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April 1 Campaign roundup: EC expresses displeasure to Sharad Pawar over ink remark
Get all the latest news on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:
10:11 pm: EC expresses displeasure to Pawar over ink remark.
9:57 pm: A day after jumping into poll fray here, a transgender has sent a legal notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal asking him not to use the ‘Aam Aadmi’ tag, since being an ex-chief minister he comes under “special person” category.
9:41 pm: Ending days of speculation, PMK, contesting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with BJP, today announced K I Maniratnam, who unsuccessfully sought a Congress ticket, as its candidate from Chidambaram (Reserved) constituency.
9:32 pm: BJP President Rajnath Singh took on Congress over the issues of price rise and unemployment under its rule and said a BJP government, if voted to power, will bring prices under control within six months.
9:10 pm: AICC spokesman Sanjay Jha accused BJP of an orchestrated campaign to belittle UPA achievements and questioned why BJP’s former finance minister Yashwant Sinha had not mentioned the 2007-08 financial turmoil in his 18 queries to P Chidambaram.
8:30 pm: An FIR was filed today against BJP candidate and magician P C Sorcar for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
8:22 pm: Congress MPs Priya Dutt, Gurudas Kamat and Sanjay Nirupam, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, MDMK chief Vaiko and actor Rakhi Sawant were among candidates who filed nominations today for April 24 election to 117 seats in the sixth phase.
8:05 pm: NDA gas balloon will burst again like 2004, 2009: Rahul Gandhi
7:45 pm: BJP has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Election Commission to prevent AAP from using images of Narendra Modi in their posters which the party alleges is in “bad taste”.
7:20 pm: Country could face communal violence if Modi becomes PM, says BSP supremo Mayawati.
6:54 pm: BJP today kept up its attack on Finance Minister P Chidambaram, saying he may not answer questions posed by it on the country’s economy but the people will answer by voting for it in the Lok Sabha elections.
6:32 pm: Ruling out possibilities of a post-poll alliance with Congress, All India Forward Bloc, an ally of the Left Front, today said a propaganda has been ushered to politically mislead the masses.
6:20 pm: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that the UPA government did remarkably well during its decade-long governance at the Centre, while the BJP talked divisive politics.
5:45 pm: I-T special wing to keep watch on black money circulation.
5:39 pm: We want to uplift 70 crore people to middle class, says Rahul Gandhi.
5: 38 pm: We want poor people to feel that this nation is theirs and dream that one day he can sit on an aeroplane and speak English, says Rahul Gandhi.
5:37 pm: We want to give you a solid roof over your heads, says Rahul Gandhi.
5: 36 pm: BJP puts lots of money into marketing their campaigns. We don’t do anything of that sort, says Rahul Gandhi.
5:35 pm: We talk less and work more, says Rahul Gandhi.
5:34 pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Aurangabad, Bihar.
5:20 pm: “We have made the biggest statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Gujarat,” says Narendra Modi.
5:19 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Beohari.
5:02 pm: CPI(M) Haryana releases manifesto for Lok Sabha election.
4:50 pm: Uttar Pradesh BJP sought to downplay the reports of dissent within the party over
distribution of tickets for the Lok Sabha polls.
4:30 pm: Samajwadi Party today disapproved of BJP fielding “outsiders” from the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough, saying such a practice was against democracy.
4.12 pm: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi asks people to rise above caste and nepotism to elect a development-oriented government.
4.04 pm: Former union minister and Congress candidate Mani Shankar Aiyar, who filed his nomination paper for the April 24 Lok Sabha polls from Mayiladuthurai constituency, has Rs 10 crore worth immovable asset.
3:49 pm: Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki claimed that there was no Modi wave in the state and Congress would make a clean sweep in the April-9 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
3.29 pm: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said the markets have built up high hopes of the elections delivering a stable Government, but cautioned against “some turmoil” in the equity, and perhaps the bond and forex markets, if an unstable dispensation comes to power.
— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) April 1, 2014
3.03 pm: Leading Telugu actor N Balakrishna, the son of TDP founder president late N T Rama Rao, has expressed his desire to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He is likely to contest on a TDP ticket.
