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Phase 5: Baramulla Records Highest Polling Since 1967; Mumbai Seats Fare Poorly, Yet Again | As It Happened

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By ETV Bharat English Team

Published : May 20, 2024, 5:05 AM IST

Updated : May 21, 2024, 6:41 AM IST

In the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls, 49 constituencies in six states and two UTs including the high-profile Rae Bareli and Amethi seats went to polls on Monday (May 21). The 49 seats also included all 6 parliamentary constituencies in Mumbai. In addition, 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha voted simultaneously. Here are all the major happenings of phase 5 Lok Sabha elections.

The highlight of this phase was Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency which logged a polling percentage of 58.17, the highest turnout since 1967
Voters wait in a queue to cast their votes during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls in Baramulla on Monday, May 20, 2024 (ANI photo)

In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories voted today (May 20). Over 8.95 crore voters were registered to exercise their franchise in 94,000 polling stations set up by the election commission. Polling for 35 Assembly Constituencies of the Odisha Legislative Assembly also took place simultaneously.

The 8 States/UTs that went to polls in phase 5 today were Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Till 4th phase, the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 has seen the voter turnout at polling stations of about 66.95%. Around 451 million people have already voted, during the first four phases of ongoing General Elections.

Tuesday's (May 21) Update: According to the latest figures provided by Election Commission on its official app on Tuesday morning, phase 5 has recorded a turnout out 60.48% with West Bengal logging the highest (76.05%) polling, and Maharashtra the lowest (54.33%). The overall turnout in these 49 constituencies in 2019 was 61.82%. The highlight of this phase was Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency which logged a polling percentage of 58.17, the highest turnout since 1967. Read how Baramulla managed this turnaround here and here.

--All Updates on Election Day--

  • 7.35 PM - Phase 5 Sees Approximate Voting Turnout of 57.44%
    An approximate voter turnout of 57.44% was recorded in phase 5 of the 2024 Lok Sabha Election on Monday. West Bengal recorded the highest 73% polling while Maharashtra, courtesy of a poor show in six Mumbai seats, saw a meagre 48.88% turnout. The six parliamentary seats and their respective polling percentage in 2024 as compared to 2019 Lok Sabha election was: Mumbai North (55.21% as against 60.09% in 2019), Mumbai North Central (51.42% now vs 54.68% in 2019) Mumbai North East (53.75% now, 57.23% in 2019), Mumbai North West (53.67% now vs 54.31% in 2019), Mumbai South (47.70% vs 51.59% in 2019), and Mumbai South Central (51.88% now vs 55.40% in 2019). Meanwhile, Odisha recorded a turnout of 60.70% in second phase of Assembly Elections. Here are the statewise numbers at 7.35 pm according to ECI's 'Turnout' app.
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  • 7.30 PM - Voting Process Delayed Deliberately in Mumbai: Uddhav
    Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray alleged on Monday afternoon that voting was delayed at several places in Mumbai and the Election Commission of India was doing this deliberately at the behest of the Narendra Modi government. Delay was taking place at the polling booths in areas where his party expects more votes, he said at a press conference here while urging electors to stand in queues as long as early morning if the process was slow. As per poll officials, a voter turnout of 48.66 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. "Dirty games are being played through the Election Commission. There is a lot of enthusiasm among voters, but the Election Commission is acting in a partisan manner. There is a delay by EC's representatives in certain areas," Thackeray alleged. Read More...
  • 6.15 PM - Voting Concludes in 5th Phase
    Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections concluded at 6 pm. Till 5 pm, the approximate voter turnout in 49 seats across 8 states/UTs was 56.68%. ECI will update the figures after 7 pm.
  • 5.46 PM - Approximate Turnout at 5 PM is 56.68%. Mumbai Constituencies Log Poor Numbers
    Bollywood city Mumbai recorded a poor turnout as six parliamentary constituencies in the city recorded below 50% polling till 5 pm in the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections. The six parliamentary seats and their respective polling percentage till 5 pm was: Mumbai North (46.91%), Mumbai North Central (47.32%) Mumbai North East (48.67%), Mumbai North West (49.79%), Mumbai South (44.22%), Mumbai South Central (48.26%). Here is the statewise turnout till 5 pm:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday). Over 8.95 crore voters will exercise their franchise in 94,000 polling stations set up by the election commission.
    Voter turnout at 5 pm (ETV Bharat)
  • 5.15 PM - Salman Khan Cast Vote
    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was spotted at a poll station in Mumbai as the city voted in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Monday. The actor was seen being escorted by security personnel as he arrived at a polling booth in the city. He cast his vote in the final few hours of the polling day. Earlier, Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was also seen casting her vote at a polling centre in Mumbai. Read More...
  • 4.45 PM - Sporadic Incidents of Violence, Over 1000 Complaints in Bengal
    Over 47 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm on Monday in 49 constituencies in six states and two Union Territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections amid sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and poll boycott in a village of Uttar Pradesh. EVM glitches were also reported in some booths of Odisha and West Bengal. While Maharashtra recorded the lowest voter turnout till 3 pm with 38.77 per cent voters exercising their franchise, West Bengal recorded the highest voting percentage of 62.72. Scattered incidents of violence marred the polls in seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where TMC and BJP workers clashed in various parts of Barrackpore, Bongaon, and Arambagh seats. The poll panel said it has received 1,036 complaints from different political parties alleging EVM malfunctioning and agents being stopped from entering booths. Clashes broke out between supporters of TMC and BJP in Khanakul area of Arambagh constituency. Read More...
  • 4.30 PM - Bharat Jodo Yatra Would Become Congress Dhundo Yatra: Amit Shah
    Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah, while addressing a public rally in Jhajjar, Haryana, on Monday slammed the Congress for 'spreading lies' that BJP will scrap reservation if it gets a majority. "Congress spreading lies that if BJP gets the majority, the reservation will be scrapped. Till the time BJP is in Parliament no one will be able to touch the reservation...Rahul Gandhi at the start of this election started the Bharat Jodo Yatra and by the election ends it will be 'Congress Dhundo Yatra'. Congress will not be visible with the help of binoculars," he said.
  • 4.20 PM - BJP to Score Big in Southern States: PM Modi to PTI
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the south, as he remained unwaveringly confident that his NDA alliance will cross 400 seats in Lok Sabha when election results come out on June 4. “Our strategy for the entire nation is the same. Phir ek baar modi sarkar. Aur chaar June 400 paar,” Modi said in an interview to PTI Videos on Sunday night. Read More...
  • 3.50 PM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 3 PM is 47.53%. Here is the state-wise turnout:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 3 PM (ETV Bharat)
  • 3.40 PM - Shah Rukh, Aamir, Ranbir Cast Vote in Mumbai
    Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Ranbir Kapoor cast their vote in the second half of the polling day in Mumbai on Monday. Actors Prem Chopra and Sharman Joshi were also seen casting their vote. Read More Here and Here
  • 3.15 PM - Fadnavis Urges EC To Look Into Complaints of Slow Voting in Mumbai
    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said he has requested the Election Commission of India to look into complaints of slow pace of voting in Mumbai. Polling was underway from 7 am in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, including six in Mumbai, and will continue till 6 pm. Till 1 pm, Mumbai North seat witnessed 26.78 per cent polling, Mumbai North Central 28.05 per cent, Mumbai North East 28.82 per cent, Mumbai North West 28.41 per cent, Mumbai South 24.46 per cent and Mumbai South Central 27.21 per cent, as per official data. Fadnavis in a statement said, "I have requested the EC to look into the complaints of slow pace of voting in Mumbai. There have been several complaints of the overall polling pace being very slow." Read More...
  • 3.02 PM - Over 2,000 Villagers Boycott Polls in Jharkhand
    Over 2,000 voters in a village in Jharkhand's Hazaribag district boycotted the Lok Sabha election on Monday because their long-standing demand for a bridge had not been met. The incident took place in Kusumbha village under the jurisdiction of Katkamdag police station, nearly 105km from state capital Ranchi. The village is part of Hazaribag Lok Sabha constituency. By noon, no votes had been cast at booths 183 and 184, located at Upgraded Middle School, Kusumbha. Polling officials were seen waiting for voters. "I have been here since 7 am, but no one has come to vote yet," said Subodh Prasad Verma, the presiding officer of booth 184. Read More...
  • 2.45 PM - Former HDFC Chairman Flags Slow Voting Process
    After casting his vote, former HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh flagged the slow voting process in south Mumbai. "I asked the man (polling official) who checked the name, what is the turnout now? He said it is low here in South Bombay. But, the process is also slow. I know some people who stood for 1 hour and went as the weather was hot... It is necessary to have a stable government. It is the key to progress. So we need stability. We need good leadership at the centre, which we've been having for the last ten years... India is doing well... The priority even of the existing government is to bring the lowest strata of people up," he told the media.
  • 1.55 PM - Kashmir Man Votes, Appeals Militant Brother to Surrender
    An active Kashmir militant's brother voted on Monday and appealed him to lay down arms and return to his family. Rouf Ahmad Lone, the brother of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant, Umar Lone released a video message to the general voters and his militant brother. In the 25-second odd video, Rouf urged his brother to surrender. He cast his vote in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency. Read More...
  • 1.45 PM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 1 PM is 36.73%. Here is the state-wise turnout:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 1 PM (ETV Bharat)
  • 1.35 PM - Sachin Tendulkar's Appeal to Citizens
    Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who voted earlier today, has urged people to cast their votes as the same was "extremely important for our nation". "I would like to say that problems happen because, one, you act without thinking, and two, you just keep thinking but do not act. I would urge people to cast their vote. It is extremely important for our nation's future," Tendulkar said while speaking to the reporters after casting his vote. Read More...
  • 1.25 PM - Rahul Gandhi Camps in Rae Bareli, Visits Polling Booths
    Congress MP and candidate from Wayanad and Rae Bareli today visited his constituency in Uttar Pradesh and offered prayers at Peepaleshwar Hanuman Temple. Gandhi also inspected some of the polling booths and met with the people who had cast their votes. Read More...
  • 1.10 PM - Sachin Tendulkar, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer-Deepika Cast Vote in Mumbai
    Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and his son and cricketer Arjun Tendulkar cast their votes at a polling station in Mumbai during the ongoing 5th phase of Lok Sabha election 2024 on Monday. Bollywood star couple Actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, and actress Vidya Balan also cast their votes today. Shortly after them, Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, his sister Sunaina Roshan and their parents Rakesh Roshan and Pinkie Roshan cast their votes. Speaking to media after voting, Hrithik asked people to "study the candidates" and know who they are voting for.
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Celebs casting votes in Mumbai on Monday (ANI screengrabs)
  • 1.05 PM - Centenarian Freedom Fighter GG Parikh Votes in Mumbai
    Centenarian freedom fighter Dr G G Parikh, who has been voting since India's first general elections in 1951-52, exercised his franchise in the Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat, which went to polls in the fifth and final phase in Maharashtra on Monday. Though the Election Commission of India (ECI) provided a home voting facility for senior citizens above 75, a wheelchair-borne Parikh (100) chose to visit the polling station at Girton High School in Grant Road.
  • 12.45 PM - JKPC Chairman Sajad Lone Votes in North Kashmir's Handwara
    Sajad Lone, JKPC chairman and candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency cast his vote at a polling booth in Handwara in north Kashmir. Speaking to media before voting, Lone said he was confident of his party's win.
  • 12.05 PM - 'Jo Ram Ko laaye Hain Hum Unko Laayenge': Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Chief Priest
    Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das cast his vote in Ayodhya on Monday. Speaking to the media later, he said he wished PM Modi to win again and he had a strong feeling that BJP would retain power. "Voting is everyone's right and no one should give up on this... I wish PM Modi to be the PM again and the BJP government would come to power, I have voted with this feeling. 'Jo Ram ko laaye hain hum unko laayenge' is a people's emotion now as PM Modi has done what others couldn't," he said.
    Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Chief Priest Acharya Satyendra Das (ANI)
  • 11.38 AM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 11 AM is 23.66%
    At 11 am, the approximate voter turnout in 8 states/UTs is 23.66%. Here is the state-wise turnout: Bihar (21.11%), Jammu and Kashmir (21.37), Jharkhand (26.18), Ladakh (27.87), Maharashtra (15.93), Odisha (21.07), Uttar Pradesh (27.76), and West Bengal (32.70).
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 11 am (ETV Bharat Graphics)
  • 11.32 AM - Never Spoken Against Minorities, But Won't Accept 'Special Citizens': PM Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he has never uttered a word against minorities, and the BJP has never acted against them. He, however, said he was not ready to accept anyone as "special citizens". His comments came in an interview to PTI late Sunday amid an outcry from the opposition that his election speeches are communally divisive and polarising. Read More...
  • 11.15 AM - IRB Jawan Dies in Uttar Pradesh
    An IRB jawan died on election duty died of ill health on Sunday night. He was posted at an election booth in Mirchwara village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Voting is taking place in Jhansi-Lalitpur Lok Sabha seat today. The deceased trooper from Manipur was identified as Hojamang (54) who collapsed on Sunday night. He was taken to the nearest health center from where, he was referred to Jhansi Medical College, where doctors declared him dead. In another incident, health of a polling worker at Ganeshpura Khandi primary school in Talbehat also deteriorated. Lakhan Lal (51) was immediately taken to CHC Talbehat. From here he was referred to the district hospital. SDM Nishant Tiwari reached CHC and inquired about the well being of the employee.
  • 11.05 - Uddhav Thackeray, Family Cast Vote
    Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi, and son Aaditya cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai. Around the same time, MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and his family members also voted in the ongoing 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
  • 11 AM - EC Removes BSF Personnel From Election Duty After 'Molestation' Complaint
    The Election Commission on Monday removed a BSF personnel from poll duty in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency following a complaint of molestation against him, an official said. A woman lodged the molestation complaint at Uluberia Police Station on Sunday evening, he said.
  • 10.55 AM - Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde cast vote in Thane
    Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde cast his vote at a polling booth in Thane. Speaking to the media later, Shinde said people are coming out of their homes to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister again. "The work that Shrikant Shinde has done is in front of the people and I think they are going to vote for him to bring him back to power for the third time. Everyone should cast their votes. I can see people coming out of their houses to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country again," he said.
  • 10.40 AM - 'Our Resolve is 400 plus': Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes cast his vote in Lucknow on Monday. Speaking to the media afterwards, he appealed to the voters of the country to cast their vote along with their family members. Singh is the BJP candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat. "Our resolve in 400 plus seats but I do not want to predict about any seats at present," he said.
  • 9.55 AM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 9 AM is 10.28%
    At 9 am, the approximate voter turnout in 8 states/UTs is 10.28%. Here is the state-wise turnout: Bihar (8.86%), Jammu and Kashmir (7.63), Ladakh (10.51), Jharkhand (11.68), Maharashtra (6.33), Odisha (6.87), Uttar Pradesh (12.89), and West Bengal (15.35).
  • 9.35 AM - Actor Paresh Rawal Seeks 'Punishment' For Those Who Don't Vote
    Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, who cast his vote in Mumbai on Monday morning, said there should be some "punishment" for those who do not cast their votes. "There should be some provisions for those who don't vote, like an increase in tax or some other punishment," the veteran actor said. Read More...
  • 9.30 AM - BJP's Amethi Candidate, Smriti Irani Cast Her Vote
    BJP MP and candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat, Smriti Irani arrived at a polling station in Amethi and cast her vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Congress has fielded KL Sharma from this seat. After casting her vote, Irani said, "Today it is my good fortune that I have cast my vote in my village Gauriganj with the resolve of a Viksit Bharat. I appeal to the people to cast their vote. It is our responsibility towards the future of our country...
  • 9.20 AM - Vote For Love Not Hate: Kharge To People
    As polling began in 49 constituencies for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday urged people to vote for love and not hatred and cast their ballot against unemployment and inflation. Voting is being held in 49 constituencies in six states and two union territories in the fifth phase, which will decide the electoral fate of several prominent leaders like former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. Read More...
  • 9.05 AM - More Bollywood Celebrities Vote
    Bollywood actors Janhvi Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra, Shahid Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao have also cast their votes in various polling booths in Mumbai. Akshay and Farhan were among the first Bollywood actors to vote early morning. Read More...
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Bollywood stars show inked fingers after casting vote in Mumbai on Monday (Screengrabs from ANI Videos)
  • 8.55 AM - 'NDA Winning All 80 Seats in Uttar Pradesh'
    Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak and his family cast their votes at a polling booth in Lucknow on Monday. Afterward, he appealed to all the voters to come out for the resolve of Viksit Bharat. "We are winning all 80 seats of the state including Amethi and Rae Bareli," he said.
  • 8.50 AM - RBI Governor Cast Vote, Congratulates Election Commission
    RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das cast his vote in Mumbai on Monday. Speaking to media, he said it was a moment of pride to participate in an election of 140 crore people. "The process of voting today was very smooth and I would like to congratulate the Election Commission of India and all the officials who have been working throughout the country. It's really a moment of pride for every indian to vote in these elections. I appeal to every voter to come out and vote," the RBI Governor said. Read More...
  • 8.37 AM - Piyush Goyal Votes, says 'Just Like PM Modi said...'
    Union Minister and BJP candidate from Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat, Piyush Goyal cast his vote on Monday morning. Speaking to the media later, he appealed to the people to come out and participate in the festival of democracy. "The fifth phase of polling is underway in Mumbai and the rest of the country. Just like PM Modi said everyone should take part in the festival of democracy...I believe that the people of Mumbai will come out in large numbers and exercise their right to vote...," he said. Congress has fielded Bhushan Patil from the Mumbai North seat.
  • 8.30 AM - Chirag Paswan Confident of NDA crossing 400
    LJP (Ram Vilas) chief and candidate from Hajipur Lok Sabha seat Chirag Paswan says he is confident of NDA crossing 400 seats in this election. "NDA is crossing 400 seats in the country whereas INDI alliance will be at its all-time low, especially Congress," he said while speaking to the media in Patna. "My father has been a representative from Hajipur since 1977. I am hopeful that I get the same kind of love my father got from the people of Hajipur. Development and my father's name have been synonyms in Hajipur. I will make sure to work for the development of Hajipur," he said.
  • 8.22 AM - Mumbai BJP Chief Votes, Says Mahayuti will Win All 6 Seats
    Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar cast his vote on Monday morning and appealed to the voters to participate in the festival of democracy. "ECI has made good arrangements and people should follow ECI's guidelines... I have seen enthusiasm in people for the BJP, especially in the roadshow of PM Modi. Mahayuti will win all the six seats (in Mumbai)," he said while speaking to the media after casting his vote.
  • 8.15 AM - BJP Rae Bareli Candidate Votes, Says 'Lotus is Blooming'
    BJP's Rae Bareli candidate, Dinesh Pratap Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Rae Bareli. Congress has fielded Rahul Gandhi from the seat. After casting his vote, Singh said there was "no confusion that Lotus is blooming in Amethi and Raebareli". "Rahul Gandhi is taking the name of his grandmother, father, but he is not talking about his grandfather," he said.
  • 8.13 AM - Flag march in Odisha's Khordha District
    In Odisha's Khordha District, police conducted a flag march on Sunday evening in the wake of pre-poll violence in the Banpur region that claimed the life of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker and left several others injured earlier. Read More...
  • 8.10 AM - Youth Casting Multiple Votes in Video Arrested: UP CEO
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa on viral video showing youth casting multiple votes on an EVM. "Last evening, a video went viral which showed a youth casting his vote on an EVM multiple times...It was probed, and found to be from Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency. It is specifically from a village in Aliganj Assembly constituency that comes under Etah district...The youth was identified and FIR was registered under sections of Representation of People Act, IPC and Information Technology Act. He has been arrested...Suspension and departmental action on the polling party of that booth have been decided. Re-election has been recommended to the Election Commission," he said.
  • 7.50 AM - Big Day for Mumbai, We are Alert: Police Commissioner
    Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said security had been beefed up in the city as it goes to polls today. "This is a very big day. Polling is being held in 6 Parliamentary constituencies of Mumbai. Voters are arriving peacefully and casting their vote. I urge all the voters of Mumbai to vote...Our personnel were deployed at polling booths yesterday itself...Mumbai Police will be alert," he said.
  • 7.40 AM - Bollywood Actors Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar vote in Mumbai
    Actors Akshay Kumar and Farhan Akhtar are among the first Bollywood stars to cast their votes today. While Akshay voted at a polling booth in Juhu, Farhan was spotted at a booth in Bandra West. Speaking to reporters, Farhan said his vote is for "good governance and the government that looks after all people". Akshay said he wants India to be developed and strong and has voted keeping that in mind. "India should vote for what they deem is right...I think voter turnout will be good," he said.
  • 7.30 AM - Mayawati Votes in Lucknow, Hopes For Change
    Former Uttar Pradesh CM and BSP chief Mayawati votes in Lucknow. She appeals people to come out and exercise their democratic right. Maywati says she is hopeful there will be a change in power this time. "I appeal to everyone to come out and cast their votes...I request all political parties to prioritise the issues of development and the welfare of the people. Whether it is the BJP or Congress, all the parties say that they are forming the government but everything will be clear when the results are announced...I am hopeful that there will be a change (in power) this time. I can sense that the public is silent and they are seeing all of this..."
    Mayawati Votes in Lucknow (ANI)
  • 7.25 AM - Congress' Amethi Candidate On Rahul Gandhi's Assurance
    Congress candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha, KL Sharma says he is confident of his win as voters cannot be 'misled' now. "Whatever is there in mind of the people, they will vote according to it... When people start fighting, then you cannot mislead people by making false promises... They need to talk about inflation, unemployment, and infrastructure... We have fought the election positively... The other day Rahul Gandhi assured me of a result similar to that of Raebareli and that gave me confidence," Sharma told ANI shortly before voting began in Amethi.
    Congress' Amethi Candidate On Rahul Gandhi's Assurance (ANI)
  • 7.10 AM - Voting in Mumbai Seats - A Brief
    Polling has begun for 13 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, including six in Mumbai, in the fifth and last phase of general elections in the state. Voting began at 7 am in 24,553 polling centres and will end at 6 pm. Altogether 2.46 crore persons are eligible to cast vote to decide the fate of 264 candidates in Mumbai North, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South, Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Palghar, Nashik, Dindori and Dhule seats. Union ministers Piyush Goyal , Bharati Pawar and Kapil Patil are among the key nominees of the BJP, which has also fielded lawyer Ujjwal Nikam. Shiv Sena's Shrikant Shinde and Mumbai Congress chief Varsha Gaikwad are also in the fray. Read More...
  • 7.06 AM - Anil Ambani Among Early Voters in Mumbai; BJP MP Accuses TMC of Distributing Money in Bengal
    Early visuals from show industrialist Anil Ambani standing in a queue at a polling booth in Mumbai. Meanwhile in Bengal, BJP MP and candidate from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh has alleged TMC candidates Partha Bhowmik of distributing money among voters. "Violating all rules, Partha Bhowmick (TMC candidate) distributed money last night. He is doing this to facilitate hooliganism. We will try to have peaceful elections but if that doesn't happen, government would be responsible for it," he said. "A complaint has already been made to the Election Commission...If such things keep happening, it will not be good for Partha Bhowmick," the BJP candidate added. Read More...
    Bengal BJP MP and candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh (ANI)
  • 7 AM - Voting Begins in Over 94000 Polling Stations
    Voting has begun in over 94,000 polling stations across the 8 states/UTs in 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Around 9.47 lakh polling officials are deputed to carry out the exercise and welcome over 8.95 crore voters. Polling also begins for 35 seats in Odisha's second round of assembly elections.
  • 6.46 AM - Vote in Record Numbers: PM Modi's Appeal to Citizens
    Prime Minister Narendra has appealed to the people to vote in record numbers, even as he specifically asked women and young voters to exercise their democratic right. "As 49 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls today in the 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, urging all those whose constituencies are polling today to vote in record numbers. I specially call upon women voters and young voters to exercise their franchise," PM Modi posted on X shortly before the voting begins in phase 5.
  • 6.30 AM - Mock Polls Underway across 8 states/UTs
    Hello and welcome to ETV Bharat's live blog of Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections. Mock polling is underway in over 90,000 polling stations across six states and two union territories going to polls today. The voting is set to begin 7 am. Over 8.95 crore voters include 4.69 crore male, 4.26 crore female and 5409 third gender electors are set to exercise their franchise today.
    Visuals of Mock Polls in Several States (ANI)

