Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Taking a swipe at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that citizens prefer a “chowkidar” and not “rajas and maharajas” to rule the country. “The country does not need rajas and maharajas; makes me happy that the spirit behind chowkidar is expanding,” the Prime Minister said during his address to the nation across 500 locations via video conferencing. Modi added, “We are all chowkidars, committed to a strong and prosperous India. As a chowkidar, I will also fulfil my responsibility.”
Earlier in the day, BJP chief Amit Shah accused the Opposition of hatching a conspiracy against Swami Aseemanand, who was recently given a clean chit by a special NIA court in the 2007 Samjhauta blast case in which 68 people were killed. “The court has given a clean chit to Swami Aseemanand in the Samjhauta blast case. But for the sake of vote bank politics, some people conspired against him and sent him to jail,” Shah said while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, announced to contest from two seats — his bastion, Amethi and Wayanad in Kerala. “Wayanad is at the junction of three states. Rahul ji has given his consent to contest from two seats,” Kerala Congress leader A K Antonyaid had said.