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Stage set for 6th phase of polling

Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls on Thursday in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections.

Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls on Thursday in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Over 18 crore voters in 11 states and union territory of Puducherry will be able to vote in the sixth of the nine-phased elections on Thursday in which there are 2076 candidates. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

It will decide whether BJP, which has cobbled a rainbow coalition of six parties, will be able to break the citadels of dravidian parties DMK and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. 39 constituencies in the state and the lone seat in Puducherry will complete voting on a single day. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

DMK has 18 seats and AIADMK 8. Congress, whose success in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the last two general elections in alliance with DMK helped in government formation in Delhi, is unlikely to retain any of the eight seats it has. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

Among the prominent candidates in the field in Tamil Nadu are former minister Dayanidhi Maran (Central Chennai), former Telecom Minister A Raja (Nilgiris), DMK leader T R Baalu, Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti (Sivaganga), DMK leader Vaiko (Virudunagar) and Union Minister V Narayanasamy (Puducherry). (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

A boy gets 'Vote India' written on his forehead ahead of polling in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

A hair dresser is seen painting the face of a young boy and a girl in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

After hectic campaigning, Congress candidate Milind Deora had a perfect idea to relax ahead of the voting. Deora is seen here with his wife Pooja at their residence in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)

Poll officials carry electronic voting machines at a distribution center on the eve of sixth phase of voting. (Express photo: Narendra Vaskar)

Poll officers prepare for April 24 Lok Sabha elections. (Express photo: Deepak Joshi)

Poll officers step out of the polling center at Navi Mumbai. (Express photo: Deepak Joshi)

Poll officials carry voting machines at a distribution center in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. (Express photo: Narendra Vaskar)

Preparation going on inside the polling center for the Lok Sabha elections. (Express photo: Deepak Joshi)