Polling for the fifth phase of the lok sabha elections has commenced in 49 seats spread across six states and two union territories. This round will decide the electoral fates of numerous famous figures, including former congress President rahul Gandhi, Union Ministers rajnath singh and Smriti Irani, and former kashmir - SRINAGAR/JAMMU' target='_blank' title='jammu and kashmir-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>jammu and kashmir Chief minister Omar Abdullah.
695 individuals are running for 49 seats, including 82 women. Concerned about the poor turnout in the previous four rounds, the election commission of india (ECI) has urged electors to vote in larger numbers. The high-pitched campaign for the fifth round of the lok sabha elections included a heated exchange of insults between the ruling bjp and the opposition-led india alliance.
Prime minister Narendra Modi's remark that the congress will "run a bulldozer over the ram temple in Ayodhya" aroused outrage, causing the party to move the election Commission. PM Modi and other bjp officials also claimed that if elected, congress will devote 15% of the budget to Muslims, something the opposition party categorically denied.

Over 8.95 crore people, including 4.26 crore females and 5,409 third-gender electors, are eligible to vote in this round. To facilitate the process, 9.47 lakh polling officials have been deployed across 94,732 polling stations across the country.

The constituencies going to the polls include:

Maharashtra: 13 seats
Uttar Pradesh: 14 seats
West Bengal: 7 seats
Bihar: 5 seats
Jharkhand: 3 seats
Odisha: 5 seats
Jammu and Kashmir: 1 seat
Ladakh: 1 seat

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