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Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: In Maharashtra, Amit Shah Dares Rahul Gandhi to Restore Article 370

News18.com | October 19, 2019, 3:23 PM IST
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Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: On the last day of campaigning for the assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public rallies in Haryana’s Ellenabad and Rewari, while BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah will campaign across Maharashtra. Both the states are set to go to polls on October 21, while counting is on October 24.

The campaigning for the state polls has been a high-decibel battle between the BJP and opposition parties. On Friday, PM Modi accused the previous Congress government of failing to act after terror attacks in Mumbai.
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Oct 19, 2019 3:23 pm (IST)

"Jammu and Kashmir could not develop as only one family was given preference. You have not chosen me to sit idle and that is why the changes in J&K are visible today," PM Modi says in Rewari.

Oct 19, 2019 2:54 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Modi further spoke about the government's steps against terrorism, "We kill terrorists right inside their homes, unlike Congress, which was scared of dealing with the issue."

Oct 19, 2019 2:45 pm (IST)

PM Modi is now in Rewari to address a public gathering on the last day of campaigning for the Haryana Assembly elections. Speaking to the people, he asks, "Isn't India looking more powerful ever since our govt took over? did i not deliver on my promises?"

Oct 19, 2019 1:33 pm (IST)

Training his guns at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the issue of Article 370, Amit Shah said, "I dare Rahul Gandhi to declare that Congress will restore Article 370 if voted to power:"

Oct 19, 2019 1:14 pm (IST)

In Maharashtra, Yuva Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray campaigned for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Dharavi today.

Oct 19, 2019 12:52 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, targeting Congress, PM Modi says, "They are only contesting on the past and the BJP on the present and the future. They only have the support of inheritance, we have the capital of development and public trust."

Oct 19, 2019 12:49 pm (IST)

BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in Navapur, Maharashtra.

Oct 19, 2019 12:28 pm (IST)
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Modi Speaks About Article 370 | Talking about Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir its special status, the PM says, "What was called temporary in Babasaheb Ambedkar's constitution lasted for 70 years."

Oct 19, 2019 12:26 pm (IST)

Raising the issue of separatism, PM Modi says, "Separatism was spread on the strength of terrorists sent from Pakistan and Delhi was also intimidated by showing Article 370. Then the terrorists used to decide what day would happen. The enemies of the country used to point from the neighborhood and play here."

Oct 19, 2019 12:24 pm (IST)

PM Targets Cong Over J&K | The prime minister went on to attack Congress for not working towards resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. "The Congress government, which had previously slept in Delhi, continued to worsen the situation in Kashmir one by one. In the early days some part of us was taken away with the help of Pakistan. After a few years of this, the Sufi thinking was buried in the tradition Kashmir is known for. Congress never made efforts to solve issues of Jammu and Kashmir. Wrong policy and strategy of Congress has destroyed the country."

Oct 19, 2019 12:17 pm (IST)

"But the parties associated with the Congress and its culture never accepted the faith, tradition and culture of Hindustani. The approach of Congress was with our holy places, the same approach was also with Jammu and Kashmir. For 70 years he kept getting entangled in problems, did not make sincere efforts for a meaningful solution," he further says.

Oct 19, 2019 12:17 pm (IST)

Targeting the Congress for lack of efforts to build the corridor, PM Modi said, "The BJP, the NDA government has got another good fortune. The distance between our Guru's holy place, Kartarpur Sahib and all of us is now ending. In 1947, those who were responsible for drawing the dividing line did not think that the devotees should not be separated from the Guru by a distance of only 4 kilometers? Even after this, should the Congress government not have tried to erase this distance in 70 years."

Oct 19, 2019 12:14 pm (IST)

Talking about the Kartarpur Corridor, the prime minister says, "The central government has decided that the new national highway built from Kapurthala to Govindwal Sahib near Taran Taran will now be known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg."

Oct 19, 2019 12:12 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Address Begins | Addressing a public rally in Haryana, Prime Minister Modi says, "Sirsa is home to exceptional and warm-hearted people. It’s an honour to serve them."

Oct 19, 2019 11:15 am (IST)

Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah will hold his last rallies across Maharashtra today. He will be addressing the public in Navapur, Akole and Karjat on the last day of poll campaigning.

Oct 19, 2019 11:12 am (IST)

PM Modi's Last Haryana Rallies | Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Haryana to address mega public rallies on the last day of campaigning today. He will hold rallies in Ellenabad and Rewari during the day.

Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: In Maharashtra, Amit Shah Dares Rahul Gandhi to Restore Article 370
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses an event.

Addressing his last campaign rally for the Maharashtra assembly elections, Modi also spoke of the economic reforms brought in by the BJP-led central and Maharashtra governments, which he said had no "stain of corruption" on them.

"We can't forget the wounds of the Mumbai bomb blasts. The then (Congress) government didn't do justice with the victims' families and the reason for such a stance is now becoming known," he said.

Modi said during the Congress-led regimes, terror attacks and bomb blasts would take place in Mumbai "any time" and its coastline had become "entry point" for terrorists.

Targeting the opposition, Modi said they "nurtured" for decades Article 370, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. He accused the Congress and its allies of playing politics of self-interest even as terrorism spread in Kashmir valley and people were deprived of their rights.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi, saying he has no understanding of the economy, and claimed that the world is mocking India due to the BJP's politics of pitting people against each other.

As the poll campaign for the 90-member Haryana assembly entered the final lap, Gandhi stuck to the issues of economic slowdown, unemployment and farm distress to attack the government. The elections are scheduled to be held on October 21 and counting will take place on October 24.

Addressing a public rally in Mahendragarh in place of his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who he said was down with a viral infection, the former party chief also trained his guns on media, alleging that it was scared and not showing the truth.

"Our friends from the media who are under pressure, show PM Modi's speeches 24/7. Have you ever seen the media showing news of rampant unemployment and farmer suicides. Media will only show Modi ji's face, his speeches, talk of Article 370, moon (Chandrayaan), Modi's picture in Corbett Park," he said.
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