From forming a government to bringing it down, one vote can make a huge difference. If we look back at the history of elections in the country we might spot several instances where the tables turned by just one-beep of the ballot box. During the 2019 General Elections, several eminent personalities right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bollywood celebrities came forward urging voters to exercise their rights. They emphasized the importance of every single vote, mentioning how it can cause a huge difference in shaping the government and the country.
Now, as the results of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections are finally set to be declared, let us take a look at some instances which showed the significance of every single vote.
- During Karnataka Assembly Elections 2004, Congress candidate R Dhruvanarayan defeated A R Krishnamurthy of Janata Dal (Secular) by just one vote while contesting for the Santhemarahalli constituency. Congress won the seat with 40752 votes while Janata Dal got 40751 votes.
- Again, during the Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2008, state Congress chief C.P. Joshi was defeated by BJP candidate Kalyan Singh Chouhan by a single vote. While Joshi bagged 62215 votes, Chouhan won the poll battle with 62216 votes.
- A similar incident happened during the Mizoram assembly elections in 2018 as well. Lalchhandama Ralte of the Mizoram National Front (MNF) defeated sitting Congress MLA RL Pianmawia by just three votes in the Tuivawl (ST) assembly seat. While Ralte won the election with 5,207 votes Pianmawia lost the same with 5,204 votes in the election.
- Although not a general election, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 13-month old government fell in 1999 lacking just one vote when he moved a motion of confidence in the Parliament to prove he had the support of the majority
- Several municipal elections also got to understand the importance of a single vote. The 2017 BMC Elections witnessed a close tiff between ward no. 220 candidates- Surendra Bagalkar of the Shiv Sena and BJP candidate Atul Shah. While initially, Bagalkar was winning the elections, the tables turned after Shah demanded a recount. While both the candidates got equal votes, Shah managed to bag the seat after he finally won it in the lottery.
In fact, as India went to polls for the last phase of the 2019 elections on May 19, PM Modi had put out a Tweet asking citizens to go out and vote. He wrote, "Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first-time voters vote enthusiastically."
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