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Eight-year-old Priyanshu Machhale dressed up as Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra on April 22(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

Before vote count, a deep dive into 2019 poll campaign and how it unfolded

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 12:25 PM IST
The zealous cow protection drive, crackdown on slaughterhouses, and lynching of Muslims on the mere suspicion that they possessed beef had broken the symbiotic relationship between Hindus and Muslims
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Navjot Singh Sidhu will not address a single rally in Punjab(HT Photo)
Navjot Singh Sidhu will not address a single rally in Punjab(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Navjot Singh Sidhu to give his home state a miss in poll campaign

By Sukhdeep Kaur | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 09:26 AM IST
Congress star campaigner, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is all set to give his home state a miss. The cricketer-turned-politician, who is headed next to Bihar today to address a rally for Shatrughan Sinha.
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Modi said people will be able to make a choice between those who stand to protect those who are guilty of sedition and those who live and die to protect and preserve India’s integrity.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Modi said people will be able to make a choice between those who stand to protect those who are guilty of sedition and those who live and die to protect and preserve India’s integrity.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

‘Not choosing class monitor,’ says PM Modi on high-pitched poll campaign

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 09:09 AM IST
PM Modi said that the polls will prove to be the turning point in India’s rise in the world and it has brought out the differences between the two sides clearly.
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Heavy rainfall is likely in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Dhanbad, Jamtara, Dumka, and Pakur on May 3, while heavy rainfall is very likely in districts of northeast Jharkhand on May(HT Photo)
Heavy rainfall is likely in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Dhanbad, Jamtara, Dumka, and Pakur on May 3, while heavy rainfall is very likely in districts of northeast Jharkhand on May(HT Photo)

Cyclone Fani hits poll campaign in Jharkhand

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 09:15 AM IST
BJP’s Jamshedpur district president Dinesh Kumar said, “The district administration has issued a high alert for May 3 and May 4 in view of the Fani cyclone. This is why we have cancelled Yogi Adityanath’s rally at Gopal Maidan, Jamshedpur.”
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NC vice president Omar Abdullah today addressed a rally of workers inside the party office which is located in a high security zone.(PTI File Photo)
NC vice president Omar Abdullah today addressed a rally of workers inside the party office which is located in a high security zone.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In Jammu and Kashmir’s militant-hit area, politicians opt for door-to-door poll campaigns

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 09:20 PM IST
Lok Sabha elections 2019: The Pulwama and Shopian districts of the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls on Monday in the three-phase elections held for the seat.
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Amrinder Singh Raja Warring(HT File)
Amrinder Singh Raja Warring(HT File)

Lok Sabha election: Warring kicks off poll campaign from Badal village, meets Manpreet

By Sarbmeet Singh | Hindustan Times, Muktsar
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 10:42 PM IST
Notably, the Badals’ stronghold Lambi had given Akali Dal candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal a lead of 35,000 votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and she could defeat Manpreet Badal of the congress by a narrow margin 19,000 votes.
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Ravi Kishan(HT)
Ravi Kishan(HT)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ravi Kishan kick-starts poll campaign with a road show

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2019 10:52 AM IST
The road show started from Gorakhnath temple where he offered prayers to Baba Gorakhnath and sought the deity’s blessings amid loud and repeated chants hailing PM Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Soon, BJP to set up committees to oversee poll campaign in Delhi(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Soon, BJP to set up committees to oversee poll campaign in Delhi(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Soon, BJP to set up committees to oversee poll campaign in Delhi

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2019 04:48 AM IST
Also, unlike its two rivals -- the AAP and the Congress -- the BJP is yet to announce its candidates to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.
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Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal with other party leaders on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal with other party leaders on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election: SAD kicks off poll campaign with three rallies in Anandpur Sahib

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Rupnagar/Balachaur
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2019 11:17 PM IST
Addressing the first rally at Nurpur Bedi town of Rupnagar district, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal sought votes for sitting MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, who is seek re-election from the seat, accusing Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh of making false promises by taking the oath of Gutka Sahib.
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The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders launched their campaigns on Wednesday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and 18 assembly seat by-polls.(PTI File Photo)
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders launched their campaigns on Wednesday for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and 18 assembly seat by-polls.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: AIADMK, DMK kick off poll campaigns in Tamil Nadu

By M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2019 11:37 PM IST
While chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami began his campaign in his native district Salem, DMK president MK Stalin launched his campaign in Thiruvarur Assembly constituency.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will kickstart its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi after Holi.(PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will kickstart its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi after Holi.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Union ministers to spearhead BJP’s poll campaign in capital

