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A protester throws a stone at policemen during a protest against the house arrest of Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, in Srinagar, J&K. The step comes a day after the moderate Hurriyat Conference made a complete about-turn and called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha elections in the Kashmir valley.

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti addressing a press conference at her residence in Srinagar.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Chief M Karunanidhi releases election campaign CDs at a Public Meeting in Chennai. Congress committee Tamil Nadu President KV Thangabalu is also seen.

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Zeenat Aman waving at gathering during an Election Campaign for Congress Candidate Santiram Mahato(L) at Purulia Constituency.

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Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi mounts a horse during an election rally in Mumbai.

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Senior BJP leader and party candidate from Darjeeling, Jaswant Singh, standing in front of world heritage D H R steam engine during his campaign.

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BJP candidate from Anola parliamentary constituency Maneka Gandhi filing her nomination papers at Bareilly district collectorate.

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Women voters hold ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their votes during the 2nd phase of elections, at Ghonashi village near Karad in Maharashtra. More than 55 percent of the nearly 200 million voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of Lok Sabha polling across 12 states, which was by and large peaceful barring stray violence in naxal-infested areas Jharkhand and Bihar.

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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with his wife after casting vote at a polling station in his native village 'Jait', district Sehore, in Madhya Pradesh.

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Film maker and Lok Janshakti Party candidate from Bettiah Lok Sabha seat, Prakash Jha during an election campaign at a village in Bettiah.

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Locals near the railway track at Chianki railway station after it was blown up by Naxalites, in Palamau district of Jharkhand.

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Nuns showing the ink marks on their fingers after casting their votes in Hatigaon area of Guwahati, during the 2nd phase of polling.

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Visually challenged voters show ink marks on their fingers after casting their votes at a polling booth in Bhopal.

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A man carries his grand mother after casting their vote, on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

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NCP candidate and Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule shows the mark on her finger after casting her vote at a polling booth in Baramati.

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BJP leader Murli Manohar and wife Tarla Joshi display their identity cards for the media as they arrive to vote in Allahabad.

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Independent candidate from South Bangalore, Capt. Gopinath, shows his inked finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in Bangalore.

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This way down? Sushma Swaraj shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote in Bhopal.

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Voter No. 726, Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur stand in a queue to cast their votes in Guwahati.

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A sadhu poses for the media after casting his vote in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur showing the ink marks on their fingers after casting their votes in Dispur.

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BJP candidate from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi with his mother Maneka Gandhi at a public meeting at Nawabganj in Bareilly, before filing his nomination papers.

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Former cricketer and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, with other leaders, atop an elephant while on his way to file his nomination papers for Amritsar parliamentary constituency.

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A Trinomool Congress graffiti lampooning CPI(M) leaders in Kolkata.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigns for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in Raebareli.

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Hair and Now. Cashing in on daddy's clout for a Bollywood debut, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag is busy campaigning in Dalit bastis and roadshows. The chirag of Paswan khandan seeks to be a politician not just in reel but in real life too.

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Supporters of Samajwadi Party sport party symbols on their faces during an election camgain in Allahabad.

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Passengers of a train that was hijacked by Maoist rebels alight as the train arrives at Daltangunj Railway station, Jharkhand. Suspected communist rebels freed nearly 300 train passengers unharmed after keeping them hostage for almost five hours at a railway station, a day before the second phase of national elections that the naxals have vowed to disrupt.

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A voter shows her photo ID card before casting the vote at Pandon under Wangkhei constituency, east Imphal.

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JD(U) founder and Independent candidate from Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha seat, George Fernandes showing his election symbol ‘bakset’ during a press meet in Patna.

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Bharatiya Janata Party supporters wearing masks of leader Narendra Modi look on during an election campaign rally in Sanand, Gujarat.

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Congress candidate from North West Mumbai Priya Dutt at an election rally in Mumbai.

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BJP leader L.K. Advani flanked by party leaders greets supporters during an election campaign rally in Bangalore.

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New Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla flanked by Election Commissioner VS Sampath (L) and SY Qureshi after taking charge of office at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi.

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Bahujan Samaj Party supporters raise their hands during an election rally in Allahabad.

