Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: The Election Commission has imposed a fresh 48-hour ban on Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for "threatening" poll authorities, "making communal remarks".
Congress president Rahul Gandhi hinted at a conspiracy behind the fire which broke out at Shastri Bhawan this afternoon. "Modi ji, burning files is not going to save you. Your day of judgement is coming," he tweeted.
Irani, who is contesting against the sitting MP Gandhi from Amethi, said the Congress party's condition 'is so bad' it has to call party workers from other states to campaign in the Gandhi family bastion.
Apr 30, 2019 10:47 pm (IST)
The Election Commission today barred BJP's Gujarat unit chief Jitubhai Vaghani from campaigning for 72 hours for using "intemperate and abusive language" at an election meet. His ban will come into force from 4.00 pm on May 2.
The state chief electoral officer told Varma that the movie, slated for release on May 1, should not be allowed to be aired till the model code of conduct was in force.
Apr 30, 2019 10:23 pm (IST)
A complaint was filed against Aam Aadmi Party's West Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar today for allegedly conducting meeting inside religious places in Madipur which is an offence. Jakhar, accompanied by his brother Vishal Singh Jakhar and Girish Soni, AAP MLA from Madipur, took out a padyatra on April 26.
Apr 30, 2019 10:07 pm (IST)
Bhim Army to Support Tej Bahadur in Varanasi | Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said today that his party will campaign in favour of the SP-BSP alliance candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav who is contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi. On April 17, Chandrashekhar had rescinded his decision to contest against Modi form Varanasi, saying his outfit will support the SP-BSP alliance and Dalit vote should remain intact to defeat the BJP.
Apr 30, 2019 9:50 pm (IST)
Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the fire at Delhi's Shastri Bhawan has not destroyed any files, as claimed by the Congress chief.
.@RahulGandhi ji, stop peddling lies! The fire in Shastri Bhavan has caused no damage to any files. The waste and scrap kept on the top floor caught fire and was extinguished within 30 minutes. Do your homework before casting allegations. One more jhoot of Congress!
Modi Sought Govt Officials Help in Campaigning: AAP | Aam Aadmi Party has written to the Election Commission alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the model code of conduct by asking government officials to send information about their areas before his visits there. In its letter, the party cited a media report according to which an e-mail was sent by the government's NITI Aayog asking bureaucrats in Union territories and at least one BJP-ruled state to send to the Prime Minister's Office inputs on local area knowledge ahead his visits.
The poll panel asked the Varanasi candidate to procure a No-Objection Certificate from the BSF and gave him time until 11 am tomorrow to submit his response.
Apr 30, 2019 9:10 pm (IST)
Outright Rigging in Tripura: CPI(M) | Demanding fresh elections in the Tripura West Lok Sabha seat, the CPI(M) today alleged that the polling there was marred by "large-scale irregularities and outright rigging". The party said it has written to the Election Commission and even submitted documents to prove their case for re-polling in the seat, where elections were held in the first phase on April 11. In its letter to the Election Commission, the party said that on February 20, 2019, the CPI(M) has brought to the poll panel's notice to specific concerns and possible threats to holding of free and fair polls.
Apr 30, 2019 8:56 pm (IST)
No MCC Violation in Modi's Wardha Speech: EC | Election Commission has issued a notification saying that Prime Minister Modi has made no Model Code violation in his speech at a public meeting in Wardha, Maharashtra. PM Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Wardha on April 1, said the opposition party was "scared" to field its leaders from constituencies where majority dominates. He made the remark in reference to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from second Lok Sabha seat Wayanad in Kerala. Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi.
Apr 30, 2019 8:50 pm (IST)
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi today for allegedly indulging in politics over martyrs, saying his predecessors never did that for electoral gains. Addressing an election meeting here, Babbar said, "The children of farmers laid down their lives defending the country's borders while the people occupying the seats of power were playing politics over their martyrdom."
Apr 30, 2019 8:37 pm (IST)
INLD MLA, Former Minister Join Congress in Haryana | Former minister and newly floated JJP leader Mohd Illyas, and INLD sitting MLA MLA Naseem Ahmed joined the Congress in Delhi today in the presence of Congress general secretary in charge of Haryana affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad. "I am confident that in the parliamentary and later in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha polls, we will defeat the BJP," Azad said. Both are prominent leaders from Mewat region, which falls in the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency.
Apr 30, 2019 8:27 pm (IST)
Akhilesh Yadav's Ganga Jibe at BJP | SP chief Akhilesh Yadav takes a jibe at BJP for failing to clean the Ganga but successfully removing Uma Bharati, one who headed the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, from the poll fray.
