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Lok Sabha Election Updates: In Monday's fifth phase, high-profile names such as Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, and Rahul Gandhi will be in the fray.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Lok Sabha Election Updates: Campaigning is underway for Monday’s fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in which as many as 49 parliamentary constituencies across six states and two Union territories will poll. High-profile names such as Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, and Rahul Gandhi, are in the fray in the upcoming round....Read More

While Singh and Irani are contesting from their current seats of Lucknow and Amethi, respectively, Gandhi is contesting from Rae Bareli. The Congress leader also fought from Kerala’s Wayanad, from where he is the sitting MP. All 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala voted in second phase on April 26.

The states that will poll in the fifth phase are Bihar (5/40 constituencies), Jharkhand (3/14), Maharashtra (13/48), Odisha (5/21), Uttar Pradesh (14/80) and West Bengal (7/42) while the UTs are Jammu and Kashmir (1/5) and Ladakh (1/1).

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: June 4

Follow all the updates here:
May 16, 2024 10:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Kangana Ranaut jabs opposition

Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha election candidate Kangana Ranaut criticised the Opposition on Thursday over their ‘pro-Pakistan remarks’.

Ranaut, the BJP candidate from Mandi, said that if the neighbouring country does not wear bangles, India will make it wear them. Read more.

May 16, 2024 10:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Arvind Kejriwal is going to join BJP anytime after elections, claims Sukhbir Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal claims, "Arvind Kejriwal is going to join BJP anytime after elections..." (ANI)

May 16, 2024 9:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann hold roadshow in Amritsar

: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann held a roadshow in Amritsar on Thursday and sought votes while criticizing opposition parties, including the Akali Dal, BJP, and their INDIA bloc partner, Congress.

Mann also gave a slogan of “Punjab Banega Hero, 13-zero”, reports ANI.

May 16, 2024 9:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Purported remarks of BJP nominee against Mamata Banerjee spark row

Former Calcutta high court judge and BJP's Lok Sabha candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay has courted controversy with purported remarks against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. In a purported video, Gangopadhyay was heard wondering about "the amount at which chief minister Mamata Banerjee is getting sold."

The BJP, however, has claimed the video was “fake.” HT couldn't verify the authenticity of the video. More details here.

May 16, 2024 8:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: PM Modi jabs Akhilesh Yadav over ‘new bua’ Mamata Banerjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, questioning him whether he asked his new ‘bua’ (referring to Mamata Banerjee) why she calls people from Uttar Pradesh as outsiders in West Bengal.

Referring to Samajwadi Party's past alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the 2019 elections, Modi said,"The previous bua (hinting at Mayawati) identified the SP people and left them. They have now brought a bua (aunt) from Bengal (hinting at Mamata Banerjee)." Read more.

May 16, 2024 7:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: PoK belongs to India, we will take it back at any cost, says Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and the country will take it back “at any cost”, reported PTI.

"I wish to declare from the birthplace of Goddess Sita that Bharat and its 140 crore people fear no one. Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is ours and it will remain so. We will take it back," he said while addressing a rally in Bihar's Sitamarhi.

May 16, 2024 6:59 PM IST

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra conducts a roadshow in UP's Raebareli

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra conducted a roadshow in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

May 16, 2024 6:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds roadshow in Punjab's Amritsar

AAP national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann held a roadshow in Punjab's Amritsar on Thursday.

May 16, 2024 6:26 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: A 5-point FAQ on the Lok Sabha battle in West Bengal

Voters across nine states and one Union territory voted to elect 96 lawmakers in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday. Nearly 70% of the Lok Sabha’s strength of 543—379 seats— have now gone to the polls since the general elections kicked off on April 19. All of India’s south and north-east have voted. The remaining seats are spread across key states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Maharashtra, and West Bengal. In the first part of a series, Hindustan Times national editor Chetan Chauhan answers five questions on the elections in Bengal, which sends the third highest (42) lawmakers to Lok Sabha. Read here.

May 16, 2024 6:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Will double current allotment of grain each person is entitled to under Food Security Act, promises Congress

The Congress on Thursday claimed that the BJP is "spreading lies" about food rations in India and asserted that what Karnataka has accomplished through its 10 kg free rice guarantee scheme of 'Anna Bhagya' will now be implemented across the country by an INDIA bloc government.

"We will double the current allotment of grain that each individual is entitled to under the National Food Security Act/Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana,"Jairam Ramesh said.

May 16, 2024 5:48 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: PM Modi hits back at Rahul Gandhi over ‘khata khat’ poll promise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday mocked Rahul Gandhi over his ‘khata khat’ remark, saying the people of Raebareli will also send him back.

"For the 'shehzadas' of Samajwadi Party and Congress, the country's development is like the game of 'gilli danda'. The 'shehzadas' born in palaces are neither used to hard work, nor bringing results. They say the country will develop on its own, and say it will be done 'khatakhat, khatakhat'," Modi said at a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh. Read more.

May 16, 2024 5:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: "What triggered Mamata Banerjee to quit the INDIA alliance? asks Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

On TMC chairperson Mamata Banerjee, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asks: "....What triggered Mamata Banerjee to quit the INDIA alliance?....

“...INDIA alliance has been striding ahead and it is on the verge of forming a government, and this is why as an opportunist political leader she thought of extending support in advance so that her support to INDIA bloc will help her in fighting elections in West Bengal. She now understands the crude reality on the ground that voters are gearing toward the INDIA bloc allaince.” (ANI)

May 16, 2024 4:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Congress gone from Amethi, will go from Rae Bareli too, says PM Modi

Congress has gone from Amethi, they will go from Rae Bareli too, says PM Modi in Pratapgarh.

May 16, 2024 4:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: We provided water to 14 crore families, says PM Modi

"Congress ruled the country for 60 years, Samajwadi Party remained in power (in UP) for several years, and the condition was that 85% of the houses did not receive tap water; we provided drinking water to 14 crore families," says PM Modi while addressing a public rally in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

May 16, 2024 4:10 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: PM Modi takes dig at previous Congress governments

Speaking at the polly rally in Pratapgarh, PM Modi says: “At the time of Independence in 1947, we were the 6th best economy in the world, but these leaders (Opposition) brought us to number 11 during their reign.”

“When you brought us (NDA) to power in 2014, we worked hard and today ours is the 5th fastest growing economy in the world.”

May 16, 2024 3:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Malliakarjun Kharge targets BJP, BJD in Odisha

Targeting BJP and BJD in Odisha, Congress President Malliakarjun Kharge says that the "open fight" between the two parties has caused a lot of loss to the state.

“Odisha is an important state for us. Many of our leaders have come from here. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ji got support from Patnaik sahab during independence struggle...Naveen Patnaik has been CM for 24 years...The open fight between them (BJP&BJP) caused a lot of loss to the state,” Kharge says, according to ANI.

“There is unemployment& inflation in Odisha. If we have to amend things here we have to change the both the governments,” he adss.

May 16, 2024 3:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: PM Modi addresses polly rally in Pratapgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh. Watch here.

May 16, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: What Priyanka Gandhi said on Swati Maliwal row

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has reacted to the alleged assault on Aam Aadmi Party's Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, saying she will stand with the woman if any atrocity is committed against her.

"If any atrocity happens to any woman anywhere, we stand with the woman. I always stand with women - irrespective of which party they belong to. Secondly, AAP will discuss among themselves and make a decision. It is up to them," Vadra told news agency ANI.

May 16, 2024 3:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: Terrorists got special treatment under SP govt, it was kind to SIMI, alleges PM Modi at Bhadohi rally

Terrorists got special treatment under the previous governments of Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, alleges PM Modi at Bhadohi rally. “It was kind to SIMI,” he adds.

May 16, 2024 3:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election News Live: SP rule was about ‘one district one mafia’, PM Modi says in Bhadohi

PM Narendra Modi while addressing his public meeting in UP's Bhadohi, says: "We are trying everything for vocal for local, one district one product, in SP govt it was 'one district one mafia'... Since Yogi ji has assumed the power 'pura mahaul badal gya hai'..."

May 16, 2024 3:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Priyanka Gandhi takes dig at BJP's ‘400 paar’ slogan

"He (PM Modi) used to say '400 paar'. Why does he not say that anymore? What has happened? 4 phases of the election has been held and now '400 paar' has ended? Why do they not say it now?" Priyanka Gandhi tells ANI.

"...Rahul, I and everyone has said that INDIA Alliance will decide this (PM face) if such a situation comes...We have been saying from the beginning that the public will make these elections be contested on public's issues...Their issues are inflation, unemployment, farming-based issues, issues of labourers, issues of middle class - PM and other BJP leaders should talk about these issues..."

May 16, 2024 2:59 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Amit Shah's big promise in Bihar rally

Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will construct a temple of Goddess Sita in Bihar's Sitamarhi.

“We, the BJP don't get scared of the 'vote bank'. PM Modi has built the temple of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya now the work that is left is to build a great memorial at the birthplace of Ma Sita. Those who kept themselves away from Ram temple can't do this, but if someone can build a temple as ideal as the life of Ma Sita, it's Narendra Modi, it's BJP,” the minister was quoted by ANI as saying at a rally in Bihar's Sitamarhi. Read more.

May 16, 2024 2:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE Updates:Amit Shah targets Lalu Yadav in Bihar

Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his public meeting in Bihar's Sitamarhi says, "Today Lalu Yadav, for the sake of power politics, to make his son the Chief Minister, has gone and sat in the lap of the Congress party, which has spent its entire life opposing the backwards and extremely backwards." (ANI)

May 16, 2024 2:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: PM Modi addresses public meeting in UP's Bhadohi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi. Watch here.

May 16, 2024 2:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE: Can’t give all seats to youth, there is a winnability criteria, says Srinivas BV

Srinivas BV is not contesting polls, but as the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) chief, his role is pivotal in ensuring first-time voters exercise their franchise in the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

In an interview to HT’s Saubhadra Chatterji, Srinivas claimed IYC will take the party’s manifesto to two crore houses and stressed that unemployment remains the biggest issue in the country. Read the full interview here.

May 16, 2024 1:53 PM IST

A ‘wave of change’ in the country, PM is ‘tired’: Congress

There is a wave of change in the entire country, and UP is also moving forward in the same direction. PM Modi is tired, he has been the Prime Minister for 10 years. It is not befitting for the Prime Minister to talk about dividing the country: Pawan Khera, Congress spokesperson

May 16, 2024 1:38 PM IST

Kejriwal reaches Amritsar to kick off Punjab campaign

Arvind Kejriwal arrives in Amritsar to kick off AAP's Lok Sabha poll campaign in Punjab. The Delhi CM is scheduled to visit the Golden Temple and hold a roadshow

May 16, 2024 1:17 PM IST

‘I don’t trust Mamata Banerjee', says Congress MP

"I don't trust her. She left the alliance and ran away. She can also go towards the BJP. They were talking about destroying the Congress party and that Congress would not get more than 40 seats but now she is saying that it means that the Congress party and the alliance are coming to power: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on West Bengal CM's “outside support” remark.

May 16, 2024 12:56 PM IST

UP Congress chief, contesting from Varanasi against PM, meets people

Ajay Rai, the Congress party's candidate from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, meets people in his constituency, as part of his election campaign. Varanasi will go to polls in the seventh and final phase on June 1.

May 16, 2024 12:47 PM IST

PM yet to speak about jobs even after four phases: Tejashwi Yadav

Even after four phases of elections have been completed, he hasn't said a word about jobs. The PM has said nothing about either Bihar or the special status of the state. He just speaks the language of hate. BJP is the 'mother' of inflation and father of ‘unemployment’: Tehashwi Yadav, Bihar ex-deputy CM

May 16, 2024 12:18 PM IST

PM Modi reminds voters of SP's ‘gundaraj’, hails Yogi Adityanath

“You have seen the old days of SP's ‘gundaraj’. Yogi ji has rightly implemented my 'swacchta abhiyan' against rioters, mafias, kidnappers and extortion gangs in Uttar Pradesh,” PM Modi says at election rally in Azamgarh.

May 16, 2024 11:59 AM IST

PM slams Congress for stance on Citizenship Act

Granting Indian citizenships to refugees has already started under CAA. They all have been living in our country for a long, they are those people who have to suffer because of the partition of the country based on religion. Those who get to power in the name of Mahatma Gandhi but don't remember what he used to say. Congress never cared about these people, because they were not the vote bank of congress: PM Modi

May 16, 2024 11:43 AM IST

World is watching that people's blessings are with BJP-NDA, says PM Modi

I am seeing for the first time that news regarding the festival of democracy in India is all over on the first page of the newspapers in the world. This shows how much importance India's identity has for the world. The world is watching that the people's blessings are with BJP-NDA and on all our friends: PM Modi in UP's Azamgarh.

May 16, 2024 11:28 AM IST

BJP criticises Rahul Gandhi for ‘politicising’ armed forces

Shame on Mr Rahul Gandhi for politicising our armed forces with his cunning lies, and for trying to demoralise them and undermining our national security. Yesterday, senior BJP leaders including the External Affairs Minister approached the Election Commission. We hope that EC not only makes Rahul Gandhi retract his statement but also he unconditionally apologises to our armed forces: CR Kesavan, BJP

May 16, 2024 11:13 AM IST

People have decided to bring change in Odisha: JP Nadda

The people have made up their mind to bring change and to bless the BJP. As far as the assembly elections are concerned, the people of Odisha have decided to give rest to Naveen Babu and the BJP will win the elections here. I also want to say here that the people of Odisha want that there should be an active CM: JP Nadda, BJP national president.

May 16, 2024 11:04 AM IST

Sanjay Singh invokes Manipur, wrestlers protest and Prajwal Revanna on Swati Maliwal assault

The entire country was in pain after seeing what happened in Manipur but PM Modi was silent on the issue. Prajwal Revanna raped thousands of women but PM Modi was asking for votes for Prajwal Revanna. When our wrestlers were protesting at Jantar Mantar, Swati Maliwal who was DCW chief was beaten up by Police...PM Modi remained silent on these issues. AAP is our family and has given a clear statement. BJP and PM Modi should answer all these issues that I mentioned. Politics should not be done on Swati Maliwal's issue: Sanjay Singh, AAP MP

May 16, 2024 10:48 AM IST

Akhilesh on BJP's tally in Lok Sabha polls.

“Out of 543 seats, BJP itself believes that they will not get more than 143 seats,” says Akhilesh Yadav.

May 16, 2024 10:38 AM IST

BJP winning less than 220 seats: Kejriwal

“The trends show that the BJP is getting less than 220 seats. Their seats will be be reduced in Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan. BJP is not going to form govt, INDIA alliance will,” says Arvind Kejriwal.

May 16, 2024 10:30 AM IST

Kejriwal reiterates ‘Amit Shah will be PM’ and ‘Yogi will be removed’ charges

Prime Minister Modi intends to make Amit Shah PM instead of himself. If the BJP is re-elected, then, within two-three months, UP chief minister will be removed from the post.

May 16, 2024 10:22 AM IST

Kejriwal received by Akhilesh ahead of joint PC

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Arvind Kejriwal at SP office in Lucknow ahead of their joint press conference.

May 16, 2024 9:58 AM IST

BJP questions AAP as Kejriwal's secretary accompanies Delhi CM to Lucknow

Last night, Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and Bibhav (Kejriwal's PA) were seen together at Lucknow airport. This shows Arvind Kejriwal himself stands with the oppression of women. The person (Bibhav) who has been accused of assaulting (AAP MP) Swati Maliwal, is roaming around with Kejriwal. This is the real face of Aam Aadmi Party which is anti-women: Virendraa Sachdeva, Delhi BJP chief

May 16, 2024 9:37 AM IST

BJP's Maneka Gandhi on her prospects in Sultanpur

During elections, I keep my eyes on Sultanpur only, and we will succeed here. We have tried many things for women, and the houses the PM has given greatly benefitted them. The opposition tried to bring caste and religion but its impact is almost nil here: Maneka Gandhi, Sultanpur MP

May 16, 2024 9:09 AM IST

AAP-Congress an ‘unnatural silence’: Bansuri Swaraj

The alliance of AAP and Congress is unnatural. Whenever the Congress lost power, the AAP snatched it, be it in Punjab or Delhi. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal swore on his kids that he will never ally with the Congress. Now, this alliance has eroded his credibility: Bansuri Swaraj, BJP candidate from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat

May 16, 2024 8:56 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal reaches Lucknow

The Delhi CM arrived in the Uttar Pradesh Capital last night for the joint presser with Akhilesh Yadav.

Kejriwal's private secretary Bibhav Kumar, accused of assaulting AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at CM's residence, seen with the AAP chief.

May 16, 2024 8:45 AM IST

Joint SP-AAP press conference today

Delhi chief minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be in Lucknow today. There, he will address a press conference with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Both parties are among constituents of the opposition INDIA bloc.

May 16, 2024 8:27 AM IST

Assam CM explains BJP's ‘400 paar’ call

As per the Constitution of India, the entire Jammu and Kashmir is ours. It is our constitutional responsibility to bring the entire J&K to India, and for that, we need 400 seats. It is our constitutional responsibility to bring a Uniform Civil Code, and we need more than 400 for that. To take our economy above America and China by 2047, we need more than 400 seats. To strengthen ED and CBI, we need more than 400 seats: Himanta Biswa Sarma

May 16, 2024 8:05 AM IST

Delhi BJP chief campaigns ahead of fifth phase

Virendraa Sachdeva holds election campaign at Hatoda Ram Park ahead of the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls, scheduled for May 20.

All seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will vote in the sixth and second-last phase (May 25).

May 16, 2024 7:50 AM IST

Which seats will vote in phase 5?

The 49 seats are spread across six states and two UTs. These are:

Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran, Hajipur (Bihar)

Baramulla (J&K)

Chatra, Kodarma, Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)

Ladakh (Ladakh)

Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Kalyan, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South (Maharashtra)

Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Aska (Odisha)

Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaiserganj, Gonda (Uttar Pradesh)

Bangaon, Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Srerampur, Hooghly, Arambagh (West Bengal)

May 16, 2024 7:25 AM IST

Winds of change becoming stronger: Sachin Pilot

I have no hesitation in saying that the INDIA alliance will all 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The wind of change is now becoming stronger in the country. Earlier, the BJP was talking about crossing the 400-seat mark, but now they are only targeting the Congress, and our manifesto: Sachin Pilot, Congress

May 16, 2024 7:12 AM IST

PM Modi to hold four rallies in Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold rallies in Lalganj (11 am), Jaunpur (12:30 pm), Bhadohi (2 pm) and Pratapgarh (3:45 pm).

As many as 13 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will vote in the fifth phase on May 20.

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