QWrap: BJP Violates Silence Period; SC Notice to Rahul Gandhi

QWrap: BJP Violates Silence Period; SC Notice to Rahul Gandhi

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1. Phase 3 Voting Ends; How Will BJP Fare This Time?

Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha elections were on today. With voting taking place in 116 constituencies across 15 states and union territories majorly in Gujarat, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and north Karnataka, Phase 3 had maximum constituencies going to polls on a single day.

What was the voter turnout like? Were there instances of voter deletion, EVM malfunction you need to know about? We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned to The Quint for all the election updates and analysis you need.

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2. BJP Targeted Voters with 600 Facebook Ads Even as Phase 3 Polling Was On

On Tuesday, as over 18 crore Indians went to polls in over 2 lakh booths across 117 constituencies spread over 15 states and Union territories in phase 3 of Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has been running 600 ads on Facebook targeted at those voting today.

This not only amounts to a direct violation of the mandatory 48-hour ‘silence period’ till the end of polling but also illustrates the toothless nature of the ‘Code of Ethics’ that social media platforms like Facebook and the election commission had announced on 20 March.

The 600 active ads – all running as video GIFs – consist of a variety of election manifesto promises from the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), fighting terrorism, to increasing jobs, access to drinking water, and pipe gas connections among others.

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Also Read : BJP Spent Rs 51 Lakh On Facebook Ads During 48-Hr Silence Period

3. SC Issues Notice to Rahul Gandhi Over Comment on Rafale Order

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 23 April, issued notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi regarding the contempt petition filed by Meenakshi Lekhi, against him for his comments after the Rafale interim order, that the court had also said that “chowkidar chor hai.”

The apex court decided to hear contempt petition along with the main Rafale review petition, which has now been listed for hearing on Tuesday, April 30.

In an affidavit submitted to the court on Monday, 22 April, Gandhi had explained that he had juxtaposed his “chowkidar chor hai” slogan with the interim order passed by the Supreme Court allowing sensitive documents to be used during the Rafale review, in the heat of the moment, when speaking to the media on 10 April.

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Also Read : SC Issues Notice to Rahul Gandhi Over Comment on Rafale Order

4. ‘My Work Will Do the Talking’: Sunny Deol After Joining BJP

Actor Sunny Deol, on Tuesday, 23 April, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, amid speculation that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections. Union minister Piyush Goyal was also present at the press conference to announce Deol’s induction into the party.

“I will work and show you my capabilities more than I can show in words,” Deol said at the press conference. “The way my father (Dharmendra) worked with and supported Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji, I am here today to work with and support Modi ji. My work will do the talking,” he said.

Welcoming Deol into the party, Sitharaman said that she was happy that Deol had been attracted to the work of the prime minister and taken the decision to join the party.

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Also Read : ‘Will Never Give Up Boxing,’ Says Vijender After LS Candidature

5. ‘BJP Doing Divert & Rule’: On Election Trail With Kanhaiya Kumar

As Bihar casts its votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, The Quint reached the state to speak to Begusarai's CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar about his journey from Jawaharlal Nehru University to politics, and whether he will be able to turn the tide.

Kumar said that there should be a discussion over the main issues. On being asked whether his entry into politics had strengthened the CPI in any way, Kumar said that he was trying to connect to the youth, which should help the party.

On Giriraj Singh's statement that "the election is between nationalism and anti-nationalism,” Kumar told The Quint that the BJP was like an entertainment channel these days and that his battle in Begusarai was not only against Singh but also RJD's Tanveer Hasan.

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Also Read : Kanhaiya Kumar Supporters, Villagers Clash in Bihar

6. ‘Bharat’ Honest Trailer: Starring Salman, Katrina & Disha Patani

Avengers Endgame is creating a lot of buzz but something bigger has hit the social media harder. It’s none other than our very own Bhaijaan. Yes, Salman Khan starrer Bharat’s trailer is out now. The trailer is...well everything Bhai. Be it fight sequences, dance numbers, emotional scenes, epic dialogues, you name it and Bhai has done it in this trailer. The trailer will give the audiences a feel of Tiger Zinda Hai mixed with Rustom with an overload of patriotism to go along with it.

Now, developing an original script might have taken a lot of effort so the makers of this film decided to remake the South Korean film Ode To My Father.

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