2-019 Lok Sabha polls had seen elections for two and three seats respectively.
Maharashtra saw elections for 14 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The state had voted for seven seats in the first phase and 10 in the second phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Uttar Pradesh voted for 10 of the state’s 80 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls third phase. Elections had been held for eight seats each in the first two phases.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the first phase of polling was held for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat from where former Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti is contesting. The seat will see two more phases of polling.
Goa voted for both its Lok Sabha seats; the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli saw elections for one Lok Sabha seat each.
Odisha, which is witnessing a high-voltage fight between the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the BJP, voted for six of the state’s 21 Lok Sabha seats. Polling took place for five seats in the second phase and four seats in the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Bihar voted for four more seats on Tuesday; elections to five seats each took place in the first two phases. The state has 40 Lok Sabha seats.