New Delhi । Voting began across 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories as the first phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off today.
Voting for electing Assemblies in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha also started along with polling for Lok Sabha constituencies. In these states, voters will cast two votes each.
In 10 states and two Union Territories voting is happening in all parliamentary constituencies.
These states are 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) are the two Union Territories where voting is happening in the first phase.
Polling also started in eight out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Saharanpur, Kairana, Ghaziabad, Baghpat and Gautam Buddha Nagar.
People from Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui loksabha seats are also voting today. There are total 40 loksabha seats in Bihar.
Polling also started in two, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar, out of 42 seats in West Bengal.
Of Maharashtra’s 48 constituencies, voting in the first phase is happening in seven constituencies of Vidharbha including Nagpur and Chandrapur. Nagpur is the headquarters of the RSS and Chandrapur, the hometown of its chief Mohan Bhagwat.
In Telangana, key constituencies where voting started include Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Khammam and Hyderabad.
Voting also began in five constituencies in Assam, four in Odisha, two in Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Baramulla) and one each of Chhattisgarh (Bastar), Manipur (Outer Manipur), and Tripura (Tripura West).