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Elections 2024: SC To Give Verdict On Petitions Seeking Use Of 100% VVPAT-EVM Verification Tomorrow

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The Election Commission of India on Thursday sought reply from the BJP over complaints by Congress and other opposition parties against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's April 21 Rajasthan speech that triggered row. In other news Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination from UP's Kannauj for the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Supreme Court verdict on VVPAT-EVM on Friday |

Election 2024 LIVE: Second Phase Of Poll Campaign Ends, Voting Tomorrow

The second phase of poll campaigning concluded on Wednesday, with leaders from the BJP-led NDA and the opposition INDIA bloc making final efforts to attract voters. Voting for this phase is set for April 26. 

Thirteen states and union territories will be going to the polls on Friday, including 20 seats in Kerala, 14 in Karnataka, 13 in Rajasthan, eight each in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, seven in Madhya Pradesh, five each in Assam and Bihar, three in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura.

The first phase of Lok Sabha polls covered 102 seats across 21 states, achieving a voter turnout of about 62% according to the Election Commission.

Senior Congress Leader Sam Pitroda's  US's Inheritance Tax Advise Puts Party In Backfoot Amid Manifesto Row

Congress seems to have been pushed on the backfoot with its senior leader Sam Pitroda suggesting a "US-like inheritance tax" in India. Pitroda came under fire from the BJP even as the Congress distanced itself from his remarks. 

Reacting to Pitroda's remark PM Modi said: "The wealth you accumulate with your hard work won't pass down to your children. The Congress's hand will snatch it. The Congress's mantra is 'loot during your lifetime, loot after your death."

In an interview with ANI, Pitroda defended Congress's poll promise, saying the policy of redistribution of wealth was in the interest of the people and not in the interest of the super-rich only.

The Congress distanced itself from the senior leader's remarks and said they do not reflect the party's position. Congress's Jairam Ramesh said in a social media message that "sensationalising" Pitroda's comments is aimed at "diverting attention" from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "malicious and mischievous election campaign".

Pitroda also said that he made the remarks as in individual. He said it was unfortunate that the comments were twisted "to divert attention from what lies PM is spreading about Congress manifesto".

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 LIVE: Full Schedule Of General Polls

The schedule for Lok Sabha elections 2024 was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 16. The voting for Lok Sabha elections 2024 is taking place in seven phases, starting April 19 and the counting of votes will take place on June 4.

While voting for Phase 1 took place on April 19, polling for Phase 2 to Phase 7 will take place on: April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1.

  • Phase 1/April 19 - 21 states/UTs - 102 constituencies

  • Phase 2/April 26 - 13 states/UTs - 89 constituencies

  • Phase 3/May 7 - 12 states/UTs - 12 constituencies

  • Phase 4/May 13 - 10 states/UTs - 96 constituencies

  • Phase 5/May 20 - 8 states/UTs - 49 constituencies

  • Phase 6/May 25 - 7 states/UTs - 57 constituencies

  • Phase 7/June 1 -  8 states/UTs - 57 constituencies

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Nitish Kumar's Party Leader Shot Dead By Unidentified Men In Patna

Saurabh Kumar, a youth leader from Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JDU), was shot dead late Tuesday night while returning from a wedding function in Patna.

Another person accompanying him, Munmum Kumar, was injured in the firing in Parsa Bazar village, as reported by NDTV.

Saurabh was shot twice in his head by unidentified four men on bikes while his companion Munmun Kumar was hit thrice. They were rushed to a hospital where Saurabh was declared brought dead by the doctors while Munmun was admitted in a serious condition.

The Patna Police reached the spot later at night and have launched an investigation into the shooting.

J&K Police, Paramilitary Flag March In Reasi Ahead Of Phase 2 Of Lok Sabha Elections

Jammu and Kashmir police and paramilitary personnel held a flag march in various parts of Reasi on Wednesday evening, ahead of the second phase of the Lok Sabha 2024 elections. 

The flag march was organised with the purpose of giving the locals confidence about their safety. 

Elections are scheduled for April 26, May 7, May 13, and May 20 in the constituencies of Jammu, Anantnag-Rajouri, Srinagar, and Baramulla, respectively.

Election FAQs: How to Register to Vote in India?

All Indian citizens of 18 years and above can register themselves to vote in the general elections. To register, one must download Form 6 from the National Voters' Service Portal or receive one from your local Booth Level Officer.  

Fill in details such as your Aadhar details, address, educational qualification and other details. Attach all proof needed and submit the form.  

