Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Lok Sabha elections: Early trends show NDA ahead of UPA, others

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and main opposition Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and main opposition Congress Party leader Rahul GandhiBloomberg Hindustan Times Getty Images
Patty Aguilar | 23 May, 2019, 09:58

The fate of over 8,000 candidates in a total of 542 parliamentary constituencies will be revealed after the counting of votes begins sharply at 8 AM on Thursday.

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Guarded by central paramilitary forces, EVMs are then taken to strongrooms and kept there until the day of counting of votes.

Soon after the release of exit poll numbers on Sunday evening, several opposition leaders dismissed the numbers, citing their unreliability. His mother Sonia Gandhi is seeking another term from Raebareli.

The Election Commission (EC) will declare trends at the end of each round of counting.

Opposition parties also alleged that EVMs were replaced from the strong rooms in some constituencies in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh after what they said was suspicious movement of the voting machines on Tuesday.

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The exercise will take place in five polling stations per assembly segment which effectively means that out of almost 10.3 lakh polling stations, the EVM-VVPAT matching will take place in 20600 such stations, news agency PTI reported. "Extensive arrangements including installation of CCTVs, air condition facility, videography and deployment of security personnel have been made at the centres for smooth completion of the counting process", Kumar said. The verification process of VVPATs may take four to five hours.

More than 8,000 candidates contested in over seven phases beginning more than a month ago on April 11. A new date has not been announced yet.

While TMC leaders refused to comment on the matter, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh told Mint, "The results are there for you to see - people want BJP in the state and are fed up of Mamata".

"We have become an organic entity".

Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, is banking on his party's proposed NYAY scheme, which promises to provide Rs 72,000 annually to 20 per cent of the country's poorest.

The Chief Minister, once a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance between 1998 and 2009, maintains that he's "equidistant" from that party as well as the Congress.

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