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Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: Congress fields Deepender Hooda from Rohtak, Selja to contest from Sirsa

Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: Phase 2 of voting for the general election, covering 89 constituencies across 13 states, is scheduled for Friday, April 26.
Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda.
Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda.

Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: The electioneering in the constituencies scheduled for voting in the second phase concluded as the voting is slated for Friday, April 26. The end of the campaigning marks the commencement of a 48-hour silence period before polling. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections in western Uttar Pradesh with a massive rally in Agra on Thursday....Read More

Latest election highlights

- Before the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 26, police and paramilitary forces conducted a flag march in various areas of Reasi town in Jammu and Kashmir to boost residents' confidence in safety and law enforcement.

- A senior official stated that over 11,000 voters registered in the East Tripura parliamentary constituency had cast their votes through special procedures before polling day.

- West Bengal Congress chief and candidate for the Baharampur Lok Sabha seat, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar alleging harassment of party workers by police officers in Baharampur. Chowdhury claimed that these actions were aimed at affecting the party's election prospects.

- During a public address in Madhya Pradesh's Harda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminisced about his past collaboration with former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in parliament and expressed his desire to work with him again.

- Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Vivek Tankha expressed concern over the “timing of the 2024 general elections,” stating that they occur “during a critical period when the Constitution and democracy face threats.” Tankha urged people “to safeguard democracy and reject fear-based politics.”

Here's the phase-wise schedule for the Lok Sabha Election 2024:

Phase 1- April 19 (polling completed)

Phase 2- April 26

Phase 3- May 7

Phase 4 - May 13

Phase 5 - May 20

Phase 6 - May 25

Phase 7 - June 1

The Lok Sabha election's votes will be counted, and the results will be declared on June 4.

Follow all the updates here:
Apr 25, 2024 11:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Congress names 8 candidates for Lok Sabha seats in Haryana

The Congress has named candidates for 8 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. The party has fielded Kumari Selja from Sirsa, Deepender Hooda from Rohtak, Satpal Brahmachari from Sonipat.

Apr 25, 2024 10:47 PM IST

If voted to power at the Centre, Congress will increase the quota beyond 50 per cent: Telangana CM

Claiming that the ongoing elections are a referendum on whether reservations should continue or be abolished in the country, Telangana chief minister A Revanth Reddy said on Thursday that if voted to power at the Centre, the Congress will increase the quota beyond 50 per cent.

Apr 25, 2024 9:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: CM Mann targets BJP over 'divisive politics', says these Lok Sabha polls are for saving democracy

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: These Lok Sabha polls are for saving democracy, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said on Thursday and added there will be no more elections if people miss this chance, as he targeted the BJP over its "divisive politics". Mann also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "mangalsutra" remarks, saying it was "shameful" to make such a statement for votes.

Apr 25, 2024 8:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Ban PM Modi from election campaign over his statements in Banswara, Gehlot demands EC

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot on Thursday demanded that the Election Commission ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the entire election campaign after his "redistribution of wealth" statement in Banswara.

Apr 25, 2024 8:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘Electoral bond ne BJP ka band baja diya,’ says SP chief

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: "Electoral bond ne BJP ka band baja diya, electoral bond ki news sunte hi BJP ko 'electral' ki yaad aa jati hain. The public is going to vote against the BJP this time," SP chief Akhilesh Yadav told ANI.

He added, "I want to appeal to the people to vote for a change. I urge all the voters to cast their franchise against those who gave unemployment and those who have lied in front of the people. Vote against those who gave false promises, because of whom farmers' incomes could not increase."

Apr 25, 2024 8:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘24 years of Naveen Patnaik rule is lost years for Odisha,’ says Shah

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Union home minister Amit Shah says last 24 years of Naveen Patnaik rule is lost years for Odisha. BJP will win 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, he added.

Apr 25, 2024 8:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Farmers stop BJP's Naveen Jindal cavalcade

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: A group of farmers stops the cavalcade of BJP nominee from Kurukshetra, Naveen Jindal in Kaithal

Apr 25, 2024 7:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Congress announces Mumbai North Central candidate

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Congress declares Varsha Gaikwad as its candidate from Mumbai North Central constituency

Apr 25, 2024 6:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Shiv Sena (UBT) unveils its manifesto

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: 

• Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray unveiled the party's manifesto, termed Vachan Nama, in a hastily arranged press conference at Matoshri. 

• The manifesto outlines plans to establish a new financial center in Mumbai and ensure employment opportunities for rural youth at the district level. 

• It emphasises strengthening the public health system in both urban and rural areas and proposes changing the criteria for crop insurance to ensure fair compensation for farmers. 

• The manifesto pledges to exempt seeds, fertilizers, and similar agricultural inputs from GST. -

• Additionally, a new research wing will be established within the agriculture department to advise farmers on crop selection for optimal market outcomes.

• Shiv Sena (UBT) vows to prioritise eco-friendly projects and industries, rejecting those that threaten the environment in Maharashtra.

Apr 25, 2024 6:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Form 'hindustaniyon ki sarkar', says Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: In a video message shared on his official 'X' handle, Rahul Gandhi said that this election is meant to protect the Constitution and democracy while urging the citizens to "fulfil their duty towards democracy". "This election is an election to save democracy and principles. On one side, BJP and RSS are trying to destroy democracy and the constitution. And on the other side, Congress party and INDI alliance are making efforts to protect the constitution and democracy," Rahul Gandhi said.

Apr 25, 2024 5:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Alkhilesh Yadav files nomination from Kannauj

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav urged the public to "clean bowled" the BJP as he submitted his nomination papers for the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. 

Yadav filed his nomination in the company of party leaders, including Ram Gopal Yadav. He replaced his nephew Tej Pratap Yadav, who was previously announced as the party's candidate from Kannauj.

Apr 25, 2024 5:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: BJP raking up religious sentiments as ground beneath its feet slipping away, says NC's Omar Abdullah

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: "As far as the use of religion is concerned, this is not the first time. As the BJP sees the ground slipping beneath its feet, it starts talking again in the context of religion," National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah told reporters here after NC candidate Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi filed nomination from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. 

"It seems that the BJP had some expectations from the first phase of the elections, and perhaps those expectations were not met," he added.

Apr 25, 2024 4:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Senior Cong leaders did not keep eyes open during seat sharing talks, says Kadam on Sangli fiasco

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Maharashtra Congress leader Vishwajit Kadam on Thursday slammed ally Shiv Sena (UBT) for snatching the Sangli Lok Sabha constituency as part of a "conspiracy" and said senior leaders from his party did not keep an eye on what was afoot during seat sharing talks . The Congress wanted to contest from the seat but the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) unilaterally declared wrestler Chandrahar Patil as its candidate, resulting in the grand old party's Vishal Patil filing his nomination as an independent.

Apr 25, 2024 3:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘One voice everywhere, phir ek baar Modi sarkar,’ says PM in UP's Bareilly

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly says, “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, I went on an election tour to many states and got the opportunity to address public meetings and only one voice is coming from every corner of India that is Phir ek baar Modi Sarkar.”

Apr 25, 2024 3:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘There is nervousness in BJP after first phase,’ says SP leader Dimple Yadav 

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Speaking about the candidature of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Kannauj, party leader Dimple Yadav says, “I believe the entire state is turning into a hot (seat). There is nervousness in the BJP after the first phase of elections. After Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination from Kannuj, nervousness in the BJP has increased.”

Apr 25, 2024 3:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘Not aware of it,’ says Akhilesh Yadav when asked about Rahul Gandhi's Amethi contest

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: When questioned about rumours regarding Congress MP Rahul Gandhi contesting from Amethi, SP chief and Kannauj candidate Akhilesh Yadav responded, "I am not aware of it." Regarding his own nomination filing, he expressed, “I am optimistic that the public will secure a historic victory for the SP candidate.”

Akhilesh Yadav, the president of the Samajwadi Party, on Thursday submitted his nomination papers for the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency. He completed the nomination process in the company of party figures, including Ram Gopal Yadav. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Akhilesh pledged “to prioritise the city's development.”

Apr 25, 2024 2:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘Will you let go of your property to corrupt SP-Cong alliance?’ PM Modi asks Agra crowd

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh's Agra, says, “Will you let go of your property to the corrupt SP-Congress alliance? Before looting the SC, ST, and OBC rights and eyeing women's mangalsutra - 'Jab tak Modi zinda hai, aisa koi bhi paap karne se pehle aapko Modi se nipatna padega' (As long as Modi is alive, to commit any sin, they should deal with Modi first).”

Apr 25, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy hold roadshow in Telangana

Apr 25, 2024 2:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘Cong insults Ambedkar, Constitution daily,’ says PM Modi in Agra

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: During the poll rally in Uttar Pradesh's Agra, PM Modi slammed the Congress party, saying that it is “insulting” Baba Saheb Ambedkar and the Constitution daily referring to the “reservation based on religion”.

Modi says, “It was clear after Independence that reservation cannot be given based on religion...Congress is such a party which insults Baba Saheb Ambedkar daily, insults the Constitution and tears apart social justice.”

Apr 25, 2024 2:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: 'India's defence corridor is being built here,' says PM Modi in Agra

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh's Agra, during a poll rally, says, “Some forces are not liking India's rising power. Now, as a defence corridor is being built here, weapons will be manufactured here for the country's army to become self-reliant and to export to the world. They do not want the country's army to become self-reliant.”

Apr 25, 2024 1:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘Have come here to seek blessings,’ says PM Modi in Agra

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: After addressing a poll rally in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Agra, Uttar Pradesh, to address the gathering there.

PM Modi says, “Today I have come to ask something from you. I have come to seek your blessings for 'Viksit Bharat'...That is why the country is unitedly saying ‘Phir ek baar Modi sarkar’”

Apr 25, 2024 1:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: YouTuber Manish Kashyap who was arrested for ‘fake videos’ joins BJP

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: YouTuber Manish Kashyap, who spent nine months in prison in connection with fake video cases, officially joined the BJP on Thursday.

After joining the BJP, YouTuber Manish Kashyap says, ".We came from Bihar with Manoj Tiwari, yesterday. I could be released from jail only due to them, and the bad days of my life ended. So, I joined the BJP. We have to strengthen Bihar. Lalu's family looted and destroyed Bihar. So, I joined the BJP. Together with the BJP, I will strengthen Bihar...Allegations were levelled against me, but the Patna Court granted me bail and acquitted me. NSA slapped on me was withdrawn...My fight against those who defame Sanatana and those who are against nationalism will continue..."

Manish Kashyap, who was imprisoned on allegations of circulating false videos depicting attacks on Bihari migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, announced on April 11 his intention to run as an independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections from the Paschim Champaran constituency.

Apr 25, 2024 12:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: ‘To save property, Rajiv Gandhi scrapped inheritance law,’ says PM Modi in MP's Morena

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Addressing the Vijay Sankalp Rally in Madhya Pradesh's Morena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “The facts relating to Inheritance Tax are eye-opening...When former PM Indira Gandhi died, her children would get her property. But there was a rule earlier, that before the property goes to the children some part of it was taken by the government...To save the property so that it does not go to the government, the then PM Rajiv Gandhi scrapped the Inheritance law.”

Apr 25, 2024 12:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Sunita Kejriwal likely to join AAP's LS campaign in Delhi

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Sunita Kejriwal, the wife of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, is reportedly set to conduct roadshows in Delhi starting this weekend.

With Arvind Kejriwal currently in judicial custody following his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case in March, Sunita Kejriwal is stepping forward to play a more prominent role in AAP's campaigning efforts.

Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody has been extended until May 7, leaving a leadership vacuum that Sunita Kejriwal is stepping up to fill during this critical period for the party.

“The chief minister's wife is scheduled to attend her first roadshow in Kondli reserved assembly constituency represented by Kuldeep Kumar who is AAP's East Delhi Lok Sabha seat candidate in the coming weekend,” said a source in the party.

(With PTI inputs)

Apr 25, 2024 11:31 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Drugs, liquor worth crores, 344 unlicensed arms seized in Haryana

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Law enforcement agencies in Haryana have confiscated 344 unlicensed firearms and 633 cartridges since March 16, coinciding with implementing the Model Code of Conduct

- Additionally, they have seized drugs, liquor, and unaccounted-for cash worth over 23 crore during this period.

- The Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana, Anurag Agarwal, informed PTI that 81,000 of the state's 133,505 licensed weapons had been surrendered by individuals at their respective police stations as per the electoral regulations.

- Authorities have issued directives to enhance surveillance on inter-state borders to curb the influx of illegal liquor and other prohibited items.

Apr 25, 2024 10:50 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: NCP-SCP leader Jayant Patil says, ‘Our manifesto is 'Shapath Patra', we will raise issues in Parliament'

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: As National Congress Party (NCP)-SCP released in manifesto on Thursday, party leader Jayant Patil says, “We are releasing our manifesto today, issues which included in the manifesto, our leaders will raise these issues in the parliament...Our manifesto is 'Shapath Patra'. Inflation is rising, farmers are in bad shape, and unemployment is at its peak...In the last ten years, misuse of agencies, and privatisation-like issues have been on the rise. We have already expressed our stand on all these issues. We will reduce the price of LPG gas, petrol and diesel...If we get in power, we will fill the vacant places in government jobs...We will also work on Women's reservations...Strict laws will be brought to ensure women's safety.”

