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Elections in India: Election start for the first phase | India News



Indians elect in the first phase of the mammoth elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term.

The first phase involves an electorate of 142 million voters in 20 states who will decide on the fate of 91 candidates. Almost 900 million of the 1.3 billion people in India are eligible to vote.

Raziul Nasir, 53, an accountant at a construction company, said he was worried about the future of his children. "All I want is for people who spread hatred to be defeated," said Nasir Al Jazeera.

Naresh Kumar, a 43-year-old voter in the Bishada village of Dadri in Gautam Buddha Nagar, wanted to return the BJP. Bishada witnessed the first lynch in India to provide cow in 201

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"Modi has done a lot of work," said Kumar, who works for the National Thermal Power Corporation in Dadri, opposite Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera's Nadim.

Asrar reported from Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, that voters have been slowly evolving.

"At a polling station in a bourgeois neighborhood of Noida, there is a slow but steady rush of voters, security guards guarding the gates of a community center where the election will be conducted."

Eight constituencies in West Uttar Pradesh had until eleven o'clock in the morning about eleven percent votes.

Shailendra Pratap Singh, another district judge in Ghaziabad, who is adjacent to Noida, said that the vote has taken place smoothly in the constituency. "Generally speaking, there are heavy mornings either in the morning or between 4 and 6 pm," he said.

Polls are also being conducted in the disputed Kashmir and Chhattisgarh region facing an armed rebellion.

Modi, 68, is the front runner but faces a tough challenge from Rahul Gandhi, leader of the opposition Congress party, who has tried to exploit the modish government's poor record on jobs and rural poverty.

Because of the vastness of India, the elections are held in seven phases from the Darjeeling tea plantations to the slums of Mumbai to the tropical Andaman Islands and everywhere in between. The elections will close on May 19th. The results will be announced on May 23.

The security forces are on alert because of the constant threat of violence. Five people, including a local politician, are being ambushed by alleged Maoist rebels this week.

More than 11 million election officials, including security personnel, are deployed in over one million polling stations to conduct "the largest management event of any kind".

Modi and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014 with their famous promise "Achhe din" (good days), making them the first party to win the absolute majority in 30 years.

The first phase involves an electorate of 142 million voters from 20 states [Amarjeet Kumar Singh/Al Jazeera]

"Nationalism is our inspiration, inclusion and good governance is our mantra," said Modi, whose stern bearded face gazes out from ubiquitous billboards, said the publication his manifesto.

Rahul Gandhi, 48, Hopi Becoming the newest Prime Minister of the Nehru Gandhi dynasty – and with the support of his sister Priyanka – accuses Modi of causing a "national catastrophe".

Gandhi's congressional party profited from voter dissatisfaction when it won three major state elections in December and entered Modi's base base in the Hindu-speaking heartland of northern India.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies


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