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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Every party with Congress today is guilty of Sikh massacre, says PM Modi in Delhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Five out of seven general election phases have been concluded, and the country is bracing for Phase 6, scheduled for May 25.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the poll rally in Delhi's Dwarka.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the poll rally in Delhi's Dwarka.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: India is gearing up for the sixth phase of the general election on May 25, during which the national capital's seven parliamentary seats will be up for voting. So far, polling has been completed in 428 constituencies across 25 states and Union Territories, with Phase 5 witnessing a voter turnout of approximately 62.19 per cent....Read More

The election process continues with two more phases remaining on May 25 and June 1. In the corresponding phase during the 2019 polls, a voter turnout of 64.16 per cent was recorded as 51 seats across seven states went to the polls.

Latest election highlights

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address an election rally in the national capital today. During his Tuesday address in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj, he criticised opposition parties, particularly the SP, Congress, and the INDI alliance, for their “inability to acknowledge India's progress.”

- Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal asserted on Tuesday that the Modi government “will not retain power,” saying that the INDIA bloc will assume government leadership at the Centre on June 4 following the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll results.

- Maneesh Garg, the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, announced that State Election Icon Jaspreet Pal and his co-cyclist Kshitij Niltu undertook a cycling expedition to Tashigang, the world's highest polling booth at 15,256 feet, to raise awareness about voting during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

- The Election Commission instructed the Andhra Pradesh police chief on Tuesday to take strict criminal action against a ruling YSRCP MLA caught on camera damaging an EVM in the Macherla assembly constituency during the May 13 polls. EVMs were damaged on May 13 in seven polling stations in Macherla constituency, including polling station number 202, where local MLA P Ramakrishna Reddy allegedly damaged an EVM.

Lok Sabha election 2024 polling schedule:

Phase 1: April 19 (voting done)

Phase 2: April 26 (voting done)

Phase 3: May 7 (voting done)

Phase 4: May 13 (voting done)

Phase 5: May 20 (voting done)

Phase 6: May 25

Phase 7: June 1

Counting of votes: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 22, 2024 10:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Stampedes, clashes and chaos mark SP’s rallies everyday, says Yogi Adityanath

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath remarked on Wednesday that incidents like stampedes, clashes, chaos and ‘noora kushti’ (the pretence of fighting) are regular occurrences at Samajwadi Party’s election rallies.

A stampede-like situation emerged at the Samajwadi Party’s rally at Lalganj in Azamgarh on Tuesday and also at Phoolpur in Prayagraj a few days ago when party workers tried to reach the dais to greet Akhilesh Yadav. Read more.

May 22, 2024 9:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: I'm a minister who says there's no shortage of money in country, says Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari says: “I am a minister who says that there is no shortage of money in this country. There is a shortage of leaders in this country who work honestly for the country. I got a very good experience in 1995-2000 when I was a minister in Mumbai. If you ever go to Mumbai, there is a Worli-Bandra sea link, I had the privilege of building it. I have also built the country's first expressway between Mumbai and Pune...I remember that once we went to the market for the first time for 600 crores and we got 1150 crores and that experience taught me that there is no shortage of money in the country...” (ANI)

May 22, 2024 9:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Motive of BJP's ’400 par' is to change constitution, says Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury tells ANI: “...Their main motive of BJP behind getting '400 paar' is they want to change the Constitution...It is important to keep the BJP away from power if we want to save the country and the Constitution...”

May 22, 2024 8:29 PM IST

PM Modi reacts to Calcutta HC verdict on OBC status: ‘TMC gave certificates to Muslim for…’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday targeted the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over the Calcutta High Court judgment that cancelled all OBC certificates issued in the state after 2010.

At a poll rally in Delhi's Dwarka, Modi claimed that the Trinamool Congress, which has been in power in the state since 2011, gave OBC certificates to Muslims for their vote bank.

May 22, 2024 7:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Every party with Congress today is guilty of the Sikh massacre, says PM Modi in Delhi

“It is time that the country recognises these communal people...In Delhi, my Sikh brothers and sisters were burnt alive by putting ablaze tyres on their necks... Today, every party standing under Congress' umbrella is guilty of the Sikh massacre,” PM Modi says at the poll rally in Delhi's Dwarka.

