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Lok Sabha Polls 2024 Highlights: Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases with the first phase scheduled on April 19. The counting of votes will take place on June 4. 

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a mace during a public meeting in support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) East Tripura candidate Kriti Devi Debbarman and party candidate from West Tripura constituency Biplab Kumar Deb for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, as Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha and party state chief Rajib Bhattacharjee look on, in Agartala on Wednesday. (BJP Media)Premium
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a mace during a public meeting in support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) East Tripura candidate Kriti Devi Debbarman and party candidate from West Tripura constituency Biplab Kumar Deb for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, as Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha and party state chief Rajib Bhattacharjee look on, in Agartala on Wednesday. (BJP Media)

Lok Sabha Polls 2024 Highlights: The election campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded at 3pm on Wednesday in the North East, and in other areas, it ended at 6pm, the Election Commission of India said. Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases with the first phase scheduled on April 19. The counting of votes will take place on June 4. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre transformed the northeast into a source of opportunities. The PM addressed a public meeting in Assam and Tripura.

From the Opposition camp, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the Prime Minister a ‘champion of corruption’ while accusing him of distracting from real issues in the run up to elections. Gandhi was referring to PM Modi's recent defence of now-scrapped Electoral Bonds scheme.

Gandhi addressed a joint press conference with his INDIA bloc partner Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. Yadav said the BJP will be wiped out from the west (Western UP). "It is so as they have betrayed the farmer," he added. Meanwhile, a song of INDIA bloc in Uttar Pradesh was also launched on the occasion.  

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17 Apr 2024, 10:03:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha 2024 Polls: Rahul Gandhi 'hesitant' to contest from BJP-rules states, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Refuting the claims that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is putting up a "brave fight" against the BJP, Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that his actions suggest otherwise and alleged Gandhi is "hesitant" to contest from the BJP-ruled states.

17 Apr 2024, 09:11:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: ‘Not ordinary elections...’: What PM Modi said in letter to BJP, NDA candidates ahead of first phase of voting

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: In the letter, the Prime Minister encouraged the candidates “to make full use of the last few hours of the election campaign". He also shared a word of caution for voters. Read full report here

17 Apr 2024, 08:24:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi writes letters to all BJP and NDA candidates

PM Modi has written a personalised letters to all BJP and NDA candidates who are contesting in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 19

17 Apr 2024, 07:27:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: LDF, UDF can be only checked by BJP, says Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says, "...Supreme Court categorically said that if someone is responsible for the financial crisis of Kerala, then it is the state government. I want to say give enough strength to the BJP; LDF, UDF can be only checked by the BJP and we can give them a befitting reply. UDF and LDF have looted the people of Kerala in their successive regimes...The people of India have decided 'abki baar 400 paar'..."

17 Apr 2024, 06:56:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Election campaigning for first phase of polling ends

The election campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded at 3pm on Wednesday in the North East, and in other areas, it ended at 6pm, the Election Commission of India said.

17 Apr 2024, 06:33:36 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: J&K People's Conference chief Sajad Lone hits out at NC leader Omar Abdullah

On alliance with the BJP, People's Conference president Sajad Lone said, “First we had heard of good Taliban and bad Taliban, then we heard of good militant and bad militant. Now Omar Abdullah has brought out a new concept of good BJP and bad BJP. Good BJP is Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and he (Omar Abdullah) mentioned in an interview, that had he been alive, he would have loved to work with him..." 

“Maybe he doesn't have a problem with the BJP, it's just that PM Narendra Modi doesn't give him enough attention... It has become Omar Abdullah's habit to humiliate everyone... We want to be equal Indians and have the same set of laws as are there in other parts of the country... Let Kashmiris have the same dignity that other Indians have... The maximum number of fake encounters have been done during the rule of Farooq Abdullah. He has blood on his hands and he will be answerable for it," he added.

17 Apr 2024, 05:19:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: BJP will be wiped out from Western UP, says Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said, "I have said this earlier, I am saying it now, BJP will be wiped out from the west (Western UP). It is so as they have betrayed the farmer. They said that would double the farmer's income but have failed even to provide MSP... It's not '400-paar' but 400-haar'. BJP has become a godown for the corrupts, all the corrupts are there now. Don't you see what has happened in Electoral bonds? BJP can't answer it. Extortion has been done through ED and CBI. This govt is playing with institutions. If institutions are weakened so does democracy."

17 Apr 2024, 04:08:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: BJP leader Manoj Tiwari sings song during public meeting in Uttarakhand | WATCH

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari sings a song during a public meeting in Garhwal (Pauri), Uttarakhand. He said, "Should anyone hate God? We do not hate any other religion...We say 'Sab ka saath sab ka vikas'..."

17 Apr 2024, 03:14:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi says Leftist parties made Tripura hub for corruption

"When CPM and Congress were the major parties in Tripura, corruption was prospering. The Leftist parties made Tripura a hub for corruption. On the surface, the Leftists and Congress might look like rivals. But behind the curtains, they share the same ideology," PM Modi said.

17 Apr 2024, 03:00:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi speaks at public meeting in Tripura's Agartala

At Tripura rally, PM Modi said, "Today is the auspicious occasion of Maha Navami. I recently visited the land of Maa Kamakhya and now I bow down to Mata Tripura Sundari. After a long wait of 500 years, our Ram Lalla is finally in a grand temple instead of a tent."

17 Apr 2024, 01:48:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: ‘BJP will win all Lok Sabha and…’ says Himachal Pradesh CM

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur expressed confidence over BJP's victory Lok Sabha elections. He said, "BJP will win all Lok Sabha and all Assembly by-elections in the state. People of the state would topple the government and after the elections, there would be a change in power in Himachal Pradesh."

He added that the party will achieve the target of over 400 votes win. He claimed that surveys indicate that 63% of votes will be in favour of the BJP and 33% in favour of the Congress party and people would topple the government.

17 Apr 2024, 01:20:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: BJP most credible party, says Rajnath Singh in Kerala

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that the BJP is the most credible party in the country “BJP was the most credible party in the country. There is a gap in the words and deeds of Congress and left political parties resulting in a political crisis in the country. But BJP has taken this crisis as a challenge. There has never been a gap between our manifesto and our deeds. BJP is the most credible party in the country," he said addressing a public meeting in Kerala’s Kasaragod,

17 Apr 2024, 01:00:27 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: We expect 80 %  voter turnout, says Arunachal Pradesh CEC Pawan Kumar Sain 

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Chief Election Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh Pawan Kumar Sain expects 80 per cent voter turnout in the state this election. “We hope to cross 80% voter turnout in this election as the voters here are really aware. 185 companies of security forces are deployed in the state. Those with a history of electoral offences have been bound down. Export and import of liquor is banned in the state. Till now, more than 16 crores worth of cash, liquor etc seized," Sain told news agency ANI.

17 Apr 2024, 12:54:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Consider people of Nagpur as family, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Nagpur, Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday that it is matter of immense happiness for the entire country that the Ram temple has been constructed on the birthplace of Lord Ram. “Today we are celebrating Ram Navami across the country. Lord Ram is a symbol of our history and culture...Today, with Lord Ram's blessing, we have taken the resolve to establish Ram Rajya. I consider the people of Nagpur as my family and they feel the same too. I have received a lot of love from the people of Nagpur," Gadkari said. 

17 Apr 2024, 12:36:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: BJP transformed northeast into a source of possibilities, says PM Modi in Assam

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the BJP government has transformed the northeast. “Today Modi's guarantee is going on in the entire country and the North East itself is a witness to Modi's guarantee. The North-East, which was given only problems by Congress, has been transformed by the BJP into a source of possibilities. Congress fueled separatism and Modi made efforts for peace and security. What Congress could not do in 60 years, Modi did in 10 years," Modi said addressing a rally in Assam. 

17 Apr 2024, 12:31:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi addresses rally in Nalbari, Assam

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a rally  in Nalbari, Assam "Today is the historical occasion of Ram Navami. After a wait of 500 years, Lord Ram has finally been seated in his grand temple and in just a few minutes from now, his birth anniversary will be celebrated in the Ram temple in the holy city of Ayodhya by applying 'Surya Tilak' to Lord Ram," said PM Modi.

17 Apr 2024, 11:54:41 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi tries his hands on a traditional instrument in Assam

Lok Sabha Polls 2024:Watch: PM Narendra Modi trying his hands on a traditional instrument during his public rally.

17 Apr 2024, 11:25:22 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: BJP will be reduced to 150 seats, says Rahul Gandhi

 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the BJP would be limited to 150 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as there is a strong undercurrent in favour of the INDIA bloc across the country

"A few days ago I thought BJP would win around 180 seats but now I think they will get 150 seats. We are getting reports from every state that we are improving. We have a very strong alliance in Uttar Pradesh and we will perform very well," Gandhi said.

17 Apr 2024, 11:23:09 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Aam Aadmi Party launches "AAP Ka RamRajya" website

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: The Aam Aadmi Party on April 17 launched its "AAP Ka RamRajya" website to showcase the party's concept of “Ram Rajya". The party said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in Tihar jail, tried to realise the ideals of Lord Ram in the national capital. 

"Chief Minister Kejriwal accomplished wonderful things, good schools, mohalla clinics, free water and electricity and free bus rides for women, in the last 10 years for realising 'Ram Rajya'," AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said during a press conference on Wednesday.

17 Apr 2024, 10:29:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: INDIA bloc will wipe out BJP from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur, says Akhilesh Yadav

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that INDIA bloc will wipe out BJP from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur. “I want to extend my best wishes to everyone on the occasion of Ram Navami. I am happy that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the Samajwadi Party are doing a press conference together...Today, we are in Ghaziabad and this time INDIA alliance will wipe out BJP from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur. Today, farmers are upset as all the promises of BJP turned out to be fake," Yadav said in a joint press conference with Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad

17 Apr 2024, 10:09:04 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: I will follow CEC orders, says Rahul Gandhi on Amethi candidature

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he will follow CEC orders on his candidature from Amethi in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. “These decisions are taken in the CEC. Whatever the CEC decides I will follow," Gandhi said when asked whether or not he was contesting from Amethi seat or not. Rahul Gandhi has been fielded from Wayanad seat in Kerala that he won in 2019. 

17 Apr 2024, 10:05:44 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM Modi champion of corruption, says Rahul Gandhi 

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Narendra Modi champion of corruption.  Gandhi said this in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent comments on Electoral Bonds during an interview. “PM Modi said in a recent scripted interview that Electoral Bonds were brought to bring in transparency. If it was so, why did SC scrap it. And why did BJP hide the names of companies that donated to it. The PM has tried to distract country's attention. But we know he is the champion of corruption," Gandhi said in a joint press conference with Akhilesh Yadav in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. 

17 Apr 2024, 09:54:07 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: PM should speak about people talking about changing constitution, says RJD MP Manoj Jha

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: RJD MP Manoj Jha questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on people talking about changing the Constitution. 

“It (Constitution of India) is the most sacred book of the country. If the Prime Minister has to do anything about this, he should expel all the people from the party who are saying they will change the Constitution...Tejashwi Yadav is continuously talking about jobs, women empowerment and abolishing the Agniveer scheme, why is the Prime Minister not talking about this? Elections should be held on these issues," Jha told news agency ANI

17 Apr 2024, 09:10:51 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Dayanidhi Maran campaigns in Triplicane

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: WATCH | Tamil Nadu: DMK sitting MP and candidate from Central Chennai constituency, Dayanidhi Maran holds a campaign in Triplicane. (ANI) 

17 Apr 2024, 08:41:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: TMC to hold Shobha Yatra in Howrah to mark Ram Navami

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: The Trinamool Congress will hold a Shobha Yatra in West Bengal’s Howrah to mark Ram Navami. The rally will be led by the party’s Lok Sabha candidate for Howrah Prasun Banerjee and will have Jadavpur candidate Sayoni Ghosh, and ministers Arup Roy and Manoj Tiwary in attendance. The event comes a day after the Calcutta High Court granted the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) permission to hold a procession on Ram Navami in Howrah.

17 Apr 2024, 08:27:41 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Rahul, Akhilesh to address a joint press conference in Ghaziabad today. 

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav will jointly address the media in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on April 17. The Congress is contesting the Ghaziabad seat, apart from other seats in UP, in alliance with SP as part of opposition’s INDIA bloc.

17 Apr 2024, 08:23:40 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024:  PM Modi to campaign in northeast today

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s poll campaign with rallies in Assam and Tripura on April 17. Prime Minister will address a public meeting in Nalbari of Assam. Later he will address another public meeting in Agartala, Tripura today.

17 Apr 2024, 08:23:40 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Campaigning ends for phase 1 today

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: The campaigning for first phase of polling on April 19 ends today. Polling will be held in 102 Lok Sabha seats spread over in 17 states and four Union Territories in the first phase on Friday.

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