March 26 campaign roundup: Modi takes it out on Kejriwal, calls him ‘Pak agent’, then ‘Congress agent’

Omar dares Narendra Modi to make speech on dynasty politics in some other state.

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8.24 pm: “There is no place for betrayers in politics, people can forgive mistakes but not betrayals

8. 20 pm: Narendra Modi calls Congress manifesto a ‘joke’

8.22 pm: Based on their experiences, people of Delhi should decide who should form the next government: Modi

8.18 pm: Modi says AAP betrayed people’s mandate in Delhi.


8.15 pm: Modi calls AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal a Congress agent. “AAP first formed government with Cong, then resigned and handed over the government to Congress through LG…they only want to help Congress and are least bothered about the country,” says Modi.

8.12 pm: People of Delhi should decided what kind of government they would prefer to rule, says Modi in Delhi.

8.10 pm: After Jammu and Bulandshahr, Narendra Modi addresses ‘Bharat Vijay’ rally in Delhi.

7.40 pm: Former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh hit back at his BJP rival Arun Jaitley for questioning Congress giving tickets to some leaders against whom there are criminal allegations.

7.30 pm: DMK chief M Karunanidhi extends support to Congress as he says his party will forgive all that has happened in the past.

7.00 pm: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik kicked off BJD’s campaigning for the ensuing twin elections from his home turf Hinjli Assembly constituency in Ganjam district, voicing optimism about a good show by his party.

5.50 pm: Pramod Muthalik files nomination as an independent candidate from Dharwad.

5.32 pm: Rajnath Singh hits out at Akhilesh government over SC’s verdict on Muzaffarnagar riots.

5.00 pm: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal hit back at Narendra Modi over AK 49 remark saying such comments do not suit a prime ministerial candidate.


4.40 pm: Arun Jaitley questions Rahul Gandhi’s claim on tackling corruption.

4.20 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dares Narendra Modi to make speech on dynasty politics in some other state.



4:19 pm: Youth in UP are jobless, small scale industries are being shut, what is the SP government doing? Asks Modi

4:18 pm: Sever your links with them as they broke your trust and promises, Modi tells people of Bulandshahr.

4: 17 pm: I need public support to defeat Congress and nail them over scams, says BJP PM candidate.

4: 16 pm: If we want there can be progress, farmers can be paid higher for the produce: Modi.


4: 15 pm: We adopted the Lab to Land approach in Gujarat and our farmers now can turn sand into gold

4:14 pm: The Uttar Pradesh government has failed to meet the needs of the common man, says Modi.

4: 13 pm: There are no jobs for the youth in Uttar Pradesh: Modi


4: 12 pm: Sugarcane farmers toil hard to make our lives sweet, but their lives have only become bitter

4:11 pm: While UP is fortunate to have so many rivers, farmers are still suffering in this state

4.10: People of this country will make a choice, it is a fight between the ‘shahzada’ & a ‘chaiwala’: Modi

4.09: These elections are fight between the Elite and the Common Man, says Modi.

4.08 pm: I will be always available for the people after I take up responsibility at the Centre, assures Narendra Modi.

4.07 pm:  I don’t want the chair for power, I want the chair to serve the people of this country

4.06: pm:  NDA needs your blessings and support

4.05 pm: Those who looted the nation know what will happen after May 16: Modi.

4.03 pm: This elections everybody has come together to fight against a tea seller

4.02 pm: Modi says, India will witness a new era post the 2014 elections.

4.00 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Bulandshahr.

3.45 pm: The ideology that we have adopted doesn’t have any room for hatred, says Rajnath Singh.

3.35 pm: The Congress-led UPA is slipping on all fronts. The people of India are disappointed with the Congress, says Rajnath Singh.

BJP President Rajnath Singh reaches Lucknow. (Photo courtesy: Twitter) BJP President Rajnath Singh reaches Lucknow. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

3.30 pm: Our party’s ideology does not support pitching people against each other, says BJP President Rajnath Singh

3.28 pm: Singh says that he wants to take forward Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s good deeds in Lucknow.

3.25 pm: BJP President Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference.


3.00 pm: Congress claiming to appoint special envoy to bring back black money is a fraud, says Prasad.

2.58 pm: Whatever benefit the minority has got, has been given only to a few elites related to the Congress.


2.55 pm: The Congress gave Ashok Chavan a ticket so that they should not be talking of ending corruption, says Shiv Shankar Prasad.

2.50 pm: BJP hits out at Congress, says their manifesto is a ‘document of deceit’.

2:13 pm: Ashok Chavan files nomination.

2:03 pm: The issue here is not the individual Narendra Modi, but his ideology. It’s like questioning the fundamentals of what this country stands for. This is why I am against Narendra Modi.

2:01 pm: My biggest problem with the BJP is that they have a mindset where only a few people will run the country. If one goes in that direction then large number of people will question that idea.

2:00 pm: We are going to put in a trillion dollars in infrastructure, more money into highways, railways and construct a manufacturing backbone that is going to get people jobs.


1:58 pm: The only way India is going to move forward is a partnership between the poor and business.

1:55 pm: When it comes to perception that the India Shining campaign was a brilliant one. Everybody was convinced that BJP was coming to power. But then it evaporated.

1:54 pm: The idea is that half a million people have their voice in the manifesto.

1: 53 pm: There are shortcomings, but this process should be seen as an idea.

1: 53 pm: 15 seats in the party has been chosen by 12000 members who had the guaranteed right to choose the seats.

1:51 pm: Modi might be an individual, but he has a mindset that is going to harm India, says Rahul Gandhi.

1:48 pm: I don’t have much faith in opinion polls because they have been proved wrong over and over again.


1:46 pm: We are going to challenge the Varanasi seat, but not decided on the candidate yet, says Sonia Gandhi.

1:39 pm: We want a nation which is for all the people and where all have equal representation.

1:39 pm: We want to fight for a nation, where it is not important what language we speak or what caste we belong to, but that India which is secular.


1:38 pm: In this election we want to fight for a leadership that is able to achieve the best for the country, says Sonia.

1:37 pm: We want to unite, not divide people.

1:37 pm: In this elections we will strive for unity.

1:34: pm: Sonia Gandhi addressing the public.

1:30 pm: Growth has many dimensions and we are glad the manifesto spells out our strategy for accelerated growth.


1:28 pm: We have come with the agenda of what we want to do in the next five years.

1:27 pm: In all aspects, the UPA was ahead in creating opportunities.

1:26 pm: We were able to lift 14 crore people above poverty line.

1:23 pm: We provided an agenda for growth.

1:22 pm: People ask what is the record of the Cong party, Congress record is visible to everyone who cares to look at it.

1:22 pm: Today, there is discussion about who is good at guaranteeing development. Development has many models, one is the Gujarat model. But the Congress model recognises there is need for expanding economy to provide lasting solution to poverty. That growth by itself is not sufficient for inclusive growth, It has to be backed by education, health needs of women, SC/ST and other citizens.

1:21 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the podium speaking about the manifesto.

1:20 pm: You should also feel there’s place for you in India’s development.

1:20 pm: Whatever you have told us to incorporate we have done that on this manifesto.

1:20 pm: We have for the first time in our manifesto put your voices.

1:19 pm: This manifesto must bring out a new mission for India.

1:19 pm: We have organised a series of consultations all over India.

1:18 pm: We took 5 months to prepare this manifesto.

1:17 pm:In most of the interactions held in far flung places of India, Rahul Gandhi personally attended and interacted with all sections of our society. That’s why this time our manifesto is novel.

1:15 pm: I’m happy we are able to incorporate many of the important suggestions from the interactions. But at the same time we are sorry that we are not able to include all the suggestions given by people.

1:14 pm: We will find a way to incorporate the left out suggestions.

1:12 pm: AK Antony says this time we have deviated from the past practise of preparing manifesto by a team in Delhi, but now it has been possible by the determination of the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

1:05pm: Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to unveil Congress poll manifesto.

12.51 pm: You have chosen a ruler for 60 years, now choose a servant for 60 months, says Modi. He says his only Mantra is development.

12.50 pm: “I just want the country to give me 60 months against the 60 years of Congress rule. I just want to be a watchman of this country for 60 months,” says Modi.

12.48 pm: “Trust me if you want to change your life,” says Modi.

12.45 pm: “Why has Prevention of Corruption Act not been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir? Why those who cry about Jan Lokpal don’t speak about this?” says Modi.

12.42 pm: “Taye desh ko karna hai, kis soch pe aage badhna hai”, says Modi.

12.41 pm: “Shehzada says Congress is a thought process, I want to tell him that this though process has ruined this country,” says Modi.

12.39 pm: There are three AKs that have emerged as favourites of Pakistan – AK-47, A K Antony and AK-49 (Arvind Kejriwal).

12. 36 pm:

12.35 pm: The Congress ideology is ‘Mar jawan, mar kisaan’, says Modi.

12.30 pm: “Do you need dynasty politics?” Modi at J&K rally.

12.29 pm: “When I talk about unemployment, corruption and inflation, they talk only about secularism,” says Modi.

12.26 pm: Modi recalls the efforts of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the welfare of Jammu and Kashmir.

12.24 pm: “We want Bharat Vijay against corruption and misgovernance,” says Modi.

12.21 pm: The crowd at the rally shows which side the wind is blowing in J&K, says Modi

12.19 pm: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses rally in J&K

12.14 pm: Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has said that his candidature for Lok Sabha elections is in compliance with law.

12.11 pm:

12.06 pm: The BJP has said that Arvind Kejriwal is making false statements against the Gujarat government just to stay in media 11.55 am:

11.51 am:

11.40 am: A plea has been filed in Delhi High Court for directions to Election Commission to derecognise Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena for hate speech.

11.35 am: The BJP has demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after the Supreme Court blamed the state government for negligence.

READ: Muzaffarnagar riots: Supreme Court rules out CBI or SIT probe, pulls up UP government for ‘negligence’

11.19 am: After deciding to take on Narendra Modi in Varanasi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will on Wednesday undertake a road show in the constituency especially villages to woo rural voters.


10:32 am: Battleground Varanasi: Everything you want to know.

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10:15 am: Describing the Lok Sabha poll as “very important” for the Left, former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee claimed the vote gap between the Left and the Trinamool Congress was narrowing.

9:03 am: Congress to release its manifesto today.

9:02 am: Former Army General V K Singh declares firearms worth Rs 3.5 lakh. 

READ: General V K Singh declares firearms worth Rs 3.5 lakh. 

9:00 am: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has started proceeding to Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta hills.

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