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Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: We compelled Pakistan to go begging around the world, says PM Modi in Barmer

Lok Sabha Election 2019 India HIGHLIGHTS: "It is the duty of the people of my home state to take care of the 'son of soil' by giving all the 26 seats in Gujarat to me," PM Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 21, 2019 10:07:53 pm
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Addressing a poll rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said, “We have placed fear in the hearts of terrorists. We compelled Pakistan to go begging around the world. You all think I did right, but Congress and its allies think it was not.” He also accused the Congress of losing the upper hand India had after the 1971 war with Pakistan by surrendering the advantage at the Shimla round table conference.

Earlier, PM Modi addressed a rally in poll-bound Patan district of Gujarat and Chhitorgarh in Rajasthan where he urged the voters to take care of the “son of soil” and “push the lotus symbol” to eradicate terrorism. “It is the duty of the people of my home state to take care of the ‘son of soil’ by giving all the 26 seats in Gujarat to me. My government will come back to power but if Gujarat doesn’t give the BJP all the 26 seats, TV discussions will be held on May 23 as to why did this happen,” he told the crowd.

In Chittorgarh, BJP leader CP Joshi has been pitted against Congress’ Gopal Singh Idwa. BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh’s son and Congress leader Manvendra will fight the elections from Barmer seat and will face Kailash Chaudhry of the saffron party. Polling in Rajasthan will be held in two phases – on April 29 and May 6. All the constituencies in Gujarat will vote on April 23.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rallies in Rajasthan and Gujarat Sunday. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

21:39 (IST)21 Apr 2019
BJP fields Shankar Lalwani from Indore

The BJP Sunday announced Shankar Lalwani as its candidate for the Indore Lok Sabha seat, a party stronghold held since 1989 by senior leader and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Mahajan, who turned 76 in April, had announced on April 5 that she would not contest the elections, apparently in keeping with the BJP's reported diktat that leaders above the age of 75 opt out of electoral politics.

Lalwani, who has earlier been Indore Development Authority (IDA) chairman and Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) president, is from the Sindhi community and is making his Lok Sabha poll debut.

He is pitted against the Congress' Pankaj Sanghvi. (PTI)

20:33 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Odisha's Patkura assembly election postponed

The election for the Patkura assembly constituency in Odisha has adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla. The election to the seat was scheduled to be held on 29th April.

20:05 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Jobs, farm distress main poll issues, not national security though it is important: Chidambaram

The Congress Sunday said national security is an important issue but the issues dominating the narrative in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections were unemployment and farm distress.

Unveiling a report on national security by a task force headed by Lieutenant General (retd) D S Hooda, the Congress said it would be "completely wrong" to say that national security was dominating the poll narrative, though it is an important issue.

The Congress unveiled the report in the presence of senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh and said that its approach towards national security is "not ad hoc and not impulsive".

"As far as the election narrative is concerned, the number one issue remains unemployment. The number two issue is farm distress and the number three issue is security of various sections of the people, women, Dalits, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, forest dwellers, journalists, academicians and NGOs," Chidambaram told reporters. (PTI)

19:42 (IST)21 Apr 2019
BJP names 4 candidates from Delhi

The BJP Sunday releases list of candidates for Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and UP; Dr Harsh Vardhan to contest from Delhi's Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari- North East Delhi, Pravesh Verma- West Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri -South Delhi and Hardeep Puri from Amritsar.

19:32 (IST)21 Apr 2019
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19:04 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Lok Sabha elections: Congress and NCP are paper tigers, says UP deputy CM

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma Sunday described the Congress and the NCP as “paper tigers”, who he said would be wiped out in the Lok Sabha elections which are being held in seven phases.

Addressing a press conference here, Sharma said the BJP would improve its tally of Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra under the leadership of state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

In 2014 general elections, the BJP had won 23 out of total 48 seats in Maharashtra while its ally Shiv Sena bagged 18 seats. Read more

18:26 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Pakistan is crying in front of the whole world

PM Modi in Barmer: "Today India is hunting the terrorists in Pakistan without waging a war. Pakistan is crying in front of the whole world. The world now stands with India."

