A polling officer marks the finger of a voter with indelible ink at a polling station in a previous election.(AP Photo)
A polling officer marks the finger of a voter with indelible ink at a polling station in a previous election.(AP Photo)

Lok Sabha elections | All you need to know: 91 seats in 20 states goes to polls in first phase

The first phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. Here’s all that you need to know about the elections.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 01:43 PM IST

What is being called the great “festival of democracy” - the Lok Sabha elections - began on Thursday with 91 seats across 20 states going to vote in the first of the seven phase elections to elect the 17th Lok Sabha.

While many states will witness elections in multiple phases, states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Odisha will witness elections in single phases. Over the seven phases, the elections will cover 543 constituencies. The results, or counting of votes, will take place on May 23.

The main parties that are contesting the Lok Sabha polls are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. Leaders from the two parties have been criss-crossing the country almost every day in and holding three to four rallies in different locations in a bid to garner as many votes as possible for their parties. Among the top speakers at the various political rallies have been Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Explained: Key seats which may signal outcome of Phase 1 of 2019 LS polls

In Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have joined hands with Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), to fight the BJP together in the state.

Opposition parties have come together to form alliances in different states as well to put up a stiff fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party, which had achieved an absolute majority with 282 seats in its kitty out of 543 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress had been left far behind with just 44 seats.

This time around, the BJP is banking on the work it has done in the past five years, while the Congress is contesting the elections on the poll planks of jobs, minimum income guarantee and has been raising the issues of the Rafale deal, farmer suicides among others.

Voting for the first phase of elections began at 7 am in most of the constituencies.

The 20 states that are voting in the first phase of elections are: Andhra Pradesh (25 seats), Arunachal Pradesh (2 ), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (2), Andaman (1) and Lakshadweep (1).

The constituencies that will go to vote across the 20 states are:

 

Constituency Sitting MP
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bishnu Pada Ray, BJP
Andhra Pradesh
Araku Kothapalli Geetha, YSRC
Srikakulam Rammohan Naidu Kinjarapu, TDP
Vizianagaram Pusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju, TDP
Visakhapatnam Kambhampati Hari Babu, BJP
Anakapalli Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, TDP (Now with YSRCP)
Kakinada Thota Narasimham, TDP
Amalapuram Pandula Ravindra Babu, TDP (Joined YSRCP in Feb 2019)
Rajahmundry Murali Mohan, TDP
Narasapuram Gokaraju Gangaraju, BJP
Eluru Maganti Venkateswara Rao, TDP
Machilipatnam Konakalla Narayana Rao, TDP
Vijayawada Kesineni Srinivas, TDP
Guntur Jayadev Galla, TDP
Narasaraopet Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, TDP
Bapatla Maluadri Sriram, TDP
Ongole YV Subba Reddy, YSRCP
Nandyal S P Y Reddy, YSRCP
Kurnool Butta Renuka, YSRCP
Anantapur JC Diwakar Reddy, TDP
Hindupur Kristappa Nimmala, TDP
Kadapa Avinash Reddy, YSRCP
Nellore Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, YSRCP
Tirupati Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, YSRCP
Rajampet PV Midhun Reddy, YSRCP
Chittoor Naramalli Sivaprasad, TDP
Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh West Kiren Rijiju, BJP
Arunachal Pradesh East Ninong Ering, Congress
Assam
Tezpur Ram Prasad Sarmah, BJP
Kaliabor Gaurav Gogoi, Congress
Jorhat Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, BJP
Dibrugarh Rameswar Teli, BJP
Lakhimpur Pradan Baruah, BJP
Bihar
Aurangabad Sushil Kumar Singh, BJP
Gaya Hari Manjhi, BJP
Nawada Giriraj Singh, BJP
Jamui Chirag Paswan, LJP
Chhattisgarh
Bastar Dinesh Kashyap, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Baramulla Muzaffar Hussain Baig, PDP
Jammu Jugal Kishore, BJP
Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep Mohammed Faizal PP, NCP
Maharashtra
Wardha Ramdas Chandrabhanji Tadas, BJP
Ramtek Krupal Balaji Tumane, Shiv Sena
Nagpur Nitin Gadkar, BJP
Bhandara-Gondiya Madhukarrao Yashwantrao Kukde, NCP
Gadchiroli-Chimur Ashok Nete, BJP
Chandrapur Ahir Hansraj Gangaram, BJP
Yavatmal-Washim Gawali Bhavana Pundlikrao, Shiv Sena
Constituency Sitting MP
Manipur
Outer Manipur Thangso Baite, Congress
Meghalaya
Shillong Vincent H Pala, Congress
Tura Vacant, After Congrad Sangma became chief minister
Mizoram
Mizoram CL Ruala, Congress
Nagaland
Nagaland Tokheho Yepthomi, NDPP
Odisha
Kalahandi Arka Keshari Deo, BJD
Nabarangpur Balabhadra Majhi, BJD
Berhampur Sidhant Mohapatra, BJP
Koraput Jhina Hikaka, BJD
Sikkim
Sikkim Prem Nath Rai, SDF
Telangana
Adilabad Godam Nagesh, TRS
Peddapalli Balka Suman, TRS
Karimnagar Vinod Kumar Boinapally, TRS
Nizamabad Kalvakuntla Kavitha, TRS
Zahirabad B.B. Patil, TRS
Medak Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS
Malkajgiri Ch.Malla Reddy, TDP
Secunderabad Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP
Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM
Chevella Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, TRS (resigned in 2018)
Mahbubnagar AP Jithender Reddy, TRS
Nagarkurnool Yellaiah Nandi, Congress
Nalgonda Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Congress
Bhongir Dr. Boora Narsaiah Goud, TRS
Warangal Kadiyam Srihari, TRS
Mahabubabad Prof. Azmeera Seetaram Naik, TRS
Khammam Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy, YSRCP
Tripura
Tripura West Sankar Prasad Datt, CPI(M)
Uttar Pradesh
Saharanpur Raghav Lakhanpal, BJP
Kairana Tabassum Hasan, RLD
Muzaffarnagar Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, BJP
Bijnor Kunwar Bharatendra Singh, BJP
Meerut Rajendra Agrawal, BJP
Baghpat Satya Pal Singh, BJP
Ghaziabad VK Singh, BJP
GautamBuddhaNagar Mahesh Sharma, BJP
Uttarakhand
Tehri Garhwal Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, BJP
Garhwal Maj Gen (Retd) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri (AVSM), BJP
Almora Ajay Tamta, BJP
Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, BJP
Haridwar Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, BJP
West Bengal
Cooch Behar Partha Pratim Ray, Trinamool Congress
Alipurduar Dasrath Tirkey, Trinamool Congress

 

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