Election 2019 Live: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to explain why he attributed his ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the top court. “We only looked at the admissibility of the documents. We didn’t say what has been attributed to us by Gandhi. The alleged statement has been wrongly attributed to the court,” the Supreme Court said, issuing a notice to the Congress chief.
The court also criticised the Election Commission for its inaction on hate speeches by netas, citing the instances of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati, while sending a notice to the EC on a plea seeking directions to bring political parties under the ambit of RTI.Read More
Apr 15, 2019 4:35 pm (IST)
Referring to the April 7 incident in which a Muslim shopkeeper was assaulted and forced to eat pork, he says, “If BJP comes to power, they will forcefully feed all of you pork. Will you have it? Either you die, or you go to Bangladesh, or you will have to forfeit all privileges you are enjoying now.”
Apr 15, 2019 4:32 pm (IST)
Addressing a rally in Assam’s Karimganj district, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal says, “How can we choose BJP government? We have to consider our Deen, Imaan, Constitution, Azaan, Quran, the mosque, the respect of our women and children. Himanta Biswa Sarma is an agent of Modi and Amit Shah.”
Apr 15, 2019 4:29 pm (IST)
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi in a press conference condones the EC’s actions against Yogi Adityanath over his earlier remarks. “If the poll body is bold enough and is absolutely fearless, all these antics, agenda and sectionalism will stop,” he says.
Apr 15, 2019 4:11 pm (IST)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar says that the UPA would give farm loan waivers and conduct a detailed probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal if his party forms the government after the April-May Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a rally at Buldhana in Maharashtara, he says, “We will carry out a detailed probe into the Rafale deal and will not keep quiet until the truth is brought out. We will also solve the problems of farmers once Congress and NCP’s UPA comes to power”
Apr 15, 2019 4:00 pm (IST)
The BJP candidate from Nizamabad, Arvind Dharmapuri, has filed a petition before the Election Commission to permit him to lock the polling booth rooms, which house the EVMs and VVPATs. Telangana: Arvind Dharmapuri, BJP candidate from Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency has filed a petition before Election Commission to permit him to put his lock also on the strong rooms where EVMs and VVPATs used in the elections are kept. pic.twitter.com/nHmnzv9S5v— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 3:34 pm (IST)
BJP releases 21st list of 7 candidates from Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan to contest on BJP ticket from Gorakhpur. Ramapathi Ram Tripathi to contest from Deoria (this was Kalraj Mishra’s seat). Praveen Nishad, who contested as a SP candidate (backed by BSP) during Lok Sabha by-polls in March 2018 to contest from Sant Kabir Nagar.
Apr 15, 2019 3:31 pm (IST)
Addressing a rally in Srinagar, National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah said, “You say that Abdullah is trying to destroy the country. If we wanted to break India, then the country would not have existed.”Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) in Srinagar: Mai Modi ko challenge karta hoon is jalse mein, ki tum toot jayoge magar Hindustan tutega nahi. Tum yeh kehto ho ki Abdullah Hindustan ko todna chahte hain, arrey hum Hindustan ko todna chahte to Hindustan hota hi nahi. pic.twitter.com/BSlXMvmjxy— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 3:12 pm (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi tweeted: Extremely happy. My suggestion to EC accepted. In Congress delegation 3 days ago I told EC that EC will become toothless tiger by only giving warnings and censures. They must direct one day stoppage of campaign for first offenders (like communal or prohibited statements etc), three days for second offenders; five for habitual third timers etc. This takes away from valuable limited campaign time window and does not allow such defaulters to take advantage of own wrong. EC has accepted and banned Yogi Adityanath for 72 hours and Mayawati for 48 hours!1/1 extremely happy My suggestion to #EC accepted. IN cong delegation 3 days ago I told #EC that #EC wl become toothless tiger by only giving warnings and censures. they must direct one day stoppage of campaign for first offenders( like communal or prohibited statements etc) ctd— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 3:04 pm (IST)
Hema Malini on Azam Khan’s remark: No one has a right to talk about any women like this, it is a very derogatory comment. This shows what kind of a mentality he has. No one has the right to speak like this
Apr 15, 2019 3:01 pm (IST)
Farooq Abdullah, today at a rally in Srinagar, said, “Modi we don’t trust you but our trust lies with Allah. You can never win our hearts as it cannot be won with use of pallet guns or closing highways. You (Modi) promised that you will provide 2 crore jobs in 5 years. I will never support you till the day I die. I want to see the day when our brothers, sisters and elderly can walk freely on road…when no one asks what religion you belong to.”
