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Narendra Modi in Delhi Updates: Parties that practice dynasty politics cannot represent 21st Century India, says PM
  • 21:08 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Rajiv Gandhi took his family on a personal holiday on board INS Viraat, says PM


    “Congress talks about NYAY often. What about the ‘anyaay’ faced by those affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots? Congress will have to answer why a person associated with the riots was made the chief minister. I feel satisfied that after three decades, those involved are facing sentences,” Modi said.

    He criticised the Congress for taking advantage of their power and misusing the country’s defence resources. “Who considers those who protect the nation their property? Have you ever heard of anyone taking their family on a holiday on warships? Congress’ dynastic family used the INS Viraat as a personal taxi when Rajiv Gandhi was PM and he went for a 10-day holiday, which also had his family from Italy in attendance. Is taking foreigners on your warships not a violation of the country’s security norms?” Modi asked.

    Modi said that the new India is growing stronger by the day. “There was a time when people would be scared to board buses in Delhi or roam about in markets. Before 2014, the Congress government was apprehensive about conducting the elections and IPL together. What seemed impossible earlier are possible now. The new India does not plead to others to have their problems solved. The New India knows that the threat of terrorism still persists but they also feel assured that the New India no longer hesitates to go the origin of terror to hit them, in their homeland wherever they are,” he concluded his speech amid chants of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’.

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Modi talked about the schemes implemented by the government that benefited the citizens of Delhi. “Big decisions have been taken and I thank you for your support. These include the removal of red beacons from VIP cars, accepting GST and freeing the country from ‘Inspector Raj’. My government has not only worked to enhance ease of doing business but has also ensured ease of living for the people. We have repealed more than 1,400 obsolete, unnecessary laws that hindered the daily lives of the citizens,” he said.

    “The middle class is now closer to their dream of owning their own homes with the PM Awas Yojna and this section also benefited from the government’s decision of increasing the taxable income slab to Rs 5 lakh,” he added.

    He also talked about dealing the issue of  pollution in Delhi. “The solution is being facilitates through an advanced network of the Metro, solar schemes and next generation infrastructure development. Thousands of trucks from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana now don’t enter Delhi anymore after the Eastern and Western peripherals were built,” he said.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    AAP, Congress release manifestos for Delhi ahead of polls

    AAP's West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar released the manifesto for his constituency whose agendas included regularisation of unauthorised colonies, building of flyovers, construction of super specialty hospitals and multi-level parking, apart from statehood for Delhi. He also promised to provide international class sports facility centre, and old age pension, widow pension and Divyang pension by establishing single window help centre in West Delhi.

    Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely released the manifesto for East Delhi constituency, saying he will work on basic issues like water shortage, pollution, unemployment and garbage pile up. He also promised to launch a toll-free number to seek suggestions and know problems of people so that they can be solved. His other promises include clean water for every Delhi household, employment and measures to check pollution.

  • 20:31 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi latest updates

    Priyanka Gandhi held a roadshow in Dakshinpuri in support of Congress' South Delhi candidate Vijender Singh.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi latest updates

    Arvind Kejriwal held a roadshow in Delhi in support of its candidate Gugan Singh.

  • 20:26 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Parties that practice dynasty politics cannot represent 21st century India’s idelogies


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that dynasty politics is prevalent in many states in the country. "Dikshit family in Delhi, Hooda family in Haryana, Scindias in Madhya Pradesh, Gehlots in Rajasthan, there is dynastic rule in many states. Jammu and Kashmir has the Abdullah family, Bihar has Lalu’s clan and Maharashtra has Pawar’s family, Karunanidhi’s family is flourishing in Tamil Nadu are practicing dynasty politics. People who have risen from the bottom are given no weight in these parties," he said.

    "Such parties cannot be representatives of the 21st century India’s ideologies. They want votes in the names of their ancestors. But they cannot tolerate it when we talk about the misdeeds of their ancestors. If you are asking for votes in the name of someone, you are answerable for their deeds too," he added.

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Modi labels Delhi government ‘nakaampanthi’, blames them for causing hindrances in development


    Since Independence, four political cultures were seen. Naampanthi – whose vision is restricted to names and family. Vampanthi – for whom their foreign behaviour is their vision. Damanpanthi – for whom goonda raj is the definition of their republic. Vikaspanthi – for whom ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ holds maximum importance.

    Delhi saw a fifth model too – Nakaampanthi. They are those who say no to every work relating to Delhi’s development and their attempts at doing so also fail. They have played with the trust of the people. They came to change the country but changed themselves. They came to establish a new order, but became failed.

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Your support, love gave energy to me, BJP, NDA govt over past five years: Modi

    “I am honoured you gave a chance to serve you. I have come from among you and reached where I have. Staying in bullet-proof walls is neither to my liking nor habits. I have tried to demolish this wall often. Your support and love gives me, BJP and NDA government energy in the last five years. You are paving the way for a new India,” Modi said at Ramlila Maidan.

  • 19:31 (IST)

    Narendra Modi reaches Ramlila Maidan

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Delhi latest updates

    Here are some visuals visuals from the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a rally shortly.

  • 19:09 (IST)

    Madhya Pradesh Congress sends eyedrops, almonds to Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Madhya Pradesh Congress workers are sending eye-drops, 'chyawanprash' and almonds to Shivraj Singh Chouhan. "He lies about farm loan waiver and state government's others decisions. We wanted him to know the reality but it seems his eyesight and memory has weakened. We're sending this to cure him," said one of the party workers.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka among Congress star campaigners in Bihar for seventh phase

    UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh figure among the list of star campaigners for Bihar in the seventh and final phase of general elections.

    Other prominent leaders whose names figure among the 40 star campaigners are Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shaktisinh Gohil, Tariq Anwar and Ranjeet Ranjan.

  • 19:03 (IST)

    BJP hits back at Congress after Nirupam's Aurangzeb jibe at PM

    Hitting back at Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "modern-day avatar of Aurangzeb", the BJP said the opposition party always finds it "useful" to remember what "invaders" did to India and accused it of politicising the ongoing development works here.

    BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, "Nirupam is known to give controversial statements more out of compulsion than conviction. For some strange reasons, Congress finds it always useful to highlight what the invaders did but never recognise the builders of India. Before trying to politicise the development work being done by the PM, the Congress should first explain why the UPA government had "opposed" the existence of Lord Ram in an affidavit given to the Supreme Court and why it had sought to demolish Ram setu or Adam's Bridge, he said.

    PTI

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Federal front push of TRS is against NDA, says Veerappa Moily

    Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said there was nothing wrong in TRS President and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's efforts to forge a federal front of regional parties, and saw the move as being against the BJP-led NDA.

    He also claimed that the Congress would get around 200 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, emerging as the leading party among the opposition. "Make state-by-state (poll) analysis and you will definitely come to conclusion that the NDA government will fall", the former Union Minister said, adding a conglomeration of opposition parties would form the government.

  • 18:49 (IST)

    Goa govt urges EC to ease poll code for pre-monsoon works

    The Goa government has requested the Election Commission to relax the model code of conduct in South Goa district, where voting for the Lok Sabha polls has concluded, to take up pre-monsoon works.

    Goa's Chief Secretary Parimal Rai wrote a letter to the state chief electoral office last Friday, urging that the poll code be relaxed in the South Goa district, where voting took place on 23 April. State Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said they have received the letter and pre-monsoon works are allowed in the South Goa district on a case-to-case basis.

    PTI

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal latest updates

    Mamata draws parallel between Quit India movement and her fight against Modi

    At a rally in West Bengal’s Debra, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Prime Minster Narendra Modi of running a fascist government in the country, and drew a parallel between her campaign against the BJP and the Quit India Movement of 1942.

    "Someone has to bell the cat. In 1942, Quit India movement was launched against the British, now we are fighting to oust a fascist Modi from power," she said. "There will be no freedom or democracy in the country if Modi is voted to power again. It is time we show the door to Modi and the BJP. It's time this government is buried during this democratic exercise (elections)," she added.

    "You will get a big rosogolla (zero seats) in Bengal," she said.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi latest updates

  • 18:25 (IST)

    AIADMK criticises AMMK for seeking DMK's support

    An article in AIADMK mouthpiece 'Namathu Amma', the AIADMK hit out at TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK for seeking its archrival DMK's support to dethrone the K Palaniswami-led government, saying the "cat is out of the bag."

    Questioning AMMK's intent to "topple the government" the article sought to know if it was fair to do such a thing against a dispensation "installed by Amma?" a reference to the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. "Can you roam the streets after committing such a lowly act? Will the people and party workers spare you? It would be better if (AMMK) is merged with (DMK)," the mouthpiece said.

    On Tuesday, Thangatamilselvan had sought DMK's support in "sending home" the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu post 23 May.

    PTI

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi latest updates

    BJP behaving like school children who didn't do homework, Priyanka Gandhi on Nehru, Indira remarks


    Priyanka Gandhi said during the Seelampur road show, “A woman from Delhi openly challenges you (BJP) to pick up issues relating to note ban, GST, safety of women and talk about the fake promises made to the country’s youth in the upcoming two phases.”

    “Their situation is like those children who don't do their homework and come to school. When teacher asks them questions, they say, 'Nehru ji hid my books, Indira ji made paper boats out of my homework and someone submerged my books in the water’,” she said.

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah urges EC and police to take action against attempt by BJP members to influence news media

    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah shared a letter written by the Press Club of Leh, which alleged that Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina and leader Vikram Randhawa attempted to bribe members of the news media and sought their help in influencing the outcome of the Lok Sabha election. He urged the Election Commission to take cognisance of and action against the same.

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Haryana village provides tailor-made crowds for political rallies

    In the Guhla Cheeka village located on the Punjab-Haryana border, taxi operators provide "kits" and "packages" to facilitate vehicles and crowds for political rallies.

    A "kit" refers to a five or seven-seater car with or without as many occupants. A "package" includes 50 "kits". High-end "packages" also offer "characterisation" of crowds. "If it is a rally in Punjab, they want more Sikhs. And if it's a rally in Haryana, they want more Jats. So we provide all kinds of crowds. We have our own cars as well and since a large number of vehicles are needed for rallies, we outsource them for a commission," Binny Singhla, a local taxi operator, told PTI.

    According to Singhla, there is usually a demand for 150-500 "kits" whenever there are rallies in Punjab and Haryana. While a five-seater car alone is available for Rs 2,500, one with occupants costs Rs 4,500. In case of requirement of modification in the look of the crowd, a "kit" can cost up to Rs 6,000.

    Asked about the people who form the crowd, Kapoor explained, "They are the ones who work in farms or shops. Even college boys and 'ghunghat'-clad women, who are homemakers, are ready to go to rallies as long as they are paid and treated well.

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Opposition mahagathbandhan demands ouster of ‘government of liars’

    At a joint SP-BSP-RLD rally with Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh, Mayawati said that the alliance’s prospects will improve over the next two phases of the Lok Sabha polls. She said ever since the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) was formed, "BJP leaders have lost their sleep".

    She also dubbed the BJP and Congress as two sides of the same coin. "Unkey achchey din ladd gaye (Modi's good days are over) and bad days are staring at his face," she said.

    While saying that Modi came as a tea vendor and became 'chowkidar', Yadav asked the voters to snatch away his 'chowki' (chair). RLD chief Ajit Singh appealed to the people to vote out the "government of liars".

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest update​s

    Kejriwal voices support for Rahul Gandhi


    Will back Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate if he promises statehood for Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal, reports CNN-News18.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    "Congress will form UPA plus plus govt"

    No party will get absolute majority, Congress will stitch together strong 'UPA plus plus' alliance govt, party leader Jyotiradiya Scindia told PTI.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    BJP govt planning to demolish all unauthorised colonies of Delhi, claims Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the BJP government is planning to demolish all the unauthorised colonies in the national capital where about 70 per cent of the city's population resides. He said the BJP is planning to give the land to builders who would then construct luxurious apartments on it. He added that the Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had admitted to the same, PTI reported.

    Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal posed three questions for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to answer them at his Ramlila Maidan rally in Delhi today. "Why didn't the BJP pass an ordinance and stop the sealing? Why didn't the BJP grant full statehood? Why Imran Khan is endorsing Narendra Modi?" Kejriwal asked.

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi latest updates

    Latest visuals from Priyanka Gandhi's road show in Delhi's Seelampur

  • 16:55 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates​

    Chowkidar chor hai slogan was coined by the people of India, says Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh​


    Rahul Gandhi said at a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Morena that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not fulfil his promises. "At a rally, when I said ‘chowkidar’, I saw some men in the corner, who said ‘chor hai’. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party did not give this slogan. This slogan has come from the people of India. The earlier slogan was ‘achhe din ayenge’. He said he will fight corruption. Yet, he does not talk to farmers, youths or women, but he is seen hugging Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi."

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav should concentrate on saving his party, family, says JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan

    JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan called RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav an ostrich, adding that hiding’s one head does not mean the storm has ceased. “Before calling another a dinosaur, he should understand that he has not struggled to reach where he is like his father. He does not have it in him to brave storms. He should stay away from such comments and concentrate on saving his party and bringing together his family,” he said.

    On Monday, Yadav had said that a political earthquake in Bihar will render the JD(U) extinct like a ‘dinosaur’ in Bihar.

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi latest updates

    Priyanka Gandhi begins road show in Delhi's Seelampur


    Congress General Secretary in Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi is accompanied by senior party leader and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit began a roadshow in Delhi's Seelampur. The roadshow route is 1.6 kilometres long.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Yogi Adityanath asks BJP workers to post photos with 'AIIMS in background'


    Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday urged his party workers to post their own pictures with AIIMS in the background on social media to sweep the Lok Sabha polls in the region.

    The UP chief minister, addressing a meeting of party workers to discuss poll strategies, said, "You all must get in front of AIIMS. Click a selfie and post it on social media. Voters will know how Gorakhpur has been developed. They will realise that they do not need to travel to Mumbai, Lucknow, and Delhi for tertiary care treatment.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    TMC election campaign latest updates​

    Nusrat Jahan's dais breaks as fans rush to take selfies


    Actor and Trinamool Congress's star candidate from the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency Nusrat Jahan was campaigning in Jhargram on Wednesday when the stage gave away under the weight of fans who had rushed on to it to click a selfie with Jahan. No one was reported hurt. Jahan's nomination was a surprise announcement from the party, and the newly anointed politician has been drawing huge crowds on the campaign trail.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Repolling ordered in 168 polling stations of West Tripura on 12 May

    Election Commission ordered repolling will be held at 168 polling booths in the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency. Fresh polls will also be held in 26 of 30 Assembly segments on 12 May, PTI reported.​

    CPM and Congress had alleged large-scale rigging in the constituency during the Lok Sabha polls held on 11 April. While the Congress expressed dissatisfaction with the order not ordering repolls in the entire constituency, the CPM said many voters who could not cast their ballot due to the alleged rigging will be deprived of their right.

    Additional paramilitary contingents have started arriving in the state for deployment during the re-poll exercise and webcams will be set up at all polling booths.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    RJD election campaign latest updates​

    Tejashwi says Nitish's party at risk of extinction, like 'dinosaurs'


    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's party Janata Dal (United) will be extinct like "dinosaurs" after the Lok Sabha Election 2019, claimed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday. The days leading up to the election had been rife with back and forth charges traded between the two parties on whether Nitish had indeed attempted to return to the Bihar mahagathbandhan or not.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Robert Vadra pens Facebook post addressing Modi’s personal attacks

    In a Facebook post opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoking his name in a rally, Robert Vadra said that he has been at the receiving end of harassment at the hands of the BJP-led government at the Centre. He requested Modi to respect the judicial system by stopping personal attacks

  • 15:08 (IST)

    TMC election campaign latest updates

    Mamata Banerjee addresses rally at Purulia

    In the news for her attacks on prime minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has drawn battle lines as sharply as possible against the PM, is addressing a packed rally in Purulia. 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    PM asks BJP workers to spread word of abuses he is being subject to by Congress 'on social media'

    At his Kurukshetra rally, not only did Narendra Modi recite an ostensible list of abuses he has allegedly received from Congress leaders, but he ended the list with the announcement that even though he never gets emotional on stage, this time he had to because he has "returned home." He then said that he was unsure as to how his words would be interpreted by media, "because Congress has held sway over most media" and thus urged the attendees of his rally to spread the word on the insults he was being subject to, on social media.

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    PM blames Congress for keeping Samjhauta innocent jailed, questions 'dictionary of love'

    Speaking at Kurukshetra, prime minister Narendra Modi said Congress had coined the term 'Hindu terror' after the Samjhauta Express blast and "kept the innocent in jail." 

    Modi also said that the Congress's ethos of "love" was a false one and questioned the party's "dictionary of love." He then listed what he believed was a list of the many insults that have apparently been hurled at him by the party's leaders. "They have called me a resident of the gutter, a rat, a monkey, Hitler, death merchant and so on," Modi said.

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    PM says mahamilavat comprises people who insult Ramayan, Mahabharat all day

    Speaking at his second rally of the day, at Haryana's Kurukshetra, began by slamming the grand alliance (which he has grown to call the 'mahamilavat') as a group of parties who 'insult the Ramayan and Mahabharat all day.' He traipsed through favoured tropes of Congress's indifference to national security and said while the rest of India was proud at Abhinandran Varthaman's return, Congress had instead called for a Nobel for Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan, for returning the prisoner of war. 

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Sanjay Nirupam steps up Varanasi-destroyer charge against Modi

    A day after he set the ball rolling by calling Narendra Modi a 'modern-day Aurangzeb' who destroyed the temples of Varanasi, Sanjay Nirupam stepped up the charge by tweeting that the very temples of Varanasi which Ahilyabai Holkar had built were taken down by Modi. "The head priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple has said that the court has stayed the whole plan (of Modi's). Yogi Adityanath is getting impatient," the Congress leader wrote.

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Sanjay Nirupam steps up Varanasi-destroyer charge against Modi

    A day after he set the ball rolling by calling Narendra Modi a 'modern-day Aurangzeb' who destroyed the temples of Varanasi, Sanjay Nirupam stepped up the charge by tweeting that the very temples of Varanasi which Ahilyabai Holkar had built were taken down by Modi. "The head priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple has said that the court has stayed the whole plan (of Modi's). Yogi Adityanath is getting impatient," the Congress leader wrote.

  • 14:05 (IST)

    Opposition asks how Pragya Singh Thakur's Twitter account was verified so soon

    CPI(ML) leader Kavita Krishnan was among many who asked on Wednesday how BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur's Twitter handle was verified with a customary 'blue tick' within days after the account was created. "Now (is the) time to ask Twitter if they've ever given a blue tick to a brand new handle of a terror accused person before!" she wrote.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    UPA 3 will be a reality after 23 May, says Sachin Pilot

    In an interview with Rashme Sehgal, Rajasthan Congress president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who has been travelling across the state, expressed confidence that his party will do well at the hustings. "The levels to which political discourse has fallen is a matter of great concern. The narrative being used by the prime minister and others in high positions is unexceptionable. Leaders have to be mindful of the legacy they are leaving behind," he said.

    Read the full interview here

  • 13:43 (IST)

    AAP election campaign latest updates

    Kejriwal asks Priyanka to campaign in places where there is 'direct fight with BJP' 

    Taking the BSP-SP allegation of collusion between BJP and Congress further, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday questioned why Priyanka Gandhi was "campaigning against AAP in Delhi." He also posed three questions to the Modi government on the lack of an ordinance for Delhi, the false promise of statehood for Delhi, and the role of Pakistan in ensuring Modi's seat.

    "She (Priyanka) is wasting her time. Why doesn't she campaign in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh? She's doing rallies in Uttar Pradesh against SP-BSP, she's doing rallies in Delhi against AAP. Both the brotherand the sister aren't going to those places where there's direct fight with BJP," Kejriwal said in a press conference. 

  • 13:31 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest update

    Prakash Javadekar holds press conference to 'counter' abuses hurled at Modi, says Rajiv Gandhi was corrupt

    In an effort to counter charges levelled by Rabri Devi that prime minister Narendra Modi is a butcher and by Sanjay Nirupam, that he is a modern-day Aurangzeb, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar held a press conference where he blamed the Congress with abusing the prime minister. He then said there were a number of charges for which Rajiv Gandhi was not acquitted and that together with his son, Rahul, the late prime minister is a hallmark of corruption.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Sanjay Nirupam calls Narendra Modi 'modern day Aurangzeb'

    Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the "modern-day Aurangzeb" who has destroyed hundreds of temples in Varanasi.

    "After coming to Varanasi I saw that hundreds of temples have been destroyed in the city. There is also a newly-imposed Rs 550 fee for the darshan of Lord Vishwanath. I feel that Prime Minister Modi is a modern-day Aurangzeb. He has succeeded in destroying those temples which the people of Banaras defended even during the peak of Aurangzeb's cruel regime," Nirupam told reporters.

    "I condemn the modern day Aurangzeb who has imposed a jizya (tax) on the devotees for visiting their lord. The irony is Narendra Modi talks about protecting Hindu beliefs and rights and breaks temples. I condemn his acts," he added.

    ANI

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Congress hits back at Modi with 'unscripted interview'

    The Congress on Wednesday uploaded a video of prime minister Narendra Modi at a rally, editing it with tongue-in-cheek cuts so that it appears as if Modi is answering questions posed to him. The party is calling it the PM's "first unscripted interview in five years."

  • 12:56 (IST)

    RJD election campaign latest updates

    Rabri Devi asks why Priyanka called Modi 'duryodhan': 'Should have called him jallad'

    RJD leader Rabri Devi commented on Wednesday on Priyanka Gandhi calling Modi 'duryodhana' by saying that the Congress leader had made a mistake by calling him this name. "She should have used a different language for him. They are all butchers, all butchers. The people who get judges and journalists killed, get them lifted, what will their sense of judgement be like? It will be like that of murderers," said Rabri Devi.

    In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said the Mahabharata character Duryodhana, too, had “such arrogance”.

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    PM brings up Sikh riots, says Congress has made the accused MP chief minister

    The prime minister at Fatehabad said the Congress has insulted Jat ideologue Chhotu Ram and had neglected to build a war memorial. He then brought up the 1984 Sikh riots and Kamal Nath's alleged presence in them. "The BJP government has started the process of punishing those involved in those riots. But the Congress has only awarded those who were involved in them. They have made the main accused the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh," he said.

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    PM says OROP was a 'lie', says Congress called Army chief 'gali ka gunda', referred to Air Force head as 'jhoota'

    At Fatehabad, Narendra Modi proved to have been especially inspired to let his usual campaign rhetoric loose and harnessing the Army in the process. He said that the Congress had called the "Army chief 'gali ka gunda', and referred to Air Force head as 'jhoota'." It is not known when and where Congress ever did that. 

    A spirited Modi then went on to say that the Congress's claims of having instituted One Rank One Pension was a "lie." "I came to office and found that they had not spent any money, let along the promised Rs 500 crore. The BJP has already given that money to the jawans," Modi said.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Haryana latest updates

    At Fatehabad, Modi repeats mahamilavat pitch against alliance 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking in his first rally of the day at Haryana's Fatehabad. On dias, Modi immediately sought to harness the Punjabi and Sikh presence in the area by referring to the fact that he was in the 'guru's' land. He made his selfsame pitches of a grand alliance government proving weak in ensuring national security, "Before 2014, Pakistan would be barbaric to our jawans everyday but the Congress government at the Centre would not do anything," he said.


Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: At his Kurukshetra rally, not only did Narendra Modi recite an ostensible list of abuses he has allegedly received from Congress leaders, but he ended the list with the announcement that even though he never gets emotional on stage, this time he had to because he has "returned home." He then said that he was unsure as to how his words would be interpreted by media, "because Congress has held sway over most media" and thus urged the attendees of his rally to spread the word on the insults he was being subject to, on social media.

Narendra Modi also said that the Congress's ethos of "love" was a false one and questioned the party's "dictionary of love." He then listed what he believed was a list of the many insults that have apparently been hurled at him by the party's leaders. "They have called me a resident of the gutter, a rat, a monkey, Hitler, death merchant and so on," Modi said.

Speaking at his second rally of the day, at Haryana's Kurukshetra, began by slamming the grand alliance (which he has grown to call the 'mahamilavat') as a group of parties who 'insult the Ramayan and Mahabharat all day.' He traipsed through favoured tropes of Congress's indifference to national security and said while the rest of India was proud at Abhinandran Varthaman's return, Congress had instead called for a Nobel for Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan, for returning the prisoner of war.

A day after he set the ball rolling by calling Narendra Modi a 'modern-day Aurangzeb' who destroyed the temples of Varanasi, Sanjay Nirupam stepped up the charge by tweeting that the very temples of Varanasi which Ahilyabai Holkar had built were taken down by Modi. "The head priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple has said that the court has stayed the whole plan (of Modi's). Yogi Adityanath is getting impatient," the Congress leader wrote.

RJD leader Rabri Devi commented on Wednesday on Priyanka Gandhi calling Modi 'duryodhana' by saying that the Congress leader had made a mistake by calling him this name. "She should have used a different language for him. They are all butchers, all butchers. The people who get judges and journalists killed, get them lifted, what will their sense of judgement be like? It will be like that of murderers," said Rabri Devi.

In an effort to counter charges levelled by Rabri Devi that prime minister Narendra Modi is a butcher and by Sanjay Nirupam, that he is a modern-day Aurangzeb, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar held a press conference where he blamed the Congress with abusing the prime minister. He then said there were a number of charges for which Rajiv Gandhi was not acquitted and that together with his son, Rahul, the late prime minister is a hallmark of corruption.

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the "modern-day Aurangzeb" who has destroyed hundreds of temples in Varanasi. "After coming to Varanasi I saw that hundreds of temples have been destroyed in the city. There is also a newly-imposed Rs 550 fee for the darshan of Lord Vishwanath. I feel that Prime Minister Modi is a modern-day Aurangzeb. He has succeeded in destroying those temples which the people of Banaras defended even during the peak of Aurangzeb's cruel regime," Nirupam told reporters.

The prime minister at Fatehabad said the Congress has insulted Jat ideologue Chhotu Ram and had neglected to build a war memorial. He then brought up the 1984 Sikh riots and Kamal Nath's alleged presence in them. "The BJP government has started the process of punishing those involved in those riots. But the Congress has only awarded those who were involved in them. They have made the main accused the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh," he said.

At Fatehabad, Narendra Modi proved to have been especially inspired to let his usual campaign rhetoric loose and harnessing the Army in the process. He said that the Congress had called the "Army chief 'gali ka gunda', and referred to Air Force head as 'jhoota'." It is not known when and where Congress ever did that.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking in his first rally of the day at Haryana's Fatehabad. On dias, Modi immediately sought to harness the Punjabi and Sikh presence in the area by referring to the fact that he was in the 'guru's' land. He made his selfsame pitches of a grand alliance government proving weak in ensuring national security, and calling it a khichdi sarkar. "Before 2014, Pakistan would be barbaric to our jawans everyday but the Congress government at the Centre would not do anything," he said.

Police personnel in civil uniform were seen wearing saffron scarves at the roadshow of Computer Baba and Digvijay Singh, Singh is the Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha seat. A policewoman told ANI that they had been "made to wear this".

Speaking to ANI on the issue of police personnel allegedly wearing saffron scarves at Congress' Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh's rally, the DIG Bhopal said, "We and the organisers of the event had enrolled volunteers, and we have no say in as to what volunteers wear. No police personnel wore scarves of any colour."

The Supreme Court has declined to entertain Congress MP Sushmita Dev's plea on the clean chits to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi over their alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Dev had petitioned for the Election Commission to decide on the issues quickly, so while the Supreme Court has asked for the poll panel to decide on the issue fast, it has refused to look into the merit of the EC's decision in the scope of the same petition and instead asked for a fresh challenge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a rally at the Ramleela Maidan in New Delhi on Wednesday, which is expected to be attended by thousands of Bharatiya Janata Party workers and supporters. All seven of the BJP's Delhi candidates are expected to be present at the campaign rally in the major show of strength. Modi is expected to address the rally at 5 pm.

BJP's campaigns to woo Delhi voters all hinge on the Modi factor. One of the popularised slogans are "Dilli ke dil main hai josh, Dilli ke dil main hai Modi".

Most of BJP's candidates in Delhi are high-profile. They include incumbent Union minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, chief of Delhi BJP Manoj Tiwari, and Supreme Court lawyer and BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

Before Delhi, the prime minister will make stops at Fatehabad and Kurukshetra in Haryana, where he is expected to address rallies at 11.30 am and 1.35 pm, respectively.

The Congress campaign, too, will focus on Delhi on Wednesday, with party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi scheduled to hold two roadshows in the city in the evening. The first will start at Brahmpuri Pulia, in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, and end at Yamuna Vihar DTC bus depot. The second road show, which will coincide with Modi's rally, will begin at Valmiki Marg, which falls under the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, and end at Mehroli Badarpur Road.

The Congress has fielded former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit against Tiwari. It's other candidates are senior leaders Arvinder Singh Lovely (East Delhi), Ajay Maken (New Delhi) and boxer Vijender Singh (South Delhi).

Priyanka's brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Madhya Pradesh, with public meetings scheduled in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior through the day.

Also holding a roadshow in Delhi will be chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. AAP is hard selling the promise of fighting for statehood for Delhi, apart from vowing to give priority to residents of the city by ensuring up to 85 percent reservation in Delhi's colleges.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 21:32:04 IST