Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fields Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsh Vardhan from Amritsar and Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seats respectively. The party has renominated Manoj Tiwari, Parvesh Verma and Ramesh Bidhuri from their respective seats in Delhi. Shankar Lalwani will replace Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the saffron party’s candidate in Indore while from UP’s Ghosi, Harinarayan Rajbhar has been fielded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh, said that India too has nuclear options available in case the need arises. “India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan's threats. Every other day they used to repeat that they have nuclear button but what do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali?,” Modi said. “We have the capacity to strike a nuclear attack from water, land and sea,” Modi added.
Lalwani hasn't contested any big poll but has remained in thick of things of BJP in Indore for two decades including his stint as BJP district president and chairman of IDA.
Apr 21, 2019 9:01 pm (IST)
Pragya Singh Thakur's reply to EC on the show cause notice served to her: I didn't make any defamatory comments for any martyr. I had mentioned about the torture inflicted on me on orders of the then Congress government. It's my right to put before public what had happened to me.
Apr 21, 2019 9:00 pm (IST)
Jay Panda to ANI on allegations of dubious dealings against him made by Odisha CM: The fact that the late Biju uncle constantly supported &encouraged our family’s businesses which have created 10,000 jobs in Orissa. None of these allegations came up till last year.
Apr 21, 2019 8:33 pm (IST)
BJP's Jay Panda on allegations against him by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik of lobbying with central government to get railway lines laid to his mining companies rather than Kendrapara District: I’m disappointed that Naveen has reduced himself to this state of making wild unsubstantiated and personal allegations.
Apr 21, 2019 8:29 pm (IST)
Jay Panda: Sometimes he (Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik) cries like a school boy, sometimes he says I’m complaining about his health, sometimes he says I’m coveting his chair. In 18 years, I never coveted any post.
Apr 21, 2019 8:24 pm (IST)
Jay Panda After Naveen Patnaik’s Accusations: I've never spoken about Naveen’s health. I've always prayed to Lord Jagannath to give him good health & long life & good sense to understand that. These conspiracy theories that the coterie have planted on him are ridiculous.
Apr 21, 2019 7:50 pm (IST)
Shankar Lalwani will replace Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the BJP's candidate from Indore. Pravesh Verma has been fielded from west Delhi. Harinarayan Rajbhar will be the party's candidate from UP's Ghosi.
Apr 21, 2019 7:44 pm (IST)
BJP Announces 23rd List of Lok Sabha candidates. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri fielded from Amritsar, Dr Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk and Ramesh Bidhuri from south Delhi.
Apr 21, 2019 7:39 pm (IST)
In a controversial remark, Uttar Pradesh Education Minister Anupama Jaiswal Sunday equated BSP supremo Mayawati's party with the "shit" of her poll symbol elephant, saying SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is carrying it on his head due to his "misdeeds". "Akhilesh used to say his 'Kam bolta hai' (work speaks), but the BJP youths say it's not your 'kaam', (but) your 'karnama' (misdeeds) that speaks. Had your work spoken, you did not have to carry elephant's shit with you," Jaiswal is purportedly heard saying in a video gone viral here.
Last month, Priyanka Gandhi had thrown a hint that she is not averse to taking on Modi in Varanasi when a party worker asked her to contest from Rae Bareli, setting of speculations about her possible candidature.
Apr 21, 2019 7:24 pm (IST)
It was a "difficult decision" to join TMC, said Mausam Noor, sitting behind her desk in her ancestral home, a legacy of Ghani Khan Chowdhury, her uncle and veteran Congress leader from Malda, who represented it eight-times in Parliament. But Noor says she has no regrets. Noor is among three members from Ghani Khan's family contesting the general elections this time on different party tickets. Isha Khan, her cousin and sitting MLA from Sujapur legislative segment in Malda-North constituency, is contesting this Lok Sabha election against her on a Congress ticket. Noor's uncle and Isha Khan's father, Abu Hasem Chowdhury, is a three-time MP from Malda-South and contesting from there again. The father-son duo is trying to appropriate the legacy of Ghani Khan, who has considerable influence on the psyche of voters in the area even a decade after his death. After Noor decided to fight against her cousin, a wall has been erected at the ancestral home, sending a clear message to visitors to weigh their options before entering the compound.
Apr 21, 2019 7:13 pm (IST)
Uttar Pradesh Minister and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar attacked the BJP leadership on Sunday, saying it had been captured by "Gujarati people". He challenged the party to sack him as minister. "The BJP has not remained Atal-ji's party. It has been captured by Gujarati people. I will not resign as minister now. Let the BJP sack me," Rajbhar told reporters here.
Apr 21, 2019 6:46 pm (IST)
Wayanad's NDA candidate T Vellappally through his lawyers writes to CEO Kerala to review nomination of Rahul Gandhi. He states, "It's understood that Rahul Gandhi is having passport of a foreign country also.He didn't disclose this in the nomination filed or in the affidavit."
Apr 21, 2019 6:44 pm (IST)
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath campaigning for his son, Nakul in Chhindwara.
Apr 21, 2019 6:32 pm (IST)
A case was filed against the Congress' Mumbai South Lok Sabha candidate Milind Deora at Lokmanya Tilak Marg police station here on the direction of the Election Commission for violation of the model code of conduct, an official said Sunday. Deora, while campaigning in Zaveri Bazar area on April 4, had made an appeal to the Jain community to not vote for the Shiv Sena as it had hurt their religious sentiments earlier.
Apr 21, 2019 6:08 pm (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Barmer, Rajasthan: India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan's threats. Every other day they used to say "We've nuclear button, we've nuclear button".....What do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali?
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Barmer, Rajasthan: India has stopped the policy of getting scared of Pakistan's threats. Every other day they used to say "We've nuclear button, we've nuclear button".....What do we have then? Have we kept it for Diwali? pic.twitter.com/cgSLoO8nma
Singh said his vision for Bhopal has adopted the concept of Development with Heritage which will focus on the conservation of the city's heritage.
Apr 21, 2019 5:38 pm (IST)
Bengal BJP alleges they have video evidence of TMC supporters threatening OC’s of Police stations.They will also complain to EC about the same while also submitting video evidence. Mukul Roy supported special observer Ajay Naik’s assessment that the situation in West Bengal is similar to Bihar 10 years ago.
Apr 21, 2019 5:28 pm (IST)
BJP Leader Mukul Roy has written to CEC demanding the cancellation of registration of a political party (TMC). He alleges that since Bangladeshi actors campaigned for TMC, Imran Khan will be campaigning for TMC as well in the second phase of elections according to information from his sources.
Apr 21, 2019 5:25 pm (IST)
Mohammed Mohsin, the Karnataka cadre IAS who was suspended for searching PM Modi’s helicopter in Odisha, has been attached with the CEO Karnataka office and will be performing his duty there.
Apr 21, 2019 5:15 pm (IST)
Rahul Gandhi on NRC: We are fully committed to ensuring the protection of the interests of the North Eastern States and the people here. Congress promises, we will immediately return the "Citizenship Amendment Bill" introduced by the BJP government against the will of the people of North-Eastern states. We will ensure that no legitimate citizen of India has avoided joining the "National Citizen Register".
Apr 21, 2019 5:10 pm (IST)
Bid Adieu to 'Missing MP', Irani Asks Amethi Voters, Offers Sugar at Rs 13 a kg as Deal Sweetener | Union textiles minister Smriti Irani, pitted against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his home turf here, Sunday appealed to voters to give farewell to their neither-seen-nor-heard, "missing MP". Addressing an election meeting in Dharai under Amethi assembly segment, Irani exhorted voters to bid adieu to their MP, saying give "bidai" (farewell) to the "namdar" and send a "kamal" (lotus- BJP poll symbol) to New Delhi from Amethi this time. Talking on development, Irani said despite Rahul Gandhi consistently "abusing" Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling him a "chor" (thief), the prime minister has never discriminated against development of Amethi The textiles minister also sought to sweeten her appeal with a promise to Amethi voters on behalf of the prime minister to get sugar at Rs 13 a kg on the BJP coming to power again in the Centre. Attacking Gandhi, Irani said, "The missing MP comes here once in five years when the nomination papers has to be filed. Had it not been mandatory to personally file the papers, he would not have come here (at all)."
Apr 21, 2019 4:44 pm (IST)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s travel programme in Uttar Pradesh on Monday: 11:00 hrs: Party Workers Meeting at Chaubisi Helipad Ground, Barabanki, 11:30 hrs: Public Meeting at Tiloi, Amethi, 13:00 hrs: Public Meeting at Parsadepur, Raebareli, 14:15 hrs: Public Meeting at Ghorha, Amethi, 16:00 hrs: Party Workers Meeting, Sultanpur.
Apr 21, 2019 4:36 pm (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it did not return Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Addressing a poll rally at Patan in Gujarat, he asserted his government's commitment towards national security and said whether the prime minister's chair remains or not, he has decided that either he will be alive or the terrorists. He also took a jibe at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do. Modi urged the people of Gujarat to help the BJP win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in his home state, where polling will be held on Tuesday, and said if it does not happen, then there will be discussions on TV over it on the day of vote counting.
Apr 21, 2019 4:15 pm (IST)
Sumalatha Alleges Threat to Those Campagining For Her | Multi-lingual film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, who will take on chief minister H D Kumaraswamy's son, Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya Lok Sabha seat, Sunday alleged threat to those campaigning for her. She also said those who stood in her favour were "targeted and harassed."
Apr 21, 2019 4:05 pm (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on being asked if she will be contesting from Varanasi: If Congress President asks me to contest, I will be happy to contest.
"Congress has three realities 'naamdaar parivar', corruption and plenty of false promises," says PM Modi, as he sharpens his attack on the opposition party. He is currently addressing a rally for the Lok sabha election in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh.
Apr 21, 2019 2:53 pm (IST)
PM Takes a Dig at Congress in Chittorgarh | PM Modi, who is addressing an election rally in Chittorgarh, attacks the Congress, "Injustice was meted out to country's resources under Congress rule, but the country has faith that Modi can tolerate attack on himself, can risk his political future but cannot let his country down," he says. "Do you want stronger India or helpless India? Do you want Cong govt that makes country weak or BJP that makes country strong?", asks PM Modi.
Starting the campaign trail from his home turf, Modi will first hold a rally in Gujarat’s Patan district after which he will be headed to the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. Here, he will campaign in Chittorgarh and then head to Barmer for another rally in the evening.
Two days before Gujarat votes on April 23, BJP chief and Gandhinagar Lok Sabha candidate Amit Shah will embark on a roadshow at noon in Sanand area of his constituency on the last day of campaign. He is also expected to meet leaders from the assembly constituencies of Ghatlodia and Vejalpur.
Back from the ban in full swing, an action-packed day awaits Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who will be holding four election rallies in the state today. Starting from Rampur, the CM will head to Lakhimpur Kheri, where he is scheduled to address a rally. He will then be in Hardoi for another rally and finally travel to Kanpur, where he will be campaigning in the evening.
Even as the suspense over the Congress-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alliance in Delhi continues, the grand old party is likely to announce the name of candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital today.
The announcement was made by Delhi party chief Sheila Dikshit while inaugurating a control room at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) office for the Lok Sabha election campaign on Saturday.