In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories voted today (May 20). Over 8.95 crore voters were registered to exercise their franchise in 94,000 polling stations set up by the election commission. Polling for 35 Assembly Constituencies of the Odisha Legislative Assembly also took place simultaneously.

The 8 States/UTs that went to polls in phase 5 today were Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Till 4th phase, the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 has seen the voter turnout at polling stations of about 66.95%. Around 451 million people have already voted, during the first four phases of ongoing General Elections.

Tuesday's (May 21) Update: According to the latest figures provided by Election Commission on its official app on Tuesday morning, phase 5 has recorded a turnout out 60.48% with West Bengal logging the highest (76.05%) polling, and Maharashtra the lowest (54.33%). The overall turnout in these 49 constituencies in 2019 was 61.82%. The highlight of this phase was Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency which logged a polling percentage of 58.17, the highest turnout since 1967. Read how Baramulla managed this turnaround here and here.

--All Updates on Election Day--

  • 7.35 PM - Phase 5 Sees Approximate Voting Turnout of 57.44%
    An approximate voter turnout of 57.44% was recorded in phase 5 of the 2024 Lok Sabha Election on Monday. West Bengal recorded the highest 73% polling while Maharashtra, courtesy of a poor show in six Mumbai seats, saw a meagre 48.88% turnout. The six parliamentary seats and their respective polling percentage in 2024 as compared to 2019 Lok Sabha election was: Mumbai North (55.21% as against 60.09% in 2019), Mumbai North Central (51.42% now vs 54.68% in 2019) Mumbai North East (53.75% now, 57.23% in 2019), Mumbai North West (53.67% now vs 54.31% in 2019), Mumbai South (47.70% vs 51.59% in 2019), and Mumbai South Central (51.88% now vs 55.40% in 2019). Meanwhile, Odisha recorded a turnout of 60.70% in second phase of Assembly Elections. Here are the statewise numbers at 7.35 pm according to ECI's 'Turnout' app.
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  • 7.30 PM - Voting Process Delayed Deliberately in Mumbai: Uddhav
    Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray alleged on Monday afternoon that voting was delayed at several places in Mumbai and the Election Commission of India was doing this deliberately at the behest of the Narendra Modi government. Delay was taking place at the polling booths in areas where his party expects more votes, he said at a press conference here while urging electors to stand in queues as long as early morning if the process was slow. As per poll officials, a voter turnout of 48.66 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra. "Dirty games are being played through the Election Commission. There is a lot of enthusiasm among voters, but the Election Commission is acting in a partisan manner. There is a delay by EC's representatives in certain areas," Thackeray alleged. Read More...
  • 6.15 PM - Voting Concludes in 5th Phase
    Phase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections concluded at 6 pm. Till 5 pm, the approximate voter turnout in 49 seats across 8 states/UTs was 56.68%. ECI will update the figures after 7 pm.
  • 5.46 PM - Approximate Turnout at 5 PM is 56.68%. Mumbai Constituencies Log Poor Numbers
    Bollywood city Mumbai recorded a poor turnout as six parliamentary constituencies in the city recorded below 50% polling till 5 pm in the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections. The six parliamentary seats and their respective polling percentage till 5 pm was: Mumbai North (46.91%), Mumbai North Central (47.32%) Mumbai North East (48.67%), Mumbai North West (49.79%), Mumbai South (44.22%), Mumbai South Central (48.26%). Here is the statewise turnout till 5 pm:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday). Over 8.95 crore voters will exercise their franchise in 94,000 polling stations set up by the election commission.
    Voter turnout at 5 pm (ETV Bharat)
  • 5.15 PM - Salman Khan Cast Vote
    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was spotted at a poll station in Mumbai as the city voted in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Monday. The actor was seen being escorted by security personnel as he arrived at a polling booth in the city. He cast his vote in the final few hours of the polling day. Earlier, Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was also seen casting her vote at a polling centre in Mumbai. Read More...
  • 4.45 PM - Sporadic Incidents of Violence, Over 1000 Complaints in Bengal
    Over 47 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm on Monday in 49 constituencies in six states and two Union Territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections amid sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and poll boycott in a village of Uttar Pradesh. EVM glitches were also reported in some booths of Odisha and West Bengal. While Maharashtra recorded the lowest voter turnout till 3 pm with 38.77 per cent voters exercising their franchise, West Bengal recorded the highest voting percentage of 62.72. Scattered incidents of violence marred the polls in seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where TMC and BJP workers clashed in various parts of Barrackpore, Bongaon, and Arambagh seats. The poll panel said it has received 1,036 complaints from different political parties alleging EVM malfunctioning and agents being stopped from entering booths. Clashes broke out between supporters of TMC and BJP in Khanakul area of Arambagh constituency. Read More...
  • 4.30 PM - Bharat Jodo Yatra Would Become Congress Dhundo Yatra: Amit Shah
    Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah, while addressing a public rally in Jhajjar, Haryana, on Monday slammed the Congress for 'spreading lies' that BJP will scrap reservation if it gets a majority. "Congress spreading lies that if BJP gets the majority, the reservation will be scrapped. Till the time BJP is in Parliament no one will be able to touch the reservation...Rahul Gandhi at the start of this election started the Bharat Jodo Yatra and by the election ends it will be 'Congress Dhundo Yatra'. Congress will not be visible with the help of binoculars," he said.
  • 4.20 PM - BJP to Score Big in Southern States: PM Modi to PTI
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the south, as he remained unwaveringly confident that his NDA alliance will cross 400 seats in Lok Sabha when election results come out on June 4. “Our strategy for the entire nation is the same. Phir ek baar modi sarkar. Aur chaar June 400 paar,” Modi said in an interview to PTI Videos on Sunday night. Read More...
  • 3.50 PM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 3 PM is 47.53%. Here is the state-wise turnout:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 3 PM (ETV Bharat)
  • 3.40 PM - Shah Rukh, Aamir, Ranbir Cast Vote in Mumbai
    Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Ranbir Kapoor cast their vote in the second half of the polling day in Mumbai on Monday. Actors Prem Chopra and Sharman Joshi were also seen casting their vote. Read More Here and Here
  • 3.15 PM - Fadnavis Urges EC To Look Into Complaints of Slow Voting in Mumbai
