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Business News/ Elections / Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: Uttarakhand declares public holiday on April 19
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: Uttarakhand declares public holiday on April 19

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: In view of the first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections tomorrow on all five seats in Uttarakhand, the state government has declared a public holiday.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: Uttarakhand declares public holiday on April 19 (AFP)Premium
Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: Uttarakhand declares public holiday on April 19 (AFP)

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One: The Uttarakhand government on Thursday announced a public holiday in the state on Friday, April 19. “In view of the first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections tomorrow on all five seats in Uttarakhand, the state government has declared a public holiday.", the directive read.

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Voting will begin at 7 AM and end at 6 PM. Lok Sabha Elections Phase one will witness voting in all five seats of the hilly state.

The 2024 Lok Sabha polls will kick off Friday with polling for the first phase scheduled in 102 seats spread across 21 states and Union territories and among those in the fray are Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Sarbanada Sonowal and Bhupendra Yadav, Gaurav Gogoi of Congress, DMK's Kanimozhi and K Annamalai of BJP.

The Election Commission has deployed over 18 lakh polling personnel across 1.87 lakh polling stations where over 16.63 crore voters will exercise their franchise.

Voters include 8.4 crore men, 8.23 crore women and 11,371 from third gender. There are as many as 35.67 lakh first time voters, besides 3.51 crore young voters in the age group of 20-29 years.

While the BJP-led NDA under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a stronger majority, the constituents of the opposition INDIA bloc are hoping for a rebound after facing reverses in the 2014 and 2019 elections.

Campaigning for the first phase ended Wednesday evening.

Besides Nitin Gadkari, Sarbananda Sonowal and Yadav, six other Union ministers - Kiren Rijiju, Sanjeev Baliyan, Jitendra Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, L Murugan and Nisith Pramanik are among the contestants besides two former chief ministers - Biplab Kumar Deb (Tripura) and Nabam Tuki (Arunachal Pradesh), and former Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

In 2019, the UPA had won 45 of these 102 seats and the NDA 41. Six of these seats have been redrawn as part of the delimitation exercise.

 

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Published: 18 Apr 2024, 04:48 PM IST
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