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Lok Sabha Election 2019 HIGHLIGHTS : BJP has capability to protect India from any threat, says PM Modi

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New Delhi | Updated:May 10, 2019 6:32:33 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: The polling will be held on 59 constituencies across the country.

lok sabha elections, lok sabha elections 2019Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live: PM Narendra Modi will address three rallies on Friday. (ANI)

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Highlights: Top leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress are stepping out today to address multiple rallies in a last-minute bid to woo voters as campaigning for the sixth and penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections ends today. A total of 59 seats, including seven from Delhi will vote to elect new representatives from their constituencies on May 12. In the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, 44 of the 59 seats that go to polls on Sunday went to the ruling BJP.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Delhi’s Rohtak which will be followed by 2 more. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his BJP counterpart Amit Shah will hold two each, while Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will address four rallies.

Major candidates in the fray in the sixth phase include Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, BJP leader Pragya Thakur, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Atishi Marlena, Manoj Tiwari, and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit among others. A total of 968 candidates are contesting elections in this phase.

Apart from seven in Delhi, voting will be held in 14 seats of Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, 8 each in Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh and 4 in Jharkhand. In 2014, BJP had win 44 of these 59 seats. While BJP has fielded Union Minister Maneka Gandhi from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is contesting from Azamgarh, a seat currently held by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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18:27 (IST)10 May 2019
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was set to dismiss CM Modi's govt after 2002 Godhra riots, says former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday said that after the 2002 Godhra riots at Gujarat, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was set to dismiss Chief Minister Narendra Modi's government, however, the decision was withheld after LK Advani had threatened to resign from the council of ministers on the issue.  

18:01 (IST)10 May 2019
National security will propel BJP's win on new seats, says Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that the saffron party will win on more than 55 new seats in the 17th Lok Sabha. He also said that focus on national security will propel the BJP's growth in 2019 general elections.

17:38 (IST)10 May 2019
BJP storm has frightened Mamata Banerjee: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched an attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. Singh said that BJP storm has frightened Mamata Banerjee. Singh was addressing a rally at Mathurapur. "Bangal ki khaadi se BJP ka aisa tufaan utha hai ke hamari Mamata didi ghabra gayi hain. Aur itna zyada ghabra gayi ki, jab yahan pe #Fani tufaan aata hai aur humara PM baar baar unko telephone karte hain tabhi unka telephone nahi uthati hain," ANI quoted Singh as saying.

HM Rajnath Singh in Mathurapur,WB: Bangal ki khaadi se BJP ka aisa tufaan utha hai ke hamari Mamata didi ghabra gayi hain. Aur itna zyada ghabra gayi ki, jab yahan pe #Fani tufaan aata hai aur humara PM baar baar unko telephone karte hain tabhi unka telephone nahi uthati hain. pic.twitter.com/Emf2sfdJW1

17:22 (IST)10 May 2019
BJP is using hawala route to distribute money among voters, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday launched an attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using hawala route to distribute the money among voters to get votes. Earlier on Thursday, Banerjee had held a closed-door meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in Kharagpur. The meeting revolves on the future plans of Mahagathbandhan.

16:49 (IST)10 May 2019
PM Modi's 'chowkidari' is making rich more richer, says BSP supremo Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 'chowkidari.' Addressing a gathering in Northeast Delhi, the BSP chief said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chowkidari is making the rich more wealthier. She also alleged that no development was done for minorities, backward castes and dalits since 2014.

16:30 (IST)10 May 2019
Watch: PM Modi has no respect for family values, says senior Congress leader Anand Sharma

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his statement on late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has said that PM Modi has no connection with a family and thus he has no respect for family values. Speaking to news agency ANI, Sharma said, " Any PM would do so but this PM has no family, if he had a family then he would also be going there, but he goes alone because he has no connect with a family or any respect for family values. "

#WATCH Anand Sharma, Congress on PM Modi's comment on INS Viraat: Any PM would do so but this PM has no family,if he had family then he would also be going there, but he goes alone because he has no connect with a family or any respect for family values. (09/05/2019) pic.twitter.com/N9sKN7iQ2D

16:18 (IST)10 May 2019
Country's politics at all- time low says Robert Vadra

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son- in- law Robert Vadra on Friday said that politics was at an all-time low in the country. The move comes after PM Modi had accused late PM Rajiv Gandhi of using a Naval warship for a holiday.

In a post on Facebook and Twitter, Mr Vadra wrote, "Politics at an all-time low ...Desperate measures are visible. Hitting out at an assassinated Prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to mislead the people of India. A person who cannot defend himself... We the family will strive for his vision and the people of India will. Fight for his dignity and respect. It's only time, for a respectful change in our country."

15:50 (IST)10 May 2019
Will support any party except BJP, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will support any party whoever will form the government at the centre except BJP. Speaking to news agency ANI, the Delhi Chief Minister said, "We will support whoever will be forming the govt at the Centre except Modi Ji and  Amit Shah, on the promise that Delhi will be given statehood."

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on post-poll alliance: We will support whoever will be forming the govt at the Centre except Modi ji & Amit Shah, on the promise that Delhi will be given statehood. #LokSabhaEelctions2019 pic.twitter.com/GJkBG8E3pB

15:36 (IST)10 May 2019
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says will hold Rahul Gandhi responsible if BJP comes back to power

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal has hold Rahul Gandhi responsible if Bharatiya Janata Party comes back to power after May 23, 2019. Kejriwal accused Congress president of harming the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital, SP- BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh and Left in Kerala.

15:23 (IST)10 May 2019
Amit Shah would become Home Minister after May 23, says Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that if BJP becomes successful in the formation of government at the centre after May 23, then Amit Shah would be the Home Minister. The AAP convenor also wondered what would happen if Shah becomes Home Minister.

