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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Highlights: TMC attacks Modi govt, says ‘tenure nearing its end’

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Highlights: The next and final phase of voting is scheduled for June 1 in 57 parliamentary constituencies across 8 states and UTs.
TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee
TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Highlights: The sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Saturday saw a voter turnout of 61.20 per cent, the lowest among all phases so far, according to data compiled till 11:45 pm. In the fifth phase, the turnout was slightly higher at 62.20 per cent. The Election Commission said these figures are approximate and will be updated. On Saturday, 58 seats in eight states and Union Territories voted in the sixth phase. In the 2019 general elections, the turnout for the same phase (59 seats across seven states) was 64.4 per cent....Read More

In the last phase, West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout of 79.47 per cent and Uttar Pradesh recorded the lowest turnout of 54.03 per cent.

Whereas Bihar recorded a voter turnout of 55.24, Haryana 60.4, Jammu and Kashmir of 54.3, Jharkhand of 63.76, Delhi of 57.67, and Odisha of 69.56

Six phases of voting of the Lok Sabha elections have been completed as of May 25.

The next and final phase — Phase 7 — of voting is scheduled for June 1 in 57 parliamentary constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories.

Lok Sabha election 2024 polling schedule

Phase 1: April 19 (voting done)

Phase 2: April 26 (voting done)

Phase 3: May 7 (voting done)

Phase 4: May 13 (voting done)

Phase 5: May 20 (voting done)

Phase 6: May 25 (voting done)

Phase 7: June 1

Counting of votes: June 4

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May 26, 2024 10:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE | Congress, SP incapable of promoting welfare of underprivileged: CM Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a scathing attack on the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP), describing them as "incapable of ensuring security, fostering development, and promoting the welfare of the underprivileged."

CM Yogi Adityanath on Sunday held four public meetings, campaigning for the NDA candidates contesting from Mirzapur, Robertsganj, Chandauli, Ghazipur, and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats.

"We are devoted followers of Ram and will not rest until we eliminate the wrongdoers. Today, no one can compromise the safety of our daughters or businessmen. Anyone attempting to do so will face swift justice. The mafia, who once defied the law, are now being crushed by the bulldozers of UP," CM Yogi said.

May 26, 2024 9:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE | 'People will not get divided on religious lines, BJP will face defeat': Punjab Congress chief

Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Sunday said that people in Punjab will not fall for the Bharatiya Janata Party's trap of being divided on religious lines.

Warring questioned the contributions of the BJP towards Punjab and said that even after giving maximum sacrifices for the nation since independence, the state got nothing in return.

"The more PM visits Punjab, the more people will vote against him. I want to ask PM and Amit Shah what have they given to Punjab. They took the lives of 700 farmers. We are part of this country, Punjabis have given maximum sacrifice for this nation. Be it during the struggle for Independence, or wars in 1965 and 1971. But we never received any special package, our industry got nothing. No AIIMS given to us. Chandigarh which was our right, you gave space to establish Haryana Assembly there," the Punjab Congress chief told ANI.

May 26, 2024 9:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE | Himachal: Cycle rallies in 10 districts to spread awareness among urban voters

Ahead of the June 1 election in Himachal Pradesh, cycle rallies were organised in 10 districts of the state to motivate voters, particularly those residing in urban areas, to come out and exercise their franchise, officials said on Sunday.

The cycle rallies were flagged off by all the District Electoral Officers or Deputy Commissioners in their respective districts barring Hamirpur and Kinnau and were organised in collaboration with the Cycling Association of Himachal Pradesh, a statement said here.

May 26, 2024 8:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Kejriwal turned Punjab into 'ATM of corruption' to pay his legal fees: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has turned Punjab into an "ATM of corruption" and that he has been relying on it to pay the legal fees to fight his court cases.

At a poll rally in Punjab in support of the BJP's Ludhiana candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, he slammed the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying they hug each other elsewhere but turn into enemies in Punjab.

"I want to ask the AAP and Congress that you have an alliance in Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat, then why you are playing 'noora kushti' (fixed match) here," Shah said.

May 26, 2024 8:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Upendra Kushwaha calls collegium system ‘undemocratic’ in presence of Amit Shah

Former Union minister and NDA candidate Upendra Kushwaha slammed the collegium system of appointment of judges in the higher judiciary and called it "undemocratic".

During a rally in Bihar's Karakat, from where he is contesting the Lok Sabha elections, Kushwaha said,"The collegium system has many flaws. It is undemocratic. It has shut the doors of judgeship in the higher judiciary on Dalits, OBCs and even the poor among the upper castes." Read more.

May 26, 2024 7:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Modi, Shah, Kharge, Rahul to campaign in Odisha for last phase of polls

Top leaders of the BJP and the Congress will again make a beeline to Odisha ahead of the last phase of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha on May 29 and address three public meetings in Baripada, Balasore and Kendrapara, BJP's Odisha unit vice-president Golak Mohapatra told reporters here on Sunday.

A day before his scheduled visit, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address three rallies in Chandbali, Korei and Nimapada on May 28.

May 26, 2024 6:46 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE:BJP govt's tenure for few days more: TMC's Abhishek Banerjee

Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said the Narendra Modi government's tenure is nearing its end, boldly predicting a shift in power dynamics on June 4, when the results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections will be declared.

Addressing a rally under Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency, within which Sandeshkhali is situated, Banerjee claimed that the BJP-led NDA will be voted out of power in the elections.

"The BJP government's tenure is for a few days more, change will be ushered in on June 4," Banerjee said.

May 26, 2024 5:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Shashi Tharoor addresses press conference in Amritsar

“There is a real problem of drugs and particularly smuggling from Pakistan. We have seen it from both land and sea. Inside Punjab, the police have to do a better job not only at the borders when it comes in but also when it is distributed within the cities and towns. Part of the problem is people who are unemployed and who have no hope in life, are the ones tempted by this,” says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor at a press conference in Amritsar.

May 26, 2024 5:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: JDS and BJP to continue alliance for future elections, says former Karnataka CM and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy

“Both the parties (JDS and BJP) have decided to continue our alliance even for future elections. We will jointly fight even the Member of Legislative Council elections. We are fully in support of the legal move that the Centre is taking against Prajwal Revanna; we welcome it,” former Karnataka CM and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said.

May 26, 2024 5:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: PM waived loans of 22 people but couldn't give ₹9,000 cr for HP monsoon disaster, says Rahul Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waived loans worth 16 lakh crore of 22 people in the last 10 years but could not give 9,000 crore to deal with the disaster caused by monsoon rains in Himachal Pradesh last year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday.

Addressing an election rally at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, Gandhi said that rather than helping the hilly state, Modi made an attempt to "steal" its elected government.

His statement came days after PM Modi alleged wrongful distribution of Central flood aid by the Congress government in the state and promised action.

May 26, 2024 5:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: CM Kejriwal thanks people for giving AAP a thumping majority in Punjab polls earlier

"Two years ago, people gave us a thumping majority and helped Bhagwant Mann form government in Punjab. Out of the 117 Assembly seats, we won 92. I thank everyone for that... Delhi and Punjab, where the AAP is in power, are two states where there is free electricity. This was possible because our party is honest. Several Mohalla Clinics have also opened in Punjab. We have also improved education facilities in the state," Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said.

May 26, 2024 4:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal holds roadshow in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal held a roadshow in Hoshiarpur, Punjab today.

May 26, 2024 4:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Modi's 'mazboot' govt replaced 'majboor' UPA, says JP Nadda

BJP president JP Nadda on Sunday credited his party with providing a "mazboot" (strong) government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was capable of penetrating Pakistan's borders to destroy terrorist hideouts.

In contrast, the former Union minister charged, the Congress-led UPA government that got voted out in 2014 was "majboor, kamzor aur apang" (helpless, weak and crippled).

Addressing back-to-back election rallies in Bihar's Arrah and Jehanabad constituencies, Nadda mocked the UPA for having sent "dossiers to Pakistan when the nation was rattled by terrorist attacks sponsored from across the border".

May 26, 2024 4:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacks PM Modi in Chandigarh

"While unemployment is the most important national issue, inflation is the second most important national issue. Have you (people) ever listened to PM Modi talk about this? He talks about women empowerment and says that he provided 33 per cent reservation to women. But does he talk about inflation?" says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Chandigarh.

May 26, 2024 4:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Modi lost self-confidence, faltering in speeches after realising BJP will lose LS polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost self-confidence and has been faltering in his speeches upon realising the BJP will not retain power at the Centre, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Sunday.

Asserting the INDIA bloc will form government, he said that after June 4, the day the votes will be counted, the Union cabinet and the media will change.

At an election rally in favour of the party's candidate from Salempur Ram Shankar Vidyarthi, Yadav promised to do away with the Agniveer scheme if the INDIA bloc forms government.

May 26, 2024 3:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: 'EVM row, criticism of EC a Congress ploy to cover up Rahul Gandhi's failure due to its impending defeat,' says Amit Shah

Speaking to news agency PTI, Amit Shah said EVM row and criticism of EC is 'Congress' ploy to cover up Rahul Gandhi's failure due to its impending defeat.'

May 26, 2024 3:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: ‘Confident that BJP is going to win a two-third majority…’ says party leader Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo

“I am confident that BJP is going to win a two-third majority in the Assembly elections and will form the government in Odisha. As per the reports, people have voted in favour of BJP in the last three phases of the Assembly elections in the state,” said senior BJP leader Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo.

May 26, 2024 3:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: UCC, 'One Nation, One Election' to be implemented in next term, say Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said a Uniform Civil Code for the entire country will be implemented within the next five years after extensive consultations with all stakeholders if the BJP returns to power.

In a wide-ranging interview with PTI, Shah said the Modi government in its next term will also implement 'One Nation, One Election' as the time has come for the elections to be held simultaneously in the country.

May 26, 2024 3:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah speaks at rally in Bihar's Kaimur

"...6 phases of elections have been completed. After 5 phases of elections, PM Modi has completed the task of forming the government by winning 310 seats. This sixth and seventh phase is to cross 400 seats...": Amit Shah

May 26, 2024 3:14 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: ‘India will begin new journey after June 4’, says PM Modi

Addressing the rally in Bansgaon PM Modi said India will begin new journey after June 4. "...Those 3 crore poor who will get pucca houses, elderly people above 70 years of age who will get free treatment of up to 5 lakhs, crores of youth who will be benefitted out of Mudra scheme, those 3 crore sisters of self-help groups who will become 'Lakhpati didi' and crores of people who will be getting free electricity under PM Surya Ghar scheme are waiting for June 4..." he said.

May 26, 2024 3:07 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses public meeting in Bansgaon, Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public meeting in Bansgaon, Uttar Pradesh at present.

May 26, 2024 3:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: It's Rahul, who enjoys vacations abroad, vs Modi who celebrates Diwali with jawans, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that the ongoing Lok Sabha polls were a choice between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who celebrated Diwali among Armymen, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who "rushes abroad for vacations whenever the weather becomes uncomfortable".

Addressing a rally in Karakat Lok Sabha constituency of Bihar, Shah also dubbed the INDIA bloc as the one comprising "scamsters guilty of financial wrongdoings worth 12 lakh crore" which was taking on Modi, "with an unblemished record during the 23 years he was CM (of Gujarat) and the PM".

May 26, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress guarantees are never meant to be met, says Amit Shah

Speaking to news agency PTI, Amit Shah said that Congress guarantees were never meant to be met. He also said guarding OBC reservation is BJP's vow.

May 26, 2024 2:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024: From ‘mujra’ to ‘types of soldiers’, 5 remarks that sparked controversy

With the seven-phase Lok Sabha election 2024 season about to conclude with the final round of polling being held on June 1, top political leaders remained in the news for their controversial comments during public rallies. So much so that both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress approached the Elections Commission of India seeking against Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, respectively. Dig Deeper

May 26, 2024 2:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: BJP president JP Nadda attacks RJD at gathering in Jehanabad, Bihar

“RJD wants to take you all to ‘Lantern Yug’ whereas PM Modi wants to take to you ‘LED Yug’. I have spent my childhood here. I have seen Lalu (Prasad Yadav) as a student leader who has now indulged himself in corruption and ‘pariwarvaad’,” said BJP president JP Nadda addressing a gathering in Jehanabad, Bihar.

May 26, 2024 2:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: ‘I have come to Purvanchal to alert the people of Ghosi about the conspiracy of INDI alliance…’, says PM

"Today I have come to Purvanchal to alert the people of Ghosi about the conspiracy of INDI alliance. The INDI alliance of SP and Congress is making all the castes fight among themselves. These people want Dalit, Brahmin, Rajputs, Chauhan, Yadav... to become weak by fighting among themselves": PM Modi

May 26, 2024 2:05 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in UP's Ghosi

Addressing a public meeting in Ghosi, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "People of Purvanchal have made up their minds to vote for BJP, vote for NDA and make us win..."

May 26, 2024 1:44 PM IST

‘On June 4…’: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav says, "...On 4 June INDIA alliance is coming (to power) and BJP is going on 4 June."

May 26, 2024 1:09 PM IST

Odisha: BJP candidate arrested for allegedly vandalising EVM

A BJP candidate was arrested in Odisha's Khurda district for allegedly vandalising an EVM as he had to wait in queue for a long to cast his vote because the machine malfunctioned, officials said on Sunday.

Prashant Jagdev, the BJP MLA of Chilika, has been fielded this time from the Khurda assembly segment. The incident happened on Saturday at booth 114 in Bolagad block's Kaunripatna in the Begunia assembly segment where he is registered as a voter.

May 26, 2024 12:48 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi promises MSP, farm loan-waiver, and criticises Modi at Himachal rally

At a rally in Himachal Pradesh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made several promises and accusations, pledging MSP and farm loan waivers and promising poor families an annual sum of 1 lakh until they rise above the poverty line. He criticized the media, stating it has lost its credibility, and claimed that share prices of Adani companies rise whenever Narendra Modi is sworn in as Prime Minister. Gandhi accused Modi of waiving loans worth 16 lakh-crore for 22 individuals over 10 years while neglecting to provide 9,000 crore for the HP monsoon disaster. He also alleged that Modi handed over all storage facilities to one person to control apple prices and accused BJP leaders of attacking the Constitution by suggesting its abolition.

May 26, 2024 12:33 PM IST

PM Modi addresses a rally in UP's Mirzapur

Addressing a public meeting in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Samajwadi party and Congress people are dedicated to vote bank whereas Modi is dedicated to the poor, Dalits and backward people of the country..."

"The country has come to know the INDI alliance people very well. These people are extremely communal. They are extremely racist and are extreme nepotists. Whenever their government is formed, these people make decisions on this basis...Law and Order and the Samajwadi Party are opposite to each other...Samajwadi Party government used to look forward to the mafias as a part of the vote bank...But under the Yogi government action is being taken on the mafias..."

"On June 4 'phir ek baar Modi sarkar'...In six phases the public has confirmed BJP government once again," he added.

May 26, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on possible tampering of EVMs

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal says "There are a lot of people who are saying that these machines (EVMs) are possibly tampered. We want to make sure that there is no possibility of tampering. We are neither saying that they are tampered nor that they are not tampered. Any machine can be tampered. We have the trust but the voter should be sure that his vote has gone to the candidate who he voted for...If there is a difference in the number of votes and the time, then you will get to know it. I tried to gather this information and made this chart for everyone..."

May 26, 2024 11:36 AM IST

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says ‘we have done so much…’

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says, "Earlier, even if they (RJD) got the opportunity before we (NDA) come to power in 2005, what was there? Was anyone getting out of their homes, there was fear. No one has this courage. Fewer children had access to education... They got the opportunity but they did nothing, we have done so much work be it in health, education or any other sector..."

May 26, 2024 10:29 AM IST

If BJP comes to power at Centre again, democracy in danger: Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor criticized the BJP, warning that if the party regains power at the Centre, it could endanger democracy in the country.

“If BJP forms the government this time, democracy will be in danger. If we want to save the country, the BJP will not have to be allowed to come to power again at the Centre. That's why I am asking for votes for Charanjit Singh Channi,” he said in Punjab.

May 26, 2024 9:36 AM IST

Abhishek Banerjee faces crucial test in Diamond Harbour constituency

In the Diamond Harbour area of West Bengal, there's a fierce battle happening in the upcoming elections. The TMC, led by Abhishek Banerjee, sees it as a showcase constituency, but the opposition sees it as a place of violence. A big win here would strengthen Banerjee's position and power within the party, especially since some key TMC members have recently joined the BJP. Diamond Harbour is an important area for the TMC, and the election results here will have a big impact on the party's future and the politics of West Bengal.

May 26, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Voting done in 486 seats across 28 states so far

With this phase finished, voting is now done in 486 seats across 28 states and Union territories. The last phase of voting in 57 seats will be on June 1, and vote counting will happen on June 4.

May 26, 2024 8:04 AM IST

J&K's Anantnag-Rajouri seat records highest voter turnout in 40 years

The Election Commission stated that the voter turnout for the Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu and Kashmir is the highest it has been in 40 years.

May 26, 2024 7:14 AM IST

Violence and EVM malfunctions cause disruptions during phase 6 of Lok Sabha Elections in West Bengal and Delhi

Reports of violence, including an alleged assault on a BJP candidate, as well as minor clashes and protests, emerged from West Bengal. Meanwhile, instances of EVM malfunctioning were reported from various locations, including Delhi.

May 26, 2024 6:53 AM IST

Voter turnout of 61.2 per cent recorded in phase 6

Despite hot weather in some parts of the country, the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Saturday saw an approximate voter turnout of 61.2 per cent, according to the Election Commission of India.

West Bengal had the highest turnout at about 79.47 per cent, while Uttar Pradesh had the lowest at 53.03 per cent.

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