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Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: BJP fields Annamalai, Murugan, Soundararajan from Tamil Nadu

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: The Congress has already finalised candidates for 12 seats in Maharashtra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai during a public meeting in Salem, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai during a public meeting in Salem, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Political parties have geared up to campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2024, the schedule for which was announced by the Election Commission (EC) on March 16. The world’s largest democratic exercise will be staggered across seven phases stretching over six weeks between April 19 and June 1. The results will be announced on June 4. See full Lok Sabha election 2024 schedule...Read More

Besides voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats, the EC has also announced Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Odisha, as will assembly bypolls for 26 vacant seats.

The elections will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi seek a third consecutive term, which will make him only the second person in independent India after Jawaharlal Nehru to achieve the feat. Meanwhile, the Opposition’s Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) hopes to cut into the BJP’s electoral track record and broad social coalition.

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Check statewise full schedule

In the last general elections in 2019, the BJP rode on a wave of Modi’s pan-Indian popularity and nationalistic fervour to a once-in-a-generation majority. The party won 303 seats, and along with its allies comprising the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) captured 336 seats. The Congress was reduced to 52 seats.

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

Follow all the updates here:
Mar 21, 2024 10:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Jitan Ram Manjhi eyeing for central berth

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday claimed that people are thinking that due to "his proximity" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he will "definitely" be given a chance to work at the Centre, if he wins from the Gaya Lok Sabha seat.

He said that people in Gaya have expectations, as "no Lok Sabha MP from Gaya has ever become a union minister."

Mar 21, 2024 10:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Check Congress list here

Mar 21, 2024 9:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress releases third list

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress releases third list of 57 candidates for Lok Sabha polls.

Mar 21, 2024 9:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress alleges model code of conduct violation by Himanta

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupen Kumar Borah has urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take 'strict action' against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

The chief minister on March 18 had claimed that all Congress candidates will join BJP if he wishes and even if they win the elections, Borah said in a letter to the CEC, made available to the media on Thursday.

Mar 21, 2024 8:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress announces first list of 34 candidates for Arunachal assembly polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Congress on Thursday announced the first list of 34 candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled for April 19. Among the candidates are three former ministers and three women nominees, with the majority being first-time contenders.

Notably, the names of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and former chief minister Nabam Tuki and APCC vice-president Bosiram Siram were absent from the list.

Party insiders claimed both Tuki and Siram would contest as Lok Sabha nominees from the Arunachal West and East parliamentary constituencies, respectively.

Tuki is the sitting MLA from Sagalee constituency in Papumpare district. He had represented the seat since the last six terms.

The party is yet to unveil candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Mar 21, 2024 7:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP third list for Lok Sabha

The third list of the ruling BJP has names for 9 seats in Tamil Nadu.

1. Chennai South - Tamilisai Soundararajan

2. Chennai Central - Vinoj P. Selvam

3. Vellore - A. C. Shanmugam

4. Krishnagiri - C. Narasimhan

5. Nilgiris (SC) - L. Murugan

6. Coimbatore - K. Annamalai

7. Perambalur - T.R.Parivendhar

8. Tirunelveli - Nainar Nagendran

9. Kanniyakumari - Pon. Radhakrishnan

Mar 21, 2024 7:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi's voter turnout in 2019 was lower than in 2014, hoping it will rise this time, says poll official

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi's voter turnout in 2019 was lower than in 2014, hoping it will rise this Lok Sabha polls with outreach activities, says Chief Electoral Officer Delhi P Krishnamurthy.

Mar 21, 2024 6:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Jitendra Singh files nomination from J&K's Udhampur-Kathua seat

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: On Thursday, union minister Jitendra Singh submitted his nomination papers for the Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, slated for the first phase of general elections in Jammu and Kashmir on April 19.

The notification for the Udhampur-Kathua constituency was issued on Wednesday, alongside 102 seats in 17 states and four Union Territories where polls are scheduled for the first phase.

Mar 21, 2024 5:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress to announce names for J’khand LS seats after Holi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Congress is set to unveil its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand post the Holi festival, according to a senior party official on Thursday.

