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Lok Sabha Election Updates: Voter turnout of 57.52% recorded till 5pm, highest in West Bengal

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A Sadhu shows his ink-marked finger after voting at a polling station in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on May 20.
A Sadhu shows his ink-marked finger after voting at a polling station in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on May 20.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Updates: Voting for the fifth of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2024 concluded at 5pm. As many as 49 constituencies (General-39; ST-03; SC-07) across eight states and Union Territories voted to decide the fate of 695 candidates. This is the smallest phase in terms of the number of constituencies for which the voting will take place Polling for 35 assembly constituencies of the Odisha Legislative Assembly will took place simultaneously on Monday....Read More

The states and union territories where polling was held in the 5th phase are Jharkhand (3), Odisha (5), Uttar Pradesh (14), Bihar (5), Maharashtra (13), West Bengal (7), Ladakh (1) and, Jammu and Kashmir (1). As voting closes, 49 constituencies, 428 of the Lok Sabha’s 543 seats have gone to polls in the elections that began on April 19.

Several key candidates were in the fray in the fifth phase, including union minister Smriti Irani, who is eyeing a second term from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, union ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) and Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Rae Bareli), LJP (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan (Hajipur), Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde's son Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan), National Conference leader Omar Abdullah (Baramulla) and RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Rohini Acharya (Saran).

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Key facts about phase 5

  • Over 8.95 crore voters include 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5,409 third-gender electors.
  • Around 9.47 lakh polling officials welcomed over 8.95 crore voters across 94,732 polling stations.
  • All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh's Amethi and Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seats, both synonymous with the Congress party's Gandhi family. Rahul Gandhi is contesting from his family borough Rae Bareli against UP horticulture minister Dinesh Pratap Singh of the BJP. Gandhi had lost the Amethi seat to Smriti Irani in 2019 but won the Wayanad seat in Kerala.
  • Campaigning for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections ended on Saturday, May 18. The last date for filing nominations for this phase was May 3.
  • According to the Election Commission, until now, the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 has seen the voter turnout of about 66.95%. Around 451 million people have already voted, during the first four phases of ongoing General Elections.

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May 20, 2024 7:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Anil Ambani among early voters

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Businessman Anil Ambani arrived at a polling booth in Mumbai's Colaba to cast his vote.

May 20, 2024 7:10 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: In Bundelkhand, lowest number of candidates is six in Jalaun

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: A total of 54 candidates are contesting on the five seats of Bundelkhand. The lowest number of candidates is six in Jalaun, maximum number of candidates is in Fatehpur where 15 were contesting

May 20, 2024 7:09 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Voting in Bundelkhand

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Votes are being cast for the four lok sabha seats of Bundelkhand region-- Jhansi-Lalitpur, Jalaun-Garautha, Hamirpur-Mahoba, Banda-Chitrakoot-- and Fatehpur

May 20, 2024 7:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Voting begins

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Voting begins across 8 states/UTs. It will conclude at 6 pm.

May 20, 2024 6:40 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: States and their number of constituencies going to polls in 5th round of voting

Jharkhand: 3 of the 14 constituencies

Odisha: 5 of the 21 constituencies

Uttar Pradesh: 14 of the 80 constituencies

Bihar: 5 of the 40 constituencies

Maharashtra: 13 of the 48 constituencies

West Bengal: 7 of the 42 constituencies

Ladakh: 1 constituency

Jammu and Kashmir: 1 of the 5 constituencies

May 20, 2024 6:33 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: PM Modi urges people to vote today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged people to exercise their franchise in the fifth round of polling in the Lok Sabha election today.

“As 49 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls today in the 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, urging all those whose constituencies are polling today to vote in record numbers. I specially call upon women voters and young voters to exercise their franchise.,” he wrote in a post on X.

May 20, 2024 6:30 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Key candidates in fifth phase of Lok Sabha election

From Rahul Gandhi to Smriti Irani, from Karan Bhushan Singh to Chirag Paswan, many big names will have their fate at stake during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls 2024. Other big names such as Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rohini Acharya will also be looking for electoral success.

May 20, 2024 5:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Poll preparations at a polling booth in Odisha - Video

Poll preparations begin at a polling booth in Rourkela for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held today. Polling will be held on 5 Lok Sabha and 35 assembly seats in the second round of simultaneous elections in Odisha.

May 20, 2024 5:45 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Electoral battles to test influence of some famous political dynasties

The stage is set for interesting battles across eight states and union territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls, with some seats turning into prestige contests for political dynasties and senior leaders seeking to retain their influence.

A total of 49 constituencies from six states and two union territories are set for polls on Monday in the fifth phase of polling.

The contests include Amethi and Raebareli, considered traditional strongholds of Congress in Uttar Pradesh.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Raebaereli, a seat represented by his mother Sonia Gandhi since 2004. Rahul Gandhi has also contested from Wayanad in Kerala and it remains to be seen if he wins both seats.

In 2019, Rahul Gandhi lost the election in Amethi to Union Minister Smriti Irani. The party has fielded its dedicated worker, KL Sharma, from the seat to take on Smriti Irani.

May 20, 2024 5:43 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: BJP's Piyush Goyal battles it out with Bhushan Patil of Congress in Mumbai North

Mumbai North is one of the 48 constituencies and forms a part of the Mumbai Suburban district of Maharashtra. It is a stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

It comprises six assembly segments: Borivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop, and Malad West.

The BJP fielded Piyush Goyal against Congress' Bhushan Patil from the Mumbai North seat that is going to polls on May 20 in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election.

Earlier on May 14, Union Minister and BJP candidate from Mumbai North, Piyush Goyal expressed confidence in the party's victory.

"I have faith in the work done under PM Modi's 10 years of governance. The public has made up its mind to give 400 seats to PM Modi and the Mumbai North parliamentary seat will be won with a record margin," Goyal said.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections Gopal Shetty from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Lok Sabha seat defeating Congress actor-politician Urmila Matondkar by over 4.65 lakh votes. There were 16.47 lakh eligible voters in the 2019 elections from this constituency.

May 20, 2024 5:37 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: 2,000 earthen lamps spell 'Swagatam' on sand at Puri beach to welcome PM Modi

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created an installation of sand art using about 2,000 Diyas to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the message "Swagatam" at Puri Beach in Odisha on Monday.

Speaking to ANI here on Sunday, Sudarsan Pattnaik said, "PM Narendra Modi ji will visit Puri on Monday. To welcome him, I have created a sand sculpture of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath and PM Modi."

The sand sculpture shows Prime Minister Modi seeking blessings from Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath.

The sand artist created the sculpture using 2,000 earthen lamps (diyas) and some flowers.

He has used about 5 tonnes of sand to create the 6-foot-high sand sculpture.

May 20, 2024 5:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Ayushmann Khurrana encourages people to vote in Lok Sabha polls

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has encouraged people to vote in large numbers for the Lok Sabha polls.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) enlisted Khurrana to encourage voters to participate in large numbers in the elections.

The ECI's initiative aims to maximise voter turnout and ensure citizens exercise their democratic right to choose their representatives.

Ayushmann Khurrana, who enjoys significant popularity among the youth, took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to appeal to the voters of Maharashtra, urging them to exercise their voting rights as the state heads to the polls on Monday, May 20.

May 20, 2024 5:21 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Mayawati slams BJP, Congress, SP; promises statehood to Purvanchal

Bahujan Samaj Party national president Mayawati reiterated her desire to divide Uttar Pradesh into four regions, stating that if her party came to power at the Centre, she would grant statehood to Purvanchal. Mayawati made this announcement while addressing a public meeting at a ground in Mohammadabad Gohna in Mau in support of her party candidates: Balchandra Chauhan (Ghosi), Mashood (Azamgarh), Dr. Chaudhary (Lalganj), and Bhim Rajbhar (Salempur).

May 20, 2024 5:17 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: 'Let's carry out our duty as Indians…', Shah Rukh Khan urges voters to get fingers inked ahead of Phase 5

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan came forward on Saturday to encourage people to immerse themselves in the celebration of democracy and get their fingers inked amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Taking to X, SRK wrote, “As responsible Indian citizens we must exercise our right to vote this Monday in Maharashtra. Let's carry out our duty as Indians and vote keeping our country's best interests in mind. Go forth Promote, our right to Vote.”

As the voting date for Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra is set for May 20, SRK's post would definitely act as a reminder among his followers.

Reacting to SRK's post about voting, a lot of his fans shared his monologue from his blockbuster 'Jawan'.

May 20, 2024 5:06 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Phase 5 to decide fate of Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani, Rajnath Singh among others

Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 will be held on May 20, which will cover 49 seats across 6 States and two Union Territories.

Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The fifth phase will witness key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya will be looking for electoral success.

May 20, 2024 4:54 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: 95.11 lakh people to vote for 80 candidates across 5 LS seats in Bihar

Voting will take place across five Lok Sabha seats of Bihar, all currently held by the BJP-led NDA, on Monday when over 95 lakh voters will decide the fate of 80 candidates.

The seats going to polls in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls are Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Saran and reserved constituency of Hajipur.

Hajipur has the highest number of 19.67 voters and the primary contest there is between NDA partner Chirag Paswan, whose late father Ram Vilas Paswan had won the seat eight times, and RJD's Shiv Chandra Ram, a former MLA and ex-minister in the state.

Sitting MP Pashupati Kumar Paras, a former Union minister and estranged uncle of Paswan, has stayed out of the contest while pledging support to the NDA.

May 20, 2024 4:52 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: 'Ram Lalla decided to hand over power to PM Modi for third time,' says UP CM Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday slammed the opposition parties by likening the actions of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress with those of the demon king Ravana, and adding that Shri Ram Lalla has chosen to grant power to his devotee Prime Minister Narendra Modi and make him PM for a third consecutive term.

In a blistering attack on the opposition, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "Ravana's spirit lives on through the SP and Congress, whose actions mirror his own."

"Congress denied the existence of Lord Ram, and its intellectuals opposed the construction of the Ram temple in India. The SP even ordered opening of fire upon Ram devotees. Now, their general secretary dismisses the Ram temple as pointless," he remarked.

CM Yogi added, "But whatever Ram Lalla wishes will definitely happen, and he has chosen to grant power to his devotee Modi for a third term this time."

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made these remarks while addressing a public meeting at National Intermediate College Patti Narendrapur in support of BJP candidate Kripashankar Singh from Jaunpur.

May 20, 2024 4:35 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Ratan Tata’s message for Mumbaikars ahead of Mumbai Lok Sabha election

All Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai are going to polls on Monday, May 20. Ahead of the big day, Ratan Tata took to X to share a special message with Mumbaikars. He urged everyone to go out to vote and exercise their constitutional right. “Monday is voting day in Mumbai. I urge all Mumbaikars to go out and vote responsibly,” Ratan Tata wrote in his post. The fifth phase of voting will begin at 7 am on Monday and conclude at 6 pm. There are six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai City and Mumbai suburban, where voting will take place on Monday.

May 20, 2024 4:33 AM IST

Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai: What's closed? Stock markets, banks…

The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections will take place on Monday, where 13 constituencies of Maharashtra will vote. Due to voting banks, stock markets, liquor shops will remain closed. Read more

May 20, 2024 4:20 AM IST

Odisha elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Over 79 lakh voters to determine fate of over 300 candidates in Phase 5

Over 79 lakh voters across five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 assembly constituencies of Odisha would determine the political fate of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, former Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram and former Indian hockey team captain Dilip Tirkey among 305 candidates in the fifth phase of polling on Monday. Read more

May 20, 2024 4:13 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh to vote on Monday, Rajnath Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani among key candidates

Several political heavyweights, including defence minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, are in the fray for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election that will be held in 14 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Thirty-nine constituencies in the state have already witnessed polling in the first four phases. The state has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the maximum in the country. Read more

May 20, 2024 3:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Understanding NDA, INDIA bloc’s arithmetic in phase 5

 Forty-nine parliamentary constituencies (PCs) are going to vote on Monday in the fifth phase of the current election cycle. This is also the smallest phase in terms of the number of PCs going to the polls. These 49 PCs are spread across eight states and Union territories. Among the two major alliance blocs — the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) spearheaded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) — the INDIA bloc is again set to witness a higher proportion of intra-alliance conflicts. Most of these intra-alliance conflicts are expected to be notional, except in West Bengal, where the Trinamool Congress (TMC) failed to reach a seat-sharing arrangement with other INDIA parties — the Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM), and Communist Party of India (CPI).

May 20, 2024 3:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: How many voters are there?

Over 89.5 million people will vote across six states and two Union territories in the fifth of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on Monday, sealing the political fate of 695 candidates.

May 20, 2024 3:38 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: Take a look at key constituencies in this phase

Rae Bareli, Amethi, Kaiserganj, Lucknow, Faizabad, Saran, Hajipur, Mumbai North, Ladakh, Baramulla are among the key seats where voting would take place today. Read more

May 20, 2024 3:30 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 LIVE Updates: List of states, constituencies going to polls

The states and union territories where the elections will be held in the 5th phase are Jharkhand (3), Odisha (5), Uttar Pradesh (14), Bihar (5), Maharashtra (13), West Bengal (7), Ladakh (1) and, Jammu and Kashmir (1). Read more

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