Phase-7 Polling in UP, Bihar, Punjab, MP Live Updates: A voter turnout of 51.95 per cent has been recorded till 3 pm in the seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha elections. Polling is currently underway across 59 parliamentary seats. The polling process begun at 7 am amid tight security and will end at 6 pm. All these 59 seats are spread across seven states and one Union Territory. The states that are going to polls in the last phase are Bihar (8 seats), Himachal Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (9) and Chandigarh (1).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the key contenders in the fray. He is up against Congress candidate Ajai Rai and Shalini Yadav of Samajwadi Party in Varanasi. In 2014, the Prime Minister had won this seat by over 3.5 lakh votes. Some other star candidates in this phase are Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shatrughan Sinha, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Kirron Kher, Upendra Kushwaha, and Anurag Singh Thakur.
The key battles are 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.
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