Lok Sabha elections 2019 phase 1: 91 seats, 14.2 crore voters, 1,279 candidates2 min read . Updated: 11 Apr 2019, 11:08 AM IST
- A total of 1.7 lakh polling booths have been set up across the 20 states and union territories
- The first phase of Lok Sabha elections is significant not just for the national parties like Congress and BJP but also for key regional players
New Delhi: Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 began on Thursday morning across 91 seats in 18 states and two union territories which includes all the parliamentary seats of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand. Thursday will also see polling for assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.
The first phase of pollling will also mark beginning of polls in the three key north-Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal where multi-phased elections across all the seven phases are taking place.
In terms of numbers, over 14.2 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,279 candidates in the fray in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. A total of 1.7 lakh polling booths have been set up across the 20 states and union territories. The least number of contesting candidates are four from 1 seat in Nagaland while the maximum is 443 for 17 parliamentary seats in Telangana.
The first phase of polling will also seal the fate of a number of heavyweight leaders in Western Uttar Pradesh where sugarcane dues of farmers has become a key election issue.
BJP swept this region both in the 2014 general elections as well as the assembly polls in 2017. This time, the contest could be closer as regional leaders have formed a strong alliance. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), a strong regional combine, form a stiff resistance. The Congress is contesting separately, and may have its work cut out for it.
Four seats in Bihar too is going to polls on Thursday.
The first phase of Lok Sabha elections is significant not just for the national parties like Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but also for key regional players including those in North East and southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is the general election after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
What PM Narendra Modi talks about now and how he says it could have important implications on election results. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)
The Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency alone has 185 candidates in fray, including over 170 farmers. In an interesting trivia, polling station of Malogam Temporary Structure in Malogam Village in Hayuliang assembly constituency in Sikkim has the least number of electors – just one female voter.