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Lok Sabha election 2024 date: General elections this year will be held in seven phases, starting on April 19 and ending on June 1, with counting on June 4.
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PM Modi holds  roadshow in Coimbatore
PM Modi holds roadshow in Coimbatore

Lok Sabha Election 2024 date: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday announced the eagerly anticipated timetable for the18th Lok Sabha elections. With a duration of 44 days, it ranks as the second lengthiest, following the inaugural Parliamentary elections in 1951-52. The complete electoral procedure spans 82 days, encompassing the period from the announcement on Saturday to the declaration of the result....Read More

On Sunday, the ECI announced a revised schedule, changing the counting date for the legislative assembly elections of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim from June 4 to June 2. Counting for the remaining states and the general election will still occur on June 4.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 full schedule here -

• Phase 1- April 19, 2024

• Phase 2- 26 April 2024

• Phase 3-7 May 2024

• Phase 4 - 13 May 2024

• Phase 5 - 20 May 2024

• Phase 6 - 25 May 2024

• Phase 7 - 1 June 2024

• Counting on June 4

Additionally, the electoral authority provided a series of directives to District Magistrates (DMs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to ensure fair competition in the upcoming elections.

Schedule for state Assembly elections

Simultaneous elections for the legislative assemblies of four states - Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim - will coincide with the general elections.

Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim - Phase 1 (60 seats)

Andhra Pradesh - Phase 4 (175 seats)

Odisha - In four phases, Phase 4, 5, 6,7 (147 seats)

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Mar 18, 2024 10:55 PM IST

Nana Patole on Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde's comment over Rahul Gandhi

On Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde's comment over Rahul Gandhi, the state Congress President Nana Patole says, "People of the country have accepted the sacrifice and hard work of Rahul Gandhi. The way he has given the 25 guarantees to the farmers, youth, workers and women, people's trust in him has increased... It's not we who say the Maharashtra govt is unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court has said so. The CM of an unconstitutional govt has no right to speak over someone like Rahul Gandhi..."

Mar 18, 2024 10:35 PM IST

Raj Thackeray in Delhi for talks as BJP could accept friend request

Even as the differences within the ruling alliance of three parties continued, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly given an offer to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to join the ruling alliance. The ruling alliance may give two to three seats including Mumbai South constituency to the Raj Thackeray led party.

Raj Thackeray along with his son Amit and other party leaders reached Delhi on Monday evening in a chartered flight for a meeting with union home minister Amit Shah. The leaders from the two parties discussed seat sharing for Lok Sabha and other modalities including the arrangements for the Assembly elections slated to be held later this year, it is learnt. BJP's bid to include MNS in the ruling alliance is significant in the backdrop of the Shiv Sena (UBT) and NCP (SP) campaign targeting BJP as an "anti-Maharashtra" party.

Mar 18, 2024 10:30 PM IST

FIR against Bhupesh Baghel has nothing to do with elections, says Chhattisgarh Dy CM Sao

Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister Arun Sao said after an FIR was registered against former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel that there is no political vendetta and arrest has nothing to do with the upcoming polls.

On Sunday, Chhattisgarh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) named former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel in its first information report (FIR) lodged in connection with the alleged Mahadev Online Book-linked money laundering case.

"For a long time, the investigation was going on in the Mahadev betting app scam. Action is being taken after the facts that were found after the investigation...For almost two years it was being investigated and this FIR has nothing to do with elections and political vendetta," said Arun Sao.

Mar 18, 2024 9:18 PM IST

"No benefit in voting for Congress": Assam CM Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday that there was no benefit in voting for the grand old party since whoever wins from Congress would eventually join the BJP.

After the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll dates, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made his first visit to Barak Valley on Monday and kicked off his election campaign from the Karimganj district.

The Assam Chief Minister took part in a party workers meeting at the Karimganj district BJP office in the presence of Kripanath Mallah, who is the party's candidate for Karimganj parliamentary constituency and other senior party leaders.

Mar 18, 2024 8:20 PM IST

ACS (home) removed on EC's order, 2008 batch IAS officer given additional charge of home secretary

In a first major action, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered removal of Bihar Home Secretary S Siddharth, a 1991 batch IAS officer.

Following ECI instruction, Pranav Kumar, an IAS officer of 2008 batch has been given the charge of home secretary of Bihar till further arrangement in addition to the additional charge of IG Prisons.

The step is part of the poll panel's commitment to ensure a level playing field for all political parties in the coming Lok Sabha elections, which begin on April 19. ECI officials did not immediately mention any reason behind the big move, official familiar with the matter said the change had been made to ensure integrity of the poll process.

Mar 18, 2024 8:04 PM IST

NDA seat-sharing: JD (U) leaves two seating seats; get Sheohar from BJP

The ruling Janata Dal (U) in Bihar has to compromise on two seats in the seat-sharing formula announced on Monday in Ne w Delhi but managed to swap one seat with the BJP.

IN the formula announced by the NDA leaders, BJP would be contesting 17 seats, JD (U) 17, LJP (RV) five and one each by Ham-S and Rashtriya Lok Morcha of Upendra Kushwaha. The formula does not leave any room for RLJP faction of Pashupati Paras and Mukesh Sahni’s VIP, who was bargaining hard with the BJP.

Mar 18, 2024 8:03 PM IST

'Shakti' I spoke about not religious, but power of unrighteousness, corruption and falsehood: Rahul Gandhi

Under attack for his "fight against shakti" remark made at a rally in Mumbai, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday clarified that he was not talking about any religious power but the 'shakti' of unrighteousness, corruption and falsehood.

He accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of twisting his words and said he was speaking about the power of which Modi was wearing the mask.

"Modi ji does not like my words, he always tries to change their meaning by twisting them in some way or the other because he knows that I have spoken a solemn truth.

Mar 18, 2024 7:30 PM IST

PM Modi pays tribute to the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blast victims

In Coimbatore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blast victims. The blast claimed the lives of 58 people.

Mar 18, 2024 7:07 PM IST

We have worked towards achieving the goal of 400 seats, says Paswan

We have worked towards achieving the goal of 400 seats set by PM Modi. And, today, after the finalisation of the seat-sharing formula (of NDA in Bihar), all the workers will work to achieve it," says Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) President Chirag Paswan as NDA announces Bihar seat-sharing pact.

Mar 18, 2024 7:03 PM IST

"Political parties must refrain from hate speech, personal attacks on opponents": Punjab Chief Electoral Officer

Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sibin C, on Monday convened a meeting with representatives from major political parties in the state to discuss essential aspects of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"During the session, he provided detailed insights into the election process, highlighting key statistics such as the total number of voters (2,12,71,246), including Male voters (1,11,92,959), Female voters (1,00,77,543), Transgender voters (744), Persons with Disabilities (PwD-1,57,257), Overseas Voters (1597) and the number of polling stations (24,433)," the Information and Public Relations said in a statement.

During the meeting, Sibin C informed attendees about recent provisions allowing PwD voters and individuals aged 85 and above to opt for voting at home.

Mar 18, 2024 6:39 PM IST

"Insulting to Hindu faith...": Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark

Union Minister and BJP leader Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday condemned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark that stirred controversy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and said that such statements are insulting to the Hindu faith and were made to divide communities.

"They are either saying things that are outright lies, or they say things that are absolutely insulting to the Hindu faith, or they do things that are dividing communities. I find Rahul Gandhi's entire conduct the most mystifying, most confusing act in Indian politics. It is not something that I waste my time analyzing," said Chandrasekhar.

Mar 18, 2024 6:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: LJP National President Chirag Paswan on what if Pashupati Kumar Paras contest against him)

LJP National President Chirag Paswan says, "'Ganga Me Se Kaafi Paani Beh Chuka Hai', situations have changed now. My father used to say that it's not the person but the time which is stronger. Today the time has shown its strength and justice has prevailed. I am ready for every challenge (on being asked, what if Pashupati Kumar Paras contest against him)..."

Mar 18, 2024 6:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds road show in Coimbatore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a road show here on Monday, amid non-stop chants of 'Modi, Modi' by BJP workers and the playing of traditional music to welcome him. As Modi began his roadshow in an open vehicle, people who gathered on both sides of the road showered flower petals on him and chanted slogans hailing him. Several of them danced and waved at him enthusiastically. This is the first time Modi has held a road show here. BJP Tamil Nadu President K Annamalai, Union Minister of State L Murugan, and Coimbatore South MLA and BJP Mahila Morcha National President Vanathi Srinivasan accompanied Modi

Mar 18, 2024 6:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress raises questions over PM CARES Fund, asks about 'lack of transparency'

The Congress on Monday raised questions about the PM CARES Fund, saying that four years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still not clear why it was set up, who its donors are and why its administrative structure is so "lacking in transparency".

