NEW DELHI: Today, Minutes, before voting began in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an early morning tweet, encouraged people to come out and vote in large numbers. PM Modi tweeted that " Dear Citizens of India, Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha polls start today. He is sure all those whose seats are polling today will strengthen our democracy by exercising their franchise. He has hope more youngsters head to the polling booths and vote,". Earlier also PM Modi urged to the nation to come out and Vote for the nation.
Here it is to be noted that PM Modi in his recent election rallies had focussed on asking young people to help form a steady government and not one run by what he called "mahamilavat", referring to the opposition's grand alliance. The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections began under the shadow of multiple raids involving what the authorities say is a cash-for-votes scam in Tamil Nadu. In 1st phase of polling elections on 38 Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats of the state are being held, though polling in the Vellore seat has been cancelled following huge cash haul by Income Tax officials.
However it is to be noted that elections are also being held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha. Overall, 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one in the Union Territory of Puducherry are voting today, in which electoral fortunes of four union ministers and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will be decided. The counting of votes for the seven-phase election, which ends on May 19, will be held on May 23.