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Phase 4 voter participation is 67.2%; nevertheless, violence disrupts voting in Andhra, West Bengal

During the fourth round of voting for the Lok Sabha elections on 96 seats in 10 states and the Union Territory on Monday, there were reports of isolated violent events in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. According to preliminary estimates given by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the voter participation was 67.25 percent at 8 p.m. There were 1,717 contenders competing in this round. In Telangana, a poll worker tragically passed away while doing their duties.

There are currently 379 seats and 23 states with completed elections after the conclusion of the fourth round of voting. Additionally concluded are the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. With 37.98% of voters casting ballots in the fourth round, Srinagar’s lone seat had the lowest participation. The election was held on Monday. It was Srinagar’s largest attendance in decades, according to the ECI. It was 14.43 percent in 2019.

With eight seats holding voting, West Bengal had the highest turnout, at 78.37 percent. With turnouts of 59.64 percent in Maharashtra, 58.05 percent in Uttar Pradesh, and 57.06 percent in Bihar, the numbers were on the lower end.

In the fourth phase, votes were cast concurrently for all 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh. There were also elections for Telangana’s 17 Lok Sabha seats.

In addition, this phase marked the start of voting for the 147 Assembly seats and the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha. Voting on Monday was conducted for 28 Assembly seats and four Lok Sabha seats in the state. There will be four stages of voting for the Odisha Lok Sabha and Assembly seats till June 1.

The fourth round of voting has concluded in 23 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.

Eight West Bengal seats, including Baharampur, where Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is running, Krishnanagar, where TMC leader Mahua Moitra is running, and Asansol, where actor Shatrughan Sinha is making a run, were marred by violent incidents during the polling process.

Political parties have submitted 1,088 complaints about supposed EVM malfunctions and about operatives being prevented from accessing booths, despite the ECI’s assurance that the vote was peaceful.

Conflicts between BJP and governing Trinamool Congress workers occurred in a few places inside the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat. Following several concerns, BJP candidate Dilip Ghosh encountered protests outside Kalna Gate as he was making his way to a polling station. Supporters of Trinamool led a protest waving “go back” placards as they obstructed his path. Additionally, it is said that stones were hurled at the BJP leader’s motorcade, damaging a few vehicles.

When stones were thrown at Ghosh’s vehicle, a security guard was hit in the head by one of the stones. According to accounts, the altercation resulted in a strike to the leg of a television station cameraperson.

On Monday, K Madhavi Latha, the BJP candidate for the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat, was arrested by the police after the release of a video clip in which she was allegedly heard requesting Muslim women voters wearing burqas to reveal their faces so that their picture identification cards could be verified.

CEO of Andhra Pradesh Mukesh Kumar Meena requested that complaints be filed with the police against those who are using violence and interfering with the election process.

According to reports, the ECI in Punganuru suspended a sub-inspector for releasing people who engaged in violent behavior.

Following the start of voting at seven in the morning, some violent occurrences were reported from a number of Andhra Pradesh Assembly seats. An YSRCP election worker was reportedly stabbed at a booth in the Chittoor district’s Mandi Krishnapuram.

Bengal tops the rankings with 78.37%; complaints about EVM bugs

In this round, 1,717 applicants were competing.
23 states have finished their polls.
Phase-4 turnout in the assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Andhra, and West Bengal is the highest at 78.37%.
1,088 reports of EVM malfunction and agents being prevented from accessing booths were received in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, respectively, with voting percentages of 59.64%, 58.05%, and 57.06%.
Telangana poll worker dies while on duty; fifth phase on May 20

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