Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE News Updates: With the fifth phase of voting in the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, political campaigns are focusing on states in central and north India. Amid soaring temperatures, leaders are making their way to Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand ahead of voting on May 6.
High-profile constituencies, including Rae Bareli and Amethi, will vote in the next phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections. Seven states, comprising 51 Lok Sabha seats, vote on Monday, May 6.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is traversing through Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today, while BJP chief Amit Shah is in West Bengal. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, is in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Stay with us, as we bring you all the latest election news through the day.
Lok Sabha Elections News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan today, while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Read in Bangla
I thank international community for standing united with India in its fight against terror
"The international community stood beside India in its fight against terrorism. Hence, I thank the international community on the behalf of 130 crore Indians," said PM Modi while addressing a public rally in Jaipur. (ANI)
BJP will make sedition law more stringent if needed: Rajnath Singh
BJP will make sedition law more stringent if needed: Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a rally in Delhi
PM Modi in Jaipur: This Chowkidar has spared no effort to increase India's respect in world
Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Jaipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "This chowkidar has spared no effort over past five years to increase respect for India in world."
TMC will win all 42 seats, BJP zero in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. "I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls", Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee. (PTI)
Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu writes to EC, appeals for model code of conduct relaxation
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu writes to the Election Commission appealing for Model Code of Conduct to be relaxed in four districts of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam due to Cyclone Fani. (ANI)
EC issues showcause notice to Navjot Singh Sidhu for remark against PM Modi
The Election Commission Wednesday issued a showcause notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for calling PM Narendra Modi the "biggest liar" in his speech in Ahmedabad on April 17.
JUST IN: EC issues showcause notice to Cong leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for calling PM Narendra Modi the "biggest liar" in his speech in Ahmedabad on April 17.— Ritika Chopra (@KhurafatiChopra) May 1, 2019
Sidhu's remark is a prima facie violation of the Model Code of Conduct @IndianExpress
Congress hates Modi so much, they are even dreaming of killing me: PM in Madhya Pradesh
PM Narendra Modi in Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh: "Sochiye, Congress walon ko aapke Modi se itni nafrat ho gayi hai ki woh Modi ko maarne tak ke sapne dekhne lage hain. (Congress hates your Modi so much that they have even started dreaming of killing Modi)"
Doob maro Congress walo: PM Modi on Digvijaya Singh attending Zakir Naik event in 2012
Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress over a 2012 video purportedly showing party leader Digvijay Singh sharing dais with controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
"One of the first things Sri Lankan government did after the (Easer Sunday) blasts was to ban Zakir Naik's TV channel. This is the same Zakir Naik in whose 'durbar' Diggi Raja was once seen. Doob maro Congress walon!" he said.
TMC will win all 42 seats, BJP zero in Bengal: Mamata
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank.
"I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls", Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee.
Referring to BJP president Amit Shah's statement at a rally at Kalyani in the state during the day, Banerjee without naming him said "a person has come and said the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in the state when his party comes to power. Let them (BJP) come to power first and then we will show how they dare do it", she said.
Modi sarkar will remove ever single infiltrator: Amit Shah in West Bengal rally
Addressing a rally in West Bengal, BJP president Amit Shah said the "Modi Sarkar will remove every single infiltrator from the country."
IAF chopper on PM duty makes emergency landing
An IAF helicopter on a mission to review the security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally venue Wednesday developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing on the outskirts of the district here, police said.
All persons onboard the chopper were safe. "The helicopter used for reviewing the secret security of the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing at around 1.00 pm in Barapur village under Jethwara police station, 30 km from here after certain technical glitches were noticed," Superintendent of Police S Anand said
Watch: Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
Mayawati, Akhilesh remote controlled by Modi, says Rahul Gandhi in UP rally
Addressing a rally in Barbanki in Uttar Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav are remote controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Mayawati Ji aur Akhilesh Yadav Ji ka controller Narendra Modi Ji ke haath mein hai. Yeh yaad rakhiye ki Narendra Modi ji mujh par dabaav nahi daal sakte. Modi Ji, BSP- SP par dabaav daal sakte hain. (Remember this, Narendra Modi can't put pressure on me. He can put pressure on BSP-SP), he said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in Barabanki: Mayawati Ji aur Akhilesh Yadav Ji ka controller Narendra Modi Ji ke haath mein hai. Yeh yaad rakhiye ki Narendra Modi ji mujh par dabaav nahi daal sakte. Modi Ji, BSP- SP par dabaav daal sakte hain. pic.twitter.com/RtArDKDuvu— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 1, 2019
Loan waivers make farmers lethargic: Haryana CM Manohar Lal 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.
Khattar, who is the first BJP chief minister of Haryana, also says that Congress's Nyay scheme has no shadow budget and can only be implemented if all other schemes are closed.
"There will be no negative impact of the no-loan waiver policy. The farmers have matured. Rather than providing them loan waivers, we have made efforts to improve their profits. The prices of the crops have been set at much higher rates. We have announced aids to them but not waivers. Farmers are happy with our initiatives to make their business profitable... They had never seen this kind of money," 65-year-old Khattar told PTI in an interview.
Tej Bahadur Yadav's nomination as SP candidate from Varanasi rejected
The nomination of Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha candidate for Varanasi and former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav has been rejected, reported PTI. The district election officer had served him notices pointing "discrepancies" in the two nominations filed by him. Yadav was dismissed from the BSF after he complained about poor quality food being served to soldiers in a video, which went viral.
In Bihar rally, Nitish Kumar's deafening silence to Modi's 'Vande Mataram' chants
At a recent rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bihar ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar remained seated while the PM led his supporters in fervently chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram".
The video of the rally at Darbhanga that has gone viral shows Modi and others standing and repeatedly raising the BJP's battle cry "Vande Mataram..." while thrusting their clenched fists into the air. Those following the lead included LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) has made no bones about its differences with the BJP over contentious issues like Triple Talaq and abrogation of Article 370, stayed put in his seat with just a ghost of a smile crossing his face.
BJP targeting me, doesn't want me to fight election in Varanasi: Tej Bahadur Yadav
Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha candidate and former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav Wednesday alleged that the BJP was creating "roadblocks" in his nomination process to "prevent" him from contesting elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.
Yadav's fate on fighting the polls from this temple town currently hangs in balance as the district election officer has served him notices pointing "discrepancies" in the two nominations filed by him.
"I had filed my first nomination as an Independent candidate on April 24 and on SP party symbol on April 29.If there were any issues with the nominations, why wasn't I informed earlier. Despite lack of time, our legal team is furnishing all details to the RO (returning officer)," he said. (PTI)
Thousands were killed in stampede when Nehru visited Kumbh: Modi
Addressing a rally in Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "When Jawaharlal Nehru was PM, thousands of people were killed in stampede at Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Families of Kumbh stampede victims were not given a single rupee as compensation; it was insensitive and a sin committed by the first PM."
जब पंडित नेहरू प्रधानमंत्री थे तो वो एक बार कुंभ मेले में आये थे।— BJP (@BJP4India) May 1, 2019
तब अव्यवस्था के कारण कुंभ में भगदड़ मच गई थी, हजारों लोग कुचलकर मारे गए थे।
लेकिन पंडित नेहरू पर कोई दाग न लग जाए, इसलिए उस समय मीडिया ने भी ये खबर नहीं दिखाई थी: पीएम मोदी #DeshBoleModiPhirSe pic.twitter.com/wImQ6DbmTf
EC lifts Model Code of Conduct in 11 districts in Odisha
The Election Commission has lifted the Model Code of Conduct in 11 districts in Odisha in light of Cyclone Fani. According to a report in PTI, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had urged the poll body to withdrawn the MCC along the coast so that rehabilitation activities can be conducted.
Cyclone Foni: Fishermen in Odisha brace for heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas. (PTI Photo)
Congress says 'disappointed' with EC decision
The Congress 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.
Lok Sabha Elections: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigns in Rae Bareli
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is in Rae Bareli today. She is campaigning in the constituency, which goes to polls on Monday, May 6. Her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is contesting the seat.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Rae Bareli on Wednesday (Photo credit: Indian National Congress)
Modi targets SP, BSP and Congress in Ayodhya
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. Targeting the Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress, he said, "Mayawati used the name of Baba Saheb but did everything against his ideals. The Samajwadi Party took the name of Lohia ji but not only destroyed law and order in the state, but also the ideals of Lohia. Should the Congress, which gave the slogan ' Garibi Hatao ' in every election, worry about the workers or not?"
Rahul Gandhi in UP, Madhya Pradesh today
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is addressing the public in Sitapur and Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh this morning. He will then travel to Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. On Tuesday, Gandhi said the Lok Sabha fight is between "truth and lies, hatred and love". He has been targeting the current regime on a series of national issues, including the Rafale deal, economic reforms like the GST and demonetisation and corruption.
PM Narendra Modi's campaign schedule for the Lok Sabha elections today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in three states today, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. He is addressing a rally in Faizabad this morning, followed by a public meeting in Kaushambi. In Madhya Pradesh, he will speak at Hoshangabad, and in Jaipur in Rajasthan. This morning, the Prime Minister tweeted that #DeshBoleModiPhirSe is the "happening hashtag" on social media today.
#DeshBoleModiPhirSe is the happening hashtag for today on the Your Voice section.— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) May 1, 2019
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Lok Sabha polls: Modi, Rahul in UP, Madhya Pradesh today
Welcome to our live blog on the elections. Today, we're tracking all the top political leaders as they campaign ahead of the fifth phase of polling on Monday, May 6. Follow our blog through the day for the latest news and updates.