The 2019 Lok Sabha elections is in the sixth phase in the ongoing seven-phase elections. All seven phases of voting will end on 19 May, results for which will be declared on 23 May.
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Two BJP Workers Shot in West Bengal
Two BJP workers identified as Ananta Guchait and Ranjit Maity were shot at on Saturday night in Bhagabanpur, East Medinipur. Both the injured admitted to hospital. More details awaited.
K Chandrasekhar Rao seeks Stalin's appointment
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked for an appointment to meet DMK chief M K Stalin.
Previously, he had met Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan.
Convoy of BJP Candidate Attacked in West Bengal
In the Ghatal constituency of West Bengal, vehicles in Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Bharti Ghosh's convoy were vandalised. BJP has reportedly accused TMC workers behind this attack.
Opposition Parties Will Fall Flat, Says PM Modi
While campaigning in UP’s Kushinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that opposition parties will fall flat in Lok Sabha polls.
PM Modi Takes a Dig at BSP Chief Mayawati
At a rally in Kushinagar, Modi said that Mayawati is shedding crocodile tears over Alwar gangrape. Further, he asked why isn’t BSP withdrawing support from Congress government in Rajasthan.
“Even Congress which is in power in Rajasthan tried to suppress Alwar gangrape case as party thinks 'hua toh hua,” says Modi.
Will Our Jawans Take EC's Permission Before Opening Fire at Militants, Asks Modi
While campaigning in UP’s Kushinagar, speaking on the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, PM Modi questioned whether the jawans would take EC's permission before opening fire at militants.
Amit Shah Begins His Rally in Chamba, HP
BJP party president Amit Shah begins his address at a public meeting in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba.
(Source: BJP Twitter)
BJP candidate attacked twice in WB, CEO seeks report
BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was allegedly attacked twice by local people when the former IPS officer tried to visit polling stations in her Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday when the sixth phase of polling was underway there.
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'Process on to Set up International Airport at Mandi': Amit Shah
At an election rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba, BJP Chief Amit Shah said that the process is on to set up an international airport at Mandi. This will happen once Modi comes to power again at Center.
Amit Shah Slams Manmohan Singh Over Soldiers' Deaths
Taking a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP Chief Amit Shah said, “Manmohan Singh did not do anything when Pak beheaded 5 Indian soldiers but under Modi airstrikes were conducted in Balakot.” Shah is addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba.
SP-BSP Incapable of Taking on Terrorists: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh said, “SP, BSP are incapable of taking on terrorists.”
Article 370 Will be Scrapped if Modi Comes to Power: Amit Shah in HP's Chamba
Addressing his first rally in Himachal Pradesh, at the Chogan Maidan in Chamba district, BJP president Amit Shah said that Article 370 would be scrapped if Narendra Modi will be re-elected as the prime minister.
Targeting the Congress on the issue of national security, he said the Manmohan Singh-led previous Congress government did nothing when Pakistan beheaded five India soldiers but under Modi rule airstrikes were carried out in Balakot.
46.52% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 3 PM in Phase 6
Total turnout - 46.52%
West Bengal - 63.09%
Delhi - 36.73%
Haryana - 47.57%
Uttar Pradesh - 40.96%
Bihar - 43.86%
Jharkhand - 54.09%
Madhya Pradesh - 48.53%
Pink Booths in Delhi to Encourage Female Voters
“Nari Shakti” was on display in the all-women staffed booths in Delhi Sunday which drew more women voters, especially from the Muslim community, officials said.
In a first for the city, as many as 17 all-woman staffed booths have been established for the Lok Sabha elections in the seven constituencies of Delhi, where from presiding officers to ground staff, all are women.
Incidentally, four of the seven district election officer-cum-returning officer are also women, and they too felt quite enthused to see the impact of the initiative.
Chandni Chowk Returning Officer Tanvi Garg said the Delhi CEO Office had envisioned this with a larger aim of engendering a sense of women empowerment and the "message has been sent".
EVMs to be Stored in 90 Strong Rooms in Haryana After LS Polls
Ninety strong rooms have been set up at 30 locations in Haryana to store the EVMs and VVPAT machines safely after completion of voting in the ten Lok Sabha constituencies, State's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet said on Sunday, 12 May.
He said Central Armed Police Force personnel (CAPF) would be deputed outside, while CCTV cameras would keep an eye inside the strong rooms.
Mayawati Shedding Crocodile Tears on Alwar Rape: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday,12 May, mounted a scathing attack on BSP supremo Mayawati, accusing her of "shedding crocodile tears" over the gangrape incident in Rajasthan's Alwar.
He also demanded that her party withdraw support from the Congress government in that state if she is "serious", PTI reported.
In turn, Mayawati accused PM Modi of doing "dirty politics" over the gangrape of Dalit girl in Rajasthan's Alwar.
On 26 April, the victim was travelling with her husband on a motorcycle when the accused stopped them and took them to an isolated place off the road. They beat the husband and raped her in front of him, threatening them of dire consequences.
Cong Coined 'Hindu Terror' to Defame India's Religious Heritage: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is rallying in Madhya Pradesh, accused the Congress of coining the term “Hindu terror” to defame the country’s religious heritage.
“The Congress and the mahamilavat (grand alliance) won’t be able to escape the repercussions of the conspiracy that they started with ‘Hindu terror’,” he said.
Attacking Congress leader Sam Pitroda for his remark on the 1984 riots, Modi said:
“Sikhs were tortured and murdered in 1984, but the Congress says ‘hua to hua’ (whatever happened, happened). So many people died in the Bhopal gas tragedy, so many generations were destroyed… but the accused were allowed to escape and if you ask them (Congress) about it they will say ‘hua to hua’.”
Total Voter Turnout at 50.77% till 4 pm
Total voter turnout till 4 pm - 50.77%
West Bengal - 70.51
Delhi - 45.24
Haryana - 51.86
Uttar Pradesh - 43.26
Bihar - 44.40
Jharkhand - 58.08
Madhya Pradesh - 52.78
PM Sharing Info on Sensitive Defence Mission on TV a Violation: Yechury Writes to EC
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has written to the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly violating the poll code by sharing operational details of a "sensitive" defence mission in a television interview to influence voters.
In his letter to the EC, Yechury has alleged Modi's statements were in clear and deliberate violation of the guidelines which were re-issued and reiterated by the Election Commission before the first round of polling, making it clear that the armed forces, which belong to all of India, cannot be a subject for hyperbolic and false claims by any party.
MP Has 2.5 CMs, Admin Doesn't Know Whose Orders to Follow: Modi
In a rally in Madhya Pradesh, while targeting the Congress state government, PM Modi said, “One party has 2.5 Chief Minister. Administration doesn't even know whose orders are to be followed. Goons, murderers and dacoits have been given license.”
Attempt Made to Attack BJP Candidate from Bihar's Champaran Constituency
An attempt was made to attack Sanjay Jaiswal, the BJP candidate from West Champaran Constituency in Bihar, with sticks outside polling booth no. 162, 163. He is unhurt.
Commenting on the incident, Bihar Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivasa said, “An instigating speech was made after which situation got heated. Police immediately intervened, now everything is going on peacefully. I'll take a report. There were sticks in some people's hands, MP's bodyguard had also fired in the air.”
Cong Leader Digvijay Singh Expresses Regret For Not Casting Vote in MP's Rajgarh
Congress leader Digvijay Singh expressed regret for not being able to cast his vote in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, on Sunday.
“I regret that I couldn’t reach Rajgarh to cast my ballot. Next time, I will ensure that my vote in registered in Bhopal.”
'Will Modi Hang Himself if Cong Gets More Than 40 Seats?': Kharge
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge courted controversy on Sunday when, speaking in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi, he said, “Wherever he goes, Modi keeps saying that Congress will not win 40 seats. Do you believe that? If Congress gets more than 40 seats, will Modi hang himself at Delhi's Vijay Chowk?”
EC Issues Show-Cause Notice to Giriraj Singh for Violation of Poll Code
The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Union Minister Giriraj Singh, the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bihar's Begusarai, for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, for a controversial speech he made in Begusarai on 24 April.
EC Removes Uma Shankar From Post of Bankura DM
The Election Commission has removed Uma Shankar from the post of Bankura District Magistrate and District Election Officer. Mukta Arya is replacing him as the new DM-cum-DEO.
Vehicles of Babul Supriyo's Security Personnel Attacked in West Bengal
Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Sunday alleged that his security personnel's vehicles were attacked with stones by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) 'goons' near Basirhat.
Only 'Tai' Can Admonish Me: Modi on Sumitra Mahajan
Praising Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for her "dedication" towards work, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that she was the only BJP leader who could admonish him.
Addressing an election rally here, Modi said, "As the Lok Sabha speaker, 'Tai' (as Mahajan is popularly known in the constituency) has carried out her duties in a skilful and controlled way. It is because of this, she has left an indelible impression on the minds of people." "All of you know me as prime minister. But perhaps very few people know that in our party (BJP), if there is anybody who can admonish me, it is Tai," Modi said in the presence of Mahajan, who was seated on the dais.
"Tai and I have worked in the BJP together. The kind of dedication she has towards work, I assure the people of Indore that in terms of development of the city, none of Tai's wishes will be left unfulfilled," the prime minister said.