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Lok Sabha Election Updates: Campaigning for seventh and final phase concludes

Lok Sabha Election Updates: The seventh and final phase of voting for the general election is scheduled for June 1, and the counting will take place on June 4.
Voters display identity cards while standing in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 25.
Voters display identity cards while standing in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 25.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: The final phase of the general elections is set for Saturday, June 1, marking the conclusion of six out of seven phases conducted thus far. The campaigning for Phase 7 of the Lok Sabha election concludes two days before the voting day, as citizens across 57 Lok Sabha constituencies in eight states and union territories prepared to cast their ballots....Read More

On June 1, elections are scheduled in constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chandigarh. Following Election Commission guidelines, polling will begin at 7 am and conclude at 6 pm for all seats.

The Election Commission of India released voter turnout statistics for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, indicating a turnout of 63.37 per cent across 58 seats in eight states and Union Territories.

The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4.

Latest election highlights

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari from May 30 to June 1, where he will visit the renowned Vivekananda Rock Memorial. After wrapping up his Lok Sabha election campaign, PM Modi plans to meditate at the Dhyan Mandapam, the same spot where Swami Vivekananda once meditated, from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1.

- Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continuous campaign rallies across the nation, alleging that he never visited violence-stricken Manipur even once. Kharge accused the prime minister of extensively touring domestically and abroad while “ignoring the unrest in Manipur.”

- Congress leader Jairam Ramesh distanced the party from former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's comments on Chinese aggression in 1962, stating that Aiyar's remarks were made in his "personal capacity." Aiyar's statement, made during an event on Tuesday, sparked controversy when he mentioned the alleged Chinese invasion of India in October 1962.

- Ahead of the final voting phase, Union Home Minister Amit Shah remarked that two factions have emerged in the ongoing 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He urged the public to decide which should govern the nation.

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May 30, 2024 7:48 PM IST

NDA only keeps on abusing us: Tejashwi Yadav

Whether it is Chirag Paswan or anyone from BJP, did they say what is their vision for Bihar? But we have told people what will we do about unemployment, what will we do against inflation, how we will remove poverty? What did they say? They just keep abusing us: Tejashwi Yadav

May 30, 2024 7:29 PM IST

People have understood NDA's ‘fake agenda’: Tejashwi Yadav

"NDA thought that they will get the benefit if elections take place in seven phases but we (INDIA bloc) took the advantage. People have understood their (NDA's) fake agenda," says ex-Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav

May 30, 2024 7:12 PM IST

BJP's campaign was very ‘vigorous': Ram Kripal Yadav

Our election campaign has been very vigorous because we are getting immense love and blessings of the people. Earlier also I received the blessings of all these people and this time also I am getting more blessings than last time, the reason for this is that I have done development work here for the last 10 years, while the opposition's candidate has never even visited here: Ram Kripal Yadav, BJP candidate from Bihar's Patliputra seat

May 30, 2024 6:34 PM IST

NDA winning over 400 seats, asserts Rajnath Singh

NDA is winning more than 400 seats and I am certain of it. The loss of the INDIA alliance is definite. They were never together, they have formed a coalition just for the sake of it: Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister

May 30, 2024 6:04 PM IST

Campaigning for Lok Sabha polls concludes

Campaigning for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha Election concludes, with polling in the last leg to be held on June 1. Results will be declared on June 4.

May 30, 2024 5:49 PM IST

BJP chief Nadda campaigns in Punjab's Anandpur Sahib

BJP national president JP Nadda campaigns in Punjab's Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency, ahead of polling on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state in Saturday's seventh and final phase.

May 30, 2024 5:38 PM IST

Punjab should not ‘waste’ its vote on national parties: Harsimrat Badal

The people of Punjab should not waste their vote on these parties (AAP, Congress, BJP). They should instead make Akali Dal stronger: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

May 30, 2024 5:25 PM IST

Only Akali Dal raises issues related to Punjab: Harsimrat Badal

The three national parties - BJP, Congress and AAP- talk about their national agendas. Akali Dal is the only part which talks about regional issues related to Punjab: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Akali Dal MP, and candidate from Bathinda seat

May 30, 2024 4:59 PM IST

Kejriwal, Mann hold roadshow in Punjab's Patiala

AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann hold a roadshow in Patiala ahead of Saturday's polling for all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.

May 30, 2024 4:35 PM IST

What Kangana Ranaut would do after winning

“Maximum work in the constituency revolves around highways and tunnels. After winning, I would be working the most with Nitin Gadkari,” says actor Kangana Ranaut, BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

May 30, 2024 4:17 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh CM accuses Congress of ‘opposing’ Hindu faith

Only Congress knows why they keep opposing Hindus' faith and programmes. People will give answers to this. They opposed Lord Ram, they opposed our 'Teej' festival and took one particular religion forward. They gave the SC, ST and OBCs reservation to Muslims. Congress will pay for this: Mohan Yadav

May 30, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Nation's mood is in favour of INDIA bloc, says Congress' Venugopal

We are very much confident that we will form government at the Centre. On June 4, the result will bein our favour. The country's atmosphere is like that. The feedback from the people and our leadership is like that. INDIA Alliance will have the majority. BJP is talking about their seats, they can do it, but we are confident: KC Venugopal, Congress general secretary

May 30, 2024 3:26 PM IST

PM Modi, contesting from Varanasi for 3rd straight time, addresses voters

For me, Kashi (Varanasi) is a city of devotion, power and detachment. Kashi is the cultural capital of the world, the land of music. Being the representative of this city is possible only with the immense grace of Baba Vishwanath and the blessings of you Kashi residents. This time's election for Kashi is an election for the creation of not only 'Navkashi' but also a developed India. The people of Kashi have to make a new record on 1st June. Kashi has become the capital of youth welfare and development in the last 10 years. I remember, on the day of my nomination, the youths were very excited. Now this enthusiasm should be seen at every booth, this is my request: PM Narendra Modi, 2-time Varanasi MP

May 30, 2024 3:12 PM IST

Whole country wants PM Modi as Prime Minister again: Jairam Thakur

“I have seen that youths, senior citizens, sisters and daughter want Narendra Modi to become PM again. Now when it is the last day of political campaigning, there was a huge enthusiasm during Yogi Adityanath's address in Kullu. The whole country and Himachal have already decided to make PM Modi the winner,” says Jairam Thakur, BJP leader and ex-Himachal Pradesh CM.

May 30, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Gorakhpur has already made PM Modi and CM Yogi victorious: Ravi Kishan

People of Gorakhpur have already made Yogi Adityanath and Modiji victorious. We are thanking them. People have blessed the lotus (BJP's symbol): Ravi Kishan, BJP MP and Gorakhpur candidate

May 30, 2024 2:35 PM IST

Ex-Congress leader slams party for objecting to PM's Kanyakumari meditation

How is it illegal or a violation of the Model Code of Conduct if PM Modi has decided to go for meditation to a place where Swami Vivekanand also meditated? It's the PM's choice if he chooses to get peace through meditation. Some people get peace by consuming 'ganja', it's their choice. But those who consume that won't understand the spiritual importance of meditation. Congress is against meditation, Hindu and Swami Vivekanand: Sanjay Nirupam, Shiv Sena

May 30, 2024 1:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘As chief minister, I have all the powers,’ says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: When questioned about BJD's electoral promises, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik asserts, “As Chief Minister, I wield all authority, and we have accomplished much for our people. Our commitment to further progress remains steadfast.”

He adds, “I preside over every cabinet meeting without exception.”

May 30, 2024 1:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi concludes his campaign for polls from Punjab's Hoshiarpur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: PM Modi concluded an election rally in Punjab's Hoshiarpur. “Across Punjab, there is incredible talent and potential. Our party accords the highest priority to giving wings to the aspirations of the people of this state,” he said.

“After forming the government, we will work towards naming the airport in Adampur after Guru Ravidas ji,” Modi added.

May 30, 2024 12:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Odisha CM Patnaik on his health condition

May 30, 2024 11:19 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress Mandi candidate Vikramaditya Singh takes swipe at Kangana Ranaut

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress Mandi candidate Vikramaditya Singh, criticised BJP leader Kangana Ranaut, stating that she lacks dedication or understanding regarding the issues of Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking to ANI, Singh told, “There are 14 lakh daughters in Himachal Pradesh. So many of them pursued careers in fields like IAS, IFS, and sports. Kangana Ranaut is also one of them. However, she lacks any connection to Himachal's issues, understanding, or history; she has no dedication or understanding about these matters.”

Further criticizing Kangana, Singh added, “She also lacks the time and a roadmap. Having a roadmap means engaging with ministries, meeting officials, and understanding the situation. However, she plans to return to Mumbai after June 4 as her films are pending. This job isn't a 9 to5 job.”

May 30, 2024 10:35 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘Rahul Gandhi does not know the condition and direction of the country,’ says BJP's Giriraj Singh

May 30, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: ‘INDIA bloc will pick PM within 48 hrs,’ says Cong's Jairam Ramesh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh expressed confidence on Thursday that the INDIA bloc would secure a "decisive mandate" in the Lok Sabha polls and might finalise its prime ministerial candidate in less than 48 hours. He emphasised that it is logical for the party with the most seats in the alliance to stake claim to its leadership.

In an interview with PTI on the final day of campaigning for the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, the Congress general secretary expressed optimism that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) would surpass the 272-seat mark required for a majority in the Lower House.

Ramesh also noted that when the INDIA 'janbandhan' parties secure the people's mandate, some NDA parties might consider joining the coalition. In such a scenario, the Congress high command would need to decide whether to include them in the alliance or not.

May 30, 2024 9:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis takes jibe at Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday, mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's assertion that the INDIA alliance would form the government at the centre after June 4, calling it 'Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne.'

Additionally, Fadnavis expressed his confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party would secure the central government.

Addressing the media persons in Varanasi and reacting to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's claims of the INDIA bloc forming government on June 4, the BJP leader said, “When I was a child, there was a serial named 'Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne'. Like Mungeri Lal, Rahul Gandhi also has the right to dream. In his dreams, he can imagine himself as the Prime Minister of India or even the President of America. He can dream all of this till June 4, as nobody is stopping him from dreaming.”

May 30, 2024 9:03 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Shashi Tharoor's personal assistant detained of alleged gold smuggling

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Delhi Customs detained two individuals at the Delhi International Airport in connection with an alleged gold smuggling operation.

Customs sources indicated that one of the detainees, who identified himself as Shiv Kumar Prasad, claimed to be the Personal Assistant to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, according to news agency ANI.

Prasad had come to the airport to receive an individual arriving from Dubai. Both were arrested when the passenger attempted to hand over approximately 500 grams of gold to Prasad.

May 30, 2024 8:14 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty says, 'he is expecting good results'

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty conducted a roadshow in Kolkata on Wednesday to support Tapas Roy, the BJP candidate for the Kolkata North Lok Sabha seat.

During the roadshow, Chakraborty said, “I have almost visited every constituency. Very positive vibes towards the BJP. I am expecting good results. The rest is in the hands of God.”

In response to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's statement predicting a decrease in Lok Sabha seats for the BJP, he commented, “See. She is God. She can say and do anything. I can't do it. I am a humble person.”


May 30, 2024 7:39 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: BJP alleges ‘irregularities’ in Congress Hamirpur Candidate's affidavit in Himachal Pradesh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Ahead of the voting in Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Satpal Singh Satti has raised concerns about 'discrepancies' in the election affidavit of Congress party's Hamirpur candidate Satpal Raizada. He has called for an investigation into the matter, particularly regarding his loan waiver.

Satti alleges that the assets of the Congress leader surged from 10 crore to 15 crore between 2022 and 2024, while his loan amount decreased to zero.

The BJP leader contends that there has been a "loan scam" under Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, and has implicated the Kangra Bank in the affair.


May 30, 2024 7:21 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: Congress Alleges PM Modi's 48-Hour Meditation Trip Breaches Model Code, Urges EC to Halt Broadcast

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Live: The Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of attempting to bypass the Model Code of Conduct with his planned 48-hour meditation excursion in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari starting May 30. The party urged the Election Commission to ensure that the media does not broadcast the event, citing violations of the model code of conduct.

According to news agency PTI, a delegation comprising Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Abhishek Singhvi, and Syed Naseer Hussain met with the Election Commission and submitted a memorandum along with 27 other complaints alleging model code violations by the BJP in recent days.

The Congress asserted that Prime Minister Modi's meditation program at Kanyakumari's “Dhyan Mandapam” constituted a “clear violation” of the silence period preceding the June 1 voting, particularly in Modi's Varanasi constituency and other constituencies.

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