New Delhi: Polling for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 began at 7 AM with 95 parliamentary constituencies, spread over 11 states and one Union Territory, voting today.
Polling is taking place in Assam (five seats), Bihar (five seats), Chhattisgarh (three seats), Jammu and Kashmir (two seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (one seat), Odisha (five seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), West Bengal (three seats), and Union Territory Puducherry (one seat).
The Election Commission of India has announced the postponement of polling in Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat to the third phase on April 23, citing poor law and order situation there. In addition, Tamil Nadu’s Vellore constituency has been cancelled due to cash seizure.
Prominent faces in the fray in the Lok Sabha contest are Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan; former prime minister H D Deve Gowda; DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi; Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar; National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and BJP’s Hema Malini.
As many as 15.8 crore people are eligible to vote in the second phase. As per the Election Commission data, Karnataka has a total electorate of 2,63,38,277 in this phase, out of which 1,33,52,234 are males, 1,29,83,284 are females and 2,759 belong to the third gender category. There are 30,410 polling stations set up in the state in this phase. There are 241 candidates, out of which 17 are women, in the fray in this phase.
The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases for 543 seats. Starting April 11, 18 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19. The counting for all phases will take place on May 23.
The stage is also set for the polling of 35 Assembly seats in Odisha. A total of 76.93 lakh voters are eligible to cast their franchise for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under these parliamentary constituencies spread across western and southern Odisha.
A total of 35 candidates are in the fray for the five Lok Sabha seats including 30 male and five female candidates. Similarly, 244 candidates are contesting for the 35 Assembly seats of which 219 are male and 25 female.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will try to retain Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat — the lone seat it had won in 2014. Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram is contesting from the parliamentary constituency against BJD candidate Sunita Biswal, daughter of former Chief Minister Hemananda Biswal, and Congress candidate George Tirkey.
On the other hand, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will defend the other four Lok Sabha seats.