April 9 Campaign roundup: Gujarat model “balloon” will burst the same way as ‘India Shining’, says Rahul

Modi is declaring that he would deal with the menace of black money when he becomes the Prime Minister. Modi is declaring that he would deal with the menace of black money when he becomes the Prime Minister.

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

10:00 pm: Rahul Gandhi today said the “balloon” of Gujarat model of development will burst the same way as ‘India Shining’ did in 2004.

8:50 pm: Rajnath demands apology from CM for “narhantak” jibe at Modi.

8:25 pm: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today compared the conditions under the “dynastic politics” to those during the Mughal era.

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BJP spending crores on campaigning, said Akhilesh Yadav.

6: 18 pm:  Fight for Muslim votes challenging Indian nationhood, said BJP.

6: 01 pm: Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Police Commissioner B S Bassi and asked him to track down the mastermind behind the recent attacks on him.

5: 42 pm: BJP manifesto aims all-round development, says Radhakrishnan.

5: 35 pm: Arvind Kejriwal enacting drama to hog attention, sympathy, said V K Malhotra.

5: 27 pm: No wave in favour of BJP or Narendra Modi, says senior Congress leader.

5: 10 pm: Country does not trust Congress: Narendra Modi.

5: 01 pm:  BJP on Thursday expressed hope that it will win all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital if voting percentage increases in the election.

4: 24 pm: Voting in 7 high-voltage Lok Sabha seats in Delhi on Thursday.

4: 20 pm: Stage set for polling in 10 LS seats of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

4: 17 pm: Congress MLA joins BJP ahead of LS polls in MP.

4: 10 pm: Congress withdraws candidates from two Assembly seats in Bihar.

3:49 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Solapur, Maharashtra.

3: 46 pm: Chandrababu Naidu to re-contest from Kuppam Assembly seat.

3.16 pm: There are many questionable decisions & deals of the Gujarat government for the exploration of oil and gas, says Congress.

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2.34 pm: The Election Commission seeks report from Uttar Pradesh poll authorities on controversial remarks made by Azam Khan.

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2.21 pm: Supreme Court junks petition to postpone polls in Gautam Budh Nagar after Congress candidate crossed over to BJP.

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2.06 am: The Election Commission has taken suo moto cognizance on Azam Khan’s Kargil remark. The poll panel has send notice to Azam Khan and sought report from UP Electoral officer, reports said.

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1.26 pm: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has defended his Kargil remark, saying he talked about the contribution of Muslims in this country and his statement must be lauded.

FULL STORY: AZAM KHAN STANDS BY HIS ‘KARGIL WAR’ REMARK

1.25 pm: The BJP is slated to complain to the Election Commission on Wednesday evening about Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s Kargil remark.

12.44 pm: Congress fields Saket Bahuguna, son of former Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna, from Tehri Garhwal seat.

12.26 pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the BJP believes in dividing people and encourages riots. “Gujarat Chief Minister sends police behind women, our CMs do not indulge in such things,” he added.

12.05 pm: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has met the autorickshaw driver who had slapped him on Tuesday.

arvindkejriwal_475 AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal sitting at a silent prayer at Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi Rajghat after he was slapped by an autorickshaw driver in a road show in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

READ FULL STORY: KEJRIWAL MEETS AUTO DRIVER WHO SLAPPED HIM

11.45 am:  A case has been registered against Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Jaya Prada and party’s district president Ajit Rathi for violation of Model Code of Conduct.

11.43 am: “Vadodara has been my Karmabhoomi. I used to stay here for years and now I will get a chance to serve this place,” says Narendra Modi.

11.30 pm: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has filed his nomination papers from Vadodara.

FULL STORY: MODI FILES NOMINATION PAPERS FROM VADODARA

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11.15 am: The Election Commission has sought details of SP leader Azam Khan’s speech over his ‘Kargil war’ remarks.

11.03 am: AAP leader Ashutosh now alleges that he is being threatened by Kapil Sibal.

10.46 am: Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh has alleged that the attack on party chief Arvind Kejriwal was on the behest of Narendra Modi.

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10.44 am: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will meet the autorickshaw driver who slapped him yesterday.

10.36 am: JD(U) leader K C Tyagi has said that the attack on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal must be probed. According to Tyagi, some corporate or political elements may be behind the attack.

10.18 am: Modi begins a road show in Vadodara before filing nomination papers for the constituency.

10.08 am: Narendra Modi arrives in Vadodara, greeted by BJP leaders and LJP leaders. Wearing a saffron jacket.

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10.03 am: Congress has reportedly complained to the Election Commission against Azam Khan over his Kargil war remarks. The controversial SP leader had kicked up row when he said that it was ‘Muslim soldiers’ who won the Kargil war.

READ FULL STORY: AZAM KHAN SAYS MUSLIM SOLDIERS WON KARGIL WAR

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9.32 am: Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh has accused Union Minister Kapil Sibal of distributing money among voters in the Chandni Chowk constituency, say reports.

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Polling7.30 am: Polling began on Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections for the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat, one of the two parliamentary constituencies in the state along with the lone parliamentary seat in Nagaland.

Simultaneous polls for two Lok Sabha and 49 of the 60 assembly seats of Arunachal Pradesh kicked-off on a peaceful note.

Meanwhile, voting was underway for the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya.

7.10 am: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is expected to file his nomination papers from the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.

FROM THE PRINT – POET MODI: In Modi season, as the nation gets inundated with tailored messages, speeches, posters, radio jingles and TV spots, there is a new book set to hit the market. And this one is by BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi himself. A collection of his 67 poems, translated from Gujarati into English by Ravi Mantha, the book promises to “transport us into the poet’s mind – his voice, his vision and his thoughts”. Titled A Journey — Poems by Narendra Modi, its publisher Rupa Publications claims that sentiments of “devotion and dedication, love and longing, strength and vulnerability”, all find expression in this anthology to be released on April 20.

BJP DEFENDS SHAH: Defending its UP in-charge Amit Shah over his ‘revenge remarks’, the BJP has claimed that the CD concerned was doctored by the state’s SP-led government. The BJP on Tuesday wrote to the poll panel asking it to ‘reconsider’ its notice to Shah. BJP’s move came a day after the Election Commission issued notice to party general secretary in-charge Amit Shah over his “revenge” remark.

READ FULL STORY: AMIT SHAH CD DOCTORED, BJP WRITES TO EC