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Narendra Modi in Varanasi; Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: After Pulwama attack, 42 terrorists have been killed in J&K, says PM

Narendra Modi in Varanasi; Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Addressing a rally in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, 'In the past 5 years, there have been no terrorist attacks on an Indian city, holy place or temple. The country also witnessed the Kumbh mela peacefully. Terrorists are now only limited to certain areas in Jammu and Kashmir now. They killed 40 of our CRPF personnel. After that incident, till date 42 terrorist have been killed in that area. This is how we work.'

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Narendra Modi in Varanasi; Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: After Pulwama attack, 42 terrorists have been killed in J&K, says PM
  • Narendra Modi held a mega roadshow in Varanasi, a day before he is scheduled to file his nomination from the constituency

  • Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath, Nitin Gadkari were among the top BJP leaders present at the NDA's show of strength

  • Congress' star siblings Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign across Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday

  • Bringing an end to speculation on Priyanka Gandhi entering the poll fray, Congress announced that it would be Ajay Rai who would contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi

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BJP election campaign latest updates

All eyes on Varanasi before Narendra Modi's mega roadshow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a major roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday before he sets out to file his nomination paper on Friday, 26 April. The prime minister's roadshow will pass through the main areas of the temple town before culminating at Dashashwamedh Ghat where he will participate in Ganga Aarti, the BJP said.

Security was heightened in the city ahead of Modi's visit with troops and security personnel deployed strategically. Small drones have also been deployed to keep an eye on activities.

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Apr 25, 2019 - 22:09 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

PM seeks 'permission' from people to file nomination

"Every opportunity to worship all of you is like a privilege for me. Today, while taking blessings of Kashi people, mother went to take blessings of Ganga and once again I have come to take your blessings. If you have permission, I will file nomination tomorrow," Narendra Modi said at a rally in Varanasi.

In a dig at Congress, he said, "It is my duty to give you an account of what I've done in five years before asking to serve you for the next five years, If some people are not giving account of 70 years, it's their willl."

Apr 25, 2019 - 21:50 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates
Overlooking terrorism as challenge will be injustice to country, says PM

On the Sri Lanka attacks, Narendra Modi said, "The challenges have become so serious now. In Sri Lanka, there were serial bomb blasts on Easter. People had travelled to the churches with their families. But they couldn't return home alive. They had everything, but it was all gone in a second, because of terrrorism. Overlooking terrorism as a challenge will be injustice to the country."

Apr 25, 2019 - 21:40 (IST)
Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates
No terror attack in any Indian city or holy place in five years, says PM
"In the past 5 years, there have been no terrorist attacks on an Indian city, holy place or temple. The country also witnessed the Kumbh mela peacefully. Terrorists are now only limited to certain areas in Jammu and Kashmir now. They killed 40 of our CRPF personnel. After that incident, till date 42 terrorist have been killed in that area. This is how we work," Narendra Modi said in Varanasi.
 

Apr 25, 2019 - 21:34 (IST)
Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates
Kashi gave me courage to answer terrorists in their language, says PM

Addressing a rally in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Kashi blessed me for becoming an MP only PM. It gave me the strength of faith of 130 million Indians. It gave me the courage to answer terrorists in their own language."

Apr 25, 2019 - 20:32 (IST)
Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

PM offers prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi

Apr 25, 2019 - 20:20 (IST)
Lok Sabha election latest updates
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil quits as LoP in Maharashtra Assembly
 
Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, whose son joined the BJP in March, has resigned as the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state
Assembly.
 
Party chief Rahul Gandhi accepted the resignation of the Congress leader, state Congress president Ashok Chavan told reporters in Ahmednagar district.
 
Vikhe Patil had sent his resignation letter to the top party leadership, offering to quit the post of LoP, after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left Congress and joined the BJP.
 
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Apr 25, 2019 - 20:01 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

PM takes part in Ganga aarti 

Accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where the Ganga aarti is being performed.

Apr 25, 2019 - 19:44 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

India is ready for 'fir ek bar Modi sarkar', tweets Amit Shah

Apr 25, 2019 - 19:14 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

Visuals from Dashashwamedh Ghat

Apr 25, 2019 - 19:00 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

Modi's cavalcade reaches Dashashwamedh Ghat 

Covering the 6-kilometre stretch between BHU campus gate and Dashashwamedh Ghat, Narendra Modi's roadshow has come to end. The prime minister will take part in the Ganga aarti.


Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates: Addressing a rally in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "In the past 5 years, there have been no terrorist attacks on an Indian city, holy place or temple. The country also witnessed the Kumbh mela peacefully. Terrorists are now only limited to certain areas in Jammu and Kashmir now. They killed 40 of our CRPF personnel. After that incident, till date 42 terrorist have been killed in that area. This is how we work."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the 'Ganga aarti', a day before his is expected to file his nomination. BJP chief Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied him at Dashashwamedh Ghat for the 'aarti'.

Earlier, Modi held a roadshow, covering the 6-kilometre stretch between BHU campus gate and Dashashwamedh Ghat. Thousand joined the streets of Varanasi during the mega road show in NDA's show of strength.

Modi kicked started his roadshow in Varanasi after paying tribute to Madan Malviya on arriving at the BHU campus. Earlier, he tweeted, "After bumper rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, I am heading to beloved Kashi."

Speaking in his final rally of the day before joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this roadshow in Varanasi, BJP chief Amit Shah spoke in full praise of Modi, asserting that the prime minister's name was the one chant that was uniformly being heard across India. "I have toured 258 Lok Sabha constituencies and come here, all I can hear is Modi, Modi, Modi," he said, before listing out several of the efforts allegedly undertaken by the BJP government. He also hit out at the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress governments that Uttar Pradesh has had, saying the BJP has reversed the lack of development in the state.

At his Banda rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said those sitting in AC rooms in Delhi have no idea how India will vote. "The faces of some people have fallen since the first three phases of the election. The anger that they were feeling towards Modi, they took out on EVMs," he said. In his rally, Modi also spoke on development for Uttar Pradesh and the several steps the BJP governments at the Centre and state have allegedly taken to that end.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, speaking at a rally in Rajasthan's Ajmer, joked with crowd, mostly at the expense of the Modi government, drawing loud laughs. Rahul repeated his NYAY promise of delivering Rs 72,000 to accounts. "Don't get angry with me but the money will go to the accounts of women," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his final rally of the day before the Varanasi roadshow at Uttar Pradesh's Banda. He began by training the verbal gun at Congress and saying that the party had abused him and is always concerned with caste, class and communalism. "Can you tell us which caste Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rani Jhansi belonged to? The brave have no caste," he said.

Speaking at his second rally of the day at Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, BJP chief Amit Shah predicted a victory for the Lok Sabha candidate for the eponymous constituency, Sakshi Maharaj. "One would think that Sakshi Maharaj is a sanyasi, what else can he give other than blessings. Yet he has built toilets, given houses to people. This time he will win not with three lakh votes, but with five lakh votes," Shah said.

Congress leader Ajay Rai is five-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh who incidentally began his political career in the BJP's student wing. He won Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections from Kolasla thrice between 1996 and 2007 on BJP tickets. In 2009, he contested the Lok Sabha election on a Samajwadi Party ticket and lost.

After winning the 2009 Assembly byelection from Kolasla constituency as an Independent, Rai joined the Congress. Rai is famous as a local strongman who moves around with a gun-toting private army, reports had said.

Bringing an end to speculation on Priyanka Gandhi entering the poll fray, Congress announced on Thursday that it would be Ajay Rai and not the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) who would contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.

Aam Aadmi Party has released its election manifesto, a document where Delhi's residents were heavily prioritised with calls for domicile reservations in several sectors spanning education and government jobs. "We will secure 85 percent of the seats of Delhi colleges for residents of the city. Sixty five percent of the jobs of the region will be secured for residents, similarly," Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

At his first rally of the day at Uttar Pradesh's Ghazipur, BJP chief Amit Shah repeated many of his usual campaign speech refrains and asked why leaders of Opposition sported ashen faces even though the terrorists who were struck in the Balakot air strikes were Pakistani. Shah also hit out at what he called was "55 years of misrule" by the Congress and said the situation Congress had left the country in had brought tears to his eyes.

At Dharbhanga, Narendra Modi urged people in Bihar to vote for NDA candidates across the state. He then took a jibe at Opposition leaders nursing prime ministerial ambitions even though they are fighting from few seats. "Those who are fighting from as few as 20 seats are in line to become prime minister. In Karnataka, a party which is fighting only eight seats is also ready to give a prime minister. Tell us...don't feel pressured to satisfy the media...but tell us if you feel that any one of them will be able to safeguard your interests well," he asked, as the audience broke into applause.

Speaking at his first rally of the day, at Bihar's Darbhanga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (in yet another one of his famous headgears) spoke directly to first time voters, and called for a 'new India.' He thanked Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Sushil Modi, saying it is because of them that the country's young believe in the NDA. He turned the rhetoric firmly to military violence, stressing that while national security was allegedly not an election issue for the Opposition's 'mahamilavat' alliance, it was one for 'new India'.

All eyes will be on Varanasi on Thursday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a mega roadshow, culminating in a puja.

Modi is first expected to address public meetings at Darbhanga in Bihar (10.15 am) and at Banda in Uttar Pradesh (1.35 pm). He will then travel to Varanasi, where he will file his nomination papers on Friday.

The show is scheduled to begin at 3 pm at the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya at Benaras Hindu University. It will chart a route spanning Lanka, Assi, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Godauliya and ultimately end at Dashashwamedh Ghat, where the prime minister will perform a Ganga aarti around 7 pm. Modi is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Varanasi Hotel after the roadshow.

The campaign is set to be a definite show of strength for the National Democratic Alliance, with leaders from across India converging for it. Expected in the list are Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal head Parkash Singh Badal and many more leaders.

Congress' star siblings Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign across Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Party president Rahul is scheduled to address rallies at Jalore, Ajmer and Kota in Rajasthan, while Congress general secretary Priyanka will hold a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi, before addressing meetings at Ghursarai and Jalaun.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party is scheduled to release its election manifesto on Thursday. The manifesto was prepared by a seven-member team headed by Manish Sisodia. Reports say it is likely to focus on full statehood for Delhi and the achievements of the AAP government, among other issues.

Moreover, the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance will hold a joint rally at Kannauj.

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