27 July, 2021


A wall graffiti written in Chineses language in support of the Trinamool Congress party, ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Kolkata.
Photograph by PTI

The T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led AMMK's workers are buying up flattened cardboard boxes by the dozen, res­hap­ing them into boxes. Covered with gift wrap and tied with a bow string, the boxes also sport stickers of Jayalalitha, Sasikala and Dhinakaran. Bigger boxes are displayed during campaigns and placed at big junctions with TTV’s banners; smaller ones are handed to voters. The party is clearly in a hurry to popularise its poll symbol with just two weeks in hand.

—G .C. Shekhar

Nagaland clocked the highest ever voter turnout in election ­history in 2004. The lowest ever turnout during Lok Sabha ­elections was in 1989, in Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 91.77% 2004: Nagaland
  • 5.07% 1989: J&K

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