PM Manmohan Singh casts vote in Assam, denies `Modi wave`

Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:06

Zee Media Bureau

Guwahati: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cast his vote in Assam on Thursday, along with his wife Gursharan Kaur.

The PM and his wife were listed in the Dispur Legislative Assembly constituency that comes under Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency. The duo cast their votes at Dispur Government HS School polling centre.

Speaking to reporters after exercising his adult franchise, the PM hit out at the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
“There is no Modi wave in the country; it is (only) creation of media,” said Dr Singh.

"I don`t think the Congress is losing ground. We should wait till the outcome of the polls, which will be known on May 16," he said.

In Assam, the day began with enthusiastic voters turning up early at polling booths.

The final phase of polls for six Lok Sabha constituencies - Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Gauhati, Nowgong, Mangaldai and Barpeta - saw voters queuing at polling stations since early morning.

Officials said around 17 percent of the electorate had cast their vote in the first two hours.
Polling for the eight Lok Sabha constituencies out of total 14 Lok Sabha constituencies has already been completed in Assam in two phases.

The first phase covered five Lok Sabha seats, recording over 78 percent of polling, while the second phase of polling that covered three constituencies recorded over 75 percent polling.

Voting is taking place at around 12,000 polling stations where over 45,000 poll officials have been deployed.

Election officials said that 492 companies of paramilitary forces, state police and Home Guards have been deployed.

(With agency inputs)


First Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:38

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