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Assembly elections 2019: Rahul hits out at Modi govt over joblessness, GST, economic slowdown

Assembly elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Haryana and Maharashtra go to polls on October 21. The results will be announced on October 24. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2019 10:35:04 pm
election, elections 2019, assembly election 2019, Maharashtra election 2019, maharashtra election 2019 date, maharashtra election schedule 2019, bjp manifesto, congress manifesto, narendra modi, pm modi, modi, rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi rally, rahul gandhi rally today, rahul gandhi rally in maharashtra, pm modi rally today Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in Maharashtra today while PM Modi spoke in Haryana.

Ahead of the state assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi engaged in a war of words Tuesday. Speaking in Charkhi Dadri today, PM Modi flayed the Congress leaders for their ”negative attitude” and said they get upset whenever India gets respect. Rahul, on the other hand, accused the Narendra Modi-led government of pursuing economic policies like demonetisation and GST, resulting in joblessness, while addressing a rally in Yavatmal.

With wrestler Babita Phogat entering into the political ‘dangal’ as the BJP candidate for the Dadri assembly seat, Modi said daughters of Haryana have proved their mettle in all fields. “During an informal meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping told me he has seen Dangal movie,” he said. “Mahre Choree Choroon Say Kam Hey Ke,” he said.

The BJP’s 2019 election manifesto, released Tuesday in Maharashtra, pledges employment to one crore people in the next five years. The manifesto also promises a drought-free Maharashtra in five years and 50 per cent women participation in all economic growth.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be in Maharashtra today to address two public rallies in Yavatmal and Wardha districts. Haryana and Maharashtra go to polls on October 21. The results will be announced on October 24.

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Assembly elections 2019 LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Haryana today, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in Maharashtra. Track latest developments here

20:28 (IST)15 Oct 2019
‘You can even import abuses from Bangkok, Thailand...’: PM jabs Rahul

During his rallies in poll-bound Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday focused on national security and took swipe at Congress leaders for spreading ‘rumors’ about the government’s decision to scrap Article 370. While addressing a rally at Charkhi Dadri, the prime minister, without naming Gandhi, took an oblique swipe at the Congress leader over his recent foreign trip. “Some leaders of the Congress have been spreading rumors about this decision in the country and in the world”. Read More

18:57 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Ex-Maha CM Narayan Rane joins BJP with his outfit
Rane's younger son Nitesh, the sitting MLA from Kankavli seat, is seeking re-election on the BJP ticket.
Rane's younger son Nitesh, the sitting MLA from Kankavli seat, is seeking re-election on the BJP ticket.

With the campaign for the Maharashtra assembly polls entering the last lap, former chief minister Narayan Rane, who is struggling to stay politically relevant in his old bastion of Sindhudurg district in Konkan, on Tuesday joined the BJP. He also merged his outfit Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha (MSP) with the ruling party. The mercurial leader, who once called the shots in the coastal region from where the Shiv Sena drew its strength in Mumbai, was said to be on the "waiting list" to join the BJP since the last few months.

On the occasion, Rane's elder son Nilesh, a former MP, and his supporters joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Rane's younger son Nitesh, the sitting MLA from Kankavli seat, is seeking re-election on the BJP ticket. PTI

18:09 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Dushyant Chautala claims threat to his life

Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader and former MP Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday wrote to the CEC, alleging that there was threat to his life and sought adequate security cover for him and his family members. "Yesterday, while I was engaged in political event, my assistant had received a phone call on my cell number. The person on the other side disclosed his name as Pawan and said he was calling from Dubai," he said in a missive to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

"He told my assistant in a threatening manner to advise me not to speak much in election rallies or else I would have to face dire consequences. He further apprised my assistant that he belongs to gang operated under the name of 'Pablo Escobar'," Chautala wrote, adding that the call was then disconnected. The JJP leader is pitted against sitting BJP legislator Prem Lata, wife of former Union minister Birender Singh, from Uchana Kalan in the October 21 Assembly polls. PTI

17:22 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Cong spreading rumours abroad over Art 370, punish it in polls: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused Congress leaders of spreading rumours abroad over the recent nullification of Article 370 and urged voters to punish the opposition party for this in the upcoming assembly polls. Addressing a public meeting, Modi repeated dared the Congress again to openly declare that it will reverse his government's decision to nullify Article 370 if it is voted to power. “Some leaders of the Congress have been spreading rumours about this decision in the country and in the world”.

“You can abuse Modi as much as you can and even import abuses from Bangkok, Thailand, Vietnam or from wherever you want. I have no problem if you speak against Modi. But they should stop backstabbing India, which is on the path of progress,” he added, in a barb directed at the Congress. PTI

16:56 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Like 'pickpocket', Modi diverts attention from issues: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "loudspeaker" of certain industrialists and said his strategy was like that of a pickpocket who diverts people's attention before stealing. Addressing an election rally in Yavatmal district ahead of the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls, Gandhi said the prime minister speaks of the moon and abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, but is silent on issues being faced by farmers and the common man, like joblessness.

"The Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation broke the back of small and medium enterprises, farmers, labourers and poor people. Till the Modi government is in power, the issue of joblessness will continue to haunt the country. The problem of joblessness will grow in six months," he claimed. PTI

16:13 (IST)15 Oct 2019
PM Modi is the loudspeaker of Ambani, Adani: Rahul

"Have you ever seen how a pickpocket diverts the mind of a person whose money he is going to steal? PM is doing the same. He is diverting your attention and giving away the money of poor people, farmers to big industrialists like Ambani and Adani," Rahul said.

16:07 (IST)15 Oct 2019
We will form a govt of small traders, shopkeepers in Maharashtra: Rahul

While addressing a rally in Yavatmal, Rahul said that we are going to form a government of small traders, shopkeepers, and businessmen in Maharashtra. He said that traders in Gujarat are suffering because of GST. "The same situation is there in Maharashtra and other states. Modi government has broken the backbone of those who work hard and is promoting corrupt," he said while lashing out at the Centre over demonetization.

15:59 (IST)15 Oct 2019
WACTH | Rahul says PM has given away the money of poor to Adani, Mallya

WATCH | Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Yavatmal. This is his second rally of the day.

15:57 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally at Yavatmal in Maharashtra

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Yavatmal in Maharashtra now. He started by targeting Prime Minister Modi over unemployment and poor state of economy. He asked the crowd whether money which was promised BJP government has come in their accounts. "Has demonetisation benefitted you, has GST benefitted you?" he said.

15:48 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Congress leaders show 'negative attitude' when India gets respect: PM

PM Modi on Tuesday flayed Congress leaders for their ''negative attitude" when India gets respect. He said that whenever something good happens and makes the whole country happy and proud, Congress leaders become upset and complain.

15:41 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Haryana BJP govt ended corruption in transfer posting: PM

PM Modi said that the BJP government in Haryana has ended the earlier malpractice of corruption in transfer postings and has made it online. "This industry had its own rate card, own ways. In this game, corrupt leaders used to earn as well as corrupt officers. Now that transfer is done online, this industry has fallen," he said.

15:24 (IST)15 Oct 2019
PM lashes out at Congress for criticising Rafale deal

"When India got its first Rafale fighter jet in France on Dussehra, were you happy or not? You are happy that this has added to our military strength. The deal has made the whole nation proud," said PM while addressing the rally.

He also lashed out at the Congress leaders for criticising the defence deal.

15:19 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Happy that work on Kartarpur Corridor is about to complete now: PM

While addressing a rally in Kurukshetra, he said that he has come here at a place when the whole country is busy in preparing for Guru Narak's 550th birth anniversary celebrations. He said that he is happy now that work on the Kartarpur Corridor is also about to complete. We have got an opportunity to correct the mistake we made 7 decades ago, he said.

15:12 (IST)15 Oct 2019
WATCH | PM addressing a rally at Kurukshetra in Haryana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now addressing a rally at Kurukshetra in Haryana. He addressed a rally at Charkhi Dadri before this.

14:55 (IST)15 Oct 2019
In three-way Charkhi Dadri contest, Babita Phogat grapples with outsider tag

At Sarasawati Vatika in Charkhi Dadri, over 500 women assembled on Saturday to hear star wrestler Babita Phogat, who is the BJP candidate from the constituency for the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections. Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, the two-time gold medalist at Commonwealth Games said she wanted to add ‘Beti khilao’ so that daughters of the state win medals for India. Phogat is among the twelve women candidates fielded by the saffron party in the elections. And Phogat knows how to influence women voters. Read More

14:38 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Article 370 abrogation a 'decisive battle' against proxy war and terrorism in Kashmir: Shah

The abrogation of Article 370 provisions is a "decisive battle" waged by the Narendra Modi government to end years of Pakistan-sponsored proxy war and terrorism, and it will bring long-lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday.

Attending the 35th Raising Day celebrations of the counter-terror force NSG as the chief guest here, Shah said the recent decision to repeal special provisions in J and K will help "completely eradicate" Pakistan-supported terrorism from the Kashmir Valley.

The minister said his government is firm on the policy of "zero tolerance" on terrorism and to defeat all its forms. The National Security Guard (NSG) is an important instrument to achieve this goal, the minister said.

14:06 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Congress spreading rumours over Article 370

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused Congress leaders of spreading rumours over Article 370 in India and the world. While addressing a rally at Charkhi Dadri in poll-bound Haryana, Modi said the people of the state have decided to put their stamp on the clean and transparent administration of the BJP government and bring it back to power.

"People of Haryana have decided to bring BJP back to power," Modi said. With wrestler Babita Phogat entering into the political 'dangal' as the BJP candidate for the Dadri assembly seat, Modi said daughters of Haryana have proved their mettle in all fields.

14:03 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Won't allow Bharat to become 'Hindu Rashtra': Owaisi

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said Bharat is "not a Hindu Rashtra" and they will also not let it become so. His comments came after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat last week said the Sangh is firm on its vision that "Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra".

Addressing an election rally on Monday night in Kalyan town of Maharashtra's Thane district for party candidate Aiaz Moulavi, Owaisi said a section of society wants to paint the entire country in one colour, but "we see Hindustan in multiple colours, it is the beauty of Hindustan". "Bharat is not a Hindu Rashtra, and Inshallah, we will not allow it to become so," he said.

Alleging that the Shiv Sena was against the green colour, he said, "Change your spectacles and you will see the green colour in the national flag also."

13:39 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Modi will stop water flowing to Pak, will bring to Haryana, says PM in election rally

Addressing a rally in Haryana's Charkhi Dadri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will stop the water flowing in to Pakistan since 70 years and bring it to the farmers in Haryana who are the rightful claimant of it. 

13:27 (IST)15 Oct 2019
Chinese president told me he has seen Dangal: PM Modi in Haryana

Chinese President Xi Jinping told me he has seen Dangal movie: PM Modi while campaigning for BJP's Dadri candidate Babita Phogat. With wrestler Babita Phogat entering into the political 'dangal' as the BJP candidate for the Dadri assembly seat, Modi said daughters of Haryana have proved their mettle in all fields.

"Mahre Choree Choroon Say Kam Hey Ke," he said in Haryanvi. Twenty-nine-year-old Babita Phogat became a household name after ''Dangal'' (wrestling ring), a film about the struggle of her father and noted wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat to train her and her sister Geeta Phogat, became a runaway hit. 

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “loudspeaker” of big businesses, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said unemployment will rise and the economy will deteriorate further over the next six months given Modi’s economic policies. He also accused the BJP and the RSS of dividing the country and its people on the basis of caste, religion, and region — “like the British” did — and said the Congress, in contrast, unites people.

Modi, the Congress leader maintained, is the “loudspeaker of Ambani and Adani, as he only talks about them all day.”

In another rally in Haryana, PM Modi said Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have ventured on to a “new path” of “development” and “trust” in the aftermath of the revocation of special status.

“Today, India is making decisions that could not have been imagined by anyone earlier… the decision of Article 370. It was the sentiment in Haryana and across the country that Jammu and Kashmir should be brought out of violence and taken towards harmony. Today, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have started walking on a new path of development and trust," he said.