Voters in 91 constituencies are going to polls in the first phase of voting. Nearly 90 crore people will exercise their franchise on seven different dates between April 11 and May 19, according to the Election Commission. Other than Lok Sabha seats, voting for Assembly polls will also be held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and the first phase of Odisha. The polling is scheduled to begin at 7 am and continue till 6 pm.
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Eight states – Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland and Telangana, and two Union Territories – Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands – will see voting for all parliamentary constituency.
Constituencies in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will also go to the polls in the first phase.
The BJP-led NDA government seeks another term in power banking on the ‘Modi wave’ and the work done for development and social upliftment it claims to have done in the last five years.
On the other hand, a buoyed Congress – boosted with the recent victories in three Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan – is seeking to turn the tide under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.