Campaign ends for penultimate phase

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The high-octane campaign for the penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha election ended in 64 constituencies, including Amethi where Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election and 25 seats in Seemandhra, which will go to the polls on Wednesday.

As many as 72 candidates are contesting for six seats in West Bengal. Pressure is on the Left Front to retain them.

This round of election in the Gangetic plains of Bihar will see a crucial fight in Hajipur, with Lok Jan Shakti Party president Ramvilas Paswan in the fray. Five of the seven constituencies going to the polls were won by the Janata Dal (U) in 2009. Saran and Maharajganj were won by the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

As many as 118 candidates are contesting in the State, with the former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi seeking to make her debut in the Lok Sabha from Saran. She is pitted against BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are going for a single-phase election. While Himachal Pradesh has four seats, Uttarakhand has five. Baramulla and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir are also going to the polls on Wednesday. — PTI



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