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Lok Sabha election 2024 Highlights: ‘Pappu Yadav didn’t join us, nor his party merged,’ says Cong spox. Alok Sharma

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: With two phases of voting completed, political parties have heightened their poll campaigns for remaining constituencies.
Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Pappu Yadav campaigns in Purnea (File) (PTI)
Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Pappu Yadav campaigns in Purnea (File) (PTI)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: The Election Commission of India (ECI) released final voter turnout data for the first two legs of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday, indicating a turnout of over 66% in both phases. In the initial phase on April 19, 66.14% of electors exercised their right to vote, while in the second phase on April 26, the turnout was 66.71%....Read More

With two phases of voting already completed, political parties have heightened their poll campaigns for the remaining constituencies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a mega rally in Maharashtra's Pune on Monday, supporting Mahayuti candidates in Pune, Baramati, Shriur, and Maval. Additionally, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani filed nominations from Lucknow and Amethi, respectively, where they are incumbent MPs.

The second phase of voting for 88 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and Union Territories recorded a voter turnout of around 63.50%, according to the ECI. The first phase of polling took place on April 19 in 102 seats across 21 states and Union territories. Out of the total 543 Lok Sabha constituencies, 102 went to polls on April 19, and 88 on April 26. Further voting is scheduled for May 7, 13, 20, 25, and June 1, with the counting of votes and result declaration set for June 4.

All eyes are on two major political alliances: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP-led ruling NDA, and the Congress-led opposition INDIA bloc. The NDA is aiming for its third consecutive term, with slogans like ‘abki baar 400 paar’, while INDIA is focusing on economic promises such as MSP for farmers and cash handouts to women in their manifesto.

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May 1, 2024 10:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Tashi Gyalson of BJP files nomination for Ladakh LS seat

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: On Wednesday, BJP candidate Tashi Gyalson submitted his nomination papers for the Ladakh parliamentary constituency. He emphasised the importance of restarting discussions between the Centre and Ladakh's leadership to address lingering issues. 

Gyalson, who also serves as the chief executive councillor and chairman of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council in Leh, handed over his nomination papers to returning officer Santosh Sukhadeve. This was done in the presence of party general secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul and former minister Sat Sharma.

May 1, 2024 9:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Rahul is speaking lies, his party has amended Constitution multiple times, says MP CM Yadav

Taking a swipe at Congress MP Rahul Gandhi over his remarks that the BJP wants to change the Constitution, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Wednesday said it was the grand old party which has amended the statute book "more than 100 times". Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district on Tuesday, Gandhi had warned that if the BJP returns to power at the Centre, it will "tear apart" and "throw away" the Constitution which granted rights to the poor, Dalits, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.

May 1, 2024 9:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Mohan ji ki murli jahan baj jaati hai, wahan Congress ka chaupat hona tay ho jaata hai, says BJP leader

In Gwalior, BJP leader Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya said, "...Hamare mukhyamantri (Mohan Yadav) ki dhamak iss samay Uttar Pradesh mein sabse zyada suni jaa rahi hai. He was in Amethi two days back. Ever since he returned after the nomination filing of Smriti Irani, there has been a dispute between the son and daughter of Sonia Gandhi - both of them are asking each other to file nomination from there (Amethi). 3rd May is the last date (to file nomination)...Mohan ji ki murli jahan baj jaati hai, wahan Congress ka chaupat hona tay ho jaata hai."

May 1, 2024 8:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘Pappu Yadav didn’t join Cong, nor his party merged,’ says Cong spokesperson Alok Sharma

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: The Congress said on Wednesday that former Bihar MP Rajesh Ranjan, also known as Pappu Yadav, who is contesting the current elections as an Independent, had not completed the process of merging his party with the Congress and obtaining membership.

AICC spokesperson Alok Sharma made this statement during a press conference, addressing questions about Yadav, who contested a seat allotted to ally RJD from Purnea as per the seat-sharing agreement in the INDIA bloc.

"I don't believe he merged his party with the Congress. Additionally, he did not acquire a membership slip in Patna, which is required for anyone joining the party from Bihar," Sharma said.

He referred to the widely covered press conference in Delhi, where Yadav was welcomed into the party and the merger of his Jan Adhikar Party was announced by AICC Bihar in-charge Mohan Prakash and media and publicity department head Pawan Khera.

(PTI)

May 1, 2024 8:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Woman candidate with ₹20,000 in bank account contests from Odisha's Koraput

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: A 25-year-old woman, with no cash on hand and a bank balance of just 20,625, is running for the Lok Sabha elections from Odisha's Koraput Lok Sabha seat, as per her affidavit. An art graduate, Pramila Pujari, has been nominated by the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist). 

“I lack the financial resources to compete with affluent candidates in the race, but I am confident. I will make an impact in the election,” Pujari was quoted as saying by PTI. A daily wage labourer by profession, she asserted that voters from her area would contribute to her campaign. Despite financial constraints, Pujari confirmed that the SUCI(C) has arranged a vehicle for her campaign. 

“I will conduct door-to-door outreach programs and host small gatherings in various clusters of villages,” she added. Pujari mentioned her involvement with the party's student wing, the All India Democratic Student Organisation, since 2016.

May 1, 2024 7:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘I had already left the position,’ says TMC's Kunal Ghosh, removed from party's general secretary post earlier today

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Regarding his dismissal as TMC's General Secretary, Kunal Ghosh says, “While I haven't received any formal communication via WhatsApp or email, I came across a press release. I had previously resigned from both the Spokesperson and General Secretary roles, as I had announced on Twitter and updated my Twitter bio accordingly. Hence, if someone claims today that I have been removed, it is inaccurate. I had already resigned from the position.”

May 1, 2024 7:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ‘Our govt is going to come to power,’ says Cong Gurugram candidate Raj Babbar

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Congress candidate from Haryana's Gurugram, Raj Babbar states, “Go to the people of Gurugram and ask them if the previous MPs resolved the issues of Gurugram? Should the people of Gurugram not have received their due rights?...The state government left them helpless. Our government is going to come to power...Did you see any work going on here in 10 years? Did any agency do anything here in 10 years? Name one...Those in power want to just revenue from Gurugram.”

In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Babbar will compete against BJP veteran and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh. The voting for all seats in Haryana is scheduled to take place in the sixth phase on May 25. Babbar, who began his political journey with the Janata Dal and later joined the Samajwadi Party before affiliating with the Congress, has a history of electoral victories and defeats. He defeated Dimple Yadav, the wife of Akhilesh Yadav, in a by-election in Firozabad in 2009. However, he faced defeat in the 2014 and 2019 general elections from Ghaziabad and Fatehpur Sikri respectively, losing to BJP candidates by significant margins.

May 1, 2024 6:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah blames Cong govt for JD(S) MP Revanna's case in Karnataka

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: During a poll rally in Karnataka's Haveri, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah attributed blame to the state Congress government regarding the 'obscene videos' case involving JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna.

"They are desperate and fearing their defeat. So, they are promoting deepfake videos," remarked Union Home Minister Amit Shah on his 'deepfake and morphed' video on quotas. Addressing the 'obscene videos' case concerning JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, he stated, “Whose government is it in Karnataka? Congress party's. Law and order is their responsibility. They knew about it for months. But they didn't nab him until the Vokkaliga voting concluded. They let him flee. Karnataka CM, HM, Deputy CM are responsible for it,” Amit Shah was quoted as saying by ANI. Read more

May 1, 2024 6:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: ECI imposed 48 hours ban on BRS chief KCR for violating MCC starting at 8 pm today

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) imposed a 48-hour ban on BRS President K Chandrashekhar Rao, effective from 8 pm today, for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

May 1, 2024 5:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi in Gujarat's Deesa slams INDIA for ‘spreading lies with fake videos’

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the INDIA alliance for "spreading lies with fake videos" despite their "Mohabbat Ki Dukan" during a poll rally in Gujarat's Deesa.

“The INDI alliance is resorting to anything out of sheer nervousness. They initially opened a 'Mohabbat ki Dukan' but now they have transformed it into a marketplace for fake videos... They are disseminating false information through fabricated videos. Despite being in power for 60 years, they lack any semblance of truth... Their 'Mohabbat ki Dukan' is nothing but a sham factory... The Congress' videos, slogans, promises, and intentions are all counterfeit... While fake videos may deceive people temporarily, they will face consequences for it... Despite having a majority in Parliament for the past 5 years, we did not commit the sin of tampering with reservations,” PM Modi said.

May 1, 2024 5:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds roadshow in Karnataka's Haveri | Watch

May 1, 2024 5:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: ‘Cong, INDI alliance has come up with lie on reservation,’ says PM Modi in Gujarat

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: During an election rally in Gujarat's Deesa in Banaskantha district, PM Modi said, "In 2024, the Congress and INDI alliance have spread a falsehood... Their eco-system is propagating this falsehood. They claim that the reservation would be withdrawn. This is a completely fabricated falsehood... This time they will secure fewer seats than before."

He further said, “I commend the people of Gujarat for never allowing an unstable government here. You have never succumbed to short-term temptations... In many states, political instability hindered the development of industries or the implementation of a broader vision... Once you ousted the Congress from Gujarat, you prevented their return. The Congress lacks issues, vision, or enthusiasm for work. In 2014, the Congress ridiculed me as a 'Chaiwala', a Gujarati. They alleged that I only understood Gujarat, not the country... They even brought tea kettles to their rallies to mock me. However, the nation responded in such a way that those who once had 400 seats are now reduced to 40 seats.”

May 1, 2024 5:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Kunal Ghosh removed as TMC Bengal general secretary after he sharing stage with BJP's Tapas Ray

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: The Trinamool Congress took action on Wednesday by removing Kunal Ghosh from his position as West Bengal general secretary due to statements that diverged from the party's stance. This decision came shortly after he appeared on a platform alongside BJP's Kolkata North candidate, Tapas Ray, and commended him.

The party stated, “Kunal Ghosh has been expressing views that don’t align with the party… Mr Ghosh was previously relieved from his role as party spokesperson. Now he has been removed from the position of general secretary of the state organization.”

Despite being relieved of his role as party spokesperson earlier, Ghosh continued to hold regular press conferences from the party headquarters. On Wednesday, he shared a platform with Ray and praised the saffron leader extensively.

May 1, 2024 4:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Delhi's Congress MLA Naseeb Singh on his resignation from the party

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: After resignation from the party, former Congress MLA Naseeb Singh, speaking to ANI on Wednesday, said, "We, the senior leaders, around 30-35 ex-MLAs in Congress were opposing the alliance with AAP, but the high command didn't listen to us and got into the alliance. I think the alliance has been just on the one seat as the other two people don't belong to our ideology. Today, party workers are saying that we can't work for someone who ran false propaganda and has ended us. We can't see what happens within the party after Sonia Gandhi left the leadership..." 

“Arvind Kejriwal is running the Delhi Congress Committee from Tihar jail. Kanhaiya Kumar and Udit Raj, who do not belong to Congress' ideology, aren't putting Khargeji's picture. Is this the Congress that stoops so low in greed for power?” Naseeb Singh said.

May 1, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Vikramaditya Singh calls for open debate challenge to BJP's Kangana Ranaut in Mandi

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Congress Lok Sabha candidate Vikramaditya Singh, representing Mandi constituency in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla, stated, "I don't want to make any statement on the BJP candidate. I am only asking her that we want to interact with you with a mandate and a vision with committed leadership. I request Kangana Ranaut to come and open a debate with me at Mandi's Seri Manch. I will talk about our vision and the work we have completed." 

Earlier on Tuesday, Kangana Ranaut, BJP’s candidate for the Mandi parliamentary constituency, took a dig at her opponent, Vikramaditya Singh, over the poor condition of roads in Rampur, where she was campaigning for elections.

May 1, 2024 4:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: ‘He is called remote-controlled president for a reason,’ says BJP spokesperson on Kharge's statement

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Regarding Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge's remarks, BJP National Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia remarked, “He (Mallikarjun Kharge) is referred to as a remote-controlled President for a reason. A remote control requires two batteries. In Mallikarjun Kharge's case, those two batteries are Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. This remote-controlled President cannot utter a single word if one battery is removed. He seeks permission on stage to speak. And when he does speak, it is filled with hate and venom.”

