More than 100 million people across seven states are eligible to vote in the sixth phase of the 39-day-long poll, which Modi began on April 11 as front-runner after an escalation of tension with neighbouring Pakistan.
Among its successful women candidates is Pramila Bisoy, 70, who spent years helping rural Indian women set up small businesses and said she never imagined she would enter parliament.
Indian politicians are often accused of using hate or intimidation to win support of the electorate. Soliciting votes on religious lines or threatening voters is prohibited.
Thackeray welcomed her at a hurriedly convened media conference and said he was "happy that she had decided to join the Shiv Sena."
Congress President Rahul Gandhi again challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a debate on corruption.
President Donald Trump said Monday that Congress “can’t impeach” him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his attempts to hamper the investigation. “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment.
The Congress is going ahead with preparations to contest all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, after dumping the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with which it was blowing hot and cold. The only party that the Congress could have a beneficial alliance in Delhi was the AAP, headed by Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister, but the alliance has failed to take off.
Polls close at 6:00 pm (1230 GMT) in the seventh and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa's beaches to Mumbai's slums and Ladakh's Himalayan monasteries.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, during her roadshow in Varanasi on Wednesday evening, saw that a man in the crowd had fallen down.
Priyanka Gandhi decided for herself not to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, a Congress leader known as close to the Nehru family said on Friday. Sam Pitroda, chief of the Overseas Congress who is credited with ushering in India’s telecom revolution during the times of Rajiv Gandhi, said: “It (not contesting from Varanasi) was Priyankaji’s decision, she has other