LS Polls 2019: Dalai Lama Congratulates PM Modi on Poll Victory
Catch the latest news updates of Lok Sabha elections 2019 here.
Catch the latest news updates of Lok Sabha elections 2019 here.(Photo: The Quint)

LS Polls 2019: Dalai Lama Congratulates PM Modi on Poll Victory

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SKM Wins Sikkim Assembly Elections With 17 Seats

The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won the Sikkim Assembly elections, with 17 seats out of total 32 assembly constituency seats. Sikkim Democratic Front won 15 seats.


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Counting Completed for 510 Seats So Far

According to the official website of the Election Commission, at 7.20 am, the counting process has been completed for 510 seats. BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 290 seats, so far. It is leading on a further 13 seats.

Congress has bagged 50 seats thus far, and is leading on two more. DMK is the third largest party with 22 seats, while it is currently leading on one more.

No Case of EVM-VVPAT Mismatch Reported So Far

As of early Friday, 24 May, no case of EVM - VVPAT mismatch was reported, news agency PTI reported quoting the Election Commission.

At 1 am, 12,480, of the nearly 20,600 paper trail machines were matched. There has been just one case which, the EC said appears to be a “manual error”.

Mayawati Raises Doubts Over EVMs After Defeat

Terming the Lok Sabha poll results as unprecedented, BSP president Mayawati again raised doubts over EVMs on Thursday.

Pointing fingers towards EVMs, she said, "Several shortcomings of conducting elections through EVMs have come to our notice and there is opposition to EVMs all over the country." She added that after this results, whatever confidence people had in EVMs will disappear.

"When all parties are demanding that elections be conducted through ballot papers, why are the BJP and the Election Commission (EC) not agreeing to it? This means there is something wrong somewhere," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

Raj Babbar Offers to Resign as UP Cong Chief: Report

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar has reportedly taken ‘moral responsibility’ of the party’s defeat in the state in the Lok Sabha elections and offered to resign from his post.

Delhi HC Issues Notice on Petition Seeking De-Registering of Parties

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Election Commission of India and the Union of India, on a petition seeking to review the political parties registered with religious, caste, ethnic or linguistic connotations and de-register them, if they fail to rename within three months, reported news agency ANI.

BJP Secures Above 300 Seats

With the counting process still going on, BJP has now won 302 seats. The party is leading in one more seat and is expected to finish its tally at 303.

Bureaucrats Reach Jagan Reddy's Residence

Senior bureaucrats in Andhra Pradesh have reached YSRCP Chief Jaganmohan Reddy's residence in Amaravati, reported news agency ANI.

Reddy will take oath as the Chief Minister on 30 May.

Owaisi Slams Congress for BJP's Victory

Commenting on the election results, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said, “BJP's onslaught was stopped wherever there were regional parties. BJP won 177 out of 300 where Congress was against them, after this result if someone says that they alone have the right to rule the country or defeat BJP, I don't think it has any value,” reported news agency ANI.

Karnataka Congress Campaign Committee President Resigns

Karnataka Congress Campaign Committee President HK Patil has resigned from his post. “It is time for all of us to introspect. I feel it my moral duty to own up the responsibility, hence, I submit my resignation from the post,” he wrote in a letter to party President Rahul Gandhi.

Odisha Congress Party President Resigns

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik on Friday announced his resignation from the post in the wake of the party's electoral debacle in the state.

"I have sent my resignation to AICC President (Rahul Gandhi) owning moral responsibility for the party's poor show in both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state," Patnaik told reporters.

Mamata to Hold Meeting With Party Leaders on Saturday

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting with her party leaders at her residence on Saturday, news agency ANI reported.

Congress Amethi District Chief Offers Offers Resignation

Congress Amethi District Chief Yogendra Mishra has reportedly offered to quit from his post.

Anil Shastri Criticises 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' Slogan

Former Prime Minister Lal Bahdur Shastri’s son Anil Shastri has criticised the Congress party for using the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan.

CWC Meet Tomorrow, Rahul Gandhi May Offer Resignation: Reports

After the huge defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to meet at 11 am on Saturday, where party president Rahul Gandhi may offer his resignation, reports say.

DMK Parliamentary Committee Meet Tomorrow

DMK Parliamentary Committee meet will be held at the party headquarters in Chennai at 5 pm tomorrow.

(Source: ANI)

PM Modi to Call On President Kovind Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call on President Ram Nath Kovind later today.

(Source: ANI)

Will Ask BJP to Take Strict Action Against Partymen Who Went Against Me: Jaya Prada

BJP leader Jaya Prada on her defeat from Rampur in the Lok Sabha elections said that she will speak to the top leaders of her party and ask for strict action to be taken against those party people who went against her.

“I'll speak to the top leaders of the party about the people who helped the Opposition and that strict action be taken against those people,” said Jaya Prada.

(Source: ANI)

Uddhav Thackeray to Meet Amit Shah in Delhi Tomorrow

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to meet BJP President Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday, 25 May.

(Source: Times Now)

NDA Parliamentary Party Meet Tomorrow

The National Democratic Alliance Parliamentary party meet to be held tomorrow.

(Source: ANI)

Ideology of Killer of Gandhi Won, Ideology of Gandhi Lost: Digvijaya Singh

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who lost to BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal LS constituency said “Today in this country, the ideology of the killer of Mahatma Gandhi won and the ideology of Gandhi lost. This is a cause of concern for me.”

(Source: ANI)

BJP Sees Wider Victory Margins on 24 Guj LS Seats Than in 2014

The victory margins of all but two candidates of the BJP increased significantly in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when compared to the 2014 polls, as per data provided on the Election Commission website.

Like in 2014, the ruling BJP swept all 26 seats in Gujarat, the highest margin being that in Navsari where its candidate CR Patil won by 6.89 lakh votes against the Congress' Dharmesh Patel.

Patil's victory margin in the 2014 polls was 5.58 lakhs.

As many as fifteen candidates won by a margin of over 3 lakh votes in the 2019 election compared to six in the 2014 general polls.

(Source: PTI)

BJP Dents TRS Vote-Share in Telangana

The surprise surge of BJP in Telangana dented ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi's vote share by nearly six per cent in the Lok Sabha elections, giving a jolt to the regional party.

The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS secured lower than expected nine seats, while the BJP four seats.

The Congress improved its tally to three, while AIMIM retained one seat with its President Asaduddin Owaisi winning from Hyderabad for the fourth successive time.

The BJP had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Assembly elections last December, winning just one seat and forfeiting deposits in more than 100 constituencies.

(Source: PTI)

'Who Wants to Be in a Sinking Ship?': Ghosh on Being in Touch With TMC MPs, MLAs

West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on being asked if he is in contact with TMC MPs and MLAs said, “even earlier many people were in contact with me, it'll increase going ahead. When there is a possibility that a government could fall, people leave. Who wants to be in a sinking ship?”

(Source: ANI)

Ivanka Trump Congratulates PM Modi

Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Prime Minister Modi and said “Congratulations Narendra Modi on a great victory! Exciting times ahead for the wonderful people of India!”

Cong's Amethi Unit Chief Resigns After Rahul Loses in Family Bastion

The district unit president of Congress Yogendra Misra Friday resigned, taking responsibility for the defeat of party president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

"Taking moral responsibility of the defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Amethi, I am resigning from the post," Misra said in a resignation letter sent to the Congress president.

(Source: PTI)

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal Accepts Resignation of CM Patnaik, Council of Ministers

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal accepted resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his council of Ministers in order to enable the formation of a new Council of Ministers following the Odisha Assembly Results 2019.

(Source: ANI)

Counting of LS Polls 2019 Votes Ends

Counting of votes for Lok Sabha 2019 elections has officially ended. The BJP secured 303 seats, whereas the Congress only won 52 seats.

Dalai Lama Congratulates PM Modi on Election Victory

Spritual leader Dalai Lama, on Friday 24 May congratulated Prime Minister NArendra Modi on his victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

“It fills me with admiration and pride to see India, the world's democracy, emerging as leader in the community of nations,” he said.


Newly-Elected Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kisan Meets UP CM

Newly elected Gorakhpur MP, Ravi Kishan met with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after his victory, on Friday, 24 May. Adityanath was the MP from Gorakhpur before taking charge as the Chief Minister of UP.


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