2019 General Elections Countdown – May 22, 2019

Countdown to the 2019 General Elections

EC Officials to Hold Meeting Before Vote CountingUpdate – 22nd May 2019

Election Commission Officials will be going to hold a meeting today to discuss the matters of EVM.The EC officials will hold a meeting today discussing the matters of EVM. This has come in the light of opposition parties complaining to the commission about EVMs. They have demanded the VVPAT slips’ verification before the counting begins. They’ve also stated that they don’t trust EVMs. The poll panel will look into this matter today.

 

 

Ashok Gehlot Positive about Election ResultsUpdate – 21st May 2019

 Ashok Gehlot Positive about Election ResultsAfter a number of exit polls predicting a clear majority for the BJP party, Congress candidate Ashok Gehlot is still positive regarding the results. The Rajasthan CM has stated that the pollsters’ projections have often proved wrong in the past. He added that the performance of Congress would be good in the Lok Sabha elections.

 

 

Phase 7 Completed; Exit Poll ResultsUpdate – 20th May 2019

Phase 7 Completed; Exit Poll ResultsThe last phase of the Lok Sabha elections completed yesterday. For most parts, it was peaceful without witnessing any major violence incident. Most of the exit polls suggest that NDA will again come back to power. It is likely it will cross the 272 seat mark. However, the data widely varies in the states of Odisha, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.

 

Political leaders criticize PM Modi for Friday press conferenceUpdate – 18th May 2019

PM Narendra ModiAfter the high decibel campaign for Lok Sabha elections, the country has now entered the ‘silent period’ of 48 hours before the final polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader Amit Shah held a press conference yesterday on Friday evening, after the end of the election blitz for the final phase of general elections on Sunday, May 20, 2019. At the event, they distanced the party from the controversial remarks made by certain leaders such as Pragya Thakur in the recent past in the course of the campaigning. Other political leaders such as Ahmed Patel (INC), Omar Abdullah (NC), Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Sharad Yadav (LJD) criticized the PM on social media platforms like Twitter, for not answering any questions from the media. At his first press conference at the end of his 5 year tenure, PM directed all the questions towards Amit Shah. Thereafter, on Saturday morning, the PM offered prayers at the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, Janata Dal (S) president HD Deve Gowda visited Tirupathi Temple, and announced his intention to remain allied with the Congress after the polls.

Modi Posts a 2014 Throwback PhotoUpdate – 17th May 2019

With the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, PM Modi took to Twitter and posted a throwback picture from 2014 elections that witnessed his historic win. He also wrote a message along with the photo. He tweeted, “With the blessings of 130 crore Indians, we’ve worked to fulfill aspirations and build a strong, secure and developed India. Today the passion is higher and the endeavour greater. We will continue serving people and their realising dreams.”

Mayawati Slams ModiUpdate – 16th May 2019

Mayawati Slams ModiBSP chief Mayawati thinks that BJP supremos like Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi are targeting Mamata Banerjee and while doing this they are treading a very dangerous path. She stated “It is clear that PM Modi, Amit Shah and their leaders are targeting Mamata Banerjee. It’s planned targeting. This is a very dangerous and unjust trend and one which doesn’t suit the PM of the country.”

 

Almost 20% Candidates Have Criminal CasesUpdate – 15th May 2019

Almost 20% Candidates Have Criminal CasesAbout one-fifth, that is, 19% of the candidates in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 have pending criminal cases filed against them. This translates to 8000 candidates. Also, a total of 29% of candidates have assets of Rs 1 crore or more. The report has been given by ADR (Association for Democratic Reforms). The analysis is based on the affidavits provided by candidates.

 

Campaigning Gains Momentum in the Last PhaseUpdate – 14th May 2019

 Campaigning Gains Momentum in the Last PhaseAs the Lok Sabha elections have entered their last phase, the polling has picked up the pace. The rallies are scheduled for all this week in Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region. Modi will be seen today addressing rallies in Chandigarh, Bihar, and UP. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is also campaigning today in Madhya Pradesh’s Tarana, Khandwa, and Neemuch.

 

Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha Polls Concluded YesterdayUpdate – 13th May 2019

Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha Polls Concluded YesterdayThe phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections concluded yesterday. EVM glitches were a problem at some places. A total voter turnout of 62.27% was recorded. Delhi clocked 58.01% voter traffic. West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout – 80.16%. EVM glitches were reported at some places.

 

 

Last day of Campaigning for Phase 6Update – 10th May 2019

Last day of Campaigning for Phase 6Today is the last day of campaigning before the phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections. No party is leaving a single stone unturned before the poll battle of Sunday. In Delhi, there are roadshows everywhere today. PM Modi is tool slated to hold rallies in Hoshiarpur in Punjab, Himachal’s Mandi, and Haryana’s Rohtak.

 

 

EC: Results May be DelayedUpdate – 9th May 2019

EC: Results May be DelayedAs per the sources of the EC (Election Commission), the counting of votes will be delayed due to the increase in number of verifications of VVPATs. The delay would be around 5-6 hours. On 24 May, the final tally would be disclosed. Thus, this may cause a delay of a day in announcing the results.

 

 

Ram Madhav: BJP will WinUpdate – 8th May 2019

Ram Madhav: BJP will WinWith just two phases left in the conclusion of Lok Sabha elections 2019, BJP leader Ram Madhav has expressed confidence that the winning party would be BJP only. He stated “BJP Will Win Bigger Majority Than Last Time.” Meanwhile, BJP is actively campaigning. The party chief Amit Shah slated to hold rallies in West Bengal. The results would be announced on Thursday, 23 May.

 

Phase 5 of Lok Sabha Polls Concluded YesterdayUpdate – 7th May 2019

Phase 5 of Lok Sabha Polls Concluded YesterdayPhase 5 of the Lok Sabha elections concluded successfully yesterday. A total of 62.87% voter turnout was recorded. The polling was peaceful except in some areas there were reports of some incidents of violence, especially in West Bengal. However, the state recorded maximum voter percentage – 74.4. Anantnag constituency reported the least voter traffic with just 8.7% voter turnout.

 

Phase 5 of Lok Sabha BeginsUpdate – 6th May 2019

Phase 5 of Lok Sabha Elections BeginsThe voting has begun for phase 5 of the Lok Sabha polls. After fierce campaigning from the major parties like BJP and Congress, it’s time to see the results in terms of voter turnout. A total of 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across 7 states are going to poll this time. At some places, EVM glitches resulted in delays in voting.

 

 

Lok Sabha 2019 Elections Likely to Make a RecordUpdate – 4th May 2019

Lok Sabha 2019 Elections Likely to Make a RecordAs per the reports, the country is going to witness the highest voter turnout in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 since Independence. The election pundits have based their calculations on the track record of turnout in the last four phases. The four rounds that have been conducted by now have clocked 67% polling.

 

 

EC shifts polled EVMs from the path of Cyclone FaniUpdate – 3rd May 2019

Election Commission of IndiaKeeping in mind the fury expected to be unleashed by Cyclone Fani in Odisha, the Election Commission (EC) has waived off the model code of conduct in certain regions so as not to hamper relief and rescue operations. In a related move, the polled EVMs of four assembly constituencies have been moved to safer places from Jagatsinghpur and Gajapati districts, so as to safeguard them from any damage. Meanwhile, the EC dismissed some more complaints against PM Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi with regard to perceived violations of model code of conduct in their election speeches. For dealing with any such complaint, the EC gets the said speech translated and then evaluates it in its entirety. The Supreme Court has asked the EC to examine and decide on the remaining complaints by Monday, May 6, 2019. Meanwhile, the apex court has also received a petition to change the voting timings during the holy month of Ramzan, which begins on May 6, the day of Phase 5 of polling. The court has asked the EC to examine the feasibility of this proposal.

UN’s Masood Azhar move a victory for government, differences crop up between BSP and CongressUpdate – 2nd May 2019

UN's Masood Azhar move a victory for government, differences crop up between BSP and CongressBSP leader Mayawati has alleged that a BSP party candidate in Madhya Pradesh was forced to quit the race and support Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in the ongoing 2019 general elections. This has cast a shadow over her party’s support to the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. However, CM Kamal Nath is confident that all ‘misunderstandings’ will be sorted out. Meanwhile, the NDA government scored a psychological victory when its constant efforts to get Pakistan’s Masood Azhar declared a terrorist bore fruit. Members of the United Nations Security Council like the US, France, Russia, and UK overcame China’s protracted reluctance to get Azhar declared a global terrorist. China was adopting delaying tactics regarding its decision, until after the Lok Sabha elections in India, but was pressurized to relent.

Modi to Hold Rally TodayUpdate – 1st May 2019

Narendra ModiThe momentum for campaigning of the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha polls is increasing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to address a rally at Itarsi town today. It falls in the Hoshangabad Lok Sabha seat. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also campaigning in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Phase 4 Completed SuccessfullyUpdate – 30th April 2019

Phase 4 Completed SuccessfullyThe phase 4 of the Lok Sabha polls was concluded yesterday. A high turnout was recorded in the state of West Bengal with 76.66% voting. The voting took place in nine states across 72 constituencies. EVM glitches and violence reports were there.

 

 

Fourth Phase of Lok Sabha Elections BeginsUpdate – 29th April 2019

Fourth Phase of Lok Sabha Elections BeginsPhase 4 of the elections has begun. Voting is taking place for 72 seats across 9 states. In the last poll, NDA alone won 56 seats. Over 12 crore people are eligible voters this time. For Maharashtra, this is the last round of voting. A total of 17 seats are going to poll today here, out of which 6 are in Mumbai. Many celebrities contestants are in the fray this time.

 

PM Modi Files Nomination from VaranasiUpdate – 26th April 2019

PM Modi Files Nomination from VaranasiIt was a star-studded show in Varanasi yesterday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the collectorate to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls. The PM is once again in the fray for this Lok Sabha seat from a city that has a deep and long enduring connection to Hindu religion and boasts of the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. His nomination was proposed by a staff who cremates bodies on the banks of the Ganges, and the principal of a women’s college. His NDA allies and BJP leaders, such as CM Nitish Kumar from Bihar, Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai from Tamil Nadu, and UP CM Yogi Adityanath, among others, accompanied him to the District Magistrate’s office. Congress has fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi. Meanwhile, there are reports that singer Daler Mehndi has joined the BJP today.

Modi to Hold Roadshow ahead of Phase 4Update – 25th April 2019

 Modi to Hold Roadshow ahead of Phase 4As the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls is approaching, the campaigning from the parties is also getting aggressive. PM Modi is slated to hold a roadshow in Varanasi. The roadshow will display the unity and strength of the BJP. Other parties will also be seen holding rallies. Several political leaders are also filing their nominations from their constituencies.

 

Polling over for 22 States and UTs with completion of Phase 3Update – 24th April 2019

Polling over for 22 States and UTs with completion of Phase 3April 23, 2019 turned out to be a hectic day of general elections, as voters across India came out to choose candidates of their choice to sit in 117 Lok Sabha seats. The third phase of voting was the largest among all the phases, and witnessed a turnout of 65.71 percent, as per the Election Commission of India. With this, voting has been completed for 302 of the 543 seats between Phases 1 and 3, and the remaining seats shall be contested between Phases 4 and 7. The overall voter turnout was slightly lower than in 2014; however, overall voter turnout remained moderate to high for most constituencies.Assam reported the highest voter turnout at 80.8 percent (82.9% – 2014); West Bengal closely followed with 80.5 percent (82.5% – 2014). Anantnag in J&K recorded the lowest voter turnout and resulted in the overall figures for J&K to be low. Both the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli recorded relatively larger drops in voter turnout in 2019 compared to 2014.

Phase 3 Begins of Lok Sabha PollsUpdate – 23rd April 2019

Phase 3 Begins of Lok Sabha PollsPhase 3 of the Lok Sabha polls has begun. A total of 15 Union Territories and states (117 seats), are going to poll in this phase. All the constituencies in Kerala (20) and Gujarat (26) are up for general elections in this phase.

 

 

 

BJP Releases Opposition-Mocking VideosUpdate – 22nd April 2019

BJP Releases Opposition-Mocking VideosBJP has released animation videos ahead of phase 3 of the polls. The video released by the official handle of the saffron party mocks the Congress’ chief Rahul Gandhi and leaders of other opposition parties. Most of the videos have shown Modi as a hero and dealing with issues like terror and corruption.

 

 

EC Orders Cancelling of Web-Series on ModiUpdate – 21st April 2019