Lok Sabha Polls: 1 Dead In Clashes In Phase 1 Of Voting| 10 Points

Lok Sabha Polls: 1 Dead In Clashes In Phase 1 Of Voting| 10 Points

Lok Sabha Elections: Phase 1 Voting Starts Today 

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha elections began today, with many states of India, voting in the first round. The result of the election will be announced on May 23. PM Modi is seeking a second term in power with a campaign and on the other hand, it is a test for the grand alliance led by energised Congress led by Rahul Gandhi. This election is also witnessing an alliance between the arch nemesis,  Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati will also be tested as 91 seats across 18 states and two Union territories vote. The last day of voting in the six-week polls is May 19. Lok Sabha has 545 seats, with a halfway mark of 272.

Here's 10 points: 

1. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana are voting today in a single phase. Voting is also being held in parts of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu ai, nd Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

2. A turnout of 11 per cent was seen in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, in the first two hours of voting. The four seats in Bihar saw a 7.6 per cent turnout and Telangana, 10.6 per cent. 

3. Voting is also taking place for assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Odisha. The Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer said that in the state there were complaints about technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs in about 50 places.

4.Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West), General VK Singh (Ghaziabad), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar) are among the key leaders standing in the first phase. Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary are also contesting.

5. Three days before the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had announced it's manifesto, in which it promised around Rs. 20 lakh crore for the farm sector and rural development, lower taxes for the middle class and around Rs.100 lakh crore on infrastructure to create much-needed jobs.  

6. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he needs another term to fulfil his promises. "I don't claim to have finished all the work. When they (Congress) cannot say so in 70 years, how can I make that claim in just five years? A lot has to be done, have potential to do a lot, and for this, there is a need for constant efforts," he told an election rally in Bihar.

7. The Congress party, who had released it's manifesto before the BJP, had made made headlines with it's NYAY scheme. NYAY or Nyuntam Aay Yojana is an ambitious scheme to provide a minimum basic income of Rs. 72,000 a year for three years to the poorest of the poor.

8. Opinion polls favour PM Modi even though he has been attacked by the opposition over the state of the economy, failure to create jobs and the crisis in the farm sector. There has also been criticism over the BJP-led government's failure to control the right-wing fringe groups and cow vigilantes that have gone on an overdrive, leading to multiple instances of mob killings across the country.

9. Over the last five years, the BJP, with a single-minded goal of "Congress-Mukt Bharat" has captured or consolidated power in 12 states, including all seven northeastern states, and Uttar Pradesh.

10. The Congress, after a victory in Punjab and a strong fight in Gujarat, had managed to keep the BJP out of power in Karnataka last year. In the last round of assembly polls in December, the party snatched the heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh from the BJP.