CLICK TO READ | Congress, TDP 'Hurting' Morale of Armed Forces, Says Rajnath Singh
The erstwhile Congress-led government never took any retaliatory action when terrorists struck. But, after the Pulwama terror attack, our Air Force went into Pakistani territory and eliminated terrorists in surgical strikes.
CLICK TO READ | Mandarin Graffiti Supporting Trinamool's South Kolkata Candidate Come up in City's China Town
According to locals, ever since the Mamata Banerjee-led party came to power, there has been peace in their locality. The entire area has witnessed massive development in terms of better road, water and civic amenities, they claimed.
The Election Commission has sought a clarification from a BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Maharashtra, after his purported remarks in a Hindi TV news channel sting video about poll expenses, PTI reported. Wardha district collector Vivek Bhimanwar, who is also the returning officer, sought the clarification over the TV sting from Ramdas Tadas, who is pitted against Charulata Tokas of Congress, an official said on Wednesday after the sting was aired on the TV channel.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today responded to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s criticism on the Congress election manifesto’s promise of scrapping the sedition law, saying that it’s an antique law formulated in British era for freedom fighters. Nath while launching the Congress party theme song for upcoming Lok Sabha elections here said “What is the date of sedition law, please tell me. British time (sic)”. “They (BJP) should be ashamed of themselves and should have scrapped this themselves,” he added.
The BJP today fielded local strongman Dinesh Pratap Singh against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and also named candidates who will .taken on Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Singh Yadav, PTI reported. Dinesh Pratap Singh, who was elected to the state legislative council for the second time in 2016 and left the Congress last year, is pitted against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a seat held by her since 2004. In Azamgarh, Bhojpuri singer Dinesh Lal Yadav will contest against former chief minister and SP president Akhilesh Yadav.
CLICK TO READ | With 4 Meena Candidates in Congress List, Community Asserts Its Clout in Rajasthan's Politics
Once rulers, the Meena community has traditionally supported the Congress in the state. According to a former journalist, several Meena leaders were involved in India's freedom struggle and they aligned with Jawaharlal Nehru early on.
"The AFSPA gives confidence to the security personnel. Congress is trying to dilute it, weakening internal security and demoralizing security personnel.District Magistrate can suspend social media services in a region and Congress want to curtail this power too," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference today.
As part of the Congress campaign, top party spokespersons will address the media at 22 places across the country with Anand Sharma in Mumbai, Kapil Sibal in Bengaluru, Sharmishtha Mukherjee in Chennai and Pawan Khera in Kolkata. Senior party leader Mohan Prakash will release the manifesto at Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency, while Rajeev Gowda will do so in Hyderabad and Rajiv Shukla in Lucknow. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will release the manifesto in Bhopal while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will do so in Raipur.
CLICK TO READ | Perambur Bypoll Contender 'Borrows' Rs 4 Lakh Crore from World Bank, Gives Bizarre Explanation for Move
Mohanraj said that if poll body takes action against him, then the same EC will have to take action against several others.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at a public meeting today in Gondia, where he shthe ared stage with PM Modi, took a jibe at NCP chief Sharad Pawar who recently announced that he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, contrary to indications that he might enter the poll arena. "The BJP is fighting such opponents in Bhandara-Gondiya (Lok Sabha constituency) whose captain has refused to play at the very beginning," he said.
CLICK TO READ | Rajnath Hits Out at 'Corrupt' Naidu for Halting Andhra's Development, Questioning Balakot Strikes
Addressing a BJP poll rally near Vijayawada, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre did not accord a special status to Andhra Pradesh because it had been offering adequate funds for its development.
EC Issues Notice to Yogi Adityanath | The Election Commission of India has issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his remarks referring to the Indian Army as ‘Modi Sena’ (the army of Prime Minister Narendra Modi). The EC has given him till 5 pm on April 5 to offer a response.
CLICK TO READ | Actor-politician Jaya Prada Breaks Down At Rampur Rally, Recalls Horror of Attacks By Azam Khan
Jaya Prada's relation with her former colleague, SP's Azam Khan, turned bitter after she got caught in factionalism and was identified more with the Amar Singh camp.
Meghalaya's chief electoral FR Kharkongor officer told news agency ANI that the state will have at least 60 all-women polling booths during Lok Sabha Elections. "There's always been high enrollment & turnout of women in the state, 52% voters are women. We had 67 pink booths last year. This year we will have at least 60 this time," he said.
BJP state general secretary and NDA candidate from Pathanamthitta, K Surendran will file his nominations papers afresh tomorrow after reports emerged that the Kerala government had informed the state High Court that over 240 cases were registered against him, PTI reported. Surendran had filed his nomination on March 30, stating that there are 20 cases against him.
Tejashwi Yadav Calls Out PM Modi | RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav Wednesday attacked both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging that the two have cheated the people and hence they should punish them by ousting from the power. He said PM Modi projects himself as the countrys "chowkidar" (watchman) whereas the fact is that the chowkidar has turned into a thief, so people being the thanedar (police station officer-in-charge) must punish him by ousting from the power.
CLICK TO READ | Can Mature Voters, Incumbency, Internal Rift Help Congress Breach BJP Fortress Bengaluru in 2019?
In the last Assembly election, it was Bengaluru that ruined the BJP's chances of coming to power by electing 16 Congress MLAs. However, the BJP has been winning all the parliamentary seats in the city since 2004.
PM Modi in Maharashtra | PM Narendra Modi during his public meeting in Gondia, Maharashtra in a smooth election move brought up the Balakot air strikes, asking the audience if they have forgotten the incident yet. "Some sitting in AC rooms in Delhi are saying it has been long, people are now forgetting Balakot strike'. You tell me, have you forgotten? We have still not forgotten 1962 war, how will we forget Balakot?" he said.
CLICK TO READ | Rahul Takes Credit for Stopping Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha, Asks Assam to Give All Seats to Congress
Gandhi said that the Congress, if voted to power, would not allow the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill.