New Delhi, News24 Bureau, April 11: The spectacular and the biggest day for one of the biggest democracies of the the world is here as India is all set to cast its vote in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections.
Curtains were drawn on the high voltage electioneering on Tuesday evening. Lok Sabha Elections for 91 seats in 20 states and Union Territories will take place on 11 April. The election will be held in seven phases. The polling will be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The elections are for the 17th Lok Sabha. Elections 2019 result will be announced on May 23 and will be delayed by a couple of hours due to VVPAT.
Here are the LIVE updates:
-EC writes to Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi over broadcast of NaMo TV/Content TV, states 'It has been confirmed by you that there has not been any pre-certification of the content being displayed on NaMo TV/Content TV, by the MCMC Committee in your office'.
-Letter states 'any political publicity content,being displayed on electronic media without requisite certification from competent authority should be removed immediately&any political content shall only be permitted strictly in accordance with EC instructions in this regard'
-Election Commission directs him to ensure implementation of the Commission's said instructions & send a compliance report immediately.
-Baba Ramdev and his close associate and Acharya Balkrishna cast their vote in Haridwar.
-Gopal Shetty, BJP: Urmila ji ko jo rajneeti mein laya gaya, woh celebrity hai toh chehre ko dekh kar hi laya gaya hai na, usmein kisi ko bura lagne ka koi karan nahi hai. Woh ek political parivar se aayi hain, gyaan hai unko politics ka, lekin party jo chuni hai woh kharab hai
-Maharashtra: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari cast his vote at polling booth number 220 in Nagpur parliamentary constituency
-Jana Sena MLA candidate Madhusudhan Gupta smashes an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Gooty, in Anantapur district. He has been arrested by police.
-Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar BJP candidate Dr. Sanjiv Balyan: Faces of women in burkhas are not being checked and I allege that fake voting is being done. If not looked into, I will demand a repoll
- 21% voter turnout recorded till 9 am in Nagaland parliamentary constituency.
-Voting begins for 91 constituencies in 20 states and union territories in the 1st phase of Lok Sabha elections.
A galaxy of high profile leaders of all major political parties undertook whirlwind tours of the constituencies spread all across the country.
Spearheading the campaign for BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah crisscrossed the poll-bound segments addressing a host of election rallies in a bid to arm the saffron party with extra strength, Congress was no less and Rahul Gandhi-Priyanka Gndhi added the much needed chutzpah to the camapigns.
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
Following is the list of States and Union Territories that will go for election in Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Election 2019 on April 11.
In Arunachal Pradesh, 12 candidates are contesting in two constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress and People's Party of Arunachal (PPA).
In Andhra Pradesh, 319 candidates are contesting in 25 constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress, TDP, YSRC, Jana Sena.
In Assam, 41 candidates are contesting in 5 constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress and AIUDF
In Bihar, 44 candidates are contesting in 4 constituencies. Main parties are BJP+JDU alliance, Congress and RJD alliance.
In Chhattisgarh, 7 candidates are contesting in 1 constituency. Main parties are BJP, Congress and BSP
In Jammu and Kashmir, 33 candidates are contesting in two constituencies. Main parties are PDP, Congress and JKNC
In Maharashtra, 122 candidates are contesting in 7 constituencies. Main parties are BJP and SS; Congress and NCP
In Odisha, 26 candidates are contesting in 4 constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress and Biju Janata Dal
In Uttar Pradesh, 96 candidates are contesting in 8 constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress and alliance of BSP, SP and RLD
In Bengal, 18 candidates are contesting in 2 constituencies. Main parties are BJP, Congress, TMC and Left.