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The fifth round of the LS elections saw 60.09 percent of voters, while Baramulla’s turnout reached pre-turmoil levels

May 21, New Delhi With an estimated 60.09 percent of voters casting ballots in the crucial fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which covered 49 seats across 8 states and UTs, voting ended on Friday. The polling ranged from a high of 74.65 percent in West Bengal (7 seats) to a low of 54.29 percent in Maharashtra (13 seats). Nevertheless, the Bollywood brigade and powerful businessmen were out in full force to set an example for the voters.

69.62 percent in Ladakh (1 seat), 67.59 percent in Odisha (5 seats plus 35 Assembly seats), 63.07 percent in Jharkhand (3 seats), 57.79 percent in Uttar Pradesh (14 seats), 56.73 percent in J&K (1 seat), and 54.85 percent in Bihar were the figures for the other states and UTs as of 11.30 p.m.

The percentage of votes cast “shall continue to be updated by the field-level officers as polling parties keep returning and will be available PC-wise (along with respective AC segments) live at VTR App, as was the case in the earlier phases,” according to the Election Commission.

Additionally, it said that the “information shown here is based on data entered by field officers into the systems.” Since certain polling places (PS) require longer to provide data, this trend is just an approximation and excludes postal ballots. At the conclusion of voting, Form 17 C, which contains the final accounting of votes cast for every PS, is distributed to all poll workers.

There were a lot of excited voters in Baramulla, where there was a multi-cornered battle. The EC reports that the provisional turnout of 56.73 percent was the greatest since the pre-insurgency period of 1984 and the 46.65 percent recorded in 1996.

UT election authorities said that it may reach 59%.

When polls opened at 7 a.m. to determine the destiny of 695 candidates, around 9 crore people braved the heat in various regions of the nation to cast their ballots.

The Election Commission lamented, meanwhile, that the urban indifference shown in the 2019 elections was maintained in seats located in cities like as Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, and Lucknow. However, leaders and voters also voiced their displeasure with the polling process’s sluggish speed, which turned off some votes.

Nonetheless, Bollywood and, to a lesser degree, TV celebrities descended upon Mumbai to fulfill their franchise. Among them were Amitabh Bachchan, accompanied by his spouse Jaya; Deepika-Ranveer; Sanjay Dutt; Kajol; Tabu; and Shah Rukh Khan, who merrily posed for photographers alongside his spouse Gauri and son Aryan.

While the celebs, including Dharmendra, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Rajkummar Rao, were content to only show their tattooed index finger, a few made remarks to the media asking Mumbaikars to cast their ballots.

Prominent businessmen and industrialists such as Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, and Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, who was accompanied by his daughter Ananya Birla, also voted.

Even though there were fewer phases overall, the fifth one had a significant number of prominent seats up for grabs. These included leaders of national and regional parties like Rahul Gandhi (Raebareli), Omar Abdullah (Baramulla), and Chirag Paswan (Hajipur), as well as prominent Union Ministers like Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North), and Smriti Irani (Amethi).

Other notable races were in Kaiserganj, Uttar Pradesh, where incumbent BJP MP and former WFI chairman Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh stepped up for his son Karan Bhushan Singh, and Kalyan, where Shiv Sena’s Shrikant Shinde, the son of Maharashtra chairman Minister Eknath Shinde, is in the race.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Rohini Acharya is running against BJP candidate and former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran, Bihar, while actress-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee of the BJP is running against Trinamool Congress candidate and actress Rachna Banerjee in Hooghly, West Bengal.

By the completion of the fifth phase, 428 Lok Sabha seats in 25 states and union territories had finished voting, with Maharashtra and Ladakh joining those states.

The second and last round of voting, which will include 58 seats, is scheduled for May 25. Delhi and Haryana will also be participating in a single-phase election.

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