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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Cong and allies want two PMs, one in Delhi, another in J-K, says Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Uttarakhand to address three rallies. YSR and TDP released poll manifestos today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 7, 2019 7:56:04 am
Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE Updates: 'Cong and allies want two PMs, one in Delhi, another in J-K', says Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Sundergarh, Odisha. (Source: PTI Photo)

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.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi will hold rallies in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra while Rahul Gandhi will address three rallies in Uttarakhand.

21:30 (IST)06 Apr 2019
In Mumbai, Cong candidate Priya Dutt takes metro ride to meet party workers
21:10 (IST)06 Apr 2019
At Chhattisgarh rally, PM Modi brings up AFSPA, alleges Cong wants to remove ‘security shield’ of jawans

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the “Congress was fighting to weaken” the country’s army, and to give a “free hand to terrorists and separatists.” Speaking in Chhattisgarh’s Balod while addressing a BJP campaign rally, Modi emphasised the party slogan of a “majboot” government and accused the Congress of corruption.

20:39 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Congress is becoming like Titanic ship — sinking a little everyday: PM Modi
19:57 (IST)06 Apr 2019
PM Modi addresses rally in Maharashtra's Nanded

Congress only works in the interests of its vote bank. They and their allies use caste and religion of the voters as political tools for their own greed. Congress and its allies want two PMs, one in Delhi, another in Jammu and Kashmir. To garner votes during Assembly polls in Karnataka what they did with the Lingayat community no one can forget: PM Modi in Nanded Maharashtra

19:05 (IST)06 Apr 2019
BJP chief Amit Shah's roadshow in Ahmedabad
19:02 (IST)06 Apr 2019
TDP's manifesto promises doles of Rs 2 lakh to each family every year

The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh Saturday released its manifesto for the general elections promising doles to the tune of Rs 2 lakh to each family every year, with the monetary benefits starting from womb to tomb. Releasing his party manifesto, TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi promised Rs 72,000 per annum to each poor family, his government, if voted back to power, would be giving out Rs 2 lakh to each family every year.

The Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are being held simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh which goes to the polls in the first phase on April 11.

17:57 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Dimple Yadav files nomination for Kannauj LS seat

Samajwadi Party candidate and sitting MP Dimple Yadav Saturday filed her nomination papers for Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in the presence of her husband and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and BSP general secretary Satish Misra. Dimple Yadav, a two-time lawmaker from Kannauj, who has represented the Lok Sabha seat since 2012 when it was vacated by her husband after he became the chief minister, claimed that the victory margin will be "bigger" this time with the SP and the BSP entering into an alliance for the polls. (PTI)

17:55 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Uttar Pradesh: Priyanka Vadra holds roadshow in Fatehpur
17:53 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Andhra: Supporters garlanding leaders using crane is a recent trend
17:47 (IST)06 Apr 2019
‘EC acting at behest of BJP’: Mamata Banerjee slams transfer of 4 Bengal cops

Stung by the Election Commission’s latest order to transfer four West Bengal senior police officers ahead of the elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote to the poll watchdog over its “biased” decision and accused it of acting “at the behest of the BJP”. “I strongly feel that the EC plays a neutral role to save democracy in India. But, it is very unfortunate that I have to write this letter today to raise strong protest against the transfer order dated April 5, 2019 issued by the EC by way of removing four senior officers from their existing positions,” Banerjee wrote in her letter, a copy of which was shared by news agency PTI.

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17:39 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi discusses with Delhi Congress leaders about alliance with AAP

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday discussed the issue of alliance with Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi with senior party leaders from the city. Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi’s residence, a source said. The meeting comes days after the Congress decided to go it alone in Delhi and not have any alliances with the ruling AAP. Read more here

17:32 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi calls it battle of 2 ideologies; BJP-RSS wants to divide nation, Cong believes in treating everyone fairly

This is the battle of 2 ideologies, where on side is BJP-RSS who want to divide the nation, and on the other is the ideology of Congress, which believes that everyone should be treated with fairness. Aadivasis, Dalits and minorities are beaten and oppressed. This country belongs to everyone, and everyone has the right to live peacefully. Hindu Dharma doesn't teach us about hatred: Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

