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Who will be next PM of India as 968 million voters head to world’s biggest election?

08:28 PM | 19 Apr, 2024
Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi
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Indian voters on Friday commenced the world's largest general election, marking the first phase of the electoral process.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks an unprecedented third consecutive term as leader of the nation.

With over 968 million eligible voters, polling will unfold over the next six weeks, with results anticipated on June 4. The voting schedule includes April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1, with certain states completing the process in a single day while others span several phases.

The inaugural phase saw polling across 21 states and union territories, encompassing populous regions such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. Additionally, smaller northeastern states and the northern Himalayan territory of Jammu and Kashmir participated. Notably, this election marks the first in Kashmir following the revocation of its special autonomous status and statehood in 2019.

Rajiv Kumar, Chief Election Commissioner of India, informed reporters that an estimated 168.6 million individuals were expected to cast their votes on Friday. He underscored the extensive preparations undertaken over the past two years for this monumental undertaking.

The electoral landscape features over 2,600 political parties vying for 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament. To form a government, a party or coalition must secure a minimum of 272 seats.

Modi's National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, aims for a resounding victory, targeting 400 seats. Opposition comes in the form of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), comprising a coalition of around two dozen parties, spearheaded by the Congress Party. Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty, leads the opposition coalition, seeking to challenge Modi's dominance.

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 21 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 21, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro moved up to 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.80
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739 747.8
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.53 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.65 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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