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

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: On the last day of the campaign for phase 1 in the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi held various election rallies while Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav held a joint press conference.

Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari, Sheenu Sharma
New Delhi
Updated on: April 17, 2024 23:43 IST
Lok Sabha elections 2024
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Polling for the first phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on April 19, Friday. In the first phase of the high-stakes elections, voting will be held in 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union Territories. With less than 48 hours left for the election to begin, star campaigners from different political parties held rallies to strengthen the chances of their respective candidates as the campaign for the first phase end on Wednesday. 

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  • 11:42 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    EC to keep CISF out of Bengal's Sitalkuchi booth where firing killed 4 in 2021 polls

    Keeping in mind the killing of four people in a firing allegedly by the CISF personnel at a booth in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district during the 2021 assembly polls, the Election Commission has decided not to deploy any personnel of that force there, an official said on Wednesday. The Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) or the ITBP personnel will be deployed there for the April 19 polls, the official said.


  • 11:29 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Over 5.41 lakh voters in Hyderabad district removed from electoral rolls

    The Election Commission has deleted 5.41 lakh voters, which include the dead, shifted and duplicate, from the electoral rolls in Hyderabad district covering 15 Assembly constituencies.


  • 10:37 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Discontent in SAD over denial of ticket to Parminder Dhindsa from Sangrur

    Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leaders on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the party's decision of denying the ticket to former minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat. In a meeting at the residence of Dhindsa here, some of them even were of the opinion that they should not support party candidate Iqbal Singh Jhunda in the Lok Sabha polls, said sources. After learning about the meeting, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal reached out to the Dhindsa family at their residence on Wednesday evening. He stayed there for around 15 minutes, said the sources.

  • 10:28 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    RJD national vice president Devendra Prasad Yadav quits

    In a setback to the RJD, its national vice president Devendra Prasad Yadav on Wednesday resigned from the party, protesting the import of candidates to the detriment of committed workers. A former Union minister, Yadav announced his resignation through a strongly worded letter addressed to the RJD president Lalu Prasad.

  • 9:45 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Star campaigners rush to support BJP's Udupi candidate

    The Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituency is gearing up for intensified political activity as key BJP leaders will mobilise support for party candidate Kota Srinivas Poojary. The campaign is set to receive a significant boost with the scheduled appearances of several influential figures. Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi and MP Sumalatha are set to inaugurate the campaign in Uppoor on April 19.


  • 9:32 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Congress can't keep its house in order, how will it a state: Anurag Thakur

    Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Wednesday attacked the Congress saying the party which cannot keep its flock together cannot keep a state under control. Addressing a meeting, Thakur said while BJP is targeting 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress is hoping to get only 40.

  • 9:17 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Arvinder Lovely holds meet to draw up roadmap for LS election campaigns

    Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely on Wednesday held a meeting with senior leaders of the party to draw up a roadmap for the Lok Sabha election campaigns, a statement said. The meeting was held to assign duty to Congress leaders and workers not only in the constituencies of the three Congress candidates but also in the constituencies of the four INDIA bloc partners as well, it said. Lovely said the Congress and INDIA bloc candidates are standing on very strong wickets and they are sure to sweep all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The Congress leaders and workers will extensively cover the Lok Sabha constituencies and hold regular interaction with the voters door-to-door, he stated.


  • 8:50 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Ready to give funds, but press EVM button in our favour: Ajit Pawar

    Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said he was ready to sanction funds liberally for development, provided people showed the same generosity while voting for the ruling Mahayuti alliance. The Nationalist Congress Party leader, who was speaking in a lighter vein, later said he was only appealing people to vote for the alliance.
    Pawar holds the finance portfolio in the Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP government.


  • 8:14 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Omar Abdullah brought out new concept of good BJP and bad BJP: Sajad Lone

    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."

  • 7:54 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    PM Modi dashed hopes of 2014, betrayed people's trust since 2019, exit guaranteed in 2024: Congress

    The Congress on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he dashed the hopes of 2014, betrayed the people's trust since 2019, and his exit is now guaranteed in 2024. The opposition party's dig came after Modi asserted in Assam's Nalbari that he went to the people with hope in the 2014 general elections, trust in the 2019 polls and guarantee in 2024.

  • 7:49 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Notification for Lok Sabha polls in Telangana to be issued on April 18

    The gazette notification for election to the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana would be issued on April 18, setting the stage for a keen electoral battle among the ruling Congress, BJP and BRS. Nominations would be accepted from April 18 to 25.

