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Campaigning for Phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections ends today: 97 constituencies in 13 states to poll on April 18

The political blitzkrieg will die down today in 97 constituencies across 12 states and one Union Territory as the Election Commission prepares to hold voting there on April 18 in phase 2 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2019 18:43 IST
Campaigning for Phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections ends today: 97 constituencies in 13 states to poll on
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Campaigning for Phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections ends today: 97 constituencies in 13 states to poll on April 18 

The political blitzkrieg will die down today in 97 constituencies across 12 states and one Union Territory as the Election Commission prepares to hold voting there on April 18 in phase 2 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The elections to the 17th Lok Sabha are being held in seven phases. Phase 1 (90 Lok Sabha constituencies) of polling was held on April 11. The subsequent polling dates are April 23 (115), April 29 (71), May 6 (51), May 12 (59) and May 19 (59). The counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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Constituencies going to polls in Phase 2: 

Constituency Poll Date Phase
Karimganj 18-April Second 
Silchar  18-April Second 
Autonomous District 18-April Second 
Mangaldoi 18-April Second 
Nawgong  18-April Second 
Kishanganj 18-April Second 
Katihar 18-April Second 
Purnia 18-April Second 
Bhagalpur 18-April Second 
Banka 18-April Second 
Rajnandgaon 18-April Second 
Mahasamund 18-April Second 
Kanker 18-April Second 
Jammu & Kashmir    
Srinagar- Badgam 18-April Second 
Srinagar- Ganderbal 18-April Second 
Srinagar 18-April Second 
Udhampur Reasi 18-April Second 
Udhampur- Kathua 18-April Second 
Udhampur- Ramban 18-April Second 
Udhampur- Doda 18-April Second 
Udhampur- kishtwar 18-April Second 
Udupi Chikmagalur 18-April Second 
Hassan​ 18-April Second 
Dakshina Kannada 18-April Second 
Chitradurga 18-April Second 
Tumkur​ 18-April Second 
Mandya 18-April Second 
Mysore​ 18-April Second 
Chamarajanagar​ 18-April Second 
Banglore Rural 18-April Second 
 Banglore North 18-April Second 
Banglore Central 18-April Second 
Banglore South 18-April Second 
Chikkballapur 18-April Second 
Kolar​ 18-April Second 
Buldhana 18-April Second 
Akola 18-April Second 
Amravati 18-April Second 
Hingoli 18-April Second 
Nanded 18-April Second 
Parbhani 18-April Second 
Beed 18-April Second 
Osmanabad 18-April Second 
Latur 18-April Second 
Solapur 18-April Second 
Inner Manipur 18-April Second 
Bargarh 18-April Second 
Sundargarh 18-April Second 
Bolangir 18-April Second 
Kandhamal 18-April Second 
Aska 18-April Second 
Tamil Nadu    
Tiruvallur 18-April Second 
Chennai North 18-April Second 
Chennai South 18-April Second 
Chennai Central 18-April Second 
Sriperumbudur 18-April Second 
Kancheepuram 18-April Second 
Arakkonam 18-April Second 
Vellore 18-April Second 
Krishnagiri 18-April Second 
Dharmapuri 18-April Second 
Tiruvannamalai 18-April Second 
Arani 18-April Second 
Viluppuram 18-April Second 
Kallakurichi 18-April Second 
Salem 18-April Second 
Namakkal 18-April Second 
Erode 18-April Second 
Tiruppur 18-April Second 
Nilgiris 18-April Second 
Coimbatore 18-April Second 
Pollachi 18-April Second 
Dindigul 18-April Second 
Karur 18-April Second 
Tiruchirapalli 18-April Second 
Perambalur 18-April Second 
Cuddalore 18-April Second 
Chidambaram 18-April Second 
Mayiladhuturai 18-April Second 
Nagapattinam 18-April Second 
Thanjavur 18-April Second 
Sivaganga 18-April Second 
Madurai 18-April Second 
Theni 18-April Second 
Virudhunagar 18-April Second 
Thoothukkudi 18-April Second 
Tenkasi 18-April Second 
Tirunelveli 18-April Second 
Kanniyakumari 18-April Second 
Tripura East 18-April Second
Uttar Pradesh    
Nagina 18-April Second
Amroha 18-April Second
Bulandshahr 18-April Second
Aligarh 18-April Second
Hathras 18-April Second
Mathura 18-April Second
Agra 18-April Second
Fatehpur Sikri 18-April Second
West Bengal    
Jalpaiguri 18-April Second
Darjeeling 18-April Second
Raiganj 18-April Second

As all the seats in Tamil Nadu are identified as expenditure sensitive, special efforts are being taken by the Election Commission to check money power. 

