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Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan; Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Handful of businessmen are Narendra Modi's masters, says Congress chief

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE updates: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said his party's government will not work just for a handful of businessmen, calling them Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “masters”.

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Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan; Lok Sabha Election 2019 updates: Handful of businessmen are Narendra Modi's masters, says Congress chief
  • Rahul Gandhi will address a rally at Simdega, a part of Khunti Lok Sabha constituency of Jharkhand

  • Priyanka is scheduled to hold small meetings at Bela Bhela, Kuchariya Rahi, Jagatpur, Chadrai Chauraha, and several other places

  • Amit Shah is expected to address rallies in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh, Neemuch and Sehore

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Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan live updates

Rahul Gandhi takes aim at Modi, asks if 'chowkidaar' was seen outside homes of farmers, labourers

Congress president Rahul Gandhi was quoted by ANI as saying at a rally in Jaipur, "Have you ever seen a chowkidar outside the house of farmers, labourers and unemployed youth? How many chowkidars are there near Anil Ambani's house? There is a queue of chowkidars and Modi ji is standing first in that queue."

16:41 (ist)
Nationalism means respect for people, don't see respect in anything BJP does: Priyanka 
 
 
True nationalism means love of the people and for the country but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
 
 
Stepping up her attack on the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, Priyanka Gandhi said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader.
 
 
In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Congress leader also said there is growing "public anger and pain" for which the people of India will give a message to Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. 
 
 
"I believe true nationalism is love of the people and love for the country, which means respect and I do not see respect for the people in anything they are doing," Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview during her campaign through the constituencies represented by her mother and brother.
 
 
While Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi represents Amethi in the Lok Sabha.  
 
 
"Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it," Priyanka Gandhi said. 
 
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May 02, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan live updates
 
Handful of businessmen are Narendra Modi's 'masters', says Rahul Gandhi
 
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said his party's government will not work just for a handful of businessmen, calling them Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “masters”.
 
"We will not run the government for 15 people because they are not our 'malik' (masters),” he told a public meeting at Chomu in Jaipur.
 
“These are Narendra Modi's “masters”, he said, naming industrialist Anil Ambani and fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi.
 
 
“Polling in most states is over and the result is clear. PM Narendra Modi is going to lose the elections and the Congress government of the farmers and the youth is about to come in,” he said.
 
PTI

May 02, 2019 - 17:54 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan live updates

Rahul Gandhi takes aim at Modi, asks if 'chowkidaar' was seen outside homes of farmers, labourers

Congress president Rahul Gandhi was quoted by ANI as saying at a rally in Jaipur, "Have you ever seen a chowkidar outside the house of farmers, labourers and unemployed youth? How many chowkidars are there near Anil Ambani's house? There is a queue of chowkidars and Modi ji is standing first in that queue."

May 02, 2019 - 17:43 (IST)
Demonetisation biggest scam of the century, says Congress' Anand Sharma
 
Terming demonetisation as the biggest scam of the century, Congress leader Anand Sharma Thursday said people of the country were "cheated" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made "false" promises to them.
 
 
"Modi is the first prime minister in whose tenure black money was used openly and he says that there is no corruption in his governance. The biggest scam of the century is demonetisation," Sharma said at a press conference.
 
 
If the Congress comes to power at the Centre, a judicial probe commission will be set up, accountability will be fixed and people responsible for the note ban will be punished, he added.
 
 
Due to demonetisation, the former commerce minister said, the economy suffered and the country's GDP reduced by 2 per cent while 86 per cent of the money in circulation in the markets disappeared.
 
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May 02, 2019 - 17:17 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee invokes Sepoy Mutiny for her oust Modi campaign
 
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday invoked the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 to draw a parallel with the efforts by her Trinamool Congress to dislodge the​ Narendra Modi government in the ongoing parliamentary polls.
 
"Sepoy Mutiny was the first uprising against the British in India. Now the biggest threat and problem in the country is Narendra Modi," she said at a rally in support of​ TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi, who is pitted against BJP's Arjun Singh.
 
PTI

May 02, 2019 - 16:45 (IST)

'Congress, gathbandhan' two sides of the same coin': BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao

Addressing a press conference, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said, "The gathbandhan and Congress are two sides of the same coin. They can also indulge in corruption, toy with the country's security, and engage in politics of caste and community,

May 02, 2019 - 16:41 (IST)
Nationalism means respect for people, don't see respect in anything BJP does: Priyanka 
 
 
True nationalism means love of the people and for the country but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
 
 
Stepping up her attack on the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, Priyanka Gandhi said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader.
 
 
In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Congress leader also said there is growing "public anger and pain" for which the people of India will give a message to Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. 
 
 
"I believe true nationalism is love of the people and love for the country, which means respect and I do not see respect for the people in anything they are doing," Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview during her campaign through the constituencies represented by her mother and brother.
 
 
While Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi represents Amethi in the Lok Sabha.  
 
 
"Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it," Priyanka Gandhi said. 
 
PTI

May 02, 2019 - 16:13 (IST)
Yogi Adityanath in Rajasthan latest updates
 
 
'Modi hai toh mumkin hai', says Yogi Adityanath on Masood Azhar being named as global terrorist
 
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday credited  Prime Minister Narendra Modi for UN's designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying it proves "Modi hai to Mumkin hai".
 
 
The UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him.
 
 
At an election rally in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh, Adityanath termed the Congress a "threat to the country" and asked people to think whether the party, along with the supporters of Pakistan, wants to compromise with the nation's security.
 
PTI

May 02, 2019 - 16:08 (IST)

Amit Shah slams Congress for promise to scrap sedition law

During a rally, BJP chief Amit Shah referred to the Congress' promise to scrap the sedition law, and said, "On one hand, there is the Congress party, which says that it will repeal the provision relating to sedition. On the other hand is the BJP, which asks you to make Narendra Modi the prime minister again, so that we will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution."

May 02, 2019 - 15:28 (IST)

Decide before 6 May on complaints against Shah, Modi, SC tells EC 

The Supreme Court asked the Election Commission to decide before 6 May, the date of Phase 5 of the election, the nine complaints filed by Congress party against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct.

May 02, 2019 - 15:25 (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

Congress general secretary hits out over changes made to video tape shared by BJP

"I stopped children from saying slogans which I think weren't correct about the PM. BJP edited the tape, removed the part where I was stopping them and they are making this allegation (that Priyanka used children in her campaign), which is typical of them. What they do is twist the truth, what I do is I speak the truth," she said.

The video showing children hurling abuses at Narendra Modi in the presence of Priyanka was widely shared by BJP workers, including Smriti Irani, but did not have the part where the Congress leader was seen asking the children not to hurl abuses.


Lok Sabha Election 2019 LATEST updates:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said his party's government will not work just for a handful of businessmen, calling them Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “masters”.

"We will not run the government for 15 people because they are not our 'malik' (masters),” he told a public meeting at Chomu in Jaipur.

During a rally, BJP chief Amit Shah referred to the Congress' promise to scrap the sedition law, and said, "On one hand, there is the Congress party, which says that it will repeal the provision relating to sedition. On the other hand is the BJP, which asks you to make Narendra Modi the prime minister again, so that we will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution."

Issuing a scathing clarification of her earlier comment on fielding candidates who could ensure that the BJP's vote share can be diminished, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said today that she would rather die than help the BJP. SP's Akhilesh Yadav and BSP leader Mayawati had both interpreted her earlier comments as secret collusion between BJP and Congress.

Speaking at his first rally of the day at Madhya Pradesh's Rae Bareli, BJP chief Amit Shah admitted that the people of Madhya Pradesh must have wanted a change even though former chief minister "Shivraj Singh Chouhan had done a lot for the state." Shah said that even though the BJP had won more votes, it got fewer seats. He also went on a ritual tirade against the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh regime and sought to highlight how they had reduced the rate of development and upliftment of poor people.

Shah also accused Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath of corruption and said barely four months after Nath assumed the chair, his "friend's" house has been raided and Rs 281 crore recovered.

In a press conference, BJP leaders Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley sought to firmly place the credit of the United Nations listing Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist on the Narendra Modi government. The party highlighted repeated visits made by the prime minister to nations in order to secure the listing.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said today that the BJP government had once made Masood Azhar "a guest" and later freed him. "Now at the time of elections they are trying to gather votes in his name, it is condemnable," said Mayawati.

The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to decide on pleas for re-scheduling the voting time from 7 am to 5 am in the upcoming phases of the general election during the month of Ramzan and due to heat-wave conditions in Rajasthan and other areas.

A day after announcing the news of the United Nations designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at a rally in Jaipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be taking a break from campaigning on Thursday. But what the Bharatiya Janata Party is touting as a  "big diplomatic win" for India will be sure to come up in the speeches at rallies that party chief Amit Shah has lined up in Madhya Pradesh.

Shah is expected to address rallies in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh, Neemuch and Sehore.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has now been issued a showcause notice by the Election Commission, for his alleged remarks that the Narendra Modi government has enacted a new law that allows tribals to be shot at, will visit Jharkhand.
He will address a rally at Simdega, a part of Khunti Lok Sabha constituency of Jharkhand. BJP has won this seat six times since 1991 and lost to Congress only in 2004.
BJP this time has fielded Jharkhand’s three-term chief minister Arjun Munda as its candidate from this seat. In 2014 BJP registered a massive victory in Jharkhand where it won 12 out 14 Lok Sabha seats.

Rahul will also address a rally at Jaipur on Thursday. Given the fact that Modi had also addressed a rally on Wednesday in Jaipur, easy comparison between the rallies of the two leaders is likely to take place.

Priyanka is scheduled to hold small meetings at Bela Bhela, Kuchariya Rahi, Jagatpur, Chadrai Chauraha, Babuganj, Unchahar, Batohi, Matinganj, Gadaganj, Kanaha, Do Sadka Lalganj and Bhojpur Tiraha. She is expected to be joined by their mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Sareni in the evening for a joint rally.

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