Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting process starts in seven constituencies in Maharashtra

Of the 1,279 candidates contesting on 91 Lok Sabha seats across the country, 116 candidates are fighting from seven LS constituencies in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region

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In the world’s largest voting process, parts of India has started to vote in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election for 91 LS seats while in Maharashtra, the polling is being held in seven constituencies. The national elections will be conducted in seven phases which will conclude with results on May 23, 2019. 

Of the 1,279 candidates contesting from 91 Lok Sabha constituencies, 559 are fighting the national elections as Independent candidates while 213 candidates have ongoing criminal cases against them. Of the total 1,279 candidates, 146 candidates have serious criminal charges against them.

The voters will exercise their ‘right to vote’ to elect their representatives on 91 Lok Sabha seats across 18 states and two union territories. Along with the national elections, the citizens will also take part in the voting process for the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh.

In Maharashtra, the voting is being held in seven constituencies of Vidarbha region with a total of 116 candidates contesting the elections. Of the 30 candidates fighting from Nagpur constituency, BJP has fielded Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while Congress has its bet on Nana Patole. 

It is a tough fight between BJP candidate Dr Ramdas Tadas and Congress’ Charulata Tokas in Wardha constituency. From Ramtek LS seat, Shiv Sena candidate Krupal Tumane and Congress’ Kishor Gajbhiye are contesting against each other. 

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It is Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Nana Panchbudhe versus BJP’s Sunil Baburao Medhe in Bhandara-Gondia LS constituency while BJP candidate Ashok Nete and Congress’ Namdev Daluji Osandi are contesting from Gadchiroli Chimur. In Chandrapur, the fight is between BJP’s Hansraj Ahir and Congress’ Suresh Dhanorkar.

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