BJP national president Amit Shah today held a meeting with party leaders and workers here to review poll preparations of the party in the eastern-UP region. Shah also discussed the preparations for the roadshow, which the party wants to make a mega event ahead of the nomination filing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to fight for a second term, said a party leader. Modi is likely to make a two-day stay on April 25 and 26 in the parliamentary constituency, where he may hold a roadshow.
- MGP Withdraws Support to BJP in Goa
- Congress' 7 Delhi Candidates Tomorrow
- Meghalaya CEO Recommends Re-poll
- Mehbooba Mufti Slams Amit Shah on NRC
- Congress Releases New List for Polls
- PM Modi Kozhikode
- CPI(M) Led Farmers Rally in Wayanad
- Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu
- BSP Files Complain at EC
- BJP Minister Resigns in Himachal Pradesh
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today lodged a formal complaint with the Election Commission over faulty EVMs and alleged use of force by police to stop Dalits from voting in the first phase of the 2019 election.
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The Sultanpur District Magistrate issued the show-cause notice after the Election Commission took cognisance of the matter and asked Gandhi to explain her remarks.
MGP Withdraws Support to BJP in Goa | The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) today said it would soon withdraw support to the BJP government in Goa."We have decided to withdraw support to the Pramod Sawant government. We will soon be writing to Governor Mridula Sinha," MGP president Deepak Dhavalikar said. The party has decided to support Congress in both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.
Congress' 7 Delhi Candidates Tomorrow | The Congress is likely to announce the names of its candidates for all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital on Saturday and its Delhi unit president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit may be fielded from East Delhi, sources said today"The list of all the seven candidates is expected to be released on Saturday," All India Congress Committee(AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit P C Chacko told PTI.
Robert Vadra told news agency ANI "I think people of Amethi & Rae Bareli feel very happy that the family is with them"
Robert Vadra: I think people of Amethi & Rae Bareli feel very happy that the family is with them & have been with them forever and the development is always on our minds. We always reach out & meet everyone. We will do all we can to further develop both Amethi and Rae Bareli. pic.twitter.com/5H9uZSGFrj— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2019
As many as 116 candidates are left in the fray for the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai after the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers ended on Friday. In Mumbai South and South Central, two candidates each withdrew their papers. In Mumbai South Central, 17 candidates in the fray, while in Mumbai South 13 candidates are contesting. In South Central, sitting Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale is pitted against Congress's Eknath Gaikwad. While in South, sitting Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant is contesting against Milind Deora of Congress.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a public meeting in Hinjili assembly constituency today hit out at the BJP-led government at the Centre accusing it of neglecting the farmers. Raising the issue of farmers in his home constituency assumed significance as most of the voters in the area are peasants.
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Political pundits believe that the 'unwanted controversy' in such a short time may deny him proximity of top leaders as they could 'suspect his ability to handle secrets'.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today termed Congress president Rahul Gandhi's promise on minimum income to poor as "undoable" and claimed the party was trying all ways to get into power. "It is all optics. A scheme that would never reach people is being touted as something that will be implemented," Palaniswami said, adding "it needs Rs 3.5 lakh crore. Where is it? They are all lies and undoable. They are trying to get into power by trying all ways. We are not like that."
There was Human Error During Polling: Meghalaya CEO | The Chief Electoral Officer of Meghalaya FR Kharkongor has recommended to the EC for a re-poll at Konarchar polling station under the Selsella constituency. "Perhaps because of simultaneous polls (LS & by-polls), there was human error, a mismatch of figures and crisscrossing of machines," he said.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar today termed a reported letter written by over 150 military veterans to President Ram Nath Kovind a "disgusting act by grand alliance", saying it reflected disappointment and nervousness of the opposition. "It is proof that how disgusting acts are being done by a gathering against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A letter in the name of ex-servicemen has surfaced which is not signed by those whose names appear in the letter," Javadekar told reporters.
The Country is For Everyone: Mehbooba Mufti to Amit Shah | PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti takes a hit at BJP president Amit Shah on his NRC comment."Such statements are intended to shake the country's foundations. They are an attack on the secular culture of this country. Jammu and Kashmir had decided to join India keeping in mind its secular culture. I think Amit Shah should apologise to people of this country because the foundation of this country has been laid on secularism. It's not only for Hindu, Sikh or Muslim, but the country is also for everyone," she said.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hits out at Maneka Gandhi for her comments on Muslims during a rally.
I say Muslims should get a FAIR DEAL in this country, that they should be treated as human beings & I am called ‘Bhadkhau Bhaijaan’.@Manekagandhibjp pls understand that a vote is not feudal ‘salami’. An MP cannot refuse a constituent on their faith or who they voted for https://t.co/ybhdtxqcJt— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) April 12, 2019
Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu at a public meeting in Kishanganj, Bihar launched a stinging attack on the Narendra Modi government's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign saying the regime was busy making a watchman out of every person in the country while developed nations were busy exploring new horizons. "China is laying down railway tracks under water. The US is exploring the possibility of sustaining life in space. Russia is coming up with incredible robots. And here are these people, adamant on making everybody a chowkidar," said Sidhu.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi reacts on her remark during her speech before a gathering of Muslims in Sultanpur.
#WATCH Union Minister Maneka Gandhi reacts on her remark during her speech before a gathering of Muslims in Sultanpur y'day. She says, "I had called a meeting of our minority cell...If you read my complete speech, channel is running that one sentence out of context & incomplete. pic.twitter.com/OaZ3h8VqTt— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 12, 2019
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The Trinamool Congress supremo said she did not seek votes in the name of our soldiers during elections like Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi Attacks LDF, UDF and Congress | PM Modi attacked Left Democratic Front and the United Democratic Front saying that the state has of late has come under immense attack from LDF & UDF. "Kerala is a land of peace & harmony but insensitive Communists & Congress have brought a culture of political violence. Several patriotic RSS & BJP Karyakartas have been attacked and killed for serving the people," says PM Modi.
CPI(M) Led Farmers Rally in Wayanad | The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front today organised farmers rally in Wayanad highlighting their "sorry plight" since the economic liberalisation of 1991. The rally is an attack on the Congress in the constituency from where its party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting. "The agrarian reforms and the economic policy of the Congress has affected the farmers. The BJP is just following the policy of Congress," said Ashok Dhawale, national president of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).
BJP Wants All Power In One Man: Rahul Gandhi | Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Madurai, Tamil Nadu criticised the BJP government for concentrating power in the hands of one man. "Election of 2019 is a clash between two different visions of our country. Congress says all different ides, perspectives, languages, histories, cultures must live happily together. All voices must be heard. RSS-BJP say only one idea should govern India. We say power must be in the hands of the people, they say power must be in the hands of one man," he said.
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The Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was in Pilibhit to campaign in favour of alliance candidate Hemraj Verma.
AAP leader Gopal Rai at a press conference today said that in Punjab, Congress can easily defeat BJP, but in Delhi, BJP will face a greater defeat by AAP.
Gopal Rai, AAP: 33 seat hai, 3 nahi. Modi aur BJP se desh ko mukt karana hai, 33 seats pe ladna padega. Punjab mein Congress BJP ko harane mein saksham hai, usse zyada mazboot Delhi mein AAP hai. 7 seats pe hum akele haraenge, Congress ki yahan zamanat jabt hogi har seat pe. pic.twitter.com/iAGCzpzJSQ— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2019
BJP president Amit Shah at a public meeting in Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency today described the Naxal attack in which a Chhattisgarh BJP MLA was killed as a political conspiracy and sought a CBI probe into it. BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and four police personnel were killed in the Naxal attack on Tuesday, two days before polling in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.
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The Centre and the EC had taken contrary stands in the SC on Wednesday over political funding, with the government wanting to maintain anonymity of donors of electoral bonds and the poll panel batting for revealing names of donors for transparency.
BJP Minister Resigns in Himachal Pradesh | Himachal Pradesh Power Minister Anil Sharma resigned from the BJP government today, days after the Congress fielded his son Aashray Sharma as its candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency. "I have resigned from the ministry as during a public meeting in my Assembly segment Mandi yesterday (Thursday), the CM said 'my minister (Anil Sharma) is lost somewhere, if someone is aware of his whereabouts, let me know'," Sharma said. He added that Thakur's sarcastic comments forced him to resign from the ministry, saying it indicated the chief minister had lost faith in him.
File image of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi. (PTI)
The election office on Thursday dismissed as "rumour" the allegations levelled by the BSP and the SP that some Dalit voters were prevented from casting ballots in a booth in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor Lok Sabha constituency. "These (reports) are only rumours," State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) L Venkateshwarlu said. "We have spoken to all DMs (district magistrates) in this regard. Nothing of this type of incident has taken place. These are only rumours, as they are not mentioning any specific polling booth," he said.
Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'megalomaniac', Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Congress manifesto is kaam ki baat (something concrete) and not a telecast of thoughts by a man obsessed with power. Addressing a rally in Theni, Gandhi further said, "PM Modi is the element of hate among Indians."
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah today assured people that Kashmir cannot be separated from India till the "last BJP worker is alive". Condoling BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi's death in Dantewada attack, Shah called the Naxal ambush "political conspiracy". His comments came during an election rally in Chhattisgarh.
The BJP has approached the Election Commission as well as the Supreme Court against Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress chief wrongly attributed his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ jibe against PM Narendra Modi to the top court. While Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went to the Election Commission, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi sought contempt proceedings against Rahul Gandhi in the Supreme Court.
The Congress is, meanwhile, likely to announce its candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The list may see the return of former CM Sheila Dikshit to take on AAP’s Atishi from East Delhi. Ajay Maken is likely to fight from New Delhi and Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk. Other probables include JP Aggarwal from North East, RK Chauhan from North West, Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Sushil Kumar from South Delhi.
In an interview to News18 Network, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi launched a scathing attack on strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor. “Prashant Kishor met Lalu on five occasions. I even threw him out of the house. He’s a liar. He told us that Lalu and Nitish Kumar should come together, but we protested. We don’t trust Nitish,” she said.
Local poll authorities in Maharashtra, meanwhile, are learnt to have told the Election Commission that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks asking first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike, are prima facie violative of its orders, asking parties against using the armed forces in their campaigns. Addressing a rally in Ausa in Maharashtra's Latur on April 9, Modi had said, "Can your first vote be dedicated to those who carried out the air strike… I want to tell the first-time voters: can your first vote be dedicated to the veer jawans (valiant soldiers) who carried out the air strike in Pakistan? Can your first vote be dedicated to the veer shaheed (brave martyrs) of Pulwama (terror attack)," Modi said.
The EC had sought the report in the context of an EC advisory issued last month asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces. "...parties/candidates are advised that their campaigners/candidates should desist, as part of their election campaigning, from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of defence forces," the commission said on March 19.
In an unprecedented move, more than 150 veterans, including some former Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs, have written to the President of India against the “politicisation” of the armed forces in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
The letter, titled ‘From A Group of Veterans To Our Supreme Commander’, registers strong objection to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Modiji ki Sena’ remark.
Among the signatories of the letter are three former Army chiefs — Sunith Francis Rodrigues, Shankar Roychowdhury, Deepak Kapoor; four former Navy chiefs — Laxminarayan Ramdas, Vishnu Bhagwat, Arun Prakash, Suresh Mehta; and former Air Force chief NC Suri.
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