Election 2019 LIVE: The Election Commission has disposed off a complaint against PM Modi over 'Bhrashtachari No 1' remark against Rajiv Gandhi, saying that prima facie, it did not "figure out any literal violation of MCC". The development comes hours after Congress MP Sushmita Dev filed a complaint in the Supreme Court against Modi's remark and the poll panel for its "arbitrary and opaque" clean chits to him.
Hours after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called PM Modi Duryodhana, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee repeated the jibe and said that "Duryodhan-Dushashan (Modi-Shah) duo running the show at Centre".
May 7, 2019 11:11 pm (IST)
Union Minister Sushma Swaraj launched an attack on Priyanka Gandhi over her Duryodhan jibe.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi has sought time till this weekend from the Election Commission to respond to a show-cause notice issued over his remark that the Narendra Modi government had enacted a new law which allowed tribals to be shot at. The commission is yet to take a call on the request,
May 7, 2019 10:43 pm (IST)
Alleging that police adopted a discriminatory attitude against its leaders during a recent clash between two groups here, the BJP today demanded that action be taken against AIMIM MLA Ahmed Pasha Quadri and his party workers for "attempting to orchestrate a communal problem." The party also sought an apology from police commissioner for his alleged rude behaviour towards its MLA Raja Singh.
Chandrababu Naidu, along with leaders of 20 other opposition parties, had filed a plea seeking review of the Supreme Court's order directing EC to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment.
May 7, 2019 10:05 pm (IST)
Visuals of the Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh's vandalised car.
West Bengal: BJP leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma and Dilip Ghosh's convoy attacked in Purba Medinipur. BJP has alleged that TMC is behind the attack. pic.twitter.com/E58XMIcIYc
Former BJP leader Ajay Agarwal, who contested against Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat in 2014 polls on BJP ticket today condemned Prime Minister Modi's remarks against Rajiv Gandhi. Agarwal, a senior lawyer, said that no charge was ever proven in any court of the country against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Bofors case and he was given a "clean chit". He held a press conference along with Congress candidate Ajay Rai in Varanasi and said he was camping in the temple town to campaign against Modi.
May 7, 2019 9:37 pm (IST)
Clean Chit to Modi Over Rajiv Gandhi Remark | The Election Commission has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Modi over his 'Bhrashtachari No 1' remark against former PM Rajiv Gandhi. "Prima facie, we did not figure out any literal violation of MCC as given in Election Commission of India instructions. The case is therefore disposed of," said a statement by the poll body.
Speaking at an election rally in Ghatal, Amit Shah said that BJP will win 23 seats in West Bengal.
May 7, 2019 9:12 pm (IST)
Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister and veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar today expressed concern over the language of politics in the country at present. "The language of leaders nowadays does not remain respectful," Kumar told reporters in Shimla, without naming anyone. "There is a need to maintain the status of politics for strengthening democracy. Every politician should also take care of his language."
May 7, 2019 8:53 pm (IST)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said the dynasty politics of the Nehru-Gandhi family, which the country witnessed after independence, has hampered its progress. "Japan and India gained independence around the same time but the dynasts derailed India's progress. The Nehru-Gandhi family due to its dynastic rule derailed the progress of the country," Khattar said. "The dynastic rule of this family did not allow any deserving person to come forward," he added.
Gamblers give NDA 185-220 seats, confine UPA to 160-180 seats, even as they feel the BJP-led alliance may still manage to come to power.
May 7, 2019 8:26 pm (IST)
BJP now says CRPF has arrived at the spot but the TMC goons have blocked roads from both sides. TMC party workers allegedly are not allowing the CRPF to rescue Dilip Ghosh and Himanta Biswa Sarma.
May 7, 2019 8:10 pm (IST)
BJP Claims Convoy Attacked by TMC | The Bengal BJP claims that its state president Dilip Ghosh's convoy was attacked at Khejuri in West Midnapore today. Himanta Biswa Sarma, senior minister of Assam was also part of the convoy. According to sources, two cars were completed broken down and TMC goons surrounded the convoy from all sides. They were apparently returning from Amit Shah’s meeting. Shah had a meeting at 12.35 pm in West Midnapore.
