As campaigning draws to a close, Uttar Pradesh gears up to vote

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Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi (R) and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav (L) wave during a joint election rally in Agra . Elections in northern Uttar Pradesh begin on February 11, and voting is divided into seven phases. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi (R) and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav (L) wave during a joint election rally in Agra . Elections in northern Uttar Pradesh begin on February 11, and voting is divided into seven phases. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

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BJP national president Amit Shah is greeted by crowds during an election road show in Meerut on Friday. The BJP is eyeing its chances in UP, India’s most populous state. (PTI)

BJP national president Amit Shah is greeted by crowds during an election road show in Meerut on Friday. The BJP is eyeing its chances in UP, India’s most populous state. (PTI)

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BSP supremo Mayawati reaches Katra Shahadatganj village, Badaun for a rally. The village came into news when two Dalit women were found raped and hanging from a tree on May 27, 2014. (PTI)

BSP supremo Mayawati reaches Katra Shahadatganj village, Badaun for a rally. The village came into news when two Dalit women were found raped and hanging from a tree on May 27, 2014. (PTI)

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Union home minister Rajnath Singh (centre), along with (from right) Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti and (extreme left) UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya at a function to mark conclusion of the Parivartan Yatras in Lucknow on Saturday. (and Kumar / PTI)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh (centre), along with (from right) Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti and (extreme left) UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya at a function to mark conclusion of the Parivartan Yatras in Lucknow on Saturday. (and Kumar / PTI)

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Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav with brother and party leader Shivpal Yadav at his residence in Lucknow. The runup to the elections resulted in a clash between Mulayam and his son Akhilesh. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)

Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav with brother and party leader Shivpal Yadav at his residence in Lucknow. The runup to the elections resulted in a clash between Mulayam and his son Akhilesh. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lunch with other BJP leaders at a meeting of party workers at DLW Ground in Varanasi . The BJP is hoping to ride on Modi’s star power to attract voters. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lunch with other BJP leaders at a meeting of party workers at DLW Ground in Varanasi . The BJP is hoping to ride on Modi’s star power to attract voters. (PTI)

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav duck under electric wires during their Lucknow, road show. The Akhilesh-Rahul alliance is one of the biggest outcomes of this election. (Deepak Gupta / HT photo )

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav duck under electric wires during their Lucknow, road show. The Akhilesh-Rahul alliance is one of the biggest outcomes of this election. (Deepak Gupta / HT photo )

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National president Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya and other leaders wave during the Parivartan Rally in Lucknow on Monday. (Nand Kumar / PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National president Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Keshav Prasad Maurya and other leaders wave during the Parivartan Rally in Lucknow on Monday. (Nand Kumar / PTI)

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BSP President Mayawati addresses an election rally in support of party candidates in Meerut on Wednesday. (PTI)

BSP President Mayawati addresses an election rally in support of party candidates in Meerut on Wednesday. (PTI)

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Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (C) takes a selfie during a public rally at Sardhana in Meerut. March 11 is the day of reckoning for all parties, when election results will be declared. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (C) takes a selfie during a public rally at Sardhana in Meerut. March 11 is the day of reckoning for all parties, when election results will be declared. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

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