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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: '100% dictatorship,' says TMC MP Derek O'Brien after being detained by Delhi Police

Lok Sabha Election 2024 HIghlights: The initial phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections starts on April 19, with seven phases in total, concluding by June 1.
Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: '100% dictatorship,' says TMC MP Derek O'Brien after being detained by Delhi Police
Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: '100% dictatorship,' says TMC MP Derek O'Brien after being detained by Delhi Police

Lok Sabha Election highlights: Political campaigning is in full swing, with less than two weeks until the highly anticipated first voting phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised to initiate the BJP's campaign in Chhattisgarh by addressing a rally in Bastar on Monday. Chhattisgarh's forest minister Kedar Kashyap on Sunday announced that PM Modi would inaugurate the “Vijay Sankalp Shankhnaad rally,” commencing from Bastar....Read More

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

Counting votes for all 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held on June 4.

Latest election highlights -

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district on Monday. The BJP has put forward Sudhir Mungantiwar, the state's Minister for Forest, Cultural Affairs, and Fisheries, as its Chandrapur Lok Sabha seat candidate.

- Kajal Nishad, the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency, was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow after her health worsened on Sunday. Nishad, a 41-year-old famous TV actress, is competing against incumbent BJP MP Ravi Kishan Shukla in Gorakhpur.

- On Sunday, Karnataka's deputy chief minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar campaigned for KC Venugopal, the Congress general secretary and candidate for Kerala's Alappuzha Lok Sabha constituency. They conducted a roadshow and addressed a large crowd of supporters gathered along the route.

- A stage collapse during PM Modi's rally in the Jabalpur area of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday injured four people, including a police officer. The injured were transported to Victoria Hospital in Jabalpur for treatment. PM Modi conducted a roadshow in Jabalpur as a part of his poll campaigning.

- The Congress party announced the candidacy of three individuals for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Sunday. Pradip Biswas will contest from the Bangaon constituency, Azahar Mollick from Uluberia, and Papiya Chakraborty from Ghatal.

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Apr 8, 2024 10:14 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'BJP is going to create history in Tamil Nadu,' says BJP leader Anurag Thakur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP leader and Union minister Anurag Thakur has predicted party's great performance in the upcoming polls. 

"If you look at the enthusiasm, the support from the crowd- it is writing on the wall BJP is going to create history in the state of Tamil Nadu...There is one clear sound that you can hear- My Choice Modi. (PM) Modi rules the heart of the people of Tamil Nadu. He has done a lot of development work...," said Thakur.

Apr 8, 2024 9:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Election Commission is not working impartially,' says TMC MP Saugata Roy

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: After some TMC leaders were detained by Delhi Police for protesting outside Election Commission of India office, TMC MP Saugata Roy has jibed at the poll body. 

"Election Commission is not working impartially, we should raise our voices against it. Our two Rajya Sabha MPs Dola Sen and Derek O'Brien have been taken into custody by the police, I strongly condemn this," said Roy as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 8, 2024 8:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai holds roadshow in Coimbatore.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Tamil Nadu BJP president and candidate from Coimbatore, K Annamalai held a roadshow along with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Coimbatore on Monday.

Apr 8, 2024 8:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: '100% dictatorship,' says TMC MP Derek O'Brien after being detained by Delhi Police

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: After getting detained by Delhi Police for protesting outside Election Commission of India, TMC MP Derek O'Brien said "We are here to fight. We will carry on our peaceful protest...This is 100% dictatorship but we are from TMC, we will fight this..."

Apr 8, 2024 7:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Delhi Police taking 5 TMC MPs & 4 former MPs to some unknown place,' claims TMC leader Saket Gokhale

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: TMC leader Saket Gokhale claims that Delhi Police is taking 5 TMC MPs & 4 former MPs to some unknown place. 

"Delhi Police has kidnapped us 5 TMC MPs & 4 former MPs. We were protesting at EC & were told we’ll be taken to Mandir Marg Police Station. And then, suddenly, the bus has been diverted & going to an unknown location. Note this - 5 SITTING MPs & 4 former MPs assaulted, detained, & now being illegally taken to some unknown place by @DelhiPolice," wrote Gokhale on X(formerly Twitter). .

Apr 8, 2024 6:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Maha Vikas Aghadi to hold joint press conference tomorrow

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said, "There are no differences. All major parties will be present in tomorrow's joint press conference of Maha Vikas Aghadi. Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, all senior Congress leaders will be present, all our constituent parties will also be present."

Apr 8, 2024 6:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress is the mother of all problems of the country,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra's Chandrapur on Monday, PM Modi blamed Congress party for the problems faced by India since independence. 

"It is the responsibility of political parties to resolve people's issues. However, Congress is the mother of all problems of the country. Start looking from Independence - who was responsible for the country's partition on the basis of religion? Who was responsible for the problem of Kashmir?" said PM Modi

Apr 8, 2024 6:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Election between stability and instability,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra's Chandrapur on Monday, PM Modi drew a comparison between the NDA and the INDI alliance. 

"Lok Sabha election is an election between stability and instability. On one hand, BJP and NDA are there whose aim is to take tough and big decisions for the country. On the other hand, there is Congress and INDI alliance, whose mantra is 'Jahan bhi satta pao, khoob malai khao'...," said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 6:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi hails Maharashtra's Chandrapur for contribution in Ram Temple construction

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra's Chandrapur on Monday, PM Modi highlighted the contribution of the city in the Ram Temple construction.

 "...This is Chandrapur, which sent wood for the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. The wood from Chandrapur was also used in the new Parliament building. The fame of Chandrapur has reached the entire country, I congratulate the people of Chandrapur...," said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 5:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'INDI alliance has always put country towards instability,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra's Chandrapur on Monday, PM Modi said, "INDI alliance has always put country towards instability. Why a stable government is necessary, Maharashtra people know very well. INDI alliance has always ignored Maharashtra,"

Apr 8, 2024 5:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: TMC protests outside Election Commission of India office

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: A 10-member delegation of TMC held a protest outside the Election Commission of India office in Delhi on Monday.

Apr 8, 2024 5:14 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'PM Modi honoured Tamil culture by installing Sengol in Parliament,' says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has highlighted that PM Modi honoured Tamil culture by installing Sengol in the Parliament. 

"By establishing Sengol in the Temple of Democracy of India, our PM Modi has not only honoured the Tamil culture and acknowledged the contribution of Tamil Nadu to the cultural nationalism of India but has also respected it completely. PM Modi has done not just one but many such works through which Tamil culture has been promoted not only in India but in the entire world. He has started organizing Tamil Sangamam in Kashi and Saurashtra...," said Singh as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 8, 2024 4:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'No discussion on Rafale, Adani or Manipur by the Prime Minister,' says DMK leader A Raja

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: DMK leader A Raja said that there has been no discussion on the issues concerning Rafale, Adani or Manipur by the Prime Minister. He claimed that people will uproot Modi government in the upcoming polls. 

"People are very clever. Be it Adani, Rafale or electoral bonds, the Prime Minister never spoke in Parliament...There is no discussion on Rafale, Adani or Manipur by the Prime Minister. This will not be permitted in India by the people. They are very clever. They will uproot this government...As soon as the government changes, a judicial inquiry will be conducted...PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah should be investigated...," said A Raja

Apr 8, 2024 4:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'What PM Modi has said about our manifesto is a bundle of lies,' says Congress leader Salman Khurshid

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Salman Khurshid has taken a jibe at PM Modi's criticism of the party's manifesto.

 "We are deeply saddened by what the Prime Minister says in his speeches, what he has said about our manifesto is a bundle of lies, we are deeply saddened by this. You can disagree with any other party, you can argue it, you can dissect it, but to say that a national level party which has been involved in our national movement would write such a bundle of lies in its manifesto, whereas a very good manifesto has been written. He also said that this seems to be the manifesto of the parties which were opposing the independence of our secular society...We are extremely saddened by this matter and we understand that the Prime Minister has no right to say such a thing. We have put this matter before the Election Commission and have made a special request to them to take it seriously and take action on it...," said Khurshid.

Apr 8, 2024 3:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'We will grant 30 lakh govt jobs,' says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi promised to grant 30 lakh govt jobs if the party comes to power at the Centre. 

"...The Govt of India has 30 lakh vacancies. The people in the BJP don't give them to you. They give you work on contract but don't give you govt jobs. We will grant you 30 lakh govt jobs as our first step after the formation of our govt," said Gandhi.

Apr 8, 2024 3:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'I am working 24X7 for 2047,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi said that he is dedicating his full time to ensure India becomes a developed country by 2047. 

"...I am working 24X7 for 2047. 'Jinko kisi ne nahi poochha unko Modi ne pooja hai. Modi aaram karne ke liye nahi, kaam karne ke liye paida hua hain'. My aim is to make the country developed...," said PM Modi as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 8, 2024 3:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'BJP has given the first tribal CM to Chhattisgarh,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi highlighted the initiatives taken by his government for the welfare of the tribals.

 "The tribal community was always insulted by Congress, the daughter of the same tribal community is today the President of the country. BJP has given the first tribal Chief Minister to Chhattisgarh. BJP has created a separate ministry and a separate budget for tribals, the budget for tribal welfare has been increased five times in the last 10 years...," said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Crores of my countrymen, my mothers and sisters, have become my raksha kavach today,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi said that crores of countrymen, mothers and sisters, had become his raksha kavach amid abuses at him by the Opposition.

 "After independence, Congress thought that it had the license to loot the country but after coming to government in 2014, Modi has cancelled the loot license of Congress and Modi was able to cancel the license because you gave Modi the license. Now their shop has been closed, will they abuse Modi or not? So who will protect me? These crores of my countrymen, my mothers and sisters, have become my raksha kavach today," said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress manifesto for Lok Sabha polls has Muslim League imprint,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi took a jibe at Congress' manifesto for the upcoming polls. 

'Congress manifesto for Lok Sabha polls has Muslim League imprint,,' said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: '25 crore people have risen above the poverty line due to my government's efforts,' says PM Modi.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi said that due to his government efforts, 25 crore people had risen above the poverty line.
 

 'Due to my government’s efforts, 25 crore people have risen above the poverty line,' said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 2:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress never understood poor people's problems,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi took a dig at the Congress party. 

'Congress never understood the problems faced by the poor,' said PM Modi.

Apr 8, 2024 2:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'You(people) elected BJP government and strengthened the foundations of Viksit Bharat,' says PM Modi in Chhattisgarh's Bastar

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh's Bastar on Monday, PM Modi said, "In past ten years, India has done remarkable progress. I have come here to express my gratitude for your support thus far. You(people) elected BJP government and strengthened the foundations of Viksit Bharat."

Apr 8, 2024 1:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: ‘My choice Modi’ is all over country, says Union minister Anurag Thakur

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Talking to media in Chennai, Union Minister Anurag Thakur says, “The response BJP is getting across this country, the voice which comes from each nook and corner of the country today is 'my choice Modi'. This is what people are saying when you board an aircraft or a train or you are travelling you are walking on the streets. People want to see Prime Minister Modi for the third consecutive term so that India becomes the third largest economy in the world. People want to see more progress, growth of the country, the development of the country. People want to see poorer coming out of the marginal society, from the multi-dimensional poverty line.”

(ANI)

Apr 8, 2024 1:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: 'Modi-Shah's political, ideological ancestors supported the British and Muslim League,' says Kharge

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Taking to X, Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday said, "Even today, they are invoking the Muslim League against the 'Congress Nyay Patra' guided and shaped according to the aspirations, needs and demands of common Indians. Modi-Shah's ideological ancestors opposed Mahatma Gandhi's call for ‘Quit India’ in 1942, which was the movement chaired by Maulana Azad. Everyone knows how Prasad Mukherjee formed his governments in Bengal, Sindh and NWFP in the 1940s in coalition with the Muslim League. Did Shyama Prasad Mukherjee not write to the then British Governor about how the Quit India movement of 1942 can be ‘combated’ and how the Congress should be suppressed? And for this, he said that ‘Indians have to trust the British?’ Modi-Shah and their Nominated President are today spreading falsehood about the Congress Manifesto. There is a stink of RSS in Modi ji's speeches, BJP's electoral graph is plunging day by day, therefore the RSS has started remembering its best friend-the Muslim League !"

Apr 8, 2024 12:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Polling parties dispatched to implement 'vote-from-home' facility in Uttarakhand's Chamoli

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: In preparation for the Lok Sabha elections, the implementation of the 'vote-from-home' option has commenced in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district for citizens aged over 85 and individuals with disabilities. 

According to Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana, polling teams have been deployed from Sports Stadium Gopeshwar to three assembly constituencies. "Lok Sabha elections have begun in Chamoli with home voting. On Monday, 55 polling parties were dispatched from Sports Stadium Gopeshwar to all three assembly constituencies for home voting," posted the Chamoli DM on X. 

The Election Commission, which unveiled the Lok Sabha election schedule last month, had announced the provision of 'vote-from-home' facilities specifically for citizens over 85 years and those with disabilities.

