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Lok Sabha election 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: BJP will not cross 160 seats across India, says MP CM Kamal Nath

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Today LIVE News Updates: The BJP national president said he was fortunate to become a candidate from the constituency represented by LK Advani.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2019 11:01:49 pm
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: With just 11 days left for the Lok Sabha elections to kick off, leaders from major political parties are busy taking trips across the country in an effort to reach out to as many voters as possible. BJP national president Amit Shah addressed a public meeting in Naranpura in Ahmedabad before filing his nomination from the Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency. He said he was fortunate to become a candidate from the constituency represented by LK Advani.

Shah was joined by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray who attacked the opposition saying, “They have 56 leaders in a rally joining hands. It’s good…they should join hands, even if they do not get along well. But Shiv Sena and BJP we are joined by hearts.” They have 56 leaders in a rally joining hands. It’s good…they should join hands, even if they do not get along well. But Shiv Sena and BJP we are joined by hearts,” he added. Click here for more election news

During the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on his campaign trail in northeast India. He addressed rallies in Arunachal Pradesh’s Aalo and Assam’s Moran. He concluded his northeast campaign for today with a public meeting in Gohpur. In his Aalo rally, Modi took a dig at Opposition saying the party has an old connection with corruption and is least concerned about the country or its youth. He also alleged that Congress speaks the language of terrorists. “They don’t have an existence in India, yet are praised in Pakistan,” he observed.

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21:01 (IST)30 Mar 2019
BJP will not cross 160 seats across India, says MP CM Kamal Nath

The MP CM predicted the Congress would win 22 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state, adding that the BJP would not cross 160 seats across the country in the April-May polls. He said the Congress would announce candidates for the remaining MP Lok Sabha seats in the next three-four days.The BJP had won 27 out of 29 seats in the 2014 polls, with only Scindia from Guna and Nath from Chhindwara managing to withstand the Narendra Modi wave. 

19:53 (IST)30 Mar 2019
PM should stop misusing armed forces for political gains: Congress

The Congress on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop "misusing" the country's armed forces for political gains. Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was running away from "real issues" in the campaign for the April-May parliamentary election. "Since 1947, India has achieved several milestones and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only PM who thinks the country's achievements are his individual achievement," he said. "It is an insult for the armed forces of the country. It is the country's armed forces not any party's or prime minister's army, the prime minister should stop its misuse for political gains. Our jawans do not sacrifice their lives for votes and if the prime minister says that, then the world is mocking us for it...it does not suit him," he told reporters. (PTI)

19:11 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses Jansabha
18:52 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi talks about environment
18:50 (IST)30 Mar 2019
After Nishad Party quits alliance, SP fields new candidate in Gorakhpur

A day after the Nishad Party quit the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party Saturday named its own candidate for the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, dropping sitting MP Pravin Nishad. Ram Bhuwal Nishad, the SP candidate from Gorakhpur, the seat once held by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, is also from the Nishad community. The Nishad party is headed by Sanjay Nishad, father of Pravin Nishad who had won the Gorakhpur parliamentary seat on an SP ticket in the 2018 bypolls. Gorakhpur was considered a bastion of Adityanath, who had represented the parliamentary constituency several times before. (PTI)

17:50 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Jaya Prada on BJP MP candidates's comment against her

Jaya Prada, BJP MP candidate from Rampur on Sambhal SP leader Firoz Khan's comment 'Rampur ki shaamein rangeen ho jaayengi ab jab chunavi mahual chalega' on her: Unpe toh already case lag gaya hai...SP (Samajwadi Party) walon ke yahi sanskar hain.

17:47 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Congress president Rahul Gandhi likely to fight from Wayanad

KOCHI: The Congress rank and file in the state are waiting anxiously and desperately for the party high command to announce it's candidates in the Wayanad and Vadakara Lok Sabha seats. Congress president Rahul Gandhi may fight from Wayanad while a formal announcement is yet to come from Delhi on the candidature of K Muraleedharan MLA from Vadakara. Even though a formal nod is awaited, Muralidharan has already begun his campaign there and faces a mounting challenge from CPI(M)'s P Jayarajan. On the Wayanad seat, the Congress's allies have begun putting pressure on the national leadership to announce whether Gandhi intends to fight or not. The opposition LDF and NDA camps have started their campaigns. Kerala goes to polls in a single phase for all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies on April 23. 

 
17:45 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Independent MLA PC George extends support to BJP

PATHANAMTHITTA: Independent MLA and chairman of Kerala Janapaksham political party, PC George announced his support Friday for BJP candidate K Surendran in the Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency, which was the nerve-centre of the Sabarimala agitation. George himself has been elected from Poonjar, one of the Assembly segments that fall under the LS constituency. Surendran, the state general secretary of the BJP, is up against sitting Congress MP Anto Antony and LDF candidate Veena George. There are speculations that George, who was once associated with the Congress-led UDF, may make his entry into the NDA. He has reportedly held talks with the BJP national leadership on this issue. 

