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63.8 per cent turnout in Haryana for 10 parliamentary seats

Haryana recorded a 63.8 per cent turnout, as of 7.30 p.m., in peaceful polling for the state's 10 seats in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, election officials said.

The state's electorate comprises 2,00,76,786 voters, including 94 lakh women.

Notable among the 223 candidates in the fray were Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar, former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, industrialist Naveen Jindal (all BJP), and Congress heavyweights Deepender Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar, and Kumari Selja.

Haryana records voter turnout of 50 per cent

Haryana recorded a voter turnout of 50.1 per cent, till 4 p.m., for all the 10 Lok Sabha seats of the state with polling, by and large, peaceful except for some minor skirmishes.

The polling for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections will officially close at 6 p.m.

Notable candidates for the Lok Sabha elections include Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar, former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar (all BJP), and Congress heavyweights Deepender Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar, and Kumari Selja.

EC releases absolute numbers of voters turnout for first five phases

The Election Commission of India on Saturday said that they have decided to further expand the format of the release of turnout data to include the absolute number of voters in every parliamentary constituency as it announced these figures for the five phases completed so far.

"The Commission feels duly strengthened by the Supreme Court’s observations and verdict on the process of release of turnout data by the Election Commission of India. This brings upon the Commission, a higher responsibility to serve the cause of electoral democracy with undeterred resolution."

In age of LED bulbs, lantern lights up just one house in Bihar: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress of undermining constitutional principles by conspiring to allocate SC/ST/OBC quotas to their vote bank and also emphasised that RJD's lantern lights up just one house, keeping the rest of Bihar in a state of darkness during their reign.

Addressing a massive election rally in the Patliputra Parliamentary constituency, PM Modi highlighted Bihar's role in championing social justice, saying the people of the state have fought a long battle for the right to reservation for SC-ST-OBC communities.

"However, I would like to reveal a bitter truth today. The RJD-Congress and their allies are betraying these very communities. The Constitution and Baba Saheb Ambedkar clearly stated there should be no reservation based on religion. Yet, the RJD-Congress are conspiring to allocate SC-ST-OBC quotas to their vote bank, undermining constitutional principles," he said.

Haryana witnesses 31 pc voter turnout so far

Haryana on Saturday recorded a voter turnout of 31 per cent till 1 pm as polling is underway for the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.

In the first four hours, the turnout was 22.09 per cent despite a blistering heatwave. Women outnumbered men in most of the polling stations.

“There has been no report of any delay in starting the poll process,” an electoral officer told.

Notable candidates for the Lok Sabha elections include Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar, former Chief Minister Manohar Lal, and Congress heavyweights Deepender Singh Hooda and Kumari Selja.

While most seats are witnessing a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress, some constituencies like Hisar are experiencing a multi-cornered battle.

Bhiwani-Mahendragarh sees highest turnout in Haryana

 Haryana on Saturday registered an approximate turnout of 8.31 per cent in the first two hours of polling.

As per the Election Office, the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat saw the state’s highest turnout of 10.26 per cent, whereas Faridabad recorded the lowest turnout at 5.46 per cent, followed by 6.20 per cent in Gurugram and 6.92 per cent in Ambala.

A total of 2,00,76,786 voters, comprising 94 lakh women, will decide the fate of 223 candidates, after weeks of heated campaign barbs.

“There has been no report of any delay in starting the poll process,” an electoral officer told here.

Calcutta HC stays police proceedings against Raj Bhavan staff in molestation complaint against Governor

The Calcutta High Court on Friday put a temporary stay on police proceedings against three staff members of the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata in connection with the molestation complaint filed against Governor C.V. Ananda Bose by a temporary female staffer of the Governor's House.

The proceedings in the matter have been stayed till June 17.

During the hearing on Friday, a single-judge bench of Justice Amrita Sinha noted that a prayer has been made to quash the proceedings and FIR in the matter, which is at an interim stage.

Bangladesh MP death case: Bengal CID team in Dhaka for more clues

After procuring some crucial clues, a team of officials from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police probing the mysterious death of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim, has reached Dhaka.

