The Indian General Elections of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have begun today with voting for the first of seven phases. As part of the general election, voting is being held in 91 Lok Sabha seats in 20 states and Union territories.
The states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana are voting today in the first phase. Voting is also being held in parts of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Google shows a peculiar trend since morning i.e.- “How to remove vote ink” among Indian search trends. Poll conducting state, Andhra Pradesh has most of the search statics. On the other hand,#VotingRound1 is among the top trends on Twitter. People across poll conducting states are posting their selfie with the inked finger and using the hashtag.
— ଚୌକିଦାର ଶ୍ରୀନିବାସ ପୃଷ୍ଟି (@srinivasprusty) April 11, 2019
Braving the hot sun for four hours, in the longest polling queue in India are the residents of Noida.
— हम भारत के चौकीदार लोग (@India_Policy) April 11, 2019
Leader’s take on Indian elections onset
2019 Lok Sabha elections commence today.
I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise.
I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 11, 2019
No 2 Crore JOBS.
No 15 Lakhs in Bank A/C.
No ACCHE DIN.
Farmers in Pain.
GABBAR SINGH TAX.
Suit Boot Sarkar.
Lies. Lies. Lies.
Distrust. Violence. HATE. Fear.
You vote today for the soul of India. For her future.
Vote wisely. pic.twitter.com/wKNTBuGA7J
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 11, 2019
It's 7AM here in Arunachal Pradesh. Voting begins for both Lok Sabha and Assembly election 2019. I appeal everyone to come out and excercise your voting rights along with rest of the nation. https://t.co/GYEZ4BMYQv
— Chowkidar Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 11, 2019
There are a total of 14.21 crore electors in phase 1, of which 7.22 crore are male and 8.99 crores are female. A total of 1,279 candidates are in the fray in the first phase of the general election.