The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha Elections is underway with over 9 crore voters exercising their franchise in 51 constituencies spread over seven states across India. The total polling percentage till 1 pm is 31.29. The states which are going to polls in round 5 are - Uttar Pradesh (14/80 seats), Rajasthan (12/25 seats), Madhya Pradesh (7/29 seats), West Bengal (7/42 seats), Bihar (5/40 seats), Jharkhand (4/14 seats) and Jammu and Kashmir (2/6 seats). With this phase, election will be over in 424 seats and polling in the remaining 118 seats will be held on May 12 and 19.
The voting will take place between 7 am and 6 pm in most of the constituencies to decide the fate of around 674 candidates in seven states all over the country. Voting will end at 4 pm in some parts of Jharkhand due to security reasons as some areas are affected by Left-Wing Extremism. The Election Comission has set up 94,000 polling stations/booths and made elaborate security arrangements.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, actor-turned politician and Samajwadi Party candidate Poonam Sinha are some of the key contestants who will fight during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls today.
Here are the LIVE updates:
Actors Swara Bhasker, Gul Panag to campaign for AAP
Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed to transfer, Rajesh Duggal, IPS Commandant 3rd Battalion Haryana Armed Police, Hisar from the district of his present posting and be posted outside Hisar and Sirsa Parliament Constituency immediately.
We agreed to tie-up with AAP in Delhi, but Arvind Kejriwal did 'U' turn and also wanted to have alliance in Haryana, Punjab: Rahul Gandhi.
Narendra Modi insulted my martyred father Rajiv Gandhi, but I only have love for him: Rahul Gandhi.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Delhi. WATCH LIVE:
Total voter turnout in Phase 5 of Lok Sabha Election 2019: 62.56%:
West Bengal: 73.97%
Madhya Pradesh: 62.60%
Uttar Pradesh: 57.33%
Bihar: 57.86 %
Jammu and Kashmir: (Anantnag: 8.76%, Ladakh: 63.76%)
Chief Electoral Officer Himachal Pradesh has directed District Election Officer, Kangra to take action under section 127A of RP Act ,1950 regarding violation of Model Code of Conduct by Congress candidate for Kangra, Pawan Kajal.
Jaipur: Voting concludes for the 5th phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 in Rajasthan.
57.86% voter turnout recorded in Bihar (five Lok Sabha constituencies) in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, till 6pm.
59.15 per cent polling till 5 pm in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven sttaes.
Jammu and Kashmir: 17.07%
Madhya Pradesh: 62.45%
Uttar Pradesh: 52.97%
West Bengal: 74.06%
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party president Arvind Kejriwal campaigns for party's candidate from South Delhi, Raghav Chadha, in Delhi's Tehkhand Village area.
#ElectionsWithNewsNation | Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party covenor @ArvindKejriwal campaigns for party's candidate from South Delhi, @raghav_chadha, in Delhi's Tehkhand Village area.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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West Bengal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Locket Chatterjee staged a sit-in at District Magistrate's office in Hooghly after her car was vandalized by unknown miscreants, earlier today.
Polling percentage recorded till 4 pm:
West Bengal: 63.57%
Uttar Pradesh: 44.89%
Jammu and Kashmir: 15.51%
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Jharkhand.
#WATCH PM in J'khand,"Namdaar ke parivaar ko chunauti deta hoon,aaj ke charan to pura hua lekin himmat ho to aage 2 charan baaki hain,agar aapko purv PM jin pe Bofors ke bhrashtachar ke aarop hain,un ke maan-samman ke mudde par main chunauti deta hun,us mudde pe chunaav ladiye" pic.twitter.com/Yh6OcBsPcV— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019
Jammu witnesses 49 per cent polling till 5 pm.
52.96 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in 5 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar.
Jammu and Kashmir: Petrol bomb was hurled at a polling station in south Kashmir’s Shopian, today, no loss of life or injuries reported.
People standing in queues in different polling booths in and around Leh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
53.84% polling percentage recorded in Madhya Pradesh (7 seats), till 4 pm.
AAP's East Delhi Candidate Aatishi's complaint against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly having two voter ID cards: Delhi's Tis Hazari Court reserves the order in summoning of records and documents from the state election commission. Court to pass the order on 13th May.
Voter turnout till 3:30 pm:
Jammu and Kashmir: 15.34%
Madhya Pradesh: 54.17%
Uttar Pradesh: 44.89%
West Bengal: 62.84%
Overall polling percentage: 50.70%
I don't want to share dais with expiry PM as elections are on: Mamata over not returning calls from PM Modi's office.
