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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: EC sends notice to Navjot Singh Sidhu over 'personal remarks' against Modi at Ahmedabad rally
  • 18:48 (IST)

    Cyclone Fani: Chandrababu Naidu seeks MCC relaxation in fourt Andhra Pradesh districts 

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wrote to the Election Commission, appealing for the relaxation of the Model Code of Conduct in four districts of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam due to Cyclone Fani, according to ANI.

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    EC sends notice to Navjot Singh Sidhu over 'personal remarks' against Modi 

    The Election Commission has sent a notice to Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for allegedly making personal remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Ahmedabad on 17 April. The EC has asked him to reply by 6 pm on Thursday.

    During the 17 April rally, Sidhu had claimed that people who are facing hunger and poverty are being asked to do yoga and get bank accounts under the Narendra Modi-led government. “Narendra Modi, is this your love for your nation that people have empty stomachs but are made to practise yoga." he had asked.

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    PM mocks 'Diggi Raja' Digvijaya Singh over Zakir Naik row

    "One of the first things Sri Lankan government did after the Easter blasts was to ban Zakir Naik's TV channel. This is the same Zakir Naik in whose 'durbar' Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) was once seen," Narendra Modi said in Hoshangabad. Reports have said that Sri Lankan cable operators blocked Peace TV, the network owned by the controversial Islamic preacher and his organisation in the aftermath of the the deadly bomb blasts which rocked the country on Easter killing 290 people.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Parties fighting 40 seats are dreaming to get PM post, says Modi

    Narendra Modi claimed that Congress is dishonest at all levels, but its leaders ensure dynasty and corruption is practised sincerely. On the Opposition alliance, he said, "Those fighting eight seats in Karnataka is thinking they can be the best prime minister. Then there are some who are fighting 40 seats and saying they can become the prime minister. In our country, even to be a Leader of Opposition, the party has to win 50 seats. They are not even fighting on 40 seats and are dreaming to be the prime minister. The many faces that you see in the Opposition alliance, do you see any face that will be able to take on terrorism?"

  • 17:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Congress driven by hatred, dreaming to kill me: PM

    Addressing a rally in Hoshangabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Someone from Congress recently said that Modi should be knocked out in such a way that he lands in Pakistan. The party has so much hatred against me that they are dreaming to kill me. Now, Congress should reveal on whose side they are on: India's or Pakistan's."

  • 17:29 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates
    Modi got ex-BSF jawan's nomination 'cancelled': Kejriwal​
    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi got former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav's nomination "cancelled" as he was "afraid" to contest against him from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.
     
    "There will be fewer occasions in history when the jawans of a country are compelled to challenge their prime minister, but this is the first time in history that a prime minister has been so afraid of a jawan that instead of competing with him, he got his nomination cancelled on technical grounds. Modi ji, you are very weak and the country's jawan won," Kejriwal tweeted. 

    Yadav's nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate from the seat was rejected Wednesday over "discrepancies" in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. Notices in this regard were sent to him on Tuesday. 

  • 17:19 (IST)

    BSP election campaign latest updates
    BJP using martyrdom of jawans for election purposes: Mayawati
     
    BSP chief Mayawati accused the BJP of using the martyrdom of jawans for election purposes and regretted that the country's borders are still not totally secure. She also alleged that like the previous Congress government, the BJP dispensation too is using the CBI, ED and the Income Tax department against its political opponents for electoral gains.
     
    "Under such circumstance, the electorate have to see to it that neither the BJP nor the Congress... comes to power at the centre," the BSP chief said at an election meeting in Barabanki.
     
    Claiming that the BJP will be voted out of power this time because of its pro-RSS, capitalist, communal and casteist policies, Mayawati said no amount of "drama" or 'jumlebazi' (rhetoric) will help the party.
     
    PTI

  • 16:52 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Congress chief slams PM on national security after Gadchiroli attack

    Addressing a rally in Hoshangabad, Rahul Gandhi said, "Narendra Modi earlier used to say, 'Mitron, I have a 56-inch chest, will give employment to 2 crore'. Now he's reading from the teleprompter. The controller says don't talk about farmers. He has nothing left to say. You talk about national security. When the blast happened in Pulwama, who was in power. On Wednesday, Naxal attack took place in Gadchiroli, who is in power now?"

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Congress campaign latest updates

    Modi has controller to operate Mayawati, Akhilesh: Rahul

    Addressing a rally in Barabanki, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, "The controller to operate Mayawati and Akhilesh is in Narendra Modi's hands. One must remember that Modi can never put pressure on me, but he can pressurise SP-BSP."

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at a temple in Raebareli

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    We submitted evidence asked from us, says Tej Bahadur's lawyer

    "We had submitted the evidence that was asked from us. Still, the nomination was declared invalid. We will go to the Supreme Court," said former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav's lawyer. 

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    Tej Bahadur says he'll move SC over rejection of nomination
    Speaking to reporters after the Election Commission rejected his nomination from Varanasi as an SP candidates, Tej Bahadur said, "They asked for the evidence at 6.15 pm on Tuesday. I'm no Adani or Ambani, still we tried to send the documents to Delhi. But since the evidence didn't reach them before 11 am on Wednesday, they cancelled the nomination. It is clear that the authorities are being pressurised. We will go to the Supreme Court.," he said.

  • 15:52 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    Tej Bahadur Yadav's nomination as SP candidate from Varanasi rejected

    The nomination of SP candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav was cancelled by the Election Commission on Wednesday, a day after the Varanasi district Returning Officer (RO) issued a notice to him asking to furnish a certificate on whether or not he was dismissed from the service for corruption or disloyalty to the government.

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

    Modi slams Nehru over 1954 Kumbh stampede

    Addressing a rally in Koshambi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the families of the victims of the 1954 Kumbh stampede were not given any monetary compensation.. "It was insensitive and a sin committed by the first prime minister," he said.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Bihar election latest updates
    Those against prohibition may vote for Opposition if they wish: Sushil Modi
     
    In a strong defence of prohibition in Bihar, Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said those opposed to the ban on sale and consumption of liquor may vote for the opposition if they wish, and asserted that the policy has made the streets safer and helped the poor.
     
    The RJD-led Opposition alliance has claimed that the policy has not worked in Bihar, pointing out that alcohol is available in the black market and it has resulted in harassment of the common man by the authorities.
     
    Modi, a senior BJP leader, said the imposition of prohibition by the Nitish Kumar government has been a success. "Drunken brawls that would earlier happen on the streets have gone away. There used to be cases of eve-teasing by drunk ruffians which is no longer the case. Poor people, who would spend their hard-earned money on liquor, now save it," he said.
     
    PTI

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates
    Congress will order comprehensive probe into Rafale deal if it comes to power: Singhvi
     
     A "comprehensive inquiry" will be ordered into the Rafale deal after the Congress comes to power at the Centre, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, indicating a criminal probe could be conducted into the multi-billion dollar contract. 
     
    The role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other government functionaries and private people will be probed, he said and exuded confidence that a Congress-led government will formed after the election results are out.
     
    "The day we come to power, just like in 72 hours or three days, loan waivers were taken care of in states (of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh), you will have a comprehensive inquiry. We have, in fact, asked for a JPC, but really speaking even an FIR and a criminal inquiry is not out of place," he said.
     
    Asked if the Rafale issue has struck a chord with the people on the ground, Singhvi said one would have to wait and watch for it but he was confident that people do feel "cheated".
     
    PTI

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates
    BJP targeting me, doesn't want me to fight election in Varanasi: Tej Bahadur Yadav​

    Samajwadi Party's Lok Sabha candidate and former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav alleged that the BJP was creating "roadblocks" in his nomination process to "prevent" him from contesting elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.
     
    Yadav's fate on fighting the polls from this temple town currently hangs in balance as the district election officer has served him notices pointing "discrepancies" in the two nominations filed by him.
     
    "I had filed my first nomination as an Independent candidate on 24 April and on SP party symbol on 29 April. If there were any issues with the nominations, why wasn't I informed earlier. Despite lack of time, our legal team is furnishing all details to the RO (returning officer)," he said.
     
    There was no immediate response from the BJP on the allegation levelled by Yadav, who was dismissed from the BSF after he complained about poor quality food being served to soldiers in a video, which went viral.
     
    PTI

  • 14:55 (IST)

    BJP leaders, Congress condemn attack on security personnel in Gadchiroli

    Top BJP leaders including Narendra Modi, Devendra Fadnavis, and the Congress' condemned the Naxal attack in Gadchiroli, in which 16 C-60 security personnel were killed.

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Rahul, Modi likely to address separate rallies in Hoshangabad at same time today

    According to the schedules provided by BJP and Madhya Pradeh Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are set to address separate rallies in Hoshangabad at 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Modi attacks SP-BSP, says they misused names of Ambedkar and Lohia        

    In a scathing attack against alliance partners SP and BSP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia.         
     
     
    Addressing a rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from this temple town, the prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor. "Behenji (Mayawati) used Babasaheb Ambedkar's name but acted against his ideals. In the same way, the SP took Lohia's name at every step but sullied the image of the socialist leader," he said. PTI

  • 14:15 (IST)

     'Strategised to hurt BJP even in places we are weak,' Priyanka Gandhi reveals Congress strategy in UP

    Priyanka Gandhi, meanwhile, today hinted at a tactical understanding between the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh and said that her party has fielded candidates who will cut the BJP's vote share in seats where Congress is not that strong, and not that of the gathbandhan. 

    Confident of party's victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said that they would turn victorious in their strongholds and in places where their chances of winning are less, they have fielded candidates who will not interfere in grand alliance's vote share. " I am confident that BJP will face huge losses in UP. The Congress is cutting down on BJP's vote share and not the UP Mahagathbandhan's," she said.  

  • 14:08 (IST)

    EC approves lifting off provisions of Model Code of Conduct from districts of Odisha for facilitation of rescue operations

    The Election Commission approved a proposal of lifting off the provisions of Model Code of Conduct in Odisha's Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack and Jajpur so that speedy rescue, relief, and restoration operations can be facilitated.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Amit Shah vows to implement citizenship bill in West Bengal  

    Amit Shah, during his poll rally in 24 North Parganas district, promised to introduce National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State if the Narendra Modi government is voted back to power. Addressing a rally here, he said the BJP was committed to protecting the interest of ‘Hindu refugees’ through the Citizenship Amendment Bill. 

    He also said that Mamata has been using the illegal immigrants as 'vote bank' which is why she is opposing the NRC.   

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Congress supporters shout down senior journo for quizzing Priyanka on Amethi's development 

    Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai of the India Today group was seen trying to discipline a crowd of enthused Congress supporters as they interrupted his interview with Priyanka Gandhi with loud jeers. 

    Sardesai was speaking to Priyanka on a host of issues, including the Congress' campaign strategy and Narendra Modi's attack. However, as the conversation turned towards dynastic politics and the performance of Rahul Gandhi in his constituency, Congress supporters accompanying Priyanka started shouting loudly.

    "Why wasn't Amethi transformed in so many years," the journalist asked. Priyanka shot back a question in response "Aap pichli baar Amethi kab aaye the (when were you last in Amethi)." Soon after this a cacophony of voices took over and Sardesai was seen trying to reason with them and hush them down. The relecast was ended at this point. 

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Tej Bahadur Responds to EC Notice

    Day after receiving notice from the Election Commission, sacked BSF jawan and SP candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav from Varanasi said, "PM Modi is afraid of me and that is why obstacles are being created for me. This has been the case since the day I filed my nomination," he said adding that he has responded to the EC notice, News18 reported. 

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Meanwhile, security deployment in West Bengal second only to Jammu and Kashmir 

    Security deployment in West Bengal for 2019 Lok Sabha elections is second only to the level in Jammu and Kashmir, government officials have said.

    But taking that a step ahead, Election Commission on Wednesday, also barred the local police force from poll booths. In the fifth phase, all the poll booths will be manned by the central security forces.   

    For the fourth phase, when over 90 percent booths were covered by central forces, over 100 companies of paramilitary had to be moved from Jammu and Kashmir to West Bengal, Economic Times reported. 

    As many as 820 companies have been deployed in J&K, with central forces handling anti terror operations, law and order and election-related duties, ET has learnt. In comparison, 270 companies were deployed in 2014 in the state through five phases and 210 companies in 2009. The polls in West Bengal this time are being held in seven phases.

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Conch shells, chants of Jai Sri Ram, nationalism slogans, feature in Narendra Modi's rabble-rousing in Ayodhya

    Narendra Modi's Ayodhya speech was high on josh. Supporters blew conch shells after punch line, frequent chants of Jai Shri Ram and a rabble-rousing speech high on nationalism was in store for Ayodhya residents, who saw the PM speak live for the first time. 

    However, the much anticipated reference to the Ram temple was missing from the prime minister's speech. 

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Gujarat BJP leader Jitu Vaghani banned from campaigning for 48 hours

    The Election Commission Tuesday barred BJP's Gujarat unit chief Jitu Vaghani from campaigning for 48 hours for using "intemperate and abusive language" at an election meet. His ban will come into force from 4.00 pm on 2 May. 

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Modi invokes Ram but keeps mum on Ram temple 

    Speaking in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Lord Rama and the Hindu culture several time: Once to impress that the culture and religion was under threat of terrorism, using the Sri Lanka attack as example, and another time to seek blessings in Ram's bhoomi. Chants of Jai Shri Ram also resonated throughout the rally. 

    However, Modi was conspicuous by his silence on the issue of building a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, an issue the BJP has pursued aggressively in the past.  

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Mayawati has forgotten about Ambedkar and his teachings, says PM in UP 

    Training the guns at BSP supremo Mayawati, Modi said that she claims to be driven by Ambedkar's value but  has done the exact opposite of his ideology. He also said that the Samajwadi Party had 'ruined' Uttar Pradesh.

  • 12:28 (IST)

    PM says don’t make mistake of electing weak govt; 'Exporting terror only business in Pakistan'

    Urging Ayodhya voters to choose their candidate carefully, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the only thriving business in Pakistan is of exporting terror and terrorist. He said that even though terror related incidents have come down in India, people should not think that the threat has passed. "Savdhani hati ki durghatna ghati. Kamzor sarkar laane ki galti mat kijiyega (the moment you let your attention waiver, some mishap may occur. So don't elect a weak government.)" Modi said.

  • 11:47 (IST)

    BJP delegation reaches poll panel, likely to complain against alleged poll rigging in West Bengal 

    A BJP delegation, including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, reaches Election Commission. The panel is likely to raise the issue of  alleged poll rigging in West Bengal, where BJP cadres accused TMC workers of intimidating voters, booth capturing and violence. 

  • 11:38 (IST)

    PM Modi, SP-BSP alliance set for face-off near Ayodhya today

    Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati will be holding a joint rally at Ram Snehi Ghat, a location that is on the border of Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki and Ayodhya districts and 70 km from the temple town. It may be a virtual face-off here as PM Modi as also scheduled to hold a rally in Ayidhya. 

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Narendra Modi to hold rally in Ayodhya 

    A day after the ECI issued a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his comments on ‘minority community’, he is set to hold a mega rally in the heartland of the Babri Masjid dispute – Ayodhya, his first after becoming the Prime Minister. The prime minister is expected to address a public gathering in a small town bordering Ayodhya and Ambedkar Nagar, while some reports say the will be held in Naya Bazar area. However, Modi is most likely to skip the makeshift Ram temple and Hanuman Garhi temple during his visit.

  • 10:36 (IST)

    EC serves notice to Tej Bahadur Yadav, the ex-BSF jaean who is contesting against PM

    The Election Commission on Tuesday served notice to the Samajwadi Party’s Varanasi candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav and directed him to procure a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Border Security Force (BSF). The EC asked Yadav to file his response by 11 am on 1 May. Yadav, a former BSF constable, was dismissed from service in 2017 after he released a video on the allegedly poor quality of food served to soldiers. As the candidate representing the SP-BSP opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav is locked in a high-stakes battle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha constituency.

  • 10:33 (IST)

    After violence in phase 4, EC bars West Bengal police from polling booths in phase 5

    The Election Commission said Wednesday that all polling booths in West Bengal for phase 5 election will be covered by central security forces, adding that no local policemen will be allowed to man the polling booth. The decision comes after violence was reported from several booths in the phase 4 election 

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST Update: The Election Commission has sent a notice to Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for allegedly making personal remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Ahmedabad on 17 April. The EC has asked him to reply by 6 pm on Thursday.

At a rally in Hoshangabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Someone from Congress recently said that Modi should be knocked out in such a way that he lands in Pakistan. The party has so much hatred against me that they are dreaming to kill me. Now Congress should reveal on whose side they are on: India's or Pakistan's."

Addressing a rally in Hoshangabad, Rahul Gandhi said, "Narendra Modi earlier used to say, 'Mitron, I have a 56-inch chest, will give employment to 2 crore'. Now he's reading from the teleprompter. The controller says don't talk about farmers. He has nothing left to say. You talk about national security. When the blast happened in Pulwama, who was in power. On Wednesday, Naxal attack took place in Gadchiroli, who is in power now?"

The Election Commission has rejected former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav's nomination as SP candidate from Varanasi. His lawyer told reporters that they will move Supreme Court over the issue. Earlier in the day, Tej Bahadur had alleged that the BJP was creating "roadblocks" in his nomination process to "prevent" him from contesting elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

According to the schedules provided by BJP and Madhya Pradeh Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are set to address separate rallies in Hoshangabad at 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

Priyanka Gandhi hinted at a tactical understanding between the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh and said that her party has fielded candidates who will cut the BJP's vote share in seats where Congress is not that strong, and not that of the gathbandhan.

Confident of party's victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said that they would turn victorious in their strongholds and in places where their chances of winning are less, they have fielded candidates who will not interfere in grand alliance's vote share. " I am confident that BJP will face huge losses in UP. The Congress is cutting down on BJP's vote share and not the UP Mahagathbandhan's," she said.

Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai of the India Today group was seen trying to discipline a crowd of enthused Congress supporters as they interrupted his interview with Priyanka Gandhi with loud jeers.

Sardesai was speaking to Priyanka on a host of issues, including the Congress' campaign strategy and Narendra Modi's attack. However, as the conversation turned towards dynastic politics and the performance of Rahul Gandhi in his constituency, Congress supporters accompanying Priyanka started shouting loudly.

Narendra Modi's Ayodhya speech was high on josh. Supporters blew conch shells after punch line, frequent chants of Jai Shri Ram and a rabble-rousing speech high on nationalism was in store for Ayodhya residents, who saw the PM speak live for the first time. However, the much anticipated reference to the Ram temple was missing from the prime minister's speech.

Speaking in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Lord Rama and the Hindu culture several time: Once to impress that the culture and religion was under threat of terrorism, using the Sri Lanka attack as example, and another time to seek blessings in Ram's bhoomi. Chants of Jai Shri Ram also resonated throughout the rally. However, Modi was conspicuous by his silence on the issue of building a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, an issue the BJP has pursued aggressively in the past.

Urging Ayodhya voters to choose their candidate carefully, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the only thriving business in Pakistan is of exporting terror and terrorist. He said that even though terror related incidents have come down in India, people should not think that the threat has passed. "Savdhani hati ki durghatna ghati. Kamzor sarkar laane ki galti mat kijiyega (the moment you let your attention waiver, some mishap may occur. So don't elect a weak government.)" Modi said.

Training the guns at BSP supremo Mayawati, Modi said that she claims to be driven by Ambedkar's value but has done the exact opposite of his ideology. He also said that the SP 'ruined' Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati will be holding a joint rally at Ram Snehi Ghat, a location that is on the border of Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki and Ayodhya districts and 70 km from the temple town. It may be a virtual face-off here as PM Modi as also scheduled to hold a rally in Ayodhya.

The Election Commission on Tuesday served notice to the Samajwadi Party’s Varanasi candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav and directed him to procure a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Border Security Force (BSF). The EC asked Yadav to file his response by 1 May. 

The Election Commission said Wednesday that all polling booths in West Bengal for phase 5 election will be covered by central security forces, adding that no local policemen will be allowed to man the polling booth. The decision comes after violence was reported from several booths in the phase 4 election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will all be in Uttar Pradesh today, campaigning before the fifth phase of election due Monday. While the prime minister has a key rally scheduled in Ayodhya, where all eyes will remain on whether he will visit the disputed Ram Mandir site to pray, Priyanka will have a busy day campaigning in Central Uttar Pradesh, including her brother's constituency Amethi. When Priyanka was in Ayodhya last, she had chosen to skip visiting the Ram temple, but she payed obeisance at other Hindu religious spots in the city.

Rahul, meanwhile, will be campaigning in Sitapur and Barabanki. Modi and Rahul are also due to address rallies in Madhya Pradesh, later in the day.

In in a positive development for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi, the Election Commission on Tuesday evening gave a clean chit to Modi for his speech in Wardha, Maharashtra. In April, the Congress had approached the Election Commission alleging that Modi’s speech at Wardha — in which he lashed out at Rahul for contesting from Wayanad and had "indicated" that the constituency in Kerala had more voters from the minority community — was "divisive" and in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Rahul was campaigning in Tikamgarh, Damoh, and Panna in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court allowed Rahul to file a new affidavit on Monday after Singhvi assured the bench that Rahul will apologise for wrongly attributing 'chowkidar chor hai' remark to the apex court and that the rectified affidavit would contain the word apology. The court, however, clarified that this order cannot be an acceptance or acknowledgement of the affidavits that have been filed already.

The court posted the matter for next hearing on 6 May, the same day that Rahul's constituency Amethi goes to the polls.

Furthermore, BJP vice president Prabhat Jha has sent a legal notice to Rahul for saying, "Narendra Modi sarkar ne ek kanun banaya hai jisme ek line likhi gayi hai ki Adivasiyon ko goli se mara ja sakega (the Modi government has passed a law in which one line allows tribals to be shot)."

Rahul had made the statement at a rally in Bhopal.

As reported by Firstpost, in the the 25-page legal notice, the BJP warned the Congress chief that his remarks on the prime minister are "defamatory, derogatory, lacking verification and without any substance."

Updated Date: May 01, 2019 18:50:40 IST