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Final phase in general election takes place today


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The ninth and final phase of the Indian general election takes place today. All campaigning finished on Saturday evening in what has been a bitter and hard fought contest.

Today three states are involved, the three largest by number of seats, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The election today involves 66,131,802 electors who will be electing 41 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. They will choose from 606 candidates and will vote at 71,254 polling stations.

In a significant development on Friday, Mayawati the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the second largest party in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly which currently holds 21 seats in the Lok Sabha has made it clear that her party will not do any deals with a Narendra Modi led BJP/NDA after the election.

Similarly, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, has also made it clear that her All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) which has 187 of the 294 seats in the state Legislative Assembly and currently 19 seats in the Lok Sabha will not deal with Narendra Modi.

Of course both parties are contesting most seats in this final phase and this could be positioning, but if they are firm in their commitment then this could be a major blow for Narendra Modi’s hope to become Prime Minister.

The third of the ‘strong women’ in Indian politics, J. Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has not yet commented.

Below are the statistics for today’s final phase.

State Constituencies Parties Candidates Voters Polling Stations
Bihar 6 of 40 43 90 8,833,901 8,379
Uttar Pradesh 18 of 80 171 328 31,680,539 31,483
West Bengal 17 of 42 73 188 25,617,362 31,392

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