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Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights: ‘Surveys are asking if Congress will cross 50 seats this time’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for re-election from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency, the seat he won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

By HT Correspondent | Apr 26, 2019 22:11 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency, the seat he won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections with a big margin. The holy city of Varanasi, formerly known as Banaras, will cast its vote in the last phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Before filing his papers, Modi offered prayers at the Baba Kaal Bhairav temple. At the time of nomination, Modi was accompanied by the BJP party chief, Amit Shah, and other prominent NDA leaders. The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the candidate of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, the Congress has nominated Ajay Rai for the seat.

Later in the day, Modi and Shah will address public rallies in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively.

Follow Highlights here:

9:20 pm IST

Cong failed to deliver a martyr memorial, but we did: PM Modi

Very few people know that 33,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives for the nation, but for many years the defence forces and the police forces demanded a martyr memorial but Congress did not pay any heed to their demands. But now we have a martyr memorial in Delhi, I request everyone to visit the memorial at least once and pay homage to the martyrs: PM Modi in Mumbai

9:12 pm IST

Calling is almost free, data in India is also the cheapest in the entire world: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi at NDA rally in Mumbai: Once upon a time, telephone bill was a huge part in list of expenses of middle class. Due to efforts of our government, calling is almost free, data in India is also the cheapest in the entire world, reports news agency ANI.

 

9:07 pm IST

Corruption, Tax and Inflation grow with speed during Congress’s rule : PM Modi

Corruption, Tax and Inflation only these three things grow with speed during Congress’s rule : PM Modi

9:02 pm IST

For the first time in thirty years, India is developing without facing inflation: PM Modi

For the first time in thirty years, the nation is not talking about the Inflation, even the opposition cannot say that India is dealing with inflation. We made sure that India develops without being pushed towards inflation. The calls and data pack are one of the biggest examples for the same: PM Modi in Mumbai

8:50 pm IST

Since independence, the least number of seats that Congress won was 44, in 2014 General Elections: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi at NDA rally in Mumbai: Since independence, the least number of seats that Congress won was 44, in 2014 General Elections. In 2019 General Elections, Congress is making a record of fighting on the least number of seats ever, reports news agency ANI.

 

8:46 pm IST

‘Surveys are asking if Congress will cross 50 seats this time’: PM Modi

The only discussion that people have is that wether the Congress would touch 50 seats or will get struck below 40 seats. So the intelligent decision is clear for the voter to make choice among BJP and Congress: PM Modi in Mumbai

8:40 pm IST

PM Modi addresses poll rally in Maharashtra's Mumbai

PM Modi addresses public meeting at Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

5:24 pm IST

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister is a busy man: PM Modi

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister is a busy man.

His priorities include jet-setting to Switzerland immediately after elections, leaving all administrative work, just to establish his own dynasty and of course, corruption.

Very sad state of affairs!

 

5: 20 pm IST

Demonetisation brought down cost of buying house: PM Modi

After demonetisation the cost of buying a house has gone down, people could purchase houses easily, but for Congress the demonetisation had brought negatives, as they lost their black money invested in the industry: PM Modi in Madhya Pradesh

5:12 pm IST

Ever since congress came to power, law and order in MP derailed:PM Modi

In less than six months of Congress coming to power, the state of governance is at an all time low in Madhya Pradesh.

The power situation is bad.

Farm loan waiver hasn’t been delivered upon despite being promised.

This shows why people must never vote Congress!

 

5:08 pm IST

‘This election is for happy and secure India’: PM Modi

These elections are not normal. Who is a parliamentarian or a prime minister is not just electing it. It is the choice to make a happy, secure India. There is a choice to guarantee the future of your children. It is the choice to give India a better position in the world: PM Modi

5:01 pm IST

PM Modi addresses poll rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses poll rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur.

 

02:43 PM IST

Congress govt betrayed people in MP by reducing electricity supply: Modi

Congress had promised to reduce electricity bills & found a solution to do so by reducing electricity supply in your homes. Congress govt here is running on the formula of supplying lesser electricity than previous Shivraj govt. Is this not betrayal?, reported news agency.

02.35 PM IST

Modi targets Rahul Gandhi over Tughlaq Road election scam money

Tughlaq Road election scam money used for Naamdar’s campaign: Modi targets Rahul Gandhi

02.31 PM IST

Raid my house too if I have done anything wrong: Modi in MP

Raid my house too if I have done anything wrong, says PM Modi, in counter to opposition attack on tax raids.

02.00 PM IST

Sukhbir Singh Badal files nomination papers from Ferozepur

“After paying obeisance at Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib in the morning, @officeofssbadal filed his nomination papers for #LoksabhaElection from #Ferozepur. I request everyone to vote & support him for the all round development of the constituency,” tweeted union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

01.56 PM IST

Singer Daler Mehndi joins BJP

Singer Daler Mehndi joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday in presence of BJP North West Delhi candidate Hans Raj Hans and Union Minister Vijay Goel, reported news agency.

01.50 PM IST

Narendra Modi has robbed people of whatever they had: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi coins a new slogan ‘Kuchh nahin sab jhootha hai Narendra Modi ne loota hai,’ all promises are proven false. Narendra Modi has robbed people of whatever they had: Rahul Gandhi

01.47 PM IST

Will get special budget for farmers, if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

Congress Rahul President Rahul Gandhi promises to get special budget for farmers, if voted to power.

01.44 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi attends at public meeting in Gursarai

Congress General Secretary for UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, attended a public meeting in Gursarai.

01.40 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM over farmers’ distress, unemployment

He does not speak about farmers’ distress, unemployment, instead he talks about surgical strike, said Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01.35 PM IST

Note ban led to unemployment, says Rahul Gandhi in Bihar rally

Demonetisation led to unemployment: Rahul Gandhi in Samastipur rally

01.30 PM IST

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Bihar

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Bihar’s Samastipur.

