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Lok Sabha elections 2019 highlights- ‘TMC goons spread violence, vandalised statue of Vidyasagar’: PM Modi

The final phase of polling will take place on May 19 and counting will take place on May 23.

By HT Correspondent | May 16, 2019 21:30 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed five rallies today. This will include two public meetings in West Bengal, where campaigning ended today.

BJP national president Amit Shah held a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur.

The final phase of polling will take place on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Follow updates here:

9:07 pm IST

Andhra CM writes to EC over its decision to order re-polling at 5 stations

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu writes to EC over its decision to order re-polling at 5 polling stations of Chandragiri AC and Chittoor PC. The letter states, “I’m writing this letter to strongly oppose the partial one sided & undemocratic motivated actions of the EC”. :ANI

8:30 pm IST

EC seeks report from MP CEO on Pragya Thakur’s remark on Godse

Election Commission has sought factual report from Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh, by tomorrow in the matter of Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement “Nathuram Godse was, is, and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’”. : ANI

8:10 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi holds roadshow with Shatrughan Sinha in Patna

Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds a roadshow with Shatrughan Sinha, party’s candidate from Patna Sahib LS constituency. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was also present. :ANI

 

7:50 pm IST

Two West Bengal election officers relieved from duty: EC

Mithun Kumar Dey, SDPO Diamond Harbour (West Bengal) and Kaushik Das, office in-charge Amherst Street (West Bengal) stand relieved with immediate effect. Both the officers shall not be given any election related posts, notified the Election Commission. :ANI

7:35 pm IST

‘West Bengal is not your fiefdom’: PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee

“West Bengal is an integral part of Ma Bharati. It is not your fiefdom or that of your nephew,” said PM Modi. :ANI

7:20 pm IST

‘If it weren’t for central forces, you would not be CM’: PM Modi to Mamata Banerjee

“Why are you forgetting that the Left had created a similar situation for you and at that time constitutional bodies of the nation ensured a fair election in West Bengal. If these constitutional bodies and central forces weren’t there, you would not have been CM today,” said prime minister Narendra Modi.

7:05 pm IST

‘Mamata Banerjee considering West Bengal her personal property’: PM Modi

“Mamata Banerjee is considering West Bengal her own personal property,” said prime minister Narendra Modi in West Bengal’s Dum Dum.

6:55 pm IST

PM Modi addresses public meeting in Dum Dum

Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses his final public meeting as part of the Lok Sabha 2019 election campaign in West Bengal.

6:40 pm IST

Polls held in 5 stations of Andhra declared void by EC

 

6:30 pm IST

Amit Shah campaigns for BJP candidate from Gorakhpur, Ravi Kishan

BJP President Amit Shah campaigns for the party’s candidate from Gorakhpur, Ravi Kishan. :ANI

 

6:10 pm IST

‘We did not receive a satisfactory response from EC over ending campaigning early in Bengal’: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Opposition delegation met with EC over ending election campaign in West Bengal 24 hours early. Abhishek Manu Singhvi of Congress said, “We did not receive a satisfactory response from the Election Commission.” :ANI

5:55 pm IST

YSRC’s Prithviraj gets his head tonsured at Tirumala temple

On Thursday, popular film actor and YSRC star campaigner Prithviraj got his head tonsured to offer his hair to Lord Venkateshwara of the Tirumala temple in Chittoor district, seeking victory for the party in the polls.

5:40 pm IST

Andhra politicians flock temples ahead of poll results

With just a week left for the declaration of results of the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections, leaders of the two main political parties -- the Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress are flocking to temples and conducting special prayers seeking divine blessings for their respective parties to come to power.

