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Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: ‘Confident of majority’, says PM Modi in first ever press conference

The last phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place on May 19 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.

By HT Correspondent | May 17, 2019 21:53 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in Mirzapur and Kushinagar.

The last phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place on May 19 and counting will take place on May 23.

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7:30 pm IST

‘I am a disciplined soldier. In our party, president is everything’: PM Modi

“I am a disciplined soldier. In our party, the president is everything,” Modi said directing questions put to him to party president Amit Shah after a reporter enquired if she can ask the Prime Minister something.

7:15 pm IST

‘Congratulations, Modi ji’: Rahul Gandhi mocks PM’s press briefing

At a rare press conference as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took no questions but expressed confidence about coming back to power with increased majority.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has often criticised Modi for not addressing media during his tenure, was quick in taking a jibe over the media interaction at the BJP headquarters called at the end of Lok Sabha campaign.

 

6:50 pm IST

Polling team reached world’s highest polling station in Tashigang

A polling team has reached the world’s highest polling station at Tashigang in Lahaul-Spiti, a part of Mandi Parliamentary constituency. The polling station is located at an altitude of 15256 feet above sea level. :ANI

 

6:25 pm IST

Polling parties leave for their respective polling stations in Mandi

Polling parties leave for their respective polling stations in Mandi. :ANI

 

6:10 pm IST

‘EC has to address all grievances simultaneously, take proper action’: N Chandrababu Naidu

“Election Commission has ordered re-polling at 5 polling stations of Chandragiri AC and Chittoor PC after 25 days, they have to address all grievances simultaneously, they have to take proper action,” said chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu after a meeting with the Election Commission. :ANI

6:00 pm IST

Campaigning for Lok Sabha elections 2019 ends

Campaigning for Lok Sabha elections 2019 has come to an end.

5:22 pm IST

‘Will perform good in North-East, very good in West Bengal’: Amit Shah

“We’ll perform good in North-East, very good in West Bengal. We’ll do good in Odisha and there will be improvement in number of seats in all the states in the South. We’ll improve in Maharashtra also,” said Amit Shah. :ANI

5:20 pm IST

‘Pragya Thakur’s candidature a ‘satyagrah’ against a fake case of fake Bhagwa terror’: Amit Shah

“Pragya Thakur’s candidature is a ‘satyagrah’ against a fake case of fake Bhagwa terror. I want to ask Congress, some people were earlier arrested in ‘Samjhauta Express’ who were related to LeT.A fake case of “bhagwa terror” was made in which accused have been acquitted,” said Amit Shah. :ANI

5:18 pm IST

‘80 BJP leaders killed in one and a half years’: Amit Shah

“80 BJP workers have been killed in one and a half years. What does Mamata Banerjee has to say about this? If we were responsible for this, why violence didn’t take place anywhere else?,” said Amit Shah. :ANI

5:15 pm IST

‘BJP served show cause notice to Pragya Thakur for her statement on Godse’: Amit Shah

“Party has served Pragya Thakur a show cause notice and asked her to reply within 10 days. After she files a reply, party’s disciplinary committee will take appropriate actions,” BJP president Amit Shah on Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement on Nathuram Godse.

5:10 pm IST

‘Our government is known for last mile delivery’: PM Modi

“Our government is known for its last mile delivery. This is the new culture of governance in India, and this is what the real strength of democracy,” said PM Modi.

5:07 pm IST

‘I am here to thank you all for the last five years’: PM Modi

“I am here to thank you all for the last five years,” said prime minister Narendra Modi at the press conference.

5:05 pm IST

‘Nation stood beside me through all ups and downs’: PM Modi

“Through all ups and downs, the nation always stood beside me,” said prime minister Narendra Modi.

5:03 pm IST

‘Elections were magnificent. I believe we will get a complete majority’: PM Modi

“I congratulate everyone for the successful conduct of elections. I believe our government will come to power with complete majority,” said PM Modi.

5:00 pm IST

‘People in Satta Bazaar who bet on Cong in 2014 elections faced huge losses this day last year’: PM Modi

“Election results came on May 16, 2014. A huge casualty took place on May 17, 2014. Today is May 17. People in ‘Satta bazaar’ who used to bet for Congress to win in elections faced huge losses on May 17,” said prime minister Narendra Modi. :ANI

4:49 pm IST

‘India is the world’s biggest democracy but how strong is it?’: PM Modi

“It is our duty to highlight the fact that India is the biggest democracy in the world. Our nation is full of diversity. Now that the government is able to manage everything together, students’ exams, Ramzan, elections, everything is able to go on together,” said PM Modi.

4:55 pm IST

PM Modi addresses press conference

Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the press conference at BJP headquarters.

4:50 pm IST

‘Modi campaigned in temperatures ranging from 18 degress Celsius to 46 degrees Celsius’: Amit Shah

“Most rallies of Narendra Modi were held in temperatures ranging from 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature he held a rally in was 18 degress Celsius in Arunachal Pradesh and the maximum was 46 degrees Celsius in Madhya Pradesh,” said Amit Shah.

