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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: When in power, Congress sets governance in reverse gear, says Modi in Bihar

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE Highlights: The Congress Tuesday released its manifesto titled 'Congress will deliver' for the Lok Sabha elections. At the manifesto release, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the manifesto is truthful and reflects the voice of the people

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 2, 2019 10:21:41 pm
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: PM Modi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and others, during the election rally in Gaya. (Source: PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: Addressing his maiden election rally in Bihar since the announcement of Lok Sabha poll, Prime Minister Modi Tuesday alleged that whenever the Congress has come to power in the country, whether on its own or heading an alliance, governance has gone into reverse gear. The growth rate has dropped while there has been a surge in terrorist activities, violence and accumulation of black money, he said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Arun Jaitley questioned the Congress manifesto released today and said the promises made by the latter is dangerous and divisive for the country. Targetting the Congress for questioning Constitutional provisions like the sedition law, Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), he said the Congress seems to be encouraging the anti-national elements in the country.

In response, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the sedition law, brought in force during the colonial period, is outdated and has become redundant in present times. He also explained the Congress’ stance on AFSPA saying the party only seeks to amend the provision and has sought the removal of immunity given to the armed forces personnel in cases of enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture. “We understand that the armed forces need to be protected but human rights also need to be upheld,” he said.

Earlier in the day, releasing the Congress manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’, party president Rahul Gandhi said the manifesto is truthful and reflects the voice of the people.

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    JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wanting to make India a "Hindu Rashtra". The former prime minister also sought to know as to why article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir should be abolished. "Why it should be abolished? The question is-why it should be abolished? I did not give article 370 there. When Kashmir joined India after an agreement with the then Maharaja there, article 370 (was agreed upon)," Gowda said. "Modi has the idea, to make this entire country a Hindu Rashtra. Am I not a Hindu? Am I a Muslim or Christian or Buddhist? We take all religions into confidence," he said. Advocating a system where all communities coexist together, Gowda reminding about Mahatma Gandhi's efforts to bring in peace in communal violence hit Noakhali in Bengal said, "...Gandhi got us freedom... Did these people (BJP) get us freedom? Ambedkar gave us the constitution." - PTI

    17:06 (IST)02 Apr 2019
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    16:51 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Sedition law outdated, must go: P Chidambaram

    Responding to questions over Congress' promise to amend Constitutional provisions, P  Chidambaram said, "Sedition is a colonial era law. The sedition law today is outdated. Many leaders including Jawaharlal Nehru have said that it should go. It has become redundant. And about AFSPA, we have said that we will amend the law. We have only asked to remove immunity in cases of enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture. We understand that the armed forces need to be protected but human rights also need to be upheld."

    16:43 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    P Chidambaram addresses press briefing

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    16:27 (IST)02 Apr 2019
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    16:14 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress does not deserve a single vote: Jaitley

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    Congress encouraging stone pelters in J-K: Jaitley

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    14:36 (IST)02 Apr 2019
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    14:04 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray: Shiv Sena, BJP bound by Hindutva

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday said his party and the BJP are bound by Hindutva and the two decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance after overcoming differences that soured their ties in the past.

    In an interview to Sena MP Sanjay Raut in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', Thackeray said, "...You ask me why did we agree to an alliance again. The whole world is a witness. BJP president Amit Shah came to me not once, but twice. And when the alliance was charted out, we put forth the problems of people. Even the chief minister was present when all this happened," Thackeray said.

    13:57 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto 2019: What it says on agriculture, farmers and farm labour

    Congress on Tuesday announced its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, putting special emphasis on agriculture and farm distress. In the manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’, Congress accused the NDA government of driving the agriculture sector into ‘deep crisis’ through demonetisation and its crop insurance scheme.

    The Congress party manifesto promises to waive the outstanding loan of farmers and ending the non-payment of loans as a criminal offence. The Congress manifesto also introduces a separate ‘Kisan budget’ to prioritise issues affecting the agriculture sector.

    Here’s what the Congress manifesto says on farm sector.

    13:56 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto 2019: What it says on national security, defence spending, ex-servicemen

    The Congress on Tuesday announced its manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019, in which they put special emphasis on security of the country. The party promised to “keep a vigilant eye on the security situation”. They said that they would reverse the trend of declining defence spending, and ensure that it is increased to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces.

    Congress would put in efforts to maintain the law and order situation so that every citizen and visitor feel secured in this country, the party manifesto said.

    Here is what the Congress manifesto says about security and defence spending.