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Samajwadi Party Office Abuzz For Akhilesh Yadav's Nomination

Preparations are underway at the Samajwadi Party office as party chief Akhilesh Yadav gears up for his nomination filing.

Akhilesh Yadav is set to file his nomination papers from the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency. The announcement came shortly after Tej Pratap Yadav was announced as the Samajwadi Party's Kannauj candidate.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Subrat Pathak as its candidate against the SP chief.

Lok Sabha Election: INDIA Bloc Should Announce Candidate For PM Post, Says BJP's Shehzad Poonawalla

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shehzad Poonawalla criticised the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), saying it lacks a clear mission for the country.

In an interview with news agency ANI, Poonawalla stated: "INDIA alliance has no mission for the country. They have come up with their own corruption, dynastic profession, ambition, and confusion. There is such a fight between confusion and ambition that we saw what happened in Ranchi... They want to auction PM Modi's post... They should announce their candidate for the Prime Ministerial post."

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Tejashwi Yadav Claims Nadda Carrying 'Bags' For Voters

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav |
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav | PTI

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Tejashwi Yadav, alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda is carrying bags (money) with him for voters and is receiving assistance from agencies.

"I have received news that he (BJP chief JP Nadda) has brought several bags with him. He is distributing them at places where elections are taking place. Get this checked, the allegations are true. I am not lying. Agencies are helping him openly. He is coming from Delhi and bringing five bags with him," Tejashwi Yadav said.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Complaint Against TMC's Abhishek Banerjee For 'Misogynistic' Remark Against BJP's Mitra Chaudhury

BJP leader Shishir Bajoria has filed a formal complaint against Abhishek Banerjee, General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC). The complaint alleges that Banerjee made derogatory and misogynistic remarks targeting Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, MLA and BJP candidate from the 8 Maldaha Dakshin constituency.

Lok Sabha Election Live: Schools, Factories In Noida To Stay Closed

Noida, Schools and colleges in Gautam Buddh Nagar will stay closed on account of Lok Sabha election in the constituency on Friday but will remain open on Saturday, officials said. 

Factories and industries have also been directed to give paid holiday to workers on Friday to enable them to cast their votes, the officials said. 

Gautam Buddh Nagar, comprising the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida, goes to polls on April 26 with 26.75 lakh registered voters. 

-PTI

‘Jail Ka Jawab Vote Se’, Says AAP; Party To Launch Campaign Song Today

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj has announced that the party is launching a new campaign song today, which will be used for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. 

Speaking near a metro station, Bharadwaj said, "The people of Delhi are upset about their favourite CM being put behind bars and want to give a befitting reply to the central government. AAP and Delhiites have decided to respond with the power of vote."

"Today, we are standing near the metro station along with Somnath Bharti who is the candidate from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat with a hoarding that reads 'Jail ka jawab vote se.'”

Elections 2024 FAQs: Is Voter Slip Mandatory To Cast A Vote?

The answer is YES. Eligible voters can vote without the slips if their name is mentioned on the electoral roll.

Voters can check whether their name is mentioned on the electoral roll on the official website of the Election Commission of India -electoralsearch.eci.gov.in.

Voters would be required to select their state and then enter their EPIC Number provided on the voter card to check the voter list.

Voters can also enter their details or mobile number to check if they are mentioned on the electoral roll.

Lok Sabha Election Live: AAP Announces Sunita Kejriwal To Hold Delhi Roadshows Amidst Husband's Arrest

Sunita Kejriwal |
Sunita Kejriwal | PTI

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced that Sunita Kejriwal, the wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will hold roadshows in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. This move comes as AAP's campaigning has been impacted by Arvind Kejriwal's arrest in a money laundering case in March. 

Sunita is slowly emerging out of the shadows to assume a bigger role to give a fillip to AAP’s campaigning.

AAP is contesting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with Congress in Delhi, with candidates fielded in four seats, while Congress is contesting in three seats.

'Who Will Be Answerable': AAP MP Sanjay Singh Warns Of Threat To Arvind Kejriwal's Life

Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh expressed concerns about the safety of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is currently in judicial custody.

"Do you know that there have been several murders that have happened in Tihar Jail? When I say that Arvind Kejriwal's life is in danger, a conspiracy is being hatched against Arvind Kejriwal, and they are playing with the life of Arvind Kejriwal, no one believes it. Who will be answerable if such an incident happens with Arvind Kejriwal in jail?... They (opposition) are vicious and dangerous people..." Singh said.

