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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Parties with age old thinking cannot understand the youth of 21st century, says PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 India HIGHLIGHTS: Amid show of strength by NDA leaders, PM Modi filed his Varanasi nomination. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi's flight en route to Patna returned to Delhi due to "engine failure."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 26, 2019 9:45:11 pm
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General (Lok Sabha) Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that political parties and leaders with thinking still stuck in last century cannot understand the aspirations of the youth of 21st century. Speaking at a rally in Mumbai, Modi said, “The country’s youth looks toward 2047, not 1947 when the country will complete 100 years of independence. Parties and leaders with thinking still stuck in the last century cannot understand the aspirations of the youth of 21st century.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said he is committed to the empowerment of women and that is why a decision has been taken to deploy the women at the borders to defend the country. Speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi, Modi said, “The government is running schemes for the safety and empowerment of the daughters and sisters of this country from their birth to different stages of life. Your chowkidar has made provision of the death penalty for heinous crimes like rape. India’s daughters have complete faith in this chowkidar. That is why, for the first time, a decision has been taken to deploy the women at the borders to defend the country.”

After Congress chief Rahul Gandhi complained about “engine trouble” on his flight en route to Patna, the DGCA began a probe in the incident on Friday. Gandhi who is scheduled to visit three states – Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra – said that he is running late as his flight had to return to New Delhi.

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21:15 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi in Mumbai: Our policy is 180 degrees different from that of Congress

PM Modi in Mumbai: Our policy is 180 degrees different from that of Congress. You must have noticed that in the last five years.

21:13 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi in Mumbai: Congress called the middle class selfish

PM Modi in Mumbai: I pity the thought of the country's oldest party, who think that the middle class is selfish.

21:11 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi thanks the middle class of the country

PM Modi in Mumbai: "I want to thank the middle class of this country. With your support, your chowkidaar has been able to work towards the empowerment of poor and infrastructure development."

20:58 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Parties with age old thinking cannot understand the youth of 21st century, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that political parties and leaders with thinking still stuck in last century cannot understand the aspirations of the youth of 21st century. Speaking at a rally in Mumbai, Modi said, “The country’s youth looks toward 2047, not 1947 when the country will complete 100 years of independence. Parties and leaders with thinking still stuck in the last century cannot understand the aspirations of the youth of 21st century.”

20:19 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Modi is not a brand, but a life who has not lived for himself

In an exclusive interview with India Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Modi is not a brand, but a life who has not lived for himself. Modi tries to live for the people as much as possible. Not only in front of the camera, I live like this in the normal life as well."

19:54 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Modi politicising soldiers because he did nothing in 5 years: Hardik

Congress leader Hardik Patel alleged Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing politics in the name of soldiers because he did "nothing" in the past five years.

"In the last five years, Modi ji did nothing except continuously touring the country and abroad as 'prachar mantri' (publicity minister)," PTI quoted Patel as saying. "Had he (Modi) done something, he would have gone to the people with a list of the works to show instead of seeking votes in the name of soldiers."

"He is using martyrs for political gains," he added.

(PTI)

18:58 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi is desperate as 'fake narrative' over Rafale failed, says Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi is showing signs of desperation as the "fake" narratives built by him over the Rafale jet deal and loan waivers to business houses have evaporated.

In a Facebook post, Jaitley said the desperation reached a peak when Gandhi offered four Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to the Aam Aadmi Party without realising that its chief Arvind Kejriwal was "playing games" with the Congress.

"He (Gandhi) displayed the desperation of a loser," Jaitley said.

The minister further claimed that going by the euphoric reaction on the ground, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) would get a larger mandate in the ongoing general elections than what it had received in 2014.

"Rahul Gandhi, in the last one year, built up a fake narrative on Rafale and loan waiver to business houses, which was contrary to the truth. The fake issues evaporated and now strike no chord in the electorate," he said.

The "desperation of Gandhi was at a climax" when the Congress and the NCP outsourced the job of attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Raj Thackeray without realising the fallout of such a move in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other north Indian States, Jaitley said.

(PTI)

18:33 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Nobody can separate Kashmir from India, says Amit Shah in Rajasthan

Amit Shah in Jalore, Rajasthan: "Congress' allies in Kashmir are saying that there should be two prime ministers. Listen carefully Rahul (Gandhi) baba, no one can separate Kashmir from India."

17:48 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Chief Ministers in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are working to make careers of their children

PM Modi in Jabalpur: If there are naamdars in Delhi, then there are chief ministers in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan who are only working to make the career of their children.

17:39 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi in Jabalpur: Congress used to troll me for Swachh Bharat Mission

PM Modi in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh: Remember how Congress people made fun of 'Swachh Bharat mission'. They didn't leave any chance to call the idea a small one. Whenever I used to pick the broom, they used to spend the entire day trolling me on social media. 

17:19 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Opposition is competing against each other for who can give bigger abuse to Modi.

PM Modi in Jabalpur: Opposition is competing against each other for who can give bigger abuse to Modi.

17:17 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Those who were saying there is no Modi wave, they have given up now

PM Modi in Jabalpur: Those who were saying before April 11 there is no Modi wave, they have given up now.

17:14 (IST)26 Apr 2019
PM Modi conducts rally in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

PM Modi is conducting a rally at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. He earlier conducted a rally at Sidhi in the state.

16:55 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Amarinder Singh:Sunny Deol filmy 'fauji', I am real 'fauji'

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh: He (Sunny Deol, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Gurdaspur) is a filmy 'fauji', while I am a real fauji. We will defeat him, he is no threat to Sunil Jakhar (Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Gurdaspur) or the Congress. (ANI)

16:49 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Arun Jaitley: Congress fighting elections on 1971 agenda

Union minister Arun Jaitley Friday said that the Congress is contesting the elections on 1971 agenda and is not in sync with the current times.

16:22 (IST)26 Apr 2019
BJP complains to EC against Mamata Banerjee

The BJP has complained against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the Election Commission for inciting her followers to use intimidation and threatening during election. The BJP said it was a serious violation of the Model Code of Conduct and urged the EC to take the strongest action against her. (ANI)

16:14 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Rajnath Singh: Curbing insurgency in the Northeast has been his biggest achievement as home minister

Curbing insurgency in the Northeast has been his biggest achievement as home minister, Rajnath Singh told PTI in an interview, saying Naxal violence in the country is also on the wane.

The Union Home Minister asserted that BJP will come back to power with a thumping majority as people want the good governance of the Narendra Modi dispensation to continue.

"The way Modiji has led the country at national and international levels in the last five years, there is not an iota of doubt about our win with three-fourths majority in these polls," he said.

Singh said as the home minister, he worked, among other things, towards curbing insurgency in the Northeast and Naxalism in parts of the country.

"Insurgency in Northeast is almost finished," he said.

On Naxalism, he said, "We are now in the most favourable position since 1971, when more security personnel used to get killed than Naxals. Now the trend has reversed... Our security forces have been giving a befitting reply and eliminating Naxals."

Earlier Naxals operated in 126 districts, but now their activities are limited to just six-seven districts, he said.

16:07 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Mamata Banerjee: Will give Modi rasgulla made of soil and pebbles

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said in Asansol Friday, "Modi didn't come to Bengal earlier and in elections he needs votes from Bengal. We will give him rasgulla from Bengal. We will make sweets from soil and put pebbles in it similarly like cashew nuts & raisins are used in laddu, that will break teeth." (ANI)

15:26 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Daler Mehendi joins BJP

Famous Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi Friday joined the BJP at its Delhi office in the presence of Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Union minister Vijay Goel. BJP's candidate from northwest Delhi constituency Hans Raj Hans, Union minister and Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan and other party leaders were also present. (PTI)

15:24 (IST)26 Apr 2019
Mayawati: BJP sending its stray animals at our election rallies

BSP chief Mayawati took potshots at the BJP Friday, saying, "Ab toh BJP ke jo awara janwar hain hamari chunavi jansabha mein unko chhode ja rahe hain. Kal Kannauj mein humari jansabha thi wahan humare aane se pehle BJP ke logon ne aise lagta hai shararat ke tehet wahan par awara janwaron ko bheja." (ANI)

Election News HIGHLIGHTS: A huge crowd chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ marched along with Modi's cavalcade as he waved at the crowd.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination from Varanasi - the Parliamentary constituency he won in the 2014 general election. Leaders of the BJP, NDA and North-East Democratic Alliance including Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray, Nitish Kumar greeted him at the District Collectorate's office. Before heading for the nomination, Modi also offered prayers at Kashi Bhairavnath temple.

A day before his nomination, Prime Minister Modi held a massive roadshow in Varanasi. As chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ rent the air, the PM’s cavalcade traversed through Assi Ghat, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Jangambadi, Godowlia before concluding at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where he performed the evening aarti.

He was accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other top alliance leaders, in what turned out to be a show of strength aimed at demonstrating the NDA’s unity against the Opposition. The PM later tweeted that he was “grateful for the warmth and affection” shown by the people of Kashi.

Read | Varanasi and voting: Politics in the land of Shiva

A huge crowd chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ marched along with his cavalcade as he waved at the crowd. That ‘nationalism’ was the key campaign issue was clear from the songs played as the cavalcade passed through 100-odd stages erected along the route.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra not fielded from Varanasi

Earlier in the day, Congress ended the speculation of a riveting clash between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the PM in Varanasi after the party fielded Ajay Rai from the temple town.

Photos | PM’s show of strength in Varanasi: Thousands throng mega roadshow

Rai had unsuccessfully contested against Modi in 2014 and finished third in the contest after the BJP leader and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal.

Arun Jaitley takes a jibe at Congress

Reacting to Congress’ decision not to field Priyanka from Varanasi, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “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.”

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