Three phases have been completed in the ongoing seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. All the seven-phases of voting will end on 19 May, with the results coming out on 23 May.Catch all the updates on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections here.Addressing an NDA rally in Mumbai, PM Narendra Modi said, “Since Independence, the least number of seats that Congress won was 44, in the 2014 general elections. In the 2019 general elections, Congress is making a record of fighting on the least number of seats ever.”Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani was seen at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally venue in Mumbai.Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday called the NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and asserted that the proposed minimum income guarantee programme was not populist but based on sound economics.Gandhi also sought to allay apprehensions of the middle-class saying he guaranteed that the salaried people will have to pay not a single paisa from their pockets to fund the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme.Addressing a rally in Bihar’s Samastipur where he shared the stage, for the first time after general elections were announced, with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, Gandhi also deplored the insulting treatment meted out to Lalu Prasad, the jailed supremo of his alliance partner and warned the BJP-led coalition of a backlash in the polls, reported PTI.At the rally, Tejashwi was quoted by NDTV as saying, “Please make Rahul ji Prime Minister as not only does he talk about the poor, he also doesn’t have any problem meeting them, unlike our Prime Minister Modi, who has time to attend Priyanka Chopra’s reception but can’t visit a poor man’s home.”The Election Commission has barred Nadia BJP District President Mahadev Sarkar from holding any public meeting, roadshow, public rally and interviews in media in connection with ongoing elections, for 48 hours from 4 pm on 26 April till 4 pm on 28 April.The poll body has issued a notice to Mahadev Sarkar for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making statements attacking the personal life of Mahua Moitra (TMC) during a public meeting at Krishnanagar Government College on 22 April.(Source: ANI)Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday took a dig at newly-inducted BJP leader and Gurdaspur candidate Sunny Deol, calling him a “filmy fauji”.“He (Sunny Deol) is a filmy ‘fauji’, while I am a real ‘fauji’ (soldier). We will defeat him, he is no threat to Sunil Jakhar (Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Gurdaspur) or the Congress,” he said.(Source: ANI)Suspected Maoists on Friday triggered a blast in an election office of the BJP at Hariharganj area of Palamu district, knocking down a part of its wall, a police officer said.Nobody was present inside the election office during the incident, he said."Preliminary investigation suggests that armed rebels came on motorcycles around midnight, planted a bomb inside the party's office and triggered the blast," Chhatarpur sub-divisional police officer Shambhu Kumar Singh said.(Source: PTI)Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assets worth Rs 2.5 crore including a residential plot in Gujarat's Gandhinagar, fixed deposits of Rs 1.27 crore and Rs 38,750 cash in hand, according to his affidavit filed with the Election Commission on Friday.Modi has named Jashodaben as his wife and declared that he has an MA degree from Gujarat University in 1983. The affidavit said he is an arts graduate from Delhi University (1978). He passed SSC exam from Gujarat board in 1967, it said.He has declared movable assets worth Rs 1.41 crore and immovable assets valued at Rs 1.1 crore.(Source: PTI)Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, stating “Karnataka government is claiming CEC has relaxed Model Code of Conduct and allowed it to take up developmental works; my request to CEC is it should immediately withdraw any such permission.”(Source: ANI)AAP leader and East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Atishi Marlena has filed a criminal complaint in a trial court against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir, seeking direction to the police to investigate the former cricketer for allegedly enrolling as a voter in two separate constituencies.Delhi's Tis Hazari Court will hear the matter on 1 May.(Source: ANI)The BJP has written a letter to EC asking the poll body to take action against TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).“In an election meeting at Seuri in Bhirbhum on 25 April, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee advised her followers to conduct election with intimidation and threatening. This was serious violation of MCC. We urge EC to take strongest actions against her,” the BJP’s letter stated.(Source: ANI)Speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there should be Income Tax raids on his house too, if he does anything wrong.Targeting the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said, “Tughlaq Road election scam money (is being) used for naamdar's campaign. The Congress government betrayed people in Madhya Pradesh by reducing electricity supply.”Wrestler Khali campaigns for BJP’s Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra in Kolkata.Singer Daler Mehndi joined BJP in the presence of Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari, on Friday, 26 April.Indian Overseas Congress Chief Sam Pitroda said that it was Priyanka Gandhi’s decision to not contest elections as she has “other responsibilities.”“It (not contesting from Varanasi) was Priyanka ji's decision, she has other responsibilities. She thought rather than concentrating on one seat she should focus on the job she has at hand. So, that decision was her and she decided it,” Pitroda said.About 50 farmers from Nizamabad in Telangana have left for Varanasi to file nominations from the Lok Sabha constituency, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, in a bid to highlight their problems.The farmers are planning to contest as independents to press their demand for remunerative price to turmeric and constitution of a turmeric board.Ganga Reddy, a leader of the group of farmers who plan to file nominations, told PTI Friday they were on the way to Varanasi.Varanasi will go to the polls in the last phase on 19 May.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination from the Varanasi seat for the Lok Sabha elections.Top leaders including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and others have reached the nomination-filing centre in Varanasi ahead of PM Modi's arrival. Uddhav Thackeray is also present.Click here to get live updates.The Supreme Court refuses to interfere in the EC order banning release of film on PM Narendra Modi till the end of last phase of voting on 19 May.Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his flight was forced to return to Delhi after engine troubles."Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience,: Gandhi tweeted.Union Home Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh said that the NDA will get 3/4th majority in the country.Addressing the booth workers in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he too was a booth-level worker.“Main bhi booth ka karyakarta raha hun. Mujhe hi diwaron par poster lagane ka saubhagya mila,” said the prime minister.BJP President Amit Shah at NDA leaders met in Varanasi, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi filing nomination to contest from the seat.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, 25 April, said the voters in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections have to choose between the BJP's development agenda and "anarchy" represented by the Congress-led opposition.He said the Congress-led UPA government had no guts to act when Mumbai was attacked by terrorists in 2008.Addressing an election rally in support of BJP-Sena alliance's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhiwandi Kapil Patil, he said the voters should give a second term to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Source: PTI) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.