LS polls: 5th phase sees 63.38% turnout 

LS polls: 5th phase sees 63.38% turnout 

Voters queue at a polling station to cast their ballots during the fifth phase of General election in Howrah in West Bengal. AFP photo

The fifth phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections saw a turnout of 63.38%, as voters in 51 constituencies from seven states queued up before booths on Monday. 

EC officials, however, said that the turnout would go up when the final reports from all polling stations would come in. The Lok Sabha constituencies, which went to the polls in the fifth phase, had registered an average turnout of 61.79% during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Two polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir came under a grenade attack while sporadic incidents of skirmishes between the activists of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress were reported from West Bengal, where at least 12 people, including five media persons, were injured. 

A man was arrested after he damaged an EVM in a polling station in Bihar because his mother did not vote for the candidate he wanted her to vote for.

Five segments in Bihar, two in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Jharkhand, seven in MP, 12 in Rajasthan, 14 in UP and seven in West Bengal went to polls in the fifth phase.

Union Minister Smriti Irani, who is pitted against Rahul in Amethi, accused him of “ensuring booth capturing”.