Akhilesh Yadav,SP in Banda: Keh rahe hain ki paani ki jagah hum jal sansadhan mantralay bana denge. Ek baar BJP ke logon ne Ganga saaf karne ke liye mantralay banaya tha. Aur is baar,jo mantralay diya tha,unki ticket saaf kar di. Ganga saaf nahi hui lekin unki ticket saaf ho gayi pic.twitter.com/xaVZ6OLThi
The cricketer-turned politician and BJP's East Delhi candidate also clarifies that he has only one voter ID and not two as alleged by his opponent, Atishi.
Apr 30, 2019 8:03 pm (IST)
EC Approves Ink Mark for WB By Election | EC has given approval to West Bengal CEO to put mark of inedible ink on voter's left middle finger for by-election to State Legislative Assembly, news agency ANI reported. If any re-poll is announced at any polling station of the 6 Assembly segments, the mark should be put on voter's left ring finger.
Apr 30, 2019 7:51 pm (IST)
EC Bans Azam Khan Again For 48 Hours | The Election Commission has banned SP leader Azam Khan for 48 hours from campaigning. In his speech on April 25, Khan had allegedly referred to Kargil war and raised religious slogans. Khan had allegedly said, "During Kargil war, Indian soldiers comprising both Hindus and Muslims defeated Pakistanis. The Indian soldiers shouted 'Naara-e- Takbeer Allahu Akbar' slogan to fool the Pakistanis, who mistook them for their own soldiers and came out of their cover. After this Indian soldiers easily defeated them."
Apr 30, 2019 7:44 pm (IST)
BJP Jammed Booths in Tripura: Congress | A Congress delegation met the full bench of the Election Commission in New Delhi and demanded fresh polling in West Tripura seat alleging large scale rigging by the ruling BJP. Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, party candidate from the constituency, Subal Bhowmick and Tripura PCC president Pradyot Deb Barman said that the EC was informed about booth jamming and violence due to which Congress election agents couldn't enter 900-1,000 polling stations out of 1,679 of the constituency where polling was held in April 11.
Apr 30, 2019 7:32 pm (IST)
Kerala Bogus Votes Controversy | The controversy over bogus votes in the April 23 Lok Sabha polls continued in Kerala, with the Chief Electoral Officer today seeking an urgent report on complaints of fake votes allegedly by the opposition UDF workers in Kannur and Kasaragod constituencies. CEO, Teeka Rama Meena said here that the report was sought from the District Collectors of Kannur and Kasaragod in view of the complaints of the ruling CPI(M)-headed LDF on the alleged bogus voting by the activists of Indian Union Muslim
Apr 30, 2019 7:15 pm (IST)
Priyanka, Yogi Avoid Confrontation in Amethi | UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were both in Amethi today to campaign for Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi respectively but avoided a face to face confrontation. Priyanka met people and addressed small ‘nukkad' meetings along her route. She spoke at length about projects that had been initiated by Rahul and were later shelved by the Modi government. Yogi Adityanath campaigned for Union minister Smriti Irani in Jagdishpur. He attacked Congress saying that it was doubtful whether the party would deliver ‘Nyay' when it had always done injustice to the people.
Shatrughan Sinha's rival and BJP candidate Ravi Shankar Prasad and his wife have less assets in comparison to Bollywood star and his wife Poonam Sinha.
Apr 30, 2019 6:50 pm (IST)
Kejriwal Lauds Tej Bahadur's Fight Against PM | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today lauded former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav for "challenging" Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi. "There is something in the soil of Haryana. Last time too, someone (himself) from Haryana had challenged Modi ji in Varanasi, this time too Haryana's jawan has locked horns with Modi ji. Best wishes to the SP-BSP alliance candidate from the entire nation," Kejriwal tweeted. Born and brought up in Haryana, Kejriwal had contested against Modi in the 2014 general elections but lost to him by over 3 lakh votes.
Apr 30, 2019 6:35 pm (IST)
EC Seeks BSF NOC for Tej Bahadur | The Election Commission has served a notice to former jawan and now SP candidate from Varanasi Tej Bahadur to procure a No Objection Certificate(NOC) from the Border Security Force (BSF). Tej was previously sacked by the BSF for uploading a video criticising the quality of food in the army. The SP candidate has been given time until 11 am tomorrow to file a reply. Following this development, Tej Bahadur has alleged that a conspiracy is being staged against him as he goes against the PM in the constituency.
Apr 30, 2019 6:27 pm (IST)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech shameful after he said that 40 lawmakers of the Trinamool Congress were in touch with the BJP and have shown interest to switch. “Having lost the faith of 125 crore Indians, Modi’s promise has been reduced to the unethical claim of defection of 40 lawmakers from Bengal. This is the black money mentality speaking,” Akhilesh said in a tweet. Citing poll code violations, Akhilesh said that the Prime Minister should be banned from campaigning for 72 years, instead of 72 hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, has worked for the security of the country and has given befitting replies to terrorists, Shah added.
Apr 30, 2019 6:00 pm (IST)
Government Needs to Secure People: Naveen Patnaik | BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has written to the Election Commission seeking a relaxation of the Model Code of Conduct in the coastal districts of the Odisha which face the threat of the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI. Patnaik has further requested that the Assembly elections in 96-Patkura assembly constituency, which is set to be held on May 19, be postponed.
Apr 30, 2019 5:51 pm (IST)
Maha CM Seeks MCC Relaxation | Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has written to the Chief Election Commissioner seeking a relaxation of the Model Code in the state amid the drought situation that has hit a number of districts.
The letter also mentions that there are earlier examples when MCC relaxation was given in 2009. CM has requested to allow a cabinet meet&Ministers' visits to drought affected areas for taking stock of situation&necessary works which are to be undertaken as drought relief measures https://t.co/6PFBJeNd0D
The Aam Admi Party today extended its support to the elected government in Puducherry saying that it welcomes the Madras High Court judgement which states that Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (LG) Mrs Kiran Bedi cannot interfere in the day-to-day functioning of the elected government there. "Though Puducherry is governed by the Union Territories Act 1963 and the status of Delhi is different and mentioned in the Constitution of India (Article 239AA) and is governed by the Government of National Capital Territory Act 1991, it is beyond any reasonable understanding as to why the Modi government views these governments as subservient to its MHA," AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said.
Apr 30, 2019 5:31 pm (IST)
EC Issues Notice to Delhi Metro | East Delhi Returning Officer has issued a show cause notice to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD regarding an ad with a picture of BJP's candidate Gautam Gambhir published in the newspaper on 26 April. The DMRC has been asked to submit documents to the EC's Media Certification & Monitoring Committee before May 2.
Rahul Gandhi was issued a notice by the ministry of home affairs after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy complained that he holds British citizenship.
Apr 30, 2019 5:14 pm (IST)
Following the fire at Shastri Bhawan, which houses a number of ministries of the government including Human Resources Development, Law & Justice, Information & Broadcasting, Corporate Affairs, Congress president Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at PM Modi saying that the Prime Minister is trying to cover the tracks of all the wrong doings he has committed over the last five years by burning files.
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI)
Hitting out at SP chief Akhilesh Yadav over missing taps at his government bungalow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "samajwad" (socialism) of theft is deep rooted in him.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi, the party's candidate from East Delhi, has asked Gautam Gambhir why he decided to enter politics after he turned down her "open challenge" for a debate. "If you don’t believe in debates, then why have you entered politics? The Delhi government is going to start a cricket academy, why don't you run that?" she asked him on Twitter after Gambhir told CNN-News18 that he does not believe in "dharna or debates".
The Supreme Court has pulled up Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for attributing the 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' remark to the court and said he is compelling the bench to take action against him for contempt. "We never said it.. You attributed the comment to us and now you are trying to justify it," a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
The Supreme Court adjourned a plea by Congress MP Sushmita Dev alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have been violating the Model Code of Conduct during their campaigning for Lok Sabha polls after the Election Commission said it will hold a meeting today to address the complaints.
The apex court will also hear Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s contempt case. The Supreme Court had issued a notice to Gandhi for his remarks in the Rafale case, rejecting his plea to lay the matter to rest after he expressed regret. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi would hear the contempt plea against Gandhi together with the petitions seeking review of its December verdict on the Rafale fighter jet deal with France today. The court has exempted Gandhi from making a personal appearance in the case.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi will travel to Madhya Pradesh to campaign for Congress candidates across the state. Gandhi will first reach district Tikamgarh and then Damoh. Later in the day, he is scheduled to campaign in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be campaigning in one seat in Bihar and multiple seats in Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi’s first rally will be in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur where the BJP has fielded sitting MP Ajay Nishad who had defeated Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress by more than 2 lakh votes in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Then, the Prime Minister will proceed to UP to rally in Bahraich and Barabanki.