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Lok Sabha Election April 1: As it happened

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New Delhi Updated on: April 01, 2019 23:59 IST
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In a major political development, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Monday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi has refused to forge alliance with AAP in Delhi ahead of the general elections. Catch the latest updates of the day here.

Live updates : Lok Sabha Elections 2019, April 1: As it happened

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  • 9:04 PM (IST)

    PM Modi did not speak on jobs, development and farmers' issue. We never raised issue of Hindu terrorism, been long when we did so, that also on input from intel agencies. He is digging up 9-year-old issue today, they are scared since Rahul ji and Priyanka ji started campaign: Former Home Min S Shinde

  • 7:11 PM (IST)

    After Pappu, miffed Left call Rahul Gandhi 'Amul Baby'

    Miffed at Congress for fielding Rahul Gandhi from Kerala, CPM leader and former Kerala CM VS Achuthanandan called Congress chief 'Amul Baby' in a Facebook post. Earlier CPM had termed him Pappu in an editorial which came out today. 

    "I called Rahul Gandhi 'Amul Baby' earlier, because of his attitude of approaching situations without understanding them. What will happen in Wayanad if Rahul comes? Left parties will fight against Rahul and BJP. But what will be the condition of Congress? Their argument that BJP is their main enemy will be proved wrong. That's why I called him 'Amul Baby' which is relevant now also."

  • 6:37 PM (IST)

    Tej Pratap Yadav launches 'Lalu Rabri Morcha' party in Patna

    Tej Pratap Yadav launches 'Lalu Rabri Morcha' party in Patna, says,  "We demand two Lok Sabha seats of Sheohar and Jehanabad."

  • 6:32 PM (IST)

    BJP's expected number drops to 46, Mahagathbandhan may score 30, says India TV CNX Opinion Poll

    According to IndiaTV CNX Opinion Poll, BJP+ expected to get 46 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh out of the total 80 if Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are held today, Mahagathbandhan may get 30, Congress 4

    Watch IndiaTV CNX Opinion Poll LIVE at India TV now. 

  • 6:28 PM (IST)

    We've fulfilled 25yr-old demand of making income up to Rs 5 Lakh tax free: Modi

    We've fulfilled 25yr-old demand of making income up to Rs 5 Lakh tax-free: Modi at rally in Secunderabad, Telangana

  • 5:38 PM (IST)

    SP candidate from Meerut Hazi Yakud Qureshi terms RSS as a terrorist organisation. In a controversial statement, the SP leader said that BJP leaders have been arrested for terrorist acitivities in the past. he claimed that RSS workers were terrorists. 

  • 5:31 PM (IST)

    Yogi calls Indian Army 'Modi ji ki sena'

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath described the Indian Army as "Modi ji ki sena" (Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Army) during an election campaign for the BJP in Ghaziabad. "Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modi ji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai (Congress people would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi's army gives them bullet or bomb). This is the difference. The Congress people use 'ji' in Masood Azhar's name to encourage terrorism," he said.

  • 5:05 PM (IST)

    Brave do not count bodies, vultures do: Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh today recalled Atal Bihari Vajpayee's speech congratulating then PM Indira Gandhi after 1971 victory against Pakistan to attack Congress, Rajnath said that if Vajpayee can hail Indira for 1971 victory, why can't Congress praise Modi? But Congress has an objection to this and they want to know how many people have we killed? Tell me, do brave ever count the bodies? Brave do not count bodies, vultures do. 

  • 4:09 PM (IST)

    TDP app steals people's data, alleges PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that 'Seva Mitra' mobile app launched by Telugu Desam Party steals people's data. Addressing a rally at Andhra Pradesh's Rajahmundry this afternoon, Modi said:  I have been told that TDP has started a new work, and that work is related to cyber crime. The 'Seva Mitra' app they talk about, neither it is doing 'Seva (service)' nor it is a friend. The truth is that app is stealing people's data.



  • 3:54 PM (IST)

    Facebook removes 687 pages linked to Congress

    Social media giant Facebook today reportedly removed 687 pages and accounts linked to Congress party for 'coordinated inauthentic behaviour'. The move came a few days before phase I of voting for Lok Sabha polls. 

    According to a statement by Facebook published in news agency Reuters, the company's investigation found that individuals used fake accounts and joined various groups to disseminate their content and increase engagement. Their posts included local news and criticism of political opponents such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Facebook said.

  • 3:50 PM (IST)

    PM Modi addressing public rally in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh

    Previous governments used to complain of lack of funds, including for buying Rafale aircraft. We have not raised taxes in the last five years, but development has been on fast pace: PM Modi at rally in Rajahmundry.

