New Delhi: Elaborate arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Monday.
71 Parliamentary constituencies, spread over nine states, and Kulgam district of Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir will go to polls in this phase.
Voting will be held for 17 Parliamentary seats in Maharashtra; 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh; eight in West Bengal; six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha; five in Bihar; and three in Jharkhand in this phase.
The prominent candidates in the fray include Union Ministers Giriraj Singh, S.S. Ahluwalia, Babul Supriyo, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, P.P Chaudhary, Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Sudershan Bhagat, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, film actor Urmila Matondkar, BJP Bihar unit chief Nityanand Roy, RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha and former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Polling will also be held for the remaining 41 assembly seats in Odisha tomorrow, besides, by-election to Chhindwara assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh, Nighasan in Uttar Pradesh, and Krishnaganj in West Bengal.
In Maharashtra, the 17 constituencies going to polls are all the six seats from Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Nashik, Palghar, Maval, Shirdi, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg, Shirur, Dindori and Nandurbar.
In Bihar, polling will take place in Darbhanga, Ujjiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai and Munger.
AIR correspondent reports that 66 candidates, including three women, are in the fray. Twenty-one Independent candidates are also contesting.
In Jammu & Kashmir, over 3.45 lakh electors are going to exercise their franchise in Kulgam district in the second leg of three-phased schedule for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency on Monday.
The voting timing has been fixed from 7 am to 4 pm in the district in view of security situation in South Kashmir region.
The 3rd and last leg of the polling is scheduled on 6th May in Shopian and Pulwama districts. Eighteen candidates are in the fray for Anantnag Constituency.
Prominent among contesting candidates are PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, State Congress President G A Mir and Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi of National Conference.
In West Bengal, all arrangements for elections in 8 Parliamentary seats in the State have been completed.
Polling will be held in Baharampur, Bolpur, Birbhum, Ranaghat, Krishnanagar, Asansol, Burdwan East and Burdwan – Durgapur constituencies on Monday.
Over 1 crore 34 lakhs electorates are eligible to cast their franchise. Altogether 68 candidates are in the fray.
More than 15,000 polling booths have been set up. Besides State Police, around 580 companies of Central forces have been deployed.
Election Commission appointed Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey took stock of security situation at Birbhum on Sunday.
He said that almost all polling booths will be manned by the Central Force this time.
Security measures have been tightened along India-Bangladesh international and Bengal- Jharkhand inter-State border.
AIR Asansol Correspondent reports, two outgoing MPs, BJP’s Babul Supriyo and Trinamool Congress’s Munmun Sen are locked in ten cornered contests from Asansol Parliamentary Constituency.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Babul won the elections from the country’s oldest coalfields area along Bengal-Jharkhand Border. The outgoing MP of Bankura has been nominated by the Trinamool Congress in Asansol.
Adjoining Asansol in Bardhaman-Durgapur seat, the BJP has put up Union Minister, S. S. Ahluwalia shifting him from Darjeeling.
He is facing a multi-cornered contest which includes standing MP Dr. Mamtaz Sanghamita of Trinamool Congress in this industrial town.
Voting for three Lok Sabha seats of Jharkhand- Chatra, Lohardaga and Palamu will be held on Monday from 7 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon.
These seats were considered naxal affected earlier but for the last two- three years, the situation there has improved.
Chatra is an unreserved seat whereas Lohardaga is reserved for scheduled tribes and Palamu for scheduled caste.
A total of 45 lakh 27 thousand voters can cast there votes tomorrow in these three Lok Sabha seats.
Election Commission has made all the necessary and adequate arrangements for free and fair polls.
In Madhya Pradesh, A total of 13 thousand 491 polling stations have been set up in six parliamentary constituencies – Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat and Chhindwara Lok Sabha seats.
645 polling booths of all six Lok Sabha seats will be fully operated by women and 27 centres will be run by the Divyanga employees.
More than 44,000 security personnel have been deployed, including 38 companies of Central forces for safe and peaceful polling.
Around one crore 8 lakh voters will decide the political fate of 108 candidates including 10 women in this phase.
In Uttar Pradesh, voting will take place for 13 seats.
AIR correspondent reports, there are 152 candidates including 18 women in the fray in this phase. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of polls.
The key contestants in this phase are SP president Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Salman Khurshid and Sripraksh Jaiswal of Congress, Satyadev Pachauri, Sakshi Maharaj and Ram Shankar Katherina of BJP.