LIVE | Election Central Phase 5: West Bengal records highest voter turnout till 1 pm with 50.78%

Polling is underway in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states in the fifth phase on Monday for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Voting will take place in some seats of Bihar (5), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Jharkhand (4), Madhya Pradesh (7), Rajasthan (12), Uttar Pradesh (14) and West Bengal (7). Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

There are 674 candidates contesting in this phase, including 12 per cent women, the highest so far. In phase five, Union minister Jayant Sinha, who is contesting from Hazaribagh, tops the list of candidates with the highest income – Rs 5.72 crore. While Poonam Sinha, who is making her political debut from Lucknow on a SP ticket, is the richest candidate with Rs 193 crore.

Key constituencies in the fifth phase include Rae Bareli, Amethi, Lucknow, Jaipur Rural, Muzaffarpur, Hazaribagh, Sitamarhi, Alwar, Ranchi

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After casting his vote, Rajnath Singh stood in front of cameras and showed his inked finger, smiling.

“I can’t predict anything,” he said when reporters asked him what he felt about the election. “I leave the decision to the voters in Lucknow,” he added.

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