The general elections are just a few days away and political parties are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the mandate swings in their favour. Be it the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Trinamool Congress or the Samajwadi Party, the campaigning is all heated up and interspersed with quirks, comments, remarks, and sexism. Stay tuned to this space as IndiaTVNews.com brings to you live and latest updates on the run-up to the general election 2019.
The Election Commission has seized cash, alcohol, drugs and precious metals worth crores of rupees till date as part of the exercise to keep election free and fair. Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has filed his nomination from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala. This is the second seat he is contesting the election from. He will also contest the election from his party bastion -- Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah addressed two election rallies in Telangana and held a roadshow in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam. Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani was also in Amethi where she claimed that Rahul Gandhi had insulted Amethi.
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Live updates : Lok Sabha Elections 2019, April 4: As it Happened
April 04, 20199:48 PM (IST)
Rahul has secret agenda with Muslim League: Adityanath
Hours after Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday accused him of having a “secret agenda” in Kerala with the Muslim League, the “same organisation” which caused the country’s division. The BJP leader was apparently referring to the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) which is a long-time member of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, equating it with the pre-Partition Muslim League. "The country attained freedom in 1947 after hundreds of years. But we also saw the country's unfortunate division on the eve of Independence. It was the Muslim League which had caused the division," he said.
April 04, 20199:14 PM (IST)
Modi praises Advani for summing up BJP's true essence
Praising party patriarch LK Advani's blog on BJP, PM Narendra Modi said that the sneior leader has perfectly summed up the BJP's "true essence" in his blog, in which the veteran leader wrote the party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-national" or "enemies". "Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of 'Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.' Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it," Modi said in a tweet.
April 04, 20197:24 PM (IST)
EC denies clearance to 6 Congress advertisements
The Election Commission has refused permission for circulation to six campaign videos submitted by the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, including one about the Rafale row, the party said here Thursday. The party, while seeking a review of the decision, alleged that the poll body was acting under the Union government's pressure.
April 04, 20197:18 PM (IST)
Cash, drugs, alcohol, gold worth several hundred crore rupees seized by EC
Election Commission of India has seized Rs 399.505 Crore cash, Rs 162.892 Crore worth liquor, Rs 708.549 Crore worth drugs & precious metals worth Rs 318.495 Crore and freebies/other items worth Rs 29.342 Crore till date.
April 04, 20196:52 PM (IST)
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani writes a blog ahead of BJP's Foundation Day on April 6
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani writes a blog ahead of BJP's Foundation Day on April 6. He writes
"Right from its inception, BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries."
"In our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level."
" It is my sincere desire that all of us should collectively strive to strengthen the democratic edifice of India. True, elections are a festival of democracy. But they are also an occasion for honest introspection by all the stakeholders in Indian democracy – political parties, mass media, authorities conducting the election process and, above all, the electorate."
April 04, 20195:47 PM (IST)
Cong playing into the hands of anti-national, separatist forces: Yogi
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday accused the Congress of playing into the hands of anti-national and separatist forces by releasing a poll manifesto which promises to end the anti-sedition law and dilution of AFSPA."By saying that it would revoke the anti-sedition law and dilute AFSPA, the Congress has made it clear that it is playing into the hands of anti-nationals," the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.
April 04, 20195:28 PM (IST)
'PM Narendra Modi' is not releasing on April 5
Producer of film 'PM Narendra Modi', Sandeep Singh tweets: This is to confirm, our film 'PM Narendra Modi' is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon.
April 04, 20195:27 PM (IST)
Yogi Adityanath says Rahul Gandhi ran away to Kerala
UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Bulandshahr: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has filed nomination from a Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala. You all know, he is an MP from Amethi, he knows defeat is confirmed, that's why he ran away to Kerala. And with whose support they want to win elections in Kerala. Congress is fighting in alliance with Muslim League in Kerala, the same Muslim League that became the reason of country's partition.
April 04, 20194:14 PM (IST)
If Modi is re-elected, he will change India into totalitarian regime: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said if Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power, he would throw away the Constitution and change the country from a democracy to a totalitarian regime. Modi has three slogans "loot", "riots" and "kill the people", she said at a rally in Cooch Behar.
