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Google Doodle celebrates India polls; Modi tweets in 6 languages urging people to vote

The first phase of the polling took place on April 19 in 102 constituencies of the country in which fates of 1,625 candidates were to be decided by more than 166 million voters.

Google Doodle celebrates beginning of India elections 2024

By: Shubham Ghosh

GOOGLE DOODLE on Friday (19) commemorated the beginning of the 18th general elections in India, the world’s largest democracy, by depicting the left index finger marked with ink.

Anyone who casts his/her ballot in an Indian election gets a mark of the indelible ink on his/her left index finger that not only confirms participation in the festival of democracy but also to prevent instances of electoral fraud or double voting.

Google Doodles are temporary and brief changes made to the Google logo to pay tribute to various themes — local and global — including holidays, birth anniversaries of prominent people, beginning of any significant event, and the like. They are presented in various forms — images, animations, slideshows, and videos, among others.

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The doodle came on the day the first of the seven phases of the election took place. One hundred and two of Indian Lok Sabha’s (Lower House of the parliament) 543 constituencies in 21 states and Union Territories were going to polls in the first phase.

The states included Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Assam, Bihar and West Bengal.

The UTs included Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Jammu and Kashmir.

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More than 1,600 candidates were in the fray in the first election and over 166 million voters were casting their ballots.

State elections in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh were also held on the same day.

In the first phase, 3.57 million individuals were voting for the first time while 35.1 million young voters aged between 20 and 29 were eligible to participate.

The 2024 national elections see a contest primarily between two alliances: the National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party of prime minister Narendra Modi which is seeking its third successive term, and the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance bloc of more than two dozen parties that are looking to prevent Modi to coming back to power again. The main opposition, Indian National Congress, is part of this alliance.

Modi tweets in six languages

Prime minister Modi posted on X messages in six languages to urge people to go out and vote, saying every ballot and voice matters. He tweeted in English, Hindi as well as in Tamil, Bengali, Assamese and Marathi since states where these languages are spoken — Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Maharashtra, respectively, were voting fully or partially in the inaugural phase.

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