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.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Kisano ko karz mein dubakar unhe aatmahatya ke liye majboor karna neech rajniti hai.</p>— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) <a href="https://twitter.com/smritiirani/statuses/463929900106133504">May 7, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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...]