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7 Must reads: Maharashtra, UP go to polls, 1.2 crore Mumbaikars to vote and big discounts in restaurants on voting

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:37am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team
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#1 Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu go to polls today

Stakes will be high for Congress and BJP and a number of other parties like AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena when 117 constituencies will go to polls tomorrow in yet another substantial round of polling in the Lok Sabha elections.

Over 18 crore voters in 11 states and union territory of Puducherry will be able to vote in the sixth of the nine- phased elections tomorrow in which there are 2076 candidates. It will decide whether BJP, which has cobbled a rainbow coalition of six parties, will be able to break the citadels of dravidian parties DMK and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. 39 constituencies in the state and the lone seat in Puducherry will complete voting on a single day.

#2  Playing field tilted to the Right

 As the country moves into the 6th phase of the general elections today, the gaze has turned to Mumbai – whether Mumbaikars will shrug off their indifference towards one of the most important duties of citizenry and come out to vote in large numbers or would repeat the poor show of 2009.

The city had finished poorly with a very low voter turnout of 43.52% in 2009 with North East recording 42.28% polling, North West 49.15, North 46.49, North Central 41.82, South Central 41.85 and South 43.33%.

#3 117 Lok Sabha seats. 11 states. 1 UT. 1.2 crore voters in Mumbai and Thane: Go Vote!

As the country moves into the 6th phase of the general elections today, the gaze has turned to Mumbai – whether Mumbaikars will shrug off their indifference towards one of the most important duties of citizenry and come out to vote in large numbers or would repeat the poor show of 2009.

The city had finished poorly with a very low voter turnout of 43.52% in 2009 with North East recording 42.28% polling, North West 49.15, North 46.49, North Central 41.82, South Central 41.85 and South 43.33%.

#4 Voting in Mumbai can get you a free pizza, a free drink and some tidy discounts

Mumbaikar’s are known to have a massive apathy towards voting. They prefer to stay indoors, drink a scotch and talk of the BMC’s failure model and idolize the Gujarat Development model rather than going out and voting. This year, to get more folks to go out and vote, many Mumbai joints have decided to give out amazing discounts and offers for those who come in with that magic blue dot on their left hand. 

#5 LIVE Lok Sabha Elections 2014 Phase 6: Voting begins in 12 states for 117 Lok Sabha seats

The polling for the sixth phase of elections, which will seal the fate of several heavyweights, is underway. Here’s we are looking at major events occuring across India, :

#6 No anti-incumbency; high polling will benefit Congress: Prithviraj Chavan

The Lok Sabha polls are a litmus test for the leadership of CM Prithviraj Chavan. If the Congress fares poorly, his detractors within the party are certain to go for his jugular despite the assembly elections being just a few months away. On the other hand, if the Congress does well, his stature is certain to rise considerably. In an exclusive interview to dna’s Sudhir Suryawanshi, Chavan explains why Narendra Modi is not fit to be PM and why the Congress is confident of putting up a good show.

#7 Anna Hazare declares support to Medha Patkar

Anna Hazare, social crusader and one time face of India Against Corruption (IAC) movement, has declared support to Medha Patkar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Mumbai North-East. Hazare has, however, not extended support to any other AAP candidate.

Hazare fell out with Arvind Kejriwal and his fellow colleagues after they decided to take the political plunge, and stayed away. Kejriwal and his colleagues then formed the AAP and it grew on the anti-corruption plank. The crusader since has been having intermittent show of support and disapproval. He did congratulate Kejriwal when he won the election.

 

 

 


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