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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: 'Won't become Aatmanirbhar by 5 kg ration', says Priyanka Gandhi

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Congress national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Congress national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Lok Sabha election 2024 Highlights: The political parties have intensified their poll campaigns ahead of the voting for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a poll rally in Telangana where he launched an all-out attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioning the party's sudden silence on Adani and Ambani and questioned them on having received money from the industrialists....Read More

Addressing a public meeting in Telangana's Karimpur, PM Modi said that for years the Congress' 'Shehzada' used to speak of '5 industrialists' and then he started to speak only of "Ambani and Adani" and now they are silent on them.

PM Modi later in the day, held a joint roadshow with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan in Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada. He is set to hold a roadshow in Bhubaneswar on May 10 and will also take part in poll rallies in the state on May 11 ahead of the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state. The security arrangements have been beefed up for PM's event, said the police.

Meanwhile, a voter turnout of 65.68% was recorded for polling in the third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission said on Wednesday, with northeastern state of Assam leading in voter turnout. Voting for the third phase was held on Tuesday in 93 constituencies spread over 11 states and Union Territories with the fate of over 1300 candidates in fray.

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 completed)

Phase 2- April 26 (polling completed)

Phase 3- May 7 (polling completed)

Phase 4 - May 13

Phase 5 - May 20

Phase 6 - May 25

Phase 7 - June 1

The Lok Sabha election's votes will be counted, and the results will be declared on June 4.

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May 9, 2024 11:48 PM IST

Digvijaya hits back at PM Modi for accusing Cong of ‘taking money from Adani-Ambani’

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for alleging that the opposition party received money from "Adani and Ambani." 

Addressing a rally in Telangana, PM Modi accused the Congress of having a "deal" with Ambani and Adani, questioning whether the party had received "tempo loads of black money" from the businessmen for Rahul Gandhi to cease "abusing" them.

"I want to ask from Telangana soil, let the 'shehzada' announce how much has been lifted from Ambani-Adani. Has tempo loads of money reached the Congress? What deal has been reached that abusing Ambani-Adani has stopped overnight?" the PM said during an election rally at Vemulawada in Telangana.

May 9, 2024 10:43 PM IST

'Stop being a crybaby,' Lone says to Omar after campaign rescheduled on order

People's Conference chief Sajad Lone Thursday asked National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah to stop being a "crybaby" and come up with such lies which have a longer shelf life.

Lone's remarks came after Abdullah asked the Election Commission to direct authorities in the north Kashmir's Baramulla constituency to allow his campaign programme as per schedule.

Abdullah's letter to the EC comes a day after the Sopore Superintendent of Police Divya D issued an official directive to the additional district magistrate, outlining the rescheduling of various political activities in the area.

PTI

May 9, 2024 10:27 PM IST

PM Modi has changed politics of casteism, vote bank to vikasvaad, accountability: JP Nadda

"10 years ago, it was ingrained in the mind of the common man of India that nothing is going to change now. This is how politics is done, everyone here is dishonest, gundaraj will go on. These thoughts about politics were formed in the mind of the common man. But after the arrival of PM Modi, everything changed in the politics of India. This 2024 elections which is going on, you will be voting for RK Singh and also fulfil the mission of Viksit Bharat. This is the difference," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda said while speaking at Madhya Pradesh's Chitrakoot on Thursday.

May 9, 2024 10:10 PM IST

BJP-led NDA won't even get 150 seats, says Rahul Gandhi

"BJP leaders have clearly said that they will change the book (Constitution). They have given the slogan of 'abki baar, 400 paar'. Leave aside 400, they won't even get 150 seats," Rahul Gandhi said in an election rally at Jobat town in Alirajpur district under the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh.

May 9, 2024 9:43 PM IST

J-K election body issues notice to PDP's Srinagar candidate

The Jammu and Kashmir election department has raised concerns over PDP candidate Waheed Para's recent statement, urging young people to view the general election as a "referendum" to communicate a message to New Delhi. They have requested Para to provide clarification on his remarks within two days and advised him against making similar statements in the future. The department highlighted that such statements could escalate tensions among communities.

May 9, 2024 9:33 PM IST

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to visit UP on May 14

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge is scheduled to visit Uttar Pradesh on May 14. He will address a public rally in support of party candidate Virendra Choudhary in the Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency. Additionally, he will hold a public meeting in the Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency in support of Congress alliance candidate Sadal Prasad.

May 9, 2024 8:51 PM IST

BJP's Ram Kripal Yadav never contests elections on basis of his reputation, work: RJD leader Misa Bharti

RJD's Patliputra Lok Sabha candidate, Misa Bharti, criticized her uncle and BJP candidate, Ram Kripal Yadav, stating that he's not running based on his own achievements but is depending on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity to win the election.

She said, “Chacha ji (Ram Kripal Yadav) is absolutely right that we have no conflict with him because this time the public is contesting elections... They never contest elections on their name and their work, this time also they are going to contest in the name of PM Modi.”

May 9, 2024 8:28 PM IST

Congress candidate from MP's Ratlam Kantilal Bhuria on party manifesto

"If Congress comes to power, as our manifesto states, every woman will get 1 lakh in her bank account. Women from each house will get 1-1 lakh. Those who have two wives will get 2 lakh...," said Congress candidate from MP's Ratlam, Kantilal Bhuria.

May 9, 2024 7:52 PM IST

BJP's Raebareli candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh on Gandhi family

BJP's Raebareli candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh says to PTI, “So much hatred is filled in the Gandhi family's mind for Amethi-Raebareli. From 1952 till now, Gandhi family never gave a Lok Sabha ticket to a person born to a mother from Raebareli. No son of Rae Bareli was sent to Rajya Sabha and the Gandhi family did not make anyone from Rae Bareli even an MP's representative. MP's representatives have also been brought from outside. Today it is before the people. Could only a person brought from Ludhiana - who is Priyanka Gandhi's clerk - fight the polls from Amethi? Were there no Congress leaders in Amethi?”

May 9, 2024 7:27 PM IST

Watch: BJP leader Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali holds a roadshow in Kanpur

May 9, 2024 6:31 PM IST

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Telangana

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addressing a public meeting in Telangana says, "Now we are bringing a new scheme - 'First Job Pakki', meaning in one year we are going to give rights to all the unemployed youth of India in companies, public sector, private sector, government hospitals, offices. They will be given one year of job, excellent training and 1 lakh rupees in their bank account in one year..."

May 9, 2024 5:23 PM IST

PM Modi privatised govt companies to eliminate reservation: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi alleged at a political rally in Telangana that Prime Minister Modi privatised numerous government companies with the aim of eliminating reservation.

May 9, 2024 5:11 PM IST

PM Modi's remarks that Congress will put 'Babri lock' on Ayodhya temple an absolute lie: Priyanka

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statement as an "absolute lie." Modi had claimed that if Congress comes to power, it would put a "Babri lock" on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Priyanka Gandhi clarified that court judgments would be respected, indicating that such claims were baseless.

She said, “This is an absolute lie ("yeh ekdum jhooth hai"). The Congress party has said a number of times that it will honour the judgment of the court. We have done this (in the past), and will do so in the future.”

May 9, 2024 4:28 PM IST

Amid exodus of leaders, Congress faces uphill task of breaching BJP stronghold of MP's Dhar

In the midst of leaders leaving ahead of the polls, the Madhya Pradesh Congress faces a daunting challenge in making headway in the Dhar Lok Sabha constituency, traditionally dominated by the BJP. With a significant tribal and farmer population shaping electoral outcomes, this constituency, reserved for tribal candidates, holds around 19.5 lakh eligible voters. The BJP has held sway here for the past decade. The upcoming elections, scheduled for May 13 in the fourth phase, will witness former MP Savitri Thakur (45) representing the BJP, while the Congress has put forward Radheshyam Muvel (47), a supporter of opposition leader Umang Singhar.

May 9, 2024 3:54 PM IST

Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva as party stages protest against Congress over Sam Pitroda's remarks

Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva criticised the Congress for its leaders' alleged racist remarks on India's unity and integrity, stating, "BJP opposes the manner in which Congress leaders have made racist remarks on India's unity and integrity." He added, "This remark by the Congress is a direct attempt to divide the country." The BJP staged a protest against the Congress following Sam Pitroda's remarks.

May 9, 2024 3:38 PM IST

Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Amethi candidate KL Sharma

Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Amethi candidate KL Sharma says, “Gandhi family has always had a strong-hold in Amethi and Raebareli. No other decision could have been better for Amethi and Congress than what they have taken this time.”

May 9, 2024 3:28 PM IST

BJP candidate from Patliputra Lok Sabha seat Ram Kripal Yadav says after filing his nomination

BJP candidate from Patliputra Lok Sabha seat Ram Kripal Yadav says after filing his nomination, "I have filed the nomination from Patliputra as an INDIA alliance candidate. I have done service to people. I have been working as a Sewak. I am 100 pc assured of win from here."

May 9, 2024 3:22 PM IST

Congress candidate from Amethi, KL Sharma, on BJP's clerk remark

Congress candidate from Amethi KL Sharma on BJP's 'clerk' remark says, “They are showing the values ​​they have received from their family. My father was uneducated but he have me good values; so we will not respond to what they are saying.”

May 9, 2024 3:07 PM IST

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on the last three phases of elections

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti speaking on the last three phases of elections says, "What is happening in the country clearly shows that after three phases of elections, BJP is losing...People have recognised that BJP wants to fight elections only in the name of religion...That is why they (BJP) want to create a Hindu-Muslim conflict...I am sure that now people have woken up. If these people come to power again, they will destroy the Constitution..."

May 9, 2024 2:57 PM IST

Congress candidate from Kangra Lok Sabha Constituency Anand Sharma files nomination

Congress candidate from Kangra Lok Sabha Constituency Anand Sharma says  while filing nomination, “We have come amidst the people. This constituency is not new to us. I have been coming here for many years. Our effort is to make our words reach every person and to understand the necessities of this region.”

May 9, 2024 2:47 PM IST

BJP's candidate from Odisha's Puri Lok Sabha seat Sambit Patra on LS polls

BJP's candidate from Odisha's Puri Lok Sabha seat, Sambit Patra says, "It is all PM Modi's stronghold. It is because of the Garib Kalyan Yojana started by PM Modi...It is all happening because of the work done by PM Modi."

May 9, 2024 1:50 PM IST

One voice is resonating in the whole country, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’, says Yogi Adityanath

ddressing a public meeting, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says, "Half of the election is over... One voice is resonating in the whole country, 'Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar'... The public says that they will bring back those who have brought Lord Ram... A so-called intellectual of Congress said that the construction of Ram Mandir was unnecessary. He is an advisor to Rahul Gandhi..."

May 9, 2024 1:49 PM IST

Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sam Pitroda's racist remarks

On Sam Pitroda's statement, Assam CM & BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma says, "After I heard Sam Pitroda's statement, I looked at myself in the mirror and I appear as a proud Assamese and Indian, not as a Chinese...This is a racist comment. It's condemnable. I don't know what he is trying to prove by making such a statement. There is one thing that those who are near Rahul Gandhi always insult the northeast. People of the northeast are proud Indians. You should never challenge our nationalism...Sam Pitroda and Rahul Gandhi are not two separate people. Pitroda is Rahul Gandhi's friend, philosopher and guide. Why are you (Congress) not disowning him (Sam Pitroda)?...How is this a useless issue? This issue is connected to our sentiments. You are completely advocating racism. If this is useless, then what is useful for Priyanka Gandhi?"

May 9, 2024 1:41 PM IST

"They are trying to use Delhi Police...": Telangana CM on Amit Shah's doctored video case

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of "using" the Delhi police and alleged that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is trying to "scare him."

"Amit bhai is trying to scare me off. He is using MHA in doing so. If a political party produced a doctored video against a political party or leader, the concerned political party has to complain. But here, the complaint was by the MHA. It means that they (BJP) are trying to use Delhi Police like they use ED and CBI. Let them do whatever they want, there are courts...I have given the details of my Twitter accounts," Revanth Reddy told ANI.

"In the age of social media, people are posting videos arbitrarily. If you accuse a CM for that and send him a notice - they have agencies in their hands...This is not correct," he added.

May 9, 2024 1:41 PM IST

LS poll contest between vote for development and 'vote for jihad': Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the 2024 election is Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi and that it is a contest between vote for development and "vote for jihad". Addressing an election rally in Bhongir Lok Sabha constituency of Telangana, he said the election is between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Bharatiya guarantee" against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's "Chinese guarantee".

May 9, 2024 1:32 PM IST

Sudhanshu Trivedi on report on growth in Muslim population in India

Here's what BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said on report on growth in Muslim population in India.

"It is a well-known fact and was in public domain. In 1951 Census, Hindus were 88 pc, Muslims 9.5 pc. In 2011, Hindus were 79.8 pc, Muslims 14.5 pc. It is a well-documented fact. If by this pace the population is increasing and Congress is hell bent on giving reservation to Muslims on the basis of population, then the share will be cut from whom? Possibility of increase in Muslim population is higher because of multiple marriages, conversion, infiltration. They (Muslims) are having secular cover. This needs to be answered."

May 9, 2024 1:18 PM IST

This election is vote for development against vote for 'jihad': Amit Shah 

This election is vote for development against vote for 'jihad': Amit Shah in Telangana poll rally.

May 9, 2024 1:12 PM IST

'Won't become Aatmanirbhar by 5 kg ration', says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a public meeting and says, "... 5 kg ration is not going to make the future. You will not become 'Aatmanirbhar' by this. If I ask you what will you choose between employment and a 5 kg ration, you will definitely choose employment. It will make you self-reliant. You need to understand that the political party, which is making policies where you will become dependent and not 'Aatmanirbhar', the ideology of such party is not right..."

May 9, 2024 1:04 PM IST

Jairam Ramesh accuses Modi government of 'Hum Do Humaare Do' policy, draining household savings to cronies

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, linked a drop in savings to Dadabhai Naoroji's "Drain Theory" of the British Raj. Jairam Ramesh charged th Modi government with allowing the drain of wealth from "Bharat ka Parivar" to "Modi ka Pariwar".

In a post on X Ramesh alleged "150 years ago Dadabhai Naorji's "Drain Theory" explained how the wealth of India's people was being taken away and sent to England. Since 2014 we have seen a similar drain of wealth from Bharat Ke Parivaar to Modi Ka Parivaar. This is the intentional effect of the Prime Minister's 'hum do humare do' policy of favouring his cronies."

May 9, 2024 12:40 PM IST

Be it Navnit Rana or Owaisi brothers, they are speaking the same language, says Shiv Sena (UBT)

On BJP leader Navnit Ravi Rana's "If you vote for AIMIM and Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Anand Dubey says, "Be it Navnit Rana or Owaisi brothers, they are speaking the same language...Someone is saying, give me police for fifteen minutes, then we will teach a lesson to Hindus, someone is saying, give me police for fifteen seconds, then we will teach a lesson to Muslims...They had to ultimately talk about Hindu-Muslim. Unless they do Hindu-Muslim, India-Pakistan, BJP's water does not get digested...BJP distributes certificates of Hindutva and gives knowledge of morality to others..."

May 9, 2024 12:39 PM IST

Choose between 5kg ration and employment, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a public meeting and says, "... 5 kg ration is not going to make the future. You will not become 'Aatmanirbhar' by this. If I ask you what will you choose between employment and a 5 kg ration, you will definitely choose employment. It will make you self-reliant. You need to understand that the political party, which is making policies where you will become dependent and not 'Aatmanirbhar', the ideology of such party is not right..."

May 9, 2024 12:36 PM IST

"Take 1 hour, not scared": Asaduddin Owaisi responds to BJP's Navneet Rana's comments

Reacting to BJP leader Navneet Rana's "15-second lagenge" remark, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give her one hour instead of 15 seconds and asserted they are not "scared" of the BJP leader.

"I tell Modi ji - give her 15 seconds. What will you do? Give her 15 seconds, give her 1 hour. We, too, want to see if you have any humanity left in you. Who is scared? We are ready...If someone is making an open call for it, then so be it. PM is yours; RSS is yours; everything is yours. Do it. Who is stopping you? Tell us where we have to come, we will be there. Do it," Owaisi told reporters on Thursday.

Responding to Navneet Rana's remarks that the vote given to AIMIM and Congress directly goes to Pakistan, he claimed that the BJP "hate" India's pluralism and diversity.

May 9, 2024 12:02 PM IST

Tell us where we have to come, we will be there: Owaisi on Navnit Ravi Rana's "15 seconds lagenge" remark

On BJP leader Navnit Ravi Rana's "15 seconds lagenge" remark in Hyderabad, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi says, "I tell Modi ji - give her 15 seconds. What will you do?...Give her 15 seconds, give her 1 hour. We too want to see if you have any humanity left in you. Who is scared? We are ready...If someone is making open call for it, then so be it...PM is yours, RSS is yous, everything is yours. Do it. Who is stopping you...Tell us where we have to come, we will be there. Do it."

May 9, 2024 11:38 AM IST

"I would have been jailed immediately if...": Waris Pathan demands 'strict action' against Navneet Rana

Reacting to BJP leader Navneet Rana's "15 seconds lagenge" remark, AIMIM leader Waris Pathan questioned why the police and the Election Commission have not taken any "action" against her and claimed that if he had said something like this, he would have been "jailed."

In a self-made video, the AIMIM leader said that Rana was making such remarks because she understood that she is badly losing from Amravati seat this time.

"Navneet Rana knows that she is badly losing from Amravati this time. She is unable to accept this and that is why she is uttering all this nonsense. What will you do if the police are removed for 15 seconds? What will she do if the police are removed? Will you kill all Muslims? What are the police and administration doing? Why has no action been taken so far? What is the Election Commission doing? Are such statements allowed in elections? We would like the Election Commissioner to take cognisance of this statement and take strict action. BJP has come to realise that this time it is difficult for them to cross 200-250 seats. If I said something like this, I would have been jailed immediately. Why is everyone silent now?" he said.

May 9, 2024 11:37 AM IST

Chhattisgarh records 72.8% voter turnout in phase 3, 1.31% up from 2019

Chhattisgarh has recorded an overall voter turnout of 72.8 per cent in elections to the 11 Lok Sabha seats, according to poll officials, registering an increase of 1.31 per cent from the 2019 figure.

Polling in the 11 Lok Sabha seats of the state was held in three phases - on April 19, April 26 and May 7.

"The overall voter turnout in the 11 Lok Sabha seats is 72.8 per cent. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the turnout stood at 71.49 per cent," state's Chief Electoral Officer Reena Babasaheb Kangale said on Thursday.

The Naxal-affected Bastar constituency (reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates), where voting was held on April 19, recorded 68.29 per cent turnout.

May 9, 2024 11:19 AM IST

TMC lodges complaint against Suvendu Adhikari and others over Sandeshkhali 'sting video'

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday lodged a complaint to the Election Commission against the Leader of Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, and others over the Sandeshkhali issue.

The TMC has filed a complaint after leaders confessed on camera that the Sandeshkhali rape accusations were concocted.

Earlier, TMC held a protest march in Sandeshkhali's Trimohini area against the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) alleged conspiracy against women in the riverine island after a sting operation revealed that the BJP was involved in scripting the entire incident.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday warned the BJP not to disrespect the mothers of Bengal, as once the self-respect of women is lost it cannot be regained.

May 9, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Indore BJP Councillor tear off NOTA posters from auto-rickshaws pasted by Congress leaders

The BJP in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday hit out at Congress for appealing to voters to exercise the 'None of the above' (NOTA) option.

BJP has begun a counter-campaign as Councillor Sandhya Yadav removed posters pasted on auto-rickshaws advocating the same.

Irked Councillor Sandhya Yadav from Ward 6 stopped the auto rickshaws and tore the NOTA campaign posters. A video of the same has surfaced on social media platforms.

Speaking to ANI, Yadav said, "The auto driver has no idea about the NOTA option and he was paid 50 to stick the poster on his auto rickshaw and asked to remove it after some time. He (driver) said I will give my vote to PM Modi."

May 9, 2024 10:56 AM IST

Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on BJP leader Navnit Ravi Rana's "15 seconds lagenge" remark

On BJP leader Navnit Ravi Rana's "15 seconds lagenge" remark, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan says, "PM Modi and Amit Shah are spreading hatred in the society so it is natural that their workers and candidates are also going to do the same. What Akbaruddin Owaisi has said is wrong and what Navnit Rana has said is also extremely shameful. They are all working in the directions of PM Modi to spread hatred in the country because PM Modi is losing this election badly...I will issue such a request to the Election Commission that both the statements should be investigated and action should be taken against them..."

May 9, 2024 10:53 AM IST

Vikramaditya Singh to file nomination today

Congress' Lok Sabha candidate from Mandi, Vikramaditya Singh says, "Today, with the blessings of deities especially Lord Ram, I will file my nomination. People from all corners of Mandi constituency have come to give me their blessings. I am confident that the 'sankalp' we take here will be just of development - only development oriented. We have worked and stood with people in difficult times, especially during calamity...There are other candidates too, there is glamour and Bollywood but it will not make any difference. People of Himachal Pradesh and they support educated people."

May 9, 2024 10:43 AM IST

Schools, road, tea garden, polling stations and more constructed inside Assam forests; NGT order reveals

Several schools, a 5 km-long road, a sluice gate on a river, a tea garden, wells and even polling stations came up inside a wildlife sanctuary and a nearby forest reserve in Assam, an affidavit filed by the state government in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has revealed.

In an order passed last week, the NGT has asked the chief secretary of Assam to file an affidavit giving details of officers who “permitted such extensive construction” in “gross violation” of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

“The affidavit must also explain the inaction of the principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) under whose very nose such illegal activities were allowed to go on since 2017,” the NGT order passed on May 2 by judicial member, Justice B Amit Sthalekar andexpert member Arun Kumar Verma, read.

May 9, 2024 10:22 AM IST

Punjab CM to campaign for AAP candidates in East, South Delhi LS seats on May 11

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will hold roadshows in East and South Delhi Lok Sabha constituencies on May 11 to campaign for AAP candidates, the party said on Thursday.

Delhi will go to polls in the sixth phase of the seven-phase election on May 25. The counting of votes will be held on June 4.

Mann will seek votes for Kuldeep Kumar and Sahiram Pahalwan, who have been fielded from the East Delhi and South Delhi constituencies by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

May 9, 2024 10:16 AM IST

PM Modi's road show in Kashi to give glimpse of mini India'

BJP national general secretary Sunil Bansal said here on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narend4a Modi's road show scheduled in Varanasi on May 13 would set a new trend, giving a glimpse of a miniature India. People of different communities living on the banks of the Ganga would welcome him and the amazing scene would give the message of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat'.

Bansal was addressing a meeting of BJP workers and senior officials associated with the arrangements for PM Modi's road show.

Bansal reviewed the road show preparations and gave necessary guidelines, saying it should be historic .

He said that all the people's representatives and senior BJP officials should go door to door with the booth committee and invite Kashi residents to come to the road show.

Eleven beats have been made from Malviya statue to Kashi Vishwanath Dham for the Prime Minister's road show and the responsibility of these 11 beats has been handed over to the people's representatives and senior BJP officials.

People of different . communities will welcome PM Modi in their traditional attire and flowers will be showered on him. People of Kashi will welcome Modi with shehnai, shankhnaad and damru beats . Along with this, cultural programmes will be organized at various places.

May 9, 2024 10:05 AM IST

BJP set to retain Delhi seats by record margins, says party's Chandni Chowk candidate Praveen Khandelwal

Stressing he was confident of a thumping win in the prestigious Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency of Delhi, the BJP's candidate for the seat, Praveen Khandelwal on Wednesday said the ruling party at the Centre was in pole position to retain all seven seats in the national capital by record margins.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Khandelwal said, "We are set to win Chandni Chowk again by record votes and the BJP will retain all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi with thumping victories."

He said people, in the far corners of the country, have come to put their trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the last 10 years of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, and the sentiment will be reflected yet again this year.

May 9, 2024 9:26 AM IST

FIR against Marathi daily for MCC violation through ad

A First Information Report (FIR) was filed on Wednesday against a Marathi daily for breaching the moral code of conduct by publishing an advertisement without mentioning the details of the publisher and the printer. The advertisement, published on the front page of the Mumbai edition on May 5, suggested that ‘not voting for the BJP would lead to celebrations in Pakistan’, said officials.

May 9, 2024 9:23 AM IST

EC orders repolling at 4 booths in MP's Betul LS seat on May 10

The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered repolling at four booths in Madhya Pradesh's Betul Lok Sabha seat on May 10 after electronic voting machines (EVMs) were damaged when a bus ferrying them and polling officials caught fire on Tuesday night.

The order for re-election by the EC came after the district administration submitted a report on the fire incident.

The repolling will be held at Rajapur, Kunda Raiyat, Chikhlimal and Dudar Raiyat of the Multai assembly segment of the parliamentary seat. The repolling is scheduled from 7 am to 6 pm.

May 9, 2024 9:22 AM IST

"People of Hyderabad are not cattle", says Asaduddin Owaisi on PM Modi's 'leasing the city to AIMIM' remarks

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark that Congress and BRS had given Hyderabad "on lease" to AIMIM, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday asserted that the people of Hyderabad are not cattle, adding that they are the citizens, not the property of political parties.

PM Modi on Wednesday trained guns at Congress and BRS and alleged that for all these years, Congress and BRS have given Hyderabad to AIMIM on "lease."

"Modi came to Telangana and said that the Hyderabad seat had been given on lease to Owaisi. The people of Hyderabad are not cattle. We are citizens, not the property of political parties. For forty years, Hyderabad has defeated the evil ideology of Hindutva and entrusted AIMIM. Inshallah, Hindutva will be defeated again," Owaisi posted on X.

May 9, 2024 8:39 AM IST

Union minister Athawale moves EC over Rahul Gandhi's 'change in Constitution' claim

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale has said he has filed a complaint with the Election Commission, objecting to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's frequent claim that the BJP would change the country's Constitution. Gandhi should be prohibited from making this claim, Athawale, a prominent Dalit leader and BJP ally, told reporters on Wednesday.

May 9, 2024 8:18 AM IST

Madhavi Latha is contesting like a lioness, says Amravati MP Navnit Ravi Rana

Amravati MP and BJP candidate from the constituency, Navnit Ravi Rana says "...The manner in which Madhavi Latha is contesting like a lioness, on a family bastion seat and even the Congress is fielding a dummy candidate to support AIMIM - I feel Owaisi should contest from somewhere else and see what is real strength. The kind of support that Madhavi Latha is getting from people who are with India - all of them will vote for Madhavi Latha this time...I hope that when voting happens, Madhavi Latha will definitely stop Telangana from turning into Pakistan and work for the development of Hyderabad through Parliament."

May 9, 2024 8:08 AM IST

ECI establishes 4 special polling booths for Kashmiri Migrants in Delhi Voters to get to and fro free transport facility up to booths

To facilitate Kashmiri Migrants, residing in Delhi, to cast their votes in person on the polling days during Lok Sabha elections on the seats across Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has established special polling booths for the community at different locations in the capital.

These booths have been established at Kashmir Resident Commission, 5 PR Road New Delhi, Kashmir Kissan Ghar BR-2 Shalimar Bagh Delhi, Arwachin International Public School Pocket F Dilshad Garden, Delhi and GGSSS Paprawat Najafgarh, Delhi.

“The Election Commission of India, in a first, has instructed for providing free of cost to and fro transportation facility for the Kashmiri Migrants eligible to cast their ballot in these special booths”, reads a communication received here today by the office of AERO/ARO, Migrants, New Delhi. The transport service will be provided to KMs from the camps to their respective polling stations and back to camps.

May 9, 2024 8:00 AM IST

Akhilesh, Rahul will have to go to jail if they engage in corruption: Amit Shah

Targeting Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav and his INDIA bloc partner Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said both would have go to jail if they engaged in corruption.

"I want to tell you this and remember, if you engage in corruption you (Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi) will have to go to jail," Shah said in the Samajwadi Party stronghold of Kannauj and Hardoi, which vote in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 13.

Akhilesh Yadav is contesting the Kannauj seat for the fourth time. In the ongoing polls, Yadav is up against sitting BJP MP Subrat Pathak who Shah described as a friend.

The back-to-back election rallies were held 30 km apart. In Hardoi, Shah alleged INDIA bloc leaders were involved in corruption of 12 lakh crore.

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