Lok Sabha election 2024 results: Leaders pray for favourable outcome

Polling for the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in the 28 states and eight Union Territories was held in seven phases from 18 April to 1 June.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 04, 2024 | 9:40 AMUpdatedJun 04, 2024 | 9:40 AM

G Kishan Reddy at the Bhagyalakshmi temple

As the Election Commission of India started the counting of votes on Tuesday, June 4, many leaders from across the country have visited their places of worship.

From Telangana, the two prominent candidates from BJP, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy and Madhavi Latha have prayed at the temples in Hyderabad for a favourable outcome in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Madhavi Latha who is contesting from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, against the four-time AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi paid her visit to the Lal Darwaza temple in Hyderabad.

The BJP candidate can be heard reciting Hindu chants.

While Kishan Reddy is contesting from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency. He is fighting against Congress’ Danam Nagendar and BRS’ T Padma Rao Goud.

The Union minister paid his visit to the controversial Bhagya Lakshmi temple near the Charminar in Hyderabad.

Exuding confidence that the BJP will win in the country, and get majority seats in Telangana, Reddy said to the media, “I have prayed that the counting should be peaceful, I have also prayed to the goddess to bless the BJP candidate and Narendra Modi.”

Kerala and Karnataka leaders

In Karnataka, JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy offered prayers at Gangadhareshwara temple in Bengaluru.

The JD(S) second-in-command, who contested from Mandya as an NDA candidate, also sought the blessings of the pontiff of the Adi Chunchanagiri Giri Shakha Math, Nirmalananda Natha Swami.

Later speaking to reporters, he exuded confidence in winning the election.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru South BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya offered his prayers at his residence.

Thiruvananthapuram Congress Lok Sabha candidate Shashi Tharoor too visited the temple, before visiting the temple, speaking to the media, he said, “I am going off to, as I always do, to seek some blessings of the almighty before I come back and settle down in front of the TV and watch (election results) like all the rest of you.”

“Expectations were set on 26 April, not today because the fact is once people have cast their vote, the boxes are sealed in the strong rooms, there is frankly no further room for any argument or debate.”

“People have voted, all we have been doing is waiting for six weeks to find out how they have voted then. So, whatever has been said since then, including the exit polls, can have no bearing on the outcome,” he added.

Lok Sabha elections counting: Arrangements in place for a smooth process across South India

Lok Sabha polls

Polling for the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in the 28 states and eight Union Territories was held in seven phases from 18 April to 1 June.

The election results will be accessible live through the website https://results.eci.gov.in, using the Election Commission’s ENCORE software.

This is the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results from all constituencies in the country will be made available through a unified system.

Initial trends will likely be known by 9 am after the postal ballots are taken up for counting at 8 am. EVMs will be taken up for counting 30 minutes after the commencement of counting of postal ballots.