Friday November 22, 2019

Actor Salman Khan Denies Rumours of Him Contesting in Lok Sabha Elections

Not contesting Lok Sabha elections, says Salman

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Superstar Salman Khan on Thursday denied that he was campaigning for a political party or contesting himself in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

“Contrary to the rumours, I am not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party…”, Salman tweeted after his previous tweet led to speculation that he is campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier in the day, the “Sultan” actor retweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet, urging people “to exercise your right (to vote) and participate in making the Government”.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan. flickr

On March 13, Modi, on Twitter, requested several actors including Salman and Aamir Khan to “inspire and motivate youth in your own andaz (style) to vote so that we can strengthen democracy and our country”.

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The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. The results will be announced on May 23. (IANS)

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Have a Look at Some Interesting Facts About Lok Sabha Elections

In Lok Sabha elections, the None of the Above or NOTA option was first used in 2014

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Empty seats seen during assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Friday. –KPN

With the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections all set kick off on April 11, IANS has compiled some interesting facts about India’s general elections.

* The first Lok Sabha elections in 1952 cost around Rs 10.45 crore, while the 2014 general elections cost almost Rs 3,870.3 crore.

* The first Lok Sabha elections were contested for 489 seats. The number of constituencies was increased to 543 in 1977.

* A total of 53 parties and 533 Independents contested for the 489 seats in the 1952 elections. In 2014, 464 political parties and 3,234 candidates contested for the 543 seats.

* The total number of voters for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections has gone up by 84.3 million since the 2014 polls.

* The new voters have taken the total number of voters to 900 million of which around 15 million are in the age group of 18-19 years.

* A total of 10 lakh polling stations would be set up this time as compared to around nine lakh in 2014.

picture from- www.youthconnect.in

* In a first, candidates with criminal antecedents will have to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through TV channels on three occasions during the campaign period.

* The Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and postal ballot papers would for the first time carry the photograph of all the candidates to help voters identify the political leaders in the fray.

* The cost of the Lok Sabha elections is borne by the Government of India. Only the honorariums of the poll observers are paid by the Election Commission.

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* When general elections are held simultaneously with Assembly polls, the cost is shared by the Centre and the respective state governments on a 50:50 basis.

* In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Voter-verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) were used in eight constituencies. This time, VVPATs will be used in all the constituencies.

* In Lok Sabha elections, the None of the Above or NOTA option was first used in 2014. (IANS)