The fifth and final phase of voting for electing 86 representatives to the 15th Lok Sabha began in the morning at 0700 hrs Today in 1.21 lakh booths across 9 states and Union Territories for 10.78 crore voters to exercise their franchise. There are 1,432 candidates in the poll fray.
Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to Parliament, and Jammu & Kashmir are the only two states that have polling in all the five phases.
Tamil Nadu has 39 seats to be won, where the Congress and the DMK are in alliance.
The important contenders in this final phase are P Chidambaram, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Mohammad Azharuddin (Congress), BJP’s Maneka, Varun Gandhi, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vinod Khanna and Navjot Singh Sidhu (BJP), T R Baalu, A Raja, Dayanidhi Maran and M K Azhagiri (DMK), MDMK’s Vaiko, TC chief Mamata Banerjee, SP’s Jayaprada and Sajjad Gani Lone of People’s Conference.