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh alleged that given the history of the Modi government, as shown by the "electoral bond scam", one can only speculate that the lack of transparency was deliberately engineered to give the prime minister an unsupervised pool of funds to spend as he wishes.

In a post on X, Ramesh said, "Now that the corruption, extortion and intimidation of the Modi Sarkar through the electoral bond scam is getting revealed in all its shocking detail, let us not forget another route the Government opened for companies to curry favour: the self-glorifyingly named PMCARES."

Mar 18, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a roadshow in Coimbatore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a roadshow in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

State BJP chief K. Annamalai and Union Minister L. Murugan are also with him.

Mar 18, 2024 5:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: NDA seat sharing in Bihar

NDA seat sharing in Bihar: Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) to contest on 5 seats- Vaishali, Hajipur, Samastipur, Khagaria and Jamui. Hindustani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Morcha respectively on Gaya and Karakat seats," said BJP National General Secretary Vinod Tawde

Mar 18, 2024 5:54 PM IST

Health, education and women safety among top priorities of BJP candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats

The BJP candidates for seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi on Monday listed out their 100 days priorities, including improving health and educational facilities, after being elected as MPs from their respective constituencies.

Addressing a joint press conference here, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva asserted all the seven BJP candidates will win with bigger margins this time.

Bansuri Swaraj contesting from the New Delhi constituency listed her priorities, including creation of a start up hub and strengthening self help groups of women. She said that desealing of sealed shops will be taken up by her in the first week if she is elected.

Mar 18, 2024 5:31 PM IST

BJP to conduct social economic survey along with Lok Sabha campaign, says Assam CM

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that simultaneously with the campaign for Lok Sabha election, the BJP is going to conduct a socioeconomic survey to identify the needs of common people. The needs will be fulfilled by 2026, according to him.

Sarma officially launched his campaign for Lok Sabha polls this year from Karimganj district and he said that the BJP has one candidate, Narendra Modi. "All the candidates are representing Narendra Modi, we are going to the campaigns as his representatives," Sarma said.

Sarma said the intention behind the socioeconomic survey is to get an actual picture of the development and needs of the commons in Assam.

"We'll distribute forms with five points. Requirement of roads, bridges, Arunodaya Cards and other facilities. We'll list the names of girl students passing class-10 this year and we'll make sure they continue their studies after this," Sarma said.

Mar 18, 2024 5:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 5 seats have been given to Lok Janshakti Party as per NDA seat sharing in Bihar

NDA seat sharing in Bihar: "5 seats have been given to Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas). We will win all 40 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar," says Raju Tiwari, Bihar State President, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas)

Mar 18, 2024 5:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Senior BJP leader Eshwarappa skips PM''s rally, in embarrassment to party ahead of LS polls

Senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa, who has raised a banner of revolt over denial of ticket to his son to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from Haveri, on Monday skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally here, in an embarrassment to the party. The 75-year-old former Deputy Chief Minister, who has turned down the invitation to attend the event, was seen visiting maths of various communities. Eshwarappa has announced he will contest as an independent candidate from Shimoga (Shivamogga) in the coming Lok Sabha polls, blaming veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa and his son B Y Vijayendra, who is state BJP President, for his son K E Kantesh being denied ticket.

Mar 18, 2024 4:59 PM IST

Congress ko is Lok Sabha chunav mein chun chun kar ke saaf kar dene chahiye. says Modi

PM Narendra Modi says, "...Congress ko is Lok Sabha chunav mein chun chun kar ke saaf kar dene chahiye. You have to come out with this resolution on April 26 and May 7..."

Mar 18, 2024 4:35 PM IST

EC asks Maharashtra government to remove Iqbal Chahal as Mumbai commissioner

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked Maharashtra government to remove Iqbal Singh Chahal as Mumbai municipal commissioner. EC has also instructed the state to transfer all other municipal commissioners and additional municipal commissioners who, like Chahal, have completed three years in their current positions.

State chief electoral officer S Chokalimgam confirmed the development. The state government is yet to respond.

On February 22, the EC informed the state that commissioners and additional commissioners were covered in the transfer policy leading up to the forthcoming elections. Consequently, Chahal, additional commissioners Ashwini Bhide and P Velrasu, and Pune commissioner Vikram Kumar were due for transfer.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had made it known that he did not wish to transfer commissioners; the state government sent a letter to the EC through the state chief electoral officer requesting an exemption for municipal commissioners because works related to the monsoon were being carried out under their supervision. However, this request was rejected. Maharashtra submitted another plea last week.

