Moderate polling in Phase IV

Moderate voting was witnessed across the country as many states went to polls on Thursday in the penultimate phase of Lok Sabha elections. More than a quarter of the eligible 94.6 million voters had exercised their franchise.


All polling states had an official holiday however, not as many voters came out to exercise their right as expected.


An estimated 55 per cent of total 52.75 electors exercised their franchise till 1600 hours in Punjab where the polling to four Lok Sabha seats was marred by stray incidents of violence in which six persons, including four Congress and one Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporter, were injured in the state.


Only Rajasthan (25 seats), Delhi (seven) and Haryana (10) saw polling in entire states. In Bihar, the last three of its 40 parliamentary constituencies saw voting along with four in Punjab, 18 in Uttar Pradesh and 17 seats in West Bengal.


Srinagar went to the polls in Jammu and Kashmir amid a boycott call given by the two wings of the separatist Hurriyat Conference and guerrilla groups, including those based in Pakistan.


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