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May 6 elections roundup: BJP wants Priyanka to apologise to Modi; Buddhadeb alleges RSS wants only Hindus to stay in country

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Modi asked people 'living' in birthplace of Lord Ram to teach Congress a lesson for not fulfilling electoral promises. (PTI) Modi asked people 'living' in birthplace of Lord Ram to teach Congress a lesson for not fulfilling electoral promises. (PTI)

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

9.30 pm: In an apparent reference to BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the party of “inciting violence between communities” saying instead of raising voice against the neglect of the state by the Centre, they were talking of driving Bengalis away.

8.50 pm: The Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat has forwarded an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member’s
complaint seeking cancellation of BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi’s candidature from polls, to returning officers of Vadodara and Ahmedabad, for further action.

8.25 pm: The stage is set for tomorrow’s elections to four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh which
will decide the fate of 38 candidates, including former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar and BJP’s Anurag Thakur.

8.15 pm: It would be a disaster, if Narendra Modi became the next prime minister, CPI(M) politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said, alleging that the RSS wants only Hindus to stay in the country. “Don’t believe Narendra Modi. There will be disaster,” Bhattacharjee said at a rally.

7.50 pm: BJP has demanded that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra apologise to Narendra Modi as well as the whole country for her “neech rajniti” remarks against the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

7.30 pm: Taking cognisance of BJP leader Amit Shah’s controversial remarks calling Azamgarh “a base of terrorists”, the Election Commission today said it has sought a detailed report and a CD of his statement.

6.59 pm: As the high stake electoral battle in Varanasi nears, the Election Commission today said it has taken a plethora of measures, including deployment of additional forces and video recording of the polling exercise to ensure free and fair voting on May 12.

6.28 pm: The Election Commission today said the issue of the appointment of the next Army chief is still under examination and it is yet to take a final call on it.

5.53 pm: Seeking to turn the tables on Arvind Kejriwal on his stand against corruption, the BJP today asked the Aam Admi Party chief to explain why he gave ticket to ex-IAS official Yudhvir Singh Khayalia who had given clean chit to Robert Vadra in the controversial Haryana land deal.

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5.39 pm: Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who was handed out religious punishment for distorting a Sikh hymn by incorporating BJP candidate Arun Jaitley’s name in it, today performed ‘Sewa’ (religious service) at Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur.

4.50 pm: Election Commission has ordered repolling in three polling stations under Assam’s Karimganj parliamentary constituency tomorrow following reports of alleged electoral malpractices by poll officials.

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4.31 pm: The days of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar were numbered, BJP today said, claiming that more than 50 JD(U) MLAs were in touch with the party and worked for its candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, triggering an angry reaction from the ruling party.

4.10 pm: FIR filed against AAP’s Somnath Bharti for staying in Amethi despite being asked to leave.

4.00 pm: Will ensure roof over everyone’s head: Rahul Gandhi in Jaunpur, UP

3.12 PM: Attacking Narendra Modi’s close confidant and former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah over his Azamgarh comment, RJD President Lalu Prasad today called him a ‘terrorist’.

2.52 pm: Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, known for his barbs not only against his political opponents but also against his own party, is eyeing a second consecutive term from this seat, where caste affiliations are likely to
play a crucial role.

2.35 pm: TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Union Ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, M M Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi and former minister D Purandeswari are among the prominent candidates in fray for the Seemandhra elections to be held tomorrow.

2.20 pm: Over 18000 Kashmiri Pandit voters are registered for voting in Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls tomorrow.

2.10 pm: Expressing confidence that Mulayam Singh Yadav will win from both Azamgarh and Mainpuri seats, senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav said that the party chief would retain the Azamgarh seat after elections.

1.33 pm: BJP leader Giriraj Singh gets bail in a case of alleged hate speech by a Patna court.

1:09 pm: I won’t be able to provide you with a Mercedes, but I will build toilets, provide electricity and water to people, says Modi.

1:08 pm: If Modi comes to power after May 16 they Congress will have no clue where to go, they are scared, says Modi.

1:06 pm: Congress sees Modi in their dreams too, says Modi.

1:04 pm: The Congress has accepted defeat even before the results are out, says Modi.

1:03 pm: Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Maharajganj, UP.

12:28 pm: We want a government on Delhi who listens to the poor, says Modi.

12:27 pm: Abuse me as much as you can, but not my community, says Modi.

12:26 pm: You need a government who is ready to wipe your tears and understand your problems, says Modi.

12:22 pm: If you don’t want to live in destitution like your fathers and forefathers, embrace the politics of development, says Modi.

12:19 pm: Even if people call me chaiwala, I want to tell them that I have only sold tea, but not the nation, says Modi.

12:18 pm: I want to tell them that even a chaiwala’s son can become PM, says Modi.

12:17 pm: Even after 60 years, what kind of mentality is the nation living in? asks Modi.

12:14 pm: Is it a crime that I belong to a lower caste? I may be from a lower caste, but my dream is to unite the nation, says Modi.

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11.25 am: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has questioned the alleged ‘caste card’ played by Narendra Modi, saying it doesn’t matter if the BJP PM candidate hails from a lower caste as he indulges in provoking riots.

11.05 am: Priyanka Gandhi has rejected media reports that she would campaign for Congress candidate Ajai Rai in Varanasi.

10.36 am: According to reports, Aam Aadmi Party Amethi candidate Kumar Vishwas and former Delhi minister Somnath Bharti entered into an argument with police when party workers from outside the state were asked to leave the area as the campaign was over. While Vishwas alleged that he was being targeted, the police said that they had gone to all parties and asked outsiders to leave as per the norm.

10.07 am: Reacting to Narendra Modi’s tweet, the Congress has accused the BJP PM candidate of playing the ‘caste card’

10.00 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.

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9.41 am: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that no one will be able to stop Modi.

9.30 am: BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has hit out at Priyanka Gandhi, saying his politics is seen as ‘low-level’ politics as he belongs to a lower caste.

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