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As the counting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 continues, it has become evident that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is struggling to secure a majority on its own. The INDIA bloc, a coalition of opposition parties formed to challenge the BJP, has gained significant ground, leading in 228 seats — a stark contrast to the exit polls that predicted less than 200 seats for them. In 2019, the BJP had secured a robust 303 seats independently, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) amassed 353 seats. Here are five critical factors that appear to have contributed to the BJP’s faltering performance this time around:

1. The Uttar Pradesh Shocker

One of the most unexpected developments has been in Uttar Pradesh, a crucial state for the BJP, where the INDIA bloc has won 40 of the 80 seats. This is a significant drop from 2019, when the BJP captured 62 seats in the state. The BJP’s campaign strategy heavily relied on large rallies featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In contrast, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra adopted a grassroots approach, camping in Rae Bareli and Amethi, focusing on small, community-based meetings rather than grandiose rallies.

Political analysts have noted that the BJP’s decision to repeat many of its incumbent MPs, unlike its strategy in Delhi where it replaced all but six sitting MPs, might have contributed to voter fatigue and dissatisfaction.

2. Ram Mandir Campaign

The construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was a cornerstone of the BJP’s campaign, expected to galvanize support. However, the issue did not seem to resonate with the voters as anticipated. This is exemplified by the BJP trailing in the Faizabad constituency, which encompasses Ayodhya. In neighboring constituencies, the BJP is leading in only two out of seven seats. The Congress is leading in Amethi and Barabanki, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) is ahead in Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, and Basti. Both Congress and SP are part of the INDIA bloc.

3. The Agnipath Scheme

The Agnipath scheme, aimed at recruiting soldiers, has faced severe criticism, particularly from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. This scheme appears to have negatively impacted the BJP’s performance, especially in Rajasthan and Haryana, states that contribute significantly to the defense and paramilitary forces. In Haryana, where the BJP swept all ten seats in 2019, the party is now leading in only five, with the Congress ahead in the other five. Similarly, in Rajasthan, the BJP+ alliance, which had won all 25 seats in 2019, is leading in just 14, with Congress ahead in eight.

4. Splits in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, the BJP has encountered setbacks, leading in only 12 seats compared to the 23 seats it won in 2019. The Congress is leading in 11 seats, while the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction), an INDIA bloc partner, is leading in ten seats. The Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, aligned with the BJP, is leading in six seats. The split within Shiv Sena in 2022 and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 2023 has seemingly confused and disillusioned voters. Delays in announcing NDA candidates and ongoing Maratha agitations for reservations in education and government jobs have also played a role in the BJP’s diminished performance.

5. Turncoats

Several Congress members who switched allegiance to the BJP have not fared well in the elections. In Punjab, Ravneet Bittu and Preneet Kaur, both Congress defectors, are trailing. Similarly, in Haryana, Ashok Tanwar, who joined the BJP just before the elections, is also trailing in the Sirsa constituency. These defections seem to have backfired, with voters possibly perceiving them as opportunistic rather than genuine representatives of change.


The 2024 Lok Sabha elections have revealed significant challenges for the BJP, from strategic missteps in key states like Uttar Pradesh to the repercussions of controversial policies such as the Agnipath scheme. Additionally, internal splits within allied parties in Maharashtra and the poor performance of turncoat candidates have further dented the BJP’s prospects. As the results continue to roll in, it is clear that the party will need to undertake a thorough introspection and recalibrate its strategies to regain its footing in Indian politics.

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The final phase of the 18th Lok Sabha elections commenced at 7 am on Saturday, marking the conclusion of India’s grand democratic exercise to elect 543 representatives for the 18th Lok Sabha. This phase encompasses 57 constituencies, including 41 general seats, three reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST), and 13 for Scheduled Castes (SC), spanning eight states and Union Territories. Additionally, voters in 42 assembly constituencies of the Odisha Legislative Assembly are also casting their ballots today.

The states and union territories participating in this seventh phase are Bihar (8 out of 40 seats), Himachal Pradesh (4 out of 4 seats), Jharkhand (3 out of 14 seats), Odisha (6 out of 21 seats), Punjab (13 out of 13 seats), Uttar Pradesh (13 out of 80 seats), West Bengal (9 out of 42 seats), and the Chandigarh Union Territory. As the polling concludes, it will mark the end of the world’s largest electoral marathon, which began on April 19 and has already covered six phases and 486 Lok Sabha seats.

Key Candidates in the Spotlight

Several prominent candidates are in the fray during this final phase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a third term representing Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, facing off against Congress’ Ajay Rai. Former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Ravi Shankar Prasad is contesting from Patna Sahib. Actress Kangana Ranaut has entered the political arena from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Other notable candidates include Congress’ Manish Tewari from Chandigarh, Samajwadi Party leader Afzal Ansari from Ghazipur, and Bhojpuri star Pawan Singh from Karakat.

Key Facts About Phase 7

  • Voter Demographics: Over 10.06 crore voters are eligible to vote in this phase, comprising 5.24 crore males, 4.82 crore females, and 3,574 third-gender electors.
  • Polling Infrastructure: Approximately 10.9 lakh polling officials are on duty to facilitate voting across around 1.09 lakh polling stations.

High-Profile Contests

All eyes are particularly on Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi constituencies, both strongholds for the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s candidature from the historic temple town of Varanasi is a significant highlight. In Mandi, actress Kangana Ranaut’s entry into politics has generated considerable interest and media attention.

Campaigning and Security

Campaigning for the seventh phase concluded on Friday, May 30. The Election Commission has ensured tight security arrangements across all polling stations to ensure a smooth and fair voting process. The weather department has also issued advisories to help manage voter turnout, given the summer heat.

As India wraps up its largest democratic exercise, the nation eagerly awaits the results, which will determine the next government and the future course of the country’s political landscape. With a mix of seasoned politicians and new entrants, the final phase promises to be a climactic end to a closely watched election season.

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Polling for the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi commenced this morning as part of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Voters queued up early at polling stations, undeterred by the scorching heat and tight security arrangements, an official confirmed.

Weather and Preparations

The India Meteorological Department has issued a “yellow alert” for the day, forecasting that temperatures could soar to a sweltering 44 degrees Celsius. In response, the Delhi election department has made extensive preparations to ensure voter comfort and safety in the heat. Despite the early hour, many voters were seen lining up outside polling stations well before voting began at 7 a.m.

Voter Demographics

A total of 1.52 crore voters are eligible to cast their ballots across more than 13,000 polling booths in the city. This includes 82 lakh male voters, 69 lakh female voters, and 1,228 voters identifying as the third gender. Notably, there are over 2.52 lakh first-time voters participating in this election, highlighting the growing engagement of the youth in the democratic process.

Key Candidates and Constituencies

The electoral battle in Delhi is fiercely contested, with major political parties fielding prominent candidates across the seven constituencies:

  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP): Kuldeep Kumar (East Delhi), Mahabal Mishra (West Delhi), Somnath Bharti (New Delhi), Sahi Ram Pahalwan (South Delhi).
  • Congress: J.P. Agarwal (Chandni Chowk), Kanhaiya Kumar (North East Delhi), Udit Raj (North West Delhi).
  • BJP: Manoj Tiwari (North East Delhi), Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (South Delhi), Bansuri Swaraj (New Delhi), Harsh Deep Malhotra (East Delhi), Yogendra Chandolia (North West Delhi), Praveen Khandelwal (Chandni Chowk), Kamaljeet Sehrawat (West Delhi).

Historical Context and Current Dynamics

The BJP has a stronghold in Delhi, having won all seven seats in the 2014 and 2019 general elections with significant margins. The party is aiming for a third consecutive clean sweep. However, the opposition INDIA bloc, comprising the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, has fielded joint candidates for the first time, posing a formidable challenge to the ruling party. The seat-sharing agreement allocates four seats to AAP and three to Congress.

High-Profile Voters

High-profile leaders, including External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, were among the early voters, emphasizing the significance of this electoral phase.

Security and Conduct

The polling process is being conducted under stringent security measures to ensure a smooth and fair election. Officials have assured that all necessary precautions are in place to handle any eventuality arising from the extreme weather conditions.


As the day progresses, the voter turnout and the efficiency of the arrangements will be closely monitored. This election is critical not just for Delhi but for the national political landscape, given the high stakes and the intense competition among the major political parties. With AAP and Congress joining forces against the BJP, the outcome in Delhi could significantly influence the overall results of the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

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Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – A voter turnout of 12.89% was recorded by 9 AM in Uttar Pradesh as polling commenced for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, covering 14 constituencies. The voting process, which began at 7 AM, will continue until 6 PM.

Constituency Turnouts

The Election Commission reported varying voter turnouts across the constituencies by 9 AM:

  • Amethi: 13.45%
  • Banda: 14.57%
  • Barabanki: 12.73%
  • Faizabad: 14%
  • Fatehpur: 14.28%
  • Gonda: 9.55%
  • Hamirpur: 13.61%
  • Jalaun: 12.80%
  • Kaisarganj: 13.04%
  • Kaushambi: 10.49%
  • Lucknow: 10.39%
  • Mohanlalganj: 13.86%
  • Rae Bareli: 13.60%

In the Lucknow East assembly bypoll, the voter turnout stood at 10.88% by 9 AM.

High-Profile Contenders

Among the notable candidates in this phase are Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Rae Bareli, a constituency previously represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi.

Voter Demographics and Candidates

Over 2.71 crore voters are eligible to participate in this phase, with 144 candidates contesting across the 14 constituencies. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 11 of its sitting MPs, with new candidates in Barabanki and Kaisarganj.

From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has nominated K L Sharma in Amethi, Tanuj Punia in Barabanki, and Pradeep Jain ‘Aditya’ in Jhansi. The Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates are contesting in the remaining seats.

Key Contests

  • Lucknow: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is aiming for a fourth term, facing SP’s Ravidas Mehrotra.
  • Amethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani is contesting against Congress’s K L Sharma.
  • Kaisarganj: BJP’s Karan Bhushan Singh is up against SP’s Bhagat Ram.
  • Faizabad: BJP’s Lallu Singh, seeking a third term, is pitted against SP’s Awadhesh Prasad.
  • Hamirpur: BJP’s Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel is contesting for a third term against SP’s Ajendra Singh Lodhi.
  • Gonda: BJP’s Kirti Vardhan Singh is eyeing a fifth term, facing SP’s Shreya Verma.
  • Banda: R K Singh Patel (BJP) is seeking a third term against Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel (SP).
  • Kaushambi: BJP’s Vinod Kumar Sonkar is aiming for a hat-trick of wins against SP’s Pushpendra Saroj.
  • Jalaun: Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (BJP) is contesting for a sixth term against SP’s Narayan Das Ahirwar.

Polling Context

The fifth phase of polling is crucial as it encompasses several key constituencies with high-profile candidates. The results from these regions will be pivotal in determining the overall outcome of the Lok Sabha elections. With a significant voter turnout in the early hours, the enthusiasm among the electorate is evident.


As polling continues throughout the day, the focus remains on ensuring a smooth and fair voting process. The stakes are high for all parties involved, with prominent leaders and new contenders vying for the electorate’s support. The outcomes of these contests will shape the political landscape of Uttar Pradesh and, by extension, the nation.

Stay tuned for further updates as the day progresses and more detailed turnout figures and polling outcomes become available.

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The fourth phase of the highly anticipated Lok Sabha elections, held on May 13, 2024, saw an encouraging voter turnout of 64.60% across 96 constituencies spread over 10 states and union territories. However, the day was not without its share of challenges, with incidents of violence and Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malfunctioning reported from some states.

