Highlights: Modi at BJP meet; Rahul in Dubai; SP, BSP dump Congress in UP

PM Narendra Modi speaks at BJP National Convention in Delhi on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Photo: @BJP4India
Political parties are gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections with some are all set to announce their seat-sharing arithmetic and alliance partners and the star campaigners opinionating their ideas of a better India.  Today, in an hour-long speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the poll bugle by addressing the BJP's National Convention at the Ramlila Maidan, in New Delhi. Hitting out at the Opposition, Modi said the elections were fought for ideology and the 'Mahagatbandhan' had none. He accused Congress of creating hurdles in Ayodhya dispute resolution and slammed Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for their 'arrogance', despite being out on bail.
Earlier in the day, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati announced their alliance for 2019 polls, while Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacted with students at a Dubai University on Friday.
BSP-SP will be sharing 38 seats each out of the state's 80 parliamentary constituencies.
The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The alliance left two more seats for smaller allies.

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UP to see triangular contest as BSP-SP join hands

In a packed joint press conference addressed by BSP President Mayawati and SP President Akhilesh Yadav, the two parties announced that they would fight 38 seats each out of the total 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in UP, while leaving the two seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli for Congress. The decision on the remaining two seats would be announced soon.
Modi concludes an hour-long speech at BJP National Council Meeting.
Despite being harassed for 12 years by UPA govt when I was Gujarat CM, we didn't ban entry of CBI in state, says Modi.
Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have blocked entry of CBI. What wrong have they done that they're feeling scared? Today they don't accept CBI, tomorrow they won't accept some other institution. Army, Police, SC, EC, CAG all are wrong, only they are right: Modi
Last four years have told us, nothing is impossible, says Modi
BJP's success is not because of Modi but because of its organisation: Modi
Congress is obstructing Ayodhya case, said Modi.
PM Narendra Modi: In 2007, a Congress minister said Modi will go to jail within a few months. They sent Amit Shah to the jail. But we didn't form a law to stop CBI from entering Gujarat as we had faith in law. These people are levelling allegations on agencies because they're scared.
Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are out on bail, yet they are so arrogant: Modi
I was grilled for 9 hours when I was a sitting Gujarat chief minister: Modi
Gandhis stand for dynasty, we stand for democracy, says Modi.
PM Modi: There were two means of taking loans—One common process & the other Congress process
"Bank gave loans of Rs 18 lakh crore in 60 years & Rs 34 lakh crore in last 6 years of Congress governance. There were two means of taking loans in the country--One common process and the other Congress process. In the Congress process, banks were forced to give loans to fraudster friends," PM Modi said.
I never stopped CBI from entering Gujarat when I was the chief minister: Modi on Chandrababu Naidu's move to bar CBI from entering Andhra Pradesh for probing corruption cases.
UPA's only agenda was to defeat Modi: PM
PM Modi: These days, a campaign is going on to publicise a failed experiment in the history of Indian politics by the name of "mahagathbandhan". These people are trying to make a 'majboor sarkaar'. They don't want a 'majboot sarkar' to get formed & their shop to get closed again.
Congress made fun of GST and demonetisation, says Modi.
Congress creating obstables for ocuntry's development, says Modi
Opposition does not want a strong government in India: Modi

