The country is all set to witness third-phase of the seven-phased parliamentary elections today, with voting in 116 Parliamentary constituencies spread over 13 States and two Union Territories.
Voting will take place for all 26 constituencies in Gujarat and 20 in Kerala; 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka; 10 in Uttar Pradesh; seven in Chhattisgarh; six in Odisha; five each in Bihar and West Bengal; four in Assam; two in Goa; one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.
High-profile seats going to the polls are Baramati where from NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is seeking re-election. Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil’s son Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil is contesting on a BJP ticket from Ahmednagar.
In Uttar Pradesh, the important constituencies going to polls in this phase include Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Bareilly and Pilibhit.
In Bihar, the political fate of 32 candidates, including five women will be decided in the latest phase.
In Kerala, 227 candidates including 23 women are in the fray. They will contest for 20 Lok Sabha seats. There are 24,970 polling stations. Chief Electoral Officer has said that all arrangements are in place for peaceful voting. More than 2 crore 61 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes in the state.
All eyes will be on Kerala’s Wayanad constituency from where Congress national President Rahul Gandhi is contesting.
In Gujarat, 371 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats while 45 candidates are contesting in by-polls on four assembly seats.
In Maharashtra, 249 candidates, including 19 women are contesting.