Campaigning ended Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 18 for 95 seats spread across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry that was marked by acrimony with the Election Commission barring several leaders from electioneering for their controversial remarks. Polling will be held in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.
The income tax department on Tuesday evening raided the house of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi. Kanimozhi is the DMK’s candidate from Thoothukudi parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha elections. The IT officials along with Election Commission personnel visited her house to verify allegations that "lots of cash was stashed on the first floor of the house".
The Congress on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "omitted" certain details about his property in his affidavits filed during previous elections and wanted the Election Commission to take "thorough cognizance" of it. Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that Modi was "hiding something" about a property in Gandhinagar.
Some of the important happenings that are to take place today:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend one election rally in Sholapur, while three election rallies in Gujarat. While, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will attend three parliamentary constituencies Kannur, Kasargod and Vadakara in Kerala.
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