    13:51 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto 2019: Key takeaways on jobs, unemployment

    The Congress has pledged to fill four lakh central government and institutional vacancies before March 2020 in its election manifesto released on Tuesday. The manifesto also says, “Unemployment is the gravest challenge to the country and job creation is the highest priority for the economy. In the last five years, there has been a dramatic rise in unemployment. Today, unemployment is touching a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent according to the government’s own figures.”

    Here is what the Congress manifesto says about jobs.

    13:45 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Arun Jaitley calls press conference at 3:30 pm

    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called a press conference at 3:30 Tuesday. He is likely to react to the Congress manifesto released earlier today.

    13:04 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Wanted to show South India that Congress stands for them: Rahul Gandhi

    On his decision to contest from Wayanad, Gandhi said, "There is a feeling of neglect in South India. I wanted to show them that Congress stands with them. As far as I can see, we have alliances with Left across the country and there is no problem on that ticket."

    12:52 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Won't be a criminal offence if farmers cannot repay loans: Rahul

    "Under our government, farmers who cannot pay back loans, it will no more be a criminal offence. For education, we will have 6 per cent budget. In healthcare, we will strengthen public hospitals," Rahul Gandhi said. 

    On National Security, Gandhi said, "Congress will strive and make the country one. We will focus on strengthening national security."

    12:47 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    NYAY scheme, jobs and farmers among key themes of Congress manifesto

    Adding that the committee has done a good job on the manifesto, Rahul Gandhi said, "This is not a manifesto made in closed rooms. NYAY, jobs and farmers are among our focal points. NYAY will help the economy. We will deliver money to the poorest people in the country."

    12:42 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto is truthful, reflect voices of people: Rahul Gandhi

    "The manifesto is a massive step for Congress. When we started this process a year back, I told them that this manifesto should reflect the wishes of the people and whatever is present in the document should be truthful," Rahul Gandhi said after releasing the document

    12:40 (IST)02 Apr 2019
    Congress unveils its election manifesto for 2019

    Congress on Tuesday unveiled its manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019. The manifesto is titled 'Congress will deliver'.

    Congress high command has been under immense pressure to put up a united front against the ruling BJP in the upcoming general elections. 2019 Lok Sabha elections LIVE UPDATES: Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said alliance talks between AAP and Congress are all but over after Congress president Rahul Gandhi refused to join hands in Delhi. (File Photos)

    Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said that the manifesto has been drafted following extensive nationwide consultations and will be a very "powerful" document aimed at redressing key challenges facing the nation. He also said the manifesto will address issues including jobs creation, agrarian distress and strengthening the education and health sectors besides charting a roadmap to boost economic growth.

    Arvind Kejriwal says Rahul Gandhi has refused to ally with AAP

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi had refused to forge an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Kejriwal said he had met Rahul Gandhi recently and the Congress chief had refused to “join hands with the AAP”. Asked about Congress' Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit's remarks that Kejriwal never approached her for an alliance, the CM said, “We have met Rahul Gandhi. Dikshit is not that important leader.”

    PM Modi, Amit Shah attack Congress over 'Hindu terror' tag

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah Monday accused the Congress of “committing the sin” of linking the Hindu religion with terrorism. "The Congress tried to stain crores of the country's people using the term 'Hindu terror'. Tell me, weren't you deeply hurt when you heard the term 'Hindu terror'? Is there a single incident in the history of thousands of years of Hindus engaging in terrorism?" Modi said in Wardha.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis (L) and BJP candidate from Wardha constituency Ramdas Tadas. (PTI)

    Amit Shah raked up the Samjhauta Express blast case to attack the Congress, saying the UPA government compromised with national security by allowing the real culprits in the case to go scot-free. "Rahul (Gandhi) Baba's party attempted to link the Hindu community with terrorism. It was a bid to defame Hindus across the world," Shah said in Odisha's Gajapati district.

    Yogi Adityanath's 'Modi ji ki sena' remarks creates row

    The Election Commission Monday took cognizance of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yodi Adityanath referring to the Indian Army as 'Modi ji ki sena'. Adityanath’s remarks elicited all-round condemnation from the Opposition leaders who said the Army belonged to the country and not the “prachaar mantri” (information minister).

    While taking a swipe at the Opposition during a public meeting on Sunday, Yogi had said, “Congress people would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi’s army gives them bullet or bomb. This is the difference. The Congress people use ‘Ji’ in Masood Azhar’s name to encourage terrorism.”

    Congress, AAP complain to EC against NaMo TV

    The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party Monday reached out to the Election Commission to complain against a new channel dedicated to showing the rallies and speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called NaMo TV. The channel came up surreptitiously just weeks ahead of the general elections and does not have the government's permission to broadcast in the country. However, NaMo TV is already available on all major national DTH operators including Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel, Siti Network among others.