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Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Karnataka CM declares he will no longer contest LS polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Polling for the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases, the first of which is on April 19.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (PTI)
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (PTI)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Campaigning for the upcoming general elections is in full swing, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Kotputli on Tuesday. This will be the PM's first meeting for the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan since the announcement of the polls....Read More

Meanwhile, the Congress has announced to release its Lok Sabha election manifesto on April 5 at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in New Delhi.

The BJP, which won parliamentary majority of its own in both previous general elections – 282 seats in 2014 and 303 in 2019 – has set a target of winning 370 seats on its own and over 400 with allies. PM Modi is also seeking a hattrick of wins for the top post. The Congress and other opposition parties have formed the INDIA bloc to strengthen its prospects of coming to power. The grand old party won just 44 and 52 seats in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

Polling for the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases, the first of which is on April 19. Besides voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats, the Election Commission of India has also announced Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Odisha, as well as assembly by-polls for 26 vacant seats.

The counting of votes will be done on June 4. Support of at least 272 MPs in the Lok Sabha is required to form the government at the Centre.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Phase-wise schedule:

• Phase 1- April 19

• Phase 2- April 26

• Phase 3- May 7

• Phase 4 - May 13

• Phase 5 - May 20

• Phase 6 - May 25

• Phase 7 - June 1

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Apr 2, 2024 10:06 PM IST

Modi ended politics of caste and appeasement: Nadda

BJP chief JP Nadda on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought a change in the political culture which was dominated by the politics of caste, dynasty and appeasement in the past and replaced it by setting the trend of development.

Addressing a meeting of intellectuals in Jabalpur in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections, Nadda alleged the opposition INDI alliance is a group of corrupt and dynast leaders.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought a political change in the political culture of the country. I want people to recall old political style which focused on caste, whether a person is forward (caste) or backward, which castes are supporting him and vote bank politics," Nadda said.

PTI

Apr 2, 2024 9:17 PM IST

BJP's Eshwarappa insists on LS poll contest, calls for replacement of state chief Vijayendra

Former Karnataka deputy chief minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa, opting to run independently in the Lok Sabha election from Shivamogga constituency, disclosed on Tuesday that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had contacted him for a meeting in Delhi on Wednesday, according to news agency ANI reported.

Eshwarappa affirmed his intention to meet Amit Shah the following day but asserted that his decision to contest the election would remain unchanged unless the state BJP president, BY Vijayendra, son of former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, is replaced before the polls.

Apr 2, 2024 8:44 PM IST

BJP names 112 candidates for Odisha Assembly elections, 5 turncoats get ticket

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday re-nominated 17 of its 22 sitting MLAs in Odisha while announcing the list of candidates for 112 of the 147 Assembly constituencies in the state.

The party dropped one legislator, Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, from Brahmagiri constituency in Puri district and fielded his niece Upasana from there.

The candidates of three other seats where the party has MLAs in the outgoing assembly were not announced during the day.

Rairangpur MLA Naba Charan Majhi has been fielded as an MP candidate from the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat.

PTI

Apr 2, 2024 7:14 PM IST

EC transfers 2 IGs, 8 DMs, 12 SPs in five states

The Election Commission conducted a "regular review" for the Lok Sabha elections and issued transfer orders for two inspectors general of police, eight district magistrates, and 12 superintendents of police across five states. This decision came after a meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar alongside Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu. The commission had earlier announced the elections on March 16, scheduling them in seven phases from April 18 to June 1, with vote counting set for June 4.

Apr 2, 2024 6:34 PM IST

Ghulam Nabi Azad to contest from Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat

The Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) announced that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency.

Azad's decision follows his departure from the Congress in 2022, marking an end to his five-decade-long association with the party. He subsequently founded his own political party, the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP).

Azad's party leader said, “Today the core committee of DPAP met and we have decided that (party president) Ghulam Nabi Azad will contest the Anantnag-Rajouri seat.”

Apr 2, 2024 6:14 PM IST

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah declars he will no longer contest in elections

On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that he will no longer participate in elections due to his advancing age, lacking the necessary health and enthusiasm for work after four years. He had previously stated during the 2023 assembly polls that it would be his final election, although he intends to remain active in politics.

Apr 2, 2024 5:31 PM IST

Siddaramaiah slams BJP MPs, says they failed to raise issues pertaining to Karnataka in LS

arnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday slammed the 25 BJP MPs elected from the State, alleging that they failed to raise the issues pertaining to Karnataka. Addressing a public meeting here, he said the BJP MPs cannot become the "voice of the people of Karnataka." “25 BJP members went to the Parliament in 2019. Did they raise your voice in the Parliament? Did they speak about grants to Karnataka? Did Pratap Simha (Mysore BJP MP) speak in the Parliament?” the Chief Minister asked.

Apr 2, 2024 4:10 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar releases list of 40 star campaigners in Maharashtra

The Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) on Tuesday released a list of 40 star campaigners to bolster the party's electoral prospects in Maharashtra ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

"As per provisions under section 77 (1) of Representation of the people Act, 1951 the "Star Campaigners LOKSABHA ELECTIONS 2024, names approved by the State President Shri. Jayantrao Patil are sent as follows," a release brought out by the Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) read.

The list included Sharad Pawar, Anil Deshmukh, Jitendra Avhad, Supriya Sule, Jayant Patil among others.

ANI

Apr 2, 2024 3:16 PM IST

Cong fields Y S Sharmila from Kadapa; Jawed to contest from Kishanganj, Tariq Anwar from Katihar

On Tuesday, the Congress announced a list of 17 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, nominating Mohammad Jawed and Tariq Anwar for Bihar's Kishanganj and Katihar seats, respectively, and Y S Sharmila, the Andhra Pradesh unit chief, for Kadapa. Union minister M M Pallam Raju was also nominated for Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada constituency. The Congress list covered eight seats in Odisha, five in Andhra Pradesh, three in Bihar, and one in West Bengal. Alongside Anwar and Jawed, MLA Ajeet Sharma was selected for Bhagalpur in Bihar, bringing the party's total declared candidates to 228.

Apr 2, 2024 2:48 PM IST

Over 1.13 lakh migrants eligible to vote for LS seats in Kashmir

More than 113,000 Kashmiri migrants are registered to vote in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections for three seats in the Valley, according to officials, PTI said.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has scheduled special awareness camps in Jammu and Udhampur districts from April 3 to 14 to encourage participation among Kashmiri migrants in the electoral process.

Apr 2, 2024 2:18 PM IST

Actor Arun Govil files nomination as BJP candidate from Meerut

Arun Govil, the renowned actor known for his role in the TV serial 'Ramayan,' officially submitted his nomination as the BJP candidate for the Meerut Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya accompanied Govil during the nomination process, PTI reported. Expressing gratitude to the BJP leadership for their trust in him, Govil mentioned his overwhelming public support following his nomination.

Apr 2, 2024 1:51 PM IST

EC shifts DMs, SPs of Bhojpur, Nawada in Bihar

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has transferred the district magistrates (DM) and superintendents of police (SP) of Bhojpur and Nawada, said people familiar with the matter.

Rajkumar, posted as DM of Bhojpur, and Ashutosh Kumar Verma, DM of Nawada, both IAS officers of 2010 batch; and Pramod Kumar Yadav, SP of Bhojpur, and Ambrish Rahul, SP of Nawada, both IPS officers of 2017 batch, were transferred with immediate effect.

The EC, in its letter dated April 1, signed by secretary Sujeet Kumar Mishra, had asked the Bihar chief secretary not to assign them any election related work till completion of the Lok Sabha election, 2024, in the state.

While Rajkumar had joined as DM, Bhojpur on May 11, 2022, Verma took charge as the DM of Nawada on July 19, last year. Both the SPs had joined their respective districts on December 31, 2022.

Apr 2, 2024 1:49 PM IST

UP BJP leaders to hold press conferences in 40 districts, launch all-out attack on opposition

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to hold a series of press conferences across 40 districts if Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, aimed at mounting a concerted attack on the opposition ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP has unveiled a strategy to counter the opposition's narrative and address pertinent questions.

More than three dozen BJP leaders have been deployed for this.

BJP leaders will launch a united front against the opposition, with ministers and key figures coming together to expose the opposition alliance.

Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey in Varanasi, Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni in Lakhimpur, Union Minister Pankaj Chaudhary in Maharajganj, Union Minister Anurag Thakur in Amroha and Moradabad, along with several other prominent figures, are slated to lead the charge in various districts.

Apr 2, 2024 1:39 PM IST

Action against corrupt to go on: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the action against the corrupt will go on and he cannot be deterred by threats and abuses.

Beginning his Lok Sabha campaign in Uttarakhand from Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district, he also said that more development work has been done in Uttarakhand over the last 10 years than in the 50-60 years before that.

"Don't you think the corrupt should go to jail. The corrupt are threatening and abusing me. But they can't deter me. Action against each one of the corrupt will continue," Modi said.

The prime minister's remarks come amid opposition onslaught against the ruling party in the wake of arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and JMM leader Hemant Soren.

Apr 2, 2024 12:54 PM IST

PM Modi addresses a public rally in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur

PM Modi during his public rally in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur says, "We have started a scheme to empower women - the 'Namo Drone Didi'. Under this scheme, drones worth lakhs of rupees are being given to our sisters and daughters helping them become drone pilots This will also benefit our daughters and sisters in Uttarakhand."

Apr 2, 2024 12:49 PM IST

"Niyat sahi toh nateeje bhi sahi," says PM Modi

"Niyat sahi toh nateeje bhi sahi," says PM Modi as he talks about the development of Uttarakhand and various government schemes which have benefitted the state, in Rudrapur.

Apr 2, 2024 12:37 PM IST

PM Modi addresses a public rally in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur

Apr 2, 2024 12:36 PM IST

Sitting Lok Sabha MP Ajay Nishad joins the Congress, shortly after resigning from the BJP

Sitting Lok Sabha MP Ajay Nishad joins the Congress, shortly after resigning from the BJP.

Apr 2, 2024 12:06 PM IST

BJP names its candidates for 112 seats for Odisha assembly polls

BJP names its candidates for 112 seats for Odisha assembly polls.

Apr 2, 2024 11:41 AM IST

Congress targets PM Modi ahead of visit to Uttarakhand

The Congress has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Uttarakhand today, later in the day, where he is scheduled to address a rally in Rudrapur as part of his Lok Sabha campaign.

The Congress General Secretary in Charge of Communications, Jairam Ramesh, alleged that the state has been plagued by "rampant" unemployment, and a "deteriorating" law and order situation in recent years.

In a long series of posts on his social media platform X, he said, "Today, PM Modi is visiting the city of Rudrapur in Uttarakhand, a state that has been plagued by rampant unemployment, unprecedented out-migration, crumbling infrastructure, and a deteriorating law and order situation in recent years.

Apr 2, 2024 11:05 AM IST

"Beginning of a new inning," says BJP's Meerut candidate Arun Govil ahead of filing nomination

Arun Govil, who essayed the role of Lord Ram in Ramanand Sagar's mythological drama Ramayan and has been given the BJP's ticket from Uttar Pradesh's Meerut Lok Sabha seat for the general polls, on Tuesday said that this election is a 'Beginning of a new inning' for him.

Speaking to ANI, the veteran actor and the BJP leader said that his candidature from the seat is like a 'homecoming' to him.

"It feels great. This is the beginning of a new inning for me. I am thrilled. But I am at peace, I see no problems anywhere...I also feel good that it is like homecoming, as I have been made the candidate from here. I will be able to do something for the people," Arun Govil said, adding, "Ram ji theek karenge sab (Lord Rama will give his blessings)"

Apr 2, 2024 10:12 AM IST

Centre provides 'Y' category CRPF security cover to recently joined BJP leaders from Punjab Sushil Kumar Rinku and Sheetal Angural

Centre provides 'Y' category Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover to recently joined Bharatiya Janata Party leaders from Punjab Sushil Kumar Rinku and Sheetal Angural. Both the leaders will be provided the security cover only in Punjab, reports ANI.

Apr 2, 2024 9:50 AM IST

Samajwadi Party changes its Meerut candidate and fields Atul Pradhan

Samajwadi Party issues another list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2024.

The party changes its Meerut candidate and fields Atul Pradhan from the constituency.

Apr 2, 2024 9:19 AM IST

LS polls: Rajput community's stir against Rupala won't ignite old rivalry with Patidars, say experts

The agitation by the Rajput community against Union minister and BJP's Rajkot Lok Sabha seat candidate Parshottam Rupala, a Patidar, will not snowball into a conflict between the two communities like in earlier days, say political experts.

Addressing a small gathering in Rajkot on March 22, Rupala remarked that erstwhile 'maharajas' succumbed to the persecution of foreign rulers as well as the Britishers. The Union minister further said these 'maharajas' broke bread with these rulers and also married off their daughters to them.

Rajput community members saw the remarks as an insult to them. They have urged the BJP to withdraw Rupala's candidature or face defeat.

Apr 2, 2024 8:41 AM IST

‘India will grow with growth of Odisha,’ says Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Sambalpur constituency, Dharmendra Pradhan, said that Odisha will play an important role in realising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's roadmap to make India a developed nation by 2047.

His comments came on Utkal Divas, also known as Odisha Day, which was celebrated on April 1.

Speaking to ANI, the senior BJP leader said, "On April 1, 1936, our state was born after separating from the then-Bihar province. Today, after completing 88 years of its existence, we are entering the 89th year. This is an important day for 4.5 crore Oriyas. Oriya society is preparing itself for the day when it will complete 100 years."

"Odisha will play an important role in realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Viksit Bharat 2047" vision. India will grow with the growth of Odisha...," he said.

Pradhan is set to contest in the Lok Sabha polls from the Sambalpur constituency.

Apr 2, 2024 7:50 AM IST

BJP lured our candidates, says Congress; only 19 of 34 remain in fray

The opposition Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of luring its candidates for the assembly polls in the state, which are to be held simultaneously with the election to the two Lok Sabha seats, on the first phase in April 19.

The state has 60 assembly seats, and the ruling BJP has already won 10 of these seats unopposed. Among the winners are chief minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein. Election will now be held only in the remaining 50 seats.

Congress, which announced 34 candidates for the assembly polls, is now left with just 19. While 10 candidates didn’t file their nomination papers, 5 others who did so withdrew from the contest on Saturday.

Apr 2, 2024 7:45 AM IST

Every vote for PM Modi will play role in development of India: Pushkar Singh Dhami

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday participated in a public meeting organized in favour of BJP candidate Ajay Tamta from Almora Lok Sabha seat at GIC Sports Ground, Nachni, Pithoragarh.

In his address, the Chief Minister said that there is a wave running across the country to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country for the third time. He said that in the 14 assembly constituencies coming under Almora Lok Sabha, people have to vote in favor of Ajay Tamta and make the Prime Minister win with a huge majority.

He said that every vote from the Nachni and Didihat area will go to Prime Minister Modi and will play a role in the development of India. With the blessings of the people, everyone is going to vote for the Prime Minister. He said that whenever I come among you people, I feel like I am at home and my family. He said that he was overwhelmed by the welcome given by the elders, women and children of the Nachni area.

Apr 2, 2024 7:25 AM IST

Congress releases 10th list of candidates for LS polls, fields contestants from Warangal and Akola

The Congress party released its tenth list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On Monday, the party announced the names of candidates from Maharashtra's Akola seat and Telangana's Warangal seat.

Putting an end to rumours of a possible alliance between the VBA and Congress in Maharashtra, the Congress party on Monday announced its candidate for the Akola seat.

Congress party's Abhay Kashinath Patil will contest against Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi Chief Prakash Ambedkar from Maharashtra's Akola.

Earlier on Sunday, VBA Chief Prakash Ambedkar said that the differences between the partners in the Opposition alliance in the Maharashtra were coming to the fore and there was a clear divergence of opinion within.

Apr 2, 2024 7:09 AM IST

'Congress is a corrupt party, didn't follow income tax rules,' says BJP's Nishikant Dubey

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nishikant Dubey lashed out at the Congress party, stating that they did not follow the income tax rule and consequently their bank accounts got frozen.

