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Lok Sabha Election 2024 news: Rahul Gandhi files his nomination from Wayanad

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news highlights: Polling for the mega polls will be conducted in seven phases, the first of which is on April 19.
Rahul Gandhi files his nomination from Wayanad
Rahul Gandhi files his nomination from Wayanad

Lok Sabha Election 2024 news LIVE: Campaigning for the upcoming general elections is in full swing as the political parties and the people have geared up for the elections. On Tuesday, PM Modi held public rallies in Uttarakhand's Rudrapur and Rajasthan's Kotputli. While launching a blistering attack on Rahul Gandhi for his remark suggesting that there will be a "conflagration" in the country if he gets a third term and asked the people to wipe out the Congress from everywhere, the PM said he was being threatened and abused by the corrupt but there will be even bigger action against corruption after his re-election....Read More

Several issues have been raked up including the Kachchatheevu island issue with the ruling BJP and the opposition slamming each other. Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK President MK Stalin slammed the BJP for raising the Kachchatheevu issue ahead of the the Lok Sabha polls and said that the issue has started to backfire now.

Criticising PM Modi, Stalin questioned that why did PM did not ever spoke to Sri Lanka government to return back Kachchatheevu Island.

Polling for the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases, the first of which is on April 19. Besides voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats, the Election Commission of India has also announced Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Odisha, as well as assembly by-polls for 26 vacant seats.

The counting of votes will be done on June 4. Support of at least 272 MPs in the Lok Sabha is required to form the government at the Centre.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Phase-wise schedule:

? Phase 1- April 19

? Phase 2- April 26

? Phase 3- May 7

? Phase 4 - May 13

? Phase 5 - May 20

? Phase 6 - May 25

? Phase 7 - June 1

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Apr 3, 2024 10:40 PM IST

Rajasthan BJP's Lumbaram Choudhary files nomination against Ashok Gehlot's son in Jalore

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lumbaram Choudhary on Wednesday submitted his nomination papers for the Jalore Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan, gearing up for Lok Sabha elections.

Choudhary, representing the BJP, is set to contest against Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Ashok Gehlot and the Congress candidate for the Jalore Lok Sabha seat.

Meanwhile, BJP leader PP Chaudhary also filed his nomination papers for the Pali Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan on the same day. His nomination was completed in the presence of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Chaudhary, a two-time incumbent MP from Pali, is vying for another term in the Lower House in the upcoming general elections.

Apr 3, 2024 9:45 PM IST

BJP functionaries in HP briefed about 'Booth Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan'

Ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sanjay Tandon rallied party functionaries in Himachal Pradesh, emphasizing the importance of the "Booth Vijay Sankalp Abhiyan" (Booth Victory Resolve Campaign). During his address at a gathering of party workers and leaders in Nagrota Surian, within the Kangra parliamentary constituency, Tandon urged them to leave no stone unturned in securing a resounding victory for the BJP across all four Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Tandon, who serves as the co-in-charge of the BJP's Himachal Pradesh unit, underscored the need for a concerted effort to ensure the party's triumph with substantial margins in the upcoming polls. The hill state will go to the polls in the final phase on June 1, marking the culmination of the seven-phase general elections.

Apr 3, 2024 8:57 PM IST

Congress nominated Mukesh Dhangar against BJP's Hema Malini from Mathura

Congress nominated Mukesh Dhangar from the Mathura Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Dhangar will be contesting against sitting BJP MP Hema Malini.

Apr 3, 2024 8:29 PM IST

Congress hits back at BJP over Manmohan jibe, terms last 10 year ‘dark decade’

The Congress party launched a scathing counterattack against the BJP's criticism of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In a strongly worded statement, the opposition accused the ruling party of selectively targeting Singh's tenure while conveniently overlooking the economic woes of the past decade.

Jairam Ramesh, a senior Congress leader, defended Singh's legacy, asserting that his government's policies catalised transformative changes in India's economic and social landscape. However, Ramesh alleged that the subsequent years under the BJP's watch have plunged the nation's economy into a "dark decade" marred by stagnation and policy missteps.

The Congress' rebuke came in response to Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT cell, lambasted Singh's prime ministerial stint and accused him of presiding over a corruption-riddled administration and policies that purportedly impoverished the masses.

Apr 3, 2024 7:16 PM IST

Intense battle brews in Attingal LS seat as political heavyweights clash

It will be a clash of political heavyweights in the Attingal Lok Sabha constituency in South Kerala that is set for a triangular contest between a Union minister, an MP and a legislator.

