Lok Sabha elections: Smriti Irani, Rahul Gandhi face-off in fifth phase polls

BJP candidate Smriti Irani accused her opponent Congress president Rahul Gandhi of " booth capturing" as polls began in Amethi.

Polls underway in fifth phase

The fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls started in various states including Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

This phase will decide the fate of several key leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani.

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Unrest in Barrackpore, West Bengal

BJP candidate from Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, Arjun Singh sustained minor injury on his face after allegedly being attacked by Trinamool Congress supporters outside the polling booth.

"I was attacked by TMC goons while I was trying to talk with voters. It was a planned attack and I will report the matter to the Election Commission. TMC's hooligans are running unchecked in the state, my bleeding mouth is a proof of it," Singh said.

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Voting underway at Shopian in J&K

Shopian: People wait in a queue to cast their votes for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections at Shadab Karewa area in Shopian district of south Kashmir. 

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Electronic Voting Machines

An election staff member carries Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) after collecting them from a distribution centre ahead of the fifth phase of general election in Howrah, West Bengal.

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BSP chief Mayawati votes in Lucknow

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati leaves a polling station after casting her vote during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Lucknow. 

While Singh was interacting with the media after casting his vote during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls, he said that he doesn't want to comment on the candidature of Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha as an SP-BSP-RLD candidate from Lucknow as elections are not about the individuals contesting but the issues. 

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Rajnath Singh votes in Lucknow

Lucknow: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Lucknow, Rajnath Singh, and his wife Savitri Singh show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting their vote at a polling station during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Lucknow.

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Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani in tough fight at Amethi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani are in a tough fight for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat which goes to polls in Uttar Pradesh today.

Smriti Irani accused her opponent Congress president Rahul Gandhi of " booth- capturing" as polling got underway at Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in the fifth phase today.

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