The stage is all prepped for the second phase of India’s 17th general elections, starting Thursday, 7 a.m. local time, to be held across 95 parliamentary constituencies. As many as 157 million eligible voters will seal the fate of some 1,600 candidates by using electronic voting machines to exercise their franchise in the second phase of voting. Ex-Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda and four ministers in the current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are contesting in this phase of polling. The 2019 Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, polls will be held in seven different phases covering 543 constituencies, with the first phase that kicked off on Apr 11 and the last phase on May 19. The results will be made public on May 23.
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