By Risha Chitlangia | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 07:20 AM IST
The party will also form election management committees in all districts and parliamentary constituencies. All 280 mandals (which are at the ward level) will form such committees and meet on March 23.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to expand his self-designated “chowkidar” status to the rest of the country and said that everyone who was social evils was a “chowkidar”.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to expand his self-designated “chowkidar” status to the rest of the country and said that everyone who was social evils was a “chowkidar”.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi launches BJP’s poll campaign with ‘main bhi chowkidar’ tweet

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 09:45 PM IST
The tweet is aimed at launching the ‘Mai Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign and is being seen as a kick-starter for BJP’s campaign for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
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The Election Commission’s direction came after a complaint by the ministry of defence.(PTI)
The Election Commission’s direction came after a complaint by the ministry of defence.(PTI)

‘Don’t use photographs of defence personnel for election campaigns,’ EC tells political parties

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 09:17 AM IST
The ministry of defence had written to the EC that photographs of defence personnel were being used by political parties in advertisements as part of their election propaganda.
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PM Narendra Modi rally in Uttarakhand highlights| PM Modi talks about farmers’ rights and benefit

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 06:30 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Rudrapur, Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand on Thursday.Due to bad weather, he addressed the rally via mobile phone.Along with Prime Minister Modi, union minister of agriculture of farmer’s welfare Radha Mohan Singh is also slated to be present on the occasion.Modi will be addressing over one lakh people.According to party insiders, he will be officially launching the party’s election campaign ahead of Lok Sabha election.Follow highlights here:

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Narendra Modi in Haryana live updates: ‘The corrupt have a problem with Modi’, says PM Modi in Kurukshetra

By HT Correspndent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 02:37 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday kicked off the BJP’s poll campaign for the Lok Sabha election to be held later this year in Haryana’s Kurukshetra on Tuesday where he is also addressed a programme dedicated to women.The state government and district administration have, however, claimed that the day-long visit is a non-political event as Modi will take part in Swachh Shakti 2019 but it assumes political significance as it comes a few months before the Lok Sabha polls.His trip to the state also comes on the heels of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in Jind bypoll and a good show in the mayoral elections earlier.:

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The Supreme Court said children’s studies are more important than election campaigning.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court said children’s studies are more important than election campaigning.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)

‘Studies get priority over poll campaign’: Supreme Court upholds Bengal loudspeaker ban

By Bhadra Sinha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2019 11:36 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition by the BJP in West Bengal that wanted the court to cancel a 2013 order by the Mamata Banerjee government banning use of loudspeakers during February and March.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today.(Congress/Youtube)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today.(Congress/Youtube)

Rahul Gandhi in Kerala LIVE: Manohar Parrikar said he had nothing to do with new Rafale deal, says Congress chief

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 05:44 PM IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today. He will address a convention of party booth presidents and vice-presidents in the evening and meet leaders of alliance partners. He is also expected to reply to some of the charges made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had addressed two rallies in Kerala in two weeks. Some Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are likely face a stiff three-cornered contest this time against the background of the controversy over the entry of women into the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state the Congress-led UDF won 12 and CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front bagged eight in the 2014 general elections.The Congress had come under flak after Rahul Gandhi said he backed the stand of Kerala unit of the party opposing the entry of women in the 10 to 50 age group in the Sabarimala temple even though he personally held a contrary view. Here are the live updates:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Agra.(HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in Agra.(HT Photo)

PM Narendra Modi’s rally in Agra to kick-start poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh

By HT Correspondent | Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2019 09:02 AM IST
The Prime Minister will fly to Agra from Bidar in Karnataka and reach the rally ground around 3:15 pm, said district authorities. Prior to this, Modi had addressed gatherings at same venue in 2013 and 2016.
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After his address to party workers in Jaipur on Tuesday, Amit Shah will now head towards the crucial Jodhpur and Udaipur divisions.(PTI)
After his address to party workers in Jaipur on Tuesday, Amit Shah will now head towards the crucial Jodhpur and Udaipur divisions.(PTI)

Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan this week as poll campaign intensifies

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2018 12:59 AM IST
While BJP president Amit Shah is all set to address party workers in five districts of Rajasthan during his three-day tour from September 16, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will also visit the state on September 20.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT PHOTO)

Modi may visit on July 7 to ‘launch poll campaign’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 10:06 PM IST
Sources in BJP said that Modi is likely to attend a conference on urban development and smart city projects.
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