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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

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE 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.

FP Staff April 24, 2019 18:52:30 IST
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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
  • An announcement is expected soon on whether Congress will field Priyanka Gandhi from Narendra Modi's Varanasi seat

  • On the receiving end of campaign bans, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati will both be part of public rallies

  • One of Congress's most popular campaign faces, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, is expected to hold public meetings at Khaga and Ghazipur

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Apr 24, 2019 - 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

Apr 24, 2019 - 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.

Apr 24, 2019 - 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

Apr 24, 2019 - 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."

Apr 24, 2019 - 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.

Apr 24, 2019 - 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.

Apr 24, 2019 - 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.

Apr 24, 2019 - 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

Apr 24, 2019 - 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

Apr 24, 2019 - 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.

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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