Odisha goes to assembly polls with Lok Sabha
While India witnessed its third phase of parliamentary polls in eleven states, Odisha on Thursday is also voting to elect a new state assembly along with the Lok Sabha seats amid heavy security in the areas affected by Maoist violence.
Balloting is underway in Odisha for 70 assembly seats of the total 147 in this phase along with ten Lok Sabha seats. The seats are in western and southern parts of Odisha.
Till 11 am, the polling was brisk and there was no report of any untoward incident.
A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the the 70 Assembly seats going to polls in this phase. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is seeking re-election from Hinjili constituency in Ganjam district.
The total number of voters in this phase is 1,36,46,989 voters.
Oriya actor Siddhant Mohapatra is a prominent candidate of the ruling BJD in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. He is fighting the polls from Berhampur Lok Sabha seat.
Hockey star Dilip Tirkey is also a BJD candidate from Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat. He is, pitted against Hemanand Biswal of Congress and Jual Oram of BJP.
In the second phase of polling on April 17, Odisha will vote 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly constituencies in the state is scheduled to be held on April 17.
The total voters in Odisha combining both phases is 2,88,80,850.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)