New Delhi: Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on Wednesday in 124 constituencies spread over 17 states and Union Territories.
RJD's Lalu Prasad, BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi, Telangana Rashtra Samiti's K Chandrasekhar Rao, Congress' Renuka Chowdhury, actor Vijayasanthi, NTR's daughter D Purandeswari and former union minister B Dattatreya are among the prominent names seeking election to the lower house of Parliament in the first phase.
While all 20 seats in Kerala, 11 in Chhattisgarh and two in Meghalaya would go to polls in a single phase on Wednesday, polling would be held in 13 out of 40 seats in Bihar, 16 out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra 13 (48), Andhra Pradesh 22 (42), Jharkhand 6 (14), Orissa 10 (21), Assam 3 (14), Arunachal Pradesh 2 (2), Manipur 1 (2) and Jammu and Kashmir 1 (6).
The lone seats in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Mizoram and Nagaland would also be covered.
Voters casting their vote in the first phase will have to wait for more than a month for the results as counting will be taken up only on May 16.
Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa will also be held simultaneously on Wednesday.
While elections will be held in 154 out of a total of 294 assembly constituencies in Andhra, 70 out of 147 assembly constituencies will go to polls in Orissa.
Tight security arrangements have been made for the polls with Central paramilitary forces being deployed along with the security forces of the States.
State borders have been sealed to prevent movement of criminal elements and liquor.
Other phases of Lok Sabha polls are due on April 23, 30 and May 7 and 13.