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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Highlights: Amit Shah meets senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, display copies of election manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Highlights: BJP President Monday evening visited senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residence, news agency ANI was quoted as saying. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other top leaders including Rajnath Singh Monday released the party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019. Calling them “75 promises for India@75,” the party said the “Sankalp Patra” reflected “people’s Mann Ki Baat.” Few of the promises made by the party include – abrogation of Article 370, annulling Article 35A, passing Citizenship Amendment Bill, forming Triple Talaq law, doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Housing for all by 2022 and doubling the length of National Highways by 2022.

While some parties like the Shiv Sena welcomed the BJP manifesto, AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal, NCP President Sharad Pawar and BSP chief Mayawati criticised it. The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) released its manifesto Monday afternoon, promising reservation for SC’s, ST’s and OBC’s. A Congress spokesperson said today that party president Rahul Gandhi will file his nomination from Amethi on Wednesday. In Mumbai, Milind Deora, Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam filed their nominations. Meanwhile, in Arunachal Pradesh, CM Pema Khandu who is seeking a third consecutive term from the Mukto Assembly seat, is the richest among 184 candidates contesting polls in the state.

Read our exclusive interview with Arun Jaitley here.

On agenda today | BJP manifesto release at 11 am; Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka’s rallies today: 11.15 am – Saharanpur, 1.45 pm – Shamli, 3.30 pm – Bijnor. 

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Arunachal CM Pema Khandu richest among 184 state candidates

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is seeking a re-election from Mukto Assembly seat for the 3rd consecutive term, is the richest among 184 candidates contesting polls in the state, with his assets being worth more than Rs 163 crore. A thorough analysis of the affidavits submitted before the election office found that 131 of 184 Assembly poll candidates are crorepatis, the report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. The number of women contestants in the state has gone up to 11 in the current elections for the 60-member assembly, as against 7 in 2014 polls. 

Mayawati's reaction to BJP manifesto

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Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency, after filing his nomination for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the Bandra collector’s office on Monday morning. (Express Photo By Pradip Das) 

RJD releases its manifesto, promises reservation

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Congress Candidate for Mumbai South constituency Milind Deora after filing his nomination outside an election office in Old Custom house in Mumbai.

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BJP manifesto full of lies: Congress

Hitting out at BJP over its Sankalp Patra the Congress said the "manifesto is full of falsehood." "The difference between BJP manifesto and Congress manifesto can be seen firstly from the cover page. Our's has a crowd of people, and BJP manifesto has face of just one man," Congress leader Ahmed Patel said. 

Targetting the party over the creation of jobs, corruption, Congress said, "People have seen through BJP. They are now seeking answers for the false promises made," it said. Pushing in its campaign tagline 'Ab hoga nyay,' Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "The balloon of lies will burst. People of India will reject BJP this time."Surjewala also listed out things missing from the speeches made by BJP leaders during manifesto launch - jobs, demonetisation, GST, corruption, among others. 

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PM Modi starts his address by greeting the citizens and the media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his address by thanking the people of India for their support. He said, "I would like to thank the people for supporting us for the last 5 years. It is because of you people that we could do this today."

Manifesto 2019 has been prepared with a strong nationalist vision: Arun Jaitley

Addressing the gathering, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, " This Sankalp Patra is one of a government that will continue in power and wants to expedite the growth of this country. This has been prepared with a strong nationalist vision. 2014 was an election in a cynical environment. There was corruption, policy paralysis. That was an election which promised hope. Our new policy of striking terror in its place of origin has received global support. Our inflation number has been the lowest. The previous government had left it in double digits. We aim to make India a land of opportunities once again. We are the first government in history which consolidated India's middle class and which brought out the fastest depletion of poverty."

Abrogate Article 370, annul Article 35A, return of Kashmiri pandits: BJP manifesto on Jammu and Kashmir

On Article 370, the manifesto reads, "We are committed to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all the regions of the state. We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370. We are commied to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb."

Citizenship Amendment Bill, Uniform Civil Code, doubling farm income: Few promises of BJP's manifesto

Rajnath Singh who headed the committee to form the manifesto called it a "visionary, practical document." Citizenship Amendment Bill is also present in the manifesto. "We will try to reach consensus and will pass this bill. We, however, do not wish to target any cultural or linguistic group. We will preserve the identity of the states" Uniform Civil Code, Ram Mandir, doubling farm income by 2022 is also present in the document. "We have our full commitment on Uniform Civil Code," Rajnath Singh said. 

Taking a step towards a 'New India' with this manifesto: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh, speaking at the release of the party's poll manifesto said, "With all our promises, made in this manifesto, we are taking a step towards building a 'New India."

(Source: Twitter/BJP)

PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah release BJP's manifesto


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah release BJP's poll manifesto. (Source: Twitter/BJP)

2019 election about aspirations of people: Amit Shah

"The BJP manifesto that we are releasing today will fulfil the aspirations of people. We have 75 promises for 75 years of Independent India in 2022. We have consulted crores of people before making this manifesto. This is an election about aspiration of people and I am sure that people will help us in taking our promises to every corner," Amit Shah said. 

BJP provided decisive govt to India: Amit Shah

"The Modi government has taken decisive steps. There was a time when the glory of India was reduced in the global arena. We have brought back the lost glory. We curbed black money, conducted a surgical strike against terrorism," Amit Shah said while listing Modi government's achievements. 

Period between 2014 to 2019 will be written in golden words in history of Indian development: Amit Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah is addressing the gathering. This is Modi's first manifesto as prime minister. "I want to remind you about the 2014 polls. That time we brought you a vision of how the country would be between 2014 to 2019. The people then delivered their verdict giving us a majority government. The journey from 2014 to 2019 will be written in golden words in the history of Indian development," says Amit Shah

Modi, Amit Shah share stage, BJP manifesto to be released soon

BJP chief Amit Shah welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the venue amid chants of "Abki Baar Modi Sarkar." Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley are present on the dais.

PM Modi arrives for BJP Manifesto launch

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are present at the venue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by BJP chief Amit Shah. The Sankalp Patra is scheduled to be released shortly

Mumbai: Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam, Priya Dutt to file nomination

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Stage set for release of BJP manifesto

Apart from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, a host of other BJP leaders are also going to be present for the launch of BJP manifesto 2019. (Express photo/Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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Ajit Singh, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav in Deoband. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

On Sunday, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance held its first joint rally in Deoband. While BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav described the BJP and the Congress as two sides of the same coin, RLD's Ajit Singh, refrained from attacking the Congress. In a caution to voters, "particularly Muslims", Mayawati said, "If the BJP has to be dealt a body blow, then the gathbandhan is the only choice. The Congress is not strong enough to take on the BJP and I want to tell all of you, particularly Muslims, that a vote for the Congress here will only help the BJP. Do not split your votes."

Muslims, along with Dalits and a section of Jats in western UP, form the backbone of the gathbandhan’s support in these Lok Sabha elections, which also explains the choice of Deoband as the venue for the first alliance rally.

The gathbandhan’s first and only joint rally before the April 11 vote in western UP is aimed at mobilising its core base in the region — a coalition of Muslims, Dalits and Jats, which is crucial to defeating the BJP. But with Congress making it a triangular contest in six of the eight seats in the region that go to polls in the first phase, it remains to be seen whether the gathbandhan can arrest the split in anti-BJP votes.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission called Mamata Banerjee's remarks on the transfer of cops in West Bengal as "unfortunate." In a letter directed to Banerjee, the commission wrote that the EC is fully within its rights under the RP Act to act against officers. Days before the Lok Sabha elections, the poll body ordered the transfer of four officers, including the commissioners of Kolkata and Bidhannagar, and relieved them of all election-related duties. Criticising EC for its move, Mamata accused the poll body of acting “at the behest of the BJP”.

Launching the BJP's poll campaign, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would centre on Modi govt's five-year performance, "crackdown" on corruption, and PM's ability to take big decisions. The Congress also announced its campaign tagline – “Ab Hoga Nyay," banking on the minimum income guarantee promise to woo the voters.

The Lok Sabha elections is across seven phases, beginning from April 11. The polls will conclude on May 19 and results will be declared four days later on May 23.