India General Elections 2024 updates | Highlights on May 19, 2024

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Updated - May 19, 2024 09:01 pm IST

Published - May 19, 2024 06:15 am IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav during a public meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Phulpur, on May 19, 2024.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav during a public meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Phulpur, on May 19, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks against the Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha, alleging that she is “under pressure from Muslim fundamentalists” and “threatened” these socio-religious organisations to “appease” TMC’s vote bank.

Addressing back-to-back rallies in Purulia and Bishnupur, Mr. Modi stated that the TMC has crossed the limits of decency by spreading falsehood against ISKCON, Ramakrishna Mission, and Bharat Sevashram Sangha.

Also read: Lok Sabha constituencies and States going to polls in Phase 5

Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav left a poll meeting in Phulpur area in Prayagraj on May 19 without delivering speech as their supporters broke through barricades trying to reach the dais.

Also read: Election Campaign Updates on May 18, 2024 

Here are the live updates on May 19:

  • May 19, 2024 20:11
    Ashok Gehlot hits out at BJP government for ‘auctioning’ farmers’ land in Rajasthan

    Former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot on May 19 attacked the BJP government in the state over a public notice of auctioning farmers’ land for not repaying loans in Hanumangarh district. 

    Mr. Gehlot demanded that the chief minister should immediately halt the auction and relieve the farmers. In a post on X, Mr. Gehlot shared a photo of the notice published in a newspaper and said, “These advertisements published in the newspapers of Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan to auction the land of farmers are exposing the truth of “Modi’s Guarantee.” He alleged that the BJP had promised in its election manifesto in Rajasthan to ensure that farmers’ land auction will be stopped, but farmers’ land is being auctioned in Rajasthan. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 20:10
    PM Modi arrives in Odisha to address poll rallies on Monday

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Bhubaneswar on a two-day visit to Odisha to campaign for BJP candidates in simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state.

    After his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Modi went to Odisha BJP’s headquarters where he was scheduled to hold a meeting with the party’s state leaders and would stay the night at the Raj Bhavan.

    As his cavalcade moved towards the party office, people, gathered on both sides of the road, cheered for the prime minister and waved cutouts of the BJP’s election symbol ‘lotus’.

    As soon as Modi arrived at the party’s state headquarters for the first time, he was given a ceremonial welcome by Odisha BJP leaders.

    The prime minister is scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar around 7.25 am on Monday for Puri and visit Sri Jagannath temple there. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 20:09
    Kharge’s posters defaced in front of Bengal Congress HQ after his snub at Adhir

    A day after he snubbed West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for questioning TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s loyalty to the INDIA bloc, several posters and hoardings of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge were defaced with ink in front of the party’s state headquarters in Kolkata.

    Unidentified persons also wrote ‘agent of Trinamool Congress’ on Mr. Kharge’s posters and hoardings.

    Sources in the Congress said that Mr. Chowdhury, who is in his hometown Baharampur, expressed displeasure over the incident and asked party workers to lodge a police complaint, which was registered, and the defaced posters were also removed.

    “The incident might have happened on Saturday night. This is the handiwork of the TMC which wants to create differences between senior Congress leaders and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,” a party leader alleged. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 19:58
    Over 1,000 Mizoram policemen could not vote in Lok Sabha polls: Officials

    More than 1,000 policemen in Mizoram were unable to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha polls held on April 19, officials of the state election department said.

    These personnel were deployed in other states for poll duty several days before April 19, the day when the northeastern state voted, they added.

    Although arrangements were supposed to be made for the police personnel to vote at facilitation centres, no such provision was made as they had to leave the state before candidates could be finalised, officials said.

    Despite requests made to the Election Commission on two occasions to allow the police personnel to cast their votes, the appeals were allegedly rejected by the central poll panel, officials added. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 19:29
    Herd of 18 elephants spotted in Jharkhand’s Gola day before polling, quick response teams deployed

    The sighting of a herd of 18 wild elephants at Gola block within Hazaribag Lok Sabha constituency in Jharkhand sent poll officials into a frenzy on May 19. 

    The constituency, with 19.18 lakh voters including 9.31 lakh women, is scheduled for polls on May 20 in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand and the fifth phase nationally. 

    Officials have deployed two teams of ‘Haathi Bhagao Dal’ equipped with firecrackers, drums, and torches to keep the herd away from polling stations. Three blocks of Ramgarh district — Gola, Dulmi, and Mandu — are known for elephant movements. 

    For the safety of election officials staying overnight at polling stations in Gola block, which shares borders with West Bengal, special measures have been taken, a forest official said. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 19:06
    SP leaders visiting Azamgarh for ‘picnic’, says Adityanath

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hit out at the Samajwadi Party and said leaders of the opposition party are visiting Azamgarh for a “picnic” and they will go to England for a tour after the Lok Sabha elections. 

    He also said that earlier “bullets were fired at devotees of Lord Ram, but today they are welcomed with open arms in Ayodhya”. 

    Mr. Adityanath was addressing a poll rally in Mehnagar in favour of actor-politician Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, the sitting MP and BJP candidate from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. 

    “Earlier, Azamgarh was considered a centre of terrorism. If there were blasts anywhere in the country, its name used to come up. But in the last 10 years, no terrorist incidents have taken place anywhere. Today, even if a firecracker goes off, Pakistan rushes to give clarifications denying its involvement,” he said. 

    The CM said Azamgarh will be made an industrial city, according to an official statement. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 18:49
    Jhargram BJP MP Kunar Hembram joins TMC at Abhishek rally

    Jhargram BJP MP Kunar Hembram joined the Trinamool Congress in the presence of party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee at an election meeting on Sunday. 

    Soon after joining the TMC in West Bengal’s Jhargram, Mr. Hembram said he will work for the development of the state under the leadership of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee. 

    BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “His departure will not affect the BJP in any way. We welcome people who work for the masses, not for tickets. Nominating anyone is the party’s decision.” Hembram had won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Jhargram on a BJP ticket but was not nominated by the party this year. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 18:18
    PM Modi pans Mamata Banerjee for her remarks against RKM, Bharat Sevashram Sangha

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks against Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha and said threats are being issued against these socio-religious organisations to “appease” TMC’s vote bank. ​

    PM Modi pans Mamata Banerjee for her remarks against RKM, Bharat Sevashram Sangha

  • May 19, 2024 18:05
    Neither do we indulge in politics nor do we ask people to vote for any party: Bengal monks

    Amid a raging controversy over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing some monks of two prominent monastic orders of working in favour of the BJP in the elections, the religious bodies on May 19 claimed that they have always stayed away from politics and never sought votes for candidates of any party.

    Ms. Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo, had in an election rally on May 18 alleged that some monks of two prominent monastic orders in West Bengal were working “under instructions of the BJP”. - PTI

    Amid raging controversy, Bengal monks say neither do they indulge in politics nor do they ask people to vote for any party

  • May 19, 2024 17:46
    UP: Rahul, Akhilesh leave stage without addressing rally amid ‘stampede-like’ situation

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav left a joint poll meeting in Phulpur area in Prayagraj without delivering speech as their supporters broke through barricades trying to reach the dais. 

    According to police sources, scores of Congress and SP supporters had reached the venue to attend the rally. When Mr. Yadav arrived at the venue, the crowd standing in front of the stage broke through the barricades to reach it, creating a “stampede-like” situation. 

    People on the stage can be heard asking the supporters to move back. The appeals made from the stage failed to have any effect on the crowd. 

    Then Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Yadav discussed something for a few minutes before they left the stage while being surrounded by their security staff. 

    The joint rally was organised in favour of Amarnath Maurya who is contesting on a SP ticket from the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. 

    The duo later attended another poll rally in Prayagraj. - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 17:28
    Bihar, Jharkhand free from Naxal menace due to PM Modi: Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at Bettiah rally in Bihar, “Nobody can rob reservations of OBCs and SCs, this is PM Modi’s guarantee. Congress, RJD have never worked for development of poor people, they can’t think of betterment of Bihar. Bihar and Jharkhand are free from Naxal menace due to PM Modi’s efforts. I am confident that NDA has won 270 LS seats after four phases of polls.” - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 17:11
    CAA is Modi’s guarantee: Modi in Bengal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at Medinipur rally in Bengal, “TMC means violence, corruption, appeasement and dynasty politics. The party has constantly tried to undermine faith of Hindus. This appeasement politics has disturbed demography of West Bengal. TMC calls people from other states as outsiders but feels that infiltrators are their own. People might be facing problems due to infiltrators but TMC is only bothered about its vote bank.” 

    He said, “TMC welcomes infiltrators but is opposing Hindu refugees. CAA is Modi’s guarantee, it is about giving citizenship to refugees.” - PTI

  • May 19, 2024 16:45
    Mamata holds rally in Bengal’s Purulia for party candidate

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 19 participated in an election rally for Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Shantiram Mahato in Purulia Lok Sabha constituency.

    Flanked by senior party leader and State minister Malay Ghatak, as well as candidate Mahato, Ms. Banerjee walked around 2 km from SP Office More to Dak Banglo More, party sources said.

  • May 19, 2024 15:40
    Delhi poll body launches ‘Sankalp Patra’ initiative for schoolchildren to boost voter turnout

    The Delhi poll body has launched a ‘Sankalp Patra’ initiative aimed at schoolchildren to boost electoral participation in the National Capital during the general elections.

    “The Sankalp Patra, a pledge form, was distributed to students who, in turn, brought those to their parents to sign, committing to vote,” it said in the statement on Sunday.

    The approach capitalised on the influential role of children in motivating civic engagement within their families.

  • May 19, 2024 13:12
    Rahul using Maoist language, companies will think 50 times before investing in Cong-ruled States: PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 lashed out at the Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi, asserting that any industrialist will think 50 times before investing in States ruled by the party, owing to the “shehzada’s use of Maoist language”.

    PM Modi, addressing a poll rally in Jamshedpur, also accused the grand old party of patronising dynastic politics and considering Lok Sabha seats as “ancestral properties”.

    “The language used by the Congress ‘shehzada’ will make any industrialist think 50 times before investing in States ruled by the party... The ‘shehzada’ is using language spoken by Maoists and is extorting money through innovative methods,” the PM said, in an apparent reference to Mr. Gandhi.

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  • May 19, 2024 13:02
    BJP targets Perfect 10 in Haryana, Congress eyes revival

    BJP targets Perfect 10 in Haryana, Congress eyes revival

    The Bharatiya Janata Party is toiling to repeat its stellar 2019 performance of sweeping all the 10 Lok Sabha seats, while direct rival Congress is facing a battle to revive itself in Haryana.

  • May 19, 2024 13:00
    Himanta targets Lalu at rally in Muzaffarpur

    Himanta Biswa Sarma tells Lalu Prasad and his two sons to go to Pakistan in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

    Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma tells Lalu Prasad to go to Pakistan if he wants reservation for Muslims, addresses election rallies in Bihar.

  • May 19, 2024 12:49
    BJP’s own Pasmanda outreach in Bihar thrown off rails by PM Modi’s campaign speeches

    BJP’s own Pasmanda outreach in Bihar thrown off rails by pm Modi’s campaign speeches

    Prime Minister Modi's campaign shift impacts Pasmanda Muslims in Bihar, causing fear and anger among voters.

  • May 19, 2024 12:27
    Congress indulges in dynastic politics, considers Lok Sabha seats as ancestral properties: PM Modi
  • May 19, 2024 12:13
    With guns silent, 92 LoC villages upbeat ahead of Baramulla polls

    With guns silent, 92 LoC villages upbeat ahead of Baramulla polls

    Officials said that it was for the first time that Election Commission’s Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programmes were held in villages close to the LoC. 

  • May 19, 2024 11:49
    ‘Tired of being used as a vote bank’: Residents of Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai South constituency yearn for change

    Elections come and go, but living conditions remain the same, say the residents of Mohammed Ali Road, a bustling economic and tourist hub in the Mumbai South constituency, one of the six Lok Sabha seats in the city that go to the polls on May 20 in the fifth and final phase of the ongoing general election in Maharashtra.

    With residents inhabiting dilapidated, century-old structures situated in narrow lanes riddled with clogged drains and piles of garbage, the primary concerns in the area centre around the redevelopment of buildings, creation of parking space, and clean surroundings. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 73 houses collapsed in the area between January 2022 and March 2024.

    On January 24 this year, the BMC pulled down 40 structures on Mohammed Ali Road as part of an anti-encroachment drive. Civic officials said the exercise, which followed similar action in Mira Road in Thane district after communal clashes were reported in the area, was carried out to free up space on footpaths.

    Read the full story here.
  • May 19, 2024 10:48
    In Azamgarh, BJP, SP seek votes on secularism

    In Azamgarh, BJP, SP seek votes on secularism

    Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BJP are both using secularism as a bait to capture votes in Azamgarh.

  • May 19, 2024 10:20
    Opposition will register victories with record margins in Rae Bareli, Amethi: Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday in Sultanpur said that Rae Bareli and Amethi would be among the Lok Sabha seats where the INDIA bloc candidates register victories with record margins. The SP-Congress alliance was a formidable coalition, he added. 

    “Amethi and Rae Bareli will also be included among the seats where we (the SP and the Congress) will register victories with record margin in the country. With the Samajwadi Party and the Congress coming together, one and one have become eleven and this time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will become naw do egyahar (run away) and reduced to zero,” Mr. Yadav told reporters.

    Read more here.
  • May 19, 2024 09:53
    Divided Ladakh headed for a high-altitude cliffhanger

    Divided Ladakh headed for a high-altitude cliffhanger

    Ladakh's Lok Sabha election sees religious and regional divides, with BJP, INDIA bloc, and Independent candidate in a cliffhanger.

  • May 19, 2024 09:10
    Editorial | Dangers of divisiveness: On the electoral rhetoric, from the top level

    With polling over in 379 of the 543 constituencies after the fourth phase in the general election, the electoral campaigns of parties have reached closer to the end point. Deep into the campaign calendar, though, the disconnect between the concerns of the electorate and campaign rhetoric — especially that of BJP lynchpin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi — remains intact.

    Dangers of divisiveness: On the electoral rhetoric, from the top level

  • May 19, 2024 08:36
    Hardeep Singh Puri: We should be applauded for bringing down food and fuel prices

    Hardeep Singh Puri, the senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, and Petroleum and Natural Gas, said that the BJP has been successful in bringing down the prices of food and fuel.

    Watch our video here:

    Watch | Hardeep Singh Puri: We should be applauded for bringing down food and fuel prices

  • May 19, 2024 08:07
    Intelligence sounds alert on possible violence after counting in Andhra Pradesh

    The Intelligence Department has sounded an alert on the possible violence after counting of votes on June 4 in the State, and has asked the police to take measures to prevent any untoward incidents.

    Intelligence sounds alert on possible violence after counting in Andhra Pradesh

  • May 19, 2024 07:40
    Why Rae Bareli for Rahul Gandhi?

    The Congress kept everyone guessing about their candidates for Rae Bareli and Amethi. Just hours before the deadline for filing the nomination they fielded Rahul Gandhi from Rae Bareli and Kishori Lala Sharma from Amethi.

    Watch our video here:

    Watch | Why Rae Bareli for Rahul Gandhi?

  • May 19, 2024 07:06
    Election-time seizures will soon cross all-time high mark of ₹9,000 crore: ECI

    The poll body said that agencies have made seizures worth ₹8,889 crore so far and at ₹3,958 crore, drugs amounted to 45% of the loot.

    The seizures included ₹849.15 crore in cash, liquor worth ₹814.85 crore, drugs worth ₹3,958.85 crore and precious metals worth ₹1,260.33 crore.

    Election-time seizures will soon cross all-time high mark of ₹9,000 crore: ECI

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