1,717 Candidates to Contest in Phase 4 of India's Lok Sabha Elections

India's Lok Sabha elections enter fourth phase on May 13, with 1,717 candidates contesting 96 parliamentary seats across 10 states and union territories. The Election Commission of India has announced the candidates and taken measures to ensure a smooth and fair nomination process.

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1,717 Candidates to Contest in Phase 4 of India's Lok Sabha Elections

As India's Lok Sabha elections progress, a total of 1,717 candidates from 10 states and union territories are set to contest in the pivotal fourth phase on May 13, 2024. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that 4,264 nominations were filed for the 96 parliamentary constituencies up for grabs in this phase, with 1,970 nominations found to be valid after scrutiny.

The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on the political scenario of India, shaping the country's future policies and governance. The high number of candidates contesting in this phase also highlights the dynamic and The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on the political scenario of India, shaping the country's future policies and governance. The high number of candidates contesting in this phase also highlights the dynamic andcompetitive nature of India's democratic process.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have emerged with the highest number of candidates in the fray. Telangana received a staggering 1,488 nomination forms for its 17 parliamentary seats, while Andhra Pradesh followed closely with 1,103 nominations submitted for its 25 Lok Sabha constituencies. The Malkajgiri Parliamentary Constituency in Telangana witnessed an intense battle, with 177candidatesfiling their nomination papers.

The average number of candidates contesting in each parliamentary constituency for the fourth phase stands at 18, highlighting the competitive nature of these elections. The last date for filing nominations for this phase was April 25, 2024, setting the stage for a high-stakes electoral contest.

In Andhra Pradesh, all 25 Lok Sabha seats will go to polls on May 13, including key constituencies such as Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Tirupati. Bihar will see five of its seats, including Begusarai and Darbhanga, participating in this phase. The Srinagar constituency in Jammu and Kashmir will also witness voting on the same day.

Eight of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh will be up for grabs in the fourth phase, with major cities like Indore and Ujjain in focus. Maharashtra will see 11 out of its 48 parliamentary constituencies going to polls, including Pune, Aurangabad, and Nashik. Odisha and Jharkhand will have four seats each participating in this pivotal phase.

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, will witness elections in 13 of its Lok Sabha constituencies on May 13. Key seats like Kanpur, Unnao, and Farrukhabad will be closely watched. In West Bengal, eight seats will go to polls in this phase, with Asansol and Bardhaman among the high-profile contests.

To ensure a smooth nomination process, the ECI has directed all states and union territories to issue the 'No Dues Certificate' to candidates within 48 hours of receiving the request if no dues are pending. In cases where dues are owed, the ECI has instructed authorities to provide details to the candidate within 48 hours and issue the certificate within 24 hours of clearing the dues.

This directive aims to prevent instances where candidates are unable to file their nominations as a result of delays in obtaining the 'No Dues Certificate,' which can lead to significant losses for the candidates, political parties, and the electorate. The ECI's proactive measures highlight the importance of ensuring a level playing field and upholding the principles of participatory democracy.

Lok Sabha elections are moving forward, with two phases already completed, the fourth phase on May 13 is set to be a critical juncture in determining the future political trajectory of India. The high number of candidates contesting in this phase highlights the lively and competitive nature of the world's largest democratic exercise.

The final results of the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on June 4, 2024, after the completion of all seven phases. The nation awaits the outcome, and the ECI's efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and inclusive electoral process remain paramount. The fourth phase will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the destiny of India's democracy, with 1,717 candidates vying for the chance to represent their constituents in the hallowed halls of the Lok Sabha.

Key Takeaways

  • 1,717 candidates to contest in 4th phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 13, 2024.
  • Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have the highest number of candidates, with 1,488 and 1,103 nominations respectively.
  • 96 parliamentary constituencies across 10 states and union territories will go to polls in this phase.
  • The average number of candidates per constituency is 18, highlighting the competitive nature of the elections.
  • Final results of the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on June 4, 2024, after the completion of all 7 phases.