Apr 25, 2024 10:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: NCP-SCP chief Sharad Pawar asks, ‘What Amit Shah has done to stop farmers’ suicide' in last 10 years 

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: In response to Amit Shah's assertion that "Sharad Pawar should apologise for the farmers' suicides when he was the Agriculture Minister," NCP-SCP chief Sharad Pawar retorts, “In the last ten years, farmers' suicides have increased...Amit Shah should first tell what he has done to prevent suicides in the last ten years.”

Apr 25, 2024 9:51 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Brij Bhushan hints at contesting from Kaiserganj again in UP

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Amid mounting speculation surrounding Uttar Pradesh's Kaiserganj constituency, incumbent MP Brij Bhushan Singh, who faced allegations of sexual harassment involving female wrestlers, stated on Wednesday that he is highly likely to contest from the seat. Although the BJP has announced candidates for most seats in Uttar Pradesh, they have yet to reveal their candidate for Kaiserganj. 

Brij Bhushan Singh said, "I am not a candidate right now. But the BJP has no contest on the Kaiserganj Lok Sabha seat. Last time, victory was won by more than 2 lakh votes; this time, the workers have given a slogan of 5 lakh votes. If God has decided this, what can I do? But I am a strong contender, so I will contest 99.9 per cent, 0.1 per cent would remain."

Apr 25, 2024 9:25 AM IST

Andhra Pradesh Assembly election: YSR Congress party's Srinivasa Rao files nomination for Bheemunipatnam Assembly constituency

Andhra Pradesh Polls: Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, widely known as Avanthi Srinivas, former state minister and YSRCP MLA candidate for the Bheemunipatnam Assembly constituency, filed his nomination at the Bhimili RDO office in Visakhapatnam.

Avanthi Srinivas, the incumbent MLA from the area, is facing off against Ganta Srinivasa Rao of the Telugu Desam Party.

This electoral battle is notable as both candidates have never tasted defeat throughout their political careers spanning over two decades.

Ahead of filing his nomination, Srinivasa Rao led a vibrant roadshow to the RDO office.

The procession witnessed enthusiastic participation from hundreds of supporters, residents from various wards, and members of the YSRCP cadre from Bheemunipatnam.

Apr 25, 2024 9:14 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Schools, factories to stay closed in Noidaon Friday

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Schools and colleges in Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida and Greater Noida) will remain closed on Friday, the day of the Lok Sabha election in the constituency.

- However, they will resume regular operations on Saturday. According to officials, factories and industries have been instructed to grant paid leave to their workers on Friday to facilitate their participation in the voting process.

- Gautam Buddh Nagar, encompassing Noida and Greater Noida, is scheduled to hold elections on April 26. It boasts 26.75 lakh registered voters. According to the Election Commission, Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded a turnout of 60.47 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, 60.38 per cent in 2014, and a significantly lower 48 per cent in 2009.

- The constituency has consistently witnessed a lower voter turnout compared to the national average, which stood at 67.40 per cent in 2019, 66 per cent in 2014, and 58 per cent in 2009, according to the provided data.

Apr 25, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Independent candidate Mridula Katheria files Nomination to Challenge Husband's BJP Candidacy in UP's Etawah

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: On Thursday, independent candidate Mridula Katheria submitted her nomination for the Etawah Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, aiming to run against her husband, BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria.

Apr 25, 2024 8:32 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Samajwadi Party office abuzz with preparations for Akhilesh Yadav's nomination filing

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Preparations underway at the Samajwadi Party office as party chief Akhilesh Yadav gears up for his nomination filing. 

Akhilesh Yadav is set to file his nomination papers from the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency. The announcement comes shortly after Tej Pratap Yadav was declared as the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Kannauj seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Subrat Pathak as its candidate against the SP chief. 

Tej Pratap Yadav, who hails from a political family and is the son-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, was previously an MP from Mainpuri.

Apr 25, 2024 8:14 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: PM Modi to address poll rally in UP's Agra

Lok Sabha election 2024 live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is gearing up to elevate the Bharatiya Janata Party's efforts for the 2024 Lok Sabha Election in western Uttar Pradesh with a grand rally scheduled for Thursday in Agra. 

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, during a public address in Harda district in Madhya Pradesh, which falls under the Betul parliamentary seat, PM Modi reminisced about his past collaboration with former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in parliament and expressed his desire to work with Chouhan once again.

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