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Elections 2019 highlights: PM Modi says those seeking proof of airstrike ‘appeasing’ Pakistan

Elections 2019 highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are holding rallies on Friday in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha respectively.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 8, 2019 10:05:01 pm
Elections 2019 LIVE updates: PM lays foudation stone for projects worth Rs 32,500 crore in Ghaziabad PM Modi while speaking in Kanpur condemned the assault on two Kashmiris in Lucknow. (PIB)

Elections 2019 LIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the attack on two Kashmiri traders in Lucknow and appreciated the swift action by the UP Government to nab the culprits behind the incident. While speaking at a public gathering in Kanpur, he also appealed to maintain unity and urged the governments in other states to take strict action against such incidents. The PM also inaugurated several projects during his visit Varanasi, Kanpur and Ghaziabad.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, addressed a rally in Odisha’s Koraput district. He said the Congress party will ensure the passage of the long-standing Women’s Reservation Bill if it is elected to power in the centre. Interacting with women in Odisha, Gandhi promised free education for girls if Congress forms a government in the state.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, PM Modi also addressed the National Women Livelihood Meet in Varanasi after laying the foundation stone of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor.

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Elections 2019 LIVE HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi visited his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. He visited Kanpur Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh later. Rahul Gandhi also addressed a rally in Odisha's Koraput.

19:49 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM to inaugurate Delhi Metro's Blue Line extension in Noida on Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to inaugurate the 6.6-km Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Blue Line on March 9, officials said Friday, reports PTI.

The completely elevated section with six stations -- Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Noida Electronic City -- will benefit the people of Noida and connect the satellite city with the national capital.

"The prime minister is slated to inaugurate the Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section tomorrow from a rally in Greater Noida. Services will begin the same day at 4 pm," a senior DMRC official said.

Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety S K Pathak had recently accorded the mandatory approval for the commencement of passenger operations on the 6.675-km Noida City Centre - Noida Electronic City section of the Blue Line, which was inspected on Monday, the official said.

Once the Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City section becomes operational, the extended corridor will also bring the Blue Line close to the recently-opened Aqua Line, which connects Noida and Greater Noida.

19:26 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM inaugurates metro's Red Line extension to Ghaziabad; services to begin from Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Red Line, reports PTI. 

With this new section, entirely elevated, the Delhi Metro forayed into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad.

"Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday," DMRC's Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said.

Two of the eight stations on the Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section have been renamed in the honour of the country's fallen heroes.

"The Rajendra Nagar Metro station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda)," a senior DMRC official told PTI.

19:04 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Please stop amusing Pakistan by raising doubts over Balakot airstrikes: PM to Opposition

PM Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Ghaziabad said that Pakistan itself tweeted at 5 in the morning that there was an airstrike. He said Pakistan is not a fool that it will lie about the airstrikes. "If Pakistan itself admitted about the airstrikes then why is Opposition raising such questions," he said. I would request such people to stop amusing Pakistan with such statements, he added while launching civilian flight operations at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad. The airbase was earlier used for Air Force operations only.

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18:30 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM lays foudation stone for projects worth Rs 32,500 crore in Ghaziabad
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16:23 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM flags off Lucknow Metro's North-South corridor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro's North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23 kilometre.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion.

The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. Modi also distributed keys of houses to the beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana.

16:09 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Modi giving farmers Rs 3.50 a day, but waiving Rs 3.5 lakh crore loans of industrialists: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making fun of poor farmers by doling out only Rs 3.50 a day while waving loans worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore of industrialists, reports PTI.

Coming down heavily on the prime minister, the Congress chief said the PM-KISAN scheme launched by the Centre is nothing but an attempt to make a mockery of poor farmers by doling out a paltry sum of Rs 6,000 annually.

Gandhi was addressing a well-attended Congress rally at this south Odisha town in tribal-dominated Koraput district, where the engine unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is located, ahead of the upcoming election for the state Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha.

16:02 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Political statements made by Opposition give ground to Pakistan to criticse us

PM Modi attacked the Congress and Opposition parties over raising questions over Balakot airstrikes in Pakistan in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack. He said that political statements made by some Opposition leaders give enough ground to Pakistan to criticise us. He said this irresponsible act by Opposition affects the morale of Army. 

15:56 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM condemns assault on 2 Kashmiri dry fruit sellers in Lucknow

PM Modi, while condemning the assault on 2 Kashmiri dry fruit sellers in Lucknow, called for maintaining an atmosphere of unity. He aslo appreciated the timely action taken by the UP government leading to the arrest of those accused in the Wednesday incident.

15:42 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM in Kanpur pays tribute to Shyam Babu, Deepak Pandey

PM Modi also paid tribute to Shyam Babu who was martyred in Pulwama attack and Deepak Pandey who lost his life in Budgam chopper crash.

15:32 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Opposition is trying to downplay Army's valour: PM in Kanpur

PM Modi, while addressing a rally in Kanpur said that unfortunately, attempts are being made to downplay Army's valour. "Can we forgive those who give statements which please Pakistan? Whole world is putting pressure on Pakistan but statements from some ppl in country are helping Pakistan," he said.

15:11 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM Modi launches several development projects in Kanpur

Addressing a public rally in Kanpur, PM Modi said that the place has a historic background as many many brave men and women were born here who contributed in the freedom struggle.

15:05 (IST)08 Mar 2019
PM Modi addressing a gathering in Kanpur now
14:59 (IST)08 Mar 2019
'Non-cooperation' by SP govt delayed beautification project in Varanasi: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday claimed that "non-cooperation" by the previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh was responsible for the delay in start of a beautification project in his Lok Sabha constituency, reports PTI. He was addressing a gathering here after laying the foundation stone for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple's approach road and its beautification.

"In the first three years there was non-cooperation of the state government. The developmental projects here picked pace after you (people of Uttar Pradesh) made Yogi Adityanath the chief minister," he said.

"Had there been cooperation earlier, we would have launched the project instead of laying the foundation," Modi said. Attacking previous governments, the prime minister said, "In the past 70 years no government thought of Baba (Lord Shiva) and were silent. They took care of themselves but not of this place."

13:55 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Need to recommit ourselves to breaking barriers that hinder women's path to equality: Rahul

On the occasion of International Women's Day on Friday Congress president Rahul Gandhi hailed the "undaunted, fighting spirit" of women and urged people to recommit themselves to breaking barriers that hinder a woman's path to freedom and equality, PTI reported. 

His party added that both UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi between September 2017 and July 2018, urging him to pass the Women's Reservation Bill and assuring their unconditional support to it.

"We promise the people of India that #ThisBillWillPass when we form government," the Congress said in a tweet. 

13:54 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Will ensure allocation of money for education and healthcare in Odisha: Rahul Gandhi

Odisha is not an impoverished state, but, there is a concentration of wealth. We need to allocate more money for education and healthcare and we will do it: Congress President Rahul Gandhi

13:38 (IST)08 Mar 2019
Free education for girls if Congress forms govt in Odisha: Rahul Gandhi

If Congress forms government in Odisha, girls will get free education, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in Odisha

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In a rally Thursday, BJP chief Amit Shah said the party was akin to the phoenix that would rise from the ashes of the election defeats in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Speaking to booth workers in Raipur, Shah said the BJP will win all 11 seats in the state in the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “spreading hatred and anger in the country” to put real issues on the back-burner.

Addressing a “Mission 13” rally in Punjab’s Moga district on Thursday, Rahul invoked Guru Nanak Dev and accused the BJP and Modi of attacking the Guru’s ideology and philosophy of peace, tolerance and brotherhood, by “spreading hatred within the country to cover up the real issues”.

The Congress also released its first list of 15 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli and party president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

The list, finalised at a meeting of the party's central election committee chaired by Rahul Gandhi, named 11 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and four from Gujarat

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First published on: 08-03-2019 at 09:21:58 am