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The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will end on June 1 (Representational Image)
The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will end on June 1 (Representational Image)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election 2024 is set to take place on June 1, Saturday. Today is the second-last day of campaigning for political parties before the Lok Sabha election 2024 come to an end, and the results are declared on June 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a two-day visit to West Bengal, and will address a poll rally in Diamond Harbour, which is a stronghold for the Trinamool Congress. TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee, who is the sitting member of Parliament, is contesting from that seat. PM Modi is also expected to hold a roadshow in Kolkata on Wednesday, two days before the seat goes to polls in the general elections....Read More

After concluding his visit to West Bengal, PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold three rallies in Odisha today. He will address public meetings in Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapada. It must be noted that along with the final phase of the general elections, Odisha's assembly election will also conclude on June 1.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi conducted a joint rally with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Varanasi on May 28, which is set to go to polls on Saturday. PM Modi is contesting the elections from Varanasi seat, with Congress fielding Ajay Rai against him.

Rahul Gandhi said in Varanasi on Tuesday, “I am telling you with a guarantee that after June 4, Narendra Modi ji will not be the prime minister of this country.” "The contest between the two is intense and in this contest, Ajay Rai may win," he said.

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May 29, 2024 9:03 PM IST

Union minister allegedly attacked in Bihar's Arrah

Union Minister and NDA candidate from Arrah Lok Sabha constituency RK Singh's election campaign vehicle allegedly attacked near the market committee under the Nawada police station area. A case has been registered on the complaint of the driver.

May 29, 2024 8:41 PM IST

Union minister on Kejriwal's ‘marriage with Congress not permanent’ remark

This is not new. Arvind Kejriwal has been changing his statements and friends every day for the last 12-13 years. INDI alliance is viewed as just a seat adjustment. They are wrestling at one place and being friends at another place. The AAP and Congress have an alliance in Chandigarh and they are abusing each other in Punjab: Piyush Goyal

May 29, 2024 8:12 PM IST

Amit Shah attacks Rahul Gandhi

On 4th June, counting of votes will start at 7am. The picture will become clear by 1pm. At 3pm, Rahul Gandhi will hold a press conference blaming the EVMs for their loss. His tickets for 6th June are booked, and he will leave for Bangkok-Thailand for a holiday: Amit Shah, Union home minister, in UP's Deoria

May 29, 2024 7:53 PM IST

Rajnath predicts ‘end of lantern era' in Bihar

No matter how much light a lantern (RJD party's symbol) gives, it can only light up one room. The oil of the lantern is now running out. When the oil of the lantern starts running out, the wick starts flickering, and it assumes that the lantern is about to be extinguished: Rajnath Singh

May 29, 2024 7:21 PM IST

Trinamool MP says PM Modi should 'return to Delhi'

After today's rally by CM Mamata Banerjee, PM Modi should leave Kolkata and return to Delhi immediately. He saw how was his rally yesterday and how was Mamata's rally today: Sudip Bandyopadhyay

May 29, 2024 6:58 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath campaigns for Ravi Kishan

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath campaigns for BJP MP Ravi Kishan in Gorakhpur. The SP has fielded Kajal Nishad as the opposition INDIA bloc's candidate.

May 29, 2024 6:38 PM IST

PM's meditation a ‘trick’ to keep himself in headlines, says Congress

These are tactics to either keep campaigning or to keep himself in the headlines. We have asked the Election Commission that PM Modi can start after 24-48 hours in the evening of June 1. But if he insists on beginning this tomorrow, then it should be prohibited from being telecasted by print or audio-visual Media: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

May 29, 2024 6:23 PM IST

Congress moves Election Commission against PM's meditation

We told the Election Commission that during the silence period of 48 hours, no one should be allowed to campaign, directly or indirectly. We have no objection to whatever any leader may do. We have complained that PM Modi has announced that he will sit for 'Maun Vrat' from the evening of May 30. The silence period would be from 7 o'clock on May 30 till June 1. This is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