Sources said some crucial information was accessed by the investigation officials after the arrest of a youth, Jihad Haoldar, a Mumbai-based butcher by profession. Haoldar was specially hired and brought to Kolkata, and was one of those who murdered and then disposed of the body of the Bangladesh MP.

The investigating officers are of the view that those who gave the contract to Haoladar, an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, have their roots in that country, and hence a larger coordination between Bengal-CID and Bangladesh Police was required to crack the case.

Delhi Police gear up for May 25 LS polls with massive force deployment

With all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital set to go to the polls on May 25 (Saturday), Delhi Police have rolled out extensive security measures to ensure smooth polling across the city.

With a strength of 60,000 personnel, including 51 companies of paramilitary forces and 13,500 home guards from three states, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, the national capital is all set for the polling day.

An official said that approximately 13,500 home guards from the three states along with 4,000 home guards from Delhi will be stationed at various locations on the polling day.

J&K: Campaigning ends in Anantnag-Rajouri LS constituency, voting on May 25

As the poll campaign in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency ended at 6 p.m. on Thursday, over 18.30 lakh voters will exercise franchise on May 25. This is the only Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu and Kashmir that has voting segments in both Jammu division and Kashmir Valley.

There are 18 voting segments in this constituency including 4 in Rajouri district, 3 in Poonch district, both in Jammu division, 7 segments in Anantnag, 3 in Kulgam and 1 in Shopian district of the Kashmir Valley.

EVM smashing case: Absconding Andhra MLA moves HC seeking anticipatory bail

YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) legislator Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy, whom the police are searching after he was caught on camera smashing an EVM inside a polling booth in Andhra Pradesh, has approached the high court seeking anticipatory bail.

The MLA from Macherla Assembly constituency in Palnadu district filed a petition before the Andhra Pradesh High Court through his lawyer.

Ramakrishna Reddy is the accused No. 1 in the case registered by the police after a video of him smashing the EVM went viral two days ago.

Bengal CID secures vital clues in mysterious death of Bangladesh MP

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police, which is probing the mysterious death of Bangladeshi Member of Parliament Anwarul Azim Anar whose body was found in a rented accommodation in New Town near here on Wednesday, claimed on Thursday that it has secured some vital clues in the case.

Sources said the investigating officers have found an empty packet of surgical hand gloves from the flat which hints at the possibility of an attempt to leave no fingerprints behind by the 'assailants'.

EC begins preparations for vote counting in MP

After elections in all 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh concluded on May 13, preparations for vote counting, which is scheduled for June 4, have begun.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Anupam Rajan is visiting the strong rooms in different Lok Sabha constituencies in the state for the inspection.

On Thursday, the CEO visited the counting rooms, assembly-wise, and reviewed the preparations. Necessary guidelines have also been issued for inspecting the security arrangements and the monitoring of the strong rooms through CCTV.

‘Shehzade’ have already booked tickets for vacation abroad after June 4: HM Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the two “Shehzade” (Princes) -- Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav -- have already booked tickets for their "vacation" abroad as they want to escape the heat here.

“They (Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav) are aware that in the five phases of elections, the BJP has already won 310 seats and will cross the 400 mark in the remaining two phases,” the Home Minister said.

Speaking at a rally here, Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not taken even a single day’s leave in the past 23 years.

“Now you know the difference. Hum kahan jayenge –yahin jiyenge, yahin marenge,” he said.

Bihar: Campaign for sixth phase of LS polls to end today

The campaign for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election will end on Thursday at 5 pm in Bihar.

The polling for the sixth phase will be held in eight Lok Sabha constituencies -- Siwan, Sheohar, Vaishali, Maharajganj, Purvi Champaran, Paschim Champaran, Gopalganj (SC Reserved) and Valmiki Nagar on May 25 -- where 86 candidates are in the fray; among them, 78 are male while eight are female candidates.

In Siwan, JD-U has given the ticket to Vijayalakshmi Kushwaha, wife of former MLA Ramesh Kushwaha. The RJD has fielded former Assembly Speaker Awadh Bihari Chaudhary while the former MP Shahabuddin's wife Hena Shahab is contesting as an independent candidate.

