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Lok Sabha elections Highlights: ‘Powerful people have united against me,' says PM Modi in Karnataka

Lok Sabha elections 2024 Highlights: Tripura recorded the highest voter turnout with over 80% polling. 
The first phase of Lok Sabha elections was held on April 19, involving 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union territories.
The first phase of Lok Sabha elections was held on April 19, involving 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union territories.

The world's largest democracy's biggest festival, India's general elections, kicked off on Friday with the voting of the first of seven phase of the 18th Lok Sabha elections. The first phase of voting for 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories (UTs) recorded a voter turnout of nearly 64%, said the Election Commission of India (ECI)....Read More

The northeastern state of Tripura recorded the highest voter turnout with over 80% polling while Bihar was at the bottom with less than 49% turnout. According to an official release, the voting percentage is likely to go up when reports from all polling stations are obtained, as polling was scheduled until 6 PM in many constituencies. The first phase has the highest number of parliamentary constituencies among all phases.

The political parties have intensified their poll campaigns with PM Modi addressing a poll-bound rally in Karnataka's in Bengaluru and Chikkaballapura on Saturday, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address two rallies in Bihar's Bhagalpur and UP's Amroha.

All eyes are on two major political alliances namely, the INDIA bloc and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA- the major competitors in the Lok Sabha Election 2024. While the INDIA bloc comprises of political parties like the Congress, the AAP, the TMC etc. NDA has the BJP, the PMK, the JDU etc. as its member parties.

NDA is eyeing its third consecutive term this general election, with echoes of ‘abki baar 400 paar’, while the opposition INDIA bloc is taking an economical approach to their campaign, promising MSP for farmers and cash handouts to women in their manifesto.

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 take place on June 4.

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Apr 20, 2024 8:33 PM IST

Jairam Ramesh takes "writing on the wall" dig at PM Modi after Elon Musk postpones India visit

It was odd that @elonmusk was coming all the way to India to meet an outgoing Prime Minister. He too has now read the writing on the wall and decided to put off his visit. INDIA’s PM will welcome him soon, and the INDIA Government will promote electric vehicles even more aggressively - I myself am a user of one!: Jairam Ramesh, Congress

Apr 20, 2024 8:04 PM IST

INDI Alliance leaders out on bail: Piyush Goyal

The Opposition is so disappointed that they have started talking about dividing the country and saving the corrupt. The Opposition has become so weak that they are not able to see how the future of the country can progress. They are creating controversies. By spreading falsehood among the people, they are damaging their credibility. They are drenched in corruption,. More than half of the INDI Alliance is out on bail: Piyush Goyal, Union minister

Apr 20, 2024 7:48 PM IST

Congress declares candidates for three Odisha seats, one for Bengal

Congress fields Dulai Chandra Pradhan from Odisha's Sambalpur, Binod Bihari Nayak from Keonjhar, and Debokanta Sharma from West Bengal's Kanthi.

Urbashi Bhattacharya to contest from West Bengal's Kanthi.

Apr 20, 2024 7:20 PM IST

Jayant Chaudhary “confident” Hema Malini will win

I am not just hopeful but confident that Hema Malini will be elected as the MP from here for the third time: RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary on Hema Malini's prospects from Mathura seat

Apr 20, 2024 7:00 PM IST

Congress responds to PM Modi's statement on Rahul Gandhi

Who cares about Prime Minister's words. He is not the Prime Minister of the people. He is the PM of Sangha Parivar and the BJP. He has not grown as a leader of the country. We will win 20 out of 20 (seats in Kerala). We will form the government in the Centre: Anto Antony, Congress on PM Modi's statement that Rahul Gandhi will “run away from Wayanad.”

