Naidu also sought to know whether the Prime Minister was an extra-constitutional authority and had the power to hold review meetings at a time when chief ministers of states likely to be affected by cyclone Fani were being barred from doing so.
While the BJP has been urging voters to vote 'silently', to keep their allegiances to themselves, the ruling Trinamool Congress has been silently intimidating villages that voted for the BJP during panchayat polls, claim villagers.
May 1, 2019 10:36 pm (IST)
NRIs Campaign for Congress | The Lok Sabha election this time is critical as it is about the idea and soul of India, Congress leader Sam Pitroda said today, as he flagged off a campaign bus of NRIs who will take the party's message to the people in Punjab and Haryana. Indian Overseas Congress chief Pitroda said the NRIs will reach out to the people, to convince them to vote for the Congress. "We think we are going to win. We are very confident," he said. The Indian Overseas Congress members will travel on the bus to various places in Haryana and Punjab for about two weeks.
At least 15 security personnel and a driver were killed as Maoists triggered an IED blast on a truck carrying a team of C-60 commandos in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli earlier on Wednesday.
May 1, 2019 10:15 pm (IST)
Andhra Pradesh CEO Gopal Dwivedi announced today that five polling booths in Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts will undergo repolling on May 6 2019. Earlier the CEO had reached out to the EC asking for a repoll in five constituencies.
May 1, 2019 10:00 pm (IST)
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today said the Shiv Sena's demand for ban on burqa in public places was unwarranted and will "fan the flames of Islamophobia". "Shiv Sena's call to ban burqa is unwarranted & will fan the flames of Islamophobia. It also influences people to look at Muslim women who follow the Islamic dress code with suspicion. Sad that the diversity our country takes great pride in is under attack," the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said in a tweet.
The Barrackpore seat has a sizable number of Hindi-speaking voters (nearly 37%) who came from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Singh, who recently joined the BJP, claims to have nurtured this constituency for long.
May 1, 2019 9:23 pm (IST)
BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur spoke to news agency ANI after the EC's verdict banning her from campaigning for 72 hours for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and the Babri mosque demolition. Pragya had said Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because of her "curse" as he "tortured" her when he probed the Malegaon blast case as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). She also had said that she was "proud" of her participation in the demolition of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya in 1992.
BJP candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur on EC banning her from campaigning for 3 days: Koi baat nahi, main toh uska samman karti hoon. pic.twitter.com/TbUxxk2dmO
Wait For What Happens Next: Modi on Azhar Ban | "India's voice is being heard globally. India's views cannot be ignored any longer, it has been proved," says PM Modi on United Nation imposing a global ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, at a public meeting in Jaipur. "This is just the beginning. Just wait for what happens next," he added.
The Congress has also alleged that Deputy Commissioner Kamrup (Rural) Kamal Baiswa and Assistant Commissioner Mayuri Oja, daughter of BJP's Gauhati nominee Queen Oja, were performing the election duty in their home district.
May 1, 2019 8:57 pm (IST)
PM Modi Given Clean Chit for Balakot Remark | PM Narendra Modi has been given a clean shit for his speech in Latur, Maharashtra when he had appealed to first-time voters to “dedicate” their votes to the “brave soldiers” who carried out the Balakot air strike and to the “braves martyred” in the Pulwama attack. The commission said that after having examined "in detail in accordance with the extant advisories, provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and after examination of the complete transcript of the speech of 11 pages," no such violation was found to have been made.
May 1, 2019 8:49 pm (IST)
Shiv Sena Urges Burkha Ban | The Shiv Sena today welcomed Sri Lankan government's decision to ban burqa and masks on grounds of national security and asked the Narendra Modi-led regime to follow suit. "We welcome the decision by the Sri Lankan president. If this can happen in Ravana's Lanka, when will it happen in Ram's Ayodhya," it said. The editorial said even France, New Zealand, Australia and England have banned burqa. "Why is India lagging behind," it asked.
May 1, 2019 8:39 pm (IST)
PM Modi says voting the BJP to power in 2014 led to the electrification of all villages in the country.
2014 में आपके वोट से सात करोड़ से अधिक गरीब बहनों को चूल्हे पे गैस कनेक्शन मिला। अबकी बार आपके वोट से देश के हर घर में गैस कनेक्शन पहुंचाएगा।
यानी, आपका वोट आपको उस मां-बहन से भी आशीर्वाद दिलवाएगा जिसे मुफ्त गैस कनेक्शन मिला है: पीएम मोदी #DeshBoleModiPhirSe
PM Modi in Jaipur | PM Modi in his public address at a public meeting in Jaipur said "In the last five years, this chowkidar has left no stone unturned in enhancing India's confidence and self-esteem in the world". This is Modi's first address after JeM chief Masood Azhar was listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations today.
May 1, 2019 8:16 pm (IST)
The Election Commission has placed a ban on BJP candidate Pragya Thakur from campaigning for 72 hours for her remarks on ATS chief Hemant Karkare and the Babri mosque.
May 1, 2019 8:03 pm (IST)
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today promised 33 per cent reservation to women in central government jobs, in both houses of Parliament and in state assemblies if his party came to power. "Don't be angry," he said, addressing the men in the gathering. "(But) The money under Nyay is going to be deposited in the bank accounts of women...Rs 72,000 a year. "Congress will give 33 per cent reservation to women in jobs of national government. We are also going to introduce 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and Rajya Sabha," he added.
Marlena has said in the plea that the details of Gambhir's registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission's National Voters' Service Portal.
May 1, 2019 7:32 pm (IST)
Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi | Congress president Rahul Gandhi was issued summons by a Gujarat court in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a "murder accused". Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, a local BJP corporator stated in the complaint that Gandhi, at an election rally in Jabalpur on April 23, said, "Murder-accused BJP chief Amit Shah, wah, kya shaan hai (how glorious)!" Brahmbhatt contended that Gandhi's remark was defamatory as Shah, in 2015, was acquitted by a CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.
The prime minister also claimed that the Congress party dreamed of killing him as they hated him so much.
May 1, 2019 7:09 pm (IST)
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. "I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls", Banerjee told a public rally at Andul.
May 1, 2019 6:57 pm (IST)
Modi's Varanasi Roadshow Exceeded Limit: AAP | Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP leader Sanjay Singh have filed a complaint to the Election Commission against PM Modi for exceeding sanctioned limit for candidates to spend on campaigning. In the letter, AAP stated that Modi spent Rs 1,27,000,00 in the roadshow as against the limit of Rs 70,000,00.
RK Chaudhary, who had started his political career with the BSP under the leadership of Kanshi Ram, had even contested the 2014 general election on a BSP ticket, but lost to Kishor by almost 1.45 lakh votes.
May 1, 2019 6:38 pm (IST)
BJP Opposes BJD's Plea to Postpone Polls | Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today strongly opposed the move by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for postponement of polls in Patkura assembly constituency in view of the impending Cyclone Fani. "The chief minister in his letter to the EC has mentioned that the cyclone is likely to hit Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district. This is not correct. The cyclone is likely to hit Krushna Prasad block under Brahmagiri assembly segment, which is 150 km from Patkura," Pradhan said in a statement.
May 1, 2019 6:24 pm (IST)
EC Issues Notice to Sidhu | The Election Commission today issued a show cause notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for calling PM Narendra Modi the "biggest liar" in his speech in Ahmedabad on April 17. Sidhu has been asked by the poll body to reply by 6 pm tomorrow.
May 1, 2019 6:13 pm (IST)
Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal kicks off the last phase of his party's campaign in Delhi.
The Election Commission on Wednesday cancelled the nomination of Samajwadi Party's Lok Sabha candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav from Varanasi on grounds of 'corruption or disloyalty'.
May 1, 2019 5:55 pm (IST)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has written to the Election Commission today to relax the Model Code of Conduct for 4 districts namely East Godavari, Vishakapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, in the state due to cyclone Fani. "To facilitate the free flow of information, mobilization of human and material resources and taking other preventive steps, there is a need to relax the model code of conduct that is in force in the state," he said in the letter.
May 1, 2019 5:41 pm (IST)
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee took a hit at the BJP for portraying her as a Hindu hater.
Some people photoshopped the headline of Bartaman newspaper to portray me as a Hindu hater. BJP has become a fake party. They are shameless and desperate. They do not have the courage to tell the truth: @MamataOfficialpic.twitter.com/uGwzp1gHg9
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) May 1, 2019
May 1, 2019 5:30 pm (IST)
The Congress party today provided its clarification that CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar will not be part of Congress' Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh. Shobha Ojha, spokesperson of the Congress party said that Kanhaiya was supposed to come to Bhopal on May 8 and 9 but the CPI sent him to Kerela instead.
May 1, 2019 5:27 pm (IST)
Bengal, Kangal Under Mamata: Amit Shah | BJP president Amit Shah while addressing a public meeting in Western Part, Hooghly in West Bengal said that the to bring democracy and development back to Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government needs to be uprooted by the roots in the state. "Mamata has made Bengal, kangal (bankrupt)," he said.
The BJP's no-loan waiver policy for farmers will not have any political impact in Haryana in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who believes that such schemes only make hardworking people lethargic. Khattar, who is the first BJP chief minister of Haryana, also says that Congress's Nyay scheme has no shadow budget and can only be implemented if all other schemes are closed.
Aam Aadmi Party has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of horse trading. The party has claimed that BJP approached seven of their MLAs and offered money to leave Kejriwal-led party. Addressing a press conference, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai said, "Our seven MLAs have been contacted by BJP and they are being offered Rs 10 crores each to leave AAP. I urge BJP to fight election on issues rather than horse trading."
Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal blamed PM Modi for nomination cancellation of SP's Varanasi candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav. The CM said that first time in history a PM is scared of a young jawan. "Instead of competing with him, he took out technical errors and got the soldier's nomination cancancelled. Modi ji, you got very weak. The jawan has already won," he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a poll rally in Ambedkarnagar constituency, claimed that there had been no terror incidents in the last five years, while the situation was similar to Sri Lanka before 2014 as he once again urged voters to elect a ‘majboot’ government.
Priyanka Gandhi, meanwhile, today hinted at a tactical understanding between the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh and said that her party has fielded candidates who will cut the BJP's vote share in seats where Congress is not that strong, and not that of the gathbandhan.
This is the first time since coming to power in 2014 that PM Modi is visiting the area. Though the rally spot is located close to the area between Ayodhya and Ambedkarnagar, Modi has no plans to visit the disputed site of 'Ram Janmabhoomi'.
PM Modi's rally was held in Maya Bazaar area, which is just 25 km from the disputed site. But for the national election, Maya Bazaar falls under the neighbouring Ambedkar Nagar parliamentary seat and not the Faizabad seat.
The Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati are also holding their joint rally at Ram Snehi Ghat, a location that is on the border of Barabanki and Ayodhya districts, 70 km from the temple town.
It is not clear if the location of the rally has been chosen deliberately or if it was a random choice, because the opposition does not want the mandir-masjid (temple-mosque) issue to dominate political discourse.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior BJP leaders are expected to accompany the Prime Minister during the rally.
BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told News18, “Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Modi had addressed a rally along the Basti and Ayodhya border, but then too, he didn’t visit the spot where Ram Lalla was born. This time, also, he would not pay a visit to the Ram Lalla, as wherever the PM goes, members of national and international media accompany him. And if a PM goes to a place where Lord Ram is living in a tent, it won’t present a good picture in front of the international media. He will definitely pay a visit once a grand Ram Temple is constructed in Ayodhya.”
The PM’s rally aims to address voters of Ambedkarnagar, which goes to poll in the sixth phase on May 12, and Faizabad that will vote in the fifth phase on May 6. Ayodhya falls under Faizabad constituency. The rally is also likely to set the tone for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the other UP seats that will see voting on May 6.