NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to exercise their democratic right in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
“Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first-time voters vote enthusiastically”, he tweeted.
The Prime Minister is seeking re-election from Varanasi. His main challengers are Congress's Ajay Rai and SP-BSP grand alliance's nominee Shalini Yadav.
Polling for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls began on Sunday morning in 59 Lok Sabha seats spread across seven states and one Union Territory.
It will decide the fate of 918 candidates.
Voting is underway in Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (9), Bihar (8), Madhya Pradesh (8), Himachal Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (3) and one seat in the Union Territory of Chandigarh (1).
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Counting of the votes will be done on May 23.