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Mar 31, 2019

Last date of withdrawal of candidatures for 3rd phase of general election is April 8

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Filing of nominations for the third phase of general election is continuing for 115 constituencies in 14 States and Union Territories going to polls on 23rd of April. The last date of withdrawal of candidatures is 8th April.

In Kerala, 29 candidates filed their nominations yesterday, taking the total number to 52 so far. Polling for all 20 Lok Sabha seats in the State will take place in this phase. Four candidates each from Alappuzha and Kozhikode constituencies, and three candidates from Thiruvananthapuram filed their nominations yesterday. 

AIR correspondent reports that Two candidates each from Pathanamthitta, Alathur, Wayanad, Vadakara,Kannur, Kasaragod constituencies and  one each from Attingal, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Chalakudy and Thrissur also filed nominations Yesterday.Sitting MPs and LDF candidates A Sampath, Innocent and PK Sreemathi filed nomination from Attingal, Chalakkudy and Kannur   constituencies respectively. 

Sitting MP and UDF candidate MK Raghavan filed nomination from Kozhikode consituency yesterday. Sitting MLAs and LDF candidates AM Arif who is contesting from Alappuzha and A Pradeep Kumar from Kozhikode too filed their nominations. BJP leader K Surendran who is contesting from Pathanamthitta  consituency and senior CPI leader C Divakaran who is contesting from Thiruvananthapuram also filed nominations on Saturday.

In Assam, star campaigners of major parties are reaching the state to woo voters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have already held rallies in the state. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Assam next week beginning tomorrow. West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee will also address a poll rally soon. 

AIR correspondent reports, senior BJP leader and Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, NEDA Chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma and state BJP President Ranjeet Dass, state Congress President Ripun Bora, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi are engaged in trying to woo voters.

AIUDF President Badruddin Ajmal, AGP President Atul Bora and Executive President Keshab Mahanta and Bodoland People’s Front President Hagrama Mahilary are also holding election rallies.

Assam has a total of 14 Lok Sabha seats. In the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, voting in the state will be held on five seats on 11th April. In the second phase, five seats will go to polls on 18th April. In the third phase, polling will take place on four seats on 23rd April. 

In Karnataka, various organisations are chipping in to create voter awareness and urge people to participate in the democratic process. Milk processing cooperatives in the state are printing a message on lakhs of milk packets for voters to exercise their franchise. Public sector organisation KSRTC, which is in the business of transport, is printing the message on its tickets issued to passengers.

It issues 29 lakh tickets every day. Even digital display boards  at bus stands are flashing the message. In Hubballi, the horticulture department has created EVMs and VVPATS out of flowers. It is part of a flower show starting today.

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