BJP likely to release Lok Sabha election manifesto today
The BJP will release its manifesto on Monday for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start from 11 April, with issues of development and national security set to be its key highlights. Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, will be present at the launch of the manifesto, described by the BJP as its "sankalp patra".
A party statement said members of its parliamentary board, the BJP's apex body whose members include Modi, will be present on the occasion.
With the Congress manifesto putting major thrust on welfare measures, including a promise of giving Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20 percent households in India, the ruling party is likely to make a slew of promises to woo different sections of the society, especially farmers, youth and women, besides the downtrodden.
Narendra Modi to campaign in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu; Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi to hold joint rally
With only a few days to go for the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, Modi will address public meetings in Maharashtra's Osmanabad, Karnataka's Chitradurga and Mysore, and Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi are set to address three election rallies in Saharanpur, Shamili and Bijnor districts of the western Uttar Pradesh, where polling is scheduled to take place in the first phase.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will also address a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpath.
BJP, Congress launch Lok Sabha election campaign themes
With the tag line "Phir ek bar, Modi sarkar", the BJP on Sunday unveiled its campaign highlights, which included the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's "befitting" reply to terrorism by "hitting terrorists by entering enemy territory".
Launching the campaign, party leader Arun Jaitley said the choice for people in polls will be between the "cohesive and tested" rule of Modi and "chaos and mahamilawat" offered by the Opposition. The party's campaign will centre on Modi's five-year performance, including on the national security front, "honesty", and his ability to take big decisions, Jaitley told reporters.
The main Opposition party Congress too announced its campaign theme on Sunday. 'Ab Hoga Nyay' will be its slogan for the Lok Sabha polls. The party launched a campaign centered around the theme of 'justice', while alluding to the party's proposed minimum income scheme and the 'anyay' (injustice) "prevailing under the BJP rule".
The campaign places Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at its core and reflects his style, which is informal, real, and helps him connect easily and genuinely with people, the party said.
The themes covered in the campaign include the 'Nyay' scheme, poverty eradication, jobs for youth, farmers, women's reservation, simplified GST, universal healthcare, education and startups, as promised in the manifesto titled 'Congress will deliver'.
India rejects claim of another attack on Pakistan as 'preposterous'
India on Sunday rejected as "irresponsible" and "preposterous" Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's claim that India was planning to carry out another attack on Pakistan, saying his comments were aimed at whipping up war hysteria in the region.
Qureshi told reporters in Multan that Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India was planning to attack Pakistan again between 16 and 20 April, adding five permanent members of the UN Security Council were apprised about it.
In a strongly worded statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravesh Kumar called Qureshi's comments a "public gimmick" appearing to be "a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India".
"India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the foreign minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India," Kumar said.
Congress slams Centre after IT raids on Kamal Nath's associates
The Income Tax Department Sunday launched pre-dawn raids at 52 locations, including in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, against close aides of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath and others on charges of tax evasion and hawala transactions.
A team of nearly 200 officials from I-T department and state police swooped down on the premises at around 3 am and recovered undisclosed cash amounting to Rs 10-14 crore, PTI quoted I-T officials as saying. A preliminary report of the raids has been shared with the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body of the I-T department, and the Election Commission in Delhi.
Locations in Indore, Bhopal, Goa and Delhi (Green Park) were raided and included Nath's former officer on special duty Pravin Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law's firm Moser Bayer, and his nephew Ratul Puri's company.
MP Congress's media cell vice-president Bhupendra Gupta, also a former OSD to Nath, charged, "The BJP government has been targeting opposition leaders across the country due to political enmity. Due to such act of political vendetta, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (N Chandrababu Naidu) and DMK leader M K Stalin had to stage protest against the Centre."
The BJP hit back saying thieves were now having a complaint against the 'watchman'. "Blackmoney worth crores was recovered during the Income Tax Department's raid at the house of the private secretary of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath. This has made one thing clear that those who are thieves have a complaint against the watchman," BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
Bidding process for Jet Airways likely to begin from today
The bidding process for stake sale in the cash-starved Jet Airways is likely to commence from Monday as the bid document is still to be given a final shape, reports said. The SBI-led consortium of 26 lenders, which now has the management control of the full-service carrier under a debt-recast plan, last Thursday said bid for the stake sale in Jet Airways airline will be issued on 6 April.
"The expression of interest (EoI) for stake sale in Jet Airways will now be issued Monday (8 April)," a source was quoted by PTI as saying.
Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony to be investigated in the UK over their subscription services
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into the three companies’ business practices over their subscription renewal methods. The objective of CMA's investigation is to ensure that the auto-renewal policies enforced by Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo give consumers enough notice before charging more money.
KXIP and SRH look to bounce back from disappointing losses as they square off at Mohali
Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash in match 22 of IPL 2019 on Monday. Both teams will look to bounce back from disappointing losses in their respective previous matches. While KXIP lost their previous match to CSK by 22 runs, SRH succumbed to a 40-run win against MI. Both KXIP and SRH have six points each with three wins from five matches.
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Updated Date: Apr 08, 2019 08:16:29 IST