Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: The first phase of Lok Sabha elections kicked off Thursday as people turned up in huge numbers to elect 91 parliamentarians in over a month-long polling exercise. Voting began in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies across 20 states and Union Territories today in the first of the mega seven-phase general elections. In Andhra Pradesh, at least two people were killed in poll-related violence in Tadipatri after TDP and YSRCP factions clashed outside a polling booth.
In Uttar Pradesh, around 51 per cent polling was recorded in western UP seats till 3 pm. In Jammu and Kashmir, 46 per cent polling was recorded till 3 pm. Voting for Assembly polls is also being held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and some seats in Odisha simultaneously.
The eight constituencies in western UP that is voting, will be closely watched as there is a lot riding on the outcome. Three Central ministers, General V K Singh, Mahesh Sharma and Satyapal Singh, and one former minister, Sanjeev Balyan, are fighting to retain their seats. The April 11 poll will be the first major test of whether the Gathbandhan of Mayawati’s BSP, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP, and Ajit’s RLD actually work on the ground.
Also, a total of 14 parliamentary constituencies out of 25 in the eight northeastern states are voting in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls.