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Lok Sabha election updates: Election Commission serves notice to Sanjay Nirupam, seeks response within 24 hrs

The stake is very high for BJP, Congress, BSP, SP and TMC in the last phase and this is the reason why the senior leaders of these parties are campaigning hard to turn the tide in their favour.

Lok Sabha election updates: Election Commission serves notice to Sanjay Nirupam, seeks response within 24 hrs

With the last phase of Lok Sabha election scheduled to take place on Sunday, all political parties are trying their best to woo the voters. The stakes are very high for BJP, Congress, BSP, SP and TMC in the last phase and this is the reason why the senior leaders of these parties are campaigning hard to turn the tide in their favour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed rallies in Ballia in UP, Buxar and Sasaram in Bihar and Chandigarh. Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in Neemuch, Ujjain and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi held public meetings in Shimla, Bhatinda, Pathankot and Gurdaspur.

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Here are the latest and live Lok Sabha 2019 election updates from Monday (May 14):

* PM Narendra Modi's  public meeting on May 15

3:25 pm: Public meeting at Taki Arian Math 
5 pm: Public meeting at Diamond Harbour Lighthouse Math 

* Mamata alleges BJP's hand behind chaos at Amit Shah's rally:

"Students were attacked. These are dangas (riots). I have never seen something like this. BJP hired goons from Bihar and UP. They spent crores to put up flex and posters. After rally, why did BJP attack Vidyasagar College. We have done several rallies here in college square. We have a rally tomorrow. Tomorrow we will hold a protest rally. This matter will be investigated. They have vandalised Vivekananda’s statue in Calcutta University."

* Election Commission has issued notice to Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for prima facie violation of the Model Code of Conduct in a speech delivered in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He has been asked to furnish his response within 24 hours.

* Congress President Rahul Gandhi's travel programme in Rajasthan and Punjab on May 15: 

9:30 hrs: Visit to Thanagazi, Alwar district
12:15 hrs: Public meeting at Bargari stadium, Faridkot district
14:15 hrs: Public meeting at Dashera ground, Mullanpur, Ludhiana district

* Chaos witnessed during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in Kolkata today. Trinamool student wing and BJP supporters, equipped with sticks, clash with each other during the rally. According to reports, stones were also pelted during the clash. 

* Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge sparks fresh row, defends his father Mallaikarjun Kharge's Modi ji should be hanged comment, says "Modi told he will hang himself in the middle of the road if problems caused by demo is not solved in fifty days. We're ready to lay a road. Will he come?"

* Punjab: Posters against Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remarks 'Hua toh Hua' on 1984 riots, seen at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's roadshow is Pathankot. Read full story

* Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Pathankot, Punjab. State Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also present.

* Latest visuals from BJP President Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, West Bengal. #LokSabhaElections2019

* DMK President MK Stalin in a statement: If Tamilisai & Modi prove I was in contact with BJP to form an alliance with them, I'll quit politics. If they fail to prove, will she & Modi quit politics? I condemn the statement made by BJP State President Tamilisai.

* BJP complains to the Election Commission against Mamata Banerjee over cancellation of its leaders' rallies and violence during polling in West Bengal. It asked the poll panel to house arrest the TMC goons in the state.

* 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans raised at the rally of BJP chief Amit Shah in Kolkata today.

* AIADMK appealed to the Election Commission to bar AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran from campaigning for allegedly making personal attacks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.

* Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Bathinda, Punjab: When the entire Punjab was fighting for country's independence, RSS people were doing 'chamchagiri' (flattery) of Britishers, they never fought in the independence movement.

* Punjab Minister Manpreet Singh: Yeh (PM Modi) apne aap ko hindustan ka sher kehte hai, vakai sher honge par sher bhi do kisam ka hota hai. Ek jungle ka sher hota hai, ek circus ka sher hota hai. So hume toh yeh circus ke sher lagte hain.

* BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay has approached Delhi High Court seeking direction to Election Commission to take appropriate action against Kamal Haasan for his comments "First terrorist in independent India is a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse".

The roadshow started from Dharmatala after permission to start it from Sahid Minar Maidaan was denied by Kolkata Police

* Tight security cover for Amit Shah's roadshow. Thousands of supporters and well-wishers gather to greet the BJP president.

* BJP president Amit Shah starts BJP's roadshow in Kolkata amid continuing tensions between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

* West Bengal Government writes to Election Commission over deployement of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the state for 7th phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 ; requests, "decision for not having a local officer in charge of Quick Response Teams (QRTs) be re-examined"

* Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi's rally in Himachal Pradesh cancelled due to bad weather. 

"Priyanka's public rally in Sundernagar has been cancelled as her chopper could not take off from Kangra airport as IMD had forecast bad weather between Kangra-Sundernagar. The pilot has also filed a report," says Congress leader Anand Sharma. 

* Amit Shah to hold a roadshow in Kolkata today. TMC supporters remove posters, hoardings of Shah-PM Modi from the roadshow route. Read full story

Mani Shankar Aiyar justifies 'neech aadmi' jibe against PM Narendra Modi, BJP hits back (Read full report here)

In an emotional message to Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that every resident is contesting on his behalf.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a message to the people of Varanasi says, "Kashi is not mere two letters for me, it is an inspiration for me. Kashi is on a new path of development."

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Neemuch, MP: Narendra Modi told officers and Air Chief of Air Force, "It'll be beneficial, radar won't be able to track aircraft in bad weather". Narendra Modi ji, whenever it rains in India, do all the aircraft disappear from the radar?

* DMK President MK Stalin on his meeting with TRS leader & Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao: He did not come to Tamil Nadu to form fronts. He came to visit temples. He wanted to meet me. It was a courtesy visit.

* These 'mahamilavatis' are asking 'what is Modi's caste?'. I've been CM of Gujarat for a longer time than both 'Bua-Babua' combined have been CM. I've contested & helped many, in contesting elections, but never used my caste for support: PM Modi

* "There is no place for political violence in a healthy democracy, it's unfortunate that more and more incidences of violence are taking place in West Bengal. What can be more unfortunate, that the chief minister is unable to stop violence in the state?," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh

* I have only one caste 'poverty', that is why I have rebelled against poverty: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ballia

Supreme Court calls back Sharma's lawyer NK Kaul and modifies it's order and waives off condition of apology. Priyanka Sharma will be released immediately.

* Unconditional apology or no bail: SC to Priyanka

* The Supreme Court has asked BJP youth leader Priyanka Sharma to apologise to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for sharing a morphed picture of the TMC leader and get bail.

* "Nitish ji said y'day in Nalanda that he will not let Lalu ji come out of jail, it confirms our allegations that Nitish Kumar & people of BJP together sent Lalu ji to jail.Our appeal is in HC, it will be the court's decision not Nitish Kumar or Narendra Modi's," RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Supreme Court Vacation Bench to hear on 17th May, the petition filed by Ghosi Atul Rai, SP-BSP candidate from Uttar Pradesh, seeking protection from arrest in a rape case till May 23.

* During a ban on a candidate for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC), if they go to a public place or offer prayers at a temple & it is shown in media, it should be stopped. Election Commission should take action on it: Mayawati

Roadshows and offering prayers has become a fashion during elections, where a lot of money is spent. Election Commission should add this expense to the candidate's total expenditure limit: BSP chief Mayawati

BJP leader Mukul Roy in West Bengal's Barasat: BJP's Arvind Menon was holding a meeting with few leaders in Barasat. Few people led by Kakoli (TMC candidate) came there and attacked the cars parked outside. There is no democracy in this state.

On complaint of TMC candidate from Barasat, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, police raided home of a BJP worker in Barasat, yesterday. She said, "They are distributing money. BJP is doing this."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets the family of Padma Shri late Hiralal Yadav in Varanasi, who had passed away on 12th May.

Opposition's mission is to ruin my image, my mission is to build India's image on a global platform: PM Modi

* "People who came by deceiving you, by saying 'hum chaiwala hain', those who came by becoming a chaiwala', our people trusted them and helped them. But now you know the taste of that tea in those 5 years and these 2 years. How was the taste?" says Akhilesh Yadav 

* BJP will be the single-largest party and will get between 125 and 150 seats. Congress will get 123 to 130 seats. But if the seats won by regional parties are added then it would be more than these figures: Mamata Banerjee