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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: JP Nadda hails PM Modi for ‘Viksit Bharat’ in UP

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Following the conclusion of five voting phases, Phase 6 is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, with Delhi voting for all 7 seats.
BJP National President JP Nadda addresses a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Kushinagar district. (PTI Photo)
BJP National President JP Nadda addresses a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections, in Kushinagar district. (PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Following the completion of voting in five phases of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, and May 20, attention now shifts to the sixth phase scheduled for May 25. This phase encompasses 58 Lok Sabha constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories. Bihar (8 seats), Haryana (all 10 seats), Jammu and Kashmir (1 seat), Jharkhand (4 seats), Delhi (all 7 seats), Odisha (6 seats), Uttar Pradesh (14 seats), and West Bengal (8 seats) will go for voting....Read More

The Election Commission of India (ECI) said that 889 candidates are contesting from these eight States and Union Territories. The national capital, with its seven parliamentary seats, is gearing up for polling. Vote counting is slated for June 4.

Latest election highlights

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address poll rallies in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab today. He will begin with Shimla and then proceed to Mandi. In this key constituency, Mandi, the BJP has fielded actor-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut against Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh, which will go for polls during the final phase on June 1.

- Sanjay Sehrawat, DCP of the Election Cell in Delhi Police, announced on Thursday that 33,000 Delhi Police officers, 51 paramilitary companies, and 17,500 Home Guards from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh will be stationed in the national capital for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on May 25, during the sixth phase.

Constituencies going for polls in Phase 6

S.NoState/UTConstituencies
1.DelhiChandni Chowk, North East Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi
2.HaryanaAmbala, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Hisar, Karnal, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad
3.Uttar PradeshSultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domriyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, Bhadohi
4.OdishaBhubaneswar, Puri, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar (SC), Cuttack, Sambalpur
5.JharkhandGiridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Jamshedpur
6.Jammu and KashmirAnantnag-Rajouri
7.West BengalTamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur
8.BiharValmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj (SC), Siwan, Maharajganj

Lok Sabha election 2024 polling schedule

Phase 1: April 19 (voting done)

Phase 2: April 26 (voting done)

Phase 3: May 7 (voting done)

Phase 4: May 13 (voting done)

Phase 5: May 20 (voting done)

Phase 6: May 25

Phase 7: June 1

Counting of votes: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 24, 2024 10:30 PM IST

Bihar: BJP MLA booked for allegedly distributing cash during poll campaign

A case was on Friday lodged against a BJP MLA in Bihar following a complaint that he had allegedly distributed cash during a roadshow.

Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Subrat Kumar Sen said the complaint against Sahebpur MLA Raju Kumar Singh was filed by Vijay Kumar Shukla, the RJD candidate in the Vaishali Lok Sabha seat.

According to the complaint, the MLA was allegedly caught on camera giving cash to onlookers at a roadshow of Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan, who was canvassing for Vaishali candidate and sitting MP Veena Devi.

"Since the matter involved an alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct, an FIR has been lodged. Further investigations are on," said the DM.

PTI

May 24, 2024 9:36 PM IST

North West Delhi Parliamentary constituency Returning Officer on election preparedness

“We are fully prepared. I request Delhi voters to vote on May 25. We have made arrangements for adequate shade, drinking water, separate toilets, creche and wheelchair facilities at all the polling booths. We have also built selfie stands,” says Ankita Anand, North West Delhi Parliamentary constituency Returning Officer.

May 24, 2024 8:59 PM IST

BJD candidate from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat urges people to vote

Biju Janata Dal candidate from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat, Santrupta Mishra says, "...I hope all the voters will exercise their right to vote and strengthen the democracy of India... In India, a lot of leaders from national parties are campaigning... We are getting reports of violence from some places. I would request everyone to maintain the peace... I believe we will win more seats compared to the last time... The issue for this election is development..."

May 24, 2024 8:25 PM IST

Ex-PM Manmohan Singh uses EC's home voting service, said sources

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 91, voted by postal ballot last week for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, sources said on Friday. Due to health reasons, he voted from home. Singh lives on Motilal Nehru Marg in central Delhi and voted in the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, where AAP candidate Somnath Bharti is running against BJP's Bansuri Swaraj.

