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India election: Rahul Gandhi's Amethi votes in penultimate phase

May 7, 2014 6:38 pm

Amethi, a stronghold of India’s governing Congress party, is among 64 seats which have voted in the eighth phase of the mammoth general election.

The seat, held by party leader Rahul Gandhi, has been at the centre of a row after the main opposition BJP’s candidate for PM held a rally there.

Narendra Modi blamed the Gandhi dynasty for Amethi’s “backwardness” and said he wanted to change it.

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A 97-year-old man, among India’s oldest voters, has also voted on Wednesday.

Shyam Saran Negi, a retired teacher in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, has voted in every single election since 1951 – when India held its first general election after gaining independence from British rule.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Negi visited the polling centre along with his wife in Kalpa village. He was presented a shawl and a garland by officials.

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