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Lok Sabha election 2024 highlights: BJP's huddle at JP Nadda's house day before counting

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BJP national president JP Nadda
BJP national president JP Nadda

Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: Welcome to our live blog! The lengthy process to elect MPs for the 18th Lok Sabha concluded on Saturday. Spanning seven states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the seventh phase of polling covered 57 constituencies, including the high-profile Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is vying for a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha....Read More

Despite their varied predictions, exit polls have hinted at a comfortable majority for the BJP-led NDA coalition.

Various pollsters predict a wide range of seats for the ruling NDA, with estimates ranging from 353 to 383 seats for the BJP-led alliance and 152 to 182 seats for the opposition INDIA bloc. Some polls even project over 400 seats for the NDA. If these predictions hold true, Modi would match Jawaharlal Nehru's record of leading his party to victory for a third consecutive term. Exit poll results also suggest a significant breakthrough for the BJP in southern states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.

The results of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be announced on Tuesday after the vote counting.

Who will win Lok Sabha elections 2024? Exit polls prediction:

India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll:

NDA: Predicted to win 361-401 seats.

INDIA Bloc: Expected to win 131-166 seats.

Others: 8-20 seats.

Republic PMarq Exit Poll:

NDA: Predicted to win 359 seats.

INDIA Bloc: Expected to win 154 seats.

Others: 30 seats.

Republic Matrize Exit Poll:

NDA: Predicted to win 353-368 seats.

INDIA Bloc: Expected to win 118-113 seats.

Others: 43-48 seats.

NewsX Dynamics Exit Poll:

NDA: Predicted to win 371 seats.

INDIA Bloc: Expected to win 125 seats.

Others: 47 seats.

However, the Congress party has dismissed the exit polls, calling them orchestrated by Modi.

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June 3, 2024 9:52 PM IST

BJP's huddle at JP Nadda's residence hours before counting

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s high command went into a huddle on Monday, a day before the votes for the Lok Sabha elections will be counted. Leaders of the party, which is hoping for a third term in office, remained tight-lipped about the meeting, which took place at the residence of party chief JP Nadda.

June 3, 2024 6:39 PM IST

INDIA bloc mulls other options if…

“If the number of seats does not come as per expectations and assessment, then other options including demonstration/press conference/meeting with the President will be discussed where questions can be raised on the role of the Election Commission,” ANI reported citing Congress Sources

June 3, 2024 6:38 PM IST

Congress asks all senior INDIA leaders to Delhi on counting day

The Congress has asked all senior INDIA leaders to come to Delhi by tomorrow night or by the day after tomorrow morning. A meeting will be held after the election results.

June 3, 2024 5:33 PM IST

AAP's Sanjay Singh says exit polls misleading, they are proving themselves wrong

"We are going to discuss how these exit polls do not need any proof from anyone else but are proving themselves to be false and wrong. In this matter, I would like to thank all the agencies that have conducted the exit polls because they have exposed themselves before the country and made the public aware that they should not be trusted at all," Sanjay Singh said.

"This is because the exit polls themselves have made their predictions inaccurate and unreliable. This has happened for the first time in the electoral history of India and in the history of exit polls," said the AAP leader.

June 3, 2024 5:32 PM IST

Exit polls are laughable: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor termed the exit polls as laughable and said it is not possible for the BJP to win up to 7 seats in Kerala as predicted by the exit polls. "We are seeing it with skepticism and disbelief because we have also been campaigning throughout the country. We also have a sense of what the pulse of the people is and we don't believe it is reflected accurately in these polls. Our Congress president, after meeting all the INDIA bloc members, has said that he is convinced that we are getting about 295 for the alliance. I stick to that number," Tharoor told reporters on Monday.

June 3, 2024 4:29 PM IST

BJP prepares for post-result celebrations

BJP workers have been asked to gather at the party headquarters by 3pm. At least 50,000 workers are likely to show up.

June 3, 2024 4:03 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Preparations underway ahead of vote counting

June 3, 2024 3:30 PM IST

Amid heat conditions, drinking water arrangements and coolers have been installed in counting centres: MP CEO

On tomorrow's counting arrangements, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan says, “On 4th June, counting will take place for 29 parliamentary constituencies in 92 district headquarters starting 8 am...Given the prevailing heat conditions, drinking water arrangements and coolers have been installed in the counting centres….Tomorrow has been declared as a dry day….Three layers of security have been deployed in counting centres.”

