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Assembly Elections 2019 Highlights: Why did Cong not dilute Art 370 when it was in power, asks PM in Rewari

Assembly elections 2019 Highlights: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, too, is on the campaign trail in Maharashtra which, along with Haryana, will also to go to polls on October 21.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2019 8:59:04 pm
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Assembly elections 2019 Highlights: On the last day of campaigning for the Haryana Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Congress rule in India, saying that the Grand Old party neglected Jammu and Kashmir for the last 70 years, and asked why were the provisions of Article 370 and Article 35A not abrogated when they were in power.

“Why did the Congress not abrogate the provisions of Art 370 when it was in power? They had said it in the parliament, then why did they not do it?” PM Modi attacked the opposition in Haryana’s Rewari. He also took a jibe at the party while addressing a poll rally in Sirsa.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, too, is on the campaign trail in Maharashtra which, along with Haryana, will also to go to polls on October 21. Shah has delivered his first speech of the day in Navapur. Next, he is scheduled to reach Akola to address the public at ITI Maidan and conclude his campaign in the state with a rally in Bhaiwadi, Karjat.

PM Modi has concluded his Maharashtra campaign on Friday where he targeted Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram saying, “Those who ruined banking system are in jail now”.

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With just two days left for Maharashtra and Haryana to go to polls on October 21, the campaign for the elections will conclude today. Watch this space for LIVE Updates.

Highlights

    20:43 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Vigilance increased along Delhi-Haryana border ahead of Oct 21 polls

    The Delhi Police has increased vigilance along the city borders as neighbouring Haryana goes to polls on Monday, officials said. Checking of vehicles along the Delhi-Haryana border has been started to prevent the transportation of illicit liquor during dry days in the poll-bound state, according to a senior police official. "Usually, the border is sealed 24 hours before the conduct of polls, but this time we have started it early and intensified the checking," Joint Commissioner of Police (Western Range) Shalini Singh said. On Friday, a 20-year-old man carrying nine cartons of illicit liquor was arrested from Hiran Kudna, police said. (PTI)

    20:39 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    In Photos | As campaigning winds up, a glimpse into Maharashtra, Haryana poll rallies
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election campaign rally ahead of Maharashtra Assembly elections, at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai.  (PTI)
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    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he speaks during an election campaign rally ahead of Assembly polls in Mahendergarh district of Haryana . (PTI)
    Navi Mumbai: A BJP supporter dressed like Lord Hanuman during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election campaign rally, ahead of Maharashtra Assembly elections. (PTI Photo)
    A Bharatiya Janata Party worker wears party flag dress and a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi shouts slogans during an election campaign rally in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

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    19:32 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Campaign for Maha assembly polls ends; 3237 candidates in fray

    The campaign for the Maharashtra assembly elections dominated by the aggressive narrative of nullification of Article 370 by the BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, came to end on Saturday evening. From Opposition's perspective, it was perhaps the most lacklustre canvassing with the exception of a few rallies addressed by Rahul Gandhi who highlighted issues like the economic slowdown, unemployment, "failure" of demonetisation exercise and GST rollout. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP brass of the BJP, including Union ministers, raised Article 370 and Opposition's "objection" to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The PM also spoke about "corrupt" leadership of the Opposition. (PTI)

    19:13 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Campaigning ends in Haryana, over to 1.83 crore voters now

    The campaigning for the Haryana assembly elections ended on Saturday evening with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing two rallies in Rewari and Ellenabad on the last day. The elections will be held on October 21, results of which will be declared on October 24. Of the over 1.83 crore voters, over 83 lakh are women. As many as 19,578 polling stations, 13,837 of these in rural areas, had been set up across the state amid tight security arrangements, officials said. The state has 90 assembly segments, for which 1,169 candidates, including 105 women, are in the fray.

    18:48 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Campaigning for both Haryana and Maharashtra polls ends

    The high-spirited campaigning for both the Haryana and Maharashtra elections came to an end on Saturday evening. Both the states will vote on October 21, the results of which will be declared on October 24.

