April 26 elections roundup: AAP lodges complaint against Narendra Modi, alleges BJP spent over over Rs 1000 crore in Varanasi

Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi. (AP) Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi. (AP)

 

Get all the latest updates on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:

9.38 pm: Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Narendra Modi would have been in jail had Lokayukta and RTI Commissioners been in place in Gujarat and accused BJP’s PM nominee of distributing huge tracts of land to Adani “for a pittance”.

9.20 pm: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is contesting two Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh because he is ‘afraid of losing’, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee claimed today.

9.10 pm: BSP’s Etawah candidate arrested for assaulting bus driver

8.40 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s nephew Mandeep Singh Kohli today said the entire family was “saddened” by Daljeet Singh Kohli’s move to join BJP and accused the saffron party of trying to drive a wedge between two brothers.

8.14 pm:  BJP today attacked Priyanka Gandhi for her repeated criticism of Narendra Modi alleging she has benefitted a lot whenever the Congress government was in power and that is why she was campaigning for the party.

7.50 pm: Bringing glamour to Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna today campaigned for his father and BJP candidate Vinod Khanna, telling people that the former MP had always treated the constituency like his fifth child.

7.35 pm: An official of Election Commission was assaulted by unidentified persons while on duty at
Shalboni area of West Midnapore district today, EC officials said.

7.20 pm: An FIR has been lodged by police here following a complaint by former Delhi Law Minister and AAP leader Somnath Bharti, in connection with an alleged assault on him by some persons in the city.

7.05 pm: Congress today sought transfer of Amritsar’s Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural) for
allegedly working in favour of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley.

6.58 pm: The Aam Aadmi Party has lodged a complaint with the Returning officer of Varanasi against
Narendra Modi, alleging that the BJP has spent over over Rs 1000 crore for its campaigning in the temple town and that people were “bribed”.

6.40 pm:

6.08 pm: Terming as “shameful and despicable” Ramdev’s controversial remarks against Rahul Gandhi, Congress today demanded an unconditional apology from him as well as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi alleging the yoga guru is part of his coterie.

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5.38:  The district administration of East Singhbhum has issued a showcause notice to BJP candidate, Bidyut Baran Mahato for distributing money among fire victims in Punasia village, officials said.

4.53 pm: Congress may opt for potential allies within the boundaries of secularism and inclusive growth if necessary in the post-poll scenario, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said on Saturday.

4.50 pm:

4:35 pm: Baba Ramdev clarified ‘honeymoon’ and ‘picnic’ remark on Rahul Gandhi. He said he didn’t intend to insult Rahul.

4: 32 pm: We generated money from NREGA and put it in your pocket and we did not as you your religion, says Rahul.

4:31 pm: Rahul gandhi addressing a rally in Dahod, Gujarat.

4:23 pm: “We will ensure pension for senior citizens and safety for women”, said Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.

4:16 pm: “Our political rivals make personal attack on me and my family”, said Sonia Gandhi while addressing a rally in Rae Bareli on Saturday.

3:33 pm: Dismissing as a “non-event” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s half-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli joining BJP, Congress today ridiculed the BJP asking whether its “dirty tricks department was still functioning”.

3:24 pm: Sitting Congress MP from Karimnagar Ponnam Prabhakar is engaged in a keen contest against former Union Minister Vidyasagar Rao of BJP and TRS nominee B Vinod Kumar in the Lok Sabha elections.

3:21 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Vadodara, Gujarat.

3:00 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the BJP’s much touted Gujarat Model is actually ‘Modi model’ under which the common man is suffering in the state and may God save the country from it.

2:15 pm:

1:40 pm: BJP President Rajnath Singh, who is contesting from Lucknow parliamentary constituency, today met veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari and “sought his blessings”

1:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he was saddened by the decision of his half-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli to join BJP.

1:12 pm: We have our viewpoint and we stick to it. We want to harness women power to develop the nation, says Rahul.

1:10 pm:

1:09 pm: Gujarat’s current state of prosperity is due to you people, not Modi, says Rahul.

1:06 pm: To feed 100 people we put Rs 30,000 crore into NREGA. But Modi, just for one individual, has handed over an equivalent sum to Adani, says Rahul.

1:02 pm: Modi has stolen electricity from Gujarat and given it to Adani, says Rahul.

1:01 pm: Did Modi provide employment for the land given to Adani’s? asks Rahul.

1:00 pm: Rahul lashes out at Narendra Modi for his support to Adani group. He gave Rs 26,000 crore worth of electriciy contracts to Adani.

12:55 pm: Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Amreli, Gujarat.

12:33 pm: Police file suo moto FIR against Baba Ramdev for comments on dalits.

12:33 pm: After undertaking a hectic campaign schedule for the 16th Lok Sabha polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa would leave for Kodanad in the Nilgiris tomorrow.

12:32 pm: For Seemandhra residents, yearning for a capital city seems to be a never-ending saga since Independence and it has become a poll issue this time.

12:30 pm: The legacy of former Chief Minister Beant Singh is pitted against claims of a Narendra Modi ‘wave’ as Congress and BJP lock horns for this seat although the presence of AAP and an Independent MLA in the fray may shake up the contest here.

12:27 pm: Coming to Amethi is like coming to a holy land: Priyanka Gandhi. 

12:25 pm: People of Amethi can differentiate between drama and reality: Priyanka Gandhi

12:21 pm: Whatever decision you make, you can’t remove us from here, because our heart is here, says Priyanka Gandhi.

12:18 pm: From 1999 onwards, after my father’s death, I decided that I would fight the polls in Amethi, as fervently as my father did, says Priyanka.

12:17 pm: Rahul wanted to connect Amethi to the rest of India. He built roads, railway tracks so that Amethi could connect to the rest of India, says Priyanka.

12:16 pm: Rahul opened number of Kendriya Vidalaya in Amethi, says Priyanka.

12:15 pm: We brought the milk revolution here in Amethi. Before, milk used to come from outside, but today trucks full of milk go to Mother dairy and across India all thanks to Rahul Gandhi, says Priyanka.

12:13 pm: When Rahul starred the developmental work in Amethi, the area after 5 years has seen development, says Priyanka.

12:12 pm: These people who mocked Rahul, its these sections of people who criticised Rajiv Gandhi in the past. But the advantage that Amethi people gained cannot be ignored, says Priyanka.

12:11 pm: When Rajiv Gandhi used to talk about computers people who had a small thinking, they used to scorn at him, says Priyanka.

12:00 pm: Priyanka Gandhi campaigns for Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

11.45 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi is slated to address a public meet in Rae Bareli today.

11.20 am: BJP president Rajnath Singh has met veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari in Lucknow.

10.24 am: Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi has hit out at the BJP saying if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s nephew’s allegations of a deal between Daljit Singh and the party is true, then it’s unfortunate.

10.15 am: BJP leader Shaina NC has termed the Election Commission’s apology for deletion of names in Mumbai voter lists as too late.

9.59 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is slated to address a rally in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh today.

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8:30 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to address three elections rallies at Botad, Amreli and Devgarh Baria in Gujarat today.

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