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Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

LIVE| 'It was Congress who made the rockets which PM Modi sent to the moon': Rahul Gandhi

PM Narendra Modi addressed a poll rally in Jharkhand's Dhanbad. Here are the live updates

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Dec 12, 2019 15:12 IST
LIVE| 'It was Congress who made the rockets which PM Modi sent to the moon': Rahul Gandhi
PM Modi in Jharkhand's Dhanbad

Voting in 17 assembly constituencies in the third phase of the five-phase Jharkhand polls is underway. Security in the state has been heightened as over five million people are set to cast their vote on Thursday. Voting in the third phase will decide the fate of 309 candidates in poll fray.

Heavy security has been deployed across 12 constituencies that are stated to be under the influence of left-wing extremism (LWE).

There are 7,016 polling booths across the 17 constituencies in eight districts. Of them 1,008 stations have been hyper-LWE sensitive, while 543 polling stations are LWE sensitive.

Follow Phase 3 Jharkhand poll live updates here

03:11 PM IST

'Ensure the coalition wins': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi says if the PM stands for development then why is he not criticizing the CM Raghubar Das who has not been able to take Jharkhand to new heights as he had promised.

03:10 PM IST

'It is not 'Make in India' anymore, it is 'Rape in India' now': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi says PM Modi did not say a word when a woman was raped and later an attempt to murder her allegedly by a BJP MP. He said the nation should save its daughters from 'BJP's certain lawmakers'.

03:07 PM IST

'Rahul Gandhi always stands for the farmers': Rahul Gandhi at Sahibganj

Rahul Gandhi, Congress' Wayanad MP, says PM Modi has sent rockets to the moon but could not provide clean water to the people, and aid to the farmers.'

01:57 PM IST

45% voter turnout till 1 pm

Till 1 pm, 45.14% voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of polling in Jharkhand where 17 out of 81 assembly constituencies have gone to polls today.

01:46 PM IST

Don't be misled: PM Modi on unrest in Northeast over citizenship bill

The Prime Minister assured the Northeast states that their traditions, culture, language, etc will not be affected at all with the passage of citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha.

"The Centre will work with state governments for development of the states. Don't be misled," he said.

01:32 PM IST

PM Modi slams Congress over Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

PM Modi addressed a rally in Jharkhand's Dhanbad where he said, "Congress deliberately kept Ram Janmabhoomi dispute hanging for decades, national interest is secondary for them."

"Despite ruling the country for so long, Congress has always avoided taking tough decisions," he added, reported news agency PTI.

01:27 PM IST

People trust BJP as it fulfils its promises: PM Modi

At a poll rally in Jharkhand's Dhanbad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "people trust BJP as it fulfils its promises."

He assured the people that Jal-jeevan mission of BJP-led central govt will end water crisis faced by mothers and sisters.

09:32 AM IST

13.05% voter turnout till 9 am

Till 9 am, 13.05% voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of voting in Jharkhand polls.

09:08 AM IST

BJP MP Jayant Sinha at polling booth in Hazaribagh

Former Union and BJP MP Jayant Sinha was seen at a polling booth in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh to cast his vote. Polling is underway in 17 constituencies in the state for the third phase of elections.

<p>BJP MP Jayant Sinha at polling booth in Hazaribagh</p>
08:30 AM IST

Queues outside polling booths to cast vote

People queued up at a polling station in Jharkhand's Bokaro to cast their votes during the third phase of voting for assembly elections.

<p>Queues outside polling booths to cast vote </p>
08:02 AM IST

Higher voter turnout expected in third phase

Poll panels are expecting a higher voter turnout in the third phase of Jharkhand polls. 64.22% voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of voting while it stood at 65.15% in the second phase. To attract the maximum number of voters, the Election Commission has declared 329 polling stations as model booths, of which 44 would be operated by women.

Early today, the Prime Minister also urged voters, especially the youth, to turn up in large numbers for voting.

07:50 AM IST

91 candidates with criminal charges contesting polls

Of the total 309 candidates on poll fray in the third phase of Jharkhand assembly election, 91 candidates have criminal charges against them while 62 of them have serious criminal cases against them, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR).

07:36 AM IST

BJP contesting on 16 seats

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting on 16 out 17 of assembly seats in Jharkhand that going to polls today. In the 2014 assembly elections, BJP had won on nine constituencies.

07:15 AM IST

309 candidates in poll fray

A total of 309 candidates, including 32 women, are contesting from 17 assembly seats. Besides, two Cabinet ministers, seven other sitting legislators — JP Yadav, Manish Jaiswal, Rajkumar Yadav, Yogeshwar Mahto, Sadhucharan Mahto, Ramkumar Pahan and Naveen Jaiswal — are also fighting to retain their seats.

07:09 AM IST

PM Modi urges voters to turn up in large numbers

Minutes before voting in Jharkhand 17 seats began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "the third phase of Jharkhand polls will take place today.

Urging all those whose seats go to the polls today to vote in large numbers. I particularly urge my young friends to vote."

First published: Dec 12, 2019 06:43 IST