Campaigning ends for first phase of Orissa pollsApril 14th, 2009 - 11:30 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, April 14 (IANS) Political parties made desperate last-minute attempts to woo voters as campaigning for the first phase of the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Orissa came to an end Tuesday.
At least 12,650,750 voters will decide the fate of 72 candidates for 10 Lok Sabha seats and 599 candidates for 70 assembly constituencies in the first phase April 16.
The prominent among those contesting for the Lok Sabha are Union Minister of State Chandra Sekhar Sahu and former chief minister Giridhar Gomang, both from the Congress party.
While Sahu is testing his luck from Berhampur, Gomang is contesting from Koraput.
Jual Oram, former union minister and national vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is fighting from Sundergarh. His main challenge is from Congress leader and former chief minister Hemananda Biswal.
The second phase poll will be held April 23.
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