12.40 PM IST

Modi urges people to exercise their right to vote

12.38 PM IST

PM leaves DM’s office after filing nomination

I deeply express gratitude towards people of Kashi. They have again blessed me after 5 years. Such a grand roadshow yesterday was possible only in Kashi, reported news agency.

11.50 AM IST

PM Modi performs Ganga aarti after Varanasi roadshow on Thursday

PM Modi on Thursday participated in a spectacular electoral roadshow attended by tens of thousands of supporters in his Lok Sabha constituency, culminating in the daily evening aarti on the banks of the Ganga. Read here

11.45 AM IST

People of Varanasi very lucky as they choosing PM of India: Sushma Swaraj

EAM and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj: The people of Varanasi are very lucky as they are choosing the Prime Minister of India, while people of other constituencies are choosing their MPs, reported news agency.

11.40 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi files his nomination papers in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for Varanasi parliamentary constituency, the seat he won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections with a big margin.

11.27 AM IST

I thank our NDA family for joining us on this historic occasion: Amit Shah

I thank our NDA family for joining us on this historic occasion. Stronger NDA for a Better India, tweeted BJP chief Amit Shah.

11.24 AM IST

Top BJP, NDA leaders join Modi

Uttar Pradesh state head Yogi Adityanath, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, AIADMK leaders, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal, Lok Jan Shakti’s Ram Vilas Paswan, many Union ministers and chief ministers presented at the collectorate.

11.20 AM IST

NDA leaders greets Modi at collectorate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at collectorate office to file his nomination from Varanasi parliamentary constituency, meets NDA leaders present there, reports news agency.

11.15 AM IST

Top BJP, NDA leaders presented at collectorate

BJP party chief, Amit Shah, home minister Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray and others presented at the collectorate. 

11.13 AM IST

PM Modi reaches collectorate for filing nomination papers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached at the collectorate for filing his nomination papers.

10.32 AM IST

Plane carrying Congress chief to Patna returns to Delhi after engine trouble

Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience, tweeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

10.30 AM IST

Every BJP worker is Narendra Modi: PM

In Kashi, atmosphere is friendly, so work hard. Every BJP worker is Narendra Modi here, said PM Modi in Varanasi.

10.20 AM IST

BJP workers in Kerala, West Bengal in fear as oppn uses guns: Modi

Modi said BJP workers are working under fear in Kerala and West Bengal because of fear of opponents who use guns, bombs against them. ‘When any BJP worker leaves home, he tells his mother that if he doesn’t return home send his another brother for the party work, said Modi.

10.18 AM IST

I have shown that PM’s post is not for fun: PM Modi

I have shown that post of Prime Minister is not for fun , it is not for nepotism, said the Prime Minister while attacking the Gandhi family.

10.15 AM IST

‘Want to take India forward on path of development’: Modi

We want to take India forward on the path of development and new heights, said Modi in Varanasi.

10.12 AM IST

Modi emphased on contesting election in minimum expenditure

The election of Varanasi should be such that the political pundits of the country should consider writing a book on it: Modi

10.10 AM IST

Honour first time voters: Modi

Be prepared and honour first time workers who will go to cast their votes: Modi

10.06 AM IST

Expert in making fertilizers from worst of the things: Modi on oppositions’ attack

PM Modi urged party not to fight with people criticizing him. ‘Abuses hurled at me or send to me, because I am expert in making fertilizers from worst of the things,’ said Modi.

10.00 AM IST

Brotherhood, friendship, we will have to bring back in politics: Modi

Brotherhood, friendship, we will have to bring back in politics, said Modi.

09.58 AM IST

Now Media will not show any interest in Varanasi

Media’s interest in Varanasi election ended yesterday because they felt that Modi won, said Modi during his speech.

09.50 AM IST

Democracy must win, says Modi

“Modi wins or not, democracy must win. You will have to break all records of voting. Women voting should be five percent higher,” said PM Narendra Modi during his Varanasi speech.

09.44 AM IST

Modi attacks Congress in Varanasi

They used to make government. But we say public makes govt, said Modi in Varanasi

09.45 AM IST

‘Pro-incumbency wave in the country’: Modi

First time there is pro incumbency wave in the election, says Modi in Varanasi.

09.40 AM IST

Grateful for the love of the nation, says PM Modi

I felt that every Kashi citizen gave me blessings. Because of hard work, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there is a wave of enthusiasm, said Modi during his speech.

09.38 AM IST

‘Greatful to all party workers’: Modi

My Kashi workers sweated out and worked very hard to invite people for the show: Modi

09.35 AM IST

PM Modi addresses BJP workers

Before filing nomination papers for re-election from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Bharatiya Janata Party workers in Varanasi.

09.14 AM IST

PM Modi tweets video of crowd gathered during his roadshow on Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a video of crowd gathered during his mega roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday. The leader performed Ganga aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat after holding a the roadshow.

09.11 AM IST

Top BJP, NDA leaders present at the meeting

Interior minister Rajnath Singh, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam attended the meeting in Varanasi.

09.09 AM IST

BJP party chief Amit Shah attends NDA leaders meet in Varanasi

 

09.02 AM IST

Uddhav Thackeray reaches Varanasi

Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, reached holy city of Varanasi. The leader offered prayers Baba Kaal Bhairav temple.

09.00 AM IST

PM Modi to address BJP workers

Before filing nomination papers for re-election from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Bharatiya Janata Party workers in Varanasi.

08.50 AM IST

PM Modi to file nomination papers from Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination papers for re-election from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency at 11.30 am. He is likely to be accompanied with BJP party chief Amit Shah and other prominent leaders.