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Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: Naxals will get a big boost if 'Mahamilavati' comes to power, says Modi in Gondia

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) campaign in Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra on Wednesday. While West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee held her first public meeting for the general elections in Dinhata. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was in Northeast and BJP president Amit Shah was in Jammu and Kashmir. Here are the highlights of the day:

Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: Naxals will get a big boost if 'Mahamilavati' comes to power, says Modi in Gondia
  • That's all for the day, folks! We will be back with our election coverage tomorrow, as the poll battle heats up across the country. 

  • Just In: Election Commission has issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his ‘Modi ki sena’ remarks and has sought the CM’s reply by April 5. (ANI)

  • PM Modi in Maharashtra's Gondia

    BJP’s star campaigner prime minister Narendra Modi has concluded his rally in West Bengal and is now addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Gondia. Let us look at what he has said in Gondia so far:

    -Some sitting in AC rooms in Delhi are saying “it’s been long, people are now forgetting Balakot strike”. You tell me, have you forgotten? We have still not forgotten 1962 war, How will we forget Balakot?

    -If by mistake these 'Mahamilavti' people get power, then naxals will get a big boost. Congress has already promised in its manifesto that sedition case will not be imposed on any urban naxal, they have promised to do away with sedition law. (Inputs from ANI)

  • Meanwhile, to tackle fake news, WhatsApp has launched a fact-checking service ahead of Lok Sabha elections. But, there's a catch... 

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  •  Rao says neither with BJP nor with Congress

    While the war of words between the BJP and Congress intensifies minute by minute, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has attacked both the parties while addressing a rally near Andole under the Zaheerabad Lok Sabha constituency. Rao said that Rahul Gandhi claimed that TRS was with BJP while Modi claimed that it was with the Congress. He clarified that TRS was neither with the BJP nor with the Congress but was “the agent for the people of Telangana”. The chief minister described the prime minister as “utter flop”. Further, he added that both, the Congress and the BJP ran the governments but the development was not satisfactory. 

  • BJP seeks action against Sisodia for sending letters to voters on Delhi govt's works

    Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta filed the complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi accusing Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia of sending lakhs of letters to Delhi voters about the improved state of government schools without the statutory permission as required under the Model Code of Conduct. (PTI) 

  • Amit Shah promises to oust​ infiltrator in Jammu and Kashmir

    BJP President Amit Shah, who is addressing a rally in J&K’s Sunderbani, said that if the Modi government is voted to power, it will oust every single infiltrator from the country in the next five years. Shah said that the infiltrators wanted to change the demography of Jammu and added that as long as BJP is in power, it won't let that happen. 

    Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: Naxals will get a big boost if 'Mahamilavati' comes to power, says Modi in Gondia
  • List of BJP's candidates against key names like Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav

    Bhojpuri actor and singer Dinesh Lal Yadav against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh.

    Prem Singh Shakya against Yadav's father Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri.

    Dinesh Pratap Singh against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.

    Replaced sitting Machhlishahr MP Ram Charitra Nishad with V P Saroj.

    Drops Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North, replaces him with Manoj Kotal 

    Named Chandra Sen Jadun from Firozabad. 

  • ‘Didi’ attacks PM Modi in Dinhata rally

    Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, addressing a rally in Dinhata, hit out at the PM, describing him as "expiry babu". She dared PM Modi to participate in a direct debate with her.

    "I am not Modi, I don't tell lies," she said, adding that Modi had made false statements on her party’s performance in the state.

    “Income of farmers increased three times in Bengal, while 12,000 farmers committed suicide during Modi rule,” said the CM.  (With inputs from PTI)

    Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: Naxals will get a big boost if 'Mahamilavati' comes to power, says Modi in Gondia
  • PM Modi addresses rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground: Here are the highlights of his speech##PM Modi addresses rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground: Here are the highlights of his speech


    PM Modi is addressing a mega BJP rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground. Here are the highlights of his speech:

    -If the political pundits of this nation want to guess what will happen on May 23, they can estimate what will happen by looking at the wave (of support for BJP) in West Bengal.


    -Brigade Ground hasn't seen a crowd larger than this before. I have come before you with my report card.


    -Tell me, who was asking evidence of air strike? Who was doubting air strike? Who was letting down the Armed Forces? The sin of asking for evidence, who was committing that sin?


    -Who called 'Mission Shakti' a drama?


    -Our Armed Forces had the ability to carry out surgical strikes before as well but the government then did not have the political will.


    -Congress is promising something that will help terrorists sitting in Pakistan. Why is Congress playing with national security? Why is Congress trying to destabilise the nation?


    -For their vote bank, Congress has always been soft on terrorism. In 2019, your vote will play an important role in destroying terrorism.
    -The expiry date of Congress' manifesto is decided from the start, the date is May 23.


    -Some people had said 'Modi hatao' from here some months ago. They had abused Modi then, and they had gathered everyone from different states, just to say 'Modi hatao'. What crime has Modi committed? Is it a crime to provide homes to the poor, and if it is crime, then I have committed that crime.


    -Tripura's Left government had not given their employees the 7th Pay Commission. When a BJP government was formed there, the state government employees were provided with the 7th Pay Commission.


    -Now the people of Bengal and BJP will make up a government which will be free of the Left and the TMC.

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  • BJP's 'outsider' Hema Malini pitted against 'Brijwasi' RLD's Narendra Singh##BJP's 'outsider' Hema Malini pitted against 'Brijwasi' RLD's Narendra Singh


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    Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: Naxals will get a big boost if 'Mahamilavati' comes to power, says Modi in Gondia
  • Triple talaq debate divides women and men in western Uttar Pradesh##Triple talaq debate divides women and men in western Uttar Pradesh


    The issue of triple talaq is trapped in the gender binary that divides conservative Muslim society across western Uttar Pradesh, with many women giving the government a thumb's up for its efforts to criminalise the practice but shying away from voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) because of loyalty to their husbands.

    The she-says-maybe-he-says-nay syndrome may hinder the BJP from winning Muslim votes in the western Uttar Pradesh belt that goes to the polls in the first phase on April 11 as most men in the community say they don't want the government to interfere in their religion. READ MORE

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Assam: Will restore special status to the state##Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Assam: Will restore special status to the state

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in Assam addressing an election rally in Bokakhat. Here are the main highlights of his campaign speech:

    -While BJP made you stand in serpentine queues for your own money with draconian policies like demonetisation, we will bring you justice with NYAY and provided minimum income support of Rs 12,000 for all poor families of the country.


    -Its time to turn the narrative of this country towards the truth. Earlier the slogan was 'Acche Din' but now it is, 'Chowkidar Chor Hai.'


    -We had given Assam special status but the BJP snatched it away. If we come to power, we will once again give Assam the special status.

  • Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Bokakhat; reiterates manifesto promise on Nyay scheme##Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Bokakhat; reiterates manifesto promise on Nyay scheme

  • Speedbreaker didi is stalling Centre's welfare schemes, says PM Modi in Siliguri##Speedbreaker didi is stalling Centre's welfare schemes, says PM Modi in Siliguri

    TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is a "speedbreaker" in the path of West Bengal's development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday, insisting she has to go to make way for the betterment of the state. Modi also took on the Congress over its manifesto that talks about reviewing some clauses of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying it acts like a "shield" for the security forces in the fight against terrorists. 

    "They (the Congress) want our defence forces to be helpless...their hands and feet tied," Modi said and accused the Congress and its allies of sympathising with Pakistan. "'Didi' (Mamata Banerjee) is a speedbreaker in the path of West Bengal's development," Modi said in his first public rally on Banerjee's turf after the general elections were announced.


