India went to the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.
Polling was held in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies, whereas voting was caused due to violence, Naxalite attacks, clashes and EVMs in some seats. In all, 91 seats were good enough to vote.
- 91 Lok Sabha seats in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections
- Voting officials said that overall voting was good in Phase 1
- Conflict and violence in elections in some states like Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra
In the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, voting was voted in polling booths of 20 states and union territories with more than 140 million eligible voters for voting in 91 constituencies on Thursday.
Mega practice is the beginning of what will be the world’s largest democracy to choose Narendra Modi for the second term and on the other hand a group of Congress and regional parties.
Polling in India will continue in six more phases till May 19 and results will be declared more than the months from May 23 till now.
Due to the violence, death, vandalism and EVM corruption in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11, two people were killed in TDP versus YSR Congress clash in Andhra Pradesh while another BJP leader in UP during campaigning The heart stopped due to heart failure.
Naxalites blasted IEDs in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh, who failed to spread fear among voters to vote in this area.
Many complaints of EVM malfunction came from different states like Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
According to Election Commission officials, the number of voters in most constituencies was high. In the first phase, 91 Lok Sabha constituencies, spread over 18 states and two Union Territories, have more than 14 crore voters – one-sixth of the 90 crore voters in India.
The estimated 15 million young voters of the age group of 18-19 years will vote for the first time in seven phases.
In the last general elections in 2014, more than 55 crores of Indians went out to vote, in which PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won with more than 30 percent votes. The BJP alone crossed the 272 marks, while the NDA alliance had 336 seats for itself, which gave the government a rare clean majority for many years.
Prime Minister Modi is now seeking re-election with new promises inspired by nationalism. On the other hand, there is a Lok Sabha election for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in front of Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, Modi and BJP. Trinamool Congress’s Mamta Banerjee, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati and many regional veterans of Samajwadi Party (SP) have also challenged the PM Modi.
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In the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is trying to protect 32 seats, including senior party leader Nitin Gadkari and five other Union ministers. The ruling party is also improving its rally in states dominated by regional players.
The main Opposition party Congress is hoping to save seven seats won in 2014 besides gains in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
In Andhra Pradesh, 175 assembly seats, 32 in Sikkim, 57 in Arunachal Pradesh and 28 seats in Odisha were voted.
In the first phase Lok Sabha constituencies, all the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh, 17 in Telangana, five in Uttarakhand, two in Meghalaya, two in Arunachal Pradesh and seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman, and Nicobar. Lakshadweep
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Apart from this, eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, five in Assam, four in Bihar and Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh are also part of the first phase. Multi-phase voting is going on in these states.
Election officials in most of the states kept the turnout percentage of 40-50 percent till noon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking for another term in power while focusing on his election campaign on national security and flagship schemes. On the other hand, Congress has promised to launch a minimum income scheme named ‘Naya’, which provides a minimum basic income of Rs. 72,000 to the poorest sections of the poor for three years.
The Congress led by Rahul Gandhi is constantly targeting the Modi government and has accused the prime minister of corruption and businessman Anil Ambani on the Rafael deal.
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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said in Rae Bareli on Thursday that the results will prove that Modi is not “invincible”.
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In an election rally in Bihar on Thursday, the Prime Minister claimed that the opposition parties were scared that if they come to power again, their “shops” of corruption and dynastic politics will be closed.
In Maharashtra, Union Minister Gadkari is facing the Nana Patole of Congress, who is a BJP MP in Nagpur, while his party colleague Hansraj Ahir is demanding the fourth term from Chandrapur.
In Bihar, LJP leader Chirag Paswan is contesting against Jamui, against RLDSP Bhudev Chaudhary.
Union Minister Rijiju Arunachal in North East is seeking re-election from the West. Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son, Gaurav is in the Kaliabor constituency.