April 7 Campaign roundup: BJP talking of minority welfare is like Dracula heading blood bank, says Congress; AAP will not even win a single seat in LS polls, says Kalyan Singh

He said the BJP’s aim was to make people fight, take wealth and hand it over to a few people. “The Congress tries to reduce anger in society, but BJP wants to ignite it.” L K Advani is no more its "tallest leader" that he once used to be and has been made a "small leader" by the party said Rahul, as he unleashed a fierce attack against Narendra Modi. (PTI)

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9:25 pm:

8.55 pm:  In poll fray on AAP ticket, former Infosys director V Balakrishnan, once in charge of managing over Rs 15,000 crore of Infosys cash, finds fighting elections more exciting than his job at the IT giant.

8.43 pm: The Election Commission is examining the issue of television channels showing the release of BJP’s election manifesto and its contents on a day when polling in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections took place on Monday.

Read: Mamata dares EC, says she will not transfer any official

8.32 pm: Taking a dig at Arvind Kejriwal, senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh today said Aam Aadmi Party will not win even a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls, but its leader was “dreaming” of becoming the Prime Minister.

8.19 pm: Senior leaders Damodar Raja Narsimha, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Kunduru Jana Reddy figure in the list of 111 Congress candidates for assembly elections in Telangana released by the party tonight, ending two days of suspense. 

8.15 pm: TRS candidate from Chevella Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana, K Visweswar Reddy, has declared that he and his family owns assets worth over Rs 500 crore.

7.54 pm: The BJP urged the Election Commission (EC) to take cognisance of Union Minister Kamal Nath for allegedly spending more than Rs 50 lakh on his helicopter trips in the Chhindwara constituency

7.45 pm: In a rare case of a student locking horns with his mentor, BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa is engaged in a poll tussle with Jorhat’s six time sitting Congress MP octogenarian Bijoy Krishna Handique.

7.30 pm: Rs 118 crore out of Rs 195 crore seized is from Andhra Pradesh: EC.

7.19 pm: The Supreme Court said it will consider hearing a PIL on April 11 highlighting the alleged practice of paid news in the electronic and print media.

7.10 pm: Wading into BJP’s internal affairs, Rahul Gandhi said L K Advani is no more its “tallest leader” that he once used to be and has been made a “small leader” by the party, as he unleashed a fierce attack against Narendra Modi

7.06 pm: RSS is a political outfit to the core and it should remove the “purdah” of being a cultural organisation, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said.

6.59 pm: Daily roadshows and and rallies seems to have taken a toll on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s health.

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6.29 pm: Assam witnesses 72.5 per cent polling in 5 Lok Sabha seats, Tripura 84 per cent in one LS seat: EC.

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6.12 pm: Election Commission transfers Chennai police commissioner and also three collectors from Vellore, Erode and Salem.

6.09 pm:  Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said the party will fight the ongoing Lok Sabha polls alone and would emerge the third largest party.

6.05 pm: The Supreme Court today stayed for three weeks the day-to-day trial in the 18-year-old Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by allowing the plea of the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP), who has to undergo medical treatment

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5.49 pm: BJP manifesto reads like laundry list of disconnected ideas. BJP talking of minority welfare is like dracula heading blood bank: Congress.

Read: BJP manifesto completely in tune with RSS agenda: CPI

5.47 pm: Welcoming the inclusion of issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code in the BJP’s election manifesto, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today demanded a time-bound roadmap from the party on these subjects.

5.46 pm: “I will not remove any official,” Mamata Banerjee said reacting to Election Commission order of transfer of five SPs, one DM in West Bengal.

5.41 pm: NEWS FLASH — EC removes District Magistrate, 5 SPs from poll duty in West Bengal following complaints against them: WB CEO Sunil Gupta.

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5.36 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav criticised BJP’s poll manifesto for not giving space to the problems of farmers and labourers who constituted a major part of society.

5:25 pm: CPI today said BJP’s manifesto was completely in tune with the agenda of RSS, which has now come out in the open to lead the principal opposition party.

Read: Revenge remark: EC issues notice to Amit Shah

4:46 pm: So many Jawans have lost their lives, but more than that our farmers have bore the brunt. Lakh of farmers have committed suicide, says Modi.

4:45 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Jayal, Rajasthan.

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4:13 pm:  In 5 years, we will get 10 crore people  into the manufacturing industry, says Rahul Gandhi.

4:12 pm: From Delhi to Mumbai, Mumbai to Bangalore and Bangalore to Chennai, we have opened dedicated manufacturing corridors, says Rahul Gandhi.

4:12 pm: We will give the poor a roof over his head, says Rahul Gandhi.

4:11pm: We will open thousands of colleges and universities for the poor and their children. We want to open the closed doors of hospitals for them, says Rahul Gandhi.

4:10 pm: We want to fight for the 70 crore poor people and raise their standard of living to the middle class. We want to give them the power to work, says Rahul.

4.04 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Raichur, Karnataka.

3.50 pm: BJP candidate and actor Paresh Rawal files nomination from Ahmedabad (East)

2.33 pm: Election Commission is likely to issue notice to BJP general secretary Amit Shah over his ‘revenge’ remarks. Shah, the EC said, has prima facie violated the model code of conduct.

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2.15 pm: CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta alleges that BJP manifesto aims at polarising votes in Lok Sabha elections.

2.00 pm: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley files his nomination papers for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

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1.20 pm: At least 33 electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctioned in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam where polling began this morning.

1.15 pm:BJP candidate from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani attacked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for the lack of development in the constituency, saying he has betrayed people after promising them progress.

FULL STORY: SMRITI CAMPAIGNS IN AMETHI, ATTACKS RAHUL

“Development is not visible in Amethi. Rahul Gandhi has done nothing to develop the area,” Irani, who arrived here today, said while addressing a series of nukkad sabhas during her road show.

12.50 pm: Modi takes a dig at Rahul again as he says: “Shahzada said Haryana government’s land policy is good. Can Shahzada tell us who gained from policies of Haryana Government.”

“In 3 months the brother-in-law made crores. Are these your policies in Haryana,” questioned Modi.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIGHLIGHTS OF BJP’S POLL MANIFESTO

12.47 pm: In a democracy it is the government’s responsibility to give an account for expenditures. Why is Congress not telling you what it did for the people? asks Modi while addressing rally in Haryana.

12.43 pm: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses rally in Rohtak, Haryana.

12.38 pm:  Narendra Modi will file his nomination in Vadodara April 09.

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11.45 am:  I will not do anything for myself or with bad intentions, says PM candidate Modi.

READ FULL STORY: WILL DO NOTHING WITH BAD INTENT, SAYS MODI

10.40 am: Narendra Modi has been subject of maximum attacks since he was anointed PM candidate.  BJP and Modi projected as untouchables by parties: Rajnath.

10.30 am:  Himalaya is a boon for our country and we plan to focus on this eco-system: MM Joshi

BJP MANIFESTO: 10 PROMISES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, IF IMPLEMENTED

10.26 am: Equal opportunities to be provided to minorities; unfortunate that Muslims continue to be stymied in povert: Joshi

10.25 am: Scheme to end open deification.  Manual scavenging to be abolished: Joshi.

10.23 am: BJP manifesto talks about creating better sanitation facilities

10.21 am: Madrasas to be modernised with by inducting Maths and Science teachers: Joshi.

FULL STORY: BJP MANIFESTO PROMISES GOOD GOVERNANCE

10.20 am: New national health policy including National Health Assurance Mission to be formulated. Modernisation of hospitals.  AIIMS in every state: BJP manifesto.

10.19 am: Freight and industrial corridors to be developed. Coastal areas network development will be done through ‘sagar mala’ project: BJP manifesto.

10.18 am:  Universalisation of secondary education to be put in mission mode: BJP manifesto

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10.17 am: Multi-country students’ exchange programme to be initiated: BJP manifesto

10.15 am: Water to every village, water to every field will be government’s one of priorities: BJP manifesto.

PHOTOS: BJP RELEASES POLL MANIFESTO

10.13 am: BJP government will reform tax system to attract investors.  Tax Terrorism will be ended and people’s woes will be reduced: Joshi.

10.12 am: Prices have to be contained.  Minorities need more opportunities in education and industry: BJP manifesto

10.11 am: BJP manifesto says return of Kashmiri Pandits with full dignity.

10.10 am: BJP manifesto to address issues of policy paralysis, system reforms, corruption with Team India as a concept: BJP manifesto

10.08 am: BJP manifesto says it will build 100 new cities

10.05 am: Barring the multi-brand retail sector, FDI will be allowed in sectors wherever needed for job and asset: BJP Manifesto

10.01 am: BJP manifesto says FDI will not be allowed in multi-brand retail

10.00 am: BJP manifesto talks about judicial and police reforms…We need to reform the system, bring e-governance, transparency in the system, says Joshi.

9.57 am: Economic revival main thrust in the BJP manifesto, suggest reports.

9.52 am: We had opened a website for suggestions and recieved suggestions from various people: MM Joshi.

9.50 am: BJP President Rajnath Singh had asked me to chair committee of manifesto.

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9.45 am: BJP set to release its poll manifesto; senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi speaks ahead of unveiling the manifesto.

8.10 am: Elderly women in saris and young men in jeans and polo shirts lined up outside a dilapidated sports centre before voting started on a cool morning in Debrugarh, a river town in the tea growing Assam, one of two states to vote on Monday.

7.40 am: BJP is likely to release its poll manifesto today.

Chief Election Commission has said there is no bar on manifesto release on poll day, but it cannot be publicised in areas where polling is being held.

7.35 am: A 72-hour statewide total bandh was clamped on poll-bound Mizoram from 5 am on Monday with just a trickle of poll officials scheduled to leave capital Aizawl to head for rural polling stations, a senior police official said.

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Mizoram goes to polls for it’s lone Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday, April 9, but mass-based voluntary Mizo organizations have called for a boycott of the polls and imposed the bandh to protest against the ECI’s decision to allow displaced Brus to vote in the elections from neighboring Tripura.

7.30 am: It is beginning from the east. Polling has begun for five seats in Assam and one in Tripura.

FULL STORY: 5 SEATS IN ASSAM, 1 IN TRIPURA TO VOTE

The high-stakes battle in the virtual Presidential-style contest between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi with a few other regional satraps also in the fray in the Lok Sabha elections began on Monday in six constituencies in two states in the first of the nine-phased polls.

Five constituencies in Assam — Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur and Tripura (West) in Tripura — are voting today.

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Of the 12,46,794 voters, 634702 are male and the remaining female.

Altogether 1,605 polling stations have been set up for the constituency of which only two have been identified as very vulnerable, 486 as vulnerable.

FULL STORY: LOK SABHA ELECTIONS BEGIN IN TRIPURA

At least two former ULFA militants are in the fray in the first phase. Hari Prasad Dihingiya was, till a few years ago, the district commander in Dhemaji, where 12 schoolchildren died in a blast on Independence Day a decade back. Dihingiya, now an AGP candidate, is contesting from Lakhimpur which includes Dhemaji.

A total of 51 candidates are in the fray in the five constituencies of Assam, including union ministers of state Paban Singh Ghatowar (Dibrugarh) and Ranee Narah (Lakhimpur), state BJP chief Sarbananda Sonowal (Lakhimpur), former union minister B K Handique (Jorhat) and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi (Kaliabor).