Apr 8, 2024 12:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: PM Modi's supporters stage rallies across 16 US cities

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Hundreds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters gathered for rallies across the United States, spanning from the historic National Monument and Lincoln Memorial in the American Capital to the iconic Golden Bridge on the East Coast, news agency ANI reported.

These rallies, known as the "Modi ka Parivar March," were organised on Sunday by the Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) USA. The events aimed to express confidence in the BJP-led alliance's prospects of securing over 400 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The rallies, held in more than 16 cities, were a testament to the widespread support for Prime Minister Modi's re-election and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Apr 8, 2024 11:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur arrives in Chennai

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur after arriving in Chennai said, “Tamil Nadu has been a great focus for the BJP. Investments have been made here and priority to the state has been given. Now Tamil Nadu wants to look beyond the dravidian parties. They (people of Tamil Nadu) want to see the NDA do well in these elections and I am sure they are going to vote in large numbers.”

Apr 8, 2024 11:30 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: PM Modi tweets about his visit to Maharashtra's Chandrapur

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Ahead of his visit to Maharashtra's Chandrapur as a part of his poll campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets, “The people of Maharashtra have taken a solemn pledge of grand victory of BJP-NDA candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. Today in Chandrapur, will get an opportunity to seek the blessings of the people here.”

Apr 8, 2024 11:22 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: BJP chief JP Nadda on Congress's poll manifesto

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: BJP National President JP Nadda talking about Congress's Lok Sabha polls manifesto, on Monday said, “Congress has been rejected by people repeatedly, yet they are not leaving appeasement politics. Looking at Congress' manifesto, I was surprised, is it their own manifesto or the Muslim League's?...Congress needs to clarify its stand - on appeasement politics they are doing and the reservations mentioned in its manifesto.”

Apr 8, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Scuffle breaks out between TMC, BJP workers during Dilip Ghosh's visit to Durgapur

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: An altercation erupted between workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a visit by BJP MP Dilip Ghosh to Durgapur on Monday morning.

According to news agency ANI, police officials intervened to quell the disturbance as visuals from the scene depicted two opposing groups pushing each other and chanting slogans while brandishing their respective party flags. A police officer was observed attempting to restore order amidst the commotion.

Apr 8, 2024 9:45 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Officials seize cash worth ₹22 lakh in Andhra's Eluru 

Lok Sabha Election LIVE:  Authorities confiscated “unauthorised” cash totalling 22 lakh from a bus during inspection in Eluru district, Andhra Pradesh, on Monday, ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

The cash was found in an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation cargo bus travelling from Hyderabad to Jangareddygudem on Sunday. Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravi Chandra of Jangareddygudem said they conducted inspections based on information about cash being transported in APSRTC cargo buses.

Apr 8, 2024 9:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Tripura gears up polls with voting arrangements in place

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Ahead of the Lok Sabha election in Tripura, Chief Electoral Officer Puneet Agarwal spoke to news agency ANI, highlighting the extensive planning underway to facilitate a seamless voting process. 

Agarwal underscored the objective of maximizing voter participation, reflecting the democratic values upheld by the state and its citizens.

"The wide guidelines given by the Election Commission of India have been followed, and in all the districts having different constituencies, the ARO (assistant returning officers) are working. In the two parliamentary constituencies, Tripura 1 West and Tripura 2 East, the ROs (returning officers), District Magistrates of West Tripura and Dhalai Tripura have taken the necessary action to arrange a fair election procedure," Agarwal said.

Apr 8, 2024 9:24 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: 'Dynastic politics cause for concern for India's democracy,' says BJP's Sanjay Tandon

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Sanjay Tandon, the BJP's co-incharge for Himachal Pradesh, said on Sunday, “Dynastic politics impact democracy.”

Tandon met with senior BJP leader and former Himachal chief minister Shanta Kumar at his residence on Sunday, news agency ANI reported. The two leaders discussed the state's political landscape during the meeting. Shanta Kumar mentioned his ongoing communication with party workers via telephone during the elections, expressing confidence that the BJP would achieve favourable results.

Apr 8, 2024 9:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: PM Modi to address rally in Chhattisgarh's Bastar today

Lok Sabha Election LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the BJP's Lok Sabha campaign in Chhattisgarh with a rally in Bastar on Monday, according to Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Kedar Kashyap's announcement on Sunday. 

The rally, named Vijay Sankalp Shankhnaad, will commence from Bastar.

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