Smriti Mandhana and others make an appeal to vote
13 states and union territories will vote in 95 parliamentary seats on Thursday.
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has roped in prominent personalities like cricketer Smriti Mandhana, mountaineer Arunima Sinha and actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind to appeal to the people to cast their votes.
On Thursday, in the second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019, 13 states and union territories will vote in 95 parliamentary seats. Ahead of the polls, the ECI took to Twitter to post the messages of the aforementioned stars to the voters, using hashtags like '#GoVote,' '#DeshKaMahaTyohar,' and '#IndiaElections2019.'
"Ace up your vote! Smriti Mandana appeals to all to #GoVote and make their vote count," read the tweet posted on behalf of the star cricketer.
Ace up your vote!@mandhana_smriti appeals to all to #GoVote and make their vote count in #DeshKaMahaTyohar#IndiaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/dI2d7DC8M7 — ECI #DeshKaMahatyohar (@ECISVEEP) April 17, 2019
Saluting the spirit of Arunima Sinha, the ECI tweeted, "Soaring spirit! Arunima Sinha inspires Indians to #GoVote and take democracy to new heights." She is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013.
— ECI #DeshKaMahatyohar (@ECISVEEP) April 17, 2019
The ECI quoted Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer's tweet, in which Ramesh Aravind appealed to the voters of his state to excercise their franchise. "Voting is must! Ramesh Aravind is upbeat about all voters exercising their right to vote," read the message.
In the second phase, the polling will be held in Assam (five seats), Bihar (five seats), Chhattisgarh (three seats), Jammu and Kashmir (two seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (one seat), Odisha (five seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), West Bengal (three seats), and Union Territory Puducherry (one seat).
Voting in Tamil Nadu`s Vellore Lok Sabha constituency was cancelled by President Ram Nath Kovind on the recommendation of the ECI in the wake of seizures of large amounts of unaccounted cash from the state.
Also, polling in East Tripura constituency was deferred from April 18 to April 23 based over law and order situation prevailing in the constituency.