Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

PM Modi's mother casts vote in Gujarat

PM Modi's mother casts vote in Gujarat

"The Prime Minister once again encouraged the first-time voters to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha elections".

In all, 188 million Indians are eligible to vote in 117 constituencies on Tuesday, across 15 states and federally controlled territories. Polling in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat is now underway.

The polls are taking place in seven stages and will end on May 19.

Voting began in the third and largest phase of India's staggered general election on Tuesday.

The voter turnout in the third phase of the Indian election fell to 64.33%. His opponents say it shows he fears defeat in his traditional seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

"This is, sort of, an inflection point", said Rahul Verma, a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, a New Delhi-based think-tank. "Therefore, space security is essential, a fact that was ignored by previous governments", PM Modi said.

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"Friends, remember what India's situation was before 2014".

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing traditional headgear attend an election campaign rally being addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Himmatnagar, Gujarat, India, April 17, 2019.

Pakistan on Monday reacted strongly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent anti-Pakistan statements, terming them "highly unfortunate and irresponsible".

"Basically if they bring up any other thing, they would be on a hard terrain, like on economic issues or on their performance".

After casting his ballot in his home state of Gujarat, which he ruled for over a decade before leading his party to national power in 2014, Modi compared the experience of voting to the Hindu practice of cleansing sins by bathing in the Ganges river.

Modi has used Kashmir to pivot away from his economic record, playing up the threat of rival Pakistan, especially after the Pulwama attack, in a bid to appear a strong, uncompromising leader on national security. Indian draconian laws, including the Public Safety Act, which are in blatant violation of fundamental human rights, which grant immunity to Indian occupation forces to operate with impunity, to arrest and kill innocent Kashmiris without any fear of prosecution, had also been strongly criticized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UK All Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group, the FO statement said.

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