Election highlights: Rahul's Dhanbad roadshow, Amit Shah's Bengal rally

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra . Photo: PTI
Top political leaders held rallies for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections today. While Congress President Rahul Gandhi campaigned in Bihar and Jharkhand, BJP chief Amit Shah held rallies in West Bengal and Bihar. In Dhanbad, Rahul Gandhi held a road show for Congress candidate Kirti Azad. 

Speaking at a rally in West Bengal, Shah said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should prepare herself for another five years as Modi is set to return at the helm following the Lok Sabha polls.

"Be prepared for another five years as Modi is going to become the Prime Minister once again," he said amid massive cheers and chants of "Modi-Modi" by the BJP supporters present at the rally.


6:23 PM IST One of them flips burgers, the other rustles up noodles at a roadside joint. The two are among the 278 candidates who are trying their luck in the May 19 Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. Read more

6:22 PM IST Podcast: Election battle moves north; who's in pole position? 118 Lok Sabha constituencies are going to vote in two phases now. 59 of them will vote on Sunday, 12th May. All the seven seats in Delhi will vote on that day. Is it a triangular fight? Is the BJP way ahead of the competition? Has the Congress managed to recover strength in the city-state or is the AAP the real contender? Click here to listen to the podcast

6:04 PM IST Ram Madhav, BJP on Shashi Tharoor's tweet on Pak PM Imran Khan: His love for the neighbours and hate for our leaders is very well known. He uses choicest abuses for our leaders; and he has great love for people across the border. He has to think what he is doing is right or not. pic.twitter.com/YKZciDDK24 — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019

5:34 PM IST Jharkhand: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Dhanbad Congress candidate Kirti Azad hold a roadshow in the constituency #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/jGJLsC3c91 — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019

5:31 PM IST A senior Congress leader in Tripura on Tuesday said the party has has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that the BJP is getting access to government documents and has demanded an inquiry into it. Read more  

4:26 PM IST Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that she does not consider Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said she should rather prepare herself for another five years as Modi is set to return at the helm following the Lok Sabha polls. Read more

4:25 PM IST UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Mandawali ,Delhi: Congress has completely failed, Shehzada also failed so they brought in their Shehzadi. She was teaching abuses to innocent children of Amethi, please and go teach these abuses in Italy. pic.twitter.com/Hxe5MOMjBI — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019

4:24 PM IST BJP President Amit Shah in Bishnupur, West Bengal: Priyanka Vadra just called PM Modi 'Duryodhana,' Priyanka ji this is democracy, nobody becomes 'Duryodhana' just because you called them so. We will find out on May 23 who is 'Duryodhana and who is 'Arjuna.' pic.twitter.com/S80553CW5d — ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019

1:36 PM IST Centre granted Rs 4,24,800 crore to West Bengal in five years, but the fund has gone to the syndicates, instead: Amit Shah.

12:36 PM IST HC quashes criminal case, noting Somnath Bharti and his wife Lipika Mitra are living happily together. 

12:29 PM IST The DMK Tuesday indicated its party chief MK Stalin may not meet K Chandrasekar Rao on May 13, as announced by the Telangana Chief Minister's Office earlier.   Sources close to the DMK President only said Stalin was 'busy' with his campaign schedule for the May 19 by-polls to four constituencies in the state and declined to divulge more details.   Earlier, a statement from the Telangana Chief Minister's Office (CMO) had said that Rao would meet the DMK chief at his residence here on May 13.   He had met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday, even as Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy also rang up Rao after learning about his visits to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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'Baba Ji Burger Wale', 'Chacha Maggi Wala' in fray in Punjab

One of them flips burgers, the other rustles up noodles at a roadside joint. The two are among the 278 candidates who are trying their luck in the May 19 Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. Read more
Podcast: Election battle moves north; who's in pole position?

118 Lok Sabha constituencies are going to vote in two phases now. 59 of them will vote on Sunday, 12th May. All the seven seats in Delhi will vote on that day. Is it a triangular fight? Is the BJP way ahead of the competition? Has the Congress managed to recover strength in the city-state or is the AAP the real contender?


Click here to listen to the podcast

Shashi Tharoor's love for neighbours and hate for our leaders is very well known: Ram Madhav

Rahul Gandhi holds road show for Congress candidate Kirti Azad in Dhanbad

BJP getting access to official documents in Tripura: Congress

A senior Congress leader in Tripura on Tuesday said the party has has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that the BJP is getting access to government documents and has demanded an inquiry into it. Read more
 

Get ready for Modi as PM for 5 more years: Shah to Mamata

Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that she does not consider Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said she should rather prepare herself for another five years as Modi is set to return at the helm following the Lok Sabha polls. Read more

Congress has completely failed: UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Mandawali ,Delhi

We will find out on May 23 who is 'Duryodhana and who is 'Arjuna': Shah

Amit Shah is addressing a rally in West Bengal

Centre granted Rs 4,24,800 crore to West Bengal in five years, but the fund has gone to the syndicates, instead: Amit Shah.
HC quashes criminal case, noting Somnath Bharti and his wife Lipika Mitra are living happily together. 

Stalin may not meet KCR on May 13

The DMK Tuesday indicated its party chief MK Stalin may not meet K Chandrasekar Rao on May 13, as announced by the Telangana Chief Minister's Office earlier.
 
