Indians Begin Voting in Second Phase of Mammoth General Election
Voters across swathes of southern India are queueing up early this morning for the Indians Begin Voting in Second Phase, staggered general election, in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term.
More than 155 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states including parts of Jammu and Kashmir. India’s parliament has 545 members.
The focus will be on the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to oust Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“If the non-BJP parties perform well in these two states, then they would still be having a chance of forming a non-BJP government at the center,” said Sanjay Kumar, director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, a think tank based in the capital, New Delhi.