Alamgir Alam, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, said that the opposition alliance partners under INDIA will also reveal their candidates individually.

"The announcement of Congress candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand will occur after Holi, tentatively on March 27 or March 28," Alam informed PTI via phone from New Delhi.

Mar 21, 2024 4:27 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Transfer of 4 DMs again proves BJP targeting Bengal for electoral gains, says TMC

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Trinamool Congress alleged on Thursday that the transfer of four district magistrates in West Bengal by the Election Commission (EC) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections validates its claim that the BJP was influencing the poll panel after facing rejection in the previous state elections.

The EC, on Thursday, reassigned non-cadre district magistrates and police superintendents of several states, citing that the positions were intended for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers respectively.

Among those affected were the district magistrates of Purba Medinipur, Jhargram, Purba Bardhaman, and Birbhum districts in West Bengal.

Mar 21, 2024 3:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'Proud that I'm opposing BJP,' Omar Abdullah on Amit Shah's 'parivarvaad' remarks

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: In response to union home minister Amit Shah's comments on "parivarvaad," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not have an issue with 'parivarvaad' parties per se, but rather with parties that oppose it.

Mar 21, 2024 2:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: What Congress alleged?

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Sonia Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of orchestrating a systematic effort to financially cripple the Congress, alleging this during a press conference on Thursday. The party, along with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, said that all its accounts were frozen, affecting not only the Congress but also democracy in India. They demanded access to their bank accounts to ensure a level playing field in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

Mar 21, 2024 2:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘The more you let Rahul Gandhi speak, the more ground you lose,’ says Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad attacks Congress: "I offer a gentle reminder to the Congress, the more you let Rahul Gandhi speak, the more ground you lose."

Mar 21, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Utter desperation of defeat,’ says BJP

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: At the BJP Press Conference, BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "If we summarise the press conference of Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, we can say that in the utter desperation of defeat, the Congress party has created an alibi today."

Mar 21, 2024 2:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: DMK manifesto promising to stop Mekedatu, says Karnataka BJP chief targets Congress

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Karnataka BJP president, B Y Vijayendra, accused the Congress government of prioritising "selfish" coalition politics over the drinking water needs of the state's farmers and citizens as DMK promises to halt the construction of the Mekedatu dam in their manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Vijayendra criticised the government for sacrificing the state's water requirements to appease the INDIA alliance, labelling it as a detrimental move for Karnataka's agricultural and civic sectors.

Mar 21, 2024 2:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: JP Nadda hits back at Congress

Hours after the rare joint press conference of Congress leaders over the freezing of accounts, BJP president JP says that the party is conveniently blaming their irrelevance on ‘financial troubles’.

“Congress is going to be totally rejected by the people and fearing a historic defeat, their top leadership addressed a press conference and ranted against Indian democracy and institutions,” he writes on X. “They are conveniently blaming their irrelevance on ‘financial troubles’. In reality, their bankruptcy is moral and intellectual, not financial.”

Mar 21, 2024 1:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Stop sending 'Viksit Bharat' messages on WhatsApp, EC tells govt

The Election Commission of India has directed the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to immediately halt the delivery of “Viksit Bharat” messages over WhatsApp. It has also sought a compliance report on the matter from the IT ministry.

The poll body said it received several complaints of messages highlighting the government’s initiatives being delivered on the phones of citizens despite the announcement of the general elections and Model Code of Conduct (MCC) coming into action.

Mar 21, 2024 1:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Who will Congress field from Amethi, Raebareli & Varanasi?

Amid suspense over who the Congress will field from Uttar Pradesh's prestigious Amethi, Raebareli, and Varanasi seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the grand old party has deliberated upon some names to give ticket to from these parliamentary segments.

Under an agreement with the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Congress will fight on 17 constituencies, while the rest will be with the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP. Check the names here.

Mar 21, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: What Sonia Gandhi said at Congress' rare joint presser

Addressing a rare joint press conference with party president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi said there has been a “systematic effort” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “cripple” the Congress financially.

