95 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states and 1 Union Territory go to polls in the second phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, stakes are quite high for crucial seats like Mathura, Fatehpuri, Darjeeling and Sivaganga among others.
Congress party fielded the controversial candidate and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram from Sivaganga constituency in southern Tamil Nadu against BJP's H Raja. While Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat has been Congress stronghold with P Chidambaram having won from it a record seven times, in 2014 elections, AIADMK swept the constituency, defeating Karti in his maiden electoral foray.
After casting vote at a polling station in Karaikudi, Sivaganga, P Chidambaram urged the voters to vote for a democratic government, adding that Tamil people want to see a change in this elections, while speaking to reporters.
"The Tamil people want a change of government both at the Centre and in the state, that is why the overwhelming support for the secular, progressive front formed by the DMK-Congress and the allied parties. I have voted and I appeal the people to vote for the democratic, secular front. We have to preserve our independence, sovereignty, democracy, self-respect, we have to fight against superstition and false beliefs. We believe all religions are equal and we believe that transcending caste and community, everyone is equal in the eyes of the law," the senior Congress leader said.
After P Chidambaram casted his vote, his son Karti and other family members also placed their votes:
The 47-year old Karti, who is facing corruption cases, is currently on bail. He has been maintaining that the cases were politically motivated.
The Election Commission of India has cancelled polling in Tamil Nadu's Vellore and Tripura East constituencies. Therefore, all the rest 38 out of 39 of Tamil Nadu (except Vellore) will go to polls in the second phase, with several other seats from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka among others.
Here are the states going to polls in the second phase
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.