As the 2019 Lok Sabha election has begun, the first phase of polling was conducted in 91 constituencies and 20 States/Union Territories with over 14 crore voters spread across different region. The fate of 1,279 candidates was sealed by the voters wherein the ruling BJP stands incumbent.
Out of the 20 states, it’s the eight seats of Uttar Pradesh which had the weightage more than any other and they form the belt of Western UP, which is dominated by Jats. BJP, to counter the narrative of Dalit-Jat-Muslim unity surfacing after the electoral tie-up of SP-BSP-RLD alliance, has brought in PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, UP CM Yogi Adityanath as the star campaigner.
PM Narendra Modi, while rallying in Assam today said, "Hawa ka rukh kis taraf beh raha hai, ye aapke utsaah se saaf pata chal raha hai."
Until 5pm on 11 April, in UP’s Muzaffarnagar had voted 62.29%, Gautam Buddh Nagar polled at 57.63%, Bagpat stood at 60% voting, Ghaiabad has polled 53% until then. Overall voting Uttar Pradesh, till 3pm has been, 51%.
Seven seats of Maharashtra were also up for grab today which included Yavatmal (43.35%), Gadchiroli (57%) among other. Maharashtra’s overall voting stood at 46.13% until 3pm.
Jammu and Kashmir’s two constituencies were up for voting, including Jammu (60%) and Baramulla (20%), although overall,Jammu and Kashmir has voted 46.17% until 3pm.
Voter turnout until 3pm in Andhra Pradesh was 55%, in Arunachal Pradesh was 50.87% and in Sikkim it stood at 55%.
In Bihar, it was 38.50% voting recorded in Aurangabad, 44% in Gaya, 43% in Nawada and 41.34% in Jamui, till 3 pm.