The country has witnessed 4 phases of Lok Sabha elections and now is heading towards the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 6, 2019. A total of 674 candidates belonging to different political parties in the ballot battle will be contesting in phase 5 of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections
According to the report of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 68 out of the total 674 candidates contesting in the 5th phase have made disclosures in the election affidavit. According to the report, six candidates were either badly scanned or the complete affidavit was not uploaded on the website of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Out of the total 674 candidates, 126 candidates declared criminal cases against themselves. 22 out of 48 candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 9 out of 33 candidates from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 14 out of 45 candidates from the Congress, 26 out of 252 independent candidates, and 7 out of 9 candidates from Samajwadi Party (SP) have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.
28% of the total candidates have declared assets worth more than one crore each.
51 parliamentary constituencies across seven states and union territories will head to polls in over 96,000 polling booths on May 6. Over 8 crore 75 lakh voters will decide the fate of 674 candidates in the fray for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
The states that will go to polls in the fifth phase of elections are Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh.
Bihar: 5 parliamentary constituencies Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur Saran, and Hajipur in Bihar will go to polls.
The total number of voters is 87,66,722.
The total candidates in the fray are 82.
Bihar has a grand alliance of Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM), and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
With a Total of 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, 14 seats in Bihar have witnessed scores in the first three phases of Lok Sabha elections. The state it has witnessed polling in all the 7 phases.
Jammu and Kashmir: Anantnag Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the fifth phase of elections in the state Jammu and Kashmir. The total number of voters are 6,97, 498.
22 candidates are contesting from Jammu and Kashmir.
Jharkhand: four parliamentary seats including Kodarma, Ranchi, Khunti, and Hazaribagh will go to polls in the 5th phase in Jharkhand. The total number of voters is 65,87,028.
61 candidates are in the fray to contest from the state.
Jharkhand has a grand alliance of opposition parties that include Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM), and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Madhya Pradesh: 7 Lok Sabha seats including the Tikamgarh, Damoh Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad, and Vidisha will go to polls in Madhya Pradesh.
Total of 1,19,56,447 voter will vote for the elections.
110 candidates are in the fray for the 7 Lok Sabha seats.
Rajasthan: 12 parliamentary constituencies will go to polls in Rajasthan. Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa, and Nagaur.
2,31,79,623 voters will vote for the seats. A total of 134 candidates contested elections.
The 13 constituencies in Rajasthan witnessed polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 29.
Uttar Pradesh: 14 constituencies will go to polls including Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raibareli, Amethi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich, Kaiserganj, Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.
Total of 2,47,09,515 voters will vote for the state.
182 candidates are in the fray for Uttar Pradesh.
West Bengal: the state goes to polls on its 7 Lok Sabha seats including Bangaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly, and Arambagh.
1,16,91,889 voters will vote for the 7 constituencies in West Bengal. 83 candidates are in the fray. For the election
The remaining two phases of Lok Sabha elections will be held on May 12 and May 19. The results for 17th Lok Sabha will be announced on May 23.