General election As it happened | Opposition treating illegal immigrants as vote bank: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah addresses an election campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

BJP President Amit Shah addresses an election campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, April 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Here are the day’s election-related developments at a glance.

Uttar Pradesh

Opposition treating illegal immigrants as vote bank: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday accused the Opposition of treating illegal immigrants as a vote bank and doing ‘Ilu Ilu’ with terrorists, an apparent reference to a popular Bollywood love song from the nineties.

He made the remarks while addressing Vijay Sankalp (victory pledge) rallies in Badaun and Shahjahanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh.

“The BJP wants to take the intruders out (of the country) but the BSP-SP and the Congress do not want this as they consider them their vote bank,” Mr. Shah said.

He also accused the Congress of being soft on terrorists.

“Rahul baba’s guru Sam Pitorda said do not bomb (Pakistan) but negotiate... Rahul baba if your party wants to do ‘Ilu Ilu’ with terrorists you can do that. But our intention is clear, if a shot is fired, we will reply with a bomb,” the BJP president said.

Karnataka

 

Narendra Modi is leading a team of thieves, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Kolar on April 13, 2019.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Kolar on April 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on April 13 launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he extended “undue favours to his industrialist friends who looted the country”.

Addressing an election rally at Kolar on April 13, Mr. Gandhi alleged that Mr. Modi stole money from the pockets of shopkeepers, farmers, traders and the poor and given it to the likes of Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya and “people who fled the country”.

Referring to the Rafale issue, he said, “100% chowkidar is a chor (thief)” and alleged that the Prime Minister stole ₹30,000 crore and gifted it to his “thief friends” such as Anil Ambani. “He (Mr. Modi) is leading a team of chors (thieves),” Mr Gandhi said.

“I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Mr. Gandhi said.

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Karnataka

LS polls is about choosing on how New India should be in 21st century: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Lok Sabha polls was not about choosing the Prime Minister or a government, but on how “New India” should be in the 21st century.

Addressing a massive rally in Mangaluru, he also hit out at the Congress, saying that the country gave it an opportunity in the 20th century, but the party lost it by handing it over to one family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Mangaluru on April 13, 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Mangaluru on April 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

 

Slamming the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, Mr. Modi said the inspiration for the two ruling coalition partners was “Pariwarvad” (dynasty), but for the BJP it was “Rashtrawad” (nationalism).

Mr. Modi also described the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka as the “enemy” of farmers, accusing it of having failed to provide a list of beneficiaries for the Centre’s scheme to deposit Rs 6,000 a year into farmers’ accounts.

He also said that the “Mahamilavat” (adulterated) culture of Congress has destroyed not only traditions, but also weakened the Defence and the economy.

 

Uttar Pradesh

Both Ali and Bajrang Bali are with us: Mayawati

Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's comments, BSP supremo Mayawati said "both Ali and Bajrangbali are with us."

Mr. Adityanath in a recent rally claimed the SP and the BSP have faith in Ali, while the BJP has faith in Bajrang Bali, an apparent reference to Muslim and Hindu voters.

Ms. Mayawati also recalled how Mr. Adityanath and other BJP leaders stoked a controversy over the caste of Lord Hanuman.

Addressing a joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Badaun, Ms. Mayawati also targetted the Congress. She appealed to the Muslims to not let their vote get divided.

Mr. Yadav said it is time to remove the chowki (seat) of chowkidar. He said Mr. Modi had offered himself as a chaiwala in the last election but "his promises were like tea without milk."

Thanking Ms. Mayawati for boosting the morale of the workers  of mahagathbandhan , Mr. Yadav said this election is a vote for change and will bring a new prime minister.

Tamil Nadu

 

Taking pot shots at DMK president M.K. Stalin’s proposal naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there were no takers for this among the opposition “because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post.”

Mr. Modi was speaking at a rally in Theni.

“Some days ago, DMK supremo (Stalin) projected the Naamdar (dynast--Gandhi) as PM (candidate) but no one was ready to accept it, not even their mahamilavati (adulteration) friends, because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post,” he said, without naming anyone.

Despite past “bitterness,” the Congress and DMK have joined hands, he said and recalled that the national party had “humiliated” the southern ally earlier, apparently referring to the dismissal of the DMK government in the past.

Delhi

Delhi CEO directs BJP to not air content on NaMo TV without certification

The Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on NaMo TV without its certification, a day after the Election Commission directed that all recorded programmes displayed on the platform be pre-certified, officials said.

