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Elections 2019 Phase 5 Highlights: Voting concludes in 51 Lok Sabha seats, turnout recorded at 62%

Lok Sabha Election 2019 India Phase 5 Voting: The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 40 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress.

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Women stand in queue to cast their vote in the fifth phase polling in Ayodhya, Faizabad Monday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Election 2019 Phase 5 Voting: Fifty-one constituencies across seven states voted on Monday in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Amid reports of violence and EVM glitches, the voting came to a close at around 7 PM on Monday. The total voter turnout was recorded at 62.56%.

Nearly eight crore voters will decide the fate of several political bigwigs, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani.

The BJP demanded fresh polling at Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of unleashing “violence” on its voters. The saffron party’s demand came after a scuffle between its Barrackpore candidate Arjun Singh and central forces was reported when the leader tried to enter a booth following allegations that voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise there. Union minister Prakash Javadekar accused TMC “goons” of booth-capturing and not letting BJP voters cast their votes by resorting to threats and violence. In Jammu and Kashmir, militants lobbed a grenade at a polling station in Pulwama and set off an explosion at another in the district during voting in the Anantnag constituency.

Meanwhile, Union minister Smriti Irani accused Congress president and rival candidate from Amethi Rahul Gandhi of capturing polling booth in the constituency. In a tweet addressed to the Election Commission, she said, “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing.”

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In Uttar Pradesh, both Rae Bareli and Amethi — constituencies which are traditional strongholds of Congress — will see a riveting contest, with the SP-BSP alliance lending their support to the party by not fielding their candidates from the respective constituencies. In Amethi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi faces a stiff challenge from BJP’s Smriti Irani, who brought down his victory margin to just over a lakh in the 2014 elections. In Rae Bareli, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is pitted against former Congress leader Dinesh Pratap Singh, who switched the BJP recently.

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Voting took place in 51 seats across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, J&K. Read in Malayalam

Voting for fifth phase of Lok Sabha election concludes: Total turnout 62.56%

Voting concluded in 51 Lok Sabha seats in the fifth phase of elections today. Total voter turnout is recorded at 62.56%

Lok Sabha elections phase five: About 60% voting till 5 PM

Fifty-one Lok Sabha seats across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, J&K recorded a voter turnout of 59.15% till 6 PM in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections today.

(Source: EC)

Anantnag Lok Sabha seat: Congress alleges bogus voting, seeks re-polling in several booths

The Congress has sought re-polling in several booths in Shopian and Pulwama districts of the Anantnag parliamentary constituency, alleging that the NC and the PDP indulged in bogus voting in many areas.

In a statement, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president allege bogus voting in some booths under Pampore and Rajpora Assembly segments.

The matter has been reported to the Returning Officer for immediate necessary action, he said.

AAP leader Atishi reaches 70 lakh crowdfunding target, 2319 donors fund East Delhi Lok Sabha election campaign

Aam Aadmi Party leader and candidate for Delhi's East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Atishi has raised Rs 70 lakh target through crowdfunding. The campaign included support from prominent figures, including former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, actors Gul Panag andJaved Jaffery, Jignesh Mevani, Karuna Nundy, and Girish Karnad.  

About 59% voting till 5 pm in 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan

About 59 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm Monday in 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan where two former Olympians are among the 134 candidates in the fray.

The maximum voter turnout of 68.89 per cent was recorded in the Ganganagar (SC) seat. Jaipur, Churu and Alwar recorded 63.89 per cent,  61.21 per cent and 60.99 cent polling, respectively, according to the website of the chief electoral officer of Rajasthan.

57.86% voter turnout in Bihar till 6 PM

Bihar recorded a 57.86% voter turnout in the five Lok Sabha constituencies that voted today in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, till 6 PM.

UP: 53.19% voting till 5 pm in 14 Lok Sabha seats

Over 53 per cent voter turnout was recorded Monday till 5 pm in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh where Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are in the fray.

Among early voters in the state capital included Home Minister Singh, BSP supremo Mayawati, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, DGP OP Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar.

Election Commission of India officials here said polling was going on smoothly, barring some complaints of EVM malfunctioning which were attended to immediately. 

The maximum 59.48 per cent voting was witnessed in Sitapur, while Lucknow recorded 50.27 per cent voting.

Rae Bareli and Amethi witnessed 50.38 per cent and 48.57 per cent turnout respectively, the officials said. The BJP had bagged 12 of the 14 seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Rae Bareli and Amethi.

(PTI)

Bengal: BJP leader stages sit-in at DM's office in Hooghly

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Locket Chatterjee staged a sit-in at District Magistrate's office in Hooghly after her car was vandalized by unknown miscreants, earlier today.

