Polling in Uttar Pradesh for 11 Lok Sabha seats began Thursday, officials said.
Over 18 million electorate is eligible to vote at 18,910 polling booths. A total of 150 candidates are in the fray.
Nearly 77,000 poll officials have been tasked with the job of holding the polls in the second phase of polling in the state.
Polling in the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies will be completed in six phases, which includes the first phase April 10. The remaining phases are April 17, 24, 30 and May 7 and 12.
The first phase of polling, where balloting took place in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, saw a voter turnout of 64.96 percent.
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Polling for West Bengal's four Lok Sabha seats and two state assembly seats began Thursday, officials said.
Voters were seen queuing up at the 7,443 polling stations early in the morning.
Balloting for the Lok Sabha seats and the assembly seats is being held simultaneously.
A total 6,023,258 electorate, including 2,900,024 women, are eligible to vote.
As many as 47 candidates are in the fray for the four Lok Sabha seats.
This is the first round of polling in the state.
Election in West Bengal is being held in five phases - April 17, 24, 30 and May 7 and 12.
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VALENCIA Spain (Reuters) - Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday.
Imphal, April 17: Polling began in Manipur for the second and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in the Inner Manipur constituency today. Among the eight candidates contesting, prominent ones were sitting Congress MP Th Meinya, former Manipur University Professor
Kolkata, April 17: The first of the five-phase Lok Sabha poll in West Bengal began today in four constituencies of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. Of the 47 candidates, including three women, four each were from Trinamool Congress, Congress,
Bangalore, April 17: Single-phase polling for 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka began this morning to decide the fortunes of 435 candidates in a close fight between the ruling Congress and BJP. Nearly 85,000 security personnel
With 121 seats across 12 states voting in fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, India is witnessing the biggest round of electoral exercise on April 17. With this phase the voting will cross the half-way mark in terms of seats in more than a month-long exercise. More than 25 bigwigs are trying their luck in Thursday's fifth phase of polling.
Voting in Maharasthra in the crucial fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections has begun. Nineteen seats are going for elections in this phase where Congress has 6 sitting MPs, BJP 2, Shiv Sena 4, NCP 3 and SWP 1. There is also an independent MP.
Udhampur, April 17: Voting for the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir began Thursday, poll officials said.A total 1.41 million people are eligible to elect their representative from among 13 candidates.IANS
Mumbai, April 17: Voting for 19 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra began Thursday at 7 a.m, officials said. Over 32 million electorate, which includes over 15 million women, are eligible to vote.As many as 358 candidates are in the fray in the second round of polling in the state.IANS
The fourth day of Virasat Pune Heritage Festival had a variety of events including 'Discover Art of Paper-Making' by Papertells at Handmade Paper Institute, 'Preserving Cinema'- the campus tour of the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) and 'Know Your Coins'- coins and currency identification activity. Visiting Handmade Paper Institute and knowing about the beautiful art of paper-making was wonderful experience for the participants including school children. At the campus tour of NFAI, visitors got an opportunity to learn about the art of preserving cinema. Film Preservation Officer at NFAI, Kiran Dhiwar, gave information about the institute that helps in preserving the heritage of cinema. He explained about the techniques of preserving the perishable product like film-prints, film restoration and so on. The interesting fact he shared was that lot of unclaimed film prints are lying with NFAI which was given by the Railway Department. While taking a glimpse of the rich collection of NFAI library and documentation room, one of the participants Jacky Mirchandani became emotional as he had acted in a film 'Aaghosh' screened in 1953.
Day 5 Highlights
'INTACH Heritage Walk: Nadi Kathche Pune (River-side Pune)' Starting at Savarkar Smarak, Deccan corner. (8 am - 11 am)
'An Introduction to G K Gokhale's Life & Works', a campus tour at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. (4 pm -5 pm)
'An Innovative Introduction to Marathi Theatre', a drama workshop. (6 pm - 8 pm)
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Pune: Former Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol seems to be following in the footsteps of former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh. He was seen busily campaigning for Congress candidate Kallappanna Awade, who is contesting from Hatkanangale constituency in Kolhapur district.
After his sudden appointment as the additional director general (MAHADISCOM), Pol had applied for voluntary retirement leading to a buzz among senior police officers that Pol may enter politics in the near future.
Speaking to dna, Pol has confirmed that his voluntary retirement has been sanctioned. He said, “On April 1, I received a communique from the government, and now I have officially retired from the police force.”
The top brass officers said that Pol is close to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and an Ajit Pawar loyalist. The appointment of Pol as Pune’s first non-IPS officer for the post of commissioner was made by the NCP in 2012. A senior officer on condition of anonymity told dna, “Pol is likely to contest the upcoming assembly elections from his taluka in Satara district.” To this, Pol said, “I have retired from the force, and I am a farmer now. Presently, I am focusing on my farming and my priority will be the same in future.”
However, two weeks ago Pol had attended an election rally of Awade at Wadagaon in Hatkanangale. Pol shared stage with the Congress politicians of Kolhapur district. On being quizzed over it, Pol preferred to keep mum.
Apart from Kolhapur, Pol was also seen with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders in Solapur last week, and was busy in election rallies as well.
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Pune: Dubbing MNS candidate Deepak Paygude’s agitation as political stunt, Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam on Wednesday said that MNS was trying to vitiate the pre-poll atmosphere through criminals, and Punekars would not fall prey to this conspiracy. Expressing confidence of his victory, Kadam said that he was born and brought-up in Pune and has spent 30 years in the city. At a press conference held at his residence, he said that neither Congress, nor NCP, or any of the alliance parties have criticised the opposition candidates during their campaigning or used abusive language. He said that both BJP and MNS fear defeat in the elections and that is the reason they are resorting to such election gimmicks.
Kadam said that it was unfortunate how MNS party workers beat up Bharati Vidyapeeth employees. Kadam claimed that the three did not violate any code of conduct, nor they were involved in any unlawful activities. He said that after they were discussing about the election at a hotel on Tuesday afternoon, they were suddenly cornered by MNS activists and beaten up. Kadam raised questions about the trio being taken to the MNS party office instead of the police station. Kadam alleged that the footage released by MNS activists to the media clearly shows two criminals on police records being involved in the hassle with the three detained Bharati Vidyapeeth employees. He pointed out that of these two criminals, one is Lahu Mane and the other is Prakash Pawar. Kadam told the media that Lahu Mane has been externed by police but still found he was in the city, while Pawar has many offences registered against him, including a rape case.
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