Earlier today, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge sharply criticised the prime minister's "negative campaign" in the Lok Sabha elections, accusing the BJP of aiming for power to oppress the poor. Kharge targeted PM Modi, saying, “This election is being fought to keep India united and safeguard the Constitution and democracy. Modi and his supporters repeatedly claim that BJP will surpass the 400-seat mark. They are striving for 400-plus seats not for the welfare of the poor, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and backward castes... They are seeking it to strip away the rights of the poor people.”

May 1, 2024 3:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 LIVE Updates: Cong's ₹400 per day minimum wage vow is real '400 paar', says Jairam Ramesh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: On International Labour Day, the Congress reiterated its 'Shramik Nyay' assurances, emphasising its commitment to a 400 per day national minimum wage, dubbed as real '400 paar'. 

Jairam Ramesh, Congress general secretary, outlined the party's pledges for labourers and criticised the past decade as a “period of injustice” for them. "On the occasion of International Labour Day, it is most appropriate to recall the 'Shramik Nyay' guarantees in the Congress Nyay Patra for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Detailing the guarantees, Ramesh highlighted the Congress's commitment to 'Shram ka Samman' (Dignity for Labour) with a 400 per day national minimum wage, including MGNREGA. 

"This is the real '400 paar'," he remarked at a press conference, taking a dig at the BJP's '400 paar' slogan aiming for over 400 seats in the Lok Sabha polls for the NDA.

May 1, 2024 3:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: DK Shivakumar on JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna's ‘obscene videos’ case

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Regarding the 'obscene videos' case involving JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, Deputy CM and Congress leader DK Shivakumar stated, "With whom did Rajegowda meet first? As per my information, he met HD Kumarswamy first, then he handed over the pen drives to BJP leaders. If we wanted to release it, we could have used it in a different way, but we don't have any need to use such tactics. HD Kumaraswamy, who says he respects women, should first meet the victims and console them, let BJP and JDS do that first." 

On HD Kumarswamy's allegation that a 'Mahanayaka' is behind the release of the pen drives, DK Shivakumar responded, "Let him say whatever he wants, I'll speak whenever it is required. I'm not a person who can sit quiet, I'll speak. Yes, Suraj Revanna (brother of Prajwal Revanna) came and met me, ask him what he spoke."

May 1, 2024 2:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: BJP candidate Maneka Gandhi files nomination from UP's Sultanpur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: In Uttar Pradesh, Maneka Gandhi, a BJP Member of Parliament and the party's nominee for the Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency, has submitted her nomination papers. Contesting against her is Bheem Nishad, put forward by the Samajwadi Party.

Sultanpur is scheduled to vote on May 25 as part of Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections.

May 1, 2024 2:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Cong's Kanhaiya Kumar meets Delhi CM's wife Sunita Kejriwal

May 1, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: ‘Same people spread rumours about vaccine manufactured in India,’ says Anurag Thakur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Union Minister Anurag Thakur in Uttar Pradesh's Basti says, “These are the same people who used to spread rumours not to take the vaccine manufactured in India in COVID-19 times. They are the people who blame EVMs for losing elections. The truth is that the people of India not only received vaccines, but their lives were saved... Deep fake videos are being circulated it show the involvement of foreign hands in the elections.”

May 1, 2024 2:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Amethi and Rae Bareli Congress candidates list soon

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that within the next 24 to 30 hours, the Congress president would disclose a decision regarding the constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli.

May 1, 2024 1:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Anurag Thakur offers prayers at Ayodhya's Ram Temple

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: After waiting for 500 years, the construction of Ram Temple was done in Ayodhya. People across the world came to attend the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Temple. I am fortunate enough to take the blessings of Lord Ram here in Ayodhya," Union minister Anurag Thakur said.

May 1, 2024 1:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi attacks Centre

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi in an election rally in Dhubri, Assam said, "They are not thinking about people. The unemployment is highest in 45 years. 70 crore are unemployed. 30 lakh vacancies are there in central government. You want good future for your children but you are struggling to make ends meet. The woes are unending. Price rise is there. Flood comes, there is no timely compensation."

May 1, 2024 12:14 PM IST

TV actress Rupali Ganguly joins BJP

Actress Rupali Ganguly officially joins the BJP at the party's headquarters on DDU Marg in New Delhi, alongside senior BJP leaders Vinod Tawde and Anil Baluni.

