General Election 2019 live | IUML moves Election Commission against Yogi Adityanath

The day's election-related developments at a glance.

April 06, 2019 11:10 am | Updated 07:31 pm IST

P.K. Kunhalikutty

P.K. Kunhalikutty


Tamil Nadu


IUML doesn’t need a certificate from Yogi Adityanath: Kunhalikutty

Taking strong objection over a tweet by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Indian Union Muslim League has filed a complaint with the Election Commission.

“IUML filed a complaint today with Election Commission against the malicious tweet of Yogi Adityanath that Muslim League is a virus. IUML does not need a certificate about its nationalist or patriotic credentials from any quarters, including Yogi Adityanath,” IUML general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty has said in a statement.

The IUML is a recognised party in Kerala and has a long history of upholding the “secular democratic ethos of our Constitution”, he has said.

The agenda of creating divisive politics by these “forces” in this country would not succeed as the people are determined to expose these forces and their game plans through the mighty force of the ballot paper, Mr. Kunhalikutty has said.

He has claimed that the entire country recognised and appreciated the IUML leadership for upholding the secular fabric and communal harmony of the country.

“Today, faced with several of their own senior leaders coming out together to expose BJP’s dangerous and devious designs, to cause tensions in the country, the frustrated and discredited elements like Yogi are trying to malign our progressive political forces”, the IUML leader has said.

Stating that Mr. Adityanath’s statement was highly objectionable and illegal, Mr. Kunhalikutty has said the IUML has urged the Election Commission to take appropriate action against such forces “who are out to tarnish the image and secular credentials of IUML”.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted on April 5 that “the Muslim League is a virus” and the Congress was affected by it.



If they give money to rich, we will give money to poor, says Rahul

“They want two Indias. One for the rich and the other for the aam aadmi ,” said Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Hardwar.

He said, “Lakhs of crores to Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and others but empty promises for you. How many jobs given to the young people of India? If they give money to the rich, we will give money to the poor. The Congress will give Rs. 72,000 per year and in total Rs. 3, 60,000 in five years in the bank account of the poorest of the country.”

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Hardwar on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Hardwar on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia


Mr. Modi (Narendra) announced demonetisation and ''did you see any Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi in bank queues while you were” he asked.

“We will not allow farmers to be jailed for failing to pay bank loans,” he stated.


We are fighting polls to punish terrorists: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said only a strong government could punish terrorists and achieve development. The Congress and its allies, he alleged, were fighting the election to give a free hand to terrorists.

Addressing a rally at Hathuad in Balod district of Chhattisgarh, he said the naamadar (dynast) of the Congress (apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi) party had to run away to find a “safe” seat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Hathuad in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Hathuad in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India


The Congress president is contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi and Kerala’s Wayanad.

When the government was strong, the country did not sit quiet after a terror attack, he said. “Didn’t you feel proud when the country punished the perpetrators of terror?”

The Congress and its allies were contesting the elections to “give a free hand ( khuli chhuth ) to terrorists and separatists”, while the BJP was in the fray to “punish terrorists and separatists for their sins,” he said.

“Do you want a government of a chowkidar or a procession of corrupt ( bhrastachariyon ki baraat ),” he asked.

Mr. Modi has often referred to himself as the country’s chowkidar (watchman) protecting its interest within and outside India. “When there is a strong government,” he said, “There is a surgical strike and an air strike and the world listens to us.”

Calling the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act a suraksha kavach (armour)) of the armed forces, he slammed the Congress over its manifesto promise of reviewing the act. The Congress’s naamdar family was out on bail. Their “intentions” were not good and they “take bribe” even in a helicopter purchase deal.

He also accused the Congress of “betraying” the farmers of Chhattisgarh with a “false” assurance of loan waiver.



Congress in unholy alliance with Muslim League, alleges Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that the Congress had entered into an “unholy alliance” with the Muslim League, which was evident from the green flags seen when Rahul Gandhi went in a procession to file his nomination papers for the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala.

“Gandhi ran away from Uttar Pradesh and filed his nomination from a seat in Kerala. In his procession there was neither the Indian Tricolour nor the Congress symbol ‘hand’ but only the Muslim League’s green flag with stars and moon,” he said at a poll rally at Hojai in central Assam.

“This unholy alliance has exposed the mindset of the Congress. The Muslim League was responsible for the Partition of the country and the killing of lakhs of people during that time. Now the Congress has a political alliance with the same party,” he said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaks at an election rally in Assam’s Hojai district on April 6, 2019.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaks at an election rally in Assam’s Hojai district on April 6, 2019.


In Assam too, the Congress had entered into an understanding with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front), which is responsible for myriad problems in the State, he said. “The Congress has compromised the national security and your security by entering into both these alliances.”

Mr. Adityanath asserted that India under Narendra Modi had emerged as a global economic power attaining the sixth position from the earlier 11th place under the United Progressive Alliance regime.

Mr. Adityanath was campaigning for BJP’s Nowgong candidate Rupak Sarmah.

New Delhi


Sonia says people being taught a new definition of patriotism

Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said people were being taught a new definition of patriotism while those not accepting diversity were being called patriots.

