India General Elections 2024: Key Moments from May 13 2024

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to file his nomination from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat tomorrow, following a six-kilometer roadshow that he began in the city. The roadshow commenced with Mr. Modi garlanding a statue of Madan Mohan Malviya, a prominent educationist and social reformer, at the Malviya Chauraha in the Lanka area.

India General Elections 2024 Key Moments from May 13 2024
India General Elections 2024 Key Moments from May 13 2024

As the Prime Minister gears up for his nomination, Hemant Soren has cited a Supreme Court order granting bail to Arvind Kejriwal and is seeking interim relief to campaign freely. This development comes amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, which witnessed a voter turnout of 62.31% across 96 constituencies in the fourth phase, as reported by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Notably, West Bengal recorded the highest turnout by 5 p.m. at 75.66%, followed by Andhra Pradesh at 68.04% and Madhya Pradesh at 68.01%. Conversely, Jammu and Kashmir registered the lowest turnout at 35.75%. The ECI further detailed voting percentages in other states participating in the fourth phase polling: Bihar (54.14%), Jharkhand (63.14%), Maharashtra (52.49%), Odisha (62.96%), Telangana (61.16%), and Uttar Pradesh (56.35%).

Meanwhile, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addressed an election rally in Jharkhand’s Latehar, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi subscribes to dictatorial tendencies. Kharge emphasized the opposition’s resolve to impart an electoral lesson to Mr. Modi, while asserting the Congress’s support for K.N. Tripathi, the Chatra candidate.

Phase 4 of the Lok Sabha elections, encompassing 96 seats across 10 states and Union Territories, commenced at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. The states involved in this phase include Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttar Pradesh (13), Maharashtra (11), Madhya Pradesh (8), West Bengal (8), Bihar (5), Odisha (4), and Jammu and Kashmir (1). Additionally, voters in Andhra Pradesh will cast ballots to elect representatives for the 175-member State Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Congress has asserted that the BJP’s electoral prospects are waning, with Congress leader Jairam Ramesh predicting the BJP’s decline across southern states and a halving of its strength in other regions. Ramesh highlighted what he views as a “relentless downward trajectory” for the BJP, suggesting that Prime Minister Modi’s campaign is growing increasingly desperate as the elections progress.

 

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