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News18 Daybreak | 63% Voter Turnout Recorded in Phase 6 of Lok Sabha Polls and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

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63.48% voter turnout recorded in phase 6 as violence mars polling in WB

Phase six of the Lok Sabha elections recorded a 63% turnout in 59 seats across six state and the national capital.

BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was attacked in West Bengal and a poll officer was allegedly beaten up by an MLA of the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh during the Lok Sabha poll's sixth on Sunday.

Penultimate phase: Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven seats in Delhi.

A low turnout: Delhi's saw a dip in its turnout from 65% in 2014, despite a three-cornered contest among the BJP, Congress and AAP with several high profile candidates, while the EC also appeared disappointed at the low polling figure even after its enhanced efforts to draw the voters to polling booths.

Glitches in EVMs were reported in Delhi, and the other places where polling took place. However, poll officials said the voting machines were replaced.

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Congress’ Overseas Committee chairman Sam Pitroda raked up a controversy over his ill-perceived response to a question about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “So what,” was his comment, which drew the ire of several Congress and rival BJP leaders alike.

The Election Commission has found no violation of the poll code in Niti Aayog sharing data with the prime minister's office on places where PM Narendra Modi was set to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, the BJP on Sunday also alleged "failure" of law and order in Rajasthan in the wake of the Alwar gangrape incident and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

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Difficult bearings: Rounak Kumar Gunjan travels to Haryana’s Nuh, where several truck drivers have been rendered unemployed after the Manohar Lal Khattar government brought out a new policy.

‘Because he was a Muslim’: In Nuh, Eram Agha finds that the widows of those lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar by cow vigilantes will vote for those who gets them justice.

On Reel

Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha polls saw several politicians including Arvind Kejriwal and Priyanka Gandhi cast their votes.