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Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Congress govt had 'loot east policy', says PM Modi

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds poll rally in Tripura's Agartala
Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds poll rally in Tripura's Agartala

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: The country is gearing up for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with preparations being made in multiple states. The first phase of elections is on April 19, Friday. Voting will take place in states including Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and more....Read More

Political rallies by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition INDIA bloc are being carried out with full force, trading political barbs and campaigning for their respective candidates for the general elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s poll campaign in Assam and Tripura, on Wednesday . He held public gatherings in both the states.

Meanwhile, INDIA bloc leaders Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held a joint press conference in Ghaziabad today, to show support for Congress candidate Dolly Sharma who is contesting from the seat in Uttar Pradesh. 

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Phase-wise schedule

• Phase 1- April 19

• Phase 2- April 26

• Phase 3- May 7

• Phase 4 - May 13

• Phase 5 - May 20

• Phase 6 - May 25

• Phase 7 - June 1

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Apr 17, 2024 11:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'No need to vote for me if...,' says BJP leader Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Union Minister and BJP candidate from the Lok Sabha constituency, Nitin Gadkari, asserted that if anyone feels that he has done any discrimination, then there is no need to vote for him in the Lok Sabha elections, reported news agency ANI.

 "All the recognition that I have received belongs to the people of Nagpur...There is a difference of opinion between wife and husband, families, political parties...In the last ten years, if I have ever done any discrimination in work or injustice to Dalits and Muslims, then there is no need to vote for me. If I have worked with sincerity, then please vote for me," said Gadkari before campaigning for Phase I of the Lok Sabha elections ended today.

Apr 17, 2024 10:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'BJP will win double-digit seats in Kerala,' claims defence minister Rajnath Singh

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Exuding confidence in BJP's performance in Kerala, defence minister Rajnath Singh said that the party would register victory in double-digit seats in the state in the upcoming polls, reported news agency ANI. 

"I pay my respect and condolences to BJP workers of Kerala who sacrificed their lives to get a double-digit vote percentage for the BJP... Now I can confidently say that BJP will now win double-digit seats in Kerala," said Singh

Apr 17, 2024 9:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Which states will be voting in first phase of polls?

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Voting for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 will take place on April 19. Today is the last day of campaigning for political parties, with the BJP and the Congress party concluding their rallies for the first phase of the elections. On Friday, a total of 102 constituencies across 21 states will cast their votes for the general elections. Dig Deeper

Apr 17, 2024 9:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: How many public meetings and road shows BJP leader Rajnath Singh held

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Defence minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh held 26 public meetings and three road shows across 12 states while campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha elections after the notification was issued by the Election Commission of India, reported news agency ANI.

Apr 17, 2024 9:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi writes letters to all NDA candidates contesting in the first phase

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wrote personalised letters to all BJP and NDA candidates contesting in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on April 19. Addressing the candidates as his "fellow karyakarta", PM Modi wrote that this in not an ordinary election. "Families across India, especially the senior members, would remember the difficulties they have gone through in the 5-6 decades of Congress' rule. In the last 10 years, the quality of life of every section of society has improved, with many of these troubles removed. Yet a lot more is still to be done and this election will be decisive in our mission to ensure a better life for everyone," PM Modi's letter read. Dig Deeper

Apr 17, 2024 8:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Ready to give funds, but press EVM button in our favour: Ajit Pawar

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said he was ready to sanction funds liberally for development, provided people showed the same generosity while voting for the ruling Mahayuti alliance.

Apr 17, 2024 7:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'Rahul Gandhi will become the PM,' predicts Telangana CM Revanth Reddy

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While campaigning in Kerala's Wayanad, Telangana CM Revanth Reddy has predicted that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will get a majority of over 5 lakh votes. 

"Rahul Gandhi will get a majority of over 5 lakh (votes) because people here are not casting their votes for an MP, but for prime minister. People know that the INDIA alliance will form government (at the Centre) and Rahul Gandhi will become the PM," said Reddy as quoted by news agency PTI.

Apr 17, 2024 7:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: DPAP chief Ghulam Nabi Azad not to contest polls from Anantnag-Rajouri seat

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: DPAP chief Ghulam Nabi Azad won't contest Lok Sabha polls from Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu & Kashmir, says party.

Apr 17, 2024 7:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: ‘Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is sitting at home during election time,’ claims  RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has claimed that Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is sitting at home during election time. 

"We have seen this for the first time in history that CM is sitting at home. Whether he is staying at home or he has been trapped, this is a thing to ponder upon...," said Yadav.

Apr 17, 2024 7:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'BJP is getting election funds via CBI, ED, and IT raids,' says Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin has claimed that the BJP is getting election funds via CBI, ED, and IT raids.

 "We will win 40 out of 40 seats...Jharkhand CM & Delhi CM are in jail, the reason you know? It is because of the fear of the elections. They (BJP) do not think about the people, they only think of the corporates...All parties are getting election funds, that's not an issue, but BJP is getting via CBI, ED, and IT raids...," said Stalin as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 17, 2024 6:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'UDF and LDF looted the people of Kerala in their successive regimes,' says BJP leader Rajnath Singh

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a poll rally in Kerala, Defence minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh said, "...Supreme Court categorically said that if someone is responsible for the financial crisis of Kerala then it is the state government. I want to say give enough strength to the BJP; LDF, UDF can be only checked by the BJP and we can give them a befitting reply. UDF and LDF have looted the people of Kerala in their successive regimes...The people of India have decided 'abki baar 400 paar'..."

Apr 17, 2024 6:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Former Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami holds roadshow in Salem

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami is holding a roadshow in Salem

Apr 17, 2024 5:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'PM Modi is remembering south India for votes,' says Telangana CM Revanth Reddy

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Telangana CM Revanth Reddy has accused PM Modi of ignoring south India before elections.

 "It's good for the slogan (BJP's 400 plus slogan) but it won't succeed as PM Modi has got two terms but he has betrayed people. South India is in India only, why didn't he come here earlier, why didn't he give us the bullet train and riverfront like Sabarmati. He is remembering South India for votes. He hasn't given political representation (President, Vice-President, HM, Defence Minister) and financial allocation to South India. BJP has no right to seek votes here, South has banned them... BJP is doing legal corruption and all those who are doing such including Pinarayi Vijayan are coordinating with PM Modi. Why he (Kerala CM) is not supporting the LDF candidate in Wayanad? He is supporting Surendran (BJP's candidate)...," said Reddy as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 17, 2024 5:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'If Mr Adani wants land, PM Modi can get him that land,' claims Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched allegations at PM Modi involving industrialist Adani. 
While addressing a public meeting in Kolar, Gandhi said, "Wherever Mr Adani wants money, doesn't matter how poor the family is, doesn't matter if they're starving, if Mr Adani wants that land, Mr Narendra Modi can get him that land. He wants Mumbai airport, the owner will get a CBI case and soon will hand the airport to Adani. He wants the storage facility of our farmers, he will get that storage facility."

Apr 17, 2024 5:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'BJP government has left us with inflation and massive unemployment,' says Congress leader P Chidambaram

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While campaigning for his son and Congress candidate from Sivaganga, Karti Chidambaram, Congress leader P Chidambaram accused the BJP government of causing inflation and massive unemployment in the country. 

"BJP under PM Modi has been in office for 10 years, which is a big time to assess the government. This government has left us with inflation and massive unemployment, and on these two grounds, this government must go. No government must remain in power for more than 10 years, after which there must be a change of government, of thinking, of policy, and a change of actors... BJP is contesting only about 420 or 430 seats, of which, they are contesting on 25 seats in Tamil Nadu. If they will lose all 25 seats in Tamil Nadu how will they win 400... We will sweep in Tamil Nadu, kerala, Karnataka, and Telangana, and we will win a substantial number of seats in Rajasthan, Haryana, and Delhi...," said Chidambaram as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 17, 2024 4:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'BJP has become godown for the corrupts,' says Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has jibed at the BJP, saying, "I have said this earlier, I am saying it now, BJP will be wiped out from the west (Western UP). It is so as they have betrayed the farmer. They said that would double the farmer's income but have failed even to provide MSP... It's not '400-paar' but 400-haar'. BJP has become a godown for the corrupts, all the corrupts are there now. Don't you see what has happened in Electoral bonds? BJP can't answer it. Extortion has been done through ED and CBI. This govt is playing with institutions. If institutions are weakened so does democracy."

