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Lok Sabha Elections: Stage set for Phase 2 polling in 12 states, several key leaders in fray

Nearly 15.8 crore voters will seal the fate of 1600-odd candidates in 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states and one Union Territory.

India TV Politics Desk India TV Politics Desk
New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2019 23:07 IST
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Nearly 15.8 crore voters are eligible to vote in the second phase.

The stage is set for the polling in 95 Lok Sabha constituencies in phase 2 of the ongoing general elections in India. Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and DMK's Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi are among the 1,600-odd contestants in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held in 95 seats Thursday across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry.

Key facts about Lok Sabha Elections Phase 2: 

Date of polling: April 18, Thursday 

No. of constituencies: 95 in 11 states and 1 UT

Electoral: 15.8 crore voters

Candidates: Around 1600 

Thirty-eight of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu will go to polls besides 18 assembly constituencies. Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha seat, which is currently represented by the AIADMK, was cancelled Tuesday by the Election Commission following recovery of huge amount of cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader recently.

The EC also announced postponement of polling in Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat to the third phase on April 23, saying the prevailing law-and-order situation there is not conducive for holding free and fair polls.

Besides Tamil Nadu, polling will also be held in 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry. Elections will also be held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha.

Of the 95 constituencies, the AIADMK holds the maximum of 36 seats, followed by the BJP with 27 seats. The Congress had won 12 of these seats in 2014, the Shiv Sena and the BJD 4 each, the JD-S and the RJD two each and the AIUDF, the NCP, the JD-U, the PDP, the AINRC, the PMK, the CPI-M and the TMC one seat each.

Nearly 15.8 crore voters are eligible to vote in the second phase. Other prominent candidates in fray include Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and BJP's Hema Malini.

In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, contesting as part of the NDA. The alliance comprises among others BJP, PMK, DMDK and Tamil Maanila Congress of former union minister G K Vasan.

The DMK has formed a "Secular Progressive Alliance" comprising the Congress and Left parties, among others.

The electoral battle in the state is largely among the two fronts led by the Dravidian majors and the AMMK led by TTV Dhinakaran, an AIADMK rival, though parties such as the fledgling Makkal Needhi Maiam of actor-politician Kamal Hassan are also testing their fortunes.

Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu are the first ever after the demise of Dravidian stalwarts J Jayalalithaa of AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK.

In Odisha, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik is contesting from his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in Bargarh.

Among others, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Oram of the BJP, BJD's Rajya Sabha MPs Prasanna Acharya and Achyut Samant, BJP nominee and three-time MP Kharabela Swain are in the fray in the Lok Sabha polls.

Even though security was heightened, Maoists gunned down a polling officer in Kandhamal district of Odisha Wednesday when she was leading a team of poll personnel to a booth in Phulbani assembly segment.

It is a high-stakes battle for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka as any adverse result is likely to have an impact on the longevity of the coalition government in the state.

The BJP is determined to improve its tally compared to last time riding on the Modi wave.

A total of 179 candidates are in the fray in Maharashtra in the 10 constituencies spread in parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. Former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde of Congress are contesting from Nanded and Solapur seats respectively.

Cinestars Hema Malini and Raj Babbar are among the 85 candidates from Uttar Pradesh, whose electoral fate will be decided on Thursday. The eight Lok Sabha seats, where polling is scheduled to be held, were won by the BJP in 2014. 

In Jammu and Kashmir, authorities have deployed over 80 companies for election duty in the twin constituencies of Srinagar and Udhampur. Thursday's polling in Srinagar will be keenly watched within and outside Kashmir as the constituency recorded an all-time low of 7.2 per cent voter turn out in the 2017 bye-election, marred by violence on polling day that left nine people dead and scores of others injured.

Fate of 68 candidates will be decided in Bihar by 86.01 lakh voters across Bhagalpur, Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnea Lok Sabha constituencies.

Five seats in Assam will see polling Thursday and one seat in Manipur. 

The past few days have seen hectic campaigning by top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a host of Union ministers. 

There was lot of drama during electioneering as several leaders like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Azam Khan made controversial remarks, prompting the Election Commission to bar them from campaigning for varying periods over violations of the moral code of conduct.

In West Bengal, the EC has deployed 194 companies of central forces in the three constituencies going to polls to cover 80 per cent of the 5,390 booths for free and fair polling.

The fight for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry is expected to be mainly between the ruling Congress, which has put up former Speaker V Vaithilingam and the opposition AINRC's K Narayanasamy.

The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23. 

Full list of constitiuencies going to polls on April 18: 



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 
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 
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


With inputs from PTI



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