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Modi versus Rahul HIGHLIGHTS: PM wins Varanasi seat, Gandhi loses from Amethi

Modi versus Rahul HIGHLIGHTS: This is the first time in 20 years that the Congress stronghold Amethi is won by a non-Congress party.

Written by Liu Chuen Chen , Kajol Rustagi , Rishabh Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2019 12:20:10 am
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Modi versus Rahul HIGHLIGHTS: In a contrasting result, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won comfortably from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat whereas his counterpart Rahul Gandhi lost his home turf in Amethi. Perhaps the biggest upset of the 17th Lok Sabha, Congress president Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi against BJP’s Smriti Irani, who defeated him by a margin of over 45,000 votes.

This is the first time in 20 years that the Congress stronghold has went to a non-Congress party. Only twice in the history of Indian elections has it happened that a political party, apart from Congress, has won the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

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Gandhi, however, won from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala by over 4 lakh votes against CPI’s P P Suneer, according to the Election Commission.

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20:49 (IST)23 May 2019
'Two castes in India- the poor and those who want to help the poor come out of poverty'

PM Modi addressing a gathering in New Delhi: "Today there are only two castes in India- the poor and the other are those who want to help the poor come out of poverty."

20:28 (IST)23 May 2019
Not a single party tried to mislead country in name of secularism: Modi

Taking a dig at the opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a single party tried to mislead the country in the name of secularism in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.

19:30 (IST)23 May 2019
Narendra Modi wins from Varanasi

BJP's Narendra Modi has won from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat comfortably with a margin of 4,79,505 vote margin against Samajwadi Party's Shalini Rai. This is the second consecutive term for Modi from the Varanasi seat.

18:16 (IST)23 May 2019
Rahul Gandhi: Respect people's mandate, congratulate PM Modi for his victory

At a press conference called after the election results, Congress Rahul Gandhi said: "I respect the mandate of the people and congratulate Narendra Modi for his victory. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Congress cadres."

18:02 (IST)23 May 2019
FLASH: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat in Amethi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi Lok Sabha seat as the counting process for the Lok Sabha elections neared its end on Thursday. Gandhi is currently trailing against Irani by more than 35,000 votes and faces an imminent defeat at the party stronghold for over 20 years. This would be the first time in 20 years that the Congress stronghold would go to a non-Congress party. Only twice in the history of Indian elections has it happened that a political party, apart from Congress, has won the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

17:35 (IST)23 May 2019
Amethi update: Smriti marches ahead as Rahul faces historic defeat

BJP's Smriti Irani is set to replace Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the new MP from Amethi Lok Sabha seat as she increased her lead to over 28,000 votes. A comeback seems unlikely for Rahul as the vote counting process draws close to an end. This would be the first time in 20 years that the Congress stronghold would go to a non-Congress party. Only twice in the history of Indian elections has it happened that a political party, apart from Congress, has won the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

17:21 (IST)23 May 2019
Will build ‘strong & inclusive India’, PM Modi tweets after resounding victory

With the BJP headed for a phenomenal win in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attributed the victory to the country. Modi, who is set to enjoy his second straight term as the Prime Minister, said India has won again. Read more

16:21 (IST)23 May 2019
Amethi Update: Rahul Gandhi trails by 18,000 votes

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is staring at a shock defeat in his home turf Amethi as he trails against BJP's Smriti Irani, the Election Commission figures say. Rahul is now trailing by more than 18,000 votes against Irani and if he loses, it could be one of the biggest political upsets of this Lok Sabha elections. 

Meanwhile, Rahul is leading in his 'second home' Wayanad in Kerala with a comfortable margin of 8 lakh votes.

16:08 (IST)23 May 2019
Gandhis in Amethi: From Sanjay to Rahul, the story of a pocket borough

Literally the heart of Uttar Pradesh, Amethi has been the citadel of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The constituency has voted for the Congress for every term since its formation in 1967, except for a few years in the 1970s and the late 1990s. Amethi’s first tryst with the Nehru-Gandhi family happened in 1980 when Sanjay Gandhi won the seat. In the next three decades, the constituency changed hands across three other members of the family, with Rahul Gandhi representing the seat since 2004. Adrjia Roychowdhury writes

15:50 (IST)23 May 2019
What the results mean for Rahul Gandhi and Congress

As the Congress suffered another humiliating defeat, the big question now is what next for Rahul Gandhi, the grand old party’s chief who had waged a fierce battle but could not translate any of the issues that he had been raising – be it Rafale, ballooning unemployment or widespread agrarian distress, into votes and seats.

Party leaders in private conceded Thursday that the Congress faltered by turning the campaign into a bitter battle against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who anyway was itching to make the election a presidential contest between him and the undeclared opposition Prime Ministerial candidate.

The TINA (there is no alternative) was Modi’s best bet and the Congress walked into the trap willingly with hands tied behind its back. Read more

15:33 (IST)23 May 2019
International leaders congratulate Narendra Modi on Election results

Top international leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli have forwarded their best wishes to Narendra Modi for the BJP's stellar performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the results of which are being announced today.

