Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold multiple campaign rallies for Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in Chhattisgarh and Odisha today, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi will start his poll campaign in Kerala. Gandhi will address election rallies in Kollam and Alapuzha today. Meanwhile, today is the last day of campaigning for the second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, ahead of Thursday's vote in 97 constituencies spanning 13 states and Union territories, including all 39 seats of Tamil Nadu. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments from the campaign trail in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 today:
I-T department's team has raided DMK leader Kanimozhi's Tuticorin residence. He is the latest in the list of political leaders to come under the government agency's radar.
Cong releases another list of three candidates ## Cong releases another list of three candidates
The Congress on Tuesday released a list of three more candidates for Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, pitting Acharya Pramod Krishnam against Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.
With this, the party has so far announced 407 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.Besides Krishnam, the Congress fielded Vinay Kumar Pandey from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh and Pankaj Sanghvi from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Indore is currently represented by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.Speculation is rife about Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha being the Samajwadi Party candidate from Lucknow. Poonam Sinha joined the SP earlier on Tuesday.
President cancels Vellore Lok Sabha election ## President cancels Vellore Lok Sabha election
The President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday cancelled the Lok Sabha election in Vellore constituency of Tamil Nadu.
Amit Shah said, "More than 120 karyakartas of BJP and RSS have been killed in Kerala. The most number of killings took place in the district of Kerala CM. Who is supporting this violence?"
PM Narendra Modi waves to people on his way to Baramunda ground, Bhubaneswar where is scheduled to address a rally shortly
"This (AIADMK-BJP) is an inefficient alliance, remember it's these same people who brought GST, promising that rates of essential things will come down but you tell me, rates of which things have come down?," said DMK Chief MK Stalin in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu.
Navjot Singh Sidhu urges Muslims to vote en bloc and defeat Modi ## Navjot Singh Sidhu urges Muslims to vote en bloc and defeat Modi
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has stoked controversy by urging Muslim voters of a Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar with sizeable population of the minority community to vote en bloc and defeat (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi. The comments by former test cricketer at a rally in Katihar, where he was canvassing in support of veteran Congress leader and former union minister Tariq Anwar, drew an angry response from BJP which condemned the "reprehensible act", urged the Election Commission to take "suo motu cognizance" and take suitable action. "Do not consider yourself as being in a minority. You constitute the majority here. You are about 64 per cent. Do not fall into the trap laid down by people like Owaisi(president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen). They have been propped up by the BJP," Sidhu had said on Monday at a rally held at Barasol, in Balrampur assembly segment falling under Katihar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.
"I don't want to predict how many seats we (Congress-JDS) will win but we are trying to win all 28 seats in the state. They (BJP) had given false promises and are continuing with the same false promises in this election too," said Karnataka Deputy CM G. Parameshwara in Tumakuru.
Election Commission (EC) issues show-cause notice to Union Minister and BJP MP from Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by threatening public officials in his speech in Pokhran on 14 April.
Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha joins Samajwadi Party ## Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha joins Samajwadi Party
Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party here Tuesday."Poonam Sinha has joined the Samajwadi Party in the presence of SP leader Dimple Yadav in Lucknow," the SP wrote on its official Twitter handle.The party's Twitter handle also carried a picture showing Poonam Sinha joining the party in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav, an MP from Kannauj.Sinha is likely to be fielded from the Lucknow seat against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is a BJP candidate, said party sources.Singh filed his nomination from the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday.When asked about her candidature from Lucknow, Poonam Sinha avoided direct reply saying, "Will tell you tomorrow."
Rajnath Singh files nomination papers for Lucknow seat##Rajnath Singh files nomination papers for Lucknow seat
Union Home minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat after holding a roadshow in the Uttar Pradesh capital, where BJP supporters turned up in large numbers and showered flower petals on him. Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and former Union minister Kalraj Mishra, Singh submitted his election affidavit to Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma. Earlier in the day, Singh took out a roadshow which passed through Hazratganj, one of the arterial roads in the capital city, where BJP workers turned up to show their support to the leader. Hazratganj sported a floral look as BJP supporters showered flower petals on Singh as he led the roadshow on his way to file nomination papers. (PTI)
After Mayawati, Navjot Singh Sidhu courts trouble with vote appeal to Muslims##After Mayawati, Navjot Singh Sidhu courts trouble with vote appeal to Muslims
Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu courted trouble on Tuesday with his appeal to Muslims in Bihar to vote as a bloc to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ongoing elections. Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu courted trouble on Tuesday with his appeal to Muslims in Bihar to vote as a bloc to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ongoing elections.
“I want to warn my Muslim brothers that some people are trying to divide you. They are trying to prop up people like Owaisi to divide your votes. If you unite and vote as one, Modi will be driven out,” he said. (News18)
PM Modi addresses BJP rally at Bhatapara, Chhattisgarh##PM Modi addresses BJP rally at Bhatapara, Chhattisgarh
Addressing BJP rally in Bhatapara, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his "All Modis are thieves" comment. "These people are crossing limits daily, according to them anyone whose name is Modi is a thief, what kind of politics is this? They have labelled a whole community as thieves only to get some applause, just to insult your 'chowkidar,' ANI quoted Modi as saying.
Notification for Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls issued##Notification for Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls issued
The Election Commission Tuesday issued notification for the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 12 in 59 seats across seven states. The seven-phase elections began on April 11 and will end on May 19. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal will head for voting in all the seven phases of the general elections. All the seven seats in Delhi will also go for polling in the sixth phase. Amid sparring between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Admi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, sources claimed the two sides were "engaged" in taking the alliance talks forward and are likely to meet again on Wednesday over seat sharing between the two. The Congress chief said his party is willing to give four of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to the AAP to ensure that their alliance defeats the BJP, which had won all the seven seats in 2014. (PTI)
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses rally in Agra##SP chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses rally in Agra
PM Modi lashes out at Rahul Gandhi in Korba##PM Modi lashes out at Rahul Gandhi in Korba
Addressing a poll rally in Korba in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi took on Rahul Gandhi over his "All Modis are thieves" comment. He said, "They (Congress) have levelled an allegation that all Modi are thieves. The Sahu Samaj of Chhattisgarh are known as Modi in Gujarat. Are they all thieves? Such type of language does not befit the Congress leader."
Shivpal Singh Yadav's Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) releases candidate list##Shivpal Singh Yadav's Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) releases candidate list
Shivpal Singh Yadav's Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) releases a list of 14 candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana.
Election Commission under pressure not to act on complaints on EVMs: Siddaramaiah##Election Commission under pressure not to act on complaints on EVMs: Siddaramaiah
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has alleged that the Election Commission(EC) is under "pressure" from the Modi government to not take action on complaints of political parties over alleged EVM tampering and their demand for re-introduction of ballot paper. He said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are not tamper-proof and Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPATs) machines are not without their flaws either, he said adding that the Congress will bring back ballot paper if voted to power. (PTI)
Vasundhara Raje slams Congress, asks what their governments did for 55 years##Vasundhara Raje slams Congress, asks what their governments did for 55 years
Attacking Congress on its tagline 'Ab Hoga Nyay', former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday questioned what the party and its governments were doing for 55 years if they are now talking of 'Nyay'. The BJP leader also charged that the previous UPA government was involved in rampant corruption and coal scam and 2G scam took place in their rule. The Congress president is seen hugging an elderly woman in posters these days with the tagline 'Ab Hoga Nyay'. If they are talking of 'Nyay' with promise of Rs 72,000 yearly, then what their government did in 55 years, Raje said at a rally in Sikar.
PM Modi in Korba: Congress called naxals as revolutionaries##PM Modi in Korba: Congress called naxals as revolutionaries
PM Modi addresses Public Meeting at Korba, Chhattisgarh##PM Modi addresses Public Meeting at Korba, Chhattisgarh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing BJP rally in Chhattisgarh's Korba. Here are the main highlights from his speech:
- I pay my respects to Bheema Mandavi (BJP leader) and the four PSOs who lost their lives in Dantewada naxal attack. It is unfortunate that the attack took place in an area where presence of naxals had reduced. Question is why did the attack happen?
- Congress refers the naxals as revolutionaries, which emboldens them.
- Even the Congress manifesto or 'dhakosla patra' emboldens that as it says that they will end anti-sedition law.
- The people of Chhattisgarh should be aware of the conspiracy to push the state into another round of naxal violence.
- The Congress hand (the party's election symbol) is not just with the naxals, they are also helping those who want to split India.
- The Congress party lost connection with the people long back and doesn't understand what the people need. It just follows orders from one family.
Chandrababu Naidu attacks PM Modi##Chandrababu Naidu attacks PM Modi
Andhra chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu launched a scathing attack againts PM Narendra Modi for "doing grave injustice" to India. In Tamil Nadu, he said, "I want to appeal to all voters in that democracy is in danger. Modi has done so much of injustice to the nation."
BJP complains Election Commission over TMC using Bangladesh actors for campaigning##BJP complains Election Commission over TMC using Bangladesh actors for campaigning
BJP delegation to meet Election Commission on ban on Yogi Adityanath##BJP delegation to meet Election Commission on ban on Yogi Adityanath
A BJP delegation comprising senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jagat Prakash Nadda, will approach the Election Commission later today against the ban on UP CM Yogi Adityanath who has been barred from election campaigning for 72 hours.
BJP candidate says will be difficult to retain Moradabad; Congress, SP-BSP coalition hopeful##BJP candidate says will be difficult to retain Moradabad; Congress, SP-BSP coalition hopeful
It is going to be difficult to retain Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency for BJP, which is in a direct contest with Congress due to consolidation of Muslim votes ahead of the April 23 election, saffron party candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar told PTI. Kumar, a Thakur, is pitted against Congress's Imran Pratapgarhi, a poet who has often questioned the BJP government through his provocative compositions and fiery speeches. As the campaigning heats up, SP-BSP-RLD coalition's S T Hasan, a doctor by profession, is also trying to win over the Muslim votes, about 47 per cent of the total 19.41 lakh voters in the constituency. Only the community members have not yet disclosed who they will back this time. Political observers say Muslim voters often decide their support during last three days of campaigning. Though Kumar, a political strongman, is well-known in the area, he is unsure about his re-election.
"The election is going to be difficult," Kumar told PTI on the phone as he is busy campaigning in interior areas of the constituency. "The fragmentation of Muslim votes has not happened. The election has become Congress versus BJP," he added.
Kumar had been a Member of Legislative Assembly five times from Thakurdwara before he was elected MP from Moradabad in 2014. His son is now an MLA from Barhapur, one of the five assembly segments in the parliamentary constituency.
Four railway officials suspended after tickets with Modi's photo issued to passengers##Four railway officials suspended after tickets with Modi's photo issued to passengers
Four railway officials were suspended today after tickets carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were issued to passengers at Barabanki railway station in Uttar Pradesh. The Lucknow divisional railway manager suspended a chief reservation supervisor, a commercial inspector and two reservation clerks, officials said.
The model code of conduct, besides other things, bars a party in power to use the official machinery to help it in elections. This comes days after the railways was pulled up by the Election Commission for issuing tickets with pictures of the prime minister and in another instance where tea was served to passengers with the slogan "main bhi chowkidar" written on them.
Silchar Lok Sabha seat: It’s advantage Modi in Assam’s Citizenship Bill laboratory##Silchar Lok Sabha seat: It’s advantage Modi in Assam’s Citizenship Bill laboratory
This time around, the ruling BJP is making a strong bid to wrest the seat from incumbent Sushmita Dev, daughter of veteran Congress leader & former Union Minister late Santosh Mohan Dev. Sushmita was among the 45 odd MPs to get elected in 2014 when the Modi Tsunami hit the country. The saffron party has fielded a young medico Dr Rajdeep Roy, whose father, a former legislator was among the founders of BJP (or its erstwhile Avatar Jan Sangh) in the North Eastern state and continued to be remembered among the old timers for his social service. READ MORE
I hear only Modi across India, says Amit Shah in Davanagere rally##I hear only Modi across India, says Amit Shah in Davanagere rally
BJP president Amit Shah is addressing a public meeting in Davanagere, Karnataka. Here are the main highlights from BJP president Amit Shah's address:
-Only thing i have heard from last four months while traveling across the length and breadth of India is Modi, Modi, Modi.
-If somehow Mahamilavat forms govt in the country, the leaders of different political parties of the opposition will take turns to become PM.
- Narendra Modi is our leader and prime ministerial candidate, leading the National Democratic Alliance. But on the other hand in grand alliance, there is no leader to properly run the country.
- Congress led UPA govt gave only Rs 88,583 crore to Karnataka under the 13th Finance Commission. However, BJP led NDA govt allocated Rs 3.88 lakh crore under the 14th Finance Commission.
- Karnataka CM claims that Sonia and Rahul made him CM and not the people of Karnataka.
- Karnataka CM made false promise to the farmers and failed to waive farm loans.
- For the Congress, the development of Karnataka isn't important. In fact, Karnataka is an ATM of corruption for them.
- Congress says hold talks with Pakistan, don't take action against terrorists.
- BJP's policy is very clear that we will not tolerate terrorism emanating from Pakistan. We will take strict action against them.
- Rahul Gandhi will surely lose from Amethi this time. That is why he has gone to Wayanad.
- On Rafale, Amit Shah said Rahul Gandhi has not approached the Supreme Court because he knows he will be proved wrong.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore files his nomination from Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency##Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore files his nomination from Jaipur Lok Sabha constituency