Cheat Sheet

  • Election 2019 Phase 7 Voting: A Look At Top 10 Candidates
    The last round of the seven-phase national election is being held today in 59 Lok Sabha seats. At least 912 candidates are contesting in seven states and one Union Territory. The results will be announced on May 23. Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is contesting from Varanasi, some of the key contestants who are fighting in this round are Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP rebel who joined the Congress Shatrughan Sinha, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar; Misa Bharti, daughter of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav, Congress leader Manish Tewari, former Punjab chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and BJP leader Kirron Kher, among others.
  • Lok Sabha Election 2019: PM Modi To Face Poll Test In Lok Sabha Elections Phase 7: 5-Point Guide
    Polling for the seventh and last round of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections will take place on Sunday. 59 constituencies, including Varanasi, will vote to elect their representatives to Lok Sabha. 13 seats in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh each, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and Chandigarh vote on Sunday. Many high profile candidates are contesting in the last phase, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Election 2019 - 64.15% Turnout, Violence Again In Bengal On Last Voting Day: 10 Facts
    About 64.15 per cent people - 1 percent more than 2014 - cast their votes in the seventh and the last phase of elections, held on 59 seats across eight states today. Bengal witnessed crude bombs, lathicharge and claims of attacks on the BJP candidates. Rival groups threw crude bombs at Bhatpara and were brought under control only when the police used batons. Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Central forces should stay in the state till counting. Among the main contestants in this phase was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking re-election from Varanasi. Polling was also held on 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh - all in the eastern part of the state - and on all 13 seats of Congress-ruled Punjab.
  • "Will Return With Full Majority": PM Modi Tells Journalists - Top Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attending a press conference with BJP president Amit Shah, talked about elections, his last five years as prime minister and his experience while campaigning for the ongoing elections. The prime minister thanked people and exuded confidence about winning the elections.
  • Elections 2019: BJP-Trinamool Battle Peaks In Bengal Ahead Of Final Voting - 10 Points
    The political battle over the violence and vandalism during BJP chief Amit Shah's road show in Kolkata has sharpened to a Bengalis versus outsiders conflict. Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress claims the BJP had brought in goons from outside the state who know nothing of Bengal's history and culture, which led to the vandalism of the statue of Iswarchandra Vidyasagar at the college named after him. Amit Shah claimed it was Trinamool workers who broke the statue and pinned it on the BJP to sully the party's image. The BJP has asked the Election Commission to ban Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for the last phase of the national election -- nine of Bengal's 42 seats, along with state capital Kolkata, vote on Sunday.
  • After Violence In Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee-BJP War Of Words: 10 Facts
    BJP chief Amit Shah's first roadshow in Kolkata ended with violence, arson and a police lathicharge on Tuesday as the rallyists clashed with students holding "Amit Shah Go Back" posters. Mr Shah called it an attempt to "strangulate democracy". Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal. The "Save Republic rally" was a mega show complete with saffron balloons, BJP flags, and artistes dressed as Hanumans dancing to "Jai Shri Ram" beats, all showered by marigold petals. It was the first of its kind in Kolkata, which has witnessed hundreds of Left and Trinamool rallies.
  • Elections 2019: "I'm Chanting <i>Jai Shri Ram</i>, Arrest Me," Amit Shah Dares Mamata Banerjee
    Supporters of the BJP and Trinamool clashed today at the venue of one of the three rallies that Amit Shah was to address in Bengal, a rally that the BJP president never attended because of much back and forth over permission to land his helicopter and also to use the venue. Amit Shah, addressing the remaining rallies, launched a stinging offensive at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, even daring her to arrest him for chanting "Jai Shri Ram". Amit Shah was scheduled to address three rallies in Bengal today but could eventually do only two. He will hold a roadshow in Kolkata tomorrow. When the BJP did get permission for both the helicopter to land and to hold the rally at Jadhavpur, Amit Shah had flown to his third venue.
  • 63.3 Per Cent Voting In Round 6 Of Lok Sabha Elections: 10 Points
    Violence in Bengal and allegations of malfunctioning electronic voting machines in Delhi marked the sixth round of election, which took place for 59 seats across seven states. The overall turnout was 63.3 per cent. In Delhi, where voting took place for all seven Lok Sabha seats, the voting percentage was 60, down from 65.1 in the 2014 polls. In Bengal, a BJP candidate who earlier was a close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was heckled and her car was attacked with handmade bombs, allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters. The Election Commission said she was seen taking photos inside a polling booth and has transferred the presiding officer.
  • 59 Seats Vote Today, BJP Won 45 Last Time: Your 5-Point Guide
    Over 10.17 crore voters will decide the fate of several prominent politicians, including Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BJP leader Pragya Thakur, Union Minister Harshvardhan and Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, as 59 constituencies across six states and the national capital vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections today. The BJP had won 45 of these seats in the 2014 elections, and it now faces the challenge of repeating the feat in the absence of an overarching Modi wave. While all seven seats in Delhi and 10 in Haryana will go to the polls in a single go this time, Uttar Pradesh will witness voting in 14 of 80 seats, Bihar in eight of 40, Madhya Pradesh in eight of 29, West Bengal in eight of 42 and Jharkhand in four of 14. Besides this, repolling will be held at 168 polling stations across 26 assembly segments of Tripura on the Election Commission's instructions.
  • Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Key Candidates Contesting In Phase 6 - 10 Points
    Over 10.17 crore voters across seven states will decide the fate of the candidates contesting in the 59 seats that will go to polls in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections today. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia are among the 979 candidates contesting in this phase. In Delhi, where all the seven seats are voting today, the heads of the state unit of the BJP, Congress and AAP are contesting each other in the same seat.
  • Three-Cornered Fight In Delhi On Round 6 Of National Election: 10 Points
    Delhi's turn has come to vote in the Lok Sabha election in the sixth phase on Sunday. The state chiefs of the three main parties - Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party - are fighting from a single constituency, North East Delhi. At least 164 candidates, 18 of them women, are fighting for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. The BJP is looking at a stellar win like it did in 2014 when the party took all the seven seats, while the Congress is counting on its campaign of equality across all sections and the Aam Aadmi Party is hoping to reap the support of people with the programmes it ran, especially education reforms. The run-up to the election has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations of derogatory attacks on leaders between AAP and BJP breaking out before election day.
  • PM Has "Personal Hatred" Towards Me, Rahul Gandhi Tells NDTV: 10 Quotes
    NDTV's Ravish Kumar speaks with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi while he's campaigning at Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh. "Narendra Modi talks about Rajiv ji, about Nehru ji, about Indira ji. I know the truth. I know my grandmother's truth. I know it's all lies that he is spreading," says Rahul Gandhi.
  • 62.5 Per Cent Voting In Phase 5, Violence In Bengal, Kashmir: 10 Points
    Around 62.5 per cent people voted in the fifth round of the national election - up from 61.76 in 2014 -- that was marked by violence in parts of Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. In Bengal, two persons, including a BJP candidate, were injured in separate incidents. A grenade was thrown at a polling booth and an explosion set off elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. This phase, the leanest with polling on 51 seats, was crucial in view of the candidates. The list included Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and Union minister Rajnath Singh. Elections in the remaining 118 seats will be held on May 12 and 19. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.
  • 51 Seats Vote Today, Rahul Gandhi's Amethi Test: Your 5-Point Guide
    The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election witnesses several high-stake battles between the BJP and opposition parties, with people from 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states casting their votes today to form the next government. The foremost among them is Amethi, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi will try to hold his own against the BJP's Smriti Irani. Other important candidates in the mix are Rajnath Singh (Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow), Jayant Sinha (Jharkhand's Hazaribagh), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Rajasthan's Jaipur Rural) and Dinesh Trivedi (West Bengal's Barrackpore). The votes will be counted on May 23.
  • Cyclone Fani Heads To Bangladesh, Kolkata Airport Resumes Ops: 10 Points
    Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the subcontinent in 20 years, uprooted trees and triggered rain as it entered West Bengal this morning, a day after it made landfall in Odisha, where eight people died. Parts of Kolkata and the suburbs also received moderate to heavy rain since Friday afternoon. The cyclone then moved towards Bangladesh but at a reduced wind speed of 90 kmph. At its strongest on Friday, Cyclone Fani reached around 185 kmph as it swept across Odisha. Over 11 lakh people were evacuated from the state. "Spoke to Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, the Governor of West Bengal on the situation due to Cyclone Fani. Reiterated the Centre's readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone. Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this morning.

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