Four 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.
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T'Gana Cong Writes to EC Over 'Significant' Rise in Final Poll Percentage
The Congress Friday wrote to the Election Commission over a "significant" increase in the total polling percentage in Telangana announced at 5 pm on April 11 and the final figure declared the next day.
A Congress delegation submitted a letter to the poll body and urged it to furnish documents such as copies of reports from Returning Officers about the polling.
Naxalism Confined to 15% in India Under Modi Rule: Shah
BJP president Amit Shah Friday claimed Naxalism has been confined to 15 per cent in the country under the Narendra Modi administration.
He was addressing an election meeting here in favour of sitting BJP MP and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
"During the Congress government, the entire country faced the problem of Naxalism, but with Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister and Rajnath Singh as home minister, Naxalism gradually got confined to mere 15 per cent," Shah claimed.
Complaint Filed Against Ravi Kishan Over Discrepancies in Poll Affidavit
A complaint has been filed with the returning officer in Gorakhpur over discrepancies in Ravi Kishan’s poll affidavit. Kishan has reportedly declared himself as "intermediate pass" in his election affidavit.
Ravi Kishan, who contested the 2014 elections from Jaunpur on a Congress ticket, in his then affidavit claimed that he was a graduate, according to the complaint filed by Santosh Kumar, a youth from Kushinagar.
AAP-Congress Alliance Would Have Been Better for BJP: Harsh Vardhan
The alliance talks between the Congress and the AAP may have failed, but for Union minister Harsh Vardhan, the tie-up would have been better for the BJP not just in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, but for next year's Delhi Assembly election too.
"For us, it is not a question of whether the alliance has taken place or not. Personally, I feel if they had allied with each other and if we defeated them with that understanding, it would have been better for the BJP, because then we would have taken care of the next election also," the Chandni Chowk candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls and the sitting MP from the seat said.
'Army Not PM Modi's Personal Property': Rahul Gandhi
Addressing a press conference, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a variety of subjects ranging from jobs to the Rafale deal.
Training his guns at the government, Gandhi reiterated tat the biggest problem in the country at the moment was unemployment. “Country is asking that Modi ji you promised us 2 crore jobs,what about that? He doesn't speak a word on jobs or farmers as he has nothing to say,” he said.
Lashing out at the Prime Minister for ridiculing the Congress’s claims of having conducted surgical strikes in the UPA era, Gandhi said:
Gandhi said that while he had apologised for having wrongly attributed the ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan to the Supreme Court, the party will continue to use it as their catchphrase. “Congress party has demolished Narendra Modi ji, it is a hollow structure and in 10- 20 days, it will come crumbling down,” he said.
PM Modi is Nervous Now: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot
Speaking to ANI, Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot alleged that PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were nervous of the Congress campaign and were hence holding 3-4 meetings everyday.
“Congress campaign has been very good and well managed. Due to which PM Modi and Amit Shah are focusing on Rajasthan and campaigning continuously. PM is doing three meetings in a day which means they are nervous now,” he said.
'Mahagathbandhan' Will Give Rise to 'Mahabhrashtachar': PM Modi
Intensifying his attack on the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 4 May, said the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) will give rise to 'mahabhrashtachar' (grand corruption).
Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of 'vote katwa' party and it will soon witness its "downfall", as per PTI.
"See its (Congress) downfall," he said, as he made a no-holds barred attack against party president Rahul Gandhi, warning him that he will succumb to "ahankaar" (self pride).
EC Biased Against Opposition: Rahul
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, 4 May, accused the Election Commission (EC) of being "biased" against the opposition and said that capturing of institutions will have a negative effect in the future.
"Where there are matters of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Election Commission is on a straight line and on the matters of the Opposition, it is completely biased," the Congress leader said at a press conference in New Delhi, as per IANS.
If Opposition Wins, There Will be Different PM Everyday: Shah
BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday that if an alliance of Opposition parties came to power, there will be a different prime minister every day.
The Opposition is leaderless, Shah said, addressing an election rally at Govindgarh in Rewa district, Madhya Pradesh.
"Friends, tell me who will be the leader of the alliance....I am asking who will be their leader, but there is no reply," he said, as per PTI.
Final Poll Percentage of 4 Phases Declared
The final voter turnout in four phases of Lok Sabha election has been announced. The poll percentages for the four phases are: Phase-1: 69.5%, Phase-2: 69.44%, Phase-3: 68.4%, Phase-4: 65.51%, news agency ANI reported.
Prakash Raj to Campaign for AAP
Actor Prakash Raj, who fought the Lok Sabha polls as an independent candidate from the Bengaluru Central seat, said he will campaign for the AAP in Delhi for a week, news agency PTI.
"The Aam Aadmi Party is fighting the elections on the issues of health, education, their vision and based on their work," he said.
BJP's Bongaon LS Candidate Meets Accident
Shantanu Thakur, Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha candidate from Bongaon, met with a road accident on Saturday near Jagulia, reported news agency ANI. He has been taken to a hospital.
Amit Shah, Smriti Irani Hold Roadshow in Amethi
BJP President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani held a roadshow in Amethi on Saturday.
Priyanka Gandhi Visits Dargah in Amethi
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Saturday offered prayers at Hazrat Meer Imamuddin Dargah in Amethi, news agency ANI reported.
Cong, RJD Looking to Push Bihar to 'Lalten' Era: PM Modi
Speaking at an election rally in Ramnagar in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Congress and RJD are trying to push the state back in the 'lalten' (RJD’s symbol) era.
“Nitish ji and his team is working to illuminate every household with the light of LED bulbs,” he also said.
Kejriwal Assaulted in Election Rally
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was assaulted by a man during his road show in Moti Nagar area on Saturday, reported news agency ANI. Reports suggest he was slapped by a man.
‘I Make Them Take Off My Shoes,’ Says Varun Gandhi
Speaking at a rally, BJP’s Pilibhit candidate Sanjay Gandhi said: “Mai ek hi cheez aapko kehna chahta hoon, kisi se darne ki koi zarurat nahi hai....Mai khada hoon yaha pe, mai Sanjay Gandhi ka ladka hoon, mai in logon se apne jute khulvata hoon”.
(I want to let you know that there is no reason to be scared of anybody. I am the son of Sanjay Gandhi, I make them take off my shoes).