India, the world's largest democracy, will conduct second of its seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on April 18, with the final set of ballots to be cast five weeks later on May 23.
Voting for the second phase will begin on Thursday across 97
Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 12 states and one union territory.
The polling dates for the
general elections are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Here's all you need to know about the second phase of the ongoing elections:
States and union territories going to polls on April 18:
Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal
Here's how you can check your name in the voter list State-wise break-up: Assam: Main parties: BJP, Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Constituencies: Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Mangaldoi, Nowgong No. of candidates: 50 Bihar: Main parties: BJP+Janata Dal (United) alliance, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance Constituencies: 5 constituencies. Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Banka No. of candidates: 68 Chhattisgarh: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Constituencies: 3 constituencies. Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker No. of candidates: 36 Jammu and Kashmir: Main parties: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress and Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) alliance; and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Constituencies: 2 constituencies. Srinagar, Udhampur No. of candidates: 24 Karnataka: Main parties: BJP, Congress, Janata Dal (Secular), Communist Party of India (Marxist) Constituencies: 14 constituencies. Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur, Kolar No. of candidates: 241 Maharashtra: Main parties: BJP and Shiv Sena (SS); Congress and National Congress Party (NCP) Constituencies: 10 constituencies. Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur No. of candidates: 179 Manipur: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Naga People's Front (NPF) Constituencies: 1 constituency. Inner Manipur No. of candidates: 11 Odisha: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Constituencies: 5 constituencies. Bargarh, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Aska, Kandhamal No. of candidates: 35 Puducherry: Main parties: Congress, AINRC, MNM, Puducherry Development Party, Namm Tamilar Katchi, Thamizhaga Vaazhvurumai Katchi Constituencies: 1 constituency. Puducherry No. of candidates: 18 Tamil Nadu: Main parties: BJP-AIADMK alliance, Congress-DMK alliance Constituencies: 39 constituencies. Thiruvallur, Chennai South, Chennai North, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukkudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari No. of candidates: 845 Tripura: Main parties: BJP, Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) Constituencies: 1 constituency. Tripura East No. of candidates: 10 Uttar Pradesh: Main parties: BJP, Congress and alliance of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) Constituencies: 8 constituencies. Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, No. of candidates: 85 West Bengal: Main parties: BJP, Congress, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Left (CPM, RSP, AIFB) Constituencies: 3 constituencies. Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj No. of candidates: 42