Attingal, like many other parliamentary constituencies in Kerala, has a mix of hills, midlands, and coastal regions, and poses quite a challenge for candidates to reach out to the people to seek votes.

Sitting MP Adoor Prakash of the Congress is facing a tough fight from the LDF candidate, CPI(M) MLA V Joy, and BJP's V Muraleedharan, who is the Union Minister of State for External Affairs.

Attingal Parliament constituency had been an LDF stronghold throughout, but in 2019, Prakash wrested the seat from sitting MP A Sampath.

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Apr 3, 2024 6:52 PM IST

Congress top brass to campaign in Maharashtra in 1st phase of LS polls

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, along with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, is scheduled to campaign in Maharashtra for the initial phase of the Lok Sabha elections, as announced by the party. Rahul Gandhi plans to campaign in the Bhandara-Gondiya constituency on April 13, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Chandrapur on April 15, as per Congress spokesperson Atul Londhe. Kharge is expected to be in Ramtek on either April 8 or 9. The first phase of elections in Maharashtra will cover Ramtek, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Bhandara-Gondiya, and Gadchiroli-Chimur constituencies on April 19. Except for Ramtek, where former Congress MLA Raju Parwe is contesting with Shiv Sena's Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the BJP and Congress face off in the other four seats. Prominent candidates include Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur and state BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar in Chandrapur. Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, and elections will be held in five phases from April 19 to May 20, PTI reported.

Apr 3, 2024 6:21 PM IST

Election Commission reviews law and order, security situation for Lok Sabha polls

The Election Commission (EC) issued directives on Wednesday to the chief secretaries, directors general of police of all states, and heads of central agencies to ensure a peaceful and inducement-free Lok Sabha election. They emphasized maintaining strict vigilance along inter-state and international borders to prevent the influx of illicit liquor, cash, drugs, and arms.

The meeting also discussed preemptive measures to address communal tensions based on past incidents. Securing porous borders against illegal activities was highlighted as crucial, PTI reported.

Additionally, the recent violence in Manipur and its impact on electoral conduct were discussed. The EC stressed the need for swift action to aid internally-displaced persons and ensure their participation in the electoral process.

Apr 3, 2024 6:03 PM IST

Kharge, Rahul Gandhi to campaign for Congress candidates in Arunachal

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi are expected to travel to Arunachal Pradesh to campaign for the party's candidates. The state is gearing up for elections to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies on April 19.

While the Congress has finalized a list of campaigners for Arunachal Pradesh, the specific dates and locations for their visits have not been confirmed yet, according to party sources citing a list issued by AICC general secretary KC Venugopal.

Apr 3, 2024 5:20 PM IST

‘Tumne agar desh ko kalankit krne ke liye…’: Smriti Irani attacks Rahul Gandhi

Union Minister Smriti Irani criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday following the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) extending support to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Lok Sabha elections.

During a nomination rally supporting Madhya Pradesh BJP President and Khajuraho candidate VD Sharma in Panna, Smriti Irani cautioned the Wayanad MP, stating that "If you threaten to defame the country, it will not tolerate and won't forgive you."

Apr 3, 2024 4:37 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya on LS polls

Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, there is no discrimination in respect to East, West, North and South. There is lotus blooming all around. In 2014, we gave the slogan of '272-plus', the BJP alone won 283 seats back then. In 2019, we gave the slogan of 'abki baar 300 par', and the BJP alone won 303 seats. You will not believe this now, but on June 4, you will see that the BJP will win 370-plus seats and the NDA will win 400-plus seats.”

Apr 3, 2024 4:25 PM IST

'Modi ki guarantee' unsuccessful, says Congress President Kharge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Modi Ki guarantee" is described as "unsuccessful" and not reaching the people, alleged Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday during the launch of his party's "Ghar Ghar Guarantee" initiative.

The initiative aims to reach out to eight crore households across the country. Kharge inaugurated the initiative from Usmanpur, Kaithwada in the North East Delhi parliamentary constituency and distributed pamphlets on the Congress's "Paanch Nyay Pachees Guarantee".

Apr 3, 2024 3:56 PM IST

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination from Thiruvananthapuram LS constituency

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor filed his nomination from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency.

Apr 3, 2024 3:33 PM IST

PDP splits from INDIA Bloc, to field candidates in J&K alone

In a setback for the INDIA bloc, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti declared on Wednesday that her party will contest the Lok Sabha elections in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir alone.

Mufti's announcement followed National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah's statement that his party would field candidates across all three parliamentary seats in the Kashmir region.

