New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Kerala continued to witness heavy polling in the crucial assembly elections on Tuesday with over 69 per cent of voters have already cast their franchise to elect representatives in 140 constituencies. According to Election Commission figures, a total of 69.95 per cent of the total votes were polled till 5.45 pm. As many as 66.32 per cent men, 65.56 per cent women and 31.48 transgenders cast their vote by the time.

Puducherry witnessed a voter turnout of 77.90 per cent till 5:45 pm across 30 constituencies. The Yanam constituency --72.34 per cent-- records the highest voting percentage, while the Mahe constituency --57.52 per cent-- witnessed the lowest voting percentage. Tamil Nadu registered a voter turnout of 64.28 per cent till 5:45 pm in the state assembly polls. As per the EC, the highest voter turnout was seen at Namakkal and Karur with 64.78 per cent and 64.52 per cent respectively. Chennai has reported the lowest turnout so far, with 39.23 per cent.

Meanwhile, 77.68 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5:45 pm in 31 seats across West Bengal where polling is underway for the third phase of Assembly Elections today. Sporadic violence was also reported and some candidates were attacked during the polling in the state. Assam registered a voter turnout of 78.94 per cent till 5:45 pm on Tuesday in the Assembly elections. South Salmara registered the highest voter turnout with 76.25 per cent polling, while Bajali witnessed the lowest voter turnout with 54.55 per cent polling.

Here are the highlights of Assembly Elections 2021:

8:33 pm: Voter Turnout (as per Voter Turnout app)

Assam - 82.33%, Kerala - 70.54%, Puducherry - 81.55%, Tamil Nadu - 65.99%, West Bengal - 77.68%

8:30 pm: Polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and for Phase three Assembly Constituencies in Assam and West Bengal conducted peacefully. Voting held in 1.5 lakh Polling Stations across 475 Assembly Constituencies: Election Commission of India

5:45 pm: 

Voter turnout till 5:45 pm

Assam: 78.94 per cent

Kerala: 69.95 per cent

Puducherry: 77.90 per cent

Tamil Nadu: 64.28 per cent

West Bengal: 77.68 per cent

5:25 pm: Assam: Voters queue at a polling booth in Guwahati. Voting for the third and final phase of Assembly elections is underway.

5:00 pm: West Bengal: Many voters at a polling booth in Diamond Harbour constituency claimed that TMC workers didn't let them vote. "Officials came here but didn't facilitate voting for us," said a woman, earlier today.

4:45 pm: Disappointed over her defeat, Didi (Mamata Banerjee) is abusing me. People of West Bengal are disheartened with her attitude. Country & World are discussing what kind of West Bengal's image Didi is presenting: PM Modi in Howrah

4:25 pm: Tape revealing Trinamool's syndicate is discussed in the country. How a construction syndicate developed from New Town. The whole country listened to how 'Bhaipo service tax' made things miserable in many cities of West Bengal including Howrah: PM Modi in Howrah

4:10 pm: 

4:00 pm: Tamil Nadu: AIADMK's Babu Murugavel filed a complaint against DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin for wearing a shirt with party logo while casting his vote earlier today.

3:30 pm: The opposition has no face in Assam. People are giving their mandate to NDA. UPPL & BJP will win all 8 seats of Phase 3 polls: Pramod Boro, Chief Executive Member, Bodoland Territorial Region

3:15 pm: West Bengal: Media persons and volunteers alleged that they were pushed out by security personnel from the premises of a polling booth in Tarakeswar, Hooghly

3:00 pm: There is an accusation that a senior police officer is cutting TMC voters here. They've hit many people & abused women with an idea to ensure that people must leave. I find it objectionable that there are West Bengal Police personnel without any name tags: Swapan Das Gupta, BJP

2:30 pm: In West Bengal, admn conducts polls in favour of ruling party. That's why, in last Panchayat polls in West Bengal, 34% of voters couldn't vote. It resulted in an unopposed victory of ruling party on 20,000 seats: AR Chowdhary, Congress on EVMs & VVPAT found at TMC leader's house

2:15 pm: Visually challenged voters cast their votes at a polling station in Tamil Nadu's Trichy.

2:00 pm: You are called upon to apprehend the goons of BJP, ensure that no corrupt practices take place, ensure the safety of our workers/members, ensure that polls are conducted freely & fairly: TMC's Derek O'Brien writes to EC

1:50 pm: Goons of BJP attacked TMC candidate Sujata Mondal at Arandi-I booth no.263 Mahallapara. Her personal security officer has suffered injuries on head & is in critical state. CRPF personnel were silent spectators: TMC's Derek O'Brien to EC

1:42 pm: Union Minister V Muraleedharan casts vote at Kottaram booth in Ulloor, Thiruvananthapuram. "This poll is going to create a sort of milestone in political history of Kerala. People will express their dissatisfaction & reject both UDF & LDF alliances," he says

1:35 pm: Actor Mammootty cast his vote for #KeralaElections2021 at a polling booth in Ponnurunni, Ernakulam. 

