LS polls 2019 5th phase highlights: Interim voter turnout of 60.80% across 7 states

Polling began in the morning and ended at 6PM. The day was largely peaceful barring violence in West Bengal once again where BJP and TMC traded charges. There were two incidents of grenades and one of petrol bombs being lobbed outside polling booths in J&K as well.

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NEW DELHI: Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 began at 7 AM in 51 seats across 7 states on Monday. Polling was held in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal with a total of 8.75 crore voters eligible to exercise their franchise. There was massive security deployment at over 96,000 polling stations to ensure that the election was fair and peaceful. Earlier on Monday morning, PM Narendra Modi had appealed to the voters to vote in large numbers and further strengthen the roots of democracy in the country.  

The fifth phase had the highest percentage of women candidates so far in Lok Sabha election 2019 - 12 per cent. All political parties did intense campaigning to woo voters for their candidates in the fifth phase.

The fifth phase witnessed some intense clashes, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi vs BJP leader Smriti Irani in Amethi, Rajnath Singh (BJP) vs Poonam Sinha (SP) in Lucknow and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (BJP) vs Krishna Punia (Congress) in Jaipur Rural.

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Here are the highlights from the day:

06 May 2019
19:00 PM

Main highlights from EC's media briefing:

- Polling in 424 seats complete now, that's almost 80%.

- All seats in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have now voted.

- Elections in 26 states and UTs now complete, barring Vellore constituency in TN.

- Voter turnout of 69.51% in first four phases

1st phase - 69.50%

2nd phase - 69.44%

3rd phase - 68.40%

4th phase - 65.51%

- 5.94 crore more people have voted in the first four phases of 2019 election than in first four phases of 2014.

- 20 crore women have voted in first four phases. 6389 voters identifying themselves as the third gender have voted in these phases.

- Voting in the fifth phase took place today in 99280 polling stations - 81% of these were in rural areas.

18:04 PM

Interim poll turnout in all seven states till 6pm is 60.80%

State-wise interim turnout:

Bihar - 56.79%

Jammu and Kashmir - 17.07%

Madhya Pradesh - 62.96%

Rajasthan - 63.03 %

Uttar Pradesh - 53.32 %

West Bengal - 74.06 %

Jharkhand - 63.99%

Note: These figures will change as EC updates the final turnout figures.

18:03 PM

With phase five over, Lok Sabha election 2019 is now completed in 424 seats while 118 seats will still see electoral action over the next two weeks.

18:03 PM

Polling in fifth phase comes to and end although those in line currently will still get to cast their vote.

17:25 PM

Arif Amin, close associate of PDP Leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Para, seen thrashing Congress polling agent inside polling booth No. 113 in Naira Rajpora (Pulwama).

17:16 PM

Interim poll turnout in all seven states till 5pm is 52.08%

State-wise interim turnout:

Bihar - 48.12%

Jammu and Kashmir - 15.51%

Madhya Pradesh - 54.39%

Rajasthan - 51.99%

Uttar Pradesh - 45.87%

West Bengal - 65.01 %

Jharkhand - 58.07%

16:53 PM

Breaking news: Petrol Bomb hurled at a polling booth in High Senior Secondary School in J&K's Shopian. This is the third such incident in the state today.

16:51 PM

A 114-year-old woman comes out to cast her vote:

16:26 PM

Media attacked in Barrackpore’s Amdanga Tetulia. Several media vans vandalised. 24 Ghanta crew attacked too, reporter Kamalika has suffered minor injuries.

16:19 PM

Union minister Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore and family members after casting their vote:

15:51 PM

Interim poll turnout in all seven states till 3.30pm is 50.70%

State-wise interim turnout:

Bihar - 44.08%

Jammu and Kashmir - 15.34%

Madhya Pradesh - 54.17%

Rajasthan - 50.39 %

Uttar Pradesh - 44.89 %

West Bengal - 62.84 %

Jharkhand - 58.63%

15:49 PM

Locket Chatterjee, BJP candidate from Hooghly, lashes out at EC officials in a polling booth for eating food. She accuses them of having been bribed with fish and rice by TMC.

15:31 PM

Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station in Udhampur. (ANI Photo)

14:53 PM

Here's a view of a model polling booth with EC continuing to urge more and more voters to step out and exercise their franchise:

 

 

14:50 PM

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and family members arrive to cast their vote:
 

 

14:20 PM

Second grenade attack on polling booth in J&K's Pulwama, the outer wall of the polling centre damaged, say reports.

