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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: Sadhvi Pragya will secure victory with a record win, says Shivraj Chouhan

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 India: Elections will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19, involving close to 90 crore voters. The results will be declared on May 23, ten days before the term of the current House expires.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi, New Delhi |
Updated: April 17, 2019 9:32:50 pm
Sadhvi Pragya will secure victory with a record win, says Shivraj Chouhan Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is greeted by BJP National Vice President Prabhat Jha after her name was finalised as the party candidate for Bhopal constituency, at BJP at the Madhya Pradesh BJP headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday after a meeting with senior BJP leaders Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Ramlal, and Prabhat Jha in Bhopal. “I have formally joined BJP, I will contest elections and will win also,” Thakur told ANI.

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On December 27, 2017, a special NIA court had dropped stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act charges against Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya, Sameer Kulkarni and other accused in the blast case.

Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon on September 29, 2008.

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"From 2004 to 2014, there was a 'remote control government' and you know who was in control. In those 10 years, those sitting in Delhi tried to damage the interest of Gujarat and acted as if the state is not in India," Modi said.

"Our police officers, and even Amit Shah, were thrown behind bars. They (UPA) employed all means to break the Gujarat government," Modi said, alluding to the time when he was chief minister of the state.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE updates: On a recommendation from the Election Commission, elections in the state's Vellore Lok Sabha constituency stands cancelled over abuse of money power, whereas polling in East Tripura has been deferred to April 23.

Speaking to reporters in a late-night briefing, CEO Taranikanti said the Election Commission has deferred polling at East Tripura constituency in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on security grounds. The voting will now be held on April 23, and the state electoral authority has been instructed to ensure proper security conditions to build confidence among the voters.

“Everyone saw what happened during polling on April 11. I have travelled different districts. I have seen videos where activities were seen which were against the rules of Election Commission of India. We have forwarded those details to the Election Commission as well. We hope to develop law and order situation conducive for holding the elections April 23,” the CEO added.

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First published on: 17-04-2019 at 10:48:23 am