June 3, 2024 3:03 PM IST

Uttarakhand CEO on tomorrow's counting preparations

About vote counting preparations for tomorrow, Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer BVRC Purushottam says, “Tomorrow at 8 am, we will start the counting of postal ballots, and by 8.30 am, EVM counting will start. In 8 districts EVM counting will start at 8 am. We have deployed 884 Assistant Returning Officers. Around 3 or 4 pm, the result of Uttarakhand will possibly come.”

June 3, 2024 2:37 PM IST

‘Who will be their PM?’ Union minister Ramdas Athawale on INDIA ‘winning 295 seats’

Ahead of counting tomorrow, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale says, “We are confident of getting 400 seats...People have voted for development, in the name of PM Modi...INDIA Alliance is dreaming that they will get 295 seats. If they get 295 seats, I would like to ask who will be their PM. If it is someone among them who becomes the PM, I would be the first person to welcome them with a garland. If that doesn't happen, Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi should come to present a garland to Narendra Modi - I invite them.”

June 3, 2024 2:16 PM IST

Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara calls exit polls ‘misleading’

Regarding the Lok Sabha election results, Govind Singh Dotasara, Rajasthan Congress chief, said, “Exit polls are misleading, influenced by BJP and Modi ji. Over the past decade, the BJP hasn't achieved much. While BJP is seeking votes, it fails to articulate its vision.”

June 3, 2024 1:54 PM IST

Poll process should be completed before summer, says CEC

Biggest learning from elections is that poll process should be completed before summer: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 1:50 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh gears up for counting of votes for LS, assembly bypolls

Union minister Anurag Thakur, actor Kangana Ranaut, four-time RS MP Anand Sharma and sitting Public Works minister Vikramaditya Singh are the bigwigs to watch for in the four Lok Sabha and six assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh where counting will be taken up on Tuesday.

While four-time MP and BJP candidate Thakur is seeking a fifth term from Hamirpur, the other party candidate Ranaut, who has entered the political arena for the first time, is trying her luck from Mandi. Former BJP state president Suresh Kashyap is contesting from Shimla.

Among the prominent Congress candidates are four-time Rajya Sabha MP Sharma from Kangra seat and scion of erstwhile Rampur estate Vikramaditya Singh, who is son of six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh from Mandi seat.

June 3, 2024 1:45 PM IST

All preparations completed for counting in 2 LS constituencies in Tripura: CEO

All preparations for counting for two Lok Sabha constituencies - Tripura West and Tripura East - and Ramnagar Assembly segment byelection have been completed, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Puneet Agarwal said on Monday.

The counting will be held in 20 locations on June 4.

The voting for Tripura West Lok Sabha seat and Ramnagar Assembly segment byelection was held on April 16 while polling for Tripura East Lok Sabha constituency was conducted on April 26.

An average of 81.48 per cent voting was recorded in Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency while Tripura East registered 80.36 per cent polling.

June 3, 2024 1:41 PM IST

We failed to understand the fake narratives: CEC

CEC Rajiv Kumar says, "...We failed to understand the fake narratives that were going on during the elections. But we have understood it now."

June 3, 2024 1:41 PM IST

Postal ballot counting will start first, says CEC

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections counting, CEC Rajiv Kumar says, "Postal ballot counting will start first. After only half an hour, we will start EVM counting. There is no doubt about it."

June 3, 2024 1:33 PM IST

BJP-led NDA to get 450 Lok Sabha seats: Uma Bharti after exit polls

Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Monday said the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win around 450 Lok Sabha seats, more than the numbers predicted by the exit polls.

In a post on X, former Union minister Bharti also said that pilgrims from various states and seers whom she met in the last two-and-a-half months of her stay in the Himalayas only spoke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Exit polls on Saturday predicted that Prime Minister Modi will retain power for a third straight term, with the BJP-led NDA expected to win a big majority in the Lok Sabha polls.

While India Today-Axis My India has forecast 361-401 seats for the BJP-led alliance and 131-166 seats for the opposition INDIA bloc in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the ABP-C Voter predicted 353-383 seats for the ruling alliance and 152-182 seats for the INDIA bloc.

