Election 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: With just two days left for the campaigning for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections to close, political leaders have ramped up their travel schedule to address people in as many places across the country as possible.
Congress national president Rahul Gandhi Saturday addressed people in Sapaul, Bihar, where he trained his guns towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is the chowkidar of Anil Ambani. “Modiji has maligned the image of all those people from Bihar who work as chowkidars across the country,” said Gandhi. Addressing a crowd in Bihar’s Araria, PM Modi too took a dig at the Grand Old Party saying the Congress was more busy looking for ways to put a ‘terrorist’ tag on Hindus instead of punishing Pakistan for terror attacks. Click here for more election news
Speaking in Bengal’s Bunaidpur earlier in the day, PM Modi said the reports of the first two phases of elections in Bengal has put brakes on ‘speed-breaker’ didi’s (Mamata Banerjee’s) sleep. “After May 23, speed-breaker Didi will realise the consequences of vandalism, loot, and obstructing growth,” PM Modi said. He also took a dig at Banerjee by mentioning that she should seek proof against those behind chit fund scams in Bengal, instead of asking for proofs of Balakot airstrike. PM Modi is now headed towards Uttar Pradesh to hold rallies in Etah and Bareilly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Monday campaign comprises rallies in three states — West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. Read HIGHLIGHTS here. Read in Bangla
Congress announces candidates in Punjab
Congress announces candidates for two Lok Sabha seats in Punjab; Sher Singh Gubhaya from Firozpur, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring from Bhatinda.
Word 'Hindutva' not in my dictionary: Digvijay Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on being asked 'if he thinks there will be polarisation in elections on the issue of Hindutva' : Aaplog Hindutva shabd ka upyog kyo karte hain? Hindutva shabd meri dictionary mein hai hi nahi.
When asked if there will be polarisation in elections on the issue of Hindutva, Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said, "Aaplog Hindutva shabd ka upyog kyo karte hain? Hindutva shabd meri dictionary mein hai hi nahi (Why do you use the word 'Hindutva', this word is not in my dictionary)."
EC issues notice to Navjot Sidhu
Election Commission of India has issued a notice to Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu seeking an explanation within 24 hours for his remarks 'urging Muslims to not split votes,' made during a rally on 16 April in Katihar, Bihar, ANI reported.
Modi's goal is to destroy PSU's, Cong workers in Chhattisgarh are our strength: Rahul Gandhi in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh
"Under UPA govt, Rafale deal was given to HAL, which would've given employment to our youth. But Mr Modi stole the deal away and gave it to Anil Ambani. Narendra Modi's goal is to destroy PSUs and privatise them by giving it to Anil Ambani. Congress workers in Chhattisgarh are our strength. Their hardwork gave the Congress party a clean sweep in Chhattisgarh during assembly elections. We asked different sections of Chhattisgarh's society and asked them what they expected from the government. They told us to waive their farm loans, increase MSPs, return their lands acquired by Tata. We fulfilled all these promises," Rahul Gandhi addressed the rally at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh.
People have made up mind to relieve 'chowkidar' of his duties: Rahul Gandhi in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh
"The Modi government has done a lot of anyway (injustice). We will rectify that with our NYAY. People of the country have made up their minds to relieve the chowkidar of his duties," Rahul Gandhi said in a rally at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh.
(With PTI inputs)
Congress' Shatrughan Sinha addresses rally in Vadodara
Congress' star campaigner Shatrughan Sinha addresses public gathering in Vadodara.
(Express photos By Bhupendra Rana)
Opposition has only one agenda- 'Modi hatao': Modi in Bareilly, UP
Hitting out at Opposition, Modi said Congress and BSP-SP have no vision for the country. "They have only one agenda- 'Modi hatao'.
Speaking on the issue of terrorism, Modi claimed when Pakistani terrorists attacked, instead of a criminal case, the party used to accuse Hindus of terrorism.
BJP and NDA are parties that are concerned with country's pride: Modi in Bareilly, UP
While addressing a rally in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Modi said: "Earlier, before 2014, no one had thought that the poor will have smartphones and internet will be available to everyone."
"BJP and NDA are the parties that are concerned with the country's pride and security," said Modi.
'My son, Rahul are soccer fans,' says Priyanka Gandhi in Kerala
"Not many people know Indira Ji, my grandmother used to watch World Cup Soccer. In 1982 we were watching the final,I asked her,'Who're you cheering for?'.She said,'India isn't playing so I'll cheer for Italy, today.' My son&Rahul Ji are great soccer fans," Priyanka Gandhi said in a rally at Areekode in Kerala.
Glimpse of Amit Shah's roadshow at Pathanamthitta in Kerala
'This is a historic election': Congress' Ahmed Patel
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel called the ongoing Lok Sabha polls as a "historic election" and said, "This election is between BJP and people of Gujarat, between farmers and BJP." While addressing Vijay Vishwas Sammelan, an election rally, at Una in Himachal Pradesh, Patel added, "Modi served as CM of Gujarat for 12 years but only worked for businessmen while doing nothing for farmers. Farmers are unable to even recover the cost. There were scams in groundnut procurement and money meant for farmers didn't reach them."
He further said the ruling party has focused on giving out false promises and false propaganda in Gujarat. "Modi claims I am his friend. But this is one-way love. True, he has dine at my home once. But he has never invited me even for a cup of tea. And I can't expect seeing what he has done his gurus LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi, said Patel.
Patel added, while Modi has in fact provided people with five crore LPG connections, he, however, increased the price of a gas cylinder to Rs 900 which prevented people from refilling cylinders.
"Cong has waived farm loans in Rajasthan & MP. He(Modi) asks where will money come from. But my friend, it is none of your business. Where you are getting money from for your big hoardings?We shall recover Rs5.5lakh coror loans of big bizmen that you've waived," Patel said.
"They allege that Congress does "ilu ilu" with Pakistan. How come? How can there be comparision between India and Pakistan. India's competition is with China and Japan, not with Pakistan. Punjabhai Vansh is a very honest and hard-working person. During Rajya Sabha election, he was offered crores of rupees. But he rejected the offer, saying for him Congress party is more important than money," Patel said.
Over 2.5 crore people received electricity: Modi in UP
Speaking high of his party's scheme, Modi appreciated Saubhagya Yojana and Ayushman Bharat and said so far, over 2.5 crore people have been provided with electricity and people have been treated free of cost up to Rs 5 lakh.
Further, he explained how PM Kisan Yojana helped the farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
BSP-SP 'friendship' will end when LS polls end: Modi in UP
Ridiculing the BSP-SP alliance, Modi called the mahagathbandhan shallow and said the "friendship" will end as soon elections end. He further, claimed that the friendship between the parties will end on May 23, Thursday.
"We are working constantly so that each homeless in the country has a roof. However, the previous government, SP, did not bother making houses for the poor.
Watch: BJP President Amit Shah leads roadshow at Pathanamthitta in Kerala
First-time voters will decide fate of 21st century: Modi in Uttar Pradesh
"Mahamilawat is rattled. Their defeat is certain. UP supports BJP," Modi is speaking at a rally at Etah in Uttar Pradesh. "The first-time voters will decide the fate of the 21st century," Modi said.
Stop online streaming of 'Modi-Journey of a Common Man', remove all connected content: EC to Eros Now
"It was brought to our notice that a web series "Modi-Journey of a Common Man, having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You're directed to stop forthwith the online streaming & remove all connected content of the series till further orders," the EC told Eros Now.
Notice issued to Sadhvi Pragya on her remark against Hemant Karkare
A notice has been issued to Pragya Singh Thakur by District Election Officer and Collector under Model Code of Conduct seeking an explanation from her for her comment on Late Hemant Karkare within a day, ANI reported.
Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia files nomination from Guna
Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia files nomination from Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh.
In Pics | Amit Shah's roadshow in Shimoga, Karnataka
A single chowkidar has maligned all others in the profession: Rahul Gandhi in Sapaul
A single chowkidar has maligned all others in the profession, said Rahul Gandhi in Sapaul.
R Gandhi in Bihar: Magar ye jo vyakti (PM) hai, desh ka chowkidar kehta hai magar asal mein Anil Ambani ka chowkidar hai. Bihar ke yuva poore desh mein desh ki raksha karte hain, imandari se, dhoop, aandhi,toofan mein, aadhi roti kha kar, un sab ko ek chowkidar ne badnam kiya hai— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2019
Borders are not safe under BJP rule: Mayawati
"Borders are not safe under BJP rule. The recent terrorist attacks are the proof," said Mayawati. She also slammed Congress saying the NYAY scheme is not a solution to the country's poverty.
Scrutiny of Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers postponed to April 22
Amethi returning officer Saturday ordered postponement of scrutiny of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers to April 22.
Amethi returning officer orders postponement of scrutiny of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers to 22nd April. pic.twitter.com/KLHZ7PA5qc— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 20, 2019
Those who feel discomfort chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' can do nothing for progress of India: PM Modi
Those who feel discomfort chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and side with those saying 'Bharat Tere Tukde Honge' can do nothing for the progress of India: PM Modi at Araria rally in Bihar.
Congress was more busy looking for ways to tag Hindus as terrorist: PM Modi
Congress was more busy looking for ways to tag Hindus as terrorist instead of punishing Pakistan for their terror attacks, said Modi
Congress govt refused permission to Army to strike after 26/11 attack: PM Modi
"After 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, what did the Congress and its associates do? The Army asked for permission to venge the act, but the Congress government refused. This is because they are in favour of votebank politics," PM Modi said.
Before belonging any religion, any cult, we are Indian, our identity is Indian: PM Modi
Before belonging any religion, any cult, we are Indian, our identity is Indian: PM Modi in Araria
They (BJP) started believing power rests with them, and not people: Priyanka Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi said the BJP had begun to believe that power belonged to them and not people. First indication of this gross misunderstanding came when their own President declared shortly after the election that the promise of Rs 15 lakh in every bank a/c was just for sake of elections, what he called a 'jumla'.
PG Vadra: They began to believe that power belonged to them¬ people. 1st indication of this gross misunderstanding came when their own Pres declared shortly after the election that promise of Rs 15 Lakh in every bank a/c was just for sake of elections, what he called a 'jumla' https://t.co/zW2teYHu0t— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2019
BJP govt started betraying faith of people the moment it came to power: Priyanka Gandhi in Wayanad
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed a public rally in Wayanad, Kerala, and said the BJP government had started betraying the faith of people the moment it came to power.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress in Wayanad, Kerala: 5 yrs ago, a govt came into power that was voted in with a big majority. In all their wisdom, people of our country placed their faith & hopes in BJP govt. That govt, from the moment it came to power, began to betray that faith. pic.twitter.com/8PmEl2fcds— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2019
Yodi Aditynath slams Mayawati in Moradabad
"It is regretful to see Mayawatiji is seeking votes for people who have been disrespectful towards B R Ambedkar," said Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.
CM Yogi Adityanath in Moradabad: Mujhe ye kehte huye afsos hota hai, jo log Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar ko gali dete hain, unke baare mein jis jis parakar ke apamanjanak tippani karte they, aaj Mayawati ji unke liye samarthan aur vote maangne ke liye ja rahi hai. pic.twitter.com/e4RmqCEeRW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 20, 2019
Narendra Modi reaches Araria in Bihar
Narendra Modi reaches Araria in Bihar to speak at a public rally.
Amit Shah is on roadshow in Karnataka
BJP national president Amit Shah is on roadshow in Bhadravathi, Shimoga, Karnataka.
BJD candidate from Patkura assembly seat in Odisha Bed Prakash Agarwalla passes away
BJD candidate from Patkura assembly seat in Odisha Bed Prakash Agarwalla passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. Election to the constituency is expected to be postponed due to this unprecedented incident.
SP fields Pandhari Yadav candidate from Phulpur Lok Sabha constiruency
Samajwadi Party (SP) fields Pandhari Yadav as Lok Sabha elections candidate from Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency.
Why the Congress wants to help BJP: Sanjay Singh
AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, "Had there been an alliance on 18 seats, a strong message would have been conveyed," Mentioning that he is puzzled about why the Congress wants to help the BJP, Singh said, "They (Congress) are just not ready to accept any offer. I am saying this with all responsibility that yesterday the Congress closed the Haryana chapter."
In Delhi, Congress doesn't have a single MLA, still want 3 seats: Manish Sisodia
"We have maintained that AAP took birth fighting the Congress. But at a time Modi-Shah is posing a grave danger to the social fabric of our country, we mulled over alliances, including in Delhi. We found that alliances involving the AAP can defeat Modi-Shah in 33 seats, " said Manish Sisodia.
"In Delhi, Congress doesn't have a single MLA, polled 10 per cent seats in the last election. But still, they want three seats in Delhi. They are going to lose all the three seats in Haryana and they are well aware of that. Hence, we proposed an AAP-JJP- Congress alliance. They came third in Jind even recently. Later, we scaled down our proposal to 18 seats. Dushyant was willing to give four seats to Congress. But Congress offered 6-3-1. But subsequently said they were willing to offer only two seats to JJP. JJP was willing to accept that. Yesterday, they have gone back on their words again. Have said no to Haryana," he added.
Instead of Balakot strike, Mamata should seek proof of those behind chit fund scams: PM Modi
Mamata Banerjee should seek proof against those behind chit fund scams, instead of asking for proof of the Balakot strike, says PM Modi
Reports of first two phases of polls have put brake on speed-breaker Didi’s sleep: PM Modi
The reports of the first and second phase of polling in Bengal has also put a brake on speed breaker didi's sleep: PM Modi
Ordinary people have taught the TMC goons a lesson: PM Modi
Ordinary people have taught the TMC goons a lesson. Despite TMC's threats, a large number of farmers, labourers, businessmen, employees, were out to exercise their right to vote, said Narendra Modi.
मैं मीडिया में देख रहा था कि कैसे सामान्य लोगों ने, हमारी बहनों ने टीएमसी के गुंडों को सबक सिखाया।— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) April 20, 2019
उनकी लाख कोशिशों के बावजूद, धमकियों के बावजूद, भारी संख्या में किसान, मजदूर, व्यापारी, कर्मचारी, हमारी बहनें और युवा साथी वोट देने निकल रहे हैं: PM @narendramodi