Friday, 23 August, 2019

India Begins Voting In First Phase Of General Election

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"I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers", Modi wrote on Twitter. Another person was killed by government forces during a protest in disputed Kashmir.

With final turnout figures for Thursday yet to come, the Election Commission told a news conference that by 5 p.m., an hour before polling closed, voter participation was highest in the eastern state of West Bengal at nearly 81 percent.

"He's improved India's global standing and taken revenge against the enemies of the country", Sachin Tyagi, 38, a mobile phone shop owner, said near a polling station in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most lawmakers to the lower house of parliament among all states.

Responding to Khan's remarks, Qureshi said that the Pakistan Prime Minister's opinions on Modi "are on the record".Qureshi underlined that only the Indian electorate would decide the victor and loser of the ongoing general elections. Many people said they came out to vote only to express their disapproval of the BJP, calling it an "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Kashmiri" organization.

In a blow to the BJP, the Election Commission on Thursday said since NaMo TV is sponsored by the saffron party, all recorded programmes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi.

Khairunnisa, a 40-year-old widow also from Maharajpur, said she wants the next government to "stop the bloodshed and give us employment".

A BJP delegation, including Sitharaman, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and its media head Anil Baluni, submitted to the EC a memorandum in which the saffron party also accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of poll rigging in West Bengal during the first phase of polling of the general election on Thursday. "There have been many, many people in Indian history that had the arrogance to believe that they are invincible, that they are bigger than the people of India", he said. Pakistan Prime Minister appears to say that a "Vote-for-Modi is a vote for Imran Khan".

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As the country of 1.3 billion people embarks on its huge vote, the Election Commission said NaMo TV, which is sponsored by Modi's right-wing party, had to submit all of its content for approval.

The BJP has put Modi left, right and centre of its campaign to secure a second five year term.

Growth in Asia's third-biggest economy has been too slow to provide jobs for the roughly one million Indians entering the labour market each month, and unemployment is reportedly at its highest since the 1970s. It condemned the proposed changes to the special status of IOK in the election manifesto of BJP and proposed deletion of Articles 370 and 35A.

"It's a great feeling to cast the vote, which makes me a part of the democratic system and makes me responsible for electing a good leader", Anurag Baruah, 23, told AFP. "We want to stop people like Modi".

The killing of a local leader of a Hindu nationalist group in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reinforced fears of trouble during voting. Authorities also banned the movement of civilian vehicles on a key highway to keep it open exclusively for military and paramilitary convoys two days a week during India's general election.

Polls in India are being held in seven phases for 543 Lok Sabha seats and the first phase was held Thursday.

Seizing on Khan's remarks, the opposition parties, including the Congress and the CPI (M), said a vote for PM Modi is a vote for Pakistan.