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Varanasi votes

<p>A member of the polling staff checks the name of a voter in a voter's list at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A member of the polling staff checks the name of a voter in a voter's list at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A member of the polling staff checks the name of a voter in a voter's list at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Voters get their names checked in voter lists at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Voters get their names checked in voter lists at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Voters get their names checked in voter lists at a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman waits to cast her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A woman waits to cast her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A woman waits to cast her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A couple cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A couple cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A couple cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A sadhvi or Hindu ascetic woman (C) leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A sadhvi or Hindu ascetic woman (C) leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A sadhvi or Hindu ascetic woman (C) leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A sadhu or a Hindu holy man (L) casts his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man (L) casts his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man (L) casts his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A woman (C) watches as another casts her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A woman (C) watches as another casts her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A woman (C) watches as another casts her vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Voters look at a placard displaying election symbols of various political parties as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Voters look at a placard displaying election symbols of various political parties as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Voters look at a placard displaying election symbols of various political parties as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A voter waits to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A voter waits to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A voter waits to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Sadhus or Hindu holy men wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Sadhus or Hindu holy men wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Sadhus or Hindu holy men wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

People wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after casting his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after casting his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man leaves after casting his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A sadhu or a Hindu holy man arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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