2019 general elections: Minor violence mars polling in 5th phase

Chennai: Voting began on a brisk note this morning for the fifth phase of the national elections but it was marred by violence in West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP candidate for Barrackpore, in West Bengal, alleged that he was attacked by Trinamool Congress workers this morning.

Also, reports said a grenade was thrown at a polling booth in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. None was injured in the attack, it is said.

The fate of a number of high-profile candidates, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Rajyavardhan Rathore, will be decided in this phase of the 7-phase election today.

With only 51 seats being contested across seven states, this is said to be the leanest phase of the 2019 parliamentary election.

The BJP, which won 40 of the 51 seats in 2014, is under pressure to better its performance.

With this phase, elections will be over in 424 seats, while polling in the remaining 118 seats will be held 12 and 19 May. Results will be out 23 May, the day counting takes place.

NT Bureau