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Lok Sabha election highlights: PM Modi freed country from symbols of slavery, says Amit Shah

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 highlights: The second voting phase includes Wayanad, the constituency from which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is contesting.
Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 highlights: Union home minister Amit Shah addresses gathering in Varanasi on Wednesday.
Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 highlights: Union home minister Amit Shah addresses gathering in Varanasi on Wednesday.

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 highlights: Following the first round of voting in the general elections on April 19, the second phase is scheduled for Friday, April 26. This phase will cover 89 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 13 states, such as Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Jammu & Kashmir....Read More

Additionally, assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are slated for May 13.

Latest election highlights

• Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala on Wednesday to join the BJP-led NDA's Lok Sabha election campaign. This comes on the final day of public campaigning before Kerala heads to the polls on April 26.

• Congress leader P Chidambaram challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to identify any paragraph in his party's manifesto that could be interpreted as appeasement towards a specific group. "Ask him (PM Narendra Modi) to point out one paragraph in the manifesto which will lead to the conclusion that we are appeasing any section," Chidambaram told reporters in Himachal Pradesh.

• Arun Govil, the BJP candidate for Meerut, expressed his intention to undertake significant developmental initiatives for the city and prioritise addressing traffic issues to enhance connectivity. Wednesday marks the conclusion of campaigning in Meerut, which is scheduled to vote on April 26 during Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections.

• The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named Tashi Gyalson, a former party general secretary of the Ladakh unit, as its candidate from the Ladakh constituency, replacing current MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal. Tashi Gyalson, a councillor from the Lingshed constituency, served as chairman and chief executive councillor of the 6th Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, in 2020.

• In the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections, Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan and former Union ministers MM Pallam Raju and JD Seelam submitted their nominations. Actor-politician Kalyan, whose Janasena is a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state, filed his nomination for the Pithapuram assembly seat, accompanied by local party leaders.

Here's the phase-wise schedule for the Lok Sabha Election 2024:

Phase 1- April 19 (polling completed)

Phase 2- April 26

Phase 3- May 7

Phase 4 - May 13

Phase 5 - May 20

Phase 6 - May 25

Phase 7 - June 1

The Lok Sabha election's votes will be counted, and the results will be declared on June 4.

Follow all the updates here:
Apr 24, 2024 11:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP MP from Hathras Rajvir Diler passes away

BJP MP from Hathras, Rajvir Diler, (65) passed away at a hospital in Aligarh following a prolonged illness on Wednesday, party leaders said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences on Diler's demise. Read more.

Apr 24, 2024 10:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Hyderabad BJP LS candidate Madhavi Latha’s assets worth ₹218 cr

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP candidate from Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency K Madhavi Latha on Wednesday declared her family assets, both moveable and immovable worth 218.38 crore. Latha’ s family has liabilities to the tune of 27 crore. Latha today submitted her nomination papers for the election to be held on May 13.

Apr 24, 2024 9:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP will win more seats in Karnataka than it did in previous Lok Sabha polls, says party's state chief Vijayendra

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Bharatiya Janata Party Karnataka chief BY Vijayendra has exuded confidence that the party would win more seats in the Lok Sabha elections as compared to the previous elections. He also affirmed his confidence regarding the victory of his brother Raghavendra Yeduruppa from the Shivamogga constituency and said that he would win by a huge margin.

Apr 24, 2024 9:23 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Kshatriya community to organise mega gatherings ahead of voting in Gujarat

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Leaders of the Kshatriya community on Friday announced that they would organise four `mahasammelans' or mega gatherings in Gujarat ahead of the May 7 polling for the Lok Sabha elections to protest the BJP's decision not to cancel the candidature of Parshottam Rupala from Rajkot.

Apr 24, 2024 8:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Railways to run special trains for elections in Karnataka

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Anticipating a surge in travel demand during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and aiming to ease the burden of summer travel, railway authorities have unveiled special train services connecting Bengaluru with Mangaluru Central.

Apr 24, 2024 8:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Have not given poll ticket offer to Thackeray aide Narvekar, says Maharashtra CM

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has clarified that he is neither in touch with Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray's close aide Milind Narvekar nor has he given him an offer to contest Lok Sabha polls from any seat.

Apr 24, 2024 7:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Ten top BJP leaders in queue to join TMC, says Abhishek

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Senior TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday asserted ten top BJP leaders are keen on switching over to the TMC, a claim dubbed baseless by the saffron party. While conducting a road show in a Murshidabad Lok Sabha constituency, Banerjee said the party will open its doors at the right moment and the "BJP will be wiped out of the state." "The BJP is trying to get into the game of breaking parties, but they can't win in it. They poached two of our MPs, and we replied by taking two of their MPs, Arjun Singh and Babul Supriyo. Recently, by using ED raids, they inducted Tapas Ray. At least 10 top leaders of the BJP are in the queue to join the TMC," he said.

Apr 24, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Campaigning ends in Kerala

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Campaigning for April 26 Lok Sabha polls ends in Kerala.

Apr 24, 2024 5:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘Congress tried to introduce religion-based census in armed forces,’ says Rajnath Singh

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Amid the furore around wealth redistribution, an idea Congress leader Rahul Gandhi allegedly said would be followed up on and implemented if his party was voted to power; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said previous Congress governments at the Centre tried to create a division in the country's armed forces by recommending a 'religious census'.

Apr 24, 2024 5:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘I am completely healthy now,’ Nitin Gadkari updates after he fainted on stage

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: "I felt uncomfortable due to the heat during the rally in Pusad, Maharashtra. But now I am completely healthy and am leaving for Varud to attend the next meeting. Thank you for your love and good wishes," Nitin Gadkari gives update on his health.

Apr 24, 2024 5:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Akhilesh Yadav to contest from Kannauj 

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, will file his nomination to contest from Kannauj tomorrow at 12 pm, a top party leader confirmed.

Apr 24, 2024 4:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: 189 cases of major election violations booked in Karnataka: EC

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: As Karnataka gears up for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 26, the Election Commission on Wednesday said all the polling stations in the Bangalore Rural and Mysore constituencies will be webcast. As of now, a total of 189 cases have been booked against political parties or candidates for major violations under the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), they said.

Apr 24, 2024 4:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: PM Modi sharpens 'wealth distibution' attack

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: If you have two houses, Congress govt will take one, if you have two vehicles, they will take one and give to their vote bank: PM Modi at election rally in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. 

Apr 24, 2024 3:40 PM IST

INDIA alliance govt will create crores of ‘lakhpatis,’ says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday claimed the Mahalaxmi scheme and his party's promise of the right to apprenticeship, both aimed to uplift the poor women and youth, will change the face of the country by creating crores of "lakhpatis".

Apr 24, 2024 2:52 PM IST

Supreme Court reserves order in EVM-VVPAT case

The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in the EVM-VVPAT case following the appearance of a senior Election Commission (EC) official to address the court's queries. During the proceedings, the court noted its inability to oversee elections, as they fall under the jurisdiction of another constitutional body.

Follow LIVE Updates here: EVM-VVPAT case

Apr 24, 2024 2:44 PM IST

Electoral bonds: Plea in SC seeks SIT probe into alleged quid pro quo between parties, corporates

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: The row over the opaque electoral bonds scheme is far from over with a plea being filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into alleged instances of "apparent quid pro quo" involving political parties, corporate entities and officials of investigative agencies. A five-judge constitution bench of the apex court had on February 15 scrapped the electoral bonds scheme of anonymous political funding introduced by the BJP government.

Apr 24, 2024 2:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: PM of diverting people's attention from real issues, says Priyanka Gandhi

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the BJP of neglecting the rising prices of essential goods during their tenure. She criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for sidetracking crucial matters amidst the election campaign.

