The Indians vote in the seventh and final phase of national elections, which initiate a six-week campaign period with Prime Minister Narendra Modis Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for another five years.  Nearly 100 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday in 59 constituencies over seven states – including the politically critical Uttar Pradesh in the North and West Bengal in the East.
Sunday's poll also includes the Modi constituency in Varanasi, a temple town where he was elected in 2014. He spent Saturday night at Kedarnath, a temple of Hindu god Shiva nestled in the Himalayas of northern India.
Red bill is scheduled for May 23.
The election is seen as a referendum on Modi's five-year rule. He has adopted a nationalist pitch in trying to win votes from the country's Hindu majority by drawing up a stiff attitude towards Pakistan, India's Muslim majority and archrival.
Modi has played the threat of Pakistan, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy on February 1
Overall, 13.07% of the vote was reported at 11.00
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Reporting from Varanasi, Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman said while BJP emphasized national security as its main opinion agenda, the opposition tried to help him by focusing on issues issues.
"The discourse really changed after Pulwama attacks and national security was questioned. But people and experts I talked to the actual issues have not come out, problems like health, education, sanitation and infrastructure, which the opposition used to target "The existing BJP government has been very reluctant to talk about what they have achieved over the past five years," he said.
Congress and other opposition parties challenge Modi over a high unemployment rate of 6.1 percent and farmers' needs are exacerbated by low crops.
Some of Modi's boldest political steps, such as the demonization of high banknotes to limit black money and call a large number of people in the fiscal network, proved to be economically detrimental.
A random implementation of "a nation, a tax" – the goods and services tax – also hit small and medium-sized businesses.
Voter set in The first six rounds was about 66 percent, the nomination committee said, up from 58 percent at the last parliamentary meeting in 2014.
The election has taken place in a loaded atmosphere, because Modi's BJP sought a second term by pursuing politics as some are said to have increased religious tensions and undermined multiculturalism.
The campaign has been convicted of allegations and insults, as well as the unsurpassed use of social media.
|Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal's Head of State and Head of the Trinamool Congress TMC), at a roadmap before the last phase of the parliamentary election in Kolkata [Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters]|
The vote has to a large extent been peaceful but for sporadic violence in the eastern state of western Bengal , where the BJP tries to break s eat from the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party that currently governs the state.
In a drastic and unprecedented act, the Election Commission interrupted the campaign early in the West Bengal on Thursday after days of clashes in the last leg of the election.
Pre-trial media polls indicate that no party is likely to win anything near a majority in parliament with 543 seats. BJP, which won a majority of 282 seats in 2014, may need some regional parties that allies to remain.
A congressional government will demand a large electoral force.
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