April 2 Campaign roundup: Congress trying to spread communal disharmony ahead of polls, says Arun Jaitley

Nitish Kumar would hold a rally at Nadriganj while Narendra Modi's meeting is scheduled in Nawada.

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10:15 pm: Sharad Yadav on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on both BJP and Congress, saying their ‘lofty’ slogans will prove futile in the elections.

10:08 pm: Congress trying to spread communal disharmony ahead of polls: Arun Jaitley

10:06 pm:  My son got ticket on his own merit: Yashwant Sinha

9: 56 pm: CPM leaders predicts defeat for Congress-led UDF

9:55 pm: BJP complains to EC over Beni Prasad Verma’s remarks against Narendra Modi, seeks action.

9: 53 pm: Congress Minister Jitendra Singh files nomination from Alwar seat.

9:30 pm: BJP likely to stitch an alliance with TDP in Andhra Pradesh

9: 17 pm: Five out of 7 BJP candidates in Delhi facing criminal cases

READ MORE: 20 per cent candidates in third phase have criminal cases

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8:46 pm: NCP president Sharad Pawar today made light of Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks that his bid to join NDA was foiled and lavished praise on the Shiv Sena president’s estranged cousin, MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

8:30 pm: Sonia Gandhi will visit Jharkhand on April 4 to campaign at Ramgarh under the Hazaribagh Lok Sabha constituency in the state.

8: 10 pm:  Varun Gandhi, who is contesting Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh said, he has come to put an end to casteism and communalism.

READ MORE:  Varun Gandhi in Sultanpur, woos voters

7: 54 pm: Pawar also attacked BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, saying Atal Behari Vajpayee’s stature was much higher than Modi and during his tenure the minority community felt safe.

READ MORE:  BJP may emerge leader but fall short of magic figure: Sharad Pawar

7: 41 pm: Manohar Parrikar was present in Ayodhya in 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished, says Congress.

READ MORE: Manohar Parrikar was in Ayodhya as `karsevak’ in 1992, says Congress

7:34 pm: Seeking to drive a wedge in the UPA alliance in Bihar, the BJP alleged that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had insulted RJD supporters by neither inviting their leader Lalu Prasad to his rally nor mentioning his name even once.

7: 23 pm: Sonia Gandhi’s appeal to Muslim leaders to ensure their votes are not split.

READ MORE: Sonia’s appeal to Muslim leaders violation of Model Code: BJP

7: 19 pm: Former judge Fakhruddin to be AAP candidate from Rae Bareli. Adarsh Shastri, grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, to contest from Allahabad.

READ MORE: AAP fields former judge Fakhruddin against Sonia in Rae Bareli

7: 03 pm: Narendra Modi to address maiden rally in Ghaziabad on Thursday.

6: 59 pm: Modi slammed the Centre for allegedly selling surplus foodgrains to liquor manufacturers instead of giving it to the poor as advised by the Supreme Court.

READ MORE: Will revive ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ spirit, says Narendra Modi

6: 18 pm: Rajnath Singh slammed UPA government at the Centre for being corrupt and Rahul Gandhi for mentioning central funds provided to Odisha.

READ MORE: Rajnath Singh slams Centre, Rahul Gandhi

6: 05 pm: Congress approaches Election Commission on Nagma’s security.

5: 43 pm: Aam Aadmi Party is likely to release its national manifesto on April 5, party sources said.

5: 18 pm: The BJP is yet to come out with its national manifesto.

READ MORE: BJP releases first ‘Delhi-specific’ manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha poll

5:08 pm: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday expressed confidence of defeating Narendra Modi in Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming elections.

READ MORE: My aim is to defeat Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Arvind Kejriwal

4.25 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today rejected suggestions that the party was involved in a game of polarisation of votes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

4.13 pm: Congress has fielded Sanjay Singh’s wife Amita Singh against BJP’s Varun Gandhi in Pilibhit.

4.10 pm: Actress Rakhi Sawant, who has jumped into poll fray while claiming to be an “illiterate” person with assets of Rs 15 crore, has outstanding loans worth about Rs 2.5 crore and an additional Rs 72.5 lakh tax liability.

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4.02 pm: Saharanpur Congress candidate Imran Masood, who was arrested for his ‘chop Modi’ remarks, has been granted bail.

3.25 pm: The government in Delhi is not bothered about green revolution or white revolution, it is interested in pink revolution, says Modi. Do you know what pink revolution is? It is the color of the flesh when animals are killed.

