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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: EC directs all states, UTs to remove unauthorised political ads

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Voting will be held across seven phases, beginning on April 19 and concluding on June 1. Results will be declared on June 4.
Election Commission of India (ANI)
Election Commission of India (ANI)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Campaigning for the upcoming general elections is in full swing after the Election Commission of India (ECI), on March 16, declared the schedule of what will be the world's largest democratic exercise, with 96.8 crore eligible voters. On Wednesday, the gazette notification was released for the first phase of polling; in the first phase, voting will be held on April 19 in 102 parliamentary constituencies across 17 states and four Union territories (UTs)....Read More

Lok Sabha Election 2024 full 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

The counting of votes for all 543 Lok Sabha seats will be conducted on June 4, as per the schedule released by the poll body.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which leads the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), is seeking a third consecutive term. In both 2014 and the previous 2019 polls, the BJP secured a majority on its own, winning 282 and 303 seats, respectively. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too is targeting a hattrick of wins for the country's top job.

NDA's principal challenger is the Congress-led opposition I.N.D.I.A (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) bloc, with over two dozen constituents.

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Mar 20, 2024 10:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Indian govt urges NRI voters to participate in elections; details

The Indian government has urged all non-residents of India (NRI) to cast their vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Check details here about how an NRI voter an overseas electoral can vote.

Mar 20, 2024 10:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: MCD removes over 2.57 lakh posters, banners, hoardings from all 12 zones

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) removed 2,57,995 lakh posters, banners, hoardings, and small boards from across 12 zones in line with the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha election, shortly after the poll body asked state governments to take down all unauthorised political advertisements.

Mar 20, 2024 9:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: BJP's Arjun Munda on party's poll preparations

On BJP's Lok Sabha poll preparations, party leader Arjun Munda said, “I visited the Adilabad Lok Sabha constituency today. I saw enthusiasm among the public and party workers in Adilabad. PM Modi’s guarantees indicate that the country’s future will be bright.”

Mar 20, 2024 8:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Congress alleges poll code violation by Goa CM Sawant, state BJP chief

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: The Goa Congress on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI), accusing chief minister Pramod Sawant and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade of violating the election code of conduct.

Mar 20, 2024 8:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: EC directs all states, UTs to remove unauthorised political advertisements

The Election Commission of India directed all state and UT governments to immediately remove all unauthorised political advertisements and ensure full compliance with its aforesaid instructions, reported ANI. This came after the commission received several complaints from Congress and other quarters alleging that unauthorised political advertisements are still being displayed in many places across the country.

Mar 20, 2024 7:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Chirag Paswan on possible Lok Sabha election faceoff with Pashupati Paras

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan on Wednesday said that he is willing to run for the Hajipur Lok Sabha seat against his uncle, Pashupati Kumar Paras. Read more here

Mar 20, 2024 7:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Jaishankar calls upcoming polls ‘largest electoral logistics exercise on planet’

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is the “largest electoral logistics exercise on this planet. Delivering the National Statement virtually on behalf of the Indian government at the Third Edition of the Summit for Democracy organised by South Korea in Seoul, Jaishankar said, “With 968 million registered voters, 15 million election officials, and 1.2 million polling booths, the upcoming 18th edition of India's national elections is the largest electoral logistics exercise that this planet has ever witnessed.”

Mar 20, 2024 6:49 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: What Danish Ali said on joining Congress

On joining the Congress party, Amroha Lok Sabha MP Kunwar Danish Ali said: “There are two ideas in this country today, the one who is dividing and suppressing the voice of youth...On the other side, Rahul Gandhi's yatra talked about justice for every different section. The Indian National Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is standing strongly on our idealogy of social justice.”

Mar 20, 2024 5:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Former KPCC member Maheshwaran Nair joins BJP

Former KPCC executive member and Congress councillor for Thiruvananthapuram corporation Maheshwaran Nair joined the BJP in the presence of union minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar on Wednesday.

Mar 20, 2024 5:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: BJP-AMMK sign seat sharing agreement in Tamil Nadu for polls

BJP and AMMK on Wednesday signed seat-sharing agreement in Chennai for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. BJP Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai and Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam (AMMK) general secretary TTV Dhinakaran signed the agreement.

Mar 20, 2024 4:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Suspended BSP leader and Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali joins Congress

Danish Ali, suspended BSP leader and Lok Sabha MP joined the Congress party on Wednesday ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Mar 20, 2024 4:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Ex MP Chowdhury Lal Singh rejoins Congress party

Ex MP Chowdhury Lal Singh on Wednesday rejoined the Congress party at the AICC headquarters in Delhi. He will contest the Lok Sabha election against BJP sitting minister Dr Jatendra Singh from the Kathua-Udhampur Parliament constituency.

Mar 20, 2024 4:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav joins Congress

Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav on Wednesday joined the Congress Party in Delhi.

Mar 20, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar campaigns with his wife and Cong candidate Geetha Shiva Rajkumar in Shivamogga | Watch

Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar starts the Lok Sabha election campaign with his wife and Congress candidate Geetha Shiva Rajkumar from Karehally village in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga.

Mar 20, 2024 3:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Nomination process for first phase of Lok Sabha elections have begun

The nomination process for 102 parliamentary constituencies spread across 21 states and Union territories, where polling would be held in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, has started. The Election Commission issued a notification in this regard earlier in the day.

Mar 20, 2024 3:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 Live: Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh to not contest LS polls

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief and Mandi MP Pratibha Singh on Wednesday announced that she will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, reported PTI.

Mar 20, 2024 3:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: RJD authorises Lalu to decide poll candidates, new allies

Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad was on Wednesday "authorised" to take a call on the party's candidates for Lok Sabha polls, besides exploring the possibility of bringing in new allies.

