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‘Low-level personal attack’: EC censures BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay for remarks against Mamata Banerjee, debars him from campaigning for 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday censured BJP leader and former Calcutta high court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay for his remarks against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and barred him from campaigning for 24 hours starting 5pm today. The poll body said Gangopadhyay's words had brought damage and disrepute to the state of West Bengal which has a distinguished tradition of respect for women.The EC, in its order said, “he has made a low-level attack and thus violated provisions of Model Code of Conduct.Women have commanded highest respect in Indian society, past and present and the Indian constitution and all institutions of the country have constantly pursued the ideas and ideals of ensuring the rights and dignity of women on all fronts and further empowering them.”T...
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LS Polls Phase 5 Sees Over 60% Turnout, Highest Voting In Bengal, Baramulla Breaks All Records

Lok Sabha Elections Phase 5: The Election Commission has said that a voter turnout of over 60 percent was recorded on Monday in 49 constituencies in six states and two Unionrritories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections. The EC took to X to share the voter turnout data for the fifth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. According to the data at 11:30 PM on May 20, West Bengal recorded the highest polling percentage at 74.65 percent, while Maharashtra recorded the lowest at 54.29 percent. Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla recorded its highest-ever voting percentage at 59 percent, PTI reported, citing an EC official. Phase 5 of General Election 2024 records Voter Turnout of 60.09 % at 1130 pm on 20th May Details : pic.twitter.com/DC2LxDrbel — S...
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Mumbai braves the heat, logs 2nd highest turnout (52.4%) in 30 years | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Famous for Bollywood and for its billionaires, and notorious for its disinterest in voting. Since the liberalisation of 1991, Mumbai's turnout percentages have been abysmally low - languishing in the low- to mid-40s in five of the eight LS elections, and barely crossing the 50% threshold twice.In 2019, it logged 55.4%, which was as close to spectacular as it could get, never mind that it paled in comparison to 70-80% turnouts in other parts of the country.So, by its own record, 2024 should be considered eminently respectable - 52.4% at 11.30pm Monday, the second highest turnout post-lib. Especially, considering the sweltering heat and the poll date coinciding with school vacations. Also, in 2019, Mumbai voted on April 29, almost a month earlier.The elite Mumbai South constituenc...
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EC removes BSF jawan from election duty after ‘molestation’ complaint | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The Election Commission on Monday removed a BSF jawan from poll duty in Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency following a complaint of molestation against him, an official said. A woman lodged the molestation complaint at Uluberia Police Station on Sunday evening, he said. "We have removed him from election duty. We are waiting for the police report. If found guilty, necessary action will be taken as per law," the poll panel official told PTI.Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls commenced across seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal amid tight security on Monday. The Election Commission has designated over 57 per cent of the polling stations as sensitive, and deployed over 60,000 personnel of central forces, in addition to around 30,000 policemen. The number ...
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Lok Sabha election 2024 phase 5: Voting to take place in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, 8 other states | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is all set to take place on Monday, with polling in 49 constituencies across six states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and two Union Territories.In addition to the Lok Sabha elections, voting will also take place in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha, where chief minister Naveen Patnaik is among the candidates.This phase will determine the electoral fate of several prominent leaders, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.Other prominent candidates include Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and Shantanu Thakur who are contesting from Mumbai North (Maharashtra), Fatehpur (UP), and Bangaon (WB), respectively...
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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Campaigning ends for fifth phase, 49 seats to vote on May 20 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Campaigning for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections ended on Saturday amid the sweltering heat and high-pitch political rhetorics and promises by contestants in the fray.In the fifth phase, polling will take place in 49 constituencies across six states and two Union Territories, including the high-stake Rae Bareli and Amethi seats from where former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani are contesting.For Rahul Gandhi, Rae Bareli will be the second seat from where he is contesting the national polls. The Congress scion has already contested from Kerala's Wayanad in the second phase. Rae Bareli is a Nehru-Gandhi family pocket borough that was represented by his mother Sonia Gandhi since 2004. The BJP has fielded UP minister Dinesh Pratap Singh.I...
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Is Rahul Gandhi I.N.D.I.A’s PM Face? Congress Chief Kharge Says ‘No Dispute, But…’ — WATCH

In an interview with ABP News, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday discussed the leadership of the I.N.D.I.A. bloc, the support of opposition leaders, and his views on the BJP's governance. Kharge emphasised the importance of collective decision-making within the alliance and strongly criticised the BJP's authoritarian approach. When asked if Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi would be the prime ministerial candidate for the I.N.D.I.A. bloc, Kharge stated, "These decisions are made after we have the numbers. There is no dispute regarding Rahul Gandhi, but the decision will be made by the partners of the INDIA alliance." #BREAKING | राहुल गांधी के पीएम उम्मीदवार को लेकर कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष मल्लिकार्जुन खरगे ने दिया जवाबhttps://t.co/smwhXURgtc | @Ashis...
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Lok Sabha elections | Manmohan Singh, Hamid Ansari, M.M. Joshi cast their vote via postal ballots 

A file photo of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. | Photo Credit: PTI Former Vice President, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and former Union Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi successfully cast vote on May 17 and 16 ahead of the polls scheduled in the capital on May 25., via postal ballots from their homes.  Click here for the India General Elections 2024 LIVE updates The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi announced that the second day of home voting facility for elderly voters and Persons with Disability (PwDs) was completed successfully. The exercise will continue till May 24. Polls are scheduled in the capital on May 25.  On the second day, 1,409 voters cast their ballots from the comfort of their homes across all 7 parliamentary consti...
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Remarks on Didi ‘beyond dignity’, says EC, sends notice to ex-judge | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: BJP's Tamluk candidate and former Calcutta HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay received a show-cause from Election Commission Friday, asking him to explain by 5pm Monday why "appropriate action" should not be initiated against him for "improper, injudicious" remarks about Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee that prima facie violate the model code of conduct.Acting on Trinamool Congress's plea that Gangopadhyay be barred from the election for his "misogynistic and inappropriate comments lacking all sense of dignity", EC said parts of Gangopadhyay's speech at a campaign rally in East Midnapore's Chaitanyapur last Wednesday were "beyond dignity in every sense of the term (and) in bad taste"."What is your price, Rs 10 lakh? Is that because you use Keya Seth make-up (a personal care products brand)...
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SC to hear petition over delay of uploading voter turnout data after polling | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear at 6pm a petition by Association of Democratic Reform which seeks uploading of authenticated voting percentage data at end of the polling day. In the plea, ADR has complained that Election Commission revised Phase-I and Phase-II data upwards by 6% creating doubts about possible replacement of EVMs. The poll body had updated the voting percentage for Phase 1 of the elections after 11 days of actual voting and for the Phase 2 after four days of polling.In a letter to INDIA bloc leaders, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge had highlighted the delay in the release of the final voting percentages for the initial phases of the Lok Sabha elections, suggesting that such delays cast doubts on the credibility of the data provided by the poll...
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Video | Amit Shah Kashmir के दौरे पर, दो दिन घाटी में बिताएंगे गृह मंत्री

Lok Sabha Election: गृह मंत्री अमित शाह दो दिन के कश्मीर दौरे पर हैं. शाह 2 दिन घाटी में ही बिताने् वाले हैं. चुनाव के बीच उनका ये दौरा काफी अहम माना जा रहा है.  Source link
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‘TMC Will Support I.N.D.I.A Bloc From Outside To Form Govt’: Mamata Says In Poll Rally In Hoogh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday labelled the Election Commission (EC) as a "puppet" operating under the directives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Expressing scepticism about the BJP's ambitious target of 400 seats in this Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee said her party will support the I.N.D.I.A bloc from outside to form the government. "BJP is claiming of winning 400 seats, but people are saying it will not happen this time. We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre," she said. ALSO READ | Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Offers To 'Personally Cook' For PM Modi. BJP Alleges 'Ploy', CPIM Quips 'Dada-Bon' Addressing an election rally at Chinsurah in Hooghly district, Banerjee criticised the...
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EC reviewing BJP, Cong responses on code breaches – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Election Commission is examining the responses of BJP and Congress to its notices on allegations of violations of model code of conduct (MCC) by their star campaigners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. Sources said both the parties have defended their leaders' speeches.An Election Commission official said BJP president J P Nadda submitted his reply to the poll panel on Monday evening.Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge had given his reply last week. "We will examine and proceed," the source added.With polling completed in 96 parliamentary constituencies on Monday, voting for more than two-thirds of Lok Sabha seats are over and the next three phases will see voting in fewer seats.Former Election Commission officials TOI spoke to admitted that the po...
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BJP’s Madhavi Latha Caught On Camera Removing Women’s Burqas To ‘Check Identity’, FIR Lodged

