Assembly elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Haven’t you felt the effect of new India in last 100 days, PM Modi asks in Punehttps://indianexpress.com/elections/assembly-elections-2019-live-updates-6073140/

Assembly elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Haven’t you felt the effect of new India in last 100 days, PM Modi asks in Pune

Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: NCP chief Sharad Pawar also targeted Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying he did not take any initiative to resolve problems faced by farmers and industries in the state.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Pune on Thursday. (Source: BJP/Twitter)

Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly Elections 2019: Addressing a public rally in Pune district in poll-bound Maharashtra on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it’s not been even five months since his government returned to power at the Centre and they have already sketched the roadmap for the next five years. “Haven’t you felt the effect of the New India in the last 100 days? Do you see its power? Do you see its decision-making abilities and clarity in ideas? It’s not been even five months but we already have sketched the roadmap for the next five years,” he said.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the nationalism of the people is hurt when the Opposition questions and poorly advertises a technologically strong fighter plane like Rafale. Addressing a rally at Satara in poll-bound Maharashtra, PM Modi said, “Whenever the Congress-NCP leaders question the bravery of our jawans, the people, and land of Satara is hurt. When they poorly advertise against the technologically modern Rafale deal, nationalism is hurt.” The Opposition always opposes every decision taken by the government in the national interest, the PM added.

Meanwhile, the Jannayak Janta Party Thursday released its poll manifesto for the October 21 Haryana Assembly elections, promising to reserve 75 per cent of jobs for the local youth which constitutes a sizeable chunk of nearly 1.83 crore voters of the state. The party also promised to give Rs 11,000 per month to unemployed youth in their manifesto.

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With Maharashtra and Haryana going to polls on October 21, leaders are engaged in successive campaigns. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of the day.

Sonia Gandhi to address public meeting in Haryana on Friday

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address an election rally in Haryana's Mahendergarh on Friday -- her first poll campaign address after becoming interim party chief.

The public meeting will be held at government college sports complex in Mahendragarh in the afternoon, sources said.

Rahul Gandhi has already held rallies for the October 21 assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana. (PTI)

By allying with INLD, SAD put Punjab's claim on river waters at stake: Amarinder

Punjab Chief Minister Amariinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, accusing him of putting the state's claim on river waters at stake by allying with the INLD in Haryana for the assembly elections.

Given the stand of the Indian National Lok Dal on the issue, anyone siding with the Chatualas was clearly a "threat" to Punjab's rights, said the chief minister here.

He also termed the Shiromani Akali Dal chief a "power-hungary politician having no moral principals", saying while the SAD was supporting the INLD in Haryana against the BJP, it was allying with the latter in Punjab.

"Sukhbir's behaviour has exposed the fissures in the SAD-BJP alliance and a split in Punjab seems more than imminent," he said. (PTI)

PM Modi on 5 trillion dollar economy

PM Modi: "For us, five-trillion dollar isn't just a milestone, but is the oath connected to the dreams of 130 crore Indians."

"The bigger the economy is, the better we will be able defeat poverty, upgrade the middle-class living style and complete the aspirations of the youth."

Everyone needs to stay ready for new economy of new India: PM Modi in Pune

PM Modi in Pune: "The govt, the businessmen or the youth, everyone needs to stay ready for the new economy of new India. I want to ensure the youth of the nation that the next year is full of opportunities."

"Every business leader I've had a discussion with globally is keen to come to India. The growth in investment in India in the last five years has been five times. India, today, is one of the top-FDI friendly countries in the world."

Lot of people talked about removing Article 370 but nobody did: PM Modi in Pune

PM Modi in Pune: "Since the last 70 years, the entire country was facing the hurdle of Article 370. There were a lot of talks to remove it, but no one dared to do it. Was this the first Govt in India with a full majority? No, it is not."

World is discussing Howdy Modi: PM

PM Modi in Pune: The entire world can see the new-found confidence of New India. Everyone can feel the change. They are discussing Howdy Modi.

Haven't you felt the effect of new India in last 100 days, PM Modi asks in Pune

Addressing a public rally in Pune district in poll-bound Maharashtra on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it's not been even five months since his government returned to power at the Centre and they have already sketched the roadmap for the next five years. "Haven't you felt the effect of the New India in the last 100 days? Do you see its power? Do you see its decision-making abilities and clarity in ideas? It's not been even five months but we already have sketched the roadmap for the next five years," he said.

BJP fulfilled 96 pc of its poll promises in Maharashtra: PPRC

The BJP-led dispensation in Maharashtra has fulfilled over 96 per cent of the promises made by the party in its 2014 assembly elections manifesto, its vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said on Thursday asserting that good governance has been the cornerstone of the state government.

