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On Monday, a day after all major exit polls predicted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power with a clear majority, India’s Sensex posted its biggest single-day gain in 10 years and closed at a record high. Traders were betting on policy continuity.Yet, even if this scenario plays out, investors may soon face a reality check.

10:25:02 on 22 May

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For nearly a decade now, the Election Commission of India has been helping fledgling democracies organise elections. As it went about conducting polls for over 60 years in the world’s largest democracy, India’s Election Commission gained a wealth of experience in dealing with a range of challenges.

09:25:02 on 22 May

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The gruelling election season has come to a slow and grinding end and we await the results. However, debates continue to rage, from family gatherings to local tea-shops to TV screens to (un)social media, leading to frayed tempers and fractured relations. Why not just agree to disagree, rather than disagree to agree and often end up being disagreeable?

09:12:01 on 22 May

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With two-thirds of India aged 35 or below, and 15 million first-time voters, the results of this election may largely be determined by young people. However, many are also disenchanted and choose not to vote (Bangalore, for instance, saw a turnout of 50-65% voters this election).

08:26:01 on 22 May

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It’s not easy to decide which exit poll to trust and which one to take with a pinch of salt. One clear test of the reliability of exit polls is if the agency has released state-wise vote share figures or not. Therefore they are a far more fundamental part of any exit poll and much less prone to errors than seat predictions.

07:40:09 on 22 May

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EVMs can't be tampered with: Former CEC

With Opposition parties asking EC to check VVPAT data with that of EVMs, former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat today said, "EVMs can't be tampered with. EVM security protocol is so strict that whenever a strong room has to be opened, representatives of all political parties have to be there, machines are taken out in their presence, mock poll is also conducted."

07:32:23 on 22 May

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday said the Congress will accept the Lok Sabha election results with "humility", but maintained that exit poll projections have been wrong several times. He also accused the BJP of not doing issue-based politics and trying to polarise voters during the elections.

07:28:13 on 22 May

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Highly placed sources within the Opposition have told The Quint that a post poll pre-result alliance of Opposition parties will send letters of support to President Kovind late 22 May or early 23 May (counting day), voicing their support and stating that they have formed a unified alliance.

07:17:14 on 22 May

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BJP president Amit Shah slammed the opposition over its doubts on EVMs, saying the rival parties are rattled by their likely defeat and are “tarnishing” India and its democracy. He also termed as unconstitutional the demand of 22 opposition parties that the EC change its counting protocol and count five random VVPATs first.

06:27:42 on 22 May

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Thirty-nine companies of central forces have been deployed for the security of EVMs at 21 locations across Punjab ahead of Thursday's counting of votes in the Lok Sabha elections, an official said Wednesday. Polling to all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and the lone constituency of Chandigarh was held on May 19.

06:11:52 on 22 May

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Ministry of home affairs alerts state chief secretaries and DGPs regarding possibility of eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes tomorrow. MHA asks states and UTs to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility.

06:09:22 on 22 May

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The ruling Telengana Rashtriya Samiti in Telangana on Wednesday said it did not have doubts about the genuineness of the election results using EVMs with VVPATs. He was asked about the Election Commission rejecting the Opposition demand to first count the VVPAT slips. TRS had also lost many elections in the past, Mr. Reddy said.

05:48:49 on 22 May

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BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday slammed the opposition over its doubts on EVMs, saying the rival parties are rattled by their likely defeat and are "tarnishing" India and its democracy by raising questions on its electoral process. BJP president Amit Shah asks six questions to the 22 opposition parties who question the validity of EVMs.

05:41:10 on 22 May

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“I have been saying for many months that as soon Opposition starts seeing its defeat it will begin complaining about the EVMs. Look at Mamata Banerjee... she tried very hard to use violence to get a favourable verdict but by and large the elections were free and fair,” Mr. Paswan told reporters at a press conference in New Delhi.

05:18:48 on 22 May

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has hit out at the Opposition parties saying that in face of imminent defeat they start complaining about “manipulated EVMs. He said that the Supreme Court has heard the issue four times already and did not find credence in the demand. He said that the Opposition parties are like a headless body where no one listens to the other.

04:43:26 on 22 May

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The contest in Bihar’s Begusarai between CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar, BJP Giriraj Singh and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tanvir Hassan has drawn enormous attention. Kanhaiya Kumar, who shot into national prominence as a student leader at Jawaharlal, is a prominent face of dissent against Modi govt. As a consequence, the Begusarai election is a contest of competing visions for India.

04:11:56 on 22 May

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CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury reacted to the EC's decision over VVPAT counting and said, "This goes against the spirit of the Supreme Court Order on VVPATs delivered before polling began. If the process has been so long drawn for the sake of integrity of the electoral process, why is EC not adhering to the basic principle of testing the sample first?"

04:04:16 on 22 May

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As the counting process for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place on May 23 starting at 8 am, the leaders of 22 opposition parties on Tuesday met the Election Commission and urged the tallying of votes of EVMs with the paper trail from five randomly identified polling booths in an assembly segment before counting begins on Thursday.

03:58:35 on 22 May

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Congress MLA from Chikkaballapura in Karnataka, K Sudhakar, sparked controversy with his tweet saying EVM manipulation has nothing to do with the exit poll results. MLA’s comments are coming at a time when opposition parties are intensifying their demand that votes polled on EVMs be tallied with the VVPAT count before the counting starts, and not after the last round.

03:53:59 on 22 May

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With less than two days before counting of votes in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a meeting and dinner hosted by BJP chief Amit Shah for partners of the National Democratic Alliance. In his address at the BJP meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor.

03:46:58 on 22 May

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Undaunted by a slew of exit polls that hinted at a devastating defeat for LDF in Kerala in the general election, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the ruling coalition was poised to win all but twenty Lok Sabha seats. He said that the only factor that could upset the Left’s prospects was a possible vote trade by the BJP.

03:44:36 on 22 May

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, confident of another term for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, indicated today that his son Chirag Paswan may join the government. "Which father wouldn't want that," Mr Paswan said in response to reporters' questions a day before counting of votes cast in the national election.

03:35:42 on 22 May

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Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah, a member of the Rajya Sabha, is making his Lok Sabha election debut from a seat held by veteran party leader LK Advani since 1991, barring a two-year period. The contest is interesting because of the turf war between Shah and party colleague Anandiben Patel, and anti-BJP sentiment among the Patidar community.

03:15:28 on 22 May

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar believes the NDA is going to get a second term when votes are counted this week. And this time, the Janata Dal (United) chief, who had switched sides in 2017 to return to the BJP-led national coalition, hinted his party would be part of this government.

03:11:10 on 22 May

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TN: CPI flays CM for backing expressway

CPI State secretary R Mutharasan warned that famers would intensify their protest if TN government takes up the Salem-Chennai expressway project. “The State government should take full responsibility for any incident that might happen after the farmers intensified their agitation in the wake of the government taking up the project again,” Mutharasan said in a statement.

03:03:15 on 22 May

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When only hours are left to know the Lok Sabha results, all arrangements have been completed, said chief electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena. 63 senior IAS officers have been appointed counting officers. Apart from that, 140 additional returning officers have also been appointed.

03:02:06 on 22 May

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With SC and EC rejection Opposition's demand of 100% random physical counting of EVM-VVPAT in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has asked his party workers to remain cautious and alert. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi wrote, "The next 24 hours are important. Be cautious and alert. Don't be scared. You are fighting for the truth."

02:53:55 on 22 May

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Most non-NDA regional parties along with the Congress party have raised grave allegations and doubts over EVM manipulation. While this is not the first time that doubts over the EVM mechanism have been raised, the sheer fact that there seems to be a United Opposition questioning it, demands serious introspection and response from the Election Commission.

02:52:42 on 22 May

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Dissenting from the party's stand, Chikkaballapura Congress MLA K Sudhakar on Wednesday questioned why was the issue of EVM manipulation being brought into conversation while talking about the exit poll results. The legislator's reaction may hint at trouble ahead for the grand old party, which had a hard time keeping its coalition government intact with the JD(D).

