Abhinandan Pathak, a PM Modi lookalike, filed his nomination as Independent candidate from Lucknow today. Says, "I'll also file nomination from Varanasi on 26. I am not a dummy candidate. I am not against anyone but 'jumla'. After winning, I'll support Rahul ji's PM candidature.

Rahul Gandhi in Madurai, Tamil Nadu: "Elections of 2019 is a clash between 2 different visions of our country. Congress says all different ides, perspectives, languages, histories, cultures must live happily together. All voices must be heard. RSS-BJP says only 1 idea should govern India."

Gopal Rai, AAP: "33 seat hai, 3 nahi. Modi aur BJP se desh ko mukt karana hai, 33 seats pe ladna padega. Punjab mein Congress BJP ko harane mein saksham hai, usse zyada mazboot Delhi mein AAP hai. 7 seats pe hum akele haraenge, Congress ki yahan zamanat jabt hogi har seat pe."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally in Koppal, Karnataka: "HD Kumaraswamy insulted the soldiers of our country. Congress-JDS work dynastic parties who works only for their families," alleges PM Modi.

Gopal Rai, Aam Aadmi Party: AAP -Jananayak Janata Party (JJP) have entered into an alliance in Haryana for Lok Sabha elections. JJP will contest on 7 seats and AAP will contest on 3 seats in Haryana. 

Himachal Pradesh Power Minister Anil Sharma has tendered his resignation as minister. 

Delhi: Former Union Minister Krishna Tirath on Frdiay quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rejoins Congress.

Congress national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday took a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani over her educational qualifications. Chaturvedi said, "A new serial is going to come, 'Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi'; Its opening line will be 'Qualifications ke bhi roop badalte hain, naye-naye sanche mein dhalte hain, ek degree aati hai, ek degree jaati hai, bante affidavit naye hain."

In an interim order, Supreme Court asks political parties to give details of donors who donated through electoral bonds, amounts received from them, details of payment received on each bond etc. to the Election Commission by May 30.

The Kerala Christian Forum demanded an apology from BJP chief Amit Shah for his statement on the implementation of NRC. Yesterday, Shah said, "We'll ensure implementation of NRC in the country. We'll remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha,Hindus and Sikhs."

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The first phase of Lok Sabha polling concluded yesterday. The voting was held in 91 constituencies across 20 states. Meanwhile, polling for assembly seats in four states - Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha also held simultaneously along with the parliamentary voting.  Incidents of violence were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal. In the southern state, one TDP and one YSR Congress workers were killed in the scuffle during the polling.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi filed her nomination papers for Raebareilly Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. This year, the UPA chairperson is trying her luck to retain the Raebareli seat for the fifth time. Ahead of filing her nominations, Sonia Gandhi along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took part in a ‘hawan’ (pooja) at the Congress’ central office.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani on Thursday also filed her nomination papers from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi Lok Sabha constituency which goes to the polls in the fifth phase on May 6. Before filing her nomination papers, Smriti Irani performed a puja. Her husband Zubin Irani was also present at the puja.

In important happening which are to take place today are:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today hold election rallies in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.

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