Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Vote in record numbers’, tweets PM Modi as polling in last phase begins
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to cast their ballot in record numbers as polling in 59 parliamentary constituencies across eight states in the seventh and the final phase of the Lok Sabha election began on Sunday.
“Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first time voters vote enthusiastically (sic),” PM Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi is also in the fray in the last lap of the election in the temple town of Varanasi.
The eight states and one Union territory — Bihar, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal — are polling in the seventh phase of the election on Sunday.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 33 out of the 59 Lok Sabha seats, where voting is taking place, in the 2014 elections. Its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had won an additional seven seats. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had won just five of these parliamentary constituencies.
The votes will be counted on May 23.
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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: