Brimming with controversies of communal calls to coalition tears, price tags on votes and even ushering terror accused into politics, the Parliamentary elections 2019 on Thursday walked into its second phase of voting.
However, the controversies see no end even on the polling day, as a sitting BJP MP and a candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, Bhola Singh, blatantly violated the Model Code of Conduct as he visited the poll booth to meet with the voters at the EVMs, moreover, intimated the Armed Force officer who reminded him of the rules.
The BJP candidate could be seen brazenly wielding his power on the Armed Force officer on duty attempting to stop Singh's entry, as per the code of conduct. In a viral video, the MP can be then seen dialing the District Magistrate to fix his entry, who then spoke to the soldier positioned outside the polling booth.
In a one way conversation that the video captured, the security force officer could be heard reminded the District Magistrate of the rules saying, "We are not allowed to let him go near the EVM."
However, on the directions of the District Magistrate the Officer was forced to let the BJP MP enter the polling booth.
With 95 seats, 1619 candidates and 179880 polling booths at disposition the states that will go to polls on Thursday are-
Assam (5 seats), Bihar (5 seats), Chhattisgarh (3 seats), Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (1 seat), Odisha (5 seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (8 seats), West Bengal(3 seats) and Puducherry (1 seat).
The list does not account for Tamil Nadu's Vellore and Tripura East constituency.
Deve Gowda (JD), BK Hariprasad (Congress), PC Mohan (BJP), Yashwant Singh (BJP), Raj Babbar (Congress), Hema Malini (BJP), SP Singh Baghel (BJP), Maharaj Kumari Pragya Debburman (Congress), Farooq Abdullah (NC), Syed Mohsin (PDP), Mohammad Salim (CPM), Ashok Chavan (Congress)
Andaman and Nicobar: 70.67%
Andhra Pradesh: 56%
West Bengal: 81%
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