Lucknow, Apr 11
The first phase of Lok Sabha poll started at 7 am on Thursday with voters in 91 constituencies across 18 states and 2 Union Territories exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 1279 candidates.
Thursday is also going to be an important day for Union Textile Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani as she will file her nomination papers from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. Smriti tweeted on Wednesday and confirmed that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will accompany her when she will go to file her nomination from Amethi.
Smriti will take on Congress president Rahul Gandhi from this seat which is considered the pocketborough of Gandhis. Rahul filed his nomination from Amethi Wednesday. Former Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will also file her nomination papers from Rae Bareli on Thursday. Sonia is currently holding a road show in Rae Bareli.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address public rallies in Bihar and Assam on Thursday. BJP president Amit Shah will address rallies in West Bengal and Tripura. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will address rallies in Sambhal, Amroha and Bareilly Lok Sabha constituencies.