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Election 2019 LIVE: Polling in Anantnag to Be Held Between 7am and 4pm Due to Security Threat

News18.com | April 19, 2019, 10:39 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live: Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Friday evening said that she has taken back her statement against former Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare as she "does not want Opposition to benefit from it". Thakur had claimed that Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she "cursed" him for torturing her. The statement drew sharp reaction from all quarters with association of IPS officers slamming her for "insulting 26/11 martyr.

The Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer received a complaint against the BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate, following which a probe was launched. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also lent his support to the police officers' association. "When Mumbai was under attack, Karkare didn't know if he would ever return home, all he knew was to not let Pakistani terrorist devastate the financial capital. We can never forget his contribution in arresting terrorist Ajmal Kasab," he said, adding that Pragya's remark shows the "anti-national face of BJP".
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Apr 19, 2019 10:39 pm (IST)

Sitaram Yechury alleges large-scale irregularities during polling in Tripura.

Apr 19, 2019 9:53 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Sadhvi Pragya's Comments 'Sickening and Repulsive': Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Amarinder Singh described Thakur's comments as sickening and repulsive and accused her of insulting a decorated police officer, and dragging the current discourse on nationalism in the country to a new low.

Apr 19, 2019 9:32 pm (IST)

Union home minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh slammed Odisha’s BJD government while addressing a rally in Puri on Friday. “The BJD has disappointed the people of Odisha. It has failed to provide even the basic necessities & amenities to the people,” he said.

Apr 19, 2019 9:30 pm (IST)

EC announces bye-polls to Agra North, Darjeeling assembly constituencies on May 19; results on May 23. Polls were necessitated as Agra North BJP MLA Jagan Prasad Garg died due to cardiac arrest on April 10 and Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai is contesting Lok Sabha polls on TMC ticket.

Apr 19, 2019 9:29 pm (IST)

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Friday accused the opposition Congress for encouraging infiltration in Assam and even backing out from updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He also accused former Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi of backing out in 2010 after protests during the initial preparation and "ran away" from the updation of the NRC.

Apr 19, 2019 9:25 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Election Officer Goes Missing from Bengal's Nadia District, Probe Ordered

Election Commission sources said that while a report was sought from the district magistrate on Roy going missing, a replacement has been already made.

Apr 19, 2019 9:13 pm (IST)

Pragya Singh Would Not Have Made Curse Remark had EC Acted Against Modi in 2017: Akhilesh |  Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Friday said BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh would not have made the 'curse' remark about police officer Hemant Karkare, had the Election Commission taken action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017. He was apparently referring to the controversial 'shamshan-kabristan' remark made by Modi during an election rally in 2017. "If there is electricity in graveyard and during Ramzan, it must also be available in a crematorium and during Diwali," Modi had said. Yadav said, "Had the Election Commission initiated action against the prime minister in 2017, such statements would not have been given."

Apr 19, 2019 9:10 pm (IST)

Hardik Patel, Congress on being slapped during a rally in Surendranagar, Gujarat: BJP is trying to attack & kill me the same way Haren Pandya was murdered & fake encounters were done. Man who slapped me is connected to BJP leaders, you can see it on his Facebook profile.

Apr 19, 2019 9:01 pm (IST)

Youths aspiring to take up a career in films won't have to go to Mumbai as the BJP, if voted to power, will set up a Bhojpuri film city here, the party's Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat candidate Ravi Kishan said Friday.  Kishan, a popular Bhojpuri actor, has been pitted by the BJP against Samajwadi Party's  Ram Bhuwal Nishad from the seat The Gorakhpur seat, which was considered a bastion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, was lost to Praveen Nishad in a bypoll. Praveen had fought on a SP ticket with the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party, but last month joined the BJP. "The MoU (memorandum of understanding) to set up a Bhojpuri film city in a 150-acre area with Rs 500 crores has already been signed by the state government," Kishan told reporters at the BJP's Beniganj office.

Apr 19, 2019 8:57 pm (IST)

CPI national secretary D Raja on Friday termed as "attrocious", the description of the Indian army as "Modi ki Sena" by two BJP leaders and said that President Ram Nath Kovind, who is the supreme commander of the Armed forces, should condemn such acts. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had recently courted controversy by describing the Indian Army as 'Modiji ki Sena' in different campaign rallies.

Apr 19, 2019 8:55 pm (IST)

In a notification issued from ECI, the Anantnag parliamentary constituency will go for polls from 7am to 4pm and not till 6 as is the routine.  The ECI has amended the timings after considering the reports of the J&K Govt, police and district administration, a statement said.

Apr 19, 2019 8:54 pm (IST)

Sadhvi Pragya's Comments 'Sickening and Repulsive': Punjab CM | Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday slammed BJP's Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for her controversial remarks on IPS officer Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, saying her comments were "sickening and repulsive".

Apr 19, 2019 8:50 pm (IST)

AAP senior leaders Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh to address an 'important' press conference at 11am on Saturday. The meet will discuss the final decision of AAP on Lok Sabha elections alliance with Congress. 

Apr 19, 2019 8:38 pm (IST)

Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, on her statement on Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare: He (Hemant Karkare) died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr.

Apr 19, 2019 8:33 pm (IST)

CPI (Marxist)' Sitaram Yechury: Re-poll in 464 booths must be done as all voters should be able to exercise their franchise independently, exactly as Constitution mandates. For next poll due in Tripura East, postponed now to Apr 23, we hope there'll be proper guarantees of safety for each voter.

Apr 19, 2019 8:32 pm (IST)

CPI (Marxist)' Sitaram Yechury: Now that it's established in a probe by Election Commission that there were large-scale irregularities & booth capturing by goons to thwart free & fair franchise in Tripura West, we hope that EC will ensure faith in our democracy is reaffirmed.

Apr 19, 2019 8:29 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Hours After EC Ban Ends, Yogi Adityanath Makes 'Babur ki Aulad' Jibe at SP Candidate

Yogi Adityanath asked whether one wanted to hand over the reins of the country to those who are anti-development, anti-youth, traitors, terrorists and opposed to the believers of Bajrang Bali (another name for Lord Hanuman).

Apr 19, 2019 8:22 pm (IST)

Election Commission: Recognition of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) with reserved symbol 'Ceiling Fan' shall continue till conclusion of Lok Sabha Elections. Upendra Kushwaha will continue to be recognised as the president of the party for the purposes of the current election.

Apr 19, 2019 8:20 pm (IST)

S Karuna Raju, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab on poll preparations for NRIs: There are 2 crore 3 lakh voters in Punjab. We have received 1883 applications from NRI's for registration as voters out of which 388 applications have been finalized, rest are in process.

Apr 19, 2019 8:09 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra after supporters compare her with former PM Indira Gandhi: Mai Indira Ji ke saamne kuch nahi hu, lekin jo seva ki bhavna unke dil mein thi, mere dil mein hai, mere bhai ke dil mein hai, ye hamare dil se koi nahi nikal sakta. Hum seva karenge, aap chahe mauka dein na dein. 

Apr 19, 2019 8:08 pm (IST)

Hooghly, West Bengal: BJP files a complaint with the police against TMC supporters for allegedly ransacking the rented residence of BJP's Hooghly Lok Sabha candidate Locket Chatterjee

Apr 19, 2019 7:54 pm (IST)

Hooghly, West Bengal: BJP files a complaint with the police against TMC supporters for allegedly ransacking the rented residence of BJP's Hooghly Lok Sabha candidate Locket Chatterjee

Apr 19, 2019 7:50 pm (IST)

After taking back her remarks on late IPS Hemant Karkare, Pragya Singh Thakur stirs up another controversy. This time, she calls Digvijay Singh a ‘Mahishasur’ while describing herself as ‘Mahishasur-mardini’ during a party conclave in Bhopal.