This was the first time Singh used the Election Commission's home voting service for elderly people over 85 years old. This service is also available for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

May 24, 2024 8:05 PM IST

‘Will be difficult for BJP to cross even 300 seats’: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says, "It will be difficult for them to even cross 300 seats...After 5 phases of elections, we are seeing that people are upset with the government because there is unemployment, inflation... Congress will be in a better position than before. We will get good results in the North also..."

May 24, 2024 7:36 PM IST

BJP is going to lose: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

“BJP is going to lose. Result will be as shocking as I have been telling since the beginning,” says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

May 24, 2024 7:03 PM IST

BJP chief JP Nadda hails PM Modi

BJP chief JP Nadda said, “I want to remind you all that 10 years back, ordinary people used to say that politics won’t change and all political leaders are alike. After 10 years of efforts by PM Modi, that same ordinary person is walking on the path to a ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed India).”

May 24, 2024 6:29 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jalandhar rally. What did he say?

“Country understands where there is Congress, problems will remain. Where there is BJP, there is solution,” says Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jalandhar rally.

May 24, 2024 5:51 PM IST

Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel attacks PM Modi

“BJP leaders have started rambling. PM Modi said that his birth is not biological but he was sent by God. BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra later confirms it. He said that Lord Jagannath is a ‘bhakt’ of PM Modi,” says former Chhattisgarh CM and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel

May 24, 2024 4:57 PM IST

CM of poor state like Jharkhand in jail for corruption: Amit Shah

"The Chief Minister of a poor state like Jharkhand is in jail for corruption. On one side, there's INDI alliance who did scams worth 12,00,000 crore, while on the other side, there's PM Modi who has never been accused of corruption in 23 years. People have to choose between the two. Whenever there is a slight rise in temperature, Rahul Gandhi goes on an international trip. After his defeat on June 4, he will definitely go to Bangkok or Thailand," says Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Jharkhand's Godda.

May 24, 2024 4:34 PM IST

Sitting MP and BJP candidate from Gorakhpur Ravi Kishan on party's win in 2024

Sitting MP and BJP candidate from Gorakhpur, Ravi Kishan says, "... If we had to change the constitution, we would have done that in our previous terms when we had an absolute majority... I give my word, that there will be no tampering with the constitution. The constitution will be strengthened. Dont believe in their rumours. But now that the opposition has talked about putting locks on the Shri Ram Temple, you will get your answer on 4th June."

May 24, 2024 3:57 PM IST

How will BJP get over 400 seats when it is losing everywhere, questions Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge questioned how Prime Minister Narendra Modi could claim his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win over 400 seats when they were losing in many places. Kharge believes the INDIA bloc has a strong chance of getting a majority. Speaking to reporters in his hometown Kalaburagi, Kharge said people are supporting the INDIA alliance because they are frustrated with issues like rising prices and high unemployment. He also mentioned concerns about attacks on democracy and the Indian constitution.

May 24, 2024 3:12 PM IST

Sibal urges SC to direct EC to preserve EVM logs for 2-3 years, put out voting records before counting

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Friday urged the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to keep the logs of EVMs safe for at least two to three years and declare the records of every phase of voting before counting so that no member is elected "illegally".

Sibal also said if the Election Commission cannot upload Form 17C -- which gives the number of votes polled in a polling station -- the state electoral officer could upload the data.

"Every machine has an operating system, so do the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This log of EVMs should be kept safely. This will tell us what time the voting ended and how many votes were invalid. It will tell us what time the votes were cast. So, this is the evidence that should be kept safely," he told a press conference.

PTI

May 24, 2024 1:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi holds road show in Shimla

May 24, 2024 1:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut addresses a public rally

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP's Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut, speaking at a public rally in the parliamentary constituency, praised PM Modi's “character, achievements, and patriotism.”

She highlighted his initiatives for women, noting that the implementation of a 33% reservation for women is evident in her own candidacy. Ranaut expressed deep respect for the women of Himachal Pradesh, which is set to vote in the Lok Sabha elections during the sixth phase on 1 June.

