The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election witnesses several high-stake battles between the Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition parties, with people from 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states casting their votes today to form the next government.
Here's a look at who were among the early voters!
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Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his daughter Ziva at a polling booth in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Photograph: PTI Photo
Congress's Sachin Pilot smiles as he proudly displays his inked finger after casting his vote in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He put up the image on Twitter with the caption 'Voted for a better tomorrow'. Photograph: @SachinPilot/Twitter
Home Minister and Lucknow BJP Candidate Rajnath Singh casts his vote at polling booth 333 in Scholars' Home School. “I will win in Lucknow… Public will decide the margin of victory. I leave it to the people of Lucknow. BJP will get clear majority. NDA might also win 2/3rds majority. I appeal to all voters to come out with family and exercise their right,” Singh, who was accompanied by his family members said after casting his vote at 7.30 am. Photograph: Nand Kumar/PTI Photo
Union Minister and BJP candidate from Hazaribagh, Jayant Sinha arrives at a polling booth to cast his vote. Sinha is contesting against Congress's Gopal Sahu and Communist Party of India's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency. Photograph: PTI Photo
Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha along with his wife Nilima Sinha arrive at a polling booth in Hazaribagh to cast vote for the Lok Sabha election. While waiting in queue, he said that it was in 2014 that he decided to give up his seat and not contest. "I knew that if I didn't then, I would have faced the same fate as others in my party," he said. Photograph: ANI/Twitter
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati casts her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori Inter College in Lucknow. She appealed to the people to vote. "Right to vote should be used for your own good. I appeal all to come out of homes and vote," the BSP supremo said. Photograph: Nand Kumar/PTI Photo
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore flashes his finger after casting his vote at a polling station in Jaipur. Confident of BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha elections, union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the party will form government on May 23."I am confident that this time like 2014 we will get majority,” Rathore said. He urged the people to vote and said that today is the festival of democracy. Photograph: PTI Photo
BJP candidate from Bikaner Arjun Ram Meghwal shows the victory sign after casting his vote at a polling station during the fifth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bikaner. Photograph: PTI Photo
BJP candidate from Saran, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, with his daughter Atisha Pratap shows his inked finger after casting vote at a polling station in Chhapra. Photograph: PTI Photo