LS polls | SP candidate for Varanasi nomination rejected

Phase 4 of the ongoing seven-phase Lok Sabha Elections saw an average turnout of 64% across all nine states, with Rajasthan touching a record 68.40% turnout. Phase 5 goes to polls on May 6. Follow live updates here
  • 20:14

    Mamata dares BJP to conduct NRC survey in Bengal

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dared the BJP to conduct NRC survey in West Bengal if they manage to return to power. Her comments come within hours after BJP president Amit Shah said that if returned to power, the BJP will ensure that NRC survey is conducted across the country to remove "infiltrators".

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  • 19:33

    EC notice to Sidhu for remarks against PM

    The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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  • 19:30

    Rahul summoned for saying "Amit Shah murder accused''

    A metropolitan court on Wednesday issued summons to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making a defamatory remark against BJP during an election rally in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The court issued summons following a defamation suit filed by a BJP corporator here.

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  • 19:29

    Do not worry about future PM, AP CM tells Modi

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to worry about who the next prime minister will be. He was reacting to the phrases used by the latter such as 'Kaun Banega Pradhan Mantri' and 'tearing clothes' in various election rallies.

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  • 17:58

    'BJP attempting to buy 7 AAP MLAs at Rs 10 crore each'

    Accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading, AAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday alleged that seven of his party MLAs in the national capital have been offered Rs 10 crore each to join the saffron party.

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  • 17:48

    Loan waivers will make farmers lethargic: Khattar

    The BJP's no-loan waiver policy for farmers will not have any political impact in Haryana in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who believes that such schemes only make hardworking people lethargic.

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  • 17:46

    NYAY scheme an answer to BJP's wrong policies: Rahul

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday termed the NYAY scheme as an answer to the wrong policies of the BJP government which have "annihilated" the country's economy.

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  • 17:45

    Dinesh rubbishes GTD's remarks on JD(S) vote for BJP

    State Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Wednesday took exception to Higher Education Minister G T Deve Gowda’s statement that a section of JD(S) supporters have voted for the BJP in the election to Mysuru-Kodagu parliamentary constituency recently due to confusion in the Congress-JD(S) alliance.

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  • 17:10

    Dismissed BSF jawan's nomination papers rejected

    Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi fromVaranasiLok Sabha constituency was rejected on Wednesday, poll officials said.

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  • 17:09

    'Cong to damage BJP, not to cut UP gathbandhan's vote'

    The Congress is not at all cutting into votes of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh as the party has fielded candidates either with prospects of victory or having potential to damage BJP's chances in the state, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Wednesday.

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  • 16:35

    Mamata supporting those who wish to divide country: Amit Shah

    Stepping up his attack on Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah said Wednesday the West Bengal chief minister has extended her support to those who wish to divide the country by separating Kashmir from India.

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  • 16:33

    Nitish wears wry smile as Modi chants 'Vande Mataram'

    Silence speaks louder than words. And that was evident at a recent rally of the prime minister when his Bihar ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar remained seated while Narendra Modi led his supporters in fervently chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram".

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  • 16:27

    SP candidate for Varanasi Tej Bahadur Yadav's nomination rejected

    Samajwadi Party MP candidate from Varanasi, Tej Bahadur Yadav: "My nomination has been rejected wrongly. I was asked to produce the evidence at 6.15pm yesterday, we produced the evidence, still my nomination was rejected. We will go to the Supreme Court."

    Rajesh Gupta, Tej Bahadur Yadav's lawyer: "We had submitted the evidence that was asked from us. Still, the nomination was declared invalid. We will go to the Supreme Court."

  • 16:06

    'Those against prohibition may vote for opposition'

    In a strong defence of prohibition in Bihar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said those opposed to the ban on sale and consumption of liquor may vote for the opposition if they wish and asserted that the policy has made the streets safer and helped the poor.

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  • 16:01

    Akshay Kumar ignores question on skipping voting

    After he was heavily criticised for not voting in the polls held for six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai, actor Akshay Kumar dodged questions on his conspicuous absence.

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  • 15:59

    Congress calls MCC as 'Modi Code of Conduct'

    The Congress on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the Election Commission's clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Wardha, saying it has become "crystal clear" that the model code of conduct has become the "Modi Code of Conduct".

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  • 15:53

    Chunk of AAP votes shifted to Congress: Alka Lamba

    Alka Lamba, the AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk in Delhi, is not campaigning in the Lok Sabha elections. She won't call herself a rebel in the party while insisting she is still with the party.

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  • 15:49

    G T Devegowda admits JD(S) workers voted for BJP

    District in-charge Minister G T Devegowda, says, JD(S) workers in Chamundeshwari Assembly segment supported BJP and voted for BJP candidate Pratap Simha in Lok Sabha election.

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  • 14:36

    Crystal clear that MCC has become 'Modi Code of Conduct': Cong on EC clean chit to PM

    The Congress on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the Election Commission's clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Wardha, saying it has become "crystal clear" that the model code of conduct has become the "Modi Code of Conduct".

    "Disappointed that the PM of India is permitted to go scot-free after rampant violation of Article 324 & MCC. It is now crystal clear that MCC has become 'Modi Code of Conduct'!" Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

    There cannot be two sets of laws for Prime Minister Modi and the rest of the country, he said.

    An EC spokesperson had said: "The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report of the Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra. Accordingly, the commission is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed."

  • 14:35

    Near Ayodhya, Modi avoids Ram Temple

    Prime minister Narendra Modi refrained from mentioning the Ram Temple in his much-awaited election rally barely a few kilometres away from the temple town of Ayodhya on Wednesday.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chants "Jai Shri Ram" and "Bharat Mata ki jai" after ending his speech

  • 13:31

    Under Citizenship Amendment Bill, we will provide citizenship to the persecuted minorities from the neighbouring countries: Amit Shah

    "These elections are more important for Bengal than the rest of the country. It will decide if democracy will survive here or not. Till this morning, around 24.40 lakh poor people have been provided free treatment under the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme. However, in Bengal the people aren't able to benefit of this scheme.The culture of Bengal has been ruined by the state govt. Congress and Communist can't fight against Mamata. Only BJP can defeat her and bring peace and harmony in West Bengal," said Amit Shah.

  • ECI lifts Model Code of Conduct for 11 Odisha districts

    The Election Commission of India has lifted the Model Code of Conduct in 11 districts of Odisha so that the state administration can battle the severe cyclone Fani that is expected to make landfall south of Puri on May 3.
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  • When Meira made LS debut by defeating Mayawati & Paswan

    A few months after he won a landslide during December 1984 parliamentary polls, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi one day suggested to Meira Kumar, daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjiwan Ram, to take a plunge into electoral politics.
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  • EC again issues gag-order on SP leader Azam Khan

    The Election Commission has once again barred Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from campaigning – this time for 48 hours, starting at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
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  • EC to seek legal opinion on J&K assembly polls

    The Election Commission has decided to seek opinion of an eminent legal expert before deciding on holding assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been under President's Rule since December 19 last year.
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  • 'SP, BSP will fight each other after poll results'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday took a swipe at opposition parties, saying those who are not even in a position to give the leader of opposition in Parliament are getting clothes stitched for becoming prime minister.
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  • SC asks Rahul to file another affidavit on his remarks

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday told Congress president Rahul Gandhi that he cannot contradict himself by expressing regret for attributing his remarks ‘PM Narendra Modi, chowkidar is thief’ to the top court and then go on justifying it.
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  • Ceding to allies' demands will make Cong regional party

    Putting up a brave face as its attempts to forge an alliance failed to take off in Delhi, the Congress on Tuesday asserted that it would not accept an eventuality in which it is reduced to the level of a regional party by giving in to unreasonable demands from smaller parties.
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  • EC gives clean chit to PM Modi for Wardha speech issue

    The Election Commission on Tuesday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the allegation that he had flouted the model code of conduct while campaigning for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Wardha in Maharashtra on April 1.
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  • Karsevakpuram slows down as BJP 'dumps' temple demand

    With the BJP virtually abandoning its demand for the construction of Ram Mandir, the work at Karsevakpuram here for a 'grand temple’ has hit a roadblock.

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  • ‘Avengers’ want Shatru’s ‘endgame’

    This could be music to BJP’s ears. Hours before nominations came to an end for the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, one of the constituents of the Mahagatbandhan, the VIP (Vikas-sheel Insaan Party) fielded its candidate Reeta Devi against Congress nominee Shatrughan Sinha.
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  • SC notice to EC on plea for action against Modi, Shah

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Election Commission on a plea by Congress MP Sushmita Dev, contending inaction by the poll panel on several complaints made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for violating the Model Code of Conduct.
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  • Electoral arithmetic in eastern UP a concern for BJP

    The BJP'sdreams of repeating its astounding performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, when it won 71 of the 80 seats, could run aground of the electoral arithmeticin the eastern region of the state, with the odds seemingly stacked against the saffron party.
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  • 'Full statehood to Delhi will make big difference'

    In a narrow lane in Shahdara, AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi Marlena tells residents how full statehood to Delhi can change their lives, especially in the areas of education, healthcare and employment.
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  • High polling in phase 1 favourable for Congress: Pilot

    With the conclusion of the first phase of polling in Rajasthan, state Congress president and Deputy Chief MinisterSachin Pilotis confident of sweeping most of the 25 seats. DH'sTabeenah Anjumdiscusses everything poll related in this exclusive interview.
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  • Cong, Rahul 'sulked' after Balakot airstrike: Amit Shah

    BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi, alleging that he and his party "sulked" after the airstrike in Pakistan's Balakot as his dreams of becoming prime minister got shattered.
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  • 18:48

    A BJP corporator in Gujarathas filed defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Ahmedabad court for alleging BJP president Amit Shah "a murder accused" in an election rally in Jabalpur.

  • 18:25

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis writes to CEC requesting him for some relaxation in Model Code of Conduct in the state for drought relief works. Total 151 talukas of Maharashtra have been declared drought-hit and Center has passed a budget of Rs 4714 crore for drought relief in the state.

  • 17:11

    East Delhi Returning Officer issues show cause notice to DMRC MD regarding an ad with picture of BJP's candidate Gautam Gambhir published in newspaper on 26 April. Delhi Metro Rail Corp to submit documents from EC's Media Certification & Monitoring Committee for it, before May 2.

  • 17:09

    PM Narendra Modi digs at Opposition in Barabanki

    "Those people who till a few days ago were playing "Kaun Banega Pradhan Mantri" with each other, are now playing hide and seek after the 4th phase of voting concluded.... Ab janta ne inke saare sapno ko chaar charan mein choor choor kar diya hai."

  • 16:46

    'AAP's greed is cause for derailment of alliance talk'

    Aam Aadmi Party's "unending greed" for an alliance beyond Delhi is solely responsible for the derailment of talks of a tie-up between the Congress and the Arvind Kejriwal-led-party, former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has said.

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  • 16:44

    Gambhir says no to debate, Atishi asks why in politics

    Another battle is raging between AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi and her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir as he declined her challenge for an open debate on their respective parties' work in the constituency.

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  • 16:27

    Mandi's Returning Officer issues advisory to Himachal Pradesh BJP chief S S Satti advising him 'to be prudent aboutselection of words in speeches in future to ensure peaceful election.' Notice was earlier sent to him 'regarding MCC violation by making derogatory statement against Hindu deities.' (ANI)

  • 15:58

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on nomination from Varanasi seat

    "I took advice of all senior leaders of our party & colleagues in UP. They firmly felt that I have responsibility here of looking after 41 seats. I felt that they (candidates) would be disappointed if I focused on only one place."

  • 15:30

    SC notice to EC on plea over poll panel's inaction over PM Modi's MCC violation

    Supreme Court issues notice to Election Commission on Sushmita Dev's plea contending inaction by poll panel on Congress complaints against Narendra Modi & Amit Shah for violating MCC.

    SC says EC can pass its order and put the matter for hearing on Thursday.

  • 15:15

    "I have wrongly attributed to my lord (SC also said that Chowkidar chor hai), that was my error": Rahul Gandhi in SC on Rafale remark

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi represents Rahul Gandhi in Supreme Court.

    Mukul Rohatgi, lawyer of BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi says in SC: "He (Rahul Gandhi) deliberately put words in the mouth of SC, he has only expressed regret. Law is clear in contempt cases the line starts with unconditional apology."

    Supreme Court allows Rahul Gandhi to file a fresh affidavit. "We want apology for attribution," SC says and puts the contempt for consideration on May 6.

  • 14:47

    "Rahul Gandhi Is An Indian": Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

    On being asked about the Rahul Gandhi 'birther' controversy, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says, "I have never heard such rubbish in my life. Every one knows Rahul Gandhi is an Indian."

  • WATCH: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh

  • Last three phases will give scale of oppn defeat: Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the scales have been tilted in favour of the ruling NDA in the first four phases of the general election, and the remaining three would determine the magnitude of its victory and the opposition's defeat.
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  • Cong says MHA notice to Rahul is diversionary tactic

    The central government has asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to respond to a September 2017 complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy claiming that he had declared himself as a British national while incorporating a company in the United Kingdom.
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  • MHA issues notice to Rahul Gandhi on his nationality

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking his response on allegations that he had declared himself as a British national while opening a company in the United Kingdom.Read more

  • Kejriwal endorses sacked BSF jawan pitted against Modi

    Lauding former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav for "challenging" Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said there is "something in the soil of Haryana", the state from where the sacked jawan hails.
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  • Dictators use nationalism to captivate people: Gehlot

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on course to becoming a "dictator" who talks of nationalism to captivate the people.
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  • For Congress, Sheila is its ace in Lok Sabha polls

    Battling an existential crisis in Delhi after being decimated more than five years ago, Congress feels it is back in the game and is banking on its ace Sheila Dikshit's 15-year-rule to win back the confidence of people in Lok Sabha elections. Read more

  • Akhilesh seeks 72-year ban on Modi for 'shameful' words

    Attacking Narendra Modi for claiming that 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday said the prime minister should be "banned for 72 years" for his "shameful" speech.
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  • EC to decide on Modi, Rahul poll violations today

    The Election Commission will on Tuesday take a call on the alleged violation of model code of conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president, Rahul Gandhi.

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  • 09:12

    64% vote in 4th leg; case against Supriyo

    At least 63.62% voters turned up at polling stations as 72 constituencies in nine states went to the polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday.

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  • 09:15

    Harassed, only 25 farmers file papers in Varanasi

    Only 25 out of 54 turmeric farmers from Telangana and Tamil Nadu (50 and 4, respectively) could file their nominations in Varanasi on Monday,claimingthat at every step they were harassed by BJP workers and tracked by Uttar Pradesh police round the clock.

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  • 09:14

    In Ayodhya, no place for mandir in BJP's poll campaign

    Have you heard any BJP leader raising the issue of Ram temple during the current Lok Sabha elections? Obviously not. The once emotive issue is as good as forgotten.

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  • 09:13

    Dictators use nationalism to captivate people: Gehlot

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on course to becoming a "dictator" who talks of nationalism to captivate the people.

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