Issue Brief on “Elections in India 2019: Manifestos and Themes”

India – which prides itself as the world’s largest democracy is currently in the middle of its 17th Lok Sabha elections. Spanning over a period of nearly six weeks in seven phases, the elections which started on April 11, 2019 will conclude on May 19, 20149 in seven phases while the results will be announced on 23 of May, 2019.

Total number of seats in the Lok Sabha is 543, and the party succeeds in securing 273 seats would be invited to form the new government.  There are currently 2,293 political parties registered with the Election Commission of India,[1] with some 900 million eligible voters.[2]  Among the popular parties in this election include: Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi  Party (SP), Shiv Sena  and Asom  Gana Parishad.

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