With seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 coming near, the Congress and BJP geared up with their campaigns. Voting is set to take place in eight states and Union Territories in the 59 constituencies on 19 May. All parliamentary constituencies in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab will vote on the same day. In Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal some Lok Sabha constituencies will vote.
BJP president Amit Shah visited Jharkhand and Bihar to campaign for his party. Mr Shah addressed rallies in Littipara of Jharkhand's Pakur ditrict, Mohania and Arrah of Bihar.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi held public meetings in Madhya Pradesh's Shujalpur, Amjhera and Khargone district.
Here are the Highlights over the 2019 Election:
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik told PTI that elaborate arrangements, according to the instructions of the Election Commission, are in place to ensure no anti-social element causes any trouble.
Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and scheduled to go on till 6 pm. Security personnel have been deployed at polling booths and special reserve parties and policemen are patrolling vulnerable areas, the police said.
Two Congress leaders came to blows at a protest meet organised by opposition parties at Hyderabad's Indira Park today, with video cameras covering every push and shove much to the party's embarrassment. The matter was resolved only after senior Congress leaders intervened, reminding those involved that the tiff was not helping the party's image in the public eye.
Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted in support of AAP leader Atishi after details of the sexist pamphlet were released, saying that he "never expected Gautam Gambhir to stoop so low."
Just a day before polling in Delhi, the son of an Aam Aadmi Party candidate made a sensational allegation on Saturday, claiming that his father had paid Rs 6 crore to party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to get the ticket.
Despite the frequent brickbats from Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati amid the ongoing election season, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday told NDTV that he "respected her contribution to the country" and considered her "a national symbol".
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to debate him on issues such as corruption, notes ban, Goods and Services Tax and farmer crisis as he said the PM works very hard and "sleeps for only three hours".
- People everywhere are scared of tyranny in the country," Congress chief Rahul Gandhi told NDTV.
- "We will protect every citizen in this country. Gandhi ji said even the last man in the line should be helped. Even if an RSS member is attacked, we will protect him," he said.
- "PM Modi ignored the intelligence of the RBI and announced notes ban," he said attacking the prime minister.
- On whether he is ready to become the prime minister, Rahul Gandhi said: "I will do whatever the people want".
- "PM Modi has personal hatred against me," Congress chief said.
- "Narendra Modi's time is over.... I want to become the voice of people," he told NDTV's Ravish Kumar.
- PM Narendra Modi has hatred and anger in his heart. Our work is to remove hatred.
- He targets me, my dad, my grandmother and my grandfather. He speaks about them out of hatred.