3.01 pm: Stating that long standing ties with its saffron ally have been normalised, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray today said BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi have assured him that MNS will not be included in the ‘Mahayuti’.
2.54 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa addresses rally in Pollachi, asks people to give AIADMK “a stronger victory this time”.
2.37 pm: Uma Bharti on Tuesday maintained that BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi does not have the oratorical skills of A B Vajpayee, but said the Gujarat Chief Minister was a “unique person” who draws massive crowd.
2.30 pm: Several Indian Americans have joined the campaigning for AAP candidates in the Lok Sabha elections fray in their own way — few travelling to India, others making calls to friends and families back home seeking votes and some signing as cyber warriors.
2.27 pm: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday claimed that aviation authorities at the Delhi Airport did not give prompt permission to his helicopter for taking off due to which he was late for his rally in Bareilly.
1.49 pm: With actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani entering the fray as a BJP candidate in Amethi, a war of words has broken out between her and AAP contender Kumar Vishwas over his remark that any “Irani or Pakistani” will not make any difference in the constituency.
“The message has reached villages. Now whether Irani comes, Pakistani comes, Italian or American…But Amethi has already taken a decision,” the AAP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency said.
1.05 pm: When elections approach closer, Congress begins chanting a mantra – ‘gareeb gareeb’ in the hope of securing votes.
1.03 pm: Modi takes a dig at Mulayam as he says: “I invite Netaji and his family to visit Gir…our Lions are not caged they roam around freely.”
1.00 pm: Modi takes a dig at Sonia Gandhi, says Rae Bareilly has elected such strong leaders but see development here.
12.50 pm: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses rally in Bareilly.
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12.06 pm: Congress leader Raj Babbar has hit out at BJP candidate V K Singh over his allegations that the actor-turned-politician was buying votes, saying the former army chief must reveal his source of information.
12.01 pm: Congress leader Priya Dutt has filed her nomination from Mumbai North-West constituency.
After expelling Muthalik under media pressure BJP is taking RSS help to persuade him to support BJP candidate Ananth Kumar and others.
— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) April 1, 2014
11.35 am: Smriti Irani has said that it’s a two way fight in Amethi between the Congress and the BJP. According to the BJP candidate, the Aam Aadmi Party is not a part of the contest.
11.29 am: Subramanian Swamy has taken a potshot at Congress president Sonia Gandhi saying Chidambaram must first improve her Hindi before commenting on Narendra Modi.
11.18 am: Hitting back at Narendra Modi, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said his party wanted him to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Nanded due to the anti-incumbency factor and that his family including sitting MP and brother-in-law Bhaskarrao Patil was firmly behind him.
11.00 am: BJP leader Uma Bharti has asserted that she stands by her remark that Narendra Modi is not a good orator.
10.37 am: According to reports, a female Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker has slapped a man trying to enter Arvind Kejriwal’s road show in the national capital.
10.28 am: Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari has said that Smriti Irani will pose a strong contest against Rahul Gandhi and may also win from Amethi.
10.20 am: The Congress has dismissed any challenge to Rahul Gandhi with the arrival of Smriti Irani as a BJP candidate in Amethi, pointing that she had earlier contested against Kapil Sibal and lost.
10.12 am: A family in Bihar’s Kisanganj Lok Sabha constituency is hogging attention of all political parties in the fray because of its chunk of 48 voters.
10.05 am: Singing some of his hit numbers like ‘Ooh la la la’ and ‘I am a disco dancer’ in his poll campaign, Bappi Lahiri is using his music to seek votes as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate.
9.28 am: In a rare praise for Narendra Modi, veteran BJP leader L K Advani has said people should elect the party’s PM candidate and see how things change.
9.22 am: BJP leader Smriti Irani has taken a dig at Rahul Gandhi, saying he himself has become a challenge for Amethi.
Issues lost in the din of election rhetoric Electoral debate should be on the UPA’s 10 yrs performance & are better prescriptions on offer?
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) April 1, 2014