April 04, 20194:08 PM (IST)
Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam to contest against Rajnath on SP ticket
Poonam Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha's wife, will be contesting Lok Sabha elections against Union Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow on Samajwadi Party's ticket, news agency IANS reported. Shatrughan Sinha had recently resigned from BJP and is expected to join Congress in next few days. He will be fielded from his current seat Patna Sahib seat, where he will be facing a direct contest with BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad.
April 04, 20193:27 PM (IST)
Congress fields father-son duo at Chhindwara seat
Congress fields Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath's son Nakul from Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat, Kamal Nath to contest Chhindwara assembly bypoll.
April 04, 20192:43 PM (IST)
BJD fields Minakshi Mahanta from Champua
The ruling BJD in Odisha has announced Minakshi Mahanta as its candidate from Champua assembly seat
April 04, 20192:30 PM (IST)
EC officials check Karnataka CM vehicle, find nothing
In routine search, the Election Commission officials checked a vehicle in which Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was travelling but found nothing incriminating
April 04, 20192:27 PM (IST)
Akhilesh Yadav takes a jibe at BJP
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav poked fun at the BJP and asked if it will release its manifesto of "achhe din" after the elections
April 04, 20192:04 PM (IST)
Hero Rahul Gandhi!
From what we hear, three journalists sustained minor injuries after a barricade at Rahul Gandhi's roadshow broke. The injured were helped to the ambulance by Rahul Gandhi.
Wayanad: Three journalists, including ANI reporter, sustained minor injuries after a barricade in Rahul Gandhi's roadshow broke. The injured were helped to the ambulance by Rahul Gandhi. #Keralapic.twitter.com/JviwAgWX5h
Priyanka Gandhi asks Wayanad to take care of brother Rahul
Congress General Secretary of UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asks Wayanad to take care of her brother Rahul, says he's the most courageous man she knows
April 04, 20191:59 PM (IST)
Portraying Modi as India is an insult, says Mayawati
BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday slammed the BJP and RSS for portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India, saying they were repeating the same mistake which the Congress did earlier.
April 04, 20191:57 PM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad
"The way Modi government and RSS are functioning, many people feel their culture, language and history are being attacked."
April 04, 20191:25 PM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi on CPM
"I understand that my brothers and sisters in CPM will now speak against me and attack me, but I am not going to say a word against the CPM in my entire campaign."
April 04, 20191:25 PM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi
"The prime minister has stolen the country's money and has given it to Anil Ambani."
April 04, 20191:24 PM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi speaks after filing nomination from Wayanad
"I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one, be it North, South, East or West. My aim is to send a message, there is a feeling in South India that the way Centre, Modi ji and RSS are working, its like an assault on the culture and languages in South."
April 04, 20191:21 PM (IST)
The nation is one, says Rahul Gandhi
"I have come here to tell the people the entire nation is one. And united," Rahul Gandhi tells reporters in Wayanad.
April 04, 20191:18 PM (IST)
Chaos at Rahul Gandhi's roadshow
From what we hear, chaos erupted at Rahul Gandhi's roadshow. And the Congress president himself helped the injured mediapersons to the ambulance.
April 04, 20191:05 PM (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi to hold roadshow in Ghaziabad tomorrow
Congress General Secretary of UP-East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, will hold a roadshow in Ghaziabad tomorrow in support of Congress candidate Dolly Sharma
April 04, 201912:53 PM (IST)
Praveen Nishad joins BJP
Nishad Party leader and Gorakhpur (UP) MP Praveen Nishad has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi
April 04, 201912:34 PM (IST)
Mallikarjun Kharge files nomination from Gulbarga
Veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has filed nomination from Gulbarga parliamentary constituency in Karnataka
April 04, 201912:26 PM (IST)
BJP forges alliance with RLP in Rajasthan
The Bharatiya Janata Party has forged its alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party headed by MLA and former BJP leader Hanuman Beniwal on one seat in Rajasthan
April 04, 201912:23 PM (IST)
Former Rajya Sabha MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu joins BJP
Former Rajya Sabha MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister JP Nadda in Delhi. He had resigned from Congress party last month
April 04, 201912:03 PM (IST)
BJP names HS Patel as its candidate from Ahmedabad East
The Bharatiya Janata Party has named HS Patel as its candidate from Ahmedabad East parliamentary constituency in Gujarat
April 04, 201911:47 AM (IST)
Actor Rajpal Yadav arrives at Sheila Dikshit's residence
Actor Rajpal Yadav has arrived to meet former Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit at her residence
April 04, 201911:41 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Wayanad
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has filed his nomination from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala
April 04, 201911:34 AM (IST)
Huge crowd gathers at Rahul, Priyanka's roadshow
From what we hear, a huge crowd has gathered at the roadshow currently being held by Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.