Apr 17, 2024 3:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: What Trinamool Congress has promised in its manifesto

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday released its election manifesto, two days before the first phase of the election begins. Coochbehar, Alipurduar, and Jalpaiguri will go to the polls in the first phase. The 10 promises announced included party convener Mamata Banerjee's oft-repeated assurance that there will be no Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Bengal. The promises will be fulfilled once the Trinamool forms the government in the Centre as part of the INDIA alliance, Trinamool leaders said asserting Trinamool's support to the Congress-led alliance in the Centre though there has been no alliance in the state. Dig Deeper

Apr 17, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: TMC releases its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: All India Trinamool Congress has released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Apr 17, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'BJP and RSS are trying to kill democracy in India,' says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public rally in Karnataka’s Mandya, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The election season is here, and it is a fight between two ideologies. On one side is the Congress party and INDIA alliance, which is fighting for the Indian Constitution and Democracy. On the other hand, we have the BJP and RSS which are trying to kill the Democracy and Constitution of the country. They are putting their people in every institution of the country.”

Apr 17, 2024 3:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'PM Modi is running a government, influenced by billionaires,' says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public rally in Karnataka’s Mandya, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “PM Modi is running a government, influenced by billionaires and only works for 22-25 people in the country. Meanwhile, we run the government for common people, farmers and businessmen. During Karnataka elections, we promised ‘five guarantees’ to the people, and I can proudly say that our government has delivered on all the promises that we made.”

Apr 17, 2024 3:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress govt had 'loot east policy', says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Tripura's Agartala, PM Modi said, "Today your mobile bill under the Modi government is 400- 500, but if there had been a Congress government in Delhi, your mobile bill would not have been less than 4000 or 5000...Earlier, political parties only remembered the North East when they needed your votes. During Congress' rule, only one policy was for the North East.- loot east policy..."

Apr 17, 2024 3:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'Communists ruled in Tripura and they just destroyed the people of Tripura,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Tripura's Agartala, PM Modi said " North East plays a major role in making India 'Viksit'. After years of Independence and during the rule of Congress justice was not done with the capabilities of the states in North East. Communists ruled in Tripura and they just destroyed the people of Tripura. But, today in Delhi there is a government that continuously thinks about North East and Tripura. North East 'mere liye politics ka nahi, prem aur prathmikta ka vishaya hai'..."

Apr 17, 2024 3:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'During Congress government, several ministers didn't even know where Tripura is on India's map,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Tripura's Agartala, PM Modi said "I have visited the Northeast more than 50 times. During Congress government, several ministers didn't even know where Tripura is on India's map. For Tripura, BJP means politics of development. But communists here had a history of 'politics of destruction'".

Apr 17, 2024 2:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'After 500 years Lord Ram is 'Virajman' in Ayodhya's temple,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Tripura's Agartala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Today is the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. After 500 years and a long wait, it is that Ram Navami when Lord Ram is 'Virajman' in Ayodhya's temple.

Apr 17, 2024 2:49 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'This huge gathering shows that Tripura won't look back now,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Tripura's Agartala, PM Modi said, "I extend my heartfelt wishes on the occasion of Ram Navami. This huge gathering shows that Tripura won't look back now,"

Apr 17, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to hold poll rally in Tripura's Agartala

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold public meeting in Tripura's Agartala

Apr 17, 2024 1:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi echoes ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on Ram Navami

While addressing a rally in Assam, PM Modi commenced his speech with chants of Jai Shri Ram. He also asked people to swtich on the flashlights of their mobile phones as the 'Surya Tilak' ritual of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya was being performed.

Apr 17, 2024 1:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi takes ‘Adani’ jibe at PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi said in his press conference, "In the last 10 years, PM Modi has reduced the system of employment generation by demonetization, by implementing the wrong GST and by supporting big billionaires like Adani. The first task is to once again strengthen employment, and for that, we have given 23 ideas in our manifesto. One idea is the revolutionary idea of the right to apprenticeship. We have decided that we will give the right to apprenticeship to all the graduates and diploma holders in Uttar Pradesh. There will be training and we will deposit 1 lakh per year in the bank accounts of the youth and we are giving these rights to crores of youth. We will make a law for paper leaks as well."

