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'Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Priyanka Gandhi questions PM's record on development, his targetting of Nehru-Indira
  • 19:22 (IST)

    Don't believe in Modi's colourful words, says HD Kumaraswamy

    Karnataka chief minister HD Kumarswamy urged to people not to believe in Narendra Modi's "colorful words". "Why should we have enmity with neighbouring countries? Two years ago,a military officer told me the prime minister will build a story before election to get votes. They(BJP) don't ask for votes on development work," he said.

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Congress files EC complaint on BJP's poll code violation

    A delegation from the Congress met the Election Commission on Friday alleging there were three key poll violations by the BJP. According to News18, the delegation complained about Modi's comments on Hindu terror over Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad nomination and the seizure of Rs 1.80 crore in Arunachal Pradesh ahead of PM Modi's visit to the state on 3 April. The delegation urged that an FIR should be lodged of the seizing. The Congress also said that BJP president Amit Shah had filed a false affidavit of his income declaration in Gandhinagar, and have asked for the disqualification of his nomination. The delegation also urged that the Maharashtra government be requested not to allow the transfer of the high profile IPS officer Deven Bharti.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Sushma Swaraj in Telangana latest updates: EAM slams Congress over terrorism

    In Hyderabad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "The family that has lost two of its members because of terrorists, they're claiming that terrorism is not an issue. Rahul ji, if it's not an issue, then why due you move around with SPG protection?"

  • 18:41 (IST)

    Congress delegation at Election Commission office

    A Congress delegation comprising Ahmed Patel, Randeep Surjewala, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Jairam Ramesh reached Election Commission of India. Details about the purpose of the meet are yet to be known.

  • 18:40 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Ghaziabad latest updates: 'Have you seen Modi hugging any family from Varanasi?'

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi claimed that she was told by people in Varanasi that Narendra Modi didn't meet any families in the constituency in the last five years and only came there to give speeches. "Modi roamed the entire world. He went to Japan, and hugged people. He went to Pakistan and ate biryani there. He also went to China and hugged people. But in five years, have you seen him hug a single family in Varanasi," she said.

    She further lashed out at the prime minister, saying. "After 5 years of being in power, you don't have a single achievement. The only things you say are 'Nehru did this', "'ndira did this'.... Modi ji, what did you do?" 

  • 18:27 (IST)

    Shivpal Yadav releases manifesto for PSP 
    The Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) led by former Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
     
    Releasing the manifesto at a press conference in Lucknow, Yadav said his party will work for the welfare of all sections of society after coming to power. "We will emerge as kingmaker in the coming polls," he said.
     
    The manifesto promises setting up a commission for farmers, industrial reforms and working for the security and honour of the minorities, among others.
     
    PTI

  • 18:16 (IST)

    Vivek Oberoi's name features in BJP list of star campaigners for Gujarat

    Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's name featured in the BJP's list of star campaigners for Gujarat. The list, which had 40 names, mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah, and Union minister Rajnath Singh.

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Wardha: Try holding a rifle for five minutes, Rahul dares Modi over air strikes

    In Maharashtra's Wardha, Rahul Gandhi said, "IAF carried air strikes in Pakistan, showed courage, but the prime minister said he conducted them. You did it? Try holding a rifle like our CRPF personnel for five minutes, if not that, then just try travelling alone in a bus in Jammu and Kashmir. You did it? By sitting in Racecourse Road?"

  • 17:52 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Wardha latest updates: Congress chief says people will ensure Modi is ousted

    Addressing a rally in Wardha, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, "We plan to build a food processing plant closer to your farm, so you can sell your produce directly to the factory. Modi can't even say that he is responsible for the closure of factories and that he will reopen them. He doesn't even accept that he didn't fulfil his promise of giving Rs 15 lakh to the people."

    "The person who makes fun of the poor, doesn't help the unemployed, the country will ensure that he is ousted," he said.

  • 17:44 (IST)

    AAP likely to release manifesto for LS polls on 25 April: Sources
     
    The Aam Aadmi Party is likely to release its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on April 25, according to sources in the party.
     
    Polling for the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held in the sixth phase on 12 May. The manifesto, which will list out its agenda for the general elections, will focus on its endeavour to get full statehood for Delhi, a source said.
     
    The document has been prepared by a seven-member team headed by Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. 
     
    PTI

  • 17:41 (IST)

    VVIP chopper scam: Modi names Ahmed Patel, Congress MP hits back

    Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel lashed out at Narendra Modi for levelling baseless and "laughable charges" against him in the AgustaWestland case.

