Phase IV: Voting begins for LS polls

Polling stations opened on on Thursday morning across eight states for the fourth and penultimate round of elections to the Lok Sabha.


A total of 85 constituencies are to elect MPs from Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.


About 10 crore people will be eligible to vote on Thursday, taking the total number of seats polled since the start of staggered election April 16 to 457.


The Election Commission has set up 129,103 polling centres, to be overseen by 6,50,000 officials.


Among the heavyweights in the fray in this round are External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former chief ministers Rajnath Singh (Bharatiya Janata Party), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Mulayam Singh (Samajwadi Party), Lalu Prasad (Rashtriya Janata Dal).


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