Tomorrow, on 11 April, the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will officially begin. Polling for the first phase would be held in 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states. The final results will be announced on 23 May. Catch all the updates on the Lok Sabha 2019 elections here.(The Quint will no longer be on WhatsApp, owing to changes in its policies regarding news publishers. You can now get the latest news updates on our Telegram channel. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram.)Former Congress MLA Jodhaji Thakor joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Union MoS Parshottam Rupala in Ahmedabad yesterday.(Source: ANI)Less than a month after he was won over by the Congress leadership, maverick legislator Alpesh Thakore seems to have decided to queer the pitch for his own party, with two members of his Kshatriya Thakore Sena contesting for Banaskantha Lok Sabha and Unjha Assembly by-elections as Independents.Swarupji Thakore, who was expected to withdraw his nominations on the last day of withdrawals on Monday, continues in the fray in Banaskantha Lok Sabha seat in north Gujarat as an Independent candidate. Several attempts by the Congress to get Thakore failed.(Source: IANS)Kajal Kinnar Nayak, a transgender candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) filed her nomination for the Korei assembly constituency in Odisha.She says, "I can't believe how much love I got from the public despite being a transgender."(Source: ANI)Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Chief Naveen Patnaik releases party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, on 9 April.(Source: ANI)Polling parties depart with EVMs for their respective polling stations in Alipurduar parliamentary constituency.(Source: ANI)In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri, polling parties leave for their respective polling stations. Two Parliamentary constituencies of the state will undergo polling tomorrow, in the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.(Source: ANI)In Assam’s Dibrugarh, polling parties leave for their respective polling stations. Five Parliamentary constituencies of the state will undergo polling tomorrow.(Source: ANI)Congress President Rahul Gandhi He will file his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi today.He has arrived in the constituency.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with her husband Robert Vadra, son Raihan and daughter Miraya also present.Sonia Gandhi has also arrived in Amethi.(Source: ANI)PM Modi in Junagarh, Gujarat said, “I have come here to give you an account of the work done in 5 years. I have come here to take your order for the next five years. Are you proud of the work done by your son, this chowkidaar? Are you proud that there is not a single blot of corruption?”He added, “A new name has been added to the list of corruption by Congress. Congress' identity is linked to corruption under many names. But now a new scam, along with evidence, has been added to the account of Congress leaders - Tughlaq Road Chunavi Ghotala. Congress has snatched away food from poor children, snatched away their meal & is filling the stomach of its own leaders. Congress is looting the money designated for pregnant women.”“In last 3-4 days you would've seen sacks full of cash of Congress leaders being found. It has not been even six months of govt in MP. Congress had turned Karnataka into their ATM now they've turned MP into ATM. Fate of Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh won't be any different.” he continued.(Source: ANI)In Nainital, Uttarakhan, polling parties leave for their respective polling stations.All five parliamentary constituencies of the state will undergo polling tomorrow, in the first phase of the LS elections.(Source: ANI)Gurjar leader and retired army colonel, Kirori Singh Bainsla and his son Vijay Bainsla join Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. They are currently meeting party president Amit Shah.(Source: ANI)Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli saw polling parties leave for their respective polling stations. Eight parliamentary constituencies of the state will undergo polling tomorrow for the first phase of the LS elections.(Source: ANI)Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy campaigns for his son and party's candidate for Mandya Lok Sabha constituency - Nikhil.(Source: ANI)Dhavalsinh Zala of the Congress said, “Thakor Sena core committee have held a meeting. In that meeting they gave an ultimatum to leave Congress. Right now, Alpesh Thakor is out of Gujarat, when he comes back we will take further decision.(Source: ANI)BJP President Amit Shah in Kasganj said, “We will not talk to any terrorist groups, that is for sure. Narendra Modi is going to be the PM once again, if terrorists dare to do something, we will enter their house again and shred them.”(Source: ANI)The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, finding him prima facie guilty of allegedly passing derogatory remarks against Hindus while addressing an election rally in Karimnagar last month.Now, he has been asked to furnish his reply by 12 April evening, failing which the Commission will take a decision "without any further reference to you".(Source: PTI)Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday, 10 April, rejected as "baseless and misleading," the allegations of opposition parties, including the AINRC, that the Congress government here has not implemented welfare schemes since last three years.Narayanasamy, who was campaigning in Uppalam and Bussy segments here in support of Congress nominee V Vaithilingam, dubbed the alliance comprising BJP, AINRC and AIADMK as an 'opportunistic' combine that was spreading "wrong and baseless" information against his government.(Source: PTI)Katpadi Police has registered a FIR against DMK Vellore Candidate Kathir Anand based on the complaint given by Election Commission.The IT Dept had earlier reportedly seized about Rs. 11.53 cr from associates of DMK treasurer Duraimurugan and his son Kathir Anand at their residence in Vellore.TDP delegation lead by Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu meets state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gopal Krishna Dwivedi in Amaravati over I-T raids on party leaders.(Source: ANI)Punjab CM Amarinder Singh writes to the Election Commission seeking action against PM for his remark.PM Modi had said, “I want to ask first-time voters, can your first vote be dedicated to the brave soldiers who carried out air strike in Pakistan? Can your first vote be dedicated to martyrs of Pulwama?" in a rally in Maharashtra.(Source: ANI)The Election Commission has banned the release of the Modi biopic during the elections.EC Bans Release of PM Modi Biopic a Day Before Release DateChandrababu Naidu said, “I'm asking the I-T dept who are you to do thee one sided raids, on TDP. Once the elections are announced, it's a level playing field; you have to treat everybody equal. Otherwise, it's unjustified. Modi wanted to demolish democracy, so I launched 'Save India Save Democracy.”(Source: ANI)Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will drive the BJP out of power and ensure that Narendra Modi will never again be the prime minister of the country again.The Trinamool Congress will help form the next government at the Centre, she claimed and urged the people to vote for it."This time it is a very important election. This election is to defeat the BJP. It is to drive out the BJP from power ... This election is to make sure that Narendra Modi can never be the prime minister of the country again. We must ensure that they (BJP) never come back," Banerjee said at an election rally at Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur.(Source: PTI)The Police on Wednesday, 10 April filed an FIR against DMK's Vellore candidate for the Lok Sabha polls and two others in connection with the Income Tax raids held in the district recently.The FIR has been filed against DMK nominee DM Kathir Anand under the Representation of People Act for giving “wrong information” in his poll affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, police said without divulging details.(Source: PTI)Two brothers, who survived the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre are contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Gujarat.Imtiyaz Khan Pathan is a candidate of the Apna Desh Party from Kheda, while his elder brother Firoz Khan Pathan has filed his nomination as an Independent from Gandhinagar, where he is pitted against BJP Chief Amit Shah.The Pathan brothers lost as many as 10 members of their family, including their mother and grandmother, when an angry mob attacked the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad after the 2002 Godhra train burning incident.(Source: PTI)The stage is set for polling in eight Lok Sabha seats of western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, 11 April, amidst tight security in the first leg of the seven-phased general elections.Elaborate security arrangements have been made for this phase and over one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair polls, Additional Director General, Law and Order of Uttar Pradesh Police Anand Kumar said.(Source: PTI)More than 900 artists, including Pandit Jasraj, Vivek Oberoi and Rita Ganguli on Wednesday, 10 April, issued a statement asking people to vote for the BJP and said the country needs a “Majboot Sarkar” not a “Majboor Sarkar.”The artists appealed to the people to cast their vote without any pressure and prejudice.(Source: PTI)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday, 10 April, slammed the Congress over its manifesto promise to repeal sedition law and reduce forces from Kashmir.The opposition party is trying to fulfill the demands of Pakistan, Modi said, adding the only “business of Pakistan is to export terror.”(Source: PTI)A Delhi High Court judge Wednesday recused himself from hearing a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to bar Jammu and Kashmir politicians Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti from participating in the Lok Sabha election for allegedly making “seditious” statements.Justice AJ Bhambhani, who was part of the division bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, recused himself from hearing the matter.(Source: PTI)After their sons joined the BJP in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP’s Vijaysinh Mohite Patil are set to follow the suit, sources said.Both the leaders are expected to join the BJP during the scheduled rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state in the coming days.(Source: PTI)Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday, 10 April, accused the Congress of trying to promote terrorism in the country by talking about quashing the provision of treason.“In its manifesto, the Congress mentioned about quashing provision of treason which will promote terrorism,” Adityanath said at an election rally here.(Source: PTI)BJP MLA from Agra Jagan Prasad Garg has passed away. He was admitted to a hospital earlier today. More details are awaited.(Source: ANI)The nomination of BSP candidate from Barmer Pankaj Choudhary, an IPS officer who was dismissed form the service last month, was rejected on Wednesday, 10 April, for lack of requisite documents, an election official said. Choudhary said, he has decided to challenge the rejection in the high court.(Source: PTI)Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday, 10 April, said his party is in the process of forging an alliance with “like-minded outfits” to contest the Lok Sabha polls and an announcement in this regard will be made within four days.The Hisar MP said a three-member panel of JJP that includes KC Bangar, SS Kadian and state unit chief Nishan Singh, has prepared a report which will be discussed with party patron Ajay Chautala, who will take a final call on the tie-up issue.(Source: PTI)MLA Alpesh Thakor of Thakor Kshatriya Sena has resigned from Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections. MLA Dhavalsinh Thakor and MLA Bharatji Thakor have also resigned from the Congress.