Elections LIVE: At 69%, Bengal leads other states in voting percentage

An elderly woman shows her inked finger after casting vote at a polling station, during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Hajipur on Monday | Photo: PTI
Voting for the fifth round of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began with reports of violence from West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. A grenade was thrown towards a polling booth in Pulwama, while a school building designated as polling booth was set on fire in Shopian early this morning. In West Bengal, BJP candidate from Barrackpore alleged that he was attacked by Trinamool Congress workers after he voted. Reports of EVM malfunctioning in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal were reported in the phase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections today.

656 candidates are in the fray from 51 constituencies. Among the prominent candidates for Phase 5 Lok Sabha elections 2019 are Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, all contesting from Uttar Pradesh. Other key candidates include Union Minister and former Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Samajwadi Party's Poonam Sinha, who is the wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, and parliamentarian Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Result of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be declared on May 23.

7:08 PM IST Jaipur: Voting concludes for the 5th phase of #LokSabhaElection2019 in #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/kkCjy7tf3e — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019

7:06 PM IST The BJP lodged a complaint against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday for allegedly deploying two minor boys for campaigning in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district.   In a statement, state BJP vice-president J P S Rathore said the complaint had been submitted to the state chief electoral officer that Yadav had deployed two minor boys, which on whose bodies campaign material of the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party was written. Read more  

6:57 PM IST Visuals from Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh where voting concluded for #Phase5 of #LokSabhaElection2019. pic.twitter.com/cyMGpPsGCb — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019

6:44 PM IST Till late afternoon, a voter turnout of nearly 64 per cent was recorded in West Bengal, 60 in Jharkhand, 55 in Madhya Pradesh, 51 in Rajasthan, 45 each in UP and Bihar and about 16 in J&K, according to the Election Commission.

6:42 PM IST West Bengal BJP writes to CEO West Bengal over poll related violence the letter states,"On all LS seats which were having polling today have seen wide spread violence including rigging of booths, destruction of EVMs&brutal attacks on BJP candidates.Also seek order for re-polling" — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019

6:27 PM IST GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP: Stunned by statements of SP candidate,Tej Bahadur Yadav.He was drafted by SP from Varanasi,his candidature has been nullified for various reasons.We can see on TV how he's telling a group that he's willing to hatch a plot to assassinate PM Modi for Rs 50 cr pic.twitter.com/kmVEMg9HPd — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019 GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP: Parties like Congress rallied behind such anti-social forces rather than the govt is a matter of concern. The fact that he was sought to be drafted as a candidate by SP, it really stuns us. We condemn it, we expect all agencies to take note of this threat. https://t.co/bOvljAEI7u — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019

6:20 PM IST Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal campaigns for party's candidate from South Delhi, Raghav Chadha, in Delhi's Tehkhand Village area. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/OC5E9hThvB — ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019

6:05 PM IST More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was "ensuring booth capturing".   According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf.

6:00 PM IST With voting for the fifth phase drawing to an end in the seven states, West Bengal has so far recorded a voter turnout of 69.48 per cent, highest among all states that went to poll in this phase.   As of 5 PM, Jharkhand has recorded a turnout of 58.07 per cent whereas 57.76 per cent people have polled their votes in Madhya Pradesh.

5:54 PM IST Polling percentage recorded till 4 pm: Bihar: 44.08%, Rajasthan: 50.44%, West Bengal: 63.57%, Jharkhand: 58.07%, Uttar Pradesh: 44.89%, Jammu and Kashmir: 15.51% (Source: ANI)

5:31 PM IST In the midst of Lok Sabha elections, a BJP ally on Monday claimed to have walked out of the Yogi Adityanth government.   Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar told reporters in Ballia that he has resigned from the Yogi Adityanath government. Read more

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Voting concludes for the 5th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Jaipur

BJP complains to EC against Akhilesh over children in campaign

The BJP lodged a complaint against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday for allegedly deploying two minor boys for campaigning in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district.
 
In a statement, state BJP vice-president J P S Rathore said the complaint had been submitted to the state chief electoral officer that Yadav had deployed two minor boys, which on whose bodies campaign material of the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party was written. Read more
 

Pictures: Voting concludes at Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh

Moderate to brisk polling in fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections

Till late afternoon, a voter turnout of nearly 64 per cent was recorded in West Bengal, 60 in Jharkhand, 55 in Madhya Pradesh, 51 in Rajasthan, 45 each in UP and Bihar and about 16 in J&K, according to the Election Commission.

