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.
Rahul Gandhi Will Have to Go to a Neighbouring Country to Contest in Next Polls: Piyush Goyal
Union Minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal on Saturday, 20 April, took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying he would be defeated in both Amethi and Wayanad, and would have to go to a neighbouring country to contest in the next polls.
“When Smriti Irani is contesting against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, he has run away to Wayanad. In Amethi, Smriti ji will defeat him and in Wayanad also, he'll be defeated. I think in the next polls, he'll have to go to a neighbouring country and search for a seat,” Goyal said.
FIR Filed Against Milind Deora
An FIR has been filed against Milind Deora, the Congress candidate from South Mumbai, under Section 171 of the IPC (giving false statements for elections) and Section 125 of Representation of the People Act (promoting enmity between classes in connection with elections).
Supporters of Raj Kumar Chauhan Protest Outside Rahul Gandhi's Residence
Supporters of Senior Delhi Congress leader Raj Kumar Chauhan protest outside Rahul Gandhi's residence alleging that Chauhan is being denied a Lok Sabha ticket.
Bhopal District Election Officer Issues Notice to BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur
The Bhopal District Election Officer has issued a notice to BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur and sought explanation within a day, for her remarks on the Ayodhya demolition. “I had demolished the structure (in Ayodhya). I will go there and help in the construction of Ram temple,” Pragya had said.
AAP Declares Candidates for 3 Seats in Haryana
Aam Aadmi Party has declared candidates for three seats in Haryana. Naveen Jaihind will contest from Faridabad, Prithviraj from Ambala and Krishan Kumar Agarwal from Karnal.
The six remaining candidates of Aam Aadmi Party will file their nominations on Monday, senior party leader Gopal Rai said, accusing the Congress of “wasting” its time over an alliance in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh.
Amit Shah Holds a Roadshow in Ahmedabad
BJP President Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Nirmala Sitharaman Holds a Roadshow in Kerala
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds a roadshow in Sultan Bathery in Kerala’s Wayanad.
Shivpal Yadav Calls SP-BSP Combine "A Flop Show"
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) Chief Shivpal Singh Yadav has called the SP-BSP alliance “a flop show.”
“The SP-BSP alliance is a flop show. It has taken shape only for convenience as they knew their existence was threatened. Otherwise they have been sworn enemies for the past 25 years. Now, how come they have come together?" Shivpal said, addressing an election meeting.
Supporters of Congress' Mahabal Mishra Demand Ticket for Him
Supporters of Congress leader Mahabal Mishra protest outside All India Congress Committee headquarters, demanding a ticket for him from West Delhi constituency.
Elections Not Tough, BJP Building Hype Around Its Candidate: Kharge
Opposition Leader and sitting Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge exuded confidence that he will win the elections and accused the BJP of building hype around its candidate Umesh Jadhav in the reserved Gulbarga parliamentary constituency.
“BJP is creating a fake hype around Jadhav winning the Gulbarga reserved seat,” he said.
SP-BSP-RJD Will Have No Choice but Align With Cong: Salman Khurshid
Emphasising the inevitability of a post poll alliance between the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD combine, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said the Uttar Pradesh 'gathbandhan' will have no choice but to forge a tie-up with his party after the election results.
Khurshid, who has been the chief of Congress' UP unit twice in the past, said the party is "well placed" in the state as people are getting disenchanted with the alternatives, both regional as well as national.
People Have Faith That I Can Tolerate Attacks, But Cannot Let Nation Down: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that people of the country have faith that he can tolerate attacks against himself and risk his political future, but cannot let the nation down.
Addressing a poll rally in Chittorgarh, Modi said making new India was the responsibility of first-time voters.
Sumalatha Alleges Threat to Those Campaigning for Her
Multi-lingual film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, who will take on Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son, Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya, has alleged threat to those campaigning for her.
She also said those who stood in her favour were “targeted and harassed.”
Will Contest From Varanasi If Cong President Asks: Priyanka Gandhi
“If Congress President asks me to contest, I will be happy to contest,” said Priyanka Gandhi on whether she will be contesting from Varanasi in the Lok Sabha elections.
Wayanad NDA Candidate Seeks Review of Rahul Gandhi's Nomination
Wayanad NDA candidate T Vellappally has written to CEO Kerala, seeking a review of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination. Vellappally has alleged that Rahul Gandhi has a passport of a foreign country, which he has not disclosed in the affidavit.
He said “I request you to review the acceptance of nomination of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad constituency to check for validity & reject the application.”
Nomination Process for 13 LS Seats in Punjab Begins on 22 April
The nomination process for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab going to polls in the seventh and final phase on 19 May commences on Monday, 22 April, an official said.
The scrutiny of the nominations would be done on 30 April and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is 2 May.
Tahsildar Suspended for Entering Room With Poll Records in Madurai
The election authorities on Sunday, ordered the suspension of a woman Tahsildar in Madurai for violating the election code by entering a storage room, where polling records were kept.
The suspension order was issued by the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo after a detailed inquiry was conducted into the incident.
Vote for Saving Country From "Narrow Minded Ideology": Priyanka
Terming the ongoing Lok Sabha elections as no ordinary polls, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Sunday asked people to vote for saving the country from "narrow minded ideology" as she accused the NDA government of undermining democracy and suppressing dissent.
"This election is to save the country that we all love, the country that we all believe in. The country in which all of us are equal, in which all of us are free to express ourselves, our religion, our ways of eating, our ways of living," she said.
BJP Releases List of Candidates for Delhi, Punjab, MP & UP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, 21 April, announced that Union Ministers Dr Harshwardhan and Hardeep Puri will contest from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Punjab’s Amritsar respectively.
Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari will contest from the city’s North-East seat, the party press release said.
Pragya Singh Thakur Files Her Reply in Notices by EC
Pragya Singh Thakur filed her reply on two notices served to her by the Election Commission for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, reported CNN News18.
Election in Odisha’s Patkura Assembly Constituency Adjourned
Election for Odisha’s Patkura assembly constituency, scheduled to be held on Monday, 29 April, is adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla.
Naidu Finding Fault With Central Institutions Shows 'Fear' of Losing Polls: YSRC
The YSR Congressparty Sunday said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu finding fault with EC and other institutions was an indicator of his "fear of losing" the elections and his dream of paving way for his son to take over the reins has been "shattered." In a release, Senior YSRC leader Ambati Rambabu accused Naidu of "talking ill" of all the institutions including the Election Commission (EC) and other agencies, finding fault with electronic voting machines (EVMs) and criticising YSRC Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and at every given opportunity.
"His (Naidu's) recent remarks on our party President are ridiculous and show that he has already lost battle and had given up," he said.
BJP Criticises BJD Over Misgovernance, Corruption
The BJP on Sunday slammed the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha claiming that the state was a victim of "misgovernance, inefficiency and corruption" during its 19-year rule.
"Development in health care, education, irrigation and infrastructure development have come to a halt, while middleman have made a quick buck during the BJD rule," BJP national general secretary and Odisha in-charge Arun Singh said.
ECI Transfers Mohammed Mohsin to Office of Karnataka CEO
The Election Commission of India transferred Mohammed Mohsin (who was appointed General Observer in Odisha for the Lok Sabha elections) to the office of Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer.
Congress Releases List of 5 Candidates in Haryana
The Congress on Sunday, 21 April, released a list of five candidates fielding Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Sonipat Lok Sabha seat.
BJD Demands Narco-Analysis of BJP Leader Dharmendra Pradhan
The Biju Janta Dal (BJD) in a letter to Chief Election Officer, Bhubaneswar, has demanded a lie detector test and narco-analysis of BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan and others, alleging them of staging a bombing on the vehicle of BJP Candidate from Central Bhubaneswar.
Bomb Hurled at Vehicle of BJP's LS Candidate From Bhubaneswar-Central
A bomb was hurled at the vehicle of BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhubaneswar-Central, Jagannath Pradhan, near party office in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Sunday night. BJP leaders have met Election Commission officials, demanding an investigation into the incident.