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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

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE 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.'

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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

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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)"

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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.

09:45 (ist)

Divya Spandana claims Narendra Modi is told what to say in his interview: 'Now, you know why no debate with Rahul'

As polling in seven-phase Lok Sabha election draws to a close, politicians and party leaders are not pulling any punches to knock out their competitors. Congress leader Divya Spandana on Monday shared 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. In a tweet, Divya said, "So the @narendramodi interview with @NewsNationTV was *badly* scripted  just like his other interviews,but here’s proof!Pause the video at 3 seconds & take a good look, it has the question & *ahem* the answers too!Now you know why no press conference or debate with @RahulGandhi."

LIVE NEWS and UPDATES

May 13, 2019 - 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.

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May 13, 2019 - 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.

May 13, 2019 - 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.

May 13, 2019 - 18:38 (IST)

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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.

May 13, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)

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Priyanka Gandhi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi in Indore

May 13, 2019 - 18:10 (IST)

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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."

May 13, 2019 - 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."

May 13, 2019 - 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.

May 13, 2019 - 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

May 13, 2019 - 17:35 (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

Visuals from Priyanka's visit to Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain

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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