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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: Amit Shah leads roadshow with Patna Sahib candidate Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: The Patna Sahib constituency, which will see BJP veteran Ravi Shankar Prasad go head-to-head against former party colleague and newly anointed Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, played host to a roadshow by BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday. Shah was accompanied by Prasad and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi.

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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: Amit Shah leads roadshow with Patna Sahib candidate Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will address public rallies at Robertsganj and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address three rallies in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday

  • BJP president Amit Shah will address rallies at Pakur in Jharkhand and Kaimur and Bhojpur in Bihar.

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May 11, 2019 - 19:04 (IST)

BJP election campaign latest updates

Amit Shah leads roadshow through Patna Sahib constituency

The Patna Sahib constituency, which will see BJP veteran Ravi Shankar Prasad go head-to-head against former party colleague and newly anointed Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, played host to a roadshow by BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday. Shah was accompanied by Prasad and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi. 

May 11, 2019 - 18:59 (IST)

BJP election campaign latest update

Ratlam-Jhabua candidate blames Nehru for Partition, says Jinnah would have been better fit as PM

Gumansingh Damor, the BJP candidate from Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, said at a campaign rally on Saturday that had Jawaharlal Nehru not been so obstinate at the time of Independence, then the country would not have been divided into two. "Mohammad Jinnah was an advocate and a learned man. If it had been decided then that Mohammad Jinnah would be our prime minister then, then this country would not have been divided, he added.

May 11, 2019 - 18:53 (IST)
BJP election campaign latest updates
 
Khattar gets relief from High Court after poll officials refuse permission for night halt
 
Stranded due to bad weather, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar was allowed to stay overnight in poll-bound Jind district on Friday by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after election officials refused to grant him permission citing the model code of conduct.
 
The chief minister, whose chopper could not take off for Chandigarh from Sirsa due to inclement weather on Friday evening, decided to head to the state capital by road, but was stuck due to a dust storm. Khattar then decided to make a night halt at a government guest house at Narwana in Jind, which lies in Sonepat constituency, but the Deputy-Commissioner-cum- Returning Officer “orally informed” an aide of the chief minister that he could not stay overnight there due to the poll code, Haryana's Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan said Saturday.
 
PTI

May 11, 2019 - 18:37 (IST)

BJP election campaign latest updates

Prakash Javadekar questions Kejriwal on Balbir Jakhar

"Today Kejriwal cannot remain silent (on AAP West Delhi candidate Balbir Jakhar's son saying he paid Rs 6 crore for a ticket), he has to answer. He has been slapped many times, each time he blames the BJP but the man who turns out to have hit him, turns out to be from his party itself," said BJP leader Prakash Javadekar in a press conference on Saturday.

Javadekar also asked why Kejriwal never condemned Sam Pitroda's 1984 Sikh riots comment 'hua so hua'. He said Kejriwal and the current AAP party have been exposed badly, have failed Delhi and dropped Anna Hazare in an effort to make inroads into corruption.

May 11, 2019 - 18:29 (IST)

TMC election campaign latest updates

IN PHOTOS: Mamata campaigns with Basirhat candidate Nusrat Jahan

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday campaigned with the party's candidate for Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan, at Haroa. Mamata said at a rally on Saturday that in Bengal, the BJP, Congress and her old rival CPM were acting as one to defeat her.

May 11, 2019 - 18:07 (IST)

Former Delhi minister joins BJP from Congress

Former Delhi minister and four time Congress MLA Raj Kumar Chauhan joined the BJP in the presence of the party's Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari on Saturday.

May 11, 2019 - 18:05 (IST)
Congress election campaign latest updates
 
BJP must have put pressure on Deol to contest from Gurdaspur seat, claims Amarinder
 
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Saturday claimed that the BJP must have "put pressure" on Bollywood actor Sunny Deol to contest Lok Sabha polls from the Gurdaspur seat with a threat of conducting an income tax raid on him. Launching an offensive against Deol, Singh said the actor-turned-politician does not have any stakes here and he will "run away" to Mumbai after the Lok Sabha election.
 
Calling upon electorates to vote for Congress nominee Sunil Jakhar for development of this border constituency, the chief minister asked how can Deol serve the people of Gurdaspur when he is "unaware" of issues concerning people here.  He further said the elections are not a joke and an MP has to make a contribution in Parliament.
 
 
PTI

May 11, 2019 - 17:28 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Ghazipur latest updates

PM: I have only one caste, poverty

Blaming the SP and BSP for allegedly questioning his caste, prime minister Narendra Modi alleged that the was indeed of a backward class. "I have only one caste, that is poverty. I have been Gujarat chief minister for the longest time, I have never made any money, not for myself. Nor have I given any money to anyone in my family," said Modi.

May 11, 2019 - 17:23 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Ghazipur latest updates

Congress govt shielded Alwar rapists, says PM

At his Ghazipur rally, prime minister Narendra Modi blamed the Congress government in Rajasthan for shielding the Alwar gang-rapists because they did not want the news to come out during the polls. In sharp language, Modi also attacked what he called the "award wapsi gang" and said the light of their protest candles have long since gone out.

May 11, 2019 - 17:07 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Ghazipur latest updates

PM jumps to hua so hua remark at Uttar Pradesh rally once again

Without missing a beat, prime minister Narendra Modi launched into criticism of Sam Pitroda's hua so hua comment on the 1984 Sikh riots, at his second rally of the day in Ghazipur. He also encouraged people to repeat the refrain each time he quoted an alleged failure of the Congress governments.


Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST Updates: The Patna Sahib constituency, which will see BJP veteran Ravi Shankar Prasad go head-to-head against former party colleague and newly anointed Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, played host to a roadshow by BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday. Shah was accompanied by Prasad and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi.

"Today Arvind Kejriwal cannot remain silent, he has to answer. He has been slapped many times, each time he blames the BJP but the man who turns out to have hit him, turns out to be from his party itself," said BJP leader Prakash Javadekar in a press conference on Saturday.

AAP West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar, whose son Uday said earlier in the day that Jakhar had paid Rs 6 crore to Arvind Kejriwal for the ticket, responded to the allegations by saying that he has never made such a disclosure to him. Decrying the allegation as untrue and baseless, Jakhar said, "He has lived at his maternal parents' home from the time of his birth. I divorced my wife in 2009. She stayed with me only for six or seven months. His custody was granted to my wife after the divorce."

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has sent a legal notice to BJP and its East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir in reference to the latter's tweet, "I feel ashamed to have a CM like Arvind Kejriwal. You are filth Mr CM and someone needs your very own jhadu (broom) to clean your dirty mind."

The notice to Gautam Gambhir has sought the former cricketer's immediate apology in writing and asked him to publish the same "along with true and correct facts" in newspapers and on social media, within 24 hours, reported ANI.

At his Ghazipur rally, prime minister Narendra Modi blamed the Congress government in Rajasthan for shielding the Alwar gang-rapists because they did not want the news to come out during the polls. In sharp language, Modi also attacked what he called the "award wapsi gang" and said the light of their protest candles have long since gone out.

A BJP youth leader in West Bengal's Howrah, Priyanka Sharma, was detained and remanded in 14 days' police custody after a complaint was lodged with police over a meme she had posted, where TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's face was morphed onto a photo of Priyanka Chopra's from the Met Gala.

At the end of his Robertsganj rally, prime minister Narendra Modi made the customary request for votes, this time for Apna Dal (Sonelal) candidate. He then said, "You know me, I was a chaiwala and had to live off washing cups and plates from which others had eaten. But now, as your chowkidar, I am asking for votes for the same symbol which has been a part of my life for so long," he said. The analogy drew appreciative applause from the crowd and laughs from the likes of Yogi Adityanath on the dais.

At his Robertsganj rally, prime minister Narendra Modi mocked Sam Pitroda's hua so hua remark on the 1984 Sikh riots, for the second straight day running. Using the Hindi line as a refrain as he described the reported faults of the Congress governments that have been in power earlier, Modi said people will soon tell people like these that they should disappear. "People will say hawa ho jao, hawa ho jao," Modi said. Modi also criticised Congress chief Rahul Gandhi over his claims that he hugs in reply to vitriol.

Aam Aadmi Party's West Delhi candidate, Balbir Singh Jakhar's son Uday Jakhar said on Saturday that his father joined politics about three months ago and had had nothing to do with the AAP's original movement. He further alleged that Balbir had paid Arvind Kejriwal Rs six crore for a ticket and said he had "credible evidence" that cash was directly handed over to the Delhi chief minister. Uday also said that when he had asked his father for financial assistance to complete his education, his father had refused. "I don't know how my parents will react or if I will be allowed back into my house after this," he said.

As many as 770 companies of Central forces will be deployed in West Bengal in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday. The state has seen violence and bloody clashes in every one of the five phases of the election so far.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra took up the issue of the TIME article on prime minister Narendra Modi, where he was called "divider-in-chief" by writer Aatish Taseer, at his press conference on Saturday. He said, "The man who called Modi divider-in-chief is a Pakistani man, he is a Pakistani citizen. You all know what Pakistan is like. They hate Narendra Modi because he did the two surgical strikes on them. What else can be left to say?" said Patra. Taseer is the son of journalist Tavleen Singh. His father is late Punjab governor, Salman Taseer, who is Pakistani.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu over his comment on Friday evening, when he called prime minister Narendra Modi a 'kale angrez' (black English). "Kale hain toh kya hua dilwale hain," he said, adding that the comment made by Sidhu, "upon Rahul Gandhi's instructions" prove that he is a racist. Patra also quoted more lines from the song to express that Modi had won the hearts of Indians.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday once again tore into the SP-BSP alliance by likening SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to Aurangzeb, who had imprisoned his father, emperor Shahjahan. Adityanath alleged that Akhilesh has "cornered" his father, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, and tied up with Mulayam's enemy, BSP.

Not one to ever make politically correct statements, Navjot Singh Sidhu delivered on Saturday yet another criticism of prime minister Narendra Modi, this time using a trope which can assuredly be called misogynist. Dubbing Modi "liar-in-chief and divider-in-chief", Sidhu then went on to compare the prime minister to a wife who rather than making bread, prefers to clink her bangles together so that the whole neighbourhood can hear and surmise that she is working hard.

Leaders of the Uttar Pradesh gathbandhan Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati tore into both the BJP and the Congress, a day before polling in key constituencies of the state. Both leaders accused the BJP and Congress of trying to cut into the SP-BSP alliance's vote share, and colluding to defeat the gathbandhan.

With the Congress party facing flak for Sam Pitroda's "jo hua so hua" remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has finally intervened. Rahul has said that Pitroda's comment was 'completely out of line'. Reports also said that Rahul has asked his political guru to issue an apology. Pitroda's comment was also condemned by Congress veteran and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

With campaigns for Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha election drawing to a close, Saturday (11 May) will see all the political forces at play concentrate efforts on campaigning in just those 13 constituencies which will go to polls in Phase 7 of the election, on 19 May.

These constituencies include Patna Sahib in Bihar, where Ravi Shankar Prasad will go against his former BJP compatriot Shatrughan Sinha. Other key battlefields are Chandigarh, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Gorakhpur, Ghazipur, and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will address public rallies at Robertsganj and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh. Both constituencies have strong BJP support with incumbent MPs Chhotelal at Robertsgunj and Manoj Sinha at Ghazipur, both from the party.

Afzal Ansari, who is contesting on a ticket from the  BSP-SP alliance won the seat in 2004. The Congress has fielded Ajit Pratap Kushwaha.

BJP president Amit Shah will address rallies at Pakur in Jharkhand and Kaimur and Bhojpur in Bihar.

He will also lead a roadshow in Patna that will start from St. Severin's School, Kadam Kuan to Gandhi Maidan.

 

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