India Votes 2019: A Chicago Council On Global Affairs Panel Discussion


Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said Premier Imran Khan's statement regarding the outcome of general elections in India was taken out of context as "everyone knows" about Khan's reservations regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a media report.

While the 68-year-old Modi remains popular because of his tough stance on national security, he is under pressure over unemployment and controversial economic reforms.

Local issues are key, but the vote is also seen as a referendum on Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

But India's electoral rules say that no voter should be more than two kilometres from a polling booth, which sometimes leads to some amusing situations.

On Tuesday, the naxalites killed BJP legislator Bheema Mandvi and four others in their stronghold Dantewada in Chhattisgarh state's Bastar district.

India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered parties to name anonymous donors behind tens of millions of dollars in funding as hostilities intensified in the country's mega-election.

During the past five years, the Modi government announced a series of new measures, such as "Make in India", "Clean India", and "Digital India", aimed at improving the country's image globally.

Under Indian election law, during the 48 hours before a state votes, the publication of any content deemed as campaigning - including advertisements, films and even social media content - requires Election Commission approval.

This has resulted in the tug of war between two ideas - one Islamic and the other secular - with both ideologues historically needing the territory as the final jigsaw piece.

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. And, one can not negate the unexpected defeat of Modi too - just reverse to his landslide victory of 2014.

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Critics accuse Modi's BJP of inciting hatred against religious minorities in Hindu-majority India.

"Each (BJP) candidate contesting across India represents a miniature version of Modi". We are not going to fight Narendra Modi with hatred.

Faimudadin, 40, a voter in western Uttar Pradesh, who came out early to cast his vote hopes that opposition parties will join hands to form a government. They've revised school textbooks and changed the names of Indian cities with Muslim-sounding names.

But some of his promises have fallen short, especially in rural areas where thousands of indebted farmers have committed suicide in recent years.

"Everyone said there are no jobs, everywhere farmers are struggling". Lies. Lies. Lies. Distrust.

Here's a look at the staggering figures behind the world's second-most populous country's vote, and the sheer manpower needed to hold such a mammoth election.

Gandhi, great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers, has grown in stature since being derided in leaked United States diplomatic cables in 2007 as an "empty suit".

Modi addressed two rallies at Chitradurga and Mysuru on Wednesday.

He alleged the Prime Minister gave Rs 35,0000 crore to Nirav Modi, Rs 35,000 crore to Mehul Choksi and Rs 10,000 crore to Vijay Mallya.

"You (Qureshi) said that India is getting ready for an adventure, (then) why did the prime minister say that dialogue can only take place if Modi wins the Indian elections?" asked PPP Senator Sherry Rehman.