BJP president Amit Shah today in Amritsar attacked the Congress party over its leader Sam Pitroda's 'hua to hua' remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Shah asked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi whether the matter had ended with Pitroda tendering an apology for "justifying" the Sikh killings. Shah asserted that the Narendra Modi government had ensured justice to the families of the 1984 riot victims. "It was the Modi government which ensured sending those involved in anti-Sikh riots behind bars," said Shah, adding that compensation was also given to the families of the victims.
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Police said, along with the 'bir' of the Guru Granth Sahib , the 'Palki Sahib' (palanquin) and 'Rumalla Sahib' (piece of cloth) were also found burnt in a gurdwara at Hathoa village in the district.
The Election Commission today relived Bankura District Magistrate, Uma Shankar from her duties. She is being replaced by Mukta Arya.
West Bengal: Election Commission removes Uma Shankar from the post of Bankura District Magistrate. Mukta Arya is replacing him as the new DM pic.twitter.com/oa55uK8kBm— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2019
AAP Alleged 'Bogus Voting' | Raghav Chadha, AAP candidate for the South Delhi constituency, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of casting "bogus votes" at a polling booth in the government school in Tughlakabad extension area. "We saw bogus voting in Aruna Asaf Ali School booth in the Tughlakabad extension area. About 8-10 men were found casting votes repeatedly. We caught one of them red-handed," Chadha told media and accused his BJP rival Ramesh Bidhuri for the malpractice. AAP legislator and Cabinet Minister Kailash Gahlot said several voters in his Assembly constituency could not find their names in the voter list.
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The ex-cricketer is not the only one who had to return without casting his vote. Many people in the national capital faced a similar experience.
EC Clean Chit to Modi Over Niti Aayog | The Election Commission has found no violation of the poll code in Niti Aayog sharing data with the prime minister's office on places where PM Narendra Modi was set to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said the commission has disposed off the complaint as the prime minister is exempted from the provision that bars ministers from combining official visits with campaigning.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today accused the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress of looting public resources and building big bungalows for themselves using government funds. "The SP, BSP and the Congress have looted the resources of the public. They never built houses for the poor, but made sure to build their big bungalows using government funds," Adityanath said. "These parties have never done any work in public interest. They kept the public in dark because thieves do not like full-moon night."
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As polling booths across the state, including those in Bhopal, saw long queues even after 6pm, officers said the percentage could be revised once the final figures were received.
TMC Goons Attacked my Security Car: BJP's Babul Supriyo | BJP leader Babul Supriyo took to Twitter to call out the TMC for allegedly sending goons to attack his convoy when he had stopped for some tea on the way back from campaigning.
Driving bk frm Bashirhat after a rwlly for fellow BJP candidate SayantanBasu•Stopped 2 hv some tea•People taking selfies, cordial chats but suddenly a bunch of #TMchhi goons arrive &start shouting dirty slogans!Resisted by my security, they break their car&try on me too #TMchhi pic.twitter.com/r64ZiphN7F— Chowkidar Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) May 12, 2019
Congress district president Neelam Mishra quit the party yesterday saying that the party ticket was given to an outsider. "LS ticket was given to an outsider Ramakant Yadav who came from BJP. It was a huge blow for us. In a meeting we tried to talk to Priyanka Gandhi about it. But she got upset & said insulting things," she told ANI.
Claiming that the BJP would emerge victorious in all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the party's city unit chief Manoj Tiwari today evening claimed that Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) will trail at the third place in the contest. "The feedback of party leaders and workers, as well as people, shows the results of polls will be encouraging for the BJP. We will win all the seven seats in Delhi with huge margins while the AAP will trail at third place and the Congress doing slightly better than it," Tiwari claimed.
PM Modi in Indore | At an election rally in Indore, Modi slammed the Opposition over failing to have good taxation in place. Modi's 2014 BJP government is the first government to give respect to the taxpayers.
ये पहली सरकार हैं जिसने ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर को इतना सम्मान दिया है।— BJP LIVE (@BJPLive) May 12, 2019
ये पहली सरकार है जिसने मिडिल क्लास की जरूरतों, आकांक्षाओं और आशाओं को इतना मान और सम्मान दिया है।
आज देश में 5 लाख रुपये तक की आय पर कोई टैक्स नहीं है। ये काम भी इस चौकीदार ने कर दिया: पीएम #MeraVoteModiKo pic.twitter.com/0s8Un9reBc
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit today evening exuded confidence that the "love and affection" of the people will translate into votes for her party's candidates and claimed that the grand old party will win all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. "We are hopeful that Delhiites' love and affection will turn into votes for the Congress candidates," Dikshit said. She claimed that the Congress will sweep all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and her party will form government at the centre.
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Cong Banned Songs of Kishore Kumar: Modi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at a public meeting in Khanda, Madhya Pradesh, in a snide reference to Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, reminded the people of the days of the Emergency when the songs of Kishore Kumar were banned on All India Radio (AIR) because he did not toe the government line. "At the mention of Khandwa, people are reminded of Kishore Kumar. He was among the people who refused to fall in line during the Emergency when every dissident against the government was thrown into jail. But Kishore Kumar refused to buckle under pressure, which resulted in his songs being banned from the All India Radio (AIR). If you ask the Congress about that episode now, the answer you will get is 'hua toh hua'," said Modi.
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Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu on Saturday said Modi was like that new bride who put on a pretence, rather than actually working, in her marital household.
BJP MLAs in Touch With Us: Congress | A senior Congress leader today said that Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa was "daydreaming" about coming to power and claimed that around 10 saffron party legislators were in touch with his party. "From the day we formed the government, the BJP has been trying to (topple the government), it is not something new. From that day they have been giving deadlines (to the government)," state minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan told reporters in Hubli. "A BJP leader has spoken about 20 Congress MLAs; today 9-10 BJP (MLAs) are in touch with us."
BJP Candidate Admitted to Hospital After Scuffle | BJP Ghatal candidate Bharati Ghosh gets admitted at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on account of injuries she sustained during scuffle earlier in the day. Her personal bodyguard and CISF jawan, Rajiv Kumar, who allegedly opened fire and injured a TMC worker in Keshpur earlier also got admitted at the same hospital.
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The crime had happened on April 26 but a case was registered on May 7 after the polls were over in the state on May 6, Ram Vilas Paswan said.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today at an election rally in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district slammed Modi for his alleged comments questioning the cultural vibrancy of the state."On what grounds does Modi say that Durga Puja is not allowed in Bangla? Saraswati Puja, Kali Puja, all the festivals of all religions are held with equal fervour here. Then why is he spreading untruths? He is trying to impose their slogans on us. But we know the true national slogans that have given us freedom and led the country," she said.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee at a public meeting in Sonarpur, West Bengal said "If you have to gag my voice, then you have to kill me. Otherwise, you cannot stop me from raising my voice against you (aiming at PM Modi). Even if you put me in jail, I am not going to back from my stand against you. I will be happy in jail as I will get some time to take rest".
BJP leader Mukul Roy hit out at TMC chief Mamata Banerjee saying that history will never forget her for engaging in "bloodthirsty politics".
. @MamataOfficial Devi, please don’t get so desperate and stop killing of sons of West Bengal. History will never forgive you for your bloodthirsty politics. You are losing West Bengal for sure. #BengalPollViolence— Chowkidar Mukul Roy (@MukulR_Official) May 12, 2019
Robert Vadra after casting his vote took to Twitter to encourage others. He also got the flag of India wrong.
Our right our strength !!— Robert Vadra (@irobertvadra) May 12, 2019
Everyone must step out n vote ... we need all support, to create a combined future for our loved ones, n for a secular, safe, productive future for our country. 🇵🇾 🙏 #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/pEeS0f8W5a
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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said she feared that BJP and RSS activists have entered the state, sporting the uniform of the forces, to conduct polling. "I do not disrespect the central forces. But they are being instructed to influence the voters. On the pretext of deploying central forces in West Bengal, the BJP is forcefully pushing BJP and RSS activists here. I doubt that some RSS activists in (central forces') uniform are being pushed into West Bengal," Banerjee said
while addressing a rally in Basanti area of South 24 Parganas district here.
West Bengal chief and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee took hit at Narendra Modi saying that he and his party is running a parallel government in the guise of elections.
Narendra Modi is running a parallel government in Bengal, in the guise of elections. We are tolerating everything silently. Our courtesy is not our weakness. Who are you to interfere in law and order: @MamataOfficial pic.twitter.com/iiDTtdPLgo— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) May 12, 2019
The BJP today termed the attack on its candidate Bharati Ghosh in West Bengal an "act of frustration" by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state and claimed that the days of the Mamata Banerjee government are numbered. The party also demanded that the Election Commission take suo motu cognisance of the matter. Ghosh was allegedly attacked twice by locals on Sunday when the former IPS officer tried to visit polling stations in Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency, where she is the BJP candidate when polling was underway there.
Himachal Pradesh BJP Women's Wing president Indu Goswami today sought apology from Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his "anti-women" remarks likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a new bride. "Modi is like a new bride who prepares less rotis but clangs her bangles more to show the neighbourhood that she is neck deep in work. I'm asking the PM the umpteenth time to list one achievement of his in his five-year tenure," Sidhu said in Indore.