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Assembly election 2018 highlights: Amit Shah holds roadshow in Telangana’s Malkajgiri

Assembly Elections 2018 Campaigns highlights: Ahead of Telangana assembly election on December 7, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday addressed public meetings in Telangana.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 02, 2018 22:52 IST
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Political parties are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to outdo each other in the assembly elections in the states of Rajasthan and Telangana, fielding key leaders, poaching heavyweights, forging alliances, among others.

The Telangana legislative assembly was prematurely dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation made by the state cabinet. The assembly polls were originally scheduled to be held along with Lok Sabha elections next year.

Elections in Telangana are also scheduled to be held on December 7 and the counting for all five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, will be held on December 11.

BJP president Amit Shah addressed public meetings in Telangana on Sunday. He also held a roadshow in Malkajgiri, whereas Rajnath Singh addressed election meetings in Rajasthan’s Bansur, Bilada and Sojat constituencies.

Highlights:

7:10 pm IST

Shah holds roadshow in Malkajgiri, Telangana

BJP president Amit Shah held a roadshow in Telangana’s Malkajgiri

Telangana will go to polls on December 7 and the counting for all five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram, will be held on December 11.

4:53 pm IST

Had Telangana polls been conducted along with Lok Sabha elections, people of the state would’ve been saved: Shah

“Had Telangana elections been conducted along with Lok Sabha elections, money of the people of Telangana would’ve been saved. But they pre-poned it because they were scared that if elections are conducted along with Lok Sabha elections they’ll lose,” said Amit Shah in Telangana’s Kamareddy.

4:33 pm IST

KCR govt responsible for depriving people of pro-poor schemes: Shah

“Not a single poor family in Telangana has benefitted from PMAY of the centre. KCR govt is responsible for depriving people of Telangana from the benefits of the pro-poor schemes of the centre,” said Shah in Telangana’s Kamareddy.

3:37 pm IST

Whose share of reservation will TRS reduce, asks Shah

TRS has proposed 12% reservation for minorities, from where will they get this from, whose share of reservation will they reduce,” asked Amit Shah.

3:35 pm IST

Cong, TRS, TDP are private limited parties: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday described the Congress, the TRS and the TDP as “private limited parties” and made a strong pitch for change of regime in Telangana.

Addressing an election rally at Uppal here, he claimed that the BJP alone is a democratic party where a small-time worker like him could rise to become its president and a tea seller could become the country’s prime minister.

3:33 pm IST

Over 3500 farmers committed suicide during KCR’s regime: Amit Shah

“Over 3500 farmers committed suicide in Telangana and KCR is responsible for this” said Amit Shah.

3:30 pm IST

KCR, Naidu, S Jaipal Reddy never worked for development

“Neither TDP, nor Congress, nor TRS, could bring about development in Telangana. Now, it’s time to BJP a chance to bring development in the state,” said Amit Shah.

3:25 pm IST

Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Amangal

Amit Shah is currently addressing a public meeting in Telangana’s Amangal(Kalwakurthy).

3:15 pm IST

Affordable healthcare facilities under Ayushman Bharat: Amit Shah

“KCR had promised a hundred bed hospital for the poor, but never even laid its foundation. If BJP comes to power, we will makes sure the hospital is built within two years. Also, at the centre, Modi govt has launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which will ensure affordable healthcare,” said Amit Shah.

3:15 pm IST

Will setup industries in the state: Amit Shah

“If BJP comes to power, we will set up industries in the state and within the reach of people, so that they don’t have to travel far distances for jobs,” said Amit Shah.

3:10 pm IST

Congress promises reservation to minorities, where will Telugu youth go: Amit Shah

“In their Telangana manifesto, Congress promised reservation to minorities in government contracter. If they promise reservations for minorities, what will the Telugu youth do, where will they go,” asks Amit Shah.

3:05 pm IST

Amit Shah addresses rally in Nagarkurnool

BJP chief is addressing public meeting in Telangana’s Nagarkurnool.

3:55 pm IST

BJP guarantees security of nation: Adityanath

“BJP guarantees security of the nation, unlike Congress,” said UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

3:50 pm IST

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses public meeting in Telangana

UP CM Yogi Adityanath is currently addressing a public meeting at Tandur, Vikarabad, Telangana.

2:45 pm IST

KCR engages in no-holds-barred attack

Leading the campaign of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), its president K. Chandrashekhar Rao has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘liar’ and Congress President Rahul Gandhi a ‘joker’, according to news agency PTI.

Congress-led People’s Front and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are returning the favour in the same coin, branding KCR and his family members as ‘thieves’ and ‘looters’ of the newly created state.

KCR is known for using choicest words in Telugu with Telangana accent to run down his rivals. Popular for his oratory skills, he often lands himself in controversies through bitter verbal attacks.

2:30 pm IST

TRS’ Kavitha Kalvakuntla holds roadshow in Bodhan

TRS’ Kavitha Kalvakuntla Sunday held a roadshow at Yadapally of Bodhan constituency along with MLA candidate Shakeel Amir Garu.

TRS’ Kavitha Kalvakuntla Sunday held a roadshow at Yadapally of Bodhan. ( Kavitha Kalvakuntla /Twitter )

2:15 pm IST

KCR govt doesn’t celebrate Liberation Day due to fear of Owaisi: Shah

“Due to fear of Owaisi, KCR government no longer celebrates Liberation Day on 17th September. If BJP forms the govt in the state, Hyderabad Liberation Day will be celebrated in a grand way,” said Amit Shah.

2:10 pm IST

KCR promised dalit CM, didn’t fulfil promise: Shah

“A dalit will be the chief minister of Telangana but K. Chandrashekar Rao did not fulfil his promise, and himself became the CM,” said Amit Shah.

2:05 pm IST

KCR deprived the poor of PMAY benefits: Amit Shah

“KCR government did not fulfil the promise of providing 2 bedroom houses for poor and also deprived them of the benefits of PMAY,” said Amit Shah.

“KCR government is responsible for depriving people of Telangana from the benefits of the pro-poor schemes of the centre,” he said.

2:00 pm IST

Congress promised free electricity to Masjid, why not temples: Shah

“Congress Party in his manifesto promised free electricity to Masjid and Church but not for the temples,” said Amit Shah inn Rajasthan.

“Both TRS and Congress are engaged in minorities appeasement,” he said.

1:55 pm IST

BJP against quota on basis of religion, KCR proposed 12%: Shah

“They had promised 12% reservation to minorities, but BJP is absolutely against reservations based on religion and that is why we will make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Amit Shah.

“TRS and Congress party believes in the appeasement of Minorities and Akbaruddin Owaisi claimed that whoever becomes CM of Telangana will have to bow before them”, he added.

1:52 pm IST

KCR didn’t fulfil employment promises: Shah

KCR was unable provide jobs to the youth, said Amit Shah.

1:50 pm IST

KCR spent crores of rupees on election: Amit Shah

“KCR has spent crores of rupees on the election.Telangana assembly election was earlier suppose to happen in May. Had the election been scheduled for May that is near the Lok Sabha election, Telangana wouldn’t have incurred so much on elections. But, KCR was scared if elections happen in May, he would have to face Modi government’s popularity, and won’t be able to win and make his son or daughter the chief minister,” said Amit Shah.

1:47 pm IST

A tripartite battle in Telangana: Amit Shah

“There is going to be a tripartite battle. On one side are TRS and Chandrashekhar Rao who made Telangana kneel before AIMIM, another is Congress who sent Sidhu to hug Pak army chief and on the third side are nationalists led by PM Modi,” said Amit Shah.

1:45 pm IST

BJP chief Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Telangana

BJP chief Amit Shah is addressing a public meeting in Telangana’s Narayanpet.

12:50 pm IST

Congress wants workers to say ‘Sonia Gandhi Ki Jai’: Rajnath

While addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Bansur, Rajnath Singh referred to an incident that Amit Shah recently claimed in a rally in Madhya Pradesh that he knows of an incident when a Congress worker wanted to give the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, but he was interrupted and made to say ‘Sonia Gandhi Ki Jai’.

12:45 pm IST

Rajnath Singh to address rallies in Rajasthan’s Bansur

Rajnath Singh is currently addressing a rally a public meeting in Rajasthan’s Bansur.

12:15 pm IST

Rajnath Singh to address rallies in Rajasthan

Rajnath Singh reached Rajasthan from Nagaland Sunday. He will be addressing public rallies in Rajasthan’s Bansur, Bilada and Sojat constituencies, he tweeted.

11:35 am IST

119-Member Telangana assembly goes to polls on Dec 7

Elections in Telangana, a 119-member assembly will be held on December 7.

The Telangana legislative assembly was prematurely dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation made by the state cabinet. The assembly polls were originally scheduled to be held along with Lok Sabha elections next year.

11:30 am IST

WhatsApp, NRI focus for Youth Congress

When the Youth Congress in Telangana started its war room in Hyderabad two months ago, the first thing it did was approach Telugu non-resident Indians (NRIs) to pep up its social media campaign in the poll-bound state.

“We did not seek funds from them but asked them to do research and use their contacts in disseminating our promises and programmes to the people through social media since they have the time, wherewithal and resources,” said state Youth Congress secretary and war room in-charge, Venkat Gurijala.

There are about two million people from Telangana residing and working in the Gulf nations and other countries, as per data available with state Congress.

11:20 am IST

BJP manifesto promises free distribution of cows to 1 lakh people

Farm loan waiver up to Rs two lakh, free laptops to degree students, regulation of liquor sale, free distribution of cows to one lakh people every year are some of the main promises in the BJP’s manifesto for the December 7 Telangana Assembly polls.

The manifesto, released Thursday by state BJP president K Laxman, also promised a legislation to prevent “forcible religious conversions” made by offering money and other inducements.

11:15 am IST

As campaigning heats up, Amit Shah to address poll rally in Telangana

BJP president Amit Shah will be in Telangana Sunday to address public meetings in Narayanpet, Amangal, and Kamareddy. Later in the day, he will also hold a roadshow in Malkajgiri.