CLICK TO READ | Not Just Missing MP, Rahul Gandhi Also A Missing Candidate, Claims Smriti Irani
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.
CLICK TO READ | EC Bans Release of Filmmaker RamGopal Varma's NTR Biopic Until End of Polls
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.
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.
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 On April 17, Chandrashekhar had rescinded his decision to contest against Modi form Varanasi, saying his outfit will support the SP-BSP alliance and Dalit vote should remain intact to defeat the BJP.
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!— Chowkidar Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 30, 2019
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.
CLICK TO READ | Sacked BSF Jawan & Varanasi Candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav Alleges Conspiracy After EC Sends Him Notice
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 30, 2019
CLICK TO READ | People are Tired of Debates, I am Here to Develop Delhi, Gambhir Responds to Atishi's Challenge
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
CLICK TO READ | With a Difference of Rs 90 Crore, Shatrughan Sinha is Richer Than Rival Ravi Shankar Prasad
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLICK TO READ | Amit Shah Takes Aim at Congress & Rahul Gandhi, Claims They Sulked after Balakot Air Strike
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, has worked for the security of the country and has given befitting replies to terrorists, Shah added.
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.
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— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019
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.
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.
CLICK TO READ | Everyone Knows Rahul Gandhi Was Born and Raised in India, Says Priyanka Amid Citizenship Row
Rahul Gandhi was issued a notice by the ministry of home affairs after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy complained that he holds British citizenship.
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.
Modi ji burning files is not going to save you. Your day of judgement is coming. https://t.co/eqFvTJfDgY— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 30, 2019