16:37 (IST)06 Apr 2019
AFSPA a 'raksha kavach' of security forces: PM Modi

In his election campaign rally in Balod, Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at Congress. He called AFSPA a "raksha kavach" (armour) of security forces and slammed Congress for their promise to review it. (PTI)

16:33 (IST)06 Apr 2019
NYAY a surgical strike on poverty: Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar, Uttarakhand

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said the concept of NYAY comes with the intention of eradicating poverty in the 21st century. It is a surgical strike on poverty.

Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Uttarakhand. (Source: Twitter)
16:21 (IST)06 Apr 2019
When govt is strong, the country doesn't sit quiet after a terror attack: PM Modi

When govt is strong, the country doesn't sit quiet after a terror attack. There are surgical and air strike when government is strong, the world listens to us. PM Modi at a rally in Balod, Chhattisgarh. (PTI)

16:15 (IST)06 Apr 2019
We will simplify GST and implement a single, minimum tax: Rahul Gandhi in Uttarakhand
15:54 (IST)06 Apr 2019
‘Chowkidar’ fighting terrorists; Congress wants to dilute powers of armed forces: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said that while the “chowkidar” has demonstrated courage to hit terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan, the Congress wants to dilute the powers of the armed forces. The prime minister has on several occasion said he’s the chowkidar (watchman) of the country and serves to protect its best interests.

“The chowkidar is fighting terrorists, while the Congress is working to dilute the powers of the armed forces,” he said at a rally in tribal-dominated Sundargarh, referring to the party’s plan to review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. “There were governments in the past too, but they could never think of undertaking surgical strikes. They did not have the courage to cross the border by aircraft and kill terrorists,” the prime minister said. Read more here

The Congress is trying to protect people who shelter terrorists and Maoists, he alleged.

15:52 (IST)06 Apr 2019
Muslim League approaches EC over Yogi Adityanath’s ‘virus’ comment

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Saturday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for calling the party a ‘virus’. “We met ECI to file a complaint in regards to claims made by UP CM and by Delhi MLA MS Sirsa. They called us terrorists, virus and all kind of things. BJP troll army is behind it. We have asked EC to file FIR, they are going to look into the matter and immediately respond to us,” IUML national secretary Khorram Anis Omer was quoted as saying by ANI.

On Friday, Adityanath, in an indirect reference to the green flags of IUML, made a comparison with pre-Independence Muslim League and alleged that the Muslim League had once led to Partition of the country. Read more here

15:40 (IST)06 Apr 2019
We need to reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights: Sonia Gandhi

Regressive forces have systematically dismantled our institutions. The current government has undermined the welfare architecture that was laid down over the last 65 years. We need to reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights and secure the life of dignity and security for our people: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi

15:40 (IST)06 Apr 2019
We need to reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights: Sonia Gandhi

Regressive forces have systematically dismantled our institutions. The current government has undermined the welfare architecture that was laid down over the last 65 years. We need to reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights and secure the life of dignity and security for our people: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi

Saharanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Saharanpur, Friday, April 05, 2019.

Two days before top leaders of the BSP, the SP and the RLD are set to launch their joint campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Deoband in Saharanpur district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked people of western UP to remember the “atrocities” committed against them and the “injustice” against their daughters during the 2013 Muzaffaranagar riots.

Addressing a public meeting at Gangoh in Kairana with BJP candidates for Kairana and Saharanpur constituencies, Modi said a conspiracy of dividing the country was being hatched in western UP.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is obsessed with her family. Speaking at a road show in Ghaziabad, she said, “Modji ki ek sanak hai mere parivar ke saath, Nehru ji ne ye kiya, Indira Gandhi ji ne ye kiya. Arey main puchti hun, Modii aapne kya kiya (Modiji has an obsession with my family. Nehru did this. Indira did that. Let me ask you, Modi ji. What did you do?)”.

Priyanka was canvassing for Congress candidate Dolly Sharma.

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