"If an individual or a political party accumulates cash, then they also have to file an income tax return and must adhere to the income tax rule. The Congress party has not been following the I-T department's rules," he slammed.

"They received the notice from the I-T department in 2016-17. Instead of answering the notice, they approached the appellate tribunal. The tribunal asked them to deposit cash," he added.

He further stated that Congress moved the High Court but was told that the income-tax proceedings were right. "They moved to the apex court, but the SC too justified the act of money seizing by the I-T department," he added.

Apr 2, 2024 7:00 AM IST

ENPO writes to ECI on its decision to refrain from Lok Sabha elections

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples' Organisation (ENPO) wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) explaining its position to abstain from participating in the upcoming general elections and requesting the necessary arrangements to accommodate its abstention.

In the letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner, the ENPO said that the people of Eastern Nagaland, under its aegis, had reaffirmed their commitment to the "Chenmoho Resolution" on March 19, 2024 and had resolved not to participate in any central or state elections against the failure to settle the creation of Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT) as offered and assured by the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) on December 7, 2023.

Notably, the Chenmoho Resolution was passed on February 23, 2024.

According to the ENPO, the MHA on December 7 assured to settle the issue of the FNT before the announcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the Lok Sabha 2024 by the ECI.

Apr 2, 2024 6:34 AM IST

INDIA bloc is a coalition of corrupt, says Haryana CM

Haryana chief minister (CM) Nayab Singh Saini launched a blistering attack on the top leadership of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) on Monday and dubbed the INDIA bloc as “coalition of the corrupt.”

Addressing the media at the BJP office a day after the show of unity by the INDIA bloc leaders during the “Loktantra Bachao Rally” in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan where the Opposition sought immediate release of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Saini said the “sole objective of INDIA bloc is to somehow save the corrupt leaders”. Read more

Apr 2, 2024 6:31 AM IST

BJP leader, former Yaiskul MLA among four who joined Congress in Manipur

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, former Yaiskul MLA Elangbam Chand Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sagolsem Achouba Singh, Advocate Oinam Hemanta Singh and Thoudam Debadatta Singh joined Congress.

The announcement of their allegiance shift was made on Monday during a reception ceremony held at the Congress Bhawan in Imphal, Manipur. Dr Angomcha Bimol Akoijam, the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, welcomed the new members into the party.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Akoijam stated the importance of choosing candidates based on a genuine commitment to the welfare of Manipur rather than succumbing to external influences such as money and muscle power.

He further stressed the need for citizens to make informed decisions that uphold the unity and integrity of the state.

Apr 2, 2024 6:26 AM IST

Samajwadi party fields contestants from Agra and Meerut

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has announced its candidate list for Agra and Meerut.

According to the list, SP has fielded Atul Pradhan from Meerut and Suresh Chandra Kadam has been made the candidate from Agra.

Suresh Chandra Kadam is currently serving as Sardhana MLA.

After getting the ticket, Atul Pradhan wrote on social media platform X, "I thank Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who gave me an opportunity to raise the voice and serve the great people of Meerut! Together, we will continuously fight for the rights and justice of the poor, youth and farmers!"

Apr 2, 2024 5:54 AM IST

Supreme Court seeks responses from EC, Centre on plea for complete count of VVPAT slips

In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Election Commission and the Centre on a plea seeking a complete count of VVPAT slips in polls as opposed to the current practice of verification of only five randomly-selected EVMs through VVPAT paper slips.

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent vote verification system which permits an elector to see whether his vote was cast correctly.

The VVPAT generates a paper slip which can be viewed by the voter and the paper slip is kept in a sealed cover and can be opened in case of a dispute.

Apr 2, 2024 5:40 AM IST

PM Modi to address election rally in Rajasthan's Kotputli

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Rajasthan's Kotputli on Tuesday.

A BJP spokesperson said that PM Modi will address a public meeting in Kotputli in support of the party's candidate from Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha seat, Rao Rajendra Singh.

According to programme coordinator Arun Chaturvedi, PM Modi will reach the meeting venue in the Molahera village in front of the Eklavya Dental Medical College, in Kotputli at 1.50 pm on Tuesday. This will be the prime ministeri's first meeting for the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan since the announcement of polls.

Apr 2, 2024 5:38 AM IST

'I am happy to be in Bharatiya Janata Party,' says Maneka Gandhi

Days after BJP MP Varun Gandhi was denied a ticket from his constituency, his mother and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, on her 10-day visit to Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur, broke silence and expressed happiness to be a part of the party.

On being asked what Varun Gandhi would do now, she said, "Ask him what he wants to do. We will consider this after the elections. There is time."

"I am very happy that I am in the BJP. I thank Amit Shah, PM Modi and Nadda Ji for giving me the ticket. The ticket was announced very late, so there was a dilemma as to where I should fight. From Pilibhit or Sultanpur. I am grateful for the decision the party has taken now," she said to ANI.

Apr 2, 2024 7:50 AM IST

BJP lured our candidates, says Congress; only 19 of 34 remain in fray

The opposition Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of luring its candidates for the assembly polls in the state, which are to be held simultaneously with the election to the two Lok Sabha seats, on the first phase in April 19.

The state has 60 assembly seats, and the ruling BJP has already won 10 of these seats unopposed. Among the winners are chief minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein. Election will now be held only in the remaining 50 seats.

Congress, which announced 34 candidates for the assembly polls, is now left with just 19. While 10 candidates didn’t file their nomination papers, 5 others who did so withdrew from the contest on Saturday.

Apr 2, 2024 7:45 AM IST

Every vote for PM Modi will play role in development of India: Pushkar Singh Dhami

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday participated in a public meeting organized in favour of BJP candidate Ajay Tamta from Almora Lok Sabha seat at GIC Sports Ground, Nachni, Pithoragarh.

In his address, the Chief Minister said that there is a wave running across the country to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country for the third time. He said that in the 14 assembly constituencies coming under Almora Lok Sabha, people have to vote in favor of Ajay Tamta and make the Prime Minister win with a huge majority.

He said that every vote from the Nachni and Didihat area will go to Prime Minister Modi and will play a role in the development of India. With the blessings of the people, everyone is going to vote for the Prime Minister. He said that whenever I come among you people, I feel like I am at home and my family. He said that he was overwhelmed by the welcome given by the elders, women and children of the Nachni area.

Apr 2, 2024 7:25 AM IST

Congress releases 10th list of candidates for LS polls, fields contestants from Warangal and Akola

The Congress party released its tenth list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On Monday, the party announced the names of candidates from Maharashtra's Akola seat and Telangana's Warangal seat.

Putting an end to rumours of a possible alliance between the VBA and Congress in Maharashtra, the Congress party on Monday announced its candidate for the Akola seat.

Congress party's Abhay Kashinath Patil will contest against Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi Chief Prakash Ambedkar from Maharashtra's Akola.

Earlier on Sunday, VBA Chief Prakash Ambedkar said that the differences between the partners in the Opposition alliance in the Maharashtra were coming to the fore and there was a clear divergence of opinion within.

Apr 2, 2024 7:09 AM IST

'Congress is a corrupt party, didn't follow income tax rules,' says BJP's Nishikant Dubey

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nishikant Dubey lashed out at the Congress party, stating that they did not follow the income tax rule and consequently their bank accounts got frozen.

"If an individual or a political party accumulates cash, then they also have to file an income tax return and must adhere to the income tax rule. The Congress party has not been following the I-T department's rules," he slammed.

"They received the notice from the I-T department in 2016-17. Instead of answering the notice, they approached the appellate tribunal. The tribunal asked them to deposit cash," he added.

He further stated that Congress moved the High Court but was told that the income-tax proceedings were right. "They moved to the apex court, but the SC too justified the act of money seizing by the I-T department," he added.

Apr 2, 2024 7:00 AM IST

ENPO writes to ECI on its decision to refrain from Lok Sabha elections

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples' Organisation (ENPO) wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) explaining its position to abstain from participating in the upcoming general elections and requesting the necessary arrangements to accommodate its abstention.

