India election 2019: Sixth round of voting under way for 59 seats

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally for Lok Sabha polls in Gwalior Wednesday

With the opposition Congress party also in the contest, the anti-BJP vote could be divided. The allegations were never proven but dominated political discourse in India during the 1990's as they turned the spotlight on high level corruption in defense deals. The BJP says Modi was reacting to Rahul Gandhi calling him a thief.

Voting began on Sunday morning for 59 Lok Sabha seats in the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls.

As a gesture of support, Naidu also took part in an election rally of TMC at Kharagpur and urged people to vote for the party candidate in the elections.

"Modi personally has been the most visible prime minister", said Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a political commentator and biographer of Modi. "It will give further direction [to the country] for the next decade", says K.S. Murthy, a resident of Delhi. He claimed that his speech did not violate any model code of conduct and his criticism was confined to the policies and the programs of the Modi government under the five-year rule. According to reports two other BJP workers were shot at in Bhagabanpur of East Midnapore.

Research scholar Santosh Kumar Jha in New Delhi is disillusioned that the Modi government failed in its promise of providing more jobs. He can not even talk about unemployment, farmers, youth, women, because he hasn't done anything."Gandhi also flayed the Modi government over demonetisation and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).Terming the GST as "Gabbar Singh Tax", Gandhi said it destroyed the businesses of many traders."Under the pressure of Congress, Modiji is doing kabaddi-kabaddi, which he won't be able to continue for long. We will accept the people's mandate", Gandhi told reporters".

However, in 2019, the chances of the BJP repeating its performance appears bleak in the changed political landscape. And the most important among these is of unemployment.

Gandhi, the 48-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, has accused Modi of buying 36 French Rafale fighter jets at an exorbitant price, and helping a private industrialist by promoting him as an offset partner of Dassault, the aircraft manufacturer.

Naresh Gujral, a senior leader of Akali Dal, a strong regional ally of the BJP from the northern Indian state of Punjab, said on Friday that "it seems the BJP will not be able to cross the halfway mark on its own this time".

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and will end on May 19.

Modi however exudes confidence about retaining his grip on power. The Congress chief took to his Facebook Official and said, "I think what Sam Pitroda Ji said is completely out of line and he should apologize for it".

With 12 May polling, votes have already been cast in almost 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats.



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