voting in second phase of general election started in india
NEW DELHI: Voters across of southern India began queueing up early on Thursday in second phase of, 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 second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states including parts of restive Jammu and Kashmir. India’s parliament has 545 members.
Focus will be on southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where 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 Center for Study of Developing Societies, a think tank based in the capital, New Delhi.
Election began last week and will end next month in a giant exercise involving almost 900 million people.