The decisions by the two key regional players cast doubts over the unity of the opposition bloc ahead of the crucial national polls.

Apr 3, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Boxer Vijender Singh set to join BJP

Vijender Singh, India's inaugural Olympic boxing medallist and a Congress leader, is poised to switch to the BJP.

Singh, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully under the Congress banner from the South Delhi constituency, has been a speculated candidate for Mathura, PTI reported. This seat is currently held by actress and sitting MP Hema Malini. Hailing from the influential Jat community in Haryana, Singh's move may have political ramifications in regions like western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as well.

Apr 3, 2024 1:59 PM IST

Uttarakhand Congress LS candidate seeks donation from voters, says BJP wants to influence polls with money power

Congress Garhwal candidate Ganesh Godiyal on Wednesday said he needs financial support to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party which "enjoys" massive wealth and shared a QR code on his social media to seek donations from the public.

Godiyal in a video message, said, "I want to make an appeal to brothers and sisters of Garhwal constituency....you must have heard a 'jumla' that echoed in the Parliament in Delhi...that was 'Ek akela sab par bhaari'. With your strength, support and blessings, this is clearly reflected in the Garhwal constituency. The BJP has massive wealth power...with it, they want to influence the elections. I don't want to be alone in this form as well. I have opened a bank account to contest the election, I expect your contribution in it in the form of blessings as per your competence, so that I can fight their wealth power as well. Even your one rupee is precious to me."'

He further wrote, "It is a fight between people of Garhwal and the central government. It is a fight to ensure justice for the Pauri Garhwal murdered receptionist girl, youths by abolishing Agniveer scheme, disaster affected people in Joshimath, implementation of strict land laws and domicile criteria."

Apr 3, 2024 1:29 PM IST

Kharge launches party's 'Ghar ghar guarantee' initiative

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge launches party's 'Ghar ghar guarantee' initiative in Delhi, says aim to take 'Panch Nyay Pachees Guarantees' to people

Apr 3, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi files his nomination papers from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi files his nomination papers from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat

Apr 3, 2024 1:04 PM IST

PDP to contest on 3 Kashmir Lok Sabha seats

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today said party will announce candidates on three Kashmir Lok Sabha seats in coming days blames Omar Abdullah for arrogance.

Apr 3, 2024 12:38 PM IST

It has been an honour for me to be your MP: Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi says, "It has been an honour for me to be your member of Parliament. I don't treat you and think of you like an electorate. I treat you and think of you the same way I think of my little sister Priyanka. So in the houses of Wayanad, I have sisters, mothers, fathers and brothers. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that."

Apr 3, 2024 11:49 AM IST

EC to meet officials to assess security along borders ahead of LS polls

Election Commission will hold a meeting with top state and Union territory officials and central agencies guarding the borders on Wednesday to assess the security along the borders ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

During the meeting, scheduled to be held at the Election Commission headquarters here, the law-and-order situation and vigilance along the borders in the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections will be reviewed.

Officials from states and Union Territories are scheduled to join the meeting through video conference.

Apr 3, 2024 11:47 AM IST

CPI candidate Annie Raja files nomination from Wayanad challenging Rahul Gandhi

Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate from Wayanad, Annie Raja filed her nomination against Congress' sitting MP and candidate Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday.

Raja also held a roadshow in the constituency ahead of filing her nomination.

"You can see the LDF workers and cadres, and the general public. We are all happy that today is a very important day of the election - filing of nomination," Raja said speaking to ANI while participating in the road show.

Apr 3, 2024 11:45 AM IST

CPI candidate from Wayanad Annie Raja on Rahul Gandhi's candidature

On Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's candidature from Wayanad, CPI candidate from here, Annie Raja says, "I am not here to examine whether Rahul Gandhi is afraid or UDF is afraid. I am here as a Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate to go to the people and understand what they expect from me. We have been doing this for more than a month. In my interaction with people, what I understand is that people are really disappointed because they are going through a very difficult situation because of the human-animal conflict or night travel curfew - whatever may be...They are very disappointed with the performance of the sitting MP..."

She further says, "With the interaction with the people, I understand that he has taken the people for granted..."

Apr 3, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi holds roadshow in Wayanad

Apr 3, 2024 11:06 AM IST

FIR against SP leader in Kannauj for his objectionable comment against BJP MP

An FIR has been registered against a local Samajwadi Party leader for violating the model code of conduct for elections by making objectionable comments against incumbent BJP MP Subrat Pathak, police said on Wednesday.

