Here are the top news in brief for the day:
9:00 pm: EC gives permission for Modi's Arti poojan in Varanasi
8:50 pm: EC says no to Modi rally in Varanasi, BJP calls for protest
8:30 pm: Snag hits Delhi Metro blue line, thousands affected
7:55 pm: FIR against Ramdev under Atrocities Act for remark on Rahul Gandhi
6:57 pm: This is not a banana republic that a PM candidate is not allowed to address a meeting in his own constituency: Arun Jaitly.
6:55 pm: Arun Jaitly and Amit Shah to lead protest against Varanasi Block tomorrow, BJP to protest outside EC office in Delhi.
6:30 pm: Narendra Modi has been denied permission but Rahul Gandhi has been allowed to campaign in Varanasi on May 10, just two days ahead of polling in the city.
6.15 pm: West Bengal records 82.14 per cent voter turnout at 6 pm.
6.05 pm: 'There is no doubt that the DM of Varanasi is baised,' says BJP leader Arun Jaitly.
5.35 pm: It is 'son of the soil' versus 'outsiders' in Varanasi: Rai. [Read more...]
5.20 pm: Narendra Modi addresses rally in Barasat, West Bengal.
4.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi in Amethi is a non challenge.
4.45 pm: Three people injured in Sikandarpur, Uttar Pradesh as stage collapses during Narendra Modi's rally.
4.17 pm: Central govt increases grants, allowances to its employees.
4.05 pm: Narendra Modi lashes out at Congress during his rally, says 'mother-son duo is overconfident'.
3.50 pm: BJP plans a protest in Varanasi as Narendra Modi is denied rally and Ganga Aarti.
3.35 pm: Now, Narendra Modi denied permission for Ganga Aarti in Varanasi.
3.20 pm: EC rejects AAP complaints of booth capturing in Amethi.
3.10 pm: Court summons Vijay Darda and three others as accused, asking them to appear on May 23 in coal block allocation case.
2.50 pm: Varun Gandhi gets into an argument with polling officials following complaint by a voter in Sultanpur.
2.34 pm: Narendra Modi calls partner Chandrababu Naidu to check on Seemandhra voting.
2.10 pm: Man shoots at wife for not voting for his favourite candidate in Bihar.
1.47 pm: All options open: Jaganmohan Reddy on post-poll alliance. [Read more...]
1.23 pm: CBI gives clean chit to Amit Shah in Ishrat Jahan case. [Read more...]
1.10 pm: Smriti Irani locks horns with Priyanka Gandhi's PA. Says PA trying to influence voters. [Read more...]
1.02 pm: BJP seeks removal of the returning officer in Varanasi after Narendra Modi was denied a venue to hold a rally. [Read more...]
12.53 pm: Bus accident in Uttarakhand kills 10 people and injures 25.
12.35 pm: Government now claims report on Gujarat Model was done by a private company.
12.05 pm: Smriti Irani tweets: Kisano ko karz mein dubakar unhe aatmahatya ke liye majboor karna neech rajniti hai.
Kisano ko karz mein dubakar unhe aatmahatya ke liye majboor karna neech rajniti hai.
Kisano ko karz mein dubakar unhe aatmahatya ke liye majboor karna neech rajniti hai.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 7, 2014
11.50 am: Narendra Modi's rally denied permission from district authorities in Varanasi.
11.30 am: SC bans Jallikattu and bullock-cart racing in Tamil Nadu and other states; holds it to be an offence and cruelty to animals.
11.01 am: SC appoints three-member committee to supervise safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
10.50 am: Rahul Gandhi complains to EC about Lotus symbol inside a poll booth. [Read more...]
10.35 am: AAP files complaint with EC against Rahul Gandhi for travelling around Amethi with a convoy in tow.
10.16 am: Victory, defeat is a mental process: Mohammad Kaif.
9.52 am: SC gives green signal for nursery admissions in Delhi, quashes Feb 27 notification issued by Delhi government for nursery admission.
9.10 am: Man found monitoring voting in booth 143 in Khandaghosh in Bishnupur constituency.
8.30 am: Protest against CPI candidate in Midnapore Prabodh Panda for flaunting MP sticker on his car. Panda is the sitting MP from this seat.
7.41 am: YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy casts his vote from Kadapa. [Read more...]
7.15 am: Voting begins for 64 seats; all eyes on Amethi, Seemandhra. [Read more...]