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April 19, 2019

The second phase of voting took place yesterday across 11 states and one Union Territory in India.

Voting was held in 95 parliamentary constituencies and a voter turnout of 66% has been reported with West Bengal recording the highest voter turnout of 75.27%.

Some prominent candidates in the second phase included Union ministers Jitendra Singh, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former ministers Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi, actor-turned-politician Hema Malini from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.

Violent incidents were reported from West Bengal and Tripura where voters clashed with the police. In Jammu and Kashmir, violent clashes took place between security forces and stone pelters in Srinagar area.

A 95 year old voter reportedly died while waiting for his turn in Odisha.

States such as Tamil Nadu, Assam, Maharashtra, and Karnataka had several complaints as hundreds of electronic voting machines were found to be faulty.

Election commission ordered an investigation after some voters recorded a video inside the polling booth in Maharashtra and uploaded it on Facebook.

Social media had a lot to say about the voting.

𝕲ð-šð-•ð-™ð-† ji‏ @eartherian tweeted,One day in 5 years we vote to make a PM of India. They should also allow vote from home option, but until it is not, we have to go out and vote even if it is sun, rain or storm.

privatization=way 2 end Reservation‏ @Rameshs63714182 wrote, Replying to @ANI Voting shd be allowed till 7:30 in peaceful states then only BJP can gather middle class support specially in this hot summer season

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