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Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE updates | ‘Modi has the remote control of KCR corruption’: Rahul Gandhi

Lok Sabha elections 2019 LIVE: PM is slated to inaugurate 6.67 kilometre stretch of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line between Noida City Centre and Electronic City. Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to kick-start the party campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Tela...

By HT Correspondent | Mar 09, 2019 22:16 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 6.67 kilometre stretch of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line between Noida City Centre and Electronic City on Saturday morning.

Modi, on Friday, had flagged off the 9.63 kilometre section connecting Dilshad Garden with New Bus Adda in Ghaziabad, which is an extension of Delhi Metro’s Red Line.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to kick-start the party campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana on Saturday.

AICC in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, R C Khuntia told PTI Friday that the Congress chief would address booth committee members.

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8:23 pm IST

‘This time there were twice the number of devotees in Kumbh’

“I did not know that Kumbh would be held in 2019. When I met PM Modi, he told me that Kumbh should be organised as a modern generation event. In 2013, 12 crore devotees had come for the Kumbh. This year, double that number of devotees came to the Kumbh. What’s even better is that there was no major mishap during the event. Not only this, this event was established as a cultural heritage in UNESCO,” Yodi Adityanath said in an interview to Hindustan.

8:12 pm IST

Our answer to Pulwama attack is a sign of a New India: Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the India’s answer to the Pulwama attack was a sign of a New India.

I have surveyed 75 districts and found out that every fifth person in the country is from Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times.

7:27 pm IST

In UP, BJP MLA rapes woman, Modi doesn’t utter a word: Rahul

“It was Women’s Day yesterday. Modi should have been given assurance to women. They expected something from PM. In UP, a BJP MLA raped a woman, but there was no inquiry. Modi doesn’t utter a word. He remains silent and BJP legislators are on the rampage. Today, Modi’s rule has not provided any security to women. They are afraid.

If we are voted to power, we shall bring Women Reservation Bill. In Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and state assemblies, we shall bring women quota. Congress PM will give a message, if anybody tries to touch a woman, he will face repercussions. I can’t tell what will happen,” he said.

7:20 pm IST

Will every poor person across Indian and ensure that he will get minimum income: Rahul Gandhi

“After 2019, the congress government will guarantee minimum income to every citizen. Every person will have minimum income. We will fix the limit. Every poor will get more than what the minimum wage he can get when employed. It will not be less than minimum wages, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and community. Every poor citizen will get direct cash transfer into their accounts. We will search for every such poor person across the country and ensure that he will get minimum income.

Modi will pay to Nirav Modi, but I will give to every poor person. We will catch Nirav Modi and we shall distribute money seized from him among the poor,” said Rahul Gandhi.

7:18 pm IST

We have decided to ensure minimum income guarantee to every person: Rahul

“Congress will work for the poor and unemployed. Congress will bring green revolution. It brought computer revolution, telecom revolution, bank nationalisation; historic decision. In 2019, we shall bring in revolutionary reforms. We have decided to ensure minimum income guarantee to every person. It is a historic decision,” Rahul said.

7:14 pm IST

Modi is working for only 15 rich people: Rahul Gandhi

“We never allow division of India into two parts -- for the rich and poor. We shall create only one India where all are equal. Modi is working for only 15 rich people. He is cheating the unemployed people. He made you people stand in queue and looted your money to help thieves like Nirav Modi,” Rahul said.

7:08 pm IST

Fight is between Modi and Congress party: Rahul Gandhi

“Fight is between Modi and the Congress party. Go to any state, people say the Lok Sabha polls are between Modi and Congress. Every day in and day out, Congress has been fighting against Modi. Why the TRS is not doing it? Because KCR is hand in glove with Modi,” said Rahul.

7:05 pm IST

Modi has the remote control of KCR corruption: Rahul Gandhi

“Demonetisation, and TRS chief KCR supports Modi, GST is imposed on people with five different types of taxes... fleecing people. But KCR hails the decision of Modi. Whatever Modi does in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, your chief minister supports him. In Rafael deal, thousands of crores is looted. UPA wanted to give the deal to HAL, so that it can provide employment to thousands. But Modi government gave it to France company at higher rates. He says he would strengthen IAF, but he loots thousands of crores. Anil Ambani has never made any fighter planes, but HAL has the history,” Rahul said.

“Every day, I exposed the corruption of Modi. I question KCR whether he ever questioned Modi? Did he ever point out corruption in the deal? Did he ever demand an inquiry and expose Modi? Why? Because KCR wants Modi to continue as the PM. Modi knows KCR’s corrupt practices. Modi has the remote control of KCR corruption,” he added.

6:58 pm IST

Unemployed people are on the streets: Rahul Gandhi

“Unemployed people are on the streets. PM Modi makes tall promises and statements like Start Up India, Stand Up India and Make India. He said two crore jobs would be created - 450 jobs every hour. But, crores of people have become unemployed,” Rahul said.

6:48 pm IST

One Hindustan of rich people like Anil Ambani: Rahul

“One Hindustan of rich people like Anil Ambani, those who travel in private flights, get whatever they want,” Rahul said.

“They take huge loans from banks, evade paying loans, hoping that Modi would waive them. People like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya flee country by evading loans. Nobody can catch them. Other Hindustan, it has poor farmers, request for loan waiver, but finance minster will not come forward,” he added.

6:45 pm IST

Modi has divided the country into two parts: Rahul Gandhi

“For the last five years, Modi has been ruling the state. He has divided the country into two parts,” he said.

2:32 pm IST

GST will be reformed as soon as Congress comes to power: Rahul Gandhi

“As soon as Congress comes to power, the five different taxes called GST will be reformed.I want to tell the women that our first job in power will be to bring in reservation for women,” said Rahul Gandhi

2:30 pm IST

Farmers are backbone of this country: Rahul Gandhi

“I want to tell our farmers that you are our backbone and the Congress stands with you. Come what may, we are with the farmers of the country,” said Rahul Gandhi.

2:27 pm IST

In Karnataka, the fight is of ideologies: Rahul Gandhi

“I want to tell our workers that in Karnataka, there is an ideological fight. On one side, there’s BJP, RSS and Narendra Modi. On the other side the Congress, the people of the country,” said Rahul Gandhi at Karnataka rally.

2:25 pm IST

If we come to power in 2019, we will bring minimum income guarantee scheme: Rahul Gandhi

“If we come to power in 2019, we will bring minimum income guarantee scheme. Every poor person will get minimum income. The money will be deposited directly in their bank accounts. BJP wants to create two Indias. One of the businessmen. In this India, businessmen run away with your money. Another India is of the poor, farmers. In this other India, there is unemployment, poverty and hunger,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Congress will never allow these divisions. It will be one country where every person gets justice. Those who break the law are jailed,” he added.

2:12 pm IST

The Chinese army entered the country but Modi still went to China without agenda

“I also request him to please also tell the nation when you were sitting on a swing with Chinese President that the Chinese army entered Doklam. And even today the Chinese army is there, the whole world knows this. The Chinese army entered the country but Modi still went to China without agenda,” said Rahul Gandhi

2:05 pm IST

‘Who released Masood Azhar from Indian jail?’: Rahul Gandhi

“A few days ago in Pulwama CRPF personnel were killed. I have a small question to ask the prime minister, who killed them? What is the name of chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed? Masood Azhar? You explain to the people that who sent Azhar back and how he was sent. We are not like you. We don’t bend before terrorism,” said Rahul Gandhi.

2:03 pm IST

Even though Pakistan admitted airstrike, Opposition started asking where is Balakot: PM

“Even though Pakistan admitted airstrike, Opposition started asking where is Balakot. They keep asking ‘Is Balakot in India or Pakistan?’ When IAF said the airstrike happened, why did they suspect it?” questioned Modi while training guns at the Opposition.

1:53 pm IST

After airstrike, Pak began crying ‘Modi ne mara’: PM

“After Uri, the Opposition asked for proof. After Pulwama, our bravehearts killed terrorists in their own dens. They secured borders, so we did airstrikes. We didn’t utter a word but Pakistan was so appalled that at 5 am they themselves tweeted about the airstrike and said ‘Modi ne mara, Modi ne mara’. After surgical strike, we let the world know, after air strike Pakistan let the world know about airstrikes,” said PM Modi.

“But, during the rule of previous govt, no action was initiated against terror. Which is why, terror attacks keep happening after Mumbai attacks. Previous govts didn’t change their policies, just keep changing home minister. If they had responded

1:52 pm IST

Every corrupt person has problem with Modi: PM

“During the rule of previous government, half the population didn’t have bank connections, they didn’t have bank accounts or access to toilets. Because of their ignorance, the countries which gained independence with India beat India in development,” said PM Modi.

