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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Updates: The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election 2024 took place on May 25, and the country is now gearing up for the seventh and final phase of the polls. The seventh phase of the general elections will take place on June 1, and the results will be announced on June 4. The campaigning for the final phase of the polls is intensifying just as mercury remains soaring across northern states. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint rally in Varanasi today, which is the home constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi....Read More

PM Narendra Modi is contesting the polls from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, set to vote on June 1. His opponents include Ajay Rai from the Congress and Athar Jamal Lari from the Bahujan Samaj Party. Varanasi is a stronghold for the BJP, and PM Modi won the polls from the parliamentary seat in both 2014 and 2019 general elections.

The UP Congress chief, Rai, was also fielded by the Congress against the PM in Varanasi in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but he finished third both times. This is the third time Ajay Rai will face Modi in a Lok Sabha contest.

The Bharatiya Janata Party expressed confidence after the sixth phase of the polls that they are close to touching the 400-seat mark, and will cross the same after the seventh phase of the election.

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May 28, 2024 10:44 PM IST

Power of the common man's vote will be very important, says Pallavi Patel

"In the present day democratic system of this country, a common man is very important in the elections. Power of the common man's vote will be very important. People of UP's Mirzapur Lok Sabha constituency are very angry and they want a big change here," said Apna Dal (Kamerwadi) leader Pallavi Patel earlier today.

May 28, 2024 10:33 PM IST

INDI alliance will impose Taliban rule, says Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday lambasted the Congress-led INDIA bloc for coming up with promises that suggested it wanted to "levy jaziya tax" and bring the country under “Taliban rule”.

The firebrand BJP leader made the remarks at three back-to-back rallies in Bihar, the first and the last in favour of Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad with one in support of Union minister RK Singh, who represents Arrah, scheduled in between.

“The Congress and the INDIA bloc speak of personal laws. They want to undo what Ravi Shankar Prasad had achieved (as the then Union law minister) by scrapping triple talaq”, alleged Yogi.

He added the opposition alliance wanted to promote “Talibani shasan” in which “women will not have the freedom to go to schools, markets and offices and will be forced to always wear the burqa”.

May 28, 2024 10:31 PM IST

Congress-led alliance will impose Taliban rule, 'jaziya': Yogi in Bihar

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday lambasted the Congress-led INDIA bloc for coming up with promises that suggested it wanted to "levy jaziya tax" and bring the country under “Taliban rule”.

The firebrand BJP leader made the remarks at three back-to-back rallies in Bihar, the first and the last in favour of Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad with one in support of Union minister RK Singh, who represents Arrah, scheduled in between.

“The Congress and the INDIA bloc speak of personal laws. They want to undo what Ravi Shankar Prasad had achieved (as the then Union law minister) by scrapping triple talaq”, alleged Yogi.

He added the opposition alliance wanted to promote “Talibani shasan” in which “women will not have the freedom to go to schools, markets and offices and will be forced to always wear the burqa”.

He also alleged that the Congress wanted to bring in a “virasat (inheritance) tax” which was like “jaziya”, imposed during the mediaeval times by Muslim rulers on their subjects belonging to other faiths.

May 28, 2024 10:30 PM IST

PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee lead road shows in Kolkata amid cheering crowd

Kolkata on Tuesday was witness to multiple high-octane and colourful road shows by top leaders, one by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two such by Mamata Banerjee, his arch-political rival in West Bengal, even as campaign frenzy reached its zenith ahead of the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.

In his first ever road show in Kolkata, PM Modi led a vibrant cavalcade from the base of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's statue at Shyambazar Five Point Crossing that terminated at the ancestral residence of Swami Vivekananda on Simla Street in North Kolkata, with people gathering in impressive numbers to greet the leader en route.

The political extravaganza was organized in support of BJP candidate from the Kolkata Uttar seat, Tapas Roy, and his counterpart from the Dum Dum constituency in the northern fringes of the city, Silbhadra Dutta.

Ahead of the event, the PM visited Maa Sarada's residence at Bagbazar and paid homage to the Holy Mother who was the spiritual consort to the 19th Century Hindu mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa.

May 28, 2024 10:18 PM IST

ECI orders suspension of senior IPS officer in Odisha CMO over interference in election, orders medical check up of another over similar charges

The Election Commission on Thursday ordered the immediate suspension of senior IPS officer DS Kuttey working in Odisha chief minister's office for unduly interfering in conduct of election and asked another IPS officer Ashish Singh to present himself for detailed medical examination by a special medical board constituted by director AIIMS over similar allegatiins.

