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.”
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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