June 3, 2024 1:29 PM IST

CEC Rajiv Kumar on Jairam Ramesh's allegations

On Congress leader Jairam Ramesh's allegations that Union HM called DMs/ROs (Returning Officers), CEC Rajiv Kumar says, "...Can someone influence them (DMs/ROs) all? Tell us who did this. We will punish the person who did it...It is not right that you spread a rumour and doubt everyone."

June 3, 2024 1:28 PM IST

102 villages of BASTAR DIVISION voted for the 1st time

Bastar Blooms!

102 villages of BASTAR DIVISION voted for the 1st time at a PS in their own village in a National Election. Severely Naxal-affected PCs of Bastar & Kanker recorded an upward trend of poll participation from the last Lok Sabha election.

June 3, 2024 1:20 PM IST

All issues raised by multi-party delegations have been addressed: CEC

All issues raised by multi-party delegations have been addressed: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 1:19 PM IST

System of Indian polls is such that it allows for post-election scrutiny: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

System of Indian polls is such that it allows for post-election scrutiny: CEC Rajiv Kumar

June 3, 2024 1:15 PM IST

There should be no doubt on the process, says CEC

There should be no doubt on the process. Lakhs of people including counting officials, counting agents, micro-observers, ROs/AROs, Observers present during the world's largest counting exercise.

June 3, 2024 1:13 PM IST

Entire counting process is absolutely robust: CEC Rajiv Kumar on counting of votes of 2024 general elections on June 4.

Entire counting process is absolutely robust: CEC Rajiv Kumar on counting of votes of 2024 general elections on June 4.

June 3, 2024 1:11 PM IST

We have by and large controlled menace of deep fakes, says CEC

We have by and large controlled menace of deep fakes, AI generated synthetic content in 2024 general elections: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 1:08 PM IST

Over 90 per cent of 495 complaints of MCC disposed

Over 90 per cent of 495 complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations disposed during 2024 general elections: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 1:06 PM IST

EC gave permission within 48 hours of applications in 95-98 per cent projects: CEC Rajiv Kumar

All development work used to stop during MCC, EC gave permission within 48 hours of applications in 95-98 per cent projects: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Over 4.56 lakh violations received on cVigil during MCC

June 3, 2024 1:04 PM IST

EC issued notices to top leaders to sanitise poll process: CEC

EC issued notices to top leaders, FIRs were filed against many and top officials transferred to sanitise poll process: CEC Rajiv Kumar

June 3, 2024 1:02 PM IST

Everyone's chopper were checked, irrespective of position, says CEC

Everyone's chopper were checked, irrespective of position, says CEC

June 3, 2024 1:02 PM IST

Seizures of ₹10,000 crore, including cash, freebies, drugs and liquor, made during 2024 polls

Seizures of 10,000 crore, including cash, freebies, drugs and liquor, made during 2024 polls as compared to 3,500 crore in 2019: CEC.

June 3, 2024 1:00 PM IST

LS poll results: 117 counting centres set up in Punjab, Chandigarh

With just a day to go for counting of votes polled for the Lok Sabha election, the focus in the northwestern state of Punjab is on prominent faces such as the BJP's Preneet Kaur, SAD's Harsimrat Kaur Badal, former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.

The stakes were also high for other heavyweights like the BJP's Ravneet Singh Bittu and Congress leader and former deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

Another contest that will be watched closely is the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seat where radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh, lodged in Assam's Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act (NSA), is in the fray as an Independent candidate.

June 3, 2024 12:59 PM IST

India created world record with 64.2 cr people voting in LS polls: CEC Rajiv Kumar

India created a world record with 64.2 crore voters, including 31.2 crore women, participating in the Lok Sabha elections this year, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said on Monday.

Addressing a press briefing, he said over 68,000 monitoring teams and 1.5 crore polling and security personnel were involved in the world's largest electoral exercise.

"India created a world record with 64.2 crore voters, including 31.2 crore women, participating in the Lok Sabha elections this year," said Kumar.

June 3, 2024 12:56 PM IST

Jammu and Kashmir recorded highest turnout in four decades at 58.58 per cent

Jammu and Kashmir recorded highest turnout in four decades at 58.58 per cent overall, and 51.05 per cent in valley: CEC Rajiv Kumar.