18:23 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi accuses Congress of losing upper hand in '71 war

PM Modi accused the Congress of losing the upper hand India had after the 1971 war with Pakistan by surrendering the advantage at the Shimla round table conference.

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18:13 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi: We compelled Pakistan to go begging around the world.

PM Modi in Barmer: We have placed fear in the hearts of terrorists. We compelled Pakistan to go begging around the world. You all think I did right, but Congress and its allies think it was not.

18:10 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi: I hit terrorists in their hideouts

PM Modi in Barmer: Terrorist activities were normal in India as Pakistan was given a free hand. Today terrorists killed innocent people in Sri Lanka. I have decided to teach the terror handlers a lesson; I hit them in their hideouts.

18:06 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi: Your chowkidar built war memorial in Delhi

PM Modi in Barmer: From years there was a demand for a war memorial, but the Congress built memorials only for its family members. Your chowkidar made a war memorial in the memory of the soldiers who were martyred while serving the nation. 

17:53 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi speaks about 10% general quota

PM Modi in Barmer: "The demand to give 10% reservation to economically weaker families of the general category was going from a long time. The Congress was busy in dividing the society and it never gave any attention towards it. But your chowkidar implemented this decision without taking away anyone's rights."

17:50 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi in Barmer: Ready to sacrifice my dreams to fulfil yours

Addressing a poll rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said, “Those who are going to vote for the first time, these elections are very important for them. One who is born in the 21st century, will vote for the 21st century. Because he has a whole century ahead of him. I am ready to sacrifice my dreams to fulfil yours.”

17:38 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi addresses a rally in Barmer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Barmer district. He earlier conducted rallies in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan and Patan district in Gujarat.

15:50 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi will be PM if Congress wins maximum seats in Lok Sabha polls: Anand Sharma

Rahul Gandhi will be the prime minister if our party gets the maximum seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said on Sunday.

“Leaders will decide who will be the next PM. It all depends on which party leads. If it is the Congress, then the next PM will be our chief Rahul Gandhi,” PTI quoted Sharma as saying. He also said that the party has made pre-poll alliances and will think about post-poll coalitions depending on the results. Read more

15:49 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Priyanka Gandhi: Will contest from Varanasi if party wishes

Congress General Secretary from UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Sunday said that she would not mind contesting from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat if Congress president Rahul Gandhi wishes. Varanasi is also the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

15:30 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Hardik Patel in Bajrangpur: Congress fighting for people, please vote for us

Hardik Patel in Bajrangpur village: I thank you all for coming out in this hot afternoon. You're lucky that you've got chance to vote again in less than two years. You've not got water. We are here to fight on behalf of you. I request you to vote for Congress candidates.

15:00 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Will form ministry to tackle water crisis, says PM Modi

Concluding his speech in Chittorgarh, PM Modi assured to form a 'Jal Shakti' Ministry to resolve the water crisis across the country. 

14:57 (IST)21 Apr 2019
PM Modi continues attack on Congress

"Congress has three realities 'naamdaar parivar', corruption and plenty of false promises," PM Modi said.

14:50 (IST)21 Apr 2019
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits kin of Pulwama attack martyr in Wayanad

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday urged the new generation to brush up their knowledge of history and not fall prey to the BJP's "misleading" campaign on social media. "Teams of social media are at work. They (BJP) are spending crores of rupees to attack... conspiracy is going on to mislead people of the country," he told reporters in Jaisalmer district. "People in the BJP are misleading the new generation through social media. I appeal to youths to limit the use of smartphones and read history," he said. Gehlot also asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not come back to power. He claimed that there was a wave in favour of the Congress in the entire state and an undercurrent against Modi due to the environment of "fear, hatred and violence" created by the Centre. Meanwhile, BJP's Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Assembly Rajendra Rathore hit out at Gehlot's recent remarks on surgical strikes. "It seems the chief minister is talking like a spokesperson of Pakistan," he told reporters in Chittorgarh.

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First published on: 21-04-2019 at 10:07:36 am