Mumbai Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Farhan & Zoya Akhtar, Akshay Kumar Among Early Voters In City; Visuals Surface

Mumbai Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Farhan & Zoya Akhtar, Akshay Kumar Among Early Voters In City; Visuals Surface

Elections in 6 Lok Sabha seats of Mumbai are underway for Phase 5. The seats are Mumbai North, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South and Mumbai South Central.

ANIUpdated: Monday, May 20, 2024, 08:42 AM IST
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Mumbai: Bollywood siblings Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar stepped out early morning on Monday to exercise their right to vote amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Farhan and Zoya were accompanied by their mother, Honey Irani.

In the visuals captured by ANI, they could be seen patiently waiting in queue at their designated polling booth in Mumbai. They also proudly flaunted their indelible ink-stained fingers after casting their vote.

Bollywood Akshay Kumar Casts His Vote

Earlier actor Akshay Kumar also cast his vote at a polling booth in Mumbai, speaking to reporters after exercising his franchise Akshay urged the people to go out and vote.
"I want my India to be developed and strong. I voted keeping that in mind. India should vote for what they deem is right...I think voter turnout will be good..."

Lok Sabha Elections In Mumbai

Elections in 6 Lok Sabha seats of Mumbai are underway for Phase 5. The seats are Mumbai North, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South and Mumbai South Central. The other constituencies of Maharashtra that are a part of the ongoing election in the fifth phase include Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Kalyan, Palghar, Bhiwandi, and Thane.

Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second largest after Uttar Pradesh. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases running from April 19 to June 1. The counting and results will be declared on June 4.

The voting started at 7 am and will continue until 6 pm, with those in line by the closing time still allowed to vote. As per the ECI, over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, will decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting.

The fifth phase will witness key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya are looking for electoral success. Eight states/UTs going for polls in phase 5 are - Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha, and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

In a bid to create a peaceful atmosphere for the electors, a total of 2,000 flying squads, 2105 static surveillance teams, 881 video surveillance teams, and 502 video viewing teams are keeping surveillance round the clock across the 94,732 polling stations.

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