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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 highlights: 'INDIA bloc leaders worried about attaining opposition status,' says PM Modi

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 highlights: Today is the last day of campaigning for the fourth leg of the ongoing seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. In the fourth round, voting will be held on Monday, May 13, and campaigning will conclude two days before the polling day. As many as 96 parliamentary constituencies across 10 states and Union territories will poll in the upcoming phase: Andhra Pradesh (all 25 seats), Telangana (all 17), Uttar Pradesh (13/80), Maharashtra (11/48), West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (8/42; 8/29), Bihar (5/40), Odisha and Jharkhand (4/21; 4/14), and Jammu and Kashmir (1/5). A total of 1717 candidates will be in the fray across these states and UTs....Read More

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.

Here's the phase-wise schedule for the Lok Sabha Election 2024:

Phase 1: April 19 (polling done)

Phase 2: April 26 (polling done)

Phase 3: May 7 (polling done)

Phase 4: May 13

Phase 5: May 20

Phase 6: May 25

Phase 7: June 1

Counting of votes: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 11, 2024 5:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Congress will get fewer seats than the age of its 'shehzada,'' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing a public meeting in Jharkhand's Chatra, PM Narendra Modi took a jibe at the Congress party and its leader Rahul Gandhi. PM Modi said, "Congress will get fewer seats than the age of its 'shehzada'".

May 11, 2024 5:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'INDIA bloc leaders planning to merge small parties post LS polls to attain opposition status,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing a public meeting in Jharkhand's Chatra, PM Narendra Modi said "INDIA bloc leaders are planning to merge small parties post LS polls to attain opposition status".

May 11, 2024 5:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: PM Modi holds public meeting in Jharkhand's Chatra

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: PM Modi is holding a public meeting in Jharkhand's Chatra

May 11, 2024 5:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Two nation theory was spoken by you people,' AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slams BJP

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: During a public rally in Hyderabad, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the BJP and claimed that the Two nation theory was spoken by its people.

" Who said that Muslims and Hindus are two different nations? Did we say that? No...BJP says that voting for AIMIM is equal to voting for Pakistan. Aren't you (BJP) ashamed? Two nation theory was spoken by you people, your hero said Hindus and Muslims are two different nations, your hero wrote it in his book. We are in India...we were born in this land and will die in this land. Listen BJP, RSS, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, there won't be another exodus...," said Asaduddin Owaisi.

May 11, 2024 5:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Remove those who want to change the Constitution,' says Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: During his roadshow in UP's Kannauj, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said,"These elections, in which we are going to participate, are not ordinary elections. These elections will decide our and upcoming generations' future. This is our responsibility to remove those who want to change the Constitution."

May 11, 2024 5:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Central government showing a step-motherly attitude towards Jharkhand,' says JMM leader Kalpana Soren

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Addressing a public gathering in Jharkhand's Palamu, JMM leader Kalpana Soren accused Central government of showing step-motherly attitude towards Jharkhand.

"The (BJP-led) central government is like a father to us, but they are showing a step-motherly attitude towards us. They are doing this because they don't have their government in Jharkhand," said Kalpana Soren as quoted by news agency PTI.

May 11, 2024 4:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'PM Modi government has only worked for the benefit of capitalists,' says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing a public meeting in Tandur, Telangana, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said, "Here (Telangana), a cylinder costs 500, while in other states like UP, it costs 1,200. In 10 years, the central government led by PM Modi has only worked to provide benefits to capitalists."

May 11, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Kejriwal and INDIA bloc's aim is to mislead and confuse the country,' says BJP president JP Nadda

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: BJP national president JP Nadda has said that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and INDIA bloc's aim is to mislead and confuse the country. He tweeted "Kejriwal and the entire INDI alliance have panicked after realizing their failure in the elections. Their aim is to mislead and confuse the country. Modi Ji is getting the immense blessings of the people from East to West, North to South. They have neither any policy nor any program in front of the Prime Minister. Now they are looking for a way out by making an excuse of Modi Ji's age. There is no such provision regarding age anywhere in the constitution of the BJP... Modi ji is our leader and will continue to lead us in the future too..."

May 11, 2024 4:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'If Ambani, Adani were sending black money to Congress, why did Modi govt not take action,' says Mallikarjun Kharge

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has taken a jibe at the Narendra Modi government. In a poll rally in Bihar, he said, "If Ambani, Adani were sending black money to Congress, why did Modi govt not take action".

May 11, 2024 4:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Granting of interim bail doesn't mean Kejriwal is innocent, says BJP leader Bansuri Swaraj

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: On the interim bail to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, BJP candidate from New Delhi, Bansuri Swaraj said, "Interim bail has been granted to Arvind Kejriwal only for the purpose of campaigning and Supreme Court has already stated that he has to surrender on June 2... The bail has not been granted on merits, it doesn't mean that he is innocent...On the question of him being accused, the Delhi High Court has clearly said that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is involved in receiving kickbacks worth crores from alleged liquor policy..."

May 11, 2024 4:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Will not visit Raj Bhavan till C V Ananda Bose remains Bengal Governor,' says CM Mamata Banerjee

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at a poll rally in Hooghly said, "Will not visit Raj Bhavan till C V Ananda Bose remains Bengal Governor".

C V Ananda Bose is facing molestation charges.

May 11, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: ''People like Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain facing corruption charges can never be welcomed in BJP,' says Anurag Thakur

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Union minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur has taken a jibe at AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia. He told news agency PTI, "People like Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain facing corruption charges can never be welcomed in BJP"

May 11, 2024 3:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'NDA will get more success in the fourth phase than we got in first three,' says BJP leader Amit Shah

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah has exuded confidence that the NDA will get more success in the fourth phase than it got in the first three.

"Parties in the NDA have reached near 200 seats after the first three phases of voting. The fourth phase of voting (on May 13) is very good for the NDA. We will get more success in the fourth phase than we got in the first three phases, and we will definitely proceed towards '400 paar'," said Amit Shah as quoted by news agency PTI.

May 11, 2024 3:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds  roadshow in Ratlam

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Former Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP candidate from Vidisha, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is holding a roadshow in Ratlam.

May 11, 2024 3:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: PM Modi is nervous, says Congress leader Meira Kumar

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Former Lok Sabha speaker and Congress leader Meira Kumar has claimed that PM Modi is nervous and therefore roaming in every nook and corner of the country.

"The Prime Minister is roaming in every nook and corner of the country. You can imagine how nervous he is. As far as reservation is concerned, it is a very sacred resolution of the Constitution. Tampering with reservation is against the Constitution...," said Meira Kumar.

May 11, 2024 2:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: BJP leader Anurag Thakur holds roadshow in Hamirpur

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur is holding a roadshow in his constituency.

May 11, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'June 4 is the expiry date of BJD government,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing a public meeting in Odisha's Bargarh, PM Narendra Modi said, "The government in the state isn't run by the elected people anymore but it has been outsourced to other people... I have already declared, June 4 is the expiry date of BJD govt..."

May 11, 2024 2:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'BJD failed to lift Odisha from poverty in 25 years,' says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing a public meeting in Bargarh, Odisha, PM Narendra Modi said "In 25 years, one entire generation grows up and starts off their new lives. But, BJD has failed to lift Odisha from poverty in 25 years. There's anger against BJD leaders among people in Odisha."

May 11, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 'Whatever PM Modi says is a lie,' says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: While addressing 'Nyay Sankalp Sabha', Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "Whatever PM Modi says is a lie... whatever he says is just for the elections. He says that he is fighting for corruption alone. You have the power and all the resources... All the leaders of the world are with you. How can you be alone? He comes during elections and starts crying, saying that he was abused. He should learn determination and bravery from Indira Gandhi. But, you cannot learn from her because you call such a great woman anti-national."

