Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Mamata Banerjee leads TMC’s Kolkata padyatra in show of strength as battle with BJP intensifies

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WATCH | Mamata Banerjee leads padyatra in TMC’s show of strength

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TMC election campaign latest updates

Mamata holds roadshow in Kolkata as BJP-TMC war escalates

In Trinamool’s show of strength, Mamata Banerjee is holding a roadshow a day after violence struck BJP chief Amit Shah’s roadshow. 

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Smriti Irani in Himachal Pradesh latest updates

There’s a state where Congress’ allies put people in jail for chanting Jai Shri Ram: Irani

Addressing a public meeting in Palampur, BJP leader Smriti Irani took a dig at the TMC government in West Bengal and said, “You are lucky that when you chant ‘Jai Sri Ram‘, at least you are not arrested. Today in India, there is a state where if a common citizen merely says ‘Jai Sri Ram’, the allies of Congress put him in jail.”

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Video proof on Kolkata violence proves Amit Shah a pathological liar: Derek O’Brien

TMC leader Derek O’Brien shared a 35-second video clip on Twitter on the violence that broke out in Kolkata on Tuesday. 

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‘Wasn’t selling pakodas part of Modi’s grand plan to tackle unemployment?’: Congress after students detained in Chandigarh

Congress questioned the detention of a few college students in Chandigarh on Tuesday for selling “Modi pakodas” near the prime minister’s rally venue. 

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Modi ‘expiry babu PM’, Amit Shah a ‘pukeworthy liar’: Derek O’Brien

Calling Narendra Modi “Expiry babu PM”, TMC leader Derek O’Brien told reporters, “Trinamool Congres has been in existence for 21 years and I’ve been a spokesperson for the past 16 years. This is the saddest day ever. Today we’re not only a tinge angry, we’re disappointed and there is a lot of sadness. What happened yesterday was bad. Outsiders were brought (by the BJP to Amit Shah’s roadshow). Students were protesting peacefully with placards. What eventually happened, they (BJP workers) didn’t need a key to enter the college. They jumped walls and entered. Amit Shah’s press conference (on Wednesday) proved that he is a puke-worthy liar. Everybody that jumped in belonged to the BJP because they were wearing saffron.

“There is a mix of sadness and anger but there’s also hope that the people of Bengal, once and for all, will show Modi and Shah the same chit they showed in 2002. The only difference is, in Bengal, there is Mamata Banerjee. Modi comes to Bengal and calls her a speed-breaker. I agree with him; she was a speed breaker for him in 2014. Again this time, (she’s a) speed-breaker because you’ll not be a prime minister.”

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TMC moves EC with ‘proof’ of BJP’s involvement in Kolkata violence

Addressing the media after meeting the Election Commission, TMC leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said that the party has submitted a ‘video proof’ to the poll panel on BJP’s involvement in the violence in Kolkata on Tuesday during Amit Shah’s roadshow. “BJP created the ruckus on purpose. They had told the BJP workers to bring their weapons and attack TMC workers during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata,” he said, while claiming the BJP leader Tajinder Singh Bagga was also involved in the chaos.

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WATCH | Man interrupts Pawan Khera’s press conference

A man interrupted the media briefing by Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera and shouted: “Yogi Adityanath ko Ajay Singh Bisht kehna Bharatiya sanskriti ka apmaan hai (Calling Yogi Adityanath as Ajay Singh Bisht is an insult to the traditions of India). Vande Mataram, Bharat mata ki jai.

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Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

Bengal will help BJP win over 300 Lok Sabha seats: PM

At Basirhat rally, Narendra Modi claimed that all the surveys were giving BJP a full majority without an alliance. “But didi, after seeing your frustration and the support from the people of Bengal, I’m saying that Bengal will help us win more than 300 seats.”

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Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

Why is Mamata offended by a meme when she is an artist herself, asks PM

Amid a row over BJP activist Priyanka Sharma’s arrest for sharing a meme on Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi lashed out at TMC chief in Basirhat. “Didi, the girls you are putting in jail will now teach you a lesson,” he said.

He also asked why Mamata took offense to the meme shared by Priyanka. “Didi I’m told you are an artist and a painter. Why are you offended by a photograph,” he asked. “Since you’re a painter, please paint as uncomplimentary picture of mine as possible and keep it with you. After 23 May when I takeover as prime minister, come to Delhi and present it to me. I assure you I will not file an FIR against you.”

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Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

Mamata scared of BJP wave in Bengal: PM

In Basirhat, Narendra Modi said, “The entire country has seen the visuals from Kolkata on Tuesday. Didi is scared of the obvious BJP wave in West Bengal and to the level is clearly visible from the situation. Two days ago, she had said that she will take revenge. Within 24 hours of her remark, Amit Shah was targetted during the roadshow. There was an attempt to scare the BJP during his roadshow. “

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Attack on Amit Shah’s roadshow a dangerous warning for democracy: Adityanath

At a press conference, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, “On Tuesday, TMC goons attacked Amit Shah’s roadshow. This is a dangerous warning for the democracy and is indicates the TMC government’s days are numbered. Like West Bengal, six phases of election have also been held in Uttar Pradesh. All the phases were conducted peacefully. But on the other hand, there was widespread violence reported in West Bengal.”

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Congress weighs in on Bengal violence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to News18India, wondered why the Opposition parties were not reacting to the poll violence in Bengal. Trinamool and BJP have been blaming each other for returning the campaign into a vicious,  often bloody battle. Well, the Congress has reacted by weighing in, unsurprisingly, on the Trinamool’s side saying violence has always been the BJP’s preferred choice. This suits the BJP, which will show this as the ganging up of all parties against it.

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Rahul Gandhi in Punjab latest updates

Modi has 56-inch chest, but is scared to talk on corruption: Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi mocked Narendra Modi over his ’56-inch chest’ remark and said that the prime minister talked about being courageous but is still scared to talk about corruption.

The Congress chief also mimicked Modi to take a dig at his interview with Akshay Kumar in which he spoke on how he eats mangoes.

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Congress says Kolkata clashes show violence is always BJP’s ‘preferred choice’

A day after violent clashes rocked Kolkata during Amit Shah’s roadshow, Congress tweeted, “Nothing is sacred and nothing is safe under the BJP’s anti-democratic leadership. By desecrating a statue of Vidyasagar and then instigating violent protests in Bengal, BJP proves once again that violence is always their preferred choice.

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Rahul Gandhi in Punjab latest updates

Unemployment, farmer issues biggest challenges: Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi called unemployment the biggest challenge faced by the country today. “The biggest challenge today is unemployment, the second challenge is issues related to farmers. Who will create job opportunities. Without empowering MSMEs, job opportunities can’t be created. I guarantee you, whatever power we can put to encourage MSMEs, we’ll do. Without you, India cannot challenge China,” he told a rally in Ludhiana.

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Rahul Gandhi in Punjab latest updates

Modi hurt India, destroyed economy: Rahul

In Ludhiana, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “Narendra Modi destroyed the strength of economy and the people, he hurt India. You have to understand how much the chowkidaar has looted you.” 

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BJP’s Tajinder Bagga dares Derek O’Brien to prove his involvement in Kolkata violence

BJP leader Tajinder Bagga challenged TMC leader Derek O’Brien to prove his involvement in the violence that broke out on Tuesday during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata. O’Brien called Bagga as one of BJP’s ‘outsider goons’ after the saffron party leader was reportedly detained by the police in view of the violence.

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Yogi Adityanath in Barasat latest updates

In UP, we change time for Muharram, not Durga Puja, says Adityanath at rally in Bengal’s Barasat

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in Barasat, West Bengal. Picking up a communally sensitive subject, Adityanath said, “In the whole country, Durga Puja and Muharram fell on the same day. In UP, officers asked me, should we change timing of puja? I said, timing of the puja won’t be changed, if you want to change timing, change the timing of Muharram procession.” 

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Rahul Gandhi in Faridkot latest update

Rahul Gandhi brings up incidents of religious text sacrilege from 2015 

Speaking at Faridkot in Punjba, Rahul Gandhi brought up the issue of sacrilege of religious texts. He promised strict action against those involved in incidents that occured in 2015 in Punjab.

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TMC releases statement after Amit Shah’s attack, takes video ‘evidence’ to EC

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Rahul Gandhi in Faridkot latest update

Narendra Modi mocked Manmohan Singh, now nation is mocking Modi, says Congress chief

Rahul gandhi, while addressing a rally in Faridkot, Punjab, said that Narendra Modi used to mock Manmohan Singh while he was prime minister, but now when he is in power, our former prime minister never mocks him. Instead, the entire nation is mocking him.

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We have nothing personal against the Central forces, says TMC

“We have two more pictures to show, this is to do with the elections, we have nothing personally against the Central forces, we have two startling pictures to expose what we have been saying that the Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP in Bengal,” Derek O’Brien said. 

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Derek O’Brien responds to BJP’s picture evidence with 44 video clips clinching BJP’s ‘lies’ 

TMC leader Derek O’Brien released two videos claiming that they show “BJP goons” damaged statue of polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. ​

TMC said it had 44 more such videos to prove that the BJP brought outside goons to campaign in Bengal and broke the very ethos of Bengal by breaking the Vidyasagar statue. 

“Today is the saddest press conference we have held… saddest for all of us to see the streets of Kolkata… there is anger and there is shock. The president of the BJP does what he does with his goons, who he hired from outside Bengal. What happened yesterday hurt the very ethos of Bengal, says Derek O’ Brien.”

While refering to the video, O’Brien said, “the videos shared by us not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves party chief Amit Shah is a liar.”

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Narendra Modi in Deoghar latest update

Congress preparing for defeat, says PM, claims Pitroda, Aiyar are ‘willing scapegoats’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the BJP’s win is now certain because even Congress has started its preparations for defeat. The Congress is holding marathon meets to search for appropriate scapegoats because it is against the basic principles of dynasticism to blame the naamdaar for defeat. Now those who have been making anti-Sikh comments and abusing me have volunteered to take the blame.

