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Lok Sabha election news HIGHLIGHTS: Last 5 years spent in rectifying UPA regime’s mistakes, says PM

Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Kerala late Wednesday night to file his nomination papers from Wayanad on Thursday. He is expected to fly from Kozhikode to Wayanad in a chopper and lead a roadshow in Kalpetta.

Lok Sabha election news LIVE: Congress' manifesto should be called 'dhakosla patra', says PM Modi at Pasighat
Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE updates: PM Modi addresses a rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Pasighat. (Twitter/@BJP4India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday addressed a rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, launching a scathing attack on Congress as well as the TMC rule in West Bengal. He said that if BJP government comes to power, then it will form a Bengal that is free from the ‘goondaraj’ of TMC and Left parties. The PM also flayed the Congress for seeking to dilute AFSPA. Modi’s remarks, however, drew a sharp reaction from West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee, who described him as “Expiry Babu”. PM Modi called Congress’ manifesto a ‘dhakosla patra’, while addressing a rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Pasighat.

On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held three public meetings in northeast states — one in Nagaland and two in Assam’s Golaghat district and North Lakhimpur town. Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Kerala late Wednesday night to file his nomination papers from Wayanad on Thursday. He is expected to fly from Kozhikode to Wayanad in a chopper and lead a roadshow in Kalpetta before filing his nomination before the district collector. AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is expected to accompany her brother in Wayanad.

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Throughout the day we’ll bring you the latest election news from across the country, and analysis of all the key events. Elections for the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19. The results will be declared on May 23. IN PICS | BJP supporters gather at West Bengal’s Brigade ground ahead of PM’s rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed four rallies today: 10:00 am- Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), 12:30 pm- Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling (West Bengal), 3:30 pm – Kolkata (West Bengal) and 06:30 pm- Gondia (Maharashtra)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed three public meetings today: 10:45 am- Nagaland, 12:45 pm- Golaghat district (Assam) and 3:00 pm – North Lakhimpur (Assam).

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PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed election rallies in Arunachal, West Bengal, Maharashtra; Rahul Gandhi held meetings in Nagaland and Assam. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS

BJP picks HS Patel to contest from Ahmedabad-East Lok Sabha seat

The BJP has decided to field Hasmukh S Patel, who is an MLA of Amraiwadi for Ahmedabad-East Lok Sabha seat, in place of Paresh Rawal, ANI reported.

Rahul Gandhi arrives at Kozhikode airport

Congress President Rahul Gandhi landed at Karripur airport in Kozhikode this evening

Rahul, Priyanka land at Karippur airport in Kozhikode

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi landed at Karippur airport in Kozhikode, Kerala on Wednesday evening. The Congress chief will file his nomination from Kerala’s Wayanad on Thursday.

Congress poll manifesto insults India's soldiers, says PM

"I have come here to thank you for blessings in last 5 years and to seek them for next 5 years," PM Modi said in Gondia. At the public rally in Maharashtra, he said people have not forgotten Balakot air strike. He said last five years have been spent in rectifying mistakes of UPA regime. Targetting Congress party, he asked those present at the rally: "Will you give chance to those who seek to scrap sedition law?" He said Congress is Cong destabilising India and creating confusion in the country. "Congress poll manifesto has insulted India's soldiers," he said.

Naxals will get a boost if 'mahamilavati' people get power: Modi in Gondia

While addressing in Gondia today, PM Modi said that if "mahamilavati" (leaders of grand-alliance) people come to power, then naxals will get a boost. "Congress has already promised in manifesto that sedition case will not be imposed on any urban naxal, they have promised to do away with sedition law," he said.

PM addressing public meeting at Gondia in Maharashtra

WATCH | PM Modi is addressing a public meeting at Gondia in Maharashtra. This will be his last election rally for the day.

PM addressing public meeting at Gondia in Maharashtra

WATCH | PM Modi is addressing a public meeting at Gondia in Maharashtra. This will be his last election rally for the day.