3.23 pm: “Bihar wants to come out of its trouble, it wants to get free of its problems,” says Modi. “Bihar has vowed that the next government at the Centre will be formed by Bihar,” he added.

3.21 pm: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Nawada, Bihar.

3.06 pm: Varun Gandhi has clarified that his praise for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is not an endorsement for any party.

3.04 pm: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain has filed his nomination papers from Bhagalpur in Bihar.

3.00 pm: Actor-Director Mahesh Manjrekar has filed his nomination from the Mumbai North West constituency as an MNS candidate.

2.59 pm:

2.56 pm: Defence Minister A K Antony has claimed the RSS is working behind the election process for BJP and the saffron party has put up candidates as per the advice of the Sangh, even as the Congress leader said Narendra Modi becoming prime minister would be a “tragedy” for the country.

2.54 pm: With rivals Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi all set to cross swords at Nawada at separate poll rallies, RJD president Lalu Prasad described the duo as “bosom friends” fighting in public to “befool” voters.

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2.40 pm: Congress leader and Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal files nomination papers for Kanpur Lok Sabha seat.

2.30 pm: Congress leader Sri Prakash Jaiswal has filed his nomination papers from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

1.30 pm: I have a relation with the people of Amethi, it is for them to respond, says Rahul Gandhi.

1.28 pm: Responding to Varun’s comment, Rahul says: “I am happy others are appreciating my work in Amethi.”

1.25 pm: Sonia Gandhi expresses hope that people of Rae Bareli will elect her again as she files her nomination papers.

1.20 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi files nomination her nomination papers for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat. Rahul Gandhi accompanies mother during the filing of nominations.

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1.11 pm: When asked if he would back Narendra Modi if gas prices were rolled back, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said he would die but never join either Congress or BJP.

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12.45 pm: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav has said that education will be made totally free in the country if non-Cong, non-BJP government comes to power at the Centre.

12.21 pm:

12.19 pm: The Samajwadi Party manifesto says the party will work for the welfare of minorities.

12.16 pm: The Samajwadi Party manifesto says that the party will take measures to check inflation and price rise.

12.13 pm: Mulayan Singh Yadav releases Lok Sabha elections manifesto of Samajwadi Party.

12.05 pm: Narendra Modi recalls the efforts of Lal Bahadur Shastri as the prime minister of India, saying he was the only Congressman who had realised the power of common people like farmers.

11.57 am: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi addresses rally in Koderma in Jharkhand.

11.53 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi is slated to file her nomination papers from Rae Bareli today.

11.52 am: The Congress party has demanded additional security for its Meerut candidate Nagma after the actor-turned-politician was manhandled in the constituency.

11.49 am: BJP president Rajnath Singh has termed Congress as the most communal party, accusing it of playing divisive politics

11.38 am: According to reports, black flags shown to Arvind Kejriwal in Gandhinagar area in east Delhi.

11.30 am: BJP leader Varun Gandhi has praised Rahul Gandhi for implementation of schemes that helped small scale industries in Amethi.

10.30 am: Targeting the Shiv Sena, MNS candidate from Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency Bala Nandgaonkar has said that Marathi vote bank was not a monopoly of any party.

10.15 am: The Election Commission has chosen Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal for the launch of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system in EVMs on an experimental basis. READ STORY

10.00 am: Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma has called BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi a ‘goon of the RSS’.

9. 30 am: Bihar’s Nawada district is all set to witness an action packed face-off on Wednesday between rivals Nitish Kumar and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as campaigning for the impending Lok Sabha elections gathered momentum.

Nitish Kumar would hold a rally at Nadriganj, about 25 km from district headquarters at 11:30 am while Narendra Modi’s meeting is scheduled at 2:30 pm in Nawada town. The two meeting points are separated by about 25 km.

Though their hostility towards each other is no secret, the two leaders have had no face-to-face interaction since the split in NDA on June 16 last year.

9.00 am: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh hits out at Narendra Modi and Raj Thackeray saying they have been together against UP and Bihar migrants


Congress president Sonia Gandhi will file her nomination papers for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat today.

FROM THE PRINT – Party hopping: Having shifted loyalties from the Samajwadi Party to Trinamool Congress to BSP, Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Tuesday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to pledge his support for her party for the Lok Sabha elections. He was accompanied by a delegation of Muslim leaders. Bukhari says he reconsidered his decision to support the BSP as the party had not given a commitment that it would not support or seek support from NDA.

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