A senior RSS functionary says Ratlam-Jhabua was a Congress bastion for decades, but a massive convention of Hindus, organised by the RSS, VHP and Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad in 2001 gave the BJP a foothold.
Modi said his optimism is a result of the BJP’s stand on nationalism, development and antyodaya (benefits reaching the last person in the society), and its resolve to end terrorism and Left-wing extremism.
The murder was first investigated by the Madhya Pradesh Police and later by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). After a protracted trial in the Dewas sessions Court and the NIA court in Bhopal, the trial was shifted back to the Dewas court, which acquitted all the accused in early 2017.
Later at night, Pragya Thakur released a video statement apologising for her “personal remark”. “I respect Mahatma Gandhi, his contribution to the country cannot be forgotten. If my statement has hurt anyone, I apologise for it,” she said.
But the folk singer continues to draw attention for his melodious voice and simple appeal. When he spoke and sang at a rally in Shujalpur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi shot a video and shared it on his social media accounts.
Both the BJP and Congress have fielded new faces in these constituencies. While the former has dropped five of its sitting MPs, the latter has renominated sitting MP and former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria from Ratlam.
Musalgaonkar, 55, Head of the Department of Sanskrit-Ved-Jyotirvigyan, told The Indian Express that astrology is a science of possibilities and he made the prediction in response to a query by a student.
Rahul Gandhi said the PM attacks his father, grandmother, great-grandfather and speaks “with hatred and anger. But I give him a bear hug with love. You are the PM, the whole country is behind you, get rid of hatred. It will only benefit you.”
In response to Chouhan’s taunt, the Kamal Nath-led Congress government, which claims to have waived loans of more than 21 lakh farmers, recently sent paper bundles with lists of beneficiaries to the former chief minister’s residence.
Although the BJP won six of eight seats that make up Vidisha parliamentary constituency in the recent Assembly elections, it suffered a reversal in Vidisha Assembly seat, a citadel it had held for more than four decades.
Modi also targeted Rahul Gandhi, alleging that the Congress president’s former business partner got a defence offset contract during the UPA’s tenure when the two had previous “experience only in dalali and liaisoning”.