66% Voting In Phase 2, Amid Faulty EVM Reports

66% Voting In Phase 2, Amid Faulty EVM Reports

All You Need To Know About Lok Sabha Elections Phase 2 

New Delhi: The second phase of elections saw 66 per cent polling took place. In Bengal and Tripura candidates came under attack and voters clashed with the police, alleging that they were not allowed to vote. While the polling in Tamil Nadu, where election in one of the 39 Lok Sabha seats was cancelled following cash-for-vote allegations was peaceful. The election, held simultaneously with by-polls on 18 assembly seats that would decide the fate of the AIADMK government, was preceded by multiple raids involving huge amounts of cash. 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one in the Union Territory of Puducherry voted in this round, which featured four union ministers and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. The counting of votes for the seven-phase election, will be held on May 23.

In Bengal, where polling was being held in three seats, stones were thrown at the car of CPM candidate Mohammad Salim, as he was on way to cast his vote in Raigunj constituency. In two of the three constituencies, the police used batons and tear gas on voters, who had blocked two national highways, claiming they were not allowed to vote.
In Tripura's Khowai district, Congress's Lok Sabha candidate and erstwhile royal Pragya Dev Burman came under attack. Stones were thrown at her convoy, for which a supporter of the ruling IPFT has been arrested. The area is part of the Tripura East constituency, where election was postponed in view of the security situation.
Complaints of faulty voting machines came from in Assam, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a number of Union ministers campaigned heavily for this phase, which saw many controversial speeches. Four top faces, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan, were temporarily banned from campaigning.
Besides Tamil Nadu, polling was held on 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.
The by-elections on the 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu will decide the fate of the AIADMK government led by E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. The 234-member assembly has 22 vacancies, 18 of them due to disqualification of rebel lawmakers who have joined the team of TTV Dhinakaran. The AIADMK, which has 114 seats including the Speaker, needs 5 seats to retain majority.
Among the VIP candidates in fray today were Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former ministers Dayanidhi Maran and A Raja, and DMK leader Kanimozhi were also among today's candidates. Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was the star candidate from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
In Odisha, Lok Sabha and assembly elections were held simultaneously in four phases. Among today's contestants were Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who is seeking a fifth term. He is contesting from his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in Bargarh.
Polling in Tamil Nadu's Vellore seat was cancelled after the recovery of a huge amount of cash from alleged associates of DMK candidate Kathir Anand, the son of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan. On March 30, tax officials seized Rs. 10.5 lakh from Durai Murugan's residence. Two days later, they claimed to have seized Rs. 11.53 crore from a godown belonging to an associate of the leader.
Over the last weeks, Tamil Nadu witnessed multiple raids in which nearly Rs. 500 crore in cash and gold has been seized. On Wednesday, unaccounted cash worth Rs. 1.48 crore was seized during raids on a party colleague of TTV Dhinakaran. Last year, Mr Dhinakaran broke away from the ruling AIADMK to form his own party, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam.