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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Manipur known for football, time to show red card to Congress, says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: "They (Congress) have played with your lives and respect. Manipur is known for football and it's about time to show the red card to Congress for the foul" PM Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 7, 2019 10:25:36 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Imphal. (Twitter/BJP4India)

Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: With the first phase of General Assembly polls less than a week away, major political parties in the country have intensified their campaigning. Addressing a BJP rally in Manipur’s Imphal city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, “They (Congress) have played with your lives and respect. Manipur is known for football and it’s about time to show the red card to Congress for the foul”.

Earlier, while addressing a BJP rally in western Odisha’s Bargarh, BJP president Amit Shah also slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for being unable to name the prime ministerial face of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ if it is voted to power.

“Rahul Baba (Gandhi) is not able to tell the people who is the leader of the Mahagathbandhan. He does not know who will be prime minister if the alliance wins the upcoming polls,” Shah said.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi to hold rallies in West Bengal, Tripura, Manipur. SP-BSP-RLD gathbandhan rally in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur constituency.

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    21:31 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    I am a ‘loyalist’ who doesn’t do things in ‘josh’ but ‘hosh’: Shatrughan on joining Cong

    Asserting that joining the Congress was not an overnight decision, Shatrughan Sinha has said he is hopeful of a long-term association with the party as he is a “loyalist” who doesn’t do things in “josh” (impulsively) but “hosh” (consciously). READ MORE

    20:14 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    White money, better transparency: Arun Jaitley defends electoral bonds scheme

    Amid the ongoing debate about the transparency of electoral bonds, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the scheme was aimed at cleaning political funding and curbing the use of black money as was sought to be achieved through electoral trusts proposed during the UPA-II regime. READ MORE

    18:56 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Complaint filed against Urmila Matondkar, Rahul Gandhi for anti-Hindu remark

    A complaint has been filed against actor and Congress leader Urmila Matondkar for anti-Hindu remarks. The complaint, filed by a Mumbai BJP worker, also sought action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly instructing Matondkar to make the remark. READ MORE HERE

    (Twitter/@INCIndia)
    18:54 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Andhra Pradesh: Nara Lokesh works hard to weave a success story in gateway to new capital

    Lokesh, a member of the state legislative council, hasn’t given up the position even after the party announced his name from Mangalagiri. This has led to murmurs within the party circles that his father Chandrababu has hedged his bets in case Lokesh fails to win. READ MORE HERE

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    18:41 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Rahul Gandhi's contest in Wayanad wrong decision: CPI

    CPI Sunday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi's contest in Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala against the party candidate was a "wrong decision" and denied any match fixing between Congress and the Left parties.

    "It is a wrong decision by Gandhi. It has sent a wrong signal among the people about the intention when both the Left parties and Congress were fighting against the BJP," CPI General secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said. (PTI)

    18:40 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM Modi over Rafale: Karma is about to catch up with you

    Taking to Twitter, the Congress supremo said, "You can run Mr Modi but you can’t hide. Your karma is about to catch up with you. The country can hear it in your voice. Truth is a powerful thing. I challenge you to a debate on corruption." READ MORE

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    18:15 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    We have created job opportunities for Northeast youth : PM Modi

    Addressing a public gathering in Imphal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Centre has created job opportunities for Northeast's youth through BPO's and Mudra Yojana.

    18:08 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    1.25 lakh farmers of Manipur receive financial assistance from Centre : PM Modi in Imphal

    "Around 1.25 lakh farmers of Manipur have started receiving financial assistance from the Centre. We changed the law around bamboo and now you can grow and sell bamboo," Prime Minister Modi said.

    17:57 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    PM Modi in Manipur: Time to show red to Congress for the foul

    "They have played with your lives and respect. Manipur is known for football and it's about time to show the red card to Congress for the foul," Modi said. 

    Polling for the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur will be held on April 11 and April 18.

    17:55 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto blow trumpet of Pak more than of India: PM Modi in Manipur

    Referring to Congres party manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Congress' hypocrisy document seems to blow the trumpet of Pakistan more than that of India".

    (Source: Twitter/BJP4India)
    17:51 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    People trust Armed forces not Congress leaders: PM Modi in Imphal

    Addressing a public meeting Manipur's Imphal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that for the first time, India carried out attacks across the border against the terrorist hotbeds.

    "People trust the Armed forces but not Congress leaders. They are supporting divisive parties and people," he added.

    17:44 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Institutions "destroyed" under Modi rule: H D Kumaraswamy

    Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Sunday said the only 'contribution' of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre is that it had "decimated" the constitutional institutions in the country during the last five years.

    Addressing reporters at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on his arrival here to campaign for Congress-JD(S) alliance candidates in the coastal belt, he said the BJP MPs in the region had "failed" to address the problems of people in the region. (PTI)

    17:22 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Rahul Gandhi yet to announce Mahagathbandhan's PM candidate: Amit Shah in Odisha

    Rahul Gandhi yet to announce the name of mahagathbandhan's PM candidate; Narendra Modi will become PM again as leader of NDA: Amit Shah at Odisha rally.

    (Source: Twitter/BJP4India)
    16:53 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Congress preparing to levy more taxes on middle class if voted to power: PM Modi in Tripura

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said if the Congress is voted to power, the middle class will be the most affected as it is preparing to levy more taxes on this section. “These parties are preparing to put a big burden on the middle class. Many parties including the Congress have started saying that more taxes will be charged on the middle class,” PM Modi told the crowd at Udaipur in Tripura. READ MORE

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    16:52 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    No talks with AAP for alliance in Haryana, Punjab, says Congress

    Amid growing speculation of a possible alliance between Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, the Grand Old Party on Sunday made it clear there were no such talks of a pact with the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab. Congress said it would soon declare its candidates in the two states.  READ MORE


    16:48 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    No decision yet on Priyanka Gandhi contesting from Varanasi: Rajeev Shukla

    Senior Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said on Sunday no decision had been taken yet about general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra contesting the election against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, news agency PTI reported.

    He claimed that under the leadership of Vadra, who is the party's incharge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Congress would do well in the Lok Sabha election and sweep the 2022 assembly election. 

    16:47 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Vote to Cong will strengthen terrorism, Naxalism and separatist forces: Yogi Adityanath

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday alleged that a vote given to the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections would only strengthen terrorism, Naxalism and separatist forces and obstruct development, news agency PTI reported.

    Addressing a public meeting in Telangana's Peddapalli town in support of BJP's candidate, S Kumar, Adityanath termed both the Congress and TRS as 'anti-nationals.'

    16:34 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Visuals from SP, BSP, RLD joint rally

    (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)
    (AP)
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    16:29 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    In first joint rally, Mayawati, Akhilesh attack Cong, BJP, say not much difference in their policies

    In her first joint rally with the Samajwadi (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Sal (RLD), Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday launched a scathing attack on both the BJP over its ‘main bhi chowkidar’ campaign and the Congress over its proposed Nyunatam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme to give Rs 72,000 each to the poor. READ MORE

    16:03 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Cong, Left will stoop to any level to oust me: PM Modi

    "The Congress and the Left are working together to oust Modi. They have stooped too low, singing paeans to Pakistan even when the NDA government was taking on the terrorists on the soil of the neighbouring country," PM Modi said while addressing a rally in Udaipur.

    "Am I not doing the right thing by giving a befitting reply to the enemies of the country?" he asked the people who gathered at the rally. (PTI)

    15:58 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    PM Modi to file nomination in Varanasi on April 26.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to file nomination in Varanasi on April 26.

    15:55 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    BJP manifesto in Odisha promises new sops for women, farmers, tribals

    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday released the manifesto for Odisha, which focuses on curbing crime against women, capacity building in agriculture, the creation of jobs, rights of tribals, boosting the economy and giving importance to the state’s history and culture. The manifesto was released by party president Amit Shah. READ MORE

    (Source: Twitter/bjp4odisha)
    15:54 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    BJP manifesto in Odisha promises new sops for women, farmers, tribals

    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday released the manifesto for Odisha, which focuses on curbing crime against women, capacity building in agriculture, the creation of jobs, rights of tribals, boosting the economy and giving importance to the state’s history and culture. The manifesto was released by party president Amit Shah. READ MORE

    15:38 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Amit Shah attacks Naveen Patnaik

    "I was listening to Dharmendra Pradhan ji. He was speaking fluent Odiya. Will Naveen babu be able to speak even 5 lines in Odiya, without looking at paper? The man who can't speak Odiya even after being CM for 19-years can never work for the welfare of Odisha," Amit Shah said while addressing a gathering in Odisha's Bargarh. 

    15:33 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Tripura govt directly procuring from famrmers, benefitting people: PM Modi

    Tripura govt is directly procuring from the farmers, benefiting the people. We have destroyed the ecosystem of corruption comprising of middlemen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing a rally in Udaipur city.

    15:30 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Congress manifesto not even once mentions middle class: PM Modi in Tripura

    Congress released their manifesto, their 'dhakosla patra' three days ago, not even once 'dhakosla patra' mentions middle class, such hatred towards the middle class. They think middle class has made Modi win & that's why they're adamant on punishing the middle class, Modi said.

    15:26 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Cong and other parties pushing country towards license raj: PM Modi

    PM Modi in Tripura: Congress and other parties are planning to levy more taxes on the middle class. They are pushing the country towards license raj.

    15:23 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    People in tripura patiently waited for the BJP to rise: PM Modi in Tripura

    The TMC has been trying its best to make inroads into the Tripura, but people haven't allowed that; they tolerated the atrocities of the Left front, waiting patiently for the BJP to rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the rally in Udaipur.

    15:14 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Welfare of the poor has never been Congress or TMC's priority: PM Modi in Tripura

    Addressing a rally in Tripura's Udaipur city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the welfare of the poor has never been the priority of Congress or TMC. Going against their ideology, the Left parties have also neglected the poor and the labours, he said.



    15:10 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Tripura is now symbol of Change: PM Modi

    I am impressed by the people of Tripura. It's commendable that you've reposed your faith in BJP. You rejected TMC and the Left: PM Modi

    15:01 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    'Achche din' Modi talked about was his own: Ajit Singh

    Taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi, RLD chief Ajit Sing on Sunday said, "What has Prime Minister Modi done in five years? He wasn't talking about your 'achche din', but his own 'achche din'."

    14:55 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Odisha Congress manifesto: Party promise crop loan waiver upto Rs 2 lakh

    Odisha Congress on Sunday released its manifesto for the upcoming polls making a slew of promises, including waiver of crop loans up to Rs 2 lakh per family and 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs, parliament and assembly.

    With a focus on farmers, youth, women, tribals and Dalits, the 32-page document titled "Your Voice Your Choice" also promised to give Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the 'Nyay' scheme as announced by the AICC. (PTI)

    14:27 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Congress, BJP not too different: Akhilesh Yadav
    14:26 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Modi never speaks the truth: Ajit Singh

    Taking on the present government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RLD chief Ajit Singh said that the government has not fulfilled its promises and the prime minister never speaks the truth.

    (Source: Twitter/Samajwadi Party)

    14:24 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    RLD chief Ajit Singh addresses the joint rally

    Addressing the joint rally of the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, RLD chief Ajit Singh said corruption is at its peak in the country and the people will not forgive BJP.

    14:17 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    BJP govt anti-poor: Akhilesh Yadav

    SP chief Akhilesh Yadav took on the BJP government saying, "BJP is the first government that promises benefits for the people, but works exactly opposite the promises." He attacked the BJP over the GST and pending dues for sugarcane farmers.

    14:09 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    SP chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses the joint rally

    SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, addressing the rally, asked the people to question all the leaders, who hold rallies and make promises to them, about the work they have done. 

    (Source: Twitter/Samajwadi Party)

    14:00 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Committed to welfare of farmers, women: Mayawati

    Addressing the public gathering in Deoband, BSP chief Mayawati said that the gathbandhan will be committed to the welfare of the farmers, women, unlike the BJP, whose agenda is pro-capitalist.

    13:55 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    Congress rule full of wrong policies: Mayawati

    BSP supremo Mayawati took on the Congress saying that its rule was full of wrong policy decisions.

    (Source: Twitter/Samajwadi Party)

    13:53 (IST)07 Apr 2019
    We will win if there is no rigging: Mayawati

    Speaking the joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Mayawati said that the gathbandhan will win in the upcoming Lok Sab polls if there is no rigging.

    Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Srinagar, Uttarakhand on Saturday.

    Campaigning for the BJP in Odisha's Sonepur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the Congress government on their Minimum guarantee 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."