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May 11 campaign roundup: BJP AAP questions EC’s clean chit to Rahul; Modi is remote-controlled by the RSS, says Congress

Kumar Vishwas hit out at the Congress saying Rahul had violated secrecy of voting by entering the enclosure of EVM in Amethi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2014 10:20 pm

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

9:49 pm: After Congress took on Gujarat government over seizure of a drug haul from a ship which “sailed from the state’s coast”, BJP hit back and put the onus on the Centre saying security along the country’s coastline was its responsibility.

9:35 pm: A delegation from Mauritius led by Irfan Abdul Rahman, the president of that country’s Electoral Commission, will make a four-day visit to the city from tomorrow for an experience about the Indian electoral system, specially the technology used in counting of votes.

9:20 pm: After raid on its party office in Varanasi, BJP today appealed to Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath to “exercise his authority” to ensure that no rigging takes place during last leg of polling tomorrow.

8:59 pm: Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar here today met leaders of the ruling NCP and Congress alliance in Maharashtra to discuss the political situation ahead of the Lok Sabha election results, and the

preparations for the Assembly elections.

7:55 pm: A senior Aam Aadmi Party leader today said they may extend issue based support to a Third Front government but the party swiftly distanced itself saying there was “no question” of it backing “any front”.

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6:56 pm: A day before Varanasi goes to polls, a clerics’ body here extended support to AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal, who is pitted against BJP’s Narendra Modi and Ajay Rai of Congress.

6:20 pm: Senior BJP leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today had a dig at chief minister Nitish Kumar saying that he has turned philosophical after sensing certain defeat in the general elections.

6:00 pm: The Congress today complained to the Chief Electoral Officer and the special observer for West Bengal that the ruling Trinamool Congress was indulging in violence and also alleged that it was terrorising opposition party workers.

5:45 pm: Mafia don-turned-politician Mokhtar Ansari today alleged that Court directives allowing him to campaign in his constituency were not followed by the authorities.

5:30 pm: Congress today took potshots at Narendra Modi over his meeting with RSS leaders saying the BJP prime ministerial candidate was being dictated by the Sangh which it described as the “most unaccountable remote control”.

5:15 pm: AAP leader Kumar Vishwas today questioned the clean chit given to Rahul Gandhi by the Election Commission on the allegation that he had violated secrecy of voting by entering the enclosure of EVM in one of the polling booths in Amethi.

4:45 pm: Congress today alleged that heroin worth Rs 1,600 crore seized by Australian maritime force off the Kenya coast last month originated from Gujarat and sought to punch holes in Narendra Modi’s claims of providing strong national security.

4:40 pm: The National Conference-Congress coalition in Jammu and Kashmir is crumbling with leaders from the two parties accusing each other of not working for the success of alliance candidates in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

4:30 pm: A section of family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has complained against Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha candidate Sugata Bose, also a Netaji kin, to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights accusing him of violating child rights by using a kid in his poll campaign.

4:25 pm: The temple town has turned into a fortress with over 45,000 security personnel being deployed to ensure free and fair polls tomorrow in the city where two of most talked about politicians – BJP’s Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party – are locked in a high-stake contest.

4:14 pm: Hitting out at dynasty politics, BJP today said continuation of such leadership is counter-productive for a political party in a democratic set-up.

3:46 pm: BJP leader Arun Jaitley today discounted claims that senior officials of Gujarat police had considered undesirable the holding of Narendra Modi’s rally at Beniyabagh in Varanasi.

3:21 pm: In an appeal ahead of the last phase of polling, Narendra Modi has urged voters to come out in record numbers to cast their ballot, saying NDA is the only alliance that can bring about a change in the country.

3:20 pm: A day after Narendra Modi’s long meeting with RSS top brass, BJP President Rajnath Singh today met Sangh leaders and is believed to have discussed the party strategy as the final phase of Lok Sabha polls come to an end tomorrow.

3:00 pm: Nearly 16 lakh voters will decide tomorrow the most high-profile contest of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, where BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is facing a triangular fight in this holy city mythologically known to be stationed on Lord Shiva’s trident.

2:50 pm: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) is hopeful of winning the Outer Manipur parliamentary seat and the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland but it is not expecting much in the Arunachal assembly elections, a top NPF leader said.

2.15 pm: Security tightened in Varanasi ahead of voting on Monday.

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12.01 pm: Repolling is underway today at a booth at Sonamukhi in Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency in Bankura district.

11.30 am: The last phase of the Lok Sabha polls in 17 seats in West Bengal on Monday would be crucial for the Trinamool Congress which would seek to retain the 14 seats it had won in 2009. READ FULL STORY HERE

10.30 am: After Modi, BJP President Rajnath Singh met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to discuss future strategy. READ FULL STORY

10.20 am: 

10.15 am: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan accuses the Election Commission of helping Bharatiya Janata Party contest elections, says the poll panel is acting like BJP’s election office.


10.00 am: Congress leader Meem Afzal says Modi’s rally in Varanasi had more outsiders.

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday night held a long meeting with top RSS leaders, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, hours after the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections came to an end.

Modi joined Bhagwat, his deputy Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Suresh Soni, the RSS pointsman with BJP, at the Sangh headquarters here where they are learnt to have reviewed the future course of action and current campaign strategy, two days before the last phase of elections, including in the crucial eastern UP.

Modi, who was campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, landed in Delhi after electioneering in the nine-phased polls drew to a close and went straight to meet former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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