    18:44 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    BJP using Article 370 as political tool for Maha, Hry assembly polls: J&K Cong

    Under attack from top BJP leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, over Article 370, the Congress's Jammu and Kashmir unit on Saturday accused the saffron party of using it as a "political tool" for the upcoming Maharashtra and Haryana assembly polls. The Congress said the urgency shown by the Centre to scrap the provisions of Article 370 which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir was "unfortunate". The Centre will not be able to delay for long the restoration of full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said. (PTI)

    16:09 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    PM Modi attacks Cong over Article 370

    "During a debate in Parliament in 1964, the country's distinguished leader got upset… there was division in the Congress. There was a demand that Article 370 be nullified and there be a debate on this issue in Parliament. At that time, Congress leaders, with folded hands, had said that their demand would be met and Article 370 would be nullified in one year. But the matter was again put on the back burner. What was the compulsion and what game was being played": PM Modi in Rewari

    15:15 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    First vote, then eat: PM Modi tells Rewari's audience

    "Just do 2 things on October 21. First, you should break all records and vote in every booth. Secondly, you have to break BJP's victory record in Haryana and make BJP win": PM Modi in Rewari.

    15:10 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    We have always worked for the development of Haryana: PM Modi

    "Whether it is Rewari, Gurugram, Jhajjar, or any district, BJP works for the development of the state. Be it the development of electricity, or of drinking water, we have always aimed at developing Haryana," says PM Modi

    14:54 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Cong govt was concerned about its own seat, not the country: PM Modi

    "On August 5, a historic decision was taken by our government. Some provisions of Article 370 and Article 35A were abrogated. Congress government could not oppose terrorism and terrorists. They did not think about our soldiers and their families. The Congress government was concerned about its own seat, and not the country," says PM Modi in Rewari.

    14:51 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    PM Modi addresses rally in Rewari

    "As soon as we formed government in 2019, our first decision was made for the families who laid down their lives for the country. Not only Army, we included Police officials and Paramilitary soldiers who laid down their lives."

    14:49 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    India commemorates all soldiers who laid down their lives for their country: PM Modi

    "We couldn't do enough for the soldiers who give their life for the country. There is no country in the world which commemorates its own soldiers as India does": PM Modi on National War Memorial in Haryana's Rewari

    14:47 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    PM Modi addresses rally in Haryana's Rewari

    "The One Rank, One Pension scheme, which was in demand for the last 40 years, was implemented by my government. Due to this scheme, there is a high positive effect on the soldiers who take care of the country," says PM Modi in Haryana's Rewari.

    13:43 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Amit Shah takes a dig at NCP's Sharad Pawar

    Shah took a dig at NCP leader Sharad Pawar saying he would not understand the embarrassment of the women who live in houses with no toilets and have to go out in the open, as his (Pawar's) children have never seen poverty. 

    13:21 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Proud that tribals and the OBC community have chosen Modi government: Amit Shah in Navapur

    Amit Shah Saturday said he is proud that the Narendra Modi government has been chosen by the tribals and the OBC community of the country. "The reason for this is that if the largest number of tribals and OBC MLAs in the country belong to any one party, then it is BJP," he said while speaking at a rally in Maharashtra's Navapur.

    12:47 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    We have ended practice of bribes and recommendations in Haryana's job market forever: PM Modi

    Previously, nobody in Haryana used to get jobs without bribes or recommendations. We have ended this practice forever: PM Modi

    12:39 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Committed to double farmers' income by 2022: PM Modi

    The BJP government is engaged in strengthening the agriculture and farming economy. We have set out to fulfil the resolution to double farmers' income by 2022. For this, work is being done at many levels simultaneously: PM Modi

    12:33 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    What was called temporary in Baba Ambedkar's constitution lasted for 70 years: PM Modi

    The wrong policy and strategy of Congress devastated the country. What was called temporary in Baba Ambedkar's constitution lasted for 70 years: PM Modi

    12:25 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    The distance between Kartarpur Sahib and us (Guru Nanak's followers) is going to vanish: PM Modi

    "The distance between Kartarpur Sahib and us (Guru Nanak's followers) is going to end. This opportunity has come after seven  decades of independence. Seventy years passed. What can be more unfortunate than the fact that we had to use binoculars to have a glimpse of our centre of faith for seven decades," says PM Modi

    12:18 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Kapurthala to Govindwal Sahib national highway to be named Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg: PM Modi

    The new national highway built from Kapurthala to Govindwal Sahib near Taran Taran will now be known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg: PM Modi

    12:17 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Govt of India is going to celebrate 550th Guru Parv all over the world: PM Modi in Sirsa

    PM Modi speaks at a public meeting in Haryana's Sirsa. "The BJP government is trying to make the whole world aware of this great moment, this historic moment of the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This is why the Government of India is going to celebrate this festival all over the world," he says.

