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Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Tell nation who released Jaish chief Masood Azhar from jail, Rahul asks PM

Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 6.6-km Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Blue Line in the neighbouring city.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 9, 2019 8:48:34 pm
Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (Twitter/INC)

Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:  Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday is addressing a gathering in Ranga Reddy, Telangana. On a campaign trail down south before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi was in Karnataka earlier in the day.

In his public address at Karnataka’s Haveri town, he attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising questions on the decision by the then Central government to release Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar from jail in a hostage crisis situation in 1999. He added that Congress would never bow down to terrorism.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 6.6-km Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line in the neighbouring city.

Modi also laid the foundation stone of 1320 MW thermal power plant in Khurja, Bulandshahr from Greater Noida and for 1320 MW power plant in Buxar, Bihar via video link.

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Elections 2019: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Karnataka today. Meanwhile, PM Modi will visit UP and Bihar. HIGHLIGHTS

19:08 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi at Ranga Reddy in Telangana
16:20 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi meets interacts with recipients of Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018 in Delhi
15:00 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Karnataka's Haveri
14:55 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Farmers are the backbone of our country, we will stand with them through their struggle Rahul Gandhi

BJP wants to divide the nation into two parts. One for people like Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi and the other for poor farmers, labourers and the marginalised. We want one nation where everyone gets justice. Farmers are the backbone of our country. And we will stand with them through all their struggles. They pay for insurance but insurance companies benefit from it: Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka

14:48 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Congress will implement Minimum Income Guarantee when it comes to power: Rahul Gandhi

Congress is going to implement another historic policy - Minimum Income Guarantee. PM Modi can give ₹30,000 cr to Anil Ambani, we will provide minimum income to every poor citizen. In Parliament, PM Modi says MNREGA is a mistake and mocks the scheme. He reduced funding to this scheme: Congress President Rahul Gandhi

14:30 (IST)09 Mar 2019
When I raised questions to PM Modi about Rafale deal, he couldn't meet my eyes: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also said, "I raised few important questions on Rafale in the Parliament. Why was Anil Ambani given the deal? And why was HAL sidelined, stealing many job opportunities from the youth of Karnataka. When I raised questions to Mr. Modi about Rafale deal, he couldn't meet my eyes."

14:28 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Explain to the nation what you did when Chinese invaded Doklam: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

Explain to the nation what you did when the Chinese invaded Doklam. You were with Chinese premiere while that happened: The Congress president asked PM Modi.

14:25 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Modi is not people's Chowkidar, he is Anil Ambani's Chowkidar: Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi said, "A few days ago, Narendra Modi came to Karnataka and said that we are giving a lollipop to farmers in the form of farm loan waivers. He referred to the Rs11,000 Cr farm loan waiver as a 'lollipop'." 

Rahul Gandhi also said, "Anil Ambani has a debt of Rs 45,000 Crores and he was given  Rs 30,000 Crores by Mr Modi in the form of Rafale deal. Narendra Modi said he wants to be Chowkidar of the country, but, instead in the Rafale deal, he gave Rs 30,000Cr to Anil Ambani. The slogan of "Acche Din Aayenge" has changed to 'Chowkidar chor hai'."

"Narendra Modi talks about corruption but the whole country knows he is corrupt," he said.

"CBI Director was removed at midnight because he wanted to start an inquiry into the Rafale deal. Even after Supreme Court reversed the removal, Modi removed him again. Mr. Modi is not people's Chowkidar, he is Anil Ambani's Chowkidar," Rahul Gandhi said.

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14:24 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi: Who sent Masood Azhar back to Pakistan

Rahul Gandhi said, "Few days ago, our soldiers were martyred in Pulwama. Who sent Masood Azhar, who was responsible for Pulwama terror attack, back to Pakistan? It was then BJP govt which released JeM chief Masood Azhar, why is PM not speaking about it."
 
He said, "Ajit Doval, who is the National Security Advisor for the Modi Govt, escorted head of JeM Masood Azhar back to Pakistan. We are not like Narendra Modi, we don't bow down to terrorists."

14:24 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Congress will provide minimum income to every poor citizen: Rahul Gandhi

Congress is going to implement another historic policy- Minimum Income Guarantee. Mr. Modi can give 30,000 crores to Anil Ambani, we will provide minimum income to every poor citizen: Rahul Gandhi

14:14 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi: Cong can put money in pockets of poor people

Rahul Gandhi said, "If Narendra Modi can put money in pockets of Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi, Congress can put money in pockets of poor people."

14:13 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi: PM has been giving speeches not employment

Rahul Gandhi: Since the past five years, PM Modi has been giving speeches but did not give employment to people.

Twitter/INC
14:06 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi: Links of earlier attacks were connected to Pak, but what did earlier govt do?

"Links of attacks and blasts earlier also were connected to Pakistan, but what did the earlier Govt do? They just changed the Home Minister," PM Modi said in Greater Noida. 

13:57 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Congress ignored power sector: PM Modi

PM Modi accuses Congress of ignoring the power sector, says BJP govt in the last five years built energy capacity of 1 lakh MW. (PTI)

13:51 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Watch LIVE | Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Haveri, Karnataka
13:44 (IST)09 Mar 2019
Before 2014, there were only two mobile phone manufacturing factories: Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Greater Noida: Before 2014, there were just two mobile phone manufacturing factories in the country. Today approximately 125 factories are making mobile phones in the country, and out of those 125, many are in Noida.

13:43 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi: Noida was earlier known for land scams

PM Modi in Noida: Earlier, Noida was known for various land scams. Today Noida is known for the new development opportunities.

13:40 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi in Noida: Our dream is 'One World, One Sun, One Grid'
13:32 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi: Country's biggest airport is being constructed in Jewar

PM Modi in Greater Noida: To improve connectivity from here, the country's biggest airport is being constructed in Jewar. All formalities regarding this decision are complete.

13:30 (IST)09 Mar 2019
PM Modi flags of Delhi Metro's Blue Line extension

PM Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section of Delhi Metro's Blue Line in the satellite city. He also laid the foundation stone of 1320 MW thermal power plant in Khurja (Bulandshahr) and Buxar (Bihar) from Greater Noida via video link.

Elections 2019 LIVE updates: PM lays foudation stone for projects worth Rs 32,500 crore in Ghaziabad PM Modi while speaking in Kanpur condemned the assault on two Kashmiris in Lucknow. (PIB)

On Friday, PM Modi condemned the attack on two Kashmiri traders in Lucknow and appreciated the swift action by the UP Government to nab the culprits behind the incident.

While speaking at a public gathering in Kanpur, he also appealed to maintain unity and urged the governments in other states to take strict action against such incidents.

Read | Modi slams attack on Kashmiris: States must take strictest action

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, addressed a rally in Odisha’s Koraput district. He said the Congress party will ensure the passage of the long-standing Women’s Reservation Bill if it is elected to power in the centre.

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First published on: 09-03-2019 at 11:29:08 am