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.
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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 the party office in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Sunday night. BJP leaders have met Election Commission officials, demanding an investigation into the incident.
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Says Rahul Gandhi's Real Name is Rahul 'Vincy'
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Sunday 21 April, hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that his real name is Rahul Vincy, while addressing a rally in Kanpur rural area.
"Rahul Gandhi's real name is Rahul Vincy. The Congress party is cheating people by hiding the real names of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra," the UP CM said.
Cong Releases Final List of Candidates from Haryana
The Congress Sunday announced candidates for five Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, fielding party heavyweight and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Sonipat and replacing Faridabad candidate Lalit Nagar with Avtar Singh Bhadana.
Mr Nagar, who was dropped as Faridabad candidate, is said to be close to former Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, sources said.
With the announcement of the new list, the party has declared candidates for all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.
When asked to comment on his candidature, Mr Hooda, who is a four-time MLA and has remained Lok Sabha MP on four occasions in the past, said he respects the party's decision to field him from Sonipat.
Case Filed Against Jaya Prada for Remarks on Mayawati, Azam Khan
A Non-Cognizable Offence Information Report registered against BJP Lok Sabha MP from Rampur, Jaya Prada for her remarks on Mayawati and SP leader Azam Khan.
Prada had reportedly said, "Considering the comments Azam Khan makes against me, Mayawati Ji you must think unki x-ray jaisi aankhein aapke upar bhi kaha-kaha daal kar dekhengi"
West Bengal: Amit Shah Says BJP Will Give Citizenship to Bangladesh Refugees
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah while addressing a press conference in Kolkata, said that the refugees who have come from Bangladesh, be it Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, or Christians, the BJP has clearly signaled in its Manifesto that it will give them citizenship.
AP Chief Secy Orders Enquiry Into Lapses in Transfer of Seized Gold
Andhra Pradesh govt Chief Secy L V Subrahmanyam has ordered an enquiry under Special Chief Secretary, Revenue, Manmohan Singh into the alleged lapses in transportation of gold from Chennai to Tirupati.
The gold belonged to Tirupati temple and was seized by Election Commission in Tamil Nadu.
BJP President Amit Shah Defends Pragya's Nomination as BJP Candidate
BJP President Amit Shah, while addressing a press conference in Kolkata, defended Pragya Singh Thakur's nomination as a candidate from Bhopal, saying that a fake case has been registered against her in the name of Hindu terrorism. Shah also said that Pragya has been acquitted in two cases.
Further, giving the example of Assemanand’s Acquittal from the Samjhauta Express blast case, he said, “where are the real perpetrators of the blast?
Congress Releases List of Candidates, Sheila Dikshit to Contest from NE Delhi
Congress on Monday released a list of candidates for six out of seven Parliamentary constituencies in Delhi.
According to the list, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit will be contesting the polls from North East Delhi, while Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi constituency.
Election Commission Submits Report on Modi Biopic in SC
The Election Commission has submitted its report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic. The apex court has posted the matter for further hearing on Friday, 26 April and directs that report be served to petitioner.
Rahul Gandhi Files Response to Contempt Petition Filed by Meenakshi Lekhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has filed his response to a contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi in the Supreme Court. Gandhi said that the SC has agreed that PM Modi has indulged in corruption in Rafale deal.
Regretting his remark, the Congress President said that the remark was made in the ‘heat of political campaign'.
SC Refuses to Hear Plea Seeking Prosecution of Voters
The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India for prosecution of voters who indulge in electoral malpractices during the Lok Sabha polls.
A bench headed by CJI says, 'the petitioner may approach high court with his plea'.
PM Modi Addreses Rally in Maharashtra's Dindori
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public rally in Dindori, Maharashtra, once again took the national security approach to lure voters. “Today, every terrorist knows that if they bomb any corner of India, there’s Modi there, who will find them, even in hell, in order to punish them.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi's Amethi Nomination Cleared
The returning officer of Amethi has declared Congress President Rahul Gandhi's nomination valid.
BJP's North East Delhi Candidate Manoj Tiwari Holds Roadshow in Delhi
BJP Lok Sabha candidate from North East Delhi and the Delhi BJP President, Manoj Tiwari is holding a roadshow in Delhi, accompanied by Union Minister Vijay Goel and actor-dancer Sapna Chaudhary.
Former BJP MP From Hamirpur Joins Congress
Former BJP MP from Hamirpur, Suresh Chandel has joined the Congress party in presence of party President Rahul Gandhi.
BJP Candidate Pragya Singh Thakur Files Nomination From Bhopal
BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur has filed her nomination from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.
EC Approves Re-polling of 12 Booths in Inner Manipur Seat
The Election Commission has approved re-polling in 12 booths of Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, where the voting process was disrupted or stalled during the second phase on 18 April.
Noting that the polling undertaken in these 12 booths has been declared "void" by the EC, Chief Electoral Officer PK Singh said Monday, 22 April fresh elections will be held on 24 April amid enhanced security arrangements.
He asked the polling agents to take necessary measures to ensure free and fair polls.
Rahul Gandhi to Address Two Rallies in MP on Tuesday
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will hold two rallies in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, 23 April to campaign for his party's Lok Sabha poll candidates in the state.
He will address a public meeting in Shahdol district between 3 pm to 4 pm and later hold another rally at Sehora town in Jabalpur district, Congress' state unit general secretary Rajiv Singh said.
The Shahdol constituency is reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes while the Jabalpur Lok Sabha seat is open for the general category.
The Congress has fielded Pramila Singh from Shahdol against BJP's Himadri Singh, who quit the Gandhi-led outfit in the run-up to the polls to join the saffon outfit.
Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari Files Nomination from North East Delhi
BJP candidate from North East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari has filed his nomination from North East Delhi.
I Challenge PM Modi to Debate on Corruption: Rahul Gandhi
Speaking to the media in Rae Bareilly, Congress President challenged PM Modi to debate him on corruption. “ I would like to challenge Narendra Modi to debate with me on corruption for 15 minutes. I am telling you, Narendra Modi Ji won't be able to show his face before the nation,” news agency ANI quoted him, as saying.
Chandni Chowk Contenders File Nomination
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and AAP's Pankaj Gupta filed nominations from Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi, on Monday, 22 April, reported news agency ANI.
'Even Pakistan's Nukes Are Not Kept for Eid,' Says Mehbooba Mufti
Reacting to PM Modi’s remark that India’s nuclear button is not kept for Diwali, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has said that Pakistan’s nukes are not kept for Eid either, reported news agency ANI
“Jo Pakistan ke pass honge, vo bhi Eid ke liye nahi rakhe honge. Yeh hisaab baraabar hota hai, ” she said, which loosely translates to: “The ones with Pakistan aren’t kept for Eid either. It’s a tit-for-tat thing”.
Deepender Hooda File Nomination
Congress leader and sitting MP from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda Monday filed his nomination papers to contest the Lok Sabha polls, with the three-time parliamentarian declaring his own moveable assets worth over Rs 8.30 crore, reported news agency PTI.
Cong Announces Three More UP Candidates
Congress has released list of candidates for three parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency ANI.
Smriti Irani Has Insulted People of Amethi: Priyanka
Speaking to the media, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said Smriti Irani insulted people of Amethi by distributing shoes among them, reported news agency ANI.
“Ye Smriti Irani ji yahan aai aur unhone joote baante ye kehne ke liye ki inke pas joote bhi nahi hai pehene ke liye. Ye soch rahi hain ki Rahul ji ka apmaan kar rahi hai, ye kar rahi hain Amethi ki janta ka apmaan,”she said. (Smriti Irani came here and distributed shoes, implying people don’t even have shoes to wear. She might think that she insulted Rahul Gandhi, but she is actually insulting people of Amethi.)
Udit Raj Asks BJP to Clear Confusion Over Candidature
Apprehending that his party may deny him a ticket, sitting BJP MP from the reserved Northwest Delhi parliamentary seat Udit Raj on Monday asked the BJP to clear the confusion over his candidature for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, reported news agency PTI.
In a series of tweets, Raj said he believed that the BJP will not betray Dalits in the country.
The BJP has announced its candidates on four parliamentary seats in Delhi. The names of candidates on three seats, including Northwest Delhi are yet to be announced. Nomination process for the polls will conclude on Tuesday.
6 AAP Candidates File Nominations for Delhi LS Seats
Six candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party filed their nominations on Monday for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, reports news agency PTI.
The six candidates who filed their papers are Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta, East Delhi candidate Atishi, North West Delhi candidate Gugan Singh, South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha, North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel.
BJP is Bhayankar Jumla Party: Akhilesh Yadav
Launching an all out attack on the BJP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday termed it as a "bhayankar jumla party" and asked people to snatch the 'chowki' (post) of 'chowkidar' Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported news agency PTI.
Dismissing the BJP's alleged claim that "the boundaries of the country are safe due to it", Yadav charged the BJP with playing politics with nation's security, and said, "The truth is that the boundaries are safe due to our brave (army) jawans".
Protests Held Against Shatrugan Sinha's Candidature
A demonstration was staged in Patna on Monday outside the state Congress headquarters by a group of persons who carried placards dubbing actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha as a dalaal (broker) of Lalu Prasads RJD and raised slogans demanding cancellation of his candidature from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, reported news agency PTI.
Hairstylist Jawed Habib Joins BJP
Prominent Hair Stylist Jawed Habib joined BJP on Monday, 22 April, reported news agency PTI. “Aaj tak main baalon ka chowkidar tha, aaj mein desh ka chowkidar ban gaya hoon” (Till today, I was the custodian of hair, now I have become custodian of the country)
EC Withdraws Statement Regarding FIR Against Babul Supriyo
Election Commission has withdrawn its statement on filing two FIRs against Union Minister Babul Supriyo, reported news agency ANI. “Suo moto complaint was filed by Andal Police for preventing Police officials from carrying out their duty during Supriyo's campaign on Sunday,” the EC said now.
Earlier it was reported that EC has registered two FIRs against Supriyo for continuing to play campaign song despite denial of permission by EC and for snatching the camera of an EC official who was video recording his rally.
Cong, Left Working Together to Make Modi PM Again: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday alleged that the Congress and the Left are working together to help the BJP in the ongoing LS polls so that Narendra Modi could become the prime minister again, reported news agency PTI.
She said those who used to support the Left Front during their rule in the state, have changed sides to join hands with the BJP in West Bengal.
FIR Against Pragya Thakur for Babri Masjid Remark
An FIR has been registered against BJP’s Bhopal candidate for her controversial remark on Babri Masjid demolition.
“Pragya Singh Thakur was issued notice by district election officer for her comment on Babri Masjid's demolition and her response to it was not satisfactory. Therefore, FIR has been registered against her for violation of model code of conduct, Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, SDM Bhopal, told news agency ANI.
Gautam Gambhir Becomes BJP’s East Delhi Candidate
BJP has announced the candidature of Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi. Meenakshi Lekhi’s name has been announced as the candidate from New Delhi.
SP Releases List of Candidates for LS Polls
Samajwadi Party releases a list of two candidates for the Lok Sabha Elections. Sanjay Chauhan will contest from Chandauli and Shalini Yadav from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituencies.
EC Bars Navjot Singh Sidhu from Campaigning For 72 Hours
The Election Commission of India has barred Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from holding any public meeting, road show, public rally and interviews in connection with ongoing elections, for 72 hours from 10 am on 23 April.
Modi Sent His Air Force to Destroy Terrorists in Pakistan: Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "sent his Air Force" to destroy terror camps in Pakistan after the Pulwama attack in February, at a rally in West Bengal's Krishnanagar.
Further, Shah said that the glow on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee vanished after the Air Force conducted a strike on terrorist camps.
Congress MLA Quits Party, Joins TRS in Telangana
In a fresh setback to the Congress in Telangana, another MLA announced his decision to quit the party and join the ruling TRS.
Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy met the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi's working president KT Rama Rao in Hyderabad, TRS sources said.
Polling Officer Killed in Chhattisgarh Accident
A polling officer were killed and five injured after the car they were travelling in met with an accident in Chhattisgarh’s Basantpur, earlier today. The polling party was travelling with EVMs for the third phase of polling to polling booth no. 51 of Balrampur.
Congress Fields Boxer Vijender Singh from South Delhi
Congress has fielded boxer Vijender Singh from the South Delhi constituency for the Lok Sabha elections.
Pre-Poll Violence Rocks Odisha: BJD Candidate Arrested
A BJD candidate was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EC magistrate, while OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik and another BJD nominee were among 11 persons injured as a series of violence rocked Odisha on Sunday, officials said.
Bombs were also hurled at a BJP assembly candidate's car though none was injured, police said on Monday, 22 April.