Tag: General Elections 2019

Resignations continue in Congress as Rahul Gandhi ‘insists’ on quitting


Rahul Gandhi (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Apparently, no one in the Congress wants to lead the party regionally or nationally after the humiliating poll debacle in the Lok Sabha elections. Winning only 52 seats in the 543-strong parliament, the party has failed to secure enough seats to qualify for the main Opposition Party for the second consecutive time. While Rahul Gandhi is reported to have stuck to his decision of quitting as party President, various state units’ chiefs are also putting in their papers.

On Monday, three more state Congress chiefs submitted their resignations, owning responsibility for party’s poor show. Punjab unit chief Sunil Jhakar, who lost to BJP candidate, actor Sunny Deol, from Gurdaspur, Jharkhand unit chief, Ajoy Roy, and Assam unit chief Ripun Bora have  joined other Congress leaders in resigning their party posts.

So far, at least six party unit chiefs have sought to resign. They include Maharashtra unit president Ashok Chavan, Uttar Pradesh unit president Raj Babbar and Odisha unit chief Niranjan Patnaik.

Amethi district committee president Yogendra Mishra and Karnataka Congress campaign committee president HK Patil also have submitted their resignation.

In an appallingly poor performance in the April-May Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party could not win any seat in 14 states, and won just one seat each in 9 states. The party’s tally crossed double digits with 15 seats only in Kerala. It won 8 seats each in Punjab and Tamil Nadu, 3 seats each in Assam and Telangana and 2 seats each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lost his family pocket borough Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani. The party is in rule in at least four major states (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh), where its cumulative gain is a dismal 4 seats.

On the other hand, Narendra Modi led BJP registered a thumping victory with 303 seats and the ruling NDA alliance won 352 seats.

Rahul Gandhi, though, seems to be cautioning the electorate with this tweet on the occasion of the Death Anniversary of his great grandfather and India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

LS polls 2019: Dance of democracy begins

Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, the main contenders for the seat of power from the two main national parties, the BJP and the Congress (Image credit: Starline)

Polling in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 began at seven O’clock Thursday. The 38-day marathon exercise of voting in 7-phases to elect 543 parliamentarians will conclude on May 19. And counting of votes will take place on May 23.

The first phase will see polling in 91 constituencies spread across 18 states and 2 Union Territories. While only a part of most states will go to polls in this phase, it is total in Andrha Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.

In all, the fate of at least 1,285 candidates will be sealed in the EVM machines by the end Thursday. While all the polling stations were open by 7:00 AM and will be closes at 6:00 PM in most places, in areas sensitive to security matters the exercise will fold up from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Voting is done through electronics voting machines (EVMs) with paper trail (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail). The introduction of EVMs has reduced the time required for counting, and got rid of election malpractices such as booth capturing and stuffing ballot papers in hordes into the ballot boxes. However, malfunctioning of EVMs due to technical snag, albeit in small percentages, remains a concern.

The second phase of election will take place on April 18.