Apr 20, 2024 6:34 PM IST

People of Karnataka must stay “alert” of Congress, says PM Modi

The kind of thoughts and ideology being promoted by Congress government in Karnataka is very dangerous. Our daughters are being attacked, bombs are exploding in markets, and people are being attacked for listening to religious songs, these incidents are not common. I urge my brothers and sisters to stay very alert of the Congress: PM Modi

Apr 20, 2024 6:13 PM IST

The powerful have united against me: PM Modi

Powerful people of India and the world have united against me but it is with your blessings and the 'suraksha kavach' you have given me, that I have been able to face all challenges: PM Modi in Karnataka's Chikkaballapur

Apr 20, 2024 5:58 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath holds roadshow in Jodhpur 

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath holds a roadshow in Rajasthan's Jodhpur for party candidate and Union minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Apr 20, 2024 5:35 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath transformed law and order in UP: Amit Shah

Large-scale immigration was going on in western Uttar Pradesh back in 2014. SP goons were troubling the common people. Good people were leaving the state. When you voted BJP into power in 2017, (chief minister) Yogi Adityanath transformed the law and order situation in the state, and now, instead of the common people, the goons are moving out of the state: Amit Shah in Mathura

Apr 20, 2024 5:11 PM IST

Amit Shah attacks Rahul Gandhi, SP in Mathura

On the one hand, you have the son of a poor family, Narendra Modi, and on the other hand, you have Rahul Gandhi who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. On the one hand, you have the Congress which has done scams worth 12 lakh crores, and you have the Samajwadi party, and on the other hand, you have Narendra Modi who has been the CM of Gujarat for 23 years, and has not an ounce of allegation of corruption against him. Onthe one hand, you have Rahul Gandhi who leaves the country as soon as the summer season begins and hires a private island in Thailand for vacation, on the other hand, you have Narendra Modi, who does not take leave even on Diwali: Amit Shah, Union home minister

Apr 20, 2024 4:56 PM IST

Karnataka “biggest example” of Congress deceives farmers: PM Modi

Karnataka is the biggest example of how Congress deceives the farmers. We started the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme for small and marginal farmers. When Karnataka had the BJP government, the farmers of the state received 10000 each; 6000 from the central government and 4000 from Karnataka's BJP government. But as soon as Congress formed government in the state, it stopped giving 4000 to the farmers: PM Modi

Apr 20, 2024 4:24 PM IST

‘Those who got least importance…’: PM Modi in Karnataka rally

Those who were given the least importance, the ones standing last in the line, NDA government have moved them to the first place in the line. In 2014, the NDA nominated an SC person as the President, the first citizen of the country. In 2019, the NDA nominated a tribal woman as the President, the first citizen of the country. This is our government, which has developed the five places associated with Babasaheb Ambedkar as 'Panchtirtha: PM Modi

Apr 20, 2024 4:01 PM IST

PM Modi addresses rally in Karnataka's Chikkaballapur

The first phase of voting has increased the excitement in the country, and I can see this excitement here also. In the first phase, voting was done in favour of NDA and "Viksit Bharat": PM Modi

Apr 20, 2024 3:39 PM IST

BJP “South se Saaf, North se half”: Sachin Pilot

All candidates of the Congress will win. Congress will get the majority. 'South se Saaf, North se Half' is going to happen with the BJP. In Rajasthan, the Congress will win more seats than the BJP in both phases: Sachin Pilot, Congress

Apr 20, 2024 3:21 PM IST

BJP will win six Madhya Pradesh seat that polled in phase 1, says CM Yadav

I am here in Khandwa for a roadshow and you can see that the people are welcoming with their open heart. Their support for the BJP can be seen. We will win all the six Lok Sabha seats: Mohan Yadav, Madhya Pradesh CM

Apr 20, 2024 2:49 PM IST

In Rajasthan's Kota, Shah slams “anti-development” Congress

If you had voted for the Congress in 2019, Kota would have become the house of PFI. You voted for PM Modi and he ended PFI and put them behind bars. They say that they will lift the ban on PFI. Congress is an anti-development party: Amit Shah, Union home minister

Apr 20, 2024 2:15 PM IST

Karnataka CM sees “anti-incumbency” against Modi govt

There is no Modi wave in Karnataka or in the nation. There is a strong anti-incumbency against the Modi govt. That's why in the whole country, there is a wave of Congress and INDIA alliance: Siddaramaiah

Apr 20, 2024 1:46 PM IST

Development and Caste buzz word in Purnea; voters say 'there would be silent voting'

The roads of Purnea are smooth , no matter how far in the interior one traverses unlike the days in the past 90s when the constituency had gained infamy for murders, ganglords and caste fights between upper castes and backward classes, which still form a sizeable vote bank. 

In past two decades, things have changed with Purnea town transforming as a major city in Bihar with plush hotels, showrooms of consumer goods as well as multi speciality hospitals springing up in big number- an indicator of development and teeming millions of the district and adjoining areas vying for better health care and better standard of living.

"Vikash hua hai. Hum yehi chahtaey hain. Shanti hai Lekin jaati ki rajniti hogi is baar.( there has been development and we want it to be like that with peace, Caste will play a big factor in influencing voters," says Kunal Kumar, a trader, in Dhamdhaha, one of the assembly segments of the constituency around 30 km from Purnea town. Kumar echoed how life was difficult in the 90s when roads were in a poor condition , law and order was a concern and businessmen were faced with threats of extortion.

Apr 20, 2024 1:45 PM IST

Kapil Sibal on electoral bonds scheme

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal says, "...Nirmala Sitharaman in an interview said that we will bring back electoral bonds and it was also said that when electoral bonds were introduced, they were introduced for the sake of transparency. This is exactly the opposite of what the Supreme Court said. The Supreme Court has said that these are not transparent, they were brought in a non-transparent manner. Now the problem they are facing is that they have money for this election but they know that they will need the money when they lose...I want to ask Mohan Bhagwat why is he silent?..."

Apr 20, 2024 1:35 PM IST

‘EC should take cognizance’: Kerala Governor on CPIM's John Brittas' lecture in Kerala University

Few days after CPI-M leader John Brittas delivered a lecture on the premises of Kerala University campus, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said that this is the time when cognizance has to be taken by the Election Commission. 

On being asked by the reporters that in Kerala University, despite the Vice Chancellor and Registrar saying no, the employees' union conducted a lecture by CPI-M leader John Brittas, and now the Election Commission has asked for an explanation. To this, Arif Mohammad Khan said, "This is the time when cognizance has to be taken by the election commission... There is a blanket ban on canvassing and campaigning inside the university campus. So, if the university authorities had ignored that blanket ban and permitted somebody to hold a meeting, maybe I would have sought an explanation."

Apr 20, 2024 1:31 PM IST

Pratibha Singh on Tajinder Singh Bittu's resignation from the Congress party

On Tajinder Singh Bittu's resignation from the Congress party, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh says, "The high command has to decide why he went out of the party, what was resentment? I don't have much knowledge about it. Another co-incharge will be placed..."

Apr 20, 2024 1:28 PM IST

‘People of the country are eager to make PM Modi victorious again’ says Maharashtra CM Shinde

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Saturday that the people of the country are eager to make Modi ji the Prime Minister again.

Taking a dig at the Congress party, Shinde said that while PM Modi is working for the betterment of the country, Congress, on the other hand, is busy solving its internal issues. 

PM Modi should again get elected Prime Minister for the third time for the betterment and development of this nation, Shinde said while addressing the Vijay Sankalp Sabha here today.

Apr 20, 2024 1:22 PM IST

We have implemented several welfare schemes for the people in the state, says Himachal Pradesh CM 

“Yesterday, we had a detailed discussion with the opinion leaders of the Mandi constituency. Today, we have a meeting scheduled for the Congress leaders and office bearers of the Shimla Parliamentary constituency. We are conducting a series of meetings to chart out different strategies for different parliamentary constituencies. In the last 15 months of our governance, we have implemented several welfare schemes for the people in the state, while the BJP is trying to stop us,” says Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu

Apr 20, 2024 1:21 PM IST

PM Modi is a leader of the poor, backwards, Sanatanis, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad says, "There will be a historic win in Bihar with winning all 40 seats. Bihar wants a static government. PM Modi is a leader of the poor, backwards, Sanatanis, Hindus and every section of the society. This is a conflict between ground reality and fake promises, nepotism and those who respect everyone..."

Apr 20, 2024 1:11 PM IST

LS polls are not about family relations, but a battle between PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said this Lok Sabha election is not about family relations but a battle between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra, the NCP's candidate from the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency in Pune district, officially launched her campaign by offering prayers at the Hanuman temple at Kanheri on Saturday.

