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Election 2019 LIVE: While Voting Remember What All Modi Promised, Sonia Gandhi Tells Raebareli Voters | May 2, 2019, 10:52 PM IST
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Election 2019 LIVE: The Election Commission has given clean chit to PM Narendra Modi on his 'nuclear button for Diwali' remark at Barmer in Rajasthan. This is the third time that the poll body has given green signal to the prime minister. Earlier, the EC had said that PM Modi's Wardha and Latur speeches are not violation of model code of conduct.

Congress's east UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been issued a notice by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for laughing as a bunch of children use abusive language against PM Modi.
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May 2, 2019 10:52 pm (IST)

Congress's Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh during a rally address today said that the BJP fielded Pragya Thakur as it couldn't find a single member from their party who could fight him. "EC has barred her for 3 days from campaigning, though we want to her campaign and keep giving statements, it helps us," he said. 

May 2, 2019 10:27 pm (IST)

BJP 'In Touch With AAP MLAs'

BJP Claims It Is In Touch With AAP MLAs | Amid horse-trading allegations, the BJP today claimed it was in touch with 14 AAP legislators who wanted to leave the ruling party in Delhi due to "frustration and humiliation".  Senior BJP leader and Union minister Vijay Goel said the AAP MLAs were "deeply distressed" and ready to quit the party. The AAP has accused the saffron party of indulging in horse-trading in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. 

May 2, 2019 10:24 pm (IST)

A delegation of Telangana Congress leaders will take up with the full Election Commission tomorrow the alleged anomalies found by the party in the polling held for the Lok Sabha elections in the state on April 11. The delegation, led by senior leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy, would brief the EC about the anomalies which include 'significant' increase in the percentage of polled votes after 5 PM, a release from Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) said.

May 2, 2019 8:57 pm (IST)

The poll panel has issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath for calling Samajwadi Party's candidate Azam Khan "Babur's son". The commission has asked the BJP leader to respond to the notice within 24 hours. 

May 2, 2019 8:51 pm (IST)

EC Gives 3rd Clean Chit to Modi Over 'Nuclear Button For Diwali' Remark | EC has given a third clean chit to PM Narendra Modi on his 'nuclear button for Diwali' remark at Barmer in Rajasthan. Modi in the rally had said that India is no longer afraid of nuclear threats from Pakistan. "Otherwise, Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for 'Diwali'? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya)," he had asserted.

May 2, 2019 8:12 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi Issued Notice by NCPCR

NCPCR Issues Notice to Priyanka Gandhi Over Video | National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has issued a notice to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over a video. In the video, which the leader said was manipulated, children "campaigning" for her were seen shouting slogans using derogatory remarks. 

May 2, 2019 7:54 pm (IST)

EC Gives Clean Chit to Rahul Gandhi Over 'Amit Shah Murder Accused' Remark | The Election Commission has given a clean chit to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks in which he had called Amit Shah a murder accused. The comments were made during a rally in Madhya Pradesh's Sihora district.

May 2, 2019 7:08 pm (IST)

The Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri has been pulled up by the EC for his book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 128-page book in Hindi named "Bharat Bodh ka Sangharsh: 2019 ka Mahasamar" is said to describe Modi's achievements and allegedly has many comments against the Congress. The District Electoral Officer of Kangra had issued a notice to the VC asking him to explain the timing of the book's release when the model code of conduct was in force. 

May 2, 2019 6:56 pm (IST)

BJP Seeks EC's Permission to Air Akshay Kumar-starred Padman,Toilet - Ek Prem Katha on NaMo TV | The BJP has sought permission from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi to air two movies  Padman and Toilet-Ek Prem Katha on NaMo TV.  The protagonist of both films is Akshay Kumar, who recently created ripples for his "non-political" interview with PM Modi. 

May 2, 2019 6:51 pm (IST)

Union minister Anupriya Patel, whose Apna Dal (Sonelal) is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA, takes a dig at the SP-BSP alliance terming it like "oil and water" which was "forged out of fear"."All matches are not made in heaven, some are made out of fear of Modi," she said. 

May 2, 2019 6:40 pm (IST)

Amid the row between Congress and UP's gathbandhan, Samajwadi Party workers were seen at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's public rally in Raebareli today. 

May 2, 2019 6:39 pm (IST)

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in a sardonic comments says that Masood Azhar's listing is not a real win for the Modi government. "What compromise have you done with China," he provokes. "In 2008 Hafiz Saeed was blacklisted. Was he not able to conduct a public meeting? Did his party not contest in the elections? (Azhar) was certainly blacklisted but this is not really an achievement," he says.  

May 2, 2019 6:15 pm (IST)

Referring to Congress's statement about six surgical strikes being conducted during their tenure, Union Minister RS Rathore says, "We were in the army, so we know what happened and what didn't. The whole army is standing with BJP's Modiji. They are not supportive for no reason. We know what happens there."

May 2, 2019 6:10 pm (IST)

BJP has written to Election Observer in West Bengal's Purulia claiming a code violation by TMC's Nusrat Jahan and Soham Chakraborty. In their letter, the party claimed that the two actor-turned-politicians had used government facilities to get tp Purulia. 

May 2, 2019 5:46 pm (IST)

Any Chowkidar Outside Houses of Farmers, Labourers, Unemployed Youth, Asks Rahul | Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Jaipur district. "Have you ever seen a chowkidar outside the house of farmers, labourers and unemployed youth? How many chowkidars are there near Anil Ambani's house? There is a queue of chowkidars and Modi Ji is standing first in that queue," he says.

May 2, 2019 5:44 pm (IST)

The West Bengal Chief Minister also hits out at the saffron party over their poll promise of implementing the Citizenship Amendment Bill. "As per the Bill, you will be declared a foreigner for six years at first. Then they will give you citizenship (but) that will depend on their whims," she says. 

May 2, 2019 5:42 pm (IST)

Election Season Come & BJP Starts Talking About Ram, Says Mamata | Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is addressing a rally in Barrackpore's Palta. "In North 24 Parganas district, you know it is election season when BJP starts talking about Ram. They have failed to build the Ram temple. Even the Ganga ghats in Varanasi have not been cleansed."

May 2, 2019 5:14 pm (IST)

AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet slams BJP's candidate from North West Delhi Hans Raj Hans saying that he is "ineligible to fight from a reserved seat". "He will finally be declared ineligible. Voters from North West Delhi shud not waste their votes on him"

May 2, 2019 5:09 pm (IST)

BJP delegation met the Election Commission over the ban on Pragya Thakur. The party put forth a request to the Election Commission to reduce the number of hours that the ban will be in place as the Bhopal candidate had issued an apology for remarks. 

May 2, 2019 4:37 pm (IST)

Cong-SP-BSP Conspiracy Exposed, Says BJP's Narasimha Rao | BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao in a press conference hits out at Congress and BSP-SP over Priyanka Gandhi's statements. He claims that the Congress and UP's opposition alliance are only pretending to fight. "We know that they are two sides of the same coin," he says and adds,"The people of Uttar Pradesh have already known about their game. Today, after this drama, the public has come to know that these parties are favored for a weak government. Coalition for corruption politics and Congress are plotting to create a weak government in the country."

May 2, 2019 4:17 pm (IST)

ECI has removed the Returning Officer of West Tripura Parliamentary Constituency Sandeep Mahatme from election duty. The poll body has appointed Vikash Singh as the new RO.

May 2, 2019 4:11 pm (IST)

BJP candidate Sunny Deol is holding a roadshow in Gurdaspur. 

May 2, 2019 3:54 pm (IST)

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis pays tribute to the security personnel who lost their lives in the IED blast attack by Naxals in Gadchiroli yesterday. 

May 2, 2019 3:53 pm (IST)

SC Directs EC to Settle Complaints Against Modi, Shah | The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to decide by May 6 nine complaints of the Congress party alleging MCC violation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. EC told the bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi that it has already decided on two out of the 11 complaints which were filed by the Congress party against Modi and Shah for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct.


May 2, 2019 3:40 pm (IST)

Congress in a press conference lists out all the surgical strikes conducted under the UPA regime. 

1. 19th June, 2008 (Bhattal Sector, Poonch); 
2. 30th Aug-1st September, 2011 (Sharda Sector, across Neelam River Valley in Kel); 
3. 6th January, 2013 (Sawan Patra Checkpost); 
4. 27th-28th July, 2013 ( Nazapir Sector); 
5. 6th August, 2013 (Neelam Valley)
6. 14th  January, 2014 (Army Chief, General Bikram Singh’s statement qua Surgical Strike on Dec 23, 2013

Two even during Vajpayee- 
1. 21st January, 2000 (Nadala Enclave, across the Neelam River); 
2. 18th September, 2003 (Baroh Sector, Poonch)

May 2, 2019 2:55 pm (IST)

A  manipulated video of Congress Uttar Pradesh (East)'s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra smiling as a bunch of children use abusive language against PM Modi is the latest in BJP's arsenal of attacks on the Congress. Gandhi accuses BJP of editing the video and removing the parts where she was stopping the kids from using foul language. While a clipped version of the video shows Gandhi encouraging the abusive chants, the original video depicts Gandhi chiding the children as soon as they used the abusive word and asking them to not continue. 

May 2, 2019 2:29 pm (IST)

'I'd Rather Die Than Benefit BJP' | Priyanka Gandhi, who has been facing flak from UP's gatbandhan allies SP-BSP for saying on Wednesday  that Congress candidates would cut into BJP votes wherever they were not strong enough to win, hinting at a tactical understanding with the alliance, has responded and said that she would rather die than benefit the BJP in this election. "I have been very clear in what i said. Congress is fighting the elections on its own, this battle is for the soul of the country," she says.

May 2, 2019 2:13 pm (IST)

The accused, identified as Lakshmi Kanta Burman, opened 13 rounds of fire from 2 Insas Rifles in Bagnan, West Bengal. the forces has set up a camp here in a girls school for the Lok Sabha elections. 

May 2, 2019 2:00 pm (IST)

One Soldier Killed in Shootout in Bengal's Bagnan | One jawan has been killed and another injured in a gunfight today at a central force base in Bagnan in West Bengal's Howrah district. Central forces were deployed here ahead of Lok Sabha polls for the Howrah constituency, which votes on May 6 in the sixth phase of elections. 

May 2, 2019 1:57 pm (IST)

"True nationalism is love for people and country, BJP's nationalism narrative devoid of it. There is growing public anger and pain for which people will give message to PM Modi in LS polls", Priyanka tells PTI. "If voice of people is drowned by voice of one leader, there are going to be consequences," she adds.

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File photo of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The Election Commission has given clean chit to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a "murder accused" at a poll rally in Madhya Pradesh.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP candidate Rajyavardhan Rathore said that he was in the Army was Congress was in power, and "he knows the truth". "Today the entire Army is with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi. They aren't standing by us like that. We all know what happens at the borders," he said. His statement came after Congress claimed that India had conducted six surgical strikes during their tenure.

Hours after BSP chief Mayawati accused the Congress of colluding with the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she would rather die than benefit the BJP in this election. "I've not said I am putting weak candidates. I've said very clearly Congress is fighting this election on its own strength. I'd rather die than benefit BJP. We have chosen candidates that are either fighting very strongly or cutting BJP votes," she said.

One soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight today at a central force base in Bagnan in West Bengal's Howrah district. Central forces have been deployed in the region ahead of Lok Sabha polls for the Howrah constituency, which votes on May 6 in the sixth phase of elections.

Senior BJP leader and finance minister today said the core issue was to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations, and it was not important that there was no mention of either Pulwama attack or incidents of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the resolution.

Addressing a joint press conference with Nirmala Sitharaman, Jaitley also questioned former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's claim that multiple surgical strikes were conducted during his tenure and dubbed them as "invisible and unknown".

The Supreme Court is likely to hear a petition filed on Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship status next week. The home ministry had issued a notice to the Congress president asking him to clarify his position after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy claimed that a company’s record showed he held British citizenship.

The petition, filed by two social-political activists, wants the MHA to decide questions of Rahul's citizenship and wants Rahul Gandhi to be disqualified and his name deleted from electoral rolls. The MHA had given two weeks to the Congress chief to reply to the notice.

In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The decision came after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him under the Security Council's Sanctions Committee. The move created a flurry on Twitter, with BJP leaders crediting the "great victory" to PM Modi and those in the opposition preferring to praise the diplomats involved.

“After the NDA govt let off Masood Azhar in 1999, India has been fighting for him to be declared a global terrorist since 2009 when the UPA govt first initiated it. We welcome the Security Council's decision & hope this brings justice to the families of those that lost their lives,” reads a tweet from the party’s official handle.

The Congress also expressed disappointment that the listing "does not mention Pulwama and Jammu and Kashmir" while recounting his role in terror activities.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the blacklisting of Azhar as a "big victory" in the fight against terror, and claimed that it will serve as the first step in his government's plan to bring the curtains down on those targeting India.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be on a campaign trail canvassing for votes today in Jharkhand and Rajasthan. His sister and Congress General Secretary for UP East, Priyanka Gandhi, too will be on a campaign blitzkrieg in Rae Bareli, where she will be later joined by her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, along with Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be holding a joint-press conference at 12:30 PM today.
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