Electioneering gathers momentum for second phase of Lok Sabha polls

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Electioneering by various political parties is continuing across the country for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. Top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BSP Chief Mayawati, are holding public meetings to garner support for their candidates.

Mr Modi will campaign at Kathua in Jammu today and later at Aligarh and Moradabad.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will hold a roadshow at Silchar in Assam today.

Polling for the second phase will take place on Thursday. 97 constituencies, spread over 13 States and Union Territories, will go to polls in the second phase. Polling will be held in all 39 constituencies of Tamil Nadu. Other Parliamentary constituencies in the second phase are: 14 in Karnataka; 10 in Maharashtra; 8 in Uttar Pradesh; five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha; 3 each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal; two in Jammu and Kashmir and one each in Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry. (AIR)