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General Elections 2024: 49 seats vote in phase 5

Voting for the fifth of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2024 begins on Monday at 7 am. Polling is underway for 49 Lok Sabha seats across six states and two Union Territories (Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla).

The first round of voter turnout figures in phase 5 till 9 am this morning is recorded to be 10.28 percent.

The states and union territories where the elections will be held in the 5th phase are Jharkhand (3), Odisha (5), Uttar Pradesh (14), Bihar (5), Maharashtra (13), West Bengal (7), Ladakh (1) and, Jammu and Kashmir (1).

When the voting closes in 49 constituencies on Monday, 428 of the Lok Sabha’s 543 seats will have gone to polls in the elections that began on April 19.

Several key candidates are in the fray in the fifth phase, including Congress former president Rahul Gandhi who is contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, union ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North) and Smriti Irani (Amethi) LJP (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan (Hajipur), Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde’s son Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan), National Conference leader Omar Abdullah (Baramulla) and RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Rohini Acharya (Saran).

In a post in Hindi on X, Rahul Gandhi said, “Today is the fifth phase of voting! In the first four phases itself, it has become clear that people have stood up to protect the Constitution and democracy and are defeating the BJP.” “This country is fed up with the politics of hatred and is now voting on its own issues. Youths for jobs, farmers for MSP and freedom from debt, women for economic independence and security, and labourers for fair wages.”

“The people are fighting this election along with INDIA (bloc) and there is a storm of change in the country,” the former Congress president said.

“I am appealing to the entire country, including Amethi and Rae Bareli, come out and vote in large numbers for the prosperity of your families, for your own rights and for the progress of India,” Gandhi said.

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