    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said he has requested the Election Commission of India to look into complaints of slow pace of voting in Mumbai. Polling was underway from 7 am in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, including six in Mumbai, and will continue till 6 pm. Till 1 pm, Mumbai North seat witnessed 26.78 per cent polling, Mumbai North Central 28.05 per cent, Mumbai North East 28.82 per cent, Mumbai North West 28.41 per cent, Mumbai South 24.46 per cent and Mumbai South Central 27.21 per cent, as per official data. Fadnavis in a statement said, "I have requested the EC to look into the complaints of slow pace of voting in Mumbai. There have been several complaints of the overall polling pace being very slow." Read More...
  • 3.02 PM - Over 2,000 Villagers Boycott Polls in Jharkhand
    Over 2,000 voters in a village in Jharkhand's Hazaribag district boycotted the Lok Sabha election on Monday because their long-standing demand for a bridge had not been met. The incident took place in Kusumbha village under the jurisdiction of Katkamdag police station, nearly 105km from state capital Ranchi. The village is part of Hazaribag Lok Sabha constituency. By noon, no votes had been cast at booths 183 and 184, located at Upgraded Middle School, Kusumbha. Polling officials were seen waiting for voters. "I have been here since 7 am, but no one has come to vote yet," said Subodh Prasad Verma, the presiding officer of booth 184. Read More...
  • 2.45 PM - Former HDFC Chairman Flags Slow Voting Process
    After casting his vote, former HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh flagged the slow voting process in south Mumbai. "I asked the man (polling official) who checked the name, what is the turnout now? He said it is low here in South Bombay. But, the process is also slow. I know some people who stood for 1 hour and went as the weather was hot... It is necessary to have a stable government. It is the key to progress. So we need stability. We need good leadership at the centre, which we've been having for the last ten years... India is doing well... The priority even of the existing government is to bring the lowest strata of people up," he told the media.
  • 1.55 PM - Kashmir Man Votes, Appeals Militant Brother to Surrender
    An active Kashmir militant's brother voted on Monday and appealed him to lay down arms and return to his family. Rouf Ahmad Lone, the brother of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant, Umar Lone released a video message to the general voters and his militant brother. In the 25-second odd video, Rouf urged his brother to surrender. He cast his vote in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency. Read More...
  • 1.45 PM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 1 PM is 36.73%. Here is the state-wise turnout:
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 1 PM (ETV Bharat)
  • 1.35 PM - Sachin Tendulkar's Appeal to Citizens
    Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who voted earlier today, has urged people to cast their votes as the same was "extremely important for our nation". "I would like to say that problems happen because, one, you act without thinking, and two, you just keep thinking but do not act. I would urge people to cast their vote. It is extremely important for our nation's future," Tendulkar said while speaking to the reporters after casting his vote. Read More...
  • 1.25 PM - Rahul Gandhi Camps in Rae Bareli, Visits Polling Booths
    Congress MP and candidate from Wayanad and Rae Bareli today visited his constituency in Uttar Pradesh and offered prayers at Peepaleshwar Hanuman Temple. Gandhi also inspected some of the polling booths and met with the people who had cast their votes. Read More...
  • 1.10 PM - Sachin Tendulkar, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer-Deepika Cast Vote in Mumbai
    Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and his son and cricketer Arjun Tendulkar cast their votes at a polling station in Mumbai during the ongoing 5th phase of Lok Sabha election 2024 on Monday. Bollywood star couple Actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, and actress Vidya Balan also cast their votes today. Shortly after them, Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, his sister Sunaina Roshan and their parents Rakesh Roshan and Pinkie Roshan cast their votes. Speaking to media after voting, Hrithik asked people to "study the candidates" and know who they are voting for.
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Celebs casting votes in Mumbai on Monday (ANI screengrabs)
  • 1.05 PM - Centenarian Freedom Fighter GG Parikh Votes in Mumbai
    Centenarian freedom fighter Dr G G Parikh, who has been voting since India's first general elections in 1951-52, exercised his franchise in the Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat, which went to polls in the fifth and final phase in Maharashtra on Monday. Though the Election Commission of India (ECI) provided a home voting facility for senior citizens above 75, a wheelchair-borne Parikh (100) chose to visit the polling station at Girton High School in Grant Road.
  • 12.45 PM - JKPC Chairman Sajad Lone Votes in North Kashmir's Handwara
    Sajad Lone, JKPC chairman and candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency cast his vote at a polling booth in Handwara in north Kashmir. Speaking to media before voting, Lone said he was confident of his party's win.
  • 12.05 PM - 'Jo Ram Ko laaye Hain Hum Unko Laayenge': Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Chief Priest
    Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das cast his vote in Ayodhya on Monday. Speaking to the media later, he said he wished PM Modi to win again and he had a strong feeling that BJP would retain power. "Voting is everyone's right and no one should give up on this... I wish PM Modi to be the PM again and the BJP government would come to power, I have voted with this feeling. 'Jo Ram ko laaye hain hum unko laayenge' is a people's emotion now as PM Modi has done what others couldn't," he said.
    Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Chief Priest Acharya Satyendra Das (ANI)
  • 11.38 AM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 11 AM is 23.66%
    At 11 am, the approximate voter turnout in 8 states/UTs is 23.66%. Here is the state-wise turnout: Bihar (21.11%), Jammu and Kashmir (21.37), Jharkhand (26.18), Ladakh (27.87), Maharashtra (15.93), Odisha (21.07), Uttar Pradesh (27.76), and West Bengal (32.70).
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Voter turnout at 11 am (ETV Bharat Graphics)
  • 11.32 AM - Never Spoken Against Minorities, But Won't Accept 'Special Citizens': PM Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he has never uttered a word against minorities, and the BJP has never acted against them. He, however, said he was not ready to accept anyone as "special citizens". His comments came in an interview to PTI late Sunday amid an outcry from the opposition that his election speeches are communally divisive and polarising. Read More...
  • 11.15 AM - IRB Jawan Dies in Uttar Pradesh
    An IRB jawan died on election duty died of ill health on Sunday night. He was posted at an election booth in Mirchwara village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Voting is taking place in Jhansi-Lalitpur Lok Sabha seat today. The deceased trooper from Manipur was identified as Hojamang (54) who collapsed on Sunday night. He was taken to the nearest health center from where, he was referred to Jhansi Medical College, where doctors declared him dead. In another incident, health of a polling worker at Ganeshpura Khandi primary school in Talbehat also deteriorated. Lakhan Lal (51) was immediately taken to CHC Talbehat. From here he was referred to the district hospital. SDM Nishant Tiwari reached CHC and inquired about the well being of the employee.
  • 11.05 - Uddhav Thackeray, Family Cast Vote
    Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi, and son Aaditya cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai. Around the same time, MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and his family members also voted in the ongoing 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
  • 11 AM - EC Removes BSF Personnel From Election Duty After 'Molestation' Complaint
    The Election Commission on Monday removed a BSF personnel from poll duty in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency following a complaint of molestation against him, an official said. A woman lodged the molestation complaint at Uluberia Police Station on Sunday evening, he said.
  • 10.55 AM - Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde cast vote in Thane
    Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde cast his vote at a polling booth in Thane. Speaking to the media later, Shinde said people are coming out of their homes to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister again. "The work that Shrikant Shinde has done is in front of the people and I think they are going to vote for him to bring him back to power for the third time. Everyone should cast their votes. I can see people coming out of their houses to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country again," he said.
  • 10.40 AM - 'Our Resolve is 400 plus': Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes cast his vote in Lucknow on Monday. Speaking to the media afterwards, he appealed to the voters of the country to cast their vote along with their family members. Singh is the BJP candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat. "Our resolve in 400 plus seats but I do not want to predict about any seats at present," he said.
  • 9.55 AM - Approximate Voter Turnout at 9 AM is 10.28%
    At 9 am, the approximate voter turnout in 8 states/UTs is 10.28%. Here is the state-wise turnout: Bihar (8.86%), Jammu and Kashmir (7.63), Ladakh (10.51), Jharkhand (11.68), Maharashtra (6.33), Odisha (6.87), Uttar Pradesh (12.89), and West Bengal (15.35).
  • 9.35 AM - Actor Paresh Rawal Seeks 'Punishment' For Those Who Don't Vote
    Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, who cast his vote in Mumbai on Monday morning, said there should be some "punishment" for those who do not cast their votes. "There should be some provisions for those who don't vote, like an increase in tax or some other punishment," the veteran actor said. Read More...
  • 9.30 AM - BJP's Amethi Candidate, Smriti Irani Cast Her Vote
    BJP MP and candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat, Smriti Irani arrived at a polling station in Amethi and cast her vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Congress has fielded KL Sharma from this seat. After casting her vote, Irani said, "Today it is my good fortune that I have cast my vote in my village Gauriganj with the resolve of a Viksit Bharat. I appeal to the people to cast their vote. It is our responsibility towards the future of our country...
  • 9.20 AM - Vote For Love Not Hate: Kharge To People
    As polling began in 49 constituencies for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday urged people to vote for love and not hatred and cast their ballot against unemployment and inflation. Voting is being held in 49 constituencies in six states and two union territories in the fifth phase, which will decide the electoral fate of several prominent leaders like former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. Read More...
  • 9.05 AM - More Bollywood Celebrities Vote
    Bollywood actors Janhvi Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra, Shahid Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao have also cast their votes in various polling booths in Mumbai. Akshay and Farhan were among the first Bollywood actors to vote early morning. Read More...
    In Phase 5 of the 7-phase Lok Sabha Elections, as many as 49 Parliament Constituencies across six states and two union territories are voting today (Monday).
    Bollywood stars show inked fingers after casting vote in Mumbai on Monday (Screengrabs from ANI Videos)
  • 8.55 AM - 'NDA Winning All 80 Seats in Uttar Pradesh'
    Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak and his family cast their votes at a polling booth in Lucknow on Monday. Afterward, he appealed to all the voters to come out for the resolve of Viksit Bharat. "We are winning all 80 seats of the state including Amethi and Rae Bareli," he said.
  • 8.50 AM - RBI Governor Cast Vote, Congratulates Election Commission
    RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das cast his vote in Mumbai on Monday. Speaking to media, he said it was a moment of pride to participate in an election of 140 crore people. "The process of voting today was very smooth and I would like to congratulate the Election Commission of India and all the officials who have been working throughout the country. It's really a moment of pride for every indian to vote in these elections. I appeal to every voter to come out and vote," the RBI Governor said. Read More...
  • 8.37 AM - Piyush Goyal Votes, says 'Just Like PM Modi said...'
    Union Minister and BJP candidate from Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat, Piyush Goyal cast his vote on Monday morning. Speaking to the media later, he appealed to the people to come out and participate in the festival of democracy. "The fifth phase of polling is underway in Mumbai and the rest of the country. Just like PM Modi said everyone should take part in the festival of democracy...I believe that the people of Mumbai will come out in large numbers and exercise their right to vote...," he said. Congress has fielded Bhushan Patil from the Mumbai North seat.
  • 8.30 AM - Chirag Paswan Confident of NDA crossing 400
    LJP (Ram Vilas) chief and candidate from Hajipur Lok Sabha seat Chirag Paswan says he is confident of NDA crossing 400 seats in this election. "NDA is crossing 400 seats in the country whereas INDI alliance will be at its all-time low, especially Congress," he said while speaking to the media in Patna. "My father has been a representative from Hajipur since 1977. I am hopeful that I get the same kind of love my father got from the people of Hajipur. Development and my father's name have been synonyms in Hajipur. I will make sure to work for the development of Hajipur," he said.
  • 8.22 AM - Mumbai BJP Chief Votes, Says Mahayuti will Win All 6 Seats
    Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar cast his vote on Monday morning and appealed to the voters to participate in the festival of democracy. "ECI has made good arrangements and people should follow ECI's guidelines... I have seen enthusiasm in people for the BJP, especially in the roadshow of PM Modi. Mahayuti will win all the six seats (in Mumbai)," he said while speaking to the media after casting his vote.