"The issue we are taking up today is extremely serious. The issue affects not just the Indian National Congress but the democracy itself. A systematic effort is underway by the Prime Minister to cripple the Indian National Congress financially," Sonia Gandhi said.

The former Congress president pointed out that on one hand, there is an electoral bonds issue and on the other, the finances of the principal opposition party are under assault. Read more.

Mar 21, 2024 12:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'Assault on democracy,' says Rahul Gandhi alleging freezing of Congress party's bank accounts

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: "This is not freezing of Congress party's bank accounts, this is the freezing of Indian democracy. As the biggest opposition party, we are unable to take any action - we can't book advertisements or send our leaders anywhere. This is an assault on democracy," said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a press conference on Thursday, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Mar 21, 2024 12:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'Our ability to fight elections has been damaged,' says Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: "...All our bank accounts have been frozen. We can do no campaign work, we cannot support our workers, we cannot support our candidates...This has been done two months before the election campaign. One notice comes from the 90s, another from 6-7 years ago. Quantum amount 14 Lakhs and punishment - our entire financial identity...EC has not even said anything...Already, our ability to fight elections has been damaged, we have already lost a month," said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in a press conference on Thursday, reported news agency ANI.

Mar 21, 2024 12:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Prime Minister is crippling Congress financially’, says Sonia Gandhi

"...This issue affects not just Congress, it impacts our democracy itself most fundamentally. A systematic effort is underway by the Prime Minister to cripple the Indian National Congress financially. Funds collected from the public are being frozen and money from our accounts is being taken away forcibly. However, even under these most challenging circumstances, we are doing our very best to maintain the effectiveness of our election campaign. On one hand, there is the Electoral Bond issue which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Electoral Bonds benefitted the BJP hugely. On the other hand, the finances of the principal opposition party - the INC - are under a determined assault. This, we all believe, is unprecedented and undemocratic," said Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in a press conference on Thursday.

Mar 21, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'Bank account of the main opposition party has been frozen,' says Congress president

On Thursday, while addressing a joint press conference along side party leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP government of freezing its bank accounts ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

"Supreme Court called Electoral Bonds illegal and unconstitutional. Under that scheme, the present ruling party filled its accounts with thousands and crores of Rupees. On the other hand, under a conspiracy, the bank account of the main opposition party has been frozen. So that, in the absence of funds there is no level-playing field in contesting the elections. This is a dangerous game by the ruling party which will have a far-reaching impact. If democracy in this country has to be saved, there has to be a level-playing ground...," said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge as quoted by news agency ANI.

Mar 21, 2024 12:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'Constitutional institutions should allow us to freely access our bank accounts,' says Congress president

"I don't want to mention how the BJP took money from some companies. As SC is probing the matter, I hope the truth will be before us soon. I appeal to the Constitutional institutions that if they want free and fair elections, then they should allow us to freely access our bank accounts. No political party comes under the purview of income tax...," said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge as quoted by news agency ANI.

Mar 21, 2024 11:42 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge & Rahul Gandhi to address press conference

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and senior party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will address a press conference today, party's spokesperson Pawan Khera posts on X.

Mar 21, 2024 11:22 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: EC transfers district magistrates, top police officials of 5 states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued transfer orders for non-cadre officers who are posted at leadership positions as district magistrate and superintendent of police (SP) in four states – Gujarat, Punjab, Odisha and West Bengal.

The officers to be transferred are:

1. Gujarat – SP of Chhota Udaipur and Ahmedabad Rural districts

2. Punjab – SSP of Pathankot, Fazilka, Jalandhar Rural and Malerkotla districts

3. Odisha – DM of Dhenkanal and SPs of Deogarh and Cuttack Rural districts

4. West Bengal – DM of Purba Medinipur, Jhargram, Purba Bardhaman and Birbhum districts

Additionally, the poll body has also directed for the transfer of SSP Bathinda in Punjab and SP Sonitpur in Assam in view of their “kinship or familial association with the elected political representatives”.

