Grenade attack on polling station in Pulwama
Militants lobbed a grenade at a polling station in Pulwama district under Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency to disrupt the polling process on Monday morning. A grenade was hurled towards Rohmoo polling station. No reports of causalities have been reported so far.
The fifth phase of polling of Lok Sabha elections in 51 constituencies spread over seven states started on Monday morning. Polling is underway at 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, 7 each in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, 5 in Bihar and 4 in Jharkhand. In Jammu and Kashmir, polling is being held in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag and Ladakh constituencies.
Prominent candidates in this phase include Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Jayant Sinha, BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Arjun Munda and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Jitin Prasad.
In Uttar Pradesh, a total of 182 candidates including 26 women are in the fray for 14 constituencies. These include Sitapur, Lucknow, Raibarely, Amethi, Kaushambi, Gonda, Banda, Fatehpur, Faizabad and Behraich. In Bihar, 82 candidates including six women are in the fray for 5 Lok Sabha seats.