India Lok Sabha election 2024 Part 4: Who votes and what’s at stake? | India Election 2024 Information

India Lok Sabha election 2024 Part 4: Who votes and what’s at stake? | India Election 2024 Information

India is bracing itself for the fourth section of its weeks-long elections on Might 13 to elect 96 members of parliament to the Lok Sabha, or the decrease home of parliament, because the world’s largest electoral train strikes into its remaining month.

The 2 major contenders for energy are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) and the Indian Nationwide Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), a coalition of 26 events led by the primary opposition social gathering, Rahul Gandhi‘s Indian Nationwide Congress.

Final week, the third section of the voting noticed Modi solid his vote in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency. It additionally noticed the competitors between the 2 major contenders heighten because the Congress Occasion’s former President Sonia Gandhi mentioned Modi and the BJP had been focusing “solely on gaining energy at any value”.

The fourth section additionally includes a little bit of glamour within the east of the nation, the place Bollywood veteran Shatrughan Sinha is searching for re-election in West Bengal’s Asansol, and to the south, the place actress Maadhavi Latha from the BJP is standing for the Hyderabad seat in Telangana. Latha is pitted in opposition to Asaduddin Owaisi, a four-time MP from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen social gathering.

The primary three phases of the election, which had been held on April 19, April 26 and Might 7, noticed a voter turnout of 66.1, 66.7, and 61 p.c, respectively. The voting to this point has been decrease than within the 2019 elections. In whole, 969 million individuals are registered to vote in 543 parliamentary constituencies throughout 36 states and federally-governed union territories.

Who’s voting within the fourth section?

Registered voters throughout 9 states and a union territory will solid their ballots for the next constituencies:

  • Andhra Pradesh: All 25 constituencies within the southern coastal state
  • Telangana: All 17 constituencies within the southern state
  • Jharkhand: 4 of the jap state’s 14 constituencies
  • Odisha: 4 of the jap state’s 21 constituencies
  • Uttar Pradesh: 13 of the northern state’s 80 constituencies
  • Madhya Pradesh: Eight of the central state’s 29 constituencies
  • Bihar: 5 of the jap state’s 40 constituencies
  • Maharashtra: Eleven of the western state’s 48 constituencies
  • West Bengal: Eight of the jap state’s 42 constituencies
  • Jammu and Kashmir: One of many union territory’s 5 constituencies

That are a number of the key constituencies?

Hyderabad (Telangana): Asaduddin Owaisi is being challenged by the BJP’s Maadhavi Latha in his household bastion. Owaisi’s brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi is a member of the state legislative meeting whereas his father, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, represented the parliamentary constituency, with a considerable Muslim inhabitants, six occasions. Owaisi pitches himself because the voice of India’s Muslim minority whose points he frequently raises in his parliamentary debates. Owaisi was given the “finest parliamentarian” award in 2022.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): This constituency in Kashmir registered simply 15 p.c voting within the 2019 election, which was marred by a boycott. That is the primary parliamentary election in Kashmir for the reason that area’s particular standing was eliminated in August 2019. The 2 greatest mainstream pro-India events within the area – the Nationwide Convention and Individuals’s Democratic Occasion – have fielded Aga Syed and Waheed Parra, respectively, as their candidates.

Krishnanagar, Baharampur and Asansol (West Bengal): These three parliamentary contests in West Bengal state, bordering Bangladesh, supply a mixture of star energy and political significance. Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha is searching for re-election from Asansol, whereas ex-cricketer Yusuf Pathan is taking over senior Congress Occasion chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who has been representing Bahrampur since 1999. Chowdhury was additionally the chief of the opposition Congress Occasion within the outgoing Lok Sabha. Pathan is the candidate of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the social gathering that guidelines the state and can also be aligned with the nationwide opposition INDIA alliance – despite the fact that the coalition’s members are standing in opposition to one another in West Bengal.

But, probably the most high-profile electoral battle within the state on Might 13, is in Krishnanagar, the place the fiery TMC parliamentarian and fierce critic of Modi, Mahua Moitra, is searching for a second time period. A former vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase primarily based in London, Moitra entered politics in 2009. Her parliamentary speeches asking powerful questions of the federal government typically go viral. In December 2023, the firebrand MP was expelled from parliament after being accused of accepting money to ask questions. She mentioned her expulsion was a strategy to silence her. She has challenged her expulsion within the Supreme Court docket. The BJP has fielded Amrita Roy, whose husband is a descendant of the erstwhile king of the area, in opposition to Moitra.

Kannauj and Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh): Akhilesh Yadav, the chief of the Samajwadi Occasion – a regional powerhouse that has seen its affect shrink with the BJP’s rise – has determined to enter the electoral race in Kannauj in northern Uttar Pradesh state, which accounts for 80 seats within the parliament. The BJP at present governs the state. Kannauj, recognized for its fragrance trade, has been a Yadav household bastion. Akhilesh, his father Mulayan Singh Yadav and his spouse Dimple Yadav have represented the seat since 1999. However in 2019, Dimple misplaced to the BJP in a shock defeat. Akhilesh’s entry into the electoral fray is an try to wrest again the household pocket borough.

The opposite seat that has attracted lots of consideration is Lakhimpur Kheri, the place controversial federal Minister of House Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni is searching for re-election. Mishra has been caught in a storm since his son Ashish Mishra allegedly ran his automobile over farmers protesting in opposition to now-repealed farm legal guidelines. Ashish is out on bail and farmers’ teams in addition to activists have been demanding that Mishra be denied a ticket by the BJP.

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): This constituency, a stronghold of the BJP, has been within the information for unlikely causes. The Congress candidate Akshay Kanti Bam withdrew from the race on the final minute, after the final date for candidates to file nominations had handed. The Congress couldn’t area a alternative and Bam later joined the BJP. 13 different candidates are within the fray, however the Congress Occasion has urged voters to go for NOTA (not one of the above) in protest.

When does the voting begin and finish?

Voting will start at 7am native time (01:30 GMT) and finish at 6pm (12:30 GMT). Voters already within the queue by the point polls shut will get to vote, even when which means preserving polling stations open longer.

Full election outcomes for all phases are to be launched on June 4.

Which events rule the states being polled within the fourth section?

  • The BJP governs Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh outright.
  • The BJP governs Maharashtra and Bihar in alliances.
  • Odisha is ruled by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which leans in the direction of the NDA however isn’t part of the alliance.
  • Andhra Pradesh is ruled by the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Occasion.
  • Congress governs Telangana.
  • Jharkhand is ruled by the INDIA alliance led by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
  • West Bengal is ruled by the All India Trinamool Congress Occasion, a member of the INDIA alliance.
  • Jammu and Kashmir is ruled immediately by New Delhi. Its state legislature stays suspended.

Who gained these Lok Sabha seats in 2019?

  • Within the final Lok Sabha elections, Congress, together with events now affiliated with the INDIA alliance and people affiliated then with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, gained 13 of the 96 seats to be selected Might 13.
  • The BJP and events affiliated with the NDA gained 50 of the seats in 2019.
  • The YSR Congress Occasion in Andhra Pradesh gained 22 seats whereas the Telangana-based Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) gained 9 seats in 2019.
  • The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) gained two seats in 2019.

How a lot of India has voted to this point?

The primary three phases of the Lok Sabha elections have already determined the destiny of 284 MPs.

To date, voting has concluded for all seats within the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Karnataka, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura; the Andaman and Nicobar islands; and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman, Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry union territories.

The fifth section will kick off on Might 20 and the sixth on Might 25, earlier than the election heads in the direction of the seventh and remaining section on June 1.

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