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.