Apr 24, 2024 1:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘BJP performed bad in phase 1, INIDA bloc will get clear majority,’ says Cong's Jairam Ramesh

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Speaking to news agency ANI, Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh says, “This is a desperate and deliberate attempt to divert attention from the real issues. The BJP has performed very poorly in phase 1. It is not going to do very well in phase 2. The BJP is not going to get the majority. INDIA alliance is going to get a clear and convincing majority. The PM's campaign is now ridden with poison. The language that he is using shows that he is rattled. What Mr Pitroda says are Mr Pitroda's views, they are not the views of the Indian National Congress.”

Apr 24, 2024 12:08 PM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘Constitution gives no reservation based on religion, but Cong did not care’ says PM Modi in Chhattisgarh

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Addressing the Vijay Sankalp Shankhnaad Maharally in Chhattisgarh's Surguja, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “When the Congress manifesto came out, I had said on the same day that the Congress manifesto had the stamp of the Muslim League on it. When the Constitution was being made, it was decided under the leadership of Baba Saheb Ambedkar that there would be no reservation based on religion in India. But for the vote bank, Congress did not care about the words of these great men, did not care about the sanctity of the Constitution, nor did it care about the words of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Years ago, Congress had tried to give reservations based on religion in Andhra Pradesh. Then Congress planned to implement it all over the country...Congress said that reservation should be given to some people based on religion by stealing some part of the SC/ST and OBC quota.”

Apr 24, 2024 11:56 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: UP deputy CM on posters of Robert Vadra in Amethi

Apr 24, 2024 11:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP's Tamilisai Soundararajan says ‘Congress kept minorities as only as vote bank’ 

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Amidst the ongoing verbal sparring between the Congress and BJP regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the former's manifesto, Tamilisai Soundararajan, former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from South Chennai, accused the Congress on Wednesday of treating minorities solely as a “voting bloc”.

 "For the past 50 years, almost half a century, Congress ruled this country. What status have they given the minorities? They kept them only as a vote bank," Soundararajan told ANI in Coimbatore 

"But our PM Modi made them proud by providing all schemes to them, and people are very happy. Even our minority brothers and sisters are voting for the BJP in Gujarat, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh. They are not thinking that they are separate from the BJP or the PM. The Congress is panicking about unity. So, they want to dividesociety as they usually do," she added.

Apr 24, 2024 10:41 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘Congress is attempting to finish off Constitution,’ says Amravati BJP Candidate Navnit Rana

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP candidate from Amravati in Maharashtra, Navnit Ravi Rana, took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the party, stating that they aim to “finish off the Constitution.”

“In a way, Rahul Gandhi is saying that women's gold will be weighed and measured, common people's property will also be calculated, and if it is too much, then it will be distributed among other people. This new custom is coming into our country; Congress people are attempting to finish off the Consitution as if ordinary people's lifetime wealth which they have earned through hard work, will be distributed among others, then I believe, in a way, they presenting all these things there will be dictatorship by Congress and Rahul Gandhi,” she said.

Apr 24, 2024 10:16 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘Modi ki guarantee is not fulfilling promises,' says Kharge in Thiruvananthapuram

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, on the last day of the election campaign, says, “...Narendra Modi had said that I will give 15 lakh to every family. I will bring back the black money that Congress has kept abroad. Where is that money? ...He said I would double the farmers' income in the next election. Where is the double income of farmers?... Now he is again saying Modi's guarantee...What is Modi's guarantee? Modi guarantees that he will not fulfil the promises he is making...This is Modi's guarantee.”

Today marks the last day of the poll campaign in Kerala, which will go to polls on Friday, April 26, in the second phase of voting for the Lok Sabha election 2024, major political parties and leaders are in full swing to campaign.

Apr 24, 2024 9:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘PM Modi afraid of invisible voters,’ says Kharge in Thiruvananthapuram

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, addressing a press conference in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he is "afraid" of "invisible" voters.

