Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE updates: Country rejoicing in Mission Shakti’s success,…

As India votes in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday, leaders of political parties will continue their campaign for the next four phases.

PM Narendra Modi addressed two rallies in Odisha and is scheduled to address another in West Bengal while BJP national chief Amit Shah will be addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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3:23 pm IST

BJP dragged polls for 3 months: Mamata Banerjee

Elections have never been held for such long period in the history of the country, BJP dragged it for 3 months, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee : PTI

2:50 pm IST

BJP’s North West Delhi LS seat candidate Hans Raj Hans files nomination

BJP candidate from North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Hans Raj Hans, filed his nomination papers at the DC office, Kanjhawala, New Delhi.

BJP candidate from North West Delhi parliamentary seat, Hans Raj Hans, arrives to file nomination papers. ( Vipin Kumar / HT Photo )

2:20 pm IST

Have a comprehensive plan for Odisha’s development: PM Modi

Good connectivity, infrastructure and law and order is a must for development. We have a comprehensive plan for the state’s development. We have laid the foundation for this in the past five years. When the BJP government returns to power after May 23, we will work for Odisha’s development with the BJP government here. We will implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme here.: PM Modi

2:10 pm IST

Odisha wants double engine of lotus at Centre and state: Modi

“The people of Odisha wants the double engine of BJP, they want Modi government at the Centre and a BJP government in the state”: PM Modi. He says, “give BJP a chance to work for five years in Odisha, whatever work happened in past 19 years, I will ensure five times development here.”

2:07 pm IST

BJD encouraged demon of corruption: Modi

The earlier government was of ‘naamdaars’. For this chowkidar, the country comes first. For new India, our thinking is clear – Jai Kisan, Jai Jawan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan. BJD has encouraged the demon of corruption. Instead of developing the state, BJD leaders have been busy making money. This won’t be forgiven. Those who looted the poor won’t be spared: PM Modi

1:59 pm IST

‘People want change at rapid pace’

PM Modi: “People want development at a rapid pace; you saw how Balasore recorded its name in history some time ago with Mission Shakti which was conducted here in Balasore.” He adds, India has become a superpower in space and all Indians are proud of this feat.Entire country rejoicing insuccess of Mission Shakti, but it pinches ‘mahamilawatis’ (opposition). But some people are unhappy with this, they say Modi shouldn’t have done it, he should’ve kept it a secret. Congress government didn’t do this test for so many years. Doesn’t the country want such a strong government?”

1:56 pm IST

There will be a change in Odisha, lotus will bloom: Modi

When I visited Balasore three years ago, I could feel that Balasore wanted a change. I am glad that their wait is over, there will be a change in Odisha. Looking at the crowds here, it is certain that once again the lotus will bloom in Odisha: PM Modi. He says, Past govts concerned about interest of a ‘namdar’ family, not country’s security.”

1:53 pm IST

PM Modi addresses rally at Balasore

PM Modi begins his address at an election rally in Balasore, Odisha.

1:50 pm IST

Central forces asking voters to vote for saffron party: Mamata Banerjee

“Central forces are working for BJP, asking voters in West Bengal to vote for the saffron party,” Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Arambagh. She adds, “Bengal will teach you (BJP) an apt lesson.” : PTI

1:37 pm IST

Sheila Dikshit files nomination from North East Delhi

Congress candidates, Sheila Dikshit filed nomination papers from North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat while Ajay Maken filed his papers from New Delhi parliamentary constituency: ANI.

Former Delhi chief minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit files nomination from North East Delhi LS seat. ( ANI / Twitter )

1:15 pm IST

BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur holds road show

BJP candidate from Hhopal Lok Sabha seat, Pragya Thakur, is holding a road show in the city: ANI

12:36 pm IST

Patnaik govt obstacle between people and Ayushman Bharat scheme: Modi

The safety our daughters is our priority. Our government has enacted a law that provides for death sentence for rapists. The Naveen Patnaik government is an obstacle between people of the state and the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Thus, there is need to change the state government.: PM Modi

12:32 pm IST

Govt preparing pension scheme for small traders: PM

The first time voter in Odisha wants Odisha of his aspirations. They are asking how did the country’s most developed state in the country has become poor?” : PM Modi. He adds, BJP will transfer money directly to the accounts of farmers. Our government is preparing a pension scheme under which small businessmen and traders will get pension after 60 years of age.

12:26 pm IST

Vote for BJP for better future: Modi

However much it tries, the BJD won’t be able to stop BJP from coming to power in Odisha. The priority of this state government is not development , only government, says PM Modi. “You need a better alternative for better future, and so you should vote for BJP.”

12:21 pm IST

Had refrained from criticising CM in first two phases: PM Modi

I had been refraining from criticising CM Naveen Patnaik in the first two phases. I wanted his farewell to be a good one, but the way violence has been used in last few days, today I want to say, ‘Naveen babu aap jaa rahe ho, apka jaana tay hai, His officers have been behaving in the last few days, I want to tell him that his exit is decided and his few officers won’t be able to save him. The people of Odisha is angry: PM

12:19 pm IST

BJD is on way out in Odisha: Modi

The (BJP) government at the Centre is one which didn’t face any corruption charge till date. The nation has seen my work and that of my government. Those levelling false allegations against BJP are found standing in dock: Modi in Odisha rally. I will ask each voter of Odisha that be firm, it is now confirmed that the BJD is on its way out and BJP on the way in in Odisha.

12:10 pm IST

‘This wave (in favour of BJP) has become challenge for opponents: Modi

PM Modi: “After two rounds of voting, this wave has become a challenge for the opponents. This is not a wave but a challenge, ‘yeh lehar nahin lalkar hai, phir ek baar Modi sarkar hai’.”

12:07 pm IST

PM Modi addresses election rally in Kendrapada, Odisha

Prime Minister Modi begins his election rally in Kendrapada, Odisha

12 noon IST

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joins BJP

Film actor Sunny Deol joins the BJP. The Bollywood actor joined the party in the presence of party leaders including Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. The actor had met party president Amit Shah last week.

11:55 am IST

Actor Sunny Deol arrives at BJP headquarters

Actor Sunny Deol arrives at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. : ANI

Actor Sunny Deol arrives at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. ( ANI / Twitter )

11:10 am IST

Rahul Gandhi reaches Baneshwar Dham ahead of poll rally

Rahul Gandhi reaches Baneshwar Dham in Banswara district of Rajasthan. The Congress president will address an election rally after visiting Baneshwar dham temple.

10:55 am IST

BJP East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir holds road show

BJP candidate from East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Gautam Gambhir held roadshow ahead of filling his nomination on Tuesday. : ANI

9:40 am IST

SAD announces LS seats of Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur

Shiromani Akali Dal announces the candidature of Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur. Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Badal made the announcement in Badal village in Muktsar on Tuesday. Party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal will contest from Ferozepur and his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal will contest from Bathinda.

9:27 am IST

‘Will resign if denied ticket’: BJP MP Udit Raj

BJP MP Udit Raj Tuesday morning said he will resign from the party if denied ticket in the Lok Sabha elections and may contest independently from the North West Delhi parliamentary seat. Raj, who is sitting MP from North West Delhi, said he will wait for some time for a reply from the party and then file his nomination as an Independent candidate from the seat at 10 am.

8:36 am IST

PM Modi casts his vote in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday cast his vote in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections at a booth in Ahmedabad and appealed to people to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

Updated: April 23, 2019 — 3:21 pm