    "In this election season, the spinning of hundred jumlas has begun. There's a rainfall of baseless and laughable accusations. We have full faith in the judiciary that the truth can never be hidden. It seems like the ED has now become an important part of the NDA," he said on Twitter.

  • 17:29 (IST)

    SC refuses to grant interim stay on electoral bonds scheme; to take up matter on 10 April
     
    The Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant interim stay on the electoral bonds scheme of the central government on funding to political parties and asked the petitioner NGO to file an appropriate application for it.
     
    The Centre told the top court that the scheme was launched to prevent black money flow into political funding.
     
    A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the issue requires a detailed hearing and, therefore, it will take up the plea on 10 April. "You have not filed an appropriate application for interim stay. You file the application, we will take up the matter on 10 April," the bench told advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).
     
    PTI

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Smriti Irani in Amethi latest updates: Union minister says LS polls are election for Amethi's freedom 

    Addressing a rally at Vijay Sankalp OBC Sammelan, Union minister Smriti Irani said that the upcoming Lok Sabha election will be an election for the freedom of Amethi. "May Amethi be free from the clutches of the missing MP," she said, in a dig at sitting MP and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    'Self first, country last' for Modi, Shah: Chandrababu Naidu
    TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday latched onto veteran BJP leader LK Advani's blog to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was "self first and country last" for him.
     
    "Advani's remarks in the blog reflected his anguish. For him, country came first, party second and self last. It's reverse in the case of Modi. For Modi and (Amit) Shah, it is self first and country last. The ideals of Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee no longer have value in the BJP," Naidu, an erstwhile ally of the BJP, said in Vijayawada.
     
    In his blog, Advani has said his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-nationals" or "enemies".
     
    PTI

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi campaigns in Ghaziabad

    AICC general-secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congress candidate for Ghaziabad Dolly Sharma held a road show in the constituency.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Amit Shah in Morigaon latest updates: BJP chief says NDA govt will remove all infiltrators if voted to power again 

    In Morigaon, BJP chief Amit Shah said, "In Assam, we implemented NRC and identified the infiltrators. Once we form the government in the centre again, we will remove the infiltrators from the country."

    Lashing out at the Congress over development in the state, he said, "Congress did nothing for the progress of Assam. What Congress couldn't do in 70 years, Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal did in five years. Modi government has done the work to provide security to the country."

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Amit Shah in Morigaon latest updates: BJP chief says Modi will win with biggest mandate than in 2014

    Addressing a rally in Assam's Morigaon, BJP president Amit Shah said, "The chants of Modi-Modi across the country shows that Modi ji is going to win this time with bigger mandate than 2014."

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Jaitley questions Rahul's silence on developments in AgustaWestland case

    Stepping up the attack on Congress over AgustaWestland case, Union minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at Rahul Gandhi over names of "AP" and "FAM" in the ED chargesheet. "Rahul Gandhi talks on several subjects without even having a nodding acquaintance with it. He makes wild and unsubstantiated allegations against all and sundry. Now, who are ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ mentioned in the chargesheet in the AgustaWestland scam."

    "The right to silence is available to an accused, not to a prime ministerial aspirant," he said.

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley raises Rahul Gandhi's scamster link

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley again alleged that Rahul Gandhi made "sweetheart deals" with fly-by-night operators. "When no reply is given to such serious allegations, then the country is entitled to presume that no reply could have been given," he said.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Dehradun latest updates: Congress will scrap AFSPA if voted to power, claims PM

    Lashing out at Congress over its manifesto, Narendra Modi said in Dehradun, "If you read Congress' deceptive manifesto, you will know 'Congress ka haath kiske sath hai". On the party's promise to review AFSPA, Modi said, " If Congress comes to power, it will do away with the law which protects the soldiers from terrorists, stone-pelters, separatists."

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Dehradun latest updates: PM lashes out at Congress over AgustaWestland case

    Addressing a rally in Dehradun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at Congress over the VVIP chopper scam. He said that the chargesheet filed by ED names an "AP", which is Congress leader Ahmed Patel and the "FAM" which stands for "family". 

    "Now tell me that Ahmed Patel is close to which family," he asked the crowd, hitting out at the Gandhi family.

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Dehradun latest updates: PM slams Congress over OROP

    In Dehradun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We were able to fix the issue of One Rank One Pension. Otherwise, those who only intend to get votes or notes, they left no stone unturned to stall OROP."

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Hema Malini in Mathura latest updates: BJP candidate criticised for tractor ride, embarassing campaign strategies

    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has been one among many politicos who have criticised BJP's Mathura candidate Hema Malini for her campaign methods which have appeared far removed from the people in her constituency.

    Malini reportedly alighted from a chopper to pose with a sickle for a photograph, causing embarassment to the BJP. On Friday, she rode a tractor which Abdullah noted might have been fitted with mist generators. She was not driving the tractor, it was stationery. 

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates: Rahul likely to file Amethi nomination papers on 10 April

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is likely to file his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat on 10 April and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is expected to file for the Rae Bareli seat on 11 April, PTI reported Congress sources as having said.

  • 15:19 (IST)

    YSR Congress Party election campaign latest updates: Jagan indicates he is open to alliance with Congress, BJP

    YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy said, in an exclusive interview to CNN-News18, that he is open to an alliance with "whoever will give special status to Andhra Pradesh." Jagan has thus kept the doors open to both the Congress and the BJP, while not revealing his cards. Significantly, his party was formed as a breakaway faction of the Congress.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Congress election latest updates: Party delegation to meet EC today

    A Congress delegation, reports ANI, will meet the Election Commission at 5:15 pm at Nirvachan Sadan.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Hema Malini in Mathura election updates: BJP MP takes tractor ride

    BJP MP and Mathura candidate Hema Malini took a ride on a tractor in Govardhan on Friday.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Karnataka election latest updates: Mallikarjun Kharge agrees Modi has been misusing public institutions

    Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge reacted to Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's complaints of harassment by Income Tax officials, saying this has been going on for a while.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Karnataka election latest updates: I-T raids Kumaraswamy's aide's houses; seizes Rs 6 crores

    Income Tax officials have raided the houses of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's close aide DT Paramesh, and seized Rs 6 crore. Paramesh had earlier alleged that the keys of two of his Canara Bank lockers were lost. He, however, handed over the keys to I-T officials on Friday. The department has been trying to uncover a contractor-politician nexus.

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee in Assam latest updates: Chaiwala Modi must have forgotten how to make tea, says Didi

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spoke at a rally at Dhubri in Assam. "Five years ago Modi called himself a 'chaiwala' but now he has forgotten how to make tea and has become 'chowkidar'," she said, hitting out at Narendra Modi.

    "Thanks to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, you will be a foreigner for six years and only then will you be given citizenship, why? What will you do in the six years? What about your job, school and every other essential thing. This is nothing but a conspiracy," Banerjee said.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    PM Modi in UP latest updates: Warns Muslim women of torture under Congress, SP, BSP

    They protect their crores, while we protect their daughters, said Narendra Modi, at Saharanpur. He also called out directly to 'Muslim daughters' and warned them that they will be tortured under Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Narendra Modi rally in Saharanpur latest updates: PM repeats 'nationalist' assault on Congress

    Speaking at his second rally of the day at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Modi slammed both Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, drawing up the nationalism plank once again and blaming earlier governments for misrules in UP. He specidically called the Congress supporters of the 'tukde, tukde gang',

  • 14:15 (IST)

    BJP ​Election Campaign Latest Updates: Mahajan writes public letter taking herself off poll running

    ANI has shared the letter published by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, in which she has stated that she will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Mahajan is over the BJP's 75-year limit for election tickets.

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Pune latest updates: Congress chief says he loves Narendra Modi, receives roaring applause

    Rahul Gandhi's answer to the question, "What is the definition of love in politics?" received roaring applause from Pune students' who comprised the crowd. "I love Mr Narendra Modi. I genuinely have no hatred towards the man at all. He has anger towards me," he said. At this point, the students began chanting 'Modi' and 'Rahul' almost alternatively. 

    Rahul has made his tolerance towards political opponents clear, propagating a discourse of love and even hugging the prime minister at the Lok Sabha.

  • 14:06 (IST)

    Amit Shah rally in Manipur latest updates: BJP chief slams Congress for 'frequent bandhs'

    "During the Congress's rule, there were frequent bandhs and the blockade lasted for 160 days. It led to escalation in the price of essential commodities. However, in the tenure of Biren ji Manipur has become blockade free," Amit Shah said.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Amit Shah rally in Manipur updates: BJP chief says Biren Singh is a 'very good chowkidar'

    BJP chief Amit Shah has started speaking at his second rally of the day, at Thoubal in Manipur. 

    "N Biren Singh (Manipur chief minister) is a great chowkidar. Under him, Manipur has flourished," said Amit Shah. From the time when Narendra Modi came to power, Manipur has been exposed to the best of development. The 14th Finance Commission had come during the rule of the BJP, he reminded.

  • 13:51 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates: Sumitra Mahajan refuses to fight elections

    Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that she will not contest the 2019 election. She had earlier expressed displeasure at the BJP's delay in deciding candidature for the Indore Lok Sabha seat. 

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party election campaign latest updates: Manifesto released by Akhilesh targets higher classes

    The SP manifesto has criticised the higher classes and alleges that 10 percent of people have been enjoying 50 percent of the wealth. Akhilesh Yadav, after releasing the manifesto, said, “The question is what the farmers have got. This government (BJP) did not fulfil the promises made. We demand from the Centre that Rs 3,000 should be given a pension. It's not a manifesto…but a vision document of the SP.”

    "This is our vision document for society," Akhilesh added.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh election latest updates: Chandrababu Naidu warns Narendra Modi after raids on TDP leaders

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday issued a warning to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the TDP leader sat on a dharna in Vijaywada against I-T raids on the party leaders. He said, "I'm warning the prime minister. If you do like this, you will have to pay a heavy price. We are fighting to save democracy and India. Who are you? You are the outgoing prime minister. I am even requesting the officers to not listen to him. If you listen, you will also face serious consequences."

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Congress election campaign updates: Party announces Dhirender Pratap Singh as candidate from UP's Shrawasti

    The Congress on Friday announced Dhirender Pratap Singh as its candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Shrawasti Lok Sabha constituency for the upcoming general election.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh election latest updates: Chandrababu Naidu says raids on TDP leaders on 'instructions' of Narendra Modi

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is holding a sit-in protest in Vijayawada over reported I-T raids on Telugu Desam Party candidates and supporters, said, "Raids are being conducted on TDP leaders on the instructions of the prime minister. Once elections are announced, everything has to be conducted under Election Commission of India's guidance. All parties should have equal opportunity; they can't be partial towards any party, nor can they suppress a party.

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party election campaign latest updates: Akhilesh releases party manifesto

    Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party's chief, released the party's manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha election. The manifesto promises largescale changes.

  • 13:02 (IST)

    After writers and filmmakers, more than 600 theatre artists unite against divisive politics; issue joint statement

    Last week, a consortium of writers, filmmakers and artists appealed to the citizens of India to "vote out hate politics" ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The likes of TM Krishna, Girish Karnad, Urvashi Butalia, Shanta Gokhale and Anand Teltumbde signed a petition highlighting how the current socio-political state of the country is mired in discrimination-based, non-secular ideology.

    Following this, on 4 April, more than 600 theatre artists across India came together under the forum Artist Unite India and issued a statement urging citizens "to vote for love and compassion, for equality and social justice, and to defeat the forces of darkness and barbarism."

    Read full story here

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh election latest updates: N Chandrababu Naidu protests over I-T raids on TDP candidates

    Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is holding a sit-in protest in Vijayawada over reported I-T raids on Telugu Desam Party candidates and supporters.

  • 12:56 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates: Modi brings up Zayed Medal, says it is honour for whole nation

    "Yesterday, the United Arab Emirates honoured your prime servant with the greatest honour, Zayed Medal. This honour is not mine, this for you and for crores of Indians working in the Gulf countries, " said PM Modi to the crowd of Amroha after recieving the highest civilian award of the UAE

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Amroha latest updates: PM says Congress insulted BR Ambedkar as he had stood up to Gandhi family

    "During UPA, there used to attacks in Ayodhya, in Kashi...our agencies used to nab the people responsible but for the sake of their vote bank, Bua and Bhatija used to set them free. These attacks and explosions have stopped because you voted for a chowkidar in Delhi...If needed I will hunt these terrorists in hell," he said. 

    Modi also listed out all the alleged injustices done to Uttar Pradesh leaders by Congress through the years, and also mentioned that the party had allegedly insulted BR Ambedkar because he had stood up to the Gandhi family.

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Narendra Modi rally in Amroha latest updates: Nationalism takes over in PM's speech

    Speaking at Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi turned the nationalism pitch up another notch. Modi said the fact that a fitting response has been given to terrorists in Pakistan has scared many people in India who want to be heroes in Pakistan. "You all have placed a chowkidar in Delhi. You know that if someone harms anyone in India, the chowkidar will go to hell and punish him," he said.

  • 12:31 (IST)

    Advani has exposed Amit Shah, Narendra Modi, says Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala

    Addressing a press conference, Congress communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "LK Advani has given a stinging indictment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah...in his blog he clearly says that people who don't accept BJP ideology are not anti-national. We may not agree with many of LK Advani's opinions but he has exposed PM Modi and Amit Shah."

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Smriti Irani in Amethi latest update: After Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Amethi candidate hits out at IUML presence in Rahul rally

    "The fact that Rahul Gandhi is against India is known to all. The manifesto that Congress has released has insulted India. Rahul is allying with people and parties (referring to Indian Union Muslim League) who want to divide our country and insult our religion.”

    Earlier in the day, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath also called Muslim League a “virus” and said Gandhi was having an agenda with the Muslim League, the organisation which caused the division of the country.

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Mayawati says demonetisation was worse than Emergency

    Mayawati said on Friday that even though India has suffered immensely under the Emergency imposed by the Congress government, the "undeclared" emergency of demonetisation has been far worse. 


Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Campaigning in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, AICC general-secretary Rahul Gandhi, "After 5 years of being in power, you don't have a single achievement. The only things you say are 'Nehru did this', 'Indira did this'.... Modi ji, what did you do," she asked.

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's name featured in the BJP's list of star campaigners for Gujarat. The list, which had 40 names, mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah, and Union minister Rajnath Singh.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel lashed out at Narendra Modi for levelling baseless and "laughable charges" against him in the AgustaWestland case. "In this election season, the spinning of hundred jumlas has begun. There's a rainfall of baseless and laughable accusations... It seems like the ED has now become an important part of the NDA," he said on Twitter.

Addressing a rally in Assam's Morigaon, BJP president Amit Shah said, "The chants of Modi-Modi across the country shows that Modi ji is going to win this time with bigger mandate than 2014."

Stepping up the attack on Congress over AgustaWestland case, Union minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at Rahul Gandhi over names of "AP" and "FAM" in the ED chargesheet. "The right to silence is available to an accused, not to a prime ministerial aspirant," he said.

Addressing a rally in Dehradun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at Congress over the VVIP chopper scam. He said that the chargesheet filed by ED names an "AP", which is Congress leader Ahmed Patel and the "FAM" which stands for "family".

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has been one among many politicos who have criticised BJP's Mathura candidate Hema Malini for her campaign methods which have appeared far removed from the people in her constituency.

Malini reportedly alighted from a chopper to pose with a sickle for a photograph, causing embarassment to the BJP. On Friday, she rode a tractor which Abdullah noted might have been fitted with mist generators. She was not driving the tractor, it was stationery.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is likely to file his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat on 10 April and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is expected to file for the Rae Bareli seat on 11 April, PTI reported Congress sources as having said.

YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy said, in an exclusive interview to CNN-News18, that he is open to an alliance with "whoever will give special status to Andhra Pradesh." Jagan has thus kept the doors open to both the Congress and the BJP, while not revealing his cards. Significantly, his party was formed as a breakaway faction of the Congress.

Income Tax officials have raided the houses of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's close aide DT Paramesh, and seized Rs 6 crore. Paramesh had earlier alleged that the keys of two of his Canara Bank lockers were lost. He, however, handed over the keys to I-T officials on Friday. The department has been trying to uncover a contractor-politician nexus.

Speaking at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, in his second rally of the day, Narendra Modi turned the heat up on opposition parties again. "They protect their crores, while we protect their daughters," said Narendra Modi, at Saharanpur. He also called out directly to 'Muslim daughters' and warned them that they will be tortured under Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

BJP chief Amit Shah, at his second rally of the day, at Thoubal in Manipur, brought up boxing icon Mary Kom and chief minister N Biren Singh (a former footballer) to establish a quick connect with the crowd. "N Biren Singh (Manipur chief minister) served in the BSF and is a great chowkidar. Under him, Manipur has flourished," said Amit Shah. From the time when Narendra Modi came to power, Manipur has been exposed to the best of development. The 14th Finance Commission had come during the rule of the BJP, he reminded.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday issued a warning to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the TDP leader sat on a dharna in Vijaywada against I-T raids on the party leaders. He said, "I'm warning the prime minister. If you do like this, you will have to pay a heavy price. We are fighting to save democracy and India. Who are you? You are the outgoing prime minister. I am even requesting the officers to not listen to him. If you listen, you will also face serious consequences."

Naidu, who is holding a sit-in protest in Vijayawada over reported I-T raids on Telugu Desam Party candidates and supporters, said, "Raids are being conducted on TDP leaders on the instructions of the prime minister. Once elections are announced, everything has to be conducted under Election Commission of India's guidance. All parties should have equal opportunity; they can't be partial towards any party, nor can they suppress a party.

Naidu has begun a sit-in protest in Vijayawada over reported I-T raids on Telugu Desam Party candidates and supporters. Naidu has alleged that TDP leaders have been especially targeted because of his falling out with the BJP.

Narendra Modi, speaking at a rally in Amroha of Uttar Pradesh, listed out all the alleged injustices done to Uttar Pradesh leaders by Congress through the years, and also mentioned that the party had allegedly insulted BR Ambedkar because he had stood up to the Gandhi family. "But now they have to bring him back because of votebank politics," he said.

Speaking at a rally at Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, prime Minister Narendra Modi said the fact that a fitting response has been given to terrorists in Pakistan has scared many people in India who want to be heroes in Pakistan. "You all have placed a chowkidar in Delhi. You know that if someone harms anyone in India, the chowkidar will go to hell and punish him," he said.

When asked by a student as to how he envisioned the participation of women in politics, Rahul promised that there would be 33 percent reservation of all Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha seats if the Congress is voted to power in 2019. He also said he is planning to employ a similar reservation in various other sectors as well.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in an interactive session with students at Pune in Maharashtra said the country no longer respect skills. Furnishing statistics on jobs lost in India, Rahul also made a point on the Congress manifesto, saying he does not believe in making false promises.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had sent messengers to his father Lalu Prasad, to him and to various Congress leaders with deals and offers within six months of him allying with BJP. This comes as a backlash to JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor alleging that Lalu Prasad's claims to that effect were 'bogus'.

At Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah once again raked up the Balakot air strike that the Indian government had undertaken to avenge the deaths of soldiers in the Pulwama attack. "Rahul's guru Sam Pitroda can ask why we needed to do the strikes, but we know that you can only answer a stone attack with stones," Shah said.

 BJP president Amit Shah, addressing a rally at the General Grounds of Bordumsa in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district, said Narendra Modi has brought great development to the North East and added that India has already decided to vote for him. "This is the land where sun rises first. This is why so many of you are so hard working here," he said.

Janata Dal (United) leader Prashant Kishore has alleged that Lalu Prasad's "best days" are behind him. He said that claims made by the Rashtriya Janata Dal, reported by news outlets, were "bogus". In a soon-to-be released book, Lalu has alleged that JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wanted to return to the RJD-JDU alliance within months of leaving it, but that Lalu had rebuffed his attempts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will speak at rallies in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, said in an exclusive interview to ABP on Friday that labour is his commitment. When asked about his busy campaign schedule, Modi said that he has "done night stays" in 450 districts of the country and that he does not accept fatigue.

Back-to-back rallies are the order of the day as the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress brass cover the length and the breadth of the country in fervent campaigns, with less than a week to go for the first phase of the Lok Sabha election to begin.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold election rallies in Uttar Pradesh's Amroha and Saharanpur along with Uttarakhand's Dehradun. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a public rally and hold an interactive session with students in Maharashtra. He is scheduled to interact with students in Pune, after which he will be addressing rallies in Chandrapur and Wardha.

On Thursday, Rahul filed his nomination papers from Wayanad in Kerala and led a mega roadshow through the town afterwards. He was accompanied by sister, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi who will be present on Friday at an event in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad in support of Congress candidate Dolly Sharma.

BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to campaign in Arunachal Pradesh's Bardumsa, Manipur's Thoubal and Assam's Jagiroad. Shah cancelled his visit to Telangana, where he was scheduled to address two public rallies, on Thursday, as he had to attend an "emergency meeting" on the party's manifesto and poll-related issues, a top leader said on Thursday. He was slated to address public meetings in Karimnagar and Warangal.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will also be holding a rally in Assam's Dhuburi and West Bengal's Naxalbari.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is expected to reply to the Election Commission (EC) over the reference to the Indian Army in his "Modi ji ki sena" comment.

The BJP on Thursday reacted as if it had received a major fillip after veteran BJP leader LK Advani, who has been replaced by party president Amit Shah in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, wrote a blog titled Nation First, Party Next, Self Last ahead of the party's foundation day on 6 April. "Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani ji have strengthened it," Modi tweeted in response.

Tellingly, Advani said on Thursday that his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-nationals" or "enemies" but only as adversaries. His remarks which come at a time when top BJP leaders have used anti-national barbs against political rivals on the issue of national security.

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Updated Date: Apr 05, 2019 19:25:18 IST