The votes for the election, being held over seven phases, will be counted on May 23.
"2019 Lok Sabha elections commence today".
Polling also started in eight out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Saharanpur, Kairana, Ghaziabad, Baghpat and Gautam Buddha Nagar, four - Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui - out of 40 seats in Bihar and two - Cooch Behar and Alipurduar - out of 42 seats in West Bengal.
A little over 3.93 crore voters in Andhra Pradesh will decide the fortunes of 319 candidates for Lok Sabha seats and 2,118 candidates for Assembly polls. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.
After a fortnight of high-decibel electioneering marked by release of manifestos that were loaded with competitively populist schemes, campaigning for the first phase of the general elections came to an end on Tuesday.
In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh will take on BJP's Sanjeev Balyan. From the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat, the Congress party fields George Tirkey.
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Though the campaign was largely peaceful, Naxalites attacked a convoy in Dantewada district of Chattisgarh on Tuesday, killing BJP MLA from the State Bheema Mandavi and four security personnel.
All 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will go to polls in phase-one.
Sixty lakh voters in Odisha will exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for four Lok Sabha and 28 assembly seats on Thursday.
The Phase 1 polling will be held in the states like Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana are voting today in a single phase.
The first phase of polls will decide the fate of 217 candidates.