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Election 2019 LIVE: EC Bans Sidhu for 3 Days Over Warning to Muslims on Division of Votes

Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: The Election Commission (EC) has banned Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for violating Model Code of Conduct during an election rally in Bihar's Katihar when he urged Muslims to not split their votes. He also asked them to do mass voting for the Congress so as to throw Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of power.

News18.com | April 22, 2019, 23:05 IST
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: The Election Commission (EC) has banned Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for violating Model Code of Conduct during an election rally in Bihar's Katihar when he urged Muslims to not split their votes. He also asked them to do mass voting for the Congress so as to throw Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of power. Taking cognisance of the matter, the poll panel has banned him from campaigning from tomorrow, 10 am.

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who was recently inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been fielded from East Delhi, while Meenakshi Lekhi has been given the New Delhi seat again.
Apr 22, 2019 23:05 (IST)

Congress Fields Boxer Vijender Singh From South Delhi | Congress has announced the name of boxer Vijender Singh as its candidate from South Delhi. 

Apr 22, 2019 23:03 (IST)

Congress MLA from Bhupalapally in Telangana Gandra Venkata Reddy has joined Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Reddy's wife also made the move to the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led party. They joined the party in the presence of Chandrashekar Rao's son, KT Rama Rao.

Apr 22, 2019 21:51 (IST)

The EC in its order condemning the comments said that statements "had the tone and tenor to aggravate existing differences.....between religious communities".  The campaign ban order will be enforced from 10am tomorrow. 

Apr 22, 2019 21:45 (IST)

EC Bars Navjot Sidhu From Campaigning For 3 Days

EC Bars Navjot Sidhu From Campaigning For 3 Days | The Election Commission has banned Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning for three days for his comments from an earlier rally in Katihar, Bihar. In the rally, Sidhu had appealed to the Muslims to vote as a bloc against the BJP. The poll panel had served a show-cause notice to the Congress leader's following which Sidhu responded by saying that his comments had been misconstrued. Negating his response, the poll body has now issued the ban order. 

Apr 22, 2019 21:31 (IST)

BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi to Fight From New Delhi | The BJP has named Meenakshi Lekhi as its candidate from New Delhi and Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi. 

Apr 22, 2019 21:12 (IST)

SP's Shalini Yadav to Take the Fight Against PM Modi in Varanasi | Samajwadi Party has announced its candidates for the critical Varanasi seat, where PM Modi will be contesting. SP named Shalini Yadav as its candidate from the constituency. The party is also fielding Sanjay Chauhan from Chandauli. Meanwhile, Congress is expected to decide over the candidature of Priyanka Gandhi from Varanasi in the next day or two. 

Apr 22, 2019 21:04 (IST)

Meanwhile, five polling booths in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, which are going to polls tomorrow, are seeing incidences of stone pelting. 

Apr 22, 2019 21:03 (IST)

Pragya Thakur to Face Charges For Babri Remark | Bhopal District Magistrate has ordered the registration of the case against BJP candidate Pragya Thakur over her 'Babri demolition' remarks. The move comes after the Madhya Pradesh poll officer had directed the collector to probe the case. Pragya Thakur sparked a row when she said that she was among those who had demolished the mosque in 1992 and that she was "proud" about it. 

Apr 22, 2019 20:45 (IST)

PM Modi Launches Attack on Cong-JD(S) | In his second rally in Rajasthan today, PM Modi hit out at the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka. "In Karnataka Congress government and the CM have said that those who are hungry and poor are forced to join the army. Congress politicians don't understand that these people don't go there to eat rotis but to face bullets," he said in the Jodhpur rally.

Apr 22, 2019 20:31 (IST)

Actor Sanjay Dutt campaigns for his sister Priya Dutt, who is Congress candidate from Mumbai Northwest. The brother-sister duo held a roadshow. 

Apr 22, 2019 20:19 (IST)

Cross FIRs were lodged in connection with an incident of clash between supporters of CPI candidate from Bihar's Begusarai seat Kanhaiya Kumar and a group of locals. Two complaints have been lodged by both sides at Gadhpura police station about Sunday's clash, which erupted after the former JNU students' union president was shown black flags at Koray village here during a roadshow.

Apr 22, 2019 19:09 (IST)

Congress Likely to Field Boxer Vijender Singh From South Delhi | Congress is expected to shortly announce the name of its candidate from South Delhi - the boxer Vijender Singh. The party had earlier announced the names of six candidates from Delhi, including its state unit chief Sheila Dixit who will be contesting from North-East Delhi. The Congress list drew the curtains on the possibility of an alliance with the Aam Admi Party in Delhi.

Apr 22, 2019 19:03 (IST)

READ ABOUT THE ROW HERE | 'Bengal Poll Violence Like Bihar From 15 Years Ago', Says Special Observer Nayak, Hints Re-Polling in Second Phase

Meanwhile, TMC secretary general Subrata Bakshi has written a letter to the CEC demanding the immediate removal of Nayak for his comments on Bengal.

Apr 22, 2019 19:03 (IST)

Special Observer Ajay Nayak, who recently came under fire for his comments about the condition of West Bengal, has said that there will be 100% deployment of Central forces in all booths in Asansol which goes to polls in the 4th phase on April 29. TMC had demanded Nayak's removal from the post for likening Bengal's condition to Bihar's from 10 years ago.

Apr 22, 2019 18:50 (IST)

Babul Supriyo Faces the Flak For Scuffle With Official, Campaign Song | EC registers two FIRs against Union Minister and BJP's Babul Supriyo. The party's candidate from Asansol is facing the flak for playing the campaign song, which the EC had denied permission for as it was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The second FIR against him was lodged following his scuffle with an EC official. Supriyo had snatched the camera of the EC official who had been recording his campaign rally.

Apr 22, 2019 18:45 (IST)

In a surprising turn of events, the famous hair stylist Javed Habib has joined BJP. Habib is seen addressing reporters after officially joining the saffron party . 

Apr 22, 2019 18:23 (IST)

The Election Commission has announced re-polling at 4 polling stations in Karimganj and one poll booth in Diphu, which fall with the Autonomous District Parliamentary constituency on April 24.

Apr 22, 2019 18:17 (IST)

Meanwhile, Congress' Digvijaya Singh raked up quite a row at a public meeting earlier when he asked a young attendee to come on stage and say whether he had received Rs 15 lakh in his account, as had been promised by the BJP government in 2014. To Singh's utter surprise, the man walked up to the stage and hailed PM Modi instead. "Modi ji did the surgical strike and killed terrorists," the man is seen saying in the video before he was pushed off the stage. 

Apr 22, 2019 18:07 (IST)

Cong to Soon Decide on Priyanka Gandhi's Candidature From Varanasi | CNN News18  sources have said that the Congress is likely to take a decision within the next day or two over its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi's candidature from Varanasi. If fielded from the Uttar Pradesh constituency, Priyanka Gandhi will be directly pitted against PM Modi.

Apr 22, 2019 17:56 (IST)

Yashwant Sinha to Campaign For TMC | Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has roped in former Finance Minister and a BJP leader Yashwant Sinha for its poll campaign. 

Apr 22, 2019 17:39 (IST)

Better If Priyanka Gandhi Does Not Act, Says Smriti Irani | The BJP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani, responds to Priyanka Gandhi's earlier jibe. "I have remained an actress, so it is better if Priyanka Gandhi stays away from acting. As far as her claims go about the people not have shoes as a result of poverty, if she has some shame she should go there and see the reality for herself."

Apr 22, 2019 17:33 (IST)

The Prime Minister also contends that issues of national security should be discussed during the Lok Sabha elections. "If they get into the house and kill you, how will the country be protected. Shouldn't this be talked about in the elections?"

Apr 22, 2019 17:24 (IST)

"The Congress and their Mahamalivati gang ​​say that (PM) Modi should not talk about nationalism, national security and terrorism," PM Modi says. Calling the opposition parties the 'saboot' gang he says "They are demanding we prove the bravery of our sons. But will you rely on your saboot or trust the person who asks for proof?" 

Apr 22, 2019 17:22 (IST)

My Govt Addressed Corruption, Congress Didn't, Says PM Modi | PM Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Udaipur city. Modi says that it was under his government that those who were engaging in rampant corruption were punished. Taking a hit at the previous government led by the Congress party he said that the loans were given to the party's billionaire friends during their regime. 

Apr 22, 2019 17:09 (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Days After EC Rap Over 'Modi ki Sena' Comment, Army Again Finds Mention in Yogi's Speech

Adityanath claimed that during Congress rule China entered Indian territory at will and play with the country's security. But under Modi's leadership, soldiers forced China to move back after a two-month stand-off in Doklam, he said.

Apr 22, 2019 17:09 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had been reprimanded by Election Commission for referring to the Indian Army as 'Modiji ki Sena' called on it (army) to depict a strong India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Apr 22, 2019 17:04 (IST)

Re-polling to Take in Palin, Nyapin, Tali and Koloriang  | Place in The Election Commission has decided to nullify the ballots cast on April 11 in four Lok Sabha constituencies and one Assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh. Re-polling  in the Palin, Nyapin, Tali and Koloriang will take place on April 27. Assembly polls will be held again in Palin. 

Apr 22, 2019 16:56 (IST)

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav upped the ante against Prime Minister Modi today. Tejashwi alleged that visitors were barred from meeting his father, party supremo Lalu Prasad in Ranchi jail at the instructions of the Prime Minister. The PM was there in Araria when the notice barring people from meeting Lalu Prasad was issued last Saturday", he said.

Apr 22, 2019 16:56 (IST)

The AICC general secretary further said, "PM Modi has not visited a single village in Varanasi. Let them beg for votes, Amethi and Raebareli will never bow down in front of anyone."

Apr 22, 2019 16:40 (IST)

Irani Insulted the People of Amethi, Says Priyanka Gandhi | After addressing a public meeting in Amethi's Ghorha, Priyanka Gandhi takes a potshot at BJP's candidate from the constituency.  "Smriti Irani came here and distributed shoes; she wants to insult Rahul Gandhi. But that was an insult to the people of  Amethi. People in Amethi have never begged for anything. You should not beg, they who want your votes should beg in front of you," she says.

Election 2019 LIVE: EC Bans Sidhu for 3 Days Over Warning to Muslims on Division of Votes

Hours after Priyanka Gandhi accused Smriti Irani of distributing shoes in Amethi "to insult Rahul Gandhi", Union Textiles Minister asked why was the Congress leader acting when its Irani who has been an actor. "Actor main reh chuki hoon toh natak Priyanka ji bilkul na karein," she said.

The Congress is expected to name boxer Vijender Singh, the Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist, as its South Delhi candidate. The party is likely to make an announcement shortly.

The Election Commission has filed two FIRs against Union minister and BJP's Asansol candidate Babul Supriyo. The first complaint has been filed for violating model code of conduct by playing the party theme song composed by him, despite poll body's ban. The second report is in connection with snatching an EC official's camera while he was recording Supriyo's campaign rally.

A decision on Priyanka Gandhi's candidature from Varanasi will be announced in a day or two. In the next 24 to 48 hours, Congress sources said, the party will decide if Gandhi will be fielded against PM Modi.

Addressing a rally in Maharashtra on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Pankaja Munde said that "a bomb should have been attached to Rahul Gandhi" as an answer to people who seek evidence of India's strike in Pakistan. "We did surgical strike after cowardly attack on our soldiers. Some people ask what was surgical strike and what's the evidence? I say we should've attached a bomb to Rahul Gandhi, and should have sent him to another country. Then they would have understood," she said.

Congress in-charge for east UP, Priyanka Gandhi, attacked the BJP government for "not just betraying Amethi but the entire nation". "PM Modi has not visited a single village in Varanasi. Let them beg for votes, Amethi and Raebareli will never bow down in front of anyone," she said.

Countering PM Modi's 'diwali nuclear button' comment, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said Pakistan has not kept their nuclear weapons for Eid. "Every other day they (Pakistan) talk about nuclear button. But that doesn't mean they have reserved it for Eid," she said. Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Barmer town on Sunday, PM Modi had said the strategic experts earlier used to warn that Pakistan had the nuclear button. "What do we have then? Have we kept our nuclear bomb for Diwali," he asked, while affirming that India had the capability to launch nuclear attacks from land, air and sea.

Putting to rest speculation that he may be disqualified from the poll process, the Election Commission has deemed valid Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s nomination from Amethi.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally referred to the Sri Lanka bomb blasts to say the situation in India was similar before the BJP came to power in 2014. Modi, who was in Maharashtra, said India’s enemies were sure that he would hunt them out and take action against them. Modi will now move to Rajasthan for rallies in Jodhpur and Udaipur.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and eastern UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will hold a rally in Rae Bareli, while Rahul Gandhi will address voters in Barabanki, Raebareli and Sultanpur districts.

Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah at a press conference in Kolkata attacked the Mamata Banerjee government, saying voters must not live in fear and weed out the TMC. He will be covering four districts in today’s campaign — Uluberia in Howrah, Rampurhat, Krishnanagar in Nadia and Burdwan.

Moreover, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will conduct simultaneous rallies in Bengal alongside Shah. Adityanath will first address the public at North 24 Parganas’ Bangaon city and then take his rallies forward to Baharampur, Burdwan Purba and Hooghly.

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