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Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: 'Tumse na ho payega,' tweets Congress after reports say Modi won't hold press conference on 26 April
  • 18:41 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates
    Kejriwal to release AAP manifesto on Thursday
    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will release the Aam Aadmi Party's manifesto on Thursday, which is based on the agenda of granting full statehood to the national capital.
     
    The manifesto would be released in the presence of senior party leaders and all the seven candidates who are contesting on the party's ticket from Delhi.
     
    Sources said the manifesto would link different issues, including employment, higher education and women safety, that Delhi faces because of not having the status of full statehood.
     
    The party would come up with its manifesto that would layout the roadmap of how the AAP will take the agenda of statehood forward if elected to power.
     
    PTI

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Congress takes dig at Modi over no scheduled press conference on 26 April

    After multiple media reports claimed that the BJP has denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold a press conference on 26 April, Congress wrote on Twitter, "Tumse na ho payega (You won't be able to do it)."​ Modi is scheduled to visit Varanasi on Friday to filing his nomination.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Telangana election latest updates
    Speculation over Congress Legislative Party merging with TRS in Telangana
    With 11 Congress MLAs having announced their decision to join the TRS in Telangana, speculation is rife that they could seek merger of the Congress Legislative Party with the ruling party.
     
    Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader M Bhatti Vikramarka, who is the Leader of Opposition, has met Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy and urged him to issue a notice to the Congress before taking any action on the merger issue, party sources said.
     
    The Congress had won 19 seats in the 119-member house in the Assembly polls held in December last, but 11 of them MLAs have since announced their decision to join the TRS. The MLAs would not attract the provisions of anti-defection law only if their number is two-third of the total number. 
     
    It is being speculated in the event of two more Congress MLAs deserting the party, the rebel group would seek a formal merger of Congress Legislature Party with the TRS.

    PTI

  • 17:31 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Truth and dharma always win, says Pragya Thakur after NIA court rejects plea against candidature
    After an NIA court rejected a plea to ban her from contesting Lok Sabha election, BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya said, "Congress has been conspiring continuously but we will definitely win because truth and 'dharma' always win."

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    Modi calls Mamata 'sticker didi'

    "Speedbreaker didi is also 'sticker didi'. Whatever aid the central government sends for the people of West Bengal, did labels it as her scheme," Narendra Modi said in Ranaghat. In March, Modi had used the sticker jibe to attack TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu as well.

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    Mamata shielding infiltrators, says PM

    "The one who cried in the Parliament for removing the infiltrators in 2005 from Bengal is now shielding them. She has forgotten that this chowkidar is alert and won't let her succeed in her motives," Modi said at a rally in Ranaghat.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    Mamata backing goons, says PM

    Addressing a rally in Ranaghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targetted TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence. "Didi cheated the people of West Bengal who respected her. Now the blood of the people is turning the colour of this holy land into red."

    "Goondo ke liye Mamata, aur jan-gan ke liye nirmamta ('Mamata' is for the goons, while brutality is allowed against the people)," he said. On Tuesday, a voter was killed in a clash between TMC and Congress workers in Murshidabad.

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    NIA court rejects plea against Sadhvi Pragya's candidature

    A special NIA court in Mumbai on Wednesday rejected the application filed by the father of one of the victims of the 2008 Malegaon blast case seeking to bar BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the Lok Sabha election.
     
     
    Nisar Sayyad, who lost his son in the blast, moved the court last week, urging it to bar Thakur from contesting the election after the BJP fielded her from Bhopal, where she is locked in a battle with Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh.
     
    Rejecting his application, Special judge for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases V S Padalkar said lawyers were well aware that this was not the proper forum (for the plea). "This court has not granted bail...wrong forum has been chosen," he said.
     
    PTI

  • 16:32 (IST)

    TMC election campaign latest updates
    Mamata accuses Modi of buying votes with black money converted to white through demonitisation
    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused Prime Minister​ Narendra Modi of converting huge black money into white through demonitisation and spending it to purchase votes."Modi, you may forcibly impose ​note ban on people to convert black money into white and spend them during elections to purchase votes, but you can never purchase voters in Bengal," Banerjee said at a public meeting at Serampore in  Hooghly district in support of Trinamool Congress candidates.
     
    "You (Modi) are destined to be dethroned after the elections. Our government will prove what a big scam​ demonetisation was," the TMC supremo said.
     
    Continuing her attack, Banerjee said that BJP "goons" are even organising processions with arms and sharp-edged weapons to vitiate the environment and unleash terror. "We must foil such bids to maintain peace and harmony in the state," she said.
     
    PTI

  • 16:14 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    Repolling announced at Cooch Behar polling booth

    Repolling to be held at polling station 181 in Cooch Behar, West Bengal on 29 April following allegations that voters were stopped from casting vote.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates
    NCP dubs Modi's post-voting road show 'farewell procession'
     
    NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his alleged road show after casting his vote in Gujarat, terming it as his "farewell procession" on completion of "unsuccessful" five years of his term.
     
    On Tuesday, the Congress had raised the issue, alleging it was violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
     

  • 15:50 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Punjab ministers who don't ensure victory for Congress will be dropped from cabinet, says Amarinder Singh

    ANI quoted Punjab chief minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh as saying, "As per the high command’s decision, incumbent ministers in Punjab who do not succeed in ensuring a victory for the Congress, specially from the constituencies they represent, will be dropped from the cabinet."

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Congress's ego prevented grand alliance from forming, says Akhilesh

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that it was the 'ego' of Congress party that prevented a grand alliance from forming ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, reported News18.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

    Congress chief extols values of NYAY scheme, promises jobs

    Speaking at Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday stressed on the values of the NYAY scheme promised by the Congress, should it come to power. "I want to speak on youth, because so many of you at this rally today are young," said Rahul. He repeated promises made in the Congress manifesto, stressing that his party if elected, would strive to provide many jobs to the young.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Bengal latest updates

    PM claims credit for liaising with Saudi Arabia for release of prisoners, help for Haj pilgrims

    "More than 800 Indian prisoners were released by Saudi Arabia the very day after I spoke to the Saudi Arabian prince, Narendra Modi claimed in West Bengal's Bolpur on Wednesday. In what appeared was an effort to harness the minority population in the state, Modi said he had personally asked for more people to be taken for Haj pilgrimages. Modi then hit out that those who had "abused" him for receiving Saudi Arabia's top civilian's prize. 

    He also mentioned "daughter of Bengal Judith D'Souza" who was kidnapped in Afghanistan. "We tried hard and using our diplomatic relations, we freed her," he said.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Bolpur latest updates

    Rabindranath Tagore did not dream of this Bengal, PM says in poet's workplace

    Speaking at Rabindranath Tagore's home and workplace of Bolpur in West Bengal, in his second rally of the day, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that a Bengal where "people were scared to do Saraswati puja, Durga puja and celebrate Ram Navami" is not one which the Gurudev dreamed of. 

    He repeatedly hit out at the Mamata Banerjee dispensation with the 'speedbreaker' epithet and said Bengal would vote for neither dadagiri nor didigiri.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

    Modi should speak to farmers, Congress leader fires salvo at PM over Akshay interview

    Riding an open car in Mahoba of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said Narendra Modi should speak to farmers more, in an apparent jibe at the prime minister over his much-publicised interview to actor Akshay Kumar. "My family members may have been martyrd but we have not been wiped out, BJP should remember that," she told India Today, adding that Congress would surely win the Lok Sabha polls.

    On Tuesday, Priyanka had asked on Twitter how in Bundelkhand, where water is scarce, the resource could have been wasted to wash roads ahead of Modi's arrival.

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Amit Shah in Bihar latest updates

    BJP chief trains gun on Manmohan Singh, says he lacked strength to avenge terror attacks

    Speaking at his final rally of the day, at Bihar's Samastipur, BJP chief Amit Shah trained his rhetoric former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In heavily militarised speech, he blamed Singh for not having the strength to avenge the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and called him 'mauni baba' multiple times. He also indicated that Rahul Gandhi suffered the same blow that Pakistan did when the Balakot air strikes were made.

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

    IN PHOTOS: Congress general secretary in Mahoba roadshow

    Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is holding a roadshow in Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    ED attachers assets of MK Alagiri's son

    Enforcement Directorate attaches properties worth Rs 40 crore of Alagiri Dhayanidhi, son of former Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister MK Alagiri in illegal granite mining case, ANI reported. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

    IN PHOTOS: Congress general secretary in Mahoba roadshow

    Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is holding a roadshow in Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh.

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Modi to perform puja before filing nomination at Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to perform a puja at Dashashwamesh Ghat on 25 April along with his supporters before he files the nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election from here on 26 April.
     

    Sushant Mishra, president of Ganga Seva Fund, told ANI that this would be the third time that the prime minister was visiting the holy place after coming to power in 2014. 

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Mehbooba bats for Yasin Malik's release

    People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti said in Pulwama on Wednesday that Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik should be released immediately as he is really unwell.

    Mehbooba also called for other members of Jamaat-e-Islami to be released. "Sadhvi Pragya on whom there are several serious accusations, has been set free," she said.

    Delhi's Patiala House court has sent Yasin Malik to judicial custody till 24 May. 

  • 14:13 (IST)

    AGP's vacillation on citizenship bill, U-turn on alliance with BJP points to party on road to extinction

    Once a regional political powerhouse with Assamese sub-nationalism as its credo and pregnant with immense possibilities for the future, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is a pale shadow of its former self. It is becoming clear that from here on, AGP's battle in the political arena will be a long hard struggle to retain relevance.

    Read the full story here

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Amit Shah in Begusarai latest updates

    At Kanhaiya Kumar's turf, BJP chief asks to 'send home' tukde tukde gang

    Speaking at his second rally of the day at Bihar's Begusarai, BJP chief Amit Shah asked people to send home what he called the "tukde tukde gang", the BJP's phrase for leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar, who is contesting from the seat on a CPI ticket. 

    Shah also said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi wants to say "ilu, ilu" to terrorists. "Ilu" is understood to be an acronym for "I love you."

  • 13:44 (IST)

    NIA court turns down appeal to bar Sadhvi Pragya from contesting elections

    The lawyer of the applicant in the NIA court who is seeking to bar BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the polls told the court on Wednesday that while Thakur has not been attending court proceedings on grounds of ill-health, she has been campaigning for elections, where she is decidedly not looking ill.

    However, the special NIA court held that it "does not have any legal powers to prohibit anyone from contesting elections". It said that it is the job of electoral officers to decide and that the special court could not stop the accused from contesting elections.

  • 13:39 (IST)

    21 Opposition parties to file review plea on EVMs at Supreme Court

    As many as 21 Opposition parties have come together to knock on the Supreme Court once again over EVMs malfunctioning across three phases of the Lok Sabha election. On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said several EVMs had glitches where votes given to other parties reflected in favour of the BJP.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Karnataka election latest updates

    Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy pay last respects to JD(S) workers killed in Sri Lanka

    Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his son and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy paid tribute to KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa, two Janata Dal (Secular) party workers who lost their lives in the Sri Lanka bombings.

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Udit Raj slams BJP after joining Congress, says it is inherently anti-Dalit

    Dalit leader and one time BJP MP from the reserved North West Delhi seat, Udit Raj came down heavily on the saffron party after joining the Congress on Wednesday. He said he wanted to be honest about his intentions. "I would have taken the ticket had BJP given it to me, but the exercise has proven that the BJP has been anti-Dalit," said Raj. 

    He added that the party wanted Dalit votes but not Dalit netas and had denied a ticket even to now President Ram Nath Kovind. "I could have stayed for the perks of the Parliament, but I would have become another Ram Nath Kovind," he added, saying that he has always had a track record of not compromising with the issues of Dalits and women.

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Udit Raj formally joins Congress in presence of senior leaders 

    Positing the BJP MP's move as one which aims to prevent Dalit oppression, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala welcomed the legislator formally into the party fold. Raj had been BJP representative from the North West Delhi seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Castes.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Maharashtra election latest updates
     
    Unfazed by trolling, Matondkar says she is here to stay
     
    Urmila Matondkar, leading Bollywood actor of the 90s who joined the Congress recently, says she has faced a lot of trolling on social media and personal attacks after her entry into politics, but asserted that she is here to stay.
     
    Matondkar, who is contesting from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold, said these elections will decide the direction in which the country will go and if democracy will be saved.
     
    "Women should understand they need to have nerves of steel to be in politics," she said. Referring to a recent incident in suburban Borivali, when a scuffle broke out between Congress and BJP workers during her rally, she said she believes in freedom of expression and has nothing against people chanting anybody's name.
     
    PTI

  • 13:07 (IST)

    Maharashtra election latest updates
     
    Unfazed by trolling, Matondkar says she is here to stay
     
    Urmila Matondkar, leading Bollywood actor of the 90s who joined the Congress recently, says she has faced a lot of trolling on social media and personal attacks after her entry into politics, but asserted that she is here to stay.
     
    Matondkar, who is contesting from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold, said these elections will decide the direction in which the country will go and if democracy will be saved.
     
