According to the Election Commission of India, West Bengal witnessed 38.26 per cent voting, while Jharkhand recorded second-highest voter turnout at 31.27 per cent till noon.The estimated turnout in Bihar was 20.70 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 28.25 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 21.75 per cent, Haryana 23.30 per cent) and Delhi 19.55 per cent.Of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, voting percentage was highest at North East Delhi (21.56 per cent), followed by East Delhi (20.56 per cent), West Delhi (19.73) per cent), North West Delhi (19.57 per cent), New Delhi (18.39 per cent), South Delhi (18.14 per cent) and Chandni Chowk (18.04 per cent) .In Delhi, Congress leaders Sheila Dikshit and Ajay Maken, BJP's Gautam Gambhir, and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli were among the early voters. As polling progressed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and her sister Priyanka Gandhi, along with her husband Robert Vadra, cast their ballot.
Elections are being held in the sixth phase for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, all ten in Haryana, eight seats each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal and four in Jharkhand, in addition to Delhi. Over 10.17 crore voters are eligible to cast their ballot. There are 979 candidates in the fray.Prominent among those contesting are former chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav (from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh), Digvijaya Singh (Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh), Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Sonepat in Haryana), and Sheila Dikshit (North-East Delhi).Former Union Minister and RJD veteran Raghuvansh Prasad Singh are in the fray from Vaishali in Bihar, while Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is contesting from Guna in Madhya Pradesh.Re-polling is being conducted at booth number 116 in West Bengal's Barrackpore parliamentary constituency and booth number 110 in Arambag Lok Sabha seat, along with one polling station each in Puducherry and Tripura. Two incidents of poll-booth violence have been reported from West Bengal.
Polling began at 7 am across the seven states and will continue till 6 pm.The seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on May 19 and counting of votes will be held on May 23.
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