Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday asked party workers to reach out to the villages and expose what she called was the BJP’s “jumlebazi” or empty rhetoric. She was campaigning in her brother Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency. Priyanka is in Uttar Pradesh for the next three days.
Earlier in the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation over Mission Shakti and said Indian scientists shot down an anti-satellite missile, in a three-minute operation. The operation was not directed at any country and did not violate any international treaty, the Prime Minister said, adding that the rare achievement helps India join a league of superpowers comprising Russia, USA and China.
Stay tuned as we bring you the latest election news from across the country as the day progresses, and some analysis of the events. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.
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Over 300 IT officials on their way to Bengaluru; Centre engaging in vengeance politics: Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that more than 300 IT officials were on their way to Bengaluru and may start their raids tomorrow. He alleged that the Central government is engaging in vengeance politics and said all this was happening because of elections. He warned that if the Centre continues with such tactics his government will do what "didi" did in West Bengal. He was referring to a dharna staged by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when CBI raided on Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy in Mandya: More than 300 IT officials are on their way to Bengaluru, they may start raids tomorrow. It's vengeance politics by the central govt, we know it's happening because of elections, if they continue like this, we'll do what West Bengal CM did. pic.twitter.com/S73FcpAXuI— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
TRS MP AP Jithender Reddy joins BJP
Have directed a committee to examine PM's address under MCC: EC
As several Opposition parties complained to the EC after PM Modi's address to the nation over Mission Shakti, the Election Body on Wednesday took cognizance of the matter and said it would examine the case in the light of Model Code of Conduct.
The matter related to the address of the Prime Minister to the Nation on electronic media today afternoon has been brought to the notice of ECI.The Commission has directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter immediately in the light of Model Code of Conduct.— Sheyphali Sharan (@SpokespersonECI) March 27, 2019
Odisha: BJD releases list of 36 candidates for state assembly elections
Goa Police seizes liquor worth Rs 1.5 crore
Goa Police on Wednesday raided three locations in north Goa and seized liquor worth Rs 1.5 crore. District Investigation Unit, north district led by SP North launched an operation. Three premises in Dhargal and Pernem were raided based on specific intelligence about illegal storage of liquor in huge quantity today morning at around 11:30 am. Exact market valuation of the seized liquor is yet to be done based on the panchnama. All 3 premises have no excise license/permit to store or sell liquor.
If my party asks me to contest, I will definitely: Priyanka Gandhi
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday interacted with media and said this election is to save the country. On being asked if she will contest the Lok Sabha polls, she said: "I've not decided yet; If my party asks me to contest, I will definitely contest. My wish is to work for the party."
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on UP CM saying Rahul and Priyanka remember temples only during elections: How does he know where I go and when? How does he know I don't go during non-election time? pic.twitter.com/ByY2eiklti— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 27, 2019
CPI(M) writes to EC over PM Modi's address to nation over Mission Shakti
The CPI(M) on Wednesday wrote to Election Commission over PM Modi's address to the nation today on Mission Shakti. The party said that it comes amid the ongoing election campaign and claimed that the exercise was in violation of Model Code since PM himself is a candidate.
CPI (Marxist) writes to Election Commission over PM Modi's address to the nation today on "Mission Shakti"; states,"this announcement comes in the midst of the ongoing election campaign where the PM himself is a candidate. This is clearly a violation of the Model Code of Conduct" pic.twitter.com/xRrTNKtJb1— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
TDP delegation meets EC over transfer of govt officers in Andhra Pradesh
A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation on Wednesday met the Election Commission over the transfer of DG Intelligence and SPs of Kadapa and Srikakulam districts in Andhra Pradesh.
Delhi: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation meets Election Commission of India alleging that EC transferred DG Intelligence and SPs of Kadapa and Srikakulam districts without any reason. pic.twitter.com/WnwE2K4Dq5— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
Goa: Swearing in ceremony of Dipak Pawaskar to be held around midnight
The swearing on ceremony of Dipak Pawaskar, who joined the BJP along with Goa tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, will be held around midnight as Governor Mridula Sinha is not in the state. Pauskar joined BJP last night at 1:30 am. Hours after the two MGP leaders joined the saffron party, Goa CM Pramod Sawant on Wednesday dropped deputy CM and MGP chief Sudin Dhavalikar from the state cabinet.
Swearing in Ceremony of Deepak Pauskar to take place around midnight as Governor Mridula Sinha is not in Goa. She returns to Goa at 9 pm. Pauskar joined BJP last night at 1:30 am @IndianExpress— Smita Nair (@smitagnair) March 27, 2019
BJP relying on caste factors in ticket distribution: Analysts
The BJP appears to have kept the caste factor in mind while picking candidates which will help it reach its "target" of 74 seats from Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections, a PTI reports said. Of the total 80 seats in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party has so far declared 61 candidates, with the Brahmins getting the most nominations, followed closely by backward communities and the Dalits.
Fifteen seats have been allotted to Brahmins, 14 to backward community leaders, 13 to Dalits, 10 to Kshatriyas, four Jats, two Gurjars and one each to Vaishya, Parsi and Bhumihar castes, said party leaders.
But the party claimed caste was not taken into account. "Our party does not believe in caste politics. The tickets are given considering winnability and local factors. All aspects are being taken into account before declaration of tickets by the party leadership," a senior BJP leader told PTI.
Scientists should've announced Mission Shakti, will complain to EC: Mamata
TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the BJP government's announcement regarding Mission Shakti was politically motivated. She said the scientists working at DRDO and ISRO should have announced the operation. "Only one satellite was destroyed, that wasn't necessary, it was lying there since long, it's the prerogative of scientists, when to do it. We will complain to the EC," she said.
WB CM on #MissionShakti: It's a political announcement, scientists should have announced it, it's their credit. Only one satellite was destroyed, that wasn't necessary, it was lying there since long, it's the prerogative of scientists, when to do it. We will complain to the EC. pic.twitter.com/4WKRXivX1y— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
EC holds ‘internal consultation’ on PM Modi’s Mission Shakti address
The Election Commission of India has just concluded what is being described as an “internal consultation” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on India successfully testing an anti-satellite missile. Senior officials said comments from the government would soon be sought on the circumstances and urgency for the address.
Election Commission officials told The Indian Express that what is already under examination by them are the precedents of such a national address by the Prime Minister shortly before the Lok Sabha polls and whether “national security” could be invoked by the ruling NDA for the urgency of the address. READ FULL STORY HERE
TMC polls manifesto promises probe into demonetisation
TMC on Wednesday released poll manifesto promising a probe into demonetisation if the opposition alliance comes to power after the Lok Sabha election.
Opposition has stooped to the level of ridiculing our scientists: Shah
BJP Amit President Amit Shah on Wednesday slammed the Opposition for objecting to the government announcing successful testing of the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile, saying that the operation took place in space but few people on Earth were also hurt.
The Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile was successfully tested in space but it seems a few people on Earth have also got hurt.— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 27, 2019
After spending a lifetime of humiliating our soldiers, Leaders of the Opposition have expanded their influence to ridiculing our scientists.
Congress leading a conspiracy-driven campaign for polls: Nirmala Sitharaman
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is addressing a press conference in Delhi. She claimed that Congress has resorted to a conspiracy-driven campaign before the Lok Sabha elections.
Dropped Dhavalikar from Cabinet as he was doing activities against alliance: Goa CM
After dropping Goa deputy CM and MGP chief Sudin Dhavalikar from the state cabinet, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that he (Dhavalikar) was doing activities against the alliance. "We had requested Sudin's brother Deepak to not contest in Shiroda by-poll but he's not ready to listen, so we have taken the decision," he told ANI. The Goa Deputy CM was dropped from Cabinet after 2 MGP MLAs joined the BJP.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Dy CM Sudin Dhavalikar: He was doing anti-activities against the alliance, we had requested Sudin's brother Deepak to not contest in Shiroda by-poll but he's not ready to listen, so we have taken the decision. pic.twitter.com/27shZYBh29— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
All issues with Giriraj Singh will be solved: Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday said that party leader Giriraj Singh will contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar's Begusarai. He said that all issues with Singh will be solved. Giriraj Singh was miffed over the party leadership allocating him the Begurari seat without asking him. Singh was in New Delhi, still to make up his mind on contesting the seat. He was the sitting MLA from Nawada and wanted to contest from the same seat.
श्री @girirajsinghbjp बिहार के बेगूसराय से लोक सभा चुनाव लड़ेंगे। उनकी सारी बातों को मैंने सुना है और संगठन उनकी सभी समस्याओं का समाधान निकालेगा।— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 27, 2019
मैं चुनाव के लिए उन्हें शुभकामनायें देता हूँ।
Giriraj Singh will contest Lok Sabha elections from Begusarai: Amit Shah
Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh: BJP MP joins Samajwadi Party
BJP MP from Hardoi Anshul Verma has joined the Samajwadi Party in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav.
2019 Lok Sabha elections: Urmila Matondkar joins Congress
Urmila Matondkar has joined the Congress party in the presence of its president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
Mission Shakti: Happy World Theatre Day, Rahul trolls Modi
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Mission Shakti, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has wished the PM "a very happy World Theatre Day". Modi had said he would make an "important announcement", before delaying it by at least 30 minutes. Rahul also congratulated the DRDO for the Mission Shakti test.
Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 27, 2019
I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.
2019 Lok Sabha elections: Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi, a Congress bastion
Priyanka Gandhi is in Amethi today. This constituency, held by party chief Rahul Gandhi, is important as it is a Congress bastion. It holds significance; it is located in central Uttar Pradesh, a state that sends the largest number of MPs to the Lok Sabha (80). The state accounts for 16 per cent of India’s population and holds key to the formation of the government at the Centre.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Rahul Gandhi to address OBC dept shortly
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will address the National Convention of OBC department in New Delhi. Stay tuned!
PM Narendra Modi's 'Mission Shakti' announcement: 'India's action doesn't violate international treaties'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while explaining Mission Shakti, said India's action doesn't violate any international treaties. He assured the international community that India's capability won't be used against anyone, but is purely India's defence initiative for its security. "We're against the militarisation of space," PM Modi said.
PM Narendra Modi address to nation: India has established its name as space superpower
Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his nation to the address. "India has established its name as a space superpower. On March 27, some time ago, India achieved something remarkable. India shot down a low-orbit satellite in three minutes. With Mission Shakti, India is now the fourth nation in the world to be a Space Superpower," PM Modi says.
PM Narendra Modi address to nation: EC likely to be watching closely
The Election Commission is likely to be watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation to ensure it does not violate the Model Code of Conduct. With the MCC in force, PM Modi cannot make any announcements or take policy decisions.
Omar Abdullah pokes fun after PM Modi announces address to nation
Social media is abuzz with speculations as to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi will say in his address to the nation. There are several witty reactions, including former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who says, "He’s declaring the results of the Lok Sabha elections. #JustSaying"
He’s declaring the results of the Lok Sabha elections. #JustSaying— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 27, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver 'important message' shortly
The Prime Minister has tweeted that he will deliver an "important message" to the nation between 11.45 and noon.
???? ?????? ??????????,— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
?? ????? ???? 11.45 - 12.00 ??? ??? ?? ?????????? ????? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??????
I would be addressing the nation at around 11:45 AM - 12.00 noon with an important message.
Do watch the address on television, radio or social media.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan says something may happen before 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is “still apprehensive” that “something could happen” before the Lok Sabha elections in India. Describing India as gripped with “war hysteria”, he told Financial Times in the interview: “I’m still apprehensive before the elections, I feel that something could happen.”
Congress consulted economists for minimum income scheme, says Chidambaram
Congress leader P Chidambaram, in a press conference this morning, said the party has consulted economists regarding its Nyay scheme. "They have broadly agreed that India has capacity to implement the scheme. It will be rolled out in phases and cover five crore families," the former union finance minister said.
Lok Sabha Elections: Mayawati says Congress, BJP are 'birds of the same feather'
Taking a swipe at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's Nyay scheme, BSP supremo Mayawati says the “ruling BJP calling Congress’ slogan of Garibi Hatao 2.0 as bluff is true”. She adds that the parties are “birds of the same feather” when it comes to betraying the poor.
Ruling BJP calling Congress slogan of Garibi Hatao 2.0 as bluff is true. But is poll bluff & reneging of poll promises the sole domain of the BJP?— Mayawati (@Mayawati) March 27, 2019
In fact BJP & Congress party are both birds of the same feather in betraying the interests of the poor, labourers, farmers & others.
Decision 2019: Actress Urmila Matondkar to join Congress today
Mumbai North West Lok Sabha candidate Sanjay Nirupam, veteran actress Urmila Matondkar, MLA Aslam Shaikh and MRCC GS Bhushan Patil arrived at the New Delhi airport this morning. Urmila Matondkar will join the Congress party today in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Decision 2019: Farooq, Mehbooba are selfish, says Ram Madhav in Srinagar
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav called former J&K chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti "selfish" for wanting to contest the Lok Sabha elections but boycotting regional polls over Article 35A and Article 370. "The BJP's stand on these issues hasn't changed. We have asked Election Commission to hold Assembly Elections in the state as early as possible," he is quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
2019 Lok Sabha elections: Priyanka's Amethi visit in focus
Welcome to our live blog on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Today, we'll bring you all election-related news from across the country including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's three-day trip to Uttar Pradesh and the BJP's campaign. Stay tuned for the latest news!