Cricketer Harbhajan Singh became one of the early voters on Sunday at the polling booth in his Punjab's town, Jalandhar where he appealed the voters to 'not miss an opportunity' to exercise their franchise.
Earlier, there were talks that the BJP had contacted the spinner to field him from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.
On May 19, 59 constituencies across 7 states and one Union territory will seal the fate of 918 candidates.
Voting will take place in parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, along with that Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and the union territory Chandigarh will go to polls.
Here are the key candidates that will go to polls:
PM Narendra Modi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shatrughan Sinha, Ram Kripal Yadav, Meira Kumar, Misa Bharti, Ravi Kishan, Anurag Singh Thakur, Sunny Deol, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Chandra Kumar Bose, Abhishek Banerjee, Kirron Kher, Pawan Kumar Bansal.
Here are the key contests to watch out for:
Narendra Modi (BJP) vs Shalini Yadav (SP) vs Ajay Rai (Congress)
Ravi Kishan (BJP) vs Ram Bhual Nishad (SP) vs Madhusudhan Tiwari (Congress)
Vijay Dubey (BJP) vs RPN singh (Congress)
Manoj Sinha (BJP) vs Afzal Ansari (BSP)
Mahendra Nath Pandey (BJP) vs Sanjay Chauhan (SP)
Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal) vs Ram Charitra Nishad (SP) vs Lalitesh Pati Tripathi (Cong)
Kailash Nath (SBSP) vs Bhai Lal Kol (SP) vs Bhagwati Prasad Chaudhary (Congress)
Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD) vs Amrinder Singh Raja Warring (Congress) vs Sukhpal Singh Khaira (Punjab Ekta Party)
Jagir kaur (SAD) vs Jasbir Singh Dimpa (Congress) vs Paramjit Kaur Khalra (Punjab Ekta Party)
Preneet Kaur (Congress) vs Surjit Singh Rakhra (SAD)
Sunil Jakhar (Congress) vs Sunny Deol (BJP)
Kirron Kher (BJP) vs Pawan Kumar Bansal (Congress)
Ravishankar Prasad (BJP) vs Shatrughan Sinha (Congress)
Ram Kripal Yadav (BJP) vs Misa Bharti (RJD)
Ashwani Kumar Choubey (BJP) vs Jagadanand Singh (RJD)
Abhishek banerjee (BJP) vs Nilanjan Roy (BJP), Fuad Halim (CPI-M)
Shibu Soren (JMM) vs Sunil Soren (BJP)
Anurag Thakur (BJP) vs Ramlal Thakur (Congress)
Arun Yadav (Congress) vs Nandkumar Singh Chauhan (BJP)