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.
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.