- 3 RJD Leaders Join JD(U)
- Amid Poll Panel's Gag Order, Yogi to Visit Ayodhya
- DMK leader Kanimozhi Reacts After I-T Raids
- AMMK Now Under The Scanner
- Elections in Tripura East Deferred
- FIR Lodged Against Navjot Singh Sidhu
- Azam Khan Issued Second Notice by EC
- Kanomozhi's Residence Raided by I-T Dept
- Congress Doesn't Heed SP's Request
- FIR Lodged Against UPL For Alleged Collab With BJP
- Bangladesh Actor Who Campaigned For TMC Blacklisted
- Election Cancelled in Tamil Nadu's Vellore
- PM Modi Addresses Rally in Bhubaneswar
- Tejashwi Yadav Says He And Tej Pratap Are Together
The central government has cancelled the business visa given to Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed and has issued a Leave India notice for allegedly campaigning for the Trinamool Congress in Bengal, officials said.
Three RJD leaders on Tuesday joined the ruling JD(U) in Bihar alleging that the RJD did not give due importance to the Extremely Backward Class (EBCs) in distribution of tickets for Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. The three leaders - former MP Mangni Lal Mandal, ex-MLC Ram Badan Rai and former MLA Jagat Narayan Singh - joined the JD(U) when one of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections has been held in the state.
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Sanghvi who rose through the ranks in student politics in Indore, had contested his first poll as a corporator in 1983. He was fielded against Sumitra Mahajan in 1998 and lost to her by over 49,000 votes.
Kanimozhi: I feel they are conducting searches because I am the candidate of the opposition. The EC officials accepted that there is no cash in my house. Also, no documents were seized. Tamilisia has parked several crores of rupees in her residence. Is the EC ready to conduct searches there? DMK will not be perturbed by these incidents. We will fight against these forces.
Kanimozhi: At 8:30pm, I-T officials asked permission to conduct searches at my residence. I quesioned if they have requisite warrant to conduct searches. But they did not have proper answer. Despite that, we fully coordinated with the agency. I was issued summons at 9:30 pm and was asked me to record a statement at the spot. According to my knowledge, this is not legal.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh has accused the Congress of resorting to "anti-India and anti-Army rhetoric" out of insecurity. "Congress, its allies and all those political parties and leaders who have ganged up against the BJP and Modi, are feeling so insecure that they have resorted to anti-India and anti-Army rhetoric," Singh said.
FIR Lodged Against Navjot Sidhu For Violating Model Code | An FIR has been lodged against Navjot Singh Sidhu in Katihar, Bihar on charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during his speech at a rally earlier today. The Congress MLA sparked controversy for appealing to Muslim voters to vote as a bloc against the BJP.
EC Asks Azam Khan to Respond Within 24 Hours | Meanwhile, the Election Commission has served another notice to Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan a day after the poll watchdog barred the veteran leader from campaigning for 72 hours. In its notice, the EC said that the remarks the leader made during various rallies across Rampur district were "derogatory and provocative" and were in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
DMK president MK Stalin hits out at the Election Commission over the raids at Kanimozhi's residence. "Tamiliasai Soundarrajan has several crores of money at her residence. Why are there no raids at her place? Despite a proper complaint to the EC no action has been taken," he says while calling for reforms in the poll body. Tamilsai Soundararajan is the BJP candidate contesting against Kanimozhi from Thoothukudi, which will head to the polls on April 18.
Cong Names Lucknow Candidate in New List | Hours after Samajwadi Party requested Congress to not field candidates from Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow seat, the party has announced the name of Acharya Pramod Krishnam as its candidate from the constituency. The SP had requested the grand old party to refrain from contesting on the seat to "ensure a victory over the BJP" following the joining of Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha, who is being fielded by Akhilesh Yadav's party.
FIR Lodged Against UPL Days After Raids | An FIR has been lodged against United Phosphorus Limited for preparing illegal campaign material for the BJP in Khar area of North-West Mumbai. Last week, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant accused the BJP over its alleged collaboration with the company. In the April 9 raid that was led by Sachin Sawant and Election Commission, illegal material worth 6 crores was found after which the office of UPL was sealed.
Ferdous Ahmed Told to Leave India as MHA Cancels Business Visa | The Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed, who courted controversy for campaigning for Trinamool Congress in Bengal, has been issued a notice by the Ministry of Home of Affairs directing him to leave the country. The MHA cancelled Ferdous' business visa and blacklisted the actor. Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Kolkata has been directed to ensure compliance of the MHA's orders
Income Tax sleuths last week said they found cash believed to be worth Rs 11.53 crore concealed in a cement godown belonging to an associate of a DMK leader in Vellore district. The DMK has, however, maintained that the raids were politically motivated. Party treasurer Durai Murugan even approached the Madras High Court on Monday and said that because of the ongoing raids, his son Kathir Anand who is the DMK candidate from Vellore district has not been able to campaign. The polls will now have to be rescheduled for a later day.
President Kovind Accepts EC Recommendation to Cancel Election | Election in Tamil Nadu's Vellore constituency stands cancelled after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the Election Commission recommendation. The poll body had suggested that the election in the constituency be scrapped over excessive use of money power, days after a large sum of cash was reportedly seized from the warehouse of a DMK candidate.
He is My Guardian: Tejashwi Yadav on Tej Pratap | Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Pratap says that there is no bad blood between him and his brother Tej Pratap. "We are together. There are no differences between us," he says adding,"Tej Pratap is my guardian." The feud between the two brothers is said to have jeopardised the party's poll prospects. A few weeks back, Lalu Prasad's older son, Tej, even quit a party post as reports indicated that he was unhappy with his powers in the party.
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The Election Commission of India has sought a report from the district magistrate of Katihar ion Bihar after Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu appealed to Muslims not to vote for the BJP.
An FIR has been registered against Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Satti for using an expletive against Congress president Rahul Gandhi while campaigning in Shimla yesterday. Satti had made the derogatory remarks while defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the Congress leader’s ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ remark.
The Congress had filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Satti and demanded an apology from him. The BJP leader, however, had refused to tender an apology, saying he merely read out the contents of a message which was already viral on social media.
"I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using 'chor' word for PM in a viral social media message," Satti told PTI.
"The person who used the derogatory word and made such a message viral cannot be our worker. Even then I asked my workers to restrain from using such remark or sharing such messages," he said.
He said the Congress leaders listened to only a part of his speech.
"They should hear my speech in totality and then they will come to the conclusion that I have not used any derogatory remark against Rahul Gandhi," Satti said.
He said, "Our workers have their own sentiments for the PM. So, Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should also apologise for using 'chor' word for PM in public meetings and should stop using that word for Modi".
Talking to PTI, state Congress general secretary Rajneesh Kimta said he has filed a complaint against Satti with the Election Commission for the remarks.
Kimta said he also filed an online complaint with Sadar police station and sent a copy of it to Shimla superintendent of police.
When contacted, Shimla SP Omapati Jamwal said, "An online complaint has been received at Sadar police station. We are studying the contents of the complaint."
Kimta said the Congress would hold protest rallies across the state on Tuesday at 11 am.
"If Satti does not apologise publicly for making the derogatory remarks, the Congress will not hesitate to gherao him," he added.
In Delhi, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said one cannot expect anything better from the BJP as it is their culture to abuse, started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the 2014 elections.
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