As polling began for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 51 constituencies spread across seven states, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and BSP chief Mayawati were among those who turned up early to cast their votes.
Lucknow BJP candidate Rajnath Singh expressed confidence about BJP getting a full majority and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term. He cast his vote in Lucknow, accompanied by his son Pankaj Singh.
“I leave it to voters. The right to write the character role of a candidate lies with voters of the constituency. I am assured that BJP will get a full majority and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister again,” said Rajnath Singh.
BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also turned up early to exercise her franchise at a Lucknow polling booth.
“The value of the vote of everyone is the same either poor or rich. I request all to come out and exercise their right to vote. I request all voters to go to their respective polling booths and use their vote for the country and public welfare. Youth, elder and women all should come in large number for the vote,” said Mayawati.
Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha cast his vote at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. His son Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress’ Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.
“In 2014 I decided on my own that I will not contest because you are seeing what happened with others. Now my son is in the fray,” said Yashwant Sinha. Yashwant Sinha and his wife Nilima Sinha arrived together and stood in line to cast their votes.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore cast their votes in Jaipur. Sanjay Seth the BJP candidate from Ranchi after voting who cast his vote said: “Before coming here to cast my vote, I went to the temple of Goddess Kali, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shani Maharaj. I pray to God and asked for more strength to serve the people,” said Sanjay Seth.
Polling for the fifth phase began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, amid elaborate security arrangements. Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, tweleve in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand are undergoing polling in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.