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Odisha: Arjun Sethi resigns from BJD

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17:10 (IST)30 Mar 2019
In Northeast, PM Modi raises poll pitch, says oppn ‘disheartened by India’s growth’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday kicked off his election campaign in northeastern states, beginning from Arunachal Pradesh. While continuing with his ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) rhetoric in Arunachal, the PM in Assam said only a ‘chaiwala’ can understand the pain of fellow ‘chaiwalas’. In Arunachal, Modi lashed out at Opposition parties, claiming they were “disheartened” by India’s growth and success. Launching his campaign in Arunachal’s Aalo, the Prime Minister said the state is a “shield for the country with the people zealously guarding the border as sentinels.” He claimed that the Congress has the habit of taking people of the country for a ride, while saying that the grand old party is “synonymous with corruption”. READ MORE HERE

16:31 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Congress threatening institutions: Naqvi on Rahul's NITI Aayog remarks

Slamming Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that the Congress, if voted to power, would scrap the NITI Aayog, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged on Saturday that the opposition party was "threatening and defaming" constitutional institutions. The Union Minority Affairs Minister's remarks came a day after Congress president Gandhi said his party would replace NITI Aayog with a "lean" Planning Commission. The "shehzada" is speaking under the influence of his "arrogance of feudal mentality", Naqvi said in an apparent reference to Gandhi. (PTI)

16:30 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Tharoor's "squeamish" tweet kicks of controversy

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor found himself on a sticky wicket Saturday as his tweet following a visit to the fish market here kicked up a row, with the ruling CPI(M) and BJP alleging he had insulted the fishermen community and demanded an apology. The former Union minister, who is trying to score a hat-trick from the prestigious Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, had visited a fish market in the state capital recently and spoken to the women selling fish there and had also posted some pictures of his visit. "Found a lot of enthusiasm at the fish market, even for a squeamish, vegetarian MP," Tharoor had later tweeted.

16:16 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Dangerous for country if Modi isn't re-elected: Hema Malini

BJP MP Hema Malini has said it will be dangerous for the country if Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't return to power as he alone has the courage to do what is right for the country. The actor-turned-politician, who is recontesting from the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh once again this year, also hit out at the Opposition, saying that it is "desperate" as Modi has ensured that there is no corruption in the country. "There is no other choice. Modiji has to come back. It will be dangerous for the country if someone else wins. That's why we all (BJP members) are working hard to bring him back," Hema Malini told PTI Bhasha in an interview.

16:14 (IST)30 Mar 2019
Congress attacks Modi government over employment
16:12 (IST)30 Mar 2019
There were issues between Sena and BJP, but resolved now: Uddhav

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Saturday said although there were differences between his party and the BJP earlier, all the issues have been resolved now. He also said the two parties had similar goals and their ideologies and hearts were woven together. Thackeray also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the opposition had no leader that matches his stature. He was speaking at a rally here ahead of filing of nomination by BJP chief Amit Shah for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.   (PTI)

16:10 (IST)30 Mar 2019
UP deputy CM describes Nyay as 'anyaay yojana'

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Saturday described the Congress' Nyay scheme as "anyay (injustice) yojana", saying that the scheme is "laughable" when compared to the welfare schemes implemented by the BJP. "The public is able to see all the 'anyaay' done by them (Congress) in their Nyay scheme. This is a type of 'anyaay yojana', as in the period of more than 70 years of Independence, you (Congress) ruled the country for almost three-fourths of the period, but never thought about the betterment of the people, especially the poor," Sharma told PTI.   (PTI)

15:59 (IST)30 Mar 2019
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15:44 (IST)30 Mar 2019
PM attacks Congress over Augusta Westland chopper scam

PM Modi attacked the Congress family saying that they put the country on the line for the benefits of people like Ottavio Quattrocchi and Christian Michel who has recently been extradited to India in the Augusta Westland chopper scam. 

15:38 (IST)30 Mar 2019
PM Modi promises people of Assam working in tea gardens

PM Modi says that his government is committed to the development of people involved in the tea business. He added that for such people the Shramyogi Mandhan Yojna was introduced and everyone will get a sum of Rs 3000 per month as pension after attaining 60 years of age. 

15:29 (IST)30 Mar 2019

PM Modi asserting the rhetoric around national security asks the crowd, who can free Assam, India from infiltrators, on one side there is a nstrong chowkidar, on the other side is the alliance of adulterated parties.

PM Modi Friday launched his election campaign in eastern India with a rally in Jeypore, in Odisha’s Koraput district. Referring to the successful anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test under ‘Mission Shakti’, he said his government has equipped India to be a “chowkidar even in space”.

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Amit Shah had on Friday kicked off his Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal, saying the party would win 23 seats in the state. Addressing the public in Alipurduar district, which will go to polls on April 11, Shah accused the Trinamool Congress of destroying democracy in the state and creating a reign of terror. He said the TMC allowed “infiltrators” to stay in West Bengal, and asserted that the BJP would bring the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state to drive them out.

Friday also marked the last day of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi's UP trip. Holding a roadshow in Ayodhya, Gandhi appealed to the public to reject a government that denies them their rights. She went on to slam PM Modi saying, he could visit many a foreign country, but not a single village in his own constituency in the last five years of his tenure.

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First published on: 30-03-2019 at 09:50:58 am
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