Among the highlights of the voting day was the highest voter turnout of 76.89% recorded in West Bengal, despite clashes between workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in certain areas. The state witnessed several high-profile contests, including those in Krishnagar, Baharampur, and Asansol.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary constituency of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, experiencing its first elections since the abrogation of Article 370, recorded the lowest turnout at 38%. This historic election marked a significant moment for the region, reflecting a changing political landscape.

In Maharashtra, the voting percentage stood at 59.33%, while Andhra Pradesh and Telangana witnessed turnouts of 68.87% and 62.64% respectively. However, instances of electoral misconduct surfaced in some constituencies, such as a case registered against a BJP candidate in Telangana’s Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat for allegedly asking burqa-clad women voters to reveal their faces.

Other states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand saw turnout percentages of 65.77%, 57.06%, and 64.59% respectively. Concurrently, assembly polls were held for 175 and 28 out of 147 seats in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, adding another layer of significance to the electoral process.

Uttar Pradesh, with its significant stake in parliamentary representation, witnessed a turnout of 58.05%. However, allegations of electoral malpractice emerged in some areas, with Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav accusing the BJP of rigging the polls in Kannauj. Despite these challenges, citizens across the country continued to exercise their democratic rights, reaffirming the strength of India’s electoral process.

The Lok Sabha elections, spanning seven phases, are set to conclude on June 1, with the counting of votes scheduled for June 4. As the nation progresses through this crucial democratic exercise, each phase brings with it its own set of triumphs and tribulations, shaping the future trajectory of Indian politics.

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As the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 progress, the nation gears up for the third phase of polling scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. Across 11 states and union territories, 93 Lok Sabha constituencies are poised for electoral action, with a total of 1,351 candidates vying for victory, as announced by the Elections Commission of India.

While the original count was slated at 94 constituencies across 12 states and Union Territories, the BJP has already secured the Surat seat in Gujarat uncontested. Additionally, the voting for the Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu and Kashmir has been postponed to May 25. Conversely, Betul in Madhya Pradesh, initially planned for the second phase on April 26, will now witness polling during the third phase on May 7.

Among the highlights of the third phase are the full spectrum of Gujarat’s 25 Lok Sabha seats, alongside crucial constituencies in other states:

  • Assam: Voting in 4 out of 14 seats, including Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Barpeta, and Guwahati.
  • Bihar: 5 seats out of 40, encompassing Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, and Khagaria.
  • Chhattisgarh: 7 out of 11 seats, spanning Surguja, Janjgir-Champa, Korba, Bilaspur, Durg, Raipur, and Raigarh.
  • Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu: All 2 seats.
  • Goa: Both seats, including North Goa and South Goa.
  • Karnataka: 14 out of 28 seats, covering constituencies such as Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, and Shimoga.
  • Madhya Pradesh: 9 out of 29 seats, including Morena, Gwalior, Bhopal, and Betul.
  • Maharashtra: 11 out of 48 seats, featuring Solapur, Raigad, Baramati, Latur, Satara, and Kolhapur.
  • Uttar Pradesh: 10 out of 80 seats, encompassing regions like Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, and Bareilly.
  • West Bengal: 4 out of 42 seats, including Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur, and Murshidabad.

With each phase marking a significant step towards the culmination of the electoral process, voters are urged to exercise their democratic right responsibly. The Lok Sabha Elections 2024, spanning seven phases, are set to declare results on June 4, shaping the future trajectory of the nation’s governance.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a whirlwind tour of Maharashtra, orchestrating a series of six rallies in just two days. This intensive campaign blitz aims to invigorate the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) electoral prospects in the state ahead of crucial polls.

PM Modi’s itinerary underscores the BJP’s concerted efforts to galvanize support and consolidate its position in Maharashtra’s political landscape. With each rally strategically located to maximize impact, the Prime Minister’s presence serves to energize party cadres and rally grassroots support.

The PM’s engagements span a diverse array of constituencies, ranging from urban centers to rural heartlands, signaling the BJP’s inclusive approach to garnering electoral backing. By addressing a broad spectrum of issues pertinent to Maharashtra’s populace, PM Modi seeks to resonate with voters across demographics and socio-economic strata.