  • 7:03 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Lok Sabha polls: I.N.D.I.A bloc candidates file nominations for two seats in Goa

    Congress candidates representing the opposition I.N.D.I.A bloc filed their nomination papers for the two Lok Sabha seats- North Goa and South Goa- on Wednesday. While former Union minister Ramakant Khalap (North Goa) submitted his papers in Panaji, former Navy veteran Viriato Fernandes (South Goa) filed the nomination in Margao. Elections to the two parliamentary seats in the coastal state will be held on May 7.

  • 6:35 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    BJP files complaint against Mamata Banerjee alleging poll code violation

    The BJP on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, alleging that she tried to incite voters to violence while addressing a public meeting. Banerjee, addressing an election rally at Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday, claimed that some BJP members shouted "chor chor" targeting her convoy in the Chalsa area. The BJP, in its complaint to the EC, claimed that she had said, "They had the courage to say chor chor on seeing my car, if I had the opportunity would have pulled their tongues out, because of elections I did not say anything."

  • 6:26 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Rajasthan: Campaigning ends for 12 seats going to polls in first phase

    Campaigning for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections for 12 seats in Rajasthan came to an end on Wednesday. The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases, beginning on Friday. The votes will be counted on June 4. The Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and the Nagaur seats in Rajasthan will go to the polls in the first phase. The Congress focused its election campaign on two issues -- inflation and unemployment.

  • 6:10 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Last ditch efforts by candidates to woo voters in Puducherry

    Political parties and candidates contesting the April 19 Lok Sabha election made last ditch bid to reach out to voters through door-to-door canvassing and rallies here on the last day of poll campaign on Wednesday. There are 26 contestants in the fray in Puducherry Lok Sabha constituency. The major contestants are BJP nominee A Namassivayam, the Puducherry PCC leader and sitting Lok Sabha MP from here V Vaithilingam and AIADMK`s greenhorn in Parliamentary poll G Tamizhvendhan.


  • 5:44 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Assam: Campaign ends for five Lok Sabha seats going to polls in first phase

    Campaigning for the first phase of polls to five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam scheduled on April 19 ended on Wednesday. The battle of the ballots in this phase will decide the fate of 35 candidates including two Rajya Sabha MPs, three Lok Sabha MPs and an MLA. The five constituencies going to the polls in this phase are Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaziranga, Sonitpur and Lakhimpur.


  • 5:29 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    BJP wants to take away right to vote: Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday claimed that the BJP has given the '400 par' slogan for the Lok Sabha polls as they want to "change" the Constitution of the country and "take away" the right to vote from people. Addressing an election rally here in support of Ruchi Veera, the SP candidate from Moradabad, Yadav said, "If the government works as per the Constitution, no prejudice can be done against any community or group. But ever since the BJP has come to power, the government has not done justice with people." Yadav recalled the protest by farmers against the now-repealed farm laws and said, "The government has taken back the farm laws. But the way BJP leaders are using the '400 par' slogan...if they come to power, it is possible that they will change the Constitution. They can even snatch our right to vote." The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also attacked the BJP-led Centre over demonetisation and electoral bonds. SP candidate Veera also alleged that the BJP wants to change the Constitution. "The election this time is to safeguard democracy."


  • 4:47 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    People are waiting for day of voting: Rajyavardhan Rathore

  • 4:29 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Lok Sabha election a fight between two ideologies: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday termed the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as a battle between two ideologies- I.N.D.I.A bloc "fighting for the Constitution" on one hand and BJP, which wants to "abolish constitution and democracy", on the other.

  • 4:12 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Mallikarjun Kharge approves proposal for constitution of Odisha PCC Election Management Committee

  • 3:58 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Noida: Cash seizures cross Rs 1 crore-mark since poll code implementation

    Seizure of unaccounted-for cash in Noida and Greater Noida has crossed the Rs 1 crore-mark since the implementation of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections in the Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency, officials said on Wednesday. Police, static surveillance teams and flying squads seized more than Rs 20 lakh in three separate instances in the constituency on Tuesday, they said. "So far, around 30 incidents have come to light in which unaccounted-for cash has been found in possession of various people in quantities more than permitted and for which no explanation was offered immediately. The total seized amount so far now stands at Rs 1,08,81,350 (Rs 1.08 crore)," a local election official told media.
  • 3:41 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Kolkata: TMC releases manifesto for Lok Sabha elections

  • 3:38 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    People are evaluating BJP government: Sachin Pilot

  • 3:07 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Congress, communists didn't do justice with northeast, says PM Modi in Tripura

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tripura election rally | "North East plays a major role in making India 'Viksit'. After years of Independence and during the rule of Congress justice was not done with the capabilities of the states in North East. Communists ruled in Tripura and they just destroyed the people of Tripura. But, today in Delhi there is a government that continuously thinks about North East and Tripura. North East 'mere liye politics ka nahi, prem aur prathmikta ka vishaya hai'..."


  • 2:03 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Not an astrologer, says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra when asked how many seats Congress will win

    Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur responds when asked how many seats Congress will win | "...I am not an astrologer. We are going to get a good number of seats. People want change, I went to Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, people are tired of this type of politics... People do not have money to spend... Unemployment has increased to another level but PM Modi is not talking about all of this..."

  • 1:08 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJD announces fifth list of candidates for Odisha Assembly election

    Odisha CM and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced the fifth list of candidates for Odisha Assembly Elections.

    According to the list, Naveen Patnaik will contest from Kantabanji Assembly seat.

  • 1:04 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP may win 200 to 220 seats, says Siddaramaiah

    Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on BJP's performance in upcoming polls | "According to me, they (BJP) may win 200 to 220 seats. That is the report I'm having. They are saying they will get 400 seats, it is a strategy."

  • 12:36 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Govt will provide free medical treatment to citizens above 70 years, says PM Modi in Assam

    "Modi has given a guarantee that all the elderly people above 70 years of age will get free treatment facilities up to Rs 5 lakh under Ayushman Yojana. Modi will take care of their treatment without any discrimination...," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Assam's Nalbari.

  • 12:29 PM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    3 crore more new houses will be built for poor in next 5 years, says PM Modi in Assam's Nalbari

    Addressing a public rally in Nalbari, PM Narendra Modi says, "NDA has decided to reach out to every citizen of the country and provide them the facilities they deserve. In the next 5 years, 3 crore more new houses will be built for the poor and everyone will get them without any discrimination."

  • 11:59 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Lord Ram's birth anniversary being celebrated by applying Surya tilak on Ram Lalla, says PM Modi

    PM Modi in Assam's Nalbari | "...Today is also 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."

  • 11:48 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    PM Modi addresses election rally in Assam

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his hands on a traditional instrument during his public rally in Nalbari, Assam. | WATCH


  • 11:46 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Yediyurappa says R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy has strengthened party in Karnataka

    Karnataka BJP leader BS Yediyurappa on party supporting R. Akhanda Srinivas Murthy | "...We stood with him (earlier), today he has joined our party, he has strengthened our party. He has very good support, lakhs of people are supporting R. Akhanda Srinivas Murthy..."

  • 11:19 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Delhi only state to give profit budget, says AAP MP Sanjay Singh

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Kejriwal's arrest | "...nobody had even imagined that electricity could be given free. This was the first government after independence to implement free electricity scheme, free water scheme, and free bus travel scheme. Delhi is the only state to give a profit budget. We are determined to fulfil our vision of Ram Rajya on the ground..."

  • 11:05 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Kejriwal's party launches 'AAP ka Ram Rajya' website

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh on 'AAP ka Ram Rajya' website launch | "On the occasion of Ram Navami, we are launching a website 'AAP ka Ram Rajya'. Arvind Kejriwal has done amazing work to fulfil the dream of 'Ram Rajya' in Delhi and has presented an example to the world. This is the first Ram Navami on which Arvind Kejriwal is not us; he is in jail."


  • 10:17 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    We have a very strong alliance in UP: Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targeted the BJP saying the saffron party will get 150 seats in the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

    "I do not do prediction of seats. 15-20 days ago I was thinking 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.

  • 10:14 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    We have to ensure not a single vote is divided in polls: Yadav

    Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said we have to ensure not a single vote is divided in Lok Sabha election.

  • 10:12 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    BJP will be limited to 150 seats: Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at joint presser with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said there is a strong undercurrent in favour of I.N.D.I.A bloc and BJP will be limited to 150 seats.

  • 10:11 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    BJP wants to destroy the Constitution: Gandhi

     Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Lok Sabha elections said this is an ideological election and the BJP wants to destroy the Constitution.

     I.N.D.I.A bloc is protecting the Constitution, he added.

  • 10:08 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    Will folllow party order: Rahul Gandhi on why he left Amethi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while answering to a question as why he left Amethi, said the decisions are taken by the CEC of his party and he accepts the party decision. Gandhi termed the question 'BJP wala question' on a lighter note.

