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Polling for first phase of Lok Sabha elections today

Polling for first phase of Lok Sabha elections today
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Apr 15 2009. 10 00 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 15 2009. 10 00 PM IST
New Delhi: The fate of RJD’s Lalu Prasad, BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao will be decided in the polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections that was marked by bitter exchanges between petulant politicians.
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A total of 124 constituencies spread over 15 states and two Union Territories will go to the polls with a total electorate of 14.31 crores. The polling would be held from 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs in most constituencies and from 0700 hrs to 1500 hrs in naxal-infested areas.
Prominent among those seeking election to the lower house of Parliament in the first phase are Congress’ Renuka Chowdhury and Shashi Tharoor, actress Vijayasanthi, NTR’s daughter D Purandeswari and former union minister B Dattatreya.
While all 20 seats in Kerala, 11 in Chhattisgarh and two in Meghalaya would go to polls in a single phase tomorrow, polling would be held in 13 out of 40 seats in Bihar, 16 out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra 13 (48), Andhra Pradesh 22 (42), Jharkhand 6 (14), Orissa 10 (21), Assam 3 (14), Arunachal Pradesh 2 (2), Manipur 1 (2) and Jammu and Kashmir 1 (6).
The lone seats in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Mizoram and Nagaland would also be covered.
Voters casting their vote in the first phase will have to wait for more than a month for the results as counting will be taken up only on 16 May.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 15 2009. 10 00 PM IST