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16:14 (IST)

West Bengal election polling latest updates

Repolling announced at Cooch Behar polling booth

Repolling to be held at polling station 181 in Cooch Behar, West Bengal on 29 April following allegations that voters were stopped from casting vote.

15:58 (IST)

Lok Sabha election latest updates

NCP dubs Modi’s post-voting road show ‘farewell procession’

NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his alleged road show after casting his vote in Gujarat, terming it as his “farewell procession” on completion of “unsuccessful” five years of his term.

On Tuesday, the Congress had raised the issue, alleging it was violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Farewell procession of Mr #Modi. People bidding farewell to Modi ji after his completion of an unsuccessful 5 year term where he failed to deliver as #PM.#[email protected]_News @ANI @NCPspeaks pic.twitter.com/5imH0ParWi— Nawab Malik (@nawabmalikncp) April 24, 2019

12:24 (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi in Fatehpur latest updates

Modi obsessed with our family, doesn’t speak about his own rule, says Congress GS

Speaking at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said Narendra Modi was obsessed with their family, and he keeps on bringing up the Gandhis. “Fifty percent of his campaign speeches are devoted to blaming Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi. But he never says what he did in the last five years,” she added.

12:19 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Jharkhand latest updates

PM trains guns at Opposition with Army, Pulwama dead again

At Lohardaga, Narendra Modi sought to vent anger at Opposition comments on the situation of Army personnel who are often compelled to enlist out of poverty. Modi said such comments, made by the Karnataka chief minister (HD Kumaraswamy) insulted the Pulwama ‘martyrs’ and made mockery of their contributions.

He then said that the same Congress which made comments like these was also responsible for giving leeway to Maoists.

April 24, 2019

12:03 (IST)

Narendra Modi in Jharkhand latest updates

Opposition tired of hurling abuses at me, have directed ire at EVMs now, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first rally of the day at Lohardaga in Jharkhand, called the EVM machine ‘bechara’ and said it is on the receiving end of abuses by Opposition now that people have proven that they ‘love the chowkidar’.

April 24, 2019

11:55 (IST)

BJP’s North West Delhi MP Udit Raj joins Congress

Former North West Delhi Lok Sabha MP from BJP, who was snubbed when it came to a ticket from the seat, thanked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, hours after joining the party on Wednesday. Raj also dropped the ‘chowkidar’ that prefixed his name on Twitter.

April 24, 2019

11:46 (IST)

Varanasi election latest updates

Will Priyanka Gandhi be the chosen one for Congress? Rahul had spoken of keeping ‘suspense’ alive

The Gandhi siblings certainly believe in keeping suspense alive when it comes to the Varanasi candidate. Their brief hints on just how important this constituency is for the Congress have kept political watchers on their toes. Rahul Gandhi has also kept the pot boiling with his recent comments to a newspaper on the there being no harm in keeping up the “suspense” about Priyanka taking on Modi.  Polling will be held in Varanasi on 19 May.

11:34 (IST)

BJP’s Northwest Delhi MP Udit Raj joins Congress

BJP’s Northwest Delhi Lok Sabha MP and national chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, Udit Raj, joined Congress on Wednesday. Raj still has ‘chowkidar’ in his Twitter name, like many other BJP leaders. The prefix had disappeared and then reappeared in the course of Tuesday. He tweeted at length on Tuesday on being snubbed when it came to a ticket from the reserved seat. The BJP picked singer Hans Raj Hans instead of him.

Congress President @RahulGandhi welcomes Shri Udit Raj into the Congress party. pic.twitter.com/EZi9gygbyu— Congress (@INCIndia) April 24, 2019

11:17 (IST)

Varanasi election latest updates

Congress likely to announce Varanasi candidate today, say reports

Speculation is rife as to whether the Congress, in a press conference at 1 pm, will announce the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as candidate for Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest. Modi is scheduled to file his nomination on 26 April, Friday.

Almost three weeks ago, Priyanka dropped her first hint. A party worker in Rae Bareli said she wanted her to contest from her mother’s constituency. “Why not Varanasi?” asked Priyanka. Rahul Gandhi has also kept the pot boiling with his recent comments to a newspaper on the there being no harm in keeping up the “suspense” about Priyanka taking on Modi.

11:05 (IST)

Congress election campaign latest updates

Tired of listening to PM beat his own trumpet on Pakistan, says Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said he was tired of listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “beat his own trumpet” on “what he did” to Pakistan and asserted that people also want to hear him speak about issues such as demonetisation and hate speeches.

He also wondered whether the prime minister will speak on top issues concerning the people before campaign ends. “Tired of listening to the PM beat his own trumpet on what he did to Pakistan. Before the campaign ends, will the PM speak on the top issues concerning the people?” Chidambaram asked.

People also want to hear the PM speak on hate speeches, especially by leaders of his own party.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) April 24, 2019

10:52 (IST)

EC orders removal of trailer of Mamata Banerjee’s biopic from internet

The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the Bengal Chief Electoral Officer to remove the trailer of Baghini, a film based on the life of Trinamool Congress chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, from online sites. The Bengal CEO is learned to have begun steps to take down the trailer from three websites.

10:31 (IST)

Have many good friends in the Opposition, Modi tells Akshay Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has many “good friends” in the Opposition and added that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sends personally-selected kurtas and sweets to him.

“I have many good friends in the Opposition. We do eat food together once or twice a year. Long time back when I was not even the chief minister (of Gujarat), I had gone to Parliament for some work. There Ghulam Nabi Azad and I were having a friendly conversation. When we came out media people asked, how can you be friends with Azad as you belong to RSS. Ghulam Nabi gave a good answer. He said the way we are connected as a family can’t be imagined outside),” Modi said in an interaction with actor Akshay Kumar.

ANI

#WATCH PM Narendra Modi during interaction with Akshay Kumar, speaks on his friends in opposition parties, especially Ghulam Nabi Azad & Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/8GkqrHpqXv— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019

10:26 (IST)

Congress election campaign latest updates

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka to concentrate on campaigns across Uttar Pradesh today

One of Congress’s most popular campaign faces, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, is expected to hold public meetings at Khaga and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur. She will then hold a roadshow from Parmanand Chowk to Udal Chowk in Hamirpur and then address a rally at Rath, which falls under the Hamirpur constituency. An announcement is expected soon on whether Congress will field Priyanka from Modi’s Varanasi seat.

Priyanka’s brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to hold public meetings across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday — at Lakhimpur Kheri, Unnao and Kanpur.

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