Odisha: EC extends completion of elections on Patkura assembly constituency for 60 days

Due to cyclone Fani, the Election Commission has decided to extend the completion of the elections on Patkura assembly constituency for 60 days. Earlier, ECI had appointed 19th May as the date of poll for Patkura Assembly Constituency after the demise of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla. (ANI)

Scuffle breaks out between TMC MP and security forces in Howrah

A scuffle broke out between TMC's MP from Howrah, Prasun Banerjee and security forces at polling booth no. 49 & 50 in Howrah.

Lok Sabha elections: 50% voter turnout till 3 PM

An estimated 50.70% voters turned out to vote across seven states today in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with Bihar recording the maximum turnout at 44.08% so far, according to the Election Commission.

(Source: EC)

West Bengal Lok Sabha elections: Unrest at Barrackpore constituency; TMC workers attack media

Incidents of violence were reported from Tetulia village in Amdanga, Barrackpore Loksabha Constituency. TMC workers allegedly agitated against BJP candidate Arjun Singh and also attacked media who were covering the polls.

(Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

(Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

(Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

50 per cent voting till 1 PM in re-poll in 5 booths in Andhra Pradesh

Close to 50 per cent polling was recorded in five polling booths in Andhra Pradesh, till 1 p.m Monday, where a re-poll was being conducted.
Braving the heat wave, voters queued up at the five polling booths and cast their votes in good numbers.

In all 49.64per cent votes were polled in the five polling booths in three districts, Election Commission officials here said.
The re-poll had been ordered in view of technical glitches in the electronic voting machines in these polling booths.

Accordingly, re-polling is being held in polling booth 94 pertaining to Narsaraopet Assembly and Lok Sabha segments, polling booth 244 of Guntur West Assembly and Lok Sabha segments in Guntur district; 247 of Yerragondapalem Assembly and Ongole Lok Sabha segments. (PTI)

Violence on polling day in Kashmir, West Bengal, voters turn out in good numbers

A grenade attack on a polling booth in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, violence in West Bengal and EVM glitches were reported during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls Monday across seven states in which voters turned out in considerable numbers till the afternoon.

In Jammu and Kashmir, polling began on a violent note with militants lobbing a grenade towards a polling station in Pulwama district, police said. A grenade was lobbed towards Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama but there were no reports of any casualties in the blast, a police official said.

In West Bengal, a scuffle broke out between Barrackpore seat's BJP candidate Arjun Singh and central forces when the former TMC MLA tried to enter a booth following allegations that voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise there, officials said. (PTI)

Uttar Pradesh: Son of main petitioner in Babri Masjid case casts his vote

Iqbal Ansari, son of the main petitioner in Babri Masjid demolition case late Hashim Ansari, showing his inked finger after cast his vote in Ayodhya Monday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

MS Dhoni casts his vote in Jharkhand

Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cast his vote today in Jharkhand.

Rajasthan: 42.7% voter turnout till 1pm

A voter turnout of 42.7 per cent was recorded in Rajasthan's 12 Lok Sabha seats, where polling began at 7 am, in the first six hours on Monday, according to the website of chief electoral officer of Rajasthan.

The maximum voter turnout of 47.45 per cent was recorded in Ganganagar (SC) seat.

Churu, Jaipur, Nagaur, Alwar and Sikar registered a voter turn out of 44.75, 44.47, 43.54, 43.34 and 43.16 per cent, respectively.

Besides these six seats, polling is also underway amid tight security in Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur rural, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur and Dausa.

(PTI)

31.29% turnout till 1 pm

The overall voter turnout in the 51 constituencies across 7 states was recorded at 31.29% till 1 pm, ANI reported.

Bihar- 24.49
Jammu and Kashmir- 6.54
Rajasthan- 33.82
Madhya Pradesh- 31.46
Uttar Pradesh- 26.53
West Bengal- 39.55
Jharkhand- 37.24

Bihar: 26.19% turnout in Bihar till noon

An estimated 26.19 per cent of over 87.66 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till noon in five Lok Sabha seats of Bihar on Monday, during the fifth phase of the seven-phase polls, PTI reported.

Of the five Lok Sabha seats, Saran recorded the highest turnout so far at 29 per cent, followed by Muzaffarpur at 26.28 per cent and Madhubani at 25.85 per cent.

Both Sitamarhi and Hajipur constituencies registered 25 per cent voting each till noon.

West Bengal: 33% voting in first four hours

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported during polling in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election in seven seats of West Bengal Monday, with around 33.47 per cent of nearly 1.17 crore voters casting their ballots in the first four hours, PTI reported. Violence was reported from Barrackpore, Bangaon, Howrah and Hooghly constituencies

A scuffle between Barrackpore seat's BJP candidate Arjun Singh and central forces was reported when the former TMC MLA tried to enter a booth following allegations that voters were not being allowed to exercise their franchise there, the official said. Singh who was allegedly injured during the scuffle, was later seen chasing "fake voters" in Naihati area.

"Our agents were not allowed inside booths. People were not allowed to vote properly and I went there to have a look. I have the right to enter booths but police stopped me and hit me," Singh told PTI.

Of the seven constituencies, Arambagh (SC) recorded the maximum of 38.98 per cent of polling while Sreerampore recorded 36.84 per cent till 11 am, followed by Uluberia 36.07 per cent, Barrackpore 30.03 per cent, Hooghly recorded 33.55 per cent, Howrah 31.45 per cent and Bongaon (SC) 31.38 per cent, the official said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has asked for fresh polling in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, accusing TMC of resorting to 'violence' to prevent BJP voters cast their votes.

Lok Sabha elections Phase 5 voting: 29.76% turnout in Madhya Pradesh till 12 pm

An average 29.76 per cent polling was recorded till noon in seven Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, PTI reported.

Voting figures till noon were as follows: Tikamgarh 28.81 per cent, Damoh- 28.23 per cent, Khajuraho- 29.73 per cent, Satna- 28.25 per cent, Rewa- 28.13 per cent, Hoshangabad- 31.14 per cent and Betul- 33.14 per cent.

Uttar Pradesh: Over 23% polling till 11 am

Nearly 23 per cent turnout was recorded Monday in the first four hours of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh where Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are in the fray.

Maximum of 28.41 per cent voting was witnessed in Dhaurahra, while Lucknow recorded 20.98 per cent.

Raebareli and Amethi witnessed 21.28 per cent and 21.83 per cent turnout respectively.

(PTI)

Ayodhya votes in Phase 5 polling for Lok Sabha elections

Women stand in queue to cast their vote in the fifth phase polling in Ayodhya, Faizabad Monday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Jhrakhand: 29.49% turnout recorded till 11 am

An estimated 29.49 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am in Jharkhand, where the second phase of polling is underway in four Lok Sabha constituencies, PTI reported. Four constituencies - Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribagh, are undergoing voting today.

Koderma recorded a turnout of 30.80 per cent, followed by Ranchi at 30.05 per cent, Hazaribag at 29.05 per cent and Khunti(ST) at 27.21 per cent.

(PTI)

First time voter talks about the issues she is voting for

A first time voter talks about the issues she's voting for.

Lok Sabha elections 2019 Phase V: Heavyweights lock horns today

Nearly eight crore voters on Monday will decide the fate of several political bigwigs, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, with polling underway in Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections.

Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand will go to polls, in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first election in Ladakh division following its split from the Kashmir division earlier this year. Read more

Elections 2019 Phase 5 voting: Recap of events till 12 pm

Polling for 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states are underway amid reports of violence from West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. While a grenade bomb was hurled in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a BJP leader in Bengal alleged that he was attacked by Trinamool Congress workers in Barrackpore. There are reports of glitches in electronic voting machines from parts of Uttar Pradesh. Read more

Rajasthan: 102-year-old woman casts her vote

A 102-year-old woman went out to exercise her franchise in Ganganagar Lok Sabha seat in Rajasthan Monday.

Madhya Pradesh: Man arrives to vote after performing father's last rites

A voter arrives at a polling booth in Chhatarpur Monday to cast his vote after performing the last rites of his father. (ANI)

Re-polling underway in five polling booths in AP

Re-polling is underway at five polling booths in three districts of Andhra Pradesh Monday. The re-poll has been ordered in view of technical glitches in electronic voting machines in these polling booths.

About 16 per cent of polling was reported overall in the first two hours after the process began, PTI reported.

Accordingly, re-polling is being held in polling booth 94 pertaining to Narsaraopet Assembly and Lok Sabha segments, polling booth 244 of Guntur West Assembly and Lok Sabha segments in Guntur district; 247 of Yerragondapalem Assembly and Ongole Lok Sabha segments.

Repolling is also being held in booth 41 of Kovur Assembly segment under Nellore Lok Sabha constituency and 197 of Sullurupeta Assembly segment under Tirupati parliamentary constituency.

(PTI)

West Bengal: 16.68% turnout in first two hours

Around 16.68 per cent of nearly 1.17 crore voters cast their ballots in the first two hours of polling in the fifth phase in seven Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, PTI reported.

Of the seven constituencies, Uluberia recorded maximum polling at 20.59 per cent till 9 am, followed by Arambagh (SC) 19.19 per cent, Sreerampore 17.41 per cent, Howrah recorded 16.18 per cent, Hooghly 15.73 per cent, Barrackpore 13.99 per cent and Bongaon (SC) 13.68 per cent.

Some stray incidents of violence were reported from Bangaon, Hooghly and Barrackpore seats.

(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh: 12.54% turnout till 10 am

An average 12.54 per cent turnout was recorded in the first three hours of polling in seven Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, PTI reported.

Polling was underway since 7 am in the seven constituencies - Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul - where long queues were seen at some booths.

The voting figures till 10 am are as follows: Tikamgarh -10.02 per cent, Damoh-12.79 per cent, Khajuraho-12.45 per cent, Satna-13.24 per cent, Rewa- 12.54 per cent, Hoshangabad-12.74 per cent and Betul-13.92 per cent.

(PTI)

Rajasthan: Over 13% turnout till 9 am

Over 13 per cent turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling on Monday in 12 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan where two former Olympians are among the 124 candidates in the fray.

The highest voter turnout till 9 am was in Ganganagar (SC) (15.18 per cent), followed by Dausa (ST) where the voter turnout was 14.40 per cent. 

(PTI)

Jharkhand: 12.22% turnout till 9 am

An estimated 12.22 per cent of the 65,87,028 electorate cast their votes till 9 am on Monday in four Lok Sabha constituencies of Jharkhand, in the second phase of polling in the state, PTI reported.

Nearly 10 per cent voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh in first two hours

The voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh in the first two hours polling was nearly 10 per cent, PTI reported. There were reports of EVM glitches in some polling booths, including Amethi and Rae Bareli, the two strongholds of Congress. Election officials here said polling was going on smoothly, barring some complaints of EVM malfunctioning, which were attended to immediately to ensure voting was not hampered.

In the first two hours, maximum of 11.11 per cent voting was witnessed in Sitapur, while Lucknow recorded 8.78 per cent.

Raebareli and Amethi witnessed 9.95 per cent and 8.17 per cent turnout respectively, EC officials said.

(PTI)

Jayant Sinha casts vote from Hazaribagh

BJP leader and Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat candidate Jayant Sinha cast his vote on Monday during the fifth phase of general elections.

EC counters fake news on EVM, VVPAT: Here’s the right process to vote

If you have received a message on WhatsApp or seen a post on social media telling you that you must keep the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) button pressed till a slip is generated on the Voter-Verified Paper Audio Trail (VVPAT), it’s FAKE.

In a statement issued on Twitter, the Election Commission said, “Some mischievous elements have posted wrong information on social media that while voting, voters should keep #EVM button pressed till the slip comes out on the #VVPAT. Please see the correct information. #LokSabhaElections2019.”

The EC also listed the right process to vote. Read more to know how to vote

Grenade attack on polling station in Pulwama

Militants Monday lobbed a grenade towards a polling station in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, police told PTI. A grenade was lobbed towards Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama but there were no reports of any casualties in the blast, a police official said.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

This was the first militant attack on a polling station in this Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir.

(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019 phase 5: 105-year-old woman casts vote

105-year-old woman casts her vote in Hazaribagh.

Lok Sabha elections 2019 phase 5: Visuals from Lucknow

People voting at Montfort inter college, Mahanagar, Lucknow. (Express photo Sonakshi Awasthi)

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Lok Sabha Elections Phase 5 Voting LIVE: Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, twelve in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand will go to polls. (File)

Lok Sabha Election Live: The fifth phase will see voting in many high-profile seats. In Uttar Pradesh, both Rae Bareli and Amethi — constituencies which are traditional strongholds of Congress — will see a riveting contest, with the SP-BSP alliance lending their support to the party.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Polling schedule, results date, constituency-wise results, how to check live counting

The voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh in the first two hours polling was nearly 10 per cent, PTI reported. There were reports of EVM glitches in some polling booths, including Amethi and Rae Bareli, the two strongholds of Congress. Election officials here said polling was going on smoothly, barring some complaints of EVM malfunctioning, which were attended to immediately to ensure voting was not hampered.

Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand will go to polls, in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first election in Ladakh division following its split from the Kashmir division earlier this year.

Lok Sabha elections 2019 Phase 5: Seats going to polls

A total of 51 constituencies across seven states are going to polls in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Besides, re-polling will be conducted in five polling booths for three Assembly and five Lok Sabha segments in three districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Bihar (5 seats): Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, Hajipur

Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats): Anantnag (Shopian and Pulwama districts), Ladakh

Jharkhand (4 seats): Kodarma, Ranchi, Khunti, Hazaribagh

Madhya Pradesh (7 seats): Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad, Betul

Rajasthan (12 seats): Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa, Nagaur

Uttar Pradesh (14 seats): Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich, Kaiserganj, Gonda

West Bengal (7 seats): Bangaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uleberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Arambag

The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 40 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (seven).