West Bengal BJP writes to Election Commission over poll related violence

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Kejriwal campaigns for AAP's South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha

42% polling in Amethi till 5 pm

More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was "ensuring booth capturing".
 
According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf.

West Bengal records highest voter turnout in fifth phase

With voting for the fifth phase drawing to an end in the seven states, West Bengal has so far recorded a voter turnout of 69.48 per cent, highest among all states that went to poll in this phase.
 
As of 5 PM, Jharkhand has recorded a turnout of 58.07 per cent whereas 57.76 per cent people have polled their votes in Madhya Pradesh.

State-wise polling figures till 4 pm

Polling percentage recorded till 4 pm: Bihar: 44.08%, Rajasthan: 50.44%, West Bengal: 63.57%, Jharkhand: 58.07%, Uttar Pradesh: 44.89%, Jammu and Kashmir: 15.51% (Source: ANI)

BJP ally SBSP quits Yogi Adityanath government in UP

In the midst of Lok Sabha elections, a BJP ally on Monday claimed to have walked out of the Yogi Adityanth government.
 
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar told reporters in Ballia that he has resigned from the Yogi Adityanath government. Read more

'Frustrated' BJP trying to create fissures in SP-BSP alliance: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati Monday said the "frustrated" leaders of the BJP including Prime Minister Narendra Modi were trying to create fissures in the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Mayawati was reacting to Modi's speech at an election rally in Pratapgarh on Saturday alleging that the Samajwadi Party was "going soft" on the Congress, as opposed to the Bahujan Samaj Party which was attacking the grand old party.

Cyclone Fani: Why should I share dais with an expiry prime minister during election time, asks Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said that she was unable to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi's calls made to her office as she was then camping at Kharagpur to closely monitor the possible advent of Cyclone Fani in the state.
 
Prime Minister Modi has said that he had called Banerjee twice on Saturday but his calls were not returned. Read more

Petrol bomb hurled at polling station in south Kashmir’s Shopian

BJP demands re-polling in West Bengal's Barrackpore, alleges rigging

BJP has sought reelections in the Barrackpore constituency in West Bengal, alleging that its candidate, Arjun Singh was beaten up by "Trinamool Congress (TMC)-sponsored goons" to rig the polls. Read more

Lok Sabha elections phase 5: Uttar Pradesh sees 45% polling till 3 pm

Over 45 per cent voter turnout was recorded Monday till 3 pm 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.
 

Modi, a 'boxer' who punched Advani, failed to fight unemployment: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a "boxer" who entered the ring to fight unemployment but ended up punching his "coach" and veteran BJP leader L K Advani. Read more 

Mamata doing 'cheap politics' on cyclone Fani, refused to talk to me: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of pursuing "cheap politics" over cyclone Fani, claiming that she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity.
 
Modi also criticised Banerjee for not hailing the designation of Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the UN as she is "afraid that it might affect her vote bank politics".

Sacked BSF jawan moves SC against EC decision to cancel his candidature

Sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission's decision to cancel his candidature from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting.
 
Yadav, who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops, was fielded by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate from the Varanasi seat.

Pictures: Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station

26% polling in Bihar till noon

In Bihar, an estimated 26.19 per cent of over 87.66 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till noon.
 
Polling is underway in Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur.
 
According to a senior police officer, one person has been taken into custody in Saran for damaging an EVM.
 
The damaged EVM has been replaced with a fresh one.
 
Barring a few reports of poll boycott and EVM glitches, voting has largely been peaceful in the five seats.

29.76% polling till noon in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh saw an average 29.76 per cent polling till noon in seven Lok Sabha seats.
 
Polling was underway since 7 am in the seven constituencies - Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul.
 
"Minor issues related to EVMs were reported at some places but they were sorted out," he added.

42.7% polling recorded in 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in first six hours

Rajasthan recorded a robust voter turnout of 42.7 per cent in 12 Lok Sabha seats in the first six hours.
 
The maximum voter turnout of 47.45 per cent was recorded in Ganganagar (SC) seat.
 
Churu, Jaipur, Nagaur, Alwar and Sikar registered a voter turnout 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.

35% turnout was recorded till 1 pm in 14 Lok Sabha seats in UP

In Uttar Pradesh, over 35 per cent turnout was recorded till 1 pm in 14 Lok Sabha seats where Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are in the fray.
 
Election officials here said polling was going on smoothly, barring some complaints of EVM malfunctioning.
 