Releasing a report by the Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC), which analyses implementation of the BJP's 2014 assembly elections manifesto, days before the polling in the state, he said the Devendra Fadnavis-led government gave the state stability which created an environment for unleashing the economic transformation. (PTI)

JJP releases its poll manifesto, 75 pc jobs to be reserved for Haryana youth

The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) on Thursday released its poll manifesto for the October 21 Haryana Assembly polls, promising to reserve 75 per cent of jobs for the local youth which constitutes a sizeable chunk of nearly 1.83 crore voters of the state.

Salient features of JJP manifesto

-Reservation of 75 per cent of jobs for local youth
-Monthly assistance of Rs 11,000 to unemployed youth
-Students from rural areas to be given extra 10 marks for appearing in competitive examinations in the state
-Sale of liquor within village limits to be closed
-Chairpersons of various boards, corporations, OSDs, and registrars of universities to be Haryana domiciled people
-Free education to girls till PhD level
-Fee of private schools to be regulated; 20 per cent seats reserved for poor children
-Collateral-free loans up to Rs 3 lakh for physically challenged, poor, and SC
- Old age pension of Rs 5,100; eligibility age for women will be 55 and for males, 58
-Mothers to be given Rs 3,000/month for bringing up two children
-Minimum wages to be fixed at Rs 16,000 in the state

Bhupinder Singh Hooda counters BJP's nationalism pitch, says Pakistan split into two under Cong rule

Countering the BJP's nationalism pitch in the Haryana Assembly polls, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda says the Congress is the party which secured Independence and it was under its rule that Pakistan split into two.

On the BJP making nationalism and Article 370 its main poll plank, he said, "Congress ke samay mein toh Pakistan ke do tukde ho gaye the (Under the Congress rule, Pakistan split into two). This (Article 370) is not an issue."

"The issues for electing Members of Parliament were different while the issues of these polls are different... local issues are important. The BJP government had made 154 promises, but it has not even fulfilled even one and because of this all sections -- be it farmers, traders, officials, labourers -- are not happy," the 72-year-old leader said.

"Everyone is a nationalist. Who is not a nationalist in this country? My father was a nationalist, my grandfather was a freedom fighter. It was the Congress that secured independence for the country," he said. (PTI)

People get angry when national icons like Savarkar are insulted: PM Modi in Satara

In Satara, PM Modi said, "When the Opposition was spreading rumours about Article 370, the people of Satara were disappointed. People of Satara also get angry when national icons like Veer Savarkar are insulted."

PM Modi in Satara: Promoting production of ethanol to substitute cane farmers' income

Addressing a public rally in Satara, PM Modi: "We are promoting them (cane farmers) to produce ethanol so that they don't remain solely dependent on sugarcane. In the entire country, modern factories are being built for this. We want to use at least 10% ethanol in petrol/diesel in the coming years."

"Recently, the central govt has decided to provide subsidy worth over Rs 6,000 crore for the export of 60 lakh metric tonnes of sugar. We have also decided that this subsidy will directly reach the cane farmers' accounts," he added.

Oppn's poor advertisement of Rafale hurts nationalism, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the nationalism of the people is hurt when the Opposition questions and poorly advertises a technologically strong fighter plane like Rafale. Addressing a rally at Satara in poll-bound Maharashtra, PM Modi said, "Whenever the Congress-NCP leaders question the bravery of our jawans, the people, and land of Satara is hurt. When they poorly advertise against the technologically modern Rafale deal, nationalism is hurt." The Opposition always opposes every decision taken by the government in the national interest, the PM added. 

Fadnavis not result oriented CM, says Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar Thursday targeted Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying he did not take any initiative to resolve problems faced by farmers and industries in the state.

Fadnavis is not perceived as a result-oriented and effective chief minister, the former Maharashtra CM said.

Blaming the BJP-led regime for the agrarian crisis, the former Union agriculture minister said the entire farming community in Maharashtra is restless, disappointed and angry.

Vajpayee cultured gentleman, Modi is ruthless, effective, says Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar Thursday said that when it comes to decision making, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was more inclusive than Narendra Modi, who has a more effective and ruthless approach. “Vajpayee saheb, while taking any step, would usually take care that there was no bitterness. People had more respect for him. But as far as result-oriented work is concerned, Modi is perhaps different from him,” PTI quoted him as saying.

Manmohan on PMC bank fraud

Hope this issue (PMC Bank crisis) figures prominently in the Winter session of Parliament next month. RBI is a great national institution. Do hope and trust it applies its mind to find credible solutions... PM, govt of Maharashtra and FM should also apply their mind to find a solution: Manmohan Singh

Must encourage industries to grow: Manmohan Singh

No viable solution to problem of unemployment except in framework of a rapidly growing economy. Must encourage industries to grow. Outlining what needs to be done to fix the economy will take a long time. But best will come if Cong-NCP govt comes to power in Maharashtra: Manmohan

BJP unwilliness to adopt people oriented policies evident in Sitharaman' statements: Manmohan

BJP govt have been unwilling to adopt people oriented policies as seen in statements by Nirmala Sitharaman. Before one can fix the economy one needs proper diagnosis of the problem: Manmohan Singh in Maharashtra.

