India’s biggest democratic exercise that lasted more than 2 months is all set to end. Anxious moments are being witnessed across the country and everyone wants to know who is forming the next government at the centre.
The counting of votes on 542 seats will begin Thursday morning at 8.
Counting will take place on 1140 centres amidst tight security.
This time due to VVPAT tallying exercise that will take place, the results are likely to be known a little late by evening.
All preparations are underway in all the states.
Special arrangements have been made for counting in U.P. that sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.
For smooth conduct of counting and maintaining law and order situation, 20,000 paramilitary forces and 10,000 of PAC and around 2 lakh district police officers have been deployed.
In 51 district headquarters in M.P, 51 counting centres have been made where counting will be held in 292 counting rooms for which all arrangement has been made.
All preparations are in place in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh too. Security personnel have been deployed in adequate numbers.
In Rajasthan, for 25 seats preparations are in place at 25 centres for counting.
Security is tight for the lone seat in Nagaland and all preparations are in place in Assam as well.
Security is tight at 63 counting centres for counting in Odisha for 21 Lok Sabha seats and 146 assembly seats.
In Gujarat, for 26 lok sabha seats and 4 seats for bypolls, counting will take place at 28 centres.
In Andhra Pradesh, 55 counting centres have been made at 35 locations where more than 25000 security personnel have been deployed.
In Telangana too, all preparations are in place for the counting.
Preparations are in place in states in southern India as well and security personnel have been deployed.
Voting took place on 542 Lok Sabha seats. Election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled after reports of excess money power came to the fore.
More than 8000 candidates are contesting in the elections.
Around 67.11% voters exercised their franchise in the seven phased elections.
Main leaders contesting elections include PM Modi, Several Union Ministers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav and SP Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav are included.
Counting will also take place for 4 Assemblies alongwith Lok Sabha Election.
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