  • 10:05 AM (IST) Posted by Rajukumar

    I.N.D.I.A bloc will wipe out BJP from Ghaziabad to Ghazipur: Akhilesh

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav exuded confidence of victory saying I.N.D.I.A bloc will wipe out the 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..," he said.

  • 10:00 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra performs Divya Abhisheka of Ram Lalla on Ram Navami

    Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra performs Divya Abhisheka of Ram Lalla at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya, on the occasion of Ram Navami.

  • 9:58 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    RJD MP Manoj Jha slams Modi govt

    RJD MP Manoj Jha on upcoming Lok Sabha elections | "PM Modi is giving big guarantees these days. You say you want to change the Constitution. The intention of changing the Constitution will not only trouble the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Mahagathbandhan. What is the Constitution? This is a guarantee of reservation, a guarantee of education, a guarantee of employment. This Constitution is a guarantee of taking everyone along on the path of progress while respecting your fundamental rights..."

  • 9:36 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    AIMIM to support AIADMK candidate in Tamil Nadu

    AIMIM Tamil Nadu president TS Vakeel Ahmed says "On the instructions of Asaduddin Owaisi, we are supporting AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. We are working for the victory of AIADMK candidates in all 40 seats of Tamil Nadu... We will make sure that BJP does not win in the state and that CAA-NRC should be opposed in the state... We hope that AIADMK will win in the state and that our alliance will continue in the future..."

  • 9:15 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    DMK Perambalur candidate KN Arun Nehru holds roadshow

    DMK Perambalur Lok Sabha candidate KN Arun Nehru holds a roadshow in Tiruchirappalli, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024. | Watch

  • 9:14 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    DMK sitting MP from Central Chennai constituency Dayanidhi Maran campaigns in Triplicane

    DMK sitting MP and candidate from Central Chennai constituency, Dayanidhi Maran holds a campaign in Triplicane, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. 

  • 8:48 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    People angry with DMK government, says AIADMK's South Chennai candidate J. Jayavardhan

    AIADMK candidate from South Chennai constituency J. Jayavardhan says, "If we talk about my constituency, there is a rousing response from the people. People are extremely angry at this present DMK government. So wherever I go, there is a huge response from the people and they are showing thumbs up that you will win. So in in entire Tamil Nadu, there is an anti-DMK wave. So DMK will lose not only from my constituency but in all places, along with its allies, and partners."

  • 8:25 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    EC asks political parties to share details of aircraft, helicopters used in campaigning

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked political parties to furnish details of aircraft and helicopters being used for campaigning, including their origin and destination and details of people ferried in them.

    A letter by Tejas Samel, deputy election officer of Mumbai Suburban district, dated April 12, said such information has to be furnished three days before the journey to the district election office, but that duration has now been reduced to 24 hours.

    "We are sending a revised letter on April 17. Instead of three days, they have to inform us 24 hours in advance," Samel said.

  • 7:44 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    BJP complaints after fake document announcing candidate for Palghar seat surfaces

    The BJP has complained to the Mumbai police after a fake document surfaced announcing Prakash Krushna Nikam from Palghar seat in Maharashtra.

    Polling in Maharashtra will take place in the first five phases during the Lok Sabha elections.

  • 6:51 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Only Modi can ensure strong, prosperous Bharat in third term, says Devendra Fadnavis

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be elected for a third term for a strong and prosperous Bharat, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday as he targeted the opposition over the alleged lack of coordination with the analogy of a train.

    Addressing a poll rally, the senior BJP leader said the people have only two choices in this election- either to elect Modi for development or the alliance led by Rahul Gandhi.

    "Modiji is the power engine of our Mahayuti alliance. There is ample space for people to board this 'Vikas ki train' of Modiji with coaches of Shiv Sena, NCP, RPI and others.
    Other alliance doesn't have any coaches and all (constituents) claim themselves to be engines but they lack coordination," he said.

  • 6:49 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Modi govt determined to end Naxal menace, says Amit Shah after Chhattisgarh operation

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated security forces for the successful operation against Naxalites in Chhattisgarh and said the Modi government is determined to free the country from the scourge.

    Shah said that due to the offensive policy of the government and the efforts of security forces, Naxalism has been confined to a small area now and soon Chhattisgarh and the entire country will be completely Naxal-free.

    "Today, a large number of Naxalites have been killed in the operation of security forces in Chhattisgarh. I congratulate all the security personnel who made this operation successful with their bravery and wish for the speedy recovery of the brave policemen who have been injured," Shah wrote on 'X' in Hindi.

  • 6:39 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    PM Modi to address election rallies in Assam and Tripura

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Assam and Tripura, ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024.


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