Bhubaneswar, April 17 (LocalWire): Security has been tightened in the state in view of the second phase of polling for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats on Thursday.
Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under these Parliamentary constituencies spread across western and southern Odisha with 76.93 lakh voters will decide the fate of the contestants.
The chief electoral officer said 39.45 lakh male and 37.47 lakh female and 605 others are eligible to cast their votes in 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.
BJP will try to retain the Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat, the lone seat it had won in 2014. Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram is contesting from the Parliamentary constituency against BJD candidate Sunita Biswal, daughter of former chief minister Hemananda Biswal, and Congress candidate George Tirkey.