Campaigning ended Friday evening for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, which saw the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine launching blistering attacks against each other over the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and the more recent desecration of religious scriptures.
Apart from the 13 Punjab constituencies, polling will also take place in the adjacent union territory of Chandigarh.
On most of the 13 seats, the contest appears to be a direct fight between the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which surprised many in the 2014 elections by winning four seats, is now trying to keep its flock together.
A conglomeration of several political outfits, the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by AAP rebel Sukhpal Singh Khaira, is also contesting on all 13 seats. It is projecting itself as a third front in the state.
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in turn harped on the incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 when the SAD-BJP combine was in power in the state.
One Rahul Gandhi rally was in Bargari, the epicentre of the protests which followed the incidents.
The Punjab contestants include 10 sitting MPS and nine MLAs.
The Akali Dal is trying to regain lost ground. In the 2017 assembly polls, the SAD was relegated to the third spot with just 15 seats out of 117.
Under their seat-sharing arrangement between the two allies, the SAD is contesting on 10 seats and the BJP on three.
There are 2,07,81,211 registered voters in Punjab, including 560 identified as transgender.
In adjoining Chandigarh, 36 candidates, including nine women, are contesting. There are 6,46,063 registered voters there, including 21 transgender people.
About 17,500 people in the UT are first-time voters.
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