Third phase of LS polls over; Modi, Cong upbeat

On Tuesday, the third phase of Lok Sabha elections witnessed an impressive turnout, with nearly 62 per cent of eligible voters casting their ballots in 93 constituencies across 11 states and Union Territories. However, the day was not without its challenges, as there were reports of sporadic violence in West Bengal.

Assam emerged as the frontrunner in voter participation, recording a turnout of 75.53 per cent, closely followed by Goa at 74.47 per cent and West Bengal at 73.93 per cent. Conversely, Maharashtra registered the lowest turnout at 55.54 per cent, with Bihar at 56.55 per cent and Gujarat at 56.98 per cent slightly outperforming.

According to the Election Commission’s “approximate trend” released at 9 pm, the overall voting percentage stood at 61.89 per cent for this phase, showing a slight dip from the first and second phases, which recorded 66.14 per cent and 66.71 per cent respectively.

For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the stakes were particularly high in this round, as it had secured a significant majority of these seats in the previous election, including all in Gujarat, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh. The outcome of this phase will play a crucial role in shaping the party’s future prospects.

As the election process unfolds, each phase brings its own set of dynamics and challenges. While voter turnout is a key indicator of public engagement, incidents of violence underscore the need for continued vigilance and efforts to ensure a free and fair electoral process.