May 29, 2024 6:15 PM IST

BJP will be made to ‘crave’ even for 140 seats, claims Akhilesh Yadav

This time the 140 crore people will make them (BJP) crave for 140 seats. They have no answer for the inflation that has increased and the betrayal they have done to the farmers: Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief

May 29, 2024 5:57 PM IST

Not everyone in Odisha getting tap water: PM Modi

Modi is trying to provide tap water to every house in Delhi; here not everyone has got tap water. Odisha is voting to change this situation. Odisha is also voting to end the loot of BJD: PM Modi

May 29, 2024 5:46 PM IST

PM addresses rally in Odisha's Kendrapara

“In the six months after June 4, the country will see a new pace of development. Apart from this, these six months will also lead to a big storm in politics. Disappointment is at its peak among the workers of all the family-led parties. Their own people are questioning the family leaders who have failed repeatedly. Therefore, in the next six months, we will see a new disintegration in the family parties,” says PM Modi.

May 29, 2024 5:28 PM IST

Naveen Patnaik rejects reports of ‘poor health’

PM Modi has stated publicly before that I am his good friend. All he had to do was to pick up a telephone and ring me up and ask me about my health. This time there a number of people of the BJP from Odisha and Delhi who are spreading rumours about my health. Let me assure the PM that I am in perfect health and I have been campaigning in the state for the last one month: Naveen Patnaik, Odisha CM

May 29, 2024 5:19 PM IST

Will be with people of Odisha 'till the very end,' says Naveen Patnaiik

The 4.5 crore people of Odisha are my family. I've been serving you as a family member; I'm always by your side, be it good times or bad times. Be it the Covid pandemic or any natural disasters, I've always been with you and will remain so till the very end: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in video message

May 29, 2024 5:05 PM IST

BJP won't let anyone touch Dalit reservation, vows Amit Shah

“As long as there is even a single BJP MP in Parliament, we will not allow anyone to touch the reservation for Dalit, Adivasi and the backwards, and this is a guarantee of PM Modi. Rahul Gandhi, however, wants to snatch their reservation and give it to the Muslims. If Rahul Gandhi has the guts, then I challenge him to touch the reservation for Adivasi brothers,” Union home minister Amit Shah says in UP's Robertsganj.

May 29, 2024 4:44 PM IST

Punjab will give all 13 Lok Sabha seats to Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal

I feel that we will win 13 out of 13 seats, people have made up their minds. Because in the last 2 years, we have made electricity, free, we are making schools here. We are giving employment to youths. People are very happy...so we will win all 13 seats: Arvind Kejriwal

May 29, 2024 4:27 PM IST

Varanasi wants to bless PM Modi, says Devendra Fadnavis

The way the Prime Minister and CM Yogi have transformed this land, the world wants to come here seeing that. People here want to bless PM Modi: Devendra Fadnavis

May 29, 2024 4:05 PM IST

Rajnath Singh hails free ration scheme

I know if there are four members in a family, each is getting a supply of 5 kg, and those who are not able to consume it, sell off the surplus: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Bihar's Karakat

May 29, 2024 3:49 PM IST

BJP freed Purvanchal from mafia: Amit Shah

Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Purvanchal region, Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah says that the state's BJP government freed the region from mafia.

“BJP has done the work of freeing Purvanchal from mafia. There was a time when country-made guns were made in Uttar Pradesh. However, today, Brahmos missiles are being made in Uttar Pradesh. Cannonballs are being made. If the situation of war arises, the cannonball made in UP will work to straighten Pakistan,” he says.

May 29, 2024 3:29 PM IST

PM Modi hails J&K's record voter turnout

After the wall of Article 370 fell, people are celebrating the festival of democracy in J&K, and record pollings are being done... Crores of Ram Bhakts and even the Karsevaks had given up their hope for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, but today, the wait of 500 years has been ended: PM Modi in Odisha's Balasore

May 29, 2024 3:08 PM IST

Bihar will teach BJP a lesson, says Tejashwi Yadav

“Bihar has given more seats to them (NDA) than Gujarat in the last 10 years but Gujarat will get everything and Bihar gets nothing. It will not work anymore. The people of Bihar will teach them a lesson this time. Just taking the name of Ram isn't going to work but one needs to follow the ideals of Ram,” says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

May 29, 2024 2:52 PM IST

Congress party's Pawan Khera sees ‘mood for change’

The mood across the 19 states that I have been to, is one of change. It is the mood where people are angry, sad and, worried. These three emotions are leading people's choices of vote this time: Pawan Khera

May 29, 2024 2:26 PM IST

‘Conspiracy’ behind Naveen Patnaik's deteriorating health, claims PM Modi

It is the right of the people of Odisha to know whether the lobby which is enjoying power in Odisha behind the scenes in the name of Naveen Babu is responsible for Naveen Babu's ill health. This mystery should be exposed. After 10th June, when BJP will come to power in Odisha, a special committee will be formed to investigate why is Naveen Babu's health deteriorating: PM Modi

May 29, 2024 2:15 PM IST

In Odisha's Mayurbhanj, PM Modi hails President Murmu

Mayurbhanj is the land of women empowerment. Till now, Mayurbhanj was hailed because only women pull the chariot of Maa Subhadra here. But now the daughter of Mayurbhanj is leading a country of 140 crores. Our President Droupadi Murmu commands the three armed forces of the country and she is the daughter of Mayurbhanj. This is a matter of pride for Mayurbhanj and for Odisha: PM Modi

May 29, 2024 1:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah takes jibe at Rahul, Akhilesh

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav, “The counting is on June 4. In the afternoon the two 'shehzade' (Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav) will hold a press conference and say we lost the election because EVM was defective.”

May 29, 2024 12:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘TMC takes money from PM Awas,’ alleges PM Modi

PM Modi alleged in the election rally in Bengal, “TMC and INDIA bloc are pushing West Bengal to the direction opposite to development. Trinamool Congress even takes cut money from PM Awas and mid-day meal projects.”

May 29, 2024 12:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish over students fainting in Bihar

On several students faint in schools at different places in Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said, "There is no govt and democracy in Bihar but only the bureaucracy. The CM is so weak that no one listens to him even regarding the timings of school. The temperature is at 47 degrees, the loo is blowing and at least the little children should have some relaxation. The infrastructure of schools in Bihar is not good... But, there is nothing in the CM's hands."

May 29, 2024 12:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi addresses election rally in Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal was giving away the rights of "original" OBCs to Muslims by issuing "false caste certificates".

"To appease a section, the TMC government is openly attacking the Constitution, which has given reservations to Dalits and backward castes. But an open loot of reservations happened in West Bengal... false OBC certificates were issued to Muslims," he alleged.

May 29, 2024 12:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Jairam Ramesh attacks PM Modi

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked if the prime minister prioritised his PR over vaccines and funds under the National Health Mission.

"Today's questions for the outgoing PM's West Bengal visit: Is the outgoing PM withholding 7,000 crore of ration funds so that his face is plastered on ration shops? Did Suvendu Adhikari's CBI case get washed away in BJP's washing machine? Does the PM prioritise his PR over vaccines for India's children?" he asked in a post on X.

May 29, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Pakistan wants Modi to lose election’

Former Pakistan prime minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “…the BJP-RSS alliance in India is stoking hatred towards Pakistan. Pakistan has no hatred towards India. They (BJP government) are spreading hatred towards Muslims. So, the ‘karta-dharta’ of this ideology should be defeated.”

May 29, 2024 11:23 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: SC rejects Arvind Kejriwal's interim bail extension plea

The Supreme Court registry on Wednesday refused urgent listing of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking extension of his interim bail by seven days for undergoing certain medical tests.

The apex court registry refused to accept the application, saying since Kejriwal was given liberty to move the trial court for regular bail, the plea is not maintainable.

May 29, 2024 10:59 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Jairam Ramesh on Aiyar's China remark

After Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar triggered controversy over his "alleged invasion" remark on the 1962 India-China war, Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said that the latter has apologized and the party distances itself from his original phraseology.

Jairam also attacked PM Modi over his statement on the 2020 India-China face-off in Ladakh's Galwan Valley saying that the Prime Minister gave a clean chit to the Chinese weakening the negotiation position of India.

May 29, 2024 10:42 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: CM Yogi interacts with children in Gorakhnath temple

May 29, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Digvijay Singh's big allegation on Manoj Tiwari

In a post on X, Digvijay Singh posted a video claiming that the BJP MP and North East Delhi candidate was indulging in bogus voting and questioned the reason behind closing the doors of the booth when polling is going on.

"This video is of North East Delhi where Manoj Tiwari is inside with his team under police protection in a Polling Booth when the polling is going on. Apparently doing bogus voting. Main doors were closed while the BJP was murdering democracy. Would the Election Commission please look into it and get a report from the Election Commission Observer and Presiding Officer of this Booth? What was the reason for closing of Polling Booth gates when the polling was going on?" he said.

May 29, 2024 9:55 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Big blow to SP ahead of election

In a major blow to the Samajwadi Party amid election season, party's prominent face SP Bhumihar said he is planning on joining BJP. Bhumihar said, “Samajwadi Party was nurtured by my blood and sweat. I worked on the principles of Dr Rammanohar Lohia, to stand with the poor. I stood beside Netaji like his own son when he was insulted. I kept saying that insulting Netaji would prove costly for the Samajwadi Party. Netaji cried when he was removed from the post of party chief.”

May 29, 2024 9:12 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to meditate in Kanniyakumari after election

After the campaign for Lok Sabha election ends, PM Narendra Modi is set to visit Tamil Nadu's Kanniyakumari to medidate for two days. He will be back in Delhi before June 4.

May 29, 2024 9:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP bigwigs camp out in Kashi

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Varanasi, BJP pushed key leaders to tackle particular segments in Varanasi with Union home minister Amit Shah conducting the entire electoral exercise, party president JP Nadda moving in and out of Varanasi and cabinet minister for women and child development Smriti Irani coming to the holy city on Wednesday to woo the women voters in the constituency, people familiar with the matter said.

May 29, 2024 8:49 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Last day of campaigning today

Today, May 29, is the last day of campaigning for the final phase of the Lok Sabha election 2024. The last phase will take place on June 1, and parties won't be allowed to campaign after 12 am tonight, as per the Election Commission.

May 29, 2024 8:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Last election phase on June 1

Elections will take place for 58 constituencies across 8 states and union territories on June 1, in the last and seventh phase. Results will be announced on June 4.

May 29, 2024 8:13 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Shehzad Poonawalla slams AAP and Kejriwal

Attacking AAP and Arvind Kejriwal, BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla said, "Corruption and misconduct, this has become their behaviour. They always have an approach of humiliation towards women and this has become the standard operating procedure of AAP, be it in Delhi or Punjab."

May 29, 2024 7:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Bansuri Swaraj on AAP's statement against BJP

BJP's New Delhi candidate Bansuri Swaraj said, “AAP cannot make defamatory statements against BJP repeatedly and not be accountable. Atishi ji will now have to appear before the court to present her side.”

May 29, 2024 7:38 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Ex-Congress leader attacks Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam said, “It is Rahul Gandhi's one-point agenda to unnecessarily curse PM Modi. He starts criticising PM as soon as he wakes up in the morning.” He added, “The truth is, he does not know anything about India's culture and traditions. He has been raised in a foreign culture. Rahul must first know about India and then speak on PM Modi.”

May 29, 2024 7:23 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to visit Odisha today

On the final leg of campaigning, PM Narendra Modi will visit Odisha today and hold three rallies. He will address public meetings in Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapada.

May 29, 2024 7:17 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘PM Modi will not be prime minister,’ says Rahul Gandhi

While addressing a poll rally in PM Modi's stronghold Varanasi, Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday, “I am telling you with a guarantee that after June 4, Narendra Modi ji will not be the prime minister of this country.”

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