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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: New India gives befitting reply to terror, PM Modi says in Varanasi after roadshow

Lok Sabha elections HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi for his mega roadshow, ahead of filing his nomination in the city tomorrow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves towards his supporters during a roadshow in Varanasi, India, April 25, 2019. (REUTERS photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: A day before filing his nomination from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a mega roadshow in the city. The prime minister began the roadshow by garlanding the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya outside the gate of Banaras Hindu University. The roadshow will stretch over six kilometres from the Lanka area to Dashashwamedh Ghat via Godoliya.

Earlier in the day, the suspense over Priyanka Gandhi’s candidature from Varanasi ended with the Congress fielding its 2014 candidate Ajay Rai against PM Modi. In 2014, when Modi won the seat with 5.81 lakh votes, Rai polled 75,614 votes. Varanasi goes to polls on May 19.

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The Aam Aadmi Party, earlier today, launched its manifesto in Delhi. AAP convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the party will do everything it takes to stop the “Modi-Shah duo” from returning to power. If Modi returns to power, Kejriwal said, “Rahul Gandhi will be responsible.”  The manifesto, the CM said, assures full statehood to Delhi.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi for his mega roadshow. Congress announces 2014 candidate Ajay Rai against PM Modi in Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.

More needs to be done for Varanasi but we are on right track: Modi after roadshow

"We have tried helping people so that they don't have to suffer. This includes government protocol, fighting corruption, infrastructure and source of income. Believing in New India will bring promise. More needs to be done for Varanasi but we are on right track."

For India's prosperity, security of nation necessary: Modi in Varanasi

"Kashi blessed me with not just the office of an MP but of a PM. It gave me the strength to avenge terrorist attack in their language. For a competent, prosperous and a content country, security of the nation is required alongside its development."

Modi remembers attacks on Varanasi Sankatmorchan temple

From 2005 to 2014, Sankatmorchan Temple was under constant attack. It gives me goosebumps remembering the Innocent devotees who were killed. Back then, the government in power did not take any action post-attacks apart from talking about it.

Modi performs Ganga Aarti

Good days will come, once Modi leaves: Ashok Gehlot

“Modi ji jayenge, aache din aayenge,' (Good days will come, once Modi leaves)," Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot mocked the prime minister. "Modi imposes his mann ki baat, but Rahul ji says listen to what people say; don't make promises and if you do, fulfil them."

Modi set to perform Ganga aarti in Varanasi

Congress' Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigns as LoP in Maharashtra

Senior Congress Leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigns as Leader of Opposition(LoP) in Maharashtra assembly. It has been under speculation that Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil may join the BJP. 

Watch: PM Modi perform Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat

Modi to end roadshow, will arrive Dashashwamedh Ghat shortly

'Her exit from contest shows what matters': Arun Jailtey on Priyanka Gandhi not contesting from Varanasi

"Deeply disappointed with the Congress Party’s decision of not fielding Priyanka Gandhi from Varanasi. The last two months that she has been in the public life has driven home the point, “India has changed, dynasties don’t matter". Her exit from the contest shows what matters," said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 

Putting to rest speculation that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Congress today announced the candidature of Ajay Rai.

If rich are not jailed for not paying off debts, farmers will not be jailed either: Rahul in Jalore, Rajasthan

"If rich people are not jailed for not paying off loans then farmers too will not be jailed. If lakhs and crores are given to them then the same will be given to farmers, labourers, tribals, Dalits and small traders. There will be no injustice in Hindustan. The country will not be divided in two Hindustans. There will be one Hindustan where justice will be done," Rahul Gandhi at Jalore in Rajasthan.

"I want to thank Modi Ji for opening bank accounts. I am going to deposit money of NYAY scheme in the same accounts. The money will be deposited directly in bank accounts of women of the families," Rahul said at an election rally in Kota.

(With PTI inputs)

Watch: Dimple Yadav takes blessings of BSP supremo Mayawati

In Pics | Modi and BJP supporters in Varanasi

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Glimpse of Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

In Pics | Modi pays respect to statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya

Narendra Modi pays his respect to by garlanding the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya outside the gate of Banaras Hindu University.  (Reuters photo)

Watch: PM Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

Watch: PM Modi arrives in Varanasi, says 'grateful for warmth and affection'

PM Modi arrives in Varanasi for his roadshow

Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi for his roadshow and is accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. He paid tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya at Banaras Hindu University. 

He will be filing his nomination from Varanasi tomorrow. 

Kejriwal urges AAP volunteers to come to Delhi and defeat BJP

Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter urged AAP volunteers across the country, barring ones in Haryana and Punjab, to take leave from work and come to Delhi and help party defeat the BJP in the capital. "I request all volunteers to take leave from work till elections. Except Punjab and Haryana I urge all volunteers to come to Delhi and join our fight in defeating BJP on all seven seats in the national capital."

Delhi goes to poll on May 12, the results of which will be announced on May 23.

In Pics | Ahead of PM Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

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In Pics | BJP supporters fill streets of Varansai while waiting for PM Modi

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Congress has done 'Kaam ki baat': Rahul in Kota, Rajasthan

"People heard 'Mann ki Baat for five years but Congress think tank has done 'Kaam Ki Baat' by formulating Nyay scheme," Rahul Gandhi said in Kota, Rajasthan while addressing an election rally. 

PM Modi to perform Ganga Aarti in Varanasi

A look at BJP supporters awaiting Modi's visist in Varanasi

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Candidates contesting polss to bear cost of advertising criminal antecedents: EC

Candidates contesting the elections will have to bear the cost of advertising their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers as it falls under the category of 'poll expenses' the Election Commission said.

The EC made it compulsory for candidates to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least thrice during electioneering. Though directions in this regard were issued on October 10, 2018, the rule is being used for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

SP has turned Azamgarh into 'stronghold of terrorism': Yogi Adityanath in Azamgarh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed an election rally in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh and alleged that Akhilesh Yadav had turned the city into a "stronghold of terrorism".

"Once Azamgarh was known in the field of education and literature but the Samajwadi Party turned it into a stronghold of terrorism," he said. The chief minister added, SP and BSP made "a fortress of terror and crime to defame it and we have come to pull it out of it."

SP has turned Azamgarh into 'stronghold of terrorism': Yogi Adityanath in Azamgarh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed an election rally in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh and alleged that Akhilesh Yadav had turned the city into a "stronghold of terrorism".

"Once Azamgarh was known in the field of education and literature but the Samajwadi Party turned it into a stronghold of terrorism," he said. The chief minister added, SP and BSP made "a fortress of terror and crime to defame it and we have come to pull it out of it."

PM Modi reaches Varanasi

Narendra Modi arrives in Varanasi and hols a mega roadshow. He will be participating in the well known 'Ganga Aarti'. Modi will file his nomination papers for Varanasi seat today. 

NYAY scheme will give money to poor and improve nation's economy: Rahul Gandhi in Ajmer, Rajasthan

"Nyay scheme aims at: First, it will provide money to the poor and second, it will improve the economy of the country. Rahul further promised that 33 per cent women will get a reservation in the Parliament and state assembly and 33 per cent women will get jobs as well."

We will simplify 'Gabbar Singh Tax' to GST: Rahul Gandhi in Ajmer, Rajasthan

"As soon as we come to power, we will simplify the 'Gabbar Singh Tax' to GST. Within a year, we will fill out 22 lakhs vacancies in government offices and will provide jobs to 10 lakh youth at the Panchayat level."

"We have decided that in order to start a business, the youth will not have to wait for three years to get permission from the government."

Modi to hold roadshow in Varanasi shortly

Will throw out every infiltrator residing in corners of India: Amit Shah in Auraiya, UP

"If the Modi government comes back in power, we will throw out each and every infiltrator residing in the corners of the country along with Bengal and Assam. We introduced NRC in the country and Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati asked not to throw infiltrators out, Amit Shah said Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh.

Congress MP Ravneet Bittu files nomination in Ludhiana

This election will see end of those chanting 'Namo Namo': Mayawati at Kannauj in UP

BSP supremo at a joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Kannau said, "This election will see the end of those chanting "Namo Namo." Playing the caste card, she further said, Congress did not implement the Mandal Commission report. 

Dimple Yadav, sitting SP MP and wife of Akhilesh Yadav is seeking re-election from Kannauj as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance.

Will make Bundelkhand development and security corridor: Modi in Banda, UP

"In the history of India's independence, Modi government formulated a scheme for farmers to help them directly. Bundelkhand will be known not just for its expressway but we will make it a development and security corridor as well."

Will form Jal Shakti Ministry: Modi in Banda, UP

"SP and BSP are focused on distributing my caste certificate and Congress continues to abuse the backward society."

"We have decided to form a Jal Shakti Ministry which will function on a separate budget. Through a process, water from rivers, sea and rain will be distributed to regions in need."

Opposition has long face after three phases, they know outcome: Modi at Banda in UP

"Opposition parties kept abusing Modi until now, they will keep abusing EVMs from now. The opposition has a long face after three phases of polling; they know the outcome," Modi said at an election rally in Banda, Uttar Pradesh. 

Modi plays on Hindi movie Nil Battey Sannata's title, says opposition parties will get 'Zero Battey Sannata' in this election. 

AAP MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia joins Congress

Manshahia, the 56-year-old legislator, was part of the group of rebel AAP MLAs who had aligned with Sukhpal Singh Khaira after he was removed unceremoniously from the post of the Leader of Opposition of Punjab Assembly last year. Manshahia, who had taken a premature retirement from the Punjab Pollution Control Board in 2015 after serving as senior environmental engineer in the department, said he wanted to serve the people of Punjab, which he felt the Congress was best equipped to do. (With PTI inputs)

Akhilesh, Mayawati, Congress cannot keep country safe: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday claimed that Opposition leaders cannot look after the security of the country properly. Addressing a rally in Ghazipur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, Shah alleged that BSP chief Mayawati and her Samajwadi Party and Congress counterparts, Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi, respectively, were upset with the Balakot airstrikes.

"These 'mahamilavati' people talk about the country. Akhilesh, Mayawati and Congress cannot keep the country safe," the BJP chief said.
Shah said the BJP cannot do 'ilu-ilu' with terrorists

Kirron Kher files nomination from Chandigarh

BJP MP Kirron Kher filed her nomination from Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency Thursday. 

Ending speculation that Priyanka Gandhi will challenge Narendra Modi from Varanasi, the Congress Thursday decided to field Ajay Rai to contest the elections from PM Modi's constituency.

Soon after Priyanka was appointed party general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh — which includes Varanasi — the local Congress unit had passed a resolution asking the leadership to announce her candidature against Modi.

In Chandigarh, the BJP finally chose sitting MP Kirron Kher over city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon as its candidate for the May 19 Lok Sabha poll after a long and tantalising wait that fuelled endless speculation in the city. While Kher, who has been campaigning relentlessly, was expectedly overjoyed, the news was received with dismay by many in the BJP, who had been rooting for Tandon.

Meanwhile, the Congress is set to throw all its might into the campaign in Delhi, which will involve party president Rahul Gandhi, AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The party, sources said, is planning to hold a Rahul-Priyanka roadshow as well as a rally which will be addressed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. According to sources, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could be asked to address a press conference.