Govt's apathy towards decline in investment in Maharashtra not helping: Manmohan

Manufacturing sector of Maharashtra has witnessed decline in last four quarters. The state was hit by grave economic slowdown; govt's apathy, incapability worsening situation. Business sentiments are down across the state of Maharashtra, many face closure. There is a dearth of opportunities in the otherwise vibrant state of Maharashtra.... every third youth is jobless in the state. Distress facing rural areas will only add to unemployment problem as migration increases

Maharashtra used to be No 1 in attracting investment... today it is No 1 in farmer suicides: Manmohan Singh

Cong has created a strange situation, seems like have lost their mind: Rajnath in Haryana

Rajnath Singh while addressing a poll rally in Haryana today had said, many people had lost their lives in terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and slammed the Congress for not giving its attention to the issue at that time. "Ajeebo garib halaat in logon ne paida kar diyen hain, pata nahin kya ho gya hai? Inki buddhi maari gaye hai (They have created a strange situation. What has happened to them? It seems they have lost their mind)," he said. (PTI)

Battle between BJP's 'karyashakti' and Oppn's 'swarth shakti' during polls: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Maharashtra polls is a battle between BJP's 'karyashakti' and Oppn's 'swarth shakti'. He also asked people to raise slogans in union, calling out 'Punha Aanuya, aaple sarkaar'  urging people to bring BJP-Shiv Sena alliance back to power in the state. 

PM Modi talks about schemes for farmers' benefit in Maharashtra

"The country can see through their scams and their fake remarks now. The country will punish them for their misdoings when the time comes, but Maharashtra has got the first opportunity to do it.  The government sent instant relief when the situation got difficult due to drought. From disaster relief to crop insurances, we've supplied support of all kinds. Today, every farmer is getting direct benefit into his account under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana," claims PM Modi in Maharashtra's Beed district. 

PM Modi rakes up Article 370 and Kashmir issue during poll rally in Beed

PM Modi in Maharashtra: "A leader of Congress said that by removing Article 370, we had lost Kashmir entirely. Have we lost it, really? Why are people who have ruled the country for the longest time after independence saying such things? I want to remind the entire country from Beed that whenever Article 370 is discussed in the future, every person who's made fun of the decision, challenged or opposed it, their statements will surely be discussed."

'On one side, work ethics of current govt and on other, selfishness of Cong-NCP'

Drawing comparisons between the two power alliances in Maharashtra, the prime minister said, "Today, if the whole state is behind the BJP-Shiv Sena Govt, it is because of the hard work we've put in in the last 5 years. On one side, there is the work-ethics of the current government, and on the other is the selfishness of Congress-NCP leaders."

We will break all victory records on Oct 21 in Maharashtra polls: PM Modi

Addressing a rally in Parli in Maharashtra's Beed district, PM Modi exuding confidence about sweeping the upcoming Maharashtra elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We will break all victory records on October 21 in Maharashtra polls."  Slamming Congress, the prime minister said, "Most Congress leaders are engaged in dealing with each other today. The young leaders of the NCP-Congress combine are leaving the alliance whereas senior leaders are disappointed."

'Normal to do shastra pooja on Vijayadashami': Rajnath on Rafale shastra pooja row

Posing a question and furthering his dig at former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh said, "Vijayadashami par shastra pooja ki parampara hai. Jab meine Rafale plane par 'Om' likha toh logon ne kaha ki 'Om' kyun likha. Mein Rahul Ji se poochna chahta hun ki shastra pooja mein 'Om' nahi likhta toh kya likhta?" (It is a tradition on Vijayadashami to do shastra pooja. When I wrote 'Om' on Rafale plane, people started questioning why did I write 'Om'? I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, that if one does not write 'Om' during shastra pooja, what should one write?

Does Congress want to internationalise Kashmir issue?: Rajnath Singh in Haryana

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing a public gathering in Haryana, took a dig at the Opposition and said, "Jammu and Kashmir is ann internal matter of India. I want to ask the Congress party, do they want to internationalise the Kashmir issue?"

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The Maharashtra unit of the BJP on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the state electoral office over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's "pickpocket" barb against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP leaders Prasad Lad and Sanjay Upadhyay submitted a complaint to state electoral officer Baldev Singh, alleging that Gandhi violated the Model Code of Conduct and Representation of the People Act, a BJP release said.

"Modi is the loudspeaker of Adani and Ambani. Just like a pickpocket, who diverts attention before stealing, his (Modi's) only job is to divert your attention so that he can pass your money to a select few industrialists," Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI at an election rally in Yavatmal on Tuesday. The BJP's complaint stated that Rahul Gandhi' comments were unsubstantiated.

Gandhi on Wednesday took a jibe at PM Modi over India ranking 102 in the Global Hunger Index, saying it reveals a "colossal failure" in government policy and blows the lid off the PM's "hollow sabka vikas" claim.