May 24, 2024 1:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Will not go till Manjo Jha’s level, but PM is clearly lying,’ says Maharashtra Cong chief

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Friday said, “While I won't go as far as Manoj Jha in suggesting he has lost his mental balance, as he remains the PM until June 4, it's evident that his habitual lying has earned him the title of the 'chief of liars,' as aptly pointed out by our national president. As the leader of the world's largest democracy, his falsehoods reflect poorly on our nation internationally. Many viewers now switch off their TVs when he appears, disenchanted by his speeches. While I do not fully endorse Jha's remarks on the PM's mental state, we do respect his position. PM Modi, who once visited Muslim households to share in celebrations, now disparages them. His actions speak volumes, and it's clear he is facing electoral defeat this time around.”

(ANI)

May 24, 2024 12:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi in Himachal hits out at INDIA bloc; ‘violated Constitution’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: During a campaign rally in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Opposition, INDIA bloc.

“The recent incident in West Bengal is a glaring example of the conspiracy orchestrated by the INDI alliance. Just two days ago, the Kolkata High Court nullified the reservation status for several Muslim communities. The INDI alliance had previously designated many Muslim communities as OBCs, granting them OBC privileges. However, this action usurped the rights of the OBCs and violated the Constitution. Following the Kolkata High Court's ruling, members of the INDI alliance are now in a state of turmoil. The Chief Minister of Bengal is openly defying the court's decision. To them, the Constitution and the judiciary hold no significance. Their primary concern is their voter base,” he said.

May 24, 2024 11:53 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: SC denies directive to ECI on voter turnout disclosure

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Supreme Court declined to provide any instructions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding a petition requesting the prompt release of verified voter turnout data, citing purported delays in publishing information for the initial two phases of the current Lok Sabha elections.

The SC highlighted that the interim relief sought by the NGO ADR constitutes one of the ultimate remedies sought in the 2019 petition. It stated, “Granting the interim relief would entail granting the final relief.”

May 24, 2024 11:42 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on voter percentage data, ‘logs should be kept for 3 to 4 years’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Former law minister and Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, addressing a press conference in the national capital regarding the storage of voter percentage data, emphasised the “need to safeguard the logs of EVMs for a period of three to four years.”

He urged the Supreme Court to instruct the Election Commission to release the records of each phase of voting before the counting process to ensure transparency and prevent any discrepancies in candidate selection.

May 24, 2024 11:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: RJD leader Manoj Jha's swipe at PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Rajya Sabha MP and RJD leader Manoj Jha took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying, “After making remarks about buffaloes and mangalsutras, PM Modi is now alleging that the opposition will seize your water taps and cut off electricity. It's rare to witness such statements from a prominent leader globally. Such statements often arise from a sense of despair and imbalance. PM Modi claims he was sent by God as a messenger. If any of us made such a claim, our family would take us to a doctor, concerned about our mental state and delusions of direct communication with God. PM Modi and his team seem disturbed by reports from the Intelligence Bureau.”

May 24, 2024 11:16 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Polling officers dispatch with EVMs to voting centres in Delhi | Watch

May 24, 2024 10:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Kejriwal himself is a man who conspires,’ Patiala Cong candidate on Swati Maliwal ‘assault’ case

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Regarding the Swati Maliwal assault case, Dharamvira Gandhi, Congress candidate for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat and former AAP MP, said, “This is a party that engages in conspiracies. I am well acquainted with Kejriwal himself, a man known for conspiring. The events surrounding the removal of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party and the resulting atmosphere alarmed me. That's why I resigned from the party...Anything can happen in the Aam Aadmi Party.”

May 24, 2024 10:01 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Showing Thiruvalluvar in saffron robes is condemnable,’ says MDMK General Secretary Vaiko

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Invited by Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi to attend the 'Thiruvalluvar Thirunaal Vizha' featuring saint-poet Thiruvalluvar depicted in saffron robes, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko says, "This is condemnable. Poet-saint Thiruvalluvar transcends caste and religion. By doing this, he (Governor) is turning Raj Bhavan into a mockery..."

He added, “Let's wait until June 4. The INDIA alliance will emerge victorious in the elections.”

(ANI)

May 24, 2024 9:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Election Commission is biased,’ Cong leader Bhupesh Baghel on releasing of voter percentage

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Former Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, ahead of Phase 6, said, “In the past, when voting was conducted using ballot paper, the Election Commission used to release voting percentage data within 24 hours. However, in today's digital age, the Election Commission delays releasing the data, sometimes for 8-10 days. Moreover, the percentage increases by 6-8% when the data is finally provided. This suggests bias on the part of the Election Commission.”

