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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Congress announces 7 more candidates for upcoming polls

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Re-polling is underway at 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituencies on April 22.

A voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote for Lok Sabha elections, during repolling at 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency today (PTI)Premium
A voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote for Lok Sabha elections, during repolling at 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency today (PTI)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on April 22 address a public meeting in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh as part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign for Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Among other leaders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will also address rallies today. The PM generated controversy when addressing a rally in Banswara, Rajasthan on April 21. He said the Congress, if voted to power, could distribute the nation’s wealth among ‘infiltrators’ and ‘those who have more children’.

Re-polling is being held at 11 polling stations in the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituencies on April 22. This decision was made following a directive from the Election Commission of India (EC). This decision comes amid reports of violence and electoral malpractices during the initial voting phase, including incidents of firing, voter intimidation, and damage to electronic voting machines.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Siachen today. In another news, the BJP has called for a statewide protest in Karnataka, over the murder of 23-year-old college student Neha Hiremath in Hubballi. While Congress president Malikarjun Kharge will be campaigning in Karnataka.

As many as 60 percent of the total electors across 102 parliamentary seats voted in the first phase of elections on April 19. The voting was held for 102 parliamentary seats across 21 states and Union Territories in the first phase. The second phase of voting will be held on April 26.

Overall, voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases. The last phase will be held on June 1. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is seeking a record third term under PM Modi, has set a target of winning 400 seats this election. The ruling alliance is challenged by the opposition parties led by the Congress under the banner of the INDIA bloc.

The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will take place on June 4. Get all the Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live Updates with LiveMint.

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22 Apr 2024, 07:02:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: Manipur records 81.64% voter turnout 

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“If the INDIA alliance wins the Lok Sabha elections and comes to power in centre then we will extend our full support but in West Bengal, TMC will contest BJP alone. Bengal will play a vital role if INDIA alliance comes to power," the Chief Minister said.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: SP fields Tej Pratap Yadav from Kannauj seat

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22 Apr 2024, 03:45:04 PM IST

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22 Apr 2024, 03:37:46 PM IST

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22 Apr 2024, 02:50:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE: BJP Chief JP Nadda dubs Congress ‘anti-Ram’

“Congress party has always been anti-Ram, anti-Sanatan. Wasn't the Congress party there in the UPA govt, wasn't Manmohan Singh the Prime Minister, wasn't Sonia Gandhi the chairperson (of Congress), when you (Congress) said in the Court that Shri Ram is an imaginary figure? Shri Ram has no historical existence, you have given the affidavit in the Court for this. You have diluted India's stand on the issue of 'Setu'. Isn't it right that your advocate in the Court has said to extend the date of judgment as if the verdict comes, it will benefit the BJP?" he asked during a public meeting in Mungeli.

22 Apr 2024, 02:39:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi addresses public rally in Aligarh

“Last time when I came to Aligarh, I had requested all of you to lock the factories of nepotism, corruption and appeasement of SP and Congress. Aapne aisa majboot taala lagaya ki dono sehzado ko aaj tak iski chabi nahi mil rahi..." he said.

22 Apr 2024, 02:15:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: "Naked communal appeal": Tharoor on PM's comment

Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment that Congress, if voted to power, would distribute people's private wealth to Muslims as disgraceful. "This is a very disgraceful speech made by the Prime Minister. The fact is that people realise that when he says that the Congress party is going to take all your wealth and give it to the Muslims, this is just a nakedly communal appeal, which normally any civilised Election Commission would disallow and warn the candidate for speaking like this. It is simply not decent," Tharoor told ANI.

22 Apr 2024, 01:00:39 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Manipur records 37.54% voter turnout till 11 am in repolling at 11 booths

Manipur has recorded a voter turnout of 37.54 percent till 11 am on April 22 in the repolling for 11 voting stations in the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency, officials told PTI. 

"Voters queued up since early morning to exercise their franchise at all the 11 polling stations, which was affected by riot-like situation on Friday. No disturbance or violence has been reported so far on Monday," an election official said. The repolling began at 7 am.

22 Apr 2024, 12:09:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ECI orders repoll in 8 polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh

The Election Commission of India (EC) has ordered repolling in eight polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh where EVM damage and violence were reported on April 19 during the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections, PTI reported citing Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu. 

In a communique from Koyu, the EC on April 21 declared polling in eight Arnachal Pradesh polling stations as void and ordered fresh elections on April 24 from 6 am to 2 pm. 

The eight polling stations are Sario in Bameng assembly constituency in East Kameng district, Longte Loth under Nyapin assembly seat in Kurung Kumey, Dingser, Bogiya Siyum, Jimbari and Lengi polling booths under Nacho constituency in Upper Subansiri district. Repoll will also be held in Bogne and Molom polling booths under Rumgong assembly constituency in Siang district, it added.

22 Apr 2024, 11:39:33 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Kapil Sibal demands EC action on PM's speech in Banswara

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on April 22 demanded that the Election Commission take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally speech in Banswara. Sibal questioned whether 20 crore people in the country matter to the PM, and added that the EC must issue notice to Modi over his comments, ANi reported.

"You (PM Modi) are giving a speech that the Congress will give the properties of the women to infiltrators and terrorists. Do 20 crore people do not matter to him? Do they not have any aspirations? Politics has stooped down to such a level and it has not happened in history and I do not want it to happen. I want to ask a question to the Election Commission why action was not taken immediately. You (EC) should condemn it and a notice should be given to PM Modi," Sibal told reporters. 

Sibal claimed that the Prime Minister made these remarks as he might have sensed that voting in phase 1 of the Lok Sabha elections has not gone BJP's way.

22 Apr 2024, 11:23:24 AM IST

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State BJP leader, candidate from Gadag-Haveri Lok Sabha constituency and former Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has alleged that the Congress government's financial management is pushing the state towards bankruptcy, ANi reported.
"The Congress party has made the state bankrupt in the name of guarantee. A whopping 54,000 crore was being spent on guarantees but without any preparation. The taxpayers' money had been spent on guarantees thus pushing for the economic crisis. To cover up this, the Union government was being blamed," Bommai said.

22 Apr 2024, 10:14:22 AM IST

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22 Apr 2024, 09:11:59 AM IST

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