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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Polling officer on duty passes away in Mumbai; City witnesses 53% voter turnout

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:50am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

India is voting to select a new government and the final counting will take place on 16 May 2014.  Here’s a look at some critical highlights from across the country. 

60% polling recorded in Bihar 

Despite the mercury soaring over 42 degrees Celsius, around 60% voter turnout was recorded at the end of voting in seven Lok Sabha seats of Bihar in the third phase today.

While Supual registered 59% voting till 6 PM, it was 60% in Araria, 64% in Kisanganj, 64% in Katihar, 59% in Purnia, 55% in Bhagalpur and 56.43% in Banka, an Election Commission statement said.

Final count:

Two-thirds electorate cast ballot in Chhattisgarh

Around two-thirds of the electorate in Chhattisgarh's seven Lok Sabha constituencies cast their ballots Thursday in the third and final phase of election in the state, officials said.

About 66% voters exercised their franchise as the polling ended, election officials said.

Balloting was held at 14,474 polling booths in the seven constituencies of Sarguja, Raigadh, Janjgir-Champa, Korba, Bilaspur, Durg and Raipur.

Read: 70% polling in Tamil Nadu

Up to 70 percent electors voted Thursday in Tamil Nadu's 39 Lok Sabha constituencies with the election coming to an end at 6 p.m., said the Election Commission.

According to election officials, voters already in the queue would be allowed to vote while nobody will be allowed to join the line new.

Nobody sent me here, its Maa Ganga's call: Narendra Modi

*Sonia Gandhi slammed Narendra Modi on his home turf and said that his party does not believe in ‘Ganga -Jamuni tehzeeb’.

*EC should take cognizance how about Modi’s roadshow in Varanasi on Thursday revolved around religious contexts focusing on one particular religion, said Ajay Maken.

*After Varanasi road show Narendra Modi, addressing a rally in Darbhanga, said that the voters who have exercised their votes on Thursday have clearly showed their intention to change the government at the centre.

Here's how Narendra Modi's rally and nomination turned out:


Lok Sabha elections: 70.6% voting recorded in Assam

An estimated 70.6% of the voters exercised their franchise in the third and final phase of Lok Sabha polls in Assam which witnessed poll violence in Kokrajhar (ST) constituency where one policeman was killed and two others were seriously injured.

The voting percentage was expected to go up as many voters were still inside the polling booths, election office sources said.

83% voting as time ends in Bengal

Around 83% voting was reported in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal Thursday involving six constituencies as the scheduled time came to an at 6 p.m. while there were people outside the polling booths.

Read: Firing, scuffles mar Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh

Polling officer Vaishali Bhale dies of stress during polling duty in Mumbai. 

Read: Mumbaikars rush for voting post noon; major jump in poll figures

Polling was slow in the six constituencies in Mumbai in Maharashtra as well Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Mukesh Ambani and family cast their votes in Mumbai. "We are happy to be a part of the 1.2 billion Indians who have made this country one of the greatest democracies of the world," he said.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan cast his vote in Mumbai

Read: Lok Sabha elections: 21% voter turnout recorded in Anantnag in South kashmir till 3 pm

Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in south Kashmir witnessed 21% polling till 3 pm today, with Pulwama district recording a low voter turn-out of five per cent.

The constituency - spread over four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian – witnessed a poll percentage of 21% till 3 pm, officials said.

Anantnag district recorded 32.71% of polling, while Kulgam recorded 30.47%, an official spokesman said.

Read: Chaos ensues at Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

An unbelievable number of people gathered at Maldahiya, Varanasi, to take a glimpse of their minister Narendra Modi. As soon as they saw his helicopter in the air, they started chanting, "Narendra Modi zindabad".

Read: Over 48% voter turn out in Rajasthan till 4pm

Read: Polling touches 62% in Tamil Nadu by 3pm

(A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting at a polling centre during the sixth phase of India`s general election in Mumbai- Reuters)

Read: Over 48% voter turn out in Rajasthan till 4pm

Read: 56% voter turnout in Chhattisgarh till 4pm

Read: 47% voting in Bihar till 3 pm

47% voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in seven Lok Sabha seats of Bihar where voting is underway in the third phase today.

While Supual registered 49% voting till 3 pm, it was 47% in Araria, 51% in Kisanganj, 47% in Katihar, 45% in Purnia, 44% in Bhagalpur and 43.5% in Banka, an Election Commission statement said.

