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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: In Telangana, Amit Shah Accuses Congress of Supporting 'Urban Naxals' | November 26, 2018, 6:39 PM IST
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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday accused Congress of supporting 'Urban Naxals' and said his party will put Maoists in jail if it is voted to power in Telangana. Addressing an election rally, he blamed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for not taking action against AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in connection with a hate speech.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress in Madhya Pradesh Vidisha's for dragging his parents into the electoral battle. "Two days before, a Congress leader dragged my mother into elections. Is this correct?" he said. "Now they have dragged my father into it," he added. The Prime Minister said he had never insulted anyone's family and his attacks were only against former prime ministers and politicians.
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Nov 26, 2018 6:39 pm (IST)

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Nov 26, 2018 6:38 pm (IST)

Election campaigning comes to an end in Madhya Pradesh. The state will go for voting on November 28.  

Nov 26, 2018 3:53 pm (IST)

While speaking at an election rally in Kota, Rajasthan, PM Modi said the city has earned its status in the country.  

Nov 26, 2018 3:48 pm (IST)

Terming Kota as the education hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Kota should be upgraded to Smart City.  He is in Rajasthan for an election rally. 

Nov 26, 2018 2:25 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Promises Farm Loan Waiver if  Voted to Power in Rajasthan | Going all out to woo farmers in Rajasthan, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Monday promised farm loan waiver in ten days if the party forms government in the state.Speaking at an election rally in Jaisalmer district's Pokhran Assembly constituency, Gandhi said he had said the same thing in Punjab and Karnataka elections and the Congress governments there have waived loans of farmers.You are going to make Congress party's government in the state. Within ten days of government formation, Congress will waive farmers' loan in the state, he said. "You can ask any farmer in those states. I do not make false promises. Whatever I say I do. We will do what we are saying from this stage, he said. 

Nov 26, 2018 12:19 pm (IST)

PM Modi said his government had responded to terrorists and Naxals in their own language. The prime minister added that the Congress calls Naxals revolutionaries and then issues them certificates.  The Rajasthan elections will be held on December 7 and the votes counted on December 11

Nov 26, 2018 11:53 am (IST)

"The whole world was shaken on this date (26/11), and Congress back then, was giving lessons in patriotism. When the Army carried out surgical strikes, the country felt proud but the Congress raised questions on it, demanded video proof," PM Modi said.

Nov 26, 2018 11:41 am (IST)

"While the Indian army fought bravely in Pakistan and sacrificed their lives, Congress was busy demanding for videos of the surgical strike for political aggrandizement. Are the army men supposed to carry cameras with them to battles?" Modi then questioned.  

Nov 26, 2018 11:34 am (IST)

Talking about the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its tenth anniversary today, Modi while addressing a rally in Bhilwara said, the security of Indian lands was compromised under the reign of Congress which was at power at both state and central level at the time of the attacks. The country will never forget this moment of terror in Indian history, Modi said. "The Congress used to talk about not politicizing the issue. Yet, the same Congress party went ahead to raise questions on the surgical strikes," Modi said. 

Nov 26, 2018 11:27 am (IST)

Narendra Modi Kicks Off Rally in Bhilwara | PM Narendra Modi is currently addressing an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan's Bhilwara district. "History will be scripted this time, as Rajasthan is determined to elect BJP to power again," Modi said as he lauded Bhliwara and its people. 

Nov 26, 2018 10:31 am (IST)

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot held public meetings in Jharapatan in support of party candidate Manvendra Singh and claimed that the people of the state were "betrayed" by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje due to which there is extreme resentment the electorate against the government.​ Raje is contesting the Assembly election from Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawara district.

Nov 26, 2018 10:28 am (IST)

However, in a full-swing course of retaliation, the Congress on Sunday alleged that BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have nothing to talk about development, which is why they are raking up caste and religion in their public rallies. Former Union minister Jitin Prasada claimed that people had expected the prime minister to speak on development issues at his rally in Alwar on Sunday, but instead of telling that what the BJP government did for Rajasthan, he talked about religion and other such issues.

Nov 26, 2018 10:20 am (IST)

"They are deep neck involved in casteism. Casteism and feeling of hate against poor, deprived, underprivileged is in their veins and such statements reflect the basic behaviour and conduct of the Congress. It does not matter who spoke that (Joshi's renmarks) because everyone knows about the 'naamdaar' who make them speak," he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family.

Nov 26, 2018 10:20 am (IST)

"Will you vote on the basis of the caste of Modi? Will the future of Rajasthan be decided on basis of birthplace of Modi," he asked the crowd gathered at his rally.Modi's remarks were a reaction to former Union minister CP Joshi's statement when he had questioned the caste of Modi and others during a speech in Rajsamand district's Nathdwara. Joshi is the Congress candidate from Nathdwara assembly constituency.

Nov 26, 2018 10:19 am (IST)

Congress Forgot About BR Ambedkar: PM Modi | Modi also targeted the Congress over issues and discrimination faced by Dalits, saying the party "forgot" to give the Bharat Ratna to BR Ambedkar. Ambedkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1990, 34 years after his death. "Congress has only divided the country. For them, Dalits are a votebank while our values and traditions are different," Modi claimed, trying to contrast his party's attitude to the community, of whose members have been assaulted and beaten by right-wing activists for allegedly indulging in cow trade, with that of the Congress.

Nov 26, 2018 9:58 am (IST)

At the political rally in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Modi said the Congress has no faith in democracy and judiciary. "It does not hold dialogue and stall proceedings in Parliament, but the new game they are playing now is dangerous and this must be debated for a bright future of the country." "If a Supreme Court judge does not prepare the time-table (for hearing cases) as per their (Congress's) political intentions and wants to hear all to deliver justice on a serious and sensitive issue, such as Ayodhya, then the party's lawyers, who are Rajya Sabha members, start the game of scaring the judges in the name of impeachment," Modi said.

Nov 26, 2018 9:57 am (IST)

Modi Acccuses Congress of Using Threat of Impeachment to Scare Judges | Addressing an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan's Alwar district on Sunday, PM Modi accused the Congress of using the threat of impeachment to "scare" judges. The Prime Minister said Congress did not remember B R Ambedkar and members of only one family were honoured with Bharat Ratna.Without naming anyone, Modi claimed that Congress party's Rajya Sabha members, who are also lawyers, had tried to scare away the apex court judges to ensure the hearing in the cases is delayed until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Nov 26, 2018 9:50 am (IST)

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi who visited the Ajmer Dargah will now go to Pushkar to offer prayers. Later, he will hold election rallies in western parts of the state including Pokaran in Jaisalmer district. 

Nov 26, 2018 9:49 am (IST)

Rahul Gandhi in Ajmer Dargah to Pay Obeisance | Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday  paid obeisance at the 13th century dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer. Gandhi was accompanied by Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former state chief minister Ashok Gehlot.  Gandhi family's traditional khadim (cleric) made him perform 'ziyarat' at the dargah. The Congress president will now go to Pushkar to offer prayers.  

Nov 26, 2018 9:44 am (IST)

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address a public meeting in Pokhran. Besides this, he will speak at public rallies in Makrana (Nagaur), Fatehpur (Sikar), Ratangarh (Churu) and Dungargarh (Bikaner).

Nov 26, 2018 9:43 am (IST)

PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi Set to Hold Simultaneous Rallies in Rajasthan | Rajasthan will witness high-voltage campaigning today with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi scheduled to address election rallies.While Modi will be addressing rallies in Bhilwara, Dungarpur and Kota, Rajnath Singh will be covering Rajakheda, Basedi (both in Dholpur) and Virat Nagar (in Jaipur) Assembly constituencies. Gandhi will begin the tour of the state by paying obeisance at the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer, followed by a visit to Pushkar Sarovar. After that he will leave for Pokhran in Jaisalmer where he will address a public meeting.

Nov 25, 2018 6:19 pm (IST)

'Join Mainstream or Face Jail' | The BJP chief claimed Maoists were "hiding" in different parts of the state and said his party would look for them and send them to prison. "They have only two options — either join the mainstream or get ready to face jail," Shah said.

Nov 25, 2018 6:18 pm (IST)

Addressing a public meeting in Nirmal district, Shah said, "Recently they (urban Naxals) were arrested in Maharashtra. The BJP government there, led by Devendra Fadnavis, put them behind bars but Rahul Gandhi supported them." "Rahul baba, are you aware that hundreds of people in Telangana have died due to Naxalism?" he asked.

Nov 25, 2018 6:08 pm (IST)

Amit Shah Hits Out at Congress | Amit Shah accuses Congress of supporting 'urban Naxals' and says his party will put Maoists in jail if it is voted to power in Telangana.

Nov 25, 2018 5:36 pm (IST)

Amit Shah Attacks KCR in Telangana | BJP president Amit Shah accuses Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of not taking action against AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in connection with a hate speech.

Nov 25, 2018 4:25 pm (IST)

Omar Abdullah Takes a Dig at PM Modi | Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah reacts to PM Modi’s rally, says he wishes to remind the Prime Minister that he himself dragged Sonia Gandhi’s parents into a speech of his while having a dig at them.

Nov 25, 2018 4:17 pm (IST)

Vilas Muttemwar has, however, denied the allegations and said that he was misquoted.  

Nov 25, 2018 4:16 pm (IST)

Earlier, Congress leader Vilas Muttemwar had reportedly said that "no one knows about PM Modi's father." Few days ago Raj Babbar, too, had made a comment on the falling rupee and said that the "value of rupee was touching Modi's mother's age."

Nov 25, 2018 4:10 pm (IST)

PM Modi at an election rally in Madhya Pradesh said that he has been speaking about former prime ministers and politicians and not about anyone's family.  He said that the opposition has all the right to speak about him and his family if they are associated with politics. 

Nov 25, 2018 4:07 pm (IST)

PM Modi took a jibe at the Congress leaders and said that Digvijaya Singh reminds him of "dark days of Madhya Pradesh". Her also said that the Congress has insulted the youth. 

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Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE: In Telangana, Amit Shah Accuses Congress of Supporting 'Urban Naxals'
BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a rally in Telangana.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar, he accused Congress of playing “casteist politics”, saying it cares more about his caste that about people’s problems. He said the Congress did not remember BR Ambedkar and members of only one family were honoured with Bharat Ratna. Accusing the Congress of dragging the judiciary into politics over the Ayodhya case, he alleged that if a Supreme Court judge does not work as per their "politics" then Congress MPs start "scaring" them in the name of impeachment. Hitting back, Congress leader Kapil Sibal accused the PM of lying adding that CJI Ranjan Gogoi himself said the Ayodhya dispute was not a priority matter.

Madhya Pradesh is one of the five states that will go to polls in the ongoing election season. While Chhattisgarh voted in two-phase elections on November 12 and 20, the next two seats to vote will be MP and Mizoram on November 28. Rajasthan and Telangana will be the last to vote on December 7. The results, billed as the semi-final to the big battle for Lok Sabha in 2019, will be declared on December 11.

Rahul Gandhi, who is hoping to unseat the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, addressed election rallies at Sagar, Damoh and Tikamgarh in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

"Modiji has betrayed the people on the issue of providing jobs to two crore people every year and depositing Rs 15 lakh cash into their accounts by bringing (back) black money stashed abroad," Gandhi said in Sagar.

Modi, during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, had prominently highlighted the issue of black money and had promised to bring it back.

The fear of losing the 2019 general elections has created "hatred" in Prime Minister Modi's mind against the Congress, Gandhi said addressing another rally at Damoh later.

The Congress chief said while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaks with decency, Modi lacks it whenever he attacks the Congress and his family members.

"When you hear Modi's speech, he uses wrong words and speaks with hatred... and also speaks lies. The faith reposed by the people and youths in them has broken. Now, when Modi comes, people say he will speak lies," Gandhi said.

"He (Modi) speaks with hatred about me and my family, but Shivraj uses decent language. Modi doesn't know how to speak decently, but Rahul Gandhi will always maintain decency while speaking. Though Chouhan has indulged in corruption, whenever he says anything against us, he speaks with decency," he said.

Chouhan knows that he is contesting this election only to lose. He is going to be defeated. But there is no hatred in his words, the Congress chief said.

"There is another person (Modi), who is afraid. The people have lost their faith (in Modi)," Gandhi said while addressing a gathering at Damoh.

"He (Modi) knows that he is going to be defeated in 2019. This has caused hatred in his heart. Wherever he is going, he is talking with hatred and anger. People know that this man is weak. This fear is converting into hatred. The entire country is watching," he said.

Referring to the Vyapam scam, Gandhi said the youth in Madhya Pradesh were deprived of jobs as they did not have money to pay people involved in the scam.

Those involved in the scam, included people from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Chouhan's family, he alleged.

However, state BJP spokesperson Sarvesh Tiwari said, " Rahul's statement on Vyapam is ridiculous. The matter came up in 2013, and even after that, the BJP won convincingly. It shows that the (Rahul's) allegations have no substance and made out for political purposes."

"The CBI and various courts have also given clean chit in the case," he said.

Speaking at a rally in Tikamgarh, Gandhi said the slogans of the Modi government had changed after four years in power.

"Four years go, when Modi used to ask people 'achche din', (good days), they used to reply "aayenge" (will come). Now when we ask the people "chowkidar" (watchman), they reply 'chor hai' (is a thief)," he said.

Continuing his attack on Modi, Gandhi said, "Modi said he would become the 'chowkidar' (of people) but he did not tell the people whose 'chowkidar' he would be? He became the chowkidar of Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya."

He also accused the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh of corruption in implementing the Bundelkhand package.

On November 19, 2009, the Centre had approved a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for implementation of drought mitigation strategies in Bundelkhand region which falls in Madhya Pradesh as well as Uttar Pradesh.

Under this package, Uttar Pradesh was allocated Rs 3,506 crore while Madhya Pradesh was to receive Rs 3,760 crore over a period of three years from 2009-10 to 2011-12.

Narrating how a Congress worker had told him that a village woman has said that a 'tawa' (frying pan) stops working properly after 10 years, Gandhi asked the crowd to ensure the state government is unseated (in the polls).

Chouhan has been chief minister since 2005 while the BJP has been in power in the state since 2003.

He reiterated his allegations in the purchase of Rafale fighter jets, something that the Centre has continually refuted.

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