Apr 17, 2024 12:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP eyes hattrick while Congress takes backseat

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gone full-throttle with a high-voltage campaign, while the Congress seems to have adopted a subdued approach as the parties gear up for a three-cornered contest -- scheduled on April 19 and 26 -- in the Udhampur and Jammu constituencies. (PTI)

Apr 17, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav guarantees clean sweep for INDIA

Asserting that "winds of change" are blowing from western Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said there will be an INDIA bloc "clean sweep" from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur.

Apr 17, 2024 11:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi on contesting polls from Amethi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he will “abide by party decisions” when it comes to contesting polls from his former stronghold Amethi, in Uttar Pradesh.

Apr 17, 2024 11:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM over electoral bonds scheme

Rahul Gandhi said during his press conference, “A few days ago, the Prime Minister gave a very long interview to ANI. It was scripted, but it was a flop show. The Prime Minister tried to explain electoral bonds in it. The Prime Minister said that the system of electoral bonds was brought for transparency, to clean politics. If this is true then why was that system cancelled by the Supreme Court. And secondly, if you wanted to bring transparency, why did you hide the names of those who gave money to BJP. And why did you hide the dates on which they gave you the money?”

Apr 17, 2024 11:06 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi calls PM Modi's interview ‘scripted’

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in his press conference with Akhilesh Yadav that PM Modi's recent interview with ANI was allegedly scripted, and that the prime minister was the “master of corruption.”

Apr 17, 2024 10:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM Modi over poverty

Criticising PM Modi's remarks on poverty, Rahul Gandhi said, “No one is saying poverty will be ended in one go, but we can make strong efforts for it.”

Apr 17, 2024 10:13 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi-Akhilesh Yadav conference begins

Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the joint press conference with Akhilesh Yadav, claimed that BJP will only be limited to 150 seats while INDIA bloc will prevail with a vast majority.

Apr 17, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: EC issues notice to Telangana CM KCR

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday issued a notice to Bharat Rashtra Samiti President and former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao over his "derogatory" remarks for the Congress Party in a press conference. Acting on the complaint of Congress leader G Niranjan, the Election Commision noted that KCR had violated the Model Code of Conduct in his press meeting in Sircilla on April 5 while criticising the Congress party. (ANI)

Apr 17, 2024 9:38 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: TMC to release election manifesto today

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress will release its election manifesto today, April 17, in five languages.

Apr 17, 2024 9:08 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi extends Ram Navami greetings

PM Modi wrote on X on Wednesday, “This is the first Ram Navami when our Ram Lalla has been enthroned in the grand Ram temple of Ayodhya. Today, Ayodhya is in unparalleled joy in this celebration of Rama Navami. After waiting for 5 centuries, today we have the privilege of celebrating this Rama Navami in Ayodhya in this manner. This is the reward of so many years of hard penance and sacrifice by the countrymen.”

Apr 17, 2024 9:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi to address two rallies in Karnataka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings at Mandya and Kolar in Karnataka on Wednesday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to Congress sources, he is scheduled to land in Bengaluru around 1.20 pm from where he will go to Mandya by a chopper and address a poll rally at around 2.10 pm. He will then fly to Kolar to address a public meeting at around 4 pm. (PTI)

Apr 17, 2024 8:33 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul-Akhilesh to hold joint conference

INDIA bloc leaders Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint press conference today in Uttar Pradesh to campaign for alliance's Ghaziabad candidate Dolly Sharma.

Apr 17, 2024 8:09 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Meghalaya CM backs PM Modi on electoral bonds

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma backed PM Narendra Modi's stance on the electoral bonds scheme, saying that it was a path towards transparency when it comes to poll donations. 

Apr 17, 2024 8:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to visit Assam today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Assam today to campaign for NDA Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency candidate Phani Bhushan Choudhury of the Asom Gana Parishad.

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