15:12 (IST)10 May 2019
TIME magazine depicts PM Narendra Modi on its international edition

The TIME magazine has portrayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover page of its global edition with a controversial headline and a secondary one that says "Modi the Reformer". The move comes when the general election is underway across the country.

14:53 (IST)10 May 2019
Watch: PM Modi's remarks on Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is bound to protect India and Indians from any threat. "Don't take names of individuals, any threat to nation, be it by people or system, whether it's on land, sky or in space, BJP is bound to protect India & Indians," PM Modi told news agency ANI.

14:43 (IST)10 May 2019
Watch: Sam Pitroda's remarks on 1984 riots, Reflects Congress's mentality, says PM

"Reflects Congress's mentality. Rajiv Gandhi had said 'when a big tree falls earth shakes'. They even made Kamal Nath incharge of Punjab, now made him MP CM. So don't take this as an individual's statement", PM Modi tells ANI on Sam Pitroda's remark.

14:06 (IST)10 May 2019
Amit Shah addresses in Hisar

BJP president Amit Shah is addressing a rally in Hisar. Addressing the rally, he said, "Earlier Hooda-Chautala used to be come back to power one by one. When Chautala used to come, people used to scared of criminals, when Hooda came  to power, than corruption increased . People of Haryana suffered from both. The present government brought relief from both".

13:48 (IST)10 May 2019
BJP protests outside Rahul Gandhi's residence

BJP protests outside Congress president Rahul Gandhi's residence againstSam Pitroda's remarks on 1984 anti-Sikh riots in national capital.

13:27 (IST)10 May 2019
Congress did not leave either farmers or martyrs: PM

Congress did not leave either farmers or martyrs. Either it is OROP, Police morial or National War memorial, its our government that completed the task, he said at the rally.

13:23 (IST)10 May 2019
Watch PM Modi slams Congress

PM modi continies his attack on BJP during his address in Rohtak. Here is what he saif. 

13:17 (IST)10 May 2019
PM Modi rally in Rohtak

PM Modi addresses in Rohtak. Adddressing the rally, he says, " People need to be careful from Congress and its allies. The party ruled of 70 years. The way they ruled, think was cleared from three words yesterday. A senior leader had said on 1984 riots, whatever has happened as happened. This leader is guru of Rahul Gandhi".

12:04 (IST)10 May 2019
Harbhajan Singh comes in support of Gautan Gambhir

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh has come out in support of BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir. taking  to Twitter he said that the cricketer turned politician could never do that. 

11:52 (IST)10 May 2019
Cash seized from car of BJP candidate: Police

With two days left for Ghatal constituency to go to polls, the police has seized Rs 1.13 cash from the vehicle of BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh late Thursday night, a senior police officer said Friday. The car in which the former IPS officer was travelling was intercepted at Mangal Bar in Pingla area in West Midnapore district at around 11 PM on Thursday, he said.'Cash amounting to Rs 1,13,815 was seized from Ghosh'svehicle. We had information that Ghosh was carrying the cash. There were also other people in her vehicle. She could not explain why she was carrying the money. We are looking into the matter,' the police officer told PTI

10:33 (IST)10 May 2019
Manish Sisodia slams Gautam Gambhir over defamation notice

A day after Gautam Gambhir sent defamation notice to three AAP leaders over pamphlets row , Delhi Deputy CM  Manish Sisodia has hit back saying its they who will file defamation case against the cricketer turned politician. 

09:53 (IST)10 May 2019
Gautam Gambhir drags AAP to court

A day after AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi accused her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir of distribution derogatory pamphlets against her in the constituency, the later threated nit file defamatory suit in the court.   

09:36 (IST)10 May 2019
AAP opened door for Modi: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the AAP of "opening doors" for Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and asserted that it is only his party that can defeat the BJP. Addressing a rally here, his second in four days in Delhi, Gandhi acknowledged that the Congress had made mistakes, but he said the party's intention is good and it does not promise anything it cannot deliver. Canvassing for East Delhi candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely, the Congress chief said Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal make promises that cannot be fulfilled.

09:00 (IST)10 May 2019
Who are major contenders?

While Union Minister Maneka Gandhi will contest from  Sultanpur, SP president Akhilesh Yadav is standing from Azamgarh, from where his father Mulayam Singh Yadav is the sitting MP. In Delhi, BJP leader Manish Tiwari will take on former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. Also among top contenders in Delhi are cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir, who is taking on AAP's Atishi on a BJP ticket.  In Bhopal senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is also taking on BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur.

08:29 (IST)10 May 2019
Amit Shah will adress to rallies today

BJP president Amit Shah will address two rallies today. He will address rallies in Hisar and Bhwani Mahendragarh today.  With sixth phase going on polls, campaigns in 59 constituencies will end today.

07:59 (IST)10 May 2019
Gautam Gambhir files defamation case

"I condemn what has happened. I am from a family where I have been taught to respect women. I didn't know CM Arvind Kejriwal would stoop so low. I have filed a defamation case", BJP East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir is quoted as saying by ANI on AAP candidate Atishi.

07:43 (IST)10 May 2019
Campaigning to end on Friday evening for 6th phase

Campaigns for 6th phase will end today evening including in the national capital. Delhi is seeing three-way contest between BJP, Congress and AAP. All three parties have raised political heat against each other of seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, leading to a umber of controversies. The latest among them is AAP candidate Atishi's allegations against BJP. On Thursday she read of a pamphlet containing derogatory remarks against her.

lok sabha elections, lok sabha elections 2019 Congress general secretary Pariyanka Gandhi (ANI)While the five of seven phases of Lok Sabha elections already complete, the sixth phase while be held on May 12, while the seventh and last will be held on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.
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