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Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘I washed feet of Kumbh’s sanitary staff as they made country proud’: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi is to address public meeting in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. BJP national president Amit Shah is to address rallies in West Bengal. Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is to address two rallies in Uttar Pradesh and...

By HT Correspondent | May 02, 2019 00:34 IST

As part of their campaign for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing rallies in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and BJP national chief Amit Shah in West Bengal. Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing rallies in Uttar Pradesh.

The fifth phase of elections will be held on May 6 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.

3:35 pm IST

‘Only BJP can bring peace and harmony in West Bengal’: Amit Shah

“The goons of Mamata Didi have ruined the culture of Bengal. It’s time to get Bengal rid of bomb explosions and guns. Congress and Communist can’t fight against Mamata. Only BJP can defeat her and bring peace and harmony in West Bengal,” said Amit Shah. :BJP


3:25 pm IST

‘Tell Mamata Banerjee that nobody can stop us from celebrating Saraswati puja after May 23’: Amit Shah

“West Bengal used to lead the country in terms of having a rich culture, heritage. But now, people here are not given permission to even celebrate Durga puja, Saraswati puja and Ramnavmi. These are the wrongdoing of Mamata Banerjee. Tell her, my friends, that nobody can stop us from celebrating these festivals after May 23,” said Amit Shah in Howrah.

3:10 pm IST

Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Howrah, West Bengal

“We have just received information about more than 16 of our soldiers getting injured. I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Amit Shah in Howrah.

2:55 pm IST

‘They used guns on us, we got back at them with bombs’: PM Modi

“They used guns on us, we got back at them with bombs. We entered their house and killed them Should we not enter the houses of these people and finish them off?” said PM Modi while wrapping up his address in Kaushambi.

2:45 pm IST

‘We gave free hand to army, first there was surgical strike, then air strike’: PM Modi

“All the different faces that are visible, does any one of them deserve to be the PM? Those fighting 10 seats want to become the PM. Can you trust these faces? The bomb blasts stopped in past 5 years because of your vote. It is the strength of the your vote that made my government strong. I have given free hand to army...earlier we did surgical strike and then we did air strike,” said PM Modi.

2:35 pm IST

‘No discrimination on the basis of caste under BJP govt’: PM Modi

“In five years, has the the person you made the pradhan sewak ever done anything that made you look down or favour a particular caste? Earlier, the benefits of government scheme were accorded to the caste of the person in power in UP, but I have kept the needy in mind and there is no discrimination on the basis of caste,” said PM Modi.

2:20 pm IST

‘I salute those who sacrificed land for Kumbh preparations’: PM Modi

“For allowing broadening of roads as part of Kumbh preparations, the people of Prayagraj sacrificed portions of their homes and land.I salute them,” said PM Modi.


2:15 pm IST

‘I washed feet of Kumbh’s sanitary staff as they made country proud’: PM Modi

“As I did not want to cause inconvenience to the pilgrims and the people, I visited Kumbh at its fag end. I had great respect for the sanitary staff who ensured a clean surrounding. They made the country proud. I got the honour of washing their feet. I have travelled the world, met a number of saints, seers and sites of pilgrimage, but the satisfaction that I got by washing their feet, is a treasure for me,” said PM Modi.

2:12 pm IST

‘Kumbh made headlines all over the world’: PM Modi

Referring to successful and mega Kumbh hosted in Prayagraj, PM Modi said people came together to make it a great success. “There were no financial irregularities or thefts. There was no stampede. It made headlines all over the world, ” he said.

2:10 pm IST

PM Modi appeals to first-time voters to support BJP

Appealing to the first-time voters, PM Modi said, “Take part in the electoral process. Your dreams are what will form the future.”

2:06 pm IST

‘All opposition parties divided among themselves’: PM Modi

“They are all divided. In Bihar, the Congress is fighting the polls with Laloo Yadav but the leaders of the two parties have failed to come together till now,” said PM Modi in Kaushambi.

2:02 pm IST

‘In 55 months, I need to undo the harm Congress did in 55 years’: PM Modi

“I have to undo in 55 months the harm that a family has done to the country in the past 55 years,” said PM Modi.

2:00 pm IST

‘UP responsible for making me prime minister’: PM Modi

“If anyone deserves credit for giving a stable government to the country after a gap of 30 years, it is the people of Uttar Pradesh,” said PM Modi in Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh.

1:53 pm IST

‘We successfully questioned PM Modi over his actions’: Rahul Gandhi

“Earlier people used to say that nobody can beat Narendra Modi. But in just three years, the Congress party was successful in questioning him over everything. We will beat BJP in 2019,” said Rahul Gandhi.

1:45 pm IST

‘We will set up food parks to help farmers’:Rahul Gandhi

“I will set up food parks to ensure that farmers can easily sell whatever they produce easily. Moreover, not even a single farmer will be put behind the bars for not paying back their loans,” said Rahul Gandhi.


1:32 pm IST

‘BJP does not want me to use the word ‘chowkidar’, why?’: Rahul Gandhi

“Why does the BJP not want me to use the word ‘chowkidar’? At first, PM Modi said do not make me the prime minister, make me a ‘chowkidar’. When people voted for him he stole from the country, and started saying that each one of us is a ‘chowkidar’. No, not all of us are thieves like you,” said Rahul Gandhi.

1:22 pm IST

‘Support Modi and we will revoke Article 350’: Amit Shah

“Kashmir is the crown of India. Support Narendra Modi and we will revoke Article 350,” said Amit Shah.


1:12 pm IST

‘Only factories to produce bombs established in Bengal’: Amit Shah

“Only factories to produce bombs have been establish in West Bengal. The culture of Bengal is getting lost. Only BJP can reduce the bomb blasts and destructive forces of Bengal. Congress or the Communist Party cannot deal with Mamata Banerjee and her way of governance, only BJP can,” said Amit Shah.

1:00 pm IST

‘Mamata Banerjee does not let schemes of centre reach people’: Amit Shah

“Mamata Banerjee is scared because people are in favour of PM Modi becoming the prime minister again, that is why she does not let the medical cards that one can use to benefit from schemes that have been launched by the centre reach the people here,” said BJP national president in West Bengal.

12:45 pm IST

Amit Shah addresses public meeting in Parganas, West Bengal

“The chanting of Narendra Modi’s name is proof of the fact that he is going to become the next prime minister. These elections are more important for Bengal than the rest of the country. It will decide if democracy will survive here or not ,” said Amit Shah in Parganas.


12:35 pm IST

PM Modi calls Grand Alliance in Bihar ‘fake ’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the Grand Alliance in Bihar a “fake alliance”, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will demolish “the shopping malls erected with corrupt sources of income” in the state, if elected to power.

12:20 pm IST

‘A govt that can effectively deal with terrorism needs to be voted to power’: PM Modi in Ambedkar Nagar rally

“From our neighbourhood, all they do is export terror and terrorism. It is important for a government that can tackle terrorism to come to power,” said PM Modi in UP.


12:16 pm IST

‘Terrorism is the biggest threat to faith, tourism’: PM Modi

“We have linked our heritage to tourism. We ensured that heritage does not remain limited to faith and culture. We ensured that the economy benefits in this way. But terrorism is the biggest threat to faith and tourism,” said PM Modi.

12:14 pm IST

‘Unlike previous govts, ours is compassionate’: PM Modi in UP

“Our government is compassionate. Nobody thought about working for the postmen earlier. Now, their salaries have been increased. The pension schemes use to give only around Rs 50 or Rs 60 to people under the previous governments. The money spent on travelling to claim it used to be more,” said PM Modi.

12:08 pm IST

‘I felt the pain of every poor man’: PM Modi

“We do not want our people to spend on medicines. That is why we launched the Ayushman Bharat yojana. I have felt the pain of every poor man, I have seen their lives, and that is why I work for them,” said PM Modi.

12:05 pm IST

‘Poor do not want their children to grow up in poverty’: PM Modi

“Poor people do not want their children to grow up to be poor. For the first time, a government has genuine concern for the poor and the common men”, said PM Modi in Uttar Pradesh.

11:55 pm IST

‘This is the land of pride’: PM Modi in Ambedkar Nagar

“This is the land of pride and this pride has increased in the past five years,” said PM Modi.

11:30 am IST

Congress seeks Rahul, Priyanka rallies in Chandigarh

In response to BJP’s bigwig rallies here, Chandigarh Congress has requested the party high command in Delhi for rallies of party president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in the city to bolster the chances of four-time MP Pawan Bansal in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

11:15 am IST

DEO issues notice to SP’s Varanasi pick Tej Bahadur

The Varanasi district election officer (DEO) issued a notice on Tuesday to Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former Border Security Force (BSF) constable who is the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from the temple town taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for allegedly making two different claims in his nomination papers.

11:00 am IST

Rahul Gnadhi to address rallies in UP’s Sitapur, Barabanki

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public rally at 11 am in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur and at 12:30 pm in Barabanki.

10:40 am IST

DMRC accused of violating poll code by playing political video on Pink line

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been accused of violating the model code of conduct(MCC), by allegedly playing a video on Pink Line, which featured leaders of various political parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, among others.

10:25 am IST

Kejriwal, Dushyant accuse BJP of damaging social fabric in rally

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala jointly carried out a road show in support of AAP-JJP alliance candidates in Sonepat, Karnal and Kurukshetra Lok Sabha seats. During the day-long roadshow that started from Kundli border and ended in Kurukshetra, both Kejriwal and Dushyant accused the BJP of damaging social fabric by dividing people on the basis of caste and religion.

10:15 am IST

No poll boycott by Manesar villages

The ‘mahapanchayat’ of 72 villages held in Manesar on Tuesday decided that residents of four villages — Kasan, Bans Kusla , Bans Hariya and Dhana — will not boycott the Lok Sabha elections after an assurance by Pataudi MLA Bimla Choudhary that their issue related to land compensation would be taken up with the government.

9:55 am IST

12 Rajasthan seats to vote in phase five of Lok Sabha polls

The Lok Sabha seats voting in phase five of the elections, on May 6, are Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur-rural, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-dholpur, Dausa and Nagpur.

9:45 am IST

Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Sikar constituency on May 2

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be addressing a public meeting on May 2 in Chomu town, part of Sikar constituency, in support of its candidate Subhash Maharia.

9:30 am IST

PM Modi to address public meet in Jaipur’s Mansarovar area

PM Modi will address a public meeting today in Jaipur’s Mansarovar area in support of party candidate Ram Charan Bohra, candidate from Jaipur constituency.

9:15 am IST

Start campaigners of BJP, Congress to address rallies in Rajasthan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address more rallies in the state, along with other star campaigners of the parties.