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2019 LS polls, Phase 3, Feels like a holy dip at the Kumbh, says PM Modi after voting

The third phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections is covering the highest number of parliamentary seats. In this phase, 116 seats will go to polls.

All parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa and Daman and Diu will vote on April 23 in a single phase.

Here are LIVE updates:

09:45 am: Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik casts his vote at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar.

09:28 am: Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes in Ahmedabad.

09:20 am: Odisha: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote at a polling booth in Talcher.

09:10 am: Odisha: A specially-abled person casts his vote.

09:05 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and wife Anjali cast their vote at a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir school in Rajkot.

08:43 am: PM Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad: The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs.

08:35 am: After casting his vote, PM Modi said, “Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.”

08:27 am: PM Narendra Modi after casting his vote at a polling booth in Ranip, Ahmedabad.

08:25 am: PM Narendra Modi casts his vote at a polling booth in Ranip, Ahmedabad.

08:20 am: Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote at polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad; BJP President Amit Shah also present


08:15 am: 
Maharashtra: Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule along with her family casts her vote a polling station in Baramati; She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati.

07:52 am: Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar today. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.

07:35 am: Bihar: Visuals from polling booth number 151 in Supaul parliamentary constituency where voting is yet to begin, currently mock poll is underway at the polling booth after a faulty EVM was replaced.

Photo: ANI | Twitter

07:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his mother’s residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.

07:25 am: Karnataka BJP MP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghvendra casts his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura.

07:00 am: Voting begins for third phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections in 116 constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories.

In the first phase (April 11), Bihar saw the lowest voter turnout with 50 per cent while West Bengal received the highest turnout with 81 per cent.

In the second phase of polls, 68 per cent voter turnout was recorded.

The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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