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.
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.
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."
प्यारे दोस्तों, 60 दिनों से ‘एक व्यक्ति-एक वोट’ यानी सबकी राजनीतिक बराबरी का जोशीला चुनाव प्रचार अभियान आपके प्यार से सम्भव हुआ।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 17, 2019
BJP की तमाम कोशिशों के बावजूद हमने चुनाव को रोजगार, खेती और कमाई के मुद्दों से भटकने नहीं दिया। 23 तारीख को न्याय और जनता की आवाज़ की जीत निश्चित है।
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.
PM 'addresses' press conference. Who is the wit who said "silence can be eloquent"?— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 17, 2019
PM's press conference was proof of that statement.
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.
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."
@PMOIndia nice presser. It’d have been better if you actually took questions, instead of just sitting there. You were all about that DEEDAAR but not about answering questions— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 17, 2019
But sure, everyone has to start somewhere :)
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.
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.#PressConference— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) May 17, 2019
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."
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! 👍— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2019
'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.
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."
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.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 17, 2019
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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