1:25 pm: Voter turnout in #AssemblyElections2021 till 1 pm: Assam 53.23%, Kerala 47.28%, Puducherry 53.76%, Tamil Nadu 39.00% and West Bengal 53.89%

1:10 pm: 

1:00 pm: Recently, you (Mamata Banerjee) appealed for Muslim unity & said their votes should not divide. It shows that Muslim vote bank, which you considered as your strength, has slipped out of our hands. It shows that you have lost the poll: PM Modi in Cooch Behar, West Bengal

12:50 pm: WB | Asst Sector Officers of Sec 17, 177-Uluberia North Assembly Constituency, Tapan Kumar Sarkar, Sanjib Majumdar, Mithun Chakraborty suspended for gross violation of ECI guidelines by taking reserve EVMs to their relatives' house on 5 Apr: DM & Dist Election Officer, Howrah

12:45 pm: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief Vaiko casts his vote at Kalingapatty

12:30 pm: Voter turnout in #AssemblyElections2021 till 12 pm: Assam 33.18%, Kerala 31.62%, Puducherry 35.71%, Tamil Nadu 22.92% and West Bengal 34.71%

12:20 pm: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala "The turnout has been pretty high by 10 am, already 20% , which is unusual for Kerala. As a general rule, when the turnout is high, the UDF will prevail", he says. 

12:00 pm: WB: Clash erupts b/w TMC & BJP supporters in Arambag, as voting in assembly elections is underway In Arandi-I area here, we've minority, SC voters who love Mamata Banerjee. Goons of BJP threatened & tortured women voters last night: Sujata Mondal, TMC candidate from Arambagh

11:52 am: There're 40 seats in this phase, we are expecting to win on 22 of them, number can be higher. This elections we will win more seats. Last time we had won 84 seats, we are expecting at least 90 seats this time: Assam Minister & BJP candidate Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari

11:45 am: Congress leader AK Antony cast his vote at Government High School, Jagathy in Thiruvananthapuram earlier today.

11:40 am: State Police is not influencing Quick Response Teams, they are moving independently. Elections are being conducted in a free and fair manner: Santanu Sen, SDPO, Diamond Harbour, South 24 Paraganas

11:30 am:

10:50 am: ITBP jawans guarding polling booths in Dakshin Barasat, South 24 Parganas during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections

10:46 am: It's more serious because today is voting. EC has taken action not to use those machines & suspend the officer. But this may be a bigger thing than it seems. So we demand that there should be full inquiry of these VVPATs & EVMs found in his house: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

10:45 am: Today is 3rd phase of polling in WB & yet another TMC attempt has been exposed. Last night in Uluberia, from the residence of TMC leader Gautam Ghosh, 4 VVPATs & EVMs were found & confiscated. Machines were brought by car which was on election duty: Union Min Prakash Javadekar

10:40 am; West Bengal | The officers of Ashighar Police outpost under Siliguri Metropolitan Police (SMP) recovered two crude bombs from a grocery shop at Ashighar, last night. The police have arrested five persons in this connection.

10:35 am: We have found people from DMK distributing money to voters. We have complained to the Election Commission. DMK would want to win by hook or by crook: Khushbu Sundar, BJP candidate from Thousand Lights Assembly constituency, Chennai

10:30 am: Situation is fine at many places but not okay where we're strong. At booth 45, people voted for TMC but it's going to BJP. In Arandi-ii, our workers were beaten. Central Forces are also not neutral.They're telling people to vote for BJP: Sujata Mondal, TMC candidate from Arambagh

10:20 am: Congress leader Karti Chidambaram casts his vote at polling booth number 276 in Tiruppathur, Sivaganga district

10:15 am: Governor of Telangana and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan cast her vote at a polling station in Virugambakkam, Chennai

10:10 am: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja cast her vote in Kannur, today The COVID19 mortality rate in Kerala is 0.4%. We brought many social welfare measures during COVID19. People are seeing all this and they will vote for us," she said

10:00 am: Actor Ajith Kumar and his wife Shalini arrive at a polling booth in Thiruvanmiyur to cast their votes. 

9:50 am: Tamil Nadu: Actor Vijay arrived to cast his vote at Vels International Pre School, Neelankarai in Chennai.

9:45 am: 13.80% voter turnout recorded till 9 am in the State: Satyabrata Sahoo, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer

9:42 am: Kerala BJP President K Surendran and his family cast their votes in Modakkallur, Kozhikode

9:38 am: I had received information that ISF workers were hurling bombs at a polling booth in Satsa. I have informed the Police & complained to the Election Commission. I will go to that polling booth: Saokat Molla, TMC MLA

9:33 am: Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam casts his vote in Periyakulam. "All NDA candidates will win. AIADMK is going to form the government for the third consecutive time," he says

9:30 am: Voter turnout in assembly elections till 9.22 am: Kerala- 9.64%, Tamil Nadu - 1.24%, Puducherry - 4.92%, West Bengal - 10.25% and Assam - 10.89%

9:24 am: TMC goons are not allowing people to cast their votes at booth no. 180, 143 Dagira Baduldanga. I have complained to the Election Commission officials: Dipak Haldar, BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas

9:20 am: All allegations (by BJP) are false. When a party weakens, it gives baseless statements. It is they who facilitate hooliganism, they bring money & people from outside. Whatever they say is a lie. Voters in South 24 Parganas is with TMC & Mamata Banerjee: Saokat Molla, TMC MLA

9:15 am: Thermal scanning of voters being done, hand sanitiser and hand gloves being provided to them as they stand in a queue to cast their vote for the third phase of #WestBengalPolls. Visuals from a polling station in Uttar Moukhali Junior High Madrasa in Canning Purba constituency.

9:10 am: Former Puducherry CM and Congress leader V.Narayanasamy casts his vote in Puducherry assembly elections

9:05 am: The next course of action is to educate people about this cash distribution, how disastrous it is for their lives and democracy. The money dolling out politicians put the blame on the people. This is a vicious circle and we are trying to make it virtuous: Kamal Haasan

9:00 am: General Observer Neeraj Pawan has checked the intactness of all seals. These EVMs have now been stored in a separate room in Observer's custody: Election Commission of India

8:50 am:  Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala casts his vote at booth number 51A in Haripad, Kerala. 

8:45 am: The Sector Police attached to Sector Officer has also been directed to be suspended. The said EVM and VVPAT have been taken out of the stock and shall not be used in the polls: Election Commission of India

8:40 am: Tapan Sarkar, sector officer of Sector 17 in AC 177 Uluberia Uttar at Howrah district, went with Reserve EVM and slept at a relative’s house. This is a gross violation of EC’s instructions for which he has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment: EC

8:35 am: Sector Officer has been suspended. It was a reserved EVM that has been removed from the election process. Severe action will be taken against all involved: Election Commission of India (ECI) EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of a TMC leader in Uluberia, West Bengal

8;30 am; Chennai: DMK President MK Stalin cast his vote at Siet College, Teynampet He was accompanied by his wife Durga and son Udhayanidhi Stalin

8;25 am; Polling has now begun at booth number 129 of AC 200 in Arambag, Hooghly.

8;20 am: NR Congress chief N Rangaswamy casts his vote at Govt Boys Middle School in Thilaspet.

8:15 am: BJP Puducherry President and candidate from Lawspet constituency, V.Saminathan casts his vote

8:10 am: Kannur: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan arrives at a polling booth in Pinarayi to cast his vote

8:05 am: West Bengal: BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas, Dipak Haldar casts his vote at Abdalpur F P Primary School in the district

8:00 am: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan casts his vote at Chennai High School, Teynampet in Chennai. He is also contesting #TamilNaduElections from Coimbatore South assembly constituency.

7:55 am: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram casts vote in polling booth Chittal Achi Memorial High School in Kandanur, Sivaganga district "Our secular progressive alliance is all set for a landslide victory as people of Tamil Nadu want a change," he says

7:50 am: Chennai: Actor Rajinikanth casts vote at a polling booth in Stella Maris of Thousand Lights constituency

7:40 am: Tamil Nadu: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan, his daughters Shruti Haasan & Akshara Haasan stand in a queue as they await their turn to cast vote. Visuals from Chennai High School, Teynampet in Chennai.

7:30 am: West Bengal: Polling yet to begin at booth number 129 of AC 200 in Arambag, Hooghly. Voters continue to stand in a queue.

7:20 am: Metro Man' E Sreedharan casts vote at a polling booth in Ponnani

7:10 am: It is new experience but I'm quietly confident. I don't necessarily have to show my confidence. In terms of support I've got from people, I think I'll win: Swapan Dasgupta, BJP candidate from Tarakeshwar. He tendered his resignation as Rajya Sabha MP last month

7:00 am: Voting for the final phase of polling in Assam and third phase in West Bengal, begins. Voting also begins for the single-phase polling in Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.

6:55 am: West Bengal to vote today in the third-phase of #AssemblyElections2021. Mock poll underway in the polling booth at Abdalpur FP Primary School in Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas district

6:50 am: Voting for the single-phase #KeralaElections to begin shortly. Visuals from inside a polling station in Pinarayi village in the Kannur district

6:45 am: Chennai: Preparations underway at DG Vaishnav College in Anna Nagar constituency, ahead of voting for the single-phase of #TamilNaduElections today

6:40 am: Puducherry to vote today in the single-phase Assembly elections. Visuals from inside polling station 9/26, 9/26A at a community hall in Thattanchavady where preparation ahead of voting underway

6:30 am: Assam: Voters queue outside Bengali LP & High School in Amingaon, ahead of the third and final phase of Assembly elections today

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