Zero Voter Turnout in 6 Nagaland Districts as Residents Boycott Polls Over Separate State Demand

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:16pm on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Residents of six districts in Nagaland staged a mass boycott of the Lok Sabha polls, yielding zero voter turnout. The Eastern Nagaland People's Organisation (ENPO) spearheaded the protest, demanding a separate state, "Frontier Nagaland." Over 4 lakh voters abstained from voting, showing solidarity with ENPO's grievances of neglect and lack of development in the region. Despite 738 polling stations being set up, no voters cast their ballots by 1 pm. ENPO declared a "public emergency," barring political campaigning in the affected districts, citing government delays in addressing their demands since 2010.

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Blast in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar Claims CRPF Jawan on Lok Sabha Election Day; 49.78% Turnout Recorded

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:27am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

As Phase 1 of Lok Sabha elections commenced, tragedy struck in Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency as a CRPF assistant commandant lost his life in an IED blast near a polling booth. The incident occurred under Bhairamgarh police station limits. Despite reports of irregularities and violence in Manipur and West Bengal, the Election Commission assures smooth polling across 21 states and Union territories. The day saw a 49.78% voter turnout by 3 pm, with Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and northeastern states witnessing elections alongside assemblies in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

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Violence and Intimidation Mar Lok Sabha Elections in Manipur; Tripura Leads in Voter Turnout

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:13am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Incidents of intimidation and violence marred the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Manipur, with armed men firing shots near polling booths in Thamnapokpi, prompting voters to flee. Reports from Uripok and Iroishemba cited political party agents being ousted, leading to altercations and damage to election materials. Videos circulated on social media showed EVMs lying on the ground and furniture damaged. Tripura led in voter turnout at 53.04%, while Manipur saw high percentages despite the unrest. Notably, this election marks the first major battle post the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Manipur Records 45% Voter Turnout Amid Violence; West Bengal, Tripura Lead in Phase 1 Till 1 PM

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:27am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In the first phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, voter turnout varied across states till 1 PM. Violence-hit Manipur saw a turnout of 45.68%, while West Bengal and Tripura led with 50.96% and 53.06% respectively. Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency, plagued by Naxalism, recorded over 28% turnout despite a grenade explosion injuring a CRPF jawan. The incident didn't deter voters. These figures reflect the diverse electoral landscape and resilience of voters in exercising their democratic rights amidst challenges.  

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Violence Erupts in Manipur During Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections: 3 Dead, EVMs Destroyed

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:07am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Fresh violence erupted in Manipur's Imphal West district during Phase 1 of voting for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Miscreants destroyed EVMs in Iroishemba and Bhamon Kampu, demanding only BJP agents at polling stations. In Kangpokpi, low voter turnout was observed. A shooting incident in Thamanpokpi claimed three lives, prompting heightened security measures. Vandalism was also reported in Thongju. Despite security arrangements, violence marred the Inner Manipur constituency, highlighting challenges in ensuring peaceful elections.

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Kamal Haasan Casts Vote in Chennai, Gets Mobbed at Polling Booth; Video Goes Viral

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:22am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan exercised his franchise in Chennai for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, garnering attention as he was mobbed at the polling booth. In a viral video, Haasan was seen casting his vote at a booth in Koyambedu, Chennai, while cameras captured the moment. Although his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), isn't contesting, Haasan's presence drew considerable interest. Tamil Nadu commenced voting in the first phase of elections, with the outcome pivotal in the state's political landscape. Haasan's voting gesture adds to the star-studded participation in the democratic process in Chennai.

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Firing Reported at Polling Booth in Manipur's Moirang; No Casualties, Panic Among Voters

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:51am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In Manipur's Moirang Assembly segment, a group of miscreants fired multiple rounds near a polling station in Thamanpokpi, causing panic among voters. Despite the gunfire, no casualties were reported. A viral video captured the chaotic scene as people fled the polling booth amid the sound of gunfire. The incident underscores security concerns during the Lok Sabha elections in Manipur, highlighting the need for heightened vigilance to ensure the safety of voters and the integrity of the electoral process.            

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Clashes and Boycotts Disrupt Phase 1 Elections in West Bengal; 32% Voter Turnout so far

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:35am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

The first phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal witnessed turmoil as clashes and voter boycotts marred the polling process. Reports of clashes between TMC and BJP workers emerged from various constituencies, including Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. Additionally, voters in Uttarakhand's Almora boycotted polls, demanding improved infrastructure. Despite these challenges, voter turnout reached 32% by 11 am. The state, known for its fiercely contested elections, remains a battleground as parties vie for dominance in one of India's most politically significant regions.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Updates: Boycott in Almora, Clashes in Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:02am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

As Phase One of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections unfolds, reports of clashes and boycotts have emerged from various parts of the country. In Uttarakhand's Almora, voters from Suniyakot village boycotted the polls, demanding better infrastructure. Meanwhile, clashes and stone-pelting were reported in Arunachal Pradesh's Niausa village, highlighting tensions between political parties. Additionally, clashes erupted between the TMC and BJP in West Bengal, underscoring the high-stakes battle for the state's 42 seats. These incidents underscore the challenges and tensions characterizing India's democratic process as citizens exercise their right to vote.

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Meghalaya CM Joins Voters in Early Morning Queue, Encourages High Turnout

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:54am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma joined voters in the early morning queue at a polling station in Tura for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. Arriving at 6:30 am, Sangma, also the NPP president, was pleasantly surprised to find voters already lined up. Expressing delight at the turnout, he emphasized voting as a citizen's right. Encouraging large participation, Sangma urged citizens to exercise their democratic rights. Voting is underway in Meghalaya's Tura and Shillong constituencies, among the 102 seats in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Polling commenced at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

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