Elections 2019

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the BJP on Tuesday. (IANS)
Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the BJP on Tuesday. (IANS)

'I have come to join Modiji': Actor Sunny Deol joins BJP

  • 'The way my father (film star Dharmendra) was attached with Atalji, today I have come to join Modiji,' said Sunny Deol
  • BJP is likely to field Sunny Deol from either Gurdaspur or Chandigarh in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections

After the completion of third phase, four more phases in the Lok Sabha polls are still to go polls. (AFP)
Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir addresses a press conference after joining Bharatiya Janata Party Photo: PTI
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan standing in a queue to vote for general elections in the state. All 20 seats in Kerala will be decided on Tuesday, in the third phase of polling. Photo credit: Special arrangement
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan standing in a queue to vote for general elections in the state. All 20 seats in Kerala will be decided on Tuesday, in the third phase of polling. Photo credit: Special arrangement

Heavy polling in Kerala, despite wide scale complaints of faulty EVMs

  • The public raised complaints about voting machines being either slow or faulty in districts such as Ernakulam, Aluva, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who voted after half an hour standing in the queue, criticised the election commission over the complaints

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the third phase of general election in Ahmedabad, (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the third phase of general election in Ahmedabad, (Reuters)

PM Narendra Modi votes in third phase of Lok Sabha elections

  • In all, 188 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in 117 constituencies during the day across 15 states
  • BJP has aggressively pushed Modi's national security record as it seeks to offset the opposition's charges of economic mishandling

After the completion of third phase, four more phases in the Lok Sabha polls are still to go polls. (AFP)
After the completion of third phase, four more phases in the Lok Sabha polls are still to go polls. (AFP)

Voting is on for the largest phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

  • The third phase is critical as three states go to polls in a single phase on Tuesday - Gujarat, Kerala and Goa
  • The electorate base for the third phase is more than 18 crore 85 lakh and a total of 1640 candidates are in fray

Voters show their ID cards as they wait in a queue to cast vote at a polling station (PTI )
Of the 117 seats going to the polls in Phase 3 of Elections 2019, the BJP and its allies won 68 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. (Mint)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar with daughter Supriya Sule, who is contesting from Baramati. (twitter)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar with daughter Supriya Sule, who is contesting from Baramati. (twitter)

With Pawar out of the fray, NCP faces stiff battle for survival in strongholds

  • As 14 Maharashtra seats go to polls today, the NCP is fighting a battle for survival against a rampaging BJP-Shiv Sena-Republican Party of India alliance
  • BJP chief Amit Shah and Maharashtra CM Fadnavis have led a ferocious campaign in Baramati, Pawar’s stronghold where his daughter Supriya Sule is in a tight fight

BJP candidate from Ahmednagar Sujay Vikhe Patil with BJP leader Pankaja Munde during an election campaign in Pathardi. (Kunal Patil/HT)
BJP candidate from Ahmednagar Sujay Vikhe Patil with BJP leader Pankaja Munde during an election campaign in Pathardi. (Kunal Patil/HT)

Focus on farm crisis, jobs as 14 Maharashtra seats vote

  • Constituencies voting today comprise some of the state’s most prosperous pockets as well as a few economic laggards
  • Among the first-time voters, there seems to be a concern that local and developmental issues are not topping the agenda

AAP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Atishi and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
AAP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Atishi and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Delhi Elections 2019: Capital contest turns into a three-way fight

  • No alliance between Congress and AAP for Delhi as leaders of the respective parties file nominations for the seven seats in the capital
  • It now remains to be seen whether AAP and Congress are able to prevent a repeat of 2014 when BJP won all seven seats in Delhi

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu at an election rally in Katihar. (PTI)
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu at an election rally in Katihar. (PTI)

EC bans Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning for 72 hours

  • Sidhu has been banned from campaigning for 72 hours for his controversial remarks which was seen in violation of the Model Code of Conduct
  • He will be barred from all forms of campaign including holding any public meetings, rallies, interviews and public utterances in any media

Gautam Gambhir. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Udaipur city, (ANI )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Udaipur city, (ANI )

PM Narendra Modi to file nomination on April 26

  • Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states and BJP allies are expected to attend the event, party sources said
  • Narendra Modi represents Varanasi in the Parliament

Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde. (PTI)
Voters queue to caste their vote at a polling station. (AFP )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets his supporters during an election campaign rally in Patan, Gujarat. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets his supporters during an election campaign rally in Patan, Gujarat. (Reuters)

Why Modi continues to invoke Pakistan, Balakot strikes in poll rallies

  • PM Narendra Modi invoked both Balakot and Pakistan at his campaign rallies in Gujarat and Rajasthan on Sunday
  • Modi invoking Pakistan in Gujarat and Rajasthan should be seen in the context of the high stakes for both the BJP and Congress in these two states

Raj Thackeray was deep in love with PM Modi and the “Gujarat model” through 2013-14. However, the unalloyed bhakt has turned a ferocious antagonist, a hard-hitting challenger
Raj Thackeray was deep in love with PM Modi and the “Gujarat model” through 2013-14. However, the unalloyed bhakt has turned a ferocious antagonist, a hard-hitting challenger

The sudden revival of Raj Thackeray

Despite not fielding a candidate, Raj Thackeray has almost overnight become the main opposition voice in Maharashtra. What’s his game?

Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Reuters
Actor Vivek Oberoi was announced as the face of a Modi biopic.