Following the EC’s directive, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi wrote to the saffron party to ensure that all political content not approved be removed.

“As a precautionary measure, two officials have been deployed to watch NaMo TV and monitor its content,” officials said.

Lucknow

Attempt is being made to create hatred between Ali & Bajrangbali: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati said on Saturday that an attempt was being made to create hatred between the followers of Bajrangbali and Ali.

In a tweet on the occasion of Ram Navami, Mayawati said: “Greetings & good wishes to the people for peaceful & prosperous life on Ram Navami. When people are happily remembering the ideals of Shri Ram, it is unfortunate that an attempt is being made to create confrontation & hatred between Bajrang Bali & Ali for narrow political gain.”

Mayawati’s comments come after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Tuesday compared the Lok Sabha election to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrangbali, the Hindu god Hanuman.

In another tweet, the BSP supremo paid homage to those killed in the Jallianwala massacre and sought an apology from the British.

“On the centenary of the Jallianwala tragedy, our homage to martyrs & sympathy to the family members who sacrificed their lives for the country. It would have been most gratifying had the Indian govt. succeeded in extracting an apology from the British for this gruesome massacre,” she said.

New Delhi

Notice issued to Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi. File

Maneka Gandhi. File   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

The District Election Officer of Sultanpur on Friday served a notice on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi for her remarks at a political rally in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly threatening Muslims not to get their work done if they did not vote for her. She has been given three days to respond.

Addressing an election rally in Turab Khani village, Ms. Gandhi told Muslims that she was all set to win and that they should vote for her as they would need her help in future.

“I am winning... But if my victory is without support from Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (heart will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter?” Ms. Gandhi had said.

The Union Minister is a BJP candidate from Sultanpur constituency.

Her statement had triggered sharp reaction from the Opposition parties. The Congress spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, accused her of dividing people in the name of caste and community.

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New Delhi

Delhi poll body directs BJP to not air content on NaMo TV without certification

Two days after the Election Commission directed that all recorded programmes displayed on NaMo TV be pre-certified, the Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on the platform without its certification, officials said.

The poll body had on Thursday said since NaMo TV was sponsored by the BJP, all recorded programmes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi and all political publicity contents displayed without pre-certification be removed immediately. Following the EC’s directive, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi wrote to the saffron party to ensure that all political content not approved be removed.

“As a precautionary measure, two officials have been deployed to watch NaMo TV and monitor its content,” officials said.

An official said political parties usually submit audiovisual content for pre-certification, without specifying on which platform it will be aired. The content may be aired during a rally or on the party’s website, he said. After the Congress filed a complaint with the poll panel about the channel disturbing the level playing field, the EC had asked the Delhi CEO to file a report on the issue.

The Delhi CEO approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said was part of the NaMo App that it owns, but did not “certify” the content as it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

-PTI

Salem

No opposition leader except Stalin backs Rahul for PM: Palaniswami 

DMK president Stalin is the only leader who endorsed Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, but no other opposition party is ready to accept it, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said here on Friday.

Campaigning at different parts of Salem for candidates Anbumani Ramadoss-nominee of Dharmapuri constituency , K.R.S.Saravanan for the Salem constituency and P. Kalliappan for Namakkal constituency, he said Mr. Stalin, during his campaign speeches, never talked about what the DMK had done while in power and was levelling false allegations against him.

Criticising the Congress president, he said that while Tamil Nadu had won a favourable judgment in the Cauvery issue, Mr. Gandhi campaigned in Karnataka saying Mekadatu dam would be built.

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Kalaburagi

Was denied CM post thrice, but I didn’t rebel: Kharge

In an obvious reference Umesh Jadhav, the BJP candidate in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency who recently quit Congress on the ‘pretext’ of being denied a ministerial berth in the coalition government, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha and party candidate for Kalaburagi, said he too was denied the Chief Ministerial post thrice and yet did not rebel against the party leadership.

“I was denied the Chief Minister’s post thrice for various reasons. Have I ever expressed my discontentment in public? Have I ever rebelled against the party leadership? No, because the party’s ideology and objectives were more important than the CM post. But, a few people, discontent of being denied posts, have quit the party and joined forces that are quite against the Constitution of India. The shift of loyalty shows their true colours and how much they are concerned about the people and the democratic set-up of our country,” he said.

He was addressing an election rally at Pattana Grama in Kalaburagi South Assembly segment here on Friday.

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