Higher drama on a day of high turnout

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Fate of Sonia, Advani, Joshi, Amarinder sealed

Higher drama on a day of high turnout
Impressive to high voter turnout on Wednesday marked polling in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on a day when Narendra Modi sparked a major controversy by violating election law when he made a speech and displayed BJP's poll symbol at a booth.

The fate of some of the top guns of the ruling Congress, including Sonia Gandhi, and BJP leaders like Modi, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Arun Jaitley were decided in the seventh round that covered 89 constituencies across seven states and two union territories involving an electorate of nearly 14 crore.

All of Gujarat with 26 seats and Punjab with 13 seats were among the constituencies, which went to polls.

While Punjab recorded its highest-ever voter turnout of 73 per cent, the day's second highest after 81.35 per cent cast their ballot in nine seats in West Bengal, Gujarat witnessed a 62 per cent turnout, a quantum jump from 47.92 percent in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Vadodara in Gujarat, where Modi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls for the first time, saw a turnout of 70 per cent. He is pitted against Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress.

In Punjab, clashes erupted between Akali Dal and Congress workers in Moga, Khadoor Sahib and Amritsar, leaving 15 people injured.

Among the riveting contests in the state is that between BJP's Arun Jaitley, also making his debut in Lok Sabha poll, and senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh in Amritsar.

Impressive to high voter turnout on Wednesday marked polling in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on a day when Narendra Modi sparked a major controversy by violating election law when he made a speech and displayed BJP's poll symbol at a booth.

The fate of some of the top guns of the ruling Congress, including Sonia Gandhi, and BJP leaders like Modi, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Arun Jaitley were decided in the seventh round that covered 89 constituencies across seven states and two union territories involving an electorate of nearly 14 crore. All of Gujarat with 26 seats and Punjab with 13 seats were among the constituencies, which went to polls.

While Punjab recorded its highest-ever voter turnout of 73 per cent, the day's second highest after 81.35 per cent cast their ballot in nine seats in West Bengal, Gujarat witnessed a 62 per cent turnout, a quantum jump from 47.92 per cent in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Vadodara in Gujarat, where Modi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls for the first time, saw a turnout of 70 per cent. He is pitted against Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress. In Punjab, clashes erupted between Akali Dal and Congress workers in Moga, Khadoor Sahib and Amritsar, leaving 15 people injured. Among the riveting contests in the state is that between BJP's Arun Jaitley, also making his debut in Lok Sabha poll, and senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh in Amritsar.

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