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Narendra Modi in Deoghar latest update

PM addresses gathering in Jharkhand’s holy city

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing an election rally in Jharkhand’s Deoghar time which is an important Hindu pilgrimage site, Modi started his address with a prayer and a crisp attack on Congress party. 

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SC says arrest of BJP cadre for sharing meme prima facie arbitrary

The Supreme Court Wednesday termed as “prima facie arbitrary” the arrest of BJP’s youth wing leader for allegedly posting morphed image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media and pulled up the West Bengal government for the delay in releasing her. 

A vacation bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna was informed by the counsel of activist Priyanka Sharma’s brother that she was not released from jail on Tuesday despite the apex court’s order granting her bail and ordering her immediate release. However, the counsel for West Bengal government informed the bench that she has been released from jail at 9:40 am today.
“Why 9:40 am today? The order was passed in your presence,” the bench told the state counsel. When the state’s counsel referred to the jail manual, the bench shot back, “Jail manual can’t have precedence over an order of the Supreme Court.” “No. This is not done. First of all the arrest was prima facie arbitrary,” the bench said.

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Narendra Modi compares Bengal to Kashmir, says polling in Valley more peaceful, questions ‘neutral’ forces’ silence

In his first reaction after the Kolkata violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told CNN-News18 that the Mamata Banerjee government for the incident. He says that there have been reports of violence from West Bengal through these elections. Taking on the TMC rule, the prime minister says even polls in Jammu and Kashmir are more peaceful than this.

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar: The rationalist loved by Bengalis of all political hues 

The desecration of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during the violent clashes that broke out in Kolkata on Tuesday have put the spotlight on the renowned philosopher and key figure of the Bengali Renaissance. But there is a reason why he commands respect from all Bengalis, notwithstanding their political leanings.

A lawyer and a Sanskrit scholar, Vidyasagr came to be known as a well-known writer, philosopher and a staunch supporter of the humanity. Revered by the British authorities of his time, Vidyasagar brought about a revolution in the Bengali education system and refined the way Bengali language was written and taught. His book, ‘Borno Porichoy’ (Introduction to the letter), is still used as the introductory text to learn Bengali alphabets. In fact, the reaction of a Twitter user and trnslator of Bengali fiction sums up Vidyasagar’s stature in Bengal. 

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Mayawati slams Modi again, says his legacy as Gujarat CM blot on India’s communal history 

BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s legacy as the Gujarat chief minister is a black spot for himself and the BJP, as well as a burden on the communal history of the country. Mayawati alleged that the prime minister had crossed all limits of decency in terming the Bahujan Samaj Party her personal property.

“The entire country knows that most of those having benami properties and the corrupt are connected with the BJP,” she said, claiming that Modi is honest only on paper, just like he is an OBC only on paper.

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‘Ensure you address all rallies in West Bengal’; Amit Shah’s instruction to Yogi Adityanath, claim reports

After reports that one of Yogi Adityanath’s rally had to be cancelled owing to alleged vandalism by TMC cadres, now fresh reports have claimed that Amit Shah has instructed UP chief minister to go ahead and hold all rallies.

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Meanwhile, TMC to counter BJP’s charge with 2 pm presser 

Trinamool Congress is set to respond to Amit Shah’s allegations with a press conference of its own at around 2 pm. The party is expected to blame the BJP for the violence in Kolkata. Senior TMC leader Derek O’Brien claimed that there was video evidence of BJP cadres burning vehicles and creating chaos during Amit Shah’s rally. 

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Amid increased TMC-BJP animosity, Yogi Adityanath’s Kolkata rally cancelled, stage ‘vandalised’

BJP sources have said that one of the three Kolkata rallies scheduled to be addressed by Yogi Adityanath had to be cancelled today because MC cadres have allegedly vandalised the stage. The BJP also told News18 that the organisers of the rally were also beaten up by TMC cadre for agreeing to help in arranging a BJP event. 

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‘Have no regrets; police forced me to sign apology letter,’ says Priyanka Sharma 

Priyanka Sharma said that she did not want to apologise for sharing the meme on Mamata Banerjee while claiming that the local police forced her to sign an apology letter before release. She said that the matter was sub-judice and she will battle it out in court. 

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BJP’s Priyanka Sharma released from jail, claims police forced her to sign apology letter

Priyanka Sharma, the Bharatiya Janata Party worker who was arrested from Howrah for sharing a meme on Mamata Banerjee has been released from the jail after a court order. Sharma said that she was treated rudely by the jail authorities and they did not let her talk to her lawyer or family members. 

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EC mute spectator in Bengal, sasy Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah alleged that the Election Commission has been a “mute spectator”.  “EC has banned UP CM Yogi Adityanath and many others for making speeches that they felt are inappropriate…but what did EC do when Mamata threