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Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Complaint filed to cancel Rahul Gandhi's nomination papers in Raebareli

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: A total of 94 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states and Union Territories will go to polls on May 7.
Summary

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Schedule of remaining phases

• Phase 3- May 7

• Phase 4 - May 13

• Phase 5 - May 20

• Phase 6 - May 25

• Phase 7 - June 1

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Campaigns of political parties are in full swing ahead of the voting for the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 7. Calling previous Congress governments "weak" on dealing with Pakistan over the issue of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday claimed that leaders in the neighbouring nation want Rahul Gandhi to become the next prime minister....Read More

Meanwhile, a complaint has been filed to cancel Rahul Gandhi's nomination papers in Raebareli, reported news agency ANI. After filing the complaint on behalf of Anirudh Pratap Singh, Advocate Ashok Pandey says, “On behalf of Anirudh Pratap Singh, we have registered a complaint with the Returning Officer of Raebareli demanding cancellation of Rahul Gandhi's nomination papers on two grounds. First, Rahul Gandhi has been convicted for two years... He is ineligible to contest elections. Even though the Supreme Court has put a stay on Rahul Gandhi's conviction, it has not given any verdict like Afzal Ansari saying he can contest again... Since his stay on conviction does not involve permission to contest elections he should back off. Second, back in 2006, Rahul Gandhi once mentioned his Nationality as British. Being a British citizen, he cannot Constitutionally contest elections... After my complaint, Rahul Gandhi's representative was called in and my complaint has been accepted.”

A total of 94 Lok Sabha seats across 12 states and Union Territories will go to polls on May 7. All 26 seats of Gujarat will vote in a single phase on this day. The votes will be counted on June 4.

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More highlights of the Lok Sabha elections

  • Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the latter's jibe at Rahul Gandhi that he ran away from Amethi, saying BJP icons LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had contested the Lok Sabha elections from two seats.
  • Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov was seen engaging in a banter with an X user over Rahul Gandhi's nomination from Rae Bareli for the Lok Sabha elections. Replying to a user on X, the chess legend said that one should “win Rae Bareli before challenging the top”.
  • The Peoples Democratic Party led by Mehbooba Mufti is on a revival mode after losing most of its senior leaders post the abrogation of Article 370-- courtesy vigorous poll campaigning, symbolism and messaging of being left alone for Lok Sabha elections.'
  • The first third gender candidate so far in the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, filed his nomination papers from the South Delhi constituency on Friday. Rajan Singh, 26, wearing a dhoti, cap and gold jewellery, reached alone to file nomination papers at the office of the returning officer of South Delhi in Saket.

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May 4, 2024 11:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Jay Narayan Patnaik to be Congress candidate from Puri parliamentary constituency

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has approved the candidature of Jay Narayan Patnaik (in place of Sucharita Mohanty) as party candidate from the Odisha's Puri parliamentary constituency for the Lok Sabha polls.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Complaint filed regarding Rahul Gandhi's nomination in Raebareli

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: A complaint has been filed regarding Rahul Gandhi's nomination in Raebareli, reported news agency ANI. After filing the complaint on behalf of Anirudh Pratap Singh, Advocate Ashok Pandey says, "On behalf of Anirudh Pratap Singh, we have registered a complaint with the Returning Officer of Raebareli demanding cancellation of Rahul Gandhi's nomination papers on two grounds. First, Rahul Gandhi has been convicted for two years... He is ineligible to contest elections. Even though the Supreme Court has put a stay on Rahul Gandhi's conviction, it has not given any verdict like Afzal Ansari saying he can contest again... Since his stay on conviction does not involve permission to contest elections he should back off. Second, back in 2006, Rahul Gandhi once mentioned his Nationality as British. Being a British citizen, he cannot Constitutionally contest elections... After my complaint, Rahul Gandhi's representative was called in and my complaint has been accepted."

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May 4, 2024 8:10 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Bihar will give a shocking result this time,' says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

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 “I will say that he is ‘peerzada’. This is the land of Mithila, people here want to listen to useful talk. NDA has its MPs in Jhanjharpur, Darbhanga and Madhubani for the past 15 years. They have done no work here. The public is irritated and fed up with the NDA. Bihar will give a shocking result this time.”

May 4, 2024 7:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Mamata Banerjee is in a lot of trouble over the Sandeshkhali issue,' says BJP leader Agnimitra Paul

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP candidate from Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency Agnimitra Paul has reacted to TMC calling the Sandeshkhali incident a 'conspiracy'. 
 

"This is nothing new for TMC...Mamata Banerjee is in a lot of trouble over the Sandeshkhali issue so they are doing this...She is doing this to save herself and the party...If she has something to say, she should go to court...," said Agnimitra Paul as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 4, 2024 7:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: JD(S) leader HD Revanna taken into custody by SIT in kidnapping case

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: JD(S) leader HD Revanna, accused of sexual assault and rape, was taken into custody by SIT officials on Saturday in connection with a kidnapping case. The kidnapping case was registered by the victim's family at the KR Nagar police station, in Bengaluru. Dig Deeper

May 4, 2024 7:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Narendra Modi holds roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanth is also present. Supporters of BJP can be seen lined up on the streets to welcome the leaders.

May 4, 2024 6:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Sharad Pawar addresses poll rally in Maharashtra's Baramati.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) chief Sharad Pawar is addressing a public gathering in Maharashtra's Baramati

May 4, 2024 5:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'They did not increase job opportunities,' Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's jibe at Centre

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a public rally in Karnataka's Devangere, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed that the Central government did not increase job opportunities. 

"They did not increase job opportunities, inflation is at an all-time high, getting a sick family member treated is a problem. Had Congress guarantees not been implemented in the state, your life would have been as difficult as the rest of the country. To deeply understand the Central Government, you must understand where their focus lies," said Priyanka as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 4, 2024 5:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Congress robs the reservations of SC, ST and OBC,' says Amit Shah

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a poll rally in Daman & Diu's Dunetha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah slammed the Congress party, accusing it of robbing the reservations of SC, ST and OBC. 

"In the elections of 2024, people have two choices. On one side, there is Rahul Gandhi, born with a silver spoon. On the other side, there is PM Narendra Modi, who was born in a poor family... On one side, there is a scammer Congress and INDI alliance. On the other side, there is PM Narendra Modi, who never had a case of corruption. On one side, there is Congress, which robs the reservations of SC, ST and OBC and does appeasement politics. On the other side, there is BJP, which is protecting the reservations of SC, ST and OBC...," said Shah as quoted by news agency ANI.

May 4, 2024 5:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'My supporters urged me to join a strong party to fight for the people of Delhi,' says Arvinder Singh Lovely

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely has answered why he joined BJP. He said: "Everyone knows about the conditions in which I had resigned from the post of Delhi Congress chief. Following that, I met my supporters and several Congress workers. They urged me not to sit at home, and join a strong party to fight for the people of Delhi," said Arvinder Singh Lovely.

May 4, 2024 4:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Flag of the BJP will fly in Delhi too’: Arvinder Singh Lovely

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: "We have been given an opportunity to fight for the people of Delhi under the banner of BJP and under the leadership of Prime Minister... I have full hope and there is no doubt about it that the BJP government is being formed in the country with an overwhelming majority. In the coming days, the flag of the BJP will fly in Delhi too," said Arvinder Singh Lovely, ANI reported.

May 4, 2024 4:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Anand Sharma touts 52-year record of public service, launches LS poll campaign in Kangra

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: The Congress's Lok Sabha poll candidate from Kangra Anand Sharma on Saturday highlighted his 52-year career in public service and asserted his deep-rooted connection with Himachal Pradesh, besides talking about his efforts for the development of Kangra and Chamba districts. Hitting out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre, the former Union minister alleged that it has "cheated" the country's youngsters for the last 10 years.

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May 4, 2024 4:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Former Delhi Congress chief joins BJP

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May 4, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'We are talking about saving the Constitution of India,' says National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said that the people know why they were contesting the elections. He said: "...You have seen the passion of the people. They know why we are contesting the elections. We are talking about saving the Constitution of India, the Constitution of Ambedkar. Be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians or Buddhists - everyone wants to live with dignity...The atmosphere of hatred that has been created and their intention to change the Constitution - National Conference and INDIA Alliance will not let them do this. We are fighting for this..."

May 4, 2024 3:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 'Today India's reputation in the world has reached new heights,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: While addressing a public gathering in Darbhanga, Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "This period has come in the 21st century when India has once again broken all its shackles and stood up. Today India's reputation in the world has reached new heights. Today India has reached the moon, where no one has reached before..."

May 4, 2024 3:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Congress wants to provide reservation to Muslims,’ says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: “Congress wants to provide reservation to Muslims from OBC quota,” PM Modi at Bihar rally.

May 4, 2024 2:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi's ‘vote jihad’ dig on Congress

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: “When people raise their voice against this, the Indi alliance people say do vote jihad against Modi. No matter how much jihad they do, now this country is not going to retreat and Modi is not going to be scared. As long as Modi is there, no one will be able to mess with my tribal brothers and sisters. This is Modi's guarantee,” PM Modi said.

May 4, 2024 2:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Ration used to rot during the rule of Congress,’ attacks PM Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: “Ration used to rot during the rule of Congress. Children in tribal areas continued to die of hunger... and the Congress used to lock the grain warehouses. You bought Modi, Modi got the locks of all the grain warehouses opened. Today, there is a free ration scheme going on in the country,” said PM Modi.

May 4, 2024 2:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE:  Priyanka Gandhi on BJP's ‘shehzada’ jibe

Addressing a public meeting, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi says: "They call my brother Shehzada. I want to tell them how this Shehzada walked 4,000 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to listen to your problems...On the other side is your Shehanshah, Narendra Modi, who lives in a palace. Have you watched him on television?...Not a single speck of dust is visible on his face...How can he understand your problems?..."

May 4, 2024 1:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah takes dig at Rahul Gandhi

Addressing a poll gathering in Gujarat's Chhotaudepur, Amit Shah says that Rahul Gandhi went to Wayanad after he lost from Amethi, and now 'he ran to Raebareli' fearing defeat in Wayanad

"But Rahul Gandhi, the problem is not the seat... The problem is within you... You are going to lose Raebareli with a huge margin..." he adds, according to ANI.

May 4, 2024 1:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP heavily relies on defections to protect three-decade long stronghold Morena

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: The 2024 general election has moved to the third phase with Madhya Pradesh’s Morena going to polls on May 7 where more than two million voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of as many as 15 candidates.

In Morena, the spotlight will be on the Gwalior-Chambal region. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastion from where the party has won seven consecutive times, Morena is one of the seats where the ruling party will face a tough challenge from the opposition, including Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Read more.

May 4, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Pak leaders want Rahul Gandhi to become PM, says Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Calling previous Congress governments "weak" on dealing with Pakistan over terrorism issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday claimed that leaders in the neighbouring nation want Rahul Gandhi to become the next prime minister.

"The surgical and the Balakot strikes shook Pakistan. Now Pakistan is crying all over the world and is shouting, 'Bachao, Bachao. Leaders in Pakistan are praying that Congress' Shehzada becomes the PM. But the strong India only wants a strong government now," ANI quoted him as saying.

May 4, 2024 12:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘Didn’t Narendra Modi contest from 2 seats?' asks Jairam Ramesh

On Rahul Gandhi contesting Lok Sabha polls from two seats, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh pointed out that many leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have contested polls from two seats 

" Didn't Narendra Modi contest from 2 seats? Didn't Sushma Swaraj contest from 2 seats? Didn't Atal Bihari Vajpayee contest from 2 seats? Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) has said that Amethi and Raebareli are traditional seats. So it is realistic for Rahul ji to fight from traditional seats," Ramesh tells ANI.

May 4, 2024 12:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM reiterates 'New India ghar mein ghus ke maarta hai' remark

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: “In the Congress government, there used to be bomb blasts, terrorists used to fire bullets and the government used to send them love letters. They had 'Aman ki Aas'. Pakistan used to send more terrorists than love letters... One vote of yours gave me so much power that I said: 'enough is enough' as soon as I came...” the prime minister says, according to ANI.

“This is New India, 'Ghar mein ghus ke maarta hai'... The surgical and the Balakote strikes shook Pakistan...” he adds.

May 4, 2024 11:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: ‘I have lived in poverty,’ says PM Modi in Jharkhand

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Addressing a public rally in Jharkhand's Palamu, PM Modi says that he has lived in poverty and knows how troublesome the life of a poor is.

“All the schemes launched in the last 10 years are inspired by my life experiences. When I meet the beneficiaries, I get tears of joy. These tears can only be understood by those who have seen poverty and struggle. The one who never saw his mother coughing due to smoke cannot understand these tears...” he says.

"The Shehzade of Congress is searching for his happiness in Modi's tears... These people are disappointed and hopeless..." Modi adds.

May 4, 2024 11:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi says ‘Congress leaders amassed huge wealth’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: "I don't own a home or even a bicycle; corrupt JMM, Congress leaders amassed huge wealth for their children," said PM Modi at Jharkhand rally.

May 4, 2024 11:05 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Sanjay Raut on Amethi contest

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: On Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's candidature from Raebareli Lok Sabha seat, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut says: "People close to the Gandhi family have fought from Amethi previously...Why is the BJP so concerned?...I feel mercy and pity for Smriti Irani because now she will lose from Rahul Gandhi's PA...This is a well-thought-out decision. KL Sharma is a loyal worker of the Congress party. He has worked for several years with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi..."

May 4, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Manish Tewari says will make up for BJP’s 10 lost years

ILok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: INDIA bloc’s Chandigarh candidate Manish Tewari on Friday assured the people of the city that he will make up for the loss of 10 precious years under the BJP rule.

He said unlike the BJP, the Congress had a multi-pronged vision of development, which not only took into account the needs of the nation as a whole, but also the local needs, besides reaching out to help needy individuals like the unemployed youth or poor families by providing them regular monthly income directly. Read on.

May 4, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress gnawing at itself like 'termite', says Jyotiraditya Scindia

Union minister and BJP Guna Lok Sabha seat candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that the Congress is heading towards its end and is like a "termite" gnawing at itself. 

"The Congress has become bankrupt in terms of ideology, human resources... Nobody wants to stay with the Congress and there is no honour and respect for anyone in the party," Scindia tells PTI.

May 4, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: In a first, 12 sitting Punjab MLAs in race for Lok Sabha berth

With 12 MLAs in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections in the state, Punjab appears set for another major electoral battle after the parliamentary polls are over.

These incumbent MLAs, including five cabinet ministers and some other prominent leaders, have been fielded by their parties in nine of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state. More details.

May 4, 2024 8:55 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP's Hindutva is ‘gaumutradhari’, says Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the party's Hindutva is ‘gaumutradhari’ (regressive), while his party's Hindutva is “reformist”.

“BJP's Hindutva is gaumutradhari. Our Hindutva is reformist…When the INDIA alliance comes to power, I will ensure the lost glory of Maharashtra is reclaimed,” Thackeray said while addressing an election rally in Kankavali in Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg district. Read on.

May 4, 2024 8:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Mansukh Mandaviya holds 'parbhat feri' in Porbandar

"Waking up early and doing 'bhajan' and going around the village is a traditional thing. During my election campaigns, I go to the villages early morning and get connected to the people and also interact with them. This is also one of my ways to get connected to the public..." Mandaviya tells ANI.

May 4, 2024 8:18 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: 5 Telangana Congress workers held in connection with Amit Shah's doctored video case

Five Congress workers from party’s Telangana unit were arrested in connection with the morphed video of Union home minister Amit Shah’s speech at an election rally in Siddipet last month, said police on Friday, adding the workers were later released on bail.

May 4, 2024 8:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge's schedule today

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge is scheduled to meet leaders of the Koli Samaj in Kalaburagi at 5pm and attend a public meeting in Kalaburagi North, Karnataka at 7.45pm.

May 4, 2024 7:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Garry Kasparov's X banter over Rahul Gandhi's chess video

Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov on Friday engaged in banter with an X user over Rahul Gandhi's nomination from Rae Bareli for the Lok Sabha elections. Replying to a user on X, the chess legend said that one should “win Rae Bareli before challenging the top”. More details.

May 4, 2024 7:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Kharge reacts to PM Modi's 'Rae Bareli' jibe at Rahul Gandhi 

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the latter's jibe at Rahul Gandhi that he ran away from Amethi, saying BJP icons LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had contested the Lok Sabha elections from two seats. Read more.

May 4, 2024 7:56 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: What was the controversy regarding AAP's campaign song

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed on April 28 that the Election Commission "banned" its campaign song "Jail ka jawab vote se denge". The poll body, however, asked the AAP to modify the song's contents since it violated the commission's guidelines and advertising codes.

May 4, 2024 7:49 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LI: AAP campaign song gets poll body approval after modifications

The Election Commission of India has approved Aam Aadmi's Lok Sabha elections campaign song after the party made modifications to it, PTI reported on Friday, citing officials. AAP MLA Dilip Pandey, who penned and voiced the song, also confirmed that the song has been approved.

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