The ECI order said D.S. Kutey, a 1997-batch IPS who is special secretary to CM would be placed under suspension under relevant service rules for unduly interfering in conduct of election. The ECI said Kuttey's headquarter is fixed at the Office of Resident Commissioner Odisha, New Delhi where he has to report by May 29 afternoon. "Chief Electoral Officer Odisha would provide to the Chief Secretary of Odisha draft of charge sheet to be issued to Kutey and Odisha chief secretary would arrange chargesheet under relevant service rules by 5:00 pm of May 30," the order said..

On Ashis Singh, the 2010-batch IPS now is working as IG(CM security), the ECI said as he is on medical leave since May 4, he would present himself for detailed medical examination by a special medical board constituted by director of AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar not later than May 30. "The Chief Electoral Officer would coordinate to ensure that Director AIIMS Bhubaneshwar for constituting a special medical board to ascertain illness and treatment being undergone," the ECI order said.

May 28, 2024 10:13 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee questions Centre's cyclone Remal rescue efforts

Claiming that it was her government which took measures to save the lives of people from the cyclone Remal that hit the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not speaking the truth about efforts made by Delhi in monitoring it and rescue efforts after the storm.

Speaking at an election rally in Barasat, Modi said that the Centre was providing all help to the West Bengal government to handle the situation in the aftermath of cyclone Remal that made landfall on the adjacent coasts of the state and Bangladesh around midnight of Sunday.

"We shifted nearly 46 lakh people (to safer places) and saved their lives," the chief minister said, addressing an election rally at Behala in Kolkata Dakshin Lok Sabha constituency in favour of Trinamool Congress candidate Mala Roy.

Banerjee said that it was unfortunate that seven people died because of the cyclone, lakhs of people could have lost their lives if the state administration had not taken measures in time.

May 28, 2024 10:08 PM IST

ECI orders suspension of senior IPS officer in Odisha CMO over interference in election, orders medical check up of another over similar charges

The Election Commission on Thursday ordered the immediate suspension of senior IPS officer DS Kuttey working in Odisha chief minister's office for unduly interfering in conduct of election and asked another IPS officer Ashish Singh to present himself for detailed medical examination by a special medical board constituted by director AIIMS over similar allegatiins.

The ECI order said D.S. Kutey, a 1997-batch IPS who is special secretary to CM would be placed under suspension under relevant service rules for unduly interfering in conduct of election. The ECI said Kuttey's headquarter is fixed at the Office of Resident Commissioner Odisha, New Delhi where he has to report by May 29 afternoon. "Chief Electoral Officer Odisha would provide to the Chief Secretary of Odisha draft of charge sheet to be issued to Kutey and Odisha chief secretary would arrange chargesheet under relevant service rules by 5:00 pm of May 30," the order said..

On Ashis Singh, the 2010-batch IPS now is working as IG(CM security), the ECI said as he is on medical leave since May 4, he would present himself for detailed medical examination by a special medical board constituted by director of AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar not later than May 30. "The Chief Electoral Officer would coordinate to ensure that Director AIIMS Bhubaneshwar for constituting a special medical board to ascertain illness and treatment being undergone," the ECI order said.

May 28, 2024 10:04 PM IST

"You hate all those things which is not accepted by Nagpur": RJD leader Manoj Jha targets PM Modi on reservation issue

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised INDIA bloc parties for undermining the constitutional rights of Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC), Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Manoj Jha on Tuesday said that it is Prime Minister Modi who is playing an important role in ending the reservations of these communities, adding that such remarks should not be taken seriously.

He further said that BJP hate social justice, secularism and all those things which is not accepted by Nagpur, referring to RSS.

"I never take him seriously. Prime Minister is playing an important role in ending the reservation. As per constitutional provisions, there has to be reservation in public employment. How many government jobs have you given? So in a way you have ended the reservation. Your people wanted to even change the Preamble. You hate social justice, secularism. You hate all those things which is not accepted by Nagpur (reference to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which is headquartered in Nagpur)," Manoj Jha told ANI.

May 28, 2024 9:23 PM IST

Tharoor to Modi: Withdraw 'cases' against Payal Kapadia if India is proud of her

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he hailed director Payal Kapadia for winning the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival, asking if India is proud of her, shouldn't his government immediately withdraw the "cases" against her and fellow FTII students.

