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17 Apr, 2019 | 11.12PM IST

Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections will be held tomorrow, which will see 97 constituencies going to the polls. Track this space for all the action.

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PM Narendra Modi’s chopper checked in Odisha; EC

Under Congress, poverty of its leaders was eradicated: Nitin Gadkari

Under Congress, poverty of its leaders was eradicated: Nitin Gadkari

PM Modi’s caste remark doesn’t behove PM’s position: Ajit Pawar

PM Modi's caste remark doesn't behove PM's position: Ajit Pawar

Javed Akhtar on BJP’s decision to field Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal

The choice of the BJP for The candidate in Bhopal is indeed immpeccable . Sadhvi Pragya is the perfect prosonificat… https://t.co/CttbsczVFL

— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) 1555500130000

Watch: Name missing in voters list? Here’s what to do

Madras HC upholds EC decision cancelling election in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency. PTI

Madras HC upholds EC decision cancelling election in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency. PTI

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur joins BJP, to contest against Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal

Chit fund scam accused will be jailed in 90 days if BJP comes to power in Odisha: Amit Shah

Chit fund scam accused will be jailed in 90 days if BJP comes to power in Odisha: Amit Shah

Our alliance will defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow

Our alliance will defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow

Poonam Sinha to contest from Lucknow

Poonam Sinha to contest from Lucknow

Rahul Gandhi met Sreedhanya Suresh, Ker tribal woman who cracked civil services exam

Congress President @RahulGandhi meets Sreedhanya, the first person from a tribal community in Wayanad to clear civi… https://t.co/JfKg22Vi02

— Congress (@INCIndia) 1555493820000

BJP releases list of four candidates for Lok Sabha Elections in Madhya Pradesh; Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur to contest from Bhopal against Congress’s Digvijaya Singh

BJP releases list of four candidates for #LokSabhaElections2019 in Madhya Pradesh; Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur to co… https://t.co/J2aO1LYCT5

— ANI (@ANI) 1555498642000

This is going to be my last election, says Sushilkumar Shinde

Former Union Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is the Congress’ candidates from Solapur Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra, has said this would be his last election.

Shinde, 77, is pitted against Lingayat seer Jaisiddeshwar Swami of the BJP and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi’s Prakash Ambedkar in Solapur, which will go to polls on Thursday.

This is going to be my last election, says Sushilkumar Shinde

NaMo TV will have to follow silence period as per election law: EC

NaMo TV, sponsored by the BJP, cannot display ‘election matter’ during the silence period prescribed in the electoral law in a particular phase of the poll, the Election Commission has concluded.

The EC has now asked the chief electoral officer of Delhi to ensure that its directions are followed in each of the remaining six phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

NaMo TV will have to follow silence period as per election law: EC

BJP writes to Election Commission over alleged biopic of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee named ‘Baghini’

BJP writes to Election Commission over alleged biopic of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee named 'Baghini' https://t.co/vWZ3FICCqi

— ANI (@ANI) 1555494786000

Election Commission officials search Karnataka CM’s chopper in Shivamogga

Modi’s popularity on test as Karnataka goes to polls

An estimated 2.43 crore electorates will test Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity as 14 out of 28 constituencies in Karnataka go to the polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday amid tight security.

Modi's popularity on test as Karnataka goes to polls

Amit Shah’s election rally in Maharashtra’s Sangli District

PM Modi is working tirelessly for the welfare of all sections of the society especially the poor and the distressed… https://t.co/Vr1YmxT1wS

— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1555493400000

EC appoints Raghav Chandra, retired IAS officer as special general observer for Punjab and Haryana

EC appoints Raghav Chandra, retired IAS officer as special general observer for Punjab and Haryana

BJP won’t allow two prime ministers in India: Amit Shah

Amit Shah’s remarks came at a poll rally, in response to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s recent suggestion of having a separate prime minister for Kashmir.

“No one can take away Kashmir from us. As long as the BJP exists, Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India,” Shah told the rally in western Maharashtra.

BJP won't allow two prime ministers in India: Amit Shah

Rahul Gandhi maligning entire community by calling me thief, says Narendra Modi

Mahagathbandhan can get 3 of BJP’s 8 seats in UP’s II phase

While the Mahagathbandhan appears strong to win back some seats from the BJP, the additional factor in these elections is the Congress and Shivpal Yadav’s Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) fielding their own candidates.

Mahagathbandhan can get 3 of BJP's 8 seats in UP's II phase

All set for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu

In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 114 members (including the Speaker), the DMK 88, the Congress 8, and the IUML and Independents one each.

To attain a simple majority, the AIADMK has to win just four seats in the by-elections. Factoring in the switching of camps by some of the lawmakers, the AIADMK has to win seven or eight seats in order to be safe.

PM Modi targets Sharad Pawar in his backyard

Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired a fresh salvo on Wednesday at Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar for raising questions about his family.

“He can say whatever he wants about my family He’s my elder and can speak as per his culture. But for me, all the poor in this country are my family,” Modi said, addressing an election rally in Akluj, which is a part of the Madha parliamentary constituency in Western Maharashtra.

PM Modi targets Sharad Pawar in his backyard

Rahul visits Thirunelli temple in Kerala

Shri. @RahulGandhi visits the incredible Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad, the holy place where his father, former PM R… https://t.co/UC66YUzQY3

— Congress (@INCIndia) 1555483209000

Congress, BJP spar over ‘corruption’ in Madhya Pradesh

Against the backdrop of Income Tax raids on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, the opposition BJP says it would make corruption as the main plank of its campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Cash worth Rs 138 crores has been seized from TN so far: EC

Watch: Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Wayanad’s Thirunelli temple

Not here to make false promises, committed to resolving issues: Rahul Gandhi

Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi said he was not here to tell his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ but to understand the difficulties, including the night travel ban, man-animal conflicts and lack of medical facilities, being faced by the people here.

