The phase-I voting for the 17th Lok Sabha elections 2019 has begun. Around 900 million people will exercise their franchise to vote in the Lok Sabha polls. A total of 91 Lok Sabha seats, across 20 states will be contested in the first phase. The results for 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be announced on May 23. Assembly elections are also held in four states- Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
States and union territories going to polls in first phase are: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
In a big setback to the Narendra Modi government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an objection plea filed by the Centre in Rafale case. A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Rajan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph refused to accept the government’s ‘stolen document’ plea. The top court accepted the new documents to be included in the review petition filed against its December 14 verdict.
Actor Vivek Oberoi, who is playing Narendra Modi in the biopic on the prime minister, cancelled a scheduled press meet here on Wednesday after the Election Commission banned its screening during poll period. The EC's order came a day before the film was to be released.