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Lok Sabha elections 2019 live updates| Country shocked at Oppn reaction after IAF strike in Pak: PM Modi

Live updates: PM Narendra Modi extended Holi greetings to 25 lakh security guards across India via radio interaction.

By HT Correspondent | Mar 20, 2019 17:22 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling coalition in Goa under new chief minister Pramod Sawant faces a floor test in the legislative assembly today. According to Sawant the coalition was confident of winning the support of 21 MLAs in the 40-member assembly. The strength of the assembly, however, has shrunk to 36 due to the resignation and defection of two Congress legislators last year and death of BJP legislators Francis D’Souza and Manohar Parrikar.

The floor test has been necessitated by the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, followed by the swearing-in of Sawant, two deputy chief ministers and nine other ministers in the early hours of Tuesday. The opposition Congress, which has staked claim three times since last Saturday to form the government, on Tuesday said the swearing-in was illegal and accused the BJP of pushing the state into constitutional breakdown.

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5:15 pm IST

By abusing ‘chowkidar’, they’re bringing all watchman under cloud: PM

“It’s not the first time that I have been insulted me. It is really sad. By calling ‘chowkidar’ ‘chor’, they are insulting all watchmen across the country,” said PM Narendra Modi.

5:12 pm IST

Country shocked at Opposition’s reaction after IAF strike in Pak

The country is shocked at Opposition’s reaction after IAF strike in Pakistan, said PM Modi

5:05 pm IST

‘Chowkidar’ has become synonyms with patriot: PM Modi

Today, ‘chowkidar’ has become synonyms with patriot: PM Modi

4:59 pm IST

Today every Indian is saying ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’: PM Modi

You must have noticed that these days everywhere it is you who is being discussed, be it TV or social media, be it in India or abroad. Today every Indian is saying ‘Main bhi Chowkidaar’, said PM Modi.

4:57 pm IST

PM extends Holi greetings to 25 lakh security guards across India

PM Narendra Modi extended Holi greetings to 25 lakh security guards across India via audio bridge.

4:48 pm IST

BJP snatched special status from northeast: Rahul Gandhi

“We had also provided the northeast and Tripura with special status, however the BJP snatched that away from you,” said Rahul Gandhi in Tripura’s Agartala.

4:45 pm IST

Will make sure Citizenship amendment bill is not passed: Rahul Gandhi

“We delivered on our promise, and stopped the Citizenship amendment bill in the Lok Sabha itself. Amit Shah has said that after the elections they will bring in the Citizenship amendment bill, however we will make sure that this doesn’t happen,” said Rahul Gandhi in Tripura.

4:38 pm IST

Even a child understands the effect of demonetisation, PM doesn’t: Rahul Gandhi

“Ask anyone, an economy or a child, what will happen if Rs 500 and 1000 notes are banned. Even an 8-year-old can tell you that demonetisation will make the small businesses suffer, however the PM doesn’t understand that,” said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Tripura..

4:34 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Tripura’s Agartala

Rahul Gandhi addresses public meeting in Tripura’s Agartala.

14:29 pm IST

Farooq Abdullah comments on Congress and National Congress alliance

Farooq Abdullah, NC on alliance with Congress: Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress, I will contest from Srinagar and there will be a friendly contest between NC and Congress in Anantnag and Baramulla. We are also discussing the Ladakh seat, reports news agency ANI.

 

13:11 pm IST

Shashi Tharoor writes to Election officer for fair elections in his constituency

S Tharoor writes to Chief Election Officer, Kerala, states,”Writing to file a complaint in relation to malicious attempt by BJP & Sabarimala Karma Samithi to vitiate free&fair polls in Thiruvananthapurarn LS constituency,by publicising materials in a bid to appeal to religious sentiments of voters”

 

13:04 pm IST

Decision to bring new candidates for LS polls in Chhattisgarh was unanimous: Raman Singh

Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh: It was decided unanimously in BJP CEC meeting that the sitting MPs in Chhattisgarh will not contest the election and new faces will be brought in. The decision is to be respected by all.

 

12:46 pm IST

Wont allow Citizenship Bill to pass: Rahul in Imphal

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing a public rally in Imphal, Manipur: I am committing to you here that the Congress will defend your culture and history. We are not going to allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed, reports news agency ANI.

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12:44 pm IST

Won’t contest LS elections : Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati says she won’t contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections, reports news agency ANI.

 

12:33 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi reaches Assi Ghat

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached Assi Ghat on the banks on the Ganga on Wednesday. Speaking to people at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Priyanka Gandhi ask people to raise their voices against the ‘negative govternment’ at the Centre.

 

11:14 pm IST

PM Modi lacks listening skills: Rahul Gandhi

PM Narendra Modi lacks listening ability, which makes him angry and does not allow him to listen people’s need: Rahul Gandhi

11:11 pm IST

North-east states must be given back Special Status :Rahul Gandhi

We will communicate more with Manipur, will reinstate special status for the Manipur and other north-eastern states.

10:50 pm IST

We will not allow anyone to take away your culture, language: Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi : We will not allow anyone to take away your way of living. “No one can take away your culture, language and if they try they must be stopped,” Gandhi said.

10:45 pm IST

PMO must be called Publicity Minister’s office: Rahul

Addressing students in Manipur, Congress head Rahul Gandhi says that PMO must now be called Publicity Minister’s Office rather than Prime Minister’s Office.

10: 32 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi counters PM Modi’s Dynasty attack

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on PM Modi’s tweet ‘The biggest casualty of dynastic politics are institutions’: “BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last 5 years including the media. PM should stop thinking people are fools and understand that they see through this.”, reports news agency ANI.

 

10:30 pm IST

Central Government came up with only 1 university in 5 years: Rahul Gandhi

We are not spending enough money in Education, central government has failed to bring up government universities. Which has made education expensive in India.