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May 5 elections roundup: Modi insulted my ‘martyred’ father Rajiv, Amethi will never forgive him, says Priyanka Gandhi
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10.00 pm: BSP Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha candidate Bhagwan Singh Chohan has a placed a bounty of Rs 1 crore on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s head for his alleged “anti-Dalit” remarks.
9.40 pm: A call for prayer at a mosque today made Rahul Gandhi to halt his speech for around five minutes, even as anxious party colleagues looked on fearing that the Congress Vice President might run out of time on the last day of campaigning in Allahabad.
9.31 pm: Congress hit hard at Narendra Modi over his attack on the Election Commission saying the whole-scale onslaught, intemperate words were clear signs of losing team attacking the referee.
Trinamool Chairperson’s campaign schedule for tomorrow (06.05.2014): 2 PM – Basirhat 3 PM – Swarupnagar 4 PM – Kharda
— AITC (@AITCofficial) May 5, 2014
8.56 pm: More than 3.67 crore voters are set to cast votes in elections to 175 assembly seats and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies to be held on May 7 in Seemandhra.
8.27 pm: Seeking to allay any apprehensions among muslims, Narendra Modi today ruled out scrapping any existing constitutional and statutory mechanisms meant for their welfare and said he would instead work to strengthen them.
7.58 PM: Accusing Narendra Modi of using religion for canvassing by putting out Lord Ram’s portrait in the backdrop at his Faizabad rally, Congress approached Election Commission demanding registration of an FIR against him and other party leaders as well as derecognition of BJP.
7.25 pm: Priyanka Gandhi hits out at Modi saying that the people of Amethi will never forget BJP for insulting her father on Amethi soil. “My party workers will avenge this petty politics,” says Priyanka. READ FULL STORY HERE
7.10 pm: CPI stalwart A B Bardhan said he is not averse to making TMC led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a partner if an alternative government is formed to stall NDA led by Narendra Modi from coming to power.
7.00 pm: Requested EC to take strict action against Modi for using religious symbols for election campaigning: Kapil Sibal READ FULL STORY HERE
6.45 pm: Targetting Priyanka Gandhi, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said her ignorance about the presence of party candidate Smriti Irani in Amethi showed the Congress star campaigner’s “arrogance at its worst”.
6.16 pm: Accusing the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of “lecturing” as if he was the “cleanest of them all”, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today advised him to read history again to know about the party’s contribution in transforming the country since Independence from a poor state to a progressive nation.
Development in the back seat and Religious Fundamentalism in the front seat. Nothing unusual but as per Planned Strategy of BJP and Modi.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 5, 2014
5.20 pm: Even Rahul Gandhi once overruled PM Manmohan Singh as he dubbed cabinet’s decision on an ordinance as ‘nonsense': Modi.
5.18 pm: “When former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao died, Soniaji did not allow funeral in Delhi out of her anger, just like Bahadur Shah Zafar was not given allowed to be buried by British,” says Modi.
5.16 pm: Modi accuses Sonia of playing ‘politics of anger’. “Once senior Congress leader Sitaram Kesri, was insulted, thrown out of the party because of the anger of Sonia ji. Now tell me who does politics of anger, asks Modi.
5.14 pm: Modi says he has political rivalry with Mulayam Singh, but “I will request him to cooperate with me for Amethi’s farmers.”
5.10 pm: In Amethi, Modi says Rahul Gandhi indeed is following his father Rajiv Gandhi’s footsteps.
5.06 pm: Narendra Modi alleges that Congress will try to buy votes in Amethi. “Congress cars have left. The cars have a lot of ‘Maal’ in them,” says Modi in Amethi.
5.05 pm: They have looted the nation in the name of the poor, but they never thought that a ‘chaiwala’ will challenge them: Modi in Amethi.
4.59 pm: I had said ‘dil maange more’ and I will again say ‘yeh dil maange more’ as the one who asks is better than those who loot: Modi in Amethi.
4.55 pm: Modi hits back at Priyanka Gandhi, says one of the political leaders asks ‘who is Smriti Irani’. “Their arrogance has reached a new level that they lost thought process.”
4.53 pm: I have not come here to abuse anyone but to share your grievances: Modi in Amethi.
4.50 pm: Modi takes on Rahul, says: “They question Gujarat’s development model wherever they go, but do they have the courage to ask what is happening in Amethi.”
4.45 pm: I have not come here to indulge in ‘revenge politics’… “I have not come for the politics of revenge, I am here for politics of change,” says Modi in Amethi.
