NEW DELHI: As polling for phase two of Lok Sabha elections began Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the youth to cast their vote to strengthen democracy.
" Dear Citizens of India, Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha polls start today. I am sure all those whose seats are polling today will strengthen our democracy by exercising their franchise," he tweeted.
"I hope more youngsters head to the polling booths and vote," he added.
On Thursday morning, Polling began for 95 Lok Sabha seats spread across 11 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry with Tamil Nadu witnessing contest in 38 constituencies.
Voting was also underway in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha and in 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.
On April 11, the first phase of Lok Sabha elections held in 91 constituencies spread across 18 states and two union territories.
175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, 32 in Sikkim and 28 seats in Odisha had faced poll on the same day.
Polling in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), Meghalaya (2) and Arunachal Pradesh (2) besides lone seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep were held.
Eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, six in Bihar, five in Assam, four in Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh have also faced the polls.
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Counting of the votes will be done on May 23.