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Election 2019 LIVE: EC Issues Notice to BJP Himachal Chief for Using Expletive Against Priyanka

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Last Updated: April 17, 2019, 23:21 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a public meeting in Agra district. (Image: PTI)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a public meeting in Agra district. (Image: PTI)

Election 2019 Live: The Election Commission has served a notice to BJP's Himachal Pradesh chief Satpal Singh Satti for making offensive remarks against Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi in Solan district. The poll panel has asked him to reply in 24 hours.

Election 2019 Live: The Election Commission has served a notice to BJP’s Himachal Pradesh chief Satpal Singh Satti for making offensive remarks against Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi in Solan district. The poll panel has asked him to reply in 24 hours.

Election flying squad has seized 1.4 tonne of gold from Avadi check post in Chennai. According to officials, the gold was being transported to Tirupati temple. The documents said that it was for Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. On Monday and Tuesday, the Election flying squad and police personnel had seized about 26.5kg of gold worth Rs 9 crore and cash amounting Rs 1.20 crore in five separate incidents in the Tamil Nadu capital.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah today defended Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature from Bhopal, saying that she is the answer to word ‘Hindu terror’ coined by Congress. “Rahul Gandhi and Congress cannot secure the country, they can only defame Hinduism by talking about ‘Hindu terrorism’ and ‘saffron terrorism’. The BJP has decided to field Pragya Thakur against Digvijay Singh, the creator of saffron terrorism,” he tweeted.

Alliance talks between AAP and Congress were called off in the evening over disagreement on Delhi and Haryana seats. Even as reports earlier claimed that the tie-up was in the final stage, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh said that the grand old party is not ready for any kind of compromise.

“In order to stop BJP we were ready for an alliance with Congress, but Congress is not in a mood for any coalition. It is a matter of sadness, that even after so many efforts, Congress is not ready for any kind of compromise,” he said.

Rejecting AIADMK alliance’s plea, a division bench of the Madras High Court today upheld Election Commission’s decision to cancel elections in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency.

In a PIL, AC Shanmugham had challenged the constitutional validity of the orders dated April 16 of the President of India rescinding the election to the Vellore constituency scheduled to take place on Thursday (April 18) on charges of rampant corruption.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh Wednesday met Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad to take alliance talks forward in the state, sources said. According to the sources, Singh has proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the Jannayak Janata Party would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP.

BJP has given the coveted Bhopal ticket against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. The announcement was made hours after Thakur joined the BJP and expressed interest in contesting the Lok Sabha election from Bhopal.

Born in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, Thakur has had a long association with the Sangh Parivar. A post-graduate in history, she worked with the RSS’ student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Durga Vahini, women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, she was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case.

The court dropped the charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, and she is now being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017.

Six people were killed and over 100 injured when a bomb went off near a mosque in Malegaon in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. According to the prosecution, it was the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.

The BJP has been holding Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where about 4.5 lakh of the 18 lakh voters are Muslim, since 1989. According to sources, BJP leaders went into a huddle after Digvijay Singh’s candidature was announced.

In the 2018 Assembly elections, the Congress won three out of the eight assembly segments in the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, and in the remaining segments the BJP’s victory margin decreased.

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