Get all the latest election news throughout the day:
8.15 pm: EC show cause notice to Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly asking people to secretly give funds for
7.25 pm: CPI demands disqualification of Congress candidate Thokchom Meinya from Inner Manipur seat alleging large-scale rigging and proxy voting.
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7.20 pm: Election Commission censures BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his Pakistan remarks during Lok Sabha poll campaign in Bihar.
7.00 pm: Kapil Sibal says Election Commission should be commended for taking action against Modi.
6.50 pm: Welcoming the FIR registered against Narendra Modi for violating the election law, the Aam Aadmi Party today called BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate a habitual offender who has been consistently violating poll norms and model code of conduct.
“Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP candidate from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, Narendra Modi has been consistently violating the election laws and the model code of conduct during the ongoing campaigning. READ FULL STORY HERE
6.20 pm: Two FIRs registered against Narendra Modi for violation of model code for elections, says Gujarat police chief.
6.07 pm: Hours after BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made a political speech, displaying his party’s symbol lotus, after having cast his vote, an FIR was lodged against him for violating model code of conduct.
5.30 pm: Continuing her tirade against Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi today hit out at Narendra Modi over his ‘dil maange more’ remark. Addressing a rally, Priyanka said: “I read in the morning that an opposition leader said ‘yeh dil mange more’. Congress does not want anything from you, just recognize your strength and be empowered.” READ FULL STORY
5.15 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari backs action against Modi. “BJP’s PM candidate flaunts party symbol on polling day, it is incumbent for Election Commission to take action.”
4.15 pm: The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to yoga guru Baba Ramdev for his ‘honeymoon remarks’ against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi that has triggered a major controversy. Taking a suo-moto congnizance of the media reports, the Commission sent a notice to Ramdev seeking a explanation for his remarks within three days.
3:45 pm: Narendra Modi will not be able to realise his dream of becoming prime minister despite his “marketing gimmicks”, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and claims that the BJP strongman’s candidature from Varanasi will not affect Samajwadi Party or its votes.
3:09 pm: Targeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi today said nobody can save the government of the “mother and son” from “certain defeat” even as he accused them of adopting double standards by “shying” away from sharing stage with fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad.
3:05 pm: The Congress party in Goa will form a disciplinary action committee to probe the allegations of anti-party activities against some of its state leaders, including a senior legislator, during the Lok Sabha campaign.
3:00 pm: Key aide of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, today said people were seeing a ray of hope in the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
2:30 pm: Acting tough, the Election Commission today directed the Gujarat administration to file a complaint or FIR against Narendra Modi for violating electoral laws by displaying BJP’s election symbol and making a speech after casting his vote in Gandhinagar.
2:20 pm: Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley today due to a strike called by separatist groups in view of the Lok Sabha elections here.
2:00 pm: Union Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah today said if India becomes communal it will be a tragedy for the state.
1:55 pm: Narendra Modi today set off a controversy when he openly sought votes for BJP while holding aloft his party’s ‘Lotus’ symbol immediately after casting his ballot, with Congress moving the Election Commission accusing him of model code violation.
1:40 pm: Bhartiya Janata Party National resident Rajnath Singh today exuded confidence that his party would get full majority in the Lok Sabha elections and it would get more than 300 seats.
1:05 pm: BSP Supremo Mayawati today dismissed any ‘Modi wave’ in the country saying it is a media hype and that the saffron party has even managed “astrologers” who are propagating such ideas
12:50 pm: Congress’ Amarinder Singh today said that Navjot Singh Sidhu would have been a tougher contestant from Amritsar than BJP leader Arun Jaitley whom he dismissed as a “nominal candidate”.
12:49 pm: Claiming that NDA would get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has said Third Front exists only in media reports and that the idea is riddled with inherent contradictions.
12:45 pm: I am not asking you which government you want at the centre, but whether you want a strong government or not, says Modi.
12:42 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Bihar.
12:40 pm: Uma Bharti equates Priyanka Gandhi with Rakhi Sawant, says both keep speaking and she may not react to everything.
11:47 am: You have supported our family for years, so we have a long relationship and the work is before you to see, says Priyanka.
11:46 am: Rahul firmly believe that he wants to realise the dreams his father Rajiv Gandhi had, says Priyanka.
11:44 am: Rahul did the work not because it was a political move, but because of the love and respect you have accorded him, says Priyanka.
11:42 am: Whatever development takes place in Amethi should help your kids future, says Priyanka.
11:40 am: Priyanka Gandhi campaigns in Amethi,
10:15 am: Political parties like Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Left are eyeing a greater share of around 27 per cent Muslim votes in West Bengal after Narendra Modi’s ascendance in national politics.
10:04 am: Election Commission should disqualify Modi’s nomination from both seats for violating EC code. He thinks he is a King, said Congress leader Meem Afzal.
10:00 am: People in polling center applaud voter who told Chiranjeevi to go to the back of the line.
9:42 am: This nation has a lot of strength and I have faith in people of India and youth of India: Narendra Modi
9:11 pm: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi casts his vote in L K Advani’s Gandhinagar constituency.
Voted! Here is my selfie pic.twitter.com/7OnhFiJ0AC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2014
On my way to vote. I consider myself extremely blessed & fortunate to be a voter in Advani ji’s Parliamentary Constituency.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2014
8:45 am: Addressing a rally in Burrabazar area of Kolkata, Mamata said a person “who pursued divisive politics” could not lead the country.