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Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Congress to announce poll manifesto on Apr 5

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: The polling will be held in seven phases beginning April 19. Results will be declared on June 4.
Around 97 crore people are eligible to vote in the upcoming polls. (Pic for representation)
Around 97 crore people are eligible to vote in the upcoming polls. (Pic for representation)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 highlights: Campaigning for the upcoming general elections is in full swing, On Sunday, the BJP-led ruling NDA and the opposition INDIA bloc, both held major rallies, with prime minister Narendra Modi campaigning in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, while the Congress-led alliance protested in Delhi against the ‘dictatorial’ Modi government....Read More

Polling for the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases, the first of which is on April 19. Voting will also be held on April 26, May 7, 13, 20, 25, and June 1. The counting of votes for all 543 Lok Sabha seats, will take place on June 4.

The BJP, which won parliamentary majority of its own in both previous general elections – 282 seats in 2014 and 303 in 2019 – has set a target of winning 370 seats on its own and over 400 with allies. PM Modi, too, is seeking a hattrick of wins for the top post. The Congress, on the other hand, has formed the INDIA bloc to strengthen its prospects of coming to power, and deny both PM Modi and the BJP, a third consecutive term. The grand old party won just 44 and 52 seats in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

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Apr 1, 2024 10:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘Dravidian model of governance empowered women,’ says DMK's Dindigul Leoni

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: DMK leader Dindigul Leoni stated on Monday that the DMK government has made substantial contributions to empowering women, enabling them to excel across diverse domains.

"In the past, women were confined to their homes, and even studying medicine required knowledge of Sanskrit, which seemed unrelated to the field. However, the Dravidian model of governance changed this narrative, enabling women to hold positions such as Mayor, collector and IG," he said while campaigning in Arapalayam here for CPI(M) candidate Venkatesan.

Apr 1, 2024 8:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Congress to announce poll manifesto on Apr 5

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: The Congress will release its Lok Sabha election manifesto on April 5 at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in New Delhi, announced General Secretary KC Venugopal in a post on X.

“After vast deliberations with people from across the country, the Congress will be releasing its vision document, the Manifesto, on 5th April at AICC HQ. Subsequently, we will hold two Mega Rallies on 6th April - in Jaipur and Hyderabad! In Jaipur, INC President Sh. Mallikarjun @kharge ji, CPP Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji, Sh. @RahulGandhi ji and Smt. @priyankagandhi ji will be launching the manifesto addressing the Mega Rallies Rahul ji will also be addressing the Manifesto launch mega rally in Hyderabad! Our focus has always been on giving the country a welfare oriented, pro-development vision and that will be presented to the people for this election as well!” Venugopal wrote on X.

Apr 1, 2024 8:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: DMDK leader Premalatha Vijaykanth holds road show in TN's Tiruchirappalli

Apr 1, 2024 7:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Former BJP leader Laxman Tiwari joins Congress in MP

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Former Madhya Pradesh MLA and BJP leader Laxman Tiwari joined the Congress on Monday, shortly after another significant departure from the opposition party in Chhindwara, the home district of former CM Kamal Nath, news agency PTI reported.

Tiwari emphasised the need to bolster the Congress, which is witnessing a wave of defections in the BJP-ruled state, upon joining the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. His decision to join the Congress came after a meeting with the party's state unit president Jitu Patwari in Bhopal the previous day.

Apr 1, 2024 6:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Gujjar leader Mian Altaf nominated by National Congress for Anantnag Seat

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Gujjar leader Mian Altaf, well-regarded within the Bakarwal and Pahari communities, has been announced as the National Conference's candidate for the newly redrawn Anantnag-Poonch-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat, scheduled for polling on May 7.

Altaf, aged 66, brings extensive political experience as a five-time MLA and former minister in the administrations of Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. Hailing from the ancestral Wangath village in Kangan, Central Kashmir, known as 'Baba Nagri', Altaf's nomination has generated local excitement, with his inclusive approach being a notable aspect of his candidacy.

(PTI)

Apr 1, 2024 6:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Uttarakhand BJP president on PM Modi's rally tomorrow

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rally on Tuesday in Uttarakhand, state BJP president Mahendra Bhatt says, “PM Modi's rally (in Rudrapur) is going to be historic, the Modi Ground in Rudrapur will change the history. We have given invitations at every house, and there's an excitement in every party worker. PM Modi resides in heart of each person in Uttarakhand, and people cannot forget the development done by him in the state”

Apr 1, 2024 5:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: PM Modi to address public meetings in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan tomorrow

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address public gatherings in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan on April 2. In Uttarakhand, he will speak in Rudrapur, while in Rajasthan, he will address the crowd in Kothrutali.

Additionally, as part of his campaign trail, PM Modi will tour Uttar Pradesh. He is set to hold a public meeting in Saharanpur on April 6, followed by a roadshow in Ghaziabad later that evening. Furthermore, a significant public meeting is planned in Pilibhot on April 9, with a potential public gathering in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, on April 16.

Apr 1, 2024 5:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Actor and BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut meets people, enjoys tea alongside Jairam Thakur | Watch

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Actor and BJP candidate from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, was spotted mingling with locals and sharing tea with Leader of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur on Monday. Thakur and state party chief Rajiv Bindal also held discussions with Kangana Ranaut before her interactions with party workers in Mandi. The former Himachal CM, Jairam Thakur, had previously visited Kangana at her Mandi residence on Sunday.

Apr 1, 2024 4:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: BJP files complaint against TMC leader over ‘derogatory remarks about PM Modi’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: The BJP lodged a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner against TMC leader Piyush Panda for his derogatory comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP asserted that the remarks made by the TMC leader constitute significant breaches of the Indian Penal Code, the Representation of People Act, 1951, and the Model Code of Conduct.

Apr 1, 2024 4:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Odia actor and ex-BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty joins BJP, says he is ‘inspired by PM Modi’

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Popular Odia actor and former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Kendrapara, Anubhav Mohanty, has officially joined the BJP today after leaving the ruling party in Odisha, citing a feeling of "suffocation".

“I have no complaint against my leader. The reason why I joined the BJP is the pace at which our country is developing. Efforts are being made to make India the number one country in the world. I am deeply inspired by the dynamism that our Prime Minister carries and the bold steps that he takes... I considered my leader as a fatherly figure and he will always remain so... There are some reasons for switching parties which I do not wish to share,” Mohanty was quoted as saying by ANI.

Apr 1, 2024 3:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘Who is Rahul Gandhi to lecture on democracy?’ asks Amit Shah

Rahul Gandhi has no right to talk about democracy now as his grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi put lakhs of people in jail and banned political parties during the Emergency: Amit Shah, Union home minister

Apr 1, 2024 3:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Centre doing everything to bring back Katchatheevu, says BJP's Tamil Nadu chief

Katchatheevu was given to Sri Lanka with the consent of late Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi. He spoke with Kewal Singh - former External Affairs Minister. Now, the BJP has given a letter to external affairs minister Jaishankar to get back Katchatheevu. It should be brought back to India, this is our stand. The Centre is trying everything possible to bring back Katchatheevu to protect fishermen: K Annamalai

Apr 1, 2024 3:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Ex-BJD leader Mohanty joins BJP

Anubhav Mohanty, Lok Sabha MP from Odisha's Kendrapara who recently left the state's ruling BJD, joins BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

Apr 1, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: BJP seeks action against Rahul for ‘match-fixing’ comment

BJP files complaint with the Election Commission, a day after Rahul Gandhi, speaking at an INDIA bloc rally in Delhi, said that the ruling party is doing ‘match-fixing,' insinuating that the BJP is rigging the Lok Sabha elections.

Apr 1, 2024 2:22 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Congress says candidates for Andhra decided

The Congress has decided candidates for five Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, and for 114 assembly seats. The names of remaining candidates will be confirmed soon. The first list of candidates could be released tomorrow: YS Sharmila, Andhra Pradesh unit chief

Apr 1, 2024 1:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: BJP foundation day to be celebrated with ‘400 paar’ slogan

Each worker on the ground who is busy gearing up for the election needs to take a resolve that the party must come back with a decisive mandate. 'Abki Baar 400 Paar' and 'Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar' are what we need to work on: BJP official circular ahead of 44th foundation day on April 6.

Apr 1, 2024 1:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Sitaram Yechury accuses BJP of ‘opportunism’ on Katchatheevu row

The BJP government has been in power for the past 10 years. What were they doing about this? Why do they suddenly remember this on the evening of the election? Such opportunism is not going to benefit them. They are in the government, they should tell what it is: Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M)

Apr 1, 2024 12:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ECI censures BJP MP, Congress spokesperson for remarks against women.

Election Commission censures BJP MP Dilip Ghosh and Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate after finding both guilty of making ‘personal’ and ‘derogatory’ remarks against women.

While Ghosh was reprimanded for his statement on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Shrinate will face action for comments from her Instagram handle on actor and BJP candidate, Kangana Ranaut.

Apr 1, 2024 12:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Tamil Nadu BJP chief campaigns in Coimbatore

Former IPS officer K Annamalai, holds a roadshow in Coimbatore. The BJP has fielded him from the Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency.

Apr 1, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: BJP holds first meeting of manifesto committee

BJP's manifesto committee for Lok Sabha elections, holds first meeting. Defence minister Rajnath Singh, who heads the committee, chairing the meet at BJP headquarters in Delhi.

Apr 1, 2024 11:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Kangana Ranaut to attend BJP meeting in Mandi

Actor Kangana Ranaut, fielded by the BJP from Mandi in her home state Himachal Pradesh, arrives for a party meeting in Mandi.

Apr 1, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: PM Modi's public rallies in coming days

PM Modi to address public rallies in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur and Rajasthan's Kotputli on April 2. On April 6, the PM will address a rally in UP's Saharanpur. On the same day, he will hold a road show in Ghaziabad, UP. The PM will hold a public rally in Pilibhit on April 9 and in Moradabad on April 16: Sources

Apr 1, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Congress discusses candidates for Telangana

Central Election Committee of the Congress meets at party headquarters in Delhi to discuss the candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Telangana.

Apr 1, 2024 10:44 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘Did nothing on this issue despite being in power for 10 years,’ DMK hits back at BJP

In the last 10 years, the BJP govt has not done anything for the retrieval of Katchatheevu. Why is the BJP doing this now? They know they will not be able to win 150 seats across the country. They want to take up issues that will divert from the electoral bond scam: Sarvanan Annadurai, DMK spokesperson

Apr 1, 2024 10:17 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘Diversionary tactic,’ says Congress on Katchatheeva issue

The problem with BJP, RSS and PM Modi is that people are rejecting them in Tamil Nadu and they want a diversionary tactic. The government of India headed by Indira Gandhi signed an agreement called the Indira Gandhi-Sirimavo Bandaranaike agreement in that time to save 6 lakh Tamils and to save them this island was given to the Srilankan govt. We are very clear that if our fishermen are attacked, we will raise our voices to take back Katchatheevu Island. But, in 10 years, PM Modi has failed to do so. They will not get even one seat in Tamil Nadu by these cheap tactics. (BJP state chief) Annamalai is struggling for third place (in Coimbatore): Manickam Tagore, Congress

Apr 1, 2024 9:56 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Congress to discuss candidates for Andhra Pradesh candidates

Central Election Committee (CEC) of Congress to meet today to discuss candidates for both Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh.

Apr 1, 2024 9:41 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘Important for people to know and judge’

Today, it is important for the public to know and the people to judge, this issue has been hidden too long from the gaze of the public. We know who did this, what we don't know is who hid it. We believe that the public has the right to know how did this situation come up: Jaishankar on Katchatheevu

Apr 1, 2024 9:24 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Jaishankar slams Congress, DMK on Katchatheevu issue

“Both the Congress & DMK have approached this matter as though they have no responsibility on this,” says S Jaishankar on Katchatheevu island issue.

Apr 1, 2024 9:14 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: S Jaishankar speaks on Katchatheevu island issue

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addresses media on the issue of Katchatheevu island.

“in 1974, India and Sri Lanka concluded an agreement where they drew a maritime boundary, and in drawing the maritime boundary Katchatheevu was put on the Srilankan side of the boundary,” he says.

Apr 1, 2024 9:09 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: RLD national vice president Shahid Siddiqui leaves party

Yesterday, I resigned from the position of National Vice President of RLD & its membership. Me and my family stood up against Indira’s Emergency & today can’t silently watch undermining of all the institutions which have united & made India one of the great nations of the world. My regards & best wishes to @jayantrld & other colleagues in the party: Shahid Siddiqui

Apr 1, 2024 8:54 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: DMK's ‘double standards’ on Katchatheevu island exposed, says PM Modi

Rhetoric aside, DMK has done NOTHING to safeguard Tamil Nadu’s interests. New details emerging on #Katchatheevu have UNMASKED the DMK’s double standards totally.

Congress and DMK are family units. They only care that their own sons and daughters rise. They don’t care for anyone else. Their callousness on Katchatheevu has harmed the interests of our poor fishermen and fisherwomen in particular: PM Narendra Modi

Apr 1, 2024 8:27 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: ‘All records will be broken under PM Modi,’ says Madhya Pradesh CM

Under the leadership of PM Modi, Dindori district will get a huge majority percentage. I hope that all records will be broken: Mohan Yadav, Madhya Pradesh CM

Apr 1, 2024 8:06 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: Sikh group hold pro-Modi rally in US

A US-based Sikh group holds rally in support of PM Modi in Maryland. Participants decked up their vehicles with flags of the BJP, and displayed the prime minister's slogan of ‘Abki baar, 400 paar.’

Apr 1, 2024 7:44 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates: In MP, Congress begins ‘one note, one vote’ campaign

With its bank accounts frozen by the central Income Tax department, the Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit on Sunday launched a "one note, one vote" campaign seeking donations to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Arun Shrivastava and Dinesh Yadav, its candidates from Bhopal and Jabalpur, respectively, campaigned in state capital, Bhopal, with boxes in their hands.

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