Authorities have shut many roads in Srinagar and urged residents to avoid some parts of the city. Extra armed troops were deployed along streets and the banks of the river Jhelum.(PTI)
Authorities have shut many roads in Srinagar and urged residents to avoid some parts of the city. Extra armed troops were deployed along streets and the banks of the river Jhelum.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Kashmir dominates as India’s mega vote enters second round

Tens of thousands of troops, paramilitaries and police have been sent to the region’s main city, Srinagar, which will be one of 97 constituencies across India to take part in the latest vote.
By Agence France-Presse | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 02:47 AM IST

Indian authorities poured security forces into the restive region of Kashmir on Thursday as it took centre stage for the second round of the country’s enormous national election.

Tens of thousands of troops, paramilitaries and police have been sent to the region’s main city, Srinagar, which will be one of 97 constituencies across India to take part in the latest vote.

Kashmir has surged into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign since a February bomb attack that killed 40 paramilitaries and brought India and Pakistan -- which both control part of divided Kashmir -- to the brink of war.

Authorities have shut many roads in Srinagar and urged residents to avoid some parts of the city. Extra armed troops were deployed along streets and the banks of the river Jhelum.

More than 157 million of the 900 million electorate are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world’s biggest election.

Modi has put national security at the centre of his campaign to secure a second five-year term. While seen as the favourite, he faces an increasingly tough challenge from opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi has gone on a relentless attack against the economic record of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

- Attacks and insults -

Thousands of candidates from more than 2,000 parties are competing for 543 seats in parliament. The last vote is on May 19 and final results will be released on May 23.

The first day of voting a week ago saw heavy turnout and security forces on high alert after a roadside bomb in Chhattisgarh, a central state where Maoist rebels operate, killed five people days before polls opened.

Insults and fake news have proliferated on social media during the campaign, and police squads have been on the hunt for money and gifts intended to sway voters to back certain parties.

Voting in a constituency in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was cancelled altogether after $1.5 million in cash was seized by authorities.

It is the first time a ballot has been cancelled during an election over suspected vote-buying, officials said.

- ‘Good days’ -

Modi and the right-wing BJP swept to power in a 2014 landslide with their promise of “achhe din” (“good days”).

He has simplified the tax code and made doing business easier.

But despite growth of about seven percent a year, Asia’s third-biggest economy has not provided enough jobs for the roughly one million Indians entering the labour market each month.

And in rural areas, thousands of indebted farmers have killed themselves in recent years.

Modi sought to counter critics of his campaign in a television interview this week when he said: “If farmers die, then it is an election issue, but when soldiers die then it is not an election issue? How can that be?”

Critics say the BJP has also since sought to impose a Hindu agenda on India, emboldening attacks on Muslims and low-caste Dalits trading in beef -- cows being holy for Hindus -- and re-writing school textbooks.

Gandhi, 48, who wants to become the fourth member of his family to take the prime minister’s office, has accused Modi of causing a “national disaster”.

His Congress party has already profited from voter dissatisfaction by taking three key state elections in December.

Gandhi has pledged to end abject poverty by 2030 and give cash transfers to 50 million families, while the BJP has promised a $1.4-trillion infrastructure blitz to create jobs.

Modi, who has adopted the moniker “chowkidar” or “watchman” of the nation, has been addressing three rallies a day in a bid to drum up enthusiasm.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Officials aware of developments said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at airports, held a meeting with officials of the external affairs ministry and the airport operator to discuss the modalities. (PTI photo).
Officials aware of developments said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at airports, held a meeting with officials of the external affairs ministry and the airport operator to discuss the modalities. (PTI photo).

Airports, stations gear up ahead of Modi oath taking

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 10:34 AM IST
Wednesday promises to be even busier for officials at the Indira Gandhi International airport with leaders of the BIMSTEC nations, Kyrgyzstan, and Mauritius expected to arrive for the swearing-in.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)

Vote split behind AIADMK-BJP alliance loss in Tamil Nadu

By MC Rajan & M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:46 AM IST
The DMK, led by former party chief Karunanidhi’s son, Stalin, swept the elections, winning 37 of the 38 Lok Sabha seats that polled last month.
Close
According to an official, Delhi government is focussing on high-rise buildings where coaching centres are functioning and inspecting whether these centres have functional firefighting equipments(HT Photo)
According to an official, Delhi government is focussing on high-rise buildings where coaching centres are functioning and inspecting whether these centres have functional firefighting equipments(HT Photo)

Delhi govt to shut down coaching centres operating above fourth floor

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 09:39 PM IST
The Delhi Fire Service director has been directed to “take strict action as per fire safety standards and guidelines to prevent recurrence of such accidents (Surat fire),” an official order issued by Home Minister Satyendar Jain said.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, during a visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, during a visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi(PTI)