4.42 pm: I have sent Smriti to reduce the problems of Amethi and not to trouble Rahul Gandhi: Modi in Amethi.
4.40 pm: In Amethi, Modi says nothing can save ‘mother-son’ government, all political pundits will be proved wrong.
4.38 pm: Modi addresses Smriti Irani as his ‘behen’.
4.37 pm: Narendra Modi campaigns for Smriti Irani at Amethi rally.
4.35 pm: Smriti says Amethi wants to be part of the wave of change that is taking place in the nation.
4.30 pm: In Amethi, BJP candidate Smriti Irani takes on Rahul Gandhi, says the leader who talks about women empowerment has not worked for girls’ education.
4.15 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav hit out at Narendra Modi saying the BJP prime ministerial candidate is desperate to form government at the centre but he is afraid of the Samajwadi Party.
3:30 pm: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi may have decided to address a rally on the last day of campaigning in this Gandhi bastion today, but his virtual presence here had begun months earlier.
3:00 pm: Amid reports that some Congress leaders were not keen to continue support to the JMM-led ruling coalition, Chief Minister Hemant Soren today said his government was stable and schemes were being executed speedily.
1:15 pm: Detailed security arrangements in coordination with Gujarat police have been put in place by local authorities for BJP leader Narendra Modi’s visit for campaigning in the Gandhi bastion here.
1:00 pm: We don’t want a remote-controlled government, says Modi.
Who is saving Netaji and Behenji from CBI? This “I will save you, you save me’ is the drama they do: Narendra Modi on SP, BSP and Congress
— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) May 5, 2014
In this land, where only the truth is spoken I want to ask what did this betrayers do: Narendra Modi on SP, BSP and Congress
— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) May 5, 2014
12:50 pm: The clamour for the PM’s seat is dividing the country, says Modi.
12:48 pm: The Congress had promised that if they form the government in Delhi then they will give employment to 10 crore people, but only 1.5 crore got jobs, says Modi.
12:47 pm: They (Congress) gave their word that 10 crore will get employment, but is there anyone who has got employment? asks Modi.
12:45 pm: Modi addresses a rally in Faizabad, UP.
12:25 pm: The picturesque and tranquil backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges belies the underlying political tension as three heavyweights from Congress, BJP and AAP slug it out for this Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 7.
12:20 pm: As Seemandhra prepares to vote for a new dawn on May 7, Congress is faced with the tough task of weaning away electors from old foe Chandrababu Naidu and former partyman Jaganmohan Reddy, both of whom are eyeing big gains from voter angst over Andhra Pradesh’s split.
12:08 pm: Had Sardar Patel become the PM of India things would have been very different. One family has repeatedly insulted him, says Narendra Modi.
12:07 pm: Lal Bahadur Shastri had declared Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan, but this government stands for Mar jawan, Mar Kissan, says Modi.
12:05 pm: In a country where Pakistan beheads our soldiers and Delhi government does nothing. How many countless jawans have died but in 10 years more than 2 lakh farmers have committed suicide, says Modi.
12:04 pm: I will make a Sardar Patel’s statue nearly double the size of the statue of liberty as call it the the Statue of unity.
12:03 pm: How can the nation do injustice to such a big statesman like Sardar Patel, says Modi.
12:02 pm: There is mother-son government at the Centre and father-son government in UP, says Modi.
12:02 pm: I come from the land of Sardar Patel, so I want to work for farmers, says Modi.
12:01 pm: If our country’s PM was Saradar Patel, then farmers would have not been in same predicament as they are presently and Kashmir would not have been in a sad situation, says Modi.
11:50 am: I want to ask the mother-son government in Delhi what is the fault of Sanju Devi? asks Modi.
11:49 am: Elections are not being fought by politicians, but people, says Modi.
11:47 am: I want to give you confidence that this country, this democracy, is the real strength of the country, says Modi.
11:46 am: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Ambedkar Nagar.
11:31 am: Amit Shah is constantly trying to divide people in UP, says Akhilesh Yadav.
11:30 am: Poll panel should take action against Amit Shah, says Mayawati.
11:13 am: BSP chief Mayawati slams BJP leader Amit Shah, says he should not be allowed in UP.
10:00 am: In what could be one of the biggest elections rallies for the BJP, Narendra Modi will address a rally in Amethi along with the presence of top BJP leaders such as LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
9:00 am: Mamata Banerjee demands Narendra Modi’s arrest for trying to instigate caste-based violence in Kolkata.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 5, 2014