(Source: ANI)More than Rs 2 lakh in cash were seized from the car of BJD's candidate from Lanjigarh Assembly constituency in Odisha.(Source: ANI)Amid continued uncertainty over its tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel met party's Delhi unit president Sheila Dikshit at her residence on Wednesday, 10 April, sources said.During the meeting, which lasted for around 40 minutes, the two leaders are believed to have discussed the possibility of a tie-up with the AAP and deliberated about probable candidates to be fielded from the national capital, ahead of the party's Central Election Committee meeting scheduled on Thursday.(Source: PTI)Addressing a public rally in Goa’s Panaji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and said, “I have been coming to Goa for years now. It is for the first time that Manohar ji is not here. We will have to accept that Manohar ji is not with us today but Manohar ji showed us how a person can work for people's welfare with honesty.”(Source: ANI)The Election Commission on Wednesday, 10 April, issued notification for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on 5 May in 51 seats across seven states.In this phase, the least number of constituencies are going for polls as compared to the other phases.(Source: PTI)Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has appealed to the people to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “It's a humble appeal that more and more people should come and cast their votes so that the bedrock of democracy strengthens. Our efforts will be fructified if each one of us who is an elector shows adequate zeal and faith in democratic system,” he said.Polling teams, including presiding officers, polling staff and security personnel, trekked 5 km long route to reach the polling stations situated 3000 ft above ground level in Buxa Fort in West Bengal. Nearly 22 porters carrying the election-kit helped polling teams to reach the polling stations.(Source: ANI)Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla Lok Sabha seat as separatists and militants have called for a boycott of the elections on Thursday.The Baramulla seat, spread over 15 assembly segments in three districts of north Kashmir will go to polls on Thursday along with 90 other constituencies across the country in the first phase of polling.(Source: PTI)Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed on Wednesday, 10 April that the Congress was “rattled” by the Election Commission’s move to transfer Inspector General of Police (Crime) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.Badal asked the Congress why it was much “hurt” with the poll panel’s decision to divest the officer of his charges.(Source: PTI)The election flying squad on Wednesday, 10 April, seized Rs 37.5 lakh from a car of a private security agency in Coimbatore during a vehicle check.Though the occupants of the car claimed that the cash was being taken to be deposited in an ATM, the money was seized since they did not have any valid supporting documents, police said.(Source: PTI)BJP workers clashed during Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan's public meeting in Jalgaon.(Source: ANI)The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Wednesday, 10 April, filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging distribution of cash and liquor in the five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam going to polls in the first phase on Thursday.The five constituencies are Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Tezpur and Lakhimpur.(Source: PTI)The most important human development indicators health and education took a back seat under the AAP government's four-year rule in Delhi despite "boastful" claims by the ruling dispensation, senior Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta alleged on Wednesday, 10 April.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party is running a campaign for full statehood of Delhi, should tell the people why it "failed" to work in these areas despite winning the 2015 Assembly elections with a massive majority, Gupta said in a press conference."During more than four years of AAP rule, Delhi has suffered a lot in the most important human development sectors of education and health. The boastful claims made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers is false propaganda," he charged.(Source: PTI)Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has written to Election Commission over 'misuse of armed forces attack on Pakistan during election campaign by PM Narendra Modi on 10 April in a political rally in Ausa near Lathur (Maharashtra),' requesting EC to take stringent action against PM, reported ANI.Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan has announced his party's support to Congress, NCP, RPI (K), Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan and People's Republican party, in Maharashtra.(source: ANI)Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani will file her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, 11 April.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are likely to accompany her.According to Durgesh Tripathi, the district chairperson of the BJP, Irani was to file her nomination on 17 April, but due to a holiday on that day (Mahaveer Jayanti), she changed the date.(Source: PTI)The Aam Aadmi Party has rejected the Congress's offer to form an alliance in any state, senior leader Sanjay Singh said on Wednesday, 10 April.He said all the routes of an alliance with the Congress have been closed and the move will benefit the BJP."In Punjab, where we have four MPs and 20 MLAs, a single seat is not being given to us," he said.(Source: PTI)Police seize Rs 27,50,000 of cash during vehicle checking in Rourkela.(Souce: ANI)“75,000 security personnel will be on duty, monitoring of region being done using UAV and drones. Polling parties and EVMs have been air dropped at 159 polling centers that fall under sensitive areas,” says A Tamboli, District Magistrate of Bastar.