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Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: Priyanka Gandhi attacks Modi over ‘mangalsutra’ remark

Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: After the initial round of polling for the general elections held on April 19, the second phase is slated for April 26.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: After the initial round of polling for the general elections held on April 19, the second phase is slated for April 26. During the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, spanning 21 states and Union territories, over 100 million citizens cast their votes across 102 constituencies, resulting in a voter turnout of nearly 64 per cent. During the initial polling phase, the estimated voter turnout stood at 63.89 per cent until 9:00pm....Read More

  • Re-voting for 11 booths in the I-Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency took place on Monday due to reported incidents of violence and EVM destruction by unknown individuals during the initial polling on April 19 in conflict-affected Manipur.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) mandated repolling in eight polling stations throughout Arunachal Pradesh on Monday. This directive follows clashes that broke out in the region during the initial phase of the elections.
  • On Monday, the Congress unveiled a roster of seven candidates for two states in the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The newly disclosed list reveals that the Congress has nominated Madan Mohan Tiwari for Paschim Champaran, Ajay Nishad for Muzaffarpur, Akash Prasad Singh for Maharajganj, Sunny Hazari for Samastipur, and Manoj Kumar for Sasaram in Bihar.
  • Jammu and Kashmir's Director General of Police RR Swain conducted a comprehensive review of security arrangements for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections during a joint officers meeting convened in south Kashmir's Anantnag District. The primary objective of the meeting was to evaluate the readiness of the deployed forces for the elections and foster a coordinated approach to guaranteeing the secure and smooth conduct of the impending polls.

Here's the phase-wise schedule for the Lok Sabha Election 2024:

  • Phase 1- April 19 (polling completed)
  • 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 and result declaration for the Lok Sabha election is set to take place on June 4.

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Apr 23, 2024 11:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Indore offers free jalebi, ice-cream to early voters

The proprietors of eateries in Madhya Pradesh's Indore have decided to offer jalebis, poha, and ice cream free of cost to those who cast their votes during the early hours of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 13. More details.

Apr 23, 2024 11:05 PM IST

Here's what Raswswari Panigrahi said on her resignation from the BJD

"Today I have resigned from the primary membership of the party because of the party's decision of fielding a candidate (Rohit Pujari) from here... Sambalpur is a very sensitive seat. The man who was discarded from the party has been given the seat. This is a painful thing."

Apr 23, 2024 10:50 PM IST

Delhi Cong's disciplinary committee meets over complaint against Rajkumar Chauhan

Delhi Congress' disciplinary committee on Tuesday held a meeting and left it to the AICC to decide on whether to take any action on complaints against party leader Rajkumar Chauhan. During a meeting held on Sunday at the residence of AICC Delhi in-charge Deepak Babria, a heated argument ensued between him and Chauhan, sources in the party said. According to a party statement, the disciplinary committee of Delhi Congress, under the chairmanship of Narendra Nath, unanimously decided that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) should decide on the complaint against former Delhi minister and AICC member Chauhan.

Apr 23, 2024 10:07 PM IST

LS polls: MCD offers eye-popping discounts at eateries, shops to push voter turnout

To ensure a robust turnout and polling numbers in the Lok Sabha elections, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has adopted a raft of measures, including offering eye-popping discounts at various restaurants and markets. Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal has offered shoppers, who get their fingers inked on May 25, the date of polling for the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, a 10 per cent discount at establishments registered with it. The shoppers can avail this one-time offer on May 27, a couple of days after polling for the NCT of Delhi concludes.

Apr 23, 2024 9:44 PM IST

LS polls: Free poha, jalebi and ice-cream on platter for early voters in Indore

The proprietors of food shops in Madhya Pradesh's Indore have decided to offer poha, jalebis and ice-cream free of cost to those who cast their votes in the early hours of polling in the Lok Sabha polls next month.

Apr 23, 2024 9:24 PM IST

Amit Shah holds roadshow in support of party's Bengaluru South candidate Tejasvi Surya

Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah held a roadshow in support of party's Bengaluru South candidate Tejasvi Surya in Bengaluru today.

Apr 23, 2024 9:14 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacks PM's ‘Mangalsutra’ remarks in Rajasthan rally: ‘My mother’s mangalsutra was sacrificed for this country…'

“My mother's Mangalsutra was sacrificed for this country”, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra flays PM over his remarks in a Rajasthan rally.

Apr 23, 2024 8:58 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi's jibe at BJP in Karnataka, 'The country has been independent for 70 years and there has been a Congress government for 55 years. Did anyone snatch your gold Mangalsutra?'

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says, "From last 2 days it is being said that Congress Party wants to snatch your 'Mangalsutra' and your gold from you. The country has been independent for 70 years and there has been a Congress government for 55 years. Did anyone snatch your gold, 'Mangalsutra'? During the war, Indira Gandhi gave her gold to the country. Meri maa ka 'Mangalsutra' is desh ko kurbaan hua hai...The truth is that these (BJP) people cannot understand the struggle of women..."

