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Peoples Conference Chairman Sajjad Lone seeks blessing of an old man before casting his vote in Handwara, J&K.

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A woman waits in a queue to cast her vote at Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh.

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Paramilitary soldier interrogates a civilian on a deserted street in Srinagar. Shops, business and government offices were closed in many parts of Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatists against the ongoing national elections.

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Activists wear masks of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani during a voting awareness programme in Amritsar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, holds hands with Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, who was admitted into a hospital in Chennai.

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BJP candidate from Rampur Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with senior party leader Sushma Swaraj waving to crowd during an election rally in Rampur.

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Union External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee talks with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during their joint election campaign rally in Kolkata.

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Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, left talks to Dravida Munneta Kazhakam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi, during an election rally in Chennai.

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BJP Candidate from Amritsar parliamentary constituency Navjot Singh Sidhu and SAD Leaders during an election campaign in Amritsar.

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Rahul Gandhi, wearing a turban, waves during an election campaign rally in Mohali.

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BJP candidate from Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency Varun Gandhi favours revival of his father Sanjay Gandhi's controversial sterilisation policy and wants "compulsory military service" for all Indians.

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Supporters of Congress candidate Mohd Azharuddin wear his masks during a rickshaw rally as part of party's election campaign in Moradabad.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi waving to crowd at an election rally in Amritsar.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during an NDA rally in Ludhiana in Punjab.

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Varun Gandhi back on campaign trail in Pilhibit, Uttar Pradesh.

CPI(M) graffiti in Nandigram featuring Mamata Bannerjee.

Trinamool Congress posters in West Bengal calling for a change.

TMC supporters in specially designed Trinamool saris campaigning in Calcutta South.

A political leader arrives for campaigning.

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A poster of Mohammed Aazharuddin, Congress candidate from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Mohammed Azharuddin, Congress candidate from Moradabad, campaigns in Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee addresses an election campaign rally at Dumdum in Kolkata.

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BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani solving a Sudoku puzzle in his special aircraft on the way to Bhopal from Chennai. Advani exuded confidence that his party would go far ahead of the Congress and emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha elections.

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BJP candidate from Rampur seat Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi meeting with advocates during his election campaign in Rampur.

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Congress candidate from East Delhi constituency, Sandeep Dikshit, shows the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling station in New Delhi.

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A first time voter shows her marked finger after casting her vote at a polling booth in New Delhi.

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Elderly voters show their marked fingers as they come out after casting their votes at a polling station in Gurgaon.

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A woman carries an idol of Lord Krishna while standing in queue at a polling booth in Mathura.

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An elderly voter is carried as she returns after voting at a polling booth in New Delhi.

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Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla shows his finger as he comes out after casting vote at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi. A clerical error in the voters' list created some confusion when Chawla found out that his residential address in the voters' list was wrong.

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BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad and his wife flash their voter identity cards at a polling booth during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Patna.

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BJP leader Varun Gandhi showing the indelible ink mark on his finger as he comes out after casting his vote at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi.

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Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra show their marked fingers as they talk to the media after casting their votes in New Delhi.

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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and his wife Payal show the marks of indelible ink on their fingers after casting their votes in Srinagar.

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Patna Saheb Lok Sabha candidate Shatrughan Sinha flashes victory sign as he comes out after casting his vote in Patna.

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar flashes victory sign and hold his voter identity card inside a train, on the way to cast his vote at Bhakhtiyapur polling station in Patna.

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National Conference president and party candidate from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah shows his marked finger along with his wife Malvi Abdullah after casting vote in Srinagar.

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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam shows his marked finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in New Delhi.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari shows the indelible mark after casting vote in New Delhi.

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President Pratibha Patil shows her finger marked with indelible ink after exercising her franchise at the Rashtrapati Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and party candidate Ajay Maken show their marked fingers as they come out after casting votes at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi.

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The run up to the big day. BJP candidates, Chetan Chauhan (left) from East Delhi and Vijay Goel from New Delhi constituency, on the eve of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections.

