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Lok Sabha election latest updates

#KashiBoleNaMoNaMo trends as Narendra Modi visits Varanasi

With Narendra Modi holding a mega road show in his constituency, ‘#KashiBoleNaMoNaMo’ and  ‘Varanasi’ are the current top trends on Twitter.

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Narendra Modi in Varanasi latest updates

Amit Shah, Adityanath, Gadkari among BJP leaders present at roadshow

Thousand joined the streets of Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding his mega road show in NDA’s show of strength. BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Nitin Gadkari are among the top BJP leaders present at the roadshow in Varanasi.

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Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

Amit Shah slams Rahul, Akhilesh, Mayawati over NRC

Addressing a rally in Auraiya, Amit shah said, “When we came up with NRC, then Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati began siding with the infiltrators and asked where would they go and what will they eat?

When Modi government comes back to power, apart from Assam and West Bengal, the infiltrators will be identified from all corners of the country.”

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Amit Shah in Auraiya latest updates

BJP chief lists achievements of Modi govt, says PM’s name can be heard in 258 constituencies across India 

Speaking in his final rally of the day before joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this roadshow in Varanasi, BJP chief Amit Shah spoke in full praise of Modi, asserting that the prime minister’s name was the one chant that was uniformly being heard across India. “I have toured 258 Lok Sabha constituencies and come here, all I can hear is Modi, Modi, Modi,” he said, before listing out several of the efforts allegedly undertaken by the BJP government.

मैं देश की 258 लोकसभाओं में जाकर यहां आया हूं और चारों तरफ एक ही आवाज आ रही है – मोदी, मोदी, मोदी: श्री @AmitShah #KashiBoleNaMoNaMo— BJP (@BJP4India) April 25, 2019

15:23 (IST)

Begusarai to witness battle of ideologies between BJP’s Giriraj Singh and CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar

So allergic is Giriraj Singh to the colour green that he requested the poll panel to ban green flags that he claims are associated with political and religious organisations linked with Muslims. “This (green flags) spreads hatred and creates the perception of being used in Pakistan,” said Singh whose provocative statements aimed at several top Opposition politicians have invited condemnation.

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15:22 (IST)

Manhunt launched to nab absconding BJP candidate in Odisha

A manhunt has been launched to nab Om Prakash Mishra, the BJP candidate for Satyabadi​ assembly constituency, who along with his supporters allegedly destroyed EVMs and tore poll documents in a booth during the third phase of polling in Odisha on April 23, police said.

“The BJP candidate is absconding since then,” Puri Superintendent of Police, Umashankar Dash, told reporters. Three police teams have raided Mishra’s residence at Hansapal in Bhubaneswar but could not find him, the SP said. The police action came on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Presiding Officer, Shivaram Mohapatra. Mishra and his supporters allegedly entered a polling booth at Birakishorepur village under Kanas block on 23 April and vandalised the EVMs, the presiding officer said in the complaint.


15:21 (IST)

AAP election campaign latest updates

Atishi files nomination papers

On the same day when the Aam Aadmi Party released its manifesto, onetime Rhodes scholar Atishi filed her nomination papers in Delhi. She has been fielded from the East Delhi constituency.

Big day for @AtishiAAP and Sisodia family as Atishi files her nomination today. When Atishi was dismissed by the Modi sarkar, @msisodia pledged to send her to the parliament. Nothing is impossible for this amazing team, determined to bring the change this country needs.— Abhinandita Mathur (@abhinandita_m) April 22, 2019

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Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh latest updates

BJP chief predicts 5 lakh vote victory for Sakshi Maharaj

Speaking at his second rally of the day at Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, BJP chief Amit Shah predicted a victory for the Lok Sabha candidate for the eponymous constituency, Sakshi Maharaj. “One would think that Sakshi Maharaj is a sanyasi, what else can he give other than blessings. Yet he has built toilets, given houses to people. This time he will win not with three lakh votes, but with five lakh votes,” Shah said.

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BJP election campaign latest updates

Kirron Kher files nomination papers

With actor husband Anupam Kher at her side, BJP’s Chandigarh candidate Kirron Kher filed her nomination papers after a roadshow on Thursday.

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BJP election campaign latest updates

Mandi district electoral officer issues notice to BJP’s Himachal chief

The District Electoral Officer at Mandi has issued a notice to Himachal Pradesh BJP chief, Satpal Singh Satti in the light of his statement that he “will chop off the hands of those who point fingers at Modi ji.”

13:29 (IST)

PM Narendra Modi should not be released until 19 May: EC

Reports say that the Election Commission is of the view that the film PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on the prime minister, should not be released until 19 May. Poll body officials say delaying the release will be in the interest of free and fair Lok Sabha elections.

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Congress election campaign latest updates

WATCH: Priyanka Gandhi’s Jhansi roadshow 

Priyanka Gandhi rode the top of a car in Jhansi even as debate raged elsewhere as to why she was not nominated from Varanasi seat despite several indications.

VIDEO- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra campaigning in Jhansi today. She has not been fielded from Varanasi although she did say she was ready to contest against PM Modi. #BattleOf2019 #ElectionBreaking— Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) April 25, 2019

13:19 (IST)

Congress election campaign latest updates

IN PHOTOS: Priyanka Gandhi leads roadshow through Jhansi

At the centre of the conversation regarding why she was not made to contest from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi, is leading a roadshow across Jhansi.

Congress General Secretary for UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Jhansi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 25, 2019

13:07 (IST)

SC asks EC for directions on sexist remark complaint against BJP candidate

The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission of India to pass appropriate directions on TMC MLA Mahua Moitra’s petition accusing BJP candidate Mahadev Sarkar of allegedly making a sexist remark against her while campaigning in West Bengal.

12:57 (IST)

AAP election campaign latest updates

Party election manifesto keeps effort for full state status for Delhi alive

“This election is not to make someone prime minister but to make Delhi a complete state,” AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said while releasing the party’s election manifesto on Thursday. Stressing that it is the goal of the party to ensure that like other countries, India’s capital too is given the status of a state, Kejriwal went on to announce a slew of Delhi-specific promises in the manifesto unveiling. Party leader Manish Sisodia also said that had Delhi been accorded status of a state, then the Jan Lokpal Bill would have been passed by its elected government.

“हम कुछ भी करेंगे, दिल्ली को पूर्णराज्य बनाकर रहेंगे”- @ArvindKejriwal #AAPKaManifesto— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) April 25, 2019

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Congress election campaign latest updates

Ajay Rai to take on Modi from Varanasi: Who is he?

Congress leader Ajay Rai is five-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh who incidentally began his political career in the BJP’s student wing. He won Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections from Kolasla thrice between 1996 and 2007 on BJP tickets. In 2009, he contested the Lok Sabha election on a Samajwadi Party ticket and lost.

After winning the 2009 Assembly byelection from Kolasla constituency as an Independent, Rai joined the Congress. Rai is famous as a local strongman who moves around with a gun-toting private army, DNA had reported.

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Congress election campaign latest updates

Party names Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur

Along with naming Ajay Rai for the Varanasi seat, Congress also named Madhusudan Tiwari to fight against Ravi Kishan of the BJP from Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur seat. 

Congress Central Election Committee announces the next list of candidates for the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.— Congress (@INCIndia) April 25, 2019

12:35 (IST)

Congress election campaign latest updates

Not Priyanka, but Ajay Rai to contest from Varanasi

Bringing an end to speculation on Priyanka Gandhi entering the poll fray, Congress announced on Thursday that it would be Ajay Rai and not the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) who would contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. 

Speaking to News18, Rai said he has just come to know that he has been chosen for the seat.