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Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: BJP expels ex-Karnataka deputy CM Eshwarappa

Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: After the first phase of polling for the general elections on April 19, the second phase is set for April 26.
Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP candidate from Surat gets elected unopposed
Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP candidate from Surat gets elected unopposed

Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: Following the initial phase of polling for the general elections on April 19, the second phase is set for April 26. Over 100 million citizens across 21 states and Union territories cast their votes for 102 constituencies during the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, with a voter turnout of nearly 64 per cent. The estimated voter turnout was recorded at 63.89 per cent till 9.00 pm in the first phase of polling....Read More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct their election rallies in Chhattisgarh over the next three days.

Latest election highlights

- Re-voting is scheduled today for 11 booths in the I-Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency following reports of violence and EVM destruction by miscreants during the initial polling in conflict-ridden Manipur on April 19.

- Union Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah will address a public gathering on Monday in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency within the Bastar region, as announced by BJP state media co-incharge Anurag Agrawal. PM Modi will conduct campaign rallies on April 23 and 24 in theSarguja, Mahasamund, and Janjgir-Champa Lok Sabha constituencies.

- On Sunday, the Congress released a list of candidates for nine Andhra Pradesh seats and two Jharkhand seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Andhra Pradesh has 25 Lok Sabha seats, while Jharkhand has 14.

- BJP's candidate for the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, Kompella Madhavi Latha, responded to a complaint filed against her controversial arrow gesture towards a mosque by questioning why she would participate in a procession during the holy month of Ramzan and personally distribute food to many people if she were against Muslims.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Phase-wise schedule

• Phase 1- April 19 (polling done)

• 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 will occur on June 4.

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Apr 22, 2024 11:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah on Chidambaram's ‘repeal CAA’ vow

Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday hit back at senior Congress leader P Chidambaram who declared that the INDIA alliance will repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and three new criminal laws if voted to power after the Lok Sabha elections.

"There is a long list of laws among which five laws will be absolutely repealed. Take it from me, I am the chairman of the manifesto committee. I wrote every word of it, I know what the intention was. The CAA will be repealed, not amended. We have made it clear," PTI quoted Chidambaram as saying on Sunday. Read more.

Apr 22, 2024 8:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Ex-Karnataka deputy CM expelled by BJP

BJP expelled KS Eshwarappa from the party for 6 years for embarrassing the party by contesting as an Independent from Shivamogga constituency: Statement

Apr 22, 2024 8:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP moves Election Commission against Rahul Gandhi

Today we have complained to Election Commission about the way Rahul Gandhi is constantly conspiring to make the country fight in the name of language and province. This time, the Congress has hatched a conspiracy to make the country fight by creating a rift between North and South. In his speeches, he has made every effort to make North and South fight. The country is progressing, but Rahul Gandhi is talking about dividing the country into pieces. We have complained about this in writing and demanded strict action. The BJP respects all languages: Tarun Chugh, BJP

Apr 22, 2024 7:49 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Assam CM backs PM Modi's speech on Muslims

Congress party is only focused on one community. BJP is focused on all the community. Congress has said that the first right of the resources of the nation lies with one community. Are we not taxpayers? Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and OBCs of these countries are not taxpayers?: Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam CM

Apr 22, 2024 7:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘What has PM done in last 10 years?’ asks RJD's Misa Bharti

Why is the Prime Minister not telling the country what he has done in the last 10 years? What is his vision and what he will do in the next 5 years? How will you control unemployment in the next 5 years, what will you do for women? He is not talking about this: Misa Bharti, RJD

Apr 22, 2024 7:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma holds roadshow in Kerala

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Assam CM and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma is holding a roadshow in Ernakulam, Kerala. Voting on all seats of Kerala will take place in the second phase of the polls on April 26.

Apr 22, 2024 6:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: 'Wherever Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi go, Congress gets wiped out,' claims Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leader and Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai has exuded confidence about the party's performance in the polls. 
“We are sure of crossing 400-seat mark. Wherever Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi go, Congress gets wiped out,” said Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai

Apr 22, 2024 6:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge addresses public rally in Karnataka's Yelahanka

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge is addressing a public rally in Karnataka's Yelahanka

Apr 22, 2024 6:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: 'Rahul Gandhi has a Maoist thought process,' says BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad has jibed at the Congress party and the INDI alliance. He accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of having a Maoist thought process. 

"They are talking about minorities in their manifesto almost 16-17 times. Manmohan Singh said that the minorities have the first right to the country's resources. In Andhra Pradesh, they reduced the reservation for SCs and STs to give more reservation to Muslims. The HC quashed that decision twice based on religion... Congress and the INDI alliance can go to any extent to get votes. Rahul Gandhi said he would investigate the assets of everyone in this country... On the other hand, you have Narendra Modi's government, which is doing everything for everyone irrespective of caste or religion... They only show off and are doing vote-bank politics. Rahul Gandhi has a Maoist thought process. Will he get his assets investigated that he accumulated in the National Herald scam...," said Prasad as quoted by news agency ANI.

Apr 22, 2024 5:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress is only party that can take on the BJP nationally,' says Sachin Pilot

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Sachin Pilot says, "The only party that can take on the BJP nationally is the Congress party and the people of India know that. In this Lok Sabha elections, we will increase our numbers and the INDIA alliance will form the government on 4 June."

Apr 22, 2024 5:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress is focused on one community, BJP is focused on all community,' says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP leader and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken a dig at the Congress party. He said, "Congress is only focused on one community. BJP is focused on all the community. Congress has said that the first right of the resources of the nation lies with one community. Are we not taxpayers? Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and OBCs of these countries are not taxpayers? It is on record that the Congress party has said that the first right of the resources of this nation lies with one community. We said that the first right of the resources of this country lies with the youth, women, SC, ST, farmers, hard-working toiling masses."

Apr 22, 2024 5:10 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: BJP candidate from UP’s Meerut seat, Arun Govil holds roadshow

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Actor and BJP candidate from UP’s Meerut Lok Sabha seat, Arun Govil is holding a roadshow

Apr 22, 2024 4:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal to contest from Bathinda

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal says, "Harsimrat Kaur Badal to contest from Bathinda, Mohinder Singh KP to contest from Jalandhar, Ranjit Singh Dhillon to contest from Ludhiana, Sohan Singh Thandal to contest from Hoshiarpur, Nardev Singh Bobby Mann to contest from Ferozepur, Hardeep Singh Butrela to contest from Chandigarh..."

Apr 22, 2024 4:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Visuals of BJP candidate from Surat collecting his winning certificate after being elected unopposed

Check out these visuals of BJP candidate from Surat collecting his winning certificate after being elected unopposed

Apr 22, 2024 3:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Gujarat CM congratulates BJP candidate from Surat for being elected unopposed

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel has congratulated BJP candidate from Surat for being elected unopposed in the Lok Sabha election 2024. 
"Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Surat Lok Sabha seat candidate Shri Mukeshbhai Dalal for being elected unopposed," wrote Patel on X(formerly Twitter). 

"This is the beginning of the historic victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the whole of India, including Gujarat, in the Lok Sabha elections. This is a clear indication of the lotus blossoming with BJP's resounding victory in all 26 seats in Gujarat and the realization of the resolve of #AbKiBaar400Paar under the leadership of Hon'ble Modiji," added the Gujarat CM

Apr 22, 2024 3:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress president seeks appointment with PM Modi over remarks on party's manifesto

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has sought an appointment with PM Modi over his speech yesterday and asked Modi to "convince" him about the congress manifesto remarks on distribution of wealth to "infiltrators." Congress sources further said that they might meet the Election Commission over the violation of MCC by Modi.

Apr 22, 2024 2:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav to not contest polls

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to not contest Lok Sabha polls as the party fields former Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Singh Yadav on the Kannauj seat. Akhilesh began his political career from the Kannauj seat in a 2000 bypoll when he won the seat, and then won it in two successive LS polls.

Apr 22, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘Won Chhindwara, only result awaited’

Chhindwara which was our minus seat in the previous two Lok Sabha elections, now I can say that we have won the Chhindwara seat, only the result is awaited now: Mohan Yadav, Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP leader

Apr 22, 2024 1:49 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Election Commission orders repolling in eight Arunachal Pradesh booths on April 24

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: The Election Commission of India on Monday has directed repolling at eight polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh due to reported incidents of EVM damage and violence during the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on April 19, an official stated. 

The Commission declared the polling at these eight stations as invalid and ordered fresh polling to be conducted on April 24, from 6 am to 2 pm, according to a communication from Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu. 

The polling stations slated for re-polling include Sario in the Bameng assembly constituency in East Kameng district, Longte Loth in the Nyapin assembly seat in Kurung Kumey, as well as Dingser, Bogiya Siyum, Jimbari, and Lengi polling booths under the Nacho constituency in Upper Subansiri district.

Apr 22, 2024 12:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Shashi Tharoor on Annamalai's statement on him regarding his UNSG candidature

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: On Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai's statement regarding his UN Secretary-General candidature, Congress MP and candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor says, “It is the Congress government that had nominated me. Dr Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister who nominated me. Sonia Gandhi was the Congress leader. Of course, they nominated me.”

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar faces a formidable opponent in Tharoor in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency as the latter seeks a third term in the area. 

Although the BJP has never secured a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala, it once clinched a victory in the Thiruvananthapuram district, with O Rajagopal winning the Nemom assembly seat in 2016. In the 2019 elections, the BJP's Kummanam Rajasekharan garnered 31.3 per cent of the votes in Thiruvananthapuram, marking the highest vote share achieved by the party among all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies it contested in the state.

Apr 22, 2024 12:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in MP's Guna addresses public, ‘Had I not changed the govt…’

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Guna, Jyotiraditya Scindia, stated on Monday that if he had not changed the government in the state, the money that farmers and women are currently receiving would have gone into the pockets of Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath.

 “Ladli Behena are getting Rs. 1250 in their bank accounts. Had I not changed the government, then that money would have been in Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath's pockets. The farmers would not have got Rs. 6000 under Kisan Samman Nidhi. This is the time to strengthen PM Modi.”

Apr 22, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘PM has forgotten dignity of his post,’ says Cong leader Pramod Tiwari

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress leader Pramod Tiwari slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that all his election speeches are ‘insults’ to former prime ministers and the post.

"The Prime Minister has forgotten the dignity of his post. Whatever he says in his speech during the elections is an insult to the former Prime Ministers and the Prime Ministerial post. It is also an insult to the Constitution. I challenge him to show me the line in our manifesto which says that we will collect from everyone and give it to the Muslims," he said

Apr 22, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Union Minister Arjun Munda on INDIA bloc's ‘Ulgulan rally’

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Union Minister Arjun Munda on INDI alliance's ‘Ulgulan rally’ carried out in Ranchi on Sunday, says, “People have seen what has happened in their yesterday's rally (INDIA alliance 'Ulgulan rally'). Jail administration and investigating agencies are independent. He (Arvind Kejriwal) will receive all those facilities available as per the jail manual, no one can do anything about this... Here (in Jharkhand) they talk about the CNT Act and they violate it. They should answer whether the CNT Act has been violated or not. It was implemented right after the Bhagwan Birsa Munda's movement, and if lands are being transferred by avoiding that act then it's unfortunate, why don't they talk about it?”

Apr 22, 2024 10:21 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rajeev Chandrasekhar says ‘Thiruvananthapuram for first time after 20-25 years, seeing a vision for its growth’

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Union Minister and BJP's candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, Rajeev Chandrasekhar told news agency ANI, “Thiruvananthapuram for the first time after 20-25 years, seeing a vision for its growth and its prosperity. For the last 25 years, the people of Thiruvananthapuram have given a mandate to Pannyan Raveendran, to Shashi Tharoor three times and none of them have neither had a vision nor done anything during their tenures. For the first time after 25 years, we have a plan. This is the plan that I intend to implement over the next five years after the people of Thiruvananthapuram elect me as their representative. It is certainly a very comprehensive plan that covers every segment of society and every area of Thiruvananthapuram. It is a plan that deals with agriculturalists, the fishing community, the technology community, retirees, better city infrastructure and every element that is required to make this place a global city, a world-class city, a competitive city.”

Apr 22, 2024 9:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘We will win all seven seats in Delhi’, BJP leader Praveen Khandelwal

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Praveen Khandelwal said that his party will register victory on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital.

Khandelwal, who is the BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk constituency said that people are looking towards the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the future too. 

"Works done by him (PM Modi) including the construction of Ram Temple has made an impact in the hearts and minds of voters. On the basis of it, I can clearly say BJP is winning all seven seats in Delhi with a big margin," Praveen Khandelwal told ANI.

Apr 22, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘First polling gave us a lesson, now we are alert,’ says BJP candidate in Rajasthan on less voter turnout

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Speaking about the lower voting percentage in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls, BJP candidate from Bhilwara constituency Damodar Agarwal says, "It is our fault too. Our people felt that we were winning, and the Congress felt that they were losing. In such a situation, the voting percentage has reduced a lot. This first polling has given us our lesson. Now, we are alert. You will observe a good voting percentage on April 26." On the opposition's performance in the Lok Sabha polls, he says, “The constituents associated with INDIA alliance do not take it seriously. Apart from PM Narendra Modi, who is the candidate for Prime Minister in the nation? There is no one... Even if you ask Rahul Gandhi about this, he will also take the name of Narendra Modi.”

During Friday's elections, where 102 seats were contested and over 16 crore voters were eligible, the voter turnout was approximately 64%, marking a decrease from the 70% turnout recorded in 2019.

Apr 22, 2024 8:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi, Amit Shah to address rallies in Chhattisgarh over next three days

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Campaigning for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh is intensifying, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah slated to address rallies in the coming three days. 

- According to news agency PTI, BJP state media co-incharge Anurag Agrawal announced that Shah will speak at a public meeting in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency within the Bastar region on Monday. 

- Additionally, PM Modi is scheduled to address campaign rallies on April 23 and 24 in the Sarguja, Mahasamund, and Janjgir-Champa Lok Sabha constituencies. 

- Polling for the Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, and Kanker seats in the second phase will take place on April 26. Shah arrived at Swami Vivekanand Airport in Raipur on Sunday evening and convened a meeting of senior party leaders at the state BJP headquarters.

Apr 22, 2024 8:33 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: 'No longer 'Modi, Modi' chants,' says Bihar Congress chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Akhilesh Prasad Singh, the Bihar Congress President, remarked that the ‘absence of chants’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is noticeable, saying that the implications of this should be acknowledged following the initial phase of elections, which experienced a comparatively low voter turnout.

Speaking with ANI, he said, "The voters of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) are way ahead of them (BJP). They understand everything. The recent four elections.. I have told you before as well...that thing happened. The vote share has gone down below 50 per cent. The chants of Modi, Modi are no longer heard. So we must understand the writing on the wall."

Apr 22, 2024 8:24 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Re-polling at 11 Manipur booths today

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Re-polling commenced at 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency of the northeastern state on Monday. 

Following incidents of violence reported from these polling stations in Manipur on April 19, the Election Commission has mandated the re-polling. 

Allegedly, some miscreants had opened fire and even destroyed EVMs at these polling stations during the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Friday. Security measures have been heightened at all polling stations to prevent any untoward incidents.

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