Speaking at a People’s Agenda-Jan Sarokar 2019 event in New Delhi, Ms. Gandhi alleged that the current government was not ready to respect dissent. When there were attacks on people who stuck to their faith, this government turned away. The country’s soul was being crushed through a well-planned conspiracy, which was a matter of concern. The BJP-led government was not ready to fulfil its duty of enforcing rule of law in the country, she alleged.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi addresses the Peoples’ Agenda-Jan Sarokar 2019 event in New Delhi on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi addresses the Peoples’ Agenda-Jan Sarokar 2019 event in New Delhi on April 6, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia


On the Congress’s poll promises, she said that if it came to power, a system would be developed to monitor their implementation.

“I have no doubts about the promises we have made. After our government is formed, a system will be in place to monitor their implementation,” she stated.

Jan Sarokar 2019-People’s Agenda is a collaborative work of social activists from all over the country.


Election Commission of India transfers Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma

In a major reshuffle of the police brass in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) directed the transfer of  Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma .

Mr. Sharma is being replaced by Dr. Rajesh Kumar, who is currently the ADG of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board. Mr. Sharma, a 1991 batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Kolkata police chief only a few months ago after his predecessor Rajiv Kumar's tenure ended. He was the ADG (Law & Order) earlier.

The ECI, in a letter to the Chief Secretary, also sought the transfer of the Commissioner of the adjacent Bidhannagar city police Gyanwant Singh. He will be replaced by N. Ramesh Babu, ADG & IGP (Operations). The Bidhannagar City Police, which has its jurisdiction over Salt Lake and Newton areas in the north eastern fringes of the city, was in the news for his alleged intervention at the  Kolkata  airport in an incident involving TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's wife.


New Delhi

Shatrughan Sinha joins Congress

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress on Saturday in the presence at the party headquarters in New Delhi.  He was with the BJP till recently.

Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal welcomed Mr. Sinha into the party fold and termed him the “best politician who was earlier with the wrong party“.


The Patna Sahib seat is currently held by Mr. Sinha, who has often openly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.  He is all set to take on the BJP’s Ravishankar Prasad in the constituency.

"The BJP has become one-man show and two-men army ", said Mr. Sinha after joining the Congress.



Amit Shah's roadshow in Gandhinagar

BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat, embarked on a roadshow in the city, on the 39th foundation day of the party.

Before the roadshow, which started from Sarkhej area of Ahmedabad in the morning, Mr. Shah garlanded pictures of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founders Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mukherjee.

Mr. Shah asked people present to chant, Jaha hue balidan Mukherjee, woh Kashmir hamara hai, sara ka sara hamara hai. [Where Mukhejee sacrificed his life, that Kashmir is ours, entire Kashmir is ours].

Mr. Shah set out on the roadshow in an open vehicle with BJP State unit president Jitu Vaghani accompanying him.

The roadshow will cover several areas of western parts of Ahmedabad city, which falls in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. It will pass through areas like Vejalpur, Prahladnagar, Jivraj Park, Mansi Cross road and will end at Haveli in Vastrapur.

Mr. Shah is expected to meet party workers in Bopal area of his constituency on Saturday night and interact with them.

He has replaced BJP veteran L K Advani, who had been winning uninterrupted from Gandhinagar since 1998. This is Mr. Shah’s maiden Lok Sabha election.



New Delhi

Hurt by your comments on Advaniji, Sushma Swaraj tells Rahul Gandhi

Senior BJP leader and Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took strong objection to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the ''treatment'' meted out to BJP veteran L.K. Advani by the party. She asked the Congress president to maintain “some decorum” in his comments.

In a tweet, Ms. Swaraj said, “Rahulji - Advani ji is our father figure. Your words have hurt us deeply. Please try to maintain some decorum of your speech.”

Mr. Gandhi on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of humiliating Mr. Advani, saying disrespecting one’s guru is not Hindu culture. Addressing a poll rally at Chandrapur in Maharashtra, he said, “The BJP talks of Hinduism. In Hinduism, guru is supreme. It talks of guru-shishya tradition. Who is Modi’s guru? Advani. Joota maar ke stage se utara [Advani was kicked out from the stage].”

Mr. Gandhi’s comments followed the BJP patriarch’s blog published on April 4 where he said the BJP never considered its political adversaries as anti-national.



Modi says Odisha will reject both BJD and Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people of Odisha would defeat both the ruling BJD and the opposition Congress in the Lok Sabha and the Assembly Elections to be held this month.

“Odisha’s election results will surprise the entire country. The BJP will win the polls with record number of seats. People will reject both the BJD and the Congress,” Mr. Modi said in a twitter post ahead of his election rallies in the State.

Mr. Modi will address two election meetings later in the day at Sundergarh and Sonepur in western region, considered as strongholds of the party in Odisha.

Mr. Modi’s rallies will be followed by BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to the State on Sunday. He will attend the party’s ‘Vijay Sankalp Samabesh’ at Polsara and Bargarh. Mr. Shah, according to BJP sources, will again campaign in Odisha on April 9, the last day of campaigning for the April 11 elections to four Lok Sabha seats and 28 Assembly segments.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to visit south Odisha to campaign for the party candidates April 9, OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said.



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