Election 2019 Highlights: A day before the country goes to vote in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections, BJP national president Amit Shah accused the West Bengal government of throttling democracy in the state. At a press conference in Kolkata on Monday, Shah urged the people of the state to vote without fear. “The election commission has deployed central security forces in Bengal,” he said, adding free and fair elections will be held in the state. Shah is in Bengal to address rallies in four districts —Howrah, Nadia, Birbhum and East Bardhman.
Meanwhile, after apologising to the Supreme Court earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi repeated his “chowkidar chor” jibe in Amethi rally and was slammed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She said Gandhi has learnt no lessons and has lost his credibility. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too took a dig at Congress saying that some experience electric current the moment he talks about dynasty, national security. “Opposition is worried as BJP is ahead in trends of first two phases of Lok Sabha polls,” he added.
The Congress also declared names of its candidates for six out of seven constituencies in Delhi. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit will contest from North East Delhi while J P Aggarwal is in the fray from Chandni Chowk.
Amit Shah is in West Bengal to address public rallies in four districts —Howrah, Nadia, Birbhum and East Bardhman. Follow Highlights here
Election Commission bars Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning for 72 hours
The Election Commission of India Monday barred Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning till 72 hours, effective from April 23, 10 am, for appealing Muslims "to vote unitedly". Sidhu made these comments at a public meeting in Katihar district of Bihar, which went on polls on April 18. Read more
Gautam Gambhir to contest from East Delhi
BJP releases list of two candidates for Delhi; Gautam Gambhir to contest from East Delhi and Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi parliamentary constituencies.
Himachal poll body issues warning to state BJP chief for personal remarks against Rahul Gandhi
Three days after the Election Commission issued orders barring Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Singh Satti from campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday and Sunday, the District Election Officer (DEO) in Una on Monday issued a warning to Satti for his recent speech where he passed personal remarks against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. During an election rally at Bhanjal in Una district on April 13, Satti had made derogatory remarks against Gandhi's personal life. Satti had said, “…Pradhan mantri kithe banna jis bande da vyah hee na ho paya jo apni amma nu dulhan nahi le ke aa paya, o pradhan mantri pad dega leya karke. Us Aadmi ki aesi kaaviliyat he nahi hai… (Rahul Gandhi, who couldn’t be married, couldn’t get a daughter-in-law for his mother, will he become the prime minister? That man is incapable of it…).”
SRK urges people to vote in a video
Actor Shah Rukh Khan joined the league of Bollywood stars who have been encouraging Indians to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. SRK on Monday shared a video urging the citizens of the nation to exercise their ballot and choose a responsible government. This is probably the first time he has crooned for a video issued in public interest. The song titled “Karo Matdan” has some catchy and fun lyrics like “Hum desh ki awaaz, desh ke deewane. Janta taiyaar apna faisla sunane.” In the song, he tells everyone to vote for a government that loves the country and its citizens more than themselves. Composed by Tanishk Bagchi and written by Abby Viral, the over-a-minute long song has been sung by Shah Rukh Khan himself.
On political debut, VIP chief Mukesh Sahni roots for RJD’s Yadav-Muslim vote bank
Bihar ‘mahagathbandhan’ ally Vikassheel Insaan Party’s (VIP’s) head Mukesh Sahni, who is making his electoral debut from the Khagaria Lok Sabha seat, would be looking to bank on Rashtriya Janta Dal’s (RJD’s) Yadav and Muslim votes against sitting Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar. Sahni, whose party is contesting on three seats in Bihar, enjoys the support of EBC Sahni/Mallah (who also write Kevat and Nishad) and Nonia votes (2.5 lakh).
AAP candidate Raghav Chadha files nomination from South Delhi
Modi supporter responds to Digvijaya Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, while addressing a public rally in Bhopal, asked the crowd if they got Rs 15 lakh in their respective accounts, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To answer his question, a youth walked up to the stage and replied by saying, “Modi ji carried out surgical strikes and killed terrorists.” But before the youth could say anything more, he was taken off the stage by Singh’s supporters.
