Elections LIVE: At 69%, Bengal leads other states in voting percentage
Voting in 7 states for 51 seats in Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is underway. Catch LIVE updates on General elections
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.