New Delhi: In a few hours, voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls will take place. A total of 91 constituencies in 20 states will go to polls on April 11.
The first phase will see the following states going to polls– Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep. (Catch All Action of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
Voters in Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in the first phase will get a paid holiday to cast their vote. Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said voters residing in Saharanpur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnaur, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Gautambudh Nagar and Bulandshahar will get a paid holiday on April 11.
The results of the general elections will be declared on May 23.
|Lok Sabha Elections 2019|
|No. of Seats in Respective States||Andhra Pradesh (25), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), Meghalaya (2), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (1), Manipur (1), Tripura (1), Assam (5), Chhattisgarh (1), Maharashtra (7), Odisha (4), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Bihar (4), Uttar Pradesh (8) and West Bengal (2).|
|Total No. of Seats||91|
|Total No. of States||20|
|Lok Sabha Elections 2019|
|States||No. of Candidates||No. of constituencies||No. of polling centres||Major Parties||Major Candidates|
|Andhra Pradesh|| 319||25||45920||BJP, Congress, TDP, YSRC, Jana Sena||Daggubati Purandeshwari, JD Seelam, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Jayadev Galla|
|Arunachal Pradesh||12||2||2202||BJP, Congress and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA)||Kiren Rijiju, Nabam Tuki|
|Mizoram||6||1||1175||BJP, Congress and ZPM alliance and MNF||Nirupam Chakma, Lalthlamuani|
|Nagaland||4||1||2227||NPP and NDPP||KL Chishi, Tokheho Yepthomi|
|Sikkim||11||1||567||BJP, Congress, SDF, HSP, SKM||Laten Sherpa, Bharat Basnett|
|Telangana||443||17||34603||BJP, Congress, TRS and AIMIM||Asaduddin Owaisi, G Kishan Reddy, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, K Kavitha|
|Uttarakhand||52||5||11235||BJP, Congress and BSP||Tirat Singh Rawat, Ajay Bhatt, Harish Rawat|
|Meghalaya||9||2||3167||BJP, Congress, NPP and UDP||Rikman G Momin, Mukul Sangma, Agatha Sangma|
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||15||1||406||BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and TMC||Vishal Jolly, Kuldeep Rai Sharma|
|Manipur||8||1||1300||BJP, Congress and NPF||H Shokhopao Mate, K James, Thangminlien Kipgen|
|Tripura||13||1||1679||BJP, Congress and CPM||Pratima Bhoumik, Subal Bhowmik|
|Assam||41||5||9574||BJP, Congress and AIUDF||Gaurav Gogoi, Paban Singh Ghatowar|
|Chhattisgarh||7||1||1878||BJP, Congress and BSP|
|Maharashtra||122||7||14731||BJP and Shiv Sena; Congress and NCP, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatan), YSP ( Yuva Swabhimani Paksha) and BVA||Hansraj Ahir, Nitin Gadkari, Krupal Balaji Tumane, Suresh Narayan Dhanorkar|
|Odisha||26||4||7233||BJP, Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD)||Jay Panda, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Bhakta Charan Das|
|Jammu and Kashmir||33||2||3489||PDP, Congress and JKNC alliance; and JKNPP|
|Bihar||44||4||7486||BJP and JDU alliance, Congress and RJD alliance||Sushil Kumar Singh, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Chirag Paswan|
|Uttar Pradesh||96||8||16633||BJP, Congress and alliance of BSP, SP and RLD||VK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Haji Fazl Ur Rehman, Imran Masood, Ajit Singh, Jayant Chaudhary, Tabassum Hasan|
|West Bengal||18||2||3844||BJP, Congress, TMC and Left (CPM, RSP, AIFB)||Paresh Chandra Adhikary, Dasrath Tirkey|
|Lakshadweep||6||1||51||BJP, Congress and NCP||Abdul Khader Haji, Hamdullah Sayeed, Mohammed Faizal PP|
At least 83 companies of the central force, besides an adequate number of state forces, are in order to ensure a free, fair and peaceful poll in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar constituencies. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, a special police observer has also been deployed by the poll panel for the first time. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs. Although heavy security will be in place for all the 91 seats, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar in Bengal, Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-affected Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh will see stringent security.
In Baramulla, extra barricades and nakas have been erected at several places. In fact, along national highway, vehicles are being checked before entering in the North Kashmir districts.
Almost 80,000 personnel have been deployed in the Naxal-hit Bastar region for the first phase polling. Drones have also been positioned as part of the security arrangements. Over 50,000 personnel from state and central forces had been already stationed in the region to counter the Maoists. 200 companies of paramilitary forces like the CRPF and the Border Security Force have also been deployed.