14:12 PM

Violence has been reported from Barrackpore, Bangaon, Howrah and Hooghly constituencies in West Bengal. "There have been some stray incidents of violence from a few places. We have taken immediate steps," a senior election official says.

13:54 PM

BJP demands repolling in West Bengal's Barrackpore after violence, attack on its candidate. 

13:51 PM

Votes are being transferred to BJP and it was proved during mock poll at one booth in Chapdani, says Kalyan Banerjee.

13:50 PM

''Vote being looted under his supervision. He is working at the behest of BJP. There are many booths in his constituency where EVM malfunction have been reported,'' alleges Kalyan Banerjee. 

13:49 PM

Kalyan Banerjee, TMC candidate from Sreerampur in WB, demands special observer be removed immediately. 

13:32 PM

Here are the official interim voting turnout figures shared by CEO, Bihar.

 

13:17 PM

Total voter turnout till 1 PM in Bihar

Overall turnout: 32.24 %

Saran: 36%
Hajipur: 30%
Muzaffarpur: 34.04 %
Sitamarhi: 32%
Madhubani: 29.5%

Voter turnout in Rajasthan till 1.08 PM

Overall turnout: 42.58%

Ganganagar: 47.70%, 
Bikaner: 41.89%
Jhnunjhunu: 40.76%
Sikar: 43.32%
Jaipur (Rural): 41.54%
Jaipur (Urban): 43.98%
Alwar: 43.20%
Bharatpur: 41.25%
Karauli-Dhaulpur: 37.93%
Dausa: 42.56%
Nagaur: 43.54%

13:06 PM

Polling percentage in J&K till 11 AM shared by Govt of Jammu and Kashmir, Directorate of Information. 

Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency 

1. Leh- 20.89%
2. Kargil- 21.14%

Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency

1. Pulwama - 1.00 %
2.Shopian -1.28%

The overall polling percentage in the state till 11.00 AM - 6.24 %. 

12:48 PM

Interim overall turnout recorded till 12 PM: 27.13%  

 

12:44 PM

Here are the overall polling figures shared by CEO, Bihar regarding polling in the fifth phase across the state till 12 PM.

 

12:38 PM

No polling at Naipura polling centre in Ayodhya till 12 PM. Around 1800 registered voters here have boycotted polls over local administration's reluctance in opening a railway crossing due to which the villagers had to do excess travelling of 8 km to reach the area.

12:29 PM

Here are the polling figures shared by the CEO, Uttar Pradesh after polling till 11 AM.  

 

12:27 PM

Actor Ashutosh Rana shows his inked finger after casting his vote at the polling booth number 105 in Gadarwara, Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh.

 

12:25 PM

Differently-abled people cast their votes in Lucknow in the fifth phase of 2019 polls.

 

12:21 PM

Violence mars phase 5 polls in West Bengal, BJP's Barrackpore candidate, polling agent attacked. READ

12:11 PM

Voter turnout till 11 AM in UP: 22.88%

Dharoura: 28.41%
Sitapur: 24.20%
Mohanlalganj: 21.83%
Lucknow: 20.98%
Rae Bareli: 21.28%
Amethi: 21.83%
Banda: 25.55%
Fatehpur: 20.80%
Kaushambi: 21.86%
Barabanki: 22.66%
Faizabad: 23.15%
Bahraich: 23.80%
Kaiserganj: 22.90 %
Gonda: 21.48%
 

12:07 PM

A voter in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur voted after his father's last rites earlier today.

 

11:31 AM

TMC workers allegedly beat up BJP polling agent at Howrah’s booth no. 261. He was bleeding profusely when he was rushed to the local hospital, say reports.

11:24 AM

Totat voter turnout recorded till 11 AM in Rajasthan: 29.27%

Ganganagar: 31.59%, 
Bikaner: 28.34%
Jhunjhunu: 27.19%
Sikar: 29.57%
Jaipur: 28.65%
Alwar: 29.03%
Bharatpur: 28.59%
Karouli-Dhaulpur: 26.93%
Dausa: 29.45%
Nagaur: 30.21%

Total 134 candidates in fray in Rajasthan. 

11:21 AM

Here is the voting percentage recorded in Bihar till 11 AM. 

