New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh were among the first to urge people to exercise their franchise in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election polling on Sunday.

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Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Urging all those whose constituencies are polling in today’s sixth phase to go out and vote. I hope youngsters are voting in record numbers. After all, their participation makes the polls even more special.”

On the other hand, Rajnath Singh tweeted both in English and Hindi, asking all those eligible to vote and mark their participation in making this country stronger.

Voting began on Sunday across 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over six states and the national capital, as the sixth and penultimate round of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off.

A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase, which covers 14 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, eight each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal and four in Jharkhand as well as all 10 seats of Haryana and seven in Delhi.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and would conclude on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.