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General Elections 2019 Highlights| CPM thinks it can remain in power by unleashing violence, says Rahul Gandhi

General Elections 2019: The national election will be held in seven rounds from 11 April and the results will be announced on May 23, the Election Commission said on March 10

By HT Correspondent | Mar 14, 2019 22:39 IST
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi formally launched the party’s Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign in Kerala today when heladdressed a huge rally of workers at Kozhikode.

The Congress chief attended a series of programmes, beginning with the “fishermen’s parliament” at Triprayar in Thrissur.

The national election will be held in seven rounds from 11 April and the results will be announced on May 23, the Election Commission said on Sunday. Voting will be held across India on April 11, April 19, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

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Highlights:

7:46 pm IST

PDA announces candidate for lone LS seat in Nagaland

The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in Nagaland Thursday announced its candidate for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state.

Tokheho Yepthomi, the sitting Lok Sabha member and a leader of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), was also give the party ticket at a programme here.

6:33 pm IST

Time to put full stop to politics of violence and hatred: Rahul Gandhi

“Both the RSS and CPM are symbols of violence but the congress trademark is non-violence. We respect intelligence of every one. We stand for all. We will ensure that your lives are happy and content. It is time to put full stop to politics of violence and hatred,” said Rahul Gandhi.

6:31 pm IST

Congress party is the voice of the country: Rahul Gandhi

“Congress is the only party which can ensure love, affection and protection in the country. Congress party is the voice of the country. We will protect every person of this country regardless of caste, creed, language or religion. We understand that all of you make up this country,” said Rahul Gandhi.

6:26 pm IST

Rafale will lead to Modi’s downfall: Rahul Gandhi

“Rafale will lead to Modi’s downfall.Narendra Modi changed the Rafale deal. PM snatched deal from HAL and presented it to Reliance on a plate,”said Rahul Gandhi.

6:16 pm IST

The CPI-M thinks that it can rule Kerala by unleashing violence: Rahul Gandhi

“I visited the houses of two young leaders who were killed. We will ensure that the families of these leaders get justice. The CPI-M thinks that it can rule the state by violence. It will take them a while to understand that their ideology is defunct. Their grasping power is very slow.,” said Rahul Gandhi.

6:16 pm IST

If Cong comes to power, we will simplify GST: Rahul Gandhi

Modi implemented a flawed GST. Small shopkeepers and businessmen were runed by this GST. No one understood this GST. When we will come to power, we will simplify GST. There will be one tax slab and it will be as low as possible, said Rahul Gandhi.

6:12 pm IST

If Cong comes to power, 33 % reservation in Lok Sabha and assemblieswill be given to women: Rahul Gandhi

“Women are the backbone of this country. If Congress comes to power, whether it is the Lok Sabha or assemblies, 33 per cent quota will be given to women,” said Rahul Gandhi.

6:06 pm IST

Congress doesn’t believe in blatant privatisation of education system: Rahul Gandhi

Narenda Modi won’t understand this - that even poor people fall sick. And, that they don’t have the money to go to private hospitals and afford the treatment there. That they don’t have money to afford fee of private schools. We don’t believe in blatant privatisation of education system and hospitals. We have decided to put 6% into education, “ said Rahul Gandhi.

6:03 pm IST

Only Congress can ensure one India: Rahul Gandhi

“This is Modi’s India. He wants two Indias, one for the rich and the other for poor and weak. Only Congress can ensure one India. Once voted to power, we will provide minimum income for people. We will implement Minimum guarantee scheme,” said Rahul Gandhi in Kerala’s Kozhikode.

6:01 pm IST

Modi tells you his Mann ki Baat, India’s wealth goes to 15 businessmen: Rahul Gandhi

While he was busy delivering his man ki baat, his friends were looting the country. Modi tells you his Mann ki Baat while India’s wealth goes to 15 businessmen,” said Rahul Gandhi.

5:59 pm IST

Modi attacked every institution in the country: Rahul Gandhi

“PM Modi wiped out future of millions in one stroke. Even his cabinet members were aware of this. Even institutions like RBI bypassed. He attacked every institution in the country and destroyed them,” said Rahul Gandhi.

5:54 pm IST

‘Modi ignores everyone and speaks his Mann ki Baat’: Rahul Gandhi

“It is time that you decide whether you want the present regime which shattered the country’s fabric or the party that is set to save the great tradition of this great country. Can you imagine the arrogance of such a man? He ignores everything and speaks his ‘Mann ki Baat’,” said Rahul Gandhi at Kozhikode rally.

“It is not PM’s job to tell his man ki baat. It is his duty to hear the poorest and weakest. One man’s man ki baat won’t matter in this country,” he said.

5:51 pm IST

Whether it’s religion or caste, Cong is for everyone: Rahul Gandhi

“We respect every belief and tradition of this great country. We never intend to impose anything on anybody. Whether it is religion. Caste or language my party is for everyone. It is like the ocean beside you,” said Rahul Gandhi.