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A paramilitary soldier interrogates civilians on a deserted street in Srinagar. Shops, businesses and government offices were closed in response to a strike called by separatists against the ongoing national elections. Polling in the Muslim-dominated parts of the state started last week and will continue on May 7 and 13.

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Polling officers wait to collect the electronic voting machines and other election material at a distribution center on the eve of the fourth phase of polling in Howrah, on the outskirts of Calcutta.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Opposition leader LK Advani greet each other during the birth anniversary celebrations of Pandit Motilal Nehru at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress candidate from Krishnanagar constituency, Tapas Paul waves to supporters on the last day of election campaign in Nadia district.

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BJP candidate from Patna Saheb Lok Sabha constituency and Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha and his son at an election rally in Patna.

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A BSP supporter carries big cut out of party supremo Mayawati during an election campaign rally in Ghaziabad.

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Bollywood actor Sunny Deol at an election campaign for Akali Dal in Bathinda, Punjab.

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Wooing the Left parties, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference, "I am confident that the Left will support Manmohan Singh government. I am confident that the Left would rather have a Congress Prime Minister."

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BJP's star campaigner and actress Hema Malini after paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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Congress candidate Mohammed Azharuddin alongwith his wife Sangeeta Bijlani at a party meet in Moradabad.

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Bollywood actor and Samajwadi Party leader Sanjay Dutt alongwith party national general secretary Amar Singh at an election rally in Meerut.

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BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati along with party's Delhi state candidates at an election rally in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Congress party leaders at an election rally in New Delhi. Seen from left to right are party leaders Sandeep Dikshit, Bahubal Mishra, New Delhi state Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Ajay Maken.

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Congress star campaigner Rahul Gandhi waves to the crowd during an election rally for party candidate Sachin Pilot (R) in Ajmer.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi being garlanded during an election campaign rally in Mathura.

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Congress candidate from Patna Saheb Lok Sabha constituency Shekhar Suman flashing victory sign during an election campaign in Patna.

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BJP candidate from Patna Saheb Lok Sabha constituency Shatrughan Sinha wears a 'topore', Bengali groom's traditional headgear, during an election campaign in Patna.

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A man gets his head shaved to draw attention to the demand that the government provide monetary assistance in the form of pension to every registered voter in the country, in New Delhi.

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A student demonstrates against the general elections, inside the Kashmir university campus in Srinagar. Separatists have rejected all previous elections in the disputed Himalayan region as an exercise by the Indian government to widen its control over the restive area, but residents have largely ignored calls for boycotts.

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Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Goel, on cycle, center, campaigns for the upcoming elections in New Delhi.

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Actress and Samajwadi Party candidate from Rampur seat, Jaya Prada during her road show in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh.

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BJP national president and cadidate from Ghaziabad, Rajnath Singh, with party leader Smriti Irani, during an election rally at Loni in Ghaziabad.

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Actress and BJP leader Hema Malini flashing victory sign with party candidate from Patna Saheb Lok Sabha seat, Shatrughan Sinha, at Patna airport, Bihar.

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National Conference party leader Farooq Abdullah addresses an election rally in the outskirts of Srinagar. The five phases of polling ends May 13, and results are expected May 16.

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BJP nominee from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, interacts with Muslim voters during his election campaign at Amaria village in Pilibhit.

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India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party supporters listen to party leader Narendra Modi, unseen, addressing a rally in Faridabad. The five phases of polling ends May 13, and results are expected May 16.

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Policemen carry their wounded colleague after he was hit by a stone during a anti-election protest in Srinagar. The five phases of polling ends May 13, and results are expected May 16.

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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee urges party activists to keep silence as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on, during an election campaign in Howrah.

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Congress candidte Mohd Azharuddin during a road show in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s wife and Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah’s sister, Sarah Pilot, meets villagers during an election campaign in Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

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Congress candidate from Ajmer, Sachin Pilot, addressing an election rally in Kishangarh, Rajasthan.

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AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at an election rally at Nuh in Haryana.

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