Political leaders in fray cast their vote in final round of Lok Sabha polls

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh)/ Kolkata, May 12: Leaders from different constituencies cast their votes in the final phase of mammoth general elections on Monday.

On Monday, BJP candidate from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh , Yogi Adityanath, cast his vote and hoped the party will win maximum number of seats in the state.

“See, Hindutva and progress are our main issues, I have fought elections on the basis of these issues and people supported me. I am contesting elections this time again and I have received huge response. BJP will win maximum seats of the total 18 seats going to polls in Uttar Pradesh and people who talk about third front will be wiped out,” said Adityanath.

Meanwhile, leader Trinamool Congress (TMC) party leader and candidate from Bankura constituency in West Bengal, Moon Moon Sen, cast her ballot. She was accompanied by her daughters Riya and Raima Sen, who also exercised their franchise.

“I don’t know what the results will be but I know people from my village will vote for me,” said Moon Moon Sen.

Also, leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mohammed Salim, was seen casting his vote and said public will have their say.

“The hype is over and the million dollars campaign is over, so now it’s down to the people. The personnel relation manager and public relation manger, they have done their job. Let the public have their say,” he said.

There has been extensive campaigning by party chiefs of various political parties including TMC chief and chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, who joined hands with anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.

However, TMC leader and candidate from Dum Dum constituency, Saugata Roy, said nothing could be predicted at this moment.

“Whoever will get larger number of people behind him will win, and become prime minister. But it can’t be predicted at this moment,” said Roy.

Congress, which has suffered in popularity after a string of corruption scandals and a sharp economic slowdown, promised to extend welfare policies that helped it sweep into a second term five years ago. The party hopes to return to power .

Buoyed by reports from the field in the eight rounds of voting already held, BJP leaders predict that the party and its allies may win a record 300 seats – above the 272 needed to secure an outright majority. (ANI)