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Lok Sabha Polls: Voting begins in fifth phase of on 51 seats in seven states

Lok Sabha Polls: Voting begins in fifth phase of on 51 seats in seven states

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 May 2019, 02:51 am

New Delhi, May 6 (IBNS/UNI) India on Monday is voting in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha Polls as voters will decide the fates of candidates fighting the election in 51 parliamentary constituencies, spread across seven states.


Voting began at 7 am.

The polling commenced in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh; 12 in Rajasthan; seven each in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal; five in Bihar, four in Jharkhand and two of Jammu and Kashmir.

In several polling booths across the states, voters could be seen lined-up before 0700 hrs, eagerly waiting to participate in world's largest democratic exercise.

Fate of 674 aspirants will be decided by 8, 75, 88,722 voters at around 96,000 polling booths.

Around 12 per cent candidates in fray in the 51 constituencies are women, the highest so far.

The key contestants in today's polling are senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow, Congress President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli .

With this phase, the polling will come to an end in Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made as this has been a huge concern in the wake of killing of a BJP leader in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag by militants on Saturday and Maoist attack in Maharashtra earlier this week which claimed at least 15 lives of security people and violence in West Bengal in all the previous phases.

With the end of Fifth phase poll on Monday, the electoral process for 425 seats will be completed, leaving 118 seats for sixth and seventh phase poll.

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