Election issues: 

Western Uttar Pradesh will be a test case in the second phase of the general elections. There are serious farmers issues at stake there, yet they could be subsumed by the discourse on nationalism.

Across the country, there are other constituencies where farm distress will be a factor, like the Marathwada region, or backward Raiganj in West Bengal, where the agrarian crisis is a reality.

The question in Srinagar will be about keeping the separatists at bay. In the 2017 bye-elections, which former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah won, the voting percentage was an abysmal 7.2 per cent, the lowest ever recorded till then for a Lok Sabha election.

Key constituencies going to polls in Phase 2 

Amravati (Maharashtra)

Sitting MP: Anandrao Adsul, Shiv Sena

Key candidates: Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena) and Navneet Kaur Rana (Yuva Swabhiman Party), supported by the Congress-NCP alliance.
Number of voters: 16.11 lakh.
Main issues: Farm distress, farmers' suicides and water scarcity. This is a reserved constituency in which Buddhist Dalits wield significant influence.

Nanded (Maharashtra)

Sitting MP: Ashok Shankarrao Chavan, Congress
Key candidates: Ashok Chavan (Congress), Chikhalikar Pratap Govindrao (BJP), Abdul Samad (Samajwadi Party)
Number of voters: 16.87 lakh
Main issues: This is an economically backward portion in the Marathwada region, where farm distress and water scarcity are main issues. Even though this is not a reserved constituency, the Scheduled Castes population has a significant vote base.

Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh)

Sitting MP: Bhola Singh, BJP
Key candidates: Bhola Singh (BJP) and Yogesh Verma (BSP), who will be the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, and Bansi Lal Pahadia (Congress)
Number of voters: over 17 lakh
Main issues: This is a reserved constituency for the Scheduled Castes. Farm-related issues have a major role here. However, Bulandshahr is also a communally sensitive area and a campaign that focuses on this could find takers among the voters.

Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)

Sitting MP: Hema Malini, BJP
Key candidates: Hema Malini (BJP), Narendra Singh (RLD) who is a candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh and Mahesh Pathak (Congress)
Number of voters: 17.99 lakh
Main issues: The strong nationalistic narrative associated with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds resonance in this constituency. It got a fillip following the Balakot air strike. However, that does not overshadow issues related to farmers -- the problems of the sugar mills are well known -- unemployment, cleaning the Yamuna and infrastructure development.

India Tv - Phase-wise map of India's Lok Sabha constituencies.

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Phase-wise map of India's Lok Sabha constituencies. 

Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh)

Sitting MP: Satish Gautam, BJP
Key candidates: Satish Gautam (BJP) and Ajit Balyan (BSP), who is the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh and Brijender Singh (Congress)
Number of voters: 17.9 lakh
Main issues: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a factor in the election but so are caste and development issues. Balyan is a Jat and his was a thoughtful candidate selection since the constituency has a significant Jat population. However, development issues have typically held sway in this university town. For the record, Gautam had created a stir last year over the presence of a portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Aligarh Muslim University. Over 20 per cent of the population is Muslim but Aligarh has never had a Muslim Lok Sabha MP. The Lodhs, an OBC community, is influential in the constituency and former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's village of Atrauli falls within the Aligarh constituency. Singh is a Lodh.

Pollachi (Tamil Nadu)

Sitting MP: C. Mahendran, AIADMK
Key candidates: C. Mahendran (AIADMK), K. Shanmugasundaram (DMK) and A. Ganesha Moorthy (BSP)
Number of voters: Over 15 lakh
Main issues: The Pollachi sex scandal, which exploded in February, and the political fallout from it, would rank as the key factor in the elections. The scandal had first hit the ruling AIADMK but then scarred the DMK as well. Contrary to what many analysts had suggested, the Pollachi sex scandal will be a major election issue. 

