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Boats, votes and booze: India’s 2019 Lok Sabha elections

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New Delhi: India will hold a general election starting in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term.The election will held in seven phases until May 19 and votes will be counted on May 23.

Here are some facts and figures about the election in the country of 1.3 billion people.

About 900 million people are eligible to vote, nearly the combined population of Europe and Brazil, and 10 percent more than in the 2014 election.

 

About 432 million eligible voters are women. There are 15 million voters between 18 and 19 years of age.

In the first phase of the election, 1,279 candidates are contesting 91 constituencies, but only 7 percent of candidates are women. Of the 8,251 candidates in the last election, only 668 were women.

The Election Commission of India (ECI), an autonomous constitutional body, oversees the election with more than 300 full-time officials at its headquarters in New Delhi.

The fight is for 543 of the 545 seats in the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

The remaining two seats are reserved for the Anglo-Indian community, which traces part of its ancestry to Europeans who intermarried with Indians in the colonial era. These members are nominated by India’s president.

Modi won by 570,128 votes in Vadodara in his western home state of Gujarat in 2014, the highest winning margin of all candidates.

The commission has set up about 1 million polling stations, 10 per cent more than in 2014. No voter should be more than 2 km (1.2 miles) away from a polling station.

More than 11 million government officials will travel by foot, road, special train, helicopter, boat, and sometimes elephant, to hold the election.

Polling stations are often in remote areas. More than 80,000 stations lacked mobile connectivity and nearly 20,000 were in forest or semi-forest areas, a commission survey said last year.

A polling station in the Gir forest of western Gujarat state will be set up for just one voter, a Hindu monk.

Voting will take place over 39 days, in part to allow officials and security forces time to redeploy. Vote counting for all 543 constituencies is done in a single day.

The 2014 election cost 38.7 billion rupees (USD 552 million), according to commission estimates.

Some political parties and their supporters offer cash, drugs and liquor in exchange for votes.

The commission has seized 5.1 billion rupees (USD 73.6 million) in cash, some 21,500 kg of drugs worth 7.2 billon rupees, and 8.8 million litres of liquor valued at 1.8 billion rupees.

It seized 12 billion rupees in cash, liquor and drugs in the last election.

The commission used 1.8 million electronic voting machines in the last election.

Opposition groups say the machines can be tampered with and they want the commission to tighten its security measures to cross check votes in this election.


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Kashmir integral part of India, says Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Top Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH) on Thursday came out in support of the Centre’s decision of abrogating provisions of Article 370, saying Kashmir is an “integral part” of the country and the welfare of people in the Valley lies in their integration with India.

In the resolution passed in its annual general meeting held in New Delhi, JuH rallied for a united India.

“It is our belief that the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and the neighbouring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir. The oppressed and beleaguered people of Kashmir are stuck between opposing forces,” it said, without mentioning Article 370.

 

“JuH stands steadfastly for the unity and integrity of the country and has accorded it paramount importance. As such it can never support any separatist movement, rather it considers such movements not only harmful for India but also for the people of Kashmir,” it said.

It also said that the current situation in Kashmir demands that peaceful initiatives be launched to maintain peace and security in the region, especially in the view of the repercussions of clash of “atomic powers”.

The Muslim body also appealed to the government of India to protect the people of Kashmir and their property while respecting human rights.

“It must use every possible constitutional means for bringing back normalcy in the region and winning the hearts of the people of Kashmir,” it said.

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Nadda briefs RSS meet on Article 370

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New Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Sunday gave a detailed presentation on the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status at the RSS meeting with its affiliates here, while senior party leader Ram Madhav addressed concerns raised over the issue of NRC in Assam, sources said.

Leaders of Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP, and its affiliates lauded the government for its landmark move on revoking provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The sources said Nadda also shared details about the government’s various plans for improving the overall condition in the Kashmir Valley.

 

On the other side, Madhav briefed delegates on the issue of the National Register of Citizen’s in Assam and also responded to the concerns raised in the meeting over several genuine citizens being left out of the final list, majority of whom, they claimed, are Hindus.

Concerns were raised at the meeting on Saturday during a presentation made by RSS affiliate ‘Seema Jagran Manch’ on the final list of the NRC in Assam, published on August 31, that left out over 1.9 million people, the sources said.

The sources said concerns were raised on several genuine citizens being left out, especially those who settled in Assam from neighbouring states, and Madhav addressed those.

Over 200 delegates of 35 RSS affiliates are attending the coordination meeting, first such after the Lok Sabha elections.

The three-day-long meeting began on Saturday, where a wide variety of issues are being discussed, ranging from the economy to national security.

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Eminent lawyer, former minister Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95

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Eminent lawyer and former Union law minister Ram Jethmalani passed away early on Sunday morning at his New Delhi residence. He was 95 years old.

Jethmalani, who served for many years in the Supreme Court, was suffering from prolonged illness. He is survived by his son, a well-known lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, and daughter who lives in the US. His other daughter Rani Jethmalani had pre-deceased him.

Born in Sikhapur of Sindh province on September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani was one of the highest-paid lawyers in the Supreme Court of India and had appeared in many high profile criminal cases. He had also served as India’s Union Law Minister was also the chairman of the president of Supreme Court Bar Association.

 

Widely respected as the doyen of criminal law, Jethmalani started his career as a lawyer and in Sindh before partition. He became a member of Rajya Sabha in 1988 and later went on to become the Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs in 1996 in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. He also held the portfolio of urban development in the NDA government.

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