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April 22 Campaign roundup: Modi hurls a ‘khooni panja’ at Cong, says its responsible for 1100 lives in Telangana
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10:08 pm: Admitting “some anti-incumbency” against UPA government which has committed one or two mistakes , Rahul Gandhi today promised a “radical government” headed by him if Congress comes to power after 2014 Lok Sabha polls
9:48 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Narendra Modi sold off thousands of acres of farmers’ land to the Adani group at a throwaway price, and the latter made a huge profit out of it.
9:40 pm: Narendra Modi today hurled a “khooni panja” (bloodied hand) barb at Congress, alleging it was responsible for the loss of 1100 lives fighting for Telangana and asked the voters not to trust the party.
9:02 pm: Making a scathing attack on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today accused him of double speak.
8:20 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today accused BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi of “lowering” the standard of political discourse in the country like never before by resorting to unprecedented “vicious personal criticism”.
8:15 pm: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who will be honoured with the IIFA award, today said “Modi wave” was sweeping across the country and going by the present trend it would not be surprising if BJP achieved 350 mark in the elections on its own.
8:10 pm: The campaign for the third and the last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh, with Union Minister of State Charandas Mahant, state BJP President Vishnudeo Sai and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla in the fray among others, ended today.
8:00 pm: BJP leader Amit Shah today said his party would oppose reservation on the basis of religion and attacked Samajwadi Party saying it could not handle Uttar Pradesh but was dreaming of ruling the country.
7:54 pm: Election campaigning came to end for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat of Jammu and Kashmir even as killing of four political workers in a week’s time cast a shadow of doubt over the voter turnout for the polling to be held on April 24.
7:53 pm: BJP today asserted that once voted to power at Centre, NDA government would look into the welfare of the minority communities such as Christians and Muslims.
7:45 pm: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today supported Narendra Modi’s Prime Minister candidature and said his (Modi’s) leadership can take the country to the next level.
7:30 pm: Joining issue with AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa over her claim that she was a better administrator, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today said the “lady” was suited for the state while Narendra Modi the entire country.
6:52 pm: Accusing Union Ministers Beni Prasad Verma and Kapil Sibal of vitiating the election campaign, BJP today approached the Election Commission seeking strong action against them for making “baseless” allegations against its leaders.
6:50 pm: The Union Minister for Human Resources Development M M Pallam Raju said here today that only the Congress can bring development to Andhra Pradesh.
6:25 pm: Trinamool Congress in Tripura has complained to the Election Commission, alleging manipulation by Left Front cadres during polling in the state’s two Lok Sabha seats.
6:12 pm: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today filed his nomination for Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat which will go to polls on May 12 in the last round of the nine-phased Lok Sabha elections.
6:10 pm: The Shiv Sena-BJP led opposition alliance in Maharashtra will win 35 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde claimed here today.
5:49 pm: Seeking to strike an emotional chord with the people of Telangana, Narendra Modi today slammed the Congress for “killing Telugu spirit” in the process of carving out a separate state.
5:40 pm: Muslims need not be afraid of BJP, which has ensured that there is no communal violence in states ruled by it, senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi said here today.
5:18 pm: BJP leader Giriraj Singh, under fire for his controversial remark on critics and opponents of Narendra Modi, today faced a third FIR, saying it was slapped on him despite his reply to Patna district administration’s notice within the stipulated time.
5:14 pm: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will file nomination tomorrow for the high-profile electoral contest in this historic temple town in which the former Delhi Chief Minister will face stiff challenge from BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
5:10 pm: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said the “venomous statements” by some BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders were loaded with “communal intrigue” and could have “ruinous” consequences for the country.
4:45 pm: Priyanka Gandhi said, the more they insult my family, the stronger we emerge.
4:38 pm: As Priyaka Gandhi vowed to fight back the allegations against her husband Robert Vadra, Congress pulled out all the stops in his defence and slammed Modi for levelling “cheap and baseless” allegations against members of the Gandhi family.
4:35 pm: With Priyanka Gandhi today saying she felt ‘pained’ at her husband Robert Vadra being targeted politically, BJP national treasurer Piyush Goyal said she should have been pained when “wrong-doings” were committed by her family members.
4:31 pm: Congress today released video clips of alleged “hate speeches” of several BJP, Sangh Parivar and Shiv Sena leaders and demanded their arrest for “trading in the politics of poison” by committing the “sin” of “stoking communal fire”.
4:11 pm: Congress has lost the plot that’s why they are using such uncouth language, says BJP.
4:10 pm: Congressmen are using unparliamentary language to target Modi. They are trying to poison the poll atmosphere, says BJP.
3:59 pm: Seeking to quell the row over alleged hate speeches, BJP today asserted that it will stick to issues of development and progress in the election campaign and not allow anybody including Congress to divert the agenda, while asking its well-wishers to “exercise utmost restraint”.
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) April 22, 2014
3.27 pm: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi attacks Congress over creation of Telangana, saying it gave birth to child but killed mother.
2.56 pm: The Congress has accuses the BJP of trying to polarise votes by distributing hate pamphlets in Madhya Pradesh.
2.45 pm: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has filed his nomination papers from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.
2.30 pm: Union Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal has criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he could not understand coalition politics and the government was facing its consequences.
1.30 pm: Narendra Modi will be best PM in India’s history: Raman Singh
1.12 pm: UPA will hold together even in defeat, says Pawar.
1.00 pm: Stop criticising me and give answers to the farmers: Narendra Modi targets Prithviraj Chavan in Maharashtra.
12.59 pm: Narendra Modi addresses rally in Maharashtra.
12.53 pm: You know more than me what Sonia Gandhi has done for this constituency, said Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli
12.52 pm: Don’t vote for Sonia Gandhi, vote for your children and a country where people love each other: Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli
12.51 pm: You know that Sonia Gandhi works honestly: Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli
12.50 pm: I am sad because the poll campaign, which should focus on people and development, is used for attacking us, said Priyanka Gandhi.
12.49 pm: The more they insult my family, the stronger we emerge, said Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli.
12.48 pm: You have given a lot to my family, so I won’t ask you for your votes, said Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli.
12. 47 pm: Priyanka Gandhi address rally in Rae Bareli.
11.35 am: Health Minister and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today cancelled his scheduled election rally in Tral town of Kashmir’s Pulwama district following killing of three political workers there last night.
10.56 am: NCP chief Sharad Pawar feels there are grim portents for Indian democracy in “concentration of power” in the hands of BJP’s PM aspirant Narendra Modi as seen by the marginalisation of party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
10.51 am: Congress leader Meem Afzal has hit out at Narendra Modi over calling Rahul Gandhi a Shehzada, saying the Congress vice president is the son of a martyr and should be called a Shaheedzada.
Off to Guwahati to campaign for Pranjal .. In Gujarat on the 23 rd
— shazia ilmi (@shaziailmi) April 22, 2014
Narendra Modi’s message to “well wishers”: Shut the hell up for now. You can go back to normal after the elections.
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) April 22, 2014
I disapprove any such irresponsible statement & appeal to those making them to kindly refrain from doing so. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2014
Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP’s well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2014
9.26 am: Trinamool Congress candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo, has surrendered before a court. 9.13 am:
Togadia should be booked and sent to jail . But RSS ,VHP and BJP will defend him . Shameful . — ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) April 22, 2014
9.00 am: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi is slated to address multiple rallies in Andhra Pradesh today. He will reach Hyderabad in the evening and is likely to attack the UPA over the issue of Telangana. 8.50 am: