The much awaited and debated Lok Sabha elections commenced on Thursday, as the stage is set for polling for the first phase of these parliamentary elections. A total of 91 parliamentary constituencies in 18 States and two union territories will undergo polls in this phase.
This election is largely being viewed as whether Indians make Narendra Modi the prime minister once again to keep development and country’s new confidence globally intact or let the alliance of so many parties take the charge of the nation.
All parliamentary constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, Telangana and Uttarakhand will go to polls in this phase.
Besides, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will also vote in this phase.
People will be able to vote in most of the constituencies from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, in Left-Wing extremism-affected areas and the North Eastern States, the timings are slightly different.
Simultaneous voting will also take place for single phase Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and for 28 of 147 seats in Odisha.
In Andhra Pradesh, election to all 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly seats will take place today.
All arrangements have been made to conduct free and fair elections. Prominent among those in the fray for Lok Sabha polls are Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Deo, P. Ashokgajapathi Raju, Kinjarapu Rammohannaidu, Galla Jayadev, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and Panabaka Lakshmi, according to Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna.
Prominent faces among those in the fray for assembly elections are N. Chandrababu Naidu, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Pawan Kalyan and Dharmana Prasada Rao.