Huge crowd gathering in the filing of nomination of Rahul Gandhi in Vaynad (Kerala). Actually people understand that Rahul Gandhi is the only leader who can deliver a good future to Indians.#RahulTharangampic.twitter.com/9mQvMucemQ
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is currently holding a roadshow in Wayanad. He will file nomination from the Lok Sabha seat today
April 04, 201911:18 AM (IST)
Locals to be consulted on development projects in Palghar: Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said views of locals will be taken into account while undertaking development projects in the tribal-dominated Palghar district of Maharashtra
April 04, 201911:16 AM (IST)
SC quashes plea seeking postponement of LS polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a plea seeking postponement of scheduled Lok Sabha poll date (April 18) in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
April 04, 201911:07 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi arrive in Wayanad
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Kerala's Wayanad along with sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
April 04, 201911:04 AM (IST)
Congress announces Lok Sabha candidates for 2 Gujarat seats
The Congress party has announced two candidates from Gujarat ahead of general elections - Babubhai Katara to contest from Dahod and Sherkhan Pathan to contest from Bharuch
April 04, 201910:47 AM (IST)
Congress CEC announces two more candidates for general elections
The Congress Central Election Committee has announced two more candidates for the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha
April 04, 201910:42 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshow in Wayanad
Before filing nomination papers from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold a roadshow in the district with sister Priyanka Gandhi
April 04, 20199:44 AM (IST)
Smriti Irani slams Rahul Gandhi
"Rahul Gandhi enjoyed a position of power for 15 years because of the support from Amethi, but now he is going to file nomination from elsewhere. This is an insult to Amethi and people here will not tolerate this."
April 04, 20199:30 AM (IST)
Rajnath Singh to address public meeting in UP today
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will address a public meeting in Jhajhar district of Uttar Pradesh at 11 AM today
April 04, 20198:50 AM (IST)
Smriti Irani on Rahul Gandhi filing nomination from Wayanad
"People of Wayanad should judge Rahul Gandhi's work by having a look at the situation in Amethi."
April 04, 20198:09 AM (IST)
Man found hanging at BJP booth office in Siliguri
Body of a 42-year-old man has been found hanging at BJP booth office in West Bengal's Siliguri
April 04, 20198:08 AM (IST)
EC seizes liquor, drugs, precious metals and cash
The Election Commission has seized Rs 377.511 crore cash, Rs 157 crore worth liquor, Rs 705 crore worth drugs and precious metals worth Rs 312 crore till date
April 04, 20197:31 AM (IST)
Congress to release manifesto at 21 places today
For the upcoming general elections, the Congress party will address several press conferences and will release its manifesto at various places across the country today
April 04, 20196:53 AM (IST)
Smriti Irani on two-day Amethi visit from today
Union Textiles Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani will today begin a two-day visit to Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi
April 04, 20196:39 AM (IST)
NBW issued against TDP candidate Vallabhaneni Vamsi
Non-Bailable warrant has been issued against Vallabhaneni Vamsi, TDP candidate from Andhra Pradesh's Gannavaram assembly constituency and sitting MLA from the same constituency, under Arms Act. A case was earlier registered against him in 2009 for possessing illegal weapons
April 04, 20196:34 AM (IST)
Amit Shah to address two rallies in Telangana today
BJP President Amit Shah is all set to address two election rallies in Telangana today. Shah will also hold a roadshow in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam at 5 PM
April 04, 20196:31 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to address public rally in Nagpur today
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally in Maharashtra's Nagpur at 5 PM today
April 04, 20196:26 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to file nomination from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala today
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is contesting from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala in addition to his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, will file his nomination around 11.30 AM today