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Amritsar (Punjab), June 1 (ANI): Indian National Congress candidate from Amritsar constituency Gurjeet Singh Aujla along with his family members cast his vote in the seventh and final round of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on Saturday.

Aujla congratulated all the candidates and expressed confidence in their victory in the general elections.

“I wish best of luck to all the candidates. God bless everyone. I want to thank the voters across the country. This is the final phase of the elections and our government will be formed on June 4,” the Congress leader said.

He is contesting against Taranjit Singh Sandhe, who retired after serving as India’s envoy to the US, AAP’s Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Anil Joshi. All 13 constituencies in Punjab are voting today in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

In the 2019 elections, Aujla won the Amritsar seat by a margin of about 100,000 votes. He defeated Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Voting for the seventh and final phase in the biggest extravaganza of democracy began on Saturday with voting starting at 7 am in the last 57 constituencies in seven states and the union territory of Chandigarh.

According to the Election Commission of India, over 10.06 lakh voters, including around 5.24 lakh men, 4.82 lakh women and 3,574 voters of the third gender, are expected to exercise their franchise.

A total of 904 candidates are in the fray heading into the final stage of voting. Some of the leading candidates at this stage include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nishikant Dubey and Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Charanjit Singh Channi, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaul Badal and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Misa Bharti.

The six previous rounds of voting for India’s Lok Sabha elections were held on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20 and May 25. State assembly elections were also held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Odisha will hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assembly as it has done in the last four elections. (ANI)

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