Apr 23, 2024 8:54 PM IST

Union minister Smriti Irani interacted with locals in UP's Amethi earlier today as part of her poll campaign

Apr 23, 2024 8:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: BJP will be wiped out in south India, its seats to get reduced to half in north, says Aaditya

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday claimed that the BJP will be wiped out in south India and its seats will be reduced to half in the northern parts of the country. He said it appears that the first phase voting was good for the opposition INDI Alliance. The first phase of the polls took place on April 19.

Apr 23, 2024 8:26 PM IST

BSP chief Mayawati speaks at Aligarh rally: ‘Our party, which formed government four times in UP without announcing a manifesto did…’

"Our party believes in talking less and doing more. The biggest proof of this is that our party, which formed government four times in UP without announcing a manifesto, did a lot of historic things for the public," said BSP chief Mayawati while addressing a rally in UP's Aligarh earlier today.

Apr 23, 2024 8:13 PM IST

Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel speaks on his candidature from Rajnandgaon

On his candidature from Rajnandgaon, Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said, "The election itself is a challenge, no one can deny this and elections will be conducted in a democracy, so there is no need to get scared of it. It's just about competing and I accept the challenge..."

Apr 23, 2024 7:48 PM IST

Home minister Amit Shah along with BJP candidate from South Bengaluru, Tejasvi Surya to shortly begin a roadshow in Bengaluru South.

Home minister Amit Shah along with BJP candidate from South Bengaluru, Tejasvi Surya will begin a roadshow in Bengaluru South shortly.

Apr 23, 2024 7:47 PM IST

LS polls: Youth election ambassador programme launched in Punjab's Hoshiarpur

In a unique initiative, the Hoshiarpur district administration in Punjab on Tuesday announced the launch of the youth election ambassador programme to connect young voters with voting and to make them aware of the election process before and after voting. Under this initiative which was part of the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme, the young voters were appointed as the youth election ambassadors and were given complete training regarding the election process, said District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Komal Mittal.

Apr 23, 2024 7:23 PM IST

BJP Candidate SS Ahluwalia files nomination for the Lok Sabha polls from West Bengal's Asansol

BJP Candidate SS Ahluwalia has filed nomination for the Lok Sabha polls from West Bengal's Asansol

Apr 23, 2024 7:22 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy addresses a public gathering in Vizianagaram.

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy addresseed a public gathering in Vizianagaram today.

Apr 23, 2024 6:58 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi speaks on caste census at Karnataka rally

"For Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and OBC like my brother (Rahul Gandhi) says everywhere, a complete count will be done in the entire country as to who belongs to which caste and how much is their population and who is earning how much and then new policies will be made under that. Reservation limit will be increased from 50% and the SC, ST sub-plan will be implemented. Special budget will be issued for SC, ST, and Kadugolla community will be given ST status..."

Apr 23, 2024 6:44 PM IST

BJP candidate from Mandi, Kangana Ranaut holds roadshow in Pali, Rajasthan

Apr 23, 2024 6:22 PM IST

Amit Shah's jibe at Cong amid Maharashtra rally, 'When Sonia-Manmohan Singh's govt was in power, everyday Pakistan used to carry out attacks…'

" When Sonia-Manmohan Singh's govt was in power, everyday Pakistan used to carry out attacks, due to votebank politics Congress did nothing. When BJP govt was formed and Pulwama and Uri attacks took place, within 10 days, PM Modi carried out surgical and air strikes and finished the terrorists. PM Modi eliminated naxalism from Maharashtra..."

Apr 23, 2024 6:03 PM IST

'Congress left the country on 11th position in terms of economy and PM Modi brought it to 5th number', Amit Shah says at rally in Maharashtra

"Congress left the country on 11th position in terms of economy and PM Modi brought it to 5th number. If you make him PM for the 3rd time, he will bring India to 3rd position"

Apr 23, 2024 5:52 PM IST

'Congress put hurdles in Ram temple construction but PM Modi ensured it was built,' says Amit Shah in Akola

'Congress put hurdles in Ram temple construction but PM Modi ensured it was built,' said Amit Shah at rally in Akola, Maharashtra.

Apr 23, 2024 5:37 PM IST

'Chhattisgarh can accelerate the journey of developed India', says PM

Addressing a public rally in Mahasamund, PM Modi says, "Today I have come from you to seek blessings for Viksit Bharat and Viksit Chhattisgarh. Today I have come among you to ask for something for me and I have faith in you. Every time I have asked you for something, Chhattisgarh has never disappointed me, it has filled my bag. Chhattisgarh is the state that has the power of steel, coal, and forest wealth, Chhattisgarh can accelerate the journey of developed India. Since you made me the Prime Minister, you have seen my work. You have given me a chance and you have seen that I have been serving you without taking any leave. I kept working day and night, I never did anything for me..."

Apr 23, 2024 5:28 PM IST

‘Modi will bear the cost of treatment of senior citizens above 70 years of age’: PM

'Modi will bear the cost of treatment of senior citizens above 70 years of age,' said PM Modi addressing the rally in Mahasamund.

Apr 23, 2024 5:20 PM IST

‘Whenever Congress was in power, it derailed development,’ says PM

“Whenever Congress was in power, it derailed development,” said PM Modi

Apr 23, 2024 5:19 PM IST

‘Cong encouraged violence to hide corruption,’ says PM

Addressing the rally in Mahasamund Modi said, ‘Cong encouraged violence to hide corruption.’

Apr 23, 2024 5:16 PM IST

‘Congress fighting among themselves,’ says PM in Mahasamund

"We have the INDI alliance, who are fighting among themselves. Two days back, they held a rally in Jharkhand where they openly ridiculed each other," said PM Modi.

"In Delhi, where the royal family of Congress lives, the vote of the royal family will not go to Congress and they ask you to vote for them. Because where the royal family lives, there is no Congress candidate..." he added.

Apr 23, 2024 5:14 PM IST

‘...Jis Congress se Delhi ka bharosa tak uth gaya ho, uspar Chhattisgarh bharosa kaise kar sakta hai?…’: PM's jibe at Cong in Chhattisgarh's Mahasamund

Addressing a public rally in Mahasamund, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at Congress, "...Jis Congress se Delhi ka bharosa tak uth gaya ho, uspar Chhattisgarh bharosa kaise kar sakta hai?..."

Apr 23, 2024 5:05 PM IST

Narendra Modi in Mahasamund LIVE: PM addresses public rally in Chhattisgarh

Narendra Modi in Mahasamund LIVE: PM Modi is addressing a public rally in Chhattisgarh's Mahasamund at present.

Apr 23, 2024 5:04 PM IST

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks on alleged assassination attempt on TMC MP and national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee

On the alleged assassination attempt on TMC MP and national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says "One of the Gaddars (traitors) in the BJP said that a bomb will be exploded. If you have a grudge against me you can kill me by a bomb. You even tried to kill Abhishek but we came to know in advance. They even conducted a recce at his house, called him on Facetime and asked for an appointment. Had Abhishek given him time, he would have shot and fled. These people want to kill everyone or put them behind bars who speak against them. If you were confident that you would win with peoples’ votes, then what was the need to terrorise people?"

Apr 23, 2024 5:02 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath holds roadshow in Meerut

Apr 23, 2024 5:00 PM IST

Narendra Modi in Mahasamund LIVE: PM to address public rally shortly

Narendra Modi in Mahasamund LIVE: PM will address a public rally in Chhattisgarh's Mahasamund shortly.

Apr 23, 2024 4:56 PM IST

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a rally in Karnataka's Chitradurga. Here's what she said.

"The unemployment rate in our country is the highest in the last 45 years. Around 70 crore of our brothers and sisters are unemployed. Big promises were made to you like 2 crore jobs will be provided. However, these promises remain unfulfilled," says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, addressing a rally in Karnataka's Chitradurga.

Apr 23, 2024 4:50 PM IST

‘People of Karnataka love PM Modi… NDA will bag 28 out of 28 seats in state,’ says Tamil Nadu BJP president

“In Karnataka, we are seeing a very clear positive trend that this time it will be a clean sweep for NDA. We will get 28 out of 28 seats. The reason is very simple, the people of Karnataka love PM Modi. This will be the best-ever performance of NDA in the Southern part of our country…” BJP Tamil Nadu president K Annamalai said.

Apr 23, 2024 4:45 PM IST

‘Cong want to implement the Taliban rule…’ Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says addressing rally in Bagpat

"...Congress says that they will implement Sharia law, which means they want to create a threat to the Constitution made by Babasaheb Ambedkar. They want to implement the Taliban rule..." Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said.

Apr 23, 2024 4:38 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor speaks on Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's remark on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

On Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's remark on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor said, " The level of attacking a leader of your ally, I think is most deplorable, they (CPI(M)) are supposed to be attacking the BJP as we're supposed to be attacking the BJP...all they're doing is attacking Congress and its leaders like Rahul Gandhi. This is shocking. I would urge CM to cool down and rethink about what exactly is he trying to do in this campaign. We have a common target and we need to change the govt in Delhi and that's where all of us must be focused..."

