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Massive turnout in sixth phase of election on April 24

A record number of voters turned up to exercise their franchise for the 117 constituencies in the multi-phased general elections 2014 held in over 11 states and one union territory on April 24. Much more than 46 per cent voting took place in Mumbai which was the figure way back in 2009. After April 24 voting would have taken place for 347 of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies and the assembly polls in Orissa. The highest turnout of 83 per cent was recorded for the only union territory of Puducherry. West Bengal reported a remarkable 82 per cent for their six seats while a 73 per cent turnout was recorded for the 39 seats at stake in Tamil Nadu. In comparison voting in Rajasthan had a low response at only 59.2 per cent for its five seats. Polling percentage in Maharashtra was even lower at 55.33 per cent for the 19 seats. The Tamil Nadu contest has become very thrilling as the BJP have put up candidates for all the 39 seats forging a six-party alliance on debut. The entire result will be influenced by the Modi wave that has gripped the nation. The six seats in Mumbai include heavy weights Milind Deora from Mumbai South and Priya Dutt from Mumbai North-Central. The fourth phase of polling was conducted in UP on April 24 when voting took place in the constituencies of Azamgarh and Mainpuri and...

Polling claims 9 lives on April 24th leg

The death toll from violence during polling on April 24th in India rose to nine as millions of people from 11 states in India voted for the second-biggest day of election 2014. Rebels killed five paramilitary soldiers and four polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states. Maoist insurgents triggered a roadside land mine blast and then fired at those going in one of the buses near Shikaripada, a village in eastern Jharkhand state. Five paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials carrying voting machines were killed in the attack. Suspected rebels also fatally shot an Indian poll official and wounded four other people in an attack on another bus in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir in the north. With 814 million eligible voters India is voting in phases over six weeks in April and May. Voting covered 117 parliamentary seats across 11 states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. In Kashmir a deadly attack wounded a poll officer, two paramilitary soldiers and a policeman in a district about 65 kilometers south of Srinagar. Nine paramilitary soldiers, three policemen and a polling officer were injured in an attack by protesters in the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir elects only six members of the 543-member Indian...

Lok Sabha polling in West Bengal on April 24

A massive turnout of voters over 40% till 11 am braving the heat wave currently going on through the state of West Bengal was witnessing today on April 24, 2014. 39.55 per cent of voters exercised their right to vote in Raiganj, 40.55 per cent voted in Balurghat, 42.09 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in Malda North, 42.89 per cent in Malda South, 44.25 per cent in Jangipur and 45.55 per cent in Murshidabad. Long queues were seen at the various polling stations as nearly 25% of the state’s electorate will cast their votes today. The voters included people of all groups, young, old and greenhorns who turned up in large numbers to exercise their democratic right for selecting their lawmakers from Jangipur, Murshidabad, Malda North, Malda South, Balurghat and Raiganj as polling began at 7 am IST. A gigantic electorate of 83311287 is eligible to select their Lok Sabha MPs from among 78 candidates in the fray through the 9755 polling stations set up in four districts of West Bengal. The four main political parties that are vying for the 42 seats in the state are Trinamul Congress, Left Front, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The prominent candidates in this phase of elections in West Bengal are Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury from Malda South and Deepa Das Munsi from Raiganj and Abhijit Mukherjee from Jangipur all of whom are Congress candidates. Soumitra Roy of Malda North and Arpita Ghosh from Balurghat are Trinamul nominees while CPI-M has Md. Salim from Raiganj and BJP has Nimu Bhaumik from Raiganj. This is the belt which is vital for the Congress as they are in a fight to regain the five seats that they had won in 2009 which seems a bleak possibility now. Four constituencies of Bengal had voted on April 17 with the next three phase of polling scheduled on April 30 for nine seats, May 7 for six seats concluding on May 12 for 17...

Polling for 16th Lok Sabha on April 10

Chhattisgarh voting amid tight security Maoist-hit Bastar parliamentary constituency of Chhattisgarh had sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap of BJP fighting Congressman Deepak Karma son of Mahendra Karma and AAP candidate Soni Sori, a tribal teacher from Dantewada, a marked critical zone in these general elections of 2014. Over 872 digital/video cameras were installed to monitor the polling process in the naxal infested region so that polling remained peaceful. The contest this time had become an interesting one with Sori gaining support from remote areas and Karma gaining on sympathy and anti-incumbency votes against the ruling BJP. However the main point was that the low turnout that was an advantage for Kashyap set to regain his seat due to the on going Modi wave. Polling of 10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra Not only Maharashtra but the whole national had heard of Nitin Gadkari even before a single vote was cast during this Lok Sabha polls. Other than being the richest politician in the fray Nitin had the nation guessing about which side he would contest for finally in the ensuing elections. Maharashtra accounts for 48 parliamentary constituencies second only after UP having the largest number of seats in India has BJP contesting for 6 seats in the 10 where polling was held on April 10. BJP alliance Shiv Sena had nominated candidates for 4 seats. Congress was in the fight from 7 seats while alliance Nationalist Congress Party competed for 3 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party had placed candidates in all 10 Lok Sabha seats. The constituencies that voted for selecting their lawmakers were Bhuldhana, Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandhara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chirmur, Chandrapur and Yavatmal-Washim on April 10. Odisha had simultaneous polling Polling in 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha was held on April 10 amid tight security as the polls had been boycotted by the extremists. Voting took place in Kandhamal, Koraput, Kalahandi, Bargarh, Bolangir, Berhampur, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Aska and Nabarangpur parliamentary constituencies with a total of 98 candidates in the fray. Star hockey player Dilip Tirkey was contesting from Sundargarh LS seat on a BJD ticket against Hemanand Biswal of Congress and Oram. While Siddhant Mohapatra was another prominent BJD candidate from Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, CM Naveen Patnaik was contesting from the Hinjili assembly constituency in Ganjam district. 10 LS seats in Haryana go to polls The key candidates in Haryana include industrialist Naveen Jindal, CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son Deepender, Avtar Singh Bhadana from the Congress and Rao Inderjit Singh from BJP. Chandigarh...

Revelations of opinion poll after April 10 voting

An opinion poll by CNN-IBN and The Week survey done by Lokniti at CSDS after the polling on April 10, 2014 claimed that there is a strong possibility of BJP and its ally Apna Dal winning between 42 and 50 parliamentary seats out of the 80 in UP. This gives an incredible edge to Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance the NDA in getting close to the magical figure of 272 seats in the Lok Sabha to stake their claim of forming a government at the centre. Narendra Modi has yet again topped the list of popular persons for the post of the Prime Minister of India. In UP, the Samajwadi Party will have an expected tally of around 11 to 17 Lok Sabha seats while Bahujan Samaj Party may notch up anywhere between 10 to 16 seats. The Congress it seems will do disastrously ending up with an insignificant number of 4 and 8 seats along with their RLD alliance in UP. The sweeping BJP will land up with 21-25 seats in Rajasthan leaving the Congress crestfallen with 0-2 seats. In Delhi the survey projects that the BJP to gain around 40 per cent of the votes translating into 3-4 Lok Sabha seats with AAP expecting to claim around 2-3 seats and the Congress getting 1 seat. Nevertheless the 42% of voters in Delhi still prefer the AAP for the Delhi Assembly over the BJP with a close 36% and the Congress a mere 16%. The SAD-BJP alliance will expectedly get 42 per cent votes in the Lok Sabha polls in Punjab while the Cong-PPP alliance may get 29 per cent. The opinion poll gave the BJP-HJC pack 36 % votes in Haryana while 30% for Congress, 16% to INLD and 7 % to AAP in...

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