4:48 pm IST

‘We have ensured inclusive development’: Amit Shah

“We have improved the living standards of more than 50 crore poor people. We have launched schemes to support them and make them feel like they are a part of the nations’s development. We have ensured inclusive development,” said Amit Shah.

4:45 pm IST

‘Most party slogans launched by volunteers these elections’: Amit Shah

“The excitement among the common people is such that slogans such as ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’ and ‘Ayega to Modi hi’ were launched by volunteers and not the party. Many volunteers signed up to work for the party these elections,” said Amit Shah.

4:35 pm IST

‘People willing to see Narendra Modi become PM again’: Amit Shah

After independence, BJP has worked the hardest in these elections. The party has campaigned extensively in these elections. The people are willing to see Narendra Modi become prime minister again, said Amit Shah.

4:25 pm IST

PM Modi joins Amit Shah at BJP press conference

Prime minister Narendra Modi has joined Amit Shah for the latter’s press conference at BJP headquarters.

4:10 pm IST

‘Campaigners should refrain from addressing media during silence period’: EC

During the silence period, star campaigners and other political leaders should refrain from addressing the media by way of press conferences and giving interviews on election matters, said Election Commission. :ANI

3:55 pm IST

‘Silence period in constituencies should not be amounted to soliciting support for candidates’: EC

In a multi-phased poll, a silence period of last 48 hours may be on in certain constituencies while campaign is ongoing in other constituencies. In such an event, there shouldn’t be reference amounting to soliciting support for parties or candidates in seats observing silence period, said Election Commission. ANI

3:40 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Kushinagar

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Kushinagar; Congress candidate from the constituency, RPN Singh is also present. :ANI

 

2:54 pm IST

Will never forgive Pragya Thakur for her remarks on ‘Bapu’: PM Modi

Will never forgive Pragya Thakur for her remarks on ‘Bapu’, says PM Modi

1:52 pm IST

PM Modi to meet BJP workers part of Lok Sabha campaign today

PM Narendra Modi to meet BJP workers part of the Lok Sabha campaign, later today at BJP office in Delhi.

 

1:26 pm IST

I will use the next five years for development of India: PM Modi

You take out five seconds to vote for me and I will use the next five years for the development of India, says PM Modi.

1:24 pm IST

Statements of Ananth Kumar Hegde, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion: Amit Shah

Statements of Ananth Kumar Hegde, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion. BJP has nothing to do with it. They have withdrawn their statements and apologized. BJP has taken their statements seriously and sent these statements to the disciplinary committee. The committee will seek explanations from all the three leaders and will submit the report to the party within 10 days, says Amit Shah.

12:47 pm IST

Fully committed to double the income of farmers by 2022: PM Modi

In the past 5 years, we will increase the speed of work to make a strong system from seed to market for farmers. We are fully committed to double the income of farmers by 2022, says PM Narendra Modi.

12:38 pm IST

Till Modi and BJP are there, nobody can touch land of those living in forests: PM Modi

Till Modi and BJP are there, nobody can touch land of those living in forests: PM Modi

12:32 pm IST

Both Meerut and Khargone are associated with independence war of 1857: PM Modi

My election campaign started from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Now the last rally is happening in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. From a historical perspective, there is a connection between Meerut and Khargone, which is often not noticed. Both of these cities are associated with the independence war of 1857, says PM Narendra Modi.

12:29 pm IST

People of India voting to build a New India: PM Modi

The elections of 2019 is different from all the previous general elections. In this polls, people of India is voting for their country and not for any party. They are voting to build a New India, says PM Narendra Modi.

12:28 pm IST

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Kamrup, the whole nation is saying- Ab ki baar, 300 paar, phir ek baar Modi Sarkar: PM Modi

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Kamrup, the whole nation is saying- Ab ki baar, 300 paar, phir ek baar Modi Sarkar, says PM Modi.

12:27 pm IST

After decades you will elect a majority government for a second time in a row: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Khargone,Madhya Pradesh: This Sunday when you go to cast your vote then you will be scripting history. After decades you will elect a majority government for a second time in a row.

 

12:26 pm IST

NDA choice of 130 crore Indians: PM Modi

NDA choice of 130 crore Indians: PM Modi at Khargone rally in Madhya Pradesh.

12:18 pm IST

PM Modi addresses public rally in Madhya Pradesh

PM Modi addresses public rally in Madhya Pradesh.

11:57 am IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Mizrapur

Congress General Secretary of UP (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a roadshow in Mizrapur. Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, Mizrapur Congress candidate also present.

 

11:53 am IST

Chandrababu Naidu to meet Election Commission of India today

Delhi: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu to meet Election Commission of India, today.

 

11:28 am IST

Not true that Congress won’t claim PM post: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: No, this is not true that Congress will not claim or Congress is not interested in Prime Minister post. Of course we are the biggest and oldest political party. If we have to run the govt for five years biggest political party should be given a chance.

 

11:05 am IST

Priyanka Gandhi to hold roadshows in Mirzapur and Kushinagar

Priyanka Gandhi to hold roadshows in Mirzapur and Kushinagar.

10:58 am IST

PM Modi to address a public meeting in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh.