The voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections the biggest exercise in democracy the world has ever seen with 900 million voters that make up one eight of the planet’s population.
All parliamentary constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, Telangana and Uttarakhand will go to polls in this phase. Besides, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will also vote in this phase.Bollywood actress and “Bihar ki Beti” Swara Bhaskar delivered her first political speech in support of Begusarai’s CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. The day also marked her 31t birthday. The Election Commission received 462 complaints of various nature from West Bengal, just within two hours of polling in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar and Alipurduar Parliamentary constituencies. 104-year-old C Nemi caste her vote from New Diakkawn West, Mizoram. All women polling-booths called Dingdi were introduced in the state. An NRI couple from US cast their votes and said that it is the duty and right of citizens to vote. They actively urged people to use the holiday to go out and cast their votes. Overall,24.66 percent voter turnout was recorded at 11 am across the two constituencies – Jammu and Baramullah – that went to the polls in J&K on Thursday, despite heightened tensions and tightened security. With 8 seats going to poll in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, Western UP will turn out to be an important factor in deciding whether BJP will be able to maintain its 2014 mandate in the state. Union Road Transport and Shipping Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari’s fate will be sealed today as Nagpur goes for polls, along with six other constituencies of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Known for his considerable goodwill and someone who has ‘delivered’, Gadkari is one of the most important leaders in the Narendra Modi government. But data shows that the “Orange City” has a history of voting for the Congress.