20 constituencies in Kerala and 14 seats in north Karnataka will be voting for their Member of Parliament in Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections on Tuesday. Voting in both states began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. Phase 3 will see elections to 117 seats across the country, and is the largest phase this election.
In Kerala, a little over 2.61 crore people are eligible to cast their votes, with a total of 227 candidates in the fray. Meanwhile, for Karnataka’s 14 seats, 237 candidates will seek a mandate from 2.43 crore eligible voters.
It’s a three-cornered fight in Kerala between the incumbent CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The UDF has 17 Congress candidates, two Indian Union Muslim League candidates and one Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) candidate. The LDF has 16 CPI(M) candidates, two CPI candidates and two independent candidates backed by the Front. The NDA has 15 BJP candidates, four Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) candidates and a candidate of the Kerala Congress (Thomas).
The battle in Karnataka is a straight fight between the BJP and the alliance candidate of the JD(S) and Congress in all the seats.
The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and would conclude on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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