Voters in 116 Lok Sabha seats spread across 14 states and 2 Union Territories will exercise their franchise on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha election. Over 18 crore 85 lakh voters, including 96598912 male, 86226460 female and 7043 third gender voters, will decide the fate of 1640 candidates in the third phase. The Election Commission of India has set up over 2 lakh 10 thousand polling booths for smooth conduct of polls in these parliamentary constituencies.
The polling for 5 out of 42 seats in West Bengal is scheduled to take place on Tuesday in the third phase. The seats which will go to vote are Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad.
All 26 seats in Gujarat, 20 in Kerala, 2 in Goa, 1 each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu will go to polls in the third phase on Tuesday. Besides, polling will also be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, one in Jammu and Kashmir, 14 in Karnataka, 14 in Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal and one in Tripura.
Some of the big names whose political fate will be decided on Tuesday are BJP chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Kerala’s Wayanad and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.
In Odisha, polling will take place on 6 Lok Sabha seats on Tuesday. The parliamentary constituencies which will witness voting in the third phase are – Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar.
In Assam, the four parliamentary constituencies which will go to poll in third phase are – Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Gauhati. A total of 54 candidates are in the fray from these four seats. Key candidates are two sitting MPs – AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal in Dhubri and Independent Naba Sarania in Kokrajhar, state social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma of BPF from Kokrajhar and Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque.