Lok Sabha Election highlights: EC directs NaMo TV to follow silence period as per election law

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Updated:Apr 17, 2019 5:59:32 pm

In the second phase, polling will be held on 95 seats spread across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry.

modi speech, modi speech live, lok sabha elections, lok sabha election newsPM Modi is scheduled to address a number of rallies in Gujarat and Maharashtra. (File Photo)

Addressing a rally in Madha, Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his recent jibe using ‘Modi’ surname. “Why label entire backward community thief by calling me one,” PM Modi said.  “But tell me one thing…Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common name. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common name?” Rahul Gandhi had said speaking at a rally in Nanded earlier this week.

In the second phase, polling will be held on 95 seats spread across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry. Polling will be held in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry. Elections will also be held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha. Election on one seat in Tripura has postponed till April 23 by the Election Commission citing law and order situation.

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17:39 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Congress accuses Modi govt of 'hounding' opposition with 'motivated' I-T raids ahead of polls

The Congress on Wednesday accused the Modi government of targeting opposition leaders by using agencies like the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate, and said the people of India will give a befitting reply to the BJP in these elections.

A day after income tax sleuths along with poll flying squad carried out raids at the residence of DMK leader Kanimozhi at Tuticorin, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, said "the news" is that nothing was found during searches in her residence.

17:09 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Pragya Singh joins BJP, says would like to contest from Bhopal

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, joined the BJP here Wednesday and said she would like to contest the Lok Sabha election from Bhopal.

There is speculation that the BJP may give ticket to her against Congress' Digvijay Singh in the state capital.

"I will contest the election from Bhopal and win. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is with me," Thakur said, speaking after emerging out of the BJP office.

16:41 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Modi to address 'Vijay Sankalp' rally in Bikaner on May 4

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The prime minister is also scheduled to visit Chittorgarh and Barmer on April 21, Jodhpur and Udaipur on April 22 and Jaipur on May 3, said BJP district president Satya Prakash Acharya.

16:06 (IST)17 Apr 2019
BJP allege Bangladeshi national campaigning for TMC candidate

The Bharatiya Janata Party wrote to the Election Commission on Wednesday alleging that a Bangladeshi National Gaazi Noor was campaigning for TMC candidate Sougata Roy in Dum Dum, West Bengal. 

15:51 (IST)17 Apr 2019
NaMo TV will have to follow silence period as per election law: EC

NaMo TV, sponsored by the BJP, cannot display 'election matter' during the silence period prescribed in the electoral law in a particular phase of the poll, the Election Commission has concluded.

The EC has now asked the chief electoral officer of Delhi to ensure that its directions are followed in each of the remaining six phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

15:12 (IST)17 Apr 2019
BJP movest to EC against biopic on Mamata Banerjee

BJP moves to EC over May 3 release of biopic on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The saffron party has called the move as Banerjee's 'hypocracy', reports CNN News 18.

15:08 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Sharad Pawar hits back at PM Modi's statement

"PM Modi says Pawar Sahab is a good man but has family issues. His nephews are out of his hands. I wanted to ask him what does he have to do with issues at my home? But then I realised I've my wife, daughter; son-in-law, nephews visit us, but he has no one, NCP chief Sharad Pawar is quoted as saying by ANI.

14:44 (IST)17 Apr 2019
BJP's Derek O'Brien slams BJP

BJP people are also saying they will win 50 out of 42 seats as they don't even know how many seats are there. Let them dream, ppl of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee&TMC. May 23 we'll see where these people hide, says Derek O'Brien, TMC on BJP claiming they will win 30 out of 42 seats.

13:44 (IST)17 Apr 2019
BJP demands apology from Rahul Gandhi over Ashok Gehlot's remark on President Kovind

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13:23 (IST)17 Apr 2019
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13:20 (IST)17 Apr 2019
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11:53 (IST)17 Apr 2019
PM Modi hits out at Rahul Gandhi

Addressing a rally in Madha, Maharashtra, PM Modi slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remark that why all 'thieves have Modi surname?' "Why label entire backward community thief by calling me one," PM Modi questioned.

11:38 (IST)17 Apr 2019
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11:34 (IST)17 Apr 2019
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11:31 (IST)17 Apr 2019
PM Modi addressing election rally in Madha, Maharashtra

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10:50 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in Wayanad, Kerala. Rahul offered prayer at Thirunelli temple and will later address an election rally.  The Congress is also scheduled to attend election rallies in  Kozhikode, Wandoor and Palakkad later in the day.  

10:23 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Murder of democracy, says DMK chief Stalin over I-T raids at Kanimozhi

Income Tax raids at Kanimozhi's house in Chennai were 'murder of democracy', DMK chief Stalin said. Stalin alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has buried the autonomous feature of the Election Commission through such actions. Read full story here

09:55 (IST)17 Apr 2019
PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for those killed in Gujarat storms

PM Narendra Modi approves an ex- gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to unseasonal rain and storms in various parts of Gujarat. PM has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those injured due to unseasonal rain and storms in parts of Gujarat.  Read full story here

09:05 (IST)17 Apr 2019
DMK leader Kanimozhi unfazed by Income Tax raids

Describing the Income Tax raids on her as 'anti-democratic' and which were planned deliberately, DMK leader Kanimozhi said that the BJP can not prevent her from winning the elections. "The raid is anti-democratic, deliberately planned and tested, and no documents have been seized," Kanimozhi said.

09:00 (IST)17 Apr 2019
They should think before speaking: Nirmala Sitharaman on sexist remarks by some leaders

I am of the strong view that we can be firm and tough in talking about ideologies, but at the end, ultimately we have to respect one another and somewhere draw a line: Nirmala Sitharaman 

08:56 (IST)17 Apr 2019
Amit Shah to campaign in Odisha, Maharashtra

BJP president Amit Shah will be campaigning in Odisha and Mahrashtra today. He will be addressing rallies in Sangli, Mahrashtra; Dhenkanal, Cuttack in Odisha. Amit Shah is also scheduled to hold a roadshow in Cuttack later in the evening today. 

08:54 (IST)17 Apr 2019
PM Modi rallies in Gujarat, Maharashtra today

PM Modi to address rallies in Madha, Maharashtra and Himmatnagar, Surendranagar, Anand in Gujarat.  

modi speech, modi speech live, lok sabha elections, lok sabha election news PM Modi is scheduled to address a number of rallies in Gujarat and Maharashtra. (File Photo)The campaigning for the second phase of election scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 18 was marked by rancorous speeches by some of the top leaders leading to the Election Commission taking strict action against them. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan were barred from campaigning for varying periods by the Election Commission over violations of the Model Code of Conduct.
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