02:52:23 on 22 May

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Udit Raj Stirs up Controversy

Congress leader Udit Raj stirred a controversy when he questioned if the SC was involved in rigging elections and hence did not want all VVPAT slips to be counted. Raj’s statement comes amid a growing demand by opposition to verify VVPAT slips of randomly selected polling stations before counting of votes polled in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election begins on May 23.

02:44:33 on 22 May

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More than 20 Opposition parties that met on Tuesday to discuss alleged EVM irregularities also resolved to come together to keep the NDA out of power. Sources said that while most of these parties were in touch throughout the five NDA years as part of the Opposition grouping, serious efforts are now being made to induct TRS and YSRCP into this block.

02:39:49 on 22 May

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Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Beed Jaydutta Kshirsagar will join the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar was a Minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the previous Congress-NCP government. He had campaigned for BJP candidate from Beed Lok Sabha constituency.

02:38:00 on 22 May

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The Opposition demand to tally the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) slips before the Electronic Voting Machines has been turned down by the Election Commission. The random verification of EVM votes with VVPAT slips -- made mandatory by the Supreme Court -- will be done after the counting of votes and not before, the Commission said today.

02:32:28 on 22 May

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Most exit polls for the Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Election have predicted that the DMK will win a majority of the 38 seats that went to polls on 18 April. But for political parties in the state, it is the results of the bye-elections to the 22 constituencies that will be more keenly watched. This is because the results can bring down the AIADMK government in the state.

01:35:42 on 22 May

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The Election Commission has refused to make any change in the counting process. It will be go on as planned, the poll body has said. This comes as a setback to the opposition parties, which have been demanding verification of VVPAT slips before counting. The Election Commission Tuesday set up a 24-hour control room to monitor complaints relating to EVMs.

01:26:16 on 22 May

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A day before the counting of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday termed as "constitutional travesty", the EC's rejection of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded and alleged that the poll watchdog wanted to set a new precedent of "dark secrets" and "secluded chambers" in performing its duties.

12:56:04 on 22 May

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Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, will begin at 8.00 am on Thursday and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter-verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time. 67.11% of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the seven-phase elections.

12:39:14 on 22 May

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The AIADMK will take a “favourable decision” on joining the Union Ministry after holding consultations among senior office-bearers of the party, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said. As for the exit poll predictions, he said that at the national level, they reflected the mood of the people, who wanted the BJP to remain in power.

12:28:09 on 22 May

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Despite making gains in state elections in Gujarat in 2017 and forming government in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in 2018, why do exit polls show the Congress is lagging behind in the same states? One reason is how people tend to vote differently for state and Lok Sabha elections and if these exit polls are to be believed.

12:24:08 on 22 May

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On the day 22 Opposition parties approached the EC and drew its attention to reports of what they called suspicious EVM movements and demanded verification of VVPAT slips before the counting of votes. The Commission is likely to give a reply to the demands of the parties Wednesday. The BJP called the Opposition move a desperate attempt in the face of certain defeat.

11:54:10 on 22 May

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Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi reserves order on a complaint seeking direction to police for registering an FIR against Congress President Rahul Gandhi under charges of sedition for accusing PM Modi of "hiding behind the blood of soldiers & doing dalali on their (soldiers') sacrifice". The complaint was filed by Joginder Tuli, an advocate practising in the SC.

11:48:39 on 22 May

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The opposition parties in several states are keeping a round-the-clock vigil on the storage rooms where the voting machines are kept in high security, ahead of the counting of votes in the national election. This comes amid complaints of alleged tampering of EVMs and protests in Uttar Pradesh after videos of alleged movement and tampering of voting machines.

11:14:55 on 22 May

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No one has really been in doubt about the advantage UDF had enjoyed this Lok Sabha polls in Kerala. The exit polls were mere confirmation. The Congress, and not the CPM, was seen by the secular and minority voters in the state as the best bet to stave off the Narendra Modi challenge. Rahul Gandhi's candidature in Wayanad might have worked as an additional prod.

11:10:20 on 22 May

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Towards the end of Election 2019, words have lost their significance in the bedlam of blame and abuse. All that remains are the images. Of politicians half emerging from the sunroofs of their SUVs, Modi pumping both hands at mammoth rallies, Amit Shah trying to do the same, Rahul Gandhi constantly pushing back his sleeve, Mamata Banerjee gesticulating tempestuously.

11:03:13 on 22 May

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EC to Meet to Discuss Opposition's Demand

The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday at 10 am to discuss the demands made by the opposition leaders. The opposition leaders met the Election Commission (EC) with a demand that it should ensure transparency in the counting process by verifying EVM results with VVPATs. As many as 22 Opposition parties have given a memorandum to the Election Commission.

10:08:03 on 22 May

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Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo on Tuesday conceded a few demands put forward by a delegation of DMK office-bearers overcounting of votes slated for May 23. DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi said the CEO had agreed to the appointment of counting agents by the respective candidates for counting of VVPAT paper slips for each booth.

09:27:01 on 22 May

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On Sunday, when exit poll results were being telecast, the 78-year-old leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar, was busy working the phone lines to reach out to leaders from three non-BJP parties that have largely remained away from the Opposition alliance talks so far. Pawar was getting in touch with the BJD, the TRS, and the YSRCP.

09:10:01 on 22 May

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The rumblings of discontent within the Kerala Congress (M), in connection with the election of party chairman and parliamentary party leader, are moving out of control of the leadership. Though senior leaders made all-out efforts to settle the issues between Mani and Joseph factions, the adamant stand taken by both the factions has escalated the crisis.

08:30:01 on 22 May

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Prasar Bharati and Google have joined hands for the election results day on May 23, providing for a dedicated live stream of the verdict of the Lok Sabha and state polls on YouTube. Google and Prasar Bharati will celebrate the biggest festival of democracy on May 23 by creating a dedicated live stream of the results on YouTube.

07:57:01 on 22 May

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The exit poll results that have predicted a mammoth BJP win in the Lok Sabha elections have sent the opposition into a huddle. On a day 22 parties met the Election Commission with their set of demands before counting, a sideshow of bonhomie between Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was also being played out.

06:57:01 on 22 May

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Counting of votes polled in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and by-elections in 22 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will be taken up on May 23. Counting of postal ballots and pre-counting of ETPBS (Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots) will start at 8 a.m. Each parliamentary constituency consists of six Assembly segments.

06:27:01 on 22 May

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While support for the return of the BJP appears visible, important regional variations are clearly discernible. Politically, the India of 2019 seems to have thrown up three regions: the North and West, which already has an entrenched BJP; the East and North East where the BJP is set to emerge as the central player and the South, which continues to remain aloof to the BJP.

06:10:01 on 22 May

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday discussed forging a non-BJP alliance after the results of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday with Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, a party official said. Naidu met Gowda and Kumaraswamy at the latter's residence.

05:57:01 on 22 May

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The next government will take charge in New Delhi against the backdrop of many years of economic stability. The question it will have to ask itself is whether this is the calm before the storm. Indian voters put Narendra Modi in power five years ago. The Indian economy was then still struggling with high inflation, fiscal stress and a large current account deficit.

10:57:01 on 21 May

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Nine out of nine exit polls have predicted an outright victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party, with close to 300 seats. The key to the accuracy of an exit poll is that voters must be willing to tell the truth about their preferences to complete strangers. That, in turn, depends on a complex set of factors.

10:12:01 on 21 May

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With the general election results due on May 23, now is the best time to look back at the nature of the campaign, especially of the two major parties, and what it tells us about the state of Indian democracy. The BJP was clearly ahead in the campaign game. Whereas Congress had the advantage of being the opposition, and it is always easier to attack the incumbent.

09:55:02 on 21 May

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The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will go down in history as one that gravely damaged the pristine reputation of India’s Election Commission. The latest controversy to hit the EC is the protest by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who wants his dissenting opinions on clean chits to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to be put on record and made public.

09:12:02 on 21 May

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If election results follow the direction shown by the exit polls, there would be accusations about the rigging of EVM machines. But irrespective of what the results are, there is one thing no one should have any confusion about: more than EVMs, it is the Hindu mind which has been effectively rigged.

