Campaigning ends for fourth phase of LS polls

BJP leader Mukul Roy and party MP Rupa Ganguly during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate Dudh Kumar Mondal ahead of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls, at Rampurhat in Birbhum, on April 27, 2019. PTI

Campaigning for the fourth phase of polling in 72 Lok Sabha constituencies came to an end on Saturday evening.

Over 12.79 crore people in nine states are expected to cast votes on Monday to decide the fate of 961 candidates.

The fourth phase will witness some interesting contests — CPI's rising star Kanhaiya Kumar is taking on Union Minister Giriraj Singh in Bihar's Begusarai, while Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh is expecting a 'son rise' as Chief Minister Kamal Nath's son Nakul is in the fray.

Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar is testing electoral waters in Mumbai North against sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty. Jodhpur in Rajasthan is witnessing a keen contest as Vaibhav Gehlot, the son of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, takes on Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

In Kannauj, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple is seeking re-election, while in West Bengal's Asansol yesteryear actor Moon Moon Sen is locking horns with singer-turned-Union Minister Babul Supriyo.

The first, second and third phases of the seven-phase polling took place in 91, 95 and 117 Lok Sabha constituencies on April 11, April 18 and April 23 respectively. The last phase is scheduled to take place on May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23.

All the other Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in just one phase, while the Election Commission has made a unique arrangement for Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the prevailing security situation. The constituency will vote in three phases. Polling was held in Anantnag district of the Lok Sabha constituency in the third phase on April 23. The Kulgam district of the constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on Monday while Shopian and Pulwama districts will vote on May 6.

The poll panel also cancelled polling in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu after seizure of huge amount of money. The commission is yet to decide on the election date, which was earlier scheduled in the second phase on April 18.

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