* Narendra Modi has said implementation of a Uniform Civil Code does not mean that Hindu Code would be imposed on all citizens of the country. "Constitution says that the government will make efforts to implement the Uniform Civil Code.....The second important point I would like to make clear is that implementing a UCC does not mean that all citizens of the country will be brought under the Hindu code." Read more
* Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought time from the Delhi High Court for replying to a plea of a Haryana Congress MP seeking damages of Rs one crore from the AAP leader on the grounds that he has been allegedly defamed. Read more
* Of over 3000 various types of cases received, chargesheets for 1,000 to 1,200 were being readied and would be filed in court before May 16. Read more
* Having won in 2009 nearly half of the 64 seats going to polls in the penultimate round tomorrow, Congress appears to face a difficult task when people in the whole of Seemandhra, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand cast their vote in the Lok Sabha elections tomorrow. Conversely its main rival BJP, which currently has only five seats in tomorrow's round, may have everything to gain if it improves its performance in parts of heartland UP and Bihar that go to polls along with some constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. Read more
* BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's "comrade dangabaaz" remark attacking Narendra Modi is disgusting and inappropriate. Read more
* Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi accusing him of being double-faced, saying on the one hand, he talks about UP's development and on the other, he has joined hands with those who are humiliating people from the state. Read more
* Congress charged Narendra Modi with destroying media freedom in Gujarat and questioned his promise of ridding politics of criminals when he "embraces" accused like Amit Shah and Babubhai Bukharia. Read more
* BJP leader Arun Jaitley releases party's vision document for Varanasi. Addressing the crowd at the launch, Jaitley said that India has only options, following the Lok Sabha elections, "A Modi-led government or chaos are the only options for India."
"Only the BJP and NDA can provide a stable government which is required to put the country's economy back on track," Jaitley told the media while releasing the BJP's Vision Document for Varanasi where Modi is the party candidate. Read more
* Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of indulging in "divisive politics" and benefitting a few industrialists while failing to work for the masses. He was addressing an election rally. Read more
* BJP leader Giriraj Singh today surrendered in a district court and was later granted bail in a case of alleged hate speech lodged in Patna. Singh surrendered in the court of Judicial Magistrate Javed Alam who granted him bail after accepting his bail bond. Singh was out on anticipatory bail granted by District Court judge Virendra Kumar in the case on April 25. Read more on the case here
* Amid the opposition gunning for the Election Commission over its "failure to curb massive rigging", six constituencies in four districts of West Bengal go to the hustings as the Lok Sabha poll carnival moves into the Maoist heartland. Read more
* RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is cheating the people and trying to gain sympathy by calling himself a victim of caste discrimination. Read more
* Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwa said that the Congress workers were openly distributing cash envelopes in Amethi and yet no action was being taken against them. Read more
* Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh
Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi once again raised the caste card. "We are born in lower castes. Is it a crime?," he said, in an attempt to connect with the crowd. "We sacrificed our lives for your well being too. But we never felt insulted."
"Hang me if you want me, but do not insult my fellow Indians who were born in lower castes," he said. "We just want a right to live with dignity. Nation has stepped out of caste and communal politics. The youth want development and a sound future."
Earlier, too, in reply to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's barb aimed at him for practicing 'low-level' of politics yesterday, Modi had tweeted stating that he was targeted as he belonged to a backward caste, "I belong to lower caste of society, that is why they think my politics is 'low-level' politics."
"First they called me a tea seller. As if it was a crime that I sold tea. They asked if a tea seller will run the nation," he said, once again raising the subject of his humble background. "I don't know if the EC has the courage to act against such statements made," he asked. "In a democracy every one has the right to be the prime ministers."
"The Congress has accepted defeat even before the results are out. The time is up for the mother-son government," said Modi during his second rally of the day at Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh. Read more
* A blast took place inside a polling station in Watergam in Baramulla district of Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of polling in the constituency. Read more
* Kumar Vishwas says his family told to leave Amethi
Kumar Vishwas, who is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Amethi, Tuesday alleged that his family had been asked to leave the constituency or face forceful eviction. According to sources, district police officials late Monday reached the rented accommodation of the AAP leader and asked his wife and other relatives along with the children to leave the constituency.
* The controversy around #144inAmethi on Twitter
On Monday evening, Kumar Vishwas, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Amethi tweeted claiming that the Uttar Pradesh police in Amethi, were forcing his family to leave the constituency or face forceful eviction. Kumar claimed the UP police had left immediately after media OB vans arrived at his house at Awas Vikas Colony. According to him, they returned soon after, and again threatened to evict his wife, sister and some others from his rented home.