The first phase of polling for 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two Union Territories began on Thursday morning.
In the first phase the Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), two seats each of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya and one seat each of Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar as well as Lakshadweep will cast the votes.
Apart from the eight seats in Uttar Pradesh – which votes in all the phases of the seven-phased election, four out of 40 seats of Bihar and two out of 42 seats of West Bengal will also be covered in the phase.
While voting takes place in western UP, UPA chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will be in the central part of the state, in Rae Bareli, to file her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha seat, which will head for voting in the fifth-phase on May 6.
Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories will cast their votes in 91 constituencies.The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house of parliament will continue until 19 May. Counting day is 23 May.With 900 million eligible voters across the country, this is the largest election ever seen.