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Lok Sabha elections 2019 Highlights: Rahul Gandhi targets BJP, asks from where the party gets money for publicity

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader created controversy after he allegedly made derogatory remarks against Jaya Prada at a rally in Rampur. Later, Khan said that he was not referring to actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada in his election speech.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (File)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Addressing a public meeting in Gujarat, BJP President Amit Shah referred to Azam Khan’s remarks against Jaya Prada and said that the SP and BSP both should apologise to the crores of women in the country.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a rally in UP’s Fatehpur Sikri Monday said, “Switch on TV-Narendra Modi, switch on a radio-Narendra Modi, walk on the roads-Narendra Modi. Where does all this money for publicity come from?”At the rally, Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and other senior Congress leaders. Priyanka Gandhi also took a dig at BJP, saying, ‘If you are a nationalist, why did you not stand for those killed in the name of religion.”

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party senior leader Azam Khan created controversy on Sunday after he allegedly made derogatory remarks against Jaya Prada at a rally in Rampur. Later, Khan said that he was not referring to actor and in his election speech. He also reportedly said that he will not contest polls if proven guilty.

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Both SP and BSP should apologise to the crores of women in our country: Amit Shah

Referring to the remarks made by Azam Khan against Jaya Prada yesterday, BJP President Amit Shah said at a public meeting in Kodinar, Gujarat that not only Azam Khan but both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party should apologise to the crores of women in our country.

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Rahul Gandhi to BJP: Where does all this money for publicity come from?

"Switch on TV-Narendra Modi, switch on a radio-Narendra Modi, walk on the roads-Narendra Modi. Where does all this money for publicity come from?" Rahul Gandhi asks. 

Why did you (BJP) not stand for those killed in the name of religion: Priyanka Gandhi in UP

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"They (BJP) call themselves nationalists.. if you are a nationalist then respect the martyrs. Also, respect the martyred father of opposition leader. If you are a nationalist then talk about India not Pakistan," Priyanka Gandhi said. 

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Rahul Gandhi to address public meeting in Agra shortly

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Agra, Uttar Pradesh to address a public meeting.

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‘Draupadi of Rampur’ being disrobed: Sushma draws Mahabharata analogy over Azam Khan’s remarks

Referring to Azam Khan's alleged derogatory remarks against actor and BJP leader Jaya Prada, Sushma Swaraj asked Mulayam Singh not to make "the mistake of staying silent like Bhishma." READ MORE HERE

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Jaya Prada reacts

BJP Lok Sabha candidate Jaya Prada said that she wasn’t surprised over Azam Khan’s purported remarks directed at her. She further said that Khan shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections as there wouldn’t be any space for women in a democracy if he wins.

“It isn’t new for me. You might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2019 when no one supported me after he made comments against me. I’m a woman and I can’t even repeat what he said. I don’t know what I did to him that he is saying such things…He shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared & leave Rampur? But I won’t leave,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

FIR filed against Azam Khan

A day after Azam Khan’s stoked a controversy with his ‘khaki underwear’ remark, an FIR was filed against the former Samajwadi Party leader on Monday at a police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahabad.  READ MORE HERE

Azam Khan creates a stir

Samajwadi Party senior leader Azam Khan on Sunday allegedly made derogatory remarks against BJP's Rampur Lok Sabha candidate, Jaya Prada.

At a public rally with party president Akhilesh Yadav and other senior leaders on the dais, Khan allegedly commented on Jaya Prada’s association with the RSS and said, “What is the difference between you and me? People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and the people of India. It took you 17 years to understand her true face. But I realised in 17 days… that she wears khakhi underwear,” he said. READ MORE HERE

Begusarai: Kanhaiya in the balance, but caste could again outweigh class here

With approximately 23 per cent of its 19.50 lakh voters Bhumihars, the upper caste that Kanhaiya belongs to, Begusarai has among the highest concentration of this group in Bihar. READ MORE HERE

Why EC frowned on DD coverage: BJP got 160 hours in a month, Congress 80

The matter of DD News and its coverage of the Lok Sabha elections was first raised by the Congress in a memorandum to the EC on April 1. The Congress had alleged that DD News was giving preferential treatment to the BJP. READ MORE HERE

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Amit Shah's schedule for today

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Prime minister Narendra Modi during the rally in Aligarh on Sunday, (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Earlier, 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.”

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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