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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights - Ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat for a holiday: PM Modi

PM Modi will hold election rallies in Haryana and Delhi on Wednesday while Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will hold roadshows in Delhi.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 12, 2019 13:44 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address three election rallies across Haryana and New Delhi on Wednesday. He is scheduled to hold two rallies in Haryana in Fatehabad and Kurukshetra.

PM Modi will also hold a rally in Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi later on in the evening.

Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi will hold two road shows in New Delhi as she canvasses for Congress candidates.

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8:15pm IST

Ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat for a holiday: PM Modi

PM Modi said “Congress namdaar does not spare an opportunity to abuse me and is shouting at me that the military is not anyone’s personal property”. But it was his father and the family who used INS Viraat like a personal taxi.

“The incident relates to the period when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister and had gone on holidays. At that time, INS Virat was deployed to secure borders but at that time, INS Viraat was sent to fetch Gandhi family. It stopped for 10 days. Rajiv Gandhi’s in-laws were also present. Isn’t it a breach of national security that foreign nationals were allowed to board the ship… A military chopper was also placed at their disposal,” PM Modi said at Ramlila Maidan

8:10pm IST

‘The Congress has suddenly started talking about justice’: PM Narendra Modi

‘The Congress has suddenly started talking about justice nowadays.

The Congress has to tell who will account for the injustice committed in the 1984 Sikh riots?

The Congress will have to tell the chief Minister what Justice is the allegation of being associated with the Sikh riots’: PM Narendra Modi

8:05 pm IST

The nation is looking at the 4th generation of naamdar family of Congress : PM Modi

“The nation is looking at the 4th generation of naamdar family of Congress. But this dynastic mindset has not been restricted to just one family. All those who have been close to this family have carried forward the flag of dynasty,” PM Modi in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.

7:55 pm IST

Middle class is given help for their houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana: PM Modi

“PM Narendra Modi in Delhi: Middle class is given help for their houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Respecting the honesty of the middle class we have kept the annual income upto Rs 5 Lakh out of the taxable income” PM Modi said, according to news agency ANI. 

7:50pm IST

‘Bond between Delhi and BJP is strong’: PM Modi in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan

“I am fortunate that you provided me the opportunity to serve you. Before I give you an account of my work, I would like to extend my gratitude to every person in Delhi,” PM Modi said, according to news agency ANI.

5:00pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds roadshow in North East Delhi in support of Sheila Dikshit

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow Wednesday afternoon in support of Sheila Dikshit, her party candidate from North East Delhi constituency drawing a huge crowd.

Read on | Lok Sabha elections 2019: Priyanka holds roadshow in North East Delhi in support of Sheila Dikshit

3:15 pm IST

Your Mann Ki Baat is our command: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi requests the crowd to give Congress a huge margin in MP, ends rally in Bhind.

3:12 pm IST

Congress will obey whatever India’s farmers will demand: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, says he let Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi flee. He says why is a farmer in Mandsaur killed for being unable to repay his loans, while Anil Ambani roams freely in the streets of the capital.

2:55 pm IST

‘Congress is tormenting me, I turn to you for help,’ PM Modi asks crowd to spread the truth regarding Congress.

PM Modi asks Haryana to vote in numbers, ends Kurukshetra public rally.

2:51 pm IST

PM Modi wants to make India a sporting superpower, says, Haryana’s daughters will lead the way.

PM applauds Haryana’s daughters, says avenues for women have opened up in sports, Army and Air Force.

2:53 PM IST

‘Congress has showered me with a lot of ‘love’, asked the identity of my father and grandparents,’ PM Modi blasts at Congress in Kurukshetra.

The Prime Minister advises the public to steer clear of Congress’ dictionary of ‘love’, says it will corrupt future generations.

2:48 pm IST

‘Congress’ electoral language is tainting the minds of the children and the youth’, PM Modi on Congress’ barbs against him.

PM Narendra Modi blasts out at Congress and says they have no respect for the position of the Prime Minister.

‘They compared me to Mussolini and Hitler, called me mentally disabled.’ PM Modi takes a dig at Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

2:42 pm IST

‘Congress’ definition of ‘love’ is faulty’, says PM Modi

PM Modi hits out at Mani Shankar Aiyar, Jairam Ramesh, Shaktisinh Gohil and Sonia Gandhi for their barbs on PM Modi.

2:38 pm IST

PM declares 50 lakh loan for traders without guarantee, pension for MSME traders and farmers

PM Narendra Modi to set up a National Council for Traders

2:32 pm IST

‘Our rivers are making Pakistan’s lands fertile, I’ll bring back every drop of water to our nation’s farmers’, says PM Modi.

PM Modi speaks on Indus River treaty and blames Congress for not abrogating the river water sharing treaty.

2:32 pm IST

‘Congress planted the lie of Hindu terror in the aftermath of Samjhauta blasts, but their plot failed,’ says PM Modi

PM claims that Congress has tainted our age-old culture and paved way for militancy to foster at a rally in Kurukshetra, Haryana

2:30 pm IST

‘Congress prioritises vote bank, insults Ramayana and Mahabharata’, says PM Modi

PM Modi takes a dig at Bengal CM, says Congress allies with people who love Pakistan and jail people for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

2:25 PM IST

PM Modi: Coming to Haryana feels like homecoming

PM Narendra Modi claims that the Centre has solved the problems of Haryana in every sector.

2:13 PM IST

PM Modi to address public rally in Kurukshetra shortly

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar shares dais with the PM, claims BJP will win Karnal, Ambala and Kurukshetra constituencies by a large margin.

1:33 pm IST

I just mentioned a fact, says PM Modi on his Rajiv Gandhi comment

“I just mentioned a fact about Rajiv Gandhi... When the Congress president abuses the serving PM, his family and his poverty, then the Congress ecosystem has no qualms clapping. But when I mention an established fact about his father, then all these people lose their cool.... I challenge the Congress and its ecosystem to fight an election in Rajiv Gandhi’s name,” PM Modi said in an interview to Navbharat Times, according to the BJP’s Twitter handle.

1:16 pm IST

‘Clean chit on Bofors is a misconception’, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister says last word on Bofors not out yet, slams former PM Rajiv Gandhi on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and Lankan civil war.

1:11 pm IST

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addresses the media, attacks former PM Rajiv Gandhi

‘Congress stands for loot and lies, we have a right to question Rajiv Gandhi since he was a former PM. They are out on bail, they’ll be soon in jail’, says Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar.

1:07 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi is wasting her time, says Arvind Kejriwal

AAP convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says, She (Priyanka Gandhi) is wasting her time,why doesn’t she campaign in Rajasthan & MP? She’s doing rallies in UP against SP-BSP,she’s doing rallies in Delhi against AAP. Both the brother & the sister aren’t going to those places where there’s direct fight with BJP: ANI

12:37 pm IST

Congress rewarding those involved in 1984 Sikh riots: PM Modi

On the one hand, we are working sincerely for the welfare of farmers but the Congress is deceiving farmers in the name of loan waiver as can be seen in Rajasthan, MP: PM Modi. Adds, Sikhs were massacred in 1984 at the behest of Congress and they didn’t get justice all these years. But we ensured that hose involved in riots are being punished now and the process has started. But the Congress is rewarding those involved in those riots, someone about whom questions were raised in these riots has been made the chief minister of MP, says Modi.

12:31 pm IST

Will jail those who ignored farmers in the next five years: PM Modi

PM Modi says that Congress is not bothered either about the soldiers or the farmers. This chowkidaar has taken the person who looted farmers to court. He is making rounds of ED &court to take bail. He used to think he is Shahenshah, now is nervous. I’ve already taken him to jail door.Give blessings & I’ll put him in jail within next 5 yrs, says PM Modi. He adds, we will double the income of the farmers by 2022. After the elections results, farmers will get money in their accounts thrice every year.

12:24 pm IST

PM Modi says his govt implemented OROP

PM Modi says his government has implemented One Rank, One Pension scheme. He adds, it is because of Congress’ lies, the national war memorial could not be erected even after 70 years. But what they didn’t do, we have done it. We also erected a memorial for the police force.

12:20 pm IST

Cong will take away special powers to armed forces: PM Modi

Congress manifesto speaks of repealing the special powers given to the armed forces in J-K if it forms government after elections. It means Congress is talking about giving free run to those who throw stones and terrorists: Modi

12:15 pm IST

Congress didn’t have a clear policy on getting Masood Azhar declared global terrorist: Modi

Masood Azhar has been declared global terrorist, Pakistan is now forced to act against him, says Modi. He adds, Congress could not do it even after 5-6 years of trying to do it because they didn’t have a clear policy on it.

12:12 pm IST

PM Modi attacks Congress on defence policy

PM Modi says, “ Can any country become a world leader without strengthening its defence policy? Has Congress or any other party spoken about this in any of their rallies? They won’t tell because their past is such that they cannot speak on nation’s defence. Before 2014, there were terror attacks but the weak Congress govt used to only give statements.” He adds, now there is a strong government who attack terrorists in their lair. First we attacked them on land and then there were air strikes.

12:05 pm IST

PM Narendra Modi starts his speech at Fatehabad

PM Narendra Modi begins his speech. He says, five phases of polling is over and the picture is absolutely clear now. Whether it is Congress or its ‘mahamilavati’ allies, everyone has given up. Their aim to create a government in Delhi is demolished, says Modi.

11:55 am IST

PM Modi reaches Fatehabad, to address rally shortly

PM Modi has reached Fatehabad in Haryana where he will be addressing an election rally shortly. This is the first of three rallies to be held today. He is sharing dais with Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal

11:48 am IST

‘Modi ji, your time is up’: Rahul Gandhi tweets

Rahul Gandhi tweets about NYAY scheme, tells PM Modi his time is up and time for change has come.

11:20 am IST

AAP poses questions for BJP ahead of PM’s Delhi rally

PM Modi will address an election rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Wednesday. A day earlier, AAP hit out on Tuesday at the BJP for going back on their promise of granting full statehood to Delhi.