Bhubaneswar: Voting began in six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly constituencies in the fourth and last phase of polls in the State at 7 am this morning. While voters have lined up before a total of 10,792 booths, voting has not begun in a few polling stations due to technical glitches.
Fates of 52 Lok Sabha candidates, including 12 women, and 336 MLA nominees, including 34 females, will be decided by as many as 95.06 lakh voters. The six LS seats going to polls are Baleswar, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur. Out of 42 Assembly seats under these six Lok Sabha constituencies, polling is being held in 41 of them. The Patkura Assembly seat under the Kendrapada LS constituency will go to polls on May 19.
As many as 72, 363 personnel have been deployed in poll duty in 10,792 booths. Nearly 3,092 polling stations have been identified as critical.
Among senior leaders, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda, BJD candidate and noted cine star Anubhab Mohanty (Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat), BJD candidate and sitting MPPatkura and PCC president’s son Nabajyoti Patnaik (Baleswar LS seat) are
in the fray. BJP candidate and former MP Bibhu Prasad Tarai will take on BJD candidate and sitting Tirtol MLA Dr Rajashiree Mallick in the Jagatsinghpur LS segment.
In the Assembly polls, fates of incumbent Ministers Anant Das and Prafulla Samal, Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy, former Ministers Damodar Rout, Pranab Prakash Das, Raghunath Mohanty and Bishnu Das and many sitting MLAs, including Chiranjib Biswal, Prashant Muduli and Pritiranjan Ghadai, will be decided in this phase.