Not ashamed to call myself 'nai' (barber): Jawed habib
"I am happy to join the BJP as I have seen the changes brought brought in the country by Prime Minister Modi in the last five years. I think nobody should be ashamed of their background, when the prime minister is proud to state that he was a 'chaiwala' then why should I be ashamed of calling myself a 'nai' (barber)," he said.
AAP candidate Atishi files nomination from East Delhi
Visit the constituency and see the reality for yourself: Smriti Irani to Priyanka Gandhi
Responding to Priyanka Gandhi, Union Minister Smriti Irani asked the Congress leader to go see the reality of the poor in the constituency, saying, "I have been an actor, so it is better that Priyanka Gandhi can end the drama. As far as the poor citizens, who do not even have shoes to wear, are concerned, please oblige us if you have any shame and go and see the reality yourself."
Union Minister Smriti Irani: Actor main reh chuki hoon toh natak Priyanka ji na hi karein to behtar hai, jahan tak baat un gharib nagrikon ki hai jinke paas pehne ko joota nahi tha,toh kripya karke agar unme thodi bhi sharm ho to khud ja ke dekh lein ki sach kya hai pic.twitter.com/vwQraaqaVn— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 22, 2019
Smriti Irani insulting the people of Amethi: Priyanka Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi lashes out at BJP's Amethi candidate Smriti Irani for distributing shoes to people in the constituency. "Smriti Irani came here and distributed shoes so that she can say that people here do not even have footwear. She is thinking that she is insulting Rahul Gandhi like this but she is actually insulting the people of Amethi by doing so."
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Ye Smriti Irani ji yahan aai aur unhone joote baante ye kehne ke liye ki inke pas joote bhi nahi hai pehene ke liye. Ye soch rahi hain ki Rahul ji ka apmaan kar rahi hai, ye kar rahi hain Amethi ki janta ka apmaan. pic.twitter.com/8EOofr6sey— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 22, 2019
BJD demands action against Dharmendra Pradhan for obstructing flying squad's work
BJD writes to Election Commission questioning its inaction against BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan, who allegedly 'obstructed flying squad on election duty from discharging their duties and abused them.'
BJD in letter to Chief Electoral Officer, Bhubaneswar: It's unfortunate that a State Min is arrested for 'obstructing flying squad on election duty from discharging their duties', while Union Min Dharmendra Pradhan is allowed to go scot-free&no action is taken against him.#Odisha pic.twitter.com/TSJ60e4srz— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019
You can do ‘Ilu Ilu’ with Pakistan, but we will respond to them with bullets: Amit Shah to Mamata
Accusing TMC chief Mamata Banerjee of questioning the air strikes to "appease" her minority vote bank, BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday said she can do "Ilu Ilu" (I love you) with Pakistan but if that country fire bullets on us we would respond with cannon balls. 'Apko (Mamata) Pakistan ke saath ilu ilu (I love you) karna hain toh kijiye. Lekin agar Pakistan goli marega toh hum gola marenge' (If you are interested in showing love with Pakistan, you can do that but we would respond to their bullets with canon balls), Shah said, referring to the popular Hindi song from a film in the early 1990s. Shah further demanded TMC chief Mamata Banerjee to clarify whether she too favoured a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir like her ally National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. Read More
BJP to scrap Art 370 in J&K; introduce NRC in the country: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah, who was in West Bengal to address election rallies, Monday said his party will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and introduce National Register for Citizens across the country after returning to power. Shah accused TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee of questioning the air strikes to "appease" her minority vote bank and wryly said she can do "Ilu Ilu" (I love you) with Pakistan but if that country fire bullets on us we would respond with cannon balls.
Bikaner: Salesmen display sarees with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi printed on them, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Bikaner, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Source: PTI Photo)
Reservations won't be scrapped till I am here: PM Modi in Maharashtra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday accused the opposition parties of spreading rumours that reservations will modified if he returns to power. Addressing a poll rally here in north Maharashtra, Modi said he will ensure that the quota quantum is not disturbed. "Till Modi is here, nobody can touch the reservations, given to us by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar," he said. Modi also assured people in the tribal dominated constituencies in north Maharashtra that his government will ensure they would not face eviction from their land. (PTI)
Rahul Gandhi challenges PM Modi for a debate on corruption
Congress President Rahul Gandhi challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a 15-minute debate on corruption, which he said will make things clear.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Raebareli: I would like to challenge Narendra Modi to debate with me on corruption for 15 minutes. Dudh ka dudh, pani ka pani ho jayenga. I am telling you, Narendra Modi Ji won't be able to show his face before the nation. pic.twitter.com/Ic3K317fq2— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 22, 2019
EVMs distributed to staffers in Pune
The electronic voting machines were distributed to the staffers at six locations in Pune. Voting for Pune constituency is on Tuesday, April 23. The material was being taken to polling stations through GPS installed PMPML buses. (Express Photo By Pavan Khengre)
AAP's Raghav Chaddha comes to file nomination with mother
AAP's Raghav Chaddha comes to file nomination with mother.
Won't allow reservations to be scrapped, Modi in Maharashtra
Won't allow reservations to be scrapped, says Modi in a public rally in Nandurbar, Maharashtra.
BJP candidate Pragya Thakur files her nomination from Bhopal
Rahul Gandhi peddling lies, lost credibility: Nirmala Sitharaman
In a press conference, Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, said, Rahul Gandhi has learnt no lessons. "He is peddling lies and has lost credibility," she said.
Nirmala Sithraman slams Rahul Gandhi for repeating 'chowkidar chor' jibe
After apologising to Supreme Court, Rahul repeats 'chowkidar chor' jibe in Amethi rally and gets slammed by Nirmala Sitharaman.
Mamata banned Durga Puja, Ram Navami processions, ruined culture of Bengal, says Amit Shah
Atishi Marlena, Manish Sisodia on road show
Atishi Marlena, AAP's candidate from East Delhi constituency, on road show with education minister Manish Sisodia.
Rahul Gandhi promises freedom of press after 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Rahul Gandhi promises freedom of press after 2019 Lok Sabha elections
#WATCH Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: Press wale has rahe hain kyunki inhone agar apne 'mann ki baat' kardi to inko do dande padenge, Narendra Modi ji maarenge........ghabraiye mat 2019 ke chunaav ke baad aapko jo likhna ho likhna, humare khilaaf bhi likhna hoga likh lena. pic.twitter.com/PxQOl7jTYB— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 22, 2019
It's quite clear that Mamata is bound to lose in the elections: Amit Shah
After two phases of election in West Bengal, it's quite clear that Mamata is bound to lose in the elections. This has led to her desperation & hence she is blaming opposition & the ECI. The voters of Bengal should freely exercise their right to vote: Amit Shah
EVM and VVPAT dispatched to the centres before third phase of Lok Sabha elections
EVM and VVPAT dispatched to the centres before third phase of Lok Sabha elections. (Express Photos: Bhupendra Rana)
Chowkidar (PM Modi) has taken away whatever we had given to you: Rahul Gandhi
"In five years, the chowkidar (PM Modi) has taken away whatever we had given to you," says Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: Narendra Modi ne sirf Hindustan ki janta se chori nahi ki hai, sabse zyada chori chowkidaar ne aap logon se ki hai, pichle 5 saalon mein humne jo bhi aap ke liye kiya Modi ji ne aapse chheena. pic.twitter.com/1Eq45KUeio— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 22, 2019
Some experience electric current the moment I talk about dynasty, national security: PM Modi
Opposition worried as BJP ahead in trends of first two phases of Lok Sabha polls, said Modi. He also took a dig at Congress that some experience electric current the moment he talks about dynasty, national security.
PM speaks in Dindori
Today every terrorist knows that if he causes bomb blasts in any part of the country, Modi will find him out from the grave and punish him, says PM Modi in Dindori.
PM Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Dindori, Maharashtra: Aaj har aatanki ko pata hai ki agar desh ke kisi hisse mein bomb dhamaka kiya, toh yeh Modi hai, yeh unhe pataal mein bhi khoj kar saza dega, unhein khatam karega pic.twitter.com/MaLHlFidHB— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019
Amethi EC officer declares Rahul Gandhi's nomination valid