Ajit Pawar, his sons Parth and Jay, and several local party leaders were present for the campaign launch.

Apr 20, 2024 1:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: In 2019, the discussion of cross-border attacks stopped and the discussion of surgical strikes, says PM Modi

Addressing a public meeting in Parbhani, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "In 2014, when I was contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the first time, what were the topics of discussion during that time? What were the topics covered in the newspapers? What were the topics discussed on TV? At that time, the talk was of the fear of terrorist attacks. Every day there was news of bomb blasts...Five years later, in 2019, the discussion of cross-border attacks stopped and the discussion of surgical strikes and 'Yeh toh Modi hai ghar mein ghus kar marega' started..."

Apr 20, 2024 1:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Y S Sharmila files nomination for Kadapa Lok Sabha seat

Andhra Pradesh Congress President Y S Sharmila on Saturday filed her nomination for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat.

Sharmila was accompanied by Sunitha Narreddy, her cousin and daughter of Y S Vivekananda Reddy, who was murdered in the run-up to the 2019 polls.

“Filed the nomination as Kadapa MP candidate. Kadapa people did not forget Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and Vivekananda.

Apr 20, 2024 1:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: T Soundararajan On filing a complaint against DMK South Chennai Returning Officer

On filing a complaint against DMK South Chennai Returning Officer, BJP candidate from South Chennai Lok Sabha seat Tamilisai Soundararajan says, "... There was booth capturing by the DMK fellows. 50 of their workers entered the booth, chased all the BJP agents, and they wanted to capture the booth... It was prevented (by the police). But, such activities happened in most of the booths. They (our opponents) are fearing defeat. So, they are doing all this. We strongly condemn and want repoll... Apart from that, most of the voters did not practice their voting rights as the names were deleted... It is worrisome to see..."

Apr 20, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: In new India, voices of dissent are silenced, says Priyanka Gandhi

“In this 'new' nation, laws are enacted bypassing the process of democracy and enforced upon people against their will. Lakhs of farmers protested for months, some of them died, and some of them were called terrorists, and anti-national, yet they continued their protest. In this 'new' nation, their voices remain unheard until the government is compelled to repeal the laws due to upcoming elections. In this 'new' nation, an entire state is knocked down without internet and phone services for months. Thousands go on hunger strike to demand their rights in Ladakh.”

Apr 20, 2024 12:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress a vine which doesn’t have roots or branches, says PM Modi

Congress a vine which doesn’t have roots or branches, it sucks dry those who lend it support: PM Modi at poll rally in Maharashtra.

Apr 20, 2024 12:55 PM IST

During the NDA government, the Jalyukt Shivar Scheme was launched but MVA stopped this scheme, says PM Modi

Addressing a public meeting in Parbhani, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "...The entire area of Marathwada is of farming. Black cotton, soybean and jowar bajra are important sources of income. But Congress & MVA did not understand your troubles. The biggest challenge in this area is irrigation. During the NDA government, the Jalyukt Shivar Scheme was launched but MVA stopped this scheme..."

Apr 20, 2024 12:54 PM IST

BJP to win all 25 LS seats in Rajasthan, Vaibhav Gehlot will lose by huge margin: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said Rajasthan is going to give all 25 Lok Sabha seats to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a third time.

Addressing a poll rally in Bhilwara, Shah also targeted former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, saying that he was stuck in the election campaign of his son Vaibhav Gehlot, the Congress candidate from the Jalore seat. 

Vaibhav Gehlot is going to lose the election by a huge margin, the Union minister claimed. 

"The first phase of elections was yesterday (Friday). All 12 seats of Rajasthan that voted in the first phase are going to Narendra Modi. Rajasthan is going to make a hat-trick of giving all 25 seats to Narendra Modi for a third time," Shah said.

Apr 20, 2024 12:52 PM IST

Will end the Agniveer scheme if INDI alliance voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

Addressing a public rally in Bhagalpur, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says, "As soon as the INDIA alliance government comes, we will end the Agniveer scheme. India does not need two types of martyrs. Everyone should get pension... We will change GST. There will be one tax, minimum tax. We will double the salary of Asha and Anganwadi workers..."

