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TGIPB – Part 7 : The battle begins

17 states

124 constituencies

More than 75 million votes cast out of 143.1 million strong electorate.

1,715 candidates

Over 300,000 EVMs used

The first phase of The Great Indian Election kick started today .

Today’s battle will decide the fate of key contestants  : Lalu Prasad Yadav , Murli Manohar Joshi , Yashwant Singh , Renuka Chowdhary , Shashi Tharoor , Praful Patel , K Chandresekar Rao and S Jaipal Reddy.

The first phase included the naxal infected areas and predictably there were naxal attacks on few pockets that sadly took away 17 lives.

According to news agencies Polling was reportedly lower when compared to the previous elections.

Quote of the day :

We are sweeping the polls in Bihar.

- Lalu Prasad Yadav

Man ! We should take a leaf of positive thinking from these politicians !!!

On the day the real battle started and the voters had their ink on their hand as a mark of casting votes , BJP’s latest poster boy Varun Gandhi was released from jail by Supreme court.  Mr.Gandhi , Mind your language please !

The result am eager to know : Sashi Tharoor.

Heavy weight battle :

Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD) Vs Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP)

MM Joshi (BJP)  Vs Mukthar Ansari (BSP)

My safe bet : Renuka Chowdhary  ( Congress )is going to bite dust in the poll.

0 16 April, 2009 India Matters April 16, 2009

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