PM is an 'expiry babu', his govt has 'expired': Mamata

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday reacted to "speed breaker didi" remark by PM Modi. She said the PM is an "expiry babu" and his govt has "expired". "You (PM) said in Siliguri that we (TMC Govt) did not do anything for poor, what have you done in the last 5 years? Don't speak lies everyday," she said.

Andhra CM addressing rally in Guntur

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu addresses a rally in Guntur

BJP drops Kirit Somaiya, names rebel Cong MLC to take on Sonia

In a freshly released list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dropped its sitting MP from Mumbai North East, Kirit Somaiya as candidate and fielded rebel Congress MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh to take on Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli. The saffron party released the names of six candidates for seats in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

In the latest BJP list, well-known Bhojpuri actor and singer Dinesh Lal Yadav has been pitted against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh, while Prem Singh Shakya will contest from Mainpuri against Mulayam Singh Yadav. READ MORE

Will ensure that ex-servicemen are given the respect they deserve: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that if the party comes to power then it will ensure that ex-servicemen are given the respect they deserve. "Our Ex-Servicemen are India’s pride & must be given the respect they deserve. We will allow qualified Ex-Servicemen lateral entry into the Civil Services. The Central Armed Police Forces will be opened up to Ex-Servicemen under the age of 40," he tweeted.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressing in Ghaziabad

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is addressing a public gathering in Ghaziabad

Cong list names 1 candidate for Lok Sabha polls, 9 for assembly elections

The Congress party on Wednesday released a list naming one candidate in Odisha for Lok Sabha Elections and 9 candidates for state legislative assembly elections.

It seems like Rahul is not able to digest the airstrikes: Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday targeted Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda in Sunderbani, saying that the Congress chief is not able to digest Balakot airstrike. "His (Rahul's) guru Sam Pitroda says that it is wrong to attack a country because of the actions of a few people. Why so? Are they your cousin brothers?" he said.

It seems like Rahul is not able to digest the airstrikes: Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday targeted Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda in Sunderbani, saying that the Congress chief is not able to digest Balakot airstrike. "His (Rahul's) guru Sam Pitroda says that it is wrong to attack a country because of the actions of a few people. Why so? Are they your cousin brothers?" he said.

PM Modi at Brigade Ground in Kolkata on Wednesday (Express Photo/Partha Paul)
PM Modi at Brigade Ground in Kolkata on Wednesday (Express Photo/Partha Paul)

Modi govt will oust every single infiltrator from the country: Shah

Addressing a public gathering in J&K's Sunderbani, BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday said: "If you choose Narendra Modi govt, in next 5 years we'll oust every single infiltrator from the country. Infiltrators are eating our country like termites. They want to change demography of Jammu. As long as there is BJP govt, we won't let this happen."

I am indebted to Bengal to show me the way: PM in Kolkata

PM Modi said: "I am indebted to Bengal. When I was detached from the world once in my life and was moving ahead with some dreams, then the land of Bengal said to me that serving the country is my destiny."

BJP fields Cong rebel and MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli

BJP has fielded Congress rebel and MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli

Leaders opposing Modi have become those opposing interests of nation: PM

Continuing his tirade against the Congress and other Opposition parties, PM Modi on Wednesday said that the anti-Modi sentiment has overpowered some people so much that now they are opposing the interests of the nation. "Congress has always bowed its head before terrorism and its manifesto has promised to remove law that protects our forces in terror-affected areas. It will help Pakistan," he said.

Congress wore 'burqa' of democracy to hide nepotism

PM Modi, while addressing a gathering in Kolkata's Brigade Ground on Wednesday, said that the Congress party's 55 years of 'dynasty rule' ruined the country. "It's about time to get rid of this one-family rule," he said.

Cong has bowed down to terrorism to secure vote bank: PM in Bengal

Lashing out at Congress, PM Modi said that the party has always bowed down to terrorism for their vote bank politics.

Cong removed TADA, POTA; bows down to terrorism

Lashing out at the Congress party, PM Modi said the party removed anti terrorism laws like TADA and POTA. He said this 'chowkidar' has been repeatedly abused by Congress but he will not let them succceed in their vote bank politics.

