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NEW DELHI, May 6 � Having won in 2009 nearly half of the 64 seats going to polls in the penultimate round tomorrow, Congress appears to face a difficult task when people in the whole of Seemandhra, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand cast their vote in the Lok Sabha elections tomorrow, reports PTI.

Conversely, its main rival BJP, which currently has only five seats in tomorrow�s round, may have everything to gain if it improves its performance in parts of heartland UP and Bihar that go to polls along with some constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

Of the 64 seats in seven states, including West Bengal, the Congress had won 31 seats in 2009 and the BJP five.

In all, voters in seven states will pick their candidates in the eighth of the nine-phased elections. Elections have already been completed in 438 of the 543 constituencies. Forty-one seats will go to polls in the last round on May 12.

Faced with complaints of large- scale rigging in some places, the Election Commission today said that it has increased videography of polling stations to ensure free and fair poll.

The fate of 1,737 candidates, including Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), his cousin Varun (Sultanpur), Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma (Gonda), cricketer-turned-politician Mohd Kaif (Phulpur � all in UP), Ram Vilas Paswan (Hajipur), Rabri Devi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Saran � all in Bihar) is in the hands of 18.47 crore voters who are eligible to cast their franchise.

Elections will also be held tomorrow in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh where Pratibha, wife of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, is contesting while Anurag Thakur, sitting MP and son of former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, is the candidate in Hamirpur.

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8th phase of Lok Sabha polls today

NEW DELHI, May 6 � Having won in 2009 nearly half of the 64 seats going to polls in the penultimate round tomorrow, Congress appears to face a difficult task when people in the whole of Seemandhra, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand cast their vote in the Lok Sabha elections tomorrow, reports PTI.

Conversely, its main rival BJP, which currently has only five seats in tomorrow�s round, may have everything to gain if it improves its performance in parts of heartland UP and Bihar that go to polls along with some constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

Of the 64 seats in seven states, including West Bengal, the Congress had won 31 seats in 2009 and the BJP five.

In all, voters in seven states will pick their candidates in the eighth of the nine-phased elections. Elections have already been completed in 438 of the 543 constituencies. Forty-one seats will go to polls in the last round on May 12.

Faced with complaints of large- scale rigging in some places, the Election Commission today said that it has increased videography of polling stations to ensure free and fair poll.

The fate of 1,737 candidates, including Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), his cousin Varun (Sultanpur), Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma (Gonda), cricketer-turned-politician Mohd Kaif (Phulpur � all in UP), Ram Vilas Paswan (Hajipur), Rabri Devi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Saran � all in Bihar) is in the hands of 18.47 crore voters who are eligible to cast their franchise.

Elections will also be held tomorrow in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh where Pratibha, wife of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, is contesting while Anurag Thakur, sitting MP and son of former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, is the candidate in Hamirpur.

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