Modi cast his vote in a polling booth in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency from where BJP veteran LK Advani is contesting the elections.

Flashing his inked finger, he thanked the voters of Gujarat for the peaceful election process in the state.  

Modi’s mother Heeraben also cast her vote in the same constituency.

Apart from Modi, Mayawati cast her vote in Lucknow early on Wednesday and she took on yoga guru Baba Ramdev for his anti-Dalit comments.

Mayawati alleged that since Ramdev is a Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh government was reluctant to arrest him, adding that the yoga guru should be put behind bars for his anti-dalit comments.

Mayawati also ridiculed any notion of Modi wave, saying it is a media creation and not a reality on the ground level.

Mayawati urged everyone, especially Dalits and backward classes, to vote in the elections.

Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal (Kanpur), Modi’s opponent from the Vadodara seat Madhu Sudan Mistry (Vadodara), Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi (Lucknow), BJP leader Amit Shah (Gandhinagar) and Congress leader Manpreet Singh Badal (Bathinda) were among a host of prominent names who exercised their franchisee early on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s polling will decide the electoral fate of top guns including Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, LK Advani and Rajnath Singh.

Other prominent leaders in the fray are Union Minister Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar, BJP's Arun Jaitley who is pitted against Congress' Amarinder Singh in Amritsar, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal from Kanpur, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav from Madhepura.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is seeking re-election from Rae Bareli, BJP president Rajnath Singh is contesting from Lucknow, once represented by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lok Sabha. He is a sitting MP from Ghaziabad.

Stakes are high for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab which has four seats and is locked in a bitter contest with Congress.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and BJP leader Arun Jaitley is pitted against former state chief minister Amarinder Singh in the keenly fought electoral battle in Amritsar.

Jaitley is fighting his maiden Lok Sabha polls and a victory is likely to propel him to a position of power if the NDA forms the government, while Amarinder's win will revive his political fortunes and he will again emerge as the key Congress leader in the state which has 13 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Punjab will also witness a contest between SAD's Harsimrat Kaur with her brother-in-law Manpreet Badal (Congress) in Bhatinda.

While Congress leader Ambika Soni is contesting from Anandpur Sahib, Bollywood star and former Union minister Vinod Khanna is contesting from Gurdaspur. Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur is seeking another term in Lok Sabha from Patiala.

In Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is the sole constituency that will go to polls on Wednesday.

National Conference chief and Union minister Farooq Abdullah is seeking re-election from the seat which has seen a poor voter turnout in the past due to militancy.

The Union Minister is pitted against 11 others, the most formidable among them being former state Finance Minister and PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra.

In Bihar, seven constituencies are going to polls on Wednesday in the fourth of the six-phase Lok Sabha election in the state.

Prominent among the candidates are JD(U) president Sharad Yadav from Madhepura, being challenged by RJD's Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, and cricketer-turned BJP leader Kirti Azad from Darbhanga and his challenger former Union minister and RJD leader MAA Fatmi.

In West Bengal, 87 contestants will fight it out in nine constituencies that are going to polls tomorrow in the third of the five-phase Lok Sabha election in the state.

Among the candidates are BJP's Bappi Lahiri, journalist-turned politician Chandan Mitra and actor George Baker, who carry the hopes of the party leadership to score big for the first time in the state.

While most poll analysts rule out BJP's outright win in any of the nine seats, they all agree that it may increase its vote share.

In the Telangana region of so far undivided Andhra Pradesh, Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telugu Desam-Bharatiya Janata Party combine are the main contenders for power in what will be the 29th state of Indian Union.

The new state will come into being on June 2, its 'appointed' date. The general elections will be a close contest between the TRS and the Congress while the TDP-BJP combine is also expected to make certain gains.

More than anyone else, the elections are highly critical for the TRS as it will be a "now-or-never" chance for it to realise its ultimate target of achieving power in the new state.

Prominent among those seeking election to Lok Sabha are Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, Lok Satta Party president N Jayaprakash Narayan and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

The TRS head, whose ultimate dream is becoming the first chief minister of Telangana state, is also contesting the Assembly election from Gajwel.

In the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the BJP is making all out efforts to retain the two seats.

On Wednesday, a total of 13.83 crore voters will exercise their rights of voting to elect 89 MPs. Elections are already over in 349 constituencies in the first six phases.


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