Kejriwal has been in judicial custody since March and his custody has been extended till May 7.

Won't Go By 'Marxist Interpretation' Of Wealth Redistribution’: Supreme Court

Amid political row over idea over redistribution of wealth by Sam Pitroda, Chairman of Indian Overseas Congress, a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court initiated proceedings on Tuesday to interpret Article 39(b) of the Constitution. 

Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud remarked, "We don't have to go as far as the Marxist socialist interpretation by Justice Krishna Iyer [of Article 39(b) in the Ranganatha Reddy case of 1977]. But community resources will surely include resources which the present generation holds in trust based on inter-generational equity."

CJI Chandrachud clarified, "We cannot say Article 39(b) has no application to privately held properties like water, forests, and mines. But it should not be taken to the level of taking someone's personal property for distribution."

Lok Sabha Election Live: PM Modi Addresses 'Vijay Sankalp' Rally In MP's Morena

Prime Minister Modi is addressing ‘Vijay Sankalp Rally’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena. From there, he will proceed to Uttar Pradesh to address public meetings in Agra at 1:15 p.m., Bareilly’s Alampur Jafrabad at 3.30 p.m., and Shahjahanpur at around 5:15 p.m.

Lok Sabha Election: ‘Madhya Pradesh Had Become Bimaru Rajya During Congress' Rule,’ Says PM Modi In Morena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the Vijay Sankalp Rally in Morena, Madhya Pradesh, lashed out at the Congress, saying,"Madhya Pradesh had become one of the 'Bimaru Rajya' during Congress' rule.”

“After filling the potholes of Congress, the BJP has given a new identity to Chambal and Madhya Pradesh. The people of Bhind, Morena and Gwalior, who have seen the dark period of the Congress, are experiencing the development that has taken place under the BJP government more."

The Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh will be conducted in four phases on April 19, 26, May 7, and 13.

Elections 2024 LIVE: 'Congress Declared All Muslims In Karnataka As OBC,'Modi Alleges

“These (Congress) people are again using religious appeasement as a pawn,” said PM Modi while addressing the Vijay Sankalp Rally in Morena, Madhya Pradesh.

“There is a Congress government in Karnataka...They have declared all the people of the Muslim community in Karnataka as OBC. Congress added so many new people into the OBC community that earlier OBCs used to get reservations in education and government jobs but now the reservation they used to get was secretly snatched away from them," the PM added.

PM Modi At Morena Rally: ‘Cong Will X-Ray Your Lockers, Loot Them.’

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's remark on the caste census, PM Modi said, 'Congress will x-ray your lockers and loot them'.

“Congress wants to confiscate people's jewellery and small savings by conducting X-ray of their properties and valuables,” Modi said.

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said it is his life’s mission to ensure justice for the oppressed sections of the society.

“I am not interested in caste but in nyay (justice). I am saying that gross injustice is being done with 90 per cent of the population. I have not even said that we will take any action on that. I just said let us find out how much injustice is being done. There should be no objection to that. If you get injured and I say that get an X-ray done, no one should object to that,” he said.

Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Akhilesh Yadav Files Nomination From Kannauj

SP leader Akhilesh Yadav files his nomination from Kannauj. The party took to X on Wednesday to confirm Akhilesh's move amid suspense over the seat the SP chief was going to contest in the Lok Sabha polls. 

The confirmation came just days after the Samajwadi Party declared Tej Pratap Yadav, nephew of Akhilesh Yadav, as its candidate from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh.

Elections 2024 LIVE: Election Commission Takes Note Of Poll Violations By PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday sought reply from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on complaint by Congress and other opposition parties about Prime Minister Modi's speech of April 21 in Rajasthan's Banswara.

PM Modi on Sunday triggered a debate after making a statement at the rally in Rajasthan, which sparked reactions by a section of people and the Congress party.

Addressing the rally in Rajasthan's Banswara on Sunday, PM Modi said the Congress plans to give people's hard-earned money and valuables to "infiltrators" and "those who have more children", naming the Muslim community. READ FULL REPORT

Modi Has Panicked And Is Using The Language Of Polarisation: Congress

"Because of PM Modi's policies in the last 10 years, unemployment and inflation increased. Economic disparity reached new high which was not seen in last 100 years,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said while addressing a press conference.

“We've been stressing on Nari Nyay, Yuva Nyay, Kisan Nyaya, Shramik Nyay and Hissedari Nyay. We gave 25 guarantees according to that. We have a positive agenda. PM has now stopped saying '400 paar' and 'Modi ki Guarantee'. He has panicked and is using the language of polarisation,” the congress leader added.