Mar 18, 2024 4:27 PM IST

Congress hates the increasing shakti of Maa Bharti, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi says, "Yesterday an announcement to destroy Shakti was made from Shivaji Park (in Mumbai). How much it must have hurt the soul of Balasaheb Thackeray... Nari Shakti ka yahi aashirvad mera sabse bada kawach hai...The people of the INDI alliance want to destroy this Shakti. They hate the increasing shakti of Maa Bharti...'Vaar' on Shakti means 'vaar' on women, daughters, Maa Bharti..."

Mar 18, 2024 4:27 PM IST

Rahul Gnadhi's reply on “Shakti” remark

Mar 18, 2024 4:21 PM IST

4 June ko inko pata lag jayega ki Shakti ko lalkarne ka matlab kya hota hai, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi says, "4 June ko inko pata lag jayega ki Shakti ko lalkarne ka matlab kya hota hai. Congress is a party that will go to any extent to gain power. The British have left, but the Congress has not left the British mentality of divide and rule...Congress first divided the country, divided based on caste, based on community, and divided people on the basis of religion, region and language, and to gain power, Congress also divided the country, but still, Congress with its divisive mentality is not satisfied with this. Congress has again started playing the dangerous game of dividing the country. Now they have also started speaking openly about their intentions, recently the Congress MP from Karnataka has given a statement about dividing the country once again. Instead of throwing such an MP out of the party, the Congress party is protecting him. Karnataka will never allow such politics and such conspiracies to succeed."

Mar 18, 2024 3:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP leader Agnimitra Paul on Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal's remark on the phases of polls

On Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal's remark on the phases of Lok Sabha elections, BJP leader Agnimitra Paul says, "Before saying something, Kapil Sibal should himself come to West Bengal and see how elections are conducted here. It's not possible here for the common man to reach a booth and vote as per one's choice because of TMC goons..."

On TMC leader Satrughan Sinha's statement, she says, "If he is talking about the INDI alliance, he should talk to his party chief first. People know well about the outcomes of the INDI alliance. This alliance has been formed to protect a few political families, but not for unity and ideology..."

Mar 18, 2024 3:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Nana Patole on Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark

Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole says, "Elections are being held in 5 phases in Maharashtra but elections are being held in only one phase in Gujarat. Does this mean that there is terrorism or Naxalism here? And everything is fine in Gujarat?... It is dangerous for the democratic process..."

On Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark, he says, "They (BJP) are not able to understand Rahul Gandhi's speech because there are only 'jumlas' in their speech..."

On ECI removing various officials he says, "More officials need to be removed..."

Mar 18, 2024 3:39 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people as he arrives at a public event in Shivamogga, Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people as he arrives at a public event in Shivamogga, Karnataka.

Mar 18, 2024 2:56 PM IST

Omar Abdullah on Jammu-Kashmir elections

JKNC Vice President Omar Abdullah says, "We wanted both the elections (the Lok Sabha and J&K assembly elections) to be held together, but it's not going to happen. Those who are currently ruling the state have sabotaged it, they don't want democracy to be re-established here. But thanks to the Supreme Court that as per its order, the state elections are to be concluded before September 30 and the Election Commission has also assured so..."

Mar 18, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark

On Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark, Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad says, " In democracy, people have 'Shakti', whoever people give 'Shakti' to, they decide things. People have refrained from giving 'Shakti' to them (Congress). People have given 'Shakti' to PM Modi and taken up the resolution to make the country powerful"

Mar 18, 2024 2:46 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: HC restrains OPS from using AIADMK party symbol, flag, letterhead

The Madras High Court on Monday restrained expelled AIADMK leader O Paneerselvam from using the official letterhead, reserved symbol "Two Leaves" and the flag of party.

Justice N Sathishkumar passed the order on a suit and applications filed by AIADMK general secretary and former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Originally, on a suit filed by Palaniswami, Justice Sathishkumar had on November 7, 2023 passed an interim order, restraining Paneerselvam from using the party letterhead, symbol and flag. Aggrieved, OPS, as Paneerselvam is known, had filed appeals.

Mar 18, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Even goons don't do this type of vasooli, says AAP leader Gopal Rai

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai says, " BJP is not talking about electoral bonds, they hid a lot of things in the past 10 years, how they had misused central agencies, conducted raids and collected donations. Even goons don't do this type of vasooli. Now the truth is out. According to me nobody in this country has ever done such a big scam, by misusing central agencies. BJP needs to tell the truth to the people and because of this fear, BJP is trying to send everyone behind bars so that nobody will ask any question. BJP can get political leaders locked up but not people, they will seek answers"

Mar 18, 2024 2:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress leaders' meeting begins regarding seat sharing

Congress leaders' meeting begins regarding seat sharing at Vidhan Bhavan. Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole and party leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Vijay Wadettiwar and Prithviraj Chavan are present in the meeting.

Mar 18, 2024 2:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ECI orders removal of West Bengal police chief

ECI orders removal of West Bengal police chief

Mar 18, 2024 2:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ECI removes Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has also removed Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and Additional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners. ECI has also removed Secretary GAD Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh who are holding charge in respective CM’s Office

Mar 18, 2024 2:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ECI issues order to remove Home Secretary in six states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued orders for the removal of the Home Secretary in six states namely Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Additionally, the Secretary of the General Administrative Department in Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh have also been removed. Election Commission has also taken the necessary action to remove the Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal

Mar 18, 2024 2:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP leader Dushyant Kumar Gautam on Rahul Gandhi's ‘Shakti’ remark

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: As a political row stirred after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi used the Hindi word “Shakti” in his remark on Sunday, BJP leader Dushyant Kumar Gautam says, “Even his (Rahul Gandhi) ancestors tried a lot to suppress Indian culture. There have been constant efforts to oppose this 'Shakti'. But the more you oppose it, the more it grows...When it comes to EVM, then, he should explain how he won the elections in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.”

Mar 18, 2024 1:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Congress has made Telangana their ATM,’ says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public rally in Telangana's Jagtial on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the opposition for corruption and dynastic politics, stating that they have been involved in the country's “biggest scams.”

PM Modi emphasized that the biggest festival of democracy begins, and on May 13, the voters of Telangana will script history.

He “guaranteed” the people of Telangana that he would take action against those involved in looting the people of the state. The prime minister further asserted that Congress crushed the dreams of Telangana, while BRS misused people's faith. Continuing his attack, PM Modi said that Telangana sees it now that BRS and Congress are partners in crime.

Mar 18, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: CPI leader on Rahul Gandhi's remark that PM Modi won't win without EVM, ED, CBI, IT

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: CPI leader D Raja commenting about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's 'PM Modi won't be able to win elections without EVMs, ED, CBI and Income Tax' remark said, “It is a known public perception, the Union government - headed by PM Modi - is using the ED, CBI and all agencies under its command to target the opposition parties and opposition leaders, and intimidate them. That is what is happening now.”

Mar 18, 2024 12:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘PM Modi is scared of Kharge,’ DK Shivakumar lashes out

Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar slammed PM Modi after he launched the election campaign from Kalaburagi, the home turf of Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge.

He said, “PM Modi is clearly scared of Kharge ji's popularity in Kalaburagi area. The fact is that Congress is going to win Kalaburagi seat. We are going to win atleast 20 out of 28 seats in Karnataka during upcoming elections.”

Mar 18, 2024 12:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Can someone talk about destruction of ‘Shakti’?’ PM Modi hits out at Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: During his public address in Telangana's Jagtial, PM Modi, while hitting out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his ‘Shakti’ remarks, says, “Can someone talk about the destruction of 'Shakti'?...We dedicated the success of the Chandrayaan mission by naming the point where Chandrayaan landed as 'Shiv Shakti'...The fight is between those who want to destroy 'Shakti' and those who worship 'Shakti'...'Muqabla 4 June ko ho jaaega'”

Mar 18, 2024 12:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Feel it is biggest joke,’ says JD(U) leader on Rahul Gandhi's comments about PM Modi winning third term

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi commented on Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's statement regarding PM Modi's reliance on EVMs, ED, CBI, and Income Tax for winning elections says, “The way Rahul Gandhi insults the party and leaders elected by the people, I feel it is biggest joke in democracy.”

The INDIA opposition coalition launched its election campaign from Mumbai's historic Shivaji Park on Sunday, with leaders criticizing the BJP-led Centre. Rahul Gandhi concluded his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra with a Nyay Sankalp Padyatra from Mani Bhavan to August Kranti Maidan.

