Delhi election LIVE: Will provide 'pucca' houses to poor families, says PM

AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal waves from an open vehicle during a roadshow before filing his nomination papers for the Assembly polls, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections has intensified with the date of polling inching closer. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in  East Delhi's Karkardooma area. Yesterday, leaders of political parties made the best use of Sunday, the last before the February 8 Delhi assembly polls, to garner support for their candidates. 

The BJP conducted a mega contact programme, with its top leaders, including party chief J P Nadda, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh UP CM  Yogi Adityanath and party leader Smriti Irani, visiting all 70 assembly constituencies in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal addressed public meetings in Vishwas Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and Rithala, and undertook roadshows in Kirari and Mundka.

Voting in all 70 Assembly constituencies of Delhi is slated to be held on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11.

5:28 PM IST The BJP-led Central government will provide 'pucca' houses to all poor families by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while addressing an election rally ahead of the February 8 assembly polls.   The Aam Aadmi Party will continue to stall welfare schemes for people if it is voted back to power, the prime minister said at the rally in Karkardooma.

2:18 PM IST Opposition members, including those from the Congress, on Monday walked out of Lok Sabha when BJP member Parvesh Verma rose to initiate a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address to protest his controversial remarks during an election rally here.   As soon as Verma rose to initiate the debate, opposition members raised slogans against him.   Speaker Om Birla said what a member says outside cannot be raised inside the House and members should not set a "bad precedent".   He said as a member, Verma has all the rights to speak in Lok Sabha.   Opposition members, including those from Congress, walked out of the House.   Verma was barred by the Election Commission last week for four days for his controversial remarks made during an interview and at an election meeting.

2:17 PM IST #WATCH Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in Delhi: Kejriwal is making an innocent face & asking if he is a terrorist, you are a terrorist, there is plenty of proof for it. You yourself had said you are an anarchist, there is not much difference between an anarchist & a terrorist. pic.twitter.com/vRjkvFKGEO — ANI (@ANI) February 3, 2020

1:25 PM IST Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Delhi's Vikaspuri: Why a Pakistani minister is making statements in support of Arvind Kejriwal? Because he knows that only Kejriwal can feed biryani to protesters in Shaheen Bagh.

1:03 PM IST Around 175 activists and women's groups on Monday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing "horror" over the alleged hate speeches made by BJP leaders and accused them of using "fear of rape as a campaign message" during the ongoing Delhi poll rallies.   In the letter, the groups alleged how during the election campaign, the statements made by the BJP leaders urging their followers to inflict violence on women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register have created an "atmosphere of violence".   Prominent among the signatories include feminist economist Devaki Jain, activist Laila Tyabji, former Indian Ambassador Madhu Bhaduri, gender rights activist Kamla Bhasin, and groups like All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW).

1:02 PM IST The Delhi High Court on Monday sought responses of the Election Commission (EC) and the Centre on a plea by 11 Independent candidates challenging rejection of their nominations for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.   A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notices to the Centre and the EC seeking their stand on the candidates' plea, which also challenges a single judge order declining to entertain their petition against rejection of the nominations.   The division bench said it will hear the matter on February 5.   The returning officer (RO) had rejected their nominations on the last date for filing the same.   The plea challenging the rejection was dismissed by a single judge of the high court on January 28 by saying that only an election petition was maintainable after the poll process has started.

11:42 AM IST Delhi High Court dismisses a petition against V Ravi, AAP candidate from Delhi's Karol Bagh seat for allegedly concealing his educational qualification in his nomination papers filed before the EC. The petition was filed by BJP's Y Chandolia, who is also contesting from the seat.

11:14 AM IST It's a conspiracy by ruling party to scare and threaten protestors. Ruling party's goons are doing such things & the govt is silent. Delhi is under Union Home Ministry, still they are not doing anything.

11:11 AM IST Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in Dwarka. Vinay Kumar Mishra is the party's candidate from Dwarka assembly constituency.

10:54 AM IST Kapil Mishra, BJP candidate from Model Town assembly constituency: Vehicles were set ablaze and cops were thrashed in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress are behind it. Arvind Kejriwal is doing the politics of Jinnah, AAP's new name should be Muslim League.

10:39 AM IST BJP candidate from Delhi's Karol Bagh,Yogendra Chandolia: The affidavit submitted by Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Karol Bagh,Vishesh Ravi in 2013,2015 & for this election, state different educational qualifications. I've given a written complaint to the returning officer on it.

9:52 AM IST Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Union Minister Anurag Thakur's provocative remark and incident of firing in Jamia Nagar by a juvenile were all part of a 'chronology '.   "Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be brought, then NPR (National Population Register) and later NRC (National Register of Citizens) will be introduced- Amit Shah gave us this chronology. But now, we are witnessing another chronology", said Digvijaya Singh.   "A Union Minister says 'Goli Maaro' and then one of their men appear and fires bullets, all this while police kept standing. Do you understand this chronology? It was a hateful statement but the Election Commission did not give him any punishment. Do you understand this chronology?" he said.

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BJP will provide 'pucca' houses to all poor families by 2022: PM

The BJP-led Central government will provide 'pucca' houses to all poor families by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while addressing an election rally ahead of the February 8 assembly polls.
 
The Aam Aadmi Party will continue to stall welfare schemes for people if it is voted back to power, the prime minister said at the rally in Karkardooma.

Opposition members walk out of Lok Sabha to protest against Parvesh Verma

Opposition members, including those from the Congress, on Monday walked out of Lok Sabha when BJP member Parvesh Verma rose to initiate a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address to protest his controversial remarks during an election rally here.
 
As soon as Verma rose to initiate the debate, opposition members raised slogans against him.
 
Speaker Om Birla said what a member says outside cannot be raised inside the House and members should not set a "bad precedent".
 
He said as a member, Verma has all the rights to speak in Lok Sabha.
 
Opposition members, including those from Congress, walked out of the House.
 
Verma was barred by the Election Commission last week for four days for his controversial remarks made during an interview and at an election meeting.

Arvind Kejriwal is a terrorist: Prakash Javadekar

Only Kejriwal can feed biryani to protesters in Shaheen Bagh: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Delhi's Vikaspuri: Why a Pakistani minister is making statements in support of Arvind Kejriwal? Because he knows that only Kejriwal can feed biryani to protesters in Shaheen Bagh.

Hate speeches made by BJP leaders using 'fear of rape as campaign message': Women's groups to PM

Around 175 activists and women's groups on Monday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing "horror" over the alleged hate speeches made by BJP leaders and accused them of using "fear of rape as a campaign message" during the ongoing Delhi poll rallies.
 
In the letter, the groups alleged how during the election campaign, the statements made by the BJP leaders urging their followers to inflict violence on women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register have created an "atmosphere of violence".
 
Prominent among the signatories include feminist economist Devaki Jain, activist Laila Tyabji, former Indian Ambassador Madhu Bhaduri, gender rights activist Kamla Bhasin, and groups like All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW).

Plea by 11 Independent candidates against nomination rejection: HC seeks EC, Centre stand

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought responses of the Election Commission (EC) and the Centre on a plea by 11 Independent candidates challenging rejection of their nominations for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.
 
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notices to the Centre and the EC seeking their stand on the candidates' plea, which also challenges a single judge order declining to entertain their petition against rejection of the nominations.
 
The division bench said it will hear the matter on February 5.
 
The returning officer (RO) had rejected their nominations on the last date for filing the same.
 
The plea challenging the rejection was dismissed by a single judge of the high court on January 28 by saying that only an election petition was maintainable after the poll process has started.

Delhi High Court dismisses a petition against V Ravi, AAP candidate from Delhi's Karol Bagh seat

Delhi High Court dismisses a petition against V Ravi, AAP candidate from Delhi's Karol Bagh seat for allegedly concealing his educational qualification in his nomination papers filed before the EC. The petition was filed by BJP's Y Chandolia, who is also contesting from the seat.

AR Chowdhury, Congress on last night's firing incident near Jamia University

It's a conspiracy by ruling party to scare and threaten protestors. Ruling party's goons are doing such things & the govt is silent. Delhi is under Union Home Ministry, still they are not doing anything.

Delhi election: Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in Dwarka

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in Dwarka. Vinay Kumar Mishra is the party's candidate from Dwarka assembly constituency.

Arvind Kejriwal is doing the politics of Jinnah, says BJP's Kapil Mishra

Kapil Mishra, BJP candidate from Model Town assembly constituency: Vehicles were set ablaze and cops were thrashed in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress are behind it. Arvind Kejriwal is doing the politics of Jinnah, AAP's new name should be Muslim League.
BJP candidate from Delhi's Karol Bagh,Yogendra Chandolia: The affidavit submitted by Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Karol Bagh,Vishesh Ravi in 2013,2015 & for this election, state different educational qualifications. I've given a written complaint to the returning officer on it.

Anurag Thakur's remark and Jamia firing part of chronology, says Digvijaya Singh

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Union Minister Anurag Thakur's provocative remark and incident of firing in Jamia Nagar by a juvenile were all part of a 'chronology '.
 
"Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be brought, then NPR (National Population Register) and later NRC (National Register of Citizens) will be introduced- Amit Shah gave us this chronology. But now, we are witnessing another chronology", said Digvijaya Singh.
 
"A Union Minister says 'Goli Maaro' and then one of their men appear and fires bullets, all this while police kept standing. Do you understand this chronology? It was a hateful statement but the Election Commission did not give him any punishment. Do you understand this chronology?" he said.

PM Modi to address rally from Karkarduma today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address his first rally in East Delhi's Karkardooma area today. The rally will be held at CBD Ground in Karkardooma at around 2 pm.

Some people in Delhi more interested in publicity than work: Nitish Kumar

Taking a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar said on Sunday some people are interested in publicity and questioned the work done by the city government in the last five years. The JD(U) chief was here to campaign for party candidate SCL Gupta for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls. Mr Gupta is contesting the elections from the Sangam Vihar constituency in south Delhi. "Some people are more interested in publicity and advertisements. We don't do that," Mr Kumar said.
 
"Those who got the mandate to govern Delhi did nothing," he said.

Politicians trying to demonise us, say Shaheen Bagh protestors

Instead of entering into any sort of dialogue or conversation with the protesters, the political bigwigs and authorities have tried to demonise this protest, say Shaheen Bagh protestors.

'Threat to our protest real': Shaheen Bagh protesters write to EC

Protesters at Shaheen Bagh on Sunday wrote to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Election Commission (EC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) stating that the threat to their protest is 'real'.
 
The letter was written by the protesters, including 'Women of Shaheen Bagh', 'Forum of Citizen for Equal Rights', 'Citizen for Justice and Peace' and others.
 
"The threat to the protest at Shaheen Bagh is real. Threats have been openly made by men in powerful positions leading to at least three violent actions on the ground. Delhi Police are lawfully bound to train its eyes, ears and lathis on those who seek to violently disrupt this peaceful protest. We urge appropriate action to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters," the letter said.
 
"Peaceful protest at Shaheen Bagh are vulnerable from hate attacks, violent attacks and mob. This morning, full police strength has been deployed there. We urge, however, this police strength is geared towards violators of the law, mob and violent attackers and not peaceful protesters," it added.
 
The letter stated, "If any group wish to protest in favour of the government it is free to do so in any other part of Delhi, why Shaheen Bagh?"
 
Instead of entering into any sort of dialogue or conversation with the protesters, the political bigwigs and authorities have tried to demonise this protest," it said.
 
The letter further said, "This brazen tendency has been particularly visible with the election campaign for upcoming Delhi elections. This is also likely to intensify in the coming weeks."

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