May 11, 2024 2:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: PM Modi holds public meeting in Odisha's Bargarh

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a public meeting in Odisha's Bargarh.

May 11, 2024 1:48 PM IST

PM Modi's election speeches are hollow talk: Priyanka

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election speeches as "hollow talk" and accused him of using politics only with the aim of gaining power and not to serve people. 

She was speaking at a rally here to drum up support for Congress candidate Gowaal Padvi from the Nandurbar Lok Sabha seat, a day after PM Modi addressed a public meeting in this tribal-dominated constituency. 

"All that Modi ji speaks is 'khokhli baatein' (hollow talk) that does not carry any weight," she said. "Show me one picture of Narendra Modi visiting the house of an adivasi to understand their problems," Gandhi said.

May 11, 2024 1:47 PM IST

"Can Naveen Patnaik name districts of Odisha without seeing paper?" PM Modi challenges Odisha CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday challenged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to name the districts of Odisha and their respective capitals without seeing them on paper and said that Odisha's development remains stunted as the state government doesn't trust the people's capabilities.

While addressing a public meeting in Odisha's Kandhamal, PM Modi said that Odisha has vast opportunities for the tourism sector to flourish.

"I want to challenge 'Naveen Babu' as he has been the CM for such a long, ask 'Naveen Babu' to name the districts of Odisha and their respective capitals without seeing them on paper. If the CM cannot name the districts of the state, will he know your pain?" the Prime Minister said.

May 11, 2024 1:29 PM IST

BJP hits at Congress, calls out INDI Alliance on disrespecting SCs, STs

On Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, questioned Congress's intention, and alleged that the party and INDI Alliance are disrespecting SCs and STs of the society.

BJP’s National Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, “Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole has given a very objectionable and controversial statement regarding Shri Ram temple. He has said that Shri Ramjanmabhumi needs to be purified. The important thing is this statement came just after President Droupadi Murmu visited the Shri Ram temple.”

Recently, Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole stoked a controversy by suggesting that if the opposition INDIA bloc wins the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the alliance whose members include Tamil Nadu's DMK and West Bengal's Trinamool Congress will undertake a “shuddhikaran (purification)” of the Ram temple.

“It is not Lord Ram's idol there, but the child form, the Ram Lalla. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acted against protocol in Ram temple construction. We will do it through rectifications and religion,” Nana Patole said.

May 11, 2024 1:26 PM IST

MP CM Mohan Yadav holds door-to-door campaign in Ujjain

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav held a door-to-door campaign in support of incumbent MP and BJP nominee from Ujjain parliamentary, Anil Firojiya in Ujjain district on Saturday.

CM Yadav campaigned in the Shanti Nagar area under the jurisdiction of Ujjain South Assembly constituency in the district on the last day of campaigning for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state. He also distributed voting slips to residents on the occasion.

Ujjain South seat is CM Yadav's constituency from where he contested polls in the recently concluded state assembly elections.

May 11, 2024 1:21 PM IST

PoK belongs to India, asserts Amit Shah

In a scathing attack on the Congress and its leaders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said due to the fear of Pakistan having atom bomb, the grand old party wants to give up India's rights over Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

Addressing an election rally in Telangana, Shah alleged that Congress leader Mani Shankar Ayer said Pakistan has an atom bomb and hence India should not talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"Due to fear of an atom bomb, they want to give up our rights over PoK. But you don't worry, Modi ji is going to be Prime Minister again and Pakistan's bullets will be replied to with cannon," Shah said.

Hitting out at Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy over his remarks on "surgical strikes," Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook strikes and finished terrorists.

May 11, 2024 1:17 PM IST

Telangana CM accuses NDA govt of discrimination against southern states

Intensifying his attack on the NDA government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the state, Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy flagged the discrimination against southern states by the BJP and the intelligence failure to prevent the Pulwama incident.

Alleging that the BJP tries to gain political mileage in everything, he claimed why projects like bullet train, Sabarmati riverfront and GIFT City are given to Gujarat despite the state being well developed.

If funds are given to "backward states" like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh it can be understood, but the BJP-led government at the Centre showed discrimination even in approving sanctions for development projects, he alleged at a Meet-the-Press programme held here late on Friday night.

"Financial, (if funds are given) based on population, I will accept. Whereas in political representation, why have you not given president or vice-president post or important portfolios to the south?" he said.

May 11, 2024 1:06 PM IST

BJP made a tribal daughter of Odisha the President of India: PM 

BJP made a tribal daughter of Odisha the President of India: PM Narendra Modi in Bolangir.

May 11, 2024 12:34 PM IST

What is stopping govt from cancelling Revanna's diplomatic passport, asks Jairam Ramesh

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh on Saturday asked the government what is stopping it from cancelling the diplomatic passport of suspended JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is accused of sexual abuse.

The 33-year-old Hassan MP reportedly flew to Germany soon after the Karnataka State Commission for Women chairperson Nagalakshmi Chowdhary wrote to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to order a probe into the sexual allegations against him after scores of explicit videos and pictures went viral on social media.

In a post on X, Ramesh questioned how Prajwal was allowed to escape.

"What is stopping the PM from having the diplomatic passport to Prajwal Revanna cancelled? How and why was he allowed to flee the country like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi were?" the Congress leader asked.

May 11, 2024 12:33 PM IST

"Section 144 imposed in Pulwama, workers being detained," alleges Mehbooba Mufti

Ahead of the voting for the newly created Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti alleged that authorities have imposed section 144 in Pulwama district.

Mehbooba Mufti is contesting from the seat.

She called the development "unprecedented" and alleged that her party workers are being detained.

"Section 144 has been imposed in Pulwama district, which is unprecedented and has never happened before..The PDP workers are being detained...," Mehbooba, the former Chief Minister told ANI.

Mehbooba also took a dig at the Election Commission of India.

May 11, 2024 11:59 AM IST

"Congress giving clean chit to Pakistan": BJP after Telangana CM doubts airstrikes on Pak terror camp

After Telangana Chief Minister Revnath Reddy raised fresh questions over the Pulwama terror attack in 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday came down heavily on the Congress and said that the Congress party is questioning the "bravery" of the military and putting India under question on the issue of terrorism by giving "clean chit" to Pakistan.

BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla claimed that the Congress is getting "support" from Pakistan.

"Now it has been clear that these are not mere coincidences but well thought experiment the way Congress party is taking stands for Pakistan and terrorism and giving them the clean chit... Now, Revanth Reddy, the Telangana CM, is not only giving clean chit to Pakistan on Pulwama and alleging India but also questioning the surgical strike... In their attempt to oppose Modi, the Congress party is questioning the bravery of the military and putting India under question on the issue of terrorism by giving a clean chit to Pakistan. They are giving them a way to protect themselves at international forums from allegations of terrorism. This is the real intention of Congress and hence they are getting support from Pakistan," he said.

May 11, 2024 11:53 AM IST

Congress won't win even 50 LS seats, will not get opposition party status after polls: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday claimed that the Congress will not win even 50 seats in the Lok Sabha elections and will not be able to get opposition party status after the polls.

Addressing an election rally in Phulbani in Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, he asserted that a "double engine" government will be formed in the state and "a son or daughter of the soil who understands Odia language and culture" will be made the chief minister of the BJP government.

May 11, 2024 11:44 AM IST

PM Modi felicitates Padma Shri awardee Purnamasi Jani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates Padma Shri awardee Purnamasi Jani & seeks blessings by teaching her feet, during his public meeting in Odisha's Kandhamal.

May 11, 2024 11:35 AM IST

PM Modi, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik two sides of same coin: Jairam Ramesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik are "two sides of the same coin", Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Saturday, accusing the BJP and the BJD of being "in cahoots" with each other.

Modi is on a two-day poll campaign tour of Odisha and will address three rallies in the state on Saturday. Lok Sabha and assembly elections are being held simultaneously in Odisha.

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Ramesh said the Odisha party has bailed out the Modi government on a number of occasions in Parliament.

May 11, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Perosn who understands Odia culture, language will become CM of BJP govt in Odisha, says PM Modi

Son or daughter of soil who understands Odia language, culture will become CM of BJP govt in Odisha, says PM Modi in Phulbani.

May 11, 2024 11:23 AM IST

BJP ended 500 years of people's wait by building Ram temple at Ayodhya: PM Modi

BJP ended 500 years of people's wait by building Ram temple at Ayodhya, says PM Modi at Phulbani rally.

May 11, 2024 11:02 AM IST

Polarisation peaks in Krishnanagar campaign as Mahua Moitra battles to return to Lok Sabha

Homemaker Sushama Sarkar admitted without hesitation she didn’t know why Mahua Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha last year even as she watched the firebrand Trinamool Congress leader address a crowd of around 200 people at a roadside meeting near Gatra High School in the Chapra area of Krishnanagar constituency on Wednesday afternoon.

A heavy shower had just lashed parts of this Nadia district constituency which goes to the polls on May 13 along with seven other West Bengal seats. Three of these seats are located in Murshidabad and Naida districts that stand along the Bangladesh border where charges of infiltration are raised by Bharatiya Janata Party as a key issue in every election.

“For me, this is a fight for honour. Only you have the power to stop me from returning to Parliament, not Narendra Modi,” Moitra told the audience, alleging that the inquiry - ordered by the Lok Sabha Speaker after BJP accused her of compromising national security by sharing her Parliamentary portal password with an outsider - made her go through humiliation and insult.

May 11, 2024 10:54 AM IST

All important work in Odisha starts on sacred occasion of Akshaya Tritiya: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Sambalpur, Dharmendra Pradhan, said that all the sacred work in Odisha starts on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya and this was a very auspicious occasion for the people of Odisha.

Dharmendra Pradhan said, "Sital Sasthi festival and Sambalpur are inter-connected. Since ancient times, people's devotion has been attached to this. Sital Sasthi happens in June. Today, prayers were offered to Lord Shiv at this ancient temple in Nandapada. 'Thala Utha' was performed here. All the important work in Odisha starts today on the sacred occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. Agricultural work also starts today. "

He further said that preparations for Sital Sasthi start on the sacred occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.

"On this day, no discrimination is done on the basis of religion or caste. Preparations start for the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This brings unity and brotherhood in the society," he added.

May 11, 2024 10:22 AM IST

Congress Nota campaign in Indore with pictures of its candidate who joined the BJP

The Congress in Indore has started a campaign asking people to opt for NOTA on the electronic voting machine (EVM) panel pushing the Bharatiya Janata Party to resume its campaign highlight construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and Archaeological Survey of India survey in Bhojshala, a mosque in adjoining Mhow-Dhar Lok Sabha constituency.

On April 29, the Congress candidate Akshya Kanti Bam withdrew from the contest and joined the BJP, leaving BJP sitting MP and candidate Shankar Lalwani and 12 others in the fray. The Congress did not support any of the other candidates in the fray.

Locals said that for about 10 days, the BJP slowed down their campaign. However, with the Indore Congress starting a campaign asking people to vote for None Of The Above (NOTA) on the EVM, the BJP had started its campaign again. In Indore, Congress have put posters asking people to opt for NOTA with Akshay Kanti Bam photo.

May 11, 2024 10:09 AM IST

Dissident Bengal BJP leaders with RSS background surface for ex-state president at LS campaign

Several leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal unit who turned dissidents after being stripped of important portfolios during a 2021 reshuffle have surfaced at the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency located in the heart of the state’s iron and steel industry hub to campaign for Dilip Ghosh, the party’s former state president.

Like Ghosh, who was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak (campaigner) since 1984 before joining Bengal BJP in 2015, some of these leaders also have a RSS background. Contest in Burdwan is also being seen as a contest between old and new BJP in Wesr Bengal.

Of the seven assembly segments in the Burdwan-Durgapur constituency, Trinamool Congress won six in the 2021 state polls. BJP wrested only the Durgapur West seat.

May 11, 2024 9:49 AM IST

We are not afraid of Pakistan having an atom bomb: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday accused Congress leaders of praising Pakistan as it has an “atom bomb” and claimed that Pakistan Occupies Kashmir was part of India and will remain part of India.

 

Addressing a rally in support of union rural development minister Arjun Munda at Birsa Munda's birth place in Khunti the home minister expressed concern over Congress leader Mani Shanker Aiyar advising India to respect Pakistan for having an atomic bomb. He was referring to Aiyar’s interview in 2013.

“Mani Shankar Aiyar is telling us to respect Pakistan as it possesses an atomic bomb. Few days ago, INDIA alliance leader Farooq Abdullah said do not talk about PoK as Pakistan has an atomic bomb. I want to tell the Congress and INDIA alliance leaders that we are not scared of Pakistan and PoK belongs to India and no force can snatch it," he said.

Shah said, "A resolution was passed unanimously in the Parliament that PoK is part of India. You [Congress] are now putting a question mark on PoK by talking about the atom bomb. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) stand is clear that every inch of PoK belongs to India and it will remain with India.”

Shah said Congress is neither able to control extremism or terrrorism unlike Narenda Modi government, who rooted out deep rooted naxalism in tribal areas in 10 years.

 

May 11, 2024 9:33 AM IST

People of disputed Kotia to cast votes in both AP, Odisha polls on May 13

Armed with two voter cards issued by two states, over 5,500 electors of the disputed Kotia region are eligible to exercise their franchise in both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha elections in the fourth phase on May 13.

Twenty-one of the 28 villages of the picturesque Kotia cluster are claimed by both states and a case over the dispute has been pending with the Supreme Court since 1968.

Due to the dispute, residents of Kotia get the best of both worlds since they have Aadhaar and ration cards issued by both states and receive the benefits of schemes announced by the two governments.

May 11, 2024 8:55 AM IST

I want him to come and have tea with me: Rohini Acharya on PM Modi’s scheduled visit to Bihar

Here’s what RJD leader Rohini Acharya said on PM Modi’s scheduled visit to Bihar’s Chhapra on May 13.

“I want him to come and have tea with me. We will sit and discuss when 2 crore jobs will be given to people and when the AIIMS will be opened. I am also a daughter. He should do a roadshow for me too.”

May 11, 2024 8:26 AM IST

Sack Brij Bhushan, withdraw his son's ticket: Jairam Ramesh to BJP

The Congress on Friday demanded the BJP sack former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after a Delhi court ordered framing of sexual harassment and other charges against him.

It also demanded the Lok Sabha ticket given to his son be withdrawn.

In a post on X, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said the BJP has tried to "hide behind the fig leaf" by giving a ticket to his son from the Kaiserganj seat, which is presently represented by Brij Bhushan in Lok Sabha.

"Today, a Delhi court has ordered the framing of charges against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the BJP's goonda-MP who has been accused of sexually harassing five women wrestlers, including a minor," Ramesh said.

May 11, 2024 7:51 AM IST

"If a dacoit gets bail, then there is no point in celebrating": BJP's Agnimitra Paul on interim bail to Kejriwal

Slamming the Aam Aadmi Party for "celebrating" the Supreme Court's granting of interim bail to its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, Agnimitra Paul, the BJP MLA from Asansol in West Bengal, said, "If a dacoit gets bail, then there is no point in celebrating."

"If a dacoit gets bail, then there is no point in celebrating. He is a hypocrite who once said that he was against misgovernance, but now he has become the face of misgovernance. Whoever has looted the public money has to go to jail," Paul told ANI.

Kejriwal was released from jail after spending over 50 days following his arrest by the Directorate of Enforcement on March 21 in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. He has been granted interim bail till June 1 with conditions that he shall not visit the Office of the Chief Minister or the Delhi Secretariat.

May 11, 2024 7:41 AM IST

Congress is anti-Hindu, says PM Modi; alleges it wants to make Hindus second-class citizens

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called the Congress party anti-Hindu and said the grand-old party hates Hindus and wants to make them second-class citizens in their own country.

Addressing an election rally at Narayanpet in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar parliamentary constituency, Modi said the Congress hated Hindus and Hindu festivals so much. “This is becoming evident every day. The leader who gave tuition to Shehzada (the prince) has also said that the Ram temple should not have been built in Ayodhya. He announced that building the Ram temple and celebrating Ram Navami is anti-India and against the idea of India,” he pointed out.

Stating that the Congress had called him anti-national when he had visited the temple, Modi alleged that the Congress wants to make Hindus second-class citizens in their own country. “Do these people want to establish Aurangzeb's rule in India? Is this why they are talking about vote jihad?” he added.

He charged the Congress with dividing the country based on religion and caste. The Congress's real agenda is to appease certain communities for political gains, without considering the welfare of the nation. “The Congress is trying to give reservation based on religion to Muslims instead of SCs, STs and OBCs. The Congress knows that reservations based on religion are anti-constitutional. It also knows that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar opposed it,” he said, adding no one could snatch the rights of weaker sections under Modi's guardianship.

May 11, 2024 7:30 AM IST

Congress too made mistakes, will need to change its politics: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party too has made mistakes and will have to change its politics in future.

The remark came at an event in Lucknow where he accused Narendra Modi of being a monarch and not a prime minister, calling him a front for "two-three financiers."

Answering a question from a member of the audience at the event on the Constitution, the former Congress president said he was “100 per cent” prepared to take on Narendra Modi in a debate, but he knew that the prime minister will not agree.

"The Congress party will also have to change its politics in the coming times. This will have to be done. I also want to say that the Congress party has also made mistakes and I am saying this while being from the Congress party," he said in his speech.

However, he did not elaborate on what “change” he felt the Congress needed.

May 11, 2024 7:27 AM IST

BJD in Odisha detached from ground realities, oblivious to people's grievances: PM Modi

Accusing the Biju Janata Dal of being "oblivious to people's grievances" and detached from the ground realities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Odisha will support the BJP in "record numbers" in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state.

"While our Government has done extensive work, BJD is totally detached from the ground realities and is oblivious to people's grievances. They have totally misunderstood the great culture and ethos of Odisha. No wonder Bhubaneswar and Odisha will support the BJP in record numbers," PM Modi said in a series of posts on X.

After holding a roadshow in Bhubaneswar on Friday, PM Modi said that the BJP government at the Centre had worked to improve the education sector in Odisha.

May 11, 2024 6:49 AM IST

No “netagiri”, it's “matagiri” for Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur

A group of over 100 motorcycles welcomes the BJP’s Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi about five kilometres from Gauravpur (Sultanpur) where a crowd of nearly 500-1000 waits for her to address a public meeting at a girls’ college.

After reaching the venue, she reads out a list of all the village pradhans and other important persons of the area, greeting each one with a “pranam”.

At every public meeting, the eight-time MP begins her address by speaking about the time when she came to Sultanpur to contest the Lok Sabha election five years ago and how the people may have been apprehensive thinking that a leader like her would indulge in “netagiri” (work as a leader) and not take care of them. She has represented Sultanpur and Aonla once each and Pilibhit six times in the Lok Sabha.

“You all now know that I do “netagiri” (leadership work) out of Sultanpur. It's “matagiri” (work as a mother) inside Sultanpur,” she tells them.

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