Live updates of the final phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Exit polls will follow shortly after polling concludes today.
His remarks came as polling began for the final phase of the polls in 59 seats to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to retain the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh.
In all there are 5,451 voters under these seven polling booths, according to the state Chief Electoral Officer.
The final phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state will also decide the fate of eight SP and five BSP candidates.In all, there are 167 candidates in the fray for 13 seats.
Around 900 million Indians are eligible to vote in the seven-phase election, with vote counting to begin on May 23.
State additional chief electoral officer Daleep Negi said payment of ex-gratia compensation to the tune of Rs 15 lakh would be made to each of the families of the deceased.
Patna district has two constituencies – Patnas Sahib and Pataliputra, both going to polls on May 19.
An average of 66.88 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the last six phases.
She also requested the poll body to protect democratic institutions and federal structure of the country and extend due respect to the opposition parties.
All these constituencies- Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa--are currently held by the BJP.
A CPI(M) delegation including party general secretary Sitaram Yechury and politburo member Hannan Mollah met the Chief Election Commissioner on May 18.
Electoral bonds were created to assist all political parties in their efforts to raise funds but, Naidu alleged, there is no level playing field and "only some parties are getting these funds and not every party is benefitting from this".
Mayawati suggested the possibility on her Twitter handle, accusing the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for ignoring the development of the state's eastern region.
There are 53,30,154 registered voters for the four constituencies -- Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra -- in the state.
Singh said that in the past five years "regional leaders of the party have been given more say in the affairs of the Congress and its policies for states."
The repolling will be held in one booth in Koloriang constituency of Kurung Kumey district and one booth in Tali seat of Kra Daadi district.
It alleged that the AIADMK workers were using their party district office at Thoothukudi situated outside the territorial limit of Ottapidaram constituency to bypass security.
Prestige is at stake for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena as well as the opposition Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra, which sends 48 members to the Lok Sabha, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh's 80.
Polling will be held in Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC).
Elections will be held in three seats - Dumka, Rajmahal and Godda on May 19.
Before meeting the Congress chief, Naidu, who is spearheading an effort to cobble up an anti-BJP front, met CPI leaders Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja.
Modi will meditate and take stock of the ongoing development works in the temple town later in the day
Eight seats, barring Jadavpur, will witness a four- cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Congress has given the Jadavpur seat a miss.
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Updates of the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign. Exit polls will be released shortly after the final phase of polling concludes on May 19. Counting of votes will happen on May 23.