Get all the latest updates on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:
9.00 pm: Going a full U-turn, Union Minister Salman Khurshid today went back on his statement expressing support to Third Front, saying that UPA would form a government at the Centre.
7.56 pm: Have immense respect for Kargil martyr Vikram Batra and his parents; will quit politics rather than allow dignity of
martyrs be hurt: Narendra Modi.
7.40 pm: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi landed in a controversy when he invoked a Kargil martyr’s slogan to pitch for 300 seats for NDA, a statement that was disapproved by the soldier’s family and attacked by political rivals.
“A son of this soil of Himachal Captain Vikram Batra had sacrificed his life and he had said ‘Yeh Dil maange more’ (This heart wants more). I also say ‘Yeh Dil maange more’. We want all the four Lok Sabha seats from Himachal Pradesh and 300 lotuses from India….’Yeh Dil maange more’,” Modi said.
However the BJP leader’s use of the catch phrase did not go well with Batra’s family. Batra’s father G L Batra said the martyr’s name should not be politicised.
6.00 pm: RJD president Lalu Prasad made a blistering attack on friend-turned-foe Ramvilas Paswan, saying the LJP chief had “finished” himself politically by joining hands with “communal” BJP.
5.02 pm: In a no-holds barred attack on Narendra Modi, a combative Priyanka Gandhi today dubbed as “childish” his “namuna” (specimen) and other barbs against Rahul Gandhi and the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate too raised his pitch, accusing Congress of being a “dhokebaaz”(fraud) party.
4.40pm: Election Commissioner of India says SP leader Azam Khan has replied to the poll panel. Watch video.
4.10 pm: Raking up the snoopgate scandal and Robert Vadra controversy, Arvind Kejriwal accused both the Congress and BJP of having a tacit pre-poll understanding and not taking any action against each other on the two issues.
3:30 pm: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has said that the Congress will not even open its account in several states, including Uttarakhand.
3:00 pm: BJP has demanded the Election Commission to probe the alleged “manipulation” in voting through postal ballots during the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh on April 9.
WATCH CEC EXPLAIN WHY MODI MENTIONED HIS WIFE IN POLL AFFIDAVIT
2:45 pm: Growing public anger over poor civic amenities will reflect on the outcome of the Lok Sabha election in Secunderabad constituency where sitting MP M Anjan Kumar Yadav of Congress is locked in a straight fight with former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya of the BJP.
AAP can win up to 8 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab if money liquor and force is neutralised. It’s a wave for AAP.
— Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) April 29, 2014
2:43 pm: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has directed all district Collectors in Madhya Pradesh to ensure webcasting of strong rooms in view of EVM security during counting of votes.
2:30 pm: Battling on Rahul Gandhi’s behalf, Priyanka Gandhi today took on Narendra Modi over his ‘shehzada’, “namuna” and other barbs at her brother, saying the BJP leader is aspiring to be Prime Minister but indulging in “childish” behaviour and that he should maintain decorum.
2:05 pm: Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, AAP leader Manish Sisodia today claimed that the last ten years of the Congress vice president in Amethi has been the “worst tenure” for the people of the constituency.
1:59 pm: Modi addresses a rally in Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
1:50 pm: Demanding strict action against yoga guru Ramdev for his “honeymoon and picnic” remark against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, a social outfit today took out a procession and burnt his effigy.
1:45 pm: Notwithstanding his father L K Advani’s reservations on Narendra Modi being projected as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, son Jayant feels the Gujarat chief minister is the most popular leader in the country who inspires confidence among people.
Apni mehnat se desh mein, samaaj mein jagah banayi. Pita ka, parivaar ka naam lekar logon KO chala nahi.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 29, 2014
From Nautanki to Arm Chaired Politician, seems Mrs Vadra has a problem defining me. Whatever I am have never lived off my family name.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 29, 2014
12:59 pm: You have to decide what kind of government do you want, says Priyanka.
12:52 pm: How will you give employment? Has the BJP thought about this? If you read their manifesto its copied from the Congress, says Priyanka.
12:51 pm: Rahul has built seven national highways connected to Amethi. Every village has electricity towers, says Priyanka.
12:50 pm: In your area, there has been a milk revolution and now milk goes from Amethi to the rest of India, says Priyanka.
12:48 pm: Priyanka Gandhi addresses a rally in Amethi.
12:47 pm: A court here today stayed the arrest of senior Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh till May 3 for allegedly making a hate speech during an election rally.
12:31 pm: BJP is not serious about Vadra land deal issue, says Kejriwal.
12:28 pm: BJP already has a setting with the Congress, said Arvind Kejriwal.
12:26 pm: If CBI wanted they would have arrested Congress people on snoopgate, said Kejriwal.
12:25 pm: I want to tell you that Rahul Gandhi is losing the elections, said Kejriwal.
12:23 pm: Modi in all his interviews has said that I he doesn’t believe in opening files when asked about Robert Vadra case. Clearly there is a ‘setting’ between Congress and BJP.
12.06 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address three election rallies in Uttarakhand today.
11:49 am: They (Congress) said they will eradicate price rise in 100 days, but has it gone? asks Modi.
11:48 am: Congress is a fraud party and has looted the nation, says Modi.
11:47 am: You don’t need to be disappointed, this country is strong, says Modi.
11:47 am: Earthquake had devastated Gujarat, but with the help of education from Himachal I changed the face of Gujarat. Today, Gujarat is touching new heights, says Modi.
11:46 pm: I will give your dreams back to you, says Modi in Palampur.
11:45 pm: The country doesn’t need ruler but a social servant, says Modi.
How come Congress, whatever its model has been, is not responsible for poor social indicators of the country?
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 29, 2014
Hahahaha, good one :-) Just wondering though why all Modi voters need floatation devices :-)) pic.twitter.com/10Q35a5nFQ
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 29, 2014
10.16 am: The Congress has questioned the silence of the BJP over Narendra Modi’s picture with alleged Hawala operator Afroz Fatta.
9.54 am: Accusing the BJP of indulging in witch-hunt, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said that the party is rattled by Priyanka Gandhi.
Modi says”I’m proud to be a Hindu”,but Hinduism does not preach hate and lies which he propagates.Is he fooling people of his own religion?
— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) April 29, 2014
My friend ankitlal and others beaten badly by BJP thugs in varanasi. How can decent folks support BJP? — Mayank Gandhi (AAP) (@mayankgandhi04) April 29, 2014