Voting eneded in Punjab to elect 117-member Assembly and 40-member House in Goa on Saturday. Punjab is witnessing a three-cornered contest between ruling SAD-BJP alliance, Congress and AAP, which has claimed that it will repeat its Delhi success where it swept the election in 2015.
Goa in seeing a four-cornered fight with BJP, Congress, AAP and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party-led alliance vying for mandate to rule Goa. Besides them, small parties and Independents are also in the fray.
Full Coverage: Voting underway in Punjab to elect 117-member Assembly
17:15pm: 83% voter turnout is recorded in Goa
17:05pm: Polling in Punjab ends, people reporting to the booth up to 5pm will be voting (Visuals from Sohian Kalan near Majitha)
#17:01pm: Polling in Goa ends
#17:00pm: Polling started an hour late in Punjab today due to inclement weather, extended till 6PM
#17:00pm:Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 66% till 04:00 PM
#15:55pm: Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 55% till 03:00 PM
#15:30pm: Bike borne men open fire near a polling booth in Ferozepur district's Guru Har Sahai area, no injuries
#15:18pm: Goa has recorded an overall voter turnout of 67% till 3 PM
#15:15pm: Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 48% till 2:30 PM
#13:45pm: Captain Amarinder Singh casts his vote at booth no. 89 in Patiala
#13:15pm: 35 per cent polling in Punjab till 1 PM
#13:15pm: Voter turn out in North Goa 55%, in South Goa 52%. Total voter turnout in Goa till 1 pm 53%
#12:40pm: Very confident of our win,did door to door campaigns got positive response about my mother&father: Karan Singh, Sidhu's son
#12:30pm: BJP ka safaya hoga sab jagah se, aisa sanket mil raha: Lalu Prasad Yadav
#12:15pm: BJP-Akali Dal will win and Parkash Singh Badal will become the CM for the sixth time: BJP's Hans Raj Hans
#11:59am: Navjot Singh Sidhu, wife cast their vote
#11:50am: Will give Rahul Gandhi great gift with Congress' revival, says Navjot Singh Sidhu as he arrives to vote at booth in Amritsar, with wife Navjot Kaur
#11:42am: Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 14% till 11.30 am
#11:40am: South Goa's polling percentage: 32%, North Goa's polling percentage 35%. Goa's overall turnout till 11 am: 34%
#11:37am: Women cast their votes at the pink booth in Margao
#11:36am: Punjab wants govt that coordinates wth centre not one that hs issues with centre everyday,certainly not one that ruined Delhi-Harsimrat Kaur
#11:35am: Aftr 30-yrs thr ws blast in Punjab,Kejriwal having dinner&breakfast with Babbar Khalsa,clear indication ISI sponsors Kejriwal-Harsimrat Kaur
#11:30am: There were two parties earlier, now there are three, several votes will be diverted. But whoever wins should give priority to Punjab: Harbhajan Singh
11:25am: Person at polling booth no.23 in Jalandhar asked Cricketer Harbhajan Singh for a selfie and the latter obliged
#11:16am: Official at polling booth no 23 in Jalandhar takes a selfie with Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who came there to cast his vote
#11:15am: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh along with his mother Avtar Kaur, waiting to cast his vote at polling booth no 23 in Jalandhar
#11:10am: Amarinder Singh is dal-badlu.I hv 70-yrs experience, fought for Punjab&India,this is a small battle-CM Parkash Singh Badal
#10:59am: We'll have a bigger win than last time, Amarinder Singh is only drama & AAP is on 3rd position: Sukhbir Singh Badal
#10:55am: CM Parkash Singh Badal of SAD casts his vote at a polling booth in Lambi
#10:53am: We'll have a bigger win than last year, Amarinder Singh is only drama & AAP is on 3rd position: Sukhbir Singh Badal
#10:52am: Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 12% till 10.30 am
#10:00am: People wait in queues as voting is yet to begin at booth no 35 in Majitha, due to error in EVM machine
#9:35am: The environment is charged and very positive, we are confident of a win: Captain Amarinder Singh's wife, Preneet Kaur
#9:31 am: North Goa has recorded a voting percentage of 16%, while South Goa recorded 14% with an overall turnout of 15%, till 9 am
#9:30 am: Congress candidate Pargat Singh casts his vote at booth no. 66 in Jalandhar
#8:45 am: Polling at booth no.124-125 in Amritsar began 40 minutes late due to a glitch in the EVM machine
#8:40 am: voter casts his vote at booth no.118 (govt school) in Lambi.
#8:00 am: Voting begins in Punjab for 117 seats in state assembly
#7:20am: Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last years turnout of 84% and BJP will win with 2/3rd majority-Manohar Parrikar
#7:00am: Urging people of Punjab & Goa to turnout in record numbers & vote in Assembly elections.I particularly urge my young friends to vote-PM Modi
#6:55am: Security deployed outside polling station in Goa's Panaji; voters queue up at polling station to cast their vote
#6:50am: Voters arrive for polling in Goa's capital Panaji; voting to start at 7 am.
# Voting begins in 117 constituencies in Punjab and on 40 seats in Goa at 7am.
Electoral issues in Punjab
Punjab's political fight is between ruling SAD-BJP alliance, Congress and AAP.
The AAP, which had won four Lok Sabha seats in 2014, has plunged into the contest in a big way with its chief Arvind Kejriwal criss-crossing large parts of the state. It has claimed that it will repeat its Delhi success where it swept the election in 2015.
The Badal family came under fierce attack from AAP over alleged corruption, drug menace and law and order while the SAD-BJP and Congress accused AAP of flirting with extremists and targeted Kejriwal for being an "outsider".
Kejriwal, in turn, accused Congress Chief Amarinder Singh and the Badals of being hand in glove.
Four-cornered fight in Goa
Goa is witnessing a contest among ruling BJP, opposition Congress, new entrant AAP and the three-party alliance forged by MGP, GSM and Shiv Sena.
The Assembly polls in five state - Goa, Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur - are being seen as a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity especially in the wake of demonetisation.
The votes will be counted on March 11 for all the five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa -- which will go for polls between tomorrow and March 8.