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March 29 Elections round up: Modi says Congress Mukht India, corruption free India; Sabir Ali files defamation case against Naqvi
Get all the latest updates on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:
10.00 pm: BJP’s Rajasthan state unit is mulling disciplinary action against its rebel leaders, including former Union ministers Jaswant Singh and Subhas Maharia who are contesting the Lok Sabha elections as Independent.
9.55 pm: Former Jalna MP Uttamsingh Pawar today said he would contest as an Independent candidate from Aurangabad constituency in upcoming polls.
9.20 pm: The Election Commission (EC) today declared all polling stations in Bihar as non-smoking zone under section 4 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA).
9.15 pm: In its attempt to regain the lost ground in Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address a rally here on Sunday, just 10 days ahead of Lok sabha polls which will decide the fate of seven seats of the city.
9.10 pm: About 82,000 poling staff would be deputed at 16,244 polling stations for free and fair conduct of Lok Sabha elections for the 10 seats in Haryana on April 10.
9.00 pm: Lok Satta Party founder president Jayaprakash Narayan today said the outfit would “join hands” with BJP because its PM nominee Narendra Modi is emphasising upon good governance and economic development.
8.24 pm: Janata Dal (United) today released its list of 14 Lok Sabha candidates for Karanataka, Kerala, West Bengal and Maharashtra and extended support to Socialist Party candidate from East Delhi Prem Singh.
8.20 pm: CPI(M) is open to a post-poll alliance with all parties, including Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK which has dumped a pre-poll understanding with Left Front in Tamil Nadu, if they continue to maintain a non-Congress, non-BJP stance, senior party leader Sitaram Yechury said.
8.15 pm: Congress today gave a representation to Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha stressing that the “hate speech” made by its Saharanpur nominee Imran Masood was six-month old, “so does not amount to violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC)”.
8.10 pm: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, anti-nuclear activist and Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) candidate S P Udayakumar were among 63 candidates who filed their papers on the opening day of nominations today for the April 24 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.
7.19 pm: CPI Central Committee member and former MP Shatrughan Prasad Singh resigned from the party on Saturday.
7.16 pm: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will file his nomination papers from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat on April 22.
7.14 pm: Claiming that Samajwadi Party was “not real well-wishers” of Muslims, Rashtriya Ulema Council president Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni today announced that he would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
7.09 pm: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday dubbed Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi as “birds of a feather” even as he charged that the two were “property dealers” making “big money” for themselves.
7.06 pm: Nation will be ruined if corruption continues like this, don’t let the winds of corruption blow, Modi in Chandigarh.
7.02 pm: Addressing a rally in Baghpat, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said that there is nothing called Gujarat Model of Development, it is just a campaign.
6.56 pm: I am your own member and I seek your blessings today, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.50 pm: I am confident of a win, but my win will be incomplete without a Lotus from here, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.46 pm: Home Minister is responsible for Union Territories, but has anyone ever come here?, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.45 pm: Congress means Corruption, Congress Mukht India means corruption free India, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.42 pm: This government has made us believe that there is no end to corruption, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.40 pm: Cong is misleading people, first they removed Pawan Bansal & now he has got a party ticket, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.36 pm: Expelled JD(U) minister Sabir Ali whose membership was cancelled by BJP on Saturday, said that he will file a defamation case against BJP leader Mukhrae Abbas Naqvi for calling him Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal’s friend.
6.32 pm: Shahid Ali Khan, the lone Muslim face in the Nitish Kumar government has been given JD(U) ticket to contest from Sheohar parliamentary seat in place of Sabir Ali.
6.25 pm: NCP on Saturday expelled Sanjay Khodke, husband of former party MLA Sulabha Khodke, for “indulging in anti-party activities and lowering women’s dignity”.
6.23 pm: Demand for ‘One Rank, One Pension’, has been there for years & you say it was done in 3 days. How?, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.19 pm: People of this country know what a burden UPA is, they have experienced it all, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.18 pm: I addressed the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Jan and assured that bad days will end soon, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.17 pm: My education would have been incomplete had I not left Gujarat to come and work here, Modi in Chandigarh.
6.16 pm: After coming here I feel like I have got back to my home , Modi in Chandigarh.
6.07 pm: Rahul Gandhi condemns Imran Masood’s comments against Modi, says Congress doesn’t endorse such language
5.41 pm: Joining issue with Rahul Gandhi who flayed the Gujarat development model as a “new heavier balloon” filled with “gas”, CPI today said there were hardly any differences in the economic policies of both Congress and BJP and such ‘balloon stories’ are not of any use and cannot resurrect the country.
5.20 pm: As many as 16 companies of Central paramilitary forces and 130 battalions of Andhra Pradesh Special police besides regular police have been deployed as part of security arrangements for the elections to urban local bodies in Hyderabad on Sunday.
5.15 pm: Samajwadi Party today criticised BJP over a poster released by Narendra Modi’s supporters in this temple town using a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ eulogising Goddess Durga.
5.00 pm: Debate between South Bangalore candidates Nandan Nilekani and Ananth Kumar abandoned after chaos.
4.48: Modi reacts on Manmohan Singh’s ‘divisive politics’ remark, says mood across Western UP & Haryana is clear- people want development and not divisive politics.
4.45 pm: Imran Masood’s bail plea rejected, sent to 14-day judicial custody.
4.40 pm: As AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is going to spend more time in Varanasi, a hunt has begun for a big house for him to stay.
4.17 pm: A day after BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi assured him rehabilitation, veteran BJP leader Lal Muni Chaubey has withdrawn his nomination papers as an Independent candidate from Buxar Lok Sabha seat. READ STORY
4.15 pm: BJP president Rajnath Singh asks party members to raise internal issues in party forum and not media
4.oo pm: Arunachal Pradesh has set up a polling station for only two voters at Malogaon under Hayuliang division in the newly created Anjaw district.
Besides, there are eight polling stations for less than 10 voters, 20 for less than 20 voters and 105 for less than 50 electors in different areas of the largest northeastern state, election office sources said here.
3.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s Saharanpur rally not cancelled, will take place as scheduled.
3.49 pm: MP Navjot Singh Sidhu will not join senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s election campaign in Amritsar.
3.48 pm: Imran Masood’s statement on Modi is not the language of Congress, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.47 pm: We talk about love and brotherhood, and not about anger, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.46 pm: Our next target is Right to Treatment, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.45 pm: Opposition wants to give power to just one person, but we want to empower all Indians, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.44 pm: We will ensure your development with the help of education, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.41 pm: We want all poor people in the category of middle class, and will do that in 10 years, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.38 pm: This time BJP has created the balloon of Gujarat model, which will again burst in 2014, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
“Raj Babbar yaha Ghaziabad mein rehne nahi aaya hai, Raj Babbar yaha basne aaya hai” – Raj Babbar at Rahul Gandhi’s rally @IndianExpress
— Aniruddha Ghosal (@aniruddhg1) March 29, 2014
3.37 pm: BJP had in 2004 blown a balloon of ‘India Shining’, but nothing substantial happened, the balloon was burst by the people in elections, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
— Aniruddha Ghosal (@aniruddhg1) March 29, 2014
3.36 pm: BJP stalled six anti-graft bills, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
Speeches being delivered while waiting for Rahul Gandhi. While most looking skywards, expectantly, to spot the chopper @IndianExpress
— Aniruddha Ghosal (@aniruddhg1) March 29, 2014
3.35 pm: Modi’s cabinet in Gujarat has tainted minister who have been to jail, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.35 pm: Modi does not see corruption in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.33 pm: BJP stalled the Land Bill for 2 years, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.30 pm: UPA has fulfilled all promises like Aadhar, RTI, Food security bill, Rahul Gandhi in Ghaziabad.
3.20 pm: After cancelling Sabir Ali’s membership, BJP president Rajnath Singh urged party members to raise internal issues in party forum only and not go public.
3.18 pm: Day after his induction, BJP has cancelled the membership of expelled JD(U) minister Sabir Ali.
3.15 pm: FIR against Kalyan Singh, son for violating Model Code of Conduct
2.47 pm: “Shiv Sena was in power for four and half years. In spite of this they failed to initiate any industrial development. Then why pretend to be concerned about development?” says NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
2.42 pm: Rebel BJP leader Jaswant Singh has ruled out his withdrawal from the Lok Sabha poll fray.
2:26 pm: With rival parties stepping up campaign for the April 27 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, the opposition has targeted the ruling AIAMDK on the power outage issue even as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa assured voters that the problem would be solved by June. READ STORY
1:07 pm: Sabir Ali asks BJP to put induction on hold and says he will quit politics if allegations against him are true.
1:01 pm: Arunachal media complains Congress offered money to journalists.
12:49 pm: If we live, we will live for the country, if we die, we are ready to die for the country, says Modi.
12:48 pm: Only recently the ‘Shehzada’ told media persons that Modi is not an individual, he is an ideology. I am proud of the fact that I am born of an ideology, says Modi.
12:45 pm: Lashing out at the Congress, Narendra modi said, “If you don’t trust people, you can’t expect them to run the country.”
12:43 pm: “Has the government in Delhi ever thought of making Meerut, Baghpat and Gautam Buddh Nagar into satellite townships?” asks Modi.
12:42 pm: Get freedom from dynasty politics in India, says Modi.
12:41 pm: It’s breaking news in Uttar Pradesh when people get electricity, but in Gujarat it’s the other way round, says Modi.
12:38 pm: When I tell people that in Gujarat we provide electricity year round non-stop, they don’t believe me.
12:37 pm: Congress stands for ‘Mar Jawan, Mar Kissan’, says Narendra Modi.
12:35 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
12:14 PM: Sabir Ali asks BJP leadership to put his induction on hold.
11:47 am: The Election Commission will make customised arrangements for people with special needs at polling booths across the city.
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 29, 2014
Greeted with enthusiasm (and garlands!) at the inauguration of today’s pariyadanam in Nemom along with party leaders. pic.twitter.com/IOpE1JEoRc
Good mor Chandigarh! Big day for all of us. Our leader Shri @narendramodi ji will be addressing a big rally. Join us & make it memorable.
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) March 29, 2014
10:35 am: Adding a new dimension to her battle in securing her community’s rights, a well known transgender and activist Kalki Subramaniam, would contest from Pollachi, her home town, as an independent.
10:04 am: Rahul Gandhi cancels Saharanpur rally.
9:39 am: The video of Congress candidate Nagma slapping a youth who allegedly groped her during a rally in Meerut has gone viral on YouTube. Here is one of the video shared by Newzstreet TV Productions.
9:25 am: In his maiden campaign rally for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address supporters in Jorhat area of Assam.’
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) March 29, 2014
8:55 am: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to call off Saharanpur rally following the arrest of Imran Masood.
8:45 am: Congress candidate Imran Masood, who threatened to ‘chop Modi to pieces’, arrested.