08:12:01 on 21 May

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has claimed that ten of his party's lawmakers are getting phone calls with offers of money and posts to switch over to the BJP. His remark came after the BJP wrote to the Governor on Monday claiming Kamal Nath was running a minority government. The party has demanded a floor test in the assembly.

07:08:18 on 21 May

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The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) Chief TTV Dhinakaran took to twitter to strongly condemn the ruling AIADMK over its commitment to build the 8-lane highway connecting Chennai with Salem. His tweet read that the government was tight-lipped about this issue while campaigning and once the voting is over their face is unmasked.

07:08:00 on 21 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Union ministers from the BJP as well as allies at a meeting hosted by party president Amit Shah at its headquarters. The BJP described the meeting as an occasion to thank ministers for "their service to the nation" ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge.

06:54:27 on 21 May

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With just two days left for the declaration of results of the Lok Sabha polls, security has been beefed up in and around the counting centres in the seven parliamentary constituencies of Delhi officials said Tuesday. The deployment for May 23, when the results of Lok Sabha polls will be declared, has been made in accordance with the guidelines of the ECI, an official said.

06:49:36 on 21 May

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Uttarkhand CM Rawat termed opposition criticism of PM Modi's Kedarnath visit "extremely unfortunate" and challenged the critics to spend a day at the cave where Modi meditated. "A media house has described the meditation cave as a state-of-the-art facility. I invite them to visit the cave and spend a day there. We will make preparations for their stay there," he said.

06:44:28 on 21 May

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Voting for the seven and last phase Lok Sabha elections concluded on Sunday, After 39 days of polling which begins on April 11, with over 67 % Voters exercising their franchise for 542 parliamentary seats. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments.

06:39:10 on 21 May

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dubbed the allegations made by Opposition pertaining to the unsecured movement of EVMs in Bihar as "bogus" and added that such statements made by the Opposition show that they are nervous ahead of the LS poll result. On Monday, Lalu Yadav's RJD alleged the suspicious movement of EVMs in Maharajganj and Saran parliamentary constituencies.

05:57:46 on 21 May

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Kushwaha Calls for Protection of EVMs

After few incidents of EVMs being transported allegedly without any security, RLSP's Upendra Kushwaha said that security of the vote should be the priority and that people should take up arms if need arises to protect it. " To avoid the looting of the votes, as happened today, people should take up arms if the need arises," Kushwaha said in Patna.

05:39:30 on 21 May

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Opposition parties turned out in strength before the Election Commission today with a laundry list of demands they said were "confidence-building measures". The prime concern is the order of counting of national election votes on Thursday - the parties want the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) machines be considered first.

05:31:23 on 21 May

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A day after praising the Election Commission for conducting "perfect" polls, former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and asked the poll body to put all speculations to rest. The former President further said that Indian electorates have never lost confidence in elections.

05:20:55 on 21 May

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The Election Commission indicated to the Supreme Court on Friday that if the 50% VVPAT slip verification is carried out, it will delay counting by six days. Twenty-one Opposition parties had moved the Supreme Court against the EC’s guideline that VVPAT counting would take place only in one polling station in each Assembly segment in the coming Lok Sabha election.

05:04:02 on 21 May

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If you are shell-shocked by the largely one-sided projections of the exit polls, then this might calm your nerves. The average of all exit polls, or the Poll-of-Polls, has predicted that Uttar Pradesh may end up sending 49 BJP MPs to Parliament. But here’s what many of us may not have taken into account: the pulse of the people on ground.

05:00:33 on 21 May

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The Madras High Court has granted an interim injunction against nine companies from selling refined edible oil under names and brand similar to "Gold Winner", which is a registered trade mark of Kaleesuwari Refinery Private Limited. Justice SVaidyanathan ordered the injunction recently on suits from Kaleesuwari Refinery.

04:57:22 on 21 May

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CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a letter to ECI has demanded repolling in Diamond Harbour Parliamentary Constituency citing large-scale irregularities. While Fuad Halim, son of former West Bengal Assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim, was CPI (M) candidate, Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee was the TMC’s candidate for the Diamond Harbour LS seat.

04:41:01 on 21 May

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Akhilesh Yadav Meets AAP's Sanjay Singh

Stepping up efforts of consolidating an opposition bloc against the NDA, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav discusses post-poll politics with AAP's Sanjay Singh. After holding talks, Singh told the news agency ANI, " We met to discuss the strategy to be followed after results. The first priority is to stop BJP."

03:41:40 on 21 May

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MP govt is planning to reopen an old murder case against BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, a day after exit polls predicted a victory for her from Bhopal LS constituency. Cong-led govt in the state will seek a legal opinion on reopening the murder case of ex-RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, in which Pragya Singh was acquitted, state Law Minister PC Sharma said on Tuesday.

03:40:26 on 21 May

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TN Dy CM Panneerselvam hailed the exit polls favouring a second term for NDA at the Centre, saying it indicated a “good verdict” to be given by voters. Responding to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s remarks that the exit polls were “imposing of opinions”, his deputy said such views were based on the respective individuals’ “frame or mind”, but did not elaborate.

03:28:25 on 21 May

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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the silence of EC was worrying even after "evidence" had come to the fore that EVMs used in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls were being switched. Reacting to exit polls predicting a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA in the next Lok Sabha, she said a poll victory of BJP should not deter the resolve of people to fight for what is right.

03:23:00 on 21 May

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Top opposition leaders met here on Tuesday, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, to discuss the possibility of a non-NDA alliance staking claim to government formation. They will also move the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures.

03:22:54 on 21 May

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With grim predictions for the Congress in exit polls ahead of the national election results, infighting in the party's Karnataka unit has resurfaced with a leader, Roshan Baig, going public with a series of allegations. Using strong words against his party leadership, Roshan Baig has called KC Venugopal "a buffoon", Siddaramaiah arrogant and Dinesh Gundu Rao a "flop show."

03:03:08 on 21 May

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Opposition EVM hurdle begins. Cong, AAP, TMC have joined Chandrababu Naidu. There are around 21 party leaders in the meeting. Yechury, Praful Patel, Ahmad Patel, D Raja, Sanjay Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Derek O'Brien, Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Ram Gopal Yadav(SP), Manoj Jha (RJD), Chandra Babu Naidu (TDP), DMK representative are among the leaders who have joined Naidu.

02:51:50 on 21 May

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Speaking to CNN-News18, JDS spokesperson Tanvir Ahmed says, "If the numbers on results day don't favour us then there will be trouble for the Congress coalition in Karnataka." His statement comes a day after nearly all exit polls indicated a decisive victory for the BJP-led NDA government and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

02:44:35 on 21 May

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The AIADMK on Tuesday instructed its counting agents to remain vigilant over DMK’s “dishonest practices” during the counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls. Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said in a statement that agents must follow a slew of steps, including reaching the counting centres as early as 6 a.m. on May 23.

02:42:28 on 21 May

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee praised Election Commission as an institution but seemed to make an oblique reference to individuals in the commission when he said "only a poor workman blames his tools". The Election Commission has been accused of bias by the Congress and other opposition parties throughout the campaign for the national election that ended on Sunday.

02:39:14 on 21 May

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The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu hit out at DMK chief M K Stalin on Tuesday for saying his party would decide on being part of the next Union cabinet formed by "whichever party" after the Lok Sabha results, asking what was his "hesitation" over standing firmly with ally Congress.

02:30:22 on 21 May

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JDS spokesperson Tanvir Ahmed says, "If the numbers on results day don't favour us then there will be trouble for the Congress coalition in Karnataka." His statement comes a day after nearly all exit polls indicated a decisive victory for the BJP-led NDA government and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01:57:26 on 21 May

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JDS spokesperson Tanvir Ahmed says, "If the numbers on results day don't favour us then there will be trouble for the Congress coalition in Karnataka." His statement comes a day after nearly all exit polls indicated a decisive victory for the BJP-led NDA government and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01:54:40 on 21 May

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Alleging discrepancies in handling and storage of EVMs in several parts of India, the Congress has said the movement of voting machines at night is suspicious. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla urged the Election Commission to take corrective measures to maintain the sanctity of the electoral process.

