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The third phase of voting for India's general election has started in 91 constituencies, representing nearly a fifth of the 543-seat lower house, across the capital, two other union territories and 11 states.

In the capital city, Delhi people started gathering at polling stations early in the morning to cast their vote. Though Delhi has only seven Lok Sabha seats, the electoral outcome in the heart of the country carries a lot of significance due to its importance as the Capital city of the country.

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People displaying election cards before going to cast their vote
Photo: Ahmad Mukhtiyar/NewsBlaze

Delhi, the largest Indian city and the second most populous city in the world, has an estimated 12.7 million voters (1.27 crore) to decide the fate of 150 candidates in several political parties.

In order to make the elections safe and fearless, nearly 50,000 security personnel, apart from 161 flying squads of police and video surveillance teams, have been deployed as part of elaborate preparations to ensure fair and peaceful polls in Delhi.

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Outside the polling booth people check their names in the voter list
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In the prestigious Chandni Chowk constituency, Union minister Kapil Sibal is facing a tough fight from BJP's Harsh Vardhan and journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh of the AAP in his bid to retain the seat for the third time.

In East Delhi, incumbent MP Sandeep Dikshit is pitted against BJP's Maheish Girri and AAP's Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

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A man pasting the direction board on the gate of polling station under the security
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A tough triangular contest is in the offing in the high-profile New Delhi constituency where Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken is facing two first-time contenders in BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi and Ashish Khaitan from the AAP.

An interesting battle is on the cards among BJP's Udit Raj, AAP's Rakhi Birla and Congress' Krishna Tirath in North West Delhi. The Dalit community, which comprises over 20 per cent of the total voters, may hold sway in the seat.

In South Delhi, BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri was pitted against Devender Sehrawat of the AAP and Congress' Ramesh Kumar.

The BJP has fielded Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari in the North East Delhi seat where AAP's Anand Kumar and Congress' J P Agarwal are the other prominent contenders.

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A woman with her election card ready to vote for her favorite candidate in Delhi, Indian capital
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People in a long queue at a polling station at the south Delhi polling station, India
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Two young boys display their election cards as it is first time they vote
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Among the total of 80 croe voters about 12 crore are the first time voters. These girls too have come to cast their vote for the first time
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A poling agent surrounded by the people checking their names in the voter list
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A long queue of people holding their election cards outside polling station ready to cast their vote
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A polling agent marking the finger of a voter with ink before he actually pushed the button of the electoral roll to cast his vote
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A man casting his vote
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A man showing the inked finger after casting his vote in Delhi
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Ahmad Mukhtiyar is a photojournalist based in New Delhi, India. Read more stories by Ahmad Mukhtiyar.

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