The first phase of elections looked something like this- faulty EVMs, indelible ink being not-so indelible, Netas smashing voting machines, violence in some areas and much more. But amid all this, crores of people across 20 states and Union Terrorities have cast their votes.
Nearly 1,300 candidates including Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh are in the fray. The turnout has been healthy across most constituencies. The key battleground in the first phase is Andhra Pradesh which votes for both, the State Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha.
To discuss the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan is joined by Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh, BJP spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam, RK Radhakrishnan, senior deputy editor of Frontline, YSRCP spokesperson Rajasekhar Reddy and TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar.
Here's what they have to say:
Syed Zafar Islam, BJP spokesperson: "We are confident not because I am telling you today... because the incumbent government has won the confidence of the people of India. That gives us a lot of comfort that we will definitely register a massive victory this time as well."
Gourav Vallabh, Congress spokesperson: “Young people are out today, farmers are out today, poor people are out today because they had seen the confidence in the Congress. When Congress went to the voters of the country, (promising) that we will give you justice - 'NYAY', by giving Rs 72,000 to 5 crore families of our country, we will give employment - 34 lakh vacancies will be filled in the government and for the private sector, we had an entire plan."
Rajasekhar Reddy, YSRCP spokesperson: “The people of Andhra Pradesh are in a mood to reject all the alliance of NDA like TDP and BJP and Jana Sena Party because they had promised almost 1000’s of promises to do good for the people of Andhra Pradesh during 2014 election. They have literally failed to complete even one promise. When YS Jaganmohan Reddy is fighting ... the public was very happy about our manifesto and they are very happy to vote for change.”