Last week, Kapadia became the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix award, the second highest honour at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, for her Malayalam-Hindi feature film "All We Imagine As Light". Following the win, Modi had said the country is proud of her.

Back in 2015, Kapadia was one of the protesting students who went on strike to oppose actor-politician Gajendra Chauhan's appointment as the chairperson of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

May 28, 2024 9:20 PM IST

TMC candidate sources voter turnout data from Form 17C Part I

On May 27, less than 48 hours after polling for phase 6 of the general elections ended, Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, Trinamool Congress’s candidate from the constituency of Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, tweeted a photo of five stacks of forms, and said, “Dear @ECISVEEP, @ceoup, I have collected form 17c from all the booths (Bhadohi Loksabha) and tabulated the data of vote %. Now over to you, how long will you take to declare the number of votes polled.” Read more

May 28, 2024 9:18 PM IST

BJP's backbone already broken, last nail in its coffin on June 1: Abhishek Banerjee

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday claimed that the BJP's "backbone has already been broken" in the previous six phases of the Lok Sabhas elections and the last nail in its coffin would be driven on June 1 when the final leg of the polls will be held.

He asserted that the INDIA bloc would form the government at the Centre after the elections and the funds for rural welfare schemes due to the state, which was allegedly withheld by it, would be released.

“As we understand, the BJP’s backbone has already been broken in the previous phases of the elections. The last nail in its coffin would be driven on June 1,” Banerjee, considered number two in the TMC, said at a rally in Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas district.

The Diamond Harbour MP claimed that has been using the ED, CBI, Income Tax Department, National Investigation Agency and a section of the media and judiciary to break the TMC.

May 28, 2024 9:07 PM IST

LS polls: Women voters outnumbered men in phase 6

Female voters outnumbered male voters for the second consecutive time in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections by 3 per cent, according to data released by the Election Commission on Tuesday.

In the fifth phase too, more women had turned up at polling stations as compared to men.

Voting for 58 parliamentary constituencies was held in the sixth phase of elections on May 25.

May 28, 2024 8:40 PM IST

PM Modi pays floral tribute at the statue of Swami Vivekananda

At the end of his roadshow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tribute at the statue of Swami Vivekananda, in Kolkata.

May 28, 2024 8:39 PM IST

Why is Priyanka silent on women harassment in states under Congress, allies: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday accused Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of being silent on women harassment incidents in states ruled by her party and its allies.

During a series of election meetings in the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency, Thakur said, "Priyanka Gandhi, who gave the slogan of 'I am a girl, I can fight,' does not see the atrocities on mothers and sisters in Sandeshkhali of Bengal."

He alleged that it was her "vote bank politics" which did not allow her to see the harassment of a woman MP by their colleagues in Delhi.

The minister was referring to the alleged attack on Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's house in the national capital.

"She should change her slogan to 'I am a girl, but I cannot fight'," he said.

May 28, 2024 8:37 PM IST

"Those who laid hands at Ratna Bhandar...": Amit Shah attacks BJD govt over 'missing keys' controversy

Union Home Minister Amit Shah hit out at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and accused BJD of looting the Jagannath Temple's Ratna Bhandaar and vowed to bring corrupt officials to justice within 100 days if BJP wins.

He said that those who have "laid hands" on it will be sent to jail.

The matter pertains to the controversy surrounding the missing keys of the Ratna Bhandar of 12th century Jagannath Temple, which are officially "lost" according to the Odisha government.

May 28, 2024 8:22 PM IST

TMC snatched rights of OBCs for appeasement politics, 'vote jihad': PM Modi

Asserting that the Calcutta High Court has exposed the "treachery" of the TMC with the OBCs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal for "snatching the rights of OBC youths" for appeasement politics and "vote jihad".

Addressing an election rally in Barasat, Modi, without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee, criticised her for questioning the court and wondered if the TMC would now “let loose its goons on judges" following unfavourable rulings.

"The court has exposed the treachery of the Trinamool Congress with the OBCs. The party snatched the rights of OBC youths to support its appeasement politics and ‘vote jihad’. The TMC has betrayed the OBCs of West Bengal," he asserted.

May 28, 2024 8:10 PM IST

BJP's double engine has developed issues, stay away from it: Dimple Yadav

Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav on Tuesday asked people to stay away from the BJP, saying the “double engine” of its government has developed a problem.

