Phase 6 Lok Sabha Polls: Polling ends in 59 seats across 7 states

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Ri-Bhoi: Women voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the first phase of the general elections, at Umpher in Ri-Bhoi district, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Ri-Bhoi: Women voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the first phase of the general elections, at Umpher in Ri-Bhoi district, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Polling ends for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 that took place in 59 seats in 7 states today.

Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand.

All seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi are voting today. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in the polls, which are largely been seen as a three-way contest among the BJP, Congress and AAP.

Prominent candidates in the contest include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, Union minister Harsh Vardhan, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and Atishi from AAP.

In Uttar Pradesh, the candidates whose electoral fate will be decided include SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi.

In Haryana, Union ministers Krishan Pal Gurjar and Rao Inderjit Singh are seeking re-election while former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is once again entering the race to the lower house.

The high-voltage electioneering saw a galaxy of leaders from the ruling BJP and Congress campaign for their respective parties in Haryana. The Congress has re-nominated its sitting MP from Rohtak, Deepender Singh Hooda, son of Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

In West Bengal, this phase will cover Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts which used to be a Maoist hotbed during the erstwhile Left Front regime.

The final phase of polls will be held for 59 seats on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.

(With inputs from agency)