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Elections 2019 LIVE: Mamata Govt Denies Permission to Yogi Adityanath's Kolkata Rally | May 13, 2019, 10:43 PM IST
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Elections 2019 LIVE: After BJP president Amit Shah, the permission for a poll meeting by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath in the city has been cancelled, top party leader claimed Monday. Adityanath's meeting on James Long Sarani at Behala in south west Kolkata on May 15 was cancelled after the permission for it was withdrawn by the local administration, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attacked Rahul Gandhi for "scolding" Sam Pitroda over his comments on 1984 riots. The PM asked why was he scolded "for speaking out what has always been in Congress's heart".
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May 13, 2019 10:43 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Adityanath Recalls Bull That Entered SP-BSP Rally, Says Nandi Had Gone to Hurt 'Friends of Butchers'

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said that the animal had gone to teach a lesson to those who are

May 13, 2019 10:30 pm (IST)

A BJP polling agent was arrested for allegedly trying to influence voters at a polling booth in Haryana's Palwal after a video of the purported act went viral, prompting the Election Commission to order re-polling. In a statement on Monday, the poll panel said, "On enquiry by the Observer, the complaint was found to be true. Commission has therefore ordered a fresh poll at this polling station on May 19." The incident took place at Asawati village in the Faridabad parliamentary constituency where polling was held on May 12. 

May 13, 2019 10:08 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Stalin Turns Down KCR? Federal Front Talks Remain Inconclusive Due to DMK's 'Strong Alliance With Cong'

Sources told News18 that DMK made it clear it wouldn't be able to join the federal front. They apparently said that their alliance with the Congress is 'very strong'.

May 13, 2019 9:39 pm (IST)

EC Allows AP Cabinet Meet | The Election Commission today granted conditional permission for the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss relief measures following the damage caused by Cyclone Fani recently, among others. While granting permission for the Cabinet meeting, the ECI, in a communiqu, said: "ECI has no objection regarding the convening of a meeting of Council of Ministers, subject to conditions that any new decisions or revision of rates or any outstanding payment will require the permission of the Commission before implementation. It also said no media announcement of enhancement of rates should be done in the meeting.

May 13, 2019 9:07 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | No Choice But to Keep Mum: Navjot Singh Sidhu Damages Vocal Cords After 80 Back-to-Back Rallies

According to an official release sent out by the MLA's office, Sidhu has been asked not to speak for four days and has been prescribed steroids.

May 13, 2019 8:11 pm (IST)

A Delhi court today directed AAP leader Atishi to record her statement in her complaint against BJP rival Gautam Gambhir alleging that he was enrolled as a voter in two Assembly constituencies in Delhi. Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas directed Marlena to appear before the court on May 31, the next date of hearing.

May 13, 2019 7:59 pm (IST)

UP CM's Meeting Denied Permission | Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditynath's meeting on James Long Sarani at Behala in south-west Kolkata on May 15 was cancelled after the permission for it was withdrawn by the local administration. Yogi Adityanath is scheduled to address a rally at Phoolbagan in north Kolkata and another at Habra in North 24 Parganas district on the same day, ahead of the last phase of polling on May 19, the party sources said. The withdrawal of permission for Adityanath's meeting follows similar action against BJP president Amit Shah's scheduled rally at Jadavpur Monday in the city.

May 13, 2019 7:43 pm (IST)

Cong Expresses Concern Over EVM Handling | The Congress has expressed concern over the way electronic voting machines (EVMs) were transported to strongroom in Nand Nagari in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency after voting on Sunday evening. "I was shocked the way the EVMs were carried to the strongroom. There was no system and thousands of EVMs were off-loaded in the middle of the road which raised question over their safety," said Latika Dikshit, the election agent and daughter of Congress's East Delhi candidate Sheila Dikshit. Delhi Congress's media committee member Parvez said the party had complained to the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi, but no action has taken so far.

May 13, 2019 7:27 pm (IST)

Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao today called on DMK president M K Stalin and was closeted with him for a little over an hour over forging an alternative front. Continuing his efforts to bring together regional parties, Rao called on Stalin at his Alwarpet residence here
and discussed with him his idea for a federal front, DMK sources said.