Apr 23, 2024 4:37 PM IST

‘BJP on a backfoot… baffled by the response people have shown,’ says Sachin Pilot

"After the first round of polling, there is disappointment, disillusionment, and clearly the BJP is on a backfoot. They are baffled by the response people have shown," says Congress leader Sachin Pilot ( @SachinPilot ) in response to a media query on polling for first phase of general elections that was held on April 19.

Apr 23, 2024 4:25 PM IST

Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor and party leader Sachin Pilot launch the 'Scan me' campaign.

Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor and party leader Sachin Pilot were seen launching the 'Scan me' campaign today.

Apr 23, 2024 4:18 PM IST

'Bharatiya Jumla Party' deceived people with grand poll promises: Cong on Chhattisgarh

The Congress on Tuesday alleged the BJP government has "de facto reduced" ration under a scheme in Chhattisgarh and claimed the "Bharatiya Jumla Party" has once again "deceived" the people with its grand election promises. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh posed questions for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his poll rallies in Dhamtari and Janjgir-Champa in Chhattisgarh. "Was cutting rations a part of Modi ki Guarantee to Chhattisgarh's people? Why has the Modi Sarkar failed to support Janjgir's Kosa Silk industry? Why has the PM failed to deliver on Adivasi welfare?" Ramesh said.

Apr 23, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi speaks on BJP's 'unopposed' Lok Sabha win in Surat

On BJP's 'unopposed' Lok Sabha win in Surat, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said, "One thing we have been saying repeatedly this is the work to finish off democracy; it is called Russian style of democracy...In Surat, the main candidate of the Congress party was rejected, then the substitute candidate was also rejected and all independent candidates withdrew the forms...This will be their democracy, without casting votes, BJP people get elected and PM Modi will keep the government.."

Apr 23, 2024 3:49 PM IST

Here's what BSP chief Mayawati said at Meerut rally

"Like previous govts, under present govt of BJP also, poverty, unemployment and inflation are increasing. Corruption is also still not finished. Our borders are not fully secure, this is a matter of great concern. In the Lok Sabha elections, we need to make sure Congress, BJP and their ally parties don't come to power at the centre..." Mayawati said speaking at a rally in Meerut.

Apr 23, 2024 3:46 PM IST

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds PM as he addresses a rally in Jharkhand

"The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for more than two years. Both of them were firing bombs and missiles towards each other. Thousands of Indian children were there when the war started. Their parents here in India were worried about them... They met PM Modi and asked him to get the children back to India in whichever way possible. How was that possible amid the bombing?... PM Modi picked up the phone and dialled Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Zelenskky and spoke to them. The war was paused for four and a half hours and 22,500 of our children returned back to India..." he said.

Apr 23, 2024 3:45 PM IST

BJP's candidate from Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seat, Nityanand Rai files his nomination papers at the district collectorate office

BJP's candidate from Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seat, Nityanand Rai filed his nomination papers at the district collectorate office today.

Apr 23, 2024 3:40 PM IST

PM's indirect attack at Congress party at Chhattisgarh rally

“Nobody can change Constitution, it won’t happen even if Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar were to come and insist on it.”

Apr 23, 2024 3:38 PM IST

PM says: 'Mothers and sisters are my raksha kavach… as long as they are with me, no one can do anything to Modi'

"Congress people say that they will break Modi's head. As long as the mothers and sisters of my country are with me, no one can do anything to Modi. These mothers and sisters are my 'Raksha Kavach'..." PM said at Chhattisgarh rally.

Apr 23, 2024 3:34 PM IST

PM Modi asks security personnel to take the portrait from a girl who was carrying a self-made portrait of the Prime Minister during his public rally in Janjgir-Champa

Apr 23, 2024 3:32 PM IST

A big part of the country has rejected Congress, says PM Modi

A big part of the country has rejected Congress; tomorrow that party will reject Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Constitution, said PM Modi.

Apr 23, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Central Election Committee approves the candidature of Anshul Avijit as Congress candidate to contest the Lok Sabha elections

Central Election Committee has approved the candidature of Former LS Speaker Meira Kumar's son Anshul Avijit as Congress candidate to contest the Lok Sabha elections from 30-Patna Sahib Parliamentary constituency of Bihar. He will contest against BJP's Ravishankar Prasad in Patna Sahib.

Apr 23, 2024 3:24 PM IST

'Congress considered itself greater than Lord Ram,' says PM

"Congress considered itself greater than Lord Ram... Appeasement and vote bank politics are in the DNA of Congress..." PM said.

Apr 23, 2024 3:14 PM IST

PM Modi accuses Cong of engaging in appeasement politics at Chhattisgarh rally

At a rally in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi accused the Cong of engaging in appeasement politics.

Apr 23, 2024 3:11 PM IST

People of Chhattisgarh have given their approval for each of Modi guarantees, PM Modi says at election rally in Sakti

PM Modi said at rally in Sakti, “People of Chhattisgarh have given their approval for each of Modi guarantees.”

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