Bhubaneswar: People of five Parliamentary constituencies of Aska, Kandhamal, Bolangir, Bargarh and Sundargarh in Odisha lined up outside polling booths to elect their Lok Sabha representatives today in the second-phase polls.
Similarly, the 35 Assembly seats that are polling today for MLA candidates are- Aska, Sorada, Sanakhemundi, Hinjili, Polasara, Kabisuryanagar, Khalikote, Baliguda, G. Udaygiri, Boudh, Kantamal, Bhanjanagar, Daspalla, Phulbani, Titlagarh, Patnagarh, Sonepur, Kantabanji, Biramaharajpur, Loisinga, Bolangir, Bargarh, Attabira, Bhatli, Padampur, Bijepur, Jharsuguda, Brajarajnagar, Sundargarh, Rajgangpur, Talsara, Rourkela, Ragunathpali, Bonai and Biramitrapur .
While voting started on time at 7 am in most places, there were technical difficulties in some booths due to which polling began few minutes later. By 6 pm in the evening, the process is expected to be complete.
A total of 76.93 lakh voters are eligible to cast their franchise out of which 39.45 lakh male, 37.47 lakh female and 605 others will cast their votes in 9,117 booths, said sources at Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
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.
In Aska, Biju Janata Dal’s Pramila Bisoi, CPI’s Ramakrushna Panda and BJP’s Anita Priyadarshini are contesting the Lok Sabha seat. In Kandhamal, the fight is between BJD’s Achyuta Samanta, BJP’s Kharbela Swain and Congress’ Manoj Kumar Acharya. In Bolangir, BJD’s Kalikesh Singhdeo is going against BJP’s Sangeeta Singhdeo and Congress’ Samarendra Mishra. In Bargarh, the fight is among BJD’s Prasanna Acharya, BJP’s Suresh Pujari and Congress’ Pradeep Devta. In Sundargarh, BJD’s Sunita Biswal, BJP’s Jual Oram and Congress’ George Tirkey are fighting for the LS seat.