  • 8.15 AM - BJP Rae Bareli Candidate Votes, Says 'Lotus is Blooming'
    BJP's Rae Bareli candidate, Dinesh Pratap Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Rae Bareli. Congress has fielded Rahul Gandhi from the seat. After casting his vote, Singh said there was "no confusion that Lotus is blooming in Amethi and Raebareli". "Rahul Gandhi is taking the name of his grandmother, father, but he is not talking about his grandfather," he said.
  • 8.13 AM - Flag march in Odisha's Khordha District
    In Odisha's Khordha District, police conducted a flag march on Sunday evening in the wake of pre-poll violence in the Banpur region that claimed the life of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker and left several others injured earlier. Read More...
  • 8.10 AM - Youth Casting Multiple Votes in Video Arrested: UP CEO
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa on viral video showing youth casting multiple votes on an EVM. "Last evening, a video went viral which showed a youth casting his vote on an EVM multiple times...It was probed, and found to be from Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency. It is specifically from a village in Aliganj Assembly constituency that comes under Etah district...The youth was identified and FIR was registered under sections of Representation of People Act, IPC and Information Technology Act. He has been arrested...Suspension and departmental action on the polling party of that booth have been decided. Re-election has been recommended to the Election Commission," he said.
  • 7.50 AM - Big Day for Mumbai, We are Alert: Police Commissioner
    Mumbai Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said security had been beefed up in the city as it goes to polls today. "This is a very big day. Polling is being held in 6 Parliamentary constituencies of Mumbai. Voters are arriving peacefully and casting their vote. I urge all the voters of Mumbai to vote...Our personnel were deployed at polling booths yesterday itself...Mumbai Police will be alert," he said.
  • 7.40 AM - Bollywood Actors Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar vote in Mumbai
    Actors Akshay Kumar and Farhan Akhtar are among the first Bollywood stars to cast their votes today. While Akshay voted at a polling booth in Juhu, Farhan was spotted at a booth in Bandra West. Speaking to reporters, Farhan said his vote is for "good governance and the government that looks after all people". Akshay said he wants India to be developed and strong and has voted keeping that in mind. "India should vote for what they deem is right...I think voter turnout will be good," he said.
  • 7.30 AM - Mayawati Votes in Lucknow, Hopes For Change
    Former Uttar Pradesh CM and BSP chief Mayawati votes in Lucknow. She appeals people to come out and exercise their democratic right. Maywati says she is hopeful there will be a change in power this time. "I appeal to everyone to come out and cast their votes...I request all political parties to prioritise the issues of development and the welfare of the people. Whether it is the BJP or Congress, all the parties say that they are forming the government but everything will be clear when the results are announced...I am hopeful that there will be a change (in power) this time. I can sense that the public is silent and they are seeing all of this..."
    Mayawati Votes in Lucknow (ANI)
  • 7.25 AM - Congress' Amethi Candidate On Rahul Gandhi's Assurance
    Congress candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha, KL Sharma says he is confident of his win as voters cannot be 'misled' now. "Whatever is there in mind of the people, they will vote according to it... When people start fighting, then you cannot mislead people by making false promises... They need to talk about inflation, unemployment, and infrastructure... We have fought the election positively... The other day Rahul Gandhi assured me of a result similar to that of Raebareli and that gave me confidence," Sharma told ANI shortly before voting began in Amethi.
    Congress' Amethi Candidate On Rahul Gandhi's Assurance (ANI)
  • 7.10 AM - Voting in Mumbai Seats - A Brief
    Polling has begun for 13 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, including six in Mumbai, in the fifth and last phase of general elections in the state. Voting began at 7 am in 24,553 polling centres and will end at 6 pm. Altogether 2.46 crore persons are eligible to cast vote to decide the fate of 264 candidates in Mumbai North, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South, Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Palghar, Nashik, Dindori and Dhule seats. Union ministers Piyush Goyal , Bharati Pawar and Kapil Patil are among the key nominees of the BJP, which has also fielded lawyer Ujjwal Nikam. Shiv Sena's Shrikant Shinde and Mumbai Congress chief Varsha Gaikwad are also in the fray. Read More...
  • 7.06 AM - Anil Ambani Among Early Voters in Mumbai; BJP MP Accuses TMC of Distributing Money in Bengal
    Early visuals from show industrialist Anil Ambani standing in a queue at a polling booth in Mumbai. Meanwhile in Bengal, BJP MP and candidate from Barrackpore, Arjun Singh has alleged TMC candidates Partha Bhowmik of distributing money among voters. "Violating all rules, Partha Bhowmick (TMC candidate) distributed money last night. He is doing this to facilitate hooliganism. We will try to have peaceful elections but if that doesn't happen, government would be responsible for it," he said. "A complaint has already been made to the Election Commission...If such things keep happening, it will not be good for Partha Bhowmick," the BJP candidate added. Read More...
    Bengal BJP MP and candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh (ANI)
  • 7 AM - Voting Begins in Over 94000 Polling Stations
    Voting has begun in over 94,000 polling stations across the 8 states/UTs in 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Around 9.47 lakh polling officials are deputed to carry out the exercise and welcome over 8.95 crore voters. Polling also begins for 35 seats in Odisha's second round of assembly elections.
  • 6.46 AM - Vote in Record Numbers: PM Modi's Appeal to Citizens
    Prime Minister Narendra has appealed to the people to vote in record numbers, even as he specifically asked women and young voters to exercise their democratic right. "As 49 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls today in the 5th phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, urging all those whose constituencies are polling today to vote in record numbers. I specially call upon women voters and young voters to exercise their franchise," PM Modi posted on X shortly before the voting begins in phase 5.
  • 6.30 AM - Mock Polls Underway across 8 states/UTs
    Hello and welcome to ETV Bharat's live blog of Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections. Mock polling is underway in over 90,000 polling stations across six states and two union territories going to polls today. The voting is set to begin 7 am. Over 8.95 crore voters include 4.69 crore male, 4.26 crore female and 5409 third gender electors are set to exercise their franchise today.
    Visuals of Mock Polls in Several States (ANI)
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