Cong has insulted Pulwama martyrs Sudip Biswas and Babloo Santra

PM Modi says Congress has insulted Sudip Biswas and Babloo Santra, the brave CRPF men killed in Pulwama attack, by questioning the Balakot airstrikes. He also slammed the Congress manifesto released yesterday while referring to it as 'dhakosla patra'. He said the Congress wants to take away the security cover of our forces.

Modi starts speaking at Brigade Ground in Kolkata

"This brigade ground has never seen such a huge crowd before," says PM Modi while addressing a gathering in Kolkata. "I am here to present my report card to you today," he said while talking about surgical strikes and Mission Shakti. He said all this has happened not because of Modi but because of your blessings.

PM to address Kolkata rally shortly

PM Modi will soon begin with his speech at a public meeting at Kolkata's brigade ground. The PM will later address a rally at Gondia in Maharashtra.

EC seeks I&B Ministry response on ‘Namo TV’

The Election Commission (EC) is learnt to have sought a response from the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry on complaints by Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party against Namo TV, a new channel dedicated to showing rallies and speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to sources, the Commission will take a call after examining the ministry’s response.

NaMo TV, which was briefly rechristened as Content TV last week, came up surreptitiously just weeks ahead of the general elections and is already available on all major national DTH operators, including Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel, Siti Network, among others.

Since the channel is not mentioned in the Union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting’s list of permitted private satellite channels in the country, Congress told the EC that either the channel “Content TV” is being broadcast as a “government-sponsored channel” or it has “not got any official clearance” from the I&B Ministry and “the contents are being broadcast in complete violation of the rules and regulations of cable televisions”.

The party has asked the EC to direct the I&B Ministry to suspend the channel. READ MORE

Amit Shah addressing gathering in Udhampur

Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah is addressing a rally in Udhampur

Cong will restore special status of northeastern states: Rahul

Rahul said Congress will restore special status of northeastern states and bring in industrial policy to make the region a manufacturing hub. He said his party is committed to ensuring minimum wages for tea garden workers that PM Modi failed to fulfil.

NYAY funds will come from pockets of 'chor' businessmen favoured by Modi: Rahul

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that funds for NYAY scheme will come from pockets of 'chor' businessmen favoured by 'chowkidar' Narendra Modi. Rahul was addressing a rally in Assam. He said that India is witnessing worst unemployment scenario and if Congress comes to power, it will will ensure facilities for youths to start own businesses.

BJP govt committed to build all weather roads in Uttarakhand: Amit Shah

Addressing a rally in Uttarkashi, BJP chief Amit Shah said that as soon as BJP government came to power in Uttarakhand, it took a decision to build all weather road in the state. "This all weather road will not only promote employment and tourism in the state but will also change the destiny of Uttarakhand. This is not just a mortar and bricks road but the feelings of a lot of BJP supporters are attacked to it," he said.

Vivek Oberoi on PM movie: "I don't understand why some people are overreacting like this

Vivek Oberoi on PM movie: "I don't understand why some people are overreacting like this. Why are such senior and famous lawyers like Abhishek Singhvi ji and Kapil Sibal ji wasting time on filing a PIL on such a modest film? Don't know if they are scared of the film or of Chowkidar's 'danda'. We are not projecting Modi ji as larger than life, he already is larger than life. We are not projecting him as a hero, he already is a hero,not only for me but for crores of people in India and abroad. Its an inspirational story which we brought to the screen." —ANI

Ahead of PM Modi rally, Rs 1.8 crore cash seized from Arunachal CM convoy: Congress

The Congress alleged Wednesday that cash worth Rs 1.8 crore was seized in a midnight raid on the convoy of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and state BJP president Tapir Gao Tuesday, hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in the state today morning. A press release by the party stated that a midnight raid on the convoy of Khandu, Arunachal Deputy CM Chowna Mein and BJP’s Arunachal president Tapir Gao has “found Rs 1.8 crore in stacks of hard cash that exposes the brazen corruption and poll violation  as Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a rally in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh at 10:00 am today”. Gao is BJP candidate from West Arunachal. Read More

Congress manifesto an illusion: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati Wednesday termed the Congress manifesto as a "showoff" and an "illusion" and said there was no credibility of the promises made by the party due to its past. Congress and BJP are no different when it comes to non-fulfilment of promises, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in a tweet. "Congress election manifesto appears to be a showoff and illusion like its pervious promises. Due to continuous working against its promises, there is no credibility left for Congress among the people. Congress and BJP are no different in non-fulfilling promises," she said in the tweet.

Congress manifesto talks of reviewing AFSPA that shields security forces from terrorists: PM Modi

Slamming Congress anifesto, PM Modi says, "Congress manifesto talks of reviewing AFSPA that shields security forces from terrorists."

I am waiting for this 'speedbreaker' to go so development can gather speed: PM Modi on Mamata Banerjee

Prime Minister Addressing a rally in Jalpaiguri town of West Bengal's Darjeeling. "'Didi' (Mamata Banerjee) speedbreaker in the path of West Bengal's development. Speedbreaker Didi has not allowed people of Bengal to benefit from Ayushman Bharat scheme. I am waiting for this speedbreaker to go so development can gather speed," says Modi.

Arunachal Pradesh remained backward due to Cong 'misrule': CM

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday hit out at the Congress alleging that the land-locked state remained underdeveloped in the last several decades due to "misrule" of the grand old party. Addressing an election rally where the Prime Minister also spoke, the chief minister claimed that the development process in Arunachal Pradesh picked up only after the NDA came to power in 2014. "Pasighat, the centurion town in East Siang district has been blessed with the visit of Prime Minister for the second time, the first being in 2014, to address an election rally and for the love of Modi to the people, the town had been selected under the Smart City Mission along with the state capital," Khandu said.

Amit Shah: Omar Abdullah says J&K should have separate PM, Rahul Gandhi is quiet on this

Amit Shah says, "Omar Abdullah says that Jammu and Kashmir should have a separate prime minister. A few days ago, one of his leaders raised the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. The Congress has kept quiet on all these things. Rahul Gandhi should clarify whether he is with them on these statements?"

Modi government has worked to safeguard the country: Amit Shah

Amit Shah says, "The Modi government has worked to safeguard the country." Slamming Congress manifesto, Shah says,  "Yesterday, the Congress ' Manifesto came which it said that they will remove the section of treason from the CRPC. Whom do they want to save? I want to tell the Congress president not to play with the country's security for Votebank politics."

Huge crowd at Jalpaiguri, ahead of PM Modi's rally

A large number of people have arrived at Jalpaiguri in West Benal's Darjeeling ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally. (Express photos by Partha Paul)

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Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE updates: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh display copies of their party’s election manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. (Reuters)

Addressing rallies in Bihar’s Gaya and Jamui Lok Sabha constituencies, which vote on April 11, Modi said a change of attitude in governance, and giving more political freedom, brought good results in the last five years. He said he cannot claim to have done everything in his tenure and asked if successive Congress-led governments could not achieve that feat in 70 years, how could he do it in five years.

Meanwhile, focusing on the “main themes” of minimum income guarantee (Nyay), unemployment, farmer distress, education and health while addressing issues of internal and national security to counter what now form the centrepiece of the BJP poll campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his party Tuesday rolled out an election manifesto with a welfare vision for the country if voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

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The manifesto — its English version is titled “Congress will deliver” while the one in Hindi is called “Hum Nibhayenge” — includes ideas to prevent loan-defaulting farmers from going to jail, a new Right to Healthcare for all, higher national expenditure on education, a national minimum income support scheme, a new Ministry of Industry, Services and Employment, a promise to fill government vacancies within a deadline, and higher number of workdays guaranteed under MNREGA.
Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day visit to Maharashtra, starting April 4, during which he will hold three election rallies and a public interaction with students in Pune.

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