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Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Cong asks Kangana Ranaut to ‘name her contribution to Mandi'

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Voting for the general elections will be held in seven phases, beginning April 19. The last phase will be on June 1.
Kangana Ranaut, a Bollywood actor, is making her electoral debut as the BJP candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency.
Kangana Ranaut, a Bollywood actor, is making her electoral debut as the BJP candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: The Congress On Friday released its poll manifesto, becoming first of the country's two major political parties to unveil its vision document for the next five years. The grand old party had, however, already revealed 25 of its guarantees, which it calls 'Paanch Nyay' or five pillars of justice. The five pillars – there are five ‘guarantees’ under each – are 'Yuva Nyay' (for youth), 'Naari Nyay' (for women), 'Kisaan Nyay' (for farmers), 'Shramik Nyay' (for labourers) and 'Hissedari Nyay' (opportunities as per proportion in population)....Read More

The document was launched by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge in the presence of senior leaders, at the party headquarters in Delhi. On Saturday, the party will hold two ‘Manifesto launch mega rallies,' one each in Jaipur and Hyderabad.

The ruling BJP, meanwhile, has held one meeting of its manifesto committee; the 27-member panel is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Phase-wise schedule:

• Phase 1- April 19

• Phase 2- April 26

• Phase 3- May 7

• Phase 4 - May 13

• Phase 5 - May 20

• Phase 6 - May 25

• Phase 7 - June 1

The counting of votes for all 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held on June 4.

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Apr 5, 2024 10:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: 94 candidates eligible for 2nd phase of LS polls following scrutiny in UP

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Following scrutiny in Uttar Pradesh, an election official announced on Friday that 94 candidates remain in contention for the eight Lok Sabha seats scheduled for the second phase of polling. Out of the 175 candidates who submitted nomination papers by the deadline on Thursday, 81 have been rejected during scrutiny, according to Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa.

With the withdrawal deadline set for April 8, the current number of candidates in the fray stands at 94.

Apr 5, 2024 9:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Nomination of SP candidate Meera Yadav from Khajuraho LS seat rejected

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Meera Yadav, the Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee for the Khajuraho parliamentary seat, had her nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections rejected due to a missing signature on her form and an outdated certified copy of the voter list, ANI reported quoting her husband, Deep Narayan Yadav.

The official list of validated candidates does not include Meera Yadav's name, with 14 candidates, including VD Sharma from the BJP, Kamlesh Kumar from the BSP, and 12 independent candidates, deemed eligible to contest the election.

Apr 5, 2024 8:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: BJP's Dinesh Sharma on Cong leaders ‘leaving’ party

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: The Maharashtra election in charge for BJP, Dinesh Sharma, said that leaders are leaving the Congress due to the party's focus solely on the interests of its “first family”.

Addressing a gathering in Wardha, Sharma, a former deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, emphasised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers the nation as his family. He added that citizens will strongly support Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, framing it as a “battle between nationalists and opportunists.”

Apr 5, 2024 7:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Assam CM backs Kangana over 'Netaji is independent India's first PM' remark

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma supported BJP's Lok Sabha candidate Kangana Ranaut's statement that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was India's first Prime Minister.

''To those mocking @KanganaTeam - On 21 October 1943, Netaji established the Azad Hind Govt, of which he was the head, nearly 4 years before Pt Nehru took oath as Prime Minister following transfer of power'', Sarma posted on X.

Sarma noted that Bose founded the Azad Hind government before Nehru became PM, which was recognised by nine countries.

Apr 5, 2024 6:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress challenges Kangana Ranaut, asks to ‘name contribution to Mandi Lok Sabha’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Himachal Pradesh Congress general secretary Rajneesh Kimta called upon BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut to specify a single contribution she has made to the Mandi parliamentary seat. Speaking to the press, Kimta asked Ranaut “to name one thing that she has done for the constituency from where she is contesting,” asserting that political success requires more than familial ties.

He added that Ranaut cannot solely rely on her relatives' presence in Mandi to secure victory in elections.

Apr 5, 2024 6:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Farooq Abdullah welcomes Congress manifesto

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Friday welcomed the Congress manifesto ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, expressing optimism about its implementation.

He also suggested that placing national probe agencies under parliamentary oversight would be beneficial. Criticising the BJP, he accused them of engaging in divisive tactics by creating tension between Hindus and Muslims.

Apr 5, 2024 5:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: EC identifies 266 LS seats with lower voter turnout; says 'one size fits all' approach won't work

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: The Election Commission on Friday said it has identified 266 parliamentary constituencies, including 215 in rural areas, with low voter turnout and is planning targeted intervention to enhance voting percentage in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Municipal commissioners from major cities and select district election officers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh discussed enhancing voter engagement and participation in identified urban and rural Lok Sabha seats.

Addressing the participants, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar stressed that 'one size fits all' approach will not work and different strategies have to be worked out for different areas and segments.

Apr 5, 2024 4:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Bihar minister Maheshwar Hazari's son joins Congress

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Bihar minister Maheshwar Hazari's son Sunny Hazari joined the Congress here on Friday, fuelling speculations that he may be fielded in the Lok Sabha polls. Maheshwar Hazari, a senior JD(U) leader, stepped down as the deputy speaker of the assembly recently and now holds the crucial Information and Public Relations Department portfolio.

Apr 5, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Union minister Nitin Gadkari addresses a public rally in Chamorshi town of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district.

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Union minister Nitin Gadkari addressed a public rally in Chamorshi town of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district on Friday.

Apr 5, 2024 3:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: MP chapter of INDIA bloc to meet in Bhopal to plan strategy ahead of LS polls: Cong leader

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Opposition INDIA bloc partners plan to meet here on Saturday and chalk out a strategy to counter the dominant BJP in Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, a senior Congress said on Friday. The BJP, which scripted an emphatic victory in the recent assembly elections, is preparing for a clean sweep in the general elections in the central state, its leaders have claimed.

Apr 5, 2024 3:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Independent MP Sumalatha Ambareesh joins BJP in a boost to NDA ahead of LS polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Actor-turned-politician and independent MP from Mandya in Karnataka Sumalatha Ambareesh on Friday joined the BJP, in a boost to the NDA ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Terming it an "important and good day" in her political life, the 60-year-old said she is deeply inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, his dream for the country by 2047 and his dedication towards it.

Apr 5, 2024 3:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Only 12 women candidates in fray in Sikkim Assembly polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Only 12 women candidates out of 146 nominees in the fray for the Sikkim Assembly and the lone Lok Sabha seat in the Himalayan state. Sikkim has 32 Assembly seats and a lone Lok Sabha constituency. Voting for the Assembly and Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 19.

Apr 5, 2024 2:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: BJP reacts to Congress' poll manifesto 

"There is a picture on water management in Congress manifesto. This picture is of the Buffalo River in New York state. Till now they have not been able to find out who was tweeting from their social media chairperson's Twitter, but who sent them this picture? Under the Environment section, a picture from Rahul Gandhi's favoured destination, Thailand has been put. Who is putting all this in their manifesto?" BJP national spokesperson Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi asked.

Apr 5, 2024 2:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘Leaders leaving Congress out of fear due to their wrongdoings,’ says president Mallikarjun Kharge

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: "At this time, some people are running away from us out of fear. They are the same people who have done something wrong. The one who stands straight on his principles, no one can scare him. We are the people who will get scared. Our leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi do not fear, but the PM does. He talks about '400 paar' after taking our people. He could not go to Manipur but went all over the world. When our leader Rahul Gandhi went there, why couldn't he? He did not go because he fears and the one who gets fear, cannot run a country," Kharge said.

Apr 5, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress manifesto pledges to engage with Pakistan depending on its willingness to end cross-border terrorism

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: "We will repair relations with the Maldives and work with Myanmar to protect the political and human rights of the people of Myanmar. Engagement with Pakistan depends fundamentally on its willingness and ability to end cross-border terrorism. Congress will significantly increase the size of the Indian Foreign Service, open more missions abroad, leverage our economic strengths, and acquire a position of leadership through the country's values and mutually beneficial economic relationships," the manifesto said.

Apr 5, 2024 1:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Mamata Banerjee calls BJP's guarantees ‘zero’

BJP's guarantee is zero. The BJP has MLA, MP from north Bengal. They stopped taking tea leaves from about 10 lakh tea garden workers. Our government supported those people and I said, we will take tea leaves from you, we helped 10 lakh labourers: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM

Apr 5, 2024 1:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress says will abolish Agnipath scheme

The Congress would abolish the Agnipath programme and direct the armed forces to resume normal recruitment to achieve full sanctioned strength: Manifesto

Apr 5, 2024 1:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘Main course yet to come,’ says PM Modi

Whatever has been done in 10 years is just a trailer and is like an appetizer, main course is yet to come: PM Modi in Churu rally.

Apr 5, 2024 1:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘After 10 years, country now looking for a change,’ says Sachin Pilot

It is a great manifesto which has been prepared after listening to the people's voice. The public wants a better option, and they are ready for a change after 10 years. The Congress and I.N.D.I.A alliance partners have presented a better option in front of the people: Sachin Pilot, Congress

Apr 5, 2024 12:37 PM IST

24 Lok Sabha Election 20ews LIVE: PM Modi campaigns in Churu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a rally in Rajasthan's Churu. The BJP dropped its sitting MP from Churu, Rahul Kaswan, who then joined the Congress, and has been fielded by the grand old party. The BJP has given ticket to Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia.

Apr 5, 2024 12:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Manifesto is ‘Nyay ka dastavez,’ says Kharge

This manifesto will be remembered as 'Nyay ka dastavez' (document of justice) in the political history of the country. The Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra, which was run under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, focused on five pillars during the yatra: Yuva Nyay, Kisan Nyay, Naari Nyay, Shramik Nyay and Hissedari Nyay was announced. Out of these five pillars, 25 guarantees emerge, and in every 25 guarantees, someone or the other gets benefited, under this, we have our manifesto here: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress president

Apr 5, 2024 12:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress to ensure minorities' freedom of choice, manifesto says

The Congress will ensure that, like every citizen, minorities have the freedom of choice of dress, food, language and personal laws. We will encourage reform of personal laws. Such reform must be undertaken with the participation and consent of the communities concerned

Apr 5, 2024 11:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress promises caste census for ‘social justice’

The Congress pwill conduct a nationwide socio-economic and caste census to enumerate the castes and sub-castes and their socio-economic conditions and it will pass a constitutional amendment to raise the 50% cap on reservations for SC, ST and OBC: Manifesto

Apr 5, 2024 11:37 AM IST

a Election Lok Sabh2024 news LIVE: Congress manifesto launched

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge launches party's manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Former party chiefs Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, general secretary KC Venugopal, among those present. Ex-Union minister P Chidambaram, who headed the manifesto committee, also present.

Apr 5, 2024 11:22 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress leaders arrive for manifesto release

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sachin Pilot arrive at Congress headquarters for the party's poll manifesto release.

Apr 5, 2024 11:07 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘No one trusts Lalu Yadav,’ says Union minister Nityanand Rai

No one trusts Lalu Yadav's statements. He is famous for nepotism and scams. All the leaders of Mahagathbandhan have accepted that no one can compete with PM Narendra Modi. They know, the people will make him the Prime Minister again with more than 400 seats. They are troubled by the popularity of PM Modi.  The nation is moving towards development, becoming Aatmanirbhar, all by the efforts of PM Modi. India has never seen such a leader who worked to eradicate poverty... The more objectionable comments the INDI alliance and their leaders make on PM Modi, the more the people give him their love: Nityanand Rai, BJP

Apr 5, 2024 10:50 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘Our duty to respect women,’ says Congress's Himachal Pradesh chief

I welcome her (Kangana Ranaut) as she is the daughter of Himachal. She has joined politics to work for the state and has started working actively. She is a woman, it's our duty to respect her. I appeal to the people not to make objectionable comments, it's not good. We should contest on the issues instead of commenting on her be it through media or at any public meeting. I condemn the way it all started and the kind of things that were said a few days back: Pratibha Singh, Mandi MP

Apr 5, 2024 10:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘DMK, Congress both insult women,’ says Annamalai

A senior leader like Randeep Surjewala, is giving a very crass comment (on BJP MP Hema Malini). He is also justifying his comments. DMK party insults women. It speaks bad about women. Now the same disease is spreading to the Congress party. The people of India are watching and in the 2024 elections they will teach them a lesson

Apr 5, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: BJP's K Annamalai holds roadshow in Coimbatore

K Annamalai, BJP's Tamil Nadu unit chief, holds a roadshow in Coimbatore. Annamalai has been fielded from the Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency.

Apr 5, 2024 9:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Preparations underway at Congress office for manifesto release

Preparations underway at the Congress headquarters in Delhi ahead of the unveiling of the party's Lok Sabha poll manifesto.

Apr 5, 2024 9:12 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘Congress manifesto document of trust between party, people of India’

The Congress party shall be unveiling its Manifesto today. Our 5 NYAY — 25 GUARANTEE agenda represents our non-negotiable commitment to the welfare of Nation. Since 1926 till date, the Congress Manifesto is a solemn document of the inseparable trust between us and the People of India: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress president

Apr 5, 2024 8:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: ‘BJP will win all 25 Rajasthan seats,’ says Union minister Meghwal

Development and good governance are the two of our agendas. PM Modi's work has reached the ground based on what we are going into this election. We see everything with positivity…we are not a party that does negative politics. We correct things that have been done wrong, and we forget the things of the past. We are united and will win all 25 seats in Rajasthan: Arjun Ram Meghwal

Apr 5, 2024 8:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: BJP's Dilip Ghosh accuses West Bengal govt of ‘lying’ on central funding

The (Bengal) government has repeatedly lied and given false figures (regarding funding given by the Center to state govt) to mislead the people. I am saying that today everything is in the public domain, what is the central government doing, what is it giving and how much did the state government get? CAG has exposed a scam of 229 crore, which the state government is yet to answer. That is the money of the poor people: Dilip Ghosh, BJP MP

Apr 5, 2024 8:19 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Sanjay Raut on seat-sharing dispute within Maha Vikas Aghadi

All the 48 seats in Maharashtra belong to the Maha Vikas Aghadi and not particularly to the Shiv Sena (UBT) or Congress. Shiv Sena (UBT) has a clear vision of winning all the seats (of MVA). Some people could be furious about Shiv Sena having Sangli seat. Amravati and Kolhapur were our seats, but we explained to our workers. If some Congress people are furious in Sangli, then it is the responsibility of their top leadership to speak to them. We will try our best to win Sangli's seat: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena (UBT)

Apr 5, 2024 7:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: PM Modi, HM Shah to visit Assam this month

On the 7th and 8th of this month, home minister Amit Shah will visit Assam and address three meetings. And the Prime Minister will have a meeting on April 17. We will definitely get at least 13 (Lok Sabha) seats for the BJP from Assam: Jayanta Mallabaruah, Assam minister

Apr 5, 2024 7:31 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Congress manifesto to be released today

The grand old party will unveil its vision document, the Manifesto, at its headquarters in Delhi. has already revealed 25 of its guarantees, which it calls 'Paanch Nyay' or 'five pillars of justice.'

Each ‘pillar’ consists of five 'guarantees.'

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