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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Amit Shah meets Murli Manohar Joshi, expected to call on Advani after senior leaders were denied poll tickets
  • 18:27 (IST)

    Amit Shah meets Murli Manohar Joshi, expected to call on Advani after senior leaders were denied poll tickets

    BJP president Amit Shah has met party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday evening and is expected to meet LK Advani later. Shah is meeting the two leaders days after they were not given poll tickets.

    The BJP has fielded Shah from Gujarat's Gandhinagar, a seat represented by Advani for many years. Joshi has been replaced by Satyadev Pachauri in Kanpur. After being denied ticket, Joshi had issued a statement saying the BJP told him that he would not be nominated by the party in Kanpur.

    While Advani has not said anything about being dropped from the party's list of Lok Sabha candidates, he wrote a blog asserting his party never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-national".

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  • 18:09 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar calls Narendra Modi ‘national calamity’ at Amravati rally
     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a "national calamity" who needs to be defeated in the April May Lok Sabha polls to safeguard the nation, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said in Maharashtra’s Amravati on Monday.
     

    He said the UPA, of which his party was a part, had run the country well for a decade from 2004 under then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    Pawar also lashed out at Modi for saying that the former had lost grip on the Nationalist Congress Party which was wracked by a "family feud".  "I am happy in my home. You (Modi) need not worry. You never had a home in your life," Pawar said.

    He also lashed out at Modi for not visiting Gandhiji's Sevagram Ashram during his Wardha visit on 1 April. Calling the Prime Minister’s visit a ‘drama’, Pawar said Modi claims to be a Gandhian and gets pictures clicked of himself spinning the charkha but did not deem it fit to pay tribute at Sevagram Ashram.

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  • 17:15 (IST)

    BJP has no moral right to release fresh manifesto, should have issued action-taken report instead: Mayawati
     
    Stressing that the party which had failed to fulfil the promises made in 2014 had no moral right to release a fresh manifesto, BSP president Mayawati on Monday said the BJP ought to have issued an action-taken report instead.
     
    The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Monday.
     
    Reacting to it, Mayawati said, "The BJP and the Narendra Modi government, which blatantly betrayed the people and failed to fulfil the election promises, have no moral right to release a new manifesto."
     
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  • 16:46 (IST)

    Candidate rides horse in groom's attire to file nomination, call himself 'son-in-law of politics'
     
    He wore a sherwani, donned a turban typical of a bridegroom and rode a horse surrounded by people dancing to a popular Bollywood tune being played by a band.
     
    What appeared to be a marriage procession, surprised people when they found out that he was Sanyukt Vikas Party's Lok Sabha nominee Vaidh Raj Kishan, on his way to file the nomination papers.
     
    "Mai rajniti ka damad hun (I am son-in-law of politics)," was his prompt reply when asked about the attire and procession.
     
    "Today is my marriage anniversary, that is why I have become a bridegroom. I have come here to file nomination as a 'damad' of politics," he added.
     
    But the 'barat' (procession) was stopped by police at Sadar Bazar area and Kishan had to dismount the horse to reach the collectorate and file his nomination.
     
    However, this was not the first gimmick by Kishan. In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, he had arrived to file his nomination on an 'arthi' (bier).
     
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  • 16:24 (IST)

    Prospects of BJP candidates in Rajasthan poor: Gehlot
     
    Targeting the BJP leadership over its candidate selection in Rajasthan, chief minister Ashok Gehlot Monday said all the four union ministers contesting Lok Sabha polls in the state are in a "weak position" as the public is "unhappy" with them.
     
    Gehlot said Prime Minister Narendra Modi made first-time MPs ministers and people are "fed up" with them in five years.
    “Prospects of union ministers contesting Lok Sabha polls in Rajasthan are poor. Ticket of one minister, CR Chaudhary, was dropped and rest of the ministers- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Jodhpur, PP Chaudhary in Pali, Rajyavardhan Rathore in Jaipur rural and Arjun Ram Meghwal in Bikaner are in a weak position. There is resentment among the public against them,” he claimed while addressing a rally.
     
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  • 16:16 (IST)

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    Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt file nominations

    Several celebrity Congress members like newly-joined Urmila Matondkar and Priya Dutt filed their nominaitons for the Lok Sabha election on Monday.

  • 15:54 (IST)

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    Yogi Adityanath says Mayawati insulted Kanshiram, Ambedkar

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath hit out at BSP chief Mayawati over her appeal to Muslim voters during the SP-BSP-RLD joint rally in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

  • 15:42 (IST)

    BJP manifesto latest updates

    Ahmed Patel says arrogance will bring BJP down 

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel took to Twitter to note that the BJP leadership had not to address a press conference after the release of their manifesto.

  • 15:31 (IST)

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    Derek OBrien uses an acronym to note 'faults' with BJP manifesto

    TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Monday advised people to "judge" the BJP's manifesto based on certain criteria.

  • 15:28 (IST)

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    Amit Shah likely to meet LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi

     
     
    BJP president Amit Shah may meet party veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday, days after the party dropped both leaders as its Lok Sabha candidates. The BJP has replaced Advani, who represented Gandhinagar for many years, with Shah as its candidate from the constituency in Gujarat. 
     
     
    Joshi has been replaced with Satyadev Pachauri in Kanpur. Joshi issued a statement, saying the party told him it would not nominate him as the BJP candidate from Kanpur. 
     
     
    While Advani has not said anything about being dropped from the party's list of Lok Sabha candidates, he wrote a blog asserting his party never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-national". Shah is likely to meet both leaders on the day the party released its manifesto.

  • 15:26 (IST)

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    Omar Abdullah slams BJP manifesto over mention  of Article 370
     
    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said referred to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik's statement that there was no threat to Article 370 in the state.

  • 15:21 (IST)

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    Take Modi away and 90 percent of Opposition leaders' speeches will be over: Arun Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that 90 percent of the speeches made by Opposition leaders were about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Take Modi away and 90 percent speeches of the Opposition leaders will be over," he said in an interview with The Indian Express.

    He also said that the 2019 Lok Sabha election had become a "referendum" on Modi.

  • 15:14 (IST)

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    WATCH: Farooq Andullah vehemently opposes BJP's proposal to remove 370.

    National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah said that they would "not allow" the BJP to scrap Article 370.

  • 15:11 (IST)

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    Mamata Banerjee says Narendra Modi 'knows nothing' about family.

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally in Cooch Behar.

  • 14:55 (IST)

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    Arvind Kejriwal says BJP unveiled 'fresh set of jumlas'

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP had unveiled a "fresh set of jumlas", referring to the ruling party's manifesto.

  • 14:52 (IST)

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    JD(U) opposed to BJP's poll promises regarding UCC, Article 370

    One of the BJP's allies in the NDA government, the JD(U) on Monday expressed a difference in opinion over the ruling party's promises regarding the Uniform Civil Code and Article 370 in its manifesto. The BJP said that it was committed to abrogating Article 370 in the North East and also bring in the Uniform Civil Code.

    CNN-News18 quoted a JD(U) spokesperson as saying that the party was "ideologically" opposed to the Uniform Civil Code.

  • 14:44 (IST)

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    Mamata Banerjee says Narendra Modi travelled abroad for 4 and a half years

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at Narendra Modi after the BJP released its manifesto. "Modi did not have time to look after the farmers and the middle-class, as he was busy touring the globe for 4.5 years of his five-year term."

  • 14:38 (IST)

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    Difference between Congress and BJP manifesto can be seen from cover: Congress

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel said,"Our manifesto has a crowd of people, and BJP manifesto has face of just one man."

  • 14:33 (IST)

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    VHP reacts to BJP's promise on Ram Mandir

    The Vishwa Hindu Parishad reacted to the BJP's manifesto announcement on Monday. The ruling party said that it was "committed" to build the Ram Mandir within the ambit of the Constitution and the law.

    However, the VHP said that the construction of the Ram Mandir "must begin this year". "Can't expect tukde-tukde gang to build the Ram Mandir," the VHP spokesperson was quoted by CNN-news18 as saying.

  • 14:28 (IST)

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    Supreme Court directs VVPAT verification to be raised to five EVMs

    The Supreme Court on Monday ordered for the VVPAT verification to be raised from one EVM to five EVMs per Assembly segment/parliamentary constituency. 

  • 14:24 (IST)

    Congress campaign latest updates

    Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi's joint rally in Uttar Pradesh cancelled

    The joint rallies Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi were scheduled to address in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur,  Shamli and Bijnor has been cancelled, reports said. The official reason given for the cancellation is bad weather.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    BJP manifesto latest updates

    Randeep Surjewala lists BJP's "lies"

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed that the BJP "lied" in its manifesto about 11 things. Surjewala lists unemployment, demonetisation, GST, among others as the NDA government's failures.

    "This balloon of lies is going to burst," he said.

  • 13:50 (IST)

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    Congress reacts BJP manifesto

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit out at the BJP over its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "We have found 11 lies from the manifesto that the BJP has announced today. Neither of the Union ministers who spoke today mentioned these words: Unemployment, demonetisation, GST, black money or corruption."

  • 13:41 (IST)

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  • 13:33 (IST)

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    Mamata Banerjee slams ruling party's manifesto

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the BJP over its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, which was released on Monday. " We must remove Narendra Modi from his seat and politics. We won't let him implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill," Mamata said.

  • 13:24 (IST)

    BJP manifesto latest updates
     
     
    Key points of BJP's 'sankalp patra' for Lok Sabha election
     
     
    1. 'Zero tolerance' to terrorism, strong push for nationalism
    2. Committed to annul Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and abrogate Article 370 in North East
    3. Committed to drafting the Uniform Civil Code
    4. Committed to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025
    5. Committed to investing 100 lakh crore in infrastructure by 2022
    6. Committed to explore all lawful options to build Ram Mandir
    7. Committed to taking all efforts to uphold Sabarimala tradition
    8. Committed to enacting Citizenship Amendment Bill in NE
    9. Committed to bringing in simultaneous elections across India
    10. Committed to 33 percent quota for women in Parliament, state Assemblies
    11. Committed to expanding Kisan Samman Nidhi to all farmers irrespective of size of land

  • 13:08 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi says 2019 to 2024 will be the foundation for a bright future

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for re-election during the launch of the BJP manifesto. "By 2047, which will be 100 years of independence, it is my dream that India is established as a developed country. The foundation for that dream are the coming five years, the duration between 2019 to 2024," he said.

  • 13:04 (IST)

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    Good, easy, accountable, responsible governance has been our motto: Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the NDA government is committed to "good governance".Modi said, "We have used technology to help benefits and welfare schemes percolate right to the bottom."

  • 13:01 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi makes a strong pitch for the 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that cleanliness is a "public movement", it cannot be done just by a government. "I want to thank the media and the youth for the success of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan," Modi said.

  • 12:58 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi says the 'success' of the last 5 years has inspired this manifesto

    The prime minister said that the work that had to be done by previous governments, was "left to him to do". He also said that the "success" and experience that the last five years provided have inspired the manifesto for the 2019 election.

  • 12:55 (IST)

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    Water scarcity is one of the major problems India is facing, says Narendra Modi

    "We will create a new organisation to ensure that our water resources are used in an optimum way. We will work to ensure all communities are empowered and provide them with sustainable sources of water," Modi said, adding that the water scarcity in states like Tamil Nadu is worrisome.

  • 12:51 (IST)

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    'One Mission, One Direction': Narendra Modi talks about BJP's guiding principle

    We have strived to make our development policies multi-layered, said Narendra Modi. "We have also tried to bring in a multi-dimensional aspect to our policies, so that they can be dynamic with respect to what the situation demands," the prime minister said.

  • 12:49 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi says nationalism, unity to be priorities for 2019

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We have planned out goals that are time-bound and well defined. Nationalism, unity, and security are to be the party's priority for the 2019 election."

  • 12:46 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi addresses gathering at manifesto launch

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his address at the BJP's manifesto launch. "The people of the country have helped us bring in development. Thank you for the last five years."

  • 12:44 (IST)

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    Union ministers focus on NDA govt's action between 2014 and 2019 in manifesto launch

    BJP leaders and Union ministers like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley addressed party workers at the BJP manifesto launch on Monday. While a majority of them spoke at length about the NDA government and action taken by the Modi-led government over security, economy, and development, Rajnath and Amit Shah heaped praise over the prime minister for the last five years.

    In fact, majority of the leaders launching BJP manifesto, spoke little of the future, and rather focussed on what the party (or the NDA alliance) has done in the last 5 years.

  • 12:33 (IST)

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    NDA government controlled inflation in the last five years: Arun Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley detailed the NDA government's achievement to make India a "strong economy" "What is the government we require for a strong government? Do we require a fragile, failed government? No. We need a strong-majority government," Jaitley said.

  • 12:28 (IST)

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    Arun Jaitley says corruption, 'indecisive' governance reigned before 2014

    Finance Minister lists achievements of the NDA government. "We have made significant progress in the aspect of security, in space research. We will act completely with the promise to make India one of the strongest forces internationally."

  • 12:26 (IST)

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    Arun Jaitley begins address at manifesto launch

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says that BJP manifesto is focused on a 'united' India.

  • 12:19 (IST)

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    Rajnath Singh makes strong pitch for higher education

    Rajnath Singh, the head of the drafting committee of the BJP's manifesto, said that more seats would be provided in higher education institutions in fields like medicine, engineering.

  • 12:17 (IST)

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    Ram Mandir, Uniform Civil Code included in manifesto: Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Uniform Civil Code and Ram Mandir have been mentioned in the manifesto. "We have our full commitment on Uniform Civil Code," Rajnath Singh said. 

  • 12:14 (IST)

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    Rajnath Singh says manifesto includes demand for simultaneous elections

    "There has been a long-standing demand that all elections in the country should be held simultaneously instead of every other month. There should be a debate regarding this, so we have added this in our manifesto," Rajnath Singh said.

  • 12:11 (IST)

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    Narendra Modi demanded that every farmer should get minimum support: Rajnath Singh

    "Small and marginal farmers above the age of 60 will be given pension," Rajnath Singh says, detailing the content of the BJP's manifesto. "We will also create a national businessperson's organisation. We will also give the small and medium businessmen above the age of 60 a pension."

  • 12:08 (IST)

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    Rajnath Singh reiterates 'zero tolerance' approach to terrorism, uniform civil code

    Speaking about the content of the BJP's manifesto, Rajnath Singh said, "Our 'zero tolerance' approach against terrorism finds priority mention in the manifesto. We have also promised that the Citizenship Amendment Bill will be brought in but we will ensure that any state's identity or culture is not harmed."

  • 12:05 (IST)

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    We have also used social media to know the opinion of the people, says Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh detailed how the BJP's manifesto has been written, by consulting lakhs of people via social media. "This manifesto has been written for the people and aims to consider every section of society. I can say Narendra Modi has tried his best to deliver on the promises made in the 2014 manifesto."

  • 12:03 (IST)

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    We are presenting this manifesto as a 'vision document' all citizens, says Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who headed the committee of the BJP's manifesto, said that lakhs of people had been consulted before the manifesto was written. He also detailed the process of how the manifesto was conceived.

    "We want India to be among the top leaders on an international level. As far as the prime minister is concerned, I can confidently say that the people's trust in him has increased," Singh said.

  • 11:57 (IST)

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    The manifesto will be dedicated to the people of the country

    The top BJP leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief Amit Shah, and Rajnath Singh released the manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "It has been dedicated to the people of the country," the party said.

  • 11:55 (IST)

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    Everyone's welfare is considered by the Narendra Modi government, says Amit Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah said that all sections of society have been considered for welfare under the ruling party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "This manifesto had been written by Rajnath Singh after consulting at least 6 crore people."

  • 11:51 (IST)

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    Amit Shah reiterates poll plank of national security, gives all credit to Narendra Modi

    Heaping praise on Narendra Modi for the NDA government's achievements, Amit Shah said, "The development and security that India has seen from 2014 to 2019 is all thanks to the Narendra Modi government. The prime minister has taken decisions for the betterment of the country.

    "The youth are daring to hope for a better future, India is daring to hope for better security under Narendra Modi's leadership."

  • 11:47 (IST)

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    Amit Shah says all Indians are feeling safe under Narendra Modi-govt
     
     
    "All the citizens of India are assured of their safety and security due to the decisive anti-terror decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government," Amit Shah said.

  • 11:46 (IST)

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    Amit Shah lauds Narendra Modi for decisions over national security
     
     
    "In these 5 years, the BJP has worked towards providing a decisive govt, under the leadership of Narendra Modi. We have shown the world that no one can threaten India's security," Shah said.

BJP manifesto 2019 for Lok Sabha Election LATEST updates: BJP chief amit Shah called upon senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who was denied a Lok Sabha poll ticket. He is also expected to call upon LK Advani.

Targeting the BJP leadership over its candidate selection in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday said all the four union ministers contesting Lok Sabha polls in the state are in a "weak position" as the public is "unhappy" with them.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP had unveiled a "fresh set of jumlas", referring to the ruling party's manifesto.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said at an Amravati rally that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a 'natural calamity' and said that his visit to the Sevagram in Wardha was a 'drama'.

The joint rallies Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi were scheduled to address in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, Shamli and Bijnor has been cancelled, reports said. The official reason given for the cancellation is bad weather.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit out at the BJP over its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "We have found 11 lies from the manifesto that the BJP has announced today. Neither of the Union ministers who spoke today mentioned these words: Unemployment, demonetisation, GST, black money or corruption."

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the BJP over its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, which was released on Monday. " We must remove Narendra Modi from his seat and politics. We won't let him implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill," Mamata said.

Narendra Modi says 2019 to 2024 will be the foundation for a bright future. Modi also made a pitch for re-election during the launch of the BJP manifesto. "By 2047, which will be 100 years of independence, it is my dream that India is established as a developed country. The foundation for that dream are the coming five years, the duration between 2019 to 2024," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said water scarcity is one of the major problems India is facing.

"We will create a new organisation to ensure that our water resources are used in an optimum way. We will work to ensure all communities are empowered and provide them with sustainable sources of water," Modi said, adding that the water scarcity in states like Tamil Nadu is worrisome.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who headed the committee of the BJP's manifesto, said that lakhs of people had been consulted before the manifesto was written. He also detailed the process of how the manifesto was conceived.

"We want India to be among the top leaders on an international level. As far as the prime minister is concerned, I can confidently say that the people's trust in him has increased," Singh said.

The top BJP leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief Amit Shah, and Rajnath Singh released the manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "It has been dedicated to the people of the country," the party said.

BJP president Amit Shah said that all sections of society have been considered for welfare under the ruling party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. "This manifesto had been written by Rajnath Singh after consulting at least 6 crore people."

Amit Shah says all Indians are feeling safe under Narendra Modi-govt. "All the citizens of India are assured of their safety and security due to the decisive anti-terror decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government," Amit Shah said.

The launch of the BJP's manifesto for the Lok Sabha election has begun with felicitations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters. Leaders of the party, including Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, are expected to release party manifesto shortly.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh headed the committee that has written the ruling BJP's manifesto, reports said. The announcement is expected shortly after the party's parliamentary board assembles at the headquarters.

Ahead of the BJP's announcement of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, speculation regarding the content of the poll document is rife. According to reports, "nationalism" and national security, along with welfare measures for farmers and women are likely to be the key aspects of the manifesto.

A reiteration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas' slogan is also expected. The ruling party is also likely to present a track record of the NDA government's five-year tenure, CNN-News18 said.

Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Monday slammed the KCR-led TRS government in Telangana and said that it was "doing all it can" to "buy" legislators and "pressurise" lawmakers. "Incumbent government in Telangana is doing all it can to buy legislators and pressurise lawmakers, to create environment of fear like Mr Modi is doing in rest of India by using agencies to quieten voices of anybody who questions BJP.

"The minute you ask questions to BJP or the prime minister you are called anti-national. You ask why there is inflation, why farmers are committing suicide, we are told 'Go to Pakistan'. This sort of rhetoric, based on emotions don't serve India's election well," he said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will address their first joint rally in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. They will address the public in Saharanpur, Shamili and Bijnor districts of the western Uttar Pradesh, where polling is scheduled to take place in the first phase.

RJD leader Tejashwii Yadav on Monday released the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. Tejashwi, son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was joined by other senior leaders of the party. The ruling BJP will also release its manifesto at 11 am on Monday.

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.

The ruling party and Opposition leaders will also keep up election campaign efforts as there are only a few days to go for the first phase of the Lok Sabha election. Modi is scheduled to 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.

The BJP and Congress released their General Election campaign themes on Sunday. With the tag line "Phir ek bar, Modi sarkar", the BJP on Sunday unveiled its campaign highlights, which included the 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.

Meanwhile, the Congress said that 'Ab Hoga Nyay' will be its slogan for the 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 Rahul 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'.

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Updated Date: Apr 08, 2019 18:28:49 IST

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