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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Over 62 per cent turnout in 5th phase; violence in West Bengal

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, May 06: Nearly nine crore voted on Monday to decide the fate of 674 candidates in the fifth phase of polling in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies in seven states.

Two explosions at polling stations in Pulwama in Kashmir and clashes between TMC and BJP in West Bengal were reported during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday across seven states in which over 62 per cent turnout was recorded.

Polling in West Bengal (Image courtesy -  PTI)

The BJP demanded fresh polling at Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of unleashing "violence" on its voters.

Meanwhile, Union minister Smriti Irani accused Congress president and rival candidate from Amethi Rahul Gandhi of capturing polling booth in the constituency.

Voting took place in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, seven seats each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand. In Jammu and Kashmir, polling will take place in Ladakh constituency and Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag seat.

With this phase, election will be over in 424 seats and polling in the remaining 118 seats will be held on May 12 and 19.

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