Campaigning ended on Friday for 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab, four in Himachal Pradesh and the lone Chandigarh seat, with two Union ministers in the fray and former Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal trying to make it to the Lok Sabha.
On the last day of campaigning, Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed a public meeting in Solan town in Himachal Pradesh while BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Hoshiarpur in Punjab.
Singh said development and curbing corruption were the priorities of the Modi government.
Gandhi slammed the Modi government for its demonetisation decision, saying: "Demonetisation was one of the biggest blows to India's economy but Prime Minister Modi does not realise his mistakes. He is always in his own world and does not listen to well-informed people."
"If the culprits are not put behind bars, I will resign from my ministerial post," he said.
Deol is pitted against Congress state unit President Sunil Jakhar, who won the October 2017 by-election with a margin of 1.92 lakh votes.
Interestingly in this battleground, ex-Chief Minister and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal's daughter-in-law and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur is locked in a straight contest in the SAD's pocket borough Bathinda from where she has won thrice.
The main contest is between the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the Congress.
In neighbouring BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, all eyes are now on two 'prestige' seats -- Mandi and Hamirpur -- in a battle of supremacy between two BJP leaders, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his two-time predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal, who has been almost marginalised in state politics after a humiliating defeat in the 2017 Assembly polls.
The main contest is between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
Meanwhile, the Union Territory of Chandigarh is all set for a triangular contest.
The BJP has retained its outgoing MP Kirron Kher, who is banking on Modi's popularity, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, a rebel BJP MP who had supported Kher in the previous Lok Sabha election.
Congress nominee and former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is also in the fray from Chandigarh, which has 6.20 lakh voters.
While a 20,781,211-strong electorate would decide the fate of 278 candidates in 13 constituencies in Punjab, in Himachal, 51.59 lakh voters will vote for 45 candidates.
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