Campaigning ends for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections

RSTV Bureau
Hyderabad: CPI women activists during their door to door campaign for the victory of Malkajgiri Congress candidate Revanth Reddy, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls at Hyderabad, Monday, April 08, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Hyderabad: CPI women activists during their door to door campaign, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls at Hyderabad, Monday, April 08, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The campaigning for the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections came to an end. On the last day of campaigning, all the political parties made the last push to reach out to voters.

In the first phase of polling on April 11, a total of 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states will go to polls. The remaining six-phases will be held on April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 29. Results will be declared on May 23.

25 seats of Andhra Pradesh, 17 of Telangana, 8 seats of Uttar Pradesh, 7 seats of Maharashtra, 5 seats each of Assam and Uttarakhand, 4 each of Bihar and Odisha, 2 of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and West Bengal and one seat each of Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman and Lakshadweep are going to polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections.

There are several key candidates who would be contesting elections in the first phase from different states. The Congress has pitted former BJP leader Nana Patole against senior BJP leader cum Union minister Nitin Gadkari from the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra.

A tough fight also awaits Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on his home turf the Arunachal West constituency. He is facing the former Chief Minister Congress’ Nabam Tuki

In Uttarakhand’s Almora seat, BJP’s sitting parliamentarian Ajay Tamta faces Congress’ Pradeep Tamta

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Jammu Lok Sabha seat. BJP candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma is hoping for re-election as National Conference is supporting Congress candidate ex-Minister Raman Bhalla from this constituency. Unilaterally, PDP too has opted for not fielding any candidate.

Also former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi will be again contesting from Gaya as Bihar Mahagathbandhan candidate. He will face JD(U)’s Vijay Kumar Manjhi.