In the letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner, the ENPO said that the people of Eastern Nagaland, under its aegis, had reaffirmed their commitment to the "Chenmoho Resolution" on March 19, 2024 and had resolved not to participate in any central or state elections against the failure to settle the creation of Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT) as offered and assured by the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) on December 7, 2023.

Notably, the Chenmoho Resolution was passed on February 23, 2024.

According to the ENPO, the MHA on December 7 assured to settle the issue of the FNT before the announcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the Lok Sabha 2024 by the ECI.

Apr 2, 2024 6:34 AM IST

INDIA bloc is a coalition of corrupt, says Haryana CM

Haryana chief minister (CM) Nayab Singh Saini launched a blistering attack on the top leadership of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) on Monday and dubbed the INDIA bloc as “coalition of the corrupt.”

Addressing the media at the BJP office a day after the show of unity by the INDIA bloc leaders during the “Loktantra Bachao Rally” in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan where the Opposition sought immediate release of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Saini said the “sole objective of INDIA bloc is to somehow save the corrupt leaders”. Read more

Apr 2, 2024 6:31 AM IST

BJP leader, former Yaiskul MLA among four who joined Congress in Manipur

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, former Yaiskul MLA Elangbam Chand Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sagolsem Achouba Singh, Advocate Oinam Hemanta Singh and Thoudam Debadatta Singh joined Congress.

The announcement of their allegiance shift was made on Monday during a reception ceremony held at the Congress Bhawan in Imphal, Manipur. Dr Angomcha Bimol Akoijam, the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, welcomed the new members into the party.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Akoijam stated the importance of choosing candidates based on a genuine commitment to the welfare of Manipur rather than succumbing to external influences such as money and muscle power.

He further stressed the need for citizens to make informed decisions that uphold the unity and integrity of the state.

Apr 2, 2024 6:26 AM IST

Samajwadi party fields contestants from Agra and Meerut

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has announced its candidate list for Agra and Meerut.

According to the list, SP has fielded Atul Pradhan from Meerut and Suresh Chandra Kadam has been made the candidate from Agra.

Suresh Chandra Kadam is currently serving as Sardhana MLA.

After getting the ticket, Atul Pradhan wrote on social media platform X, "I thank Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who gave me an opportunity to raise the voice and serve the great people of Meerut! Together, we will continuously fight for the rights and justice of the poor, youth and farmers!"

Apr 2, 2024 5:54 AM IST

Supreme Court seeks responses from EC, Centre on plea for complete count of VVPAT slips

In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Election Commission and the Centre on a plea seeking a complete count of VVPAT slips in polls as opposed to the current practice of verification of only five randomly-selected EVMs through VVPAT paper slips.

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent vote verification system which permits an elector to see whether his vote was cast correctly.

The VVPAT generates a paper slip which can be viewed by the voter and the paper slip is kept in a sealed cover and can be opened in case of a dispute.

Apr 2, 2024 5:40 AM IST

PM Modi to address election rally in Rajasthan's Kotputli

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Rajasthan's Kotputli on Tuesday.

A BJP spokesperson said that PM Modi will address a public meeting in Kotputli in support of the party's candidate from Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha seat, Rao Rajendra Singh.

According to programme coordinator Arun Chaturvedi, PM Modi will reach the meeting venue in the Molahera village in front of the Eklavya Dental Medical College, in Kotputli at 1.50 pm on Tuesday. This will be the prime ministeri's first meeting for the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan since the announcement of polls.

Apr 2, 2024 5:38 AM IST

'I am happy to be in Bharatiya Janata Party,' says Maneka Gandhi

Days after BJP MP Varun Gandhi was denied a ticket from his constituency, his mother and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, on her 10-day visit to Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur, broke silence and expressed happiness to be a part of the party.

On being asked what Varun Gandhi would do now, she said, "Ask him what he wants to do. We will consider this after the elections. There is time."

"I am very happy that I am in the BJP. I thank Amit Shah, PM Modi and Nadda Ji for giving me the ticket. The ticket was announced very late, so there was a dilemma as to where I should fight. From Pilibhit or Sultanpur. I am grateful for the decision the party has taken now," she said to ANI.

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