India Elections : Campaign for fifth phase poll ends today

Campaigning for the fifth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections 2009 ends on Monday evening with political parties trying to organise in as many rallies as possible to woo voters ahead of May 13 polls.

Some prominent candidates whose fates would be decided in the final round are Congress’ P Chidambaram and Mohammad Azharuddin, Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam’s (DMK) Dayanidhi Maran, T R Baalu and A Raja, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (MDMK) Vaiko, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Prada.

Elections would be held to four seats in Himachal Pradesh, two in Jammu and Kashmir, nine in Punjab, all 39 in Tamil Nadu, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in West Bengal, five in Uttarakhand and the lone one seat each in both Chandigarh and Puducherry.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti, which contested the elections in Andhra Pradesh as part of the Third Front, yesterday appeared in the company of NDA leaders at a public meeting in Ludhiana.

The Left Parties, whom Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had sent feelers to for a post-poll tie-up, have indicated that they too were keeping options open.

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