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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: Meant to say 'jo hua woh bura hua', says Sam Pitroda amid row over remark on 1984 riots

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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: Meant to say 'jo hua woh bura hua', says Sam Pitroda amid row over remark on 1984 riots
  • 19:04 (IST)

    Delhi BJP leader files police complaint against Pitroda accusing him of hurting sentiments of Sikhs
     
    Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Singh Bagga lodged a police complaint seeking registration of a case against Congress leader Sam Pitroda for allegedly hurting sentiments of Sikh community with his remarks on 1984 riots.
     
    Bagga said he has also filed a complaint against the Congress leaders with National Commission for Minorities seeking action for his comment.
     
    "I have filed a complaint at Parliament Street police station and also lodged protest over Pitroda's comment at the National Commission for Minorities, seeking action against him for hurting sentiments of Sikhs who were victims in 1984 riots," he said.
     
    PTI

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Opposition grand alliance disintegrated, NDA may win all 40 seats in Bihar: Sushil Modi
    Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi Friday claimed that constituents of the "Mahagathbandhan" are trying ensure defeat of the
    candidates of each other, and it will not be surprising if the BJP-led NDA wins all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
     
    The opposition grand alliance is fragmented and disintegrated, while the NDA is marching ahead unitedly, the senior BJP leader said before embarking on a roadshow in Gopalganj in favour of JD(U) nominee Alok Kumar Suman from the constituency.
     
    "It will not be surprising if the NDA wins all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, given the fragmented and disintegrated opposition which stands nowhere against NDA in Bihar," Modi told reporters.
     
    PTI

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Sam Pitroda apologises his remark on 1984, says it was misrepresented

    At the centre of the controversy over his remark on 1984 riots, Sam Pitroda said, "The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn't good. What I meant was 'jo hua vo bura hua,' I couldn't translate 'bura' in my mind. What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented, I apologise. This has been blown out of proportion."

  • 18:21 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Punjab latest updates

    1984 riots: PM says justice will be served till chowkidar is here

    In Hoshiarpur, Narendra Modi said, "1984 riots may be 'hua toh hua' for Congress, but justice will be served under this chowkidar. In 2014, I had promised to the Sikhs that I won't spare the murderers of the members of their community."

  • 17:56 (IST)

    ‘Modi mandate’ could be larger than 2014, claims Jaitley

    In a blog post, Arun Jaitley lashed out at the Opposition leaders and wrote, "Are the Opposition parties unable to figure out the ‘Modi Modi’ shouts confronting them when their leaders pass through crowded areas? Except for those who prefer to deceive themselves, media persons travelling across the country have a uniform report that there is an extremely strong pro-Modi trend visible amongst the voters. The prime ministerial contest is almost becoming a one horse race."

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Congress releases statement over Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 riots

    Congress issued a statement over Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.  "We continue to support the quest for justice for 1984 riot victims. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of Congress party," it said.

    "Unlike the BJP, which has decided to field a candidate charged with terror crimes and is being lauded as its face by none less than Narendra Modi himself, Congress has shown the moral and political courage to punish people and leaders accused of violence/role in 1984. This is the yardstick of self-imposed accountability and sense of justice to people followed by the Congress, unlike the BJP."

  • 17:23 (IST)

    BJP to in more than 55 new seats, says Amit Shah

    In an interview to PTI, Amit Shah said that BJP will better its 2014 tally of 282 seats in this Lok Sabha polls. "BJP will win more than 55 new seats; to get more than 23 in West Bengal, 13-15 in Odisha," he was quoted as saying. He further said that regional parties were welcome to join NDA after polls if they wished so.

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Mamata didn't respond to Modi's calls over Fani: Rajnath Singh

    In West Bengal's Mathurapur, Rajnath Singh said, "The BJP has risen from the land of Bengal at such a scale that it has scared Mamata Banerjee. She is so scared that she refused to respond to repeated phone calls from our prime minister in view of Cyclone Fani."

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Did Rajiv Gandhi use INS Viraat as his 'personal taxi' like Modi says? Some facts are known, others not yet

    With less than a month remaining for his 28th death anniversary, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's name is in the centre of a political controversy after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a slew of allegations against him in his campaign rallies last week.

    The BJP's official Twitter timeline also flooded with allegations against the ex-prime minister. Although there is no apparent reason why issues which took place over three decades ago should be a factor in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, BJP and the Congress have turned it into a fight which now focusses on the details of a 1987 trip that Rajiv undertook with his family.


    Addressing his first poll rally, Modi alleged that the Congress insulted the warship by using it for a vacationing Gandhi family. The allegations were vehemently countered by the Congress, and soon navy veterans also got embroiled in the political mudslinging. To make sense of the ongoing controversy, let's try and segregate the facts from the claims and counter-claims. 

    Read the detailed copy

  • 16:59 (IST)

    West Bengal CEO sends report to EC after cash seized from BJP candidate

    West Bengal Chief Electoral Office has sent a report to the Election Commission regarding the money seized from BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Ghatal, Bharati Ghosh's car earlier on Friday, reported ANI.

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Sam Pitroda's remark shocking, 1984 riots was tragedy: Amarinder Singh

    In a reaction from the Congress on Sam Pitroda's "hua toh hua" remark, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh called the fellow party leader's comment "shocking". Amarinder said that the 1984 riots was a tragedy and "people are still awaiting justice".

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Modi has no respect for family values: Anand Sharma on PM's INS Viraat remark

    On Narendra Modi's remark that Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat as "personal taxi", Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "Any prime minister would do so (take family on official trips), but this prime minister has no family. If he had family, he would also be going there. But he travels alone because he has no connect with his family or any respect for family values."

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

    Our govt working to ensure justice for 1984 riots, says PM

    Stepping up his attack on the Congress over 1984 riots, Narendra Modi said in Mandi, "Our government is working to ensure justice for the sins committed by Congress leaders in 1984. The guilty are being sentenced to life imprisonment and are getting death penalty."

    He further said, "On anti-Sikh riots, Congress has said 'hua toh hua'. If Sikhs were murdered, then 'hua toh hua'. This shows their ego," he said.

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

    Rahul, Sonia should oust Sam Pitroda, apologise to Sikhs, says PM

    Addressing a rally in Mandi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to Sikhs in view of Sam Pitroda's comments on the 1984 riots. "Sonia and Rahul should join hands in front of the Sikhs and should immediately remove Sam Pitroda from Congress and accept that the 1984 massacre was done by Congress for selfishness," he said.

  • 15:50 (IST)

    BJP filed defamation case against us after defaming us; won't leave this matter: Kejriwal

    Amid the row over pamphlet targetting Atishi and other AAP leaders, party supremo Arvind Kejriwal blamed BJP and said, "Atishi is highly educated and an accomplished woman... I don't understand why BJP can't tolerate achievements made by women.

    "This is the mentality of BJP. Even now, BJP leaders are saying the same things that were written in the pamphlet. They have filed defamation case against us after defaming us. We are sending defamation notice to Gautam Gambhir today. We will not leave this matter."

  • 15:37 (IST)

    AAP election campaign latest update

    Will support whoever promises Delhi statehood, except BJP

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that AAP will support whoever will be forming the government at the Centre "except Modi ji and Amit Shah", on the promise that Delhi will be given statehood.

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Himachal Pradesh latest update

    Congress chief hits back at Narendra Modi, heavily criticises governance

    Hitting out at Narendra Modi's style of governance, which allegedly does not pay heed to any adviser or senior politician, Rahul Gandhi heavily criticised the prime minister. "Narendra Modi is finished. The elections are finished," Rahul said, alleging that the prime minister has never paid heed to the country's force. 

    "He says we are all chowkidar. No, Narendra Modi ji, the prime minister is not a chowkidar, he is supposed to listen to the people," the Congress president said, deviating from this usual rally practice of avoiding protracted slams on the prime minister.

    He also said that the Congress had Modi in its grip now and that he was trapped. "He is trying to say 'kabadi, kabadi' and move out, but he is finished, he is done for," he said. Rahul also said Modi cannot meet the eyes of anyone asking him tough questions on Rafale and other issues.

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party election campaign latest updates

    IN PHOTOS: Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Yadav campaign in Prayagraj

    Samajwadi Party leaders Jaya Bachchan and Dimple Yadav campaigned in a roadshow through Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Will hang myself in public if Kejriwal can prove I am to blame for pamphlet, says Gautam Gambhir

    The charged rhetoric over the pamphlet targetting AAP leaders and mainly the party's East Delhi candidate Atishi showed no indication of mellowing, with Gautam Gambhir tweeting out yet another challenge to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, after being blamed for circulating the pamphlet. He said he would hang himself in public if the AAP convener could prove that he had anything to do with the pamphlet.

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    After Rohtak rally, PM speaks to ANI on Pitroda and the Opposition

    Shortly after his rally at Haryana's Rohtak, prime minister Narendra Modi spoke to ANI, mainly on issues he has already spoken many times on. Upon being asked to comment on Sam Pitroda's 1984 riots comment (which the prime minister had already spoken about in his meeting), Modi said that it was a display of the Congress's arrongance. "It is this arrogance which got them 44 seats and now the people of India will ensure that they slip even further," he said.

    Modi also said that he was unbothered by the efforts of the Opposition to unite against him. "For the first three phases they were all abusing Modi. Since they sensed which way wind was blowing they started abusing EVMs. Like in cricket the batsman who gets out sometimes abuses the umpire, they are abusing the EC too," he said.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Harsimrat asks for Captain Amarinder to stop 'shielding' 1984 riots accused

    As the issue of the 1984 riots, Rajiv Gandhi's culpability in it and Congress overseas chief Sam Pitroda's laconic comment on it dominated news on Friday, BJP Union minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote on Twitter against Congress leader and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh allegedly turning back on his "own community." She also accused him of protecting the likes of Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath for his love for his position.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Harsimrat asks for Captain Amarinder to stop 'shielding' 1984 riots accused

    As the issue of the 1984 riots, Rajiv Gandhi's culpability in it and Congress overseas chief Sam Pitroda's laconic comment on it dominated news on Friday, BJP Union minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote on Twitter against Congress leader and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh allegedly turning back on his "own community." She also accused him of protecting the likes of Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath for his love for his position.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    BJP 1984 riot video notes Rajiv's infamous line on violence

    On what has proven to be a day full of charges levelled by the BJP on the Congress, on the 1984 Sikh riots, the party also shared a video on its Twitter account where Rajiv Gandhi is shown making his now infamous statement in the aftermath of the riots, that "when a big tree falls, the whole earth quakes." The line is played in a loop and interspersed with accounts of the relatives of the riot's victims.

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Yeddyurappa says 20 Karnataka Congress MLAs 'unhappy'

    Bringing back memories of the "Operation Lotus" alive, former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said on Friday that more than 20 Congress MLAs are "not happy" with the present government in the state. "They might take any decision at any time. Let us wait and see," Yeddyurappa warned. 

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Robert Vadra chips in on slams directed at Rajiv Gandhi 

    Among those who decried the slams made on deceased former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was his son-in-law Robert Vadra. Calling for a "respectful change" in the country, Vadra tweeted that the family would strive to ensure that Rajiv's vision is realised.

  • 13:48 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Javadekar asks Sonia, Rahul to apologise over Pitroda's Sikh riots remark

    Slamming Congressman Sam Pitroda for his recent remark on the 1984 Sikh genocide, BJP's Prakash Javadekar demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for the comments. "Enough is enough! Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have to apologise to the nation for what Pitroda has said," the Union minister told ANI.

    "Today he (Pitroda) said that Rahul and Rajiv Gandhi have never targeted any community. How he will explain the justification of genocide by Rajiv Gandhi when he said when 'big tree falls, earth trembles'? Is this not supporting genocide?" asked Javadekar.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Jaitley asks if Rahul will oust Pitroda over 1984 Sikh riots comment

    Union minister Arun Jaitley on Friday asked whether Congress president Rahul Gandhi will oust the party's overseas chief Sam Pitroda for his comment on the 1984 Sikh genocide that the riots "happened in 1984, so what?"

    "Will the Congress president oust his guru, who rubbishes the genocide of India's most patriotic community in 1984?" Jaitley tweeted.

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Former teammate VVS Laxman rallies behind Gambhir

    Among those who have supported Gautam Gambhir after the newly anointed BJP leader was blamed for having circulated a derogatory pamphlet on AAP candidate Atishi, were his former India cricket teammates Harbhajan Singh, and more recently, VVS Laxman. "Shocked to hear about yesterday's developments," wrote Laxman, adding that he can vouch for Gambhir's integrity.

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Former teammate VVS Laxman rallies behind Gambhir

    Among those who have supported Gautam Gambhir after the newly anointed BJP leader was blamed for having circulated a derogatory pamphlet on AAP candidate Atishi, were his former India cricket teammates Harbhajan Singh, and more recently, VVS Laxman. "Shocked to hear about yesterday's developments," wrote Laxman, adding that he can vouch for Gambhir's integrity.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    BJP election campaigns latest updates

    Protests held outside Rahul's house over Pitroda's comments

    BJP workers held protests outside Congress president Rahul Gandhi's residence, against Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    Pakistan, national security return to PM's campaign speech with renewed vigour

    As much an opportunity to slam the Congress over, as it has been an segue into raking up Pakistan, the issue of India's national security returned to Narendra Modi's speech at Rohtak on Friday with renewed vigour. Modi once again relied on his oft used metaphor of entering terrorists' homes and killing them and asserted that there are no heights too high for his government to climb, when it comes to defeating any threats to the country.

    Modi also reflected on how his government had supported sportspersons from this state which has already produced many medal winning athletes.

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    At Rohtak, PM warns voters, asks them to take note of Pitroda's 'three words'

    Speaking at his first rally of the day at Haryana's Rohtak, on Friday, prime minister Narendra Modi asked voters to note how entrenched in corruption the Congress has been in the last 70 years, as the country devolved. He hit out at "three words" used by the Congress's overseas chief Sam Pitroda, while responding to the 1984 Sikh riots. "One of Congress's biggest leaders said, 1984 Sikh riots 'hua toh hua'. Do you know who this leader is? He is closest to the Gandhi family, he is Rajiv Gandhi's friend, his is Congress's naamdar chief's guru," Modi said. The prime minister then gave graphic descriptions of the kind of alleged violence done on Sikhs in the riots, using the "hua toh hua" refrain.

  • 12:56 (IST)

    Poll body issues notice to Congress leader over meeting govt officials

    Election Commission has issued a notice to Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh cabinet minister Omkar Singh Markam for meeting government officers in the presence of the Shahdol collector at the Collectorate in the night of 20 April, thus violating Model Code of Conduct. Markam will have to respond within 24 hours.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Pamphlet row: Atishi files complaint with women's body, to complain to EC, Delhi police too

    Atishi on Friday, filed a complaint over the derogatory pamphlet mainly targeting her which is in circulation ahead of the Delhi polls, with the Delhi Commission of Women. AAP will also lodge complaints with the Election Commission and the Delhi Police, Atishi said. "If BJP and Gautam Gambhir can do this with an empowered woman then how will he ensure security to rest of the women?" she asked.

  • 12:47 (IST)

    Eight CRPF personnel to be in each Jhargram booth on Sunday

    Sections of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, each with as many as eight jawans, will be deployed at each booth in Maoist-dominated Jhargram constituency of West Bengal, in the sixth phase of the election on 12 May.

  • 12:44 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Harsimrat Kaur Badal hits out at Pitroda over Thursday's comment on 1984 riots

    Union minister of food processing and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal has hit out at Sam Pitroda over his comments on Thursday on the 1984 riots. On Thursday, Pitroda was asked about BJP's claim that instructions to "kill" in 1984 had come from late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and was quoted by media outlets as having said, "It (riots) happened in 1984, so what?"

    Badal thanked the BJP government for constituting a special investigation team to investigate the riots.

  • 12:27 (IST)

    BJP leader drags Atishi's personal life to forefront amidst pamphlet row

    Decorum has well and truly been thrown out of the window as the battle over Delhi gets uglier over a pamphlet written in filthy language directed mainly at AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi. Amidst the flurry of defamation notices (one filed by Gautam Gambhir to AAP leaders over the latters' claim that Gambhir was behind this, and another threatened by AAP leader Manish Sisodia), former AAP leader Anil Bajpai took the already misogynist language of the pamphlet a step further. Bajpai, who has recently joined the BJP, said in an interview to News18 that he has witnessed Atishi eating beef. He then asked why her husband is missing from her campaigns.

  • 12:13 (IST)

    AAP election campaign latest updates
     
    Amit Shah will be home minister if BJP returns to power: Kejriwal
     
    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said if the BJP comes back to power then the party president Amit Shah would be the Union home minister and warned voters to think about the consequences of such an eventuality. Kejriwal's AAP has found itself in the middle of the spotlight thanks to Sunday's polls in Delhi and a derogatory pamphlet on the party's East Delhi candidate doing the rounds.
     
     

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Harbhajan rallies behind Gambhir, says he is 'above all this'

    As the controversy over the derogatory pamphlet on AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi rages on, former India bowler Harbhajan Singh chipped in with his support for onetime teammate and BJP's candidate Gautam Gambhir, who AAP is blaming for circulating the pamphlet. Harbhajan described Gambhir as a "man above all this" and one who respects women.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    BSP election campaign latest updates
     
    Mayawati hits back at Modi, says RSS would not have let him in had he indeed been backward by birth 
     
    BSP supremo Mayawati Friday called prime minister Narendra Modi's allegation that the SP-BSP alliance was casteist, both "laughable and immature."
     
    The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the language used by the BJP showed it has realised "definite loss in polls" and is "frustrated" and making baseless and absurd allegations. 
     
    "Modi indulged in casteism by forcibly describing himself as 'pichhda' (backward). Had he been backward by birth, the RSS would not have let him become the PM. What RSS has done to leaders like Kalyan Singh is known to all," she said.

  • 11:42 (IST)

    AAP election campaign latest updates
     
    Jignesh Mevani to campaign for Atishi
     
    Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Kannada actor Prakash Raj will campaign for AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi on Sunday, a party statement said. Kafeel Khan, who was the doctor credited with attempting to take lifesaving measures at Gorakhpur BRD Medical College where 63 children died, will also be campaigning for the party candidate. 
     
    Atishi has been in the middle of a slander campaign run through the distribution of a derogatory pamphlet by unknown persons. AAP has blamed the East Delhi BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for it. 
     
    With inputs by BJP

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Rajiv Gandhi took many bold initiatives, says Sam Pitroda

    With Rajiv Gandhi firmly back in the political discourse and amidst back to back allegations by BJP on the former prime minister's alleged excesses, Sam Pitroda sought to list the measures for which Rajiv was directly responsible.

  • 10:53 (IST)

    BJP asks for video of Rahul's interview, Congress says it'll be screened when Modi holds presser

    The 2019 election may only be India's second polls since the social media wave, but that does not mean that the battle between Twitter accounts of rival political parties has been anything short of sharpened and curated exchanges, aimed at garnering the most likes. Late on Thursday, BJP responded to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's challenge to Narendra Modi to appear in an unstaged interview or live debate, by tweeting, "When do you plan to release the video from that memorable interview?". The party was referring to an interview which Rahul gave to a magazine, a video recording of which, editor Rahul Kanwal tweeted, was done by the Congress.

    The Congress, pat in reply, said they were ready to do a special screening the day Modi holds a press conference. 

  • 10:46 (IST)

    BJP twisted my words on 1984 riots, says Sam Pitroda

    Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda hit out at BJP for "twisting his words and distorting facts" to "hide their failures", while reaffirming that he had acknowledged the pain of Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. On Thursday, Pitroda was asked about BJP's claim that instructions to "kill" in 1984 had come from late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and was quoted by media outlets as having said, "It (riots) happened in 1984, so what?"

    "I have noticed how BJP is again twisting three words from my interview to distort facts, divide us and hide their failures. Sad that they have nothing positive to offer," Pitroda tweeted on Friday. 

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Will retire today if Arvind Kejriwal can prove allegations, says Gambhir

    A day after AAP candidate from Delhi East Atishi accused her BJP opponent Gautam Gambhir of circulating pamphlets with derogatory and casteist remarks against her, the latter asserted that if proven guilty, he would request AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to draft his resignation letter, which he will tender publicly.

    Speaking to ANI, Gambhir said he would retire from politics the day allegations against him are proven. "If he has proof, then he must bring it today. My resignation will be written by Arvind Kejriwal and I will sign it publicly," said Gambhir. "If they have proof I am ready to retire from politics today itself. I will retire on 23 May if they come with proof but what if he doesn't turn up with proof? Will he resign as Delhi chief minister and retire from politics?" he asked. 
     

  • 10:27 (IST)

    Sisodia threatens defamation note from AAP to BJP now

    Delhi deputy chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader, Manisha Sisodia on Friday laughed off  the suggestion that BJP had made, in placing the blame of the pamphlet on AAP. He also said it was outrageous that Gautam Gambhir, who AAP is claiming was behind the circulation of the pamphlet, was sending AAP leaders a defamation notice. "We are being defamed and they (BJP) are saying they will file defamation against us? We are going to send defamation notice to them today," Sisodia told ANI.

  • 10:11 (IST)

    Two Navy Commanders confirm Gandhis used warship for holidays, says report

    Amid the seemingly unending controversy over the use of naval warship INS Viraat by the Gandhi family for personal use, Times Now has published a report quoting former Navy officers who have supported the claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Former Navy Commander (Retd) VK Jaitly alleged that the Gandhi family had extensively used naval resources during their holidays. Another former Navy officer, Lieutenant Commander Harinder Sikka also supported the allegations.

  • 10:04 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates
     
    Priyanka visits Amethi village after Congress-BJP clash
     
    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday paid a surprise visit to Trishundi village in Amethi assembly segment of Uttar Pradesh to take stock of alleged atrocities on party activists by the police after a clash with BJP workers.
     
    According to Congress sources, Vadra, the general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, met party workers, who told her that this was an example of alleged hooliganism in the state.
     
    The Congress general secretary also talked to Piparpur police station incharge about the incident. The officer informed Vadra that FIRs from both sides were lodged and action was being taken.
     
    PTI

  • 10:02 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    BJP keeps lens trained on Rajiv issue, directs Twitter campaign at deceased PM

    Nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi first brought up late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and called him "bhrashtachari number one", the BJP targeted its early morning Twitter campaign at Rajiv's alleged use of INS Viraat for personal reasons. The party, on its official page on the site, shared alleged snapshots of earlier reports on the Gandhis' trips to Lakshadweep.

  • 09:50 (IST)

    Support pours in for Atishi from political quarters

    Women from across the board were not the only ones who have unequivocally called out the slander that AAP leader Atishi was subject to in the pamphlet circulated in the East Delhi constituency. Politicians who have rallied behind her include Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Shah Faesal, and Vadgam MLA JIgnesh Mevani. For a long time on Thursday and well into Friday, the hashtag #IStandWithAtishi trended on Twitter.


Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST Updates: At the centre of the controversy over his remark on 1984 riots, Sam Pitroda said, "The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn't good. What I meant was 'jo hua vo bura hua,' I couldn't translate 'bura' in my mind. What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented, I apologise. This has been blown out of proportion."

Addressing a rally in Hoshiarpur, Narendra Modi said, "1984 riots may be 'hua toh hua' for Congress, but justice will be served under this chowkidar." Congress earlier issued a statement on the issue. "We continue to support the quest for justice for 1984 riot victims. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of Congress party," it said.

In an interview to PTI, Amit Shah said that BJP will better its 2014 tally of 282 seats in this Lok Sabha polls. "BJP will win more than 55 new seats; to get more than 23 in West Bengal, 13-15 in Odisha," he was quoted as saying. He further said that regional parties were welcome to join NDA after polls if they wished so.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh called Sam Pitroda's comment on 1984 riots "shocking". Amarinder said that the riots were a tragedy and "people are still awaiting justice".

Addressing a rally in Mandi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to Sikhs in view of Sam Pitroda's comments on the 1984 riots.

Hitting out at Narendra Modi's style of governance, which allegedly does not pay heed to any adviser or senior politician, Rahul Gandhi heavily criticised the prime minister. "Narendra Modi is finished. The elections are finished," Rahul said, alleging that the prime minister has never paid heed to the country's force. He also said that the prime minister could unleash his anger on Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, but all he has to give is love in return.

The charged rhetoric over the pamphlet targetting AAP leaders and mainly the party's East Delhi candidate Atishi showed no indication of mellowing, with Gautam Gambhir tweeting out yet another challenge to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, after being blamed for circulating the pamphlet. He said he would hang himself in public if the AAP convener could prove that he had anything to do with the pamphlet.

Shortly after his rally at Haryana's Rohtak, prime minister Narendra Modi spoke to ANI, mainly on issues he has already spoken many times on. Modi also said that he was unbothered by the efforts of the Opposition to unite against him. "For the first three phases they were all abusing Modi. Since they sensed which way wind was blowing they started abusing EVMs. Like in cricket the batsman who gets out sometimes abuses the umpire, they are abusing the EC too," he said.

As the issue of the 1984 riots, Rajiv Gandhi's culpability in it and Congress overseas chief Sam Pitroda's laconic comment on it dominated news on Friday, BJP Union minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote on Twitter against Congress leader and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh allegedly turning back on his "own community." She also accused him of protecting the likes of Jagdish Tytler and Kamal Nath for his love for his position.

BJP workers held protests outside Congress president Rahul Gandhi's residence, against Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. On Thursday, Pitroda was asked about BJP's claim that instructions to "kill" in 1984 had come from late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and was quoted by media outlets as having said, "It (riots) happened in 1984, so what?"

Speaking at his first rally of the day at Haryana's Rohtak, on Friday, prime minister Narendra Modi asked voters to note how entrenched in corruption the Congress has been in the last 70 years, as the country devolved. He hit out at "three words" used by the Congress's overseas chief Sam Pitroda, while responding to the 1984 Sikh riots. "One of Congress's biggest leaders said, 1984 Sikh riots 'hua toh hua'. Do you know who this leader is? He is closest to the Gandhi family, he is Rajiv Gandhi's friend, his is Congress's naamdar chief's guru," Modi said. The prime minister then gave graphic descriptions of the kind of alleged violence done on Sikhs in the riots, using the "hua toh hua" refrain.

Atishi on Friday, filed a complaint over the derogatory pamphlet mainly targeting her which is in circulation ahead of the Delhi polls, with the Delhi Commission of Women. AAP will also lodge complaints with the Election Commission and the Delhi Police, Atishi said. "If BJP and Gautam Gambhir can do this with an empowered woman then how will he ensure security to rest of the women?" she asked.

Decorum has well and truly been thrown out of the window as the battle over Delhi gets uglier over a pamphlet directed mainly at AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi. Amidst the flurry of defamation notices (one filed by Gautam Gambhir to AAP leaders and another threatened by AAP leader Manish Sisodia), former AAP leader Anil Bajpai took the already misogynist language of the pamphlet a step further. Bajpai, who has recently joined the BJP, said in an interview to News18 that he has witnessed Atishi eating beef. He then asked why her husband is missing from her campaigns.

BSP supremo Mayawati Friday called prime minister Narendra Modi's allegation that the SP-BSP alliance was casteist, both laughable and immature. "Modi indulged in casteism by forcibly describing himself as pichhda (backward). Had he been backward by birth, the RSS would not have let him become the PM. What RSS has done to leaders like Kalyan Singh is known to all," she said.

With Rajiv Gandhi firmly back in the political discourse and amidst back to back allegations by BJP on the former prime minister's alleged excesses, Sam Pitroda sought to list the measures for which Rajiv was directly responsible. Pitroda credited Rajiv for having begun the process of the use of phones and computers in India. He also said the late prime minister had kickstarted revolutions in technology missions on water, literacy drives, immunization, cooking oil, milk production, and telecom.

Nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi first brought up late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and called him "bhrashtachari number one", the BJP targeted its early morning Twitter campaign at Rajiv's alleged use of INS Viraat for personal reasons. The party, on its official page on the site, shared alleged snapshots of earlier reports on the Gandhis' trips to Lakshadweep.

Gautam Gambhir has now said that he is ready to retire from politics the day allegations of circulating the derogatory pamphlet against him are proven. "If he has proof, then he must bring it today. My resignation will be written by Arvind Kejriwal and I will sign it publicly," said Gambhir. "If they have proof I am ready to retire from politics today itself. I will retire on 23 May if they come with proof but what if he doesn't turn up with proof? Will he resign as Delhi chief minister and retire from politics?" he asked. 

Delhi deputy chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader, Manisha Sisodia on Friday laughed off  the suggestion that BJP had made, in placing the blame of the pamphlet on AAP. He also said it was outrageous that Gautam Gambhir, who AAP is claiming was behind the circulation of the pamphlet, was sending AAP leaders a defamation notice. "We are being defamed and they (BJP) are saying they will file defamation against us? We are going to send defamation notice to them today," Sisodia said.

Women from across the board were not the only ones who have unequivocally called out the slander that AAP leader Atishi was subject to in the pamphlet circulated in the East Delhi constituency. Politicians who have rallied behind her include Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Shah Faesal, and Vadgam MLA JIgnesh Mevani. For a long time on Thursday and well into Friday, the hashtag #IStandWithAtishi trended on Twitter.

With only 48 hours to go before Delhi goes to polls in Phase 6 of Lok Sabha election, back and forth between BJP and AAP over a pamphlet written in sordid language has turned ugly. Gautam Gambhir has sent a defamation notice to Atishi, Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal for naming him in this issue and has demanded that they apologise over what he calls are false accusations. He said he did not know Arvind Kejriwal could stoop so low.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which has accused BJP East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir of distributing copies of a derogatory pamphlet against senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Marlena Atishi, said it was contemplating legal action against the cricketer-turned-politician.

Earlier on Thursday, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi charged Gambhir with distributing the pamphlets which made sordid allegations against AAP leaders. At the press conference in New Delhi, Atishi broke down while reading contents of the pamphlet and stated that the pamphlets were distributed in several colonies of East Delhi, including Krishna Nagar.

Friday is the last day of campaigning in the 59 constituencies which will vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, on Sunday. Star campaigners from parties will hold rallies in close proximity to each other today (10 May).

With the slugfest over his "INS Viraat" jibe on late Rajiv Gandhi still on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to campaign in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab on Friday.

Former navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas on Thursday released a statement refuting Modi's claim that Rajiv had used the Navy ship as a "personal taxi" for ten days. "I would like to state unequivocally, that this was not the case," Ramdas said in his statement.

The former navy chief quoted parts of written responses from retired Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (then captain and commanding officer of INS Viraat) and other officials. He also referred to a note from an officer who was then the naval officer in charge of Lakshadweep islands.

He is expected to speak in public meetings as Rohtak (11 am), Mandi (2.20 pm) and Hathiarpur (4.05 pm). BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to hold two rallies in Haryana, one at Hisar (11 am) and the other at Dadri (12.30 pm).

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who in his Delhi rally on Thursday sought to posit his party as the sole challenger to the BJP, will speak at Una in Himachal Pradesh (1.15 pm) and Chandigarh (5 pm). The contempt petition filed against Rahul by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi for attributing the chowkidar chor hain remark to the Supreme Court will be heard on Friday.

Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (east) Priyanka Gandhi will address four public rallies at Siddarthnagar (11.20 am), Basti (12.50 pm), Santkabirnagar (2 pm) and Bhadohi (3.50 pm).

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Updated Date: May 10, 2019 19:10:32 IST