01:43:32 on 21 May

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As exit polls spelt doom for most opposition parties and predicted a return of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), regional parties are trying to reach out to each other before the final results come out on May 23. While Mamata Banerjee met Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday and talks are on among many others, YSRCP chief Jagan Reddy is keeping the suspense on.

12:50:41 on 21 May

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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has cancelled his scheduled visit to Delhi, where he was expected to take part in a meeting of opposition leaders over the issue of Electronic Voting Machines, official sources said. Opposition parties are demanding tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM figures in an entire Assembly constituency in case a discrepancy is found in any polling booth.

12:35:55 on 21 May

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary at Veer Bhumi. The Congress party will hold commemorative programmes to highlight his contribution to the country.

12:20:39 on 21 May

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Differences among Kerala Congress (M) factions over party chairmanship have intensified. Mani group is in no mood to compromise on chairmanship as they fear losing control of the party if someone from the rival Joseph faction takes over. Joseph faction, however, wants to avoid a vote by the party's state committee and prefers a consensual appointment of the new chairman.

12:09:21 on 21 May

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The SC dismissed a new petition that sought matching of all voter-verifiable paper audit trail slips with electronic voting machines during the counting of votes on May 23. Calling the petition a “nuisance”, the court said, “We won’t entertain such a plea over and over again. Can’t come in the way of people electing their representatives. Let country elect its government.”

11:46:45 on 21 May

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The EC responded to multiple reports of EVMs being transported without security in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The poll panel has clarified on four such incidents in Ghazipur, Chandauli, Domariaganj and Jhansi. EVMs have been at the centre of controversy this election, with instances of fake votes being cast, to EVMs being transported without any security.

11:18:53 on 21 May

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Congress general secretary for east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has urged party workers to keep their morale high and not get disheartened by “rumours” and exit polls after they predicted a massive victory for the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha election. In an audio message to party workers on Monday, Priyanka Gandhi also asked them to stay alert.

11:09:12 on 21 May

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The bomb blast that murdered Rajiv Gandhi 28 years ago took more than his life. When, in the anarchic aftermath of PM Indira Gandhi’s murder in 1984, her son was anointed her successor, the first reaction was one of dismay. Couldn’t we find anyone better qualified to rule us than a 40-year-old airline pilot with four years of political experience?

10:32:44 on 21 May

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary this morning at Veer Bhumi in Delhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former president Pranab Mukherjee, among other senior party leaders, also joined them.

09:57:02 on 21 May

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In view of counting VVPAT slips, results may become late But, trends can be known by afternoon, Collector and District Election Officer G.Veerapandian observed. Micro observers shall play a key role during the counting process in both Assembly and Lok Sabha segments, Veerapandian said and added that the list of micro observers will be selected on a random basis

08:10:01 on 21 May

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The exit poll forecast has led to hectic parleys in political circles with TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu taking the lead in huddling up an anti-BJP front as pollsters predict comfortable majority for the National Democratic Alliance. With just two days left for the counting day, the top leaders are up for a busy Tuesday to devise post-result schemes.

07:57:01 on 21 May

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Tension has been prevailing in the camps of TD and YSRC though they have been expressing confidence of winning maximum seats and forming the government in Andhra Pradesh. The reason for YSRC cadre being tensed is that though majority agencies showed a clear sign for the victory of the party, some pollsters had given advantage to TD.

07:10:03 on 21 May

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The Election Commission on Monday imposed prohibitory orders in Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, following violence in the area during the assembly by-election on Sunday, a senior official said. Keeping in mind the "sensitive" situation in Bhatpara, it was decided to impose Section 144 of the CrPC, the EC official said.

06:57:02 on 21 May

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As India waits with bated breath for the announcement of Lok Sabha elections 2019 results on May 23, the top leaders of the various opposition leaders are set to meet in New Delhi. A delegation of 21 opposition leaders led by TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu will call upon the Election Commission at 3 pm Tuesday to raise EVM issue.

06:40:01 on 21 May

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