    "Women should understand they need to have nerves of steel to be in politics," she said. Referring to a recent incident in suburban Borivali, when a scuffle broke out between Congress and BJP workers during her rally, she said she believes in freedom of expression and has nothing against people chanting anybody's name.
     
    PTI

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    IN PHOTOS: Urmila Matondkar campaigns in Mumbai

    Congress candidate from Mumbai North, Urmila Matondkar, met locals of the Dahisar area while campaigning on Wednesday.

  • 12:56 (IST)

    Projecting Narendra Modi as 'wartime PM' is BJP's 2019 poll plank: Militaristic rhetoric has replaced talk of vikas

    Can a massively-funded and aggressive media campaign make people choose a particular leader? If the 2014 Lok Sabha election established the success of a well-curated PR strategy, the campaign narrative preceding the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a test case on whether sentiments of militarism and hyper-nationalism can whip up enough support to consolidate the personality cult around a leader.

    The case in point here is the Bharatiya Janata Party's poll rhetoric and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's own recent speeches.

    Read the full story here

  • 12:54 (IST)

    Amit Shah in Bihar latest updates

    BJP chief echoes Narendra Modi, launches attacks at Congress over Army again

    Speaking at Bihar's Munger in his first rally of the day, BJP chief Amit Shah brough up heavy military language that echoed the words used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lohardaga at around the same time. 

    "After the Pulwama attack, Pakistan placed border artillery, imposed troops, intensified vigil. But Modi ji has a 56-inch chest. He ordered Air Force action and the IAF blew up terrorists in Pakistan," Shah said.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Fatehpur latest updates

    Modi obsessed with our family, doesn't speak about his own rule, says Congress GS

    Speaking at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said Narendra Modi was obsessed with their family, and he keeps on bringing up the Gandhis. "Fifty percent of his campaign speeches are devoted to blaming Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi. But he never says what he did in the last five years," she added.

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Jharkhand latest updates

    PM trains guns at Opposition with Army, Pulwama dead again

    At Lohardaga, Narendra Modi sought to vent anger at Opposition comments on the situation of Army personnel who are often compelled to enlist out of poverty. Modi said such comments, made by the Karnataka chief minister (HD Kumaraswamy) insulted the Pulwama 'martyrs' and made mockery of their contributions. 

    He then said that the same Congress which made comments like these was also responsible for giving leeway to Maoists.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Jharkhand latest updates

    Opposition tired of hurling abuses at me, have directed ire at EVMs now, says PM 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first rally of the day at Lohardaga in Jharkhand, called the EVM machine 'bechara' and said it is on the receiving end of abuses by Opposition now that people have proven that they 'love the chowkidar'. 

  • 11:55 (IST)

    BJP's North West Delhi MP Udit Raj joins Congress

    Former North West Delhi Lok Sabha MP from BJP, who was snubbed when it came to a ticket from the seat, thanked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, hours after joining the party on Wednesday. Raj also dropped the 'chowkidar' that prefixed his name on Twitter.

  • 11:46 (IST)

    Varanasi election latest updates

    Will Priyanka Gandhi be the chosen one for Congress? Rahul had spoken of keeping 'suspense' alive

    The Gandhi siblings certainly believe in keeping suspense alive when it comes to the Varanasi candidate. Their brief hints on just how important this constituency is for the Congress have kept political watchers on their toes. Rahul Gandhi has also kept the pot boiling with his recent comments to a newspaper on the there being no harm in keeping up the "suspense" about Priyanka taking on Modi.  Polling will be held in Varanasi on 19 May.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    BJP's Northwest Delhi MP Udit Raj joins Congress

    BJP's Northwest Delhi Lok Sabha MP and national chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, Udit Raj, joined Congress on Wednesday. Raj still has 'chowkidar' in his Twitter name, like many other BJP leaders. The prefix had disappeared and then reappeared in the course of Tuesday. He tweeted at length on Tuesday on being snubbed when it came to a ticket from the reserved seat. The BJP picked singer Hans Raj Hans instead of him.

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Varanasi election latest updates

    Congress likely to announce Varanasi candidate today, say reports

    Speculation is rife as to whether the Congress, in a press conference at 1 pm, will announce the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as candidate for Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest. Modi is scheduled to file his nomination on 26 April, Friday. 

    Almost three weeks ago, Priyanka dropped her first hint. A party worker in Rae Bareli said she wanted her to contest from her mother’s constituency. "Why not Varanasi?" asked Priyanka. Rahul Gandhi has also kept the pot boiling with his recent comments to a newspaper on the there being no harm in keeping up the "suspense" about Priyanka taking on Modi.

  • 11:11 (IST)

    BSP election campaign latest updates

    PM Modi trying to mislead the country on reservations, says Mayawati

    Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati tweeted early on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had misled the country when it comes to promising that the reservation system will not be scrapped. "Like the Congress government, the present government too has tried to make the quota system ineffective," she wrote.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates
     
    Tired of listening to PM beat his own trumpet on Pakistan, says Chidambaram
     
    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said he was tired of listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi "beat his own trumpet" on "what he did" to Pakistan and asserted that people also want to hear him speak about issues such as demonetisation and hate speeches.
     
    He also wondered whether the prime minister will speak on top issues concerning the people before campaign ends. "Tired of listening to the PM beat his own trumpet on what he did to Pakistan. Before the campaign ends, will the PM speak on the top issues concerning the people?" Chidambaram asked.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    EC orders removal of trailer of Mamata Banerjee's biopic from internet

    The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the Bengal Chief Electoral Officer to remove the trailer of Baghini, a film based on the life of Trinamool Congress chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, from online sites. The Bengal CEO is learned to have begun steps to take down the trailer from three websites.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Have many good friends in the Opposition, Modi tells Akshay Kumar

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has many "good friends" in the Opposition and added that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sends personally-selected kurtas and sweets to him.

    "I have many good friends in the Opposition. We do eat food together once or twice a year. Long time back when I was not even the chief minister (of Gujarat), I had gone to Parliament for some work. There Ghulam Nabi Azad and I were having a friendly conversation. When we came out media people asked, how can you be friends with Azad as you belong to RSS. Ghulam Nabi gave a good answer. He said the way we are connected as a family can't be imagined outside)," Modi said in an interaction with actor Akshay Kumar.

    ANI

  • 10:26 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka to concentrate on campaigns across Uttar Pradesh today

    One of Congress's most popular campaign faces, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, is expected to hold public meetings at Khaga and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur. She will then hold a roadshow from Parmanand Chowk to Udal Chowk in Hamirpur and then address a rally at Rath, which falls under the Hamirpur constituency. An announcement is expected soon on whether Congress will field Priyanka from Modi's Varanasi seat.

    Priyanka's brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to hold public meetings across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday — at Lakhimpur Kheri, Unnao and Kanpur. 

  • 10:23 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Amit to speak hold public meetings across Bihar

    Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to be at rallies in Bihar's Safiabad (10.30 am), Begusarai (12.10 pm) and Samastipur (2 pm). Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called Amit Shah a "murder-accused", prompting a rebuttal from the BJP chief who questioned the opposition leader's "legal knowledge", saying the "fake" charge was dismissed as "politically motivated" by the court long ago.

  • 10:22 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Narendra Modi to speak in rallies at Bengal, Jharkhand

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who voted in the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday amid much media attention and addressed election rallies in West Bengal and Odisha, is scheduled to campaign at Gumla in Jharkhand (11 am) and Bolpur (2 am) and Ranaghat (3.50 pm) in West Bengal on Wednesday.

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates: After multiple media reports claimed that the BJP has denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi would hold a press conference on 26 April, Congress wrote on Twitter, "Tumse na ho payega (You won't be able to do it)."​ Modi is scheduled to visit Varanasi on Friday to filing his nomination.

 

After an NIA court rejected a plea to ban her from contesting Lok Sabha election, BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya said, "Congress has been conspiring continuously but we will definitely win because truth and 'dharma' always win."

Addressing a rally in Ranaghat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targetted TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence. "Goondo ke liye Mamata, aur jan-gan ke liye nirmamta ('Mamata' is for the goons, while brutality is allowed against the people)," he said. On Tuesday, a voter was killed in a clash between TMC and Congress workers in Murshidabad.

Punjab chief minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh said, "As per the high command’s decision, incumbent ministers in Punjab who do not succeed in ensuring a victory for the Congress, specially from the constituencies they represent, will be dropped from the cabinet."

Speaking at Rabindranath Tagore's home and workplace of Bolpur in West Bengal, in his second rally of the day, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that a Bengal where "people were scared to do Saraswati puja, Durga puja and celebrate Ram Navami" is not one which the Gurudev dreamed of.

He repeatedly hit out at the Mamata Banerjee dispensation with the 'speedbreaker' epithet and said Bengal would vote for neither dadagiri nor didigiri.

Speaking at his final rally of the day, at Bihar's Samastipur, BJP chief Amit Shah trained his rhetoric former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In heavily militarised speech, he blamed Singh for not having the strength to avenge the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and called him 'mauni baba' multiple times. He also indicated that Rahul Gandhi suffered the same blow that Pakistan did when the Balakot air strikes were made.

The lawyer of the applicant in the NIA court who is seeking to bar BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the polls told the court on Wednesday that while Thakur has not been attending court proceedings on grounds of ill-health, she has been campaigning for elections, where she is decidedly not looking ill.

However, the special NIA court held that it "does not have any legal powers to prohibit anyone from contesting elections". It said that it is the job of electoral officers to decide and that the special court could not stop the accused from contesting elections.

Positing the BJP MP's move as one which aims to prevent Dalit oppression, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala welcomed the legislator formally into the party fold. Raj had been BJP representative from the North West Delhi seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Castes. "I would have fought from North West Delhi if BJP gave me a ticket, but this has taught me how anti-Dalit BJP is," said Raj. He also alleged that the party had refused Dalit President Ram Nath Kovind a ticket earlier.

Speaking at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said Narendra Modi was obsessed with their family, and he keeps on bringing up the Gandhis. "Fifty percent of his campaign speeches are devoted to blaming Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi. But he never says what he did in the last five years," she added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first rally of the day at Lohardaga in Jharkhand, called the EVM machine 'bechara' and said it is on the receiving end of abuses by Opposition now that people have proven that they 'love the chowkidar'. He also said that each time Pakistan would send terrorists to attack India, the Congress government would cry in fear.

Former North West Delhi Lok Sabha MP from BJP, who was snubbed when it came to a ticket from the seat, thanked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, hours after joining the party on Wednesday. Raj also dropped the 'chowkidar' that prefixed his name on Twitter.

Speculation is rife as to whether the Congress, in a press conference at 1 pm, will announce the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as candidate for Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest. Modi is scheduled to file his nomination on 26 April, Friday.

Almost three weeks ago, Priyanka dropped her first hint. A party worker in Rae Bareli said she wanted her to contest from her mother’s constituency. "Why not Varanasi?" asked Priyanka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has many good friends in the Opposition and added that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sends personally-selected kurtas and sweets to him. "We do eat food together once or twice a year. Long time back when I was not even the chief minister (of Gujarat), I had gone to Parliament for some work and Ghulam Nabi Azad and I were having a friendly conversation," he said, in what was called a "non-political interview" to actor Akshay Kumar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who voted in the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday amid much media attention and addressed election rallies in West Bengal and Odisha, is scheduled to campaign at Gumla in Jharkhand (11 am) and Bolpur (2 am) and Ranaghat (3.50 pm) in West Bengal on Wednesday.

A Congress delegation headed by Abhishek Manu Singhvi met the Election Commission, seeking to have Modi barred from campaigning for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct citing that he "held a long procession and delivered a speech".

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to be at rallies in Bihar's Safiabad (10.30 am), Begusarai (12.10 pm) and Samastipur (2 pm).

One of Congress's most popular campaign faces, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, is expected to hold public meetings at Khaga and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur. She will then hold a roadshow from Parmanand Chowk to Udal Chowk in Hamirpur and then address a rally at Rath, which falls under the Hamirpur constituency.

An announcement is expected soon on whether Congress will field Priyanka from Modi's Varanasi seat.

Priyanka's brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to hold public meetings across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday — at Lakhimpur Kheri, Unnao and Kanpur. Hours after a Supreme Court contempt notice, Rahul on Tuesday had kicked up another storm and called Amit Shah a "murder accused". While addressing election rallies in Madhya Pradesh, Rahul said, "Murder-accused BJP chief Amit Shah. Wah, kya shaan hai! (Wow, what glory!)"

In a major setback for the Congress, the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Rahul for incorrectly attributing his 'chowkidar chor hai' jibe against Modi and the Rafale deal verdict to the top court. On 30 April, the bench will hear the criminal contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against the Congress chief, along with the pending review petitions against court's 14 December, 2018, verdict in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Moreover, at loggerheads with each other and on the receiving end of campaign bans, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati will both be part of public rallies on Wednesday. Adityanath is scheduled to participate in BJP candidate Mahendranath Pandey's nomination from Chandauli, while Mayawati will address rallies in Kanpur.

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2019 18:52:30 IST