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All you need to know about the upcoming Lok Sabha election

India is going to witness soon one of the biggest election that has ever taken place in this country. The upcoming election 2019, which is the Lok Sabha election, is scheduled to take place from April 11 to May 19 and the election 2019 results are set to be announced on May 23. Numerous parties from all around India are going to contest for the 543 total seats in the Parliament. And the party who will manage to gain more than 272 or more seats will be able to select the Prime Minister. And if none of the contesting parties manages to achieve the 272 seats, then they can collaborate with other parties to form the government which is known as the coalition government.

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What is the significance of the up coming election 2019?

The Lok Sabha election is one of the most critical elections of the country which is held every five years and is considered as the largest democratic exercise in the whole world. More than 900million voters will vote for their favorite candidates/political party. In a survey, it has been found that the number of voters in the country has experienced a surge of 80 million within 2014-2019.

More than 450 political parties are going to contest for the elections out of which only a handful of six parties are recognized all over the country. The voting process is going to take place in more than a million of polling station which will be overseen by a few numbers of election officials.

The upcoming 2019 election will play a vital role in the development of the country as India is predicted to become the most populated country in the world soon but is falling way behind the economic terms from China. So, to catch up with the economic strength of the country along with the population with its neighbouring country, China, India needs to invest in its infrastructure heavily as well as needs to apply for few policy changes. Moreover, the people of the country also need to decide the fate of the democracy of the country as in the last 2014 election; one of the primary themes of the ruling party was Hindutva which is to make India a Hindu country.

During the last campaigning of the 2014 election, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used ‘acche din’ as a tagline of his campaigning which translates to ‘good days’ that he will bring to the country. But since the Bharatiya Janata Party formed the country, the country has faced a huge landslide in terms of democracy. Numerous lynching has taken place in the country due to the Hindutva issues in which low scale Muslim cattle farmers were targeted mostly. Even though the Prime Minister has chastised the lynching in social media but hasn't taken any necessary legal steps to stop lynching in the country which has created huge outrage among the people of the country. The country has witnessed economic growth in the last five years, but the employment of the country has drastically fallen behind which eventually has led to an increase in the number of jobless youth. And at the same time, the country is in dire need of a solution for its growing water shortage and pollution issues. The cronies of Modi have also empowered numerous right-wing Hindu groups.

Who are the rivals of Modi?

The last legislative assembly election which took place in 2018 brought up several questions about the fate of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the election 2019 in India. But the response to the Pulwama Attack has had once again helped to draw in more supporters for the Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi has grown a huge base in his native town, Gujarat, where he had spent most of his life working under the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, whose primary motto is to make India a Hindu Country. Apart from being the present Prime Minister, Modi also served as the Chief Minister for Gujarat. During his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002, riots broke out in the state which left more than 1000 people dead out of which majority of the people died due to the clash where Muslims.  

Modi over the years has managed to establish himself as the role model for Gujarat where he has heavily invested in the infrastructure of the country which eventually helped Gujarat to become one of the favorite hubs for investment.

As of now, the most challenging rival the Modi government is facing is Rahul Gandhi who is the face of the Indian National Congress. Rahul Gandhi is the great-grandson of the first even Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from his great-grandfather, Rahul Gandhi's grandmother and Father also served the Prime Minister post of the country, but both of them were assassinated during their tenure.  

Congress has witnessed a huge loss in the number of supporters because of the number of corruption the cadres of the party. But, Rahul Gandhi is trying hard to gain back the support of the voters, especially of the Youth and the farmers who are affected under the rule of the Modi Government. Meanwhile, Modi is highlighting his achievement as the Prime Minister during his campaigning for the 2019 election. To bring the current government, a “Mahagatbandhan” which translates to “grand alliance” which is being formed by several parties such as the Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party, and the Aam Aadmi Party.

The 2019 election is being considered as one of the costliest election that the country has ever witnessed. As per the reports of Milan Vaishnav, who is director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the political parties of India has altogether spent around $5billion during the 2014 election which is predicted to rise to 1 million dollars for each political parties. So, mark your calendar for the election 2019 date which is going to continue from April 11-May 19, and the result will be announced on May 23.

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