A total of 59 constituencies, spread over 7 states and one union territory, will go to polls in this phase.
Voting will take place for 13 seats each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, all four constituencies of Himachal Pradesh; three in Jharkhand and lone seat of Chandigarh. Polling, which will begin at 7 AM, will end at 6 PM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been single-handedly contesting each of his party’s candidate’s poll, as a proxy, through the charisma of his oratory will undergo litmus-test in his own constituency of Varanasi on Sunday.
Prominent candidates in this phase include Prime Minister Modi, and union ministers – Manoj Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, Kirron Kher, Sunny Deol and Ravi Kishan of BJP, Sukhbir Badal of SAD, Meira Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha of Congress and Shibu Soren of JMM.
Counting of votes will take place on the 23 May.
In Himachal Pradesh all the four Lok Sabha seats, Shimla, Mandi,, Kangra and Hamirpur to go to poll in this phase.
Punjab and Chandigarh are also ready for the poling. In Uttar Pradesh, 13 seats in last phase will go to poll. In Bihar the voting will take place in Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat and Jahanabad. There are 157 candidates including 20 women in the fray.
In Madhya Pradesh, polling will be held for 8 Lok Sabha seats in the last phase. Our correspondent reports that around one crore 49 lakh voters will decide the fate of 82 candidates including 6 women.