PM Modi on his second visit to Karnataka in just 15 days, announced new infrastructure investments in Mysuru and urged people to vote for his parent party, as the poll heat intensifies in the state.
For the BJP, Gorakhpur assumes significance as it is the bastion of Adityanath, who has represented it in Lok Sabha five times. Prior to Adityanath, Gorakhpur was thrice represented in the Parliament by his mentor Avaidyanath.
The bypolls to Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats were necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras). The counting of votes would take place on February 28.
The reward has been announced for Congress MLA Hemant Katare who, police said, was not appearing before them in connection with a case of rape and abduction despite being served summons.
The bypolls have been necessitated as their representatives Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya were elected to the state Assembly.
Tripura elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Rahul’s visit comes a day after PM Narendra Modi’s election rally in the state where he accused the Left’s Manik Sarkar government of blocking development in the state and called for “uprooting” the Communists.
BJP president Amit Shah addressed the rally, in which Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, many of his ministerial colleagues, party legislators and workers reached the venue riding motorcycles.
Some of the stations to be included in the protests are Borivali, Malad, Andheri, Santacruz, Bandra, Dadar on both CR and WR, Mumbai Central, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Sion, Matunga, Vikhroli.
Abhishek Singhvi claimed that there was a five-fold jump in 2,555 cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 44 months of NDA against 543 during the UPA government. “What does this show? It shows utter hypocrisy, it shows utter double facedness, it shows doublespeak (of this government),” he said.
To give more representation to women, 50 per cent of the seats have been reserved for them in the local body polls. Ludhiana has 95 wards and 40 seats have been reserved for women in general category by the Congress. The SAD and BJP have reserved 20 seats each for women candidates.
BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: “They are trying to force these agendas and are spreading lies with regards to eating habits, but we have always said political parties don’t decide what food people of an area have or what clothes they wear…”
Shahkot has been a SAD stronghold for two decades and Kohar had never lost his seat ever since he started contesting Assembly elections in 1997 and had won the seat five times in a row.
Anand Sharma released a letter, purportedly written by Indian ambassador Indra Mani Pandey. The letter makes no mention of the PM Modi’s event. It talks about the embassy’s plan to organise a “mega public event for the Indian community in Oman in the second week of February in Muscat”.
This is not the first time that Gandhi faced mic issues. Earlier while addressing the media in 2013, Gandhi’s mic did not work in the first instance.
“I like going to temples, wherever I get a religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go),” Rahul Gandhi said, defending his temple visits.