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Curtains on campaigning for first phase on Sunday

April 17, 2004 10:14 IST

Part of the cacophony associated with Election 2004 will end at 5 pm on Saturday as campaigning in 139 parliamentary constituencies spread over 15 states going to the polls in the first phase on April 20 ends.

Campaigning would draw to a close in all the 26 constituencies of Gujarat, 24 out of 48 in Maharashtra, 21 out of 42 in Andhra Pradesh, 15 out of 28 in Karnataka, 11 each in Bihar, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, six each in Assam and Jharkhand, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya and one each in Manipur, Mizoram and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

The first phase of polls will also cover assembly elections in 147 of the 294 constitutencies in Andhra Pradesh, 120 out of 224 seats in Karnataka and 77 out of 147 seats in Orissa.

Elections for the 14th Lok Sabha will be held in five phases --  April 20, April 22, April 26, May 5 and May 10. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 13.


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