Curtains came down on Tuesday on an acrimonious campaign in 124 constituencies in 17 states for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 16, with electioneering marked by a bitter war of words between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] and Bharatiya Janata Party's [ Images ] senior leader L K Advani [ Images ].
Rashtriya Janata Dal's Lalu Prasad, BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi [ Images ], Telangana [ Images ] Rashtra Samiti's K Chandrasekhar Rao, Congress' Renuka Chowdhury, actress Vijayasanthi, NTR's daughter D Purandeswari [ Images ] and former union minister B Dattatreya are among the prominent names seeking election to the lower house of Parliament in the first phase.
While all 20 seats in Kerala [ Images ] and two in Meghalaya would go to polls in a single phase on Thursday, polling would also be held in parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh [ Images ], Maharashtra [ Images ], Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ].
The lone seats in Andaman and Nicobar Islands [ Images ], Lakshadweep, Mizoram and Nagaland would go to polls on Thursday.
Prominent campaigners included Congress president Sonia Gandhi [ Images ], BJP prime minister hopeful L K Advani, Congress youth icons Rahul and Priyanka, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [ Images ] and Left party leaders Prakash Karat [ Images ] and A B Bardhan.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is recovering from a heart by-pass surgery in January, lent his bit to the Congress campaign when he went to Kerala and then to Mumbai [ Images ].