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Election 2019 LIVE: You're Belittling PM's Office, Chandrababu Naidu on Modi's 'Absurd' Claim | April 29, 2019, 10:33 PM IST
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Election 2019 LIVE: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "touching the heights of absurdity" by claiming that TMC's 40 MLAs were in touch with him. "Betraying the spirit of democracy, belittling the office of a Prime Minister, and touching the height of absurdity, the PM of India stooped so low and claimed that 40 Trinamul Congress MLAs are in touch with him. This is nothing but horse trading, that too, when the election process is on and the model code of conduct is in force. The Election Commission of India shall immediately and suo-motu take cognizance of these shameful remarks by the Prime Minister and initiate action against him," he tweeted.

Making a sensational claim in the middle of the general election, PM Modi said 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him and will desert their party once the BJP wins the poll.
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Apr 29, 2019 10:33 pm (IST)

Congress' Mumbai South candidate Milind Deora today called up his opponent and sitting Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant after polling was over to thank him for a decent fight. According to a Congress statement, Deora recalled the combative confrontations during the campaign and appreciated Sawant's undaunted spirit and energy.

Apr 29, 2019 9:29 pm (IST)

In another tweet, the Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu writes, " This is nothing but horse trading, that too when the election process is on and the model code of conduct is in force.....These comments vindicate our stand that, after destroying all the Institutions, the Prime Minister is now trying to destroy democracy itself."

Apr 29, 2019 9:26 pm (IST)

Modi Belittled Prime Minister's Office, Says Chandrababu Naidu | Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu hits out at Narendra Modi over his claims about 40 TMC MLAs being in touch with him. Naidu in a tweet said that Modi had "belittled" the office of Prime Minister. "The PM of India stooped so low and claimed that 40 Trinamul Congress MLAs are in touch with him," he said. 

Apr 29, 2019 9:08 pm (IST)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hits out at the opposition for not appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical and air strikes on Pakistan and reminded them of the praise showered on Indira Gandhi by Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the victory in the 1971 war. "When India defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war, our leader (Vajpayee), despite being in the opposition, praised then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It showed Atalji was large-hearted," he said at a rally in Shamshabad. 

Apr 29, 2019 8:53 pm (IST)

Trinamool Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the claims made by Narendra Modi that 40 MLAs are in touch with him and were looking to forsake the party.

Apr 29, 2019 8:19 pm (IST)

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in a rally in Bhopal said, "Like it is impossible to make a mosquito wear clothes and seat an elephant on one's lap, it is impossible for you to speak the truth, Narendra Modi."

Apr 29, 2019 8:00 pm (IST)

The Congress has released a list of its start campaigners for Delhi ahead of sixth phase of polls on May 12. The list includes the names of the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, veteran leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh and the AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. Shatrughan Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu will also be campaigning for the party in the national capital.

Apr 29, 2019 6:57 pm (IST)

AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi challenges her contender - BJP's Gautam Gambhir to an open debate once again. In a press conference she says, "What has the AAP done for East Delhi in the past four years and what has the BJP done for  East Delhi in the five years they have been in power," she says. 

Apr 29, 2019 6:43 pm (IST)

The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Election Commission on a plea requesting the setting aside of rule which allows the prosecution of an elector if any complaint alleging malfunctioning of EVMs and VVPATs eventually turns out to be false. The plea had alleged that Rule 49MA of 'The Conduct of Elections Rules' was unconstitutional as it criminalizes reporting of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails.

Apr 29, 2019 6:26 pm (IST)

EC Confirms Bogus Voting in Kasargod | Kerala Chief Electoral Officer in a press conference says that CPI(M) panchayat member and polling agent cast fake votes in Kannur district, which is a part of the Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency that had polled on April 23. The United Democratic Front in a memorandum to the district collector had demanded re-election in 110 booths over claims of bogus voting. 

Apr 29, 2019 6:05 pm (IST)

EC Issues Notice to Giriraj Singh Over Anti-Muslim Remark | The Election Commission in a notice to BJP's Giriraj Singh found him guilty of violating the Model Code of Conduct and Supreme Court order. The EC expressed its objection over the Begusarai candidate's comments during a rally in GD college in which he had said “Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at the Simaria ghat and no grave was built for them but you [Muslims] need three hand spans of space.” The EC has given the leader 24 hours to file his response. 

Apr 29, 2019 5:48 pm (IST)

Cong Chief Reiterates Poll Promise For Employment | Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Jaipur's Kotputli. "Today, 27,000 young people in the country lose their jobs every 24 hours. Therefore, we are seeing the highest unemployment in 45 years. We will fill 22 lakh government posts in a year. This is in addition to providing employment to 10 lakh youth in panchayats."

Apr 29, 2019 5:06 pm (IST)

Jailed politician Ateeq Ahmad files his nomination as an independent candidate from Varanasi. Ahmed, who has fought several elections from prison, was however denied parole by the court.

Apr 29, 2019 4:58 pm (IST)

AAP Asks Cong to Withdraw Varanasi Candidate |  After SP fields former BSF soldier Tej Bahadur as its Varanasi candidate, Aam Admi Party's Manish Sisodia has requested that Congress withdraw its candidate for the seat. Congress has fielded its 2014 candidate Ajay Rai from Varanasi. 

Apr 29, 2019 4:52 pm (IST)

"First the left front and now didi's dam and daman movements have put a lock on the jute factories. The hooliganism in the trade unions, syndicates have forced the jute industries and farmers on the brink," PM Modi says. 

Apr 29, 2019 4:45 pm (IST)

Patriotism Is Being Abused in Our Country, Says PM Modi | PM Modi is addressing a rally in Barrackpore. "Patriotism that was strengthened in this land, the same patriotism is being abused in the country," he says. 

Apr 29, 2019 4:16 pm (IST)

It's PM Modi VS TMC Now | Slamming PM Modi over his claims that 40 Trinamool Congress MLAs were looking to shift to the BJP,  party spokesperson Derek O'Brien says, "Expiry Babu PM, let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading!" The TMC MP then goes says that the party will file a complaint with the EC. 

Apr 29, 2019 4:07 pm (IST)

Navjot Singh Sidhu in a jibe at PM Modi said, "One wrong vote can result in your children becoming tea sellers, pakoda sellers or chowkidaars." He further cautioned to better prevent and prepare, rather than repent and repair.

Apr 29, 2019 3:57 pm (IST)

Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Samajwadi Party over their choice to field Tej Bahadur from Varanasi. In a tweet, he "congratulated" Akhilesh Yadav and said, "One one side the one who is pledging his life for India and fighting for the rights of the youth is someone who has lost his job. On the other hand is a candidate who takes away the jobs of the soldiers and asks for votes in the name of dead jawans"

Apr 29, 2019 3:34 pm (IST)

Shatrughan Sinha files nomination as Congress candidate from Patna Sahib. 

Apr 29, 2019 3:08 pm (IST)

Recently, there has been some confusion regarding Bahadur's candidature from SP. On April 22, SP fielded Shalini Yadav from Varanasi parliamentary constituency. Yadav is the daughter-in-law of former Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson Shyam Lal Yadav.

Apr 29, 2019 3:05 pm (IST)

Sacked BSF Officer Tej Bahadur Fielded as Alliance Candidate From Varanasi | Samajwadi Party (SP) has formally announced that it is fileding former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur as the mahagathbandhan candidate from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BSF constable, who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops, had already said he will would contest there.  

Apr 29, 2019 3:01 pm (IST)

"Opposition campaign revolves around abusing Modi. If you remove these abuses, nothing will be left.Earlier only Modi was abused, now even EVMs are," the PM adds in Bengal rally. He claims that 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him, and have said to desert the party once BJP wins polls. 

Apr 29, 2019 3:00 pm (IST)

A war of words is already erupting over the clashes between BJP and TMC workers in polling booths of West Bengal, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the former of stopping people from voting for BJP and attacking his party workers. Modi, who is currently addressing a rally in West Bengal's Serampore says, "Goons of TMC are trying their hardest to stop people from voting, they are not letting BJP leaders campaign."

Apr 29, 2019 2:45 pm (IST)

- West  Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has hit out at the security forces for allegedly entering the polling booths and resorting to aerial firing in Bengal while voting was underway."How did the CRPF have the guts to enter booths and fire gunshots? Law and order comes under the jusrispudence of the State not the Centre." Banerjee is addressing a public meeting in Bagda in North 24 Parganas district.  

- TMC writes to EC over alleged "firing by Central Forces personnel inside a polling booth in Dubrajpur, Birbhum parliamentary constituency". Letter states, "Central forces have created a reign of terror in minds of voters & have also urged the voters to cast their vote for BJP."

For more updates follow News18's live blog on the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. 

Apr 29, 2019 2:09 pm (IST)

EC Lets off Maneka Gandhi with a Warning | Election Commission (EC) issues warning to Union Minister Maneka Gandhi over the comments she made at a rally in a Sultanpur village. Gandhi had said that her win from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency is certain "with or without" the support of Muslims and the community should realise it since they will need to get their work done once the BJP is in power.

Apr 29, 2019 1:58 pm (IST)

Aam Aadmi Party's Atishi, pitted against former cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir in the Lok Sabha elections from East Delhi, files another complaint to the Returning Officer against Gambhir. She writes about certain pamphlets that were distributed by the cricketer-turned-politician during campaign. "The pamphlets dont have details such as printer's name and quantitity in violation of rules," she writes, adding that this is the third time that gambhir has violated the Model Code of Conduct "In blatant disregard for EC".

Apr 29, 2019 1:07 pm (IST)

Modi Warns Jharkhand of 'Mahamilavat' | In a snub to the Opposition, PM Modi issues a 'word of caution' for first-time voters against the 'Mission Mahamilavat' -- a reference to the mahagatbandhan -- and says they do not want a govt with absolute majority at any cost. He is addressing a rally in Jharkhand.

Apr 29, 2019 12:44 pm (IST)

Rahul Calls NYAY Diesel to Engine of Indian Economy | Attacking the ruling government over issues like highest rate of unemployment  in 45 years, 22 lakh vacancies in government jobs, the Congress chief says, "Cong will fill vacancies in one year if voted to power." Hailing Congress' flagship scheme this election, NYAY as the medium of achieving this, Rahul Gandhi adds, "NYAY scheme will move wheels of economy, generate employment opportunities for youths. Its the diesel to the engine of Indian economy."

Apr 29, 2019 12:42 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi who is addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Dholpur at the same time says that PM Narendra Modi opened bank accounts of people but did not deposit a single paisa in them.  "We will deposit Rs 3.60 lakh in five years in bank accounts of 5 crore women," he adds.

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Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena has confirmed that CPM panchayat member's fake vote was cast in Kannur on April 23, the third phase of polling. A CCTV footage of people voting multiple times in the Pilathara booth of Payyannur was aired by television channels recently. A woman was seen wiping the indelible ink on her index finger immediately after it was marked. Later, she was seen casting her vote for the second time. The video was released by the UDF, accusing the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) of resorting to bogus voting fearing defeat.

The Election Commission has sent a notice to Union minister Giriraj Singh for his controversial and polarising comments at an election rally. The veteran BJP leader, who has been pitched against former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai, said, "I would like to say, Giriraj Singh's ancestors died and were cremated. You need a yard of land even after you die, for the burial of your mortal remains. If you say you cannot chant Vande Mataram, this nation will never forget you."

Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee over 'mud rasgulla' remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that mud from the land of heros is prasad for him. The reaction came two days after the West Bengal chief minister targeted Modi saying the state will send him sweets made of soil and instead of cashews and raisins, put pebbles in it that will break his teeth.

The BSF constable who was dismissed in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops will now contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a Samajwadi Party ticket. The former jawan had earlier planned to contest the election as an independent candidate.

Tej Bahadur announced after filing his nomination form today that he would contest on the SP symbol, and soon after the party too confirmed that it had replaced that Shalini Yadav as its candidate from the high-profile seat. Shalini Yadav had filed her nomination on the party symbol earlier.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi "cautioned" first-time voters in Jharkhand against the 'Mission Mahamilavat', the term coined by him for the opposition alliance, saying they do not want that a government with absolute majority is formed at any cost. "Congress wants a weak government they can remote control," Modi said.

Actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol Monday filed his nomination from the Gurdaspur seat in Punjab after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar today. Sporting a navy blue turban and wearing a blue shirt, the 62-year-old offered prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple.

The Supreme Court has accepted to grant an urgent hearing to Congress MP Sushmita Dev on the Election Commission of India delaying action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations. A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it would hear the petition on Tuesday after Dev cited eight Model Code of Conduct violations by Modi and Shah.

As voting began Monday for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states, the campaign action will shift into the next gear for the next phase.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold two rallies in West Bengal and one in Jharkhand, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is in Rajasthan, where he will address three public meetings.

In his rally, the Prime Minister is expected to respond to the caste cannons being thrown at him by opposition leaders, who have accused him of being a “fake backward” just to garner votes. On Sunday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and P Chidambaram had questioned his caste status, a day after the lead was taken by BSP chief Mayawati.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has claimed that he would quit politics if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi loses the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi faces a tough fight from Smriti Irani in the family bastion, from where he had defeated her in 2014 as well.

On Monday, polling is being held in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Click here for all the latest updates on phase 4 voting.
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