Mar 20, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress' Harish Rawat speaks after meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Kharge

After meeting with Congress parliamentary party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge in Delhi, party leader Harish Rawat said, “Congress manifesto points were discussed. We also requested that the Congress govt which will come to power in Uttarakhand in the coming times to keep a focus on ways to face any natural disasters in the central Himalayan areas,” as quoted by ANI.

Mar 20, 2024 2:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 'AAP-Cong alliance won't have impact in Delhi', says Bansuri Swaraj

BJP leader Bansuri Swaraj, who is the daughter of late Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday expressed confidence in BJP winning all seven seats in Delhi. “The AAP and Congress alliance will not have any impact in Delhi,” she said.

Mar 20, 2024 1:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ₹70 lakh seized in Mumbai

The Static Surveillance Squad of the Election Cell seized 70.39 lakhs from a car and detained two people. One of the detainees is a CA and the other is an Income Tax practitioner in Pantnagar of the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. Preliminary investigation revealed that this money belonged to a developer from Vashi in Navi Mumbai. Investigation of this matter is underway: Mumbai Police

Mar 20, 2024 1:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress's Gundu Rao predicts 'at least 20' seats for party in Karnataka

The BJP's house is burning today. The Congress will win a minimum of 20 seats in Karnataka. We will sweep Lok Sabha elections: Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka minister

Mar 20, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘It is certain that I will contest from Hajipur,’ says Chirag Paswan

It is certain that I will be the LJP (Ram Vilas) and the NDA candidate, from Hajipur - which was the 'karmabhoomi' of my father. He (estranged uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras) is welcome (to contest from there). I have bravely faced all the challenges. I have never been scared of any challenges. I accept this challenge too. Uncle has to ultimately make a decision: Chirag Paswan

Mar 20, 2024 12:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress MP, who resigned recently, meets Sonia Gandhi

Abdul Khaliq, MP from Assam's Barpeta, meets Congress parliamentary party chief and ex-AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

Mar 20, 2024 12:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Complaint against Union minister over ‘Tamil Nadu terrorists’ remark

DMK moves Election Commission against Shobha Karandlaje over her statement alleging that ‘people of Tamil Nadu were behind the Rameshwaram Cafe blast, which took place in Bengaluru on March 1.’

Mar 20, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress, RJD discuss seat-sharing

Congress and RJD leaders meet at Delhi residence of Congress leader Mukul Wasnik to discuss seat-sharing agreement for Bihar.

“We hope that our alliance will win the maximum seats, I can tell you this.” says Congress MP Mohammad Javed.

Mar 20, 2024 11:16 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: AIADMK announces 16 candidates

AIADMK releases its first list of 16 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

“In the AIADMK alliance, DMDMK is to contest in 5 seats, SDPI in 1 seat and Puthiya Tamilagam in 1 seat, from Tenkasi constituency,” says AIADMK general secretary and ex-Tamil Nadu chief minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami.

Mar 20, 2024 10:42 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: DMK releases its manifesto

Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK, a member of the opposition I.N.D.I.A bloc, releases its manifesto for the polls. Party chief and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, MP Kanimozhi among leaders present.

Mar 20, 2024 10:11 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Union minister's apology for statement on Tamilians is half-hearted, says DMK

The BJP is a party which thrives on divisive agenda. I don't know how many times they're going to belittle the people of Tamil Nadu. The other day, BJP leaders were calling people from Tamil Nadu beggars and now. Are we terrorists? This is a premeditated statement. Does it have the approval of the PM? Did she speak all these things under instructions from the PM? Why do they do this? CM MK Stalin has condemned it and said it is a reckless statement. The apology comes which is again half-hearted...From where does she make these assertions and why does the BJP allow such people to thrive?: Sarvanan Annadurai, DMK

Mar 20, 2024 9:55 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Jana Sena declares NDA candidate for Kakinada seat

Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena declares T Uday Srinivas as the NDA candidate for Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada seat.

As part of seat-sharing agreement with the BJP and Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Jana Sena has been given two out of the state's 25 Lok Sabha seats. TDP will contest on 17 and the BJP, on six seats.

Mar 20, 2024 9:27 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Chirag Paswan's LJP (Ram Vilas) to hold meet on polls

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) to hold a parliamentary party meeting under the leadership of party chief Chirag Paswan in Delhi to chalk out strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mar 20, 2024 8:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Nomination process begins for first phase

With the notification issued, the nomination process has commenced for the first phase. The deadline for filing nomination papers is March 27.

The nominations will be scrutinised on March 28, and the last date to withdraw nominations is March 30.

Mar 20, 2024 8:22 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Urge parties not to indulge in religious campaigning, says Uttarakhand CEO

“We urge all political parties to not do any kind of religious campaigning. Newspaper or TV ads can be given only after they are approved by the Media Monitoring Certification Committee. If a private person puts up a particular party's or candidate's flag on his house, they will be booked. So, the guidelines are clear and we have made everything clear to the political parties,” says Dr BVRC Purushottam, Chief Electoral Officer, Uttarakhand

Mar 20, 2024 7:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: I.N.D.I.A bloc has already disintegrated, says Union minister Shekhawat

The alliance was a gathering of such people who all have big corruption cases against them. They formed this group to safeguard each other. However, they have now disintegrated. You are well aware what is left of them now: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Mar 20, 2024 7:38 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Notification out for first phase

On Wednesday morning, the gazette notification was released for April 19's first phase, during which electors in 102 constituencies across 17 states and 4 UTs will exercise their right to franchise.

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