Manoj Dixit, a local SP leader, allegedly made the comment in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday against the BJP MP who is seeking reelection from the Kannauj seat.

According to the police, the FIR was registered based on a complaint by a video surveillance team of the Election Commission.

Apr 3, 2024 10:34 AM IST

Seven women among 80 candidates in first phase of LS polls in Uttar Pradesh

Among the 80 candidates in the fray for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, just seven or 8.75 per cent are women, according to official data.

The figure is lower than the first phase of the 2019 general elections when 12 of the 91 contenders or 13.18 per cent were women. However, none of those female candidates were victorious.

Of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, eight -- Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Nagina, Moradabad, Rampur and Pilibhit -- will go to polls in the first phase on April 19.

Kairana, Moradabad and Saharanpur have two female candidates each and Muzaffarnagar has one. Bijnor, Pilibhit, Rampur and Nagina do not have any female contenders, the Election Commission website showed.

Apr 3, 2024 10:33 AM IST

BJP candidate Devanathan Yadav says Sivaganga not 'happy' with Chidambarams, claims 'anti-DMK wave' sweeping TN

Claiming that the people were 'unhappy' with the Chidambaram family, the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Sivaganga, Devanathan Yadav said on Wednesday there was an 'anti-DMK wave' across the state.

Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, is seeking a fresh term in the Lok Sabha from Sivaganga, a traditional Congress stronghold.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, the BJP leader alleged that neither the former Union Minister, who represented Sivanganga in the Lower House over a number of years, nor his son and sitting MP, ever bothered to visit the people of the constituency.

"We are hopeful of wresting Sivaganga from the Congress by a significant margin this time, as the people are unhappy with the Chidambaram family. Neither P Chidambaram nor his son Karti cared to visit the constituency consistently since 1984. So, we are going into this election with plenty of expectations and are hopeful of winning it by a significant margin."

Apr 3, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav on Rahul Gandhi's 'India will be on fire' remark

On Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's 'India will be on fire' remark, Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav says, "Who even believes what he says? What Rahul Gandhi says doesn't have any facts or seriousness. His own party doesn't take him seriously, what will someone else do...Congress is nowhere, it is lagging way behind. Rahul Gandhi is responsible for it. He never took Congress or elections seriously. There is still some time, we hope Congress will come out of its internal conflicts and have some self-introspection."

Apr 3, 2024 9:07 AM IST

Gaurav Gogoi on BJP raising the NRC, CAA issues during Lok Sabha election campaigning

“People of Assam view NRC and CAA differently. At present, people are very restless about CAA and want to protest against it democratically. However, Assam's BJP government has even snatched their right to protest,” says Congress candidate from Jorhat seat Gaurav Gogoi

Apr 3, 2024 9:03 AM IST

CPI's Annie Raja to file nomination from Wayanad against Rahul Gandhi today

Communist Party of India (CPI) Lok Sabha candidate from Wayanad, Annie Raja is set to file her nomination on Wednesday, the same day Congress candidate and sitting MP, Rahul Gandhi is also slated to file his nomination.

The CPI is a partner of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala.

While the CPI and the Congress are partners in the opposition INDIA bloc, the two parties are fierce contenders in Kerala with both parties pitting their strongest candidates against each other.

Annie Raja, wife of CPI general secretary D Raja holds the post of general secretary in the party's National Federation of Indian Women and a member of the national executive of CPI.

Apr 3, 2024 8:53 AM IST

‘Democracy in danger’: Ashok Gehlot rails against Centre over 'misuse' of ED, CBI

Coming down heavily on the Centre over the alleged misuse of central agencies such as the Directorate of Enforcement (ED), CBI and the Income Tax Department against the Opposition leaders and parties, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said democracy was in 'danger'.

Speaking to reporters after attending an event in support of Sangeeta Beniwal, the Congress's Lok Sabha candidate from Rajasthan's Pali, Gehlot said, "Our democracy is in danger, the Constitution is being throttled and people are distressed. The ED, CBI, Income Tax are being misused (against tghe Opposition). The prevailing situation is grave. People need to understand what we are going through and be the agents of change."

Beniwal is pitted against sitting BJP MP PP Chaudhary from Pali. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Chaudhury trounced Congress' Badriram Jakhar, winning 900,149 votes.

Apr 3, 2024 8:20 AM IST

Two student body members arrested for double murder after anti-CAA protest

Police in Meghalaya have arrested two persons in connection with the alleged murder of two non-indigenous persons at Ichamati under Shella Constituency of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on March 27 after a protest meet against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The duo picked up by the police on Monday night have been identified as Mesadapbor Skhembil (26), and Shanborlang Shati, (26), from East Khasi Hills district l. They are believed to be members of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) unit of South Khasi Hills District.

East Khasi Hills SP, Rituraj Ravi confirmed the arrest but refrained from ascertaining that they are KSU members. “We will not be able to share anymore details in the interest of the case. But if you wish to confirm, please ask the KSU this question,” Ravi told HT over phone.

The KSU however confirmed that while they are its members, the organisation outrightly denies the allegations levelled at them.

Apr 3, 2024 8:03 AM IST

‘You have always been a source of wisdom…': Mallikarjun Kharge writes as Manmohan Singh retires from Rajya Sabha

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge wrote a letter to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the latter retired from Rajya Sabha.

In his letter to the former PM, the Congress chief said, "After having served for more than three decades, an era has come to an end."

"I remember President Obama mentioning about you that Whenever the Indian Prime Minister speaks, the whole world listens to him," Kharge said in the post.

"Personally, it has been a privilege for me to have been a part of your cabinet. Over the last 10 years, while I have been the leader of the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, you have always been a source of wisdom and someone whose advice I valued. Over the last few years, you have made it a point to be available for the Congress party despite personal inconveniences. For this, the party and I will always remain grateful," Kharge wrote.

Apr 3, 2024 7:43 AM IST

BJP decision to support NPP in Meghalaya hits party hard

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to support the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya by not fielding its candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election from both Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats has dampened the spirit of the party’s workers and supporters. In return, NPP is backing BJP in Arunachal assembly polls.

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra on March 23 announced on X that his party would support NPF in the Outer Manipur Constituency and NDPP in Nagaland.

“As per the instructions of the Hon’ble National President of@BJP4India, Shri @JPNaddaji, I am pleased to inform that BJP will extend its support to Lok Sabha Candidates of NPP in both the seats of Meghalaya (Shillong and Tura), to NPF in the Outer Manipur Constituency and to NDPP in Nagaland in the ensuing Parliamentary elections 2024,” Patra said.

BJP is a minor partner in the ruling coalition in Meghalaya which is headed by NPP. Significantly, BJP had put up candidates for both the Shillong and Tura seats in 2014 as well as in 2019. Though they lost in both the elections, the party had cornered 9.2% of the total votes in 2014. In 2019, the vote share dropped to 8%.

Apr 3, 2024 7:04 AM IST

BJP's Shantanu Thakur assails TMC over Matua Maha Mela

Political turmoil erupted over the Baruni Mela of Matuas to be held on April 6. The religious fair is held every year at Thakurnagar Thakurbari of Gaighata in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

This fair has already invited political tussle among the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress in the state.

Union State Minister and Bangaon Lok Sabha MP Shantanu Thakur held a press conference on Tuesday and alleged that TMC leader Mamata Thakur has requested to issue Section 144 to stop the religious fair of Matuas.

"Not only this, the state electricity department is conspiring to ensure that there is no electricity connection in the fair and informed us that they would not be able to provide electricity," he added.

Shantanu further stated that no matter how much Section 144 is promulgated, there will be a fair and huge gathering of devotees will take part.

Apr 3, 2024 6:23 AM IST

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi releases third list of five candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) released its third list of candidates five candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

The VBA has also announced its candidates for other constituencies, including Vasant More for Pune, Avinash Bosikar for Nanded, Balasaheb B. Ugale for Parbhani, Afsar Khan for Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, and Mangaldas Bagul for Shirur.

This comes a day after Prakash Ambedkar-led party had declared the second list of 11 candidates on Monday.

Earlier, VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar took a jibe at the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), saying that the differences between the partners in the Opposition alliance in the state were coming to the fore and there was a clear divergence of opinion within.

Apr 3, 2024 6:06 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi to submit nomination papers for Wayanad constituency today

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will reach the district on April 3 to submit his nomination papers at the collectorate here for the Wayanad parliamentary constituency after leading a roadshow

Apr 3, 2024 5:52 AM IST

Ex- Tripura CPM MLA submits nomination papers to contest against TIPRA Motha party founder's sister

Veteran CPIM leader and former legislator and opposition INDIA Bloc candidate Rajendra Reang submitted his nomination papers to contest in the Scheduled Tribe ( ST)- reserved East Tripura constituency on Tuesday amidst huge rally of supporters from both CPIM and Congress at Ambassa in Dhalai District.

Reang served as one-term legislator from Kanchanpur Assembly constituency since 2018. He also earlier served as executive member of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

Reang would contest against BJP candidate Kriti Singh Debbarma, also princess of Tripura's erstwhile Manikya royal dynasty and elder sister of founder of TIPRA Motha party Pradyot Kishore Debbarma.

The TIPRA Motha is an ally of the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP).

While addressing a rally at Ambassa prior submitting nomination papers, Reang said," The BJP failed to meet basic necessities of people, mainly for the tribals. The authoritarian regime of the BJP would be uprooted from the Centre with support from all sections of people".

Apr 3, 2024 5:47 AM IST

Sharad Pawar supports EVM, but insists some changes in it

The Nationalist Congress Party chief, Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that his party supports electronic voting machines (EVMs) but emphasized the need for essential changes in the current system to enhance transparency in elections.

Speaking to the media persons here this evening Pawar mentioned that they had proposed modifications to the Election Commission a few years ago when the credibility of EVMs was questioned by opposition parties. Several political parties, including the NCP allies, Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT) are opposing the EVM and demanded for old system of ballot papers for the elections.

Pawar informed that several leaders from opposition parties had urged the Election Commission to cross-check 50% of EVM results with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) before announcing final election results, a few years ago. Pawar highlighted the importance of transparency in ensuring a credible election process, citing examples of some other countries that have implemented necessary changes in their EVM systems for more secure elections.

Apr 3, 2024 5:37 AM IST

PM Modi accuses Cong of instigating people against electoral mandate, asks them to wipe out opposition party

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on Rahul Gandhi for his remark suggesting that there will be a "conflagration" in the country if he gets a third term and asked the people to wipe out the Congress from everywhere.

Addressing his first election rally in Uttarakhand, Modi said he was being threatened and abused by the corrupt but there will be even bigger action against corruption after his re-election.

"The Congress and INDI Alliance have made their intentions clear. Congress's royal family 'shehzada' (prince) has threatened there will be fire if Modi gets another term in office.

"Staying out of power has made them so desperate that they are now talking about setting the country afire. Would you let them do it? Is this the kind of language used in a democracy? Wouldn't you punish them?" Modi said.

Apr 3, 2024 5:34 AM IST

Uttarakhand government declares public holiday on voting day

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, the Uttarakhand government has declared a public holiday on April 19, i.e. the day of voting.

The order was issued by the General Administration Department of the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday.

The order stated that all the educational institutes, banks, all the government and private offices, and all industrial and manufacturing units, etc. will stay closed on April 19.

This step has been taken keeping in mind that all the people use their voting rights and participate readily in the upcoming general elections.

Apr 3, 2024 10:33 AM IST

BJP candidate Devanathan Yadav says Sivaganga not 'happy' with Chidambarams, claims 'anti-DMK wave' sweeping TN

Claiming that the people were 'unhappy' with the Chidambaram family, the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Sivaganga, Devanathan Yadav said on Wednesday there was an 'anti-DMK wave' across the state.

Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, is seeking a fresh term in the Lok Sabha from Sivaganga, a traditional Congress stronghold.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, the BJP leader alleged that neither the former Union Minister, who represented Sivanganga in the Lower House over a number of years, nor his son and sitting MP, ever bothered to visit the people of the constituency.

"We are hopeful of wresting Sivaganga from the Congress by a significant margin this time, as the people are unhappy with the Chidambaram family. Neither P Chidambaram nor his son Karti cared to visit the constituency consistently since 1984. So, we are going into this election with plenty of expectations and are hopeful of winning it by a significant margin."

Apr 3, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav on Rahul Gandhi's 'India will be on fire' remark

On Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's 'India will be on fire' remark, Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav says, "Who even believes what he says? What Rahul Gandhi says doesn't have any facts or seriousness. His own party doesn't take him seriously, what will someone else do...Congress is nowhere, it is lagging way behind. Rahul Gandhi is responsible for it. He never took Congress or elections seriously. There is still some time, we hope Congress will come out of its internal conflicts and have some self-introspection."

Apr 3, 2024 9:07 AM IST

Gaurav Gogoi on BJP raising the NRC, CAA issues during Lok Sabha election campaigning

“People of Assam view NRC and CAA differently. At present, people are very restless about CAA and want to protest against it democratically. However, Assam's BJP government has even snatched their right to protest,” says Congress candidate from Jorhat seat Gaurav Gogoi

Apr 3, 2024 9:03 AM IST

CPI's Annie Raja to file nomination from Wayanad against Rahul Gandhi today

Communist Party of India (CPI) Lok Sabha candidate from Wayanad, Annie Raja is set to file her nomination on Wednesday, the same day Congress candidate and sitting MP, Rahul Gandhi is also slated to file his nomination.