June 3, 2024 12:50 PM IST

EC gives standing ovation to all voters | Watch

June 3, 2024 12:44 PM IST

Record 312 million women voters voted in this election

June 3, 2024 12:40 PM IST

642 million voters chose action over apathy, says CEC Kumar

“642 million voters chose action over apathy, belief over cynicism and in some cases, the ballot over the bullet. We thank each and every one who took part in this festival of democracy.” Says CEC Rajiv Kumar

June 3, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav questions credibility of exit polls

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday questioned the veracity of exit polls, and claimed the agencies conducting them were only trying to create a conducive atmosphere in favour of the BJP.

At a press conference ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on Tuesday, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the INDIA bloc's victory will be victory of the country and its people.

"We and you (media) were among the people to strengthen democracy. We have seen they (BJP) did not have people (in their rallies), their tents were empty...nothing was seen in their favour," Yadav said.

June 3, 2024 12:22 PM IST

"Change has been confirmed in Odisha": Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday exuded confidence and reiterated his earlier statements that this time a change has been confirmed in Odisha.

"Change has been confirmed in Odisha. By trusting PM Modi's words, people are going to form the BJP govt in Odisha. This change is going to be for the welfare of people. In the 21st century, Odisha will become a leading state, economic hub," he said.

Earlier today, Pradhan offered prayers at the 'Maa Chausath Yogini' temple in Hirapur.

Notably, the exit polls on Sunday predicted that the state is going to witness a neck-and-neck fight with the two-decade rule of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal facing a stiff challenge from BJP.

June 3, 2024 12:21 PM IST

‘Country will give 400 seats to BJP,’ says Haryana CM Nayab Saini on poll results

Speaking to news agency ANI about tomorrow's Lok Sabha election results, Haryana CM & BJP leader Nayab Saini says, “Election trends will get converted into results tomorrow...The country will give over 400 seats to BJP to make Narendra Modi ji the prime minister for the third time...After independence, this is the first time a prime minister has worked to take the country forward at this speed.”

June 3, 2024 11:49 AM IST

From Rae Bareli to Thiruvananthapuram, key contests to watch for

ll eyes will be on Lok Sabha election results on Tuesday with a number of high-profile electoral battles, starring veterans and debutants, formidable opponents and unlikely contestants. Here are some key contests to watch out for:

NARENDRA MODI VS AJAY RAI IN VARANASI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi for the third time. In 2014, he defeated AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and won against Samajwadi Party's Shalini Yadav in 2019.

The Congress fielded Ajay Rai, also its candidate from the constituency in 2014 and 2019. Before Modi, the Varanasi seat was held by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi.

RAHUL GANDHI VS DINESH PRATAP SINGH IN RAE BARELI

Rahul Gandhi contested the Lok Sabha poll from Rae Bareli against BJP's Dinesh Pratap Singh. He has been an MP thrice from Amethi and was defeated in 2019 by sitting MP Smriti Irani.

The seat, which until February was held by his mother Sonia Gandhi, has remained with the Congress since 1952 barring three elections – 1977, (Janata Party), 1996 and 1999 (BJP).

RAHUL GANDHI VS ANNIE RAJA IN WAYANAD

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is facing CPI leader and women’s rights activist Annie Raja as he seeks a second term from Wayanad in Kerala. The contest has aroused public interest particularly since both the Congress and CPI are members of the INDIA alliance. In 2019, Gandhi was elected from the Wayanad constituency after he defeated P P Suneer of the CPI by an impressive 4.31 lakh votes.

June 3, 2024 11:28 AM IST

"BJP manipulates everything...," says Tamil Nadu Minister Mano Thangaraj on exit polls

After the exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and a straight third term for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu minister and DMK leader Mano Thangaraj asserted that the BJP manipulates each and everything and called the exit polls as a manipulation done by Modi media groups.

Speaking with ANI, the Minister of Milk and Dairy Development of Tamil Nadu said, "We have a rich experience with BJP manipulating each and everything. Do you know how the poll managers of the BJP started this and tried to manipulate people? This is to create a sense of fear among the Opposition cadres as well as demotivate them."

Alleging that the BJP through exit polls is trying to create an impact among the officers who are involved in the counting of votes, Mano Thangaraj said, "This is not going to work and the ground reality is different. On what basis they have predicted, we don't know. It is purely a manipulation done by Modi media groups."

