Narendra Modi first non-congress to be the Prime Minister of India for second term

The 2019 general elections to the Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament), held in seven phases between April and May 2019, saw BJP leading a historic landslide victory, making Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister for the second term.

Interesting facts of 2019 general elections:

  • This is the first time since independence, BJP on its own won 302 seats of the 543 seats in Lok Sabha
  • First time since independence other than Congress, BJP’s Narendra Modi was elected for the second term with a whopping majority
  • 2019 general elections was the longest election held till date in the country in terms of the number of days the polling is held for. It was conducted in 7 phases across India for 39 days.
  • First time the Gandhi family lost in their home constituency – Amethi (Uttar Pradesh)
  • BJP dint win even a single seat from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
  • He was elected as the 14th PM of India in 2014 and will continue to serve next 5 years
  • First time BJP made inroads in West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar on its own
  •  It is the second time Congress just managed to win seats in two digit. In 2014 they got 44 seats and in 2019 they got 92 seats.
  • About 900 million Indian citizens were eligible to vote in one of the seven phases depending on the region.
  • The 2019 elections attracted a turnout of over 67 % – the highest ever in the history of Indian general elections, as well the highest recorded participation in Indian elections by women.

Electoral System:

  • India is divided into 543 constituencies. From each constituency one member is elected to the Parliament( Lok Sabha) ( In this 2019 elections, in 302 constituencies BJP won)
  • The members are elected from each constituency through first past the post voting system.
  • The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented
  • Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India. Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.
  • The elections are held once every five years.
  • The details of the elections will be announced by Election Commission of India (ECI).
Source: Wikipedia



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