Further attacking the opposition, he said, “Every corrupt person has problem with Modi.”

1:47 pm IST

Previous govt ignored country’s glorious culture: PM

PM Modi while attacking the Opposition, said, “previous government ignored country’s glorious culture and traditions. They didn’t pay any heed to the power of archaeology as they had no interest in country’s glorious history.”

1:43 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Haveri, Karnataka

Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Haveri, Karnataka.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to kick-start the party campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in South Indian states today.

1:41 pm IST

During previous govt’s rule, there were middlemen everywhere: PM

“During previous govt’s rule, there were middlemen everywhere. I stopped that. Now, those whose shops got closed because of me are conspiring against me, are after my life,” said PM Modi.

1:39 pm IST

After BJP came to power, we brought electricity to 2.5 crore houses: PM

“After BJP came to power, we brought electricity to 2.5 crore houses. We could do that only because you supported us, you voted for us,” said Modi at Noida rally.

1:36 pm IST

New India is moving forward with a new speed now: PM

“The BJP worked towards strengthening the power sector. Coal, which was a part of major scams during previous governments, was made a sprawling sector during BJP regime,” said PM Modi.

“Since 1950 to 2014, in around 65 years, 2.5 lakh megawatt was developed, but after I came to power, in less than 5 years, we generated power worth 1 lakh megawatt. New India is moving with a new speed now,” he added.

1:29 pm IST

Previous governments stalled development work: PM

“BJP is constantly work towards developing the state, but the previous governments stalled development work. The careless attitude of the previous governments led to the dilapidated state of power sector in the country,” said PM Modi.

1:24 pm IST

Jewar airport is like a golden opportunity for the state: PM

“The government is speedily working towards the development of Jewar airport. After its inauguration, the people of the state won’t have to go to Delhi. The airport is like a golden opportunity for the state,” said PM Modi in Noida.

1:21 pm IST

The industries in Noida have generated multiple job opportunities for the youth: PM

“The industries in Noida have generated multiple job opportunities for the youth. Today, I am here to strengthen Noida to fulfil its goal of generating more job opportunities and spreading prosperity,” said PM Modi.

1:19 pm IST

Noida has become ‘make in India’ hub for the country: PM

“Earlier, people used to connect Noida with scams and corruption. Now, people link Noida and Greater Noida because of development and job opportunities. Noida has become ‘make in India’ hub for the country,” said PM Modi.

1:17 pm IST

‘When you say Modi Modi, some people lose their sleep’: PM at UP rally

PM Modi began his address in Noida with chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Modi, on Saturday, inaugurated 6.67 kilometre stretch of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line between Noida City Centre and Electronic City on Saturday morning.

Amid chants of ‘Modi Modi’, the Prime Minister trained his gun at the Opposition and said, “Here, you are saying Modi Modi which is making some people lose their sleep.”

1:07 pm IST

Yogi hails PM Modi for security forces’ action against terror

Yogi Adityanath hailed PM Modi for his “able leadership under which security forces brought Pakistan to its knees” “Because of strikes by India, Pakistan is now forced to roam around with its begging bowl,” he said.

“This is why we say Modi hain toh mumkeen hai (If Modi is there, then impossible is possible.”

1:01 pm IST

Sustainable mining will start in Goa if Congress comes to power: Rahul

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that sustainable mining will resume in Goa if the party came to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to the coastal state on Friday to address a meeting of the Congress booth committee office bearers.

Earlier on Saturday, he met Puti Gaonkar, convenor of the Goa Mining People’s Front, along with members of the fisherfolk community.

“He (Gandhi) has assured us that sustainable mining will restart in Goa once the Congress comes to power,” Gaonkar told the media

12:48 pm IST

PM Narendra Modi launches various development works from Noida

PM Narendra Modi launched various development works from Uttar Pradesh’s Noida. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology.

 

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stones for the construction of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut and the Meerut Metro Service at Sikandarpur in Ghaziabad.

The rapid rail corridor will be built at a cost of Rs 30,274 crore and is scheduled to be operational by 2024. The corridor will be the first RRTS project in the country, the Prime Minister told the gathering present at the inauguration ceremony.

12:29 pm IST

Kumaraswamy appeals to PM to release pending funds under NDRF and MGNREGA

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appealed to release pending funds under NDRF and MGNREGA for drought mitigation& wage component and material component to the state.

There was severe drought in 100 talukas out of 176 talukas in the state.