Three phases have been completed in the ongoing seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Voting will end on 19 May, with the results coming out on 23 May.
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Bengal Poll Officials Approach CEO Over Trinamool Leader's Threats
An association of polling officials on Saturday, 27 April, approached West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer seeking stringent measures, including house arrest, against Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mondal to ensure free and fair polls on Monday.
“We have information that ruling party leader Anubrata Mondal is threatening polling officials to conduct polls in his party's favour. There is also information regarding removal of central forces in case they become too active in any booth,” an association of poll officials said in a written complaint.
Would Not Have Needed Surgical Strikes If Sadhvi Cursed Masood Azhar: Digvijaya Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday, 27 April, took a dig at BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, saying that there would have been no need of surgical strikes if she had cursed Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar.
Addressing an election rally in Bhopal, Singh said, “Thakur says she had cursed ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, who had given supreme sacrifice for the country and is considered a martyr. There would have been no need of surgical strikes if she had cursed Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar.”
She Is a Great Saint, Don't Compare Me With Pragya Thakur: Uma Bharti
Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti on being asked if Pragya Singh Thakur will take her place in Madhya Pradesh politics, said “She is a great saint, don't compare me with her. I'm just an ordinary, foolish creature.”
Opposition Parties Complain to EC Against BJP's Name Under Its Symbol on EVMs
Opposition parties on Saturday, 27 April approached the Election Commission alleging display of party name only under the BJP symbol on EVMs during a mock poll in West Bengal’s Barrackpore constituency. However, the poll panel said the same insignia has been under use since 2013.
A delegation of opposition parties comprising senior Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Ahmed Patel and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi and Derek O’Brien met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora over the issue. They demanded that either all such EVMs be removed from the remaining phases of elections or names of other parties be added too.
RLD Mathura Candidate Raises Questions Over Safety of EVMs
RLD Mathura candidate Narendra Singh raised questions over the safety and security of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
“Since the EVMs kept in the Mandi Samiti may be damaged by rats, we want an assurance about the safety of the machines,” the RLD candidate said.
He added that though he had written to the district magistrate (DM) about it three days ago, no action had been taken.
Over 50 Turmeric Farmers From Telangana to File Nominations From Varanasi
A group of 50 turmeric farmers from Telangana's Nizamabad arrived in Varanasi to file their nomination for the Lok Sabha elections. “Not opposing anyone. We just want to highlight our problem and demand creation of a turmeric board and Minimum Support Price for turmeric,” they said.
TMC Writes to EC Over Khali Campaigning for BJP
TMC writes to Election Commission of India over wrestler Khali campaigning for BJP's Jadavpur MP candidate, Anupam Hazra on 26 April. The letter states, 'He (Khali) holds US citizenship, therefore, a foreigner shouldn't be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors.'
Gambhir Responds to Complaints of Holding Two Voter IDs
BJP candidate for East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir, while talking to news agency ANI responded to AAP leader Atishi Marlena’s complaint against him, that he is holding two voter ID’s.
Responding to the complaints, Gambhir said that those who don’t have a vision make such allegations.
71 Constituencies in Nine States to Vote in Fourth Phase on 29 April
With three phases of elections already over with, the country is set to see the fourth phase of polling on 29 April, with 71 constituencies in nine states going to polls.
'Nationalism to Solve Problems': Priyanka Gandhi Accuses Govt of Suppressing People
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for UP (East) in Amethi, said that the issues are clear – employment, education and health.
EVM, VVPAT Distribution Underway in Rajasthan's Jhalawar–Baran
Visuals from EVM and VVPAT distribution centre in Jhalawar–Baran Lok Sabha constituency. 13 parliamentary constituencies to vote in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on 29 April.
After DMK, Vaiko Opposes Any Action Against 3 AIADMK MLAs
MDMK founder Vaiko, on Sunday 28 April, claimed the move by ruling AIADMK for action against three of its MLAs for siding with rival leader TTV Dhinankaran was "only to protect" the K Palaniswami government as it will 'lose' majority after the outcome of bypolls to 22 assembly seats.
Government whip S Rajendran's petition with Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal seeking action against the MLAs A Prabu, E Rathinasabapathy and V T Kalaiselvan was being "seen" as a step towards their possible disqualification, he said adding the Speaker should 'ignore' the plea.
In a statement here, Vaiko claimed the May 23 results of polls to both the 38 Lok Sabha seats and by-elections to 22 assembly segments in the state will go against the ruling BJP at the Centre and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.
Once on the Sidelines, Pakistani Hindus Hold Sway in Jodhpur
Not long ago, Pakistani Hindus living in Jodhpur held little political sway. However, as time passed and they grew in numbers, the community has emerged as an important vote bank, with manifestos of political parties promising to fulfill their basic needs like water and electricity.
According to Hindu Singh Soda, who runs a charity for Pakistani Hindus, around 20,000 members of the community in Jodhpur are eligible to vote.
There are around five lakh Pakistani Hindus in other districts like Barmer, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Of these two lakh have been granted Indian citizenship, Soda told PTI.
These people are eligible to apply for Indian citizenship only after living in the country for seven years and till then, they stay here on extended visas, he said.
EC Making Arrangements for Specially-Abled Voters of Mumbai
The Election Commission is making arrangements to ferry specially-abled voters in Mumbai for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls, to be held on Monday, 29 April.
Don't Know PM's Caste Even Today: Priyanka Gandhi in Bahraich
Priyanka Gandhi, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, said that the opposition is only talking about development, not making any personal attacks on anyone. She also said that even today, no one knows PM Modi’s caste.
BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya Says Mamata's Appeasement Politics Inviting Terror
Kailash Vijayvargiya, the national general secretary of the BJP, while addressing the media said that it is because of Mamata Banerjee’s appeasement politics, that people related to terror activities have made their base in border areas.
“If Mamata ji stays, Islamic State (ISIS) can enter West Bengal anytime. It’ll become like J&K. It is because of her appeasement politics that people related to terror activities have made their base in the border-states and ISIS threat is a proof of that.”Kailash Vijayvargiya, National General Secretary, BJP
BJP's Amethi Candidate Smriti Irani Visits Fire-Affected Fields in UP Village
Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha MP candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani visited the fire-affected fields in Purab Dwara village, where she also met with the locals affected. Fire-fighting operations are still underway.
BJP Announces Candidates for ByPolls in K'taka, Goa: Sidharth Kuncalienker to Contest on Parrikar's Seat
BJP releases list of candidates for bypolls to two legislative assembly constituencies of Karnataka and one of Goa. Sidharth Kuncalienker will contest from Panaji - the seat held by late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Avinash Yadav will contest from Chincholi and SI Chikkanagowdar from Kundgol.
Digvijay Singh Backs Kanhaiya Kumar, Welcomes Him to Campaign in Bhopal
Congress candidate for Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, Digvijay Singh, on Sunday said that he agrees with CPI candidate for Begusarai, Kanhaiya Kumar. Singh said that he had discussed this with his party as well, that RJD has made a big mistake by missing out on Kanhaiya as a candidate. Digvijay further welcomed Kumar to Bhopal, who is scheduled to hold public meetings in the area on 8 and 9 May.
BJD Files Complaint Against BJP for Campaigning a Day Before Polls
Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has filed a complaint against the BJP for using voice calls for campaigning a day before polls.
Atishi Marlena, AAP Candidate Alleges Repeated Poll Code Violations by Gambhir
Atishi Marlena, Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate from East Delhi Lok Sabha seat has written to the Returning Officer (RO) regarding repeated violations of model code of conduct by Gautam Gambhir, BJP's East Delhi candidate. This time, it is regarding Gambhir’s 28 April rally that he allegedly conducted without permission.
Modi Never Did Caste Politics, Says Jaitley
Hitting out at the Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has never done caste politics and is inspired by nationalism.
"How is the Prime Minister's caste relevant? He has never done caste politics. He has only done developmental politics. He is inspired by nationalism," Jaitley said, joining the war of words on Twitter over Modi coming from the "most backward caste".
He further said those who are deceiving the poor in the name of caste will not succeed and added that "they have only amassed wealth in the name of caste politics. The Prime Minister's assets are not even 0.01% when compared to the First Family of the BSP or the RJD."
The minister was responding to tweets of senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav with regard to a statement made by the prime minister at an election rally at Kannauj.
PM Modi Meets Sunny Deol, Tweets 'Gadar' Reference
Actor Sunny Deol, the BJP candidate for Punjab's Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, on Sunday met PM Narendra Modi.
Modi appreciated Deol's "humility and deep sense of passion for a better India".
"Happy to have met him today. We are all rooting for his victory in Gurdaspur. We both agree - Hindustan zindabad tha, hai, aur rahega (India will continue to prosper)," the PM tweeted, posting a picture with the actor. The line in Hindi was a reference to Deol’s dialogue from the film Gadar.
Case Against Gopal Rai for Violating Poll Code
A case has been registered against Delhi Minister Gopal Rai on the complaint of the Election Commission flying squad, for violating the model code of conduct by distributing pamphlets without getting clearance from EC.
TMC Bhirbhum District President Put Under House Arrest
TMC Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal has been put under house arrest till 30 April. Polling officers had requested the West Bengal chief electoral officer of his house arrest for a free and fair election.