Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE Updates: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM, says Modi takes money from ‘mitron’ and gives to ‘bhai’

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New Delhi | Updated:Mar 29, 2019 10:08:02 pm

Lok Sabha Election LIVE Updates: As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hardik Patel won't be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Karnal, Haryana (ANI)

Lok Sabha Election Campaign: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Karnal, Haryana saying that PM calls people as ‘mitron’ (friends), while he calls Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi as ‘bhai’ (brother). He added that Modi takes money from ‘mitron’ and give to ‘bhaiyon’ (brothers).

“Have you heard Modi ji’s speeches? When he talks to you, he calls you ‘mitron’. Why does he call Anil Ambani&Mehul Choksi ‘bhai’? Mehul bhai, Anil bhai, Lalit bhai, Vijay bhai. Mitron se paisa lete hain aur bhaiyon ko dete hain,” ANI quoted Gandhi as saying.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day in a major setback for the Congress party, Gujarat High court rejected Hardik Patel’s plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a rioting case of 2015 in Mehsana. As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hardik Patel won’t be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.

Earlier in the day, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi attacked the Modi government over various issues. Addressing a rally in Ayodhya, Priyanka accused the BJP government of working for industrialists and said that it is anti-farmer, anti-forces.

Earlier, addressing the first of his three election rallies on Friday in Koraput, Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the state’s ruling BJD government of doing little for poor tribals of the state. PM Modi, who is scheduled to address other two rallies in Mahbubnagar, Telangana and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, later in the day, also slammed the Congress and other Opposition parties for asking for proof of Balakot air strike and raising questions over the announcement of success of Mission Shakti.

“It’s about time to give an apt answer to people who are insulting the capabilities of our scientists and the armed forces. Odisha and India need a majboot govt, not a majboor one,” PM Modi said.

Having set the tone for the Lok Sabha elections in three rallies in Meerut, Rudrapur and Jammu on Thursday, it is clear that the PM has made national security the BJP’s pitch for the general elections this time. Prime Minister Modi made several references to the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force at terror camps inside Pakistan.

While lauding his government’s determination and resolve on national security, the PM made scathing attacks at the Opposition parties who questioned the air strikes and even dubbed them “heroes of Pakistan”.

While the rallies addressed yesterday were all in the strongholds of the BJP, PM Modi today is in the territory where the BJP is hoping to make inroads this time around. Besides taking on the local leadership, the Prime Minister is also expected to launch attacks at Rahul Gandhi’s NYAY scheme that seeks to provide Rs 72,000 annually to 20% of India’s poorest.

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22:08 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Digvijay Singh slams PM, says Modi has double standards on dealing with Pakistan

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has double standards on dealing with Pakistan and can do "anything" to win the April-May general elections.According to news agency PTI, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said it was the Vajpayee-led BJP government which had freed a dreaded terrorist like Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed."I have never been to Pakistan. Modi has been to Pakistan, hugged their (former) premier (Nawaz Sharif), attended a marriage, called their intelligence agency ISI to probe Pathankot (air base attack)," Singh told reporters in Sehore.

20:09 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi in Karnal: PM Modi calls Ambani, Mehul 'bhai'

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Karnal, Haryana: "Have you heard Modi ji's speeches? When he talks to you, he calls you 'mitron'. Why does he call Anil Ambani&Mehul Choksi 'bhai'? Mehul bhai, Anil bhai, Lalit bhai, Vijay bhai. Mitron se paisa lete hain aur bhaiyon ko dete hain," ANI quoted Gandhi as saying.

20:00 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Ramdas Athawale: Ready to contest from Mumbai North-East constituency

Republican Party of India's Ramdas Athawale: We kept forward our wish to let me contest from Mumbai North-East constituency, but haven't received a positive response from BJP yet, ANI reported. Shiv Sena & BJP are having differences over this constituency, so I'm ready to contest from there, he said.

18:35 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM in Odisha: Vote for double-engine BJP govt to usher in development

Accusing the ruling BJD in Odisha of being "insensitive" to the plight of the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asserted that a "double-engine" government of the BJP at the Centre and the state will ensure speedy development in the state.Kicking off his campaign for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Odisha from here, Modi said the subsequent governments in the state have betrayed its people.In a scathing attack on the Naveen Patnaik government, a departure from the usual practice of going soft on the ruling party in the state, Modi said: "Both the Congress and the BJD have betrayed the people of Odisha. Now it's the time to punish them and bring in a double-engine government of the BJP at the Centre and the state to build of a 'new Odisha'."

17:52 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Samjhauta train blast case: BJP accused Congress 'smearing' Hindus on the basis of 'forged' evidence for political benefits

The BJP on Friday cited the Samjhauta train blast case judgment to assert that the probe focussed on establishing the Congress's "political theory of Hindu terror", as it accused the opposition party of "smearing" Hindus on the basis of "forged" evidence for political benefits.Senior BJP leader and Union minister Arun Jaitley also took a swipe Congress leaders, including its president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, over their temple visits, saying those who believed Hindus to be terrorists are now busy showing their dedication to the religion, news agency PTI reported. 

17:45 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Seven candidates in the fray for the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha seat

Seven candidates are in the fray for the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha seat, which is the only constituency in Chhattisgarh where polling will be held in the first phase on April 11. 

Congress leader Dipak Baij will take on senior BJP's Baiduram Kashyap in Bastar, which the saffron party has never lost since 1998.

"Seven candidates have remained in the race for Bastar constituency after the withdrawal of nominations ended on Thursday," an official of the state's chief electoral officer told PTI. 

17:26 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi in Andhra Pradesh: There will be 'sun'rise of Andhra Pradesh & 'son'set of corruption

While addressing a poll rally in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted the ruling TDP saying that there is 'sun and son' in the state and for the sunrise, there should be a son-set. 

"With your vote, two important things will be done on 11 April 2019. There is 'Sun' & 'Son'. On that day, there will be 'sun'rise of Andhra Pradesh & 'son'set of corruption. For the 'sun'rise of Andhra Pradesh there should be 'son'set. Your vote will ensure the double engine for the development of Andhra Pradesh - BJP govt in the state and BJP govt at the centre," ANI quoted Modi as saying.

17:13 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Telugu Desam Party suspends 9 rebels

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has suspended its 9 rebel members who filed nominations after not getting tickets from the party.

KPRK Phaneeswari, K Srinivasa Rao, Kantamaneni Ravi Shankar, M Madhava Reddy, Bommanacheruvu Sriramulu, N Vijaya Jyothi, A Raja Gopal Reddy, Sarva Srinivasarao, N Viswanadha Reddy have been suspended.

17:09 (IST)29 Mar 2019
CPI promises Rs 9,000/month pension in poll manifesto

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday announced that it would give a minimum pension of Rs 9,000 per month, grant full statehood to Delhi and Puducherry and a one-time comprehensive loan waiver for farmers as part of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.

CPI also proposed a law for agricultural workers and a separate budget for agriculture.

According to news agency PTI, the party said it would increase the number of guaranteed employment days under the MNREGA scheme to 200 days per family and ensure wage payment within the period of guaranteed statute and at par with legal minimum wages for unskilled farm labour.

17:04 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Tamil Nadu govt approaches HC to stop Stalin speaking on Kodanad Estate heist during campaign

The Tamil Nadu government has approached the Madras High Court to issue a gag order, restraining DMK chief MK Stalin from speaking about Kodanad Estate heist during the election campaign. The Court has sought a response from Stalin in this regard by April 3rd.

16:58 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Blow to Congress: HC rejects Hardik Patel's plea

In a major setback for the Congress party, Gujarat High court has rejected Hardik Patel's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a rioting case of 2015 in Mehsana. As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hardik Patel won't be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.

16:57 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi in Telangana: State govt labelling centre,s work as their own

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahbubnagar, Telangana, said, "Whatever work we have done, we could have done more but the state govt did not care. The situation is that the state govt has the expertise in putting their label on the policies of the central govt. That is okay but they should at least work," ANI quoted Modi as saying. He also said "We gave 1.50 Crore pucca houses to the poor of this country but the govt here said they would allot them flats. How many did actually get the flats?"

15:41 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Amit Shah roadshow in Ahmedabad on Saturday: From Uddhav Thackeray to Prakash Singh Badal

Senior BJP leaders, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be present during BJP president Amit Shah's road-show in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Apart from Thackeray and Badal, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari would also attend Shah's road-show tomorrow.

Shah, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, has been nominated by the BJP for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, replacing BJP patriarch, L K Advani.

15:15 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Amit Shah in Alipurduar: NRC in West Bengal

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said his party will replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal on coming to power at the Centre to "throw out" infiltrators. He, however, made it clear that Hindu refugees will not be touched.

"We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all infiltrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country," PTI quoted Shah as saying.

15:05 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi in Haryana

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked PM Modi over farm loan waiver. 

"Farmers work entire day but when they ask PM for farm loan waiver, Arun Jaitley ji says 'we won't do it, that isn't our policy.' When they make an insurance policy they take out money from your account without asking you&it goes into companies of Ambani-Adani," ANI quoted Gandhi as saying.

14:39 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Priyanka Gandhi in Ayodhya

I asked people if PM visits villages in Varanasi, I got reply 'he does not visit'. I was surprised because his publicity is such that I thought he must have been doing something.He visited whole world and hugged everyone, but didn't hug his own people: Priyanka in Ayodhya

14:12 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Priyanka Gandhi in Ayodhya

Priyanka Gandhi reaches Ayodhya. Describes BJP government as anti-farmer, anti-forces while addressing a rally.

14:04 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Congress releases list of 5 candidates

Congress has released list of five candidates (4 Assam and 1 Uttar Pradesh) for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Ashok Dohare who joined the party earlier today, to contest from Etawah constituency.

14:03 (IST)29 Mar 2019
BJP releases 12 list of candidates

BJP has released 12th list of 11 candidates in Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. 

