New Delhi: The notification starting the formal process for the five-phased 15th Lok Sabha elections starting 16 April was issued on Monday.
President Pratibha Patil issued the notification for the first phase covering 124 seats spread over 17 states and Union territories.
Notifications were also issued by respective governors for 154 of the 294 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh and 70 of the 147 assembly seats in Orissa going to polls along with the Lok Sabha elections in the first phase.
With the issuance of the notification, the filing of nominations by candidates would begin in the massive electoral exercise in which at least 714 million voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a new 543-member House that is required to be constituted before 2 June. The Lok Sabha polls would be held in five phases on 16, 23 and 30 April, and 7 and 13 May. Counting of votes would take place on 16 May.
Cong strikes deal with NCP in Maharashtra
New Delhi: After it failed to strike pre-poll deals with allies in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Congress party on Monday managed to cobble up a seat-sharing pact in Maharashtra with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), under which it will field 26 candidates and leave 22 seats for the Sharad Pawar-led party in the Lok Sabha elections.