 

11:11 AM

Overall voting percentage recorded till 10 AM: 12.65%

Bihar-11.51%

J&K- 1.36%

Madhya Pradesh -13.18%

Rajasthan -14%

UP - 9.85%

West Bengal -16.56%

Jharkhand -13.46%

11:00 AM

Voter turnout recorded in Ladakh till 9 AM: 4.17%.

10:53 AM

Police resort to mild lathi-charge in Hajipur, Bihar; cavalry division holds a march in the city.

10:51 AM

Smriti Irani hits out at Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi, asks 'Why are they silent on Ayushman card incident in Amethi'? Tap to Read

10:49 AM

Voter turnout in J&K till 9:00 AM

Tral: 124/88, 298 - 0.14%

Pampore: 1041/82, 164 - 1.26%

Pulwama: 154/84, 775 - 0.18%

Rajpora: 264/95, 546 - 0.27%

Wachi: 240/83, 542 - 0.28%

Shopian: 301/87, 674 - 0.34%

Aggregate turnout : 2124/5, 21999 - 0.40%.

10:36 AM

Here is total voter turnout recorded in UP till 9 AM, as per the State Election Commission. 

 

10:31 AM

Here are the polling figures recorded in Bihar till 10 AM.

 

10:25 AM

A person called Ranjit Paswan has been arrested on charges of vandalizing an EVM machine at polling booth number 131 in Chhapra, Bihar.

10:19 AM

Smriti Irani alleges booth capturing in Amethi, ''I tweeted an alert to administration and EC. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not, says Irani.

10:07 AM

The Mahagatbandhan is no challenge for BJP. I don't want to comment on SP-BSP-RLD candidate Poonam Sinha, as I believe elections are not about individuals but about issues: Rajnath Singh.

 

10:02 AM

Grenade attack at a polling booth in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Tap to read.

10:01 AM

Voters in a village in Betul district in Madhya Pradesh boycott polls. They are upset due to water shortage in the area, say reports.

09:45 AM

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 and CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency. 

 

09:43 AM

Voter turnout in MP till 9 AM : 8.37 % 

Tikamgarh: 6.31%
Damoh: 9.58 %
Khajuraho: 9.06 % 
Satna: 10.98%
Reeva: 11.63%
Hoshangabad: 9.19%
Baitul: 11.76% 
 

09:41 AM

Voter turnout recorded in Rajasthan till 9 AM: 13.34 %. 

 

09:38 AM

Voter turnout in Bihar till 9 AM

Saran - 13  %
Hajipur - 9 %
Muzaffarpur - 6.35 %
Sitamarhi -  7.2 %
Madhubani - 9.2%

Repolling ordered in booth no. 339 and 340 in Lakhisarai. 

09:37 AM

The polling percentage in Jharkhand till 9 AM: 12.22%

Kodarma - 11.14%

Ranchi - 15.69%

Hazaribagh - 8.10%

09:29 AM

A man arrives with his 105-year-old mother to cast votes at polling booth number 450 in Hazaribagh.

 

09:28 AM

Visuals from a polling booth in St.Anne's Girls High School in Ranchi. 

 

09:25 AM

Mohsin Raja, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, casts his vote.

 

09:16 AM

3.9 per cent overall polling recorded till 9 AM, according to Voter Turnout App of the Election Commission.

  

09:05 AM

Cast your vote carefully, Mayawati urges voters. "Every voter should use the right to vote wisely. Everybody should get out of their homes to cast their votes," Mayawati said.

09:01 AM

Here are the polling figures till 8 AM in Patna:-

Hajipur:  4%

Madhubani: 2.5%

Muzaffarpur: 3.5%

Saran: 4.2%

Sitamarhi: 5%

08:58 AM

Polling underway in Madhya Pradesh; minor EVM issues reported at some booths. Tap to read

08:51 AM

Arjun Singh, BJP candidate from Barrackpore, alleges that he was attacked by TMC workers, says, "I was attacked by the TMC goons who have been brought from outside. Those people were scaring away our voters. I am injured."

 

08:47 AM

Grenade hurled at a polling station at Rohmoo village in Pulwama, J&K; no injuries reported. 

