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Lok Sabha election 2019 updates: Congress announces candidates for Telangana council bypoll 2019

PM Narendra Modi and Congress' Priyanka Gandhi are scheduled to hold rallies in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua-Ratlam today.

Lok Sabha election 2019 updates: Congress announces candidates for Telangana council bypoll 2019
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With less than a week left for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha election, political bigwigs campaigned extensively on Monday to woo the voters. Leaders from top parties have lined up several election rallies.

To begin with, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress general secretary (East UP) Priyanka Gandhi held rallies in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua-Ratlam today. PM Modi also addressed rallies in Himachal Pradesh's Solan and Punjab's Bhatinda. BJP president Amit Shah campaigned in West Bengal, whereas Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed two rallies today - in Fatehgarh Sahib and Hoshiarpur of Punjab.

Voting for Phase 7  will be held on May 19 in 59 seats across eight states. These include 13 in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, 9 in West Bengal, 8 seats in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, 4 in Himachal Pradesh, 3 in Jharkhand and 1 in Chhattisgarh.

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Thanks for joining us. Please do come again on Tuesday (May 14) for Lok Sabha live updates. Here are the updates from May 13:

# A Delhi court directed AAP candidate from East Delhi parliamentary constituency Atishi Marlena to record pre-summoning evidence in the alleged two voter ID cards case against BJP candidate -- Gautam Gambhir.

# Taking a jibe at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over the cancellation of one of his rallies in the state, BJP President Amit Shah said the state's voters have decided to send more than 23 BJP MPs to the Lok Sabha irrespective of whether the state government allows them to hold meetings.

# PM Narendra Modi public meeting schedule

11.00 am: Public meeting at Ballia
12.25 pm: Public meeting at Buxar
2.05 pm: Public meeting at Sasaram
5.50 pm: Public meeting at Chandigarh

# Rahul Gandhi's travel programme in Madhya Pradesh on May 14

11:30 hrs: Public meeting at Dashera Maidan, Neemuch district
14:00 hrs: Public meeting at Mela Ground, Tarana, Ujjain district
16:00 hrs: Public meeting at Khandwa Stadium, Khandwa district

# Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's travel program for May 14 in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab:

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Public meeting at Mandi
14:00 pm-15:00 pm: Public meeting at Bhatinda 
16:05pm-17:30 pm: Roadshow at Pathankot, Gurdaspur

# A polling agent was arrested for allegedly attempting to influence voters at a polling booth in the Faridabad parliamentary constituency during the sixth phase of voting for Lok Sabha polls on Sunday,  prompting the Election Commission to order repolling.

"A complaint of a violation of the secrecy of voting in polling station 88, Asawati in Prithla constituency of 10, Faridabad parliamentary constituency was reported yesterday. On enquiry by the Observer, the complaint was found to be true. Commission has therefore ordered a fresh poll at this polling station on May 19," the poll body said in a statement on Monday.

# Byelection to Telangana Legislative Assembly: Enagala Venkatram Reddy to be Congress' candidate from Warangal, Komatireddy Laxmi from Nalgonda, Uday Mohan Reddy from Ranga Reddy. 

# Of the 909 candidates contesting the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections, 170 (19 per cent) have criminal cases against them, while 127 (14 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against their names, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

# Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi's cloud cover theory on the Balakot airstrike, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said the whole world was laughing at India.

# Election Commission finds speech delivered by Congress leader Milind Deora on April 2nd violative of the Model Code of Conduct. The poll panel censured and warned him to be more careful in the future.

# PM Modi stepped up his attack on the Congress over the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed of himself rather than reprimanding Sam Pitroda for his remarks. Read full report

# PM Modi said he would fight for justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims and blamed the previous Congress governments in the Centre for not delivering justice in 35 long years.

# The Congress has expressed concern over the way electronic voting machines (EVMs) were transported to strongroom in Nand Nagari in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency after voting on Sunday evening.

# The Congress has expressed concern over the way electronic voting machines (EVMs) were transported to strongroom in Nand Nagari in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency after voting on Sunday evening.

#  Two Opposition MLAs are in touch with the BJP and are likely to vote in favour of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, once the Assembly session is called, said state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar.

# Permission for Yogi Aditynath's poll meeting in Kolkata Wednesday cancelled by West Bengal government, says Sunil Deodhar. 

# BJP seeks apology from Mayawati for making personal attacks on PM Modi

WATCH Kolkata: BJP protests in front of West Bengal Chief Electoral Office after Amit Shah was denied permission to hold rally & land chopper in Jadavpur; Sunil Deodhar says, "Police, admn, DM Ratnakar Rao have become 'dalal' of TMC. EC is being partial & doing 'dalali' of TMC"

# Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajendra Balaji: Kamal Haasan's tongue should be cut off for his remarks on Hindu terror. He made these remarks to gain votes of minorities. We can't blame entire community for act of one individual. EC should take action against the actor and ban his party.

# A Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation, here on Monday, met Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain and sought action against the central forces for favouring a political party, as well as some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates for creating confusion among voters.

# Hitting out at BJP president Amit Shah over his "Kangal Bangla" remark, TMC leader and Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien Monday called him a "low-life" who "insulted" the state.

# The Goa Congress` women`s wing here on Monday alleged that Atanasio `Babush Monserrate, the party candidate for the Panaji Assembly by-election, has been framed in a 2016 case of minor`s rape, and accused the BJP-led coalition government in the state of vindictive politics.

# A Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation, here on Monday, met Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain and sought action against the central forces for favouring a political party, as well as some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates for creating confusion among voters.

# Haryana Police unleashed a three-layer security cover to protect EVMs and VVPATs in all counting stations.

Additional Director General of Police Navdeep Singh Virk said: "We have made foolproof three-tier security arrangement backed by CCTV cameras at the counting stations. The EVMs and VVPATs reached the counting stations on Sunday evening.

# Attacking BSP supremo Mayawati for making personal remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday said that she is "unfit for public life". "Behan Mayawati - She is firm on becoming a Prime Minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life," Jaitley tweeted.

# The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking to prepone polling hours from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m. for the remaining phases of the general election.

# Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday climbed a barricade to greet the public during a rally in Ratlam. Read full report

# PM Modi while addressing a rally at Himachal Pradesh's Solan, accused the previous Congress government of using defence deals as an automated teller machine (ATM) for the party.

# Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his five-year tenure saw only "campaigning" and no work.

# A man, who claimed to be a personal assistant to BJP`s West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh, was arrested along with an accomplice after Rs 1 crore of unaccounted money was seized from them in Asansol station on Monday, Railway Police sources said.

# Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that those guilty of 1984 anti-Sikh riots should and will be punished while reiterating that Sam Pitroda's "Hua to Hua" remark on the tragic event was shameful. "Whatever he said about 1984 anti-Sikh riots is wrong. He should apologise to the nation for this. He should be ashamed of what he said," Rahul said. Read full report

# PM Narendra Modi is raising the issue of Alwar rape at election rallies to get votes, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.

# BJP appeals Election Commission to impose a 5-day ban on actor-politician Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan for describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as an Independent India's first terrorist. The complaint has been filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay. Read full report

# Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Mayawati's remark on PM Modi: Absolutely disappointing and shocking for her to speak so ill about PM Modi and his personal life and women in BJP. 'Behen' Mayawati please be assured we're all absolutely safe, secure and have good professional relationships in our party.

# BJP writes to Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer against Congress leader DK Shivakumar alleging that he has camped at Kundagola and has been distributing cash to the voters and leaders.

# SP-BSP workers clash with each other ahead of the joint rally of Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh's Gazipur. The leaders are campaigning for their candidate Afzal Ansari, who is contesting from Gazipur Lok Sabha seat. 

# Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Narendra Modi seeking assistance for construction of 'pucca' houses in the cyclone-hit districts of Odisha, today. The CM requested the sanction of 5 lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin special houses in the 14 districts of the state that have been affected by the cyclone.

# Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader and Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao meets DMK President MK Stalin at his Chennai residence. 

# PM Modi in Solan: They (Congress) ask for votes in the name of their ancestors but when the misdeeds of their ancestors are questioned, they say 'hua toh hua'.

PM Modi was referring to the statement made by Congress' Sam Pitroda on the Anti-Sikh riots in the 1980s.

Black flag shown to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Punjab's Sangrur.

Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at Gaggar Majra Village Ground, Khanna, District Ludhiana, Punjab.

# Madhya Pradesh: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, Chief Minister Kamal Nath also present. pic.twitter.com/wBiKwSQrrr

# PM Modi in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh: The country is electing its representatives, even I went to Ahmedabad to cast my vote. President and Vice President of the country were standing in queues to cast their votes. But Digvijaya Singh didn't feel the need to cast his vote.

# BJP President Amit Shah in Joynagar, West Bengal: I was to visit 3 places today, but Mamata's ji's nephew is contesting from one of the seats so she is scared her nephew will lose, and that's why she cancelled the permission for our rally. pic.twitter.com/XVfbZPK0o0

# Rahul Gandhi says Sam Pitroda should apologise over his statement on anti-Sikh riots. 

# Priyanka Gandhi offers prayers at Mahakaleshwar Temple along with MP CM Kamal Nath.  

# The Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission to advance poll timings to 5:30 am from 7 am for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls in view of searing heat and the month of Ramzan. 

# Targeting the Kamal Nath government in MP over its alleged failure to implement its loan waiver promise in the state, PM Modi likened people to God and said, "The Congress cheated God."
He said the Congress had a problem saying 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', but was happy abusing him."

# PM Modi on Monday stepped up his attack on the Congress over its leader Sam Pitroda's 'hua to hua' (It happened, so what?) remark on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. The remark reflects the arrogance of the opposition party, PM Modi said, addressing a rally at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. 'Hua to hua' are not just three words but reflect arrogance of the Congress, he said.

# 'Hua to hua' remark shows arrogance of Congress, says PM Modi in Madhya Pradesh.

# Schedule of BJP National President Shri @AmitShah's public programs in West Bengal on 13 May 2019.

# Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday sparked a fresh controversy by saying that independent India's first terrorist was a 'Hindu' and he was Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.

# Amit Shah denied permission to hold rally in Jadavpur, say BJP sources.

# Opposition leaders to meet in New Delhi on May 23 after Lok Sabha election result: Sources

# Telangana Chief Minister KC Rao to meet DMK chief Stalin today evening in Chennai.

# Security has been beefed up in Solan ahead of the PM Modi's rally. Seven hundred police personnel having been deployed. 

# Elaborate security arrangements have been made for PM's rally in Bhatinda. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is seeking re-election from Bathinda.

#Priyanka Gandhi will hold roadshow in Indore. She is scheduled to offer prayers at the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain before addressing a public meeting in Ratlam. In the evening, she will hold the roadshow in Indore for Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi. Priyanka Gandhi will reach Indore around noon on Monday. 

#Other rallies -
Sushma Swaraj to campaign in support of Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur.
Nitin Gadkari to campaign in Ratlam, Devas and Indore.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani will also campaign in Indore.