: Apr 29, 2019, 02:36 PM
As 72 Lok Sabha constituencies across nine states, mostly in the Hindi heartland, go to polls today in the fourth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP will defend 45 of the seats it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle. These include 13 in Rajasthan, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, three in Bihar, three in Jharkhand, eight in Maharashtra and one in West Bengal. An estimated 12.79 crore electorate will be eligible to exercise their franchise in 13 seats each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, five in Bihar, eight in West Bengal, three in Jharkhand, six in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Maharashtra and six in Odisha. Polling will also be held in the second of the three phases in Jammu and Kashmir's troubled Anantnag constituency. Voting began at 7 am. A host of celebrities have come out early in the morning in Mumbai to cast their votes. From Rekha to Priyanka Chopra, Ravi Kishan and Anil Ambani, several stars were seen voting in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Stay tuned.
38.28 per cent voter turnout till 1 am
Sanjay Dutt comes out to support sister Priya Dutt
Actor Sanjay Dutt came out to vote in Mumbai. Talking to media he said, "I'm here to support my sister [Priya Dutt]. There's no other issue that I voted on. I'm confident that my sister will win. I urge everyone to come out and vote."
Congress's Manish Tewari files nomination from Anandpur Sahib seat
"A blessed beginning! Filed my nomination today for Shri Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, in the presence of Honourable CM Captain Amarinder Ji and backed by the faith of an overwhelming number of people who marched alongside during the roadshow at Ropar!" he wrote on Twitter.