The second-largest phase in terms of Lok Sabha seats, Today's polls will determine the fate of 2,076 candidates including Union ministers and sitting MPs.

*Congress says telecast of Narendra Modi’s roadshow in constituencies going to polls today violated model code, demands registation of FIR.

*The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar Police today arrested Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) state general secretary Lalan Singh on charges of extortion and criminal intimidation.

*Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi congratulated party’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

*Narendra Modi on filing his nomination today in Varanasi and claimed his victory was certain in the temple town.

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Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Heavy polling in West Bengal

*Over 53% voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm in six Lok Sabha seats of Assam during the final phase of polling in the state where one policeman was killed when a mob tried to capture a poll booth.

Read: Lok Sabha Elections: 53% voting recorded in Assam till 3 pm

Read: Sonia Gandhi hits out at Gujarat model

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday took on Narendra Modi on his home turf, accusing the BJP's prime ministerial candidate of not doing enough to prevent corruption in his state.

"I want to know why the Gujarat government took 10 years to appoint a Lokayukta here?" Gandhi said at a public meeting in Valsad.

Taking a jibe at the Gujarat model, Gandhi said the state was burdened with a debt of Rs.175,000 crore.

*Three presiding officers in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency were removed today by the Election Commission after Trinamool Congress candidate Sk Nurul allegedly influenced voters and violated prohibitory orders.

*The TMC candidate and his followers arrived in a fleet of vehicles, entered the booths and allegedly influenced voters standing in queue to cast their votes in his favour.

Read: Election Commission removes three presiding officers in West Bengal

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Full report: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: 40% polling recorded, violence in some states

Read: Polling begins for last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

Nearly 40% of the electorate cast their vote today in the first seven hours of polling in 117 constituencies in 11 states and Union Territory of Puducherry in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, amid stray incidents of violence which left a policeman dead in Assam and 13 others injured in other states.

Polling registered till 3 pm: 

Jammu and Kashmir: 26.9%

Tamil Nadu: 60.52%

Assam: 64.2%

Rajasthan: 41.88%

Maharashtra: 26.9%

Madhya Pradesh: 49.68%

Jharkhand: 56.45%

Puducherry: 67%

Uttar Pradesh: 46.66%

West Bengal: 70%

*Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi congratulated party’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

Read: Lok Sabha elections: Over 50% polling in Assam, policeman killed

*Narendra Modi on filing his nomination today in Varanasi and claimed his victory was certain in the temple town.

Read: Lok Sabha elections: School teacher on poll duty collapses, dies in Thane

*Foreign currency worth Rs 92 lakh was today seized by Bihar police from an SUV at Anjanipur Chowk in Vaishali district in poll related checking to curb misuse of money and liquor in the Lok Sabha elections. 

Meanwhile, its women who have marched way past in fulfilling their duties: 

Women and young voters comprised the majority of the electorate who came out on Thursday to cast their ballot for seven Lok Sabha seats and two state assembly seats in Bihar. The state saw 25 percent polling till noon.

Additional chief electoral officer R. Lakshmanan said voting was peaceful in the state despite fears of violence."So far, polls have been peaceful with no report of violence," he said. Long queues of women and mostly first-time voters were seen since morning, particularly in rural areas. Voting is being held in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria, Katihar, Supaul, Bhagalpur and Banka constituencies.

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Chaos ensues at Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

Moderate turnout in Maharashtra, Bollywood, India Inc take lead

*SP has done a lot of work in Benares, I am sure people will vote for secular leaders: Akhilesh Yadav.

Read: Almost 25% vote share in Chhattisgarh since morning

*The Gujarat govt doesn’t consider those who earn Rs 11 a day as poor, you tell me whether this is heaven? : Sonia Gandhi in Valsad

*He just worries about his seat, doesn’t worry or care about the poor: Sonia Gandhi in Valsad (Gujarat).

Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Around 37% voting recorded in Bihar by 1 pm

*In Mumbai, senior citizens had to face problems as there was no provision of a separate line for them. 

Read: Moderate turnout in Maharashtra, Bollywood, India Inc take lead

*Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria visited police constable who was injured in a face-off between Shiv Sena and MNS. 

Voting update till 1 pm at Mumbai. 

Mumbai North: 29.14%

Mumbai North West: 25.7%

Mumbai North East: 26.5%

Mumbai North Central: 24%

*51% voter turnout in Puducherry till 1 pm.

Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: People of 2 villagers hoist black flags atop their houses

*BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Varanasi's "Ganga Yamuna tehzeeb" as he promised to improve the lot of the city's Muslim weavers.

*People who had registered themselves a month ago are left in a lurch as their names go missing form electoral rolls in most parts of Mumbai. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh targetted Narendra Modi and said, "There is no Modi wave in India."

* Narendra Modi files his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after a massive roadshow.

*I hope God will give me the strength to serve this holy ground and mother Ganga will bless me: Modi in Varanasi.

*I wish Varanasi emerges as the spiritual capital of the world: Modi outside Varanasi Collectorate.

Between 28% to 13.9% polling in four states in eastern India

Read: Nearly 51% poll recorded till 12 noon in West Bengal

The report card so far: 

Braving rising temperatures, voters today turned up in good numbers in many of the 117 constituencies in 11 states and Union Territory of Puducherry in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls in which stakes are high for the Congress, BJP and number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena.

An electorate of 18 crore voters will decide the fate of 2076 candidates, including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sushma Swaraj, Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, Salman Khurshid and Shahnawaz Hussain.

In all elections to 349 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be completed in today's exercise in the nine-phased poll. Polling for the remaining 194 seats will be held on April 30 (89 seats), May 7 (64) and May 12 (41).

Counting of votes will take place on May 16.

Read: Between 28% to 13.9% polling in four states in eastern India 

Barring an incident of stone pelting at a booth in Anantnag Parliamentary seat in south Kashmir, which witnessed attack on political workers recently, polling was peaceful in the rest of the constituencies going to poll.

Voters turnout was impressive in Tamil Nadu which witnessed about 40% of the electorate exercising franchise till noon.

Brisk polling was witnessed in various constituencies with Dharmapuri recording 42% followed by Karur 39.6, Thanjavur 39.5 and Dindigul 39.8 per cent.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, MDMK founder Vaiko, Union Minister in the PMO V Narayanasamy seeking re-election in the Union Territory of Puducherry, Tamil actors Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan were among the early voters.

Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri, Union Finance Finance Minister P Chidambaram, DMK Treasurer M K Stalin, Kanimozhi, former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran seeking re-election in Chennai Central and N Srinivasan were other promiment personalities who exercised their franchise.

Malfunctioning of EVMs held up voting for a brief spell in Myladuthurai, Krishnagiri and few other places, but electoral authorities fixed the problem and ensured resumption of voting.

Maharashtra witnessed top corporate honchos and Bollywood celebrities making a beeline to cast their vote. An average of 7.83 % voting was registered till 9 AM in the state for 19 seats. 

Read: Polling picked up in Anantnag, over 16% recorded till 11 am

Brisk polling in Tamil Nadu; Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi vote

Meanwhile, due to EVM malfunctioning and also EC's errors, many people were not allowed to vote. Congress, BJP seek repoll in some booths

BJP President Rajnath Singh is confident that Narendra Modi’s victory from both Vadodara and Varanasi Lok Sabha seat will strengthen BJP's rise to power. 

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Poll updates till 11 am: 

25.40% Farrukabad

25.60%: Kannauj

18%: Mumbai North

16.5%: North west 

15.3% Mumbai North Central

Corporate honchos Anil Ambani, Adi Godrej cast vote

Captains of the industry, including Adi Godrej and Anil Ambani, were among the early birds from India Inc to cast their votes in the financial capital today.

Anil Ambani, the head of the Reliance ADAG group, walked into a polling booth (for the Lok Sabha elections) in the tiny Cuffe Parade locality, not far from his residence at the 'Sea Wind' tower at 7.15 am.

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*Hold re-election in Mumbai South Central say Matunga residents:

A section of Matunga residents have demanded the election commission (EC) to hold again polls in Mumbai south-central constituency after their names were found missing from voters' list.
The sulking voters also sent a letter to the district collector asking him to hold re-election in the constituency which covers areas like Dadar, Mahim, Dharavi, Chembur and Mankhurd.

"It was very disappointing to see my name missing from the list. I could see my mother and wife's name in the list, but not mine which is very disturbing for a voter," Manohar Rao, an advocate and resident of Matunga, sulked.

Rao was supposed to vote at Amulakh Amichand school in Wadala assembly constituency.

Rao said he has made the complaint to the collectors with signatures of 40 other voters whose names were missing. "What we have learnt that names of at least 2 lakh people are missing from the list. On learning my name too missing from the list, I had sought to check mother electoral list for 2009 polls. But it was not shown. I had voted for the previous Lok Sabha polls and also the 2012 civic election, but I won't be able to exercise my right now," Rao rued.

*Almost 25% vote share in Chhattisgarh since morning

*Chidambaram casts his vote and says, "There is no Modi wave in Tamil Nadu." 

Over 28% polling in first three hours in West Bengal

*Sachin Tendulkar casts vote on his birthday. dna wishes him a Happy Birthday! 

Poll figures till 11 am: 

South Chennai: 26.3%

Tamil Nadu: 35% 

Nilgiris: 32.3%

Central Chennai: 25.4%

North Chennai: 27.4%

Voting recorded across Maharashtra till 11 am: 

Nandurbar: 20.6%

Jalgaon: 13%

Bhiwandi: 10.25%

Kalyan: 9.5%

Palghar: 12.5%

Thane: 9.13%

Read: North Central Mumbai sees only 5% voting as polling yet to peak in Mumbai

Polling recorded at Mumbai: 

Mumbai North: 17.9%

Mumbai North West: 16.7%

Mumbai North East: 15.2%

Mumbai North Central: 15.5%

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*Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who is also election commission's ambassador has cast his vote. Priety Zinta too has cast her vote. 


AAP workers detained in Mumbai North East constituency:

*Aam Aadmi party has accused Govandi Police of wrongfully detaining two poll agents of Medha Patkar at the behest of NCP. The NCP workers reportedly denied AAP workers to set their tables at Rafiqnagar, Govandi of Mumbai north east constituency. 

*Seela who is a close associate of Patkar alleged, "The police are hand in gloves with the sitting MP and NCP candidate Sanjay Dina Patil. Instead of arresting Patil's supporters who ousted our workers from the booth they cracked down on our workers who had valid documents from the collector's office to work as poll agents." 

NCP leaders and Govandi Police could not be reached for comments. Patil from NCP, Kirit Somaiya from BJP and Medha Patkar of AAP are contesting from the seat.

*Narendra Modi's nomination process will take place today.

Uddhav Thackeray's take on Modi nomination: "I always would come with late Bal Thackeray to vote but today he is not among us. But, we are moving ahead on the direction shown by him and it is also coincidental that when I vote today, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is also filing his nomination papers. 

The salient features of his rally cum nomination process is as follows, 

*Narendra Modi will spend over four hours in Varanasi.

*A list of 10 proposers of Modi has been sent to his office, the party leader said, adding Modi would be clearing the name of four people. 

*Another function has been organised where the Gujarat Chief Minister will be offered blessings by over 100 priests. 

*Modi will arrive at Lal Bahadur Shastri airport this morning from where he will go to Benaras Hindu University campus by helicopter to pay tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malvya at his statue in the Lanka crossing. 

*Several hundred kg of rose petals and other flowers have been ordered for use during the roadshow. 

*According to an estimate by Modi's campaign managers, lakhs of people are expected to participate in the two-km-long road show from Nadesar to Kacheri locality in the heart of the city during which a number of leading local organisations will greet him. Elaborate plans have been made for security of the BJP leader. 

*Though invited all sections of people to the road show, the party has specifically requested the citizens from Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, residing here, to come in their traditional attire. 

(Credit: Zee news)

Tamil Nadu records 20% turnout in initial phase of Lok Sabha polling

Polling briefly stopped at booth in Pulwama in J&K following firing

Tamil Nadu is conducting the polls for all its 39 seats in one go. Jayalalithaa is in power and aiming for a clean sweep, including the Puducherry seat.The polling for the sixth phase of elections is underway.

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Sushil Kumar Modi sent out a tweet supporting BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. 

 Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Brisk balloting of about 10% in Puducherry till 9 am

 Narendra Modi reaches Varanasi, to begin his roadshow shortly before filing his nomination papers.

 Read: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal sits on dharna to protest against attack on Somnath Bharti.

Following the court order, a joint team of Bihar and Jharkhand police raided the house of Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh to arrest him for his alleged hate statements but could not find him.

 17% voting in first two hours in Assam

Arvind Kejriwal says 'no dharna' but a peaceful prayer protest. 

.@anuragdhanda Anurag. This is not dharna. Hum sadhna aur prarthna karne ja rahe hain.

