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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Today the ‘elephant’ is riding ‘cycle’, target is ‘chowkidaar’, says PM Modi

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Earlier, PM Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of insulting the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs by boycotting the official event to mark 100 years of the massacre.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Aligarh on Sunday. (Source: Twitter/BJP4India)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh is like an elephant riding a cycle with the ‘chowkidaar’ as the target. Speaking at an election rally at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi said, “Today the elephant is riding the cycle to target chowkidar.” Elephant and cycle are the party symbols of BSP and SP respectively. He also said, “Only the voice of the powerful is listened to in this world. No one listens to the ones who cry. The pledge that we have taken to create a new India will be strong and effective as well.”

Earlier, PM Modi conducted an election rally in Aligarh and said, “This is the power of Baba Saheb’s (Ambedkar’s) constitution that a gentleman, coming from the backward and deprived society, is sitting as the president of the country today. Someone from the village farmer family has been the Vice-President. This is the grace of Babasaheb’s constitution that a chaiwala is sitting at the post of a prime minister today.”

Meanwhile, twenty-one political parties on Sunday demanded the Election Commission to increase the number of EVMs randomly verified using their Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). The Opposition leaders who addressed a joint press conference in New Delhi demanded that 50 per cent EVMs should be verified against the paper trial.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh today. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

AAP announces candidate from Ludhiana

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced its youth wing leader Professor Tejpal Singh (32) as candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency.  He is the state vice-president of AAP youth wing.

Siddaramaiah says won't contest again from Chamundeshwari

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddarmaiah Sunday said he will not contest again from Chamundeshwari assembly constituency in Mysuru, where he had tasted defeat during the May 2018 assembly polls.

"I appeal to you with folded hands...I will not contest from this constituency once again, I'm making it clear. You all should work together for the development of this constituency," he told PTI.

SP will have to bear consequences of aligning with BSP: Rajnath

Seeking to drive a wedge between alliance partners SP and BSP, Union minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Samajwadi Party will have to bear the consequences of teaming up with the Mayawati-led party in the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing an election meeting at Dataganj here, he said, "... Samajwadi Party (SP) does not know what big mistake it has committed by forging an alliance with the BSP. It will have to bear the consequences." (PTI)

Mayawati accuses Cong, BJP of corruption in Bofors, Rafale

BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday accused the BJP and the Congress of "corruption" in defence deals, and of misusing central institutions to "drag" Opposition parties into false cases.

"The Modi government has exploited farmers, Dalits, tribals and minorities, and has been biased against them. The government has a casteist and communal thinking," Mayawati said while addressing a public meeting in Janjgir-Champa district.

She also questioned the Congress over non-implementation of its proposed' NYAY' or minimum income guarantee scheme in the party-ruled states including Chhattisgarh.

Milind Deora: People not to be fooled by 'opportunistic' Sena-BJP tie-up

Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora Sunday has said the Congress-NCP alliance will win all the six Lok Sabha seats in the city as anti-incumbency was a major factor in the polls and people will not be fooled by the BJP-Shiv Sena's "opportunistic alliance", PTI reported.

Deora, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from the Mumbai South seat, said the Congress' Mumbai unit was "united and fighting for one cause". Deora was appointed Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief replacing Sanjay Nirupam last month.

"Anti-incumbency against sitting MPs and the government is a big issue here. We will win all seats in Mumbai," Deora told PTI.

"For the last five years, Sena has been abusing Modi and the BJP has been insulting Sena. On the eve of elections they have made up, but voters are not fools. They know this is an alliance of opportunism," he added said.

P Vijayan’s retort to PM’s remark on Sabarimala issue: Modi uttering lies

A day after Narendra Modi accused the Kerala government of “punishing” people for invoking the name of Lord Ayyappa, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Sunday claimed the PM was “misleading” the nation on the Sabarimala issue.

Dubbing PM Modi’s remark an “utter lie”, Vijayan wondered how could a prime minister make such “wrong” statements. “This is an utter lie. How can a Prime Minister make such a wrong remark?” Vijayan said while addressing a rally in Kollam. Read to know what else Vijayan said at the rally.

Priyanka Gandhi in Silachar: Attempts being made to destroy Constitution

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday targetted the BJP government at the Centre alleging that there are attempts being made to destroy the Constitution. “Today, you are seeing that the Constitution is not respected and an attempt is being made to destroy it,” Priyanka was quoted as saying by PTI. Read what else the Congress General Secretary said.

Amit Shah conducts road show in Gandhinagar

BJP president Amit Shah is conducting a Jan Sampark rally at Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Statue in Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Shah is contesting Lok Sabha elections from the same constituency.

PM Modi in Moradabad: If you'll search purses of statues in UP, you may find money in that as well

PM Modi in Moradabad: "People sometimes ask me why do call the Opposition alliance as 'mahamilawat'. Now see what kind of people have got together. Who had said that Behen ji (Mayawati) has looted the people of UP so much that if you'll search the purses of her statues, you may find money in that as well."

Ashok Gehlot suggests calls for charges against Yogi Adityanath for 'Modi ji ki sena remark'

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Sunday said that Uttar Pradesh counterpart Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should be booked for sedition for calling the Army as "Modi ji ki sena".

"Yogi ji is saying, 'this is Modi sena'. There should be a case of sedition on Yogi ji. If someone criticises the government, the person is directly called anti-national. But the anti-national person is he who, while being the chief minister, says 'Modi ji ki sena' (Modi's army)," PTI quoted Gehlot as saying.

PM Modi to hold roadshow in Bhubaneswar on April 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a roadshow in Bhubaneswar during his visit to Odisha on April 16. He is also scheduled to address two rallies in Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur on the same day.

BJP state vice president Samir Mohanty on Sunday said that the prime minister will start his roadshow from near the Biju Patnaik International Airport and reach the public rally venue at Baramunda Ground covering Ganganagar and OUAT Square. Read more

PM Modi in Moradabad: Terrorists used to attack from Pakistan and Cong used to cry before the world

PM Modi in Moradabad: "What used to happen earlier? Terrorists used to come from Pakistan, attack us and Congress govt used to cry before the world that we've been attacked. But this is new India. When terrorists attacked Uri, brave soldiers of the country conducted surgical strike there."

"When they committed the second mistake in Pulwama, we entered their home and conducted airstrike. People on the other side too realised that they will be in trouble if they repeat their mistake for the third time."

PM Modi in Moradabad: Today the elephant is riding the cycle, target chowkidar

Targeting the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi said, "Today the elephant is riding the cycle to target chowkidar."

Elephant and cycle are the party symbols of BSP and SP respectively.

PM Modi in Moradabad: Only the voice of the powerful is listened to in this world

Speaking at a rally in Moradabad, PM Modi said, "Only the voice of the powerful is listened to in this world. No one listens to the ones who cry. The pledge that we have taken to create a new India will be strong and effective as well."

Opposition parties demand 50% EVMs be verified against paper trail, BJP says it is admission of defeat

Twenty-one political parties on Sunday demanded the Election Commission to increase the number of EVMs randomly verified using their Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). The Opposition leaders who addressed a joint press conference in New Delhi demanded that 50 per cent EVMs should be verified against the paper trial. Read more what the Opposition parties said.

Ramdas Athawale: NDA will get 250 seats in Lok Sabha elections

RPI chief and NDA ally in Maharashtra Ramdas Athawale Sunday told ANI, "Today the environment in the country is such that NDA will get 350 seats and BJP will get 65 seats in Uttar Pradesh as Congress-SP-BSP are not together there, there is fragmentation of votes. So, BJP will automatically be benefited."

PM Modi in Aligarh: Those who aren't contesting 40 Lok Sabha seats, can they give a PM

In an apparent jibe aimed at UP opposition alliance, PM Modi said, "Those who aren't contesting 40 Lok Sabha seats, can they give a PM."

Smriti Irani holds roadshow in Chennai

Union minister Smriti Irani holds a roadshow in Chennai on Sunday. (ANI)

PM Modi in Aligarh: Some people wanted to change politics but they changed their slogan - family and relatives first

PM Modi in Aligarh: Uttar Pradesh has witnessed a time when Babasaheb was cheated by those who professed to follow his path. Some people wanted to change politics but they changed their slogan - family and relatives first.

PM Modi in Aligarh: This is the grace of Babasaheb's constitution that a chaiwala is sitting at the post of a prime minister today

Conducting an election rally in Aligarh on Sunday, PM Modi said, "This is the power of Baba Saheb's (Ambedkar's) constitution that a gentleman, coming from the backward and deprived society, is sitting as the president of the country today. Someone from the village farmer family has been the Vice-President. This is the grace of Babasaheb's constitution that a chaiwala is sitting at the post of a prime minister today."

"Our government is developing the five places associated with Babasaheb as panchteerth," he added.

Mehbooba Mufti: Every Indian owes allegiance to India,not PM Modi

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading the people by "equating himself with the nation". She further said that every Indian owes his allegiance to India, not Modi.

Taking to Twitter, Mehbooba said, "I for once have never lowered political discourse by abusing opponents inc BJP. In order to gain sympathy & consequently power, PM is misleading people by equating himself with the nation. Every Indian owes his allegiance to India, not PM Modi. India is not Modi & Modi isn’t India."

Mehbooba's reaction came after Modi Sunday accused the Mufti and Abdullah clan in Kashmir of destroying lives of three generations of the state. He also said that he won't let them dividing the country.

Amarinder Singh busy with Gandhi family, skipped Jallianwala Bagh event: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of insulting the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs by boycotting the official function organised by the Government of India yesterday. READ MORE HERE

Union Minister Birender Singh offers to resign as MP after son gets BJP ticket

Union Minister Birender Singh on Sunday offered to resign from the Cabinet and his Rajya Sabha membership after the BJP named his son Brijendra Singh as the party candidate from Hisar in Haryana.

“When BJP goes for elections…they’re against dynastic rule, so I thought it proper that if my son gets nomination I should resign from RS and Ministership. So I’ve written to Amit Shah ji, that I leave it to party, forthwith I’m ready to resign ,” the union minister for steel told news agency ANI. READ MORE HERE

Only thing opposition parties have in common is negativity: GVL Narasimha Rao

"The only thing opposition parties have in common is the negativity and an attempt to somehow pull India back from the development it witnessed in the last five years," BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said during a press briefing.

Opposition party meeting is nothing but confession of defeat: GVL Narasimha Rao

"The so-called all-party meeting convened in Delhi is nothing but a confession of defeat by of the so-called Mahagathbandhan," BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said during a press conference.

50% VVPAT's should be counted: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says people of the country have lost trust in EVM’s and want to go back to Paper ballot. But since there is a shortage of time, at least 50 per cent VVPATs should be counted.

Increase number of EVM's randomly verified using their VVPAT: Opposition leaders

Names of lakhs of voters deleted without physical verification: Abhishek Singhvi

"Names of Lakhs of voters are deleted online without physical verification. There is a long list the parties have given to EC. It has become even more necessary to count at least 50% of the paper trail of VVPAT. We will demand the same in Supreme Court," Abhishek Singhvi said.

(ANI)


Opposition leaders brief press

"Questions were raised after the 1st phase of election,we don't think EC is paying adequate attention. If you press the button before X Party,vote goes to Y party. VVPAT displays only for 3 seconds, instead of 7 seconds," Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said at the press conference organised by opposition leaders.

Assam: Priyanka Gandhi campaigns for Silchar MP candidate

Congress General Secretary for eastern UP, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigns for party's MP candidate from Silchar parliamentary constituency Sushmita Dev.

InPics | Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Assam

(Source: Twitter/sushmitadevmp)
(Source: Twitter/sushmitadevmp)

BJP releases 20th list of 6 candidates in Haryana, MP and Rajasthan

Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh's son Brijendra Singh to contest from Hisar (Haryana). One candidate for by-election to Uluberia Purba assembly constituency (WB) also named.

Mehbooba Mufti reacts

"Why does PM bash political families pre elections & then sends his envoys to stitch alliances with the very same parties? NC in 99 & PDP in 2015. Why do they choose power over Article 370 then ? BJP with its noxious agenda of banishing Muslims & minorities wants to divide India," Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

This chowkidar is committed to let Kashmiri Pandits live on their land: PM Modi

PM Modi in Kathua: Congress might avoid taking their name but this chowkidar is committed to let Kashmiri Pandits live on their land. Work has begun. We're also making efforts to form a law to provide citizenship to families which have come here helplessly from Pakistan and believe in 'Ma Bharti

Two families ruined three generations of J&K: PM Modi in Kathua

"Two families have ruined three generations of Jammu and Kashmir. For a better future of the state, they need to be voted out," PM Modi said in Kathua.

Congress overlooked the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Kathua: Due to the policies of Congress, Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their own home. Congress and their friends were so worried about their vote bank that they overlooked the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits.

Committed to settle displaced Kashmiri Pandits in their native places: PM Modi

"I am committed to settle displaced Kashmir Pandits in their native places in Kashmir and work has started in this direction," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Kathua.

Congress behind migration of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley: PM Modi in Kathua

Addressing a public gathering in Kathua, PM Modi alleged that due to the policies of Congress party, the Kashmiri Pandits were made to migrate from the Valley.

Can understand the kind of pressure put on Capt Amarinder Singh: PM Modi

"I have known Captain Amaridner Singh for a long time. I have never raised a question on his patriotism. I can understand the kind of pressure which must have been put on him for this kind of 'Parivar bhakti,' PM Modi said while addressing a public rally in Kathua, Jammu Kashmir.

PM Modi attacks Congress

Addressing a public gathering in Kathua, PM Modi said, "The entire country was commemoratingJallianwala Bagh Centenary yesterday but Congress politicised this sensitive occasion too. The Vice President was in Jallianwala Bagh for govt event, he paid tribute to the martyrs but Congress' CM was not there".

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in Kolar and Mysore, Karnataka, on Saturday. (Photo: PTI/File)

Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, addressed a gathering in Karnataka's Mysore   yesterday.  Here, Gandhi said,“The Chowkidar could not be seen outside the homes of the farmers, and the poor. He could only be seen with the ‘chors’ like Anil Ambani. A single Chowkidar has maligned the name of all others in the profession.”

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BSP Chief Mayawati on Saturday also attacked Yogi Adityanath saying his party will get votes of neither Ali nor Bajrangbali. Reacting to the UP CM’s ‘Ali-Bajrangbali’ comment, she said Bajrangbali is equally important to her and her party as he, in Yogi’s own words, is associated to Dalit caste. “We have both Ali and Bajrangbali. Bajrangbali is important to us since he is associated with Dalit caste. It was the UP CM, and not I, who had in the past pointed out Bajrangbali’s caste,” she said.

PM Modi accuses Congress of insulting Jallianwala Bagh martyrs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday accused the Congress of insulting Jallianwala Bagh martyrs by not attending the event dedicated to mark the 100 years of their martyrdom. He also accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of showing his loyalty to the Congress and the Gandhi family instead of the nation.

"He (Capt Amarinder Singh) went there along with Congress president, but he did not attend the official function. He boycotted the official function as he was busy in showing his loyalty towards Congress and the Gandhi family," Modi said. Immediately adding to it, Modi said that "I know Captain Amrinder Singh since long and I have never raised questions over his nationalism".
"However, I know what has been going on in Punjab and the kind of pressure he is undergoing. The kind of tactics being played in Punjab that even Captain Amarinder Singh had to fall in line," Modi said.

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