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India polls: All eyes on exit polls as world's largest elections draw to a close

Published on May 12, 2014 9:35 PM
This combination of photographs created on May 12, 2014, shows Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (L) as he addresses an election campaign rally in Mumbai on April 21, 2014 and Congress Party vice-president and prime-ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi (R) as he addresses an election campaign rally in Kolkata on May 8, 2014. India's marathon general election wrapped up on May 12, 2014, five weeks after the start of the world's largest exercise in democracy. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - India's staggered nine-phase elections drew to a close as polling ended in the last 41 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies in an eventful election which has seen a high voter turnout coupled with a bitter fight between political opponents during the campaigning.

Voters turned out in large numbers to cast their votes in the Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Monday while sporadic incidents of violence were reported from the eastern state of West Bengal.

Bihar saw 54 per cent voter turnout, while West Bengal recorded 77.41 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 55 per cent.

But reports of incidents of violence came in from West Bengal where 17 constituencies are polling.

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