“I came here to participate in the election program...We are getting this time from the public, from the voters..but PM Modi is afraid of these 'invisible' voters who will come out in the elections. That's why PM Modi is always criticising Congress. If Congress is nothing, why should he bother? If you have that much confidence, why are you taking corrupt people into your party?... When these people are in Congress or any other political parties they are very corrupt,” he said.

Apr 24, 2024 9:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: No election content allowed 48 hours before polling, says Nanded administration in Maharashtra

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: The Nanded administration in Maharashtra has issued an order “banning the broadcast of election-related content” by the local All India Radio (AIR) centre and other radio channels in the district 48 hours before polling day. 

- Collector Abhijit Raut, the returning officer for the Nanded Lok Sabha constituency, issued the order on Monday. 

- The order refers to a provision outlined in a handbook published by the Election Commission of India, which prohibits displaying election-related content through TV or similar devices. 

- It clarifies that radio falls under the category of “similar devices”; thus, broadcasting or propagating any election-related content through radio during the specified 48-hour period is not allowed. 

- The collector emphasised that legal action would be taken against those who fail to comply with the order.

(With PTI inputs)

Apr 24, 2024 8:40 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: BJP leader SS Ahluwalia files nomination from Asansol Lok Sabha in Bengal

Apr 24, 2024 8:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Wayanad poll rally in Kerala features ‘Ammankudam’ folk dance performance

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Dancers showcase the Ammankudam, a traditional folk dance of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, at election rallies in the Wayanad constituency. 

- Typically reserved for religious events, the election season offers impoverished tribal families an opportunity to earn additional income to support their households through performances like Ammankudam, according to news agency PTI. 

- Voting for Kerala's Wayanad parliamentary constituency is scheduled for the second phase on April 26. 

- With just two days remaining until the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, covering 20 constituencies in Kerala, the fiercely competitive campaigns waged by political parties for over a month are set to conclude on Wednesday.

Apr 24, 2024 7:53 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal predicts NDA 'to win at least 12 out of Assam's 14 seats'

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Union minister and BJP candidate from Assam's Dibrugarh predicts NDA to win at least 12 out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“As Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA goes to poll to secure another historic mandate from the people, we are confident that we will win a minimum of 12 plus seats in Assam, with more than 23 seats in the Northeast,” he said.

Apr 24, 2024 7:45 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: ‘Both NDA, LDF are insensitive towards Kerala people,’ says Congress MP Jebi Mather

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Speaking to the news agency ANI, Congress MP Jebi Mather slammed the BJP-led NDA and the LDF government in the state, stating that both are “insensitive towards the people of Kerala.”

“The central government led by NDA and PM Narendra Modi and the state government by LDF and CM Pinarayi Vijayan, people have realized both these governments have been very insensitive to the needs of the people. During these ten years of PM Modi's rule and seven and half years of CM Pinarayi Vijayan's rule, people have suffered the most, be it the common man, farmers, youth, women, labourers...INDIA alliance will come into power when we count (votes) on June 4,” she said.

Apr 24, 2024 7:40 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Repolling in 8 Arunchal Pradesh stations for Assembly elections

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Following incidents of violence at eight polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh during the phase 1 voting of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, repolling is currently underway at those locations.

As per an order issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday, repolling for the Assembly elections at these eight stations is scheduled to start at 6 am and end at 2 pm. Read more

Apr 24, 2024 7:29 AM IST

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: Amit Shah to participate in last day's poll campaign in Kerala

Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 2 live updates: On Wednesday morning, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala to participate in the BJP-led NDA's Lok Sabha election campaign. This marks the final day of poll campaigning before the state heads to the polls on April 26.

News agency PTI reported that Shah's chopper is scheduled to land at the helipad at Alappuzha Recreation Ground at 8.45 am.

Following his arrival, Shah will travel by road to Punnapra Carmel Ground to participate in the election campaign for NDA candidate Sobha Surendran, according to party sources.

Shah will address a public meeting at 9 am, with both national and state leaders expected to be in attendance.

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