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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 5 Voting LIVE Updates: 53.19% voter turnout till 5 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2019 phase 5 voting LIVE updates: Seats of Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will vote in this phase.

By HT Correspondent | May 06, 2019 18:14 IST
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Polling in 51 parliamentary constituencies is underway in the fifth, and the smallest phase of the 2019 general elections. Barring seven parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal and Anantnag and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, this phase of election is entirely in Hindi speaking states.

A 2019 phase-wise classification of PCs by 2014 results shows that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners had the highest seat share in the PCs which are going to polls today.

The results of the elections, which are being conducted over seven phases, will be announced on May 23.

Read: Fate of 51 seats on line in fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections today

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06:10 pm IST

53.19% voter turnout till 5 pm in Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections

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, according to PTI.

3:30 pm IST

51% voter turnout till 3 pm

At 3 pm, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 50.62%.

44.08% polling was recorded in Bihar, 15.34% in Jammu and Kashmir, 53.77% in Madhya Pradesh, 50.40% in Rajasthan, 44.79% in Uttar Pradesh, 62.84% in West Bengal and 58.63% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.

3:25 pm IST

TMC candidates alleges assault by central force personnel in Bengal

TMC candidate in Howrah Lok Sabha constituency Prasun Banerjee, who is also a former India football team captain, alleged that he, along with his party supporters, were assaulted by central force personnel in Balitikuri under Howrah Lok Sabha constituency.

“Women workers were also hit with sticks. I was hit in the shoulder. I am not used to assaults,” said the 64-year-old, who was an Arjuna awardee in 1979.

Banerjee said a central force personnel recognised him “as a great player” but also twisted his arm and assaulted him.

The incident happened before 2 pm.

“One of the personnel was intoxicated. We are filing a complaint,” said TMC leader of Howrah district and minister Arup Roy.

2:30 pm IST

MS Dhoni casts vote

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cast his vote at a polling booth in Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

1:55 pm IST

Locals allege crude bombs hurled in Bengal, TMC supporter injured

Asit Das, purportedly a TMC supporter, was injured in the head after crude bombs were hurled. According to locals, two bombs were hurled. TMC supporters alleged the bombs were thrown after BJP candidate Shantanu Thakur left the area.

The incident happened at Himli area under Bongaon constituency.

1:45 pm IST

41% voter turnout till 1 pm

At 1 pm, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 40.73%.

32.27% polling was recorded in Bihar, 11.35% in Jammu and Kashmir, 43.93% in Madhya Pradesh, 42.63% in Rajasthan, 35.15% in Uttar Pradesh, 50.78% in West Bengal and 45.98% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.

1:00 pm IST

Rajasthan BJP president Madanlal Saini casts his vote

Rajasthan BJP president Madanlal Saini and his wife cast their votes in Sikar.

12:50 pm IST

Lucknow man casts vote before heading to his wedding

A man in Lucknow, cast his vote at the irrigation department polling booth in Lucknow before going for his marriage.

12:19 pm IST

Central forces not deployed at booths where polls are being rigged, alleges Bengal BJP candidate

BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee drove out presiding officer from booth no 232 at Dhaniakhali in West Bengal’s Hooghly district. She alleged rigging by TMC. She also alleged that central forces were not deployed in places where polls were being rigged.

11:55 am IST

Rajya Sabha MP Kirori Meena takes entire village to cast votes

Rajya Sabha MP Kirori Meena took 108-year-old Rama Devi, 80-year-old Tundaram Meena, her 38-year-old son Tapasvi Meena along with the entire Maharajpura village in Dausa district to cast their votes.

11:29 am IST

MP man arrives to vote after performing father’s last rites

A man in Madhya Prdaesh’s Chhatarpur arrived to vote after performing his father’s last rites earlier today.

11:28 am IST

Names missing in latest electoral roll, allege voters in Lucknow

Voters in Lucknow alleged that some of the names were deleted in the latest electoral roll Shia PG College polling station. A voter, Naseem names of three out of six of his family members were missing from the new list.

11:24 am IST

Re-polling underway in five polling booths in Andhra

Re-polling is on at a brisk pace in five polling booths in three districts of Andhra Pradesh Monday.

About 16 per cent of polling was reported overall in the first two hours after the process began, Election Commission officials here said.

The re-poll has been ordered in view of technical glitches in 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.

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.

11:17 am IST

27% voter turnout till 11 am

At 11 am, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 27.11%.

20.74% polling was recorded in Bihar,6.09% in Jammu and Kashmir, 29.71% in Madhya Pradesh, 29.39% in Rajasthan, 22.96% in Uttar Pradesh, 33.57% in West Bengal and 29.49% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.

11:12 am IST

Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot casts his vote

Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot cast his vote today in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019.

11:05 am IST

Jharkhand man carries 105-year-old mother to polling booth

A 105-year-old woman was among the 6.5 million voters to cast her franchise on Monday in Jharkhand, where polling is being held in four parliamentary constituencies during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019.

She was carried to the polling booth number 450 in Hazaribagh, where Union minister of state Jayant Sinha of the BJP is in the fray, by her son. Her photographs were shared by news agency ANI on Twitter.

11:00 am IST

Cong candidate from Alwar Bahnwar Jitendra Singh reaches poll centre

Congress candidate from Alwar Bahnwar Jitendra Singh reached polling centre in Alwar.

10:58 am IST

Rs 15 lakh given to family of homeguard who died on duty

Rs 15 lakh have been given to the family of homeguard Mahesh Dubey who died during duty. Polls were boycotted by residents of certain villages in Tikamgarh district. However, authorities pursued them after which some of villagers cast their votes, said CEO MP VL Kantharao.

10:55 am IST

People in MP village boycott polls over water crisis

At village Atarhai in Panna district under Khajuraho parliamentary constituency, villagers boycotted polling due to water crisis at the village. The Janpad Panchayat CEO said it hardly mattered. He was not to win the election and that villagers should talk to him politely.

10:40 am IST

Man seen directing voters to vote for TMC in Bengal

In 110 booth of Naskarpur in Tarakeswar under West Bengal’s Arambag constituency, a man was seen directing the voters as they entered to booth to press the first button in the EVM in favour of the TMC candidate. He was also seen stepping into the voting cell to check whether the voter was doing according to his instructions.

10:28 am IST

Man arrested on charges of vandalising EVM machine in Bihar

One Ranjit Paswan has been arrested on charges of vandalizing an EVM machine at polling booth number 131 in Bihar’s Chhapra, reported news agency ANI.

10:25 am IST

Srmriti Irani alleges booth capturing in Amethi

“I tweeted an alert to administration and EC (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not,” said Union minister Smriti Irani.

10:18 am IST

Elderly come out to vote

9:45 am IST

Voters in Bengal’s Bijpur cast votes twice as polling began without deleting mock poll votes

In booth number 116 in West Bengal’s Bijpur under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, some voters cast their votes for a second time since polling in the morning had to be cancelled after polling started without deleting the 86 votes that were recorded during the mock poll.

According to the rules, a repoll should be ordered here, said political analysts and noone -- presiding officer, sector officer, returning officer -- can take a decision to recall voters from their homes to cast their votes for a second time.

9:36 am IST

12% voter turnout till 9 am

At 9 am, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 11.78%.

11.51% polling was recorded in Bihar, 0.80% in Jammu and Kashmir, 11.47% in Madhya Pradesh, 13.25% in Rajasthan, 9.82% in Uttar Pradesh, 13.65% in West Bengal and 13.46% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.

9:28 am IST

Homeguard dies of heart attack in MP

A homeguard dies of heart attack in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul parliamentary constituency

9:26 am IST

Grenade attack on polling booth 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 said.

A grenade was lobbed towards Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama but there were no reports of any casualties in the the blast, a police official said.

He 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.

9:16 am IST

‘TMC goons attacked me’, alleges BJP’s Arjun Singh in Bengal

“I was attacked by TMC goons while I was escorting some men (BJP supporters) who were being prevented from casting their votes,” alleged BJP candidate from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, Arjun Singh. He claimed that TMC brought toughs from outside to assault him.

TV channels aired footage that showed Singh in a scuffle with a state cop.

9:10 am IST

Differently abled voters turn up to cast their votes

Differently abled inmates of Cheshire home were seen waiting to cast their votes during Lok Sabha poll at Cheshire home polling booth in Ranchi on Monday.

9:05 am IST

Cradle at polling booths for women coming with newborns

At a polling booth in Madhya Pradesh’s Piparia in Hoshangabad parliamentary constituency, poll personnel have placed a cradle on the premises to facilitate voting by women who come with their newborns.

9:04 am IST

People in areas of Bharatpur boycott voting

People in Rajasthan’s Rehmanpura, Bajrang Vihar, and Nagla are boycotting voting in these areas of Bharatpur over demands of water and roads.

8:27 am IST

Polling delayed by 50 min in Bengal poll booth

Polling could not take place for about 50 mins at booth number 256 in Tarakeswar under West Bengal’s Arambag constituency due to alleged EVM and VVPAT glitch.

