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In photos, Modi woos traders by announcing collateral-free loan & other schemes

PM Modi at the convention also announced that if re-elected, he would form a National Traders' Welfare Board.

In photos: UP’s Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar go to polls in first phase voting

ThePrint brings images from Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar constituencies.

In photos: BJP launches Lok Sabha elections manifesto, promises a ‘New India’ by 2022

In its manifesto, the ruling BJP has promised to take India to new heights by focusing on national security, lowering taxes, and reducing poverty in the next five years.

Politics in photos: Actor-turned politician Hema Malini campaigns in Mathura

ThePrint's photographer Praveen Jain brings you images from Malini's visit.
Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal (C) with deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai at the press conference | PTI

AAP extends unconditional support to Left Democratic Front in Kerala

While addressing a press conference, AAP leader Somnath Bharti said the party's main aim is to remove the NDA and put an end to communal tension.
The fake image that went viral

Bombay Stock Exchange did not flash ‘Don’t vote for Modi’

A fake image of the Bombay Stock Exchange flashing ‘Don’t vote for Modi’ message is being widely circulated on social media.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Singh targets ‘anti-national’ Modi, alleges he sold interest of the nation

Navjot Sidhu accused Narendra Modi of favouring Ambani and Adani at the cost of state-run firms, and called him a "chowkidar" who only takes care of the rich.
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah | AmitShah/Twitter

How Amit Shah is campaigning in Gandhinagar without actually being there

BJP president Amit Shah has only visited the constituency thrice but has a strong trusted backroom team managing his campaign.   
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

Support for Sabarimala protests will win BJP 3 of Kerala’s 20 seats, says Pandalam royal

BJP, which has never won a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala, has been using Sabarimala as a poll plank in constituencies that served as hotbed of the agitation.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Commons

Congress wants to field Sheila Dikshit from East Delhi, readies list as talks go on with AAP

Barring Sheila Dikshit from East Delhi, Congress is likely to retain the candidates it fielded in 2014, in case talks with AAP fall through.

Priyanka Chaturvedi joins Shiv Sena after being ‘let down’ by Congress

Priyanka Chaturvedi quit the Congress after slamming them for reinstating ‘goons’ who had allegedly misbehaved with her.

Dalit man in UP votes for BJP ‘by mistake’, chops off finger

Pawan Kumar says he is a staunch BSP supporter but "accidentally" pressed the lotus instead of the elephant symbol on the EVM on 18 April.  

Forget turnout, just holding elections in Srinagar is a big deal: J&K chief poll officer

J&K CEO says that given the current scenario, even holding elections, that too peacefully, were a task. 

Back from EC ban, Adityanath says respect for constitutional bodies part of BJP’s ideology

Election Commission had barred Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours after he made communal remarks at a rally in Meerut.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav | PTI

Janata Dal asks poll body to cancel RJD nominations signed by Lalu Prasad Yadav

The JD(U) has written to the EC asking if Lalu Prasad had signed his party candidates' nominations after seeking a court's permission.

Sadhvi Pragya’s Karkare rant ‘embarrasses’ BJP, which sees her as a ‘double-edged sword’

BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare died because she had ‘cursed’ him.
Jaya Prada

Jaya Prada is playing a new role — fighting her guru Azam Khan using his own tricks

In her over two-decade political career, Jaya Prada has made many deft survival moves. This time, she is up against the man who was once her guide.
Priyanka Chaturvedi has quit the party on Friday | Suraj SinghBisht / ThePrint

Priyanka Chaturvedi quits Congress day after hitting out at party on Twitter

Priyanka Chaturvedi, who was a Congress spokesperson, resigned after party reinstated ‘goons who threatened her’.

In defence of electoral bonds: Why it’s a positive step & critics are wrong

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
PM Narendra Modi

Environment is the most under-reported disaster of Narendra Modi government

The new BJP manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections provides no respite from this ongoing assault.
In this May 4, 2014 file photo Priyanka Vadra is seen during a road show in Amethi

Why Priyanka Gandhi must take Modi head-on in Varanasi

Priyanka Gandhi will not win, but at least it will look like there’s an opposition in the country.
PM Narendra Modi introduced the channel on his Twitter account | @narendramodi/Twitter

NaMo TV can air PM Modi’s live speeches in silence period if it doesn’t violate terms: EC

The Election Commission said NaMo TV, which sponsored by BJP, can air speeches if there’s no reference to poll-bound areas or candidates.

Temple run, books, meetings: What Yogi, Mayawati, Maneka & Azam Khan did during EC ban

Starting Tuesday, for a period of 48 or 72 hours, Adityanath, Maneka Gandhi, Mayawati & Azam Khan were barred from campaigning
A vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

One ally that will help the new BJP or Congress govt create jobs – Artificial Intelligence

The new-age Skill India needs to be digital in nature, focused on jobs of tomorrow and powered by AI.
Valsad railway station

Inside Valsad, the bellwether seat that always votes for party which goes on to rule India

Historically, whoever wins Valsad wins India. ThePrint travels to this bellwether constituency to understand the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Second phase of Lok Sabha elections

Phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls records moderate to high voter turnout

Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said no reports of booth capturing or any other untoward incident regarding law and order has been received so far.
Sandeep Adhwaryu | The Times of India

BJP’s quest for ‘terror-free India’ and ‘missing names’ in voters’ list

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Mayawati and Mulayam Sing Yadav

Mayawati, Mulayam set for showstopper rally after 24 years of ‘murder plots’ & sexist jibes

Since the infamous Lucknow guesthouse incident, BSP's Mayawati and SP's Mulayam have been sworn enemies. But Friday's rally in Mainpuri could well make that history.
Election officials collect their Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from a distribution centre ahead of the Assembly elections in Jabalpur

Akhilesh Yadav wants Election Commission to rectify EVM malfunctions immediately

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that it is EC's responsibility to rectify the problem within 15 minutes, so that polling is held undisturbed.

Sardar Patel statue was built not to spite Nehru, PM Modi tells voters at Amreli

No one from Congress has visited the Statue of Unity despite Sardar Patel being a leader of their party, said PM Modi.
BSP chief Mayawati | PTI Photo/Nand Kumar

BSP chief Mayawati accuses Yogi Adityanath of violating election panel’s ban on him

The Election Commission imposed a 72-hour campaigning ban on Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath for making communal remarks at an election rally.

Congress’ Milind Deora gets Mukesh Ambani & Uday Kotak to endorse him for Mumbai South seat

Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora releases video in which Mukesh Ambani and Uday Kotak vouch for him. Do these industrialists have vested interests, asks Shiv Sena.