The CPI is a partner of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala.

While the CPI and the Congress are partners in the opposition INDIA bloc, the two parties are fierce contenders in Kerala with both parties pitting their strongest candidates against each other.

Annie Raja, wife of CPI general secretary D Raja holds the post of general secretary in the party's National Federation of Indian Women and a member of the national executive of CPI.

Apr 3, 2024 8:53 AM IST

‘Democracy in danger’: Ashok Gehlot rails against Centre over 'misuse' of ED, CBI

Coming down heavily on the Centre over the alleged misuse of central agencies such as the Directorate of Enforcement (ED), CBI and the Income Tax Department against the Opposition leaders and parties, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said democracy was in 'danger'.

Speaking to reporters after attending an event in support of Sangeeta Beniwal, the Congress's Lok Sabha candidate from Rajasthan's Pali, Gehlot said, "Our democracy is in danger, the Constitution is being throttled and people are distressed. The ED, CBI, Income Tax are being misused (against tghe Opposition). The prevailing situation is grave. People need to understand what we are going through and be the agents of change."

Beniwal is pitted against sitting BJP MP PP Chaudhary from Pali. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Chaudhury trounced Congress' Badriram Jakhar, winning 900,149 votes.

Apr 3, 2024 8:20 AM IST

Two student body members arrested for double murder after anti-CAA protest

Police in Meghalaya have arrested two persons in connection with the alleged murder of two non-indigenous persons at Ichamati under Shella Constituency of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on March 27 after a protest meet against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The duo picked up by the police on Monday night have been identified as Mesadapbor Skhembil (26), and Shanborlang Shati, (26), from East Khasi Hills district l. They are believed to be members of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) unit of South Khasi Hills District.

East Khasi Hills SP, Rituraj Ravi confirmed the arrest but refrained from ascertaining that they are KSU members. “We will not be able to share anymore details in the interest of the case. But if you wish to confirm, please ask the KSU this question,” Ravi told HT over phone.

The KSU however confirmed that while they are its members, the organisation outrightly denies the allegations levelled at them.

Apr 3, 2024 8:03 AM IST

‘You have always been a source of wisdom…': Mallikarjun Kharge writes as Manmohan Singh retires from Rajya Sabha

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge wrote a letter to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the latter retired from Rajya Sabha.

In his letter to the former PM, the Congress chief said, "After having served for more than three decades, an era has come to an end."

"I remember President Obama mentioning about you that Whenever the Indian Prime Minister speaks, the whole world listens to him," Kharge said in the post.

"Personally, it has been a privilege for me to have been a part of your cabinet. Over the last 10 years, while I have been the leader of the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, you have always been a source of wisdom and someone whose advice I valued. Over the last few years, you have made it a point to be available for the Congress party despite personal inconveniences. For this, the party and I will always remain grateful," Kharge wrote.

Apr 3, 2024 7:43 AM IST

BJP decision to support NPP in Meghalaya hits party hard

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to support the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) in Meghalaya by not fielding its candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha election from both Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats has dampened the spirit of the party’s workers and supporters. In return, NPP is backing BJP in Arunachal assembly polls.

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra on March 23 announced on X that his party would support NPF in the Outer Manipur Constituency and NDPP in Nagaland.

“As per the instructions of the Hon’ble National President of@BJP4India, Shri @JPNaddaji, I am pleased to inform that BJP will extend its support to Lok Sabha Candidates of NPP in both the seats of Meghalaya (Shillong and Tura), to NPF in the Outer Manipur Constituency and to NDPP in Nagaland in the ensuing Parliamentary elections 2024,” Patra said.

BJP is a minor partner in the ruling coalition in Meghalaya which is headed by NPP. Significantly, BJP had put up candidates for both the Shillong and Tura seats in 2014 as well as in 2019. Though they lost in both the elections, the party had cornered 9.2% of the total votes in 2014. In 2019, the vote share dropped to 8%.

Apr 3, 2024 7:04 AM IST

BJP's Shantanu Thakur assails TMC over Matua Maha Mela

Political turmoil erupted over the Baruni Mela of Matuas to be held on April 6. The religious fair is held every year at Thakurnagar Thakurbari of Gaighata in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

This fair has already invited political tussle among the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress in the state.