8:22 am IST

BSP chief Mayawati casts her vote

BSP chief Mayawati cast her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori Inter College in Lucknow.

8:20 am IST

TMC-backed goons abduct son of woman in Barrackpore constituency, alleges BJP’s Arjun Singh

Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency candidate Arjun Singh alleged that TMC-backed goons abducted the son of a woman in his constituency, and he was going to her home to find out what has happened.

8:15 am IST

BJP supporter’s house vandalised in Bengal, locals blame TMC workers

In a village in Udaynarayanpur under West Bengal’s Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency, the house of Uttam Mondal, a BJP supporter, was vandalised early in the morning of Monday.

Locals alleged that TMC workers ransacked the house after they came to know that Mondal might be appointed as a polling agent of the BJP.

8:00 am IST

Central forces guard polling booths in West Bengal

In the fifth phase of polling in Lok Sabha elections 2019, all polling stations are being guarded by central forces in West Bengal.

7:55 am IST

EVM glitches in West Bengal, UP

Voting is yet to begin in booth numbers 289/ 291/292 in West Benal’s Howrah, reportedly after glitches in EVMs and VVPATs, reported news agency ANI. More details are awaited.

Till 7:30 am, in Shyampur under Bengal’s Uluberia constituency polling could not start in booth number 179 due to EVM glitch.

“I am getting complaints of EVM glitches in different areas such as Chanditala, Sreerampore, Jangipara,” alleged TMC candidate of Sreerampore constituency Kalyan Bandyopadhyay.

Polling at a booth in Sarsawan that falls under Mohanlalganj Constituency of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow was delayed because of technical glitch in the EVM.

7:43 am IST

‘Sure to get a clear majority’: Rajnath Singh

“Sure to get a clear majority, however, I can’t predict by what margin, I will win in the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat,” said Union home minister Rajnath Singh after casting his vote a polling booth in Gomtinagar.

7:35 am IST

Rajnath Singh casts his vote

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh cast his vote in a Gomtinagar polling station Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.

Singh was accompanied by family members, they reached the polling station at 7:30 in the morning.

Polling started at 7 am and several including senior citizens were outside the polling station even before it.

VB Shrivastava, 73, said, “This is a VIP polling booth so we decided to cast our vote at the earliest.”

7:27 am IST

Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore arrives to cast his vote

Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore arrives at a polling station in Rajasthan’s Jaipur to cast their vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

7:24 am IST

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha in queue to cast his vote

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and his wife Nilima Sinha arrived at a polling booth in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh to cast their vote. His son and Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress’ Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.

7:18 am IST

Voting across 51 Lok Sabha seats

The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 covers the remaining 12 constituencies in Rajasthan, as well as 14 in Uttar Pradesh, including the high-profile Amethi, Rae Bareli and Lucknow seats, five in Bihar, and seven in West Bengal.

Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh go in for their second phase of polls with voting in four and seven constituencies, respectively.

Voting is also being held in the final phase of the three stage polling in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, as well as the state’s Ladakh constituency.

7:14 am IST

Rajnath Singh urges voters to cast their ‘valuable votes’

“Today is the polling for 51 Lok Sabha seats including Lucknow in the 5th phase of General Elections.

I urge all the voters to cast their valuable votes with great enthusiasm and vote in large numbers,” tweeted Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

7:10 am IST

PM Modi urges voters to come out in large numbers

“Requesting all those voting in today’s fifth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in large numbers.

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,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

7:00 am IST

Voting begins

In the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019, voting in 51 seats across 7 states began at 7 am today.

6:50 am IST

Voters begin to queue outside poll booths

Voters have begun queuing up outside a polling station in West Bengal’s Barrackpore; Voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will begin shortly.

6:45 am IST

Preparations underway at polling booths

Preparations at polling booths are underway. Here are visuals from a polling booth in Amethi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani are contesting for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. Voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 to begin at 7 am today.

6:30 am IST

West Bengal’s Sabar tribe in Purulia boycott polls

People of Purulia’s Sabar tribe in West Bengal’s Bandwan area have called for a boycott of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 due to unavailability of electricity in their houses.A villager said, “electricity department said we would get free electricity but later asked for Rs 4000, how would we pay that amount”, reported news agency ANI.

6:05 am IST

Voting on 51 seats in phase 5 to begin shortly

Voting on 51 seats in phase 5 to begin shortly. In this phase, as many as 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states are scheduled to vote.

6:00 am IST

Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will take place today

Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will take place today