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Narendra Modi in Mumbai; Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Don't waste vote on Congress, which can at best win 50 seats, says PM
  • 21:44 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    Modi's jibe at Congress on IPL being held outside India during poll season
     
    At his Mumbai rally, Narendra Modi claimed that under the Congress government in 2009 and 2014, the government was unable to hold both Indian Premier League (IPL) and elections at the same time over security concerns. He further said that under his rule, the elections are being held with the IPL, while Ramzan festivities are also going smoothly.
     
     
    While in 2009, the IPL was held in South Africa, it was partly held in India and partly in UAE in 2014.

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    PM slams Congress over terrorism
    "Terrorists had attacked Mumbai several times under the Congress government. But Congress government would just change ministers, give statements and go to sleep... I am the son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We have made it clear that we will kill the terrorists by entering their homes. We changed culture of changing chief minister and home minister after terror attacks," Narendra Modi said.

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    Number of tax-payers increased in last 5 years, says PM

    "In the past five years, we've increased the number of tax-payers, but not raised the rate of taxes. It is for the first time that this has happened. An ex-former minister was the prime minister. Today, the middle class has more savings. You will only understand this when you compare it with the situation under the previous government," said Narendra Modi in Mumbai.

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    Congress won least seats ever in 2014, is fighting on least seats in 2019: PM

    "In all the surveys in that country, it is discussed that if Congress will cross at least reach 50 seats or get fewer seats," Narendra Modi said.

    "After independence, the Congress got the least number of seats in 2014. In 2019, Congress is fighting on the least number of seats. They're not even visible anywhere and they feel that if they appear on TV then people will vote for them. The strategy and politics of Congress is stuck in the past."

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    Election will set direction for India, says PM

    Addressing a rally in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "This election is not just for choosing a government, it is an election to decide the direction of India. This is not a election of vikalp, but of sankalp. This is to strengthen the poor and not the fake 'Garibi Hatao' promise... The Opposition is afraid of the wave in the country."
     
     

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    PM, Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray at BKC venue

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the Bandra-Kurla Complex venue of his rally with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale. He is expected to address the gathering shortly.

  • 20:15 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates
    PM's Mumbai rally comes three days before city votes fourth phase

    Mumbai will go to polls on Monday, during the fourth phase of voting for the general election.

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    Anant Ambani spotted at Modi's Mumbai rally venue

    Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani seen at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold his rally shortly.

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Mumbai latest updates

    PM set to address rally at 8 pm

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a joint rally with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai on Friday.

  • 18:42 (IST)

    Lakhs had joined Modi's Varanasi mega roadshow

    Narendra Modi's mega roadshow on Thursday drew massive crowd of supporters in Varanasi. Journalists and others who joined the procession took to Twitter to share their experience. According to unverified reports, about 5 lakh people took to the streets to get a glimpse of the prime minister. A day after, on Friday, Modi filed his nomination from Varanasi accompanied of top NDA allies like Nitish Kumar and Uddhav Thackeray.

  • 18:35 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    EC bars BJP's Mahadev Sarkar from campaigning for 48 hours over MCC violation

    The Election Commission has barred Nadia BJP district president Mahadev Sarkar from holding any public meeting, road show, public rally and interviews in media in connection with ongoing elections, for 48 hours from 4 pm on 26 April till 4 pm on 28 April. The poll panel has issued a notice to Sarkar for violating the Model Code of Conduct by making statements attacking personal life of TMC's Mahua Moitra during a public meeting on 22 April.

    ANI

  • 18:19 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    PM's 'Tughlaq Road election scam' allegation against Congress

    Narendra Modi claimed that bags and boxes full of notes were recently recovered from Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh. "Congress has done a Tughlaq Road election scam in just 6 months of coming to power," he said.

  • 18:10 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Congress leaders hit as home prices fell after note ban, says PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Congress was targeting him over demonetisation owing to the reverses suffered by "people close to it" in the realty sector as a result of the note ban. "Demonetisation led to a reduction in house prices. But the Congress lost the corruption money that its people had invested in this sector," he said.

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Congress leaders only care about their families, not people, says PM

    Targetting the Congress, Narendra Modi said at his Jabalpur rally, "It is Congress' strategy to make people long for help and development. They only care about their family and children. Today you can see, if there is 'naamdar' (Rahul Gandhi) in Delhi, then in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the chief ministers are busy pushing their children to have a political career."

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    Congress promising reservation for poor for years but never had courage to bring it, says PM

    "In order to get something done, one's intentions need to be good. The intention of Congress leaders is corrupt, the leader is in delusion and the policy has gone astray. This is the reason why Congress has been mentioning the issue of reservation for the poor in its several manifestoes over the years but never got the courage to work for it," Narendra Modi said at a rally in Jabalpur.

  • 17:33 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    PM slams Congress for criticising Swachh Bharat mission

    Addressing a rally in Jabalpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at the Congress for criticising Swachh Bharat mission, "Remember how Congress people made fun of 'Swachh Bharat mission'. They didn't leave any chance to call the idea a small one. Whenever I used to pick the broom, they used to spend the entire day trolling me on social media."

  • 17:14 (IST)

    Punjab election latest updates

    'Filmy fauji' Sunny Deol is no threat to Congress, says Amarinder Singh

    On actor Sunny Deal contesting from Gurdaspur on a BJP ticket, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said, "He (Sunny Deol) is a filmy fauji, while I am a real fauji. We will defeat him. He is no threat to (Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Gurdaspur) Sunil Jakhar, or the Congress."

    ANI

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Congress and and Rahul 48 years behind the times, contesting election on 1971 agenda: Jaitley

    In his latest blog post on Facebook, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that the Congress "obviously is in no position to effectively take on the regional parties or the BJP." "Therefore, the only issue in the future rounds is the width of the margin of victory of the BJP. Will it be a repeat of 2014 in terms of votes or will it be more?" he asked.  

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Karnataka election latest updates

    BS Yeddyurappa writes to CEC against Karnataka govt claims MCC has been relaxed

    Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa wrote to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) stating that the Karnataka government was claiming that the CEC has relaxed the Model Code of Conduct and allowed it to take up developmental works. He requested the CEC to "immediately withdraw any such permission".

  • 16:36 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Delhi court to hear plea on Gambhir's voter IDs on 1 May

    The Tis Hazaari court in Delhi will hear AAP leader Atishi's a criminal complaint against cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as voter in two separate constituencies.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    West Bengal election latest updates

    BJP moves EC over alleged poll code violation by Mamata
    According to ANI, BJP told the Election Commission in a letter, "In an election meeting at Seuri in Bhirbhum on 25 April, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee advised her followers to conduct election with intimidation and threatening. This was serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct. We urge the Election Commission to take strongest actions against her."

  • 16:09 (IST)

    TMC election campaign latest updates

    We'll give Modi sweets made of soil and pebbles, says Mamata at Asansol rally

    At a rally in Asansol, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi only visited West Bengal to seek votes during election season. "Modi didn't come to West Bengal earlier, and during elections he needs votes from Bengal. We will give him rasgulla from Bengal. We will make sweets from soil and put pebbles in it similarly like cashew nuts and raisins are used in laddu, that will break teeth," she was quoted as saying by ANI.

    Mamata has been targetting Modi ever since he spoke about her gift of kurtas and sweets that she sent him in an interview with actor Akshay Kumar.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Modi thanks NDA allies after filing nomination from Varanasi

    After filing his nomination from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to thank NDA allies for support.

    Bihar chief minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal were with Modi at the Collectorate as Modi filed his papers, seeking a second term in the Lok Sabha from the temple town.

  • 15:51 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Ravi Shankar Prasad files nomination from Patna Sahib

    Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad filed his nomination from Patna Sahib constituency on Thursday.

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Sushil Modi appears before court in connection with defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi
     
    Appearing before a Patna court on Friday in pursuance of his defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi, Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said his image has been tarnished by the Congress chief's "why all thieves have Modi in their name" remark.
     
    The senior BJP leader requested the court to take cognisance of the comment under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC which relate to defamation, and issue summons to the Congress president and put him on trial. He contended before the court that not only he, but millions of others who shared the same surname were facing ridicule on account of the "rash" remark of the Congress president.
     
    "I appeared before the chief judicial magistrate as directed by the court in pursuance of my defamation suit filed last week. I submitted that Rahul Gandhi, at a rally held in Kollar district of Karnataka, had remarked that all thieves had the surname Modi. The excerpt was telecast on news channels and reports were also published in newspapers. This made me feel humiliated," Modi said.
     
    PTI

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    Mayawati accuses BJP of releasing stray animals at her rally venue

    In Orai, BSP supremo Mayawati accused the BJP of releasing stray animals at her Thursday rally. "Now, the stray animals belonging to the BJP are being released at our rally venues. On Thursday, in Kannauj, where our rally was held, it seems that the people of the BJP were behind the mischief which involved released stray animals there," she said.

    In a video shared by ANI, a stray bull was seen creating ruckus ahead of SP-BSP-RLD rally in Kannauj on Thursday.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Wrestler Great Khali campaigns for BJP's Jadavpur candidate

    Dalip Singh Rana, better known by the ring name The Great Khali, who was once a professional wrestler of some fame was seen campaigning for BJP candidate Anupam Hazra in Kolkata's Jadavpur constituency.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    For BJP and Modi, ignored farmers, unemployment, drought in Maharashtra threaten to hurt party's hopes for majority

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party and its ally, Shiv Sena, face a big electoral challenge in critical Maharashtra where rural distress, unemployment and drought may hurt Modi’s bid for a second term. Strategists already expect Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lose ground in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, as voting is underway in a general election that began on 11 April and ends on 19 May.

    That coupled with possible losses in Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and the second most seats in parliament after Uttar Pradesh, would make it harder for the BJP-led coalition to win a governing majority, they say.

    Read the full story here

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    PM slams Congress, says party leaders hell bent upon insulting army

    In his rally at Sidhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again accused Congress leaders of demeaning the Indian Army, mentioning a leader of the party without naming him and saying that he had said only poverty stricken people join the forces. Modi asked the crowds whether they would not wish to take a group of people who insulted jawans out of power.

    Modi also accused Congress of playing a game with terrorists and said this was why Pakistan has been making fun of India.

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh latest updates

    From Varanasi, PM travels to Sidhi, addresses rally

    In Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi, Narendra Modi focused the charge on the Congress government in the state. He first attacked Congress for cheating people when it comes to electricty. "Congress had promised to reduce electricity bills and found a solution to do so by reducing electricity supply in your homes. Is this not betrayal?" he asked. He also repeated his earlier disputed claim of bringing the capital punishment for rapists, at the rally.

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Bihar latest updates

    Rahul picks out another Rahul from crowd, promises him job

    At his rally in Bihar's Samastipur, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi asked a boy in the crowd what his name was. The boy replied Rahul, upon which the crowd broke into spontaneous applause. "Come up on stage, Rahul," asked the Congress chief. Once on stage, Rahul shook hands with his namesake in clear awe of the situation. 

    "Come meet Tejashwi ji too," the Gandhi scion told Rahul, before patting him on the back and sending him along.

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Bihar election latest updates

    Tejashwi says country needs PM like Rahul who thinks of poor

    RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said in his joint rally with Rahul Gandhi at in Samastipur that the country needed a prime minister like Rahul Gandhi who prioritises the poor. 

  • 14:06 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Singer Daler Mehendi joins saffron party

    Punjabi singer Daler Mehendi joined BJP on Friday, in the presence of party leaders including singer Hans Raj Hans and Union minister Vijay Goel.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    AAP election campaign latest updates

    Atishi files criminal complaint against Gautam Gambhir

    AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi has filed a criminal complaint against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir, accusing him of having two voters cards, in two separate constituencies of Delhi, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar​. In a series of tweets, Atishi reflected on the fact that in his affidavit to the Returning Officer while filing his nomination, Gambhir concealed the information that he is also registered to vote in Karol Bagh, something which is punishable under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act.

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Not contesting from Varanasi was Priyanka's decision, says Sam Pitroda

    Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda has said that not contesting from Varanasi was Priyanka Gandhi's own decision, indicating it was not her brother Rahul's wish that kept her from an open contest with Narendra Modi. Congress on Thursday named Ajay Rai from the seat. "It (not contesting from Varanasi) was Priyanka ji's decision, she has other responsibilities. She thought rather than concentrating on one seat she should focus on the job she has at hand. So, that decision was her and she decided it," Pitroda said.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Parkash Singh Badal compares Modi-Rahul battle to one between elephant, ant

    Parkash Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal who was present at Narendra Modi's nomination filing in Varanasi said that people of Hindustan needed to think who they wanted their prime minister to be. "Who can fight Modi in a battle? This Gandhi? That would be like a battle between an elephant and an ant. That will be the extent of difference between the two," he said.

  • 13:35 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    1.4 lakh litres of drinking water used to wash roads for Modi, says report

    A report by The Telegraph has claimed that round 1.4 lakh litres of drinking water was used on Wednesday night to wash the roads of Varanasi. More than 30 percent of the population in the city goes without piped water. 

    The cleaning was done to prepare for a giant roadshow led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, ahead of his nomination filing on Friday.

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Rajeev Shukla holds press conference, slams BJP for ignoring Ganga

    Taking their charge against Narendra Modi ignoring the environmental health of the river forward, Congress on Friday held a press conference to say that the BJP government has systematically kept the Ganga out of its Swachh Bharat ambit.

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Congress election campaign latest updates

    Narendra Modi leaves Varanasi with 'mother Ganga' on his lips, Congress tweets on river's pollution troubles

    On a day when national media tracked Narendra Modi as he made his way through Varanasi to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election, the Congress took a jibe at the prime minister's repeated harnessing of the Ganga's symbollic significance by tweeting on the pollution problems plaguing the river. "It is a shame that those who have not been able to look after the purity of the river for five years ask for votes in its name," the party wrote on its official Twitter handle.

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    PM thanks media, Kashi in rare impromptu appearance

    "I am grateful for the blessings that Kashi has given me, since 5 pm last evening. Only Kashi residents can be in a roadshow for 10 to 12 hours. This is Lord Shiva's land, mother Ganga's own soil. I accept the love Kashi and its residents have given me. I request all voters to come forward, I urge them to celebrate the spirit of democracy in peace in the rest of the phases of the election," Narendra Modi said to reporters after filing his nomination papers and before going into his car. 

    In a rare impromptu appearance in front of media, Modi said he is thankful to reporters who have been at it in the Varanasi heat. 

  • 12:38 (IST)

    BJP election campaign latest updates

    Narendra Modi to give Ayodhya a miss, to speak at Maya Bazar 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, in fact, not be addressing a rally at Ayodhya, the town at the centre of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. He will address a rally at Maya Bazar, near the town, on 1 May.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    PM files nomination papers 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination papers at the Varanasi District Magistrate's office. He has now rejoined Uddhav Thackeray, Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar, Parkash Singh Badal, Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA in the anteroom for a photo op.

  • 12:15 (IST)

    SC refuses to interfere in Modi biopic stalling

    A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the Election Commission order banning the release of the biopic PM Narendra Modi

    The Election Commission had directed that material serving the interests of any political entity or with the potential to disturb the level playing field during elections should not be played. The producers of the Modi biopic had challenged the same.

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    PM speaks to proposers as Varanasi District Magistrate processes papers

    As formalities regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nomination filing are completed by the District Magistrate, Modi can be seen engaging in mild conversation with his four proposers. 

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    PM submits nomination papers to Collector in presence of proposers

    Narendra Modi is accompanied by four proposers and his lawyer. He has submitted his papers to the District Magistrate, who is now going through them in his presence.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    Amit Shah thanks NDA leaders for presence in show of strength

    BJP chief Amit Shah thanked the NDA leaders for their presence at Narendra Modi's nomination filing, posting photographs with the likes of Ram Vilas Paswan and Uddhav Thackeray from Friday morning.

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    IN PHOTOS: PM arrives in Collectorate

    Narendra Modi arrived at the Varanasi Collectorate in a wave of frenzy centred chiefly around the fact that so many of the NDA's allies have appeared in a show of strength. Modi was greeted by and exchanged pleasantries with the leaders in the room before spending some time seated in a semi-circle with them.

  • 11:26 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    Four proposers likely in PM's nomination filing

    The four proposers of Narendra Modi are Annapurna Shukla, Jagdish Raja, Ramashankar Patel and Subhash Chandra (one of the oldest Jan Sangh and BJP activists of the city).

    Apart from the four proposers Parindu alias Kakubhai Bhagat will accompany him as a legal advisor. Bhagat has been his legal advisor for the last three decades and has been assisting him since his first election, the Rajkot bypolls in 2002. 

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    Flower petals shower Uddhav Thackeray, Nitish Kumar, top BJP brass as leaders arrive 

    As Narendra Modi arrives at the Varanasi Collectorate, the significance of a united NDA, top leaders of which have joined the prime minister for his nomination filing, is not lost on anyone. Nearly every NDA leader, including Nitish Kumar and Uddhav Thackeray, are present.

  • 11:08 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

    PM's cavalcade to reach Collectorate soon

    Narendra Modi's enormous cavalcade is expected to reach the Varanasi Collectorate within a matter of minutes. He is accompanied by the likes of Yogi Adiyanath, Piyush Goyal, Nitish Kumar, JP Nadda, Ram Vilas Paswan, Anupriya Patel at the nomination filing.

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates: Addressing a rally in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Congress has broken its record in 2019 by contesting in the lowest number of seats. Don't waste your vote by voting a party that at best can get 50 seats in the Lok Sabha."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the Bandra-Kurla Complex venue of his rally with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale. He is expected to address the gathering shortly.

Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani earlier arrived at the venue. The rally comes three days before Mumbai is scheduled to go to polls during the fourth phase of voting for the general election.

The Election Commission has barred Nadia BJP district president Mahadev Sarkar from holding any public meeting, road show, public rally and interviews in media in connection with ongoing elections, for 48 hours from 4 pm on 26 April till 4 pm on 28 April. The poll panel has issued a notice to Sarkar for violating the Model Code of Conduct by making statements attacking personal life of TMC's Mahua Moitra during a public meeting on 22 April.

Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the Congress lost black money post demonetisation that it had invested in housing sector. "Housing rates have gone down as a result of demonetisation. But the Congress lost its corruption money that it had invested in this sector," he said.

The Tis Hazaari court in Delhi will hear AAP leader Atishi's a criminal complaint against cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as voter in two separate constituencies.

In his latest blog post on Facebook, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that the Congress "obviously is in no position to effectively take on the regional parties or the BJP." "Therefore, the only issue in the future rounds is the width of the margin of victory of the BJP. Will it be a repeat of 2014 in terms of votes or will it be more?" he asked.

At a rally in Asansol, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi only visited West Bengal to seek votes during election season. "Modi didn't come to West Bengal earlier, and during elections he needs votes from Bengal. We will give him rasgulla from Bengal. We will make sweets from soil and put pebbles in it similarly like cashew nuts and raisins are used in laddu, that will break teeth," she was quoted as saying by ANI. Mamata has been targetting Modi ever since he spoke about her gift of kurtas and sweets that she sent him in an interview with actor Akshay Kumar.

In Orai, BSP supremo Mayawati accused the BJP of releasing stray animals at her Thursday rally. "Now, the stray animals belonging to the BJP are being released at our rally venues. On Thursday, in Kannauj, where our rally was held, it seems that the people of the BJP were behind the mischief which involved released stray animals there," she said. In a video shared by ANI, a stray bull was seen creating ruckus ahead of SP-BSP-RLD rally in Kannauj on Thursday.

AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi has filed a criminal complaint against BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir, accusing him of having two voters cards, in two separate constituencies of Delhi, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar​. In a series of tweets, Atishi reflected on the fact that in his affidavit to the Returning Officer while filing his nomination, Gambhir concealed the information that he is also registered to vote in Karol Bagh, something which is punishable under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act.

In Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi, Narendra Modi focused the charge on the Congress government in the state. He first attacked Congress for cheating people when it comes to electricty. "Congress had promised to reduce electricity bills and found a solution to do so by reducing electricity supply in your homes. Is this not betrayal?" he asked. He also repeated his earlier disputed claim of bringing the capital punishment for rapists, at the rally.

At his rally in Bihar's Samastipur, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi asked a boy in the crowd what his name was. The boy replied Rahul, upon which the crowd broke into spontaneous applause. "Come up on stage, Rahul," asked the Congress chief. Once on stage, Rahul shook hands with his namesake in clear awe of the situation.

"Come meet Tejashwi ji too," the Gandhi scion told Rahul, before patting him on the back and sending him along.

Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda has said that not contesting from Varanasi was Priyanka Gandhi's own decision, indicating it was not her brother Rahul's wish that kept her from an open contest with Narendra Modi. Congress on Thursday named Ajay Rai from the seat. "It (not contesting from Varanasi) was Priyanka ji's decision, she has other responsibilities. She thought rather than concentrating on one seat she should focus on the job she has at hand. So, that decision was her and she decided it," Pitroda said.

