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Election Tracker LIVE: Javadekar Says IAF Carried Out Ops Against Terrorism, Not Against Pak | March 9, 2019, 7:56 PM IST
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Election Tracker LIVE Updates: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that India has conducted three air strikes in the last five year, but he would tell people only about two. "In the last five years, three air strikes have been successfully conducted. I'll tell you about two but will not say anything about the third one," he said.

As PM Modi hit out Opposition for questioning Balakot air strikes, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the prime minister to tell people who had released JeM chief Masood Azhar from jail and sent him back to Pakistan.
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Mar 9, 2019 7:56 pm (IST)

If Modi was a true nationalist, why did he not stand up to China when the Chinese military invaded Doklam? Doklam is still occupied by China today. After Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Modi continued shooting for a National Geographic film. This is his patriotism: Rahul Gandhi

Mar 9, 2019 7:56 pm (IST)

Nation looks towards the Prime Minister for direction. But, when a BJP MLA in UP rapes a woman, no action is taken against him. Mr Modi gave out a message that his MPs and MLAs could do anything and get away with it. When we pass the Women's Reservation Bill, Congress party will send the message that they (BJP) cannot get away after abusing women.

Mar 9, 2019 7:55 pm (IST)

In MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh we waived off farm loans unlike Mr Modi who waived off ₹3,50,000 cr for a handful of industrialists. When we form the government, whoever is below a minimum income, we will find them and provide a minimum income guarantee. It is small and medium businesses which create jobs. In Narendra Modi's India, demonetisation and GST broke the backbone of such businesses. We will reform GST when we form the government. We will make banking facilities accessible to businesses of Telangana: Rahul Gandhi

Mar 9, 2019 7:38 pm (IST)

In MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh we waived off farm loans unlike Mr Modi who waived off ₹3,50,000 cr for a handful of industrialists. When we form the government, whoever is below a minimum income, we will find them and provide a minimum income guarantee. It is small and medium businesses which create jobs. In Narendra Modi's India, demonetisation and GST broke the backbone of such businesses. We will reform GST when we form the government. We will make banking facilities accessible to businesses of Telangana: Rahul Gandhi

Mar 9, 2019 7:37 pm (IST)

TRS MPs support BJP in Parliament. Demonetisation led to loss of jobs and Telangana CM said it was a good move. GST destroyed small and medium businesses, but, Telangana CM supports it. Narendra Modi only works for a handful of rich people. He lies to the youth about employment: Congress President Rahul Gandhi. 

Mar 9, 2019 7:33 pm (IST)

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Shamshabad said Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows about KCR's corrupt practices.

Mar 9, 2019 6:59 pm (IST)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives in Chevalla, Ranga Reddy in Telangana to address a public gathering.

Mar 9, 2019 5:35 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi inaugurating the Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology, at Greater Noida. He also unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus.

Mar 9, 2019 5:10 pm (IST)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi had a discussion with members of civil society in Hubballi, Karnataka.

Mar 9, 2019 4:58 pm (IST)

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the IAF carried out an operation against terrorism and not against Pakistan.

Mar 9, 2019 4:47 pm (IST)

National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah says will die but not join BJP. He was speaking to News18 in Jammu on Saturday. Abdullah said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wants friendship with India and that Khan is trying to crack down on terrorist groups in Pakistan.

Mar 9, 2019 4:47 pm (IST)

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti held a party meeting today at her residence in Srinagar. In the meeting, the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K), arrests of Hurriyat leaders and elections were discussed, ANI reported.

Mar 9, 2019 4:07 pm (IST)

Former Odisha chief minister Hemananda Biswals daughter and Congress leader Sunita Biswal on Saturday joined the ruling BJD, in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Sunita said she joined the regional party after consulting her in-laws. "Since my father is in the Congress, I was not open to quitting the party.”I am impressed by Naveen Patnaik's welfare programme for women, farmers and youths. I hope I will be able to do something for the people of Sundergarh," Sunita told reporters.

Mar 9, 2019 3:58 pm (IST)

Cong will fight polls in UP on its own strength: Scindia | The Congress will fight the general election in Uttar Pradesh on its own strength, party's west UP incharge Jyotiraditya Scindia said, asserting the path of his party may be different from that of the SP and the BSP but their objective is the same. On Akhilesh Yadav's remarks that the Congress was very much in the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance and two seats were being left for it, Scindia said, "If this is his thinking, then we may also leave 2-3 seats for them." "We have said time and again that our objective is the same that UPA government must be formed at the Centre. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength. We believe that be it BSP or SP, they have taken a decision and we respect that decision. They have the right to choose their path. They have chosen their path and the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength," he said.

Mar 9, 2019 3:23 pm (IST)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh hints at a third air strike across the LoC during an election rally in Mangaluru. He said, “In last five years, we have conducted air strikes thrice and have been successful. Will inform you about two, but not the third one.”

Mar 9, 2019 3:12 pm (IST)

While addressing a rally in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that while PM Narendra Modi talked about corruption, the whole country knew he was corrupt. He said the ruling alliance of Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka would fight the Lok Sabha elections together and win it. Gandhi also accused Modi of "fooling" the people of the country for the last five years with his programmes like "Make in India, Stand Up India and Sit Down India".  

Mar 9, 2019 2:35 pm (IST)

Earlier Govts Allowed Terrorism to Grow: Modi | Tearing into the opposition, PM Modi blamed the previous governments for adopting policies that allowed the menace of terrorism turned into a “naasur” (canker). “After the surgical strike and air strike, the patrons of terror have understood this is not the India of previous year. Terror attacks and blasts were even earlier linked to Pakistan. But the previous governments just changed the home minister. Should such situations be dealt with by changing the home minister or the policy? We changed the policy,” PM Modi said.

Mar 9, 2019 2:28 pm (IST)

Continuing his attack on opposition parties for doubting IAF strike in Balakot, Modi questioned their patriotism and asked the rally attendees whether they will believe them. He said, “Pakistan has admitted that IAF strike happened there. The IAF has stated that they carried out a strike at terror camp. But some people still have doubts and raise questions…They are just helping Pakistan.”

Mar 9, 2019 2:24 pm (IST)

Recalling the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Prime Minister Modi said that there are reports that Indian armed forces were ready to avenge the carnage, but were not allowed to act.

Mar 9, 2019 2:19 pm (IST)

Earlier, PM Modi attacked the opposition by saying that there is a competition among corrupt people to abuse 'chowkidar' Modi. “They think abusing me will get them votes,” he added.

Mar 9, 2019 2:15 pm (IST)

Kick starting Congress Party’s poll campaign in Karnataka, party president Rahul Gandhi blames BJP for freeing Masood Azhar during Kandahar plane hijacking case. “Why doesn’t PM talk about this? The fact is clear that the person who killed our Jawans in Pulwama was released by BJP. Didn't Jaswant Singh take Masood Azhar to Pakistan?” Gandhi asked.

Mar 9, 2019 2:12 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Modi blames the earlier governments for failing to reign in terror. 

Mar 9, 2019 2:09 pm (IST)

Modi said it was Pakistan which “cried” after the strike. He said Pakistan had done its preparation after Pulwama attack expecting a post-Uri style surgical strike, but “we went by air”. “Pakistan thought that India will do something similar to surgical strikes again. They tightened the border, installed soldiers and tank. But we flew over at 3.30 am and struck the terror launch pads. Pakistan's sleep was broken. We kept quiet and waited because when didn't want to wake up people. But Pakistan was so scared, that they started tweeting 5 in the morning. All the news came from Pakistan. (sic)" Modi said. 

Mar 9, 2019 2:05 pm (IST)

Continuing his attack on the opposition for questioning the veracity of air strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that after 2016’s Uri attack, India gave Pakistan a befitting reply. “Do you want governments to keep sleeping? Chowkidaar should not sleep. After Pulwama, our soldiers killed terrorists after entering their homes and took Pakistan by surprise,” he said. 

Mar 9, 2019 1:55 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Modi says that in less than five years, his government set up 1 lakh mW capacity. “Earlier, 2.5 crore families were living in darkness. They now live in light. Who has done this? Modi has not done this. It is because of the power of your vote," said Modi in his rally at Greater Noida.

Mar 9, 2019 1:41 pm (IST)

In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that the credit for putting a strong NDA government in Delhi goes to the citizens of the country.

Mar 9, 2019 1:37 pm (IST)

PM Modi says that all formalities regarding construction of India's largest airport in Jewar are complete. 

Mar 9, 2019 1:35 pm (IST)

Modi government's second surgical strike broke Pakistan's back |  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that every Indian is proud today because of the two surgical strikes. “The second surgical strike has broke Pakistan's back. They are begging in international community. This has been possible only because of Modi,” added Adityanath.

Mar 9, 2019 1:32 pm (IST)

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the PM brought projects and schemes worth Rs 55,000 crore to UP. “Projects like connecting Noida and greater Noida with metro were impossible earlier, Modi has made it possible,” said Yogi.

Mar 9, 2019 1:30 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that India is the second largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world now, only because of Noida. “Noida is a make-in-India hub now,” says Modi.

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Election Tracker LIVE: Javadekar Says IAF Carried Out Ops Against Terrorism, Not Against Pak
Seen here is BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.

Earlier today, PM Modi said that Pakistan was so scared after India's air strike that it began crying 'Modi ne maara' (Modi hit us). "We were quiet because we didn't want to wake people up at 3 am. But Pakistan was so scared that they began tweeting at 5 in the morning," he said, slamming opposition parties for questioning the strikes and India's armed forces.

Inaugurating the 6.6-km Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section, the prime minister futher said that he was happy to see that his Uttar Pradesh was finally changing. He lauded CM Yogi Adityanath for breaking the 'Noida curse'. According to the myth in political circles, any chief minister who visits Noida loses his or her post shortly. In 1988, Vir Bahadur Singh lost power days after visiting Noida. Subsequently, his successors, ND Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and Kalyan Singh suffered the same fate.

Speaking about Jewar airport, the prime minister said, "The airport will bring a golden opportunity for western UP. Noida residents will no longer have to go all the way to Delhi to board flights. In the coming weeks, flights will also start from Bareilly under Udaan Yojana."

The completely elevated section with six stations — Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Noida Electronic City — will benefit the people of Noida and connect the satellite city with the national capital.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has called a meeting of its senior officials at noon to review the final preparations for Lok Sabha polls. The EC has its preparatory meetings on Thursday, including discussions with the home ministry on force logistics. The Commission is expected to announce dates for the general elections and a few state assemblies any time this weekend or early next week.

Attacking PM Modi over fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's luxurious life in London, Congress said that it's mauja hi mauja (fun and frolic) for the "fraudster" as prime minister has failed to get his "younger brother" back to India. "Narendra Modi's fraudster bachao yojana has helped Chhota Modi live a luxurious life in London. The chowkidar is asleep," party spokesperson spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said.

The political parties are leaving no stone unturned to ensure victory in the upcoming polls. While Congress and Samajwadi Party have already released their first list of candidates, BJP is yet to make an announcement. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will visit Lucknow today to meet workers from various Lok Sabha constituencies, including party members from brother Rahul Gandhi's constituency Amethi and mother Sonia Gandhi's Raebareli.

On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will launch party's Lok Sabha election campaign in Karnataka's Haveri today. A mammoth pandal has been erected at a municipal high school ground for the rally, which local leaders claim will be attended by over a lakh people.

Gandhi will also kick off his party's campaign at Pahadi Sharif in Telangana's Chevella parliamentary constituency. He will hold a rally as a part of the programme.

In the run-up to polls, BJP president Amit Shah had recently launched a nationwide mega bike rally in Madhya Pradesh. The party said in a statement on Friday that over a crore of its workers reached out to people across the country and shared the "achievements" of the Narendra Modi government with them.
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