Not here to make false promises, committed to resolving issues: Rahul Gandhi

NCP dares government to conduct raids at Raj Thackeray’s home

The NCP has dared the government to carry out raids at the home of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who has been asking party workers to vote against the ruling BJP.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik’s remarks came after the Maharashtra BJP sought to know which Lok Sabha candidate would incur expenses of the poll rallies of Thackeray, whose party has not fielded any candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.

NCP dares government to conduct raids at Raj Thackeray's home

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joins BJP, says will fight polls

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joins BJP, says will fight polls

Yogi Adityanath lands in Ayodhya temple, meets saints

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is making good use of the 72-hour ban imposed on him by the Election Commission. Adityanath on Wednesday left for Ayodhya to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple and the Hanuman Garhi temple.

Yogi Adityanath lands in Ayodhya temple, meets saints

Watch: Kanhaiya Kumar faces protest during his roadshow in Begusarai

Only I can make India strong, superpower: PM Modi

“Last time you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years,” Modi said, addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Solapur. He said that for making India a superpower, the country needs a sturdy government, not a “majboor” (helpless) one, and that tough one only he (Modi) can provide, not the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party.

Only I can make India strong, superpower: PM Modi

I-T raids: DMK chief lashes out at BJP, says EC being used like a puppet

EC appoints special observer for West Bengal

The Election Commission has appointed former Bihar Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ajay V Nayak as special observer for West Bengal, a senior official said on Wednesday. Nayak, a 1984-batch IAS officer, had retired last year.

EC appoints special observer for West Bengal

Chidambaram slams income tax department for ‘partial’ action in Tamil Nadu

“How is it that tip off on opposition leaders alone is received (by officials),” Chidambaram said in his tweet in Tamil.
He also said, “The marker of the 2019 Parliamentary elections in Tamil Nadu is the income Tax department’s autocratic and partial steps.”

Chidambaram slams income tax department for 'partial' action in Tamil Nadu

PM Modi announces financial aid for rain and storm victims of Gujarat

BJP, Congress eyeing to set caste equation right in Barmer after BSP candidate’s nomination rejected

As per the Census 2011, the Barmer parliamentary constituency has 29.7 lakh population and the Jaisalmer assembly constituency, also part of the Barmer seat, comprises 91.67 per cent rural population. The Barmer seat has 16.59 per cent SC and 6.77 per cent ST community population.

BJP, Congress eyeing to set caste equation right in Barmer after BSP candidate's nomination rejected

Parties shift strategies for UP second phase polls

The BJP is not making any visible attempts to polarise voters on religious lines but is underlining the need for another term for the Narendra Modi government to fulfil the aspirations of the people. The SP-BSP alliance and the Congress, on the other hand, are highlighting the failures of the Modi government and the alliance is banking on caste equations.

Parties shift strategies for UP second phase polls

Election expenses of contestants from Bengaluru not yet in public domain

There is just a day left for polls in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, including Bengaluru, in the state, but election authorities are yet to publish details of election expenditure of candidates in the fray.

AIADMK to defend maximum of 35 seats, BJP 26

In Tamil Nadu, where all the 38 Lok Sabha seats will see balloting tomorrow, it is the first major election without the stalwarts and former Chief Ministers — late AIADMK leader J. Jayalaithaa and late DMK leader M. Karunanidhi.

AIADMK to defend maximum of 35 seats, BJP 26

PM Modi most anti-national, dividing nation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.

“Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign at Kannur in Kerala.

From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls.

PM Modi most anti-national, dividing nation: Rahul Gandhi

Polling of Tripura East Lok Sabha seat deferred to April 23

Apply mind before you speak: Defence Minister’s advise to politicians on sexist remarks

I-T seizes Rs 1.48 cr cash suspected to bribe voters in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district

Unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore was seized. It was neatly packed in 94 packets and envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount of Rs 300 per voter was written, I-T Director General (investigations) B Murali Kumar said, after the overnight raids concluded at 5:30 AM.

The snag in AAP-Congress marriage

After months of trying to forge an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have yet to reach any basic understanding.

The snag in AAP-Congress marriage

Congress upsets SP-BSP-RLD caste maths further in UP

Ahead of the second phase of elections in western UP, the SP-BSPRLD alliance seems to be struggling and the Congress is making it worse by splitting the opposition votes.

Congress upsets SP-BSP-RLD caste maths further in UP

Muslim voters seek alternative to Congress’ soft hindutva in this coastal seat

If there is one thing that stands out in the Congress campaign here, it is to resist the BJP’s narrative of labelling it a “Muslim party”. In Dakshina Kannada, a place seen as a “Hindutva laboratory”, the politics of appeasement on religious grounds has left the society divided.

Plea in Supreme Court for ensuring safety of EVMs after Lok Sabha polls

A plea in the Supreme Court Tuesday sought direction to the Election Commission to ensure safety and security of electronic voting machines (EVMs) after Lok Sabha polls.

Plea in Supreme Court for ensuring safety of EVMs after Lok Sabha polls

New vote base for Modi in Bihar defies caste equations

The ‘vote for Modi’ sentiment is well noticeable when travelling through the Mithilanchal, Seemanchal and Kosi areas, which cover 19 of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats.

New vote base for Modi in Bihar defies caste equations

With light-weight opponents, Rajnath Singh gets virtually a walkover in Lucknow

Giving Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh virtually a walk-over in Lucknow, the Samajwadi Party-BSP alliance is putting up here a light-weight candidate in Poonam Sinha, the wife of cine-star Shatrughan Sinha who has recently joined the Congress.

With light-weight opponents, Rajnath Singh gets virtually a walkover in Lucknow

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