May 13, 2019 7:08 pm (IST)

The Supreme Court agreed to hear on Tuesday the bail plea of a BJP activist who was arrested by West Bengal police for allegedly posting a morphed image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media. A vacation bench, comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, today took note of the plea of senior advocate N K Kaul, representing the jailed activist, that her plea challenging the arrest needed to be heard urgently.

May 13, 2019 6:53 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Fact-check: No, Kanhaiya Kumar Did Not Campaign Alongside An Image of Afzal Guru

In the image that was shared hundreds of times on Facebook, Kanhaiya Kumar is seen campaigning alongside an image of the Kashmir separatist leader, Afzal Guru.

May 13, 2019 6:34 pm (IST)

PM Modi at a public meeting in Bathinda, Punjab attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Modi said that Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed of himself for scolding Sam Pitroda for his comments on the 1984 riots because what he had always been in Congress' heart. 

May 13, 2019 6:23 pm (IST)

DMDK leader Premalatha Vijayakanth today exuded confidence about Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting a second term, as she predicted a win for the AIADMK-led alliance in the by polls to 22 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu. "It is sure that PM Modi would be elected again. When he assumes office, on behalf of AIADMK-led coalition and DMDK, we would be meeting the PM to raise the foremost demand to interlink rivers," the wife of actor and DMDK chief Vijayakanth told reporters in Chennai.

May 13, 2019 6:07 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Lalu's Squabbling Sons Campaign Together for Sister Misa Bharti, Realise Blood is Thicker Than Water

The rift between Tej Pratap and his family first surfaced when he filed a divorce petition against his newly married wife and widened when his estranged father-in-law Chandrika Rai, a former minister, was chosen to contest from Saran.

May 13, 2019 5:48 pm (IST)

Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath attacked the BJP and PM Modi saying that the government has failed to be accountable over its 5 years in power. 

May 13, 2019 5:35 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Wouldn't Have Allowed Sunny to Contest Had I Known Who Is Up Against Him, Says Dharmendra

The 62-year-old actor further said that Deol, who recently joined BJP,

May 13, 2019 5:22 pm (IST)

Karnataka BJP has written to the EC against the Ex-CM Siddaramaiah for making "inflammatory and false statements" and personal attacks on Prime Minister Modi. The letter alleged that Siddaramaiah had said: "BJP people have gone to jail for killing Mahatma Gandhi". 

May 13, 2019 5:12 pm (IST)

BJP writes to Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer against Congress leader DK Shivakumar alleging that he has camped at Kundagola and has been distributing cash to the voters and leaders.

May 13, 2019 4:58 pm (IST)

Nirmala Sitharaman Slams Mayawati on PM Remark | Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference slamming BSP chief Mayawati on her remark on the Prime Minister. She says "Absolutely disappointing and shocking for Mayawati to speak so ill about PM and his personal life, and the women in BJP. Mayawati please be assured we're all absolutely safe, secure and have good professional relationships in our party. You do not have to be worried about us. Sometimes it makes me think if Mayawati thinks she is the only Dalit in the list of Dalits. In fact, I would like to ask if she at all speaks for all Dalits. Mayawati has understood that her alliance is going nowhere. She faces a sense of insecurity".

May 13, 2019 4:43 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi at a public meeting in Ratlam said, "During an election, the representatives of political parties campaign. They usually campaign on what, where and how a party will serve the people. But since 2014, the BJP has only campaigned and not done any work. They advertised and campaigned as if they conducted a lot of development work. Once, I came across a BJP advertisement about electricity bills, it said we slashed bills into half. But when I met women in rural UP, they give me a different picture".

May 13, 2019 4:35 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath at Baba Mahakal temple performing 'Abhishek Pooja' before her address in Ratlam.

May 13, 2019 4:31 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh | Congress' general secretary for UP east, Priyanka Gandhi hit out at the BJP at a public meeting in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh. "The BJP ignored you for five, ignored your needs. In addition to the NYAY scheme, Congress promises free education till class 12 and health services," she says.

May 13, 2019 4:19 pm (IST)

PM Modi in Himachal Pradesh | PM Modi at a public meeting in Solan, Himachal Pradesh took a hit at the Congress party over India's defence forces during their term of rule. "India used to depend on foreign countries for 70 per cent needs of defence forces. Defence deals were ATM for Cong," he said. Modi also accused the grand old party of delaying bullet-proof jackets for the armed forces for six years. Among other things, Modi also slammed Congress for being unable to maintain the growth rate achieved during former PM Vajpayee's term.

May 13, 2019 4:02 pm (IST)

TMC leader Derek O'Brien took to Twitter to slam BJP president Amit Shah for his comment "Kangal Bangal" at an election rally.

May 13, 2019 3:47 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | BJP Calls EC Mute Spectator as Mamata Govt Red Lights Amit Shah's Chopper, Roadshow

BJP president Amit Shah's rally was scheduled for Monday in Jadhavpur, but the permission for it was denied at the last minute by the state administration, the party claimed.

May 13, 2019 3:32 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Talking about the NYAY scheme, Congress' main poll promise, he assures that everyone will get the money in their bank accounts. He says, the scheme will help improve the economy as it will give a push to businesses across the country.

May 13, 2019 3:18 pm (IST)

A Delhi Court admits criminal defamation case against BJP leader Manoj Tiwari and Harish Khurana for allegedly making defamatory statements regarding the attack on Delhi CM, earlier this month. The case was filed by AAP leader Sushil Chauhan. The next hearing in the case will take place on May 30.

May 13, 2019 2:41 pm (IST)

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who is in Madhya Pradesh to address an election rally, visits Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain. She is accompanied by Chief Minister Kamal Nath as she offers prayers at the temple.

May 13, 2019 2:27 pm (IST)

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal questions Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi's intention behind her visit to Punjab in a Twitter post.

May 13, 2019 2:16 pm (IST)

Talking about Sam Pitroda's statement on the anti-Sikh riots, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi says that he condemns it and has conveyed it to the former that he should apologise.

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Elections 2019 LIVE: Mamata Govt Denies Permission to Yogi Adityanath's Kolkata Rally
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The BJP has approached the Election Commission seeking a five-day ban on actor Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan for describing Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as independent India’s first terrorist. The complaint has been filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay. Speaking at an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on Sunday, Haasan had clarified that his statement was not meant to appeal to the Muslim-majority electorate in the constituency.

Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehgarh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting the nation by "making fun of MGNREGA in Parliament". Countering BJP's criticism of Congress leader Sam Pitro's 'hua toh hua' remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Gandhi said his party colleague was in the wrong and has been told to tender an apology.

Earlier, at a rally in MP’s Ratlam for the seventh and final phase of general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Congress has issues with Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Asking voters if they support ‘Gaali Bhakti’ or ‘Rashtra Bhakti’, Modi said the Congress has just one answer for Bofors, submarine and helicopter scams – ‘Hua Toh Hua’.

Accusing the West Bengal government of not allowing its president Amit Shah's rally in Jadhavpur, the BJP has said that the Election Commission has become a "mute spectator" to the Trinamool Congress's alleged undemocratic means to target the saffron party. BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said his party will hold protests and also move the EC.

Shah's rally was scheduled for Monday in Jadhavpur, which goes to the polls on May 19 in the last phase, but the permission for it was denied at the last minute by the state administration, he said. Subsequently, the permission for Shah's chopper to land was also withdrawn, Baluni said.

The battle for Lok Sabha enters the last lap today with parties going all out with multiple rallies for the seventh and final phase of polling to be held on May 19. The focus today will be on Punjab where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a rally in Bhatinda. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will hold two rallies with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur at 11:30am and 1:30pm, respectively. Also hitting the campaign trail will be Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to meet DMK chief MK Stalin and hold discussions on emerging political developments in the country. The TRS supremo had stepped up efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties and recently met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.

With the Lok Sabha election results expected on May 23, KCR is planning meetings with leaders of various parties to prepare the ground for formation of a non-BJP, non-Congress government.

KCR, who mooted the idea of Federal Front in March last year as an alternative to both the BJP and Congress, has met leaders of the Trinamool Congress, Biju Janta Dal, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (S) and DMK. He also invited YSR Congress Party to join the proposed front.

The TRS chief is confident that non-BJP, non-Congress parties would form the next government at the Centre.
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