"PM Modi is giving justice to the victims of the Sikh riots. We made an SIT and we punished the accused Congress leaders. For the INDI Alliance, nothing is more important than their vote bank..."

May 22, 2024 7:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi address public rally in Dwarka, targets Congress

Addressing a public rally in Dwarka, PM Modi says: “A PM of the Congress said that when 100 paise was sent from Delhi, but only 15 paise reached the bottom. Today, one rupee is released from Delhi, total of 100 paise reached the account for the beneficiary.”

“In the last 10 years, we have transferred Rs. 36 lakh crores through DBT. If it had been the Congress government today, Rs. 31 lakh crore of it would have been looted by the middlemen... Who can forget the Common Wealth Games? Congress had the opportunity to display India's capabilities in front of the world. But they looted Delhi... And during the G20 Summit, the world praised India,” he adds, according to ANI.

May 22, 2024 7:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: AAP MP Raghav Chaddha hold roadshow in Patparganj

AAP MP Raghav Chaddha held a roadshow in the Patparganj area of East Delhi ahead of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha Elections scheduled in Delhi on May 25.

AAP has fielded Kuldeep Kumar while BJP has fielded Harsh Malhotra for East Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

"... We (AAP) are common, honest and educated people... I want to tell the Congress voters present here that their leader Rahul Gandhi will vote for the broom symbol when he goes out to vote. I want to tell the AAP voters that when Arvind Kejriwal goes out to vote, he will vote for Congress..." he said, according to ANI.

May 22, 2024 6:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Priyanka Gandhi dances with locals in Ranchi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen performing a traditional dance with locals in Ranchi, Jharkhand today. Watch the video here.

May 22, 2024 5:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: SP-Congress alliance has always been disastrous, says Yogi Adityanath

"Whenever Samajwadi Party and Congress have allied, it has been disastrous, it is dangerous for the country. You are seeing how the stampede is happening, just think what these goons would have done if they came to power. How the stage is being vandalised, someone is pushing his leader down and someone is occupying the stage himself..." the UP CM said at a poll rally in Sultanpur, according to ANI.

May 22, 2024 4:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ECI reprimands BJP, Congress

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday issued firm directives to BJP national president JP Nadda and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, instructing them to ensure that the star campaigners of the party adhere strictly to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during their election campaigns.

The ECI, in separate letters to Nadda and Kharge, expressed concern that the utterances of the concerned star campaigners follow patterns and create narratives which can be damaging beyond the MCC period. Read more.

May 22, 2024 4:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Jairam Ramesh on how INDIA will choose PM in hours

Choosing the prime minister after they get the mandate on June 4 will be a matter of only a few hours, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Wednesday as the marathon election inches towards the finishing line with only two phases left. The Congress leader said that the election is not a beauty contest between people and hence INDIA has no PM face against Narendra Modi. Read more.

May 22, 2024 3:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi on massive crowd during Akhilesh-Rahul rally

"I saw some videos in which people were rushing towards the stage. So, I asked what this was all about. I was told that Congress and SP give money to people to attend their rallies. They did not pay them, so people rushed to the stage. If their situation is this, then how will they do work for you?" says PM Modi during a poll rally in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh.

May 22, 2024 3:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Days ahead of polls, AAP accuses BJP of creating ‘water crisis’ in Delhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Days ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Delhi cabinet minister Atishi on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of hatching a “new conspiracy” to target the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and alleged that its government in neighbouring Haryana has stopped water supply to the national capital. Read more.

May 22, 2024 2:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Public mandate of 2004 will be repeated in 2024, says Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tells ANI: “The public mandate of 2004 will be repeated in 2024... The BJP cannot even campaign in the remaining 115 seats. They cannot go to Haryana and Punjab because the farmers are angry... The PM did not fulfil the promises made to farmers' organisations... 700 farmers were martyred during the farmers' agitation, and the PM did not even pay any tribute... The farmers have not forgotten this... Former Haryana HM Anil Vij accepted that tear gas was released with the help of drones... Aginiveer is an issue in Himachal Pradesh... They are toying with our army and our national security... We will get a clear and decisive mandate...”

May 22, 2024 1:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Will discard Agniveer scheme if we come into power,’ says Rahul Gandhi in Haryana

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Mahendragarh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “PM Narendra Modi has turned India's Jawans into labourers... The Army doesn't want the Agniveer scheme; it’s a plan devised by the PMO. Once Congress comes to power, we will discard this scheme.”

May 22, 2024 1:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Cong, SP are daydreaming of winning 79 seats in UP,’ says PM Modi in Basti

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Hitting out at the Opposition during a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh's Basti, PM Narendra Modi said, “Both the shehzadas of Congress and SP are spreading rumors that they will win 79 seats in UP. Earlier, I used to hear that people daydream, but now I understand what it means to daydream. On June 4, the people of UP will wake them up, and then they will blame the EVMs.”

May 22, 2024 1:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi addresses a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh's Basti

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Addressing a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh's Basti, PM Narendra Modi says, “Whenever you got some virtuous work to do, should you lose that opportunity?... If you don't cast your vote, will you get the virtue? If 80 cr people are getting free rations, don't they bless? But if you hadn't voted, would that virtue be counted as yours? I will do such good works that those who will vote will get the virtue for sure.”

May 22, 2024 12:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Rajnath Singh says ‘Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency, choked democracy’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Addressing a public meeting in Haryana's Karnal, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh criticised the Opposition by invoking the 'Emergency period' imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975.

"They say if PM Modi gets more than 400 seats, it will put democracy in danger and he will become a dictator. But when Indira Gandhi lost her election before 1975, morally she should have resigned as PM, but instead, she imposed the Emergency and choked democracy," he said.

(ANI)

May 22, 2024 11:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Shashi Tharoor calls AAP MP Swati Maliwal's assault case a ‘distraction from real issues’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: On Swati Maliwal assault case, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor says, “The AAP has issued a statement on the matter which, I believe, cannot be improved and doesn't need to be added to. I honestly feel that this is a serious attempt to distract from the real issues facing the nation - unemployment, inflation...We have to focus on what touches the lives of ordinary Indians, not on these other issues. The media is often requested by the BJP to serve as a weapon of mass distraction. I request you, don't oblige this. Distraction from the real issues, doesn't serve anyone's interests.”

May 22, 2024 11:30 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘In 2019 it was because of Pulwama and Balakot; now it is complete fantasy,’ Shashi Tharoor on BJP's ‘400 paar’ slogan

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday called the BJP's "Abki Baar 400 Paar" slogan, a “fantasy.”

He attributed the BJP's success in the 2019 elections to national security concerns arising from events like the Pulwama attack and Balakot response, diverting attention from economic issues. Tharoor noted that replicating the BJP's success in 11 states would be challenging, as evidenced by the decreased turnout in their strongholds. Conversely, areas with enthusiastic Congress and INDIA Alliance support saw higher voter participation.

(ANI)

May 22, 2024 10:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Delhi people will give all 7 seats to INDIA bloc,’ says Atishi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: AAP leader Atishi, in a press conference on Wednesday, said that the people of Delhi “will give all seven Lok Sabha seats to the INDIA alliance.”

She mentioned that this determination was the cause behind the BJP's initiation of conspiracies against Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party from the moment election dates were announced. Atishi further said that within five days of the announcement of election dates, Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED without any evidence.

May 22, 2024 10:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Atishi claims Haryana's BJP govt is ‘stopping Yamuna water flow to Delhi’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi minister and AAP leader Atishi addressed a press conference on Wednesday in the national capital.

She claimed that ahead of the voting on May 25 in Delhi for the Lok Sabha election, the BJP had devised “a new conspiracy to target AAP and disrupt the people of Delhi.”

Atishi said that under this conspiracy, the Haryana BJP government, through its government, had halted the water flow to Delhi with an “aim to unsettling the people of Delhi and creating a water crisis.” Atishi mentioned that the supply of Yamuna water to Delhi was being halted, as revealed by an investigation into the matter, pointing to the Haryana government's involvement in stopping the flow of Yamuna water to Delhi.

