Campaign I Ends

The high voltage campaign for first phase of polls in four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats in Odisha ended on Tuesday.

Over 60 lakh voters will decide the fate of 217 candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies on April 11.
While 26 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections, 191 candidates are fighting the Assembly polls, said the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
The four Lok Sabha constituencies which are goping to polls are: Berhampur, Kalahandi, Koraput and Nabarangpur.
Beginning from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and some Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states, Union Ministers have campaigned for their party candidates. etings.
Ruling Biju Janata Dal President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also extensively campaigned in the four Lok Sabha constituencies though public meetings and road shows.
The heavy weight whose fate will be decided on April 11 include Bhakta Charan Das (Congress), Pradeep Majhi (Congress), Jairam Pangi (BJP), Basant Panda (BJP), Chandrasekhar Sahu (BJD), Ramesh Majhi (BJD) and Puspendra Singhdeo (BJD).
The Election Commission has made adequate security arrangements to ensure a free and fair election in the state.
In the first phase, a good number of constituencies are identified as Maoist hit.
Bijay Kumar Sharma, who took over as the DGP in-charge of Odisha, said that the police was geared up to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in Maoist-dominated areas many of which go to the polls in the first phase.
About 60.3 lakh voters are expected to cast their ballots in 7,233 booths in the first phase.

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