Apr 15, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)
Election Commission bans BSP chief Mayawati from campaiging for 48 hours, starting from 6 am tomorrow. Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav were scheduled to address a joint rally in Agra tomorrow. However, after the EC’s order she will not be able to attend the rally.
Apr 15, 2019 2:49 pm (IST)
Election Commission bans UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath from campaiging for 72 hours, starting from 6 am tomorrow.
Apr 15, 2019 2:39 pm (IST)
Election Commission’s order prohibits UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours and BSP chief Mayawati for 48 hours for violating Model Code of Conduct. Earlier in the day, Supreme Court summoned senior Election Commission official and said EC is duty bound to take action. “You can’t sleep over such issues. You have done nothing about such statements. You must act when these statements are issued.” SC took note of th estatements by Mayawati, appealing Muslims to vote and Yogi Adityanath’s statement on Ali and Bajrang Bali. Mayawati was scheduled to address a rally tomorrow at Agra.
Apr 15, 2019 2:35 pm (IST)
Addressing a rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Park Srinagar, Omar Abdullah said, “Modi… you said the same thing in 2014… you said you will not join hands with 2 families here, but what did you do after the elections it is was not even two months that you had to formed government with one of the two family. We are not the ones who say something before the elections and after elections you do something else.”
Apr 15, 2019 1:57 pm (IST)
Urmila Matondkar, Congress candidate from Mumbai (North) on scuffle between Congress workers and BJP supporters during her campaign said, “It is being done to create fear. It is just the beginning, it’ll take violent turn. Have asked for police protection; there is a threat to my life; I have filed a complaint.Urmila Matondkar,Congress candidate from Mumbai(N) on scuffle b/w Congress workers&BJP supporters during her campaign: It’s being done to create fear. It’s just beginning,it’ll take violent turn.Have asked for police protection; there’s a threat to my life; I’ve filed a complaint pic.twitter.com/ZcTTKmOOx6— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 1:52 pm (IST)
Addressing a rally in Gujarat, BJP President Amit Shah, “Not only Azam Khan, but both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party should apologize to the crores of women in our country.”BJP President Amit Shah: Not only Azam Khan, but both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party should apologize to the crores of women in our country pic.twitter.com/MoAkv5Rgkp— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 1:51 pm (IST)
Addressing a workers convention in Bijbehara today. In Kashmir, issues such as maintaining status quo on Article 370 and Article 35A have taken precedence over other matters and rightfully so. In its desperation to win this election, seems like misappropriation of our jawans sacrifices and polarising the electorate hasn’t helped BJP. Now they are creating fear psychosis by using national security as a guise to prepare ground for another Balakot like strike, said Mehbooba Mufti.Addressing a workers convention in Bijbehara today. In Kashmir, issues such as maintaining status quo on Article 370 & Article 35A have taken precedence over other matters & rightfully so. pic.twitter.com/zB4TvPGQD2— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 1:42 pm (IST)
This is a fight of ideology. Congress party is about to win. We have started working for farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Chhattigsarh. I have a dream that these works begin one day in Uttar Pradesh too. We have told the 3 CMs that in all the districts of their states, food processing unit should be set up. Wherever potato is grown, there will be a chips factory. Wherever tomato is grown, there will be a tomato ketchup factory. We are creating a network of food processing industries in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Farmers will sell their produce directly in factories: Rahul Gandhi
Apr 15, 2019 1:39 pm (IST)
Apr 15, 2019 1:08 pm (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi, speaking at the rally said, “If you are nationalists you should respect the people of the country taken a path of truth. Congress party has always worked for the people and the democracy of the country.”
Apr 15, 2019 1:02 pm (IST)
If You’re Nationalist, Why Didn’t You Stand With Those Killed in the Name of Religion: Priyanka | You people know more than me and understand the truth. They say they are nationalists… if yes… then BJP should respect the martyrs and people who have laid down their lives for the country. If you are nationalists then, in the name of religion when someone was murdered why weren’t you standing with their families: Priyanka Gandhi
Apr 15, 2019 1:00 pm (IST)
Addressing the rally, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Election time is on, political parties are campaigning. Can also see the name of the person on sweet packets. From the past two months I have been in UP and have seen the truth. I have seen the truth in the eyes of farmers and youth who are unemployed.”
Apr 15, 2019 12:59 pm (IST)