Madhya Pradesh: Visuals from the Pradesh Congress Committee meeting of the party candidates, underway in Bhopal. pic.twitter.com/Q6DX5WJ4zS— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal have discussed the ongoing political situation over a phone call, News18 has reported.
Pranab Mukherjee hails EC, says polls were conducted 'perfectly'
At a time when the Election Commission is under fire from opposition parties for being biased, former president Pranab Mukherjee lauded the role of the poll panel saying the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were conducted "perfectly".
Roshan Baig, Congress when asked if Siddaramaiah is responsible for the collapse of the govt: KC Venugopal is a buffoon. I feel sorry for my leader Rahul Gandhi ji. Buffoons like Venugopal, the arrogant attitude of Siddaramaiah & the flop show of Gundu Rao...The result is this. https://t.co/WOxFkk9enD— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
HD Kumaraswamy cancels Delhi visit
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has cancelled his scheduled visit to Delhi today, where he was expected to take part in a meeting of opposition leaders over the issue of EVM, PTI has reported.
The chief minister was to take part in the meeting of opposition leaders over the EVM issue.
Update: Supreme Court has dismissed a plea challenging appointment of two retired bureaucrats as special observer and central police observer in West Bengal for the Lok Sabha polls.
The apex court observed that elections have concluded and the petitioner may approach the Kolkata High Court.
Supreme Court dismisses the petition filed by a group of technocrats seeking a direction that the number of machines subject to verification of VVPATs to be increased to 100%. A vacation bench of the Apex Court did not find any merit in the petition filed by the technocrats. pic.twitter.com/TEVcHf3VbL— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019
Delhi CM and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be attending the meeting of Opposition leaders in Delhi.
NEWS FLASH: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court (SC) given a clean chit to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and party chief Akhilesh Yadav in the disproportionate assets case. CBI has said that an enquiry was closed in August 2013 and that no evidence was found against the Yadavs, News18 has reported.
NDA to get around 300 seats, but market unlikely to return 30% in 2019: Jhunjhunwala
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, popularly known as the big bull of D-Street, in an exclusive interview with CNBC-TV18, said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) should be able to get around 300±10 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has cancelled his visit to Delhi, News18 has reported. He will not be part of Opposition's delegation that is expected to meet the EC today over EVMs.
Meanwhile, after a strong closing in the previous session the benchmark indices opened on positive note on May 21 with Nifty and Sensex test a new record highs.
At 09:16 hrs IST, the Sensex is up 104.58 points at 39,457.25, while Nifty is up 28.80 points at 11,857.10. About 534 shares have advanced, 266 shares declined, and 64 shares are unchanged.
NEWS FLASH: The Election Commission has declared polling held at polling station number 200 of the Kolkata Uttar constituency void. Re-poll will be held there on tomorrow from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Hindu groups to double down on demands as Narendra Modi set for big win
A Hindu temple on a disputed site, life in jail for killing cows and ending the autonomy of India's only Muslim-majority state are some demands Hindu groups plan to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi on if he wins the general election as expected.
JUST IN | Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, along with 21 opposition parties leaders, will meet Election Commission tomorrow at 3 pm.
Election Commission: Sec-144, which prohibits the assembly of more than 4 people in an area, has been imposed in Bhatpara, West Bengal for undefined time-period to combat post-poll violence.
In addition, Special Police Observer for West Bengal Vivek Dubey told news agency ANI, "A strength of 200 Companies of Central forces will be retained in West Bengal to assist in counting and to handle post-poll violence. This force will be deployed all over state. Remaining 510 Companies will move out of the state."
MP CM Kamal Nath: They (BJP) have been trying this since day 1, have proved majority at least 4 times in the last 5 months. They want to do it again, we have no problem. They'll try their best to disturb present govt to save themselves from getting exposed. Govt is ready for floor test.
JUST IN | Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath says ready for floor test to prove majority.
JUST IN | BJP parliamentary board meeting at 4.00 pm tomorrow, News18 has reported.
BJP wants Congress govt in Madhya Pradesh to prove majority
Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly "to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength".
News18 has reported that the BJP has summoned its allies. This comes a day after exit polls predicted a win for the NDA.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal has told the media that the party is seeking re-polling in specific booths due to violence.
“We met the Election Commission over violence in the seventh phase of elections and have put forward our request for re-polling in those areas. BJP workers and candidates are being threatened in West Bengal,” Goyal said.
“Mamata Banerjee is threatening the people and BJP workers. There are chances of political violence in West Bengal. Therefore we have requested central forces to be deployed at counting centres. To keep the counting process free and fair, we have requested that special observers to be deployed,” he added.
Akhilesh Yadav has reached BSP supremo Mayawati's residence in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.