May 1, 2024 11:45 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: Yogi Adityanath attack opposition

"Unfortunately, country's oldest political party (Congress) went directionless after Independence and today it has become leaderless too. The Congress leaders have constantly tried to abuse the Indian culture and humiliate the 'sanatan dharma'. During the UPA government, a senior leader of the Congress and the then Union Home Minister had tried to insult India's 'sanatan' culture in the name of saffron terror," says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

May 1, 2024 10:52 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE Updates: What Union minister and BJP's candidate from Gujarat's Porbandar Lok Sabha seat Mansukh Mandaviya said?

Union minister and BJP's candidate from Gujarat's Porbandar Lok Sabha seat Mansukh Mandaviya said, “I have been campaigning across Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency for the last one month and meeting people and beneficiaries of several government schemes. I can see people's satisfaction and on the basis of it I can say that we will win Porbandar Lok Sabha seat with good margin. In Gujarat, we have already won one seat (Surat) unopposed, and will win all remaining 25 seats. The BJP will win over 370 seats and NDA over 400 seats.”

May 1, 2024 10:26 AM IST

In SP bastion Mainpuri, it's 'Modi ki guarantee' vs Mulayam's legacy

In the midst of a BJP surge across Uttar Pradesh during the previous general elections, Mainpuri stood by Samajwadi Party stalwart Mulayam Singh Yadav. Now, as the saffron party aims to capture the SP stronghold, the battleground is set between 'Modi ki guarantee' and Mulayam's enduring legacy. Situated approximately 220 km from the state capital Lucknow, Mainpuri has long been a bastion of the SP, with the party maintaining its grip on the constituency for nearly three decades. It was one of the five seats secured by the SP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, contested in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

May 1, 2024 9:53 AM IST

Two Congress MLAs resign over alliance with AAP

Former Congress MLAs Neeraj Basoya and Nasseb Singh have tendered their resignations from the primary membership of the party.

"Our continued alliance, with AAP is extremely humiliating given that the AAP has been associated with numerous scams in the past 7 years. The top 3 Leaders of the AAP-Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendra Jain and Manish Sisodia are already in jail. AAP has been accused of serious corruption charges on various issues such as the Delhi Liquor Scam and Delhi Jal Board Scam..." reads the resignation letter

May 1, 2024 9:34 AM IST

In respite for people amid LS polls, prices of commercial LPG cylinders slashed by ₹19

During the ongoing 18th Lok Sabha polling, oil marketing companies have provided relief by reducing the prices of commercial LPG gas cylinders by 19 per unit immediately. In Delhi, the retail sales price of a 19 kg commercial LPG cylinder now stands at 1745.50, down from the previous 1764.50 last month.

May 1, 2024 7:48 AM IST

YSRCP names 12 'commoners' among star campaigners for polls

Breaking away from traditional political norms, the YSRCP has chosen ordinary citizens of Andhra Pradesh as its star campaigners for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Submitting a list of 12 individuals to the Election Commission, the YSRCP has officially designated them as the party's star campaigners for the upcoming polls.

May 1, 2024 7:21 AM IST

LS polls: Shiv Sena fields Yamini Jadhav from Mumbai South

On Tuesday, the Shiv Sena, led by Eknath Shinde, announced Yamini Jadhav as its candidate for the Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat, challenging incumbent Sena UBT MP Arvind Sawant. Yamini Jadhav was one of the 39 MLAs who supported Shinde during his rebellion against Uddhav Thackeray in June 2022. A first-time MLA and former corporator, she is the wife of former Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee chairman, Yashwant Jadhav. Currently representing Byculla, Jadhav will contest against Arvind Sawant, a former Union minister and incumbent MP of Mumbai South, known for his allegiance to Thackeray.

May 1, 2024 6:16 AM IST

Guwahati's first-time voters prioritise education in ongoing LS polls

The first time voters in Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency are gearing up to exercise their constitutional right with zeal and enthusiasm in the third phase of polls which are scheduled to be held on May 7. The primary concern for the young voters is an all-round development works for a better India, which according to them, can be done only a stable government.

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