Election Commission addresses news briefing on Phase 4 voter turnouts:
West Bengal - 76.44% (till 5 pm) versus 83.38% in 2014
Jharkhand - 63.39% (till 5 pm) versus 63.82% in 2014
Rajasthan - 64.5% (till 5 pm) versus 64.48% in 2014
The poll body has also released the consolidated figures for the earlier 3 phases:
Phase 1 - 69.50%
Phase 2 - 69.44%
Phase 3 - 68.40%
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and his wife Renu Namboodiri after casting their vote at polling booth number 167 at M.M.K. College in Bandra.
Actress Bhagyashree after casting her vote at a polling booth in Vile Parle.
Congress MP candidate from Mumbai North, Urmila Mataondkar casts her vote at polling booth number 190 in Bandra.
Anil Ambani casts his vote at voting centre number 216 at GD Somani School in Cuffe Parade.
Union Minister and sitting MP from Nawada, Giriraj Singh, cast his vote at polling booth number 33 in Barahiya of Lakhisarai district.
As the fourth phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections begins, PM Modi urges citizens to break the voting records of the previous three phases.
With the political discourse widenening as popular faces from varied fields entering the political stream to full-fledged campaigning underway across the country, India will move into its fourth phase of polling on Monday in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states.
The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 56 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (six) and the Biju Janata Dal (six).
Voting will take place in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.
Election in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP had cornered all but two of the total 54 seats in 2014, will begin in this phase. The Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the governments in the states after last year's Assembly polls.
In the first three phases, voting has been held in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies, and 168 more seats will go to polls in the last three phases.
The fate of 961 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, S S Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase.
Among other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC) and Milind Deora (Congress).
The Election Commission has set up 1.40 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements.
In Maharashtra, where election will come to end with this phase, the opposition Congress is facing a tough task of reclaiming its lost base in north Maharashtra and Mumbai, while the NCP is trying to get a foothold in Thane district and Western Maharashtra. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had won all 17 seats in 2014.
(With PTI inputs)