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Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Sadhvi Pragya's remarks against Hemant Karkare are her personal views, says BJP

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Identified as Tarun Gajjar, the man who slapped Hardik Patel at a rally in Surendranagar, spoke to ANI after receiving treatment. 'My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened, she was undergoing treatment at a hospital, I had faced problems then, I had decided then, I'll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow,' he said.

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Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Sadhvi Pragya's remarks against Hemant Karkare are her personal views, says BJP
  • At loggerheads for decades, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are scheduled to share the dais

  • Mulayam and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP cadres allegedly attacked the state guest house where the BSP chief had been camping with her supporters

  • Reports suggest that Mulayam was not too keen on attending Friday's rally either but was cajoled by his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

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Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

IN PHOTOS: Stage set for Mayawati, Mulayam rally in Mainpuri

Preparations are in full swing for the SP, BSP and RLD's joint rally at Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri on Thursday, where Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav will share the dais after two decades.

11:37 (ist)

Gujarat election latest updates

WATCH: Hardik Patel attacked by man while speaking rally

New Congress entrant and Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel was slapped during a rally at Surendranagar in Gujarat on Friday. A man got up on stage while Hardik was addressing a Jan Akrosh meet, and hit him. The man, whose identity is yet to be ascertained was allegedly thrashed by Hardik's supporters afterwards.

11:06 (ist)

Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav to share stage at historic rally in Mainpuri today

 At loggerheads for decades, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are scheduled to share the dais at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the Samajwadi Party stronghold of Mainpuri on Friday.

Preparations are underway for the rally at Christian Field to send out a message to our political opponents that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond, PTI has reported.

Mulayam and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP cadres allegedly attacked the state guest house where the BSP chief had been camping with her supporters.

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Apr 19, 2019 - 18:44 (IST)

Sadhvi Pragya's remarks against Hemant Karkare are her personal views: BJP

BJP distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made "due to years of physical and mental torture".

"The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr," the party said in a statement in New Delhi in a damage-control exercise.

The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered "physical and mental torture" for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement.

The comment is her "personal view",  it added. — PTI

Apr 19, 2019 - 18:32 (IST)

We removed 1,500 needless laws in five years: Narendra Modi

"In 2014, I had told you that there was one government which took needless pride in making new laws," said Modi. "I had said that when I come to power, I will abolish one law every day."

"We removed 1,500 needless laws in five years," he added.

Apr 19, 2019 - 18:28 (IST)

Narendra Modi addresses traders in New Delhi

"We have improved infrastructure to boost trade," said the prime minister at Talkatora Stadium. "We were called 'sone ki chidiya' due to traders."

Apr 19, 2019 - 16:13 (IST)

Hemant Karkare made supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists: IPS Association

Apr 19, 2019 - 16:11 (IST)

Congress demands action against Sadhvi Pragya for comments against Hemant Karkare

"This is anti-national face of BJP that now stands exposed before the people of India," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a press conference.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take strict action against Pragya Thakur for her remarks against Hemant Karkare," he said.

"I sympathise with the grief expressed by the IPS Association," he added.

Apr 19, 2019 - 15:57 (IST)

West Bengal election latest updates

CPIM leader demands repolling in 15 booths

Mohammed Salim, CPI(Marxist) candidate from Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, has written to the Returning Officer, demanding re-polling at 15 polling booths. 

Apr 19, 2019 - 15:53 (IST)

Madhya Pradesh election latest updates

CEO takes note of Sadhvi Pragya's comments on Hemant Karkare

Following a complaint, the Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer has taken note of BJP's Bhopal candidate's remarks on late Mumbai ATS Hemant Karkare, reported ANI. Sadhvi Pragya had said on Friday morning that she had cursed Karkare to destruction for allegedly framing her.

Apr 19, 2019 - 15:47 (IST)

Tripura election latest updates

Sitaram Yechury asks for re-poll in 464 booths of state

Retweeting a report on large scale "irregularities" in Phase 2 polling in Tripura, CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury asked for the Election Commission to take note and called for repolling in 464 booths in the state. An investigation by the EC had revealed that booths were captured during polls.

Apr 19, 2019 - 15:16 (IST)

Gujarat election latest updates

Jignesh Mevani asks why Hardik Patel's security was not enhanced despite threats

On a day when a man got up on a stage on which Congress leader Hardik Patel was speaking and slapped him, the state's Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani has rallied by Patel's side and asked why his security cover was lessened in spite of persistent threats. He blamed Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and said they are the ones who will be 'happy' the day one of them get killed.

Apr 19, 2019 - 15:10 (IST)

Haryana election latest updates

Manohar Lal Khattar addresses rally at Ambala

BJP leader and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday addressed a party Vijay Sankalp Rally at Ambala. "We will definitely win 10 out of 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana," he said.

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates: BJP distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya's remarks against Hemant Karkare, claiming that the BJP leader's remarks were her personal opinions.

Identified as Tarun Gajjar, the man who slapped Hardik Patel at a rally in Surendranagar, spoke to ANI after receiving treatment. "My wife was pregnant when Patidar agitation happened, she was undergoing treatment at a hospital, I had faced problems then, I had decided then, I'll hit this man. I have to teach him a lesson anyhow," he said.

He added that everything had shut down during Patel's rally in Ahmedabad when he had gone to get medicine for his child. "He shuts down the roads, he shuts down Gujarat whenever he wants to, What is he? Gujarat's Hitler?" he asked.

Reactions have started pouring in from across political circles to Priyanka Chaturvedi's surprise move of quitting Congress posts and joining the Shiv Sena within a matter of hours. One of the first to chip in has been Congress leader Sanjay Jha, who said on Twitter that Priyanka joining a party close to the BJP was the new nadir of 'political opportunism'.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, who until hours ago was the Congress's spokesperson, has now joined the Shiv Sena. Chaturvedi was accompanied by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. "I am a Mumbaikar born and bred. When 26/11 happened I was concerned about safety. I wanted to work for the safety of not just Mumbai, but all cities. I wanted women everywhere to be as safe as they are in Mumbai. I wanted to return to my roots. I felt like I had forgotten my roots," Chaturvedi said.

Speaking after BSP chief Mayawati in the historic Mainpuri rally, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said her presence in the town will give hope to workers of the gathbandhan to aspire to greater heights. Mayawati and Akhilesh's rally, which had SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav make a rare appearance, garnered huge crowds.

"I am confident of Mulayam Singh Yadav's victory. He will ensure the upliftment of the backward classes," Mayawati said at their joint Mainpuri rally on Thursday. She came down heavily on the Narendra Modi dispensation and said their claims of caring for the poor and backward were all dramatics.

In spite of the 1995 guesthouse scandal, the SP-BSP alliance has taken place keeping in mind the importance of the Lok Sabha polls, said BSP chief Mayawati at Mainpuri on Friday. Mayawati is sharing the stage with Mulayam after 25 years. In the infamous guesthouse incident, SP workers had surrounded a guest house in which Mayawati and BSP leaders were holding a meeting, attacking them and causing injuries.

BSP chief Mayawati, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav are sharing the dais right now at Mainpuri in a significant coming together of old rivals for the first time in 25 years. This comes 23 years after Mayawati and her supporters had been attacked while campaigning at a guesthouse, allegedly by SP supporters.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, who in the last two days has made her disappointment with Congress leadership over reinstating suspended leaders known before quitting the part, is set to join the Shiv Sena. The development was confirmed by the Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.

Congress's national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has tweeted her resignation letter to the party. In it, she has essayed her 10-year-long association with the party, mentioning that it hurt her deeply to see that those who had harassed her while she was on official duty had been welcomed back into the party fold with the excuse that all hands were required on deck during the elections.

On Friday, BJP's Bhopal candidate, 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said at a public meeting that late Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare had tried to falsely accuse her in the blast case. She then went on to say that she had told him that he will be destroyed. "In a quarter month's time, he was killed by terrorists (in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack)," she added.

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has reportedly resigned from the party, after having spoken out against it on Twitter after it reinstated some leaders who were suspended for misbehaving with her. Chaturvedi has, notably, removed mention of the Congress from her Twitter bio.

At loggerheads for decades, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are scheduled to share the dais at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the Samajwadi Party stronghold of Mainpuri on Friday.

Preparations are underway for the rally at Christian Field to send out a message to our political opponents that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond, PTI has reported.

Mulayam and Mayawati have been bitter rivals since 1995 when SP cadres allegedly attacked the state guest house where the BSP chief had been camping with her supporters. The SP patriarch, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the party bastion of Mainpuri was conspicuous by his absence at the three joint rallies held earlier in Deoband, Badaun, and Agra due to his aversion to his party's alliance with the BSP.

Reports suggest that Mulayam was not too keen on attending Friday's rally either but was cajoled by his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav who has confirmed the SP founder's presence at the Mainpuri rally.

With the second phase of the Lok Sabha election done with, the BJP and Opposition leaders are on the campaign trail in preparation for the remaining five phases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a "thanksgiving" seminar organised by traders in support of the BJP in Delhi. Reportedly, the event has been organised to "express gratitude" for the various measures promised for businesspersons in the party's manifesto.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Gujarat's Tapi and in Karnataka's Raichur and Chikodi. Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will hold a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, reports said.

BJP chief Amit Shah is also scheduled to address rallies in Gujarat's Valsad and Chhota Udaipur. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is likely to file his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls, as a candidate of the party from Bhopal. The BJP has fielded Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur against him.

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