PM Modi flew to his home state Gujarat to cast his vote at a polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ahmedabad’s Ranip where BJP chief Amit Shah is in fray.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exercised his franchise in Ahmedabad as the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections got underway at 7 AM today. Speaking to reporters after casting his vote, the Prime Minister said that the voter ID card is more powerful than an IED (improvised explosive device) as he exhorted people to come out and vote in large numbers.
PM Modi flew to his home state Gujarat to cast his vote at a polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ahmedabad’s Ranip where BJP chief Amit Shah is in fray. He was present to welcome the Prime Minister upon his arrival.
“The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter,” PM Modi said.
— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
PM Modi added, “Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.”
Before casting his vote in Ahmedabad, the prime minister met his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence in Gandhinagar and was seen sharing sweets and touching his mother’s feet during the visit. Both Modi and Shah were seen together at the polling booth. The PM traversed the route leading to the booth from his mother’s residence in an open air vehicle. Huge crowds had assembled to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister.
Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat
Shah is contesting his first Lok Sabha election this time. He replaces veteran BJP leader LK Advani, who won the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat six times.
The Congress party in the past had pitted popular faces such as former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan and actor Rajesh Khanna from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat and this year has pitted MLA CJ Chavda from Gandhinagar North seat, who is from the Thakor community.
A veterinary doctor, Chavda became deputy collector before he joined politics.
2014 General Elections Gujarat
The state has been a stronghold of the BJP for two decades now. PM Modi served as the Chief Minister thrice before taking up the prime ministerial candidature. In the last Lok Sabha elections held in 2014, the BJP had swept all 26 seats in the state. This time around, the Opposition is banking on anti-incumbency to disrupt BJP’s dominance.
A sample of this was visible during the Assembly elections when BJP along with its allies had won 66 of the 116 seats. The Congress and allies had bagged 27 seats, while the rest was won by other Opposition parties and Independents.
2019 General Elections
April 23 marks Phase 3 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Today, people will vote in 26 seats in Gujarat and 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra. In Kerala, polling is also being held for 20 seats. Moreover, the citizenry will cast its vote on 10 in Uttar Pradesh, six in Odisha, five in West Bengal, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, four seats in Assam, two in Goa, and one seat each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.