Lok Sabha Election 2019: Phase 4 ends with 64% voter turnout

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Voters in the queue to cast their votes for the fourth phase of election
Voters in the queue to cast their votes for the fourth phase of election

New Delhi : India voted in the 4th phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 on Monday, registering 64% of the voter turnout. West Bengal topped the list with 76.47% voters hitting the polling stations.

In the heartland states, where the BJP had won 30 out of 32 seats in 2014, 62 per cent turnout was recorded in Rajasthan (13 seats), 53.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh (13 seats) and 65.86 per cent Madhya Pradesh (6 seats).

Though West Bengal recorded highest voter turnout, reports of clashes also came from Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Suri areas of Birbhum seat, leaving several people injured.

In Barabani, BJP MP Babul Supriyo's car was allegedly vandalised by the TMC workers outside the polling station.

An FIR was registered against Supriyo for allegedly getting into an argument with polling officials, an election official said. The ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP accused each other of intimidating voters in the state, which has seen violence in all previous three phases despite stepped up central forces deployment.

Polling was peaceful in Rajasthan and tribal areas. Nearly 52 per cent voting was recorded in Maharashtra (17 seats), 64.05 per cent Odisha (6 seats), 53.67 per cent Bihar (five seats) and 63.42 per cent Jharkhand (3 seats), according to data provided by the Election Commission till 6 PM.

Complaints of technical glitches in EVMs and VVPAT machines in some polling booths were addressed in Maharashtra, an election official said.

Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, the Khan troika of Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir, and Deepika Padukone cast their votes in Mumbai. Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, Aamir and wife Kiran Rao were among the early voters.