Elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: A number of elections are lined up in the next two-three months across India. While assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland will take place this month, Karnataka will go to polls in April. Some bypolls are also lined up in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath campaigned in CPI(M)-ruled Tripura and called for the ouster of the Left Front government in the state. “The people of Tripura are being deprived of the basic amenities. The communist government here does not provide the poor people with any opportunity to be self-reliant. Why should the people keep them for such a long period in power? The Marxists must be ousted,” Adityanath was quoted as saying by PTI at an election rally in North Tripura district.
In Karnataka, BJP and Congress are engrossed in a fierce battle. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP leaders traded barbs over the former’s temple-run. Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa targetted Gandhi for visiting temples after “eating chicken”, the Congress president justified his temple visits in the state. “I like going to temples, wherever I get religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go),” Gandhi told reporters.
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5.36 am: Karnataka election 2018 – Interacting with professionals and entrepreneurs in Kalburgi on Karnataka, Gandhi said, “Our position is very clear. When we come to power, we will reform the current GST and simplify it. We will attempt
to make it a one tax and cap it at a decent level. We will also try to remove the huge amount of confusion that you all are facing.”
5.10 pm: Rahul Gandhi says in Karnataka that Congress will simplify GST if the party is voted to power at the Centre.
4.30 PM: “Do you know where the idea of ‘notebandi’ came from? It was not the RBI, not Arun Jaitley, it was not an officer in the Finance Ministry. It was a particular ideologue of the RSS. The RSS presses an idea into Prime Minister’s mind & PM launches that idea”, says Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka.
4.00 PM: It is a victory for us that the very same Rahul Gandhi whose ancestors used to say that they are ‘accidental Hindus’, today says that he is a ‘Janeudhaari Hindu’: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Sabroom, Tripura.
3.30 PM: BJP Hindustan ke institutions ko capture karne ki koshish kar rahi hai. Rss apne logon ko har institution me daalne ki koshish kar rahi hai. Mohan Bhagwat Ji ka bayan to aapne suna hoga: Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka
3.00 PM: Adityanath during his visit to Tripura alleged that the Chief Minister of the state, Manik Sarkar, and his government in power isn’t focused on the development of the state and their interest is “next to zero”. He also called out that despite huge fund allocation from the Centre for education, health and other key sectors, the government in power is not doing enough.
2.30 PM: Earlier today, visuals of Congress president Rahul Gandhi visiting Anubhava Mantapa, Basavakalyan in Bidar, Karnataka.
2:00 PM: Nagaland Elections- Ahead of February 27 Assembly election, former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was declared elected unopposed to the Nagaland Assembly. This came after his opponent withdrew his nomination yesterday which was the last date for withdrawal, according to reports.
1:30 PM: Karnataka Elections- BJP has slammed Rahul Gandhi for visiting temples in Karnataka ahead of state assembly polls. Union Minister and Karnataka election in charge Prakash Javadekar said Congress was earlier “pseudo secular” but are now “pseudo Hinduism.”
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1:00 PM: Karnataka Elections- Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who was visiting temples of Karnataka, has defended his move asserting that he would continue it. “I like going to temples, wherever I get religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go),” Gandhi said.
12:30 PM: Tripura Elections– Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has emphasized that wherever the BJP was in power, the people were enjoying the fruits of development and good governance. BJP’s mantra is development and good governance, Adityanath said.
12:00 PM: Tripura Elections- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asserted that Law and Order in Uttar Pradesh is under control. CM Adityanath said that crime against women is minimal. CM Adityanath has said that no riots have been reported under the 10 month rule of BJP and no curfew has been imposed in the state.
11.28 am: Ram Rajya Rath Yatra – According to a report by Hindi news website, amarujala.com, Yogi Adityanath will not attend the flagging off ceremony of the “Ram Rajya Rath Yatra” today. The report says that the organisers of the event didn’t get schedule fo Yogi’s expected vist by 5 pm on Monday. The organisers are aiming to construct a “bhavya” Ram Temple in Ayodhya by March next year.
11.03 am: Ram Rajya Rath Yatra –Ahead of polls, Yogi Adityanath will not flag off the “Ram Rajya Rath Yatra” from Ayodhya to Rameswaram, according to reports. The Rath Yatra will move through six states over the next two months. The Rath Yatra comes ahead of the expected start of the final hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in the Supreme Court and also around two months before Karnataka elections.
11.01 am: Bihar Bypolls – Chief minister Nitish Kumar has backed the decision not to contest the three bypolls in his state. On Monday, Kumar, who is also JD(U) national president, said the party Kumar, had taken a “policy decision” not to field candidates for the Araria Lok Sabha and Bhabhua and Jahanabad Assembly seats. All three seats were vacated after the deaths of a sitting MP and two MLAs who did not belong to the JD(U), Kumar said, adding, “We do not see anything wrong in our decision not to contest these by-polls.”