LS polls: PM Modi to hold election rallies in Haryana, Punjab; HM Shah in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public meetings in Haryana and Punjab on Thursday for the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

In Haryana, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting in Bhiwani-Mahendragarh at 2 p.m. Later at 4:30 p.m., he will address another public rally in Punjab's Patiala.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Thursday:

*Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address four public meetings in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday -- one in Siddharthnagar at 12:15 p.m., another in Sant Kabir Nagar at 1:30 p.m. followed by another public rally in Ambedkar Nagar at 3 p.m. Later, he will also address a public meeting in Pratapgarh at 4:15 p.m.

ECI warns BJP, Congress over MCC violations by star campaigners

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday issued notices to BJP and Congress over the recent statements made by their star campaigners violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in place for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

In letters to BJP President J.P. Nadda and Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge, the Commission said that the utterances of the concerned star campaigners follow patterns and create narratives that can be damaging beyond the MCC period.

Nirbhaya's mother speaks out on Swati Maliwal assault case, wants Delhi CM Kejriwal to act

Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi on Wednesday demanded stringent action against the culprits who abused and attacked Swati Maliwal, former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief inside CM Kejriwal's residence.

In an interaction with IANS, Asha Devi spoke about Maliwal's fight against atrocities on women and lamented that the upright woman, who stood up for rights for other women was subjected to such abominable treatment by 'those in power'.

NDA has already crossed 310 seats after five phases of LS polls: HM Amit Shah

 Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Wednesday, said that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has already crossed the 310 mark at the end of the first five phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

“Do you want to know the position of NDA as of now? I can tell you that after the first five phases, the NDA under the leadership of Narendra Modi has already crossed 310,” the Union Home Minister said while attending an election rally at Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency.

He also ridiculed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the latter’s opposition to making Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) a part of India.

“They are telling us that since Pakistan has nuclear bombs, it will be a dangerous venture to make PoK a part of India. I went to tell Rahul Baba that we are not afraid of nuclear bombs. There is no power that can stop us from making PoK a part of India,” Amit Shah said.

Swati Maliwal assault case: CM Kejriwal’s ex-PS Bibhav Kumar taken to three locations in Mumbai

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former personal secretary (PS) Bibhav Kumar, who is accused of assaulting AAP Rajya Sabha member and former DCW chief Swati Maliwal, was taken to three locations in Mumbai, said police sources privy to the probe.

“Kumar had formatted his phone in one of the locations, which was revealed after technical investigation,” said the source.

According to police, Kumar had formatted his phone on May 17, citing a malfunction.

Sources suspect that Kumar before formatting his phone had transferred data to another person's device.

Kerala Governor returns ordinance to increase 1,200 wards

 In a jolt to the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Wednesday returned an ordinance to increase 1,200 wards.

The state cabinet passed the ordinance on May 20 to add one new ward in all the local bodies in the state.

Governor Khan and CM Vijayan for a long have been at loggerheads over various issues and have publicly taken on one another.

But this time the reason for the Governor to return the ordinance is the model code of conduct on account of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

The Vijayan government now plans to approach the Election Commission of India to get the clearance for it and once that happens, Governor Khan is likely to give his nod.

LS polls: PM Modi to campaign in UP, Delhi today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public meetings in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi on Wednesday for the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

In Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting in Basti at 12:30 p.m. followed by another in Shravasti at 2:30 p.m.

After Bihar, the Prime Minister will visit Delhi and address a public meeting in West Delhi's Dwarka at 6 p.m.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Tuesday:

Pune Porsche crash: Rahul Gandhi asks why preferential treatment to a rich brat

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has questioned why "preferential treatment" was meted out to a wealthy, 17-year-old drunken boy who killed two persons zooming in his Porsche car, sparking an uproar in public and political circles, here on Tuesday.

In a video statement, Rahul Gandhi said that when any autorickshaw drivers and cabbies or Ola or Uber drivers or bus drivers or truckers kill anybody unintentionally, they are dumped in jail for 10 years and the (jail) keys are thrown away.

Delhi HC dismisses Sisodia's bail pleas in excise policy cases by CBI and ED

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday denied bail to AAP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the alleged excise policy scam cases.

A bench of Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma said that the applicant failed to pass the triple test for grant of bail in the corruption case and the twin conditions required under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

Rajiv Gandhi still relevant for signing Assam Accord, says Cong leader Bhupen Borah

 

Assam Congress President Bhupen Borah asserted that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is still relevant among the people of the state as he thought about bringing peace to the region by signing the Assam Accord.

Borah told reporters here on Tuesday, “Rajiv Gandhi signed the Assam Accord with All Assam Students Union (AASU) to end six-year-long agitation in the state. The accord gave powers to the people of Assam.”

HM Amit Shah accuses CM Naveen Patnaik of 'insulting' Odia pride

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik saying that he has 'insulted' Odia pride and was imposing bureaucracy on the state.

He said this while addressing an election meeting in Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituency from where Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is contesting the elections. The constituency will go to polls on May 25.

Home Minister Shah in the meeting claimed that BJP has already crossed the 310 seats mark after the end of five phases of polls. He also said the Bharatiya Janata Party will form a government in Odisha by winning more than 75 seats in the Assembly elections.

Launching a scathing attack on ruling Biju Janata Dal, HM Shah said, “Naveenji, you are imposing bureaucracy on Odisha. You have insulted Odia people and ruined Odia culture, self-identity and pride. Can a bureaucrat from Tamil Nadu rule this great Utkal Pradesh (Odisha state)? A Bhumiputra who can speak in Odia language and take forward the tradition of Lord Jagannath will only rule this Odisha.”

Swati Maliwal assault case: Bibhav Kumar taken to Mumbai by Delhi Police

Delhi Police on Tuesday took Bibhav Kumar, the former personal secretary of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Mumbai in connection with the assault on AAP Rajya Sabha member Swati Maliwal, police official privy to the probe said.

“Kumar had formatted his phone on May 17, citing a malfunction. Kumar is taken to Mumbai to retrieve the data as he had formatted the phone there,” said the official.

On May 18, CM Kejriwal's close aide Bibhav Kumar was arrested in connection with the assault on Maliwal and produced late at night before a local court which sent him to a five-day police custody.

Kumar was also taken to CM residence on Monday where the crime scene was recreated.

LS polls: PM Modi to campaign in Bihar, UP today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public meetings in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday for the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

In Bihar, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting in East Champaran at 11 a.m. followed by another in Maharajganj at 12:30 p.m.

After Bihar, the Prime Minister will visit Uttar Pradesh and address a public meeting in Prayagraj at 3:45 p.m. Later, he will participate in a women empowerment dialogue programme in Varanasi at 5:30 p.m.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Tuesday:

*Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address public meetings in Odisha on Tuesday.

Odisha records 60.87 pc voter turnout

 

Odisha has recorded 60.87 per cent voter turnout in the fifth phase of polling on Monday.

 Polling was held in Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, and Aska parliamentary constituencies and 35 Assembly segments.

Bargarh parliamentary constituency with 66.14 per cent, recorded the highest voter turnout. Aska constituency registered 56.38 per cent voter turnout which was the lowest among the Lok Sabha constituencies where polling was held.

ED uncovers Rs 7 cr foreign donation 'scam' violating FCRA rules

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has unearthed a Rs 7.08 crore alleged foreign donation scandal involving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which violated FCRA and election guidelines by manipulating the donor identities.

Sources said this amount was raised in violation of the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010, and the Representation of the People Act, 1951, by concealing, mis-declaring and manipulating the identities and nationalities of foreign donors as well as several other facts relating to foreign donations.

Bengal records 73 pc turnout in Phase 5 after largely peaceful polling

Polling concluded in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that went to the polls in the fifth phase on Monday with a high voter turnout at all the seats.

As per the provisional figures released by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), 73 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the state till 5 p.m., which was substantially higher than the national average of 47.53 per cent (provisional figures) till that time.

PM Modi increased farmer budget to Rs 1,25,000 crore: HM Amit Shah

Saying the Modi government has taken strategic steps to accelerate a transformation in the farming sector, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the farmer budget during the Congress government was Rs 22,000 crore but Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased it to Rs 1,25,000 crore in last 10 years.

