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Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: Mamata says will lend support to INDIA bloc from outside to form govt at Centre

Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: Polling for the fifth leg of the seven-phase elections will be held on May 20.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee in a campaign rally in Kalyani.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee in a campaign rally in Kalyani.

Lok Sabha elections 2024 highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Mumbai's Ghatkopar on Wednesday evening, as campaigning continues for the fifth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. In the fifth leg, which is scheduled for May 20, voting will be held for 49 parliamentary constituencies spread across six states and two Union territories....Read More

A total of 695 candidates will be in the fray in this round, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). Union ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) and Smriti Irani (Amethi), and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Rae Bareli) are among these candidates.

On Tuesday, meanwhile, PM Modi filed his nomination from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi; he is the incumbent two-term Member of Parliament (MP) from the seat and is contesting it for a third consecutive Lok Sabha polls. Varanasi will be among 57 constituencies that will vote in the seventh and final phase on June 1.

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

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

Counting of votes: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 15, 2024 10:52 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Mamata says will lend support to INDIA bloc from outside to form govt at Centre

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asserted that her party Trinamool Congress will extend outside support to the opposition INDIA alliance to form the government at the Centre.

“BJP is claiming that it will win 400 seats, but people are saying it will not happen. The entire country has understood that the BJP is a party full of thieves. We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre,” the TMC chief said at a rally in Hooghly.

May 15, 2024 10:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: BJP complains to Election Commission over Rahul Gandhi's ‘two types of soldiers’ remark

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging model code of conduct (MCC) violation by the Congress and disrespect to the Indian Army by Rahul Gandhi. A BJP delegation comprising External Affairs minister S Jaishankar, Union ministers G Kishan Reddy and Arjun Meghwal, party's national media head Anil Baluni and Om Pathak met with the Election Commission.

May 15, 2024 9:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Mallikarjun Kharge takes ‘600 paar’ jibe at PM Modi

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the latter's assertion that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is going ‘400 paar’ (400 plus seats) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Modi and the BJP have been talking about ‘400-paar’. Fortunately they are not speaking about '600-paar' as there is a constitutional limit on the strength of Lok Sabha at 543 seats,” PTI quoted Kharge as saying at a rally in Raebareli, from where Rahul Gandhi is contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Read more.

May 15, 2024 9:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Comedian Shyam Rangeela's Lok Sabha nomination from Varanasi cancelled

Comedian Shyam Rangeela's nomination as a Lok Sabha candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi seat has been cancelled, according to the Election Commission.

“It was decided that I won't be allowed to contest from Varanasi, now it is clear. My heart is definitely broken, but my spirit is not,” Shyam Rangeela wrote on X. Read more.

May 15, 2024 8:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Amit Shah claims Kejriwal's campaign remark ‘clear contempt of SC’

Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's remark during the latter's Lok Sabha election campaign was a clear case of “contempt of the Supreme Court”.

Amit Shah was referring to Arvind Kejriwal's recent comment that the AAP chief would not have to return to jail if the masses vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Read more.

May 15, 2024 7:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi holds roadshow in Mumbai's Ghatkopar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a roadshow in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis are also present.

May 15, 2024 7:21 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: BJP did everything to break me inside Tihar Jail, alleges Arvind Kejriwal

During a roadshow Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says: “They(BJP) did everything to break me inside(Tihar Jail)...Now they are saying Kejriwal has to go to jail again...It's in your hands that I will go to jail or not...On 25th May, if you press the 'kamal' button I will have to go to jail but if you vote in support of the INDIA alliance candidate then I won't have to go to jail..So, keep in mind whether you want to send Kejriwal to jail or not…” (ANI)

May 15, 2024 5:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on electoral guarantees of Congress

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: During an interview with news agency ANI, Union Home Minister Amit Shah discussed the Congress party's electoral guarantees, referring to them as 'Chinese guarantees'.

“I called it 'Chinese guarantee' based on their durability... Those guarantees hold no meaning. They make promises during elections and then forget about them,” Amit Shah said.

“I called it 'Chinese guarantee' based on their durability... I was in Telangana recently. Women there are still awaiting their 12,000. Farmers there are waiting for the waiving off 2 Lakh loan. The young girls are waiting for their scooties... This was promised by Rahul Gandhi, it was his guarantee. Look for Rahul Gandhi... That is why I say that those guarantees hold no meaning. They make promises during elections and then forget about them,” he added.

May 15, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: ‘Cong, Shiv Sena are partners in sin, for rejecting Ram Temple ceremony,' says PM Modi in Maharashtra's Dindori

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Addressing an election rally in Maharashtra's Dindori, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The fake Shiv Sena has shattered every dream of Balasaheb Thackeray. His dream was to erect a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. Congress declined the invitation for the Pran Pratistha, and the fake Shiv Sena followed suit. Congress is spreading nonsense about the temple, and the fake Shiv Sena remains silent. Their alliance is one of sin, and their wrongdoing has been exposed to the entire world... In the four phases of elections held so far, the public has defeated them comprehensively.”

May 15, 2024 4:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on PM Modi's reservation remark

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge responded to PM Modi's remark on reservation, saying, “We have been steadfast in our fight for reservation and to uphold the Constitution. Your rhetoric suggests undermining the Constitution. You have no authority to discuss reservation.”

Regarding Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement"Sonia Gandhi spent more than 70% of MP funds on minorities," Kharge said, “...MP funds amount to 5 crores. While you (BJP) have forgiven debts worth 16 lakh crore for the affluent, spending 1 crore on road construction shouldn't be exaggerated. Sonia Gandhi has catered to all sections of society. She doesn't engage in divisive politics.”

May 15, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Union minister Ramdas Athawale campaigns for Piyush Goyal

May 15, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: ‘Kejriwal is out of jail for 15 days, cannot trust,’ Cong Jalandhar candidate Charanjit Singh Chann

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Jalandhar, Charanjit Singh Channi, said, “Kejriwal, who is embroiled in a liquor scam and has been out of jail for only 15 days, cannot be trusted... A significant liquor scam occurred in Delhi, and the same has transpired in Punjab as well... We demand an investigation into it... Instead of being welcomed, he should be resisted…”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal exited Tihar Jail on interim bail on May 10 after spending 40 days in judicial custody.

May 15, 2024 3:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Andhra Pradesh Election Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena on statepolling percentage

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Andhra Pradesh Election Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena, speaking to ANI about the polling percentage in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, said, “We observed a good polling percentage. Previously, it stood at 79.8%, whereas this time, including 80.66% through EVM and an additional 1.2% from postal ballots, the total reaches almost 81.8%. This indicates a very positive trend, which is encouraging.”

May 15, 2024 3:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh's candidature from Khadoor Sahib seat approved

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh's nomination application in the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency has been approved despite his current detention at Dibrugarh jail in Assam.

On May 11, the Punjab government informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that arrangements were made for his nomination filing process while he was in custody.

Voting in Punjab is scheduled for June 1.

May 15, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Why not suspend leaders who speak about changing Constitution: Kharge asks PM Modi

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not suspend people from his party who speak about changing the Constitution.

"If you speak so much about your courage, you already have a 56-inch chest, then why don't you scare them, suspend them from the party?... This is to save the Constitution, the country and democracy," Kharge said during a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, according to ANI.

May 15, 2024 2:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi uplifted 25 cr people from poverty, says UP CM

Addressing a poll rally meeting in Mahoba's Hamirpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath says, "...PM Modi has uplifted 25 cr people from poverty and has made their lives better in the last 10 years, more than the population of Pakistan... Those who are singing for Pakistan, ask them if they love Pakistan this much then why they are a burden on this country, go there and beg.

He adds: "INDI alliance leaders are threatening and saying Pakistan has atom bombs, if Pakitan has atom bombs, do we have atom bombs to keep in the fridge?" (ANI)

May 15, 2024 1:57 PM IST

Congress' Jairam Ramesh sees no ‘leher’ (wave) for PM Modi

There is no 'leher' but 'zeher' (poison). There is 'zeher' in his language. He is spreading communal poison. He is spreading a pandemic of lies. So, I don't see any 'leher'. Had there been 'leher', there would not have been issues in his language. Why is he rattled?: Jairam Ramesh

May 15, 2024 1:29 PM IST

Congress leader on issues Opposition is fighting the elections on

We are fighting this election on these issues: cost of living, unemployment, the evil treatment that PM Modi has meted out to the farmers of the country, corruption like the electoral bond, how PM Modi has introduced a cashless corruption system, and also moral, political corruption where he brought down elected govt and broken many parties: Ashok Chavan, ex-Maharashtra CM

May 15, 2024 1:11 PM IST

Amit Shah on anti-Pak protests in PoK

When THE INDI alliance (the erstwhile Congress-led UPA) was ruling, strikes used to happen in our part of Kashmir. nOW, see PM Modi's effect; strikes happen in PoK. Earlier slogans of Azadi, stone pelting kind of things used to happen on our part, now it all happens in PoK: Union home minister Amit Shah

May 15, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi reiterates ‘BJP will change Constitution’ charge

“For the first time, a political party has told the country that if they win the polls, they will finish this Constitution. This Constitution has provided rights to poor, backward, Dalits, tribals, minorities, farmers and labourers. Today, tall leaders of the BJP say that if they win the elections, they will tear and throw away this book. I would like to tell all workers and leaders of the BJP - no force in the world can touch this book,” Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in Odisha's Balangir.

May 15, 2024 12:45 PM IST

Tejashwi Yadav hopes PM Modi will ‘retire’ from active politics at 75

The PM himself has made the policy that after attaining the age of 75 years, one will go to the 'Margdarshak Mandali', I hope he will follow the same. If the Agniveers are retiring at the age of 22, I hope the PM will follow his own policy: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and Bihar ex-deputy CM

May 15, 2024 12:23 PM IST

BJP's ‘countdown’ has begun: Akhilesh Yadav

BJP is coming down in all four phases, countdown has begun for them. BJP has no answer for paper leaks and unemployment. They have shown false dreams in the name of investment, the Defence Expo and advertised fake things in G-20 meetings: Akhilesh Yadav

May 15, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Akhilesh predicts 79 out of 80 seats in UP for INDIA bloc

I want to congratulate people from the press for the golden period that will begin on June 4; that will be a day of 'freedom of press'. BJP is tangled in its own negative narrative. INDIA alliance will win 79 seats in Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief

May 15, 2024 11:55 AM IST

BJP will not cross 200 seats, predicts Kharge

Reacting to PM Modi's call for “400 paar,” the Congress chief says that the BJP is not going to cross 200 seats.

“It is good that Modi only said ‘400 paar’ and not ‘600 paar’,” he remarks.

May 15, 2024 11:47 AM IST

Mallikarjun Kharge speaks at INDIA bloc's joint press meet in Lucknow

We all should work together to protect the future, democracy and the constitution of the country otherwise we will become slaves again. If there won't be a democracy but autocracy and dictatorship, how will you elect someone with your ideology? Wherever any big leader of the BJP is contesting, opposition party leaders are being stopped from filing nominations. I have seen in Hyderabad that one woman candidate of BJP was checking women's identities by removing the burqa. Is this how free and fair elections are conducted: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress chief

May 15, 2024 11:30 AM IST

Let INDI alliance do as many rallies as they want: Keshav Maurya

They can do as many press conferences, rallies, and meetings as they want, but PM Modi lives in the mind of people of the country. So, we will win all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh and it will be 'Abki baar 400 paar' in the country. Modi government will be formed with a thumping majority: Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP leader and deputy CM, UP

May 15, 2024 11:12 AM IST

Amit Shah ‘mullah, madrassa, mafia’ attack on Mamata Banerjee, TMC

"The TMC came to power on the slogan of 'Maa, Mati, Manush'. However, their focus has now shifted to 'Mullah, Madrasa, Mafia'. The Imams here are paid an honorarium but the priests and keepers of temples get nothing. While there are no obstacles to Tazias, there are regular roadblocks to taking out immersion processions on Durga Puja and Kali Puja. Should this be allowed to continue," says BJP leader and Union home minister Amit Shah in West Bengal's Bongaon.

May 15, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Piyush Goyal holds roadshow in Mumbai

Union minister Piyush Goyal, BJP's candidate from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat, meets and greets people during his election campaign in the constituency.

Against Goyal, the Congress has fielded Bhushan Patil.

May 15, 2024 10:33 AM IST

PM Modi, Praful Patel ‘insulted’ Shivaji Maharaj, claims Sanjay Raut

Praful Patel put the turban of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on PM Modi's head; we don't give that turban to someone, as it is special. Who gave this right to Praful Patel? PM Modi and Praful Patel have disrespected Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena (UBT)

May 15, 2024 10:18 AM IST

‘Theft’ at BJP MP Navneet Rana's residence

A complaint of theft at the residence of BJP Lok Sabha MP and party candidate from Amravati, Navneet Rana, registered at Khar Police Station against Arjun Mukhiya, who works as a servant at her residence. Mukhiya is absconding after stealing 2 lakh cash from her flat in Mumbai's Khar: Police

May 15, 2024 9:52 AM IST

Union minister explains why BJP wants to win over 400 seats in Lok Sabha

We will take our heritage like Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya to newer heights. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are going to leave the country. The way they are talking about - breaking India, snatching the property of the people and giving it to Muslims, I think the mother and son have no love for the country. They will get less than 40 seats. Their political agenda is to get the votes of Muslims: Giriraj Singh

May 15, 2024 9:36 AM IST

Congress-SP alliance to get ‘zero seats’ in UP, predicts deputy CM

The Congressand Samajwadi Party will get zero seats. Akhilesh Yadav and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will not be able to do anything. The people of the state have rejected them. People have rejected the corrupt policies of the Congress party: Brijesh Pathak, BJP

May 15, 2024 9:21 AM IST

Delhi: Kejriwal to campaign for Congress candidates today

Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will hold roadshows in support of Congress candidates at Model Town and Jahangirpuri on Wednesday, according to Devender Yadav, Delhi Congress chief.

Under seat-sharing agreement, Congress is contesting three out of Delhi's seven seats, and four have gone to the AAP. Congress candidates are Kanhaiya Kumar (North East Delhi), JP Agarwal (Chandni Chowk) and Udit Raj (North West Delhi).

May 15, 2024 8:55 AM IST

Varanasi resident on PM Modi as local MP

“Since PM Modi came, our work has been going well. We want him to come every year and our work will grow; what else do we want? Things have changed now, and tourists are coming especially after the Kashi Vishwanath corridor was developed. This time also we will vote for him,” says Santosh Sahani, a boatman and Varanasi resident.

May 15, 2024 8:12 AM IST

PM Modi a ‘remarkable and natural-born leader,’ says Pakistani-American businessman

PM Modi is a remarkable leader. He's a natural born leader. He is A prime minister who visited Pakistan in adverse circumstances and risked his political capital. I expect PM Modi to both start dialogue and trade with Pakistan: Sajid Tarar

May 15, 2024 7:57 AM IST

What is the traffic advisory for PM Modi's Mumbai rally?

In view of PM Modi's rally in Ghatkopar, the Mumbai Police issued a strict traffic advisory, shutting off multiple routes in the area for some hours.

The LBS road will remain closed for vehicles from Gandhi Nagar junction to Naupada junction, and the Mahul-Ghatkopar road will remain closed from Meghraj junction to RB Kadam junction from 2pm to 10pm, according to a Mumbai traffic police official.

Some other roads that will remain closed are - Andheri Ghatkopar Link Road from Ghatkopar Junction to Sakinaka Junction, Gulati petrol pump junction from Hiranandani Kailas Complex Road and from Golibar Maidan and Ghatkopar Metro Station (West) towards Sarvodaya Junction.

May 15, 2024 7:47 AM IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan attacks Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal has become a wall of corruption and has lost his mental stability inside the jail. He keeps saying anything. The people know the truth and they are going to eliminate the INDI alliance from the country: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP leader and ex-Madhya Pradesh CM

May 15, 2024 7:27 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi lying just like Arvind Kejriwal: Anurag Thakur

In the last 10 years, the BJP provided 3 lakh crore to farmers through the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi, and 1.5 lakh crore for Fasal Bima Yojana. Under the Congress, the MSP purchase was only 5.50 lakh crore, whereas it is 18.40 lakh crore under PM Modi. Like Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi is telling lies. He doesn't have an issue, and that's why he is trying to befool the people: Anurag Thakur, Union minister

May 15, 2024 7:13 AM IST

Pakistan ‘scared’ of Lucknow-made missiles: Yogi Adityanath

New India is secure because the defence sector is 'Atma Nirbhar' as Lucknow is the centre of India's Brahmos missile. When the missile made here roars at the borders, the enemy gets scared. When a cracker bursts somewhere, Pakistan clarifies that it was not it, because Pakistan is scared of the missile made in Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh CM

May 15, 2024 6:58 AM IST

Dharmendra Pradhan says faith for PM at its ‘peak’ in Odisha

The faith for PM Modi is at its peak in Odisha. There is a Modi wave. BJP will win all 4 Lok Sabha seats (which voted on May 13) and more than 18 assembly seats (also polled on May 13): Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP

May 15, 2024 6:44 AM IST

Mumbai: Traffic restrictions in place for PM's roadshow

The 2.5 km long roadshow will cover the Mumbai North East constituency, which will poll in the fifth phase on May 20; all Mumbai constituencies will vote in the fifth round.

The BJP has given ticket to Mihir Kotecha from Mumbai North East.

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