Could not take PM's call on cycone Fani as I was in Kharagpur: Mamata Banerjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jhargram, West Bengal: He (Sitaram Yechury) did not even respect the words in his name, 'Sita-Ram,' he insulted Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Sahara chief Subrata Roy casts his vote at a polling booth in Lucknow.
Sahara chief Subrata Roy casts his vote at a polling booth in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/d4VjVsIGsL— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 6, 2019
Mahendra Singh Dhoni casts his vote at a polling booth in Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Narsinghpur: Actor Ashutosh Rana after casting his vote at polling booth number 105 in Gadarwara.
Another grenade lobbed at Chatpora Pulwama on a polling booth. No loss of life. It blasted outside the wall with no damage.
Voting percentage till 1 pm:
Jammu and Kashmir- 6.54,
Madhya Pradesh- 31.46,
Uttar Pradesh- 26.53,
West Bengal- 39.55,
In West Bengal, people have to to pay Trinmool Tolabazi Tax. No one dared to challenge this tax and it only emboldened TMC. But now it won't last long in Bengal: PM Modi.
I want to assure the people of West Bengal that the central government is with you and will help the state government with relief: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Recently, Pakistan sponsored Masood Azhar was designated a global terrorist by the United Nation. It's a huge victory of India against the terrorist. It's a matter of pride for the country however, Didi failed to comment on this topic: PM Modi.
Speedbreaker Didi has tried to play politics even on cyclone Fani. I tried to get in touch with Mamata didi but her arrogance is such that she refused to talk to me, I tried again but she did not get in touch: PM Modi in West Bengal.
I tried speaking to CM Mamata Banerjee but she, out of her arrogance, did not speak to me. I hoped that she would call be back but she did not call. I called her again as I was worried about West Bengal but she refused: PM Modi.
I called her again and again because I was worried about the people of West Bengal but she refused me again: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
People who hail Jai Shree Ram in Bengal are put behind the bars, Didi is so frustrated these days that she doesnt even want to talk or hear about god: PM Modi.
Mamata Banerjee is doing politics even over natural calamities, says PM Modi.
ECI removes presiding officer of a booth at Tarakeswar under Arambag Lok Sabha constituency after Trinamool leader, Maharaja Nag was caught on camera guiding voters on where to vote.
Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav approaches Supreme Court challenging rejection of his nomination as Samajwadi Party candidate from Varanasi Lok Sabha Constituency. Advocate Prashant Bhushan is appearing for Yadav.
Madhya Pradesh: A man in Chhatarpur arrives to vote, after his father's last rites earlier today.
"I cannot believe that a man from Mahatma Gandhi's soil Gujarat could make such a comment on Rajiv Gandhi. He is shook because of the results of the elections till now. He promised jobs, smart cities, farmer income to be doubled, but failed to do so," Congress' overseas head Sam Pitroda said on Monday on PM Modi's comments over former PM Rajiv Gandhi.
BJP says they will meet the Election Commission later in the evening today to complain of fake voting and threatening of party workers.
Union Home Minister and the BJP candidate from Lucknow, Rajnath Singh, said that the Mahagatbandhan is no challenge for the saffron party in his constituency. "I don't want to comment on her (SP-BSP-RLD candidate Poonam Sinha), as I believe elections are not about individuals but about issues," he said.
Bihar: One Ranjit Paswan arrested on charges of vandalizing an EVM machine at polling booth number 131 in Chhapra.
After casting her vote in lucknow in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati urged the people to exercise their right to vote wisely. "Women should come out of their homes and vote. Your vote is precious," she said.
Jharkhand: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Hazaribagh, Jayant Sinha arrives at a polling booth to cast his vote. Sinha is contesting against Congress' Gopal Sahu & CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.
Jharkhand: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Hazaribagh, Jayant Sinha arrives at a polling booth to cast his vote. Sinha is contesting against Congress' Gopal Sahu & CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/o7tsnfiw9F— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019
Voter turnout till 9 am:
Jharkhand: A man arrived with his 105-year-old mother to cast votes at polling booth number 450 in Hazaribagh.
Smriti Irani,BJP candidate from Amethi on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: She did not know my name 5 years back, now she keeps taking my name, such an accomplishment. Nowadays she takes her husband's name less and my name more.