Union State Minister and Bangaon Lok Sabha MP Shantanu Thakur held a press conference on Tuesday and alleged that TMC leader Mamata Thakur has requested to issue Section 144 to stop the religious fair of Matuas.

"Not only this, the state electricity department is conspiring to ensure that there is no electricity connection in the fair and informed us that they would not be able to provide electricity," he added.

Shantanu further stated that no matter how much Section 144 is promulgated, there will be a fair and huge gathering of devotees will take part.

Apr 3, 2024 6:23 AM IST

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi releases third list of five candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) released its third list of candidates five candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

The VBA has also announced its candidates for other constituencies, including Vasant More for Pune, Avinash Bosikar for Nanded, Balasaheb B. Ugale for Parbhani, Afsar Khan for Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, and Mangaldas Bagul for Shirur.

This comes a day after Prakash Ambedkar-led party had declared the second list of 11 candidates on Monday.

Earlier, VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar took a jibe at the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), saying that the differences between the partners in the Opposition alliance in the state were coming to the fore and there was a clear divergence of opinion within.

Apr 3, 2024 6:06 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi to submit nomination papers for Wayanad constituency today

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will reach the district on April 3 to submit his nomination papers at the collectorate here for the Wayanad parliamentary constituency after leading a roadshow

Apr 3, 2024 5:52 AM IST

Ex- Tripura CPM MLA submits nomination papers to contest against TIPRA Motha party founder's sister

Veteran CPIM leader and former legislator and opposition INDIA Bloc candidate Rajendra Reang submitted his nomination papers to contest in the Scheduled Tribe ( ST)- reserved East Tripura constituency on Tuesday amidst huge rally of supporters from both CPIM and Congress at Ambassa in Dhalai District.

Reang served as one-term legislator from Kanchanpur Assembly constituency since 2018. He also earlier served as executive member of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

Reang would contest against BJP candidate Kriti Singh Debbarma, also princess of Tripura's erstwhile Manikya royal dynasty and elder sister of founder of TIPRA Motha party Pradyot Kishore Debbarma.

The TIPRA Motha is an ally of the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP).

While addressing a rally at Ambassa prior submitting nomination papers, Reang said," The BJP failed to meet basic necessities of people, mainly for the tribals. The authoritarian regime of the BJP would be uprooted from the Centre with support from all sections of people".

Apr 3, 2024 5:47 AM IST

Sharad Pawar supports EVM, but insists some changes in it

The Nationalist Congress Party chief, Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that his party supports electronic voting machines (EVMs) but emphasized the need for essential changes in the current system to enhance transparency in elections.

Speaking to the media persons here this evening Pawar mentioned that they had proposed modifications to the Election Commission a few years ago when the credibility of EVMs was questioned by opposition parties. Several political parties, including the NCP allies, Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT) are opposing the EVM and demanded for old system of ballot papers for the elections.

Pawar informed that several leaders from opposition parties had urged the Election Commission to cross-check 50% of EVM results with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) before announcing final election results, a few years ago. Pawar highlighted the importance of transparency in ensuring a credible election process, citing examples of some other countries that have implemented necessary changes in their EVM systems for more secure elections.

Apr 3, 2024 5:37 AM IST

PM Modi accuses Cong of instigating people against electoral mandate, asks them to wipe out opposition party

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on Rahul Gandhi for his remark suggesting that there will be a "conflagration" in the country if he gets a third term and asked the people to wipe out the Congress from everywhere.

Addressing his first election rally in Uttarakhand, Modi said he was being threatened and abused by the corrupt but there will be even bigger action against corruption after his re-election.

"The Congress and INDI Alliance have made their intentions clear. Congress's royal family 'shehzada' (prince) has threatened there will be fire if Modi gets another term in office.

"Staying out of power has made them so desperate that they are now talking about setting the country afire. Would you let them do it? Is this the kind of language used in a democracy? Wouldn't you punish them?" Modi said.

Apr 3, 2024 5:34 AM IST

Uttarakhand government declares public holiday on voting day

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the country, the Uttarakhand government has declared a public holiday on April 19, i.e. the day of voting.

The order was issued by the General Administration Department of the Uttarakhand government on Tuesday.

The order stated that all the educational institutes, banks, all the government and private offices, and all industrial and manufacturing units, etc. will stay closed on April 19.

This step has been taken keeping in mind that all the people use their voting rights and participate readily in the upcoming general elections.

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