11:59 (IST)29 Mar 2019
BJD has done little for poor tribals: PM Modi

Out of Rs 6,500 crore accumulated under District Mineral Fund, Odisha government has only spent Rs 1,000 crore for the poor tribals, says PM Modi in Odisha's Koraput

11:58 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Modi corners BJD govt over agricultural issues

PM Kisan Yojana is providing financial assistance to the farmers. However, Odisha govt hasn't provided us with the list of eligible farmers: Modi in Koraput

11:56 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi criticises Odisha govt for saying no to Ayushman Bharat scheme

In India, 1.5 lakh wellness centres are being built, mothers and infants are being vaccinated. However, people of Odisha aren't able to make the most of them. Odisha government refused to be part of Ayushman Yojana and thus deprived the poor of their right for quality healthcare: PM Modi in Koraput 

11:55 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi raises chit fund scam issue

Can those who are involved in Chit fund scam make Odisha strong? Can those who are working with mining mafia and deprived tribals of their rights and resources make Odisha strong?

11:47 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Resource-rich Odisha remains backward due to govt's apathy

Despite being rich in natural resources, Odisha remains a backward state. This is what past governments have given to the state, says PM Modi

11:41 (IST)29 Mar 2019
India, Odisha need BJP's double engine of development

2019 election is not an MP but it is about deciding the fate of India and Odisha. BJP's double engine is needed fast track development: PM Modi 

11:39 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Majboot or majboor sirkar?

Odisha and India need a strong government. It is upto you to decided whether there should be a majboot sirkar or majboor sirkar, says PM Modi

11:37 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi raises Balakot air strike

It's been  a month (since Balakot air strike) and Pakistan is still counting bodies but some people are asking for proof: PM Modi in Koraput, Odisha

11:36 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Some people humiliating armed forces: PM Modi

Some people are so desperate now that they are now humiliating country's armed forces, scientists. Shouldn't they be punished? PM Modi says in Koraput

11:33 (IST)29 Mar 2019
MSP increased to 50 forest produces now: PM Modi

Five years ago, MSP was available for only 10 forest produces. It's been now increased to 50, says PM Modi

11:32 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Thank people for unflinching support: PM Modi

It's because of unflinching support of people that I was able to carry out welfare work for the people of the country: PM Modi in Koraput

11:28 (IST)29 Mar 2019
8 lakh people have been provided pucca houses: PM Modi

8 lakh people have been provided pucca houses in Odisha, 24 lakh households now have access to electricity, this all achievements couldn't have been possible without the support of people of Odisha, India, says PM Modi

11:26 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi in Koraput

Today, your chowkidar has come amid you all to seek your blessings. I have tried my best to serve you in the last five years. You all have shown me the path and supported me amid constant attacks from the Opposition. I thank you all, says PM Modi. 

11:21 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi addressing election rally in Koraput, Odisha

PM Modi is addressing an election rally in Odisha's Koraput. He begins his speech by asking people to repeat 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' after him. He then wishes the people in Odiya. Voting in Koraput is scheduled to be held in first phase on April 11. 

11:18 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Priyanka Gandhi visiting Ayodhya today

Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is on her way to Ayodhya.

11:17 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Congress releases list of 12 candidates from Bihar, Odisha and UP

Meanwhile, the Congress has released a list of 4 candidates from Bihar, 7 from Odisha and 1 from Uttar Pradesh. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to contest from Sasaram, Bihar. Supriya Shrinate has replaced Tanushree Tripathi from UP's Maharajganj.  

11:09 (IST)29 Mar 2019
National security, nationalism, terror to be PM Modi's poll agendas

Terror reigned supreme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s star canvasser hit the campaign trail in Meerut yesterday, making it clear that national security, terror and nationalism are going to be his poll plank in these elections. Read more here

11:04 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore belonging to Vijay Mallya have been seized: PM Modi

We have made stringent laws to confiscate properties of economic offenders who have absconded from India. Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore belonging to Vijay Mallya have been seized even though total liability against him stands at Rs. 9,000 crore: PM said in an interview with Republic Bharat.

11:03 (IST)29 Mar 2019
Gave our armed forces free hand after Pulwama attack: PM Modi

I was in Uttarakhand on a pre-scheduled visit on the day Pulawama attack happened. I got the information about the attack and decided to address the rally over the phone but restrained myself from immediately mentioning about the incident of such magnitude. I decided enough and enough and gave a free hand to our armed forces, says PM Modi in the TV interview

10:59 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi slams Congress for questioning Mission Shakti

Ahead of his packed election campaigning schedule, PM Modi, in an interview with Republic Bharat TV channel, slammed the Congress and other Opposition parties for questioning Mission Shakti -  India's anti-satellite weapon test (A-SAT).  He also 

10:55 (IST)29 Mar 2019
PM Modi to address 3 rallies today

On the second day of his campaign trail for Lok Sabha election 2019, PM Modi will address rallies in Koraput, Odisha; Mahabubnagar, Telangana, and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh today.

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