Photo: DNA RNA
Photo: DNA RNA

Polling for the biggest phase of the elections has started in 12 states with Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, UP and Madhya Pradesh having the polls for 28, 20, 19,11 and 10 constituencies respectively. Other states going to polls are Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, J&K and Manipur with 11, 4, 6, 7, 3, 1 and 1 seats respectively.

Polling has already started for all the 121 constituencies with UP, MP and Karnataka being of utmost importance for all the political parties.

Maharashtra registered 12 percent voter turnout in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state, with Baramati constituency registering the highest at 24% and Pune the lowest at 9%. Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Lok Sabha of seats with 48 after UP which has 80 seats. Maharashtra has some big names in the contest with Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Gopinath Munde.

Uttar Pradesh saw a voter turnout of around 11.71 percent in early hours of the day while heavy security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safe voting. With Maneka Gandhi of BJP and Begum Noor Bano also in the fray in today’s fight, UP has always been important for the political parties.

Bihar registered a voter turnout of 13.3 percent till 10 am. Bihar will also see fight among some known and big names such as Shatrughan Sinha, Ram Kripal Yadav and Misa Bharti. This state is very crucial for BJP as well as JD(U) given its breakout with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).

Voting has also started in other states like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and others. The state of Odisha has its Assembly elections also going on side by side with the Lok Sabha elections. Other big names in today’s polling include Sachin Pilot, Nandan Nilekani, Ananth Kumar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Baichung Bhutia, Subodh Kant Sahay, Jayant Sinha and others.