Written bySiddhant Pandey
While this two-month-long election season awaits conclusion, campaigning for the seventh phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections wrapped up on Friday.
From March 11-May 17, when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was enforced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted 144 rallies across 25 states and 2 Union Territories (UTs).
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed 125 rallies across 23 states and 2 UTs.
Around one-third of Modi's 144 rallies were held in the states of Uttar Pradesh (36 rallies) and West Bengal (17).
Uttar Pradesh is an obvious preference for Modi, where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured 73 of the state's 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in 2014.
Modi also hopes beating Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of the 42-seat West Bengal, to win their bitter quarrel.
Modi also prioritized 21-seat Odisha, where he held eight rallies. Combined, UP, Bengal, and Odisha, comprise 143 Lok Sabha seats. Surprisingly, Modi held no public rally in the Varanasi constituency, a seat he is contesting from, barring a roadshow before filing nomination.
Prayed at the Kedarnath Temple. Har Har Mahadev! pic.twitter.com/ox7LMCZmfi— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2019
Gandhi held 18 rallies in 80-seat Uttar Pradesh, he is contesting from Amethi, a Gandhi family stronghold.
He held 10 rallies in Madhya Pradesh, another state where Congress beat BJP in last state polls.
Uttar Pradesh is also the state where Gandhi's sister and Congress' general secretary in-charge in eastern UP, Priyanka Gandhi, jump-started her political career. Their mother, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, will contest to retain the Raebareli seat for the fifth time.
Polling will be conducted in 59 parliamentary constituencies across seven states and one UT on Sunday.
All constituencies in Punjab (13) and Himachal Pradesh (4), 13 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, 9 in West Bengal, 8 in Bihar, 8 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Jharkhand, and 1 in Chandigarh, will go to poll.
Results for the general elections will be announced on May 23.
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