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51 Lok Sabha seats go to polls in 5th phase on Monday

51 Lok Sabha seats go to polls in 5th phase on Monday

A total of 51 seats spread across seven states across north and east India are scheduled to vote in the fifth phase on Monday (May 6).

Nearly nine crore voters will decide the fate of 674 candidates, including political bigwigs Rajnath Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani, in the fifth phase of polling on Monday (May 6) in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies in seven states.

The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 40 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (seven). 

Voting will take 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.

The Election Comission has set up 94,000 polling stations/booths and made elaborate security arrangements.

In the fifth and smallest phase, total 8.75 crore voters will decide the fate of 674 candidates. 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.

- Source: News websites