Phase-7 Polling in UP, Bihar, Punjab, MP Highlights: Voting for the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections 2019 came to a close on Sunday as over 61 per cent turnout was recorded in the last phase of polls in 59 seats across seven states and one Union Territory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi also went to polls in this phase. The 2014 General elections had recorded the highest ever voter turnout of 66.40 per cent.
The polling process begun at 7 am amid tight security. The states that went to polls in the last phase were Bihar (8 seats), Himachal Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (9) and Chandigarh (1).
In addition to PM Modi, key candidates in the fray were in this phase were Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shatrughan Sinha, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Kirron Kher, Upendra Kushwaha, and Anurag Singh Thakur.
The key battles were between: Narendra Modi vs Ajay Rai in Varanasi, Ravi Shankar Prasad vs Shatrughan Sinha in Patna Sahib, Pawan Kumar Bansal vs Kirron Kher in Chandigarh and Sunny Deol vs Sunil Kumar Jakhar in Gurdaspur.
In the sixth phase, the total voter turnout was recorded at 63.48 per cent.