5:43 pm IST

Defend democracy, secularism to fight BJP: CPI-M

The CPI-M on Thursday found fault with “many opposition parties” for not putting forth “an effective alternative platform which defends democracy and secularism without any compromise” in their fight against the BJP.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” said the April-May battle for the Lok Sabha “is going to be the most consequential election in the history of independent India.

“Much is at stake,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said. “This election will have a bearing on the future of the secular-democratic Republic as enshrined in the Constitution.

4:46 pm IST

‘People eager to give another term to Modi’: Naik

Union minister and North Goa Lok Sabha member Shripad Naik on Thursday said people are happy with the country’s development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “eager” to give him another chance.

He said Modi would address a meeting in Goa before the Lok Sabha polls in the state’s two seats scheduled on April 23.

The BJP is yet to announce its candidates in Goa.

4:30 pm IST

EC to visit WB, Tripura, Assam, Manipur to review poll preparedness

Election Commission team will be visiting West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Manipur from March 16-19 to review poll preparedness

4:19 pm IST

NCP announces first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections 2019

NCP has announced first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections 2019 including Supriya Sule from Baramati, Sanjay Dina Patil from Mumbai North East, Anand Paranjpe from Thane, Sunil Tatkare from Raigad and Mohammad Faisal from Lakshwadeep.

03:13 pm IST

BJD leader and MP resigns from party

Sitting Biju Janta Dal Memeber of Parliament Balabhadra Majhi resigns from party.

02:34 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi visits house of slain youth Congress workers

Rahul Gandhi visits the house of slain youth Congress workers in north Kerala’s Kasargode district

02:24 pm IST

Vadakkan’s exit not a set back: Congress leader Lathika Subhash

Not a setback for the Congress, said Congress party leader Lathika Subhash

02:22 pm IST

Another surgical strike to net Tom Vadakkan: Kerala BJP chief Sreedharan Pillai

Kerala BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai said it was another surgical strike to net the congress spokesman

02:14 pm IST

Congress reacts to Tom Vadakkan joining BJP

“Anybody who leaves a party to join another other party has to make certain comments. The way he used to abuse Modi, Amit Shah, I want to know what their opinions are on it,”says Randeep Surjewala

02:02 pm IST

Leadership will have to ensure that such seniors won’t cross over: Rajmohan Unnithan

Referring to the Vadakkan’s cross over, congress leader Rajmohan Unnithan said, “ An isolated incident”, “Leadership will have to ensure that such seniors won’t cross over. The party will examine reasons for his exit,” Unnithan added.

01:47 pm IST

Believe in PM’s development narrative: Tom Vadakkan

Senior Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joins BJP, says ‘I believe in PM’s development narrative’ added that Congress’ reaction to attacks carried out by Pak-based terrorists was sad, reports news agency PTI

01:40 pm IST

Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joins Bharatiya Janata Party

Delhi: Congress leader Tom Vadakkan joins Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

 

01:06 pm IST

Trinamool Congress MLA joins Bharatiya Janata Party

Delhi: Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh joins Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

12:42 pm IST

Bihar BJP election committee meets in Patna

Bihar Bhartiya Janta Party’s election committee meets in Patna, reports news agency ANI

 

12:38 pm IST

Three special observers to assess situation in J&K for assembly elections

Three special observers appointed by the EC will be in Srinagar today to assess the situation for holding assembly elections.Several political party leaders are meeting the team to give their assessment on holding state elections.

12:21 am IST

Will make GST simpler: Rahul Gandhi on 28% GST for fishermen

When government is taking 28% tax from fishermen, it is Gabbar Singh who is taking your money. We will reform GST and make it simple: Rahul Gandhi

 

11:30 am IST

‘I dont make fake promises like PM Modi’: Rahul Gandhi at Thrissur

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi says he is not like PM Narendra Modi, “I don’t make fake promises”.

11:24 am IST

Minimum Income will be provided to remove poverty: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi in Thrissur: In 2019, when we come to power, we’ve decided to take a big decision of Minimum Guarantee Income. With Guaranteed Minimum Income, anybody who earns less than minimum income line will be given money by GoI to bring them up to minimum income line. reports news agency ANI

 

11:05 am IST

Fishermen ministry in New Delhi if Congress comes to power: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi at ‘Fishermen’s Parliament’ in Thrissur: I want to give you your own amplifier, so that when you feel something, your voice is immediately heard in Delhi. In my view,there is only one amplifier that will solve your problem, that is your own ministry in Delhi.

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10:44 am IST

Andhra Pradesh: Jana Sena Party announces first list of candidates

Andhra Pradesh: Jana Sena Party (JSP) has announced its first list of 4 MP candidates and 32 MLA candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state, reporst news agency ANI.

10:31 am IST

Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh to join Bharatiya Janata Party today

Trinamool Congress MLA Arjun Singh to join Bharatiya Janata Party today, reports news agency ANI.

10:22 am IST

Rahul Gandhi to kick start Lok Sabha campaign in Kerala

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will formally launch the party’s Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign in Kerala today when he addresses a huge rally of workers at Kozhikode.