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Election 2019: Bitterly-Fought Lok Sabha Poll Campaign Comes to An End | May 17, 2019, 11:42 PM IST
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New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asked the Election Commission to take action against BJP candidate Pragya Thakur for her remarks describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed his first press conference in five years at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. BJP chief Amit Shah was also present at the occasion, where he briefed the media and expressed confidence that the BJP would come back to power with a full majority.
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May 17, 2019 11:19 pm (IST)

The Madras High Court has granted bail to four AMMK workers who were arrested for allegedly attacking election officials on April 16 when they had inspected a premises where Rs 1.48 crore in cash was stashed. The cash allegedly meant for distribution among voters in Theni district, where Assembly bypolls were held on April 18. Vacation judge A D Jagadish Chandra directed the AMMK supporters to execute a bond for Rs 10,000 each with two sureties of similar amount.

May 17, 2019 10:15 pm (IST)

The Election Commission has ordered re-polling West Bengal's Saltora and ChhatarKanali of Bankura.

May 17, 2019 10:11 pm (IST)

In an interview with a news channel Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera says, "The nation won't forgive Modi for choosing Pragya Singh Thakur.:

May 17, 2019 9:32 pm (IST)

Chandrababu Naidu will be meeting with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar tomorrow. He is also likely to meet Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi.

May 17, 2019 8:51 pm (IST)

Marking the official end to campaigning in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi says, "Despite the BJP's efforts, we did not let the election wander from employment, farming and income issues. On 23rd, the victory of justice and public voice is certain."

May 17, 2019 8:45 pm (IST)

BJP leader and former MP Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the the party has already made its stand clear on Pragya Singh Thakur terming Mahatma Gandhis assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot".

May 17, 2019 8:42 pm (IST)

Chandrababu Naidu is meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia. He had earlier approached EC demanding against Pragya Singh Thakur. 

May 17, 2019 8:27 pm (IST)

Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram makes a sardonic remark about the PM's first-ever press meet. "PM 'addresses' press conference. Who is the wit who said "silence can be eloquent"? PM's press conference was proof of that statement," he tweets. 

May 17, 2019 7:55 pm (IST)

BJP- AkaliDal combine candidate Sunny Deol has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the deployment of adequate paramilitary forces in Gurdaspur from where he is contesting as it is “prone to violence”.

May 17, 2019 7:26 pm (IST)

People Want Naveen Patnaik to be PM, Says BJD's Surya Narayan | Biju Janata Dal VP Surya Narayan Patra has said that the people of India want to see Naveen Patnaik be the Prime Minister. He further added that "in the past, there was a talk in favour of Biju Patnaik to be the Prime Minister".

May 17, 2019 7:18 pm (IST)

Cases have been registered against a BJP functionary and two others in Tamil Nadu for allegedly throwing eggs and stones at the dais from where Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting near Aravakurichi in the district.

May 17, 2019 7:18 pm (IST)

AAP MP Sanjay Singh and South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha will meet the Chief Election Commissioner and Delhi Chief Electoral Officer tomorrow over "serious concerns" pertaining to the "subversion" of the election process by re-creation of electoral documents and threat to EVMs in South Delhi Parliamentary Constituency.

May 17, 2019 6:53 pm (IST)

A central force of 710 companies will be deployed during phase 7 of elections in West Bengal. Out of these, 147 companies will be deployed for constituencies under Kolkata police jurisdiction. 

May 17, 2019 6:52 pm (IST)

In Delhi, Chandrababu Naidu is meeting leaders of left-leaning parties including CPM chief Sitaram Yechury. 

May 17, 2019 6:49 pm (IST)

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has also taken a jibe at the PM for not answering questions during his first ever press conference. "It'd have been better if you actually took questions instead of just sitting there....But sure, everyone has to start somewhere." 

May 17, 2019 6:44 pm (IST)

Opposition leader Jignesh Mevani hits out at PM Modi over his first press conference. "Modiji is so full of Mann ki Baat that he couldn't understand that a Press Conference also has questions. Even radios have interactive shows nowadays," he tweets. 

May 17, 2019 6:24 pm (IST)

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi once against hits out at PM Modi and in a tweet says, "Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done."

May 17, 2019 6:14 pm (IST)

Congress has changed the profile picture of its Twitter handle to a picture of Mahatma Gandhi amid the controversy over Pragya Singh Thakur's comment on Nathuram Godse.

May 17, 2019 6:11 pm (IST)

'We Have Urged EC to Take Action Against Pragya Singh Thakur': Chandrababu Naidu | Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu met with the poll panel over Pragya Singh Thakur's 'Godse' remarks and the campaign ban in West Bengal ahead of the phase 7. "The EC should take action agains Thakur for insulting the father of the nation," he says. 

May 17, 2019 6:02 pm (IST)

Campaigning for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections has officially come to an end.

May 17, 2019 6:01 pm (IST)

Congress leader Reshma Padekanura, who was also a former Vijayapura district president of JD(S), has been found dead near Kolhar of Vijayapura earlier today

May 17, 2019 5:39 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, PDP's Mehbooba Mufti has criticised the media for being "servile" and "pliable" to the goverment, "Circulation of elites / regime change is a given. But never before have we witnessed such a  shamelessly pliable & obsequious media ilk. Barring a few, most of them made a Faustian bargain with this govt. A crying shame."

May 17, 2019 5:18 pm (IST)

"Pragya Thakur's candidature is like a satyagrah against a fake Hindu narrative," says BJP chief Amit Shah. Following this comment, the press conference ends

May 17, 2019 5:17 pm (IST)

Party Has Served Pragya a Show-Cause Notice | The BJP chief says that the party has served Pragya Thakur a show-cause notice for her terming Nathuram Godse a patriot. "We asked her to reply within 10 days. After she filed a reply, party's disciplinary committee will take appropriate actions."

May 17, 2019 5:14 pm (IST)

Shah Hits Out at Mamata | 80 BJP workers have been killed in West Bengal, he states. "What does Mamata ji has to say? Why is poll related violence in West Bengal only?"

May 17, 2019 5:10 pm (IST)

Modi Looks to Shah During Press Conference | PM Modi refuses to take a question. He diverts the question to the party chief, Shah, stating "chief is our everything."

May 17, 2019 5:08 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi says that PM Modi will conduct a 'distract India' event, but the country won't get distracted.

May 17, 2019 5:02 pm (IST)

I have come to thank the media and thank the citizens through the media, Modi says. He further states that the party will come back with a bigger mandate in 2019.

May 17, 2019 4:56 pm (IST)

Rarely has it happened that a majority government after completing five years will come to power again, says Modi adding that social media has doubled the accountability.

May 17, 2019 4:53 pm (IST)

If the government is capable, then election and IPL can run simultaneously, says PM Modi.

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Election 2019: Bitterly-Fought Lok Sabha Poll Campaign Comes to An End
File photos of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and PM Narendra Modi.

Simultaneously, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also addressed a press conference at the AICC headquarters in the national capital.

The controversy around Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse took yet another turn today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on BJP candidate Pragya Thakur for her remarks, saying he would never be able to forgive her for insulting the father of the nation.

Meanwhile, Modi, on the last day of campaigning, gave the slogan ‘Abki Baar 300 Paar’, saying he was sure the BJP would exceed expectations. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Solan mocked the Prime Minister for insulting his ‘guru’ LK Advani as well as his cloud cover remark.

His sister and Congress’ eastern UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a swipe at Modi, saying voters might as well have chosen actor Amitabh Bachchan instead of the great actor Modi.

Besides, a day after eggs and stones were thrown at actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan for saying that “independent India's first extremist was a Hindu", the MNM chief has issued a clarification over his statements.

Haasan, who made the remark in an apparent reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse during campaign in Aravakurichi on Sunday, said that he doesn’t feel threatened. “History shows there are extremists in all religions, my speech that day was about peace and harmony and I will not indulge in mudslinging,” he said.
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