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 24, 2014

 Over 11 per cent voter turnout in UP in first two hours

Video report: 

Below is a report of polling recorded at Mumbai: 

Read: FULL TEXT: Narendra Modi set to file nomination papers and thanks BJP

24 April 2014: Voters turned away as names go missing from electoral rolls

Mohammed Abdul Qadir was sad to see that he could not vote in Cuffe Parade area. A voter of the same polling booth for 20 years, his name was missing. When he went inside G D Somani School on G D Somani Marg where his booth was set up, he was turned away.

Rashi Rajani, 22 year, resident of Cuffe Parade and law student, "In the last elections I was not eligible to vote. This time I wanted to vote because as kids we look forward to go abroad but there is no reason why there shouldn't be better institutes in India. I voted because I want better educational institutes."
 Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister says that he is confident that the BJP will get 272 on its won and the NDA will win more than 300 seats.

Read: Mumbai, get out and vote!

“The country wants change; there is their wave that wants Modi ji to become the prime minister of the country,” he told a news channel. 

  BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be filing his nomination papers today, the last date of filing papers. 

Read: Who is afraid of Narendra Modi?


Update: Bollywood actor Salman Khan's parents Salim Khan and Salma's names were not present in voters list. 

A retired high court judge who is the grandson of noted educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya will be among four prominent personalities to propose Narendra Modi’s nomination for Lok Sabha polls here. A renowned singer from Benares, a weaver and a boatman will be among other proposers of Modi’s candidature.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalathaa casts her vote, refuses to comment on political development. “Request all parties and public to cooperate with EC to ensure a peaceful election,” she said. 

Mumbai North Central candidate Priya Dutt cast her vote. 

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that the life-threatening attack on Somnath Bharti was done by BJP supporters. He said, “The incidient shows how frustrated BJP is by the support we are getting in Varanasi……Is this the Gujarat model of development which Modi ji wants to implement?”

Read: Setting a bad example: Cricketers and Bollywood stars to miss voting in Lok Sabha elections

Also read: AAP leader Somnath Bharti beaten up in Varanasi, allegedly by BJP supporters

9:26 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014:  BJP stalwart Sushma Swaraj and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti are among those whose fate will be sealed today. While Swaraj is the party candidate from Vidisha in MP, Mufti is contesting from Anantnag in the Kashmir valley. 

9:26 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014: Another key seat is Dumka in Jharkhand were JMM chief Shibu Soren is up against a formidable opponent in Babulal Marandi of the JVM. 

9:19 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014: Puducherry votes for lone Lok Sabha seat

9:14 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014: EVM was not functioning at Akurli road school polling booth in Kandivili

9:10 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014: Polling begins amid tight security for seven Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh

9:04 IST Thursday, 24 April 2014: Chattisgarh is also witnessing some key battles. While senior BJP leader Ramesh Bais hopes to retain Raipur, BJP Mahila Morcha national president Saroj Panday is engaged in a tough fight with Tamradwaj Sahu of the Congress in Durg. BJP rebel Karuna Shukla is also in the fray as the Congress candidate from Bilaspur. 

Assam votes for six Lok Sabha seats

 Balloting for seven Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh began Thursday in the third and final round of polling in the state, officials said. The state has 11 Lok Sabha seats.

 Polling begins for six Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal

Mulayam Singh casts his vote

 Actors Sonam Kapoor and Sunny Deol cast their votes.

Actor Rajinikanth casts his vote for the Lok Sabha elections in Chennai.

Read: Rajinikanth, Kamal Hasan vote in Tamil Nadu

Lok Sabha elections: Polling starts in Assam

 Lok Sabha polls: Balloting starts in Kashmir's Anantnag

Kashmiri women vote on Thursday. Image courtesy: AFP

Read: Lok Sabha polls: Voting begins in Uttar Pradesh

 Voting begins in Tamil Nadu for 39 Lok Sabha, one Assembly seat

Update: Anil Ambani casts his vote.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav casts his vote.

Polling began on a peaceful note in 117 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states in the phase 6 of 2014 General Elections.

Also read: Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Enthusiastic turnout in the fifth phase with over 71% polling in Manipur, 65% in Karnataka and West Bengal at 80%

Read: 10 Things Mumbai voters need to know before they vote

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This is how Mumbai voted: 


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With inputs from Kanchan Gupta, Mustafa Plumber, Hemant Padalkar, Geeta Desai, Dhaval Kulkarni, Somendra Sharma, Ateeq Shaikh and Eknath Makne- Reporting team

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