Polling has concluded in 95 constituencies across India, in the second phase of elections, on Thursday, 18 April. The seven-phase voting will end on 19 May, and the results will be announced on 23 May.
Catch all the updates on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections here.
Bengal Sex Workers May Press NOTA Button
In the midst of Lok Sabha elections, a body representing about 65,000 sex workers of West Bengal is pushing for recognising them as labourers, on the basis of which they will decide whom to vote.
The sex workers complain about lack of recognition of their profession under the labour laws, "rampant misuse" of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act and meagre rehabilitation programmes offered by the government.
The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), an apex body of sex workers in Bengal, says its members are disillusioned with the "fake promises" made by political parties every election season and many of them would like to go for NOTA button in this election.
Voting Begins in 95 Constituencies in Second Phase
Polling began in 95 constituencies across the India, in the second phase of polling in Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, 18 April.
VVPAT Machines Not Working in Silchar
Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine not working properly at a polling station in Assam’s Silchar.
Mayawati Asks EC to Note Yogi’s Actions
BSP leader Mayawati has asked the Election Commission why it has not taken note of UP CM Yogi Adityanath's temple visits as they flout his campaign ban.
Villagers in Agra Boycott LS Elections
Villagers of Nagla Shadi in Agra boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in protest against government apathy. Not even a single vote has been cast at booth number 166 there.
Clashes Between AIADMK and AMMK Party Workers in Madurai
Clashes erupted between AIADMK and AMMK party workers in the Lok Sabha constituency, Madurai in Tamil Nadu. According to sources, campaigning outside the polling station was the reason for the violence.
EC Flying Squad Seizes Rs 11.85 Lakh Cash in Mumbai City Dist
Election Commission flying squad has seized Rs 11.85 Lakh cash in Sion area of Mumbai City district. More details awaited.
PM Modi and Amit Shah To Address Rallies
Prime Minster Modi will be addressing rallies in Gujarat, Kerala and in parts of Karnataka. BJP’s national party chief Amit Shah will also hold rallies in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
Locals Block Highway in West Bengal, Lathi-Charged
After unknown persons allegedly prevented locals from casting their votes at Digirpar polling booth, in Islampur, West Bengal, the locals blocked NH-34 in protest. Security personnel lobbed tear gas shells and lathi-charged them to control the situation.
SP-BSP-RLD Candidate Poonam Sinha Files Her Nomination
Poonam Sinha, SP-BSP-RLD candidate from the Parliamentary constituency files her nomination for Lok Sabha Elections in Lucknow.
Case Against SP Candidate for Derogatory Remarks Against PM
A case has been registered against the Samajwadi Party candidate from Sambhal, UP for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He made the remarks during an election meeting on April 11. A case has been registered against him under a section of the Representation of People Act and section 506 of IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation).
BJP Candidate Served Notice by EC
BJP's Bulandshahr candidate Bhola Singh served notice by the Election Commission for meeting people and clicking photos inside a polling booth.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi Files Her Nomination
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi files her nomination from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency.
Defamation Case Filed Against Rahul Gandhi
A defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been filed by Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi over "all thieves share the Modi surname" remark in Patna Civil Court.
(Source: Times Now)
SP-BSP-RLD Candidate Poonam Sinha Holds Road Show
SP-BSP-RLD candidate from Lucknow parliamentary constituency, Poonam Sinha, holds a road show after filing nomination; Shatrughan Sinha, her husband who’s contesting for Congress from Patna Sahib and Dimple Yadav also present.
Shoe Hurled at BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao During Presser
A shoe was hurled at BJP’s national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao while he was addressing a media briefing in New Delhi.
Rao termed the incident a “condemnable act” by a “Congress-inspired” person.
(Source: ANI Delhi)
Akhilesh Yadav Files Nomination From Azamgarh
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav filed nomination to contest from UP’s Azamgarh, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
EC Officials Search Kumaraswamy's Chopper
The Election Commission officials searched the luggage and chopper of Karnakata Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, when the second phase of polling was underway in Karnataka.
EC Warns Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Over His 'Modi Ki Sena' Comment
The Election Commission of India has warned Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi over his ‘Modi ki Sena’ comment. The poll body asked him to desist from using references to security forces for political propaganda and to be careful in the future.
Don't Understand Why AAP-Cong Alliance Didn't Work Out: Gopal Rai
Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said that he failed to understand why the alliance with Congress did not fructify. “We had made one last effort, Sanjay Singh ji held talks, but can't understand that after almost finalizing the matter and seat sharing, why the Congress stepped back last evening.” he said.
Shatru Ji Should Now Fulfill His Duty as Party Worker: Pramod Krishnan
Responding to Congress candidate Acharya Pramod Krishnan, who complained that Shatrughan Sinha should not campaign for a rival candidate, “Shotgun” retorted, “It is my duty as the head of the family and a husband to support my family.”
Further, Krishnan said that while Shatru ji has fulfilled his duty as a husband, he should now fulfill his duty as a party worker.
NCP's Supriya Sule Accused of Threatening Former Party Worker
An audio clip where NCP MP Supriya Sule is purportedly heard threatening a former party worker who has joined the BJP has surfaced on social media.
In the clip, she is heard confronting BJP worker Rahul Shewale on phone over his reported statement that the Pawar family and Sule insulted him when he was with the NCP.
However, Sule, the NCP candidate from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, has denied that the conversation took place.
Expelled Bangladeshi Actor Apologises for Campaigning in Indian Elections
Popular Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed, who was expelled by the Indian government, has apologised for campaigning for a candidate in West Bengal, terming it as an “inadvertent mistake.”
The Indian government on Tuesday issued a 'Leave India' notice to Ahmed and cancelled the business visa given to him for allegedly campaigning for a Trinamool Congress candidate in the state.
Cong-JD(S) United on Backing Corruption: Modi in K'taka
Addressing a rally in Karnataka’s Chikkodi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress-JD(S) alliance and said, “Congress-JD(S) differ on every issue but united on backing dynasty and corruption, and speaking ill about nationalism and Modi.”
Further he said, “Your vote will decide whether those saying Bharat Mata ki Jai will be honoured or those who chant Tukde-Tukde.”
Tehseen Poonawalla Moves EC Against Sadhvi Pragya's Nomination
Tehseen Poonawalla has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the candidature of Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal Parliamentary constituency by BJP for the Lok Sabha elections. “I request EC to debar her from contesting elections as she is a terror accused,” Poonawala said.
EC Seizes Rs 11.85 Lakh Unaccounted Cash in Mumbai
The Election Commission flying squad has seized Rs 11.85 lakh unaccounted cash in Mumbai’s Sion area last night.
Some People Were Wrongfully Put in Jail: Ram Madhav on Sadhvi Pragya
Defending BJP’s decision to field terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's candidature from Bhopal, the party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav said, “Some people were wrongfully put in jail. Nobody can question us on the constitutional validity of putting up a candidate who has just allegations against her.”
Azam Diverting Attention From Real Issues: Noor Bano on 'Underwear Jibe'
Condemning SP leader Azam Khan's “khaki underwear” jibe against BJP candidate from Rampur, Jaya Prada, Congress leader Begum Noor Bano said that he wants to divert people's attention from real issues by making such remarks.
The erstwhile Rampur royal also hit out at the Samajwadi Party for not condemning Khan's remarks, saying she is pained by the party's silence.
EC Has an Anti-Dalit Mindset: Mayawati
BSP supremo Mayawati alleged that the Election Commission has an anti-dalit mindset and that was why it had stopped her from campaigning in Agra, which is considered the 'Dalit capital' of northern India.
Mayawati, also described the proposed 'NYAY' scheme as the 'jumla' of the Congress.
J&K BJP Writes to EC, Seeks FIR Against Ghulam Nabi Azad
Jammu and Kashmir BJP has written to the Election Commission, demanding FIR against Ghulam Nabi Azad, Vikramaditya Singh, and Waqar Rasool Wani for allegedly violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
Man Who Hurled Shoe at GVL Narasimha Rao Let Off
The man who hurled a shoe at BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao during a press conference has been let off by the Delhi Police after joint interrogation. “Nothing incriminating found from him. No complaint was received against him.His motive was to gain media's attention,' the police said.
Farmer Denies Permission for Landing of Hardik Patel's Helicopter on His Field
Congress leader Hardik Patel had to cancel his helicopter ride to Lunawada in Mahisagar district of Gujarat on Thursday, 18 April, at the last moment after the farmer on whose field the chopper was to land did not give his nod for its use as a helipad, an official said.
The farmer, Vinay Patel said Hardik Patel was “playing politics on the bodies of those who died” during the Patidar reservation agitation.
Case Registered for Shooting Videos at Polling Centres in Maharashtra's Osmanabad
The police in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district have registered cases against four people on Thursday for allegedly uploading videos from polling centres on social media.
AAP to Field Candidates From Ambala, Karnal & Faridabad in Haryana
The Aam Aadmi Party will field candidates from Ambala, Karnal and Faridabad in Haryana, the AAP and the JJP announced in a joint press conference on Thursday.
The AAP and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) have formed an alliance in the state and they will fight the Lok Sabha elections on three and seven seats respectively.
LS Polls Will Determine If India Will Make Rules or Follow Them: Modi in Kerala
Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Lok Sabha elections will determine if India will make rules or just follow them. “There is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of voters of Kerala, especially first-time voters,” he said.
Hitting out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad, Modi said, “'Naamdaar says he his contesting from Wayanad because he wanted to send a message to South. Couldn't you contest from Trivandrum to give the message? It's the capital. It's not a message to South but a message of appeasement politics.”
Ticket for Sadhvi Shows That BJP Is Not Serious About National Security: Cong
The Congress said that by fielding Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, the BJP has shown that it is not serious about national security.
“Though the court has dropped charges against her under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, she still faces trial under other anti-terrorism laws,” Congress Spokesperson Ratnakar Mahajan said.
Mumbai's ‘Dabbawalas’ Announce Their Alliance for Shiv Sena
The famous ‘dabbawalas’ (tiffin-box carriers) in Mumbai have announced their support for the Shiv Sena in the Lok Sabha elections.
"It is only the Shiv Sena, which always stood behind us for our welfare. It has also promised to construct a 'Dabbawala Bhavan' for us,” President of Mumbai Dabbawala Association Subhash Talekar.
Karnataka BJP Moves EC Over Alleged Mass Deletion of Names From Voter List
Karnataka BJP has written to the Election Commission over alleged mass indiscriminate deletion of voters name in the voters list. “The officials have purposefully and deliberately deleted names without any reason, just to render undue official favor to the ruling coalition party,” the letter read.
AAP's Balbir Singh Jakhar's Affidavit Found 'Incomplete' by Poll Officer
AAP's West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar's affidavit was found to be incomplete by the district election office on Thursday, which sent him a notice.
Jakhar, who is making his electoral debut, was among the 36 candidates who filed their nominations Thursday for the Lok Sabha polls.
36 Candidates File Nominations in Delhi on Thursday
Thirty-six candidates filed their nominations on Thursday, taking the total tally to 48 for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi scheduled for 12 May.
Twelve candidates, including 10 from unrecognised parties, filed their nominations on 16 April.
CRPF Jawan Injured in IED Blast in Chhattisgarh's Raipur
A CRPF jawan was injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast triggered by Naxals in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, police said.
The incident took place near Korkoti village under Dhanora police station limits when a team of security personnel was escorting a polling team on its way back after conducting voting, a senior police official said.