May 24, 2024 9:14 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi to address poll rallies in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla, Mandi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak at a campaign rally in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, today. Following this event, he will proceed to Mandi, where BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut, a former actor, is contesting. Later in the day, he will continue his campaign trail in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar, Punjab.

Earlier on Thursday, PM Modi addressed a gathering in Patiala, Punjab, where he paid homage to the legacy of ‘Guru Tegh Bahadur.’ He emphasized, “After the completion of five phases of voting, the voice of the Indian people echoes 'Fir ek Baar, Modi Sarkar'.” Urging Punjab to vote for the BJP for the advancement of India, he advocated for a ‘Viksit Bharat.’

May 24, 2024 8:45 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: J&K BJP general secretary says ‘Cross-border terrorism almost ended in last 10 years’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Ahead of voting tomorrow, Ashok Koul, the BJP General Secretary for Jammu and Kashmir, said, “Over the past decade of our government's tenure, incidents of cross-border terrorism and firing have almost ended. The residents living near the borders have not found the need to utilise the government-provided bunkers. Pakistan appears to be facing internal divisions. I believe that we may not need to take any proactive measures, as the people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) might themselves express a desire to merge with us. In such a scenario, our government would warmly welcome their decision.”

The constituency of Anantnag-Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled for polls on tomorrow.

May 24, 2024 8:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP's Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut offers prayers at Bijli Mahadev Temple in Kullu

May 24, 2024 8:05 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP will sweep all 21 Lok Sabha Seats and Odisha Assembly, says Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Expressing confidence in the BJP's prospects, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated that his party is poised to surprise the ruling BJD in Odisha. He said that the BJP “will not only secure victory in all 21 Lok Sabha seats but will also usher in a change of leadership.”

In an interview with ANI, the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Sambhalpur said, “Odisha is yearning for change. I firmly believe that the BJP will not only triumph in all 21 Lok Sabha constituencies but will also form the next government in the state. This will mark our first-ever government in Odisha. After more than two decades in power, the ruling BJD has fallen short in meeting the expectations of the people.”

May 24, 2024 7:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘BJP faced backlash for arresting me,’ says Arvind Kejriwal

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, in response to a question regarding the impact of his return from jail (on interim bail) on his party's election campaign, said, “They (BJP) faced backlash for arresting me after the announcement of elections. They had anticipated that my absence would adversely affect our (AAP's) campaign, lead to disintegration within our party, and ultimately result in the government's downfall. However, the opposite occurred; the party became more cohesive, our workers became more enthusiastic, and the public became increasingly incensed. We are now hearing widespread sentiments of 'dictatorship', and a determination from the people to vote against it.”

(PTI)

May 24, 2024 7:21 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Tripura CM's roadshow in Kolkata stopped by police

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Following the alleged halt of a roadshow he led for the BJP's South Kolkata candidate, Debashree Chowdhury, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha criticised the situation, accusing the state of descending into ‘jungle raj’.

Addressing ANI after the purported interruption of the roadshow, the Tripura CM said, “The police stopped our roadshow saying that we did not have the permission to go ahead. We had only just started the roadshow after taking all necessary permission and clearances from the authorities. This just goes to show that jungle raj is prevailing in Bengal. Can't Opposition leaders hold election campaigns here?”

Reports also emerged of clashes between BJP supporters and Kolkata Police personnel during the alleged halt of the roadshow featuring Tripura CM Manik Saha in the city.

A video clip of the incident depicted BJP supporters purportedly pushing a barricade set up by the police amidst the roadshow.

(ANI)

May 24, 2024 7:13 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 58 constituencies across 6 states, 2 UTs gear up for Phase 6 tomorrow

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: In the upcoming phase, 58 Lok Sabha constituencies spanning 8 states and union territories are set to hold elections. The states and UTs included in the sixth phase are Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (4), NCT of Delhi (7), Odisha (6), Uttar Pradesh (14), and West Bengal (8).

Scheduled for May 25, the sixth phase of the 18th general Lok Sabha elections will see voting commence at 7 am and conclude at pm.

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