Union minister and the BJP's Amethi candidate Smriti Irani alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was "ensuring booth capturing" in the constituency.
 
Irani and Gandhi are contesting against each other in the seat.
 
Violence mars polling in West Bengal

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.
 
Singh was later seen chasing "fake voters" in Naihati area.
 
Sporadic incidents of violence were also reported in Bangaon, Howrah and Hoogly constituencies, with around 33.47 per cent of nearly 1.17 crore voters casting their ballots in the first four hours, officials said.
 
At a booth in Belmuri in Hooghly seat, BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee was seen threatening a polling officer. She is contesting against TMC's two-term MP Ratna De Nag.
Grenade blast at polling station in Pulwama
 
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 the blast, a police official said.
 
Polling is being held in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency which also includes Anantnag and Kulgam districts.
 
There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.

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43.85% voter turnout in 7 Lok Sabha seats in MP till 2 pm

An average 43.85 per cent turnout was recorded till 2 pm in seven Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, an election official said.
 
Long queues were seen at many booths as polling was underway since 7 am in the seven constituencies of Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul, he said.
 
The voting figures till 2 pm were as follows: Tikamgarh 43.37 per cent, Damoh- 45.83 per cent, Khajuraho- 42.51 per cent, Satna- 41.10 per cent, Rewa- 39.37 per cent, Hoshangabad- 45.40 per cent and Betul- 48.98 per cent.
 
All these seats are currently held by the BJP.

Jharkhand records 44.28% polling

Jharkhand on Monday recorded 44.28 per cent voter turnout in the first six hours of polling in the four parliamentary constituencies, an official said.
 
Till 1 pm., Koderma recorded the highest voter turnout with 48.70 per cent polling, followed by Ranchi (44.69 per cent), Hazaribagh (44.56 per cent) and Khuti (36.55 per cent), the Election Commission data showed.
 
Long queues of voters were seen in front of booths in all the four Lok Sabha constituencies. There was a good voter turnout despite the fact that all the four seats, particularly Khuti, are Maoist-affected areas.

AAP MLA Devinder Sehrawat joins BJP

AAP legislator Devinder Singh Sehrawat joined the BJP on Monday, the second legislator to quit the party and join the saffron fold in less than a week.
 
AAP's Gandhi Nagar MLA Anil Bajpai quit the party and joined the BJP on Friday last week.
 
Sehrawat, the party's legislator from Bijwasan, joined the party at a press conference in the presence of senior Delhi BJP leaders.
 
Accusing the party of "ignoring" and "cornering" him, Sehrawat said he was not even invited for party functions.

BJP demands repoll in Bengal's Barrackpore constituency

Accusing the ruling TMC in West Bengal of unleashing "violence" on its voters, the BJP demanded a repoll in Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. Union minister Prakash Javadekar accused Trinamool Congress "goons" of booth-capturing and not letting BJP voters cast their votes by resorting to threats and violence. Read more...

In West Bengal, people have to to pay Trinmool Tolabazi Tax: PM Modi

"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", said PM Narendra Modi

Stray violence in Bengal, over 33% votes polled in 4 hours

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

Smriti Irani accuses Rahul Gandhi of 'booth capturing' in Amethi

Union minister and the BJP's Amethi candidate Smriti Irani on Monday alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was "ensuring booth capturing" in the constituency.
 
Irani and Gandhi are contesting against each other in the seat.
 
"Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing," Irani said on Twitter.
 
She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on 'panja' (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the 'kamal' (lotus), the BJP's symbol.
 
There is no written complaint on the matter.
 
Amethi is one of the 51 constituencies in seven states that is voting in the fifth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections.

Despite violence, West Bengal ahead as 27% overall polling recorded

Despite violence, West Bengal ahead as 27% overall polling recorded
 
In spite of sporadic incidents of violence and vandalism, West Bengal on Monday registered highest turnout in the first four hours as over 27 per cent voting was recorded in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections across 51 constituencies in seven states, the Voter Turnout App data of the Election Commission (EC) showed.
 
West Bengal recorded 33.57 per cent turnout followed by Madhya Pradesh (29.71 per cent), Jharkhand (29.49 per cent), Rajasthan (29.38 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (22.96 per cent), Bihar (20.74 per cent) and Jammu and Kashmir (6.09 per cent).

29.49 per cent polling till 11 am in 4 Lok Sabha seats of Jharkhand

An estimated 29.49 per cent of the 65.87 lakh electorate cast their votes till 11 am in Jharkhand, where the second phase of polling is underway in four Lok Sabha constituencies, an election official said.
 
