Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: With less than a week to the first phase of voting for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, all political parties have mounted a major campaign across India. Campaigning for the BJP in Odisha’s Sonepur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the Congress government on their Minimum guaranteed income scheme and said, ” Congress has planned to implement a policy that will lead to inflation.”
Addressing a public meeting in Maharashtra’s Nanded, he compared the Congress to Titanic saying that like the ship the grand old party sank a little every day. In his address in Chhattisgarh, Modi slammed the Congress manifesto over AFSPA, alleging that they wanted to remove a “security shield” that “allows jawans to work without fear.”
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his address at a rally in Srinagar, Uttarakhand said, “He (Modi) didn’t think for a moment when he took your money to give it to the likes of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Anil Ambani. And now, when it has come to paying some money to the poorest as an income support, he is asking where will the money come from,” the Congress president said.
Earlier today, the TDP released its manifesto, N Chandrababu Naidu said his that if voted back to power his government would be giving out Rs 2 lakh to each family every year. The party also promised free higher education and a Rs 25 lakh grant for overseas education while every woman would be given Rs 15,000 a year for sending her children to school.
YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy also released their manifesto, Reddy promised 20 lakh houses for the poor in the next five years. Reddy also took a dig at the TDP government and said that its manifesto is just a document to fool people. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is expected to release its manifesto shortly.
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Stay tuned as we bring you the latest election news from across the country as the day progresses and some analysis of the events. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.