April 14, Election round-up: BJP workers embarrass Murli Joshi by shouting pro-Modi slogans

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. (Reuters) BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. (Reuters)

 

9.59 pm: Arvind Kejriwal takes train to Varanasi, aims to derail Modi march

9.47 pm: Congress demands action against Subramanian  Swamy for comments on Priyanka Gandhi

9.41 pm : Include BJP’s publicity expenses in Modi’s account: Congress to Election Commission

9.16 pm:

9.03 pm: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced Prashant Bhushan, Ashish Khetan, Rajmohan Gandhi,
Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Pankaj Gupta as its star election campaigners for Gujarat.

9.00 pm:

8.58 pm: Poll violence has so far claimed two lives in West Bengal and left 371 persons injured in 398 incidents, the Election Commission said today.

8.50 pm: Aam Aadmi Party today announced its candidates for five seats — one in Uttar Pradesh and four in Andhra Pradesh.

8.45 pm: Repolling in 22 booths, spread over eight Assembly segments in Odisha, will be conducted on April 17, the day when the second phase of elections will be held in the coastal belt of the state, officials said.

8.35 pm: 

8.27 pm: As the campaign for second phase of polling in Maharashtra draws to a close tomorrow, in which nearly 3.25 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 358 candidates, leaders are working feverishly to canvass and take out rallies to ensure maximum support for their parties.

8.10 pm: Poll officials have so far seized unaccounted cash worth Rs 89 lakh in East Godavari district, a senior official said.

8.07 pm: Stating that the country was at a crossroads, Sonia Gandhi today asked the people to choose the path of progress and shun the one propagated by BJP where only caste and religious identity will matter.

READ: BJP workers embarrass Murli Manohar Joshi by shouting pro-Modi slogans

8.06 pm: Congress sought to paint Narendra Modi as anti-Dalit on the anniversary of B R Ambedkar today by citing a book written by the BJP’s PM candidate which had spoken of manual scavenging as a “spiritual activity” and said it reflected his “anti-Dalit mindset”.

8.03 pm: Former NDA partner JD(U) President Sharad Yadav endorsed remarks of senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi that there was no Modi wave in the country.

7.45 pm: DMK leader M K Stalin today dared AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to resign her post if she could not prove her charge that the power crisis was due to ‘some wantonly created technical snags in generation units.

7.39 pm: Congress today re-admitted into the party senior leader Rajkumar Patel, who was expelled in 2009 after his nomination form against senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency was rejected.

7.22 pm:  A day after Murli Manohar Joshi said there was no ‘Modi wave’ in the country, the veteran leader was left red-faced as party workers erupted into slogans hailing BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi when he arrived for a function in Kanpur.

7.00 pm: 

6.45 pm: 

7.10 pm:

6.39 pm: Congress MLA from Vijayawada West assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh and party candidate, Velampalli Srinivasa Rao today joined the BJP.

6.37 pm: After having extended his support to BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Jana Sena Party chief and Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan will campaign for the saffron party in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.

6.33 pm: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party today said it has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Union Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for levelling “baseless” allegations against the party leadership.

6.26 pm: IT professional-turned-AAP leader Adarsh Shastri today lamented that Congress has “strayed” from the path of simplicity and probity as exemplified by his grandfather and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

6.23 pm: Claiming that Congress was “shivering” at the prospect of his taking charge, Narendra Modi today warned its leaders that will have to pay for their “misdeeds” after May 16.

6.10 pm: In yet another example of David beating Goliath, Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal has secured the highest coverage in TV news during prime time, followed by BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi in early days of elections, according to a study.

6.09 pm: Senior BJP leader L K Advani today hit out at Nitish Kumar’s decision to split from the NDA over Narendra Modi’s elevation last year saying he had dishonoured a friendship for which he will be doomed in future.

5.56 pm: Senior BJP leader L K Advani today returned Congress’ barb of Atal Behari Vajpayee being the weakest Prime Minister by dubbing Manmohan Singh as such and saying that the party will be swept out of power at the Centre and from some states.

5.50 pm: BJP nominee from Amethi Smriti Irani is likely to file her nomination papers here on April 16 to take on Congress vice president and sitting MP Rahul Gandhi.

5.45 pm: 

5.33 pm: BJP today said it wishes Priyanka Gandhi would have contested against Narendra Modi as the country now needs the “myth” around her also to be “exploded” and slammed Congress as just “a crowd around a family” which sees no other option but her after Rahul Gandhi did not click

4.57 pm: BJP today sought to downplay Murli Manohar Joshi’s remarks that there was no Modi wave in the country but only a BJP wave, saying the party and Narendra Modi cannot be viewed separately and rejected suggestions of any infighting.

4.28 pm:

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4.17 pm: Days after the Congress praised A B Vajpayee to target Narendra Modi, the party did a U turn today calling the BJP veteran “the weakest PM India ever had”, a taunt often directed at Manmohan Singh by the opposition party.

4.15 pm: 

4.14 pm: Do you see Made in China behind the watches, shoes that you wear? We want to change it to Made in Maharashtra: rahul in Latur.

4.12 pm:  Some get pension, some don’t; some get more, some get less; Congress wants to give everyone equal pension: Rahul in Latur.

3.42 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife and local MP, Dimple Yadav today claimed the Samajwadi Party-led government has done more development work in two years than any other government in the past.

3.40 pm:

3.35 pm: Aam Aadmi Party candidate Kumar Vishwas, who will file nomination in Amethi on Tuesday to take on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, said that all party MLAs from Delhi will campaign for him.

3.20 pm: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has said JMM always discharged its responsibility to
protect the interest of the minority community and he as a chief minister made sincere efforts for their welfare within a short tenure in power.

3.19 pm: An FIR was today filed against Hema Malini, BJP candidate from the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency for violation of model code of conduct.

3.15 pm: Terming the Lok Sabha elections as a battle between two completely different ideologies, Sonia Gandhi alleged that BJP was dancing to the tune of RSS whose “parochial and extremist” thought was aimed at dividing the society.

3.08 pm: Joining issue with Narendra Modi over criticism of his party besides ruling AIADMK, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said BJP leader’s comments will only earn him the wrath of people of Tamil Nadu but remained tight-lipped on Rajnikanth’s praise for the Gujarat chief minister.

3.07 pm: Over 50 model polling stations have been established in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, equipped with the best facilities to encourage the turnout.

3.04 pm:

2.50 pm: A day after Narendra Modi took him on in his home district of Chikmagalur, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh wrote to the BJP leader accusing him of spreading “blatant lie” about his four-year-old statement made here that “India deserves a Nobel Prize for filth”.

2.49 pm:  BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, Arun Jaitley today took a swipe at the Congress party saying it is merely a crowd around a (Gandhi) family and it should be made a more structured party.

2: 34 pm: RLD candidate from Bijnore, Jaya Prada slammed Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh over his recent controversial remarks on anti-rape laws, terming his rhetoric as “shameful and irresponsible.” She was on road show of RJD nominee Amar Singh.

2:08 pm: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed Election Commission over action against SP leader Azam Khan.”Azam was served notice by EC….He has replied to it. The EC, however, did not go through his reply and had taken action against him”, Yadav said while addressing an election rally in Badaun in support of his cousin brother Dharmendra Yadav.

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1: 58 pm: Modi’s money is behind explosive book by PC Parakh, says Digvijay Singh.

ALSO READ: After Sanjay Baru, former coal secretary Parakh’s book embarrasses PM

1: 17 pm: A case of cheating involving Rs 2.96 crore has been registered against BJP Bellary candidate B Sriramulu on a complaint by a functionary of his previous party BSR Congress who claimed he was promised a ticket by him to contest the Lok Sabha polls

ALSO READ: Cheating case filed against BJP candidate B Sriramulu

1:07 pm: Sonia Gandhi in Aonla rally: BJP wants to destroy the the secular values of the country.  Only Congress can promise a secular government.

 

1: 04 pm: Modi in Lakhimpur Kheri rally: Congress didn’t award Bharat Ratna to Ambedkar, we did, says Modi.

1:02 pm: Modi in Lakhimpur Kheri rally: ‘Rahul Gandhi knows nothing other than his family’

12: 32 pm: Congress leader Sanjay Jha on Monday tweeted that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was India’s weakest Prime Minister.

12:18 pm: Shiv Sena on Monday slammed Congress for “poking nose into the private life of Narendra Modi.” The party said that the grand old party’s bid to make it an issue of national campaign re-affirmed its bankruptcy

ALSO READ: Shiv Sena slams Congress for targeting Modi on his marital status

 

11:51 am: Congress insulting Dr Ambedkar by taking credit for laws and rights in the country, said Narendra Modi.

 

 

11: 40 am: “The family persona has faded. The Gandhis are under siege”, said BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

9: 50 am: Stones pelted at AAP leader Shazia Ilmi’s rally in Madhya Pradesh.

9:43 am: Reports from Bihar suggest that while Ramvilas Paswan’s party has been able to transfer Paswan votes to BJP candidates, the upper caste votes to LJP candidates. So much so that the LJP chief’s brother Ramchandra Paswan is said to be trailing behind JD(U) and Congress candidates in Samastipur given upper castes’ apathy to him for his harangues against them in the past. Ramvilas Paswan may like to take a tip otr two from Mayawati over alliances and national parties’ ability or the lack of it to transfer their votes to regional parties.

8:51 am: AAP candidate in Nalanda district Pranav Prakash dragged out of his car and was allegedly attacked by unknown assailants on Sunday night.