Karur (Tamil Nadu)

Sitting MP: M. Thambi Durai, AIADMK
Key candidates: M. Thambi Durai (AIADMK) and S. Jothimani (Congress)
Number of voters: 13.66 lakh
Main issues: This is a textile hub but suffers from poor industrial development and an absence of good road connectivity. Industrial pollution is caused by textile dyeing units. Problems are added by water scarcity.

Bangalore North (Karnataka)

Sitting MP: D.V. Sadananda Gowda, BJP
Key candidates: D.V. Sadananda Gowda (BJP) and Krishna Byre Gowda (Congress)
Number of voters: 28.46 lakh
Main issues: Development issues take centre stage in this constituency with a large number of electors -- infrastructure, public transport, sanitation and drinking water. The issue of job opportunities is also likely to play a part in the election.

Hassan (Karnataka)

Sitting MP: H.D. Deve Gowda, JD-S
Key candidates: Prajwal Revanna (JD-S) and A. Manju (BJP)
Number of voters: 15.8 lakh
Main issues: BJP candidate A. Manju joined the BJP from the Congress party recently which makes the contest interesting. The constituency is dominated by Vokkaligas, who will be looking for support from other communities. Hassan is located along the Cauvery basin and is rich in cash crops. Naturally, the politics of the region is also determined by water availability.

Udupi Chikmagalur (Karnataka)

Sitting MP: Shobha Karandlaje, BJP
Key candidates: Shobha Karandlaje (BJP) and Pramod Madhwaraj (JD-S)
Number of voters: 14.98 lakh voters
Main issues: Nationalistic issues get some traction but workaday issues like jobs and infrastructure are the primary election issues. The constituency is important because state BJP chief and former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa takes special interest in it. Two main occupations for people here are fishing and bidi rolling.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)

Sitting MP: Farooq Abdullah, National Conference
Key candidates: Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Sheikh Khalid Jehangir (BJP) and Agha Syed Mohsin (PDP)
Number of voters: Over 12 lakh
Main issues: The issue on test here will be democracy and India. A bypoll in 2017 -- following the resignation of Tariq Ahmad Karra -- had registered a mere 7.2 per cent voter turnout to elect Farooq Abdullah, the lowest ever for an election. At least seven people had died in poll-related violence.

Chennai South (Tamil Nadu)

Sitting MP: J. Jayavardhan, AIADMK
Key candidates: J. Jayavardhan (AIADMK), R. Kumar (BSP) and Sumathy (Alias) Thamizhachi Thangapandian (DMK)
Number of voters: 17.96 lakh
Main issuse: Apart from development, this election will also be about legacy -- of AIADMK's Jayalalitha and DMK's M. Karunanidhi. Issues of corruption and governance will be among the issues that voters are likely to consider in a muddled political scenario that is witnessing efforts by the BJP to gain a toehold in the state.

Purnea (Bihar)

Sitting MP: Santosh Kumar Kushwaha, JD-U 
Key candidates: Santosh Kumar Kushwaha (JD-U) and Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh (Congress), who is the candidate for the Congress-RJD combine in Bihar
Number of voters: 15.82 lakh
Main issues: Issues of development like roads, public transport, water and sanitation could be overshadowed by caste and nationalism issues. At one point the contest could see a clash between the Hindutva politics of the BJP and the Muslim-Yadav vote bank of the Congress-RJD candidate, who is a Rajput.

Silchar (Assam)

Sitting MP: Sushmita Dev, Congress 
Key candidates: Sushmita Dev (Congress) and Rajdeep Roy (BJP)
Number of voters: 10.60 lakh
Main issues: Despite the large number of Muslims in this constituency, it had generally stayed away from polarisation. That has now changed. The NRC was one factor in this. The rise of the BJP in the state is another. However, this narrative has also served to mute some of the anger on development issues that could have been used by the BJP to put Dev on the defensive. Her father, Santosh Mohan Dev had represented the constituency but was said to not have been successful in bringing development to the area.

Raiganj (West Bengal)

Sitting MP: Mohammad Salim, CPI-M 
Key candidates: Mohammad Salim (CPI-M), Deboshree Chaudhury (BJP), Deepa Dasmunshi (Congress) and Kanaialal Agarwal (Trinamool Congress)
Number of voters: 13.87 lakh
Main issues: The constituency has nearly 50 per cent Muslim population and there is the possibility of communal polarisation. However, CPI(M)'s Salim is keen to keep the political discourse on development and agrarian issues.

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