Several opposition leaders, including Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Uddhav Thackeray, MK Stalin, and Mallikarjun Kharge, were present, along with other senior figures.

Mar 18, 2024 11:55 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Support for BJP is increasing in the state,’ says PM Modi in Telangana

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public rally in Telangana's Jagtial said, “The support for BJP is increasing continuously, and the public gathering here in Jagtial is testimony to that.”

“As the voting day nears there is a BJP wave in Telangana while Congress and BRS will get cleaned up,” he added.

Before his various commitments in the region on Monday, PM Modi remarked that there is "exceptional fervour" for the NDA in the southern states. The BJP is actively striving to achieve notable advancements in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mar 18, 2024 11:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan Steps Down, may contest polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Governor of Telangana, has submitted her resignation letter to President Doupadi Murmu. She is expected to vie for a seat in the upcoming general election from Tamil Nadu this year.

Mar 18, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to hold roadshow in Kerala's Palakkad tomorrow

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: As part of his election campaign in the southern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to conduct a roadshow in Palakkad on Tuesday, as per PTI citing party sources.

The roadshow is set to begin at 8:30 am from Kottamaidan Anchuvilakku, proceeding towards the Head Post Office in the town. Prior to Modi's roadshow, the BJP has organised a bike rally in the town this evening.

Modi's upcoming Palakkad roadshow follows his recent participation in a public meeting in Pathanamthitta town on March 15, where he garnered support for NDA candidates contesting in the southern Kerala constituencies.

Mar 18, 2024 11:27 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi attends public rally in Telangana's Jagtial

Mar 18, 2024 11:11 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Maharashtra BJP President on Rahul Gandhi's ‘Shakti’ remark

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Regarding Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' comment, Maharashtra BJP President Chandrashekhar Bawankule said on Monday, “Hindu Dharma is such a 'Shakti' that can bring the world together...The way Rahul Gandhi has spoken about PM Modi & Hindu Dharma, the people will not spare him.”

Rahul Gandhi, in his comments made on Sunday in Maharashtra, had raised concerns about the operation of EVMs, using the Hindi word 'Shakti' to emphasise the Opposition's struggle against the might of the state.

"There is a word 'Shakti' (might) in Hindi. We are fighting against a Shakti (might of the state). The question is, what is that Shakti and what does it entail for us? The soul and integrity of EVMs have been traded to the King (Modi). This is a fact. Not just EVMs but every autonomous institution of the country, be it the ED, CBI or Income Tax department, have traded their spines to the Centre," Rahul said in an address in Mumbai.

Mar 18, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Controversy erupts over Rahul Gandhi's 'Shakti' remark in Maharashtra

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: In his remarks on Sunday in Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi expressed apprehensions regarding the functioning of EVMs, using the term ‘Shakti’'in Hindi to highlight the Opposition's challenge against the authority of the state.

On Monday, BJP leader Nalin Kohli rebuked Rahul Gandhi for his statements casting doubt on the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Kohli denounced Rahul Gandhi's comments, asserting that such accusations were disrespectful to the Indian electorate. Critiquing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's assertion regarding “fighting against shakti,” BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla accused the Congress MP of articulating ‘misogynistic’ sentiments.

Mar 18, 2024 10:35 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi says ‘there is exceptional fervour in NDA’s favour' ahead of rallies in Karnataka and Telangana

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to deliver election speeches in Telangana's Jagtial and Karnataka's Shivamogga, followed by a roadshow in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore today.

Previously, Modi emphasised that the Nationalist Democratic Alliance (NDA) is advancing with a focus on regional aspirations and national development.

Ahead of the polls, he urged the people of Andhra Pradesh to support the alliance to accelerate the state's development during its third term.

Mar 18, 2024 10:27 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Ahead of Shivamogga rally, DK Shivakumar says ‘PM Modi is afraid of Mallikarjun Kharge’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Shivamogga, Karnataka, today, deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar suggested that Modi's decision to commence his Lok Sabha campaign from Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's home district, Kalaburagi, indicates apprehension about Kharge's influence.

Shivakumar expressed confidence in the Congress's electoral prospects, claiming that the party expects to secure 20 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, including Kalaburagi.

Kalaburagi, also known as the Gulbarga Lok Sabha segment, holds significance as the home district of Congress leader Kharge, who served as a Lok Sabha member in 2009 and 2014. However, he faced defeat against BJP's Umesh Jadhav in the 2019 general elections.

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