Voting for Fifth Phase underway in J&K, Jharkhand


Ranchi, Jammu, Dec 20: The voting for fifth phase of assembly polls began in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand amid tight security Today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the voters to participate in large numbers in the electoral exercise in two states.

The polling is taking place in 16 of 81 assembly constituencies in the last round of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand, while voting will be done for 20 assembly constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of  87-member assembly in J&K. Over 36 lakh voters, including more than 17 lakh women, will decide the fate of 208 candidates in Jharkhand.

The voting is taking place at 3,773 polling booths out of which 833 booths have been declared as very sensitive, while another 1,496 have been declared sensitive in Jharkhand. The fate of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), along with Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta, Minister Lobin Hembrom, Sita Soren, who is the daughter-in-law of Shibu Soren and sister-in-law of the state chief minister, Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Louise Marandi, and former minister Simon Marandi will be decided today.

In J&K, 2,366 polling stations have been set up where over 18 lakh voters are eligible to vote and decide the political fate of 213 candidates including Sham Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Raman Bhalla (Gandhinagar), Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand (Chhamb) and Manohar Lal Sharma (Billawar) in the final phase of the assembly polls.

The constituencies going to polls are Bani, Basohli, Billawar, Kathua and Hiranagar in Kathua district, Nagrota, Gandhinagar, Jammu East, Jammu West, Bishnah, R.S. Pura, Suchetgarh, Akhnoor, Chhamb, Marh and Raipur Domana in Jammu district, and Rajouri, Darhal, Kalakote and Nowshera in Rajouri district.

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