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40 percent balloting in UP

Lucknow : Voters in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise Thursday, and 40 percent balloting was recorded till afternoon, officials said.

The Election Commission said brisk polling was reported from Moradabad (42 percent), Pilibhit (40), Nagina (43) and Lakhimpur Kheri (41) till 1 p.m., while in other places voting was sluggish.

The turnout in Sambhal was 35 percent, Budayun 34 percent, Aonla 36 percent, Bareilly 38 percent and Shahjahanpur 37 percent.

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25 percent vote in Karnataka

Bangalore: About 20-25 percent of the 46 million electorate voted in the first five hours Thursday in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies across Karnataka, an official said.

"The polling percentage is between 20-25 percent with more in southern and coastal regions than in northern and central areas till 12 p.m.," Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha told IANS here.

Voting began on a brisk note in many constituencies across the old Mysore region in south and coastal areas, while it started on a dull note in northern and central areas but picked up later.

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Odisha sees 70 percent polling

Bhubaneswar: Amid stray incidents of violence, about 70 percent of the electorate Thursday cast their ballot in the second and final phase of polling for 11 Lok Sabha and 77 assembly seats in Odisha, officials said.

State chief electoral officer Mona Sharma said the voting percentage was calculated on the basis of information collected over phone and more accurate figures would emerge later.

She said polls were peaceful in all the areas, except stray incidents of rigging and disturbances.

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Over half vote for four Bengal seats

Kolkata: Amid allegations of muscle-flexing, an average 60 percent of votes were cast Thursday in the first six hours of polling covering four constituencies in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

Long queues of voters were seen in the four constituencies - Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Coochbehar - since polling began at 7 a.m., kick-starting the staggered five-phase balloting in the state, an official said.

The official said that 60 percent voting took place till 1 p.m.

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Irom Sharmila not allowed to vote in Manipur

Imphal: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law.

"Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a person confined in jail cannot vote," an Election Commission official told IANS.

"Sharmila earlier submitted an application expressing her desire to cast her vote. But we cannot entertain her prayer as per law," he said.

Admitting Delhi 'mistake', Kejriwal in dialogue with voters

By Nachiketa Desai ,

Varanasi: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who admitted he should have consulted the people before deciding to quit as Delhi chief minister, has launched a dialogue with voters here as he takes on his formidable BJP rival, prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Shortly after arriving here after an overnight train ride from Delhi Tuesdaynight, Kejriwal held a two-hour question-answer meeting with voters.

35 percent polling for Manipur's second LS seat

Imphal: About 35 percent of electors cast their ballot till Thursday noon as voting took place for the second Lok Sabha seat from Manipur, officials said.

An Election Commission official said polling took place in the Inner Manipur constituency, and no untoward incident has been reported so far.

"Balloting has been absolutely peaceful till now," he added.

About 78 percent of the total 911,000 voters in the tribal reserved Outer Manipur constituency cast their ballot April 9.

Millions vote in sixth round of Indian election

New Delhi: Millions poured into polling centres across 12 states Thursday in the sixth round of general election to pick 121 members to the Lok Sabha, officials said.

An estimated 25 percent of the 197 million people eligible to vote Thursday had exercised their franchise in the first five hours after balloting began at 7 a.m. in 225,387 centres, the Election Commission said.

The polling began on a dull note but picked up pace as the hours rolled by, officials said, barring in one of the three seats in Chhattisgarh and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Just 10 percent voting in Kashmir's Udhampur

Udhampur: Balloting was sluggish in this Lok Sabha constgituency in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, with just 10 percent votes cast in the six districts in the first two hours of polling, officials said.

While Kathua assembly segment topped the voting tally at over 17 percent till 9 a.m., Kishtwar polled the lowest with a little over seven percent votes.

Voting was dull in the three Chenab valley districts of Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda.

The other three districts - Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur - saw comparatively more voting.

Polarisation has been BJP's tool: Priya Dutt

By Anando Bhakto ,

Mumbai: Congress leader Priya Dutt has accused the BJP of polarsing the people of the country to win the general elections.

"Polarisation has always been the BJP's tool to swing votes in its favour. This time it is more high-pitched," Dutt, the incumbent MP from Mumbai North Central and from where she is re-contesting, told IANS in an interview.

She said the Congress will not counter the BJP's tactics by employing similar means.

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