She said the two engines – the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre – are heading towards an accident, and asked people to “protect” themselves and their children.

"The double engine has developed a problem and is making 'khat khat' noises,” she said at an election meeting, where she often broke into Bhojpuri.

Campaigning for the SP's candidate from Ghosi Lok Sabha seat Rajiv Rai, she said the government did precious little for the welfare of the farmers, youths and unemployed in the last 10 years.

SP spokesman Rajiv Rai is pitted against SBSP's Arvind Rajbhar and BSP's Bal Krishna Chauhan from Ghosi constituency.

Yadav, the sitting MP from Mainpuri seat, said the people have a choice between a "jumlebaz" government (that makes tall claims) and one that could get jobs for their children.

May 28, 2024 7:56 PM IST

PM Modi leads roadshow in Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a vibrant roadshow from Kolkata’s Shyambazar Five Point Crossing here on Tuesday, ahead of the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The roadshow in support of BJP candidate Tapas Roy is scheduled to culminate at Simla Street, where the ancestral residence of Swami Vivekananda is situated.

Before the event, the PM visited Maa Sarada's residence at Bagbazar and paid homage to her.

He also paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at his statue at Shyambazar Five Point Crossing.

Accompanying him were prominent West Bengal BJP leaders, including Sukanta Majumdar and Suvendu Adhikari.

The roadshow started around 7:10 pm and will cover a distance of about two kilometres.

May 28, 2024 7:52 PM IST

"TMC promotes a corrupt ecosystem": PM Modi in Jadavpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal and claimed it has "no relation with good governance" while alleging that Mamata Banerjee government is promoting a "corrupt ecosystem" with its politics revolving around "vote bank politics."

While addressing a rally at Jadavpur, PM Modi accused the TMC of working only for its vote bank.

"The TMC and good governance have no relation. You won't find good governance in Bengal even under a microscope. The TMC works only for its vote bank and can never do anything for the State's youth. The party has any vision," he said.

The Prime Minister said that TMC wants to keep you poor and backward so that their business keeps running.

May 28, 2024 7:50 PM IST

Lalu Yadav holds roadshow for Misa, says PM Modi’s time will be up on June 4

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday held a roadshow in minority-dominated Phulwarisharief, Masaurhi and Paliganj Vidhan Sabha seats under Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, from where his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti is pitted against BJP’s Ramkripal Yadav yet again and announced that INDIA. bloc would form the new government on June 4.

“The slogan of 400 plus of the BJP would remain an empty slogan only. The days of Narendra Modi are over. As soon as the helicopters stop, his countdown for jail will begin. The people have shown him his due place,” Prasad told media persons.

Sitting in his rath, Prasad started his roadshow from Philwarisharief and moved through Masaurhi and Paliganj. He also got down at a few places to interact with the people.

“All 40 seats will go to the I.N.D.I.A. bloc this time in Bihar, as people have understood the Modi government. The victory of Misa is assured this time from Pataliputra seat,” he added.

Lalu also took a jibe at PM Modi’s remarks in an interview that God sent him for a purpose.

May 28, 2024 7:36 PM IST

NDA has won nearly 370 seats so far, will cross 400-mark after phase 7: Khattar

Former Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday claimed the NDA has won 360-370 seats in the six phases of the Lok Sabha elections held so far and will cross the 400-mark after the seventh round.

At a press conference at the BJP office here after a party meeting in Panchkula, he also exuded confidence that the BJP will win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and Narendra Modi will return as prime minister for a third time.

In the six phases of the elections held so far, the NDA has won 360-370 seats. "Now, as soon as the seventh phase of elections is completed, we will cross the 400-mark and a strong government will be formed under the leadership of Narendra Modi," Khattar said.

The BJP will also retain all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, he said.

May 28, 2024 7:35 PM IST

EC releases VTR, absolute number of votes cast for Phase 6 within 3 days of polling

Phase 6 of the general elections, which saw 58 constituencies, including the seven constituencies of Delhi, go to polls on May 25, saw a voter turnout of 63.37%, the Election Commission of India said on Tuesday. Within three days of polling, the poll body also released details of the absolute number of votes cast, the shortest gap between the polling day and release of such data this election season. It also gave gender-wise breakup of voter turnout for each constituency (in percentage). The EC also gave details of the absolute number of electors in the 57 constituencies that will vote in the final phase on June 1.