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Saket Gokhale on Monday accused Election Commission of India of "doing everything to ensure that the BJP can rig elections in its favor." He further claimed that the poll body is "openly complicit with the BJP." He shared the video clip of BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Hyderabad, K Madhavi Latha on his official X hanlde. In the video, Latha can be seen checking the identity documents of burqa-clad women and asking them to lift their veil at a polling booth. Taking to X, Gokhale stated: "Can we say we’re a “democracy” anymore? We need answers ECI . This is Unacceptable." This is shocking!Modi-appointed @ECISVEEP is doing everything to ensure that the BJP can rig elections in its favor. ECI is OPENLY complicit with the BJP...
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‘It is surprising …’ Mallikarjun Kharge responds with another letter after poll panel’s castigation | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India responding to the accusations hurled upon him by the poll body of creating impediments in the conduct of free and fair elections.In his letter, the Congress chief said," The letter even though an open letter is clearly addressed to our alliance partners and not to the Commission.It is surprising that the Election Commission of India wanted to respond to this letter while ignoring several other complaints given directly to it.""I have certain misgivings about the language of the letter, but I will not press on that issue as I understand the pressures they are working under," he added."I am happy that the Commission understands that it has the mandate to conduct smooth, free and...
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Those with 2 wives to get double sops: Cong pick – Times of India

INDORE/BHOPAL: Congress candidate for Ratlam, Kantilal Bhuria, sparked a controversy on Thursday by saying that men who have two wives would get Rs 2 lakh under Mahalaxmi Scheme. BJP has complained to Election Commission."If Congress forms the govt, those who have two wives will be getting Rs 2 lakh," Bhuria said at a rally in Sailana (160k from Indore), before he and the audience burst into laughter.The statement sparked outrage and BJP Mahila Morcha launched a protest. Bhuria claimed on Friday that his words were said in jest, but it did nothing to stop the political storm.BJP Rajya Sabha MP and state party Mahila Morcha president Maya Naroliya said: "We condemn this indecent statement. Matrishakti will protest against it, just as we did against (PCC chief) Jitu Patwari's remark again...
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Sandeshkhali Case: NCW Claims TMC Workers ‘Instilling Fear’ Among Victims, Party Warns Of ECI C

The National Commission of Women (NCW) has claimed that West Bengal's Sandeshkhali women are being compelled to withdraw their complaints by TMC workers in view of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. The NCW, thus, sought an inquiry from the Election Commission into the matter. By sharing multiple videos, TMC on Thursday claimed that a local BJP leader made the women of Sandeshkhali sign blank papers and these papers were apparently filled up as complaints of sexual assault. In a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI), the women’s rights panel has asked the poll body to look into the matter on a priority basis. The panel has requested the poll body to ensure that women are not compelled to withdraw their complaints due to any threat from TMC workers, ...
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ECI Denounces Congress President Kharge’s Allegations As ‘Attempts To Hinder Free & Fair Polls’

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sternly criticised Mallikarjun Kharge, the President of the Indian National Congress, for what it terms as "aggression on vitals of live election operations" through his recent statements concerning the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2024. In a strongly worded response, the ECI refuted Kharge's allegations, labelling them as baseless and detrimental to the conduct of free and fair polls. In a formal letter to Kharge, the Election Commission denounced his assertions regarding the release of voter turnout data, describing them as attempts to sow confusion and impede the electoral process. The Commission emphasised that such unfounded claims could adversely affect voter participation and undermine the efforts of the e...
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Lok Sabha Election: Raebareli में Rahul Gandhi को मिलेगा कितना समर्थन, जनता ने दिए जवाब वीडियो – हिन्दी न्यूज़ वीडियो एनडीटीवी ख़बर

Lok Sabha Election: रायबरेली में राहुल गांधी और बीजेपी प्रत्याशी दिनेश सिंह के बीच मुकाबला रायबरेली में प्रियंका गांधी ने अपने भाई राहुल गांधी के प्रचार की कमान संभाल ली है चार दिन से लगातार वो चुनाव प्रचार कर रही हैं. लेकिन जनता की इसे लेकर क्या राय है. क्या राहुल जीत दर्ज कर पाएंगे, देखें इस रिपोर्ट में Source link