Mahagathbandhan wants free regin over public money: Modi
Mahagathbandhan is abuse of people's trust.
This chowkidaar is unstoppable, says Modi
Narendra Modi: Bank gave loans of Rs 18 lakh cr in 60 years and Rs 34 lakh cr in last 6 years of Congress governance. There were two means of taking loans in the country. One common process and the other Congress process. In the Congress process, banks were forced to give loans to fraudster friends.
Mahagathbandhan has no common ideology: Modi
Congress was trying to protect middlemen. We brought them back to India, says Narendra Modi.
Modi said,'our crackdown on black money will continue.' 
Black money is coming back to the country under BJP govt: Modi
Congress party flouted rules to benefit friends, says Narendra Modi at BJP national counil meeting.
Under Congress govt, banks were forced to give loans, says Modi.
Loan by banks increadsed rapidly during Congress-rule, says Modi.
PM Modi at BJP National Convention in Delhi: Important initiatives have been taken up in last 4 years for women empowerment. People made fun of ' Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' for political opposition, but we have come a long way to free society of wrong beliefs that existed for decades.
BJP gave new direction towards development: Modi
BJP workers know that the country is bigger than party: Modi
Will double farmers' income by 2022: Narendra Modi
Opposition slams us for only changing names of schemes, says Modi.
i will not say that we've solved all the problems. There's a long way to go, says Modi.
BJP brought welfare schemes for farmers, says Modi.
India lost 10 significant years in scams and corruption: Modi
The government before us pushed the country into darkness. It won't be wrong if I say that India lost 10 important years (2004-2014) in scams and corruption.
Opposition questions are pro-women initiatives: Modi
Our youth knowns what's important for them: Modi
BJP's caste free quota a boon for youth, says Modi
BJP introduced reservation in education sector: Modi
BJP introduced reservation to bring equality, says Modi.
This is the first meeting of the national council, which is getting without Atal ji. Where we will be watching today, says PM Modi
We treat every region equally: Modi
BJP is changing the country in the interest of the common man: Narendra Modi.
BJP has brought back confidence in the people of India: Modi
Only BJP can take India to new heights: Modi
If Vajpayee had remained PM, India would have excelled, says Modi
UPA government had left the country in the dark: Modi
This is the first time that the government has not faced corruption charges. We must be proud of ourselves: Narendra Modi
BJP drives its strength from its cadres, says Narendra Modi.
We have to take Vajpayee's work forward: Modi to BJP
Narendra Modi's speech at the BJP National Council meet 2019

If we win in 2019, we'll remain in power for long.: Amit Shah
Opportunistic alliance cannot defeat BJP in 2019 elections: Amit Shah
Any alliance cannot defeat BJP, says Shah.
BJP national council meeting is underway...

Sudhanshu Trivedi, BJP on SP-BSP alliance: Both parties are contesting together just to save their political ground. These parties have blamed each other of murder in the past. Anyway, its their choice.We are confident. Even if all parties come together, we will still win.
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on SP-BSP alliance: Today there is a need of alliances in the entire country. BJP got only 31% vote in 2014 and claimed it was people's mandate, this happened due to split in votes.
Akhilesh Yadav on if he will support Mayawati for PM: You know who is my choice. Uttar Pradesh has given Prime Ministers in the past and trend will be repeated again.
Addressing the Indian diaspora residing in the UAE, the Congress chief said, "When I met Your Highness Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, I experienced humility. Great nations are built with that kind of humility. The values that bring together the people of UAE and India are humility and tolerance; tolerance for different ideas, religions, and communities. I am sad to say that back home, it is four and a half years of intolerance."...READ ON
On Friday, Rahul Gandhi met students in Dubai.
SP-BSP alliance is for the long-term. We will fight BJP together in the next UP assembly polls: Mayawati
BSP-SP alliance is not just an electoral alliance; we will fight off BJP together: Akhilesh Yadav
BJP govt is communalising athmosphere in Uttar Pradesh to distract public from real issues: Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav starts speaking after Mayawati declares seat-sharing arrangement
BSP Chief Mayawati: We won't gain anything by including Congress in our alliance. Both BSP and SP have experienced in the past that Congress's vote is not transferrable.
Out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP:

BSP and SP will fight in 38 seats;

2 seats left for other parties;

Amethi and Rae Bareli given to Congress
SP-BSP have finalised a seat sharing arrangement; BJP is trying to break the alliance: Mayawati
BSP-SP alliance won't allow BJP to come to power in the Centre again: Mayawati
BSP won't ally with a party like Congress that doesn't help us electorally: Mayawati
BSP, SP won't benefit much electorally by allying with Congress as their vote shares aren't transferred to us: Mayawati
BSP Chief Mayawati: Be it BJP or Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same. For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared emergency, today there is undeclared emergency.
Country under undeclared Emergency during BJP: Mayawati
Didn't include Congress in alliance as the country reeled under poverty during its rule: Mayawati
Didn't include Congress in alliance as the country reeled under poverty during its rule: Mayawati
Mayawati, Akhilesh formally announce poll alliance

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