No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the four constituencies - Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribag, the official said.
 
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, he said.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray include Union Minister Jayant Sinha, former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi, former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay and ex-MLA Kalicharan Munda.
 
Of the 65,87,028 electorate, 31,44,679 are female and 83 belong to the third gender.

Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Gurugram

Jharkhand Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Key priorities of voters

The Jharkhand Survey 2018 by ADR shows that Better Employment Opportunities (47.08%), Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (40.08%), and Better Law and Order/Policing (34.51%) are the top three voters’ priorities in overall Jharkhand.
 
The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (2.11 on a scale of 5), Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (1.90), and Better Law and Order/Policing (2.39) was rated as Below Average.


Rajasthan Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Key priorities of voters

ADR commissioned a Voter Survey in Rajasthan. Here are the key findings:

The Rajasthan Survey 2018 shows that Better Employment Opportunities (66.76%), Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (43.13%), and Better Law and Order/Policing (42.41%) are the top three voters’ priorities in overall Rajasthan.
 
The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (2.25 on a scale of 5), Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (2.09), and Better Law and Order/Policing (2.29) was rated as Below Average.

SC asks Congress MP to bring on record EC orders giving clean chit to PM Modi, Amit Shah

The Supreme Court Monday asked Congress MP Sushmita Dev to bring on record the Election Commission's orders giving clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on complaints of Model Code violations.
 
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta has now listed the plea of Dev, a Congress MP from Silchar Lok Sabha seat in Assam, for hearing on May 8.
 
Senior advocate A M Sighvi, appearing for Dev, alleged that the poll panel has passed unreasoned orders dismissing the complaints of the Congress party on violations of MCC (Model Code of Conduct) by the prime minister and Shah who are accused of using armed forces in their campaign.

Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Key priorities of voters


ADR commissioned a Voter Survey in Madhya Pradesh: Key findings

— The Madhya Pradesh Survey 2018 shows that Better Employment Opportunities (61.91%), Higher Price Realization for Farm Products (39.19%), and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (32.69%) are the top three voters’ priorities in overall Madhya Pradesh.
 
— The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities of Better Employment Opportunities (1.94 on a scale of 5), Higher Price Realization for Farm Products (1.81), and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (2.08) was rated as Below Average.

Over 16 per cent votes polled in West Bengal, stray violence reported

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, officials said.
 
Some stray incidents of violence were reported from Bangaon, Hooghly and Barrackpore seats, an election official said.
 
"We have sought report from the polling officers posted in these stations. Otherwise the polling so far has been peaceful," he said.
 
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, the official said.
 
The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and Left Front constituent CPI(M) are the main contenders in the seven seats where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,16,91,889-strong electorate.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 5: Voter turnout so far


Polling underway in rural local body polls in Telangana

The first phase of polling in elections to Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and Mandal ParishadTerritorial Constituencies (MPTC) got underway in Telangana Monday.
 
The election is being held for 195 ZPTCs, for which 883 candidates, including 193 independents, are in the fray.
 
Officials said in the first phase, polling would be held for 2,097 MPTCs.
 
A total of 7,072 candidates are in the fray.

8.92 per cent polling till 9 am in 5 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar

An estimated 8.92 per cent of over 87.66 lakh voters exercised their franchise during the first two hours of polling in five Lok Sabha seats of Bihar on Monday, during the fifth phase of the staggered general election, an official said.
 
Polling is underway in Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur parliamentary seats amid tight security, with no untoward incident reported from any part of the state, he said.
 
According to the official, Saran recorded the maximum turnout at 13 per cent, followed by Madhubani at 9.20 per cent, Sitamarhi at 7.20 per cent and Hajipur at 9 per cent.
 
Muzaffarpur recorded the lowest turnout till 9am at 6.35 per cent, he said.

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Lok Sabha polls: 12.54% polling till 10 am in Madhya Pradesh

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, an official said.
 
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 election official said.
 
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, he said.
 
All these seats located in the state's Bundelkhand region are currently held by the BJP.
 
Polling was going on peacefully across the seven constituencies, state's chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao told PTI.
 
"Minor issues related to EVMs were reported at some places but they were sorted out," he added.
 
Union minister Virendra Singh Khatik and BJP MP Prahlad Patel are among the 110 candidates in the fray.
 
This is the second phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh.

I was attacked by TMC goons: BJP candidate Arjun Singh in West Bengal's Barrackpore

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh on Monday alleged that he was attacked and sustained injuries after he was attacked by supporters of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress near a village.
 
"I was attacked by TMC goons while I was trying to talk with voters. It was a planned attack and I will report the matter to the Election Commission. TMC's hooligans are running unchecked in the state, my bleeding mouth is a proof of it," Singh said talking to reporters.
 
Slamming the ruling TMC, Singh said he was attacked by TMC goons who have been brought from outside. "Those people were scaring away our voters. I am injured," he said.

One Ranjit Paswan arrested on charges of vandalizing an EVM machine in Bihar

Smriti Irani: 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 Gandh

12.22 per cent polling in Jharkhand till 9 am Ranchi

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, an election official said.
 
Voters queued up before booths in Koderma, Ranchi, Khunti (ST) and Hazaribag constituencies since early morning to elect their representatives from among 61 contestants.
 
Police said there was no untoward incident reported so far from any part of the four constituencies.
 
The prominent candidates include Union Minister Jayant Sinha, former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi, former union minister Subodh Kant Sahay and ex-MLA Kalicharan Munda.
 
While Jayant Sinha of the BJP is seeking a re-election from Hazaribag, BJP candidate Arjun Munda is taking on Kalicharan Munda of the Congress in Khunti constituency.

Rajnath Singh: Mahagatbandhan is no challenge for BJP in Lucknow

Rajnath Singh, Lucknow BJP candidate: The Mahagatbandhan is no challenge for BJP here. 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.
 

Lok Sabha Elections Phase 5: Over 13% voter turnout recorded in Rajasthan


Over 13% voter turnout recorded in Rajasthan

Over 13 per cent turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in 12 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan where two former Olympians are among the 124 candidates in 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. Polling began at 7 am in Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur.
 
16 of the total 134 candidates are women. 23,783 polling stations have been set up in 12 constituencies where 2.30 crore voters are registered. Two former Olympians, a former IAS officer and a former IPS officer are among the candidates whose fate will be decided by voters.
 
Jaipur rural, Bikaner, Dausa, Alwar are some of the keenly watched constituencies among the 12 seats.
 
Former Olympians Rajyavardhan Rathore, union minister of state, and Krishna Poonia are in contest in Jaipur rural constituency.

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 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.
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.

West Bengal: Arjun Singh, BJP candidate from Barrackpore alleges that he was attacked by TMC workers

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."

Polling underway in MP; minor EVM issues at some booths

Polling was underway on Monday in seven Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh with minor EVM glitches being reported at some booths, an official said.
Long queues were seen at some booths after the polling began at 7 am, he said.
 
This is the second phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh, the first phase having been held on April 29.
 
"Polling is going on peacefully across the seven constituencies. Minor issues related to EVMs were reported at some places but they were sorted out," state's chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao told PTI.
 
Total 15,240 polling booths have been set up across the seven constituencies - Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul - where 1.19 crore people, including 18,822 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise.
 
All these seats located in the state's Bundelkhand region are currently held by the BJP.
 
Union minister Virendra Singh Khatik and BJP MP Prahlad Patel are among the 110 candidates in the fray.

Here are the key contenders in phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections 2019

BJP may need allies for a majority in Lok Sabha polls 2019, says Ram Madhav

The conservative forecast by Ram Madhav, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national general secretary, is just short of a clear majority in the 543-seat parliament, and is far below what other party leaders including finance minister Arun Jaitley and party president Amit Shah have publicly claimed.
 
"If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy," Madhav said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in New Delhi on Saturday. "With NDA we will have a comfortable majority," he said referring to the National Democratic Alliance.
 
The party will make up expected losses in the north Indian states it swept in 2014 with new gains in the country’s remote northeast, as well as in the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha, Madhav said. It will pursue pro-growth policies if it returns to power, he added, and has not shifted from a focus on economic reforms to one based on populist cash handouts.

Here are some interesting nuggets about phase 5 of Lok Sahba elections 2019

— Over 8.75 crore voters to decide fate of 674 candidates 
 
— Over 96,000 polling booths in place for smooth conduct of polls 
 
— Uttar Pradesh has maximum number of polling booths: 28,072 
 
— Jammu and Kashmir has the least number of polling booths: 1,254 
 
— Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in Jammu & Kashmir going to polls in Phase III, Phase IV & Phase V, the only such PC in the country.

Responding to PM Modi calling Rajiv Gandhi as corrupt', Gandhi siblings lashed out at him, calling it an 'insult to a noble man'

Responding to PM Narendra Modi calling former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi as 'brashtachari (corrupt)', Gandhi siblings lashed out at the PM, calling it an "insult to a noble man".
 
Rahul Gandhi took to social media site Twitter and wrote, "Modi Ji, The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you."
 
Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won't protect you. All my love and a huge hug." Rahul's sister and Uttar Pradesh General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "Motormouth PM insulted a noble man who gave up his life for the nation."
 
At an election rally in Pratapgarh, PM Modi had said, "Rahul Gandhi's father was branded as Mr Clean by his loyalists but his life ended as a corrupt politician."

Responding to PM Modi calling Rajiv Gandhi as corrupt', Gandhi siblings lashed out at him, calling it an 'insult to a noble man'

Responding to PM Narendra Modi calling former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi as 'brashtachari (corrupt)', Gandhi siblings lashed out at the PM, calling it an "insult to a noble man".
 
Rahul Gandhi took to social media site Twitter and wrote, "Modi Ji, The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you."
 
Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won't protect you. All my love and a huge hug." Rahul's sister and Uttar Pradesh General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "Motormouth PM insulted a noble man who gave up his life for the nation."
 
At an election rally in Pratapgarh, PM Modi had said, "Rahul Gandhi's father was branded as Mr Clean by his loyalists but his life ended as a corrupt politician."

BSP Chief Mayawati casts her vote in Lucknow

Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha Elections

Voting is underway in Pulwama and Shopian districts in the third leg of polling in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Polling is also being held in Ladakh.

Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha elections

Polling for Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul seats, all held by the BJP currently, is underway.

Jharkhand Lok Sabha elections 2019

Voting is underway in Kodarma, Ranchi, Khunti and Hazaribagh. BJP’s Jayant Sinha from Hazaribagh and Congress’ Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi are key contender.

West Bengal Lok Sabha elections

Seats in which elections are being held are Bongaon(SC), Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambagh (SC). An electorate of 1,16,91,889 will decide the fate of 83 candidates, the Election Commission said.

Bihar Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Voting is underway in Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, Hajipur (SC) and Sitamarhi. BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran is a key contender

Rajasthan Lok Sabha elections

Bharatpur (SC), Churu, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Bikaner (SC), Dausa (ST), Jaipur, Alwar, Nagaur, Ganganagar (SC), Jaipur Rural and Karauli-Dholpur (SC) will go for polls on Monday. BJP’s Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore vs Congress’s Krishna Poonia are key contenders to look out for.

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections

\Polling will be held for 14 seats in Banda, Mohanlalganj (SC), Faizabad, Sitapur, Kaushambi (SC), Lucknow, Dhaurahra, Fatehpur, Kaiserganj, Bahraich (SC), Barabanki (SC), Rae Bareli, Gonda and Amethi. The key contenders are BJP’s Rajnath Singh vs Congress’s Poonam Sinha in Lucknow, Rahul Gandhi vs Smriti Irani in Amethi and Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.
 
The BJP had bagged 12 of the 14 seats in 2014 with Sonia Gandhi winning in Rae Bareli and Rahul in Amethi.

Voting underway in 51 Parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Lucknow BJP Candidate Rajnath Singh casts his vote at polling booth 333 in Scholars' Home School

West Bengal: Voting yet to begin in booth numbers 289/ 291/292 in Howrah

West Bengal: Voting yet to begin in booth numbers 289/ 291/292 in Howrah, reportedly after glitches in EVMs and VVPATs. Details awaited.

Rajasthan Lok Sabha elections 2019: Photo from a polling booth in Jaipur.


Photo from a polling booth in Amethi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani are contesting for the Lok Sabha seat.

Lucknow: Rajnath Singh is BJP's candidate, Pramod Krishnam is Congress' and Poonam Sinha is SP-BSP-RLD's candidate

Lucknow Lok Sabha elections: Home Minister Rajnath Singh is BJP's candidate, Pramod Krishnam is Congress' and Poonam Sinha is SP-BSP-RLD's candidate for the Lok Sabha constituency

Bihar: Photo from a model polling booth in Saran


Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and wife Nilima Sinha arrive at a polling booth to cast vote for Lok Sabha elections 2019

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.

Lok Sabha elections Phase 5: Key candidates

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Smriti Irani, Jayant Sinha and Arjun Ram Meghwal and Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the key candidates in the fifth phase.