Simultaneously, PM Modi’s rally blitz underscores the BJP’s organizational prowess and campaigning machinery, leveraging the party’s formidable infrastructure to orchestrate a high-octane electoral offensive. This proactive approach reflects the BJP’s determination to secure electoral victories and advance its political agenda in Maharashtra.

Amidst the political fervor, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s arrival in Beijing garners attention, signaling significant developments in the tech world. Musk’s visit to China, following the postponement of his India trip, underscores Tesla’s strategic priorities and global ambitions.

According to reports, Musk’s discussions in China revolve around Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, highlighting the company’s efforts to expand its innovative offerings into new markets. Tesla’s endeavors to navigate regulatory challenges and enhance cybersecurity measures underscore its commitment to technological advancement and market penetration.

Moreover, Tesla’s recent restructuring efforts, including significant job cuts and executive departures, underscore the company’s drive to streamline operations and address challenges. Despite headwinds, Tesla’s initiatives, such as price reductions and plans to launch lower-cost electric vehicles, underscore its resilience and adaptability in a competitive landscape.

As PM Modi’s rally blitz reverberates across Maharashtra and Elon Musk’s strategic engagements unfold in China, both events underscore the dynamic interplay between politics and technology, shaping narratives and influencing outcomes on the global stage.

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In a display of civic duty and democratic fervor, former cricket captain Rahul Dravid emerged as an early voter in Bengaluru during the ongoing India general elections. Setting a commendable example, Dravid was spotted queuing up alongside fellow citizens at a polling booth in Dollars Colony to cast his ballot.

Expressing his satisfaction with the electoral process, Dravid emphasized the importance of active participation in shaping the nation’s future. “Voting went smoothly, and the process was very easy. It is important to take our democracy forward, and I request everyone to step out and vote,” remarked Dravid, underscoring the significance of citizen engagement in the electoral process.

Anticipating a surge in voter turnout, particularly among the youth, Dravid highlighted the pivotal role of first-time voters in bolstering democratic representation. “I am expecting a larger voter turnout this time in Bengaluru. There are so many first-time voters as well, and everyone must use their franchise. If young boys and girls show up and cast their vote, it would be great,” he asserted, echoing a sentiment of empowerment through civic participation.

Joining Dravid in exercising their franchise were other prominent personalities, including former Indian cricket stalwart Anil Kumble and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy. Kumble, accompanied by his wife Chethana Ramatheertha, cast their votes early in the morning, while Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy urged Bengaluru voters to actively participate in the electoral process to enhance the city’s polling percentage.

Addressing the media, Sudha Murthy emphasized the significance of urban voter turnout and encouraged youngsters to seize the opportunity to choose their leaders. “I want to tell everyone – don’t sit at home, come out and vote, choose your leader,” she urged, highlighting the pivotal role of urban voters in shaping electoral outcomes.

The ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka witness 14 seats up for grabs in the second phase, with the remaining 14 slated for polling on May 7. Notable constituencies include Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Mandya, and Mysore. The outcome of these elections will determine the political destiny of key figures such as BJP leader Tejasvi Surya, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, and Congress stalwart DK Suresh.

As the electoral process unfolds, Bengaluru stands poised to make its mark on India’s democratic landscape, with citizens like Rahul Dravid leading the charge for active civic participation.

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In a bold prediction that reverberates across India’s political landscape, esteemed economist and political analyst Surjit Bhalla foresees a resounding victory for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the ongoing 2024 Lok Sabha election. Bhalla, renowned for his insightful analysis, anticipates that the BJP could clinch an impressive tally of 330 to 350 seats, surpassing its remarkable performance in the 2019 polls.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Bhalla, whose latest book ‘How We Vote’ delves into the intricacies of voter behavior, outlined his projections for the current general elections. He emphasized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s enduring popularity and asserted that the BJP’s potential triumph would be a testament to its widespread appeal among the electorate.

