Voting Continues: India General Election 2024 Phase 3 Updates

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The third phase of the 18th Lok Sabha elections concluded on May 7, 2024, with a significant voter turnout of approximately 64.4%, underscoring the active engagement of millions of Indians in one of the globe’s largest democratic exercises. Despite this, the turnout experienced a decline compared to the preceding phases, standing lower than Phase 1 (66.14%) and Phase 2 (66.71%). This pivotal phase marked the halfway point in the extensive seven-phase electoral process, reflecting the nation’s fervent participation in shaping its democratic future. Explore the unfolding narrative of India’s monumental national election updates in this comprehensive coverage.

  • The Phase 3 of India’s seven-phased Lok Sabha election in 2024 concluded on May 7, 2024, with a turnout of approximately 64.4%, as reported by the Election Commission of India at 11.40 p.m.
  • Voters from 93 constituencies across 10 states and 1 union territory participated in this phase, with notable enthusiasm seen in Assam and West Bengal, while Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh witnessed comparatively lower participation rates.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah cast their votes in Ahmedabad, emphasizing on citizen engagement in the electoral process.
  • With 283 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats voted for, the closure of Phase 3 marks the halfway point of this extensive election journey.
  • Elections in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag-Rajouri constituency have been postponed to May 25, 2024, due to weather concerns, while the Betul constituency of Madhya Pradesh successfully completed its voting process after a postponement in Phase 2 due to unfortunate circumstances.
  • Prime Minister Modi characterized the election as a “festival of democracy,” urging citizens to participate actively.
  • Notably, key voter concerns include job scarcity and rising inflation during the current government’s tenure.
  • Despite governance by various political parties under the Constitution since India’s Independence, the challenges of crime and societal disharmony persist. A crime-free society can only be achieved through adherence to the Constitution of the Supreme God Kabir. Jagatguru Tatvdarshi Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj stands as the sole authority capable of imparting the authentic worship of God Kabir, paving the way towards a society marked by genuine peace and happiness.

The following constituencies participated in the Lok Sabha Elections in India 2024:

  1. Assam: 4 seats
  2. Bihar: 5 seats
  3. Chhattisgarh: 7 seats
  4. Dadra & Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu: 2 seats
  5. Goa: 2 seats
  6. Gujarat: 25 seats 
  7. Karnataka: 14 seats
  8. Madhya Pradesh: 9 seats 
  9. Maharashtra: 11 seats
  10. Uttar Pradesh: 10 seats
  11. West Bengal: 4 seats

A total of 1331 candidates were in fray, as per the press release by the Election Commission of India. 

With Prime Minister Modi’s home state Gujarat in the spotlight, boasting 25 crucial seats, Phase 3 has become the focal point of widespread interest. Notably, the BJP secured victory in Surat following the disqualification of the opposition candidate by the Election Commission.

■ Also Read: Nation Embarks on Lok Sabha Elections Phase 1: A Prelude to Democratic Expression

Renowned political figures such as Amit Shah, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan are contesting for seats, further amplifying the political stakes and intrigue. 

A notable familial power struggle also unfolded in Baramati, as Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule contested against Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar, adding an extra layer of political drama to the mid-phase of the Lok Sabha Elections in India. 

  • Despite adverse weather conditions in constituencies such as Guwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri, and Kokrajhar, voters exhibited resilience, utilizing unconventional transport like boats to reach polling venues.
  • West Bengal encountered sporadic violence, notably in Murshidabad and Jangipur constituencies, attributed to clashes among workers of BJP, TMC, and Congress-CPI (M) parties.
  • Tragic incidents marred the polling process, including the sudden demise of polling officer Kaushika Babariya due to a heart attack in Amreli, Gujarat. Additionally, two officers in Karnataka suffered the same fate while on duty, as confirmed by the Election Commission of India.
  • Discontent surfaced in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad area, where three villages – Nagla Jawahar, Nagla Umar, and Neem Kheria – boycotted the elections, despite efforts by the administration to encourage participation.
  • Similar boycotts occurred in Gujarat’s Sanadhara, Bakhri, and Kesar villages, where voters refrained from casting their votes to express dissatisfaction with authorities and government cooperation.

In a bizarre turn of events, NCP leader Rupali Chakankar made an unauthorized entry into a polling booth to conduct an arti in front of an electronic voting machine. The Pune police swiftly responded by booking her under multiple sections of the People’s Representative Act and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, highlighting the gravity of the incident.

  • Phase 4: 13th May 2024 (96 constituencies in 10 states)
  • Phase 5: 20th May 2024 (49 constituencies in 8 states)
  • Phase 6: 25th May 2024 (57 constituencies in 7 states)
  • Phase 7: 1st June 2024 (57 constituencies in 8 states)

Date of Counting: 4th June 2024

Source: Election Commission of India’s website

As the world observes one of democracy’s grandest spectacles unfold, ordinary Indian citizens are keenly attuned to the power plays and rhetoric of politicians. The widespread boycotts of the Lok Sabha Elections across the country serve as poignant reminders of governance’s struggle to address citizen grievances. Why do the innumerable promises made before elections often remain unfulfilled?

The answer to the question is quite simple which is due to the lack of governance amongst the political leaders as they continuously fail to address the issues of the public. The inability of any government to effectively curb violence and achieve enduring peace stems from a deeper truth: only a Tatvadarshi Saint (Complete Saint) possesses the transformative power to bring about such a radical societal shift. 

As more individuals seek refuge in the Complete Saint, a dynamic shift reverberates through the social fabric, heralding a genuine spiritual and mass transformation. The ripple effect of inner change manifests outwardly, reshaping the world around us.

In Jagatguru Tatvdarshi Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj, the world finds a singular Complete Saint endowed with the authority to bestow the authentic worship of the Supreme God Kabir, guiding humanity towards ultimate salvation.

It’s a moment of reckoning: do we continue to place our trust in the ever-changing rhetoric of political leaders, or do we embrace the real significance of our existence by seeking refuge in Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj? A visionary leader who tirelessly champions social causes, from empowering the girl child to combating substance abuse.

Embrace the life-transforming spiritual knowledge imparted by Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj:

  • Website: www.jagatgururampalji.org
  • YouTube: Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj
  • Facebook: Spiritual Leader Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj 
  • Twitter: @SaintRampalJiM
Question 1: What is the Lok Sabha election?

Answer: They are elections held to appoint Members of Parliament (MPs).

Question 2: How many Lok sabha seats are there?

Answer: There are 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. 

Question 3: How is PM chosen in India?

Answer: The Prime Minister is appointed by the President of India and must have the majority vote of the members of the Lok Sabha. 

Question 4: Who runs Lok Sabha?

Answer: Typically, the Prime Minister runs the Lok Sabha, provided she/he is also the member of Lok Sabha.

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