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Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Campaigning is underway for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Campaigning is underway for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled for Monday. This phase will see voting in 49 parliamentary constituencies spread across six states and two Union territories. Notable candidates include Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, along with Rahul Gandhi. Singh is contesting from Lucknow, Irani from Amethi, and Gandhi from Rae Bareli. Additionally, Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala's Wayanad....Read More

The states participating in this phase are Bihar (5 seats), Jharkhand (3 seats), Maharashtra (13 seats), Odisha (5 seats), Uttar Pradesh (14 seats), and West Bengal (7 seats), along with the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir (1 seat) and Ladakh (1 seat).

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

Phase 1: April 19 (polling done)

Phase 2: April 26 (polling done)

Phase 3: May 7 (polling done)

Phase 4: May 13 (polling done)

Phase 5: May 20

Phase 6: May 25

Phase 7: June 1

Counting of votes: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 18, 2024 11:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Central government failed to fulfill its promises of 'acche din',' says Congress leader Sachin Pilot

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing an election rally in Balasore Lok Sabha constituency in favour of party candidate and former Union minister Srikant Jena, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said,"People across the country have made up their minds to change the central government, which has failed to fulfill its promises of 'acche din'."

"BJP wants to make India opposition free. They have frozen the bank accounts of the Congress... two chief ministers were sent to jail," he added, reported news agency PTI.

May 18, 2024 11:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Top leaders contesting in fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 will be held on May 20, covering 49 seats across 6 States and two Union Territories.

Top leaders across political parties whose fate will be decided in this phase are Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya.

May 18, 2024 10:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'People will make PM Modi lose badly,' says Congress leader Supriya Srinate

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Supriya Srinate has claimed that the INDIA bloc would form the government on June 4, the date of Lok Sabha poll results.

“INDIA bloc is going to form the government on June 4. Public is asking about the work done in the past 10 years. People will make PM Modi lose badly,” said Congress leader Supriya Srinate as quoted by news agency PTI.

May 18, 2024 10:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Smriti Irani never understood the pulse of Amethi,' says Congress leader Deepak Singh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Deepak Singh has hit out BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani.

"Smriti Irani shut down several development projects in Amethi and broke the promises made to the people here. She never stayed in Amethi. She never understood the pulse of Amethi...In the past 2-3 months, she used to come in the morning on an aircraft and leave in the evening...I booked a train ticket for her so that when she returns to Delhi on a train, she would be taught a lesson by the passengers for the arrogance she showed the people of Amethi and the atrocity she unleashed on them...," said Deepak Singh as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 18, 2024 10:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'RJD will get bowled out for zero,' says BJP Pataliputra candidate Ram Kripal Yadav

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP Pataliputra candidate Ram Kripal Yadav has predicted the performance of the RJD in the Lok Sabha polls.

"The RJD will get bowled out for zero. Who is their leader? Who will the PM from this 'thugbandhan'? They (INDIA bloc) are only trying to befool the people," said BJP Ram Kripal Yadav as quoted by news agency PTI.

May 18, 2024 10:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Why do Congress leaders want to crush Santana Dharma?,' asks Union minister Anurag Thakur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a gathering in Himachal Pradesh, Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur said, "Why do the Congress leaders want to run bulldozer over Ram Temple? Why do they call Lord Ram fictional? Why do they call Ram Setu fictional? Why do they insult Hinduism? Why do they want to crush Santana Dharma?...Santana was, is and will remain...Those who think that they will run bulldozer over Ram Temple, you will have to go over the Ram Bhakts and only then will you be able to reach Ram Temple."

May 18, 2024 10:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'AAP has become 'anti-aurat' party,' says BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Amid the row over alleged assault of AAP leader Swati Maliwal, BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla has taken a dig over Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his announcement of reaching BJP headquarters tomorrow. Kejriwal has announced "Tomorrow, I am coming to the BJP HQ with all my top leaders. Put in jail whoever you want"

"...Instead of 'emotional atyachar', you should have given clear answers for clear questions...Why are you shielding Bibhav Kumar?...When Sanjay Singh did press conference, he said that Bibhav Kunar misbehaved with the woman MP. Was that correct or was the U-turn you took after 72 hours correct? Which version is correct? Why are you scared Arvind Kejriwal? Why are you silent? Does Bibhav Kumar know any of your secrets that you are not able to speak on this and shielding him?...AAP has become 'anti-aurat' party...," said Shehzad Poonawalla.

May 18, 2024 9:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: AAP's Sanjay Singh claims INDIA to win over 300 seats

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh claimed that the INDIA bloc is set to form the government with a commanding majority of over 300 seats in the upcoming elections.

“INDIA bloc is going to form the government with more than 300 seats. BJP is the country’s most corrupt party, and they brought the biggest corruption scheme which was electoral bonds. I just want to tell PM Modi that you have tried to destroy Delhi but Arvind Kejriwal worked to provide the world's best educational and health facilities in Delhi,” he told PTI.

May 18, 2024 8:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: I am ready for debate with Narendra Modi, says Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a poll rally in Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "He (PM Narendra Modi) gave 30-35 interviews to the same 5-10 journalists. 2-3 intellectuals and journalists wrote to me and made public announcements. They also wrote to Narendra Modi and said that there should be a debate in democracy, it is essential; that he should have debate with Rahul Gandhi...I am ready, Narendra Modi can have a debate with me wherever he wants. What do you think, will he come to have a debate with me? No, he can't...Narendra Modi can't have a debate."

May 18, 2024 8:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'I used 'thaka thak' in my speech. Narendra Modi has now started using 'thaka thak, phata phat' in all his speeches,' says Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a poll rally in Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has taken a dig over PM Narendra Modi for allegedly copying his speech terms.

"...A list of the poor people of India will be prepared...One woman from each of these families will be selected and 1 Lakh per annum will be deposited in the account of that woman by the INDIA Alliance. 8000 per month thaka thak, thaka thak, thaka thak. I used 'thaka thak' in my speech. Narendra Modi has now started using 'thaka thak, phata phat' in all his speeches. Tell me whatever you want him to say, I will make him say it," said Rahul Gandhi as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 18, 2024 8:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Tell me whatever you want Narendra Modi to say, I will make him say that in his speeches,' Rahul Gandhi tells people.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a poll rally in Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "Tell me whatever you want Narendra Modi to say, I will make him say that in his speeches. I told him, "Narendra Modi, you don't mention the names of Adani-Ambani. You should mention their names." 2-3 days later, Narendra Modi said "Adani-Ambani, Adani-Ambani."

May 18, 2024 8:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'AAP always plays the victim card,' says BJP leader Shaina NC on Swati Maliwal case

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: On the matter of Swati Maliwal assault case, BJP leader Shaina NC has said, “When any woman is molested, or there is any kind of atrocity, we want natural justice and the truth to be told. AAP always plays the victim card and when they have no solution to anything, they start blaming BJP. Arvind Kejriwal’s silence in the matter is a huge question."

May 18, 2024 8:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'It was Congress which strangled democracy when Indira Gandhi was PM,' says Defence minister Rajnath Singh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Defence minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh has slammed the Opposition parties for spreading fears about dangers to India's Constitution if PM Modi gets third term as Prime Minister.

"Misunderstandings are being spread among the people that reservation will be scrapped if BJP comes to power. I ask the opposition that if they want to do politics it should be done based on truth...They (the opposition) don't have the courage. They have a dearth of issues on which they can contest elections...They say that if PM Modi gets more than 400 seats then India's constitution will be in danger. It was Congress who strangled democracy & Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister then...," said Rajnath Singh.

May 18, 2024 8:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'BJP leaders have openly said that they will abolish the Constitution,' claims Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public gathering at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that BJP leaders had openly said that they would abolish the Constitution.

"Our (AAP and Congress) karyakartas have joined hands to save the Constitution. If the Constitution gets abolished, which the BJP and PM Modi want; their top leaders have openly said that they will abolish the Constitution if they get a chance. Therefore, it is our job to safeguard the Constitution," said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as quoted by news agency PTI.

May 18, 2024 7:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Putting me in jail is in your hands now,' Arvind Kejriwal tells people

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public gathering in New Delhi, Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said “They (BJP) say that Arvind Kejriwal has to go to jail once again on June 2. Putting me in jail is in your hands now. If you want Arvind Kejriwal to go to jail, then press the button of lotus (BJP symbol). Those who want their son and brother, Arvind Kejriwal, to stay outside, press the button for broom (AAP symbol).”

May 18, 2024 7:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'BJP wants to finish the Constitution,' says Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: In an interaction with news agency PTI, former Chhattisgarh CM and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel has said “People have understood what the intention of the BJP is. They want to finish the Constitution. They want to end rights given to people, and reservation given to women, SCs, STs and OBCs. When this information reached the public, they stopped speaking on it."

May 18, 2024 7:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Not a single vote should go to INDI alliance,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in North East Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said, "Not a single vote should go to INDI alliance; their manifesto appears inspired by Muslim League".

May 18, 2024 7:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'My heirs are 140 crore people of India,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in North East Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said "Mera koi waris nahi hai. 140 crore deshwasi, wahi mere waris hain...."

May 18, 2024 7:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Democracy runs in my veins,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in North East Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said, "I live for democracy; democracy runs in my veins".

May 18, 2024 6:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'India needs a strong government,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in North East Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said "India needs a strong government, I'm fortunate to be the chosen one to serve this country"

May 18, 2024 6:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Save India from those who want to make it bankrupt,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in North East Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said "This election is to save India's economy from those who want to make India bankrupt through their economic policies. This election is for the poor, the middle class and for making their life easier and bring happiness in their lives".

May 18, 2024 6:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds public meeting in North East Delhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a public meeting in North East Delhi

May 18, 2024 5:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Unko Pakistan ka hara jhanda chalta hai,' Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde slams Opposition parties

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde slammed the Opposition parties and said, "Savarkar unko nahi chalta hai, Aurangeb unko chalta hai; Unko bhagwa jhanda nahi chalta hai, unko Pakistan ka hara jhanda chalta hai. Bomb blast accused Iqbal Moosa, men of Yakub Memon are seen in their rallies. They have become allergic to the RSS flag and also insulted it...RSS is a patriotic organisation. The 'Bhagwa' flag is of RSS, Lord Shri Ram, Warkari and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj...."

May 18, 2024 5:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress tried their best to stop the construction of Ram Temple,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat, PM Narendra Modi said "Congress tried their best to stop the construction of Ram Temple just to please their 'vote Jihad'. Despite that, they were invited for 'pran pratishtha'. However, they didn't the 'pran pratishtha' because of their hatred for Lord Ram. Will you accept those who declined invitation for Lord Ram's 'pran pratishtha'?"

May 18, 2024 5:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'INDI alliance is a group of corrupt people,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat, PM Narendra Modi said "Congress has been out of power for 10 years & therefore are bewildered. They are recalling those old days when the royal family controlled the government with a remote control. All the Yojanas would be in the name of members of one party. The money of these Yojanas used to go into the coffers of the corrupt people...Reality does not change by changing the name. INDI alliance is a group of corrupt people. They want power at any cost..."

May 18, 2024 5:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress is not hiding its anti-India agenda anymore,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat, PM Narendra Modi said "Congress is not hiding its anti-India agenda anymore. They are openly saying that whatever Modi has done in 10 years, they would destroy it."

May 18, 2024 5:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'In the 2024 Kurukshetra, on one side there is country's development and on the other side, there is vote jihad,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat, PM Narendra Modi said "In the 2024 Kurukshetra, on one side there is country's development and on the other side, there is vote jihad. I want to ask the people of Haryana, which side would win?"

May 18, 2024 5:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds public meeting in Haryana's Sonipat

May 18, 2024 4:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Union Home minister Amit Shah holds roadshow in Amethi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Union Home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah is holding a roadshow in Amethi in support of party candidate Smriti Irani. Irani is the sitting MP from Amethi.

May 18, 2024 4:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PoK will become part of India after Modi becomes PM for third time, says Yogi Adityanath

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a public rally in Palghar, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that the PoK would become a part of India after Modi becomes PM for the third time,

"We will not worship our enemy. If someone kills our people we will not worship them but give them an answer that they deserve. It has become difficult for Pakistan to save Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Let PM Modi become the Prime Minister for the third time and within six months PoK will become part of India...," said Yogi Adityanath as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 18, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to hold press conference today

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Delhi CM and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will hold a press conference at around 5 pm today.

May 18, 2024 4:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'NDA is far behind INDIA alliance in four phases of the Lok Sabha polls,' claims Congress leader Sachin Pilot

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Sachin Pilot has claimed that the NDA is far behind INDIA alliance in four phases of the Lok Sabha polls.

“NDA is far behind the INDIA alliance in the four phases of the Lok Sabha elections. We are in Odisha today and people are upset from central and the state governments. We will win,” said Sachin Pilot

May 18, 2024 3:52 PM IST

‘Cong has not done anything for farmers,’ says PM in Ambala

“Cong has done nothing for farmers. They purchased crop of 7.5 lakh crore on MSP in 10 years… Modi in 10 years bought 20 lakh crore crop on MSP that is nearly 3 times,” says PM.

May 18, 2024 3:44 PM IST

'Welfare of farmers Modi's priority,' says PM Narendra Modi

Speaking at the public rally in Haryana's Ambala, PM Modi said that welfare of farmers was his priority.

May 18, 2024 3:40 PM IST

‘Enemies shiver when there is a dhakad government,’ says PM

"Pakistan, which has been troubling India since last 70 years and had bombs in its hands, now has a begging bowl. The enemies shiver like this when there is a 'dhakad' government," said PM Modi addressing an election rally in Ambala.

May 18, 2024 3:31 PM IST

‘People have given a befitting reply to INDI alliance in the elections battlefield,’ says PM

"Just 17 days are left for June 4. After four phases of elections, the Congress and INDI alliance and all their friends, parties have been completely destroyed. These 'INDI' people took several steps against the country; however, the people have given them a befitting reply in the elections battlefield," says PM Modi addressing an election rally in Ambala, Haryana.

May 18, 2024 3:27 PM IST

‘Haryana is dhaakad… ’: PM Modi says addressing public rally in Haryana's Ambala

"Haryana means 'himmat', Haryana means 'hausla'. That is why, Haryana is 'dhaakad'...Just like Haryana, Modi has run the government for 10 years in 'dhaakad' manner. Today, when you see Rafale aircraft in the skies of Ambala, don't you feel proud? I have come to seek your blessings for the next 5 years..."

May 18, 2024 3:25 PM IST

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Amethi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in UP's Amethi today.

May 18, 2024 3:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds public meeting in Haryana

PM Modi is holding a public meeting in Haryana's Ambala at present.

May 18, 2024 3:00 PM IST

'Let's carry out our duty as Indians…': SRK urges voters to get fingers inked ahead of Phase 5

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan came forward on Saturday to encourage people to immerse themselves in the celebration of democracy and get their fingers inked amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Taking to X, SRK wrote, "As responsible Indian citizens we must exercise our right to vote this Monday in Maharashtra. Let's carry out our duty as Indians and vote keeping our country's best interests in mind. Go forth Promote, our right to Vote."

May 18, 2024 2:46 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'This election is to save democracy,' says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public gathering in Kaithal, Haryana, Punjab CM and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said “This election is not just a general election but to save the country which is standing at the edge where it has to choose either the dictatorship or the elected people through democracy who will work as per the public needs. This election is to save the democracy. Several BJP leaders have said that they will change the Constitution and therefore they are asking people to give them 400 seats.”

May 18, 2024 2:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Omar Abdullah holds roadshow in Budgam in Srinagar

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah is holding a roadshow in Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.

May 18, 2024 2:08 PM IST

'This is not the Congress which was led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Lokmanya Tilak. This is Sonia's Congress…' Yogi Adityanath's attack on Cong in Maharashtra

Addressing a public rally, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said, "This Congress is not of Mahatma Gandhi. This is not the Congress which was led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Lokmanya Tilak. This is Sonia Congress, Rahul Congress. This has a distorted version. They don't want to do anything... If you see Congress' manifesto, you will feel it is of the Muslim League and not of Congress. It wants to give your (SC, ST and OBC) reservation to Muslims... Congress formed the Justice Ranganath Misra Committee and wanted to give 6% reservations of Backward Classes to Muslims. NDA and BJP always opposed it..."

May 18, 2024 1:48 PM IST

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami holds roadshow in support of party's New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Bansuri Swaraj

Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Pushkar Singh Dhami held a roadshow in support of party's New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Bansuri Swaraj today.

May 18, 2024 1:26 PM IST

Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and former Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi avail home voting facility

Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and former Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi availed home voting facility from New Delhi parliamentary constituency today.

May 18, 2024 12:34 PM IST

Rae Bareli should once again show UP, country path to progress: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Rae Bareli should once again show the path to progress and development to Uttar Pradesh and the country as it has been the ideological and political centre of the state in the past.

Sharing a video with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a post on X, he recollected memories of their childhood while passing through Rae Bareli, from where he is contesting on the Lok Sabha seat vacated by his mother Sonia Gandhi.

"Rae Bareli has an important role in India's progress, in giving direction to the country. Rae Bareli has for years been Uttar Pradesh's political and ideological centre, and it was Rae Bareli that showed the path in the freedom struggle," he said in the over four-minute video.

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