“Basing my analysis on statistical probability, I anticipate the BJP securing 330 to 350 seats independently, excluding its alliance partners,” remarked Bhalla during the interview. He further underscored that the BJP is poised to witness a notable surge in seat acquisition, with a projected increase of five to seven percent compared to its 2019 electoral performance.

While acknowledging the possibility of a “wave election,” Bhalla cautioned against presumptions and highlighted the dynamic nature of electoral outcomes.

Opposition’s Prospects and BJP’s Southern Ascent

In contrast to the BJP’s anticipated electoral triumph, Bhalla offered a sobering assessment of the opposition’s prospects. He suggested that the Congress, the primary opposition party, may secure approximately 44 seats, reflecting a marginal decline from its performance in the 2014 elections. Bhalla attributed this prognosis to perceived leadership deficits within the opposition ranks and emphasized the pivotal role of economic factors in shaping voter preferences.

Remarkably, Bhalla also forecasted significant gains for the BJP in traditionally challenging regions like Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He suggested that the BJP could secure five or more seats in Tamil Nadu, signaling a potential breakthrough in a state where the party has historically faced hurdles.

Prime Minister Modi’s Optimism and Vision

Bhalla’s insights coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s optimistic outlook on the BJP’s electoral prospects, particularly in southern states. Modi expressed confidence in the BJP’s expanding footprint in regions like Telangana and underscored the party’s commitment to bolstering its presence across diverse constituencies.

As the Lok Sabha election unfolds, the clash of political ideologies and visions intensifies, with the BJP aiming to consolidate its mandate and the opposition striving to reclaim lost ground. Against this backdrop, Bhalla’s projections offer valuable insights into the evolving dynamics of Indian politics and the trajectory of the ongoing electoral contest.

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India witnessed a significant voter turnout of around 60.03% as millions of citizens cast their votes in the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024. The election, spanning 102 seats across 21 states and Union Territories, kicked off amid reports of sporadic violence in Manipur and West Bengal.

Sporadic Violence Mars Polling Process

In the state of Bengal, clashes erupted between workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in Cooch Behar. Additionally, reports of gunfire surfaced from a polling station in Manipur, while a polling station was vandalized in Imphal. These incidents raised concerns about the smooth conduct of the electoral process.

Efforts to Ensure Smooth Conduct

The Election Commission, responsible for overseeing the seven-phase election spread over 43 days, assured citizens of its commitment to ensuring a transparent and inclusive electoral process. Despite the sporadic incidents of violence, the Commission remains determined to facilitate a smooth voting experience in the subsequent phases.

High Turnout in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, which also held assembly elections alongside the Lok Sabha polls, reported turnout percentages of 68% and 68.3%, respectively. However, these figures marked a decline compared to the 2019 elections, signaling a potential shift in voter sentiment.

Variation in Voter Turnout Across States

Tamil Nadu, conducting a single-day election, witnessed a turnout of 62.3%, down from 72.4% in the previous election. Similarly, Rajasthan reported a turnout of 50.9%, lower than the 64% recorded previously. In contrast, Uttar Pradesh recorded 57.6% voting, while Madhya Pradesh saw 63.3% turnout.

Political Dynamics and Projections

In Bengal, where the BJP aims to narrow the gap with the Trinamool Congress, a high voter turnout of 77.57% was reported. The BJP-dominated northeastern states also saw substantial turnout, with Assam recording 71.3%, Meghalaya 70.2%, Manipur 68.6%, Arunachal Pradesh 65.4%, and Tripura an impressive 79.9%.

Expectations and Projections

The BJP, confident in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, aims for a strong performance, especially in the southern states and Bengal. Conversely, the Congress projects optimism about its performance in northern states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, emphasizing its potential for a comeback.

Counting of Votes and Future Outlook

The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4, where the fate of political parties and candidates will be revealed. With the elections set to unfold over multiple phases, the political landscape of India is poised for significant shifts, reflecting the diverse aspirations of its electorate.

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