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Rahul Gandh being felicitated with traditional Japi during an election campaign for Congress during a rally in Kharupetia, nearly 70 km away from the capital city of Assam.

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Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia at an election campaign rally in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.

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Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami with the next CEC Navin Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi in New Delhi. Gopalaswami retires today and Chawla will take charge on April 21, 2009.

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CPI(M) supporters at an election rally in Agartala.

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Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists burned Salman Khan's effigy after some parts of a Lord Krishna statue faced damage due to Salman’s road show which was held in a city to support Congress Lok Sabha candidate Satyajit Gaekwad. Salman who has campaigned across parties is of the opinion that his support is out of respect for all candidates who are good enough.

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi is garlanded by party supporters during an election rally, in Allahabad

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Bangalore south constituency's independent candidate G.R. Gopinath, left, BJP candidate Anantha Kumar, center, and Janata Dal Secular's candidate K.E. Radhakrishna react before participating in a public debate in Bangalore.

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Congress party supporters wave party flags as they listen to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an election campaign rally in Guwahati.

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Security personnel stand in front of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi's banner, during an election campaign rally in Guwahati.

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Assam Pradesh Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita, right, presents a Sarai, a traditional Assamese memento to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Assam state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi looks on during an election campaign rally in Guwahati.

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Vinod Khanna, actor and BJP candidate from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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Two Congress supporters wear sarees bearing party symbols during an election campaign in Faridabad.

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An unlikely company... Children play with the masks of political leaders in Allahabad.

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A Congress supporter with his camel at an election rally in Faridabad.

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Mahima Choudhury during an election rally while campaigining for the Congress candidate Subodh Kant Sahay in Jamshedpur.

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"Advertisement or Theatrics/satire?" asks the graffiti as Mamata is shown writing "make Kolkata into London... Digha to Goa... Darjeeling to Switzerland". Behind her is written "mother, nature, man".
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"The Nano has gone from Bengal... didi does'nt give a damn... jobless youth should stay jobless... a farmer's son a farmer... tell people false things to gather votes... thats what makes didi happy!... holding Modi's hand... the Nano happily leaves... at the downfall of the student youth... didi dances in glee"

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"Votes have come at the cost of burning men. The saffronites and the green and the blues have come to a coalition. People understand as nobody is blindfolded... the craft sectors have been removed... So is this the plan for the upcoming year...?"

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A series of election graffiti lampooning Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee have come up in Kolkata. This one depicts Banerjee telling party candidate from Jadavpur constituency Kabir Suman, "everyday, when I wake up in the morning I want to see the dead bodies of five CPM communists".

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Rahul Gandhi wears a traditional Mysore peta presented to him by supporters during an election rally in Devanahalli, some 50 km from Bangalore.

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After campaigning for Congress candidate Anu Tandon, BJP's Vinod Khanna, Congress' Milind Deora, Salman Khan now campaigns for Union Minister and congress candidate Kamal Nath in Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh.

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L K Advani releases the report on black money, prepared by a four-member task force of the party, during a press conference, in Mumbai.

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A tribal woman shows her voting ID card outside a polling booth in Phulbani before casting her vote during the first phase of elections in Kandhamal district of Orissa.

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A policeman explains about usage of EVMs to tribal women, waiting to cast their votes at a polling booth in Kandhamal district of Orissa.

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Saathi haath badhana... Jayalalitha, A.B. Bardhan and Prakash Karat during an election rally in Chennai.

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A woman smiles as she shows the indelible ink mark on her finger outside a polling center at Nangrin village in Shillong parliamentary constituency, Meghalaya.

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Presently, there are 8,28,804 polling stations in the country, as compared to 6,87,402 polling stations in 2004 Lok Sabha polls. Of these, as many as 12,901 new polling stations have been set up for villages having less than 300 electors.

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Voting began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in most places except in the naxal-infested areas where it ended at 3 pm.

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Largescale Naxal violence struck four states in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, killing 18 people including five poll officials and 10 security personnel.

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TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu and his wife show ink-stained fingers after casting their vote during the first phase of the general elections, in Hyderabad.

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First time eligible voters in 2009 elections are 4.30 crores out of which 48% are women while 24% are under the age of 35.