5:30 pm IST

‘TMC goons spread violence, vandalised statue of Vidyasagar’: PM Modi

 

5:15 pm IST

‘BJP has become the voice to West Bengal today’: PM Modi

“There is a problem here regarding Durga puja and Saraswati puja, saying Jai Sri Ram has become a crime. People of Bengal were troubled by these things since a few years, who brought these issues on a national platform? Which party has become voice of Bengal today, it’s BJP,” said prime minister in West Bengal. :ANI

5:00 pm IST

Narendra Modi addresses public meeting in West Bengal’s Mathurapur

“Mamata Banerjee has been so disturbed by her prospects that she has started to openly threaten me. I came across her threat to capture the BJP office yesterday and today morning itself I was threatened that I would be sent to jail,” said prime minister Narendra Modi.

4:46 pm IST

‘EC is biased, allowed PM’s rallies, ended campaigning after it’: Arvind Kejriwal

“They allowed Modi ji’s rallies and ended campaigning after it, it makes it clear that Election Commission is totally biased. It is very dangerous for the country,” said chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal. :ANI

4:30 pm IST

‘Why was our meeting cancelled? Can only the PM hold meetings?’: Mamata Banerjee

“We had a meeting yesterday, why was it cancelled? Can only the PM hold a meeting? Don’t we have any rights in democracy? Will only what the Election Commission says happen? They curtailed our campaign 24 hours ago, now we have to adjust our meetings,” said Mamata Banerjee. :ANI

4:15 pm IST

‘Nathuram Godse was a killer, glorifying him is sedition’: Digvijaya Singh

“Modi ji, Amit Shah ji and the state BJP should give their statements and apologize to the nation. I condemn this statement, Nathuram Godse was a killer, glorifying him is not patriotism, it is sedition,” said Digvijaya Singh, Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, commenting on Pragya Thakur’s remarks. :ANI

3:45 pm IST

‘BJP condemns Pragya Thakur’s statement on Godse’: GVL Narasimha Rao

“BJP does not agree with this statement, we condemn it. Party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement,” said BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao on Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement “Nathuram Godse was, is & will remain a ‘deshbhakt”. : ANI

3:15 pm IST

‘In 5 years you (PM) couldn’t make Ram Temple and you want to build Vidyasagar’s statue?’: Mamata Banerjee

“In the last 5 years you (PM) couldn’t make a Ram Temple and you want to make Vidyasagar’s statue? People of Bengal won’t beg before you. Your ‘goonda neta ‘came here and said ‘Bangal kangal hai’. Are Bengalis ‘kangal’? Are Bengalis ‘kangal’?, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said during her public meet at Diamond Harbour. :ANI

2:53 pm IST

Will you trust PM Modi and Amit Shah again?: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) in Maharajganj: PM told you that he himself will deposit 15 lakh in your accounts and the President of the same party, after the elections said it was a ‘chunaavi jumla’, will you trust them again?

 

2:05 pm IST

People of UP and Mirzapur know who can eliminate terrorists by entering their territory, and who can put a ban on Masood Azhar: PM Modi

The people of Uttar Pradesh and Mirzapur know who can eliminate terrorists by entering their territory and who can put a ban on Masood Azhar: PM Modi

2:03 pm IST

After defeat on May 23, SP-BSP will tell their cadre to turn against each other: PM Modi

After defeat on May 23, SP-BSP will tell their cadre to turn against each other. Irrespective of whether their cadre feels insulted or their enthusiasm is weakened, it doesn’t matter for them: PM Modi

2:01 pm IST

Prove allegations otherwise we’ll drag you to jail: Mamata Banerjee

He (Prime Minister) said he will make Vidyasagar statue.Bengal has money to make the statue.Can he give back the 200 years old heritage? We have proof and you say that TMC has done. Aren’t you ashamed? He should do sit ups for lying so much. Liar. Prove allegations otherwise we’ll drag you to jail, says Mamata Banerjee.

 

1:58 pm IST

I am being abused by those who had looted Uttar Pradesh and had filled their coffers: PM Modi

I am being abused by those Mahamilawati who had pushed Mirzapur into Naxal violence. I am being abused by those who had looted Uttar Pradesh and had filled their coffers: PM Modi in Mirzapur.

1:53 pm IST

It is BJP’s trend to vandalise statues: Mamata Banerjee

It is BJP’s trend to vandalise statues. BJP is behind the vandalism of Vidyasagar’s statue, says Mamata Banerjee.

1:48 pm IST

It’s a NDA wave across Uttar Pradesh: PM Modi

It’s a NDA wave across Uttar Pradesh, says PM Modi.

1:47 pm IST

Not scared to say the truth: Mamata Banerjee

I feel sad but I don’t have anything to say, I am ready to go to jail for saying this. I am not scared to say the truth, says Mamata Banerjee.

1:46 pm IST

BJP destroyed 200-year-old heritage of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

BJP destroyed 200-year-old heritage of West Bengal, those supporting the party will not be accepted by society: Mamata Banerjee.

1:45 pm IST

BJP posting fake videos on social media to instigate people, cause riots: Mamata Banerjee

BJP posting fake videos on social media to instigate people, cause riots: Mamata Banerjee.

1:42 pm IST

Election Commission is brother of BJP: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Mathurapur: Last night we came to know that BJP had filed a complaint with Election Commission so that we can’t hold any meeting after Narendra Modi’s meeting. The Election Commission is brother of BJP, earlier it was an impartial body now everyone in the country says Election Commission has sold out to BJP.

 

12:34 pm IST

Voters have already guaranteed majority for BJP: PM Modi

Voters have already guaranteed majority for BJP, says PM Narendra Modi.

12:33 pm IST

When SP-BSP was in power, they would distribute electricity on the basis of their vote bank: PM Modi

When SP-BSP was in power, they would distribute electricity on the basis of their vote bank: PM Modi

12:33 pm IST

Chandauli is voting BJP because people feel our party offers a strong and stable government: PM Modi

Chandauli is voting BJP because people feel our party offers a strong and stable government, says PM Modi

12:31 pm IST

Young voters are convinced that only this government can fulfil their dreams: PM Modi

Young voters are convinced that only this government can fulfil their dreams. The poor have also realised this: PM Modi in UP’s Chandauli

12:26 pm IST

Country is saying-phir ek baar Modi sarkar: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Chandauli: Those with 8 seats, 10 seats, 20-22 seats, 30-35 seats are dreaming of becoming Prime Minister, but the country is saying-phir ek baar Modi sarkar.

 

12:17 pm IST

Going to West Bengal for rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if Didi allows it: PM Modi

Going to West Bengal for rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if Didi allows it. If she has her way she will not allow helicopter to land: PM Modi.

12:10 pm IST

Mahamilavatis want somehow to get ‘khichdi’ govt at Centre which can be blackmailed for their needs: PM Modi

Mahamilavatis want somehow to get khichdi’ government at Centre which can be blackmailed for their needs: PM Modi in Mau

12:08 pm IST

Mahamilavatis raising Modi-hatao slogans frustrated.Their arithmetic has gone wrong and so their abuses have increased: PM Modi

Mahamilavatis raising Modi-hatao slogans frustrated.Their arithmetic has gone wrong and so their abuses have increased: PM Modi in Mau.

12:07 pm IST

Election Commission should be extremely vigilant over the next 48 hours: Prakash Javadekar

We demand that history-sheeters be detained immediately so that fair and violence-free polling is conducted in West Bengal. The Election Commission should be extremely vigilant over the next 48 hours: Prakash Javadekar

11:56 am IST

Election Commission needs to take more steps to ensure voting in West Bengal is conducted in a free and fair manner: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the Election Commission needs to take more steps to ensure voting in West Bengal is conducted in a free and fair manner.

11:34 am IST

I was forced to leave stage during my rally in West Medinipur: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Mau: Some months back during my rally in West Medinipur, TMC goons indulged in hooliganism. After this in Thakurnagar the situation was such that I had to cut short my speech and was forced to leave the stage.

