It's polling day for phase two of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections—millions of voters from 95 constituencies across 11 states and 1 union territory have exercised their franchise. With this polling concludes for almost one-third of the total Lok Sabha seats.
Tamil Nadu with its 38 seats remains the biggest focus. The state has also voted for by-polls in 18 assembly seats. Tamil Nadu witnessed multiple income tax raids in the run-up to the polls; the opposition has slammed these as partial and autocratic.
Karnataka with its 14 constituencies in the second phase remains another key state where traditional rivals, the Congress and the Janta Dal Secular (JDS), are fighting together in a general election for the first time. They are up against the BJP.
In Jammu and Kashmir, a newly married couple headed to a polling booth in Udhampur straight from their wedding to cast their vote. Also, an 80-year-old patient came from hospital to cast her vote in Kathua.
CNBC-TV18 spoke with A Saravanan of DMK, Narendra Taneja of BJP, Amee Yajnik of Congress and DP Satish, senior editor of News18, to analyse the phase 2 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
A Saravanan said, "There is a national narrative and that is the anti-Modi narrative. It is not as though Modi's impact is not here, his impact is here but it is in a negative manner. People want to vote out the Modi government because of how the central government has given more priority to the Hindi states than the Tamil Nadu government and how all the policies of the BJP are against the Tamil Nadu government and the Tamil people. So, there is sentiment against Narendra Modi."
Amee Yajnik said, "In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka the Congress alliance is doing very well. I think BJP is a little jittery because they know that they have not performed at all. The BJP at the centre has been practically like an umbrella with AIDMK in Tamil Nadu, there has been practically a North South divide. BJP's performance has been absolutely poor, the report card throughout the country shows that they have done nothing despite a fantastic mandate they got in 2014. I think they have not been able to showcase anything and that is why they had to fall back on their gripping factor and that is polarisation."
Narendra Taneja said, "The Congress party spokesperson says we do not have leaders at all, let Rahul Gandhi compete with our one leader. We have got so many leaders, we can supply leadership to Congress Party for 1000 years. Congress has only one family, it doesn't have a single leader."