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Out of a total of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, 124 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and 2 Union Territories went to the polls with a total electorate of 14.31 crores.

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India votes. Phase I of polling was witnessed across the country with an estimated 60 per cent voter turnout.

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Actor and BJP candidate from Patna Saheb parliamentary constituency Shatrughan Sinha on his way to file nomination papers, in Patna.

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The total number of contesting candidates in Phase I is 1715, out of which 1593 are male contestants while 122 are females.

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There are a total of 71.40 crore voters in 2009 elections compared to 67.10 crore in the 2004 elections, an increase of 4.3 crore people in the electorate.

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Home Minister P Chidambaram shows the Congress manifesto during a press conference, in Mumbai.

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A replica of the national emblem is used for drying clothes as security personnel camp at a site before being deployed in polling areas at Gaya.

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Former cricketer and BSP candidate from Faridabad parliamentary constituency Chetan Sharma along with Kapil Dev before filing his nomination papers in Faridabad.

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A CPI(M) activist displays party symbols on her 'sari' during a campaign in Kolkata.

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A supporter of Samajwadi Party campaigns in Allahabad.

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Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under Secretary General and Congress’ Lok Sabha candidate from Thiruvananthapuram is garlanded in party colours during an election campaign in Kerala, recently.

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Security personnel, some from police and the rest from Home Guards, wait to receive their quota of bullets before being deployed in polling areas at Gaya a day before polls. Gaya has several sensitive areas where the ultra left wing axial have allegedly called for poll boycott.

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A UDF candidate’s posters on an auto-rickshaw in Kozhikode.

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An election official looks on after collecting electric voting machines (EVMs) for the first phase of general elections, in Varanasi.

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SP general secretaries Sanjay Dutt and Amar Singh along with party candidate from Lucknow parliamentary constituency Nafisa Ali greet supporters during an election campaign in Lucknow.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves to crowd at an an election rally in Silchar.

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Priyanka Vadra is garlanded by supporters as she campaigns for brother Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

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Sanjay Dutt and SP leader Amar Singh during an election rally at Ara in Bihar. A stampede broke out at Dutt's rally in Motihari on Saturday, April 11, 2009.

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Kursi ka sawal hai! Media persons follow former Congress MLA Prem Pal Singh who climbs a tree after being denied of party ticket to contest LS polls from Hathras seat.

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Independent candidate Meera Sanyal on her way to file her nomination papers in Mumbai, on April 9, 2009.

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Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, Filmstar Sanjay Khan and Comedian Raju Srivastava at an election rally of Congress party in Azamgarh.

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BSP supremo Mayawati appreciates a silver elephant, the party's symbol, gifted by state party leaders during an election rally in Jaipur.

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AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah interact with a child during an election rally at Vijaypur, about 33 kms from Jammu.

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Meet Balram Bari. Bari, 43, has contested 14 elections so far and plans to contest in the oncoming Lok Sabha polls from Delhi's Chandni Chowk constituency as an independent candidate.

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BJP supporters hold banners and party flags during an election campaign rally in Bayad, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Ahmedabad.

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Congress candidate for Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency, Kapil Sibal, with Oscar Fernandes and other party leaders at the inauguration of his central election office at Gujranwala Town, in New Delhi.

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Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackrey addresses an election rally at Ichalkarangi in Maharashtra.

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BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi campaigns at the last day of phase one elections, in Varanasi.

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'A jail that can hold me is yet to be built', said Gujarat CM Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally in Bayad, Gujarat.

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Face Off. PM Manmohan Singh and BJP senior leader L K Advani during a function to mark Dr B R Ambedkar's 118th birth anniversary at the Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Bihari pride at stake...Congress candidate from Patna Saheb, Shekhar Suman took a dig at BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha alleging that Sinha did nothing to protect the 'Bihari pride' during the MNS attacks in Mumbai last year.

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Bharatiya Janashakti Party National President Uma Bharati after being presented a traditional Assamese Japi during a public meeting in Guwahati.

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Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit shows the victroy sign outside the DC office as her son and Congress' East Delhi constituency candidate Sandeep Dikshit file his nomination papers, in New Delhi.

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Trinamool Congress party activists walk in an election rally wearing masks of their leader and candidate Mamata Banerjee in Calcutta.

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