 

11:24 am IST

Will build a new statue of Vidyasagar and give befitting reply to Mamata Banerjee: PM Modi

During Amit Shah’s rally the day before yesterday, TMC goons vandalised Vidyasagar’s statue. We will build a new statue there and give a befitting reply to Mamata Banerjee: PM Modi

11:21 am IST

I thought Mayawati will slam Mamata, but this did not happen: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Mau: I had thought the way Mamata didi is targeting UP-BIhar Purvanchal people, calling them outsiders for her politics, Behen Mayawati will surely slam Mamata didi, but this did not happen.

 

11:19 am IST

SP-BSP has given ticket to a person here who is an absconder in a rape case: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Mau: SP-BSP has given ticket to a person here who is an absconder in a rape case. Samajwadi Party has this history in Uttar Pradesh, people know, but Behen ji will you seek votes for such candidates?

 

11:16 am IST

The mahamilawat that was talking about removing Modi until a month ago are now nervous: PM Modi

The mahamilawat that was talking about removing Modi until a month ago are now nervous: PM Modi

11:15 am IST

I urge women to vote against anti-women parties: PM Modi

Few days ago, a Dalit girl was raped in Rajasthan. BSP is supporting the Congress government there. Congress tried to cover up the incident, Mayawati knows this. SP-BSP have fielded candidates that are accused of rape. Why is Mayawati campaigning for such candidates? I urge women to vote against such anti-women parties: PM Modi

11:10 am IST

Gang rape case in Alwar was tried to be covered-up: PM Modi

The gang rape case in Alwar was tried to be covered-up, says PM Modi.

11:05 am IST

Mau has unwavering faith in the development agenda of NDA: PM Modi

Mau has unwavering faith in the development agenda of NDA, says PM Narendra Modi.

11:03 am IST

Mamata Banerjee being targeted as part of conspiracy

Mamata Banerjee being targeted as part of conspiracy to divert attention from failures of Modi government, says Mayawati in Lucknow.

10:52 am IST

Mayawati questions Election Commission’s decision to cut short poll campaign

BSP chief Mayawati has questioned the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the campaigning for last round of voting after violence at a rally by Amit Shah in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Mayawati accused the poll panel of being “unfair” and said the campaign ban was enforced from Thursday night to help PM Modi finish his rallies in Bengal.

Also Read| ‘Acting under pressure’: Mayawati slams EC for curtailing Bengal campaign

10:43 am IST

Campaigning for the 9 Lok Sabha seats will end at 10 pm on Thursday

Campaigning for the nine Lok Sabha seats that will go to polls in West Bengal on May 19, the seventh and final phase of the 17th general elections, will end at 10 pm on Thursday, the poll watchdog said, instead of 5 pm on Friday at which it will end in 50 other seats that will vote on the same day.

10:38 am IST

Election Commission has cut short poll campaign in West Bengal

The Election Commission on Wednesday cut short the poll campaign in West Bengal by 19 hours after the BJP and the TMC accused each other of orchestrating the violence at a Kolkata roadshow by BJP president Amit Shah the previous evening in the endgame of a bitterly fought general election.

Also Read| Lok Sabha elections 2019: Campaigns curbed after fierce Bengal showdown

10:26 am IST

‘Lost its independence’, says Congress on poll panel cutting short Bengal campaign

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Election Commission was once known for its objectivity, non-partisan stand but it seems it now “takes orders from BJP headquarters”.

10:22 am IST

BSP-SP alliance is scheduled to hold a joint rally

The BSP-SP alliance is scheduled to hold a joint rally, to be addressed by BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav.

10:13 am IST

Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Gorakhpur

BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Gorakhpur. Shah, along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and party candidate from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat Ravi Kisan, will address the gathering.

10:06 am IST

PM Modi will address rallies in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau, Mirzapur and Chandauli

In Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in Mau, Mirzapur and Chandauli. In Bengal, he will hold public meetings in Laxmikantapur and Dumdum Central Jail Maidan.

10:02 am IST

PM Narendra Modi will address election rallies in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.