Indians cast ballots in sixth phase of general election


The agitated Congress leaders protested outside the party headquarters at Shaheedi Chowk and raised anti-BJP slogans. Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh had admitted that he could not go to Rajgarh to cast his vote and expressed regret. He urged the commission to dismiss the complaint filed by BJP on him. The vote count will take place on May 23. "Both sides have reached acute polarization, this has become a kind of Games of Thrones confrontation, where it has become a matter of life and death really and that is really worrying", says Ajoy Bose, an independent political commentator.

Guwahati: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Congress leader Sam Pitroda should apologize for his remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots as it was completely out of line.

"I have voted for Modi's sound foreign policy and national security", said a 36-year old first-time voter who declined to be named.

While the BJP campaigned in 2014 on promises to supercharge the economy, the tenor of its re-election campaign changed after a February suicide bombing in restive Kashmir, helping the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi turn the focus away from its uneven economic record and toward the stability it offered to confront terrorism. Nationally he is the main rival to sitting prime minister Modi.

Citizens of the country were not happy with the BJP government, especially in Uttar Pradesh, she said.

Over 1.43 crore people in Delhi are eligible to vote in this election which will decide the fate of 164 candidates, of which 18 are women.

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In the past week, Modi has called Rahul Gandhi's father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi "corrupt number one" in a reference to the purchase of artillery guns from Sweden in which he allegedly got kickbacks.

Pitroda on his part has accused the BJP of twisting the three words in Hindi on the riots to "distort facts, divide us (Congress) and hide their failures" and said things of the past are not relevant in this election.

Beginning from a series of rape incidents to corruption charges, religious extremism, lynching of Muslims & Christians, genocide of innocent Kashmiris, jingoism against neighboring Pakistan, and a constant skirmish at its western border, India under Modi has already been brought on the verge of an ethnic-nationalist divides.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, all the seven seats in the national capital were won by the BJP. Whatever people say, we will accept. "You tell me how will this country grow?" The Governor has to be non-partisan and apolitical but Malik has crossed all limits, they said. And the most important among these is of unemployment.

In India's first-past-the-post system, with a large number of contenders for each seat, the victor just needs to get enough votes to win.