Smriti Irani: A person died as he was denied treatment at hospital where Rahul Gandhi is trustee,in Amethi just because he had Ayushman Bharat card.
Jharkhand: Visuals from a polling booth in St.Anne's Girls High School in Ranchi.
West Bengal: Arjun Singh, BJP candidate from Barrackpore alleges that he was attacked by TMC workers, says,"I was attacked by TMC goons who have been brought from outside. Those people were scaring away our voters. I am injured." READ HERE
"I was attacked by TMC goons who have been brought from outside. Those people were scaring away our voters. I am injured." says Arjun Singh, BJP candidate from Barrackpore alleges that he was attacked by TMC workers#WestBengal— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir: Visuals from a polling booth in Khrew area of Pulwama( Anantnag Lok Sabha seat).
A grenade was lobbed at Rohmoo Polling Booth in Pulwama, South Kashmir. No loss of life or any damage.
BSP Chief Mayawati casts her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori Inter College in Lucknow.
In the fifth of the seven phases of general election 2019 two school buildings that were designated as polling booths have been set on fire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. In Jammu and Kashmir, polling is taking place in Ladakh constituency and Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag seat.
The Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha Elections began on a violent note in West Bengal on Monday. Clashes broke out in Barrackpore, at outskirts of state capital Kolkata, within first hour of polling. BJP candidate Arjun Singh was injured during the scuffle. The BJP alleges that Singh was attacked by Trinamool Congress workers in Mohanpur area. The BJP camp was also attacked by unidentified men.
Jammu and Kashmir: Visuals from polling booth 66 in Govt High School in Pulwama( Anantnag Lok Sabha seat)
Visuals from polling booth 66 in Govt High School in Pulwama, #JammuAndKashmir (Anantnag Lok Sabha seat) #LokSabhaElections2019— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Voting hasn't started in 3 booths at Alwar (Rural) constituency.
PM Modi has appealed voters to exercise their franchise and said, "A vote is the most effective way to enrich our democracy and contribute to India’s better future."
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.
West Bengal: Voting yet to begin in booth numbers 289/ 291/292 in Howrah, reportedly after glitches in EVMs and VVPATs. Details awaited.
Home Minister and BJP candidate from Lucknow Rajnath Singh casts his vote at polling booth 333 in Scholars' Home School in Lucknow.
#ElectionsWithNewsNation | Home Minister and Lucknow @BJP4India Candidate @rajnathsingh casts his vote at polling booth 333 in Scholars' Home School— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore arrive at a polling station in Jaipur to cast their votes:
#ElectionsWithNewsNation | Union Minister @Ra_THORe and his wife Gayatri Rathore arrive at a polling station in Jaipur, Rajasthan to cast their vote for #LokSabhaElections2019— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Saran: Elderly man on a wheelchair brought to a polling booth in Chhapra:
Visuals from a polling booth in Jaipur:
Hazaribagh: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and wife Nilima Sinha arrive at a polling booth to cast vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019. His son and Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress' Gopal Sahu and CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.
Visuals from a model polling booth in Saran:
Voters queue up outside a polling station in Barrackpore, West Bengal.
Voters queue up outside a polling station in Barrackpore, West Bengal.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Voters queue up outside a polling station in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh:
Voters queue up outside a polling station in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh; Voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of elections will begin shortly— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Visuals from polling booth no. 333 in Lucknow:
Voting begins in 51 Parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase.
Visuals from a polling booth in Lucknow:
MadhyaPradesh: Residents of Garauli village held protests on Sunday saying they would boycott the elections due to inaction on issue of water scarcity in the area; locals say, "We walk 3-4 km daily to collect water. Protested last year as well but nobody pays heed."
Residents of Garauli village held protests y'day saying they would boycott #LokSabhaElections2019 due to inaction on issue of water scarcity in the area; locals say, "we walk 3-4 km daily to collect water. Protested last year as well but nobody pays heed". #MadhyaPradesh— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
Purulia, West Bengal: The People of Sabar tribe in Bandwan area call for boycott of polls due to unavailability of electricity in their houses. A villager says, "The electricity department said we would get free electricity but later asked for Rs 4,000, how would we pay that amount?"
West Bengal: A villager from Bandwan area says, "electricity department said we would get free electricity but later asked for Rs 4000, how would we pay that amount".— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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Madhya Pradesh: Visuals from polling stations in Hoshangabad ahead of voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase:
#Visuals from polling stations in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh ahead of voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of #LokSabhaElections2019— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) May 6, 2019
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