    Claiming that Banerjee has put a spanner in several central schemes for the uplift of the poor, Modi said "speedbreaker Didi" has not allowed people of Bengal to benefit from Ayushman Bharat scheme.
    "I am waiting for this speedbreaker to go so development can gather speed," he said.

  • Congress manifesto favours separatists, terrorists: BJP##Congress manifesto favours separatists, terrorists: BJP

    Keeping up the heat on the Congress over the national security issue, the BJP Wednesday alleged that various provisions in the opposition party's manifesto are a threat to the country as they favour separatists and terrorists, and demoralise the armed forces. 

    BJP leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters that the Congress manifesto, which was released Tuesday, is not in national interest and indirectly helps terrorists and others working against the country. 

    She cited the Congress' promise to review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and to repeal Section 124A (sedition law) of the Indian Penal Code to attack the party. (PTI)

  • Mamata promoting poverty for electoral gains, says PM Modi in Siliguri; calls her 'speedbreaker didi'##Mamata promoting poverty for electoral gains, says PM Modi in Siliguri; calls her 'speedbreaker didi'

    PM Modi is now in Siliguri, where he is addressing an election rally. Launching a stinging attack on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Modi says that 'Didi', as she is popularly called, is playing games with the people of the state. "She is using poor for politics, she is encouraging poverty for electoral gains." 

    Referring to Banerjee as 'speedbreaker didi', Modi accuses the Bengal CM of obstructing BJP's welfare schemes meant for the state and encouraging poverty in order to win elections. (News18)

  • Congress alleges Cash for Vote Scandal in Arunachal Pradesh; CM Pema Khandu refutes allegations##Congress alleges Cash for Vote Scandal in Arunachal Pradesh; CM Pema Khandu refutes allegations


    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Wednesday alleged that Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu and state BJP chief are involved in a Cash for Vote Scandal.

    "Even as PM Modi addressed an election rally in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh today, a sensational ‘Cash for Vote Scandal’ is exposed where authorities found Rs 1.8 crore from the convoy of BJP CM Pema Khandu and BJP Arunachal Pradesh president Tapir Gao," ANI quoted Surjewala.

    Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu refuted Congress allegations and said, "It's absolutely wrong. ‘Cash for Vote’ is rather practiced by Congress party. Investigation under Election Commission will reveal all the details. We have got the info that it has been recovered from a BJP candidate's car."

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    PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has filed her nomination from Anantnag parliamentary constituency for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

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  • Thushar Vellappally files nomination as NDA candidate from Wayanad##Thushar Vellappally files nomination as NDA candidate from Wayanad


    Kerala: President of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena and NDA candidate from Wayanad, Thushar Vellappally files his nomination. He will be contesting against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

  • Narendra Modi says Congress manifesto is full of lies, hypocrisy##Narendra Modi says Congress manifesto is full of lies, hypocrisy

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress, terming its manifesto as a "hypocrisy document" which was "full of lies". Addressing his second rally in Arunachal Pradesh within a week, the prime minister cited the Congress manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and said it had promised that every house would have electricity by 2009. READ MORE

  • Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?##Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

    Facebook that has created a mini-storm in the Indian political corridors by revealing it removed fake pages, groups and accounts linked to the Congress Party surreptitiously skipped mentioning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Downplaying the BJP bit is clear when you deeply scan the blog post by Nathaniel Gleicher who is head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook.

    Another point that Facebook downplayed was the amount of ad spend. READ MORE

  • PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee to kick-start Lok Sabha election campaign in Bengal today##PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee to kick-start Lok Sabha election campaign in Bengal today


    Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will launch their Lok Sabha campaigns in West Bengal on the same day - Wednesday. Modi is slated to address two rallies in opposite parts of the state - Siliguri in north Bengal and in Kolkata, BJP sources said. Banerjee, on the other hand, will kick off her party's poll campaign with a public rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district, also in the northern part of the state. READ MORE

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