Lok Sabha Election News: YouTuber Manish Kashyap Joins BJP

YouTuber Manish Kashyap on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi. "Today I have joined the BJP. I will be working under the leadership of PM Modi. My mother had asked me to join the BJP. I come from an ordinary family living in a Kachcha House. BJP has given me respect and that's why I got emotional," Kashyap said.

Manish Kashyap had been slapped with charges under the National Security Act (NSA) over the alleged circulation of fake videos showing attacks on Bihari migrant workers in Tamil Nadu.

Lok Sabha Elections: YSRCP Chief Jagan Reddy Files Nomination From Pulivendula In Andhra Pradesh

YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday filed his nomination for Pulivendula Assembly seat. Jagan Mohan Reddy was accompanied by the party candidate for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat YS Avinash Reddy and others.

"Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy filed his nomination papers in Pulivendula, officially submitted his candidacy to the Pulivendula Returning Officer," said a press release.

Lok Sabha Elections News: PM Rakes Up 'Inheritance Tax' Issue Again To Slam Congress

Addressing an election rally in Madhya Pradesh's Morena, PM Modi raked up the "inheritance tax" issue again to slam the Congress. The issue has been going on since Wednesday after Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda's suggestion of a "US-like inheritance tax" for India went viral amid row over PM Modi's "wealth distribution" charge on Congress.

Top Quotes From PM's Morena Rally

  • "If Congress comes to power, it will snatch more than half of your earnings through inheritance tax"

  • "If Congress comes to power, it will snatch more than half of your earnings through inheritance tax"

  • "Congress put many Muslims illegally in the OBC list in Karnataka"

  • "Modi is standing as a wall between you and Congress' plans to loot you"

  • "Congress wants to confiscate people's jewellery and small savings by conducting X-ray of their properties and valuables"

  • Congress wants to impose inheritance tax on people's properties left by their ancestors"

Video: YouTuber Manish Kashyap Meets JP Nadda After Joining The Party

YouTuber Manish Kashyap met BJP national president JP Nadda after joining the party today.

Manish Kashyap had been slapped with charges under the National Security Act (NSA) over the alleged circulation of fake videos showing attacks on Bihari migrant workers in Tamil Nadu.

AAP Launches Lok Sabha Campaign Song 'Jail Ke Jawab Mein Hum Vote Denge'

Focusing on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's arrest by the Enforcement Directorate, the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday launched its Lok Sabha campaign song titled 'jail ke jawab mein hum vote denge'.

The song penned and sung by AAP MLA Dilip Pandey was launched here by party leaders at an event at the AAP headquarters. The party's Lok Sabha campaign is titled 'Jail Ka Jawab Vote Se'.

"Our campaign songs always reflect the mood of the common people. This song reflects the sentiment of the people. The lyrics of the song depicts the reality of what is happening in today's times," Pandey said.

-PTI

In Other News: 3 New Members Sworn-In As Rajya Sabha MPs

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday administered oath to three newly-elected members of the BJP. The new members, who took oath are Devendra Pratap Singh from Chhattisgarh, Tejveer Singh from Uttar Pradesh and Mahendra Bhatt from Uttarakhand.

"Vice-President of India and Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar administered oath to the elected Members of Rajya Sabha in Parliament House today," the chairman's office said while sharing pictures of the oath taking.

Lok Sabha Elections:  Kerala Oppn Leader Complains To EC Against Delhi Lt Governor For MCC Violation

On the eve of polling day in Kerala, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly VD Satheesan urged the Election Commission to take action against Delhi's Lt Governor for allegedly visiting heads of churches in the southern state to "lure" them to take a stand in favour of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections on April 26.

Senior Congress leader Satheesan, in a letter to the Commission, alleged "blatant violation of the model code of conduct" by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena through his meeting of church heads in Kerala.

(Via PTI)

Kharge's Letter to PM: 'It's Become Your Habit To Take Words Taken Out Of Context, Create Communal Divide'

Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge |
Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge | PTI

Amid controversy over Congress's manifesto,Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a meeting to explain the party's "Nyay Patra" 

“You are being misinformed by your advisors about things not even written in Congress manifesto,” Kharge to PM

“It has become your habit to seize on a few words taken out of context, create communal divide.” Congress chief Kharge in letter to PM

BJP Is Speaking Such Extreme Language, Because Of Despair: Shashi Tharoor

“The trust People have placed in me three times in a row, they are prepared to place in me once more,” Congress MP and candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor told news agency ANI.

On the controversy over Congress's manifesto, Tharoor said: “It's (inheritance tax) not even an expression that figures in the manifesto. The Congress stands by its manifesto. Do you find inheritance tax anywhere in the manifesto? Do you find redistribution anywhere in the manifesto Do you find anyone saying that we're going to confiscate your mangal sutra in the manifesto? The BJP is so desperate now, that they are scenting failure.”

He added, “After the first round when all the indications coming out of the voting booths were that people had turned against the BJP governments in a big way, even in the Hindi-speaking states. We're getting the indication that the BJP is in for a very rude shock. And it's because of their despair, their fear that they are now speaking such extreme language."

Modi In Agra: 'From Kashmir To Kanyakumari, Only One Voice Is Coming...'

In a public rally held in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, I went on an election tour to many states and got the opportunity to address public meetings and only one voice is coming from every corner of India that is Phir ek baar Modi Sarkar..."

'This Election Is To Completely Free Country From Slave Mentality Of 1000 Years': PM Modi

Addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly, PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said, "This election is an election to completely free the country from the mentality of 1000 years of slavery. This election is an election that will give new heights to India's self-respect..."

'Congres Intends At Snatching Away Reservation Of OBC For Its Vote Bank Of Choice': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Aonla on Thursday said, 'The INDI alliance of Samajwadi Party and Congress can go to any extent for appeasement. The dangerous claw of the Congress is going to snatch away the rights of the people. Congress intends at snatching away the reservation of OBCs and give it to the vote bank of their choice."

'Decision Regarding Kannauj Seat Taken After Listening To People's Wishes': SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on his candidature from Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj seat on Thursday said, "Decision regarding the Kannauj seat has been taken after listening to the wishes of people and party workers here. After declaring Tej Pratap's name as a candidate, I was told by many to contest in these (Lok Sabha) polls and give him a chance if by-election happens."

'Kejriwal In Tihar Jail Put Under 24x7 CCTV Camera Surveillance': AAP

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi LG V K Saxena, alleging Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Tihar Jail was put under round-the-clock CCTV camera surveillance, Aam Aadmi Party has said.

'EC Does Not Ask Questions From BJP': Congress Leader

On Election Commission's notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Udit Raj on Thursday said, "The Election Commission does not ask questions from the BJP, it asks answers only from the Congress. This is the first time that notice has been given to both leaders but in the end, no action would be taken against the BJP. The Election Commission only does something or the other against the Opposition..."

'There Will Be Pressure On Several Parties Now': SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav After Filing Nomination Papers From Kannauj LS Seat

In his reaction about Congress leaders to contest from Amethi and Raebareli, Samajwadi Party chief and candidate from Kannauj Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said, "I cannot say anything about any political party but there will be pressure on several parties now. If there are elections, we should all contest. Since we are in an alliance, if I had to advise him (Rahul Gandhi) I can sit and discuss it with him..."

Former Jharkhand CM's Wife Kalpana Soren Is JMM's Candidate For Gandey Assembly Seat

Kalpana Soren, wife of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, will be the JMM candidate for Gandey Assembly by-poll.

PM Modi Targets Samajwadi Party At Shahjahanpur Rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday while addressing a public gathering in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur said, “Shahjahanpur and this entire region is a witness to development done by the BJP. Before CM Yogi Adityanath came to power, this place was a victim of the ‘Samajwadi Sab Kuch Thapp’ scheme. Road infrastructure, availability of electricity, good health facilities and law and order situation was in a precarious situation.”

Amit Shah Takes Ram Janambhoomi Jibe At Congress And Its Alliance Partners

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Thursday during a rally in Odisha's Sonepur said, "In the last 10 years, PM Modi resolved issues persistent for several years. Congress and its alliance partners kept delaying the issue of Ram Janambhoomi. People made Narendra Modi PM the second time, he resolved this matter and Ayodhya's Ram Temple was built in just five years."

'Congress Plans To Implement Karnataka Model Of Reservation Across Country': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during rally in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur targeted both Congress and Samajwadi Party saying, "Congress and SP want to take away rights of SC, ST, OBC. He added both the parties want to give reservation on basis of religion.

He said, "Congress plans to implement Karnataka model of reservation across country."

'Politics Of Appeasement Biggest Reason For 2 Shehzade To Come Together': PM Modi's Jibe At Rahul, Akhilesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday during a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur took jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav saying, "Politics of appeasement biggest reason for "do (two) shezade" to come together".

'Modi Trying To Provoke People, Surprising To See PM Using Such Language': Congress Leader Ashok Gehlot

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said, "The kind of language used in Tonk, the people across the country are agitated and worried. The way he (PM Modi) is trying to provoke people by saying things about 'Mangalsutra' and alleging that we will take away gold and all, these things have no link to our manifesto and it's surprising to see PM Modi using such languages. He is in a misconception that people accept whatever he says be it right or wrong but he doesn't know that people now understand all these things... I don't want to say anything as he (PM Modi) will manipulate my words which will harm my party. I am more worried about what will happen in the country than losing the elections. Will democracy continue to be in the country? It's very unfortunate, that the PM is using such language."

'Odisha Deprived Of Development': Amit Shah

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Thursday said, "... The government here has not only kept Odisha deprived of development and did extreme corruption with the help of officials, but also kept the people of Odisha away from Odisha's language and culture. In the last 20 years, after PM Modi became the prime minister, all states with double-engine governments, are touching new heights in development. But Odisha, which has the most minerals and water, still prosperity did not reach here..."

Shiv Sena (UBT) Releases Manifesto | Watch

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday released the party manifesto named 'Vachan nama' for the Lok Sabha elections, in Mumbai.

'BJP Wants Brute Parliamentary Majority To Change The Constitution': Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said, "BJP wants brute parliamentary majority to change the Constitution".

'People Of Delhi Are Fighting Arvind Kejriwal's Battle': AAP's Gopal Rai

Delhi Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai on party's election campaign song launch on Thursday said, "The people of Delhi have made Arvind Kejriwal their CM... In today's program, we wanted to send a message that his seat may be vacant and he can be in jail, but his soul is here with us... I believe we will unite people with our theme song... The people of Delhi are fighting Arvind Kejriwal's battle. This election is no more an election but a movement now..."

'No Resentment In Party Over Seats': Madhya Pradesh Congress Chief

Madhya Pradesh Congress in-charge Deepak Babaria on Thursday said, "There's no resentment in the party over seats. There were a few candidates who had resentment but now they have also understood the party's interest over their own interest."

His remarks came after party leader Rajkumar Chauhan's resigned from the Congrees.

EC Approves Candidature Of Varsha Eknath As Congress Candidate

Central Election Committee on Thursday approved the candidature of Varsha Eknath Gaikwad as Congress candidate to contest the Lok Sabha elections from 29-Mumbai North Central Parliamentary constituency of Maharashtra.

Delhi Mayoral Polls Postponed: MCD

Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD) on Thursday said Delhi mayoral polls have been postponed due to non-appointment of presiding officer. The polls had been earlier scheduled for April 26.

'People Are Showering Blessings': BJP's Bansuri Swaraj

BJP candidate from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat Bansuri Swaraj on Thursday said, "People are showering blessings. This 'Jan Sampark Yatra' is so that you can see that the popularity of PM Modi and his welfare schemes is visible among the people..."

'Odisha Will Participate Prominently In Slogan Of 400 Par': BJP's Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Sambalpur, Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said, "For the complete majority in Odisha, Union HM Amit Shah sought the blessings of the people and said that if once the BJP forms a government with full majority in Odisha, then unprecedented development stream will reach Odisha, it will become the Odisha of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's imagination, it will become the Odisha of development. This time Odisha will participate prominently in the slogan of '400 paar'..."

SC To Pass Order On 100% EVM-VVPAT Verification On Thursday

Supreme Court is set to pass its order on petitions seeking 100 per cent verification of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) votes with their Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips on Thursday (April 26).

NCP(Pawar) Releases Manifesto Hours Ahead Of Phase 2 Of LS Polls

The Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) on Thursday released its manifesto hours before as many as 89 seats spread across 13 states and Union Territories (UTs) go to polls in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections 2024

Congress Releases List Of 40-star Campaigners For Uttar Pradesh For LS Polls

Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Thursday released a list of 40-star campaigners for Uttar Pradesh.

The list includes the party's leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra among the campaigners.

'Dwarka Is A City Which Reflects Result Of Whole Country': BJP Leader

BJP candidate from Jamnagar Lok Sabha constituency Poonamben Maadam on Thursday said,"... The workers are very excited. Dwarka is a city which reflects the result of the whole country. Because there are not just locals here, people from all over India come here for Jagat Mandir's darshan.

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