General Elections 2019: Amethi, Raebaerily and Lucknow are the key constituencies to look out. (File)
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
Total poll percentage for the fifth phase has been recorded at 62.56%.
Voting Percentage Recorded in Fifth Phase of Polls
Madhya Pradesh: 62.60%
West Bengal: 73.97%
Uttar Pradesh: 57.33%
A total of 57.86% voter turnout recorded in Bihar (five Lok Sabha constituencies) in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, till 6pm.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Locket Chatterjee staged a sit-in at District Magistrate's office in Hooghly after her car was vandalized by unknown people , earlier today.
Scuffle breaks out between Trinamool Congress leader from Howrah, Prasun Banerjee, and security forces at a polling booth in Howrah, reports news agency ANI.
Petrol bomb thrown at a polling station in south Kashmir's Shopian, no loss of life or injuries reported, says news agency ANI.
Alleged Trinamool Congress supporters attack media people at Amdanga in Barrackpore, West Bengal.
Overall poll percentage till 3 pm in Jammu and Kashmir is 15.64%, reports news agency ANI.
Trinamool Worker Alleges Attack By 15 Men In Bengal's Arambagh
A Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly attacked by 15 men in Bengal's Arambagh Lok Sabha constituency near booth number 107 in Khanakool. He claims around 15 guys attacked him with lathis while he was returning after voting.
A bomb was thrown at a polling booth this afternoon.
Cricketer Mahendra Singh voted in Jharkhand's Ranchi this afternoon.
Here's The Voter Turnout At 1 PM
Till 1 pm, the seven states polling today recorded an average of 38.2 per cent. While West Bengal recorded the highest polling percentage of 38.2 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir recorded a polling percentage of 11 per cent.
Two Men On Election Duty Die In MP In Separate Incidents
Two men, including a Home Guard, on election duty died in separate incidents in Madhya Pradesh today, news agency PTI has reported. Home Guard Mahesh Dubey, deployed at a polling booth in Betul constituency, died due to cardiac arrest on this morning, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. Besides, a kotwar (village watchman), Nandulal Nagle, who was also on poll duty in Betul constituency, died after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, he said.
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Phase 5 Elections: Rahul Gandhi Ensuring Booth Capturing In Amethi, Alleges Smriti Irani
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
"Fight Of Truth And Lie": Krishna Poonia On Rajyavardhan Rathore
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.
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on poll-related clashes in Barrackpore: "...Arjun Singh was beaten today. Polling agents were not allowed in the rooms. Trinamool supporters are threatening voters who are not on their side. We demand re-poll in Barrackpore."
Rajyavardhan Rathore tweets picture of his family after voting....
Madhya Pradesh Man Votes After Father's Last Rites
A man in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur voted after his father's last rites earlier today.
An average voting turnout of 24 per cent has been recorded in the seven states till 11 am. West Bengal has recorded the maximum poll percentage among seven states at 32.7 per cent. Jammu and Kashmir has recorded the least voting percentage till 11 am at 6.7 per cent.
15 Per Cent Polling Recorded In Bihar Till 10 AM
Take A Look At Polling Percentage Recorded Till 9 AM
An average voter turnout of 11.6 per cent has been reported till 9 am.
Jharkhand Man Carries 105-Year-Old Mother To Polling Booth
A man arrived with his 105-year-old mother to vote at polling booth number 450 in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh, news agency ANI reported. Jharkhand is among the seven states polling today.
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Phase 5 Election: Voters In Madhya Pradesh Village Boycott Polling
Voters in a village in Betul, a district in Madhya Pradesh, have boycotted voting. People in Newralondu said they are upset of water shortage.
A grenade attack has been reported in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. This is the first such this election season, no casualties have been reported.
Phase 5 Voting: "Attacked By Trinamool Goons," Alleges BJP's Arjun Singh
Arjun Singh, BJP candidate from Barrackpore in Bengal, has alleged that he was attacked by TMC workers. "I was attacked by goons from the Trinamool Congress party who have been brought from outside. Those people were scaring away our voters. I have been injured."
Arjun Singh was formerly with the ruling Trinamool Congress. He left the party in March. He is contesting against Trinamool candidate and former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi.
"Use Your Voting Right Wisely," Says Mayawati
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati voted at a polling booth in UP's
Lucknow this morning. She appealed to the people to "use their voting rights wisely". "Every voter should use his voting right wisely. Everybody should get out of their homes to cast their votes," she said.
EVM Malfunction Reported In Amethi, Raebareily
In UP's Amethi, polling could not begin on time this morning due to EVM malfunction at election booth in Tiloi. EVM malfuction at a polling booth in Raebareily's Sikandpur also disrupted the voting process.
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Samajwadi Chief Akhilesh Yadav Tweets Appeal To Voters
"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.
Yashwant Singh votes in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh
Rajnath Singh Votes In Lucknow
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 Set On Fire In J&K's Shopian
- 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.
Former Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Votes In Jaipur
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted this morning urging people to vote in "large numbers". BJP candidate Rajnath Singh, a five-time Lok Sabha member is seeking reelection from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. 14 constituencies in UP are voting in the phase-5.
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