Bhubaneswar: Stage is set for the grandest festival of democracy in Odisha as the four-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly polls will commence in the state from tomorrow.
More than 14 crore people are listed to vote in the first phase, held in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two union territories. Next, we talk to Manoj CG about Andhra Pradesh where Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are happening at the same time (06:13).
All 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will go to polls in phase-one. The two others who had earlier fielded for the party in Lok Sabha elections and nominated once again are Bhakta Charan Das (Kalahandi) AND Pradip Majhi (Nabarangpur). Counting will be done on May 23. The TRS having swept the December assembly polls is hoping for an encore.
In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh will take on BJP's Sanjeev Balyan. LJP leader Chirag Paswan is contesting from Jamui reserved seat.
He estimated that 30% of the EVMs were not functioning and called upon the Election Commission of India (ECI) to swing into action immediately, saying that the people were anxious.
About 11 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in 32 legislative assembly constituencies and the lone Lok Sabha constituency in Sikkim.
Voting is also being held in parts of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The fate of 52 candidates will be decided by over 78 lakh voters of the state, where all the five seats - Tehri, Pauri, Haridwar, Almora and Nainital - are being held by the BJP.