Lok Sabha 2019: With 2.97 crore voters, Telangana all set to vote

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As polling for national elections and assembly polls for phase 1 began simultanuously on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India to vote in large numbers.

Among the seven phases to he held, the first phase has the third biggest number of Lok Sabha seats going to polls.

Odisha will see the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections simultaneously during the upcoming polls.

There are a total of 543 Lok Sabha seats in all and polling for all the seats will be held in seven phases - April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

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This is the first general election in the state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. From the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat, the Congress party fields George Tirkey.

In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh will take on BJP's Sanjeev Balyan. Polls will go as per schedule in the state, the Election Commission has said. In Bihar, voting is under way in four - Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui - out of 40 seats.

Though the campaign was largely peaceful, Naxalites attacked a convoy in Dantewada district of Chattisgarh on Tuesday, killing BJP MLA from the State Bheema Mandavi and four security personnel. In 10 states and two Union Territories - Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Meghalaya (2), Uttarakhand (5), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Sikkim (1), Lakshadweep (1), and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1), voting is happening in all parliamentary constituencies.

The fate of 52 candidates will be decided by over 78 lakh voters of the state, where all the five seats - Tehri, Pauri, Haridwar, Almora and Nainital - are being held by the BJP.

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