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Election 2019 LIVE: Modi Canvassing in Disguise Through Kedarnath Visit, Says TDP in Complaint to EC

News18.com | May 19, 2019, 4:11 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: The row over Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath escalated today as the TDP joined the chorus of opposition parties who complained to the Election Commission about the televised visit of the Prime Minister and equated it with canvassing for votes on the last day of voting for the Lok Sabha elections.

The TDP, in its complaint, called it a violation of the model code of conduct, adding that Modi was trying to influence voters through a public display of his religious activities. The Trinamool, too, approached the EC, saying the Kedarnath visit was a ‘gross’ violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
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May 19, 2019 4:11 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, in Barasat, Trinamool Congress MP and Barasat candidate Kakoli Ghosh is sitting on a protest outside the New Town police station. According to her Central forces are intimidating voters by chanting "Jai Shree Ram" slogans. 

May 19, 2019 4:10 pm (IST)

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in a tweet alleges that EVMs in Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum and North Kolkata have been rigged, " There are no central forces, no efforts to stop the hi(gh)jacking of democracy. EC cannot merely watch it needs to intervene decisively. It is the people resisting this violence and wresting back their rights," he writes. 

May 19, 2019 3:40 pm (IST)

TDP Tows TMC's Lines, Accuses PM Modi of Poll Code Violation | After the Trinamool Congress, Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violation of the model code of conduct alleging that the extensive media coverage of his Kedarnath visit breaches the Election Commission's poll code.

May 19, 2019 3:24 pm (IST)

Punjab CM Rebukes Sidhu for 'Ill-timed Comment' | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday criticised his Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for damaging the Congress with his ill-timed comments against him and the party leadership in the state. If he was a real Congressmen, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab, said the Chief Minister in an informal interaction with reporters here before leaving for Patiala to cast his vote, along with other members of his family.

May 19, 2019 3:14 pm (IST)

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May 19, 2019 3:12 pm (IST)

BJP Asks Delhi Police to Review Security for Arvind Kejriwal | Following Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's allegation that his own security detail could assassinate him as in the case of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Delhi unit of the BJP has written to the Delhi Police demanding withdrawal of the Kejriwal's security cover. The Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor, on Sunday, wrote a letter to the Delhi Commissioner of Police, the Union Home Ministry and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi demanding withdrawal of the security cover provided to the Chief Minister of national capital.

May 19, 2019 3:04 pm (IST)

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With other leaders, including NCP leader Sharad Pawar too trying to assume the role of convener, Naidu lost no time after elections in Andhra Pradesh and rushed to Delhi on May 16.

May 19, 2019 2:52 pm (IST)

Split Wide Open | Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday criticised Navjot Singh Sidhu for damaging the Congress with his ill-timed comments against him and the party leadership in the state. Speaking to the media before leaving to cast his vote in Patiala, Singh said if Sidhu was a real Congressman, he would have chosen a better time to air his grievances instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab.

May 19, 2019 2:31 pm (IST)

Bengal Poll Figures | An estimated 32.06 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 11 am in nine Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal on Sunday, amid reports of EVM glitches and stray incidents of violence. Polling is currently underway, amid tight security, in Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Joynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC), in the final phase of the staggered general election, he said.

May 19, 2019 2:29 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | BJP's Estranged Ally Rajbhar Predicts 'Massive Win' For SP-BSP Alliance in Eastern UP

SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar predicted that the BJP will only win 15 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

May 19, 2019 2:02 pm (IST)

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May 19, 2019 1:46 pm (IST)

News18 Exit Poll Results 2019 | News18 exit poll has been conducted by Ipsos, world’s top international pollster that boasts a solid track record of predicting the electoral outcomes of several elections around the world with accuracy. To envisage the number of seats likely to be won by each of the Political Parties (or alliances) contesting the general election, total 199 Parliamentary Constituency were selected out of 543 constituencies across 28 states of India.

May 19, 2019 1:41 pm (IST)

Huge Win for SP-BSP Alliance in Purvanchal, Says Rajbhar | Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar cast his vote, along with his family, at the Mirganj Primary School of Balia on Sunday. He said the SP-BSP alliance will get a massive victory in eastern Uttar Pradesh. "No party will get a majority in these elections. But the SP-BSP alliance will get a massive victory in Purvanchal (eastern Uttar Pradesh). Without our support the BJP will suffer losses in at least 30 seats in Purvanchal. It is losing Balia, Gorakhpur and Ghazipur seats," said Rajbhar.

May 19, 2019 1:28 pm (IST)

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu meets CPI (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury

May 19, 2019 1:07 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | UP Villagers Allege BJP Offered Rs 500 to Stop Them from Voting, Forcefully Applied Ink

The allegation comes after the Samajwadi Party claimed that BJP workers are stopping only Dalit and backward people in Chandauli from voting in lieu of 500 rupees.

May 19, 2019 1:01 pm (IST)

News18 Exit Poll to Begin at 4pm | An immersive coverage of the exit poll will begin on CNN-News18 and News18.com at 4 pm on May 19. The numbers and figures, however, will only be discussed after voting concludes for the last phase in the evening when the Election Commission gives the go ahead for airing the exit poll.

May 19, 2019 12:48 pm (IST)

Naidu Holds 2nd Round of Talks | Today, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu held a second round of talks with top opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, in an apparent bid to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre. Naidu, who arrived in the national capital on Friday, had met Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party chief Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and leaders of the Communist Party of India on Saturday as well.

May 19, 2019 12:37 pm (IST)

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May 19, 2019 12:35 pm (IST)

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May 19, 2019 12:35 pm (IST)

Naidu to Meet Sonia Gandhi Soon | After meeting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and NCP president Sharad Pawar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi later in the evening.

May 19, 2019 12:28 pm (IST)

Exit Poll Results 2019 | The mammoth seven-phased Lok Sabha elections will draw to a close today with the remaining 59 constituencies going to polls across seven states and one union territory. As the fate of the candidates and political parties gets sealed, India will gear up for the verdict in four days. However, before the final outcome, the exit polls on Sunday will give an early indication of the results. 

May 19, 2019 12:08 pm (IST)

Responding to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's statement on Pragya Thakur's "Godse is a patriot remark", Rabri Devi said, "He should have withdrawn the support from NDA and resigned." 

May 19, 2019 11:53 am (IST)

Rabri Devi Condemns Pragya Thakur's Godse Remarks | On the Godse row, Rabri Devi said, "It is condemnable. What action the party takes is their internal matter. We should not tolerate such a statement."

May 19, 2019 11:34 am (IST)

What Rules the Roost in Punjab Lok Sabha Polls ? | As Punjab goes to polls in the seventh and final round of the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, 278 candidates are in fray for 13 parliamentary seats. The Congress, the SAD-BJP alliance and the AAP are confident of winning all 13 seats. However, with the emergence of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), the contest has become a four-cornered one, albeit on a few seats, even as the primary battle remains between the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine. Political pundits believe that no single party in the state is in a position of making a clean sweep and also there is no wave in support of any particular party. 

May 19, 2019 11:22 am (IST)

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May 19, 2019 11:12 am (IST)

Voices of Women Must be Heard, Says Rahul Gandhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hailed the role played by women in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections not just as candidates but also as voters and said that their voices must be heard. "Today is the seventh and last phase of polling. Our mothers and sisters have played a key role in these elections, not just as candidates, but also as committed voters whose voices must be heard. I salute them all," Gandhi tweeted, attaching a video supporting equal opportunities for women.

May 19, 2019 11:08 am (IST)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu meets NCP president Sharad Pawar

May 19, 2019 11:03 am (IST)

Robert Vadra's Jab on PM Modi's Kedarnath Visit | Taking a subtle dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Kedarnath visit, Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, tweeted saying "politics and spirituality" must be kept apart.

May 19, 2019 10:59 am (IST)

Modi said he was completely cut off from the world inside the specially-created cave, which was furnished with amenities such as power, an attached toilet, a telephone, a CCTV etc. "There was no communication, only a small window through which I could see the temple," he said. Asserting that the blessings of Lord Shiva would continue to bestow on India as well as the world, the Prime Minister said: "I don't ask for anything from the God. I think, the God has made us to give something to the society," he said.

May 19, 2019 10:57 am (IST)

Modi Spends Night in Kedarnath Cave, Thanks EC | After spending the night on Saturday, meditating inside a cave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning again offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. He later thanked the Election Commission for permitting him to visit the Himalayan shrine and take a break from the gruelling election campaign. "I got two days rest," he said.

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Election 2019 LIVE: Modi Canvassing in Disguise Through Kedarnath Visit, Says TDP in Complaint to EC
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. (Image: News18)

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar for the second time today amid efforts to cobble together an opposition alliance. He is scheduled to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi later in the day. The TDP chief's efforts come ahead of a mega meet of opposition leaders on May 23, hosted by Sonia Gandhi, to prepare for the possibility of a less than decisive verdict.

The rift between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu escalated today with the former saying Sidhu should have restrained himself from making comments just ahead of the final phase of voting.
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