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Episode 751

2019 Indian general election
Fri, 2019-May-24 19:30 UTC
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With 512,042 views on Thursday, 23 May 2019 our article of the day is 2019 Indian general election.

The 2019 Indian general election was held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes took place on 23rd May, and on the same day the results were declared. About 900 million Indian citizens were eligible to vote in one of the seven phases depending on the region. The 2019 elections attracted a turnout of over 67 per cent – the highest ever in the history of Indian general elections, as well the highest recorded participation in Indian elections by women. The Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 seats, defying expectations by further increasing its substantial majority and the BJP-led alliance won 352 seats. Meanwhile, the Indian National Congress party won 52 seats, and the Congress-led alliance won 87. Other parties and their alliances won 103 seats in the Indian parliament. In order to become the official opposition party in the Lok Sabha, a party must win at least 10 per cent of the total number of seats, or 55 seats in the current parliament. The largest opposition party, the Indian National Congress, once again failed to attain this number. Thus, India remains without an official opposition party. Modi declared victory, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat on count day. The Indian voters rejected many political dynasty candidates for the seats they had historically won. Legislative Assembly elections in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim were held simultaneously with the general election.

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