Sources close to the DMK President only said Stalin was 'busy' with his campaign schedule for the May 19 by-polls to four constituencies in the state and declined to divulge more details.
 
Earlier, a statement from the Telangana Chief Minister's Office (CMO) had said that Rao would meet the DMK chief at his residence here on May 13.
 
He had met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday, even as Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy also rang up Rao after learning about his visits to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Gambhir's celebrity status will go against him: Atishi

Claiming that her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir is proving to be a “novice” whose celebrity status will go against him, AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi says people might want to see stars but want their representatives to be available to them in their everyday lives.
 
The Oxford graduate, who believes the BJP is her main opponent and the Congress is number three in the electoral race, said people won't vote for the former cricketer because they know he will anyway get disqualified after the elections.
 
“Gautam Gambhir is also proving to be a novice candidate. His nomination form was not filed correctly. He has two voter ID cards. People have this mindset - now that Gambhir has two voter ID cards he will anyway get disqualified so why waste our vote on him,” Atishi told PTI in an interview.

Computer Baba campaigns for Digvijaya Singh says 'Ram Mandir nahi toh Modi nahi'

Computer Baba who was granted status of minister in BJP govt,camps in Bhopal along with thousands of sadhus to undertake Hat Yoga,also campaigns for Congress leader Digvijaya Singh,says,"BJP sarkaar 5 saal mein Ram Mandir bhi nahi bana paayi. Ab Ram Mandir nahi toh Modi nahi"

Confident about West Bengal, Amit Shah keeps mum on Bihar prospects

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah is confident about his party doing well in West Bengal in this Lok Sabha election. However, he was quiet about the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) prospects in Bihar.
 
Shah is in Bihar to campaign. The state unit of the party organised a meet with the media on Sunday night. He savoured various delicacies of Bihar as Union ministers and senior leaders played host. As he finished his dinner, Business Standard approached him for a chat. Read on...

I don't want to share dais with expiry-PM as elections are on: Mamata

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared that she did not return Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s calls to discuss Cyclone Fani, as she did not “want to share the dais with expiry-PM”. This was after Modi charged Banerjee with “playing politics” over cyclone relief. Banerjee’s conduct stood out in sharp contrast to Naveen Pat­naik, also from the Opposition Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, which bore the brunt of the cyclone, as PM visited Odisha and did an aerial survey and spoke to Patnaik on the management of the aftermath of the cyclone. At a rally in Bengal’s Tamluk, Modi said, “I tried to talk to Mamata Didi before the cyclone hit, but such was her arrogance that she refused to talk to me."

SC rejects review plea filed Opposition parties seeking direction to increase VVPAT verification

Supreme Court rejects review plea filed by twenty-one Opposition parties seeking a direction to increase VVPAT verification from five to at least 50% of EVMs during counting of votes in the general elections 2019.

Bihar: EVMs & VVPAT found from a hotel in Muzaffarpur

Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu has written to the Election Commission of India demanding to verify 50% of the EVMs using the VVPAT slips.

A Congress delegation reaches Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence with documents containing details of farmers whose loans have been waived off

Bhopal: A Congress delegation led by former Union Minister and Congress leader Suresh Pachouri reaches former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan residence with documents containing details of farmers whose loans have been waived off by the present state government.

Will return your hatred with love: Rahul on PM Modi's barb at Rajiv Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that despite Narendra Modi insulting his father Rajiv Gandhi, he only had love for the prime minister.
 
"He is the prime minister of the country, but insults a martyr (Rajiv Gandhi). I told him whatever hatred you have for me...you can belittle me, you can say whatever you say about my father, mother, grandfather, grandmother. Whatever hatred you direct against me, I will only return it with love," Gandhi said.
 
Addressing a rally near Jama Masjid for party's Chandni Chowk candidate JP Agarwal, Gandhi recalled the moment he hugged Modi in Parliament. "Hatred can only be defeated by love. Remember, the same love will defeat you Narendra Modiji on May 23."

Take money from others, but vote for AAP, says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked voters not to deny money given to them by other political parties, but vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.
 
"On the night of election, do they [other political parties] come to give money or not?" Kejriwal asked, without mentioning the BJP or Congress.
 
"What will you do? Take it, don't deny it, but vote for jhadu (broom, AAP's election symbol)," the AAP chief said at a roadshow in support of South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha. Read on...

BJP slams Pawar for playing politics over Naxal attack

The ruling BJP in Maharashtra came down heavily on NCP chief Sharad Pawar, saying he is "playing politics" over the last week's Naxal attack in Gadchiroli district of the state. Pawar, in a speech, had said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, visited Gadchiroli only to offer homage to policemen who died in the attack. The NCP chief also cited his former colleague and former Home Minister late R R Patil's special attention towards the Naxal-affected areas in the state. 
In a series of tweets in Marathi, the state BJP said "When leaders like you play politics over naxal attack, we also feel like asking you whether you are ashamed of it or not. But we would not ask such questions.
 
"If Pawar thinks that because of his so called visit to drought-hit areas awakened the state, then why would state farmers' received Rs 4,000 crore in their bank accounts for? Water tankers were deployed and fodder camps set up (in drought-hit areas)."
 
The saffron party said some issues should be above politics.
 
"Some questions are to be dealt beyond politics. Solutions have to be sought keeping politics aside," it said.

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