The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections saw sluggish start, despite the participation of major Indian cities including Mumbai.
In fact, Mumbai's performace was rather dismal with less than 16% voting in Mumbai that touched 25% at noon. The city was faced with sever criticism for its unspirited response. However, various reports across the city had voters complain of not finding their names on the Election Commissions list.
However, later in the evening increased footfall was witnessed at polling stations across the city. The latest count at Mumbai North constituency was 52% as per latest figures; North West constituency at 50%; North East constituency at 53%; North Central constituency at 55%, while the south and South central were at 55%.
Raigad recorded a total of 64% voting. In total, Mumbai had a total voter turnout of 53.26% while Maharashtra has 55.33%.
West Bengal though showed enthusiastic turnout at 82% polling in what was its second phase at the Lok Sabha polls.
Up to 73% electors voted in Tamil Nadu's 39 Lok Sabha constituencies with the election coming to an end at 6 pm, the Election Commission informed. Interestingly, that was the same figure in 2009 elections. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, A Vijayakant of DMDK, Vaiko of MDMK, Tamil movie actor Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan weere among the enthiusiastic who exercised their franchise.
Assam followed with 70.6% polling despite incidences of violence where one policeman was killed and two others were seriously injured. Incidently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from the state since 1991, and his wife Gursharan Kaur also cast their vote at Dispur Government Higher Secondary School.
Similarly, violence hit Chhattisgarh also saw two-thirds of the electorate, and Jammu and Kashmir was at a mere 28%. On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh saw 61% polling, Jharkhan was at 62.62%, Uttar pradesh was at 58.5.
And 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.
Even the union territory of Puducherry saw a heavy turnout with around 82% of the voters exercising their franchise for its lone Lok Sabha seat.