Lok Sabha elections 2019 live news updates- Congress manifesto is about balkanisation of India, says Arun Jaitley

The Congress will release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday.The manifesto document will be released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and all top party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, will be present at the party’s Akbar Road headquarters in Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday address a poll rally in Odisha, and will later head to Bihar to address two public meetings in Bihar. Taking forward BJP’s poll campaign, Amit Shah will address three public meetings in Tamil Nadu and a road show in Karnataka. :

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 04:21 PM IST
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Appears some that points drafted by Congress president’s friend in Tukde Tukde gang when it deals with J-K: Arun Jaitley

4:10 pm IST

Cong does not deserve even single vote for promises like doing away with sedition law: Arun Jaitley

Congress does not deserve even single vote for promises like doing away with sedition law, says Arun Jaitley

4:04 pm IST

‘Positively dangerous’, Arun Jaitley on Congress Manifesto

‘Positively dangerous’, Arun Jaitley on Congress Manifesto.

Congress making dangerous promises, says finance mMinister Arun Jaitley on the party manifesto

4:00 pm IST

‘Congress manifesto is about balkanisation of India’: Arun Jaitley

‘Congress manifesto is about balkanisation of India... The manifesto has agenda that will break the country, says Arun Jaitley

3:18 pm IST

Will get minimum 30 seats in Tamil Nadu: Amit Shah

“We have formed a strong alliance in Tamil Nadu and will get a minimum of 30 seats in the sate.

DMK and Congress have fielded corrupt politicians like Kanimozhi, Karti Chidambaram and A Raja,” said Amit Shah while addressing a public meeting in Tamil Nadu.

3:17 pm IST

Two union ministers from Tamil Nadu in our reign: Amit Shah

“Last time we had not marked a big victory in Tamil Nadu. Only BJP’s Pon Radhakrishnan had won.

However, we made two people, Pon Radhakrishnan and Nirmala Sitharaman, from Tamil Nadu as union ministers,” said Amit Shah in Tamil Nadu.

3:15 pm IST

BJP will not give Kashmir to others: Amit Shah

“We are making tough against terrorism. During the BJP government, the IAF destructed terrorist camps in Pakistan.

But,Congress government did not take any steps to contain terrorism. We should punish terrorists who killed our soldiers. However, the Congress is not ready for that.

The Congress party says it will review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Areas Act. Congress is not concerned about the nation’s security.

“We BJP will not give Kashmir to others. It is our terrain,” said Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu.

2:32 pm IST

GST, demonetisation have affected small businesses: Mayawati

“The way PM Modi’s government implemented GST and demonetization, in haste, that affected small businesses; that also led to increase in unemployment,” said BSP chief Mayawati while addressing a public meeting in Odisha.

2:20 pm IST

Mayawati kickstarts poll campaign

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati is in Odisha has kickstarted her election campaign.

1:32 pm IST

Congress promises simplifies GST, modern programmes for Armed Forces

“Congress will radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. We also promise panchayats and municipalities a share of GST revenues,” Congress said in manifesto.

Congress will reverse the trend of declining defence spending under the NDA government, and increase it to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. We will expedite all modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces in a transparent manner. We will improve social security, education and health facilities for our Paramilitary Forces and families,” the manifesto adds.

1:30 pm IST

Congress promises separate kisan budget, universal healthcare

“For farmers, Congress promises to put them on the path from “Karz Maafi”, to “Karz Mukti”. This will be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit. We will present a separate “Kisan Budget” every year. We will also establish a permanent National Commission on Agricultural Development and Planning,” Congress said in its manifesto.

“Congress promises to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free, diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. We will double expenditure on healthcare to 3 per cent of GDP by 2023-24,” it adds.

1:24 pm IST

Congress promises to introduce NYAY, bring job revolution

“To ensure a life of dignity to all Indians, Congress will introduce the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) under which Rs. 72,000/year will be transferred to the poorest 20 per cent households in India. It will be transferred to the woman in the household, as far as possible,” read the Congress manifesto.

“To the youth of India, Congress pledges to make jobs our no.1 priority, both in the public and private sector. We will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by;

a. Filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020.

b. Persuading the state governments to fill their 20 lakh vacancies.

c. Creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local body.

We will also provide a fillip to private sector jobs by;

a. Rewarding businesses for job creation and employing more women,

b. Requiring businesses with over 100 employees to implement an apprenticeship programme,” the manifesto adds.

1:20 pm IST

Congress’ key pledges in manifesto

1. Minimum Income Guarantee To Eliminate Poverty Or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY)

2. Jobs Revolution

3. Farmers And Farm Labour

4. Universal Healthcare

5. GST 2.0

6. Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces

7. Quality Education For Every Child

8. Gender Justice

9. Adivasis

10. Right to Homestead

11. End to Hate Crimes

12. Celebrating Freedom

13. Protecting Our Institutions

14. Cities and Urban Governance

15. Environment and Climate Change

1:08 pm IST

‘Chowkidar can hide but not run’ says Rahul Gandhi

‘Chowkidar can hide but not run. I don’ t understand why the PM doesn’t address you, why doesn’t he answer your questions like this, why is he scared of you,”says Rahul Gandhi.

1:05 pm IST

South India feels hostility from the PM: Rahul Gandhi

“South India feels hostility from the PM, they feel they are not being included in the decision making in the country. This is why I am contesting from Wayanad,” said Rahul Gandhi.

12:56 pm IST

NYAY and employment among 5 big ideas in Congress manifesto

Five big ideas in manifesto, the first being NYAY.

“PM Narendra Modi said Rs 15 lakh will be put. I asked manifesto committee to give me the truth. How much can we really put into bank accounts of poor people. They gave me a number. Rs 72,000. Garibi pe vaar, Rs 72,000. In five years, 3.6 lakh. This will put money into pockets of poor. 2nd PM modi jammed economy with notes ban. This will jumpstart economy by putting money in hands,” said Rahul Gandhi.

12:53 pm IST

Congress promises 150 days of MNREGA, separate kisan budget

“Congress promises 150 days of MNREGA in its manifesto. We have also decided to bring a separate farmer’s budget and 6% of the GDP will be contributed to education, and will also make non-payment of loans by farmers civil offence instead of criminal one ” said Rahul Gandhi.

12:50 pm IST

Didn’t want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie: Rahul Gandhi

“This manifesto is a massive step for Congress. When we started process a year back, I spoke to Chidambaram and Rajeev Gowda, I said don’t want a single thing in this manifesto that is a lie. We are hearing large number of lies being spoken by PM,” said Rahul Gandhi.

12:46 pm IST

Cong manifesto panel has delivered voice of people: Rahul Gandhi

“We took a year's time to cover all the objectives in the manifesto. We took opinions from the people and their wishes have been scripted in the manifesto,” said Rahul Gandhi at Congress’ manifesto launch.

12:43 pm IST

Congress releases party manifesto

Rahul Gandhi releases Congress manifesto, says it reflects wishes of the people.

12:38 pm IST

Manifesto spells out vision of rapidly expanding economy: Manmohan Singh

Manifesto spells out vision of rapidly expanding economy: Manmohan Singh

12:35 pm IST

Idea is to set narrative for 2019, says Chidambaram at Congress’ manifesto release

“Idea is to set the narrative for 2019. Congress president has already set the narrative. The BJP is our opposition. That party is trying to seize narrative to what they tried five years back, i.e. the narrative of polarization, divisiveness and hypernationalism. Have to bring the narrative to the real issues, which are unemployment, farmers’ distress, women security” said Chidambaram ahead of Congress manifesto release.

12:21 pm IST

‘Our manifesto will script bright future for country’: Congress

‘Our manifesto will script bright future for country’, said Congress ahead of the release of party’s 2019 manifesto.

12:20 pm IST

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh at Congress manifesto launch

UPA chairperson Sonia and former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh joined Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the launch of Congress manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019.

12:16 pm IST

You trusted the BJD for 19 years, but it’s now time for transformation: PM

“You trusted the BJD for 19 years, but it’s now time for transformation and to bring BJP again at the Centre so as to facilitate double-engine growth,” said PM Modi in Odisha.

12:14 pm IST

We identified 8 cr fake people who were availing subsidies: PM

“We identified 8 crore fake people who were availing subsidies and looting public money,” said PM Narendra Modi in Odisha.