June 3, 2024 11:16 AM IST

JDU leader brutally murdered in Bihar's Nalanda; family alleges involvement of RJD

In a heart-wrenching incident, Anil Kumar, a JDU leader was brutally murdered by criminals in Maua village of Parwalpur police station area in Nalanda district, Bihar on June 3.

JDU leader Anil Kumar had become a polling agent in the Lok Sabha elections this time. He was made the agent during the seventh and last phase of general elections on June 1.

Gopal Krishna, Hilsa DSP-Nalanda, spoke about the incident and said, "On June 3 in Maua village of Parvalpur police station area, 62-years-old Anil Kumar was found in an injured condition at around 4:30 am. After that, his family took him to the primary health centre in Parwalpur. From there, he was transferred to Sadar Hospital in Bihar Sharif. However, he could not be saved."

Krishna added, "After receiving the information, the police reached the hospital and sent the body for postmortem. Apart from that, the police team in Mahua village, and are searching for the miscreants whose names have been registered by the family members."

June 3, 2024 11:07 AM IST

SP, Congress ask for 100% alertness on counting day

The two main INDIA bloc partners in Uttar Pradesh – the Samajwadi and the Congress -- have issued instructions to their party workers and leaders in each district to exercise utmost alertness and be ready to protest if they find discrepancies anywhere when votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls are counted on Tuesday. Read more

June 3, 2024 11:05 AM IST

Patna's old heritage landmarks suffer in silence amid election din

While the country waits for a new government, the nearly century-old bruised Rizwan castle in the heart of Patna pleads mutely for its restoration.

An eerie silence pervades the faded hallway that leads to the damaged grand stairway of the castle while a thick layer of dust deposited on its crumbling bannisters obscures the intricate woodwork.

From marathon public rallies to a flurry of social media posts, politicians and leaders made a litany of promises to the people, but preservation and restoration of heritage structures in the city wasn't one of them.

Rizwan, an Arabic word, means the 'keeper of the gates of Heaven', but the Scottish-style castle's appalling condition at present -- vegetation grown over its facade, garbage strewn all over its campus and a thick layer of soot deposited on its once famed ornate ceilings -- belies its famed past.

June 3, 2024 10:46 AM IST

We are very hopeful that our results are completely opposite to what exit polls are showing: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi

We are very hopeful that our results are completely opposite to what exit polls are showing: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to PTI.

June 3, 2024 10:20 AM IST

Over 2,000 personnel deployed for counting of votes in Mizoram

More than 2,000 personnel would be deployed for counting of votes for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram, a senior official said on Monday.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas said a three-tier security arrangement has been made in all the 13 counting centres across the state.

There would be three counting centres in state capital Aizawl and one each in the other district headquarters, he said.

Altogether, there would be 40 counting halls with 379 counting tables. Each table would be supervised and monitored by a counting supervisor, counting agent and micro observer, he said.

June 3, 2024 10:17 AM IST

PM Modi says need to work quickly on scale, scope, standards to make country 'Viksit Bharat'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for the nation to "reassess outdated thinking and beliefs" and free "our society from the pressure of professional pessimists", asserting that the foundation for a "Viksit Bharat" must be laid in the 25 years in the run up to the centenary of India's independence.

"The world of the 21st century is looking towards Bharat with many hopes. And we will need to make several changes to move forward in the global scenario. We also need to change our traditional thinking regarding reform. Bharat cannot limit reform to just economic reforms," he said in an article which he had penned on June 1 on his flight to Delhi from Kanyakumari.

He had reached Kanyakumari on May 30 on a spiritual sojourn after the Lok Sabha polls campaign ended.

June 3, 2024 9:35 AM IST

Re-election being held in booth number 26 in an area under Kakdwip Assebly constituency of Mathurapur

June 3, 2024 9:29 AM IST

Repolling underway in two booths in West Bengal

Repolling was underway on Monday at one booth each in the Barasat and Mathurapur Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, officials said.

The repolling started at 7 am and would continue till 6 pm, they said.

The booth in the Barasat constituency is located at the Kadambagachi Saradar Para FP School in the Deganga assembly segment, while the one in Mathurapur is located at the Aaddir Mahal Srichaitanya Bidyapith in the Kakdwip assembly seat, they added.

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