Apr 20, 2024 12:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Talk of terror attacks was replaced by buzz about surgical strikes, says PM Modi

Talk of terror attacks was replaced by buzz about surgical strikes during our regime: PM Modi at rally in Parbhani, Maharashtra.

Apr 20, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Every step taken is important and every 'Sankalp' is important, says Modi

Addressing a public meeting in Parbhani, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "The 2024 election is not just to form a government. But the aim of this election is to make India 'Viksit' and 'Atmanirbhar'. Therefore, the issues of the 2024 elections are not just general issues. Every issue is important, every step taken is important and every 'Sankalp' is important..."

Apr 20, 2024 12:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Rajasthan is going to make a hat-trick by electing PM Narendra Modi for the third time, says Amit Shah

Addressing the Vijay Shankhnaad Rally in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah says, "The first phase of elections was held yesterday...All 12 seats of Rajasthan are in favour of PM Narendra Modi. Rajasthan is going to make a hat-trick by electing PM Narendra Modi for the third time."

Apr 20, 2024 12:32 PM IST

Centre is silent on protests in Ladakh over alleged Chinese encroachment: Priyanka Gandhi

Centre is silent on protests in Ladakh over alleged Chinese encroachment: Priyanka Gandhi in Kerala

Apr 20, 2024 12:23 PM IST

Narendra Modi's ominous prediction for Rahul Gandhi: 'Jaise Amethi se bhagna pada...'

Addressing a public gathering in Nanded, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Congress ke shehzade unhe bhi Wayanad mein sankat dikh raha hai. Shehzade aur unki toli April 26 ko Wayanad mein voting ka intezaar kar rahe hain...Jaise Amethi se bhagna pada, aap maan ke chaliye wo Wayanad bhi chodenge..."

Apr 20, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Tajinder Pal Singh Bittu joins BJP

Senior Congress leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bittu joins BJP in the presence of party leader and Union minister Ashwini Vaishaw in Delhi.

Apr 20, 2024 11:51 AM IST

‘PM should tell what he has done for Karnataka in past 10 years’: Congress' DK Suresh

Congress candidate from Bangalore Rural seat, DK Suresh said on Saturday that Prime Minister Modi is coming today to hold a rally, he should tell the people that what he has done in the past 10 years for the development of Karnataka.

Suresh told ANI that he is getting more support in his constituency as compared to the last election.

"I am getting more support as compared to last election. Everybody in my constituency, irrespective of caste and age are supporting me. The five guarantees of our government has worked for everyone. I worked hard for the development of my constituency. I tried to resolve the personal and government issues. People remember all my work. I have also given future plans. I have also promised that wherever Cauvery water is needed in my constituency, I assure them good quality and regular supply of water," he said.

Apr 20, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi had to run away from Amethi, now assume that he will run away from Wayanad too, says PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi had to run away from Amethi, now assume that he will run away from Wayanad too, says PM Modi at rally in Nanded

Apr 20, 2024 11:31 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: There has been one-sided voting for NDA, says PM Modi in Nanded

Addressing a public gathering in Nanded, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Yesterday, the first phase of polling concluded. I congratulate & express my gratitude to all those who cast their vote and especially the first-time voters. After the polling concluded, the analysis that was done on the booth level and the information that was received confirms that in the first phase, there has been one-sided voting for NDA."

Apr 20, 2024 11:26 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE:Congress demands repolling in 47 polling stations in Manipur

The opposition Congress has demanded repolling in 47 polling stations in strife-torn Manipur where the first phase polling were held in all polling stations in Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency and some polling stations in Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency on Friday with a number of poll related violence cases.

Manipur has two Lok Sabha seats-Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur Manipur parliamentary constituencies . The second phase polling for the remaining Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency will be held on April 26,2024 and counting is scheduled on June 4.

Apr 20, 2024 11:18 AM IST

Never dreamt of getting Vadodara LS poll ticket: BJP’s youngest candidate in Gujarat

When sitting MP Ranjan Bhatt unexpectedly pulled out of the race despite being renominated by the BJP for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, Hemang Joshi was blissfully unaware of what would unfold next. Joshi and his wife were attending a musical programme on Holi when he was flooded with congratulatory calls. That’s when Joshi learnt the BJP had picked him as its candidate for the Vadodara seat. At 33, Joshi is the BJP’s youngest candidate in Gujarat, which elects 26 MPs. Joshi said he has large shoes to fill considering that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had won from Vadodara, an erstwhile princely state known for its rich cultural heritage and industrial development, in 2014 before vacating it for Varanasi.

Apr 20, 2024 10:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Union Minister Giriraj Singh owns movable, immovable assets worth ₹10.16 crore

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, who is seeking re-election from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat as the NDA nominee, owns movable and immovable assets worth 10.16 crore, as per the affidavit filed by him.

His wife owns movable and immovable assets worth 4.15 crore.

Singh filed his nomination papers from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat as the NDA nominee on Friday. Elections will be held in Begusarai, Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai, Munger Lok Sabha seats of Bihar in the fourth phase on May 13.

Apr 20, 2024 10:56 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi to address public meetings in Bengaluru, Chikkaballapura today

– The PM will first hold a public meeting at 2 pm today in the Chokkahalli village of Chikkballapura, according to the Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

– He will then travel to state capital Bengaluru and attend another meeting, scheduled to be held at Palace Grounds at around 4 pm.

Apr 20, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: It is raining cash, alcohol, drugs - and freebies - in Goa

Barely three weeks before voting on May 7, it is raining cash, drugs, alcohol - and freebies - in Goa. In the past six weeks (March 1-April 13, 2024) more than one lakh litres of alcohol, 15.64 crore in cash, drugs worth 3.23 crore and freebies adding up to 1.18 crore has been seized in Goa by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Being the country’s smallest state with only two parliamentary seats (North Goa & South Goa), the seizures in Goa are proportionately higher compared to other states - during the same period, the cash seizure in Gujarat has been 6.5 crore, 11.28 crore in National Capital Territory Delhi, 6.1 crore in Uttarakhand, and 1.47 crore in Odisha. In stark contrast, no cash, not even a penny, has been seized in Nagaland, Ladakh, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

Apr 20, 2024 10:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 75.95 pc of voters in Assam cast their votes in first phase of LS polls

Assam recorded 75.95 per cent voter turnout in the first phase of polls, which was held in five parliamentary constituencies in the state on Friday. According to the Election Commission, 75.95 per cent of voters in five parliamentary constituencies - Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Kaziranga, Dibrugarh and Jorhat, came out to exercise their franchise in the first phase of the polls. 79.48 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Jorhat parliamentary constituency, while 76.74 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Dibrugarh, 75.79 per cent in Kaziranga, 74.81 per cent in Sonitpur, and 72.65 per cent in Lakhimpur.

Apr 20, 2024 10:19 AM IST

Even politicians in Pakistan say they wish PM Modi was their country's leader: MP CM Yadav

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that even politicians in Pakistan say they wish their country had a leader like him. 

He also alleged that India got divided due to the seeds sown by the Congress. Yadav was addressing gatherings on Friday evening during the campaigning in Hoshangabad Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh.

He claimed that the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) also want to become part of India as there is a crisis of survival in the neighbouring country.

"Pakistan's leaders, including (former PM) Nawaz Sharif, are continuously saying that they wish Narendra Modi was there (in Pakistan). If you are a leader, then you should be such that even your enemy praises you. This leader (Modi) is making us proud," Yadav said in one of his addresses.

Apr 20, 2024 10:07 AM IST

‘False illusion is being created’: Ajmer Sharif Dargah Dewan over opposition's allegation of changing constitution

Hitting out at the opposition over its allegation that the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to change the Constitution, Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, spiritual head and Dewan at Ajmer Sharif Dargah said on Saturday said that a false illusion is being created and making amendments is different and it cannot be linked to changing the constitution. 

"The Constitution was made in 1950. How many amendments have been made in the Parliament since then? In the interest of nation and public, if amendments are needed, they will be done. A false illusion is being created. Was the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975 not an amendment? Making amendments cannot be linked to changing the Constitution," he said.

 Further, praising the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government, Syed Zainul said that the country has been progressing in the last 10 years and the position that country has achieved in the world is the contribution of the present government.

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