    10:55 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera joins Shiv Sena

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera joins Shiv Sena. He will take part in campaigning with Aditya Thackeray.

    10:44 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis holds a roadshow in Nagpur

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis holds a roadshow in Nagpur on the last day of campaigning for assembly elections. He is contesting from the Nagpur South-West seat.

    10:41 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Rahul Gandhi replays GST and demonetisation, new entry is slowdown

    GST, in his words “Gabbar Singh Tax”, demonetisation and the government’s waiver of corporate loans — these were among Rahul Gandhi’s pet topics to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek votes for the Congress in the Lok Sabha poll campaign. Cut to October. Nearly five months after his party faced defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul's speeches largely mirrored those made during the Lok Sabha campaign. The only addition was the slowdown in economy. Let's have a look at the similarities here.

    10:37 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Watch: Rahul Gandhi plays cricket with Haryana students

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday was seen to be playing cricket with students in Haryana's Rewari in Friday after his helicopter made an emergency landing there. The helicopter was supposed to take him back to Delhi after his rally in Haryana's Mahendragarh but had to be redirected to Rewari due to bad weather.




    10:31 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka skipped campaigning in Maharashtra

    While the Congress had included names of party president Sonia Gandhi and daughter Priyanka in its list of star campaigners for the elections in both states, neither addressed any public meeting in either of the two states. Maharashtra and Haryana are the first states to go to polls after Sonia Gandhi took over the party’s reins in August. On Friday, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, who was in Mumbai for campaigning, attributed Gandhi’s absence to “ill-health”.

    10:14 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Kashmir has become a part of India forever… have started to neutralise terrorism: Amit Shah in Maharashtra

    While speaking at a campaign rally in Maharashtra's Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district on Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Kashmir has become a permanent part of India after the BJP government at the Centre abrogated Article 370 in August. “Today, Kashmir has become a part of India forever and is now on the path to development. We have started to neutralise terrorism,” he said.

    Invoking local tribal freedom fighter Baburao Shedmake, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Veer Savarkar, Shah claimed that the Congress and NCP both need to take lessons in history. “The biggest achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been to make the country safe. The Congress was not ready to remove Article 370, as it did not want to let go of its vote bank. But after the people made Modi the PM with 300 seats, he used those 300 seats to remove Article 370,” he said.

    10:08 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah to be on campaign trail in Maharashtra

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on the campaign trail in Maharashtra which, along with Haryana, will also to go to polls on October 21. 

    10:04 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    'Those who ruined banking system are in jail now': Modi concluded Maharashtra campaign

    PM Modi concluded his campaign in Maharashtra on Friday. Addressing his last rally for the state's Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram saying, “Those who ruined banking system are in jail now”. He also accused the previous Congress government of failing to act after terror attacks in Mumbai. We can’t forget the wounds of the Mumbai bomb blasts. The then government didn’t do justice with the victims’ families and the reason for such a stance is now becoming known.” He added that instead of nabbing those responsible for the terror attacks, those in power then indulged in Mirchi business.

    09:54 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    PM Modi to address rallies in Haryana's Sirsa and Rewari

    PM Modi to address rallies in Haryana's Sirsa and Rewari. These will be his last public rallies before the assembly elections in the state.

    09:49 (IST)19 Oct 2019
    Welcome to Assembly Elections LIVE blog

    Welcome to Assembly Elections LIVE blog. Today is the last day of campaigning for Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections. Stay tuned for LIVE updates.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too campaigned Maryana's Mahendragarh on Friday where he targetted the Modi government over unemployment. "Unemployment is the highest in 40 years. And it is not confined to any particular state. You go to any state and ask the youth…what do you do…they say nothing," he said in the rally which was initially scheduled to be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. However, Congress' Maharashtra unit later notified that she will not be able to attend the public meeting due to “unavoidable reasons”, and Rahul will fill in the gap instead.

    With just two days left for Maharashtra and Haryana to go to polls on October 21, the campaign for the elections will conclude Saturday. The results will be declared on October 24.