Ace Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with wife Sakshi Dhoni, casts his vote in Ranchi.
Voters turnout as of 1 pm:
Voter turnout as of 11 am
With the political discourse widenening to full-fledged campaigning underway across the country, India will move into its fifth phase of polling on Monday in 51 parliamentary constituencies spread across seven states.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and Left Front constituent CPI(M) are the main contenders in the seven seats where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,16,91,889-strong electorate.
To ensure free and fair polling in Bongaon (SC), Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambagh (SC) seats, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 578 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent polling booths, officials said.
The campaign for these constituencies have seen poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Out of the 674 candidates, 28% of them have declared their assests worth one crore
In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources told PTI.
Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Sonia Gandhi (Congress), Rajnath Singh (BJP), Smriti Irani (BJP), Mamata Thakur (TMC), Joy Banerjee (BJP), Rajyavardhan Rathore (BJP), Jyoti Khandelwal (Congress), Maharani Kavita Singh Natiraja (Congress), Jayant Sinha (BJP), Arun Ray (RJD), Chandrika Rai (RJD), Poonam Shatrughan Sinha (SP)
(With PTI inputs)