General Election 2019 Live Updates: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s wife files her nomination
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi filed his nomination today from Varanasi parliamentary constituency. Singer Daler Mehndi joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of BJP North West Delhi candidate Hans Raj Hans and Union Minister Vijay Goel. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi filed his nomination today from Varanasi parliamentary constituency. Singer Daler Mehndi joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of BJP North West Delhi candidate Hans Raj Hans and Union Minister Vijay Goel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi after filing nomination papers from Varanasi parliamentary constituency said, “I urge all people to cast their vote. This is a festival of democracy. People are making this atmosphere that ‘Modi jeet gaya’ but don’t go by it and cast your vote for a strong country and government.”
General Election 2019 Live Updates:
# Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa writes to Chief Election Commissioner stating ‘Karnataka government is claiming CEC has relaxed model code of conduct & allowed it to take up developmental works; my request to CEC is it should immediately withdraw any such permission’
# Atishi Marlena, AAP leader & East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate, has filed a criminal complaint in the trial court against cricketer & BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir seeking direction to police to investigate Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as voter in two separate constituencies.
# Patiala: Preneet Kaur, Congress candidate from Patiala & wife of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, files her nomination for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 . Captain Amarinder Singh also present.
# WB CM in Asansol: Modi didn’t come to Bengal earlier and in elections he needs votes from Bengal. We will give him rasgulla from Bengal. We will make sweets from soil and put pebbles in it similarly like cashew nuts & raisins are used in laddu, that will break teeth.
# PM Modi in Sidhi, MP: 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?
# Kolkata: Wrestler The Great Khali campaigns for BJP’s Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra.
# Singer Daler Mehndi joins Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of BJP North West Delhi candidate Hans Raj Hans and Union Minister Vijay Goel.
# Congress General Secretary for UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, at a public meeting in Gursarai.
# Sam Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress Chief: It (not contesting from Varanasi) was Priyanka ji’s decision, she has other responsibilities. She thought rather than concentrating on one seat she should focus on the job she has at hand. So, that decision was her and she decided it.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Bihar
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 26, 2019
PM Modi after filing nomination
“I urge all people to cast their vote. This is a festival of democracy. People are making this atmosphere that ‘Modi jeet gaya’ but don’t go by it and cast your vote for a strong country and government.”
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 26, 2019
PM Modi files his nomination
# PM Narendra Modi meets NDA leaders at Collectorate office ahead of filing his nomination from Varanasi parliamentary constituency.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 26, 2019
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Collectorate office to file his nomination from Varanasi parliamentary constituency, meets NDA leaders present there.
# NDA leaders arrive at Collectorate Office in Varanasi ahead of PM Modi’s nomination filing.
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi; leaves for Collectorate office to file his nomination.
# Congress President Rahul Gandhi will campaign in three states today. Mr Gandhi is scheduled to address a public meeting at 10:30 am in Bihar, followed by rallies in Odisha and Maharashtra.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, tweets:
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. pic.twitter.com/jfLLjYAgcO
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 26, 2019
# Janata Dal United’s Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party’s Ram Vilas Paswan meet BJP President Amit Shah during NDA leaders meet in Varanasi.
# 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.
# Home Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh: NDA will get 3/4th majority in the country.
PM Modi addressed BJP workers meet at Varanasi: TOP Points
# “Bengal and Kerala BJP workers tell their mothers before leaving their houses. These BJP workers tell their mothers that if I do not return home by evening, start sending my younger brother from tomorrow,” says PM Modi.
# All party workers must take it upon themselves to get the Modi app on the phones of all first time voters and ask them to look at the positive news surrounding our govt, says PM Modi.
# PM Modi tells party workers to respect all candidates contesting the elections as they are also part of the democratic process. “Don’t get influenced by our fights in election rallies. No candidate is our enemy. They are all part of the democratic process. Respect them all.”
# Modi stops and asks SPG to take a chit from a young girl in the crowd. She was waving the chit at him. Modi says “thank you beta” as the crowd cheers.
# PM Modi: We need to break some records in Varanasi. I have always wished that number of women voters’ turn out will be more than 5% compared to men. I couldn’t do this in Gujarat, but you can do it Varanasi. I have faith in you.
# Kashi has been won. Kashi was won by the party and party workers last night. Now, the polling booths are the only thing left to be won in Kashi: PM Modi tells party workers in Varanasi. PM Modi says every party worker should take it on themselves to win every polling booth.
# PM Modi tells party workers, “Yogi Adityanath, Amit Shah and others, all are BJP karyakartas like you.”
# Prime Minister Modi says I have never shirked from the responsibilities of a party worker even after becoming the Prime Minister. “I have also written party posters in my initial days. I have never ignored my responsibilities as BJP karyakarta.
# BJP President Amit Shah at NDA leaders meet in Varanasi; Later today, PM Narendra Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi Parliamentary seat.
PM Modi addresses BJP Workers
# Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray offers prayers at Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi.
# Congress President Rahul Gandhi will campaign in three states today
# PM Modi has reached Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
PM Modi’s Roadshow
A day before, the Prime Minister held a grand roadshow in Varanasi along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister JP Nadda, UP and Delhi BJP chiefs, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Manoj Tiwari.
The roadshow began after paying his tributes at Pt Madan Mohan Malviya’s statue outside Banaras Hindu University. The rally, stretching over 6km, had passed through Lanka and Madanpura areas of the city and end at the famed Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Before embarking on the roadshow, PM Modi had said that his scheduled programmes in “beloved Kashi” would give him an opportunity to interact with his “sisters and brothers” of the town.
“After bumper rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, I am heading to beloved Kashi. There are a series of programmes lined up, which would give me another excellent opportunity to interact with my sisters and brothers of Kashi. Har Har Mahadev!” Modi had tweeted.
Later in the evening, PM Modi also participated in the Ganga Aarti on the banks of the holy river. After that, he had an interaction with select intellectuals at Hotel De Paris.
PM Modi is contesting against Congress’ Ajay Rai and SP leader Shalini Yadav. Congress on Thursday had announced that it would field Rai as its candidate from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, putting to rest speculation regarding Priyanka GandhiVadra contesting the general elections against Prime Minister Modi. This would be the second time Prime Minister Modi and Rai will battle from Varanasi seat.
PM Modi’s 2014 roadshow
PM Modi held similar mega road shows in 2014 – both before and after winning the constituency in the 16th Lok Sabha elections. Three years later, the Prime Minister hit the streets of Varanasi for campaigning during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Modi won from Varanasi by a margin of 3.37 lakh votes. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Rai were among the candidates from the seat. While Kejriwal came in the second place, Rai stood third in the vote tally.
Varanasi will go to polls on May 19 in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.