Violence has been reported from West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir as 51 constituencies across seven states vote today in the fifth phase. Arjun Singh, BJP candidate in Bengal's Barrackpore, alleged that he was attacked by Trinamool Congress workers this morning. In another incident in Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, one Trinamool Congress and one cop was injured in the incident.
In Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian, two polling booths in Shopian were set on fire this morning. A grenade attack was reported in Pulwama where 40 CRPF men were killed in February.
Voting is being held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven seats each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand. In Jammu and Kashmir, polling is taking place in Ladakh constituency, Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag sea
Top BJP and Congress leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, are among the key candidates. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal are the key states polling today.
In Uttar Pradesh, Amethi, Raebaerily and Lucknow are the key constituencies to look out for. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has been challenged by Union Minister Smriti Irani for the second time in Amethi, and in Lucknow, Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking reelection. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has chosen Poonam Saxena, wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha as its candidate against Rajnath Singh. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is again contesting from Raebareily, BJP has fielded ex-Congressman Dinesh Singh Tripathi against her.
Here are the Highlights from four key states in phase 5
#WATCH West Bengal: Scuffle breaks out between TMC's MP from Howrah, Prasun Banerjee and security forces at polling booth no. 49 & 50 in Howrah. #LokSabhaElections2019#Phase5pic.twitter.com/UOoZcEzUce- ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019
Union Minister Smriti Irani accused the Congress of booth capturing in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi as voting took place in the constituency where she is challenging Rahul Gandhi. "I tweeted an alert to administration and Election Commission (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action," Smriti Irani told the media here. "People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not," she said. Read the full story here.
Congress candidate in Jaipur Rural, Krishna Poonia, spoke to NDTV on her contender Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore of the BJP. "Two Olympians are facing off. Apart from Olympics, today, we are in politics. This is the fight of truth and lie," she told NDTV. Watch the video here.
इस नीली स्याही में देश का भविष्य गढ़ने की ताकत है। हमने तो राष्ट्रनिर्माण में अपना योगदान कर दिया, अब आपकी बारी है। एक मजबूत भारत बनाने के लिए अपने वोट का इस्तेमाल ज़रूर करें। pic.twitter.com/oF1vrkgQQS- Chowkidar Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 6, 2019
A man in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur voted after his father's last rites earlier today.
Bihar Loksabha Election 2019,- CEO, Bihar #DeshKaMahaTyohar (@CEOBihar) May 6, 2019
5th Phase; 6th May 2019
Poll Percentage till 10:00 AM!#Sitamarhi- 15%#Madhubani- 13%#Muzaffarpur- 14.1%#Saran- 17%#Hajipur(SC)- 16%
#ElectionsWithNDTV | "Mahagathbandhan has come out as a strong force in Uttar Pradesh," Poonam Sinha, Samajwadi Party candidate taking on Rajnath Singh in Lucknow tells NDTV. #LokSabhaElections2019#Phase5pic.twitter.com/ip1rG8dKDc- NDTV (@ndtv) May 6, 2019
#ElectionsWithNDTV | BSP chief Mayawati casts her vote at a booth in Lucknow. Samajwadi Party's Poonam Sinha is the mahagathbandhan candidate against BJP's Rajnath Singh in #Phase5 of #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/ThEgbjnvfa- NDTV (@ndtv) May 6, 2019
51 constituencies across seven states are voting today. Six Union Ministers are among the 674 candidates contesting...Take a look at the key constituencies; click here.
"Today is the fifth phase of voting. I appeal to every citizen to come out and play the role of "panch parmeshwar". Let better sense prevail instead of taking emotional decision as you vote. (sic)," Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Former union minister Yashwant Sinha and wife Nilima Sinha at a polling booth in Hazaribagh. His son and union minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress' Gopal Sahu from the constituency in #LokSabhaElections2019- NDTV (@ndtv) May 6, 2019
(Pictures: ANI) pic.twitter.com/TjTxiWZQj3
Home Minister Rajnath Singh voted this morning at a polling booth in Lucknow, a seat that the BJP has held since 1991. On being asked if he will be elected again, he said: "I leave the decision to the voters.... BJP, however, will get full majority."
- Two polling booths in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian have been set on fire. Ladakh, Pulwama and Shopian are voting in the state today.
- Due to security concerns, polling staff had to be airlifted and taken to polling booths at Zainpora area of Shopian district.
- In February, 40 CRPF men were killed when a convoy was attacked. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility of the attack.
#ElectionsWithNDTV | Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, wife Gayatri Rathore arrive at a polling station in Jaipur. He is contesting from Jaipur Rural seat. #LokSabhaEelctions2019- NDTV (@ndtv) May 6, 2019
(Pictures: ANI) pic.twitter.com/fdmjYzyllj
Requesting all those voting in today's fifth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in large numbers.- Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 6, 2019
A vote is the most effective way to enrich our democracy and contribute to India's better future.
I hope my young friends turnout in record numbers.