Apr 19, 2019 7:49 pm (IST)

Madhya Pradesh BJP on Sadhvi Pragya’s statement: The statement of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur about Hemant Karkare should be understood as a statement given while reacting to atrocious torture. The Bharatiya Janata Party's opinion is very clear that we give the highest respect to those who are martyrs for the country. For us, our nation is a religion. Karkare was martyred while bravely fighting terrorists.

Apr 19, 2019 7:45 pm (IST)

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee writes to state chief electoral officer demanding the Election Commission to restore Y+ security for its leader Hardik Patel. Patel was slapped on Friday morning.

Apr 19, 2019 7:39 pm (IST)

Sadhvi Pragya: If opposition is benefiting from my statement, I take back my words on Hemant Karkare. If the martyr's family has been hurt by my statement then I take back my words.

Apr 19, 2019 7:30 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Modi’s government is a weak government. Modi is a weak PM. He doesn’t want anyone to question him. Why?

Apr 19, 2019 7:28 pm (IST)

 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the LDF government in Kerala over various issues, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday accused him of making "false" charges against the state and said such remarks were "unbecoming" of his position. Countering Modi's charge that cases would be registered in Kerala if anyone utters the God's name, Vijayan challenged the Prime Minister to point out any single such case.

Apr 19, 2019 7:17 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Karkare Died a Hero, No Sensible Person Can Justify Pragya Thakur's Remarks, Former UP DGP Writes

The sacrifices made by police officers often go unrewarded but this is rubbing salt into the wounds of those who remember the brave policemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, writes the retired IPS officer.

Apr 19, 2019 7:09 pm (IST)

BJP Assembly Candidate Held for Destroying EVM in a Booth | The police arrested a BJP assembly candidate on the charge of destroying an EVM in a polling booth in Odisha's Ganjam district during the second phase of elections on Thursday. BJP candidate for Sorada assembly seat, Nilamani Bisoi, along with his supporters allegedly entered a booth at Renti village under Sorada police station limits, destroyed the EVM and prevented polling officials from discharging their duty, police said on Friday. Lok Sabha and assembly elections are being held simultaneously in the state.

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Election 2019 LIVE: Polling in Anantnag to Be Held Between 7am and 4pm Due to Security Threat
Security forces in South Kashmir's Anantnag. (File photo)

In yet another twist to the Congress-AAP alliance saga, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party postponed to April 22 the nomination of three candidates, saying it wanted to give the grand old party another chance. After nearly a month of flip-flops, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress are close to finalising a seat-sharing formula in Haryana and Delhi. AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Wednesday met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to take the alliance talks to a conclusion, sources said.

According to the sources, while the two parties have agreed to a 4:3 seat distribution in Delhi, with four seats going to AAP, Sonepat seat in Haryana is still proving to be a hurdle as the Congress does not want to give it up while the AAP wants it to go to the Jannayak Janata Party.

Singh has proposed a 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the JJP would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP. But the Congress has proposed a 7:2:1 seat-sharing formula in which seven Congress candidates, two JJP candidates and one AAP candidate would contest the polls, the sources added.

Meanwhile, in a historic rally, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and her once arch-rival, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, shared the stage after 24 years in Mainpuri where Akhilesh Yadav was also present. While Mulayam Singh Yadav asked SP cadre to respect Mayawati, who has always stood by them, Mayawati said the SP patriarch was the “real leader of backwards”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the traders’ community in New Delhi. Modi will address a thanksgiving convention at Talkatora stadium organised by traders supporting the BJP to express "gratitude" for various measures promised in the party manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.

In Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary and eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will hold a massive roadshow in Kanpur from Ghanta Ghar to Phool Bagh Chauraha. The roadshow will cover multiple places in the city where a large number of Congress supporters are expected to turn up.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to campaign in Gujarat and Karnataka. Gandhi will rally in Tapi district in Gujarat, while in Karnataka, he is set to speak in Raichur and Chikodi districts. Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah will also rally in Gujarat covering two districts — Chhota Udaipur and Valsad.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will file his nomination papers from Bhopal. In Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will campaign for Shiv Sena-BJP candidate in Nalasopara, Palghar.
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