14:42 (IST)23 May 2019
Update: Modi stretches lead to 3 lakh votes, Rahul trails by over 10,000 votes now

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading by over 3 lakh votes now against Samajwadi Party's Shalini Yadav in Varanasi. Meanwhile, a threat of defeat looms over Congress president Rahul Gandhi' head as he now trails by over 10,000 votes against BJP's Smriti Irani in Amethi. 

However, Rahul is leading the mandate in Wayanad in Kerala by over 5 lakh votes.

14:20 (IST)23 May 2019
Afghanistan President congratulates Narendra Modi

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting a strong mandate in the Lok Sabha elections. "Congratulations to PM @narendramodi on a strong mandate from the people of India. The government and the people of Afghanistan look forward to expanding cooperation between our two democracies in pursuit of regional cooperation, peace and prosperity for all of South Asia," Ghani said on Twitter.

14:16 (IST)23 May 2019
Amethi election results update: Smriti Irani leads by more than 9,000 votes against Rahul Gandhi

As per the latest trends by the Election Commission, BJP's Smriti Irani looks set to deliver a shock defeat to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his home bastion. Irani is leading by 9.766 votes against Rahul Gandhi. 

13:35 (IST)23 May 2019
Amethi Update: Smriti Irani leading by over 5,500 votes

BJP's Smriti Irani is leading by over 5,500  in Amethi against Congress' Rahul Gandhi, the latest figures by Election Commission of India suggest. Rahul had flipped back Irani's lead a while ago by over 2,000 votes but the latter has regained the lead. 

13:26 (IST)23 May 2019
Replug | Will quit politics if Rahul Gandhi loses from Amethi, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

In April this year, Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu had said that he will quit politics if party president Rahul Gandhi suffers a defeat from Amethi seat. Sidhu had also rejected the claim that BJP's Smriti Irani is posing a challenge to Gandhi in Amethi.

Interestingly, Irani is leading against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi as per the current trends.

13:05 (IST)23 May 2019
Amethi election results: Rahul reduces margin, trails by only 2,600 votes now

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is putting up a fight in his home turf Amethi after trailing behind BJP's Smriti Irani in the early trends. Gandhi, who was earlier trailing by over 5000 votes, has now reduced the margin to 2,688. 

12:53 (IST)23 May 2019
Historic victory outcome of Modi's visionary leadership, Amit Shah's dynamism, says Rajnath Singh

Jubilant over the early trends showing a BJP majority government returning to power at the Centre, Rajnath Singh called BJP's performance in the Lok Sabha polls a "historic victory". "This historic victory in general elections is outcome of Modi's visionary leadership, Amit Shah's dynamism," news agency PTI quoted him as saying. He also thanked the people of India for giving decisive mandate to BJP-led NDA, reposing faith in Narendra Modi's leadership. He said Modi is now all set to build New India.

(PTI)

12:43 (IST)23 May 2019
Election results 2019: Smriti Irani springs surprise in Amethi as Rahul Gandhi trails by 5,000 votes

Amethi has remained the citadel of the Congress but this time round BJP’s Smriti Irani is giving Congress chief Rahul Gandhi a run for his money. Rahul Gandhi is trailing Irani in Amethi by nearly 5,000 votes but is clearly ahead in Wayanad in Kerala with a lead of more than 1 lakh votes. While Irani garnered 48.79 per cent of the vote share in Amethi, Gandhi is close behind with 44.18.

Smriti Irani campaigned aggressively in Amethi, where she had contested and lost to Rahul Gandhi in 2014 but had managed to reduce his winning margin to one lakh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who had campaigned for her brother, had cited the Gandhis’ legacy and the constituency’s “personal” relationship with the family in Amethi. Read more

12:26 (IST)23 May 2019
Rahul Gandhi leading in Wayanad

While trailing in his traditional home turf Amethi against BJP's Smriti Irani, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading in Wayanad by 2,68,897 votes against CPI's PP Suneer. Gandhi had chosen to fight from two constituencies this Lok Sabha election. 

In Amethi, BJP's Smriti Irani is leading by over 4649 votes against Gandhi. 

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Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi covered all the states in the elections that began on April 11 and ended on May 19 with Narendra Modi flying over 1.5 lakh kilometres, his party said. BJP chief Amit Shah said the campaign started on March 28 from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and the Prime Minister addressed 142 public rallies, held four roadshows and, according to conservative estimates, directly addressed about 1.5 crore people.

The Congress said its president addressed 145 poll rallies, eight press briefings and five road shows. He (Rahul Gandhi) started with a joint public meeting in the Bihar capital, Patna, on February 3 and ended in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, on May 17. The campaign culminated with a press conference in Delhi. "You must have seen that I have improved with press conferences. You've seen that? Now, how do you think I have improved, who made me improve? What do you think? You made me improve. So it is because I come here and I do press conferences in front of you...," Rahul Gandhi had said, thanking media persons.