Voting was disrupted at polling booths in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram after some voters complained that their votes to the Congress’ hand symbol went to the BJP’s lotus, prompting the grand old party’s legislator to lodge a complaint.
The BJP is now up against a united Opposition in form of the Samajwadi Party (SP), BSP and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance. In Fatehpur Sikri, BJP’s Choudhary Babulal had polled 44.06% of votes in 2014 while the BSP, SP and RLD got 50.72%, contesting separately.
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 08:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Meerut/Agra | By S Raju & Hemendra Chaturvedi
Among the main candidates in the fray are former Maharashtra chief ministers and Congress leaders Ashok Chavan (Nanded) and Sushilkumar Shinde (Solapur), Dr BR Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar (Solapur and Akola) and former union minister Gopinath Munde’s daughter and sitting MP Pritam Munde (Beed).
In the 2014 elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 27 out of these 95 seats. Another six seats of these 95 went to its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners. The Congress won just 12 out of these 95 seats in the 2014 elections, while other United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partners won three seats.
“Dedicate the votes to the air force and to jawans”? Did they perform their duty, lay down their lives for someone to ask someone for votes? That sentence meant – who will deny it? – “dedicate your vote to me”. “Not done”, I said to myself. “Simply, simply not done”. Here are brave hearts laying their lives on the line for our country and their daring, their training, their striving, is used to seek votes.
BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra had called for immediate intervention by the Election Commission after alleging that BSP voters, especially Dalits, were being stopped from reaching polling booths.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won all the eight seats: Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar. That is when Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party were also on opposite side.
All political parties and their supporters have been asked to adhere to the model code of conduct, which was enforced in Gautam Budh Nagar after the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the election and counting dates on Sunday.
Acting on a complaint by the Election Commission of India, Delhi Police registered an FIR against the circulation of “fake” news that NRIs would be able to vote online in the upcoming general elections.
Polling to the seats of 8,913 sarpanches and 37,077 panches in Punjab began on Sunday across Punjab’s rural belt . Voting is going on at 17, 268 polling booths through ballot papers till 4 pm. Of a total of 13,276 sarpanch and 83,831 panch seats, 4,363 sarpanches and 46,754 panches have been elected unanimously. The State Election Commission (SEC) officials said over 1.27 crore people are eligible to cast their vote in these elections. In some of the polling stations, enthusiastic voters were standing in long queues early in the morning.
The voting for Rajasthan and Telangana assembly election started at 7am in Telangana and at 8am in in Rajasthan. It will end at 4 pm in 13 Maoist-affected seats in Telangana and at 5 pm in the rest of the state and Rajasthan.
Telangana assembly elections: Polling will be held between 7 am and 5 pm for 106 of the 119 seats, while voting in 13 Maoist-affected seats will start at 7 am and end at 4 pm. The main contest is between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Congress-led four party People’s Front.
Madhya Pradesh voted Wednesday to elect a 230-member assembly. The state has witnessed a high decibel campaign for the poll, which remains a direct battle BJP and Congress. The BJP is eyeing a fourth straight term in office, while the Congress is hoping for a comeback after 15 years in the Opposition.The state registered a record 75 per cent voter turnout for the state Assembly polls that was marred by complaints of faulty EVMs. The BJP has fielded candidates for all 230 seats while the Congress is contesting 229, leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for the Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).Here are the highlights :
Mizoram went to polls on Wednesday with 209 candidates in the fray for the 40-member legislative assembly. Voting began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm. The state recorded 80% voter turnout in a peaceful poll.Congress, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state. While the direct contest is between the Congress and Mizo National Front, BJP, National People’s Party and Zoram People’s Movement could play crucial roles in the formation of the next government.Chief minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats — Serchhip and Champhai South. Here are the highlights: