Get all the latest updates on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:
8.00 pm: BJP stepped up its attack on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of dumping issues half-way and running away from answering questions, and said it did not need his advise on the kind of language to be used.
Charging Kejriwal with indulging in “hypocrisy” and “politics of convenience”, it also said such a trend was worrying for the nation.
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6.15 pm: Targeting Nitish Kumar, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi alleged that the Bihar Chief Minister had failed to prevent the terrorist attack at Bodh Gaya last year because of ‘vote bank’ politics.
“Log mare to mare unko chinta thi apni kursi ki apne vote bank ki (let the people die, he was more concerned about his chair and vote bank politics),” Modi told an election meeting at the Gandhi Maidan.
5.50 pm: Vishwa Hindu Parishad office bearers in the city alleged that BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Pilibhit Maneka Gandhi has misbehaved with a priest of a local temple and demanded an apology from her.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 27, 2014
4.30 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party PM candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Gaya was on Thursday marred by initial chaos before the Gujarat chief minister arrived at the venue.
According to reports, trouble erupted after the crowd entered the media enclosures leading to chaos just before Modi was to arrive at the rally venue.
3.34 pm: Narendra Modi urges the people of Bihar to vote for Lotus.
3.30 pm: Ticket of Congress candidate who was to contest against me was not given ticket because he was a Dalit, says Narendra Modi.
3.28 pm: The Congress is not willing to talk about price rise and corruption: Modi.
3.25 pm: Soniaji is also a mother, but she is not concerned about the poor and hungry children, says Modi.
3.20 pm: Modi takes on Congress over its poll manifesto. “Congress in their manifesto said they will reduce prices, what have they done in the last five years?” questions BJP PM candidate.
3.15 pm: Modi says, Sonia and her Shehzada have no concern for the farmers, they did not comply with SC order and let the foodgrain rot.
3.14 pm: Meira Kumar did not fulfil the wishes of Babu Jagjivan Ram: Modi
3.12 pm: Raising his poll pitch in Bihar, Modi tells its people, “India cannot develop without the development of the state.”
3.11 pm: In Bihar, Modi flaunts development agenda of Gujarat, says: “Power outage is news in Gujarat while uninterrupted power supply is news in Bihar.”
3.10 pm: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi addresses rally in Sasaram, Bihar.
2.55 pm: Meira Kumar did not fulfil the wishes of Babu Jagjivan Ram, Modi in Bihar.
2.50 pm: Sonia and her Shehzada have no concern for the farmers, they did not comply with SC order and let the foodgrain rot, Modi in Bihar.
2. 45 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav said that BJP leaders are scared of Modi and he is going to destroy his own party.
2.39 pm: 27 women candidates in fray for Lok Sabha polls in Kerala.
2.35 pm: Congress complains to Election Commission against the use of slogan Har Har Modi by BJP supporters.
2.32 pm: AIADMK denied ticket to sitting MP C Rajendran and instead nominated Jayavardhan, son of former Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker D Jayakumar, in Chennai South constituency.
2.30 pm: YSR Congress seems to have lost its moorings in Telangana after having taken a pro-united Andhra Pradesh (AP) stance.
2.20 pm: Congress is facing strong antagonism in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions in the wake of the state’s bifurcation.
2.08 pm: BJP, BSP and SP field Muzaffarnagar riots accused in Lok Sabha polls.
1.29 pm: Expelled AAP leader Vinod Kumar Binny told HT that he will visit Varanasi in April and ask the voters if he should contest against Kejriwal.
Pandit Nehru mocked the idea of creation of Jharkhand & no Congress Govt. created separate ministry for development of Tribal communities.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2014
Addressed a rally in Gumla. Appealed to people of Jharkhand to support BJP in all 14 seats of Jharkhand in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2014
Receiving “chandanam and prasadam” from a constituent in Njandoorkonam today as our pariyadanam passes by a temple! pic.twitter.com/VXkvjT57WV
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 27, 2014
1.01 pm: An FIR has been registered against Congress candidate from Ghaziabad, Raj Babbar for carrying his roadshow beyond the stipulated time in Pilakhua area of the constituency in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
12.48 pm: There is tight security in Gaya ahead of Narendra Modi’s rally. Earlier in the day, Maoists blew up two mobile towers n the district.
12.18 pm: Modi reiterates: You gave 60 years to Congress, give me 60 months
12.15 pm: “Congress released its manifesto yesterday. A manifesto must be a holy document, but Congress made it a political tool to cheat people,” says Modi.
12.12 pm: “There used to be a Jayanthi tax in Delhi, wherein you had to pay money under the table to get environment clearance for any project,” Modi at rally in Jharkhand.
12.02 pm: Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and his family members, who have assets worth crores of rupees, also own shares in at least 25 companies and most of these investments were interestingly made last year. READ STORY
11.33 am: After the CPI, the JD(U) has hit out at BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi, saying he can call the country’s Defence Minister incompetent, but not a traitor. The JD(U) accused the Gujarat Chief Minister of insulting the armed forces.
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 27, 2014
I was born & brought up here.And if you’d created enough opportunity for my generation, dear incumbent, we wouldn’t be seeking it elsewhere.
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 27, 2014
Good mor Chandigarh! It is amazing to meet you all. Your support and our hard work will triumph. Bahut Kuch Karna hai aur Bahut kuch hoga.
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) March 27, 2014
10.23 am: CPI leader D Raja has hit out at Narendra Modi for calling Arvind Kejriwal a Pakistani agent. Terming Modi’s comment as atrocious, Raja said “one may not agree with Kejriwal, but how can you call him a Pakistani agent?”.
I am at Interior Park, Kirti Nagar friends to talk about issues of your area. #LekhiForDelhi
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) March 27, 2014
10.06 am: The Election Commission’s Goa office has dismissed a complaint of violation of model code of conduct filed against Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar by opposition Congress.
THE RAE BARELI POSSIBILITY: The Bharatiya Janata Party is considering fielding Uma Bharti against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli. “This is under serious consideration,” confided a central office-bearer.
There was speculation about Subramanian Swamy in Rae Bareli given his credentials as a Gandhi family baiter. But Swamy, who was eyeing a Delhi seat, has opted out.
9.48 am: Former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi has taken potshot at the media coverage of Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, saying it should also report about when he eats and when he sleeps.
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 27, 2014
Jharkhand : Security tightened ahead of Narendra Modi’s rally in Gumla,bomb detection teams conduct sweeps pic.twitter.com/adTRI95YDO
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 27, 2014
9.22 am: Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror squad have arrested two fidayeen terrorists in Gorakhpur.
9.20 am: Modi will hold rallies in Lohardagga and Chatra in Jharkhand, followed by Sasaram and Gaya in Bihar.
9.10 am: Maoists have blown up two mobile towers in Gaya district of Bihar ahead of BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi’s visit.
— Dr. C.P. Joshi (@drcpjoshi) March 27, 2014
8.49 am: From the Print: After close to two decades with the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh is contesting as a Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate. His parliamentary career restricted to the Rajya Sabha so far, he is now the Fatehpur Sikri candidate. He discusses his politics past and present in this interview. READ FULL INTERVIEW
8.46 am: According to reports, the Election Commission has transferred more than 40 officials in Uttar Pradesh to ensure fair polls.
8.38 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is slated to address two rallies in Assam – one in Sonitpur district and the other in Dibrugarh district.