For phases 1 to 5, data about the absolute number of votes cast was released on May 25.

In its press release, the EC noted that this turnout does not include postal ballots, and that actual data of Form 17C, which is shared with the agents of the candidates on the day of polling, will prevail. “Final turnout will only be available post-counting with counting of postal ballots and its addition to total vote count. Postal Ballots include Postal Ballots given to service voters, absentee voters (85+, PwD, Essential Services etc.) and Voters on Election Duty. Daily account of such Postal ballots received, as per Statutory provisions, are given to all candidates,” the EC said.

May 28, 2024 7:30 PM IST

PM Modi pays floral tribute at the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata

May 28, 2024 7:26 PM IST

ECI transfers 3 police officers in Bengal ahead of final phase of polling

With only three days left for the seventh and the final phase of polling for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday transferred three police officers in West Bengal, an official said.

The poll panel on Tuesday removed the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sunderban police district Koteshwar Rao, Minakhan SDPO under Basirhat police district Aminul Islam Khan and IC of Rahra police station Debashis Sarkar to non-election related posts, he added.

"Suggestions for the replacements in these three posts were sought from the state secretariat by Wednesday," he said.

May 28, 2024 7:26 PM IST

People are giving immense love and blessings to AAP in Punjab: Raghav Chadha

AAP MP Raghav Chadha says, "People are giving immense love and blessings to Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann in Punjab. A historic mandate was given in 2022 elections (in Punjab), similarly, people of Punjab are going to give a historic mandate to Aam Aadmi Party in these Lok Sabha elections."

May 28, 2024 7:24 PM IST

PM Modi holds roadshow in Kolkata

May 28, 2024 7:09 PM IST

PM Modi misleading people in name of religion for power: Priyanka Gandhi

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi "anti-people", Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said he is misleading people in the name of religion to remain in power.

Addressing an election rally here, she said that PM Modi ignored the people of Himachal and did not even send a penny for the victims of the monsoon disaster that hit the hill state last year.

"Hindu religion has taught us to live an honest life but the BJP is doing politics in the name of religion," she said and wondered if any religious person will not be moved by the disaster.

The BJP-led Centre neither declared the monsoon calamity a national disaster nor gave any special package to the state, the Congress general secretary said, adding that they tried to topple the democratically-elected Congress government in the state.

Priyanka Gandhi was referring to the political crisis involving the six Congress rebels who recently joined the BJP.

May 28, 2024 6:56 PM IST

Jehanabad: JD-U struggles to retain seat it won narrowly in 2019

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Chandeshwar Prasad of the Janata Dal (United) won the Jehanabad Lok Sabha seat for National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in a photo finish after a protracted counting of votes, defeating Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) nominee and strongman Surendra Prasad Yadav by 1,751 votes.

Five years later, the common refrain here is that Chandeshwar Prasad might find it tough to retain the seat, given the changed poll arithmetic.

While RJD has again fielded Surendra Prasad Yadav, an MLA and former minister in the state, Arun Kumar, who had won the seat for the NDA in 2014, is in the fray on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket.

The field is further crowded with former MLA and RJD rebel Munilal Yadav in the fray as an Independent and Ashutosh Kumar, a local Bhumihar community leader, fighting as an Independent.

“Chandeshwar Prasad won the last election riding the Modi wave. But he disappointed us by not visiting our village, like others, after winning the elections. We don’t know how looks like,” says Mevalal Chaudhary (49) of Kako village.

Munshi Prasad (54) of the same village chips in, “Surendra Yadav, who is currently MLA of Belaganj in Gaya, keeps on visiting the villages wherever he is invited.”

May 28, 2024 6:24 PM IST

Tejashwi predicts yet another volte-face by Nitish after LS polls

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday predicted yet another volte-face by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, claiming that the JD(U) president would take a "big decision" once Lok Sabha poll results were out.

Talking to reporters, Yadav, who had lost his job as Deputy CM following Kumar's abrupt return to NDA in January, also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not return to power.

"Modi has lost. He will not be the Prime Minister after June 4. The country will have a new government, sensitive to the crying need for job creation," said Yadav.

The RJD leader was replying to queries on Modi's claim, in an interview, of NDA's return to power with "a big surprise" in West Bengal, currently ruled by Mamata Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress is an INDIA partner.

May 28, 2024 6:02 PM IST

Voter turnout of 63.37% recorded in phase-6

Voter turnout of 63.37% recorded in phase-6, says EC

May 28, 2024 5:47 PM IST

TMC is spreading misinformation about CAA: PM Modi

During a public rally in Jadavpur, PM Modi says, "...CAA is a law to give citizenship not to snatch away citizenship of anyone but TMC is spreading misinformation about it to scare their votebank..."

May 28, 2024 5:23 PM IST

BJP's '400 paar' claim 'bakwas', won't cross 200 seats: Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge dismissed the BJP's '400 paar' claim as "bakwas", or nonsense, and said the party will not cross 200 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing the media in Amritsar, Kharge said the BJP's seats were declining as compared to the last elections while the Congress and the INDIA bloc were making gains.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has been claiming that it will get over 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

Replying to a question on it, Kharge asked the basis of such claims by the BJP.

"When your (seats) are declining and ours are increasing. Forget '400 paar', it is 'bakwas'. They cannot even form the government and will not go beyond 200 seats," Kharge said.

May 28, 2024 5:16 PM IST

Why is PM 'defaming' Bengal, why MGNREGA funds for state 'frozen' for 3 yrs: Congress

On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in West Bengal for the last phase of polling, the Congress on Tuesday asked why he was "defaming" Bengal and has "frozen" MGNREGA funds for the state for almost three years now.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked why the prime minister is campaigning without showing sensitivity to the people of Bengal by addressing the damage caused by Cyclone Remal instead.

"Today's questions for the outgoing Prime Minister in West Bengal - Does the PM value Bengali lives? Why is the outgoing PM always defaming Bengal? Why have MGNREGA funds for Bengal remained frozen for almost 3 years?" he asked.

Ramesh said in April 2021, as India was facing a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister was found "recklessly campaigning" for the West Bengal assembly elections rather than leading the country's response to the pandemic.

May 28, 2024 5:06 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee holds road show in Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a roadshow in support of Trinamool Congress candidate Saugata Roy in Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency near here.

The TMC supremo walked from Birati Banik More to Airport gate number two on Jessore Road, a distance of nearly four kilometres, along with party leaders and workers.

The roadshow in Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency was held in support of the TMC's veteran leader and candidate Saugata Roy, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term from the seat.

May 28, 2024 5:03 PM IST

YSRCP MLA, who smashed EVM, granted bail in three fresh cases

The Andhra Pradesh high court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to YSR Congress party lawmaker Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy from Macherla assembly constituency in Palnadu district in three more cases filed against him by the police, people familiar with the matter said.

The MLA was earlier granted bail on Thursday in a case pertaining to destruction of an electronic voting machine inside a polling booth on May 13.

A single judge bench of the state high court headed by Justice Venkata Jyothirmayi passed interim orders, directing the police not to take any action against the MLA till 10 am on June 5, a day after the declaration of results for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state.

She also asked Ramakrishna Reddy not to resort to any steps intimidating the opponents and threaten the witnesses. She directed that he stayed back in district headquarters of Narsaraopet and not to enter Macherla town till June 6 when the model code of conduct comes to an end. She asked him to appear before the superintendent of police at Narasraopet every day, till June 6.

May 28, 2024 5:00 PM IST

Action against corrupt would increase after June 4, says PM Modi at Dumka rally

Accusing the ruling JMM and Congress in the state of having 'looted the state', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that action against the 'corrupt' would be intensified after June 4.

Addressing BJP's Mahavijay Sankalp Rally at Dumka in tribal-dominated Santhal Parganas division in the state, the prime minister also alleged that the tribal population in the area was decreasing due to influx of infiltrators from Bangladesh.

"JMM has taken away your ration. I send free ration from Delhi, but they are pilferaged. Truckloads of ration is recovered but no action is taken. There is massive corruption in Jal Jiwan Mission meant to provide drinking water. I will not let them to take away your ration and water. After June 4, action against the corrupt would get intensified. This is Modi's guarantee," said Modi.

The prime minister's remark comes at a time when former chief minister Hemant Soren is in jail and rural development minister and senior Congress leader Alamgir Alam in ED custody in connection with alleged land and tender scam, respectively. Dumka is family bastion of Soren family, from where Hemant’s sister-in-law, Sita Soren, is contesting on BJP ticket.

Taking swipe at the JMM and Congress over recovery of cash, Modi said discovery of mountain of notes was a revelation for him.

May 28, 2024 4:39 PM IST

Buxar: RJD sniffs a chance in BJP’s traditional stronghold close to Varanasi

Buxar is barely 125 kms from Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And that is what BJP candidate Mithilesh Tiwari, who is contesting for the first time in place of two-time MP and Union minister Ashwini Choubey, draws strength from to sail through in what is turning out to be a tough three-cornered contest.

Talk to locals and their pain spills over, as they draw comparison between Varanasi and Buxar, which are so near and yet so far. “Even for medical treatment, people have to go to Banaras. People won from here, but did not do what Buxar deserved,” said Ramanand Mishra, a retired teacher.

Suman Kumar, who studies in Banaras, calls Buxar “a developmental desert”. “It should have been a satellite town of Banaras, but the fate of the ‘Namami Gange’ project can say it all,” he said, pointing to an open British-era drain flowing straight into the Ganga at Nath Baba ghat just opposite the SDO residence.

May 28, 2024 4:31 PM IST

PM Modi ended culture of appeasement, started equitable public service delivery: Jitendra Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended a culture of appeasement that prospered during the opposition-ruled era, besides ensuring equitable public service delivery, irrespective of caste or creed, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.

The Centre, under the prime minister's leadership, ensured that all eligible people got benefits of different government schemes.

"Prime Minister Modi has ended a culture of appeasement that prospered during the opposition-ruled era. Now the government works to empower the last person in the last queue. There is no discrimination with anybody when it comes to the distribution of benefits of government schemes to eligible beneficiaries. There is equitable public service delivery to all," Singh told PTI.

He said all people, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, are now getting the government benefits timely.

May 28, 2024 4:31 PM IST

TMC snatched rights of OBCs to facilitate its appeasement politics, 'vote jihad': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flayed the TMC government in West Bengal for "snatching the rights of OBC youths" to facilitate its appeasement politics and “vote jihad”.

Addressing an election rally in Barasat, Modi, without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, criticised her for questioning the judges of the Calcutta High Court and wondered if the TMC would now “let loose its goons on judges" following unfavourable rulings.

“The court has exposed the treachery of the Trinamool Congress with the OBCs. The party snatched the rights of OBC youths to support its appeasement politics and ‘vote jihad’. The TMC has betrayed the OBCs of West Bengal,” he asserted.

The Calcutta High Court had last week struck down the OBC status of several classes in West Bengal granted since 2010, finding such reservations to vacancies in services and posts in the state illegal.

Banerjee had said she will “not accept" the ruling, dubbing it as a verdict passed under the influence

May 28, 2024 4:21 PM IST

India needs strong leader, stable govt as ongoing conflicts worldwide won't end so quickly: Jaishankar

The world is in a tense situation with ongoing conflicts unlikely to end quickly and India in this scenario needs a stable government and a strong and powerful leader "with networking, standing and respect", External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

Interacting with a selective group of media persons here, he said there are ongoing conflicts in Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Gaza-Iran and there are issues on the Indian borders too, adding a clear message should go that India has a strong leadership.

"The world is in a tense situation and the ongoing conflicts would not end so quickly and that's why India needs a stable government, a strong and powerful leader with networking, standing and respect," he said.

May 28, 2024 4:04 PM IST

PM Modi to meditate at Vivekananda's landmark in Tamil Nadu after poll campaign ends on May 30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meditate at Rock Memorial, a monument built in tribute to Swami Vivekananda, in Kanyakumari following the culmination of the Lok Sabha polls campaign on May 30, BJP leaders said on Tuesday.

He will meditate from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1 at Dhyan Mandapam, the place where Vivekananda -- a spiritual icon admired by Modi -- is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata', they said.

The prime minister had gone on a similar meditation exercise in a Kedarnath cave after the 2019 poll campaign.

Party functionaries said Modi's decision to pick the spot in Kanyakumari for his spiritual sojourn underscores his commitment to bringing to fruition Vivekananda's vision for the country.

He has been sounding confident about returning to power for a third term after the votes are counted on June 4. The last phase of polling is scheduled for June 1. Campaigning for polls ends two days before elections.

May 28, 2024 3:50 PM IST

PM Modi turned Parliament into 'deep, dark chamber': Derek O'Brien

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien on Tuesday said the outgoing Lok Sabha has many "dubious firsts", and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning Parliament into a "deep, dark chamber".

In a post on X, the Parliamentary Party Leader of the TMC in Rajya Sabha also said that this was the first time that no deputy speaker was appointed, and the prime minister did not answer a single question.

"Mr Narendra Modi, since you are in my city today, care to tell us all why you have mocked Parliament and turned it into a deep dark chamber," he said.

May 28, 2024 3:48 PM IST

There was a time before Independence when Bengal used to give employment to lakhs of people: PM Modi

"There was a time before Independence when Bengal used to give employment to lakhs of people. Today, most of the factories of Bengal are shut. The youth of the state is compelled to migrate from here. I want to ask you that who is responsible for the deterioration of Bengal. First Congress looted Bengal, then Left looted the state and now TMC is looting the state with both hands," says PM Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) addressing a public gathering in West Bengal's Barasat.

May 28, 2024 3:43 PM IST

Women of Sandeshkhali have been seeking justice but TMC is maligning them: PM Modi

Women of Sandeshkhali have been seeking justice but TMC is maligning them: PM Modi at rally in Bengal's Barasat.

May 28, 2024 3:24 PM IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks on PM Modi's 'Parmatma' statement

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks on PM Modi's 'Parmatma' statement, he says, "...Everyone else is biological but Narendra Modi ji is not biological. He has been sent by his 'parmatma' to help Ambani & Adani but 'parmatma' has not sent him to help the farmers and labourers. If 'parmatma' had sent him them he would have helped the poor and the farmers. Yeh kaise 'parmatma' hain? Yeh Narendra Modi ji wale 'parmatma hain."

May 28, 2024 3:16 PM IST

INDIA bloc will end 50 pc cap on reservation: Rahul Gandhi

INDIA bloc will end 50 pc cap on reservation: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in UP's Bansgaon

May 28, 2024 3:15 PM IST

In the culmination of his election campaign, PM Modi will visit Kanyakumari from May 30 to June 1

In the culmination of his election campaign, PM Modi will visit Kanyakumari from 30th May to 1st June

In Kanyakumari, PM Modi will visit the Rock Memorial and will meditate day and night at the same place where Swami Vivekanand did meditation, at the Dhyan Mandapam from 30th May evening to 1st June evening.

May 28, 2024 3:11 PM IST

Patnaik to become former CM of Odisha after June 4: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted that Naveen Patnaik will become former CM of Odisha after June 4, exuding confidence about the BJP forming the next government in the state by securing more than 75 seats in the 147-member assembly.

Shah, addressing an election rally at Chandbali under the Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency, also claimed that the saffron party is set to win 17 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha.

“Come June 4, and Naveen babu will no longer remain the chief minister, he will become the former CM... BJP is set to win 17 Lok Sabha seats and 75 assembly constituencies in Odisha,” he said.

Shah also said the BJP will ensure that the next chief minister is fluent in Odiya, and understands the state’s language, culture and tradition.

May 28, 2024 2:39 PM IST

Tribal population decreasing in Santhal Parganas due to infiltration: Modi in Jharkhand

Claiming that the tribal population was decreasing in the Santhal Parganas because of infiltration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the JMM-led ruling alliance in Jharkhand of "patronising" infiltrators, who he said were grabbing land and putting women at risk.

Addressing an election rally in Dumka, he alleged that the JMM and Congress were indulging in "rampant loot" and vowed that action against corruption would be intensified in the country after June 4.

"A big crisis looms over Jharkhand and that is infiltration. The Santhal Parganas is facing the challenge of infiltration. In many areas, the population of tribals is declining fast and the number of infiltrators is on the rise. The infiltrators are grabbing tribal lands. Tribal daughters are the target of infiltrators. Their security and safety are at risk. Their lives are also at risk," he said.

May 28, 2024 2:35 PM IST

Modi govt playing with national security by 'imposing' Agnipath scheme: Congress

The Congress on Tuesday accused the Modi government of playing with national security by "imposing" the Agnipath scheme, and said the military recruitment programme would be scrapped when an INDIA bloc government is formed at the Centre to give justice to the patriotic youth of the country.

The Congress also said that the Agnipath scheme is a "national security threat" and it has shrunk the stream of recruitment which can compromise the country's security for the next decade.

"By imposing the Agniveer scheme, the Modi government has played with India's national security. We have three questions, whose befitting reply the public will now give to BJP in the last phase of the elections," Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said in a post in Hindi on X.

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