12:09 IST

Congress to shortly release party manifesto

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi will shortly release the party manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

12:06 pm IST

Congress, BJD conspired to keep the poor as poor: PM Modi

“Parties like Congress and BJD conspired to keep the poor of the country poor, they deceived the poor. They treated them as vote-bank; and because of this don’t know how many Dana Manjhis don’t even get ambulance,” said PM Modi in Odisha.

12:01 pm IST

Introduced a tribal ministry for the first time: PM Modi

“Tribal people have been in the country for a long time but none of the previous governments had a special ministry for them. For the first time, the Centre introduced a tribal ministry to work towards the welfare of the many tribes in the country,” said PM Modi in Odisha.

11:56 am IST

If BJP was in power in Odisha, development would have been faster: PM

“Had BJP been in power in Odisha, development in state would have been on a much faster pace, because the state government here doesn’t move. I have worked for you despite not getting from the state,” said PM Modi.

11:53 am IST

Credit for transformation in country goes to the people: PM Modi

“I worked diligently to bring transformation in the country. It was possible because people supported me. The credit for the transformation in the country goes to the people of the country,” said PM Modi in Odisha.

11:48 am IST

Didn’t take a single leave in last 5 years: PM Modi

“Ever since you elected me in Delhi, I didn’t take a single a leave in the last five years. I put in as much efforts that are possible by a human body,” said PM Modi in Odisha.

11:45 am IST

PM Modi addresses poll rally in Odisha’s Kalahandi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began addressing a poll rally in Odisha’s Kalahandi.

11:21 am IST

PM Modi set to address poll rally in Odisha’s Kalahandi

PM Narendra Modi is set to address a public meeting in Odisha’s Kalahandi.

11:10 am IST

BJP, Congress locked in tight battle in Arunachal assembly seat

A neck-and-neck electoral battle in on the cards in the assembly constituency of Pakke-Kesang, the newly created district in Arunachal Pradesh, where both contesting candidates of the ruling BJP and the Congress claim to enjoy equal popularity.

BJP candidate B R Waghe and Congress nominee Atum Welly will vie for the seat, which was earlier a part of the East Kameng district.

The Pakke-Kesang assembly constituency was in the news post the 2014 assembly polls, as former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo, who won as a Congress nominee, had to give up the seat, following a Gauhati High Court order that declared his election null and void.

10:55 am IST

Congress fields Mohan Joshi against BJP’s Girish Bapat in Pune

Putting an end to suspense, the Congress has announced Mohan Joshi as its candidate from Pune Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra.

The announcement was made late Monday night by the Congress in an official release, a day after its city unit started poll campaigning in the constituency though it had then not declared its candidate.

Joshi’s main rival in Pune constituency is five-time BJP MLA and state cabinet minister Girish Bapat.

Joshi, popularly known as ‘dada’ in political circles, is considered a loyalist of the Congress since 1972.

10:16 pm IST

Mayawati to kickstart poll campaigning from Odisha

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati is scheduled to visit Odisha on Tuesday to kick off her election campaign.

Mayawati will address a public rally at Baramunda Ground in Bhubaneswar, a statement from the party read.

The BSP is going solo in Odisha.

After Odisha, Mayawati will address poll rallies in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. She will be back to Lucknow on April 5.

9:49 am IST

‘Should be limit to lies’: Tejashwi Yadav’s tweet before PM’s Bihar rallies

Prime Minister Modi will address two back-to-back rallies in Gaya and Jamui, which have witnessed several violent Maoist incidents in the recent past, on Tuesday. Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal(United) chief Nitish Kumar will also campaign for the Lok Sabha election from Gaya with the Prime Minister.

“Modi ji is coming to Gaya once again. Prime Minister @narendramodi, listen to the speech that you gave the last time when you were in Gaya carefully. I am sure you will be embarrassed. Does one exaggerate so much? There should be some limit to the lies, Prime Minister,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted in Hindi on Tuesday.

“Dear PM @narendramodi Ji, Just reminding what you had promised to Bihar & Bihari’s on 10-03-2014 in Purnea. You promised to give Bihar- * Special Status * Special Package *Special Attention Before visiting Bihar & to befool Bihari’s again first see the MIRROR & answer thyself,” he wrote.

9:38 am IST

Congress to release poll manifesto

The Congress party is likely to launch its crowdsourced manifesto for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been outlining the party’s agenda at election rallies and many of these are expected to be part of the manifesto including the much-hyped minimum income scheme.

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