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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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 14, 2019 11:14:15 pm
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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.

23:14 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

21:38 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

21:30 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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)

19:01 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

18:46 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

18:10 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

18:08 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

18:06 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

18:04 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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."

17:49 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

17:39 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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

17:38 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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."

17:20 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

17:15 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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."

16:52 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

16:45 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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."

16:39 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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."

16:23 (IST)14 Apr 2019
Smriti Irani holds roadshow in Chennai

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

16:16 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

15:36 (IST)14 Apr 2019
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.

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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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