Mar 21, 2024 10:38 AM IST

Monitor use of social media, Latur collector tells officials

The Latur administration has asked the district level media certification and monitoring committee to keep an eye on the use of social media and advertisements broadcast through electronic media during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Polling for the Latur Lok Sabha seat in Marathwada region of Maharashtra will be held on May 7.

Mar 21, 2024 10:18 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Jitendra Singh performs puja at his residence ahead of filing nominations

Union Minister Jitendra Singh performed puja at his residence in Jammu, ahead of filing his nomination from Udhampur as a BJP candidate, reports ANI.

Mar 21, 2024 9:49 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Cong-AAP poised to give tough fight to BJP in Chandigarh

After triangular contests in the last two Lok Sabha elections, Chandigarh is set to witness a two-cornered contest this time, with the Congress and AAP teaming up to trounce the BJP that is looking to secure a third straight win.

Forged ahead of the Chandigarh mayoral polls in January, the alliance was initially brought about due to the two parties’ mutual need, attaining majority in the BJP-led municipal corporation, in the crucial general election year. Read more.

Mar 21, 2024 9:25 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Pappu Yadav, Danish Ali among 3 to join Congress ahead of polls

The Congress got a fillip on Wednesday as three senior Opposition leaders, including former Lok Sabha MP Pappu Yadav, joined the party, weeks before the Lok Sabha elections.

Besides Yadav, suspended Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Danish Ali and former Jammu & Kashmir MP Lal Singh joined the Opposition party.

Mar 21, 2024 9:06 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Union minister Jitendra Singh to file nomination today

Union Minister Jitendra Singh will file his nomination from the Udhampur constituency for the Lok Sabha election today, ANI reports. The seat goes to polls in the first phase on April 19.

Mar 21, 2024 8:54 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress clears 10 names for Maharashtra; 7 each for Rajasthan, Gujarat

The Congress’s Central Election Committee has cleared the names of 10 Lok Sabha candidates, including former Union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s daughter Praniti Shinde, for Maharashtra; and seven each for Gujarat and Rajasthan. In the four meetings, the party’s top poll body has so far finalised 82 candidates across 13 states and two Union territories. More details.

Mar 21, 2024 8:52 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Tripura CM holds door-to-door campaign

Tripura chief minister Manik Saha is a holding a door-to-door campaign in Kanchanmala gram panchayat of Golaghati constituency ahead of Lok Sabha elections, ANI reports. Watch video.

Mar 21, 2024 8:35 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Key SC hearing on political freebies today

The Supreme Court will today hear a PIL against the practice of political parties promising freebies during elections, a significant move which comes weeks before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections beginning April 19.

The PIL states that there should be a total ban on populist measures to gain undue political favour from voters as they violate the Constitution, and the Election Commission of India should take suitable deterrent measures.

Mar 21, 2024 8:16 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Centre urges NRI voters to participate in polls

The Centre has urged all non-residents of India (NRI) to cast their vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections. In a post on X, the Press Information Bureau called upon all NRI voters to cast their vote this Lok Sabha Elections and shared a step-by-step guide to inform how they can participate in the general elections. More details.

Mar 21, 2024 8:02 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: AIADMK seals seat pact with 3 allies

Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party — the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) — on Wednesday finalised its seat-sharing arrangement with allies DMDK, SDPI and Puthiya Tamizhagam.

The party has also announced its first list of 16 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mar 21, 2024 7:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: No decision yet on BJP-BJD tie-up, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah says that a decision is yet to be taken on a possible alliance between the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha.

“We don’t know yet if we will have an alliance (with BJD) or not. If we do, we will work as allies, and if we don’t, we will fight to form the government alone. A decision will be taken by our national president,” Shah says. More details

Mar 21, 2024 7:29 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress' crucial meet with Thackeray, Pawar today

After the Congress' Central Election Committee met on Wednesday to finalise candidates for 12 seats for the Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the party will today meet to finalise the remaining seats, reports ANI.

"We have discussed at least 18-19 seats of Maharashtra, we have finalized at least 12 seats and tomorrow morning we have a meeting with Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. Final discussions will be held and all seats will be announced by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow...'' Maharashtra unit party president Nana Patole says.

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