Campaigning ends for second-phase of India Lok Sabha polls

IANS . New Delhi | Update:

Anand Kumar Bowmick, a social activist, carries masks of prime minister Narendra Modi and president of India`s main opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi through a busy street as he appeals people to vote in the second phase of general election, in Chennai, India, on 16 April 2019. Photo: ReutersThe campaigning came to an end on Tuesday for 97 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 13 states and Union Territories which will go to the polls on Thursday in the second phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise.

Since poll timings vary in different seats, the campaigning period also ended at different times between 3:00pm and 6:00pm in different constituencies (except Madurai) -- 48 hours before the voting closure time.

In Madurai, since the polling period is till 8:00pm due to the famous car festival that day, campaigning in the constituency was allowed till 8:00pm on Tuesday as well.

The 48-hour period preceding the conclusion of voting is called the "silence period" during which any kind of political campaigning is prohibited.

As the silence period began, the election rallies and street corner meetings ended in the 97 constituencies of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry.

In the first phase, voting will take place in all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. It will also cover 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Bihar and Odisha, and three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

The electorate in five Assam constituencies, two Jammu and Kashmir constituencies, and one constituency each in Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry, would also cast their votes in this phase.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on 11 April and would conclude on 19 May. Counting of votes will take place on 23 May.

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