08:39 AM

BJP candidate Arjun Singh attacked in Barrackpore’s Amtala. A woman reached out to Arjun saying her son who is a BJP polling agent couldn’t be found and could not enter the polling station. Arjun Singh immediately rushed to find out the polling agent and made him sit in the booth. Soon after that TMC cadre got into a scuffle and Arjun Singh suffered injuries: Reports. 

08:37 AM

Voting yet to begin in two polling booths in Raebareli, 1 in Amethi, say reports.

08:34 AM

Congress MLA Vikram Singh Nati Raja casts his vote at a polling booth in Khajuraho; Singh says, ''regional issues will decide the fate of elections this time. BD Sharma is an outsider. Voters here will prefer a local candidate than an outsider.'' 

08:29 AM

Polling underway at a polling booth in Khrew area of Pulwama under Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, J&K.

 

08:25 AM

There will be no change in poll timings for Ramzan, the EC has said. The apex poll panel Commission has said that there will be no change in poll timings for Ramzan, turning down a petition for voting to start as early as 4:30 AM in the last three phases of the Lok Sabha elections.

08:20 AM

BSP chief Mayawati casts her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori Inter College, Lucknow, reports ANI.

 

08:05 AM

Here are some visuals of polling at booth no. 66 in Govt High School in Pulwama, J&K. 

 

08:00 AM

Polling underway in Dhaurahra parliamentary constituency amid tight security; BJP candidate Rekha Verma is pitted against Jitin Prasad of Congress.

07:55 AM

Dinesh Pratap Singh, BJP candidate from Rae Bareli, confident of his party's victory here, says people of Rae Bareli elected Sonia Gandhi and now they will elect me this time. Lotus will blossom this time in Rae Bareli, says Singh.

07:50 AM

Polling delayed at booth number 26 and 27 due to EVM glitches at Middle School polling centre, Amnour in Bihar's Saran. BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudi in the queue to cast his vote. 

07:41 AM

West Bengal: Voting yet to begin in booth numbers 289/ 291/292 in Howrah, glitches reported in EVMs and VVPATs, reports ANI.

07:40 AM

Home Minister and Lucknow BJP candidate Rajnath Singh casts his vote at polling booth 333 in Scholars Home School.

 

07:37 AM

In Rajasthan, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, his wife Gayatri Rathore arrive at a polling station in Jaipur to cast their vote.

 

07:36 AM

An elderly man on a wheelchair brought to a polling booth in Chhapra, Bihar.

 

07:24 AM

PM Modi urges voters to vote in large numbers as polling begins for the 5th phase of 2019 polls.

 

07:16 AM

Clashes reported between Congress and BJP polling agents at a polling booth in Hoshangabad in MP. Election officials on duty intervene to bring the situation under control, say reports.   

07:14 AM

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election for a fourth consecutive term from family turf Amethi. He is facing a tough challenge from BJP's Smriti Irani, who, despite her defeat from the seat in 2014, has been frequently visiting the area. 

07:12 AM

In Jammu and Kashmir, polling will take place in Ladakh constituency, Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag seat.

07:11 AM

Voting will take place in 14 seats in UP, 12 in Rajasthan, 7 seats each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand. 

07:06 AM

Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, his wife Nilima arrive at a polling booth to cast vote. His son and Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress rival Gopal Sahu and CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency. 

 

07:03 AM

Voting for 5th phase has begun in 51 Lok Sabha seats across 7 states amid tight security on Monday.

06:51 AM

Voters queue up outside a polling station in Barrackpore.

 

06:50 AM

Voters queue up outside a polling station in Ayodhya.

 

06:49 AM

Some more visuals from polling booth no. 333 in Lucknow.

 

06:48 AM

Visuals from a model polling booth in Saran; Voting in 51 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states for 5th phase of polls to begin shortly.

 

06:41 AM

Visuals from a polling booth in Lucknow; Home Minister Rajnath Singh is BJP's candidate, Pramod Krishnam is contesting as Congress candidate and Poonam Sinha is SP-BSP-RLD's combined candidate for the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency.

 

06:31 AM

Violence in J&K's Shopian and Pulwama, 38 election officials airlifted: Reports

06:27 AM

Visuals from a polling booth in Amethi; Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani are contesting for the Lok Sabha seat. 

 

06:14 AM

A view of intense patrolling being done in the Naxal-affected Kahrsawan area in the Khunti Lok Sabha Constituency in Jharkhand ahead of polling today.

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