May 7, 2019 7:58 pm (IST)
AAP candidate Raghav Chadha today promised to eradicate "gundaraj" from South Delhi as he released his manifesto. "These gundas (goons) have been given a freehand by the BJP to misbehave with women, Dalits. This gundaraj would be eradicated if I am elected and I want to tell these gundas that only few days are left for their gundaraj," he told reporters during his manifesto's release. The 34-page AAP manifesto for South Delhi, titled 'It's Time For Change', promises that the AAP MP from South Delhi will use the resources at his disposal to combat pollution caused by crop-burning in other states and arrive at an inter-state solution to the pan-North India air pollution problem; push for an automated and systematic water wastage monitoring system, among others.
May 7, 2019 7:39 pm (IST)
BJP Halting Development in Kerela: CM | Slamming the Centre for allegedly halting the land acquisition process for national highways in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said the BJP led NDA government and the Sangh Parivar has got only one agenda and that was to destroy all the development the state has gained over the years. Vijayan said it was "shocking" to know that the BJP state president had written to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari requesting that the National Highway development in the state be stopped. "Behind this letter, there is a kind of sadistic attitude to watch the people here continue facing traffic snarls forever," Vijayan said.
May 7, 2019 7:23 pm (IST)
AMMK Seeks DMK Support to Oust AIADMK | TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK today sought DMK's support in "sending home" the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu post-May 23, saying the principal opposition party should help it in dethroning the K Palaniswami government. "The DMK has to support us. If they do not, it means they are afraid of us... only if we and DMK join (hands) can this government be sent home," Senior Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader Thangatamilselvan said. Thangatamilselvan told reporters here that if the DMK did not support the AMMK in seeking a no-confidence motion, it amounts to the M K Stalin-led party being "afraid of us."
The district authorities have, however, asserted that none of the machines were used or their seals broken.
May 7, 2019 6:52 pm (IST)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said the Opposition leaders meeting today with the EC was focused on the protecting democracy and bringing in transparency.
AP CM Chandrababu Naidu after opposition leaders' meeting with EC: EC's job is to conduct elections in transparent manner, what we are asking for is, protect democracy, bring transparency. They agreed to some points, they are working. Let them work, again we'll decide what to do. pic.twitter.com/pqhm4kxtRX
The BJP today slammed the Congress party for calling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. BJP says the party had insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The Congress leadership does not know about the issues faced by traders and had unleashed inspector raj to harass them. On the contrary, Modi ji thinks about the welfare of traders," Ravikant Garg, chairperson of UP Vyapari Kalyan Board told PTI. "What is the relevance of calling GST as Gabbar Singh Tax. Is it (tax money) going into Modi ji's pocket? You are insulting the prime minister by making such a statement," he added.
The individual turnout was the worst in Anantnag, where 8.79% of voters came out to exercise their franchise, followed by Srinagar at 14%. At 34%, Baramulla saw a relatively better turnout.
May 7, 2019 6:11 pm (IST)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee slammed PM Modi for terming her party as "extortionist".
#WATCH West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Purulia: Money doesn't matter to me.That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being Tolabaaz (Toll collector), I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy pic.twitter.com/JnE5xywWJI
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today took a jibe at his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, asking whether the AAP supremo was the head of city administration or leader of dharnas and demonstrations. "The AAP government has turned Delhi into a city of potholes and has hurt the sentiments of people of the city," Adityanath alleged. "Kejriwal has nothing to do with 'vikas' (development) and he does not have any interest in working in collaboration with the central government for the betterment of national capital," he added.
Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it looks a
May 7, 2019 5:23 pm (IST)
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav told news agency ANI that together with the NDA the BJP will have a "good majority".
#WATCH Ram Madhav, BJP: Based on the ground report that we get from our cadres, BJP will be able to do as good as it has done in 2014 if not better. And together with NDA we will be having a good majority to run another stable govt. pic.twitter.com/P3gadxSmjJ
The BJP in Karnataka took potshots at the Congress - JDS coalition government dubbing it as "dead" over its "apathy" towards drought relief measures and warned of state-wide agitations if no action was taken in two to three days. ".. none of the officials or Ministers are paying heed. It looks like there is no one to question them," state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa told reporters.
May 7, 2019 5:08 pm (IST)
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) President Om Prakash Rajbhar, who claimed to have walked out of the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday, has said that the BJP wanted to "finish" his party. "BJP leaders were pressurising me to contest the Lok Sabha elections on their symbol. Why should I when I have my own party? This was a ploy to destroy me party," he said in an interview to IANS. Rajbhar said that he had waited long enough for the BJP to decide on seat sharing with SBSP but the ruling party kept postponing a decision.
BJP candidate Sunny Deol had reminded voters of his patriotic character in Gadar' and referred to his 'dhai kilo ka haath' from another movie when he filed nomination papers on April 27.
May 7, 2019 4:53 pm (IST)
EC Issues Notice to Manish Sisodia | The EC today issued a show-cause notice to AAP leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia over an alleged violation of the model code of conduct in connection with his recent tweet and asked him to give a response by tomorrow evening. In a tweet in Hindi, the deputy chief minister had alleged that both the BJP and the Congress were "spreading lies" about her religion. "... Her full name is Atishi Singh. She is a Rajputani. A full-fledged Chhatrani. A Jhansi ki Rani. Beware. She will win and script history," Sisodia had tweeted. The tweet "appears to be in violation of Point (I) Annexure-I of the Manual on Mode Code of Conduct..," the notice read.
May 7, 2019 4:41 pm (IST)
Congress Writes to EC Against Modi's Rajiv Gandhi Remark | Congress MP Sushmita Deb has filed a complaint against Prime Minister Modi for his "derogatory and obscene" remarks on former PM Rajiv Gandhi. Congress has said the comment is unbecoming of the high post that Modi holds. Deb has also stated in her complaint that the EC has previously failed to act against hate speeches by the PM and BJP president Amit Shah. The Supreme Court is set to hear the case tomorrow.
New Delhi: Claiming that her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir is proving to be a novice whose celebrity status will go against him, AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi says people might want to see stars but want their representatives to be available to them in their everyday lives.
File photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Image: PTI)
Congress MP Sushmita Dev has filed an additional affidavit before the SC stating that "the respondent ECI failed to appreciate that the hate speeches delivered by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are 'corrupt practices' under Section 123A of the Representation of People Act, 1951".
Hours after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called PM Modi Duryodhana, BJP chief Amit Shah hit out at her during a rally and said that "will know on May 23 (day of counting) who is Duryodhana and who's Arjun".
East Delhi Returning Officer has issued a notice to Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for tweet on AAP's East Delhi Candidate Atishi's religion. Stating that the post was a poll code violation, the election panel has asked him to furnish a reply on the matter by 5 pm tomorrow.
Congress’ eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attacking “martyred” members of her family, saying like Duryodhan, he would be defeated because of his ego.
Her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who was in Jharkhand, also launched an attack against the Prime Minister, accusing him of favouring industrialists.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today junked the review petition filed by 21 opposition parties seeking a direction to increase VVPAT verification from five to at least 50 per cent of EVMs during counting of votes in the general elections 2019.
The apex court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs in five polling booths per assembly segment from one booth. Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu have sought the review of the apex court's order, saying the "increase from 1 to 5 is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court".
The opposition’s plea wants verification to be hiked to 50 percent of EVMs per assembly segment. The earlier order was seen as a major setback for the opposition parties as the court has merely increased the quantum of EVM verification using paper trail by 1.99 per cent, that is, out of total 10.35 lakh EVMs, only 20,625 will be used in counting to verify results.
As per apex court's direction, the VVPAT slips of five EVMs in every place will be subjected to physical counting. The court noted that increasing the VVPAT would neither require additional manpower nor delay the results of the Lok Sabha elections.
During the hearing, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the poll panel several question regarding the information mentioned on the slips and the process in place to authenticate the genuineness of these paper slips.
The court had noted that the EC had put a query before the Indian Statistical Institute regarding a reasonable sample size to verify the EVMs. The institute had responded that a sample of 479 EVMs would generate 99.99 per cent accuracy in results. The opposition parties had demanded raising the number of EVM machines to 5.17 lakh.
In other news, actors Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the Aam Aadmi Party today. While Bhaskar will campaign for East Delhi candidate Atishi with a bike rally, Panag would be campaigning for South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha. In the past two days, actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani had also joined the AAP campaigning.