Addressing his first public meeting in Haryana ahead of the parliamentary poll for 10 seats and by-poll in an assembly seat both slated on May 25, Amit Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a “special attachment” and “love” for Haryana.

“I have been working with PM Modi for so many years. When he was in Gujarat, he used to worry about Haryana. The Congress had sent Rs 41,000 crore in 10 years for the development of Haryana but PM Modi has given Rs 2,70,000 crore for Haryana’s development,” Amit Shah

8.86 pc polling registered for five seats of Bihar in first few hours

The Election Commission registered 8.86 per cent polling in the fifth phase on five seats in Bihar in the first few hours on Monday.

Polling is currently underway in Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur and long queues were seen in the polling stations.

At 9.49 per cent, Sitamarhi registered the highest polling, while Muzaffarpur had 9.33 per cent polling till 9 AM.

The Election Commission registered 9.11 per cent polling in Madhubani, 9 per cent in Saran and 7.43 per cent in Hajipur.

Ladakh LS constituency witnesses 10.51 pc  voting

As the day started warming up, voters formed small queues outside polling stations in the Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency on Monday where 10.51 per cent voter turnout was witnessed during the first two hours.

Brisk voting in J&K’s Baramulla LS constituency

Brisk voting continued on Monday in all voting segments of the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat as 7.63 per cent polling took place in the first two hours. Figures released by EC said there was 7.63 per cent polling in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency during the first two hours. Bandipora Assembly segment recorded 7.80 per cent, Baramulla assembly segment 7.50 per cent, Beerwah 9.99 per cent, Budgam 8.36 per cent, Gulmarg 6.73 per cent, Gurez (st) 7.16 per cent, Handwara 7.79 per cent, Karnah 6.57 per cent, Kupwara 7.26 per cent, Langate 10.05 per cent, Lolab 9.37 per cent, Pattan 6.43 per cent, Rafiabad 9.51 per cent, Sonawari 7.35 per cent, Trehgam 10.18 per cent, Uri 6.82 and Wagoora Kreeri 8.73 per cent.

PM Modi holds mega roadshow in Puri

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday led a two km long roadshow in the holy town of Puri in Odisha. PM Modi after arriving at the Talabania helipad in Puri went to the Shree Jagannath Temple in a carcade to have a 'darshan' of the holy triad. He later embarked on a huge roadshow from Marchikote Chowk to the Medical Square. The Prime Minister waved and greeted thousands of enthusiastic crowds gathered on both sides of the ‘Badadanda’ (Grand Road of Puri). The admirers as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party workers also greeted PM Modi with ‘Modi Modi’, Bharat Mata Ki Jay and Jay Shree Ram slogans as the PM's vehicle moved past.

Assam CM urges people to vote in large numbers

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged the people to vote in large numbers in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday.

He has also appealed to young voters to exercise their voting rights.

Taking to his X handle, Sarma wrote: "I call upon all the citizens, whose constituencies are going to poll today on the 5th phase of the #LokSabhaElections2024, to turn out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right."

NDA has already won over 270 seats in four phases of LS polls: HM Amit Shah

 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday claimed that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has already won more than 270 seats in the first four phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. “NDA has already crossed 270 seats in the first four phases of elections. I also want to tell you that the parties of Tejashwi Yadav and Rahul Gandhi are not even getting 4 and 40 seats, respectively,” Amit Shah said during his address to support the NDA candidates Sanjay Jaiswal and Sunil Kumar.

328 LS candidates allotted election symbols in Punjab: CEO

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sibin C on Sunday said that 328 candidates contesting for 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state have been allotted election symbols. Out of 328 candidates, 169 are Independent candidates. Sibin C said 26 candidates are contesting from Gurdaspur, including 14 Independents, while 30 candidates are contesting from Amritsar, out of which 18 are Independents.

People of Punjab benefited from Centre's funds: State BJP chief Jakhar

People of Punjab have benefited from funds provided by the Modi-government in the past 10 years, state BJP President Sunil Jakhar said here on Sunday. The benefits of the funds under flagship and other schemes penetrated right up to the last mile, he said.

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