  • 3:33 PM (IST)

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has announced candidates for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab. Bibi Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib, S Charanjit Singh Atwal-Jalandhar (Reserve), Prem Singh Chandumajra-Anandpur Sahib, S. Surjit Singh Rakhra-Patiala&Darbara Singh Guru-Fatehgarh Sahib (Reserve).

  • 2:53 PM (IST)

    Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad: Amit Shah

    BJP President Amit Shah tweets, "I proudly announce Shri Thushar Vellappally, President of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena as NDA candidate from Wayanad (Kerala)."

  • 2:36 PM (IST)

    Facebook removes accounts linked to Congress

    Facebook has announced that it is removing 687 pages, accounts linked to Congress party ahead of general elections 

  • 2:20 PM (IST)

    Amit Shah addresses election rally in Odisha

    "People of Odisha need to oust Naveen Patnaik government and ensure a second term for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister."

  • 2:19 PM (IST)

    Amit Shah addresses rally in Odisha

    "BJD govt adopted step-motherly approach towards west, central Odisha due to which these parts remained backward."

  • 2:17 PM (IST)

    Amit Shah at election rally in Odisha

    "Corruption rampant under BJD rule in Odisha, it needs young CM to ensure speedy development."

  • 2:14 PM (IST)

    Congress' Chodankar files nomination for North Goa seat

    Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar has filed his nomination for contesting the Lok Sabha polls from North Goa seat in the state

  • 1:46 PM (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis accuses Congress of fooling people for 50 years

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Congress party of fooling the public for 50 years. Fadnavis claimed its leaders are again doing so in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls

  • 1:43 PM (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor files nomination from Thiruvananthapuram

    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has filed his nomination from Thiruvananthapuram Parliamentary Constituency in Kerala

  • 1:39 PM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi speaks at public rally in Telangana

    "If you vote for TRS you are giving vote to Narendra Modi and RSS. There is partnership between TRS and BJP; remote control in Narendra Modi's hands."

  • 1:37 PM (IST)

    Rahul to file nomination from Wayanad on Thursday

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi is expected to arrive in Wayanad on Thursday, from where he will file his nomination

  • 1:34 PM (IST)

    SP-BSP-RLD to sweep first phase of polls: Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has asserted that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will sweep the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh on April 11 and rout the Bharatiya Janata Party

  • 1:32 PM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi at election rally in Telangana

    "UPA, if it comes to power, will spend six per cent of GDP, on education."

  • 1:28 PM (IST)

    PETA India asks political parties to not use animals in campaigns

    Animal rights body PETA India has asked all political parties to adhere to the model code of conduct and not use any animal in their election campaigns

  • 1:22 PM (IST)

    Court dismisses PIL seeking stay on release of film 'PM Narendra Modi'

    Delhi High Court dismisses PIL seeking stay on release of film 'PM Narendra Modi' during the period of Model Code of Conduct

  • 1:19 PM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi at public rally in Telangana's Zaheerabad

    "Did your CM ever raise the Rafale issue? Did he ever say 'chowkidar chor hai'? It's a partnership, TRS and their MPs help Narendra Modi. Fight is against Modi and BJP, only Congress is fighting, not TRS, whole country knows."

  • 1:16 PM (IST)

    Mulayam Singh Yadav files nomination from Mainpuri

    Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has filed his nomination from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency

  • 1:01 PM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to address three public meetings in Telangana today

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address three public meetings in Telangana today

  • 12:57 PM (IST)

    Three former CMs to fight Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand

    Three former chief ministers of Jharkhand - BJP's Arjun Munda, JVM-P's Babulal Marandi and JMM's Shibu Soren will be contesting the general elections from Khuti, Koderma and Dumka seats, respectively

  • 12:40 PM (IST)

    PM Modi at election rally in Maharashtra

    "Congress scared of fielding candidates in seats where majority population dominates."

  • 12:36 PM (IST)

    Modi speaks on Sharad Pawar

    "Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slipping from Sharad Pawar's grip; he decided against contesting polls sensing unfavourable situation."

  • 12:35 PM (IST)

    PM Modi attacks Congress at election rally in Maharashtra

    "Congress labelled peace-loving Hindu society as terrorist. You want India's heroes or those who became heroes in Pakistan?"

  • 12:33 PM (IST)

    Modi blasts Opposition at election rally in Maharashtra's Wardha

    "Your abuse an ornament for me," Modi attacks Congress on 'chowkidar of toilets' remark

  • 12:28 PM (IST)

    India and Nepal hold coordination committee meet ahead of general elections

    A coordination committee meeting between officials of India and Nepal was held in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh today 

  • 12:25 PM (IST)

    BJP releases 14th list of candidates in Odisha

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has released 14th list of 3 candidates in Odisha. A 5th list of 11 candidates for elections to Odisha State Legislative Assembly has also been released by the saffron party

  • 12:07 PM (IST)

    BSP releases list of 6 candidates in Uttar Pradesh

    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released a list of 6 candidates in Uttar Pradesh 

  • 11:59 AM (IST)

    PM Modi, Kejriwal to campaign in Goa next week

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective
    parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls

  • 11:57 AM (IST)

    SC stays EC decision notifying Gujarat's Talala Assembly constituency seat as vacant

    The Supreme Court has stayed the Election Commission's March 10 decision, that notified Gujarat's Talala Assembly constituency seat as vacant and declared bypolls there

  • 11:07 AM (IST)

    Children roped-in to convince parents to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019

    The Palghar district administration in Maharashtra has roped-in school children to convince their parents to exercise their franchise in the upcoming general elections 

  • 11:05 AM (IST)

    SC grants week's time to 21 Opposition leaders to file their reply to EC's affidavit on counting of VVPAT slips

    The Supreme Court has granted time till April 8 to the 21 opposition parties seeking direction that 50 per cent EVM results be matched and cross checked with VVPAT, to file response on an affidavit filed by the Election Commission of India which had opposed the plea

  • 10:03 AM (IST)

    Manish Tewari to address media at 2 PM today

    Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari will address the media at 2 PM today at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters 

  • 9:45 AM (IST)

    HM Rajnath Singh to address public meetings in Uttarakhand today

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to address four public meetings Uttarakhand today. Details - 11 AM in Pithoragarh, 12:45 PM in Gopeshwar, 2:20 PM in Kotdwar, 4:40 PM in Jhabrera

  • 9:35 AM (IST)

    PM Modi to address election rally in Maharashtra's Wardha today

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Wardha today to campaign for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates in Vidarbha region

  • 9:10 AM (IST)

    FIR against Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey and BJP leader Rana Pratap Singh

    FIR registered against 150 people, including Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey and BJP leader Rana Pratap Singh, under multiple sections of the IPC for 'assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty' among other charges. The development comes after Choubey misbehaved with SDM KK Upadhyay in Bihar's Buxar on March 30 after the official had stopped his convoy for violating model code of conduct. 

  • 9:02 AM (IST)

    Shivpal Singh meets Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence

    Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief Shivpal Singh Yadav met Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence in Etawah early Monday. The latter is all set to file his nomination for Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency today

  • 8:54 AM (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal speaks on AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi

    "Congress President Rahul Gandhi has refused to forge alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in New Delhi."

  • 8:51 AM (IST)

    Slipper hurled at Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami while campaigning in Thanjavur

    An unknown person attempted to hurl slipper at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami while he was campaigning at Orthanda bus stand, Thanjavur. The accused was later taken by the police for interrogation

  • 8:31 AM (IST)

    BJP expels Putul Kumari for six years

    The BJP has expelled late Digvijay Singh's wife and Bihar BJP Vice President, Putul Kumari for six years. The development came after Kumari filed her nomination against NDA candidate Giridhari Yadav from Banka Parliamentary constituency

  • 7:13 AM (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu comments on Jaganmohan Reddy

    "People are with us. We have done so many things despite of so many problems; we had bifurcation problems. Special status wasn't given, still we were able to do extremely well. Election will be one-sided."


  • 6:42 AM (IST)

    AP Deputy CM N Chinarajappa returns without campaigning following protests by locals

    Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and Peddapuram MLA N Chinarajappa had to return without campaigning from Hussein Puram village in his assembly constituency in East Godavari district due to protests by the locals

  • 6:34 AM (IST)

    EC orders Telangana Chief Electoral Officer to conduct elections in Nizamabad using EVMs

    The Election Commission has issued instructions to Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana to make arrangements for conducting elections to Nizamabad Parliamentary Constituency using EVMs. EC has also issued orders for supply of 26820 ballot units, 2240 controlling units and 2600 VVPATs

  • 6:33 AM (IST)

    TDP MLA Bode Prasad faints during election campaigning in Andhra Pradesh

    TDP MLA Bode Prasad fainted during election campaigning in Kankipadu of Penamaluru assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh. Doctors said his blood pressure had dipped and his health condition is stable now

  • 6:32 AM (IST)

    P Sudhakara Reddy joins BJP

    After resigning from Congress, P Sudhakara Reddy has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of party President Amit Shah in Delhi

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