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First presentation on the first day, and the polls start

There were reports of isolated violent occurrences in West Bengal and Manipur during the first round of the seven-phase parliamentary elections, which took place in 21 states. All 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, 12 in Rajasthan, and 8 in Uttar Pradesh were up for election in the largest round of the elections.

 

With Prime Minister Modi seeking a third term in power, the BJP is targeting 22 of the 25 seats in the Northeast, retaining its 2019 total in Maharashtra and the Hindi heartland, and improving its performance in both West Bengal and the South.

The opposition coalition, INDIA, is certain that it would do well nationwide this time, particularly in the saffron bastions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. On June 4, there will be a vote count.

Rajasthan: 25 total seats; 12 in the first phase

Voters in 12 seats showed muted excitement. While there were occasional skirmishes in certain areas, most saw calm voting. Tejpal Mirdha, the chairman of the Kuchera municipality, was hurt in an altercation between the supporters of INDIA Alliance candidate Hanuman Beniwal of the RLP and BJP candidate Jyoti Mirdha in Kuchera, Nagaur, one of the hotspots. Nagour is mostly a Jat seat. BJP candidate Shubhakaran Chaudhary engaged in combat with security forces in another hotspot of Jhunjhunu in the Shekhawati area, while in Churu, an MLA got into a fight with a police officer.

Uttar Pradesh: Eighty total seats; eight first phases

Compared to the 2019 elections, there seemed to be a reduced total turnout. Saharanpur (63.29%), Pilibhit (60.2%), Kairana (58.68%), Nagina (SC) (58.05%), Moradabad (57.65%), Muzaffarnagar (54.91), Bijnor (54.68%), and Rampur (52.42%) were the eight seats that went to elections. There were no significant incidents during the polling. In the eight seats, 66.47% of voters participated in the last election. In Uttar Pradesh in 2019, the overall turnout was 59.21%. Villagers in the district’s Neuria region said they would not cast ballots because they were fed up with human-animal strife.

Bihar: 40 total seats

38 candidates were running in four seats, with a low turnout of 48.23%. 53.47% of voters in 2019 had used their right to vote. Gaya is ranked first out of the 14 contenders. In 2024, there is a about 5.24% drop in turnout. Chief electoral officer H R Srinivasa states that Gaya (SC) had the highest turnout, at 52%, followed by Jamui (SC) and Aurangabad, at 50% each. Just 41.50% of voters in Nawada used their right to vote. 2019 saw 53.63% of voters in Aurangabad, 56.16% in Gaya, 49.33% in Nawada, and 55.21% in Jamui. According to Srinivasa, there were calls for a boycott of the polls at six stations, but there were no reports of altercations or violence.

WEST BENGAL: 42 total seats; 3 in the first phase

The first round was tainted by sporadic violent occurrences, including clashes between TMC and BJP activists in Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri. Elections were held in three North Bengali reserved seats: Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, and Jalpaiguri. Regarding acts of violence, intimidation of voters, and attacks on poll workers in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar, the TMC and the BJP filed 80 and 39 complaints, respectively. Nisith Pramanik, Union Minister of State, is running from Cooch Behar. According to TMC leader Udayan Guha, the BJP and central forces orchestrated a campaign of terror in order to rig the election. But the BJP refuted the accusations.

Chhattisgarh: Eleven total seats in the first phase

Voters disregarded the danger posed by Maoism, as the positive turnout before of the polls overshadowed the fear that loomed over the Bastar zone. During an area domination operation, Devendra Kumar, a member of the CRPF, was murdered in an IED explosion in Usoor, a dangerous district of Bijapur. He was traveling to Raipur on a helicopter when he passed away from his wounds. An CRPF deputy commandant was hurt in the same district while performing poll-related duties in Bhairamgarh. With the exception of the two instances, voting went smoothly across Bastar. To make voting easier, 102 more polling places were established for the first time.

Madhya Pradesh: 29 seats total; 6 in the first phase

Up until 6:30 p.m., six constituencies reported 67% voter participation, and that number is probably going to rise. In all six seats, 75.23% of voters cast ballots. According to chief electoral officer Anupam Rajan, the high-profile Chhindwara seat—where former chief minister Kamal Nath’s MP son Nakul Nath faced off against BJP candidate Vivek Sahu—showed the highest election percentage, at 78.67%. Another important seat, Mandla-ST, which featured a matchup between Union minister and six-time BJP MP Faggan Singh Kulaste and former minister and four-time Congress MLA Omkar Markam, recorded 72.92% of the vote. Polling in the Maoist-affected Balaghat seat was 72.60%.

Jammu & Kashmir: Five seats total; one first phase

Residents at the International Border in the Hira Nagar area of the Kathua district exercised their right to vote for the Udhampur seat without fear of cross-border gunfire for the first time in more than thirty years. It was J&K’s first significant election after the former state’s division into two Union Territories and the repeal of Article 370. Men, women, children, and the elderly flocked to the Kadyala hamlet voting place near the international border. On February 24, 2021, India and Pakistan declared their complete adherence to the ceasefire agreement between their armies that was reached in November 2003. Locals said that more people turned out to vote in this election as a result of the truce.

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The attendance was less than expected, even with beautiful skies and a comparatively cool temperature. Because of the inadequate infrastructure that puts their travel and safety at risk, the villagers of Jalal in the parliamentary constituencies of Nainital and Tehri boycotted the election. Several polling places were visited by recently married couples casting their ballots while wearing their wedding gowns. On election day, however, around 350 people were unable to cast a ballot because of marriage ceremonies. The groom’s father, Bhagwan Singh, of the Srinagar hamlet of Chhedi, apologized for missing election day because of a disagreement about the marriage date.

Maharashtra: 48 total seats; 5 in the first phase

In Maharashtra, the five seats were voted on without any incidents. The intense heat in the Vidarbha area meant that the polling proceeded slowly at first. The greatest attendance was recorded in Gadchiroli, the tribal and Naxalite district, at 64.95%, while Nagpur had the lowest turnout, 47.91%, till 5 p.m. There was a recorded turnout of 53.38% in the Ramtek-SC seat, 56.87% in Bhandara-Gondia, and 55.11% in Chandrapur. According to an official, three extra EVMs were flown by helicopter to the Sironcha region of the district in order to prevent technical issues with the EVMs at the distant voting booths in Gadchiroli.

Manipur: Two seats total in the first phase

In ethnically violent Manipur, sporadic gunshot incidents and armed miscreants’ intimidation of voters and Congress workers marred Friday’s Lok Sabha polls. In Inner Manipur, the turnout was 72.32%, while in Outer Manipur, it was 61.98%. The Meitei-majority Imphal Valley is divided by the Inner Manipur seat, where the violence took place. In the Bishnupur district, the armed men opened fire on a polling place in Thamnapokpi. There were allegedly three injuries.The armed miscreants scared the voters and the Congress poll workers.

Tamil Nadu: 39 total seats in the first phase

In most of the 39 seats, heavy security greeted voters when the polls opened at 7 a.m. In many voting places, disputes erupted between voters and poll workers because the latter forbade users from bringing their cellphones or other mobile devices inside the booths. Voting began at 9.30 a.m. for residents of Parandhur village, which is close to Sriperumbudur and has over 1,000 voters. Approximately one thousand Ennore voters who had advocated for a boycott of the election due to the Ennore Creek ammonia gas leak event changed their minds and chose to cast ballots.

Puducherry: 1 first phase seat total

The Union Territory has the authority to choose its one and only Lok Sabha representative. A mixed image emerged after a visit to a few of the rural voting places. The focal point was the cluster of pink booths. The arrangements were enhanced by the lush surroundings of a booth located inside the grounds of the town’s over-acentury-old VOC Government Boys school. The voters received buttermilk, millets, gruel, and healthy cereals.

Lakshadweep: 1 first phase seat total

With 57,784 electors, about 60% of voters cast ballots till 5 p.m. in the Lakshadweep constituency, which encompasses ten inhabited islands in the Lakshadweep Archipelago, according to Election Commission statistics. There are 28,506 women in all. Throughout the ten inhabited islands, voting took place from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm. According to an official, voters who were in line by this deadline were able to cast their ballots, hence the numbers supplied are preliminary.

Islands of Andaman and Nicobar: Total seats: 1 First phase: 1

In the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, around 3,15,148 people cast ballots for the Union Territory’s only Lok Sabha seat till 3 p.m. According to an election official, seven members of the Shompen tribe, one of the Great Nicobar Islands’ particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs), used their right to vote for the first time on Friday. “Like in 2019, two other aboriginal tribes also exercised their right to vote,” the CEO said.

Arunachal Pradesh: Two seats total in the first phase

The lone female voter at the distinctive Malogam polling place in the state’s Anjaw district used her constitutional right on Friday, recording 100% of the vote, according to authorities. There was fighting between two candidates’ supporters in the East Kameng Bameng Assembly constituency. EVMs at voting places throughout the state were damaged by irate crowds. In three polling places in the Upper Subansiri district’s Nacho constituency and one in the Kurung Kumey district, where voting was also delayed, miscreants attempted to steal electronic voting machines.

Assam: 14 total seats; 5 in the first phase

Voting in five seats began this morning, and there were long lines outside the booths. In the seats of Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, and Kaziranga, polling started at 7 am, and 86.5 lakh people are eligible to cast ballots. Voting in the first hour included BJP Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi.

Meghalaya: Two seats total in the first phase

Voters’ eagerness to take part in the voting process was shown by the long lines they saw forming at many polling places as early as six in the morning. Memorabilia was given to the top five voters, and those who cast their first ballots were also honored. In a mock voting place, voters planted plants after their ballot casting. 3,512 polling places are used for voting, and there are ten candidates running.

Mizoram: 1 first phase seat total

For the state’s elections, at least 6,500 poll workers, more than 3,500 police officers, and 12 companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been mobilized. According to a senior police official, all international and interstate borders have been blocked to guarantee calm elections. Despite the fact that there are six candidates, it is anticipated that ZPM, MNF, and Congress would compete primarily.

Nagaland: 1 first phase seat total

Following a shutdown call issued by an organization to lobby for its demand for “Frontier Nagaland Territory,” poll workers in six eastern districts of Nagaland waited at polling booths for nine hours, but none of the four lakh voters in the area showed up to vote (FNT). According to authorities, 50.41 percent of Nagaland’s 13.25 lakh voters have cast ballots. At the Model Polling Station, Nagaland Governor Lakshman Ganesan exercised his right to vote.

Sikkim: 1 first phase seat total; 1 total seat

Up till 3 p.m. on Friday, more over half of Sikkim’s 4.64 lakh voters cast ballots in the state’s 32 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat, according to an official. He said that thirteen CAPF companies, five from ITBP and eight from SSB, had been sent to Sikkim. Bhaichung Bhutia, a former captain of Indian football and SDF vice president, is running for the assembly seat in Barfung (BL).

Tripura: 2 seats total in the first phase

The Election Commission said that it had received several complaints and was investigating them. The opposition Congress and CPM claimed widespread “rigging” in many locations around the district. At the concurrent by-elections for the Ramnagar assembly seat, 56.68% of voters cast ballots. In all, 14.61 lakh persons in Tripura are eligible to vote in this round of the Lok Sabha elections.

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