Bhubaneswar, April 18 (LocalWire): The second phase of elections in five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in the state commenced here today.
A total of 76.93 lakh voters will exercise their franchise for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under these Parliamentary constituencies spread across western and southern Odisha.
Of the total voters, 39.45 lakh male, 37.47 lakh female and 605 others will cast their votes at 9,117 booths. A total of 35 candidates are in the fray for the five Lok Sabha seats including 30 male and five female candidates.
Similarly, 244 candidates are contesting for the 35 Assembly seats, of which 219 are male and 25 female.
Several political heavyweights including BJD Rajya Sabha members Prasanna Acharya and Achyuta Samanta, sitting Lok Sabha member from BJD, Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari, former MP, Sangeeta Singhdeo, are contesting the Lok Sabha polls in the second phase.
Among the Assembly constituencies, BJD president and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, is fighting from two seats Hinjili under Aska LS constituency and Bijepur under Bargarh LS constituency.
Besides, senior Congress leader and opposition leader Narasingha Mishra is fighting from Bolangir Assembly segment while BJP legislature party leader KV Singhdeo is contesting from Patnagarh Assembly seat.
Re-polling is also being held in two polling stations in Malkangiri and Berhampur Assembly constituencies following reports of glitches in EVMs during the first phase of polling on 11 April.