Final round of voting under way in India’s marathon elections BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a six-week-long long, gruelling campaign season. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/final-round-of-voting-under-way-in-indias-marathon-elections-38126003.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article38126001.ece/c8dcf/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_bdd29f8b-dd80-49a8-91a7-765c5098c041_1 Email Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a six-week-long long, gruelling campaign season. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party is seeking reelection for another five years. The voting on Sunday also covers Mr Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, a holy Hindu city where he was elected in 2014. He spent Saturday night at Kedarnath, a temple of Hindu god Shiva nestled in the Himalayas in northern India. The last round of the elections includes 59 constituencies in eight states. Up for grabs are 13 seats in Punjab and an equal number in Uttar Pradesh, eight each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, four in Himachal Pradesh and three in Jharkhand and Chandigarh. Counting of votes is scheduled for May 23. In Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, voters lined up outside polling stations since early morning to avoid scorching heat with temperatures reaching up to 38C (100.4F). Armed security officials stood guard in and outside the… Read full this story
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