The 2019 parliamentary election in India is a humungous affair. This dance of democracy will decide who will lead the next government. Governance Now tries to capture the election spirit through images
Arun Kumar | May 17, 2019 | Delhi
The 2019 parliamentary election in India is a humungous affair: about 890 million voters, nearly thrice the population of the United States, many months of planning, over a month of actual voting and a few days of tallying of results. Some seats have more than 150 candidates. This dance of democracy will decide who will lead the next government. More importantly, it will decide whether the people want to give prime minister Narendra Modi, perhaps the most towering political figure in recent times, a second term.
The Congress is pulling all stops: it has even roped in Priyanka Gandhi, sister of the party president Rahul Gandhi and a purported heir in looks to their grandmother Indira Gandhi, to energise their campaign. On the other hand, if the sales of Modi merchandise (inset photo) is any indication, for the BJP, it’s Modi all the way. Governance Now tries to capture the election spirit through images.
Electronic voting machines have taken much of the pain out of voting and tallying. They have also made elections more secure: first-time voters wouldn’t have heard of booth-capturing. But EVMs need to be primed and tested, especially to obviate chances of electronic rigging.Doing that is an army of personnel, for whom election time is perhaps as taxing as it is for candidates.
For Muslims in Muzaffarnagar, in western Uttar Pradesh, the 2019 elections are loaded with emotion: the last election, in 2014, which the saffron party had won in a big way, had come in the year after a communal riot from which they were yet to recover fully. Muslim women (left) and (right) a woman veiled against the heat at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar district.
BrihanMumbai municipal corporation is floating nearly 900 tenders worth of Rs 150 crore in the next 10 days, but that is only for ward-level civic works, the BMC clarified on Monday, reacting to reports in a section of media. “Since there are 25 wards in BMC, it involves m
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two prominent organisations, the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the Department of Posts (DoP), to amplify its voter outreach and awareness efforts ahead of the forthcom
Snakes, Drugs and Rock ’N’ Roll: My Early Years By Romulus Whitaker with Janaki Lenin HarperCollins, 400 pages, Rs 699
The Moral Contagion By Julia Hauser and Sarnath Banerjee HarperCollins, 140 pages, Rs 699 The world has lar
Addressing the Viksit Bharat Viksit Uttar Pradesh program in Lucknow on Monday, prime minister Narendra Modi launched 14,000 projects across the state, worth more than Rs 10 lakh crore at the fourth groundbreaking ceremony of UP Global Investors Summit held in February 2023. The projects relate to sectors
During the four days from Feb 16, more than a thousand birdwatchers throughout India are coming together with the goal of documenting as many birds as possible across the country’s diverse locations. Over one lakh birdwatchers globally participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Coun