India Elections : Second phase of polling begins on a moderate note

Polling in the second phase of elections to Lok Sabha for 140 seats began on a moderate note today during which the fate of heavyweights like Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Ramvilas Paswan and Sushma Swaraj will be decided.

Voting began this morning in 140 constituencies spread across 12 states and two union territories in the first round of the five-phase elections and would end at 1700 hrs.

At the end of the second phase, polls would be completed to 265 seats, just seven short of the magic number that parties need to form a government in the 545-member house. Elections are held to only 543 seats, as two members are nominated from the Anglo-Indian community.

A total of 2,041 candidates, including 121 women, are in the fray in this round. The States to be covered are Andhra Pradesh 20 Lok Sabha seats, Assam 11, Bihar 13, Goa two, Jammu and Kashmir one, Karnataka 17, Madhya Pradesh 13, Maharashtra 25, Manipur one, Orissa 11, Tripura two, Uttar Pradesh 17 and Jharkhand eight.

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