May 22, 2024 9:53 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Will fight for Himachal regiment in the Indian Army,’ says Cong Mandi candidate Vikramaditya Singh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress candidate for Mandi, Vikramaditya Singh, said there is a need for a separate representation of the state in the Indian Army. Singh talked about the sacrifices made by individuals like Captain Vikram Batra and Saurabh Kalia for Himachal Pradesh. He proposed the idea of a Himachal Pradesh regiment within the Indian Army, stressing that it would honour those who have laid down their lives for the state. Singh acknowledged the challenges of advocating for state-specific matters in defence but highlighted the importance of recognising regional aspirations and the significant contribution of Himachal Pradesh's youth to the armed forces.

May 22, 2024 9:37 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Owaisi in UP's Varanasi says there is no ‘400 paar’ but ‘hatred’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: After arriving in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Wednesday, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi criticised the BJP-led Centre.

“There is no '400 paar'...they are only talking about hatred. There are no talks about development, neither it is being told what work has been done in the last 10 years. I hope people will consider these things when they vote in the remaining two phases of (Lok Sabha) elections,” Owaisi was quoted as saying by PTI.

May 22, 2024 9:03 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: 12 arrested for poll violence in Odisha's Ganjam district

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Twelve people have been apprehended in connection with two instances of election-related violence in Odisha's Ganjam district, news agency PTI reported on Tuesday, citing police.

Four people were detained following a clash between supporters of two parties during polling at Berunhabadi in the Tarsingi police station area on Monday.

Additionally, Ganjam Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena stated that eight individuals were arrested for their participation in a clash between BJD and BJP supporters at Dihapadhal in the Bhanjanagar police station area on the eve of Sunday's polls.

The violence at Dihapadhal, which resulted in injuries to at least three individuals, occurred due to disputes over the distribution of voter slips in the village, he added.

May 22, 2024 8:42 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Cong is spreading false propaganda, says Haryana CM and BJP leader Nayab Singh Saini

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Haryana Chief Minister and BJP leader Nayab Singh Saini stated on Wednesday that the Congress is “spreading false propaganda.”

He also addressed claims that if Modi were to become the Prime Minister again, he would alter the Constitution. Saini said that Modi has been in office for the past decade, and the country has been functioning following the Constitution. He criticised Congress, asserting that during their tenure, the Constitution was disregarded and Bhimrao Ambedkar was disrespected, whereas Modi demonstrated reverence towards him.

May 22, 2024 8:26 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Kejriwal slams PM Modi over arrests of AAP leaders

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Amid the intense political repercussions following the arrest of his former aide Bibhav Kumar in connection with the alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha MLA Swati Maliwal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

Referring to the arrest of several of his party members, the CM, who himself is currently on interim bail regarding a money laundering case related to the defunct Delhi excise policy, raised questions about whether the public had elected a prime minister or a 'thanedar' (police officer).

May 22, 2024 8:08 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: YSRCP MLA P Ramakrishna Reddy caught on camera damaging EVM in Andhra Pradesh | Watch

May 22, 2024 7:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Odisha legislative assembly issues show-cause notice to 4 MLAs

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Odisha Legislative Assembly issued a show-cause notice to four MLAs on Tuesday after they switched parties from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The notices were shared by the news agency ANI.

Four MLAs are,

Samir Ranjan Dash

Simarani Nayak

Parshu Ram Dhada

Ramesh Chandra Sai

They have been asked to reply by May 27.

May 22, 2024 7:35 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi to address a poll rally in Delhi today

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a campaign rally in the national capital today.

During the upcoming Phase 6 of the general elections, Delhi, which boasts seven Lok Sabha seats, will head to the polls.

The primary contest in Delhi's Lok Sabha race is between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) coalition. The BJP is fielding candidates in all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital.

Under a seat-sharing agreement between the two parties, the Congress is contesting from three Lok Sabha seats, while the AAP is vying for four. The Congress is contesting in Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, and North West Delhi, while the AAP is contesting in New Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, and East Delhi.

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