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Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: In Bathinda, Modi claims Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 riots is what was always in Congress' heart
  • 18:58 (IST)

    Non-BJP Opposition parties unlikely to meet on 21 May

    The non-BJP Opposition parties are unlikely to meet on 21 May as TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has requested TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu to fix a date after the declaration of Lok Sabha election results on May 23.

    TDP sources said that Mamata Banerjee expressed apprehensions over the safety of the EVMs stored in strong rooms across the country and, as such, there was a need for all opposition parties to keep a constant vigil to thwart the BJP's "nefarious plans." She also felt that opposition leaders should remain in their respective states to monitor the counting arrangements, as well as safety of the strong rooms.

    PTI

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien responds to Amit Shah's 'kangal Bangla' remark​

    TMC leader and Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien called BJP chief Amit Shah a "low-life" for insulting West Bengal with his 'Kangal Bangla' remark. At a rally in Canning, Shah had said, "We will restore the glory of Bengal. Mamata Banerjee has turned 'sonar' (golden) Bangla into 'kangal' (pauper) Bangla. She is only interested in protecting infiltrators to secure her vote bank. But her vote bank won't be able to save her from imminent defeat."

    O'Brien said used the hasthag 'Low Life' in his tweet and said that the people of the state will give him and Modi a befitting reply in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Visuals from Priyanka Gandhi's road show in Indore


    After addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam and visiting the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, Congress General secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a road show in Indore.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Amit Shah in West Bengal latest updates

    Amit Shah meets BJP worker injured by TMC goons


    While in West Bengal's Joynagar for a rally, Amit Shah met a BJP party worker who was allegedly injured when he was allegedly attacked by members of the Trinamool Congress.

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Priyanka Gandhi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi in Indore

  • 18:10 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Punjab latest updates

    Modi rakes up 1984 riots, slams Congress over 'hua toh hua' row

    In Bathinda, Narendra Modi said, "The whole country knows what the 'guru of naamdar' (Sam Pitroda) said about 1984 riots. The party is in chaos because the truth is out about what it had always had in its heart for years."

    He further said: "Naamdar (Rahul Gandhi), you should be ashamed. What does 'hua toh hua' mean? People were burnt alive, families were destroyed. Yet, you shamelessly claim 'hua toh hua'. This chowkidar had assured that he will fight for the justice of 1984 victims. With the blessings of Badal sahab, we were successful in giving one death penalty, and others life sentence. The rest who are responsible will also be convicted soon."

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Kamal Nath takes dig at Narendra Modi over national security

    At a rally in Ratlam, Chief Minister Kamal Nath lashed out at Narendra Modi over national security. "Modi ji, when you had not even learned how to wear clothes, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi built our country's armed forces."

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Health workers, BJP leaders clash in Howrah over 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan

    Health workers in Howrah reportedly clashed with BJP leaders after a party leader chanted 'Jai Shri Ram', reported CNN-News18. The incident comes against the backdrop of a row between TMC and BJP over the slogan. BJP had last week claimed on Twitter that Mamata Banerjee gets upset with the chant of 'Jai Shri Ram'. Later, Narendra Modi also dared Mamata Banerjee at a rally to arrest him for chanting he slogan.

  • 17:38 (IST)

    Regional parties abusing Congress shouldn't expect us to support them for Third Front: Salman Khurshid
    Some regional parties are more keen to fight the Congress, rather than the BJP, says senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, stressing they can't keep "abusing" the grand old party and expect its support after the election results.
     
    Without naming any party, Khurshid said regional parties should move away from "transactional politics" towards the politics of principle, and ruled out any possibility of either a regional front or the BJP-led NDA coming to power after 23 May. "Sadly, some of them are very weak on politics of principle," he said.
     
    "Transactional politics for them dictated something different before the election. It may dictate something different after the election," he said, "But the point really is people should shift from transactional to principle politics."
     
    PTI

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Visuals from Priyanka's visit to Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain

  • 17:29 (IST)

    Sidhu injures vocal cords due to 'continuous speech' in rallies, put on steroid medication
    Punjab minister and Congress's star poll campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu has injured his vocal cords because of "continuous speech" in election rallies. The cricketer-turned-politician has been put on anti-inflammatory injections and steroid medication by doctors for two days.
     
    It is the second time that Sidhu injured his vocal cords. Earlier, he injured his vocal cords after holding public meetings ahead of assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana in 2018.
     
    PTI

  • 17:12 (IST)

    BJP alleges DK Shivakumar distributing cash to voters, writes to Karnataka CEO

    The Karnataka unit of the BJP has written to the state Chief Electoral Officer against Congress leader DK Shivakumar, alleging that he has camped at Kundagola and has been distributing cash to the voters and leaders.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    BJP hits out at Mayawati for making personal remarks at Narendra Modi

    At a press conference in New Delhi, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked BSP supremo Mayawati for making personal remarks against Narendra Modi.  

    "Mayawati ji has understood that her gathbandhan is getting nowhere and this is the reason for her worry and sense of insecurity. Will she withdraw the support to the alliance because the Congress government wanted to push the Alwar gangrape case under the carpet? She has only revealed that she is imminently facing a political failure. I think she is only demeaning the stature of her own leadership. She should apologise to having commented so badly over the private life of the prime minister," she said.

  • 16:45 (IST)

    KCR meets Stalin at his residence in Chennai

    In his bid to gather forces for a federal front, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, met DMK president MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai. The TRS supremo had stepped up efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties and recently met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • 16:39 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    As Indira's grand-daughter, I urge people to realise they're being misled: Priyanka

    "I'm the grand-daughter of Indira Gandhi. I request the voter to become aware. There are attempts being made to mislead you. You've been ignored for the past five years. Realise your power and become aware. Don't waste your vote," she said.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Demonetisation destroyed 50 lakh jobs, claims Priyanka Gandhi

    Lashing out at Narendra Modi in Ratlam, Priyanka Gandhi said, "When farmers marched to Delhi and raised their demands, our prime minister stayed silent. He didn't step out of his office for five minutes. He has no time for the poor and farmers. He only has time to meet the leaders of China, US, and other world leaders.

    "The youth has been waiting for employment opportunities for the past five years. They are wandering in search of jobs, but our prime minister has no time for them as well. He told you that since the people are 'desh-bhakts', they should stand in queues to get your old notes exchanged. Not even a single rupee of black money came back into the system. But with that move, he destroyed 50 lakh job opportunities."

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

    Opposition looking for new words to 'abuse' your chowkidar: Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Himachal Pradesh's Solan on Monday and slammed the Opposition over various topics.

    "Those who are themselves on bail search new words from their dictionary daily to abuse your 'chowkidaar'. But your 'chowkidaar' is not going to budge because of their abuses, finally I have eaten Solan's mushrooms," he was quoted by ANI as saying.

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

    Opposition's mission is to ruin my image, my mission is to build India's image on a global platform

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally in Himachal Pradesh's Solan slammed the Congress-led Opposition and said that their "only mission" was to defeat Modi, but his mission was to "build India on an international platform".

    He also said, "Congress and it's 'mahamilavati' friends postponed important decisions and the decisions that were taken, were also taken in such a way that the country had to bear the brunt of it."

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

    Narendra Modi says BJP aiming for a bigger victory than in 2014

    Narendra Modi appeals to first-time voters in his rally in Himachal Pradesh's Solan. He said that the electorate must aim for a bigger victory for the BJP than in 2014.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Cracks within Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka widen

    Cracks within the ruling coalition partners in Karnataka appeared to widen as JD(S) state president AH Vishwanath and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah accused each other of not following the "coalition dharma."

    The flare-up between the two leaders that could complicate matters for the Congress and JD(S) further stemmed from the growing 'Siddaramiaah for CM' clamour within the Congress. The call has irked the JD(S) leadership, with Vishwanath on Sunday flaying it as "chamchagiri" (sycophancy) and questioning the ability of Siddaramaiah as an administrator.

    (PTI)

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh

    Yogi Adityanath says 'Nandi' will teach SP leaders 'a leson'

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said at a rally in the state's Kushinagar that the Nandi the bull in Hindu mythology will 'teach a lesson' to Samajwadi Party leaders.

    Adityanath said, "Nandi is going to SP's rallies and asking "where are the friends of butchers?" saying it'll give them a lesson. I said to Nandi baba, elections are going on, MCC is in place, please spare them at this time, you can continue your work after elections." Adityanath was banned by the Election Commission for 72 hours over a violation of the Model Code of Conduct in April.

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Narendra Modi slams Digvijaya Singh for failure to cast vote in sixth phase

    The prime minister criticised Congress leader Digvijaya Singh over the latter's failure to vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, which was held on Sunday.

    He said, "The country is electing its representatives, even I went to Ahmedabad to cast my vote. President and Vice President of the country were standing in queues to cast their votes. But Diggi Raja didn't feel the need to cast his vote."

  • 14:48 (IST)

    BJP moves EC against Kamal Haasan's comment on Godse

    The BJP has sought a five-day campaigning ban on Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan over his comment on Nathuram Godse on Monday. The saffron party moved the Election Commission against the actor-turned-politician for his comment.

    Haasan said that free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu, and his name was Nathuram Godse" — the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Navjot Singh Sidhu on steroid medication after 'continuous' speech damages vocal cords

    Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's office issued a statement saying that he has been put on steroid medication and injections due to "continuous" speech "damaging his vocal cords"

    The statement said, "At the moment Mr Sidhu is under the medication & in process of a quick recovery to return-back to campaigning at the earliest."

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Narendra Modi slams Congress over 'hua toh hua' comment, says it reflects party's ideology

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam and came down heavily on the Congress over Sam Pitroda's 'hua toh hua' comment. He said that the remark "reflects the Congress' ideology and its arrogance".

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Punjab latest updates

    Sam Pitroda should be ashamed for comment on 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday and criticised party leader Sam Pitroda for his comments regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

    "What Sam Pitroda said about 1984 is absolutely wrong and he should apologise to the nation for it. I told him this over the phone, I told him what he said was wrong, he should be ashamed and apologise publicly," Rahul said.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Amit Shah in West Bengal latest updates

    Amit Shah says Mamata Banerjee refused permission to helicopter because she was scared

    Amit Shah, while addressing a rally in West Bengal's Joynagar on Monday, referred to the cancellation of his rally in Jadavpur over the lack of permission from the state government to land his helicopter. 

    He said, " I was to visit 3 places today, but Mamata'sji's nephew is contesting from one of the seats so she is scared her nephew will lose, and that's why she cancelled the permission for our rally."

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Amit Shah in West Bengal latest updates

    Amit Shah challenges Mamata Banerjee to arrest him after chanting 'Jai Sri Ram'

    BJP president Amit Shah addressed a rally in West Bengal's Joynagar on Monday and reiterated the jibe over 'Jai Shri Ram' against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He led a chant of the slogan and challenged Mamata to arrest him.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Ashok Gehlot addresses political controversy over Alwar gangrape case

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot addressed a press conference on Monday regarding the Alwar gangrape case and also the controversy around the war of words between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP chief Mayawati. He accused the BJP of politicising the issue and said that Mayawati's anger was "justified".

    "Modi is making false statements on Alwar gang rape," Gehlot alleged, saying that the Congress government in the state was "taking all action" to bring the perpetrators to justice.

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Kirron Kher banking on 'Modi wave' to win election

    BJP candidate Kirron Kher says she is banking on the "Modi wave" and her work as an MP from Chandigarh to sail through the contest to win the seat for the second consecutive term.

    Contesting against Congress nominee Pawan Kumar Bansal, a four-time MP, she blamed him for doing "nothing" for Chandigarh and promised to bring the city to the top position in cleanliness and sanitation.

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Those who deserve to be abused, get abused eventually: Mayawati, on 'personal attack' against Modi

    BSP chief Mayawati addressed the allegations of having made a "personal attack" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after she said that he had abandoned his wife for political gains. Several NDA leaders like Arun Jaitley and Ram Vilas Paswan slammed her for "stooping so low".

    However, Mayawati justified her comment on Monday and said that those who "deserve to get abused", get abused "eventually", reports said, quoting her speech at an election rally.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    KCR offers prayers at Tiruchirappalli temple ahead of possible meeting with MK Stalin

    Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Roa (KCR) arrived in Tamil Nadu on Monday even as speculation is rife that the TRS chief might meet DMK chief MK Stalin to push for his idea of a non-BJP, non-Congress front at the Centre. Reportedly planned talks fell through last week as Stalin, whose party has allied with the Congress for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, was busy campaigning.

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Ram Vilas Paswan also joins political blame game over Alwar gangrape

    Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan also joined the war of words between BSP chief Mayawati and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Alwar gangrape case. On Monday, Paswan alleged that Mayawati was, in fact, "defending" the Rajasthan government over the incident.

    He said, "What is her status, she is saying that she would wait for investigation result, what does that mean? She is making baseless and senseless remarks against PM, She is making absurd personal attack against the prime minister."

  • 13:15 (IST)

    BJP says people will give befitting reply to Mamata Banerjee's 'anarchy'

    The BJP slammed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after party chief Amit Shah's rally in Jadavpur had to be cancelled due to the administration's delayed response regarding perimission to land his helicopter.

    "Since Mamata Banerjee's government did not give permission for the 2nd rally which was to be held in Jadavpur, Kolkata, Amit Shah is compelled to hold only two rallies. People of Bengal will give a befitting reply to this anarchy of Mamata Didi on 23 May," the party tweeted on its official handle.

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Narendra Modi slams Congress-led Opposition over 'hua toh hua' comment

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing an election rally in preparation for the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam, slammed the Congress-led Opposition over Congress leader Sam Pitroda's comment on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Pitroda had said, "hua toh hua (it happened, now what?)".

    On Monday, Modi said, "These 'Mahamilavati (Modi's term for the Opposition's grand alliance) people are saying 'hua toh hua', but the country is now saying 'mahamilavati logon ab bohot hua' (enough of the 'adulterated' alliance).

  • 13:01 (IST)

    MK Stalin likely to meet KCR to discuss possibility of Federal Front 

    Reports said that a meeting between Telangana chief minister and TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and DMK chief MK Stalin is likely on Monday. KCR has been at the helm of talks between regional parties to put up a non-BJP, non-Congress front at the Cente after the ongoing election is concluded.

    The Telangana chief minister also met with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week, which Vijayan described as "significant".

  • 12:52 (IST)

    SC rejects plea to advance voting timing to 5.30 on Phase 7 of polls

    The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Election Commission to start polling for the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election at 5.30 am instead of 7 am, reports said.

    A vacation bench comprising of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the plea, saying that the established timings of voting are from 7 am to 6 pm and voters can cast vote in the morning also.

  • 12:47 (IST)

    Amit Shah's Jadavpur rally cancelled over helicopter permission

    BJP president Amit Shah's scheduled rally in West Bengal's Jadavpur has been cancelled over a delay in receiving permission to land his helicopter in the state, reports said. However, the other two rallies Shah was to address in the state's Canning and Rajarhat areas will be held as per the schedule.

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Poll watch: Priyanka Gandhi to campaign in Madhya Pradesh

    Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi will also campaign for the party candidate in Ratlam. She is also scheduled to hold a roadshow in Indore. Reportedly, the Congress leader will also visit the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain.

  • 12:32 (IST)

    Political blame game over Alwar rape case continues

    Modi and Mayawati are engaged in a war of words over the Alwar gangrape case, the latest of which is Mayawati's counter on Monday. She said that women legislators in BJP were scared that if Modi was to meet their husbands, "they will leave their wives as Modi did."

    "In BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands around PM Modi. They fear that this Modi will separate them from their husbands," Mayawati claimed in a press conference.

    "Narendra Modi was silent on Alwar gangrape case. He's trying to play dirty politics over it. So that in the elections his party can be benefited. It is extremely shamefully. How can he respect others' sisters and wives when he has left his own wife for political gains?," alleged Mayawati.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    'Mayawati is unfit for public life', says Arun Jaitley

    Slamming BJP chief Mayawati for her "personal attack" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that she was "unfit" for public life. "She is firm on becoming a prime minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low.  Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life," he tweeted.

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley slams Mamata over poll violence in West Bengal

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley criticised the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over continued incidents of violence in the state on election days. In the past six phases of the Lok Sabha election held in the state so far, clashes have often been reported between BJP and TMC workers, and the violence has been steadily escalating.

    Targeting Mamata, Jaitley said that "democracy had become a casualty" under "Didi's" government. "Opposition workers are murdered, candidates are attacked, polling booths are captured and Opposition leaders are not entitled to organise rallies," he said, adding that this is what the "Opposition offered" to the nation.

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Poll watch: Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Punjab today

    With the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election concluded, top BJP and Opposition leaders will on Monday hit the campaign trail for the final phase of the polls scheduled to be held on 19 May. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh will address election rallies in Punjab on Monday.

    Modi, who will campaign in Punjab's Bhatinda, will also address rallies in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam and Himachal Pradesh's Solan. Meanwhile, Rahul will hold a rally with Amarinder in Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur.

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Voters will be given real-time updates of vote counting on 23 May

    As the Election Commission gears up for the final phase of the Lok Sabha election due on 19 May, voters are looking forward to the result-day on 23 May, which will appoint India's 17th Lok Sabha in Parliament.

    The poll panel is set to provide real-time updates on trends regarding the results on its website and app. Users will be able to view a customised dashboard showing the performance by their favourite candidates.

    The round-wise updates will be updated on the EC website, the voter helpline mobile app, and “giant auto scrolling panels” which will be installed in offices of state chief electoral officers and the EC headquarters.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    BJP youth wing worker shares morphed image of Mamata on social media, SC to hear plea tomorrow


    Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea filed by BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, tomorrow. Twitterati, however, was critical of the action taken against Sharma (she was arrested), saying that it was a "silly reason" to arrest somebody.

    Sharma, a BJP Yuva Morcha leader, allegedly shared on Facebook a photo in which Banerjee's face has been photoshopped on to actor Priyanka Chopra's picture from the MET Gala event in New York. Sharma, against whom a complaint was filed at Dasnagar Police station, has been sent to two weeks' judicial custody. She is seeking bail.

  • 11:38 (IST)

    FACT CHECKER

    Claim: Narendra Modi was handed over a sheet of interview questions with answers in it
    Fact: Mostly true

    Congress on Monday shared videos a portion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interview to News Nation and claimed that the prime minister's answers are pre-decided before an interview. According to fact-checking website Alt News, Modi asks for his file "which is duly handed over, and he starts fiddling with a bunch of papers. The paper on which there's a printed copy of a poetry also has a printed question on the top," founder of Alt News Pratik Sinha tweeted on Monday. In a series of tweets, Sinha said: "PM Modi is asked to recite a recent poetry of his in the @NewsNationTV intvw. He asks for HIS file which is duly handed over, and he starts fiddling with a bunch of papers. The paper on which there's a printed copy of a poetry also has a printed question on the top. A few seconds ago, the anchor had asked the following question as seen in the video below. "में कवी नरेंद्र मोदी से जानना चाहता हूँ की क्या आपने पिछले पांच सालों  में कुछ लिखा है?" (I want to know from poet Narendra Modi if he's written anything in the past five years?) The part question that is visible in the papers held by PM @narendramodi matches word-to-word to the question asked by the anchor Deepak Chaursaia. (sic)"

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Independent India's first terrorist was a Hindu - he was Nathuram Godse, says Kamal Haasan

    Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan stoked a controversy, saying free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu, and his name was Nathuram Godse" — who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

    Addressing an election campaign in Tamil Nadu on Sunday night, the actor-politician said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an India with equality and where the "three colours" in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact." "I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts," he said.

    Haasan said he had come to Aravakurichi "seeking answers for that murder," referring to Gandhi's assassination in 1948. "Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that," he added.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    FACT CHECK: Internet wasn't available for the general public in India till 1995

    The internet was not available to the general public in India until 14 August 1995. It was brought to consumers via the state-owned Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL). US President, Bill Clinton during his presidency became the first president ever to send an email. He sent it out to space on November 7, 1998 in a response to an email sent from space by astronaut John Glenn.

    Modi, in an interview, claimed that he used email to "transmit" images that he took with a "digital camera" in 1987-88. 

    The linking of commercial networks and enterprises by the early 1990s marked the beginning of the transition to the modern Internet, and generated a sustained exponential growth as generations of institutional, personal, and mobile computers were connected to the network. Although the Internet was widely used by academia since the 1980s, the commercialisation incorporated its services and technologies into virtually every aspect of modern life. Basically, it did not happen overnight, but transitioned into the modern internet in the 1990s.

    The first email ever sent across was by inventor and computer programmer Ray Tomlinson who sent out an email to himself in 1971. The email was a test message and according to Tomlinson was not "preserved" meaning the message could not be stored and contained the alphabets ""QWERTYUIOP". The email was a part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) system which was founded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) by the United States Department of Defense.

  • 10:21 (IST)

    Modi says used digital camera, email in 1988; Twitterati has a field day

    Twitterati will have a field day today. A section of Modi's interview to News Nation was picked up by journalists and political leaders where the prime minister is heard saying that in 1988, during a political rally he took some photos of senior BJP leader LK Advani with a "digital camera" and "emailed" them to Delhi. "Delhi printed coloured copies of those photos and Advani ji was very surprised to see them," Modi is heard saying in the 40-second-long video clip. 

    In the video, Modi says, "I first used a digital camera in 1987-'88, and at the time, very few people had email. There was a rally of LK Advani's and I clicked a picture of him on my camera, I had at that time. Then I transmitted the photo to Delhi, and the photo was published in colour the next day. Advaniji was surprised." 


    Twitterati trolled Modi for bringing internet to India even before the world started using it. 

  • 09:50 (IST)

    Congress dubs Modi a 'conman' on Twitter

    In a series of tweets, the Congress leader claimed that the questions posed to the prime minister were discussed in advance. Divya tweeted images of the "questions" that were posed to Modi and in another tweet said, "And here’s the question that did get asked!"

    The tweet was picked and shared by other Congress leaders but the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have not reacted to it yet. 

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates: In Bathinda, Narendra Modi said, "The whole country knows what the 'guru of naamdar' (Sam Pitroda) said about 1984 riots. The party is in chaos because the truth is out about what it had always had in its heart for years."

Health workers in Howrah reportedly clashed with BJP leaders in Howrah after a party leader chanted 'Jai Shri Ram', reported CNN-News18. The incident comes against the backdrop of a row between TMC and BJP over the slogan. BJP had last week claimed on Twitter that Mamata Banerjee gets upset with the chant of 'Jai Shri Ram'. Later, Narendra Modi also dared Mamata Banerjee at a rally to arrest him for chanting he slogan.

At a press conference in New Delhi, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked BSP supremo Mayawati for making personal remarks against Narendra Modi. "Mayawati ji has understood that her gathbandhan is getting nowhere and this is the reason for her worry and sense of insecurity," she said.

Lashing out at Narendra Modi in Ratlam over unemployment and farmer issues, Priyanka Gandhi said, "He told you that since you are 'desh-bhakts', you should stand in queues to get your old notes exchanged (during demonetisation). Not even a single rupee of black money came back into the system. But with that move, he destroyed 50 lakh job opportunities."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally in Himachal Pradesh's Solan slammed the Congress-led Opposition and said that their "only mission" was to defeat Modi, but his mission was to "build India on an international platform".

He also said, "Congress and it's 'mahamilavati' friends postponed important decisions and the decisions that were taken, were also taken in such a way that the country had to bear the brunt of it."

Cracks within the ruling coalition partners in Karnataka appeared to widen as JD(S) state president AH Vishwanath and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah accused each other of not following the "coalition dharma."

The flare-up between the two leaders that could complicate matters for the Congress and JD(S) further stemmed from the growing 'Siddaramiaah for CM' clamour within the Congress. The call has irked the JD(S) leadership, with Vishwanath on Sunday flaying it as "chamchagiri" (sycophancy) and questioning the ability of Siddaramaiah as an administrator.

The prime minister criticised Congress leader Digvijaya Singh over the latter's failure to vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, which was held on Sunday.

He said, "The country is electing its representatives, even I went to Ahmedabad to cast my vote. President and Vice President of the country were standing in queues to cast their votes. But Diggi Raja didn't feel the need to cast his vote."

The BJP has sought a five-day campaigning ban on Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan over his comment on Nathuram Godse on Monday. The saffron party moved the Election Commission against the actor-turned-politician for his comment.

Haasan said that free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu, and his name was Nathuram Godse" — the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

BSP chief Mayawati addressed the allegations of having made a "personal attack" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after she said that he had abandoned his wife for political gains. Several NDA leaders like Arun Jaitley and Ram Vilas Paswan slammed her for "stooping so low".

However, Mayawati justified her comment on Monday and said that those who "deserve to get abused", get abused "eventually", reports said, quoting her speech at an election rally.

 Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Roa (KCR) arrived in Tamil Nadu on Monday even as speculation is rife that the TRS chief might meet DMK chief MK Stalin to push for his idea of a non-BJP, non-Congress front at the Centre. Reportedly planned talks fell through last week as Stalin, whose party has allied with the Congress for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, was busy campaigning.

The BJP slammed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after party chief Amit Shah's rally in Jadavpur had to be cancelled due to the administration's delayed response regarding permission to land his helicopter.

"Since Mamata Banerjee's government did not give permission for the 2nd rally which was to be held in Jadavpur, Kolkata, Amit Shah is compelled to hold only two rallies. People of Bengal will give a befitting reply to this anarchy of Mamata Didi on 23 May," the party tweeted on its official handle.

BJP president Amit Shah's scheduled rally in West Bengal's Jadavpur rally has been cancelled over a delay in receiving permission to land his helicopter in the state, reports said. However, the other two rallies Shah was to address in the state's Canning and Rajarhat areas will be held as per the schedule.

Slamming BJP chief Mayawati for her "personal attack" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that she was "unfit" for public life. "She is firm on becoming a prime minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life," he tweeted.

Modi and Mayawati have engaged in a war of words over the Alwar gangrape case, the latest of which is Mayawati's counter on Monday. She said that women legislators in BJP were scared that if Modi was to meet their husbands, "they will leave their wives as Modi did."

Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea filed by BJP youth wing worker Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, tomorrow.

Congress on Monday shared videos a portion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interview to News Nation and claimed that the prime minister's answers are pre-decided before an interview. According to fact-checking website Alt News, Modi asks for his file "which is duly handed over, and he starts fiddling with a bunch of papers. The paper on which there's a printed copy of a poetry also has a printed question on the top," Alt News tweeted on Monday.

Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan stoked a controversy, saying free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu, and his name was Nathuram Godse" — who killed Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing an election campaign in Tamil Nadu on Sunday night, the actor-politician said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an India with equality and where the "three colours" in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact."

"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts," he said.

A section of Modi's interview to News Nation was picked up by journalists and political leaders where the prime minister is heard saying that in 1988, during a political rally he took some photos of senior BJP leader LK Advani with a "digital camera" and "emailed" them to Delhi. "Delhi printed coloured copies of those photos and Advani ji was very surprised to see them," Modi is heard saying in the 40-second-long video clip. Congress mocked the prime minister, with a few leaders even dubbing him a "dud".

As phase six of the Lok Sabha election 2019 wrapped up on Sunday, leading campaigners of all political parties will be looking forward to the final week of campaigning before polling concludes in the massive seven-phase elections on 19 May.

Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven seats in Delhi where votes were cast by a number of public figures, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

With 12 May polling, votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats.

The Election Commission (EC) said 63.48 per cent turnout was recorded across the states and Delhi, with West Bengal recording over 80 per cent polling and Delhi registering just 60 per cent. In 2014, it was 63.37 per cent, it said.

Over 80 percent turnout was recorded in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal Sunday, according to the Election Commission. There was a decline in poll percentage in West Bengal, from 84.95 per cent in the previous election to 80.35 percent, the poll panel said. However, the EC stated that the figure was provisional and a final tally will be released later.

The EC said the polling percentage was recorded at 9 pm.The figure is provisional and the figure may rise, it said.

Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sheila Dikshit as also celebrity contestants Gautam Gambhir, Vijender Singh, Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua', Ravi Kishan and Hans Raj Hans were among several prominent faces in the fray.

Delhi's saw a dip in its turnout from 65 percent in 2014, despite a three-cornered contest among the BJP, Congress and AAP with several high profile candidates, while the EC also appeared disappointed at the low polling figure even after its enhanced efforts to draw the voters to polling booths.

Glitches in EVMs were reported in Delhi, and the other places where polling took place. However, poll officials said the voting machines were replaced. Over 1,200 VVPAT machines were changed across the city delaying the polling process.

Compared to 84.95 per cent in 2014, this time 80.35 per cent polling was recorded in eight seats in West Bengal, where BJP's Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was attacked twice by local people when she tried to visit polling stations in her constituency.

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Updated Date: May 13, 2019 19:05:35 IST