On a day when national media tracked Narendra Modi as he made his way through Varanasi to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election, the Congress took a jibe at the prime minister's repeated harnessing of the Ganga's symbollic significance by tweeting on the pollution problems plaguing the river. "It is a shame that those who have not been able to look after the purity of the river for five years ask for votes in its name," the party wrote on its official Twitter handle.

In a rare impromptu appearance in front of media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is thankful to reporters who have been at it in the Varanasi heat.

"I am grateful for the blessings that Kashi has given me, since 5 pm last evening. Only Kashi residents can be in a roadshow for 10 to 12 hours. This is Lord Shiva's land, mother Ganga's own soil. I accept the love Kashi and its residents have given me. I request all voters to come forward, I urge them to celebrate the spirit of democracy in peace in the rest of the phases of the election," Modi said to reporters after filing his nomination papers and before going into his car.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination papers at the Varanasi District Magistrate's office. He has now rejoined Uddhav Thackeray, Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar, Parkash Singh Badal, Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA in the anteroom for a photo op.

Narendra Modi is accompanied by four proposers and his lawyer. He has submitted his papers to the District Magistrate, who is now going through them in his presence.

As Narendra Modi arrives at the Varanasi Collectorate, the significance of a united NDA, top leaders of which have joined the prime minister for his nomination filing, is not lost on anyone. Nearly every NDA leader, including Nitish Kumar and Uddhav Thackeray, are present in what is emerging to be a star studded District Magistrate's office.

Navigating the narrow lanes of Varanasi with an enormous security entourage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Kal Bhairav Temple in the city. The temple is known as the 'nagar kotwal' and functions as a strong symbol of the city.

Narendra Modi's enormous cavalcade is expected to reach the Varanasi Collectorate within a matter of minutes. He is accompanied by the likes of Yogi Adiyanath, Piyush Goyal, Nitish Kumar, JP Nadda, Ram Vilas Paswan, Uddhav Thackeray and Anupriya Patel at the nomination filing.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has tweeted that his aircraft to Patna ran into engine trouble, forcing him to return to Delhi. "Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Odisha) and Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience," he wrote.

The video accompanying the tweet shows a flight in turbulence. The camera then pans to Rahul himself, who says somewhat agitatedly, "Tweet it out, otherwise they'll say you were delayed."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency today (Friday, 26 April 2019). Early on Friday, Modi addressed workers from the constituency in a small public meeting. Modi urged the BJP karyakartas to inspire people to come to polling booths in large numbers to exercise their franchise. "Yesterday, on social media, I was heavily scolded for being flippant about my own security at the roadshow. People told me, why are you setting out in the dark, what about your security? I told them, if my security is your concern, then think also of the security of women," he said.

He is scheduled to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple before heading to the Collectorate for the formal filing.

On Thursday, the prime minister led a massive roadshow in Varanasi followed by prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat. He was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Senior NDA leaders, including Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, are expected along with Shiromani Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan when Modi files his nomination. Leaders of AIADMK, Apna Dal and North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will also be present during the nomination.

BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to address a public rally in Rajasthan's Jalore Lok Sabha constituency in support of party candidate Devji Patel. Shah will also attend a roadshow in Jodhpur for BJP candidate and Union minister Gajendra Singh, who is also the sitting MP from that constituency. In his rallies across Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Shah directed the vitriol towards the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, which he blamed for years of misrule in the state.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who had toured Rajasthan on Thursday, is scheduled to visit Bihar, Maharashtra and Odisha on Friday for public meetings.

Rahul campaigned in Kota and Jalore districts on Thursday, where he accused the prime minister of doing injustice to the people of India. He extolled the virtues of the Congress' promised NYAY scheme and said he would fill the accounts of India's ordinary people with money, the same way Modi had filled the accounts of the likes of Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi with crores.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi is expected to campaign in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Barabanki districts. Unnao will go to polls on Monday, while elections will be held in Barabanki on 6 April. Speculation had been rife on Priyanka's possible nomination from Varanasi. The Congress on Thursday put an end to that by nominating Ajay Rai.

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2019 21:44:25 IST