As many as 95 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 11 States and one Union Territory, will go to polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections today.
In the first phase earlier 97 constituencies have covered that were held on April 11. However, election to Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled due to raging controversies over excessive use of money power and polling to Tripura (East) stands postponed to the third phase, over law and order concerns.
Thirty eight constituencies in Tamil Nadu, 14 in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one each in Manipur and Puducherry, where polls will be held
Apart from 38 Lok Sabha seats In Tamil Nadu, by-poll in 18 assembly constituencies too be help simultaneously.
As many as 822 candidates are in the fray for Parliamentary elections and 269 for Assembly by-elections.About 6 crore electors will exercise their constitutional obligation or right..
Interestingly, in Tamil Nadu, the BJP-led NDA consisting of AIADMK, PMK and DMDK is taking on Congress-led UPA comprising DMK, the two Left Parties and Vaiko-led MDMK besides others.
In Maharashtra, a total of 179 candidates are in the fray and prominent among them are former Chief Ministers Ashok Chavan and Sushil Kumar Shinde of Congress.
While Chavan is contesting from Nanded , then Shinde from Solapur. Besides these two seats, voting will also take place in Buldhana, Akola, Amravati in Vidarbha and Hingoli, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad and Latur in Marathwada.
In West Bengal, Jalpaiguri, Raigunj and Darjeeling Lok Sabha seats will go to polls in the second phase. 42 candidates are in the fray.
In Bihar, Purina, Kishanganj, Katihar, Bhagalpur and Banka will be covered in the second phase.
In Assam all the 5 seats are likely to see straight or triangular fights between BJP, Congress and Left.