‘All became Narendra Modi and led the campaign’: PM in Varanasi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Varanasi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 08:40 PM IST
The PM underlined that such large support from across the country was made possible because people had faith in the ‘Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas’ approach of the BJP government.
Close
The TMC leadership also claimed that not a single BJP worker has been killed in the state in political violence.(ANI Photo)
The TMC leadership also claimed that not a single BJP worker has been killed in the state in political violence.(ANI Photo)

Trinamool dismisses PM’s allegations on killing of BJP workers in Bengal

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 11:07 PM IST
The TMC leadership also claimed that not a single BJP worker has been killed in the state in political violence.
Close
Addressing NC workers in Anantnag town Newly-elected MP Justice (Retired) Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference (NC)demanded immediate release of the youths without any blemish on their career so that they can rejoin the educational institutions(Twitter/@masoodi_hasnain)
Addressing NC workers in Anantnag town Newly-elected MP Justice (Retired) Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference (NC)demanded immediate release of the youths without any blemish on their career so that they can rejoin the educational institutions(Twitter/@masoodi_hasnain)

Free all youths unconditionally: NC MP

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:25 PM IST
The NC winner from Anantnag alleged that hundreds, many juvenile, were arrested and locked up on mere suspicion by police after Musa’s killing.
Close
CM Ashok Gehlot intrect with media person at his residence in jaipur on Wednesday(HT)
CM Ashok Gehlot intrect with media person at his residence in jaipur on Wednesday(HT)

BSP says it will continue supporting Gehlot Govt

By Press Trust of India | Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:03 PM IST
BSP MLA Wajib Ali said that BSP’s will continue to support the Congress-led government in Rajasthan
Close
Prem Singh Tamang, popular as P S Golay, became the sixth chief minister of Sikkim when he was sworn in by governor Ganga Prasad at Gangtok’s Paljore stadium(Twitter/@amritdahal_09)
Prem Singh Tamang, popular as P S Golay, became the sixth chief minister of Sikkim when he was sworn in by governor Ganga Prasad at Gangtok’s Paljore stadium(Twitter/@amritdahal_09)

Sikkim gets new chief minister after 25 years, moves to five-day week

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Gangtok
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:18 PM IST
Immediately after being sworn in, the new chief minister declared a five-day week for the state government employees. Earlier, only the second Saturday of each month was a government holiday.
Close
The BJP’s landslide win in the parliamentary elections was also powered by its excellent showing in West Bengal.
The BJP’s landslide win in the parliamentary elections was also powered by its excellent showing in West Bengal.

‘BJP workers being killed for their ideology in Bengal’: PM Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 05:46 PM IST
The BJP’s landslide win in the parliamentary elections was also powered by its excellent showing in West Bengal.
Close
Resignations of state Congress chiefs have started coming in with Punjab and Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents Sunil Jakhar and Ajoy Kumar quitting their posts. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Resignations of state Congress chiefs have started coming in with Punjab and Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents Sunil Jakhar and Ajoy Kumar quitting their posts. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

‘Don’t fall for rumours’: Congress on reports of Rahul Gandhi’s resignation

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:09 PM IST
Surjewala said the CWC saw the reverses in the Lok Sabha polls as an opportunity for radical changes and a complete organisational overhaul and authorised Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the necessary measures.
Close
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act(Hindustan Times)
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act(Hindustan Times)

PMO has no records of income tax refunds of former prime ministers

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 05:41 PM IST
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act.
Close
Siddaramaiah asserted that all Congress MLAs, including dissident leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, were with the party and nobody was leaving.
Siddaramaiah asserted that all Congress MLAs, including dissident leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, were with the party and nobody was leaving.

On Yeddyurappa’s prediction for Karnataka, Siddaramaiah responds with a dare

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:23 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah said the people’s mandate was for continuation of the BJP-led government at the Centre and not for ‘toppling’ the state government.
Close
Ali Daruwalla, state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch(HT PHOTO)
Ali Daruwalla, state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch(HT PHOTO)

Muslims have shown confidence in Modi-led govt: Ali Daruwalla

By Nadeem Inamdar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 04:57 PM IST
He is the state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch for western Maharashtra affiliated to the RSS
Close
PM Modi held a 5-km long roadshow as thanksgiving to the voters of Kashi(BJP / Twitter)
PM Modi held a 5-km long roadshow as thanksgiving to the voters of Kashi(BJP / Twitter)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi Highlights| ‘Every house had a Modi’: PM on BJP’s poll sweep

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 11:41 PM IST

After the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi on a thanksgiving visit on Monday.He marked his visit by offering prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple before heading to address party workers.Modi won the Varanasi parliamentary seat by a margin 4,79,505 votes, defeating his nearest rival Shalini Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.Follow highlights here:

Close
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants.(HT FILE)
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants.(HT FILE)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP’s rise in vote share in Pune dims Sena’s hopes of seat sharing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 04:22 PM IST
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants  
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP