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Polls highlights: BJP names Dinesh Pratap Singh from Rae Bareli, Karan Bhushan Singh from Kaiserganj

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Workers arrange BJP flags ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, at the party office in Jammu, Tuesday, April 2, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Workers arrange BJP flags ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, at the party office in Jammu, Tuesday, April 2, 2024. (PTI Photo)

BJP nominates Dinesh Pratap Singh from Rae Bareli seat and Karan Bhushan Singh from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh.

Ex-WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's son Karan Bhushan Singh has been nominated as BJP's candidate from the Kaiserganj seat in the Lok sabha polls.

Campaigning at an election rally in Anand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he would work 24x7 to make India a developed country by 2047. He also alleged that some powers in the world want a weak government to be at the helm in India.

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray stated on Wednesday that he apologises to the people for seeking votes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in earlier elections. Thackeray and his Maha Vikas Aghadi ally and NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar were addressing an election rally at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district of western Maharashtra in support of Shiv Sena (UBT) candidate from Hatkanangale constituency, Satyajit Patil. Discussing the circumstances in which his government fell in 2019, Thackeray asserted that the Supreme Court had not delivered its verdict on whose Shiv Sena was the real one, but the "Election Commission and the arbitrator (Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narwekar) who were working as their (BJP's) servants, gave their verdicts." "Now when PM Modi calls us fake Shiv Sena, he is putting pressure on the court," Thackeray said.

The Union health ministry has removed the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the CoWIN certificates for Covid-19 vaccinations. Earlier, these certificates featured PM Modi's image along with a quote on India's resolve to defeat the coronavirus. According to a report from The Hindu, while the quote – “Together, India will defeat COVID-19” – is attributed to the prime minister, his name has been removed from the certificates.

The Election Commission of India (EC) on Wednesday increased the polling time for the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana by an hour in view of heat wave conditions prevailing in the state. The new timing would be 7 am to 6 pm against the earlier 7 am to 5 pm. Polling for all 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held on May 13 in the fourth round of the seven-phase elections.

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BJP nominates Dinesh Pratap Singh from Rae Bareli seat, Karan Bhushan Singh from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh

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INDI alliance has asked Muslims to go for Vote Jihad: PM Modi latches on remark by Salman Khurshid's niece

Blasting the INDIA bloc on the "vote jihad" remark by Congress leader Salman Khurshid's niece Maria Alam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stated that the woman leader had "exposed" the INDIA bloc's strategy for the ongoing Lok Sabha election. "INDI alliance has asked Muslims to go for Vote Jihad. This has come from an educated family, not from a child coming out of a Madrasa. INDI alliance is saying that all Muslims should get together and vote. The INDI alliance has insulted democracy and the Constitution," PM said in an election rally in Gujarat's Anand.
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Ex-WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan dropped as BJP's LS candidate from Kaiserganj, son nominated instead

Incumbent MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's son Karan Bhushan Singh has been nominated as BJP's candidate from the Kaiserganj seat in the Lok sabha polls.
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RJD stands for 'Rishwatkhor Jungleraj Dal,' says BJP chief Nadda

Taking a jab at RJD, which is an alliance partner of the INDIA bloc in Bihar, BJP chief J P Nadda today said the party led by Lalu Prasad stands for 'Rishwatkhor Jungleraj Dal'. Addressing a public rally in Araria Lok Sabha seat in support of BJP candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh, Nadda accused the opposition coalition of "protecting" corrupt people, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "striving hard" to end corruption in the country.
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Lok sabha poll: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot challenges BJP to debate on manifestos

Challenging the BJP to a debate on the manifestos of the two parties, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attack on Congress was the result of his "nervousness." "Why has Modi talked about winning more than 400 seats and ridding the country of Congress? They have created such an atmosphere that people are worried about the Constitution being changed. It is because of this the BJP is on the defensive," he said.
The language the prime minister was using while targeting Congress was the result of his "nervousness," Gehlot claimed.
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BJP's claim of '400 par' in the Lok Sabha elections a joke, says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor rejected the BJP's claim of winning 400 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, calling it a joke and deemed even 200 seats a challenging target. Tharoor stated that BJP's defeat in the elections was a "foregone conclusion," adding that achieving 300 seats was impossible.
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Lok Sabha polls: BJP candidate from Kurukshetra seat Naveen Jindal on Thursday files nomination papers.

The BJP candidate from the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha seat Naveen Jindal filed his nomination papers today. The indutrialist was accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini when he went to file his nomination forms.
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News update: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan files nomination for LS polls from Sambalpur in Odisha

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Surat, Indore show NDA on course for '400 paar': Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Bihar rally

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today stated that the developments in Surat and Indore were an indication that the BJP-led NDA was on course for achieving its target of 400 plus seats in the Lok Sabha. The former BJP president made remarks at a rally in Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, held shortly after sitting MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a former Union minister, filed his nomination papers.
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Rahul Gandhi seeks apology from PM Modi for soliciting votes for JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna

Addressing an election rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today claimed that Hassan JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna had raped 400 women and made their videos, and sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for soliciting votes for him. Prajwal, grandson of former Prime Minister and JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, is facing allegations of sexually abusing women. 
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Congress 'trying to divide' Hindus for appeasement politics: PM Modi on Kharge's remarks

At a rally in Surendranagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the Congress over party president Mallikarjun Kharge's recent remark on Lord Ram and Lord Shiva, accusing the opposition party of trying to create divisions among Hindus due to its appeasement politics. "Now, Congress is trying to create divisions among Hindus. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has made a very dangerous statement about Lord Ram and Lord Shiva. This statement has been made with malafide intentions. They are playing a game to divide the Hindu community," he said.
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Lok Sabha elections updates: Delhi HC dismisses petition on deepfake videos and images

The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking directions to EC to formulate guidelines to stop misuse of deepfakes during the General Elections.
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Why voting percentage was uploaded 11 days after polling day?: RS MP Kapil Sibal slams poll body

 Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal today asked why the voting percentage data for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections was uploaded eleven days after the polling day. "The Supreme Court has given a decision regarding the EVM and they have said that every citizen should have faith in the Election Commission. But, is the EC or any other agencies trustworthy? After the first phase, the data on the EC website, about the vote percentage, was uploaded after 11 days. It only shows the percentage of the votes, not the number. I dont know what the reason is," Sibal said.
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PM Modi on two-day visit to West Bengal from Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to West Bengal from Thursday, during which he is scheduled to address several election rallies, a senior official said. The PM is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on Thursday evening and spend the night at Raj Bhavan, he said. PM Modi is scheduled to address election rallies in support of party candidates in Krishnanagar, Bardhaman Purba and Bolpur Lok Sabha constituencies on Friday.
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Seek votes on performance, not through 'hate speeches': Congress chief Kharge to PM Modi

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge came out heavily against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said when the elections are over, people will only remember him as the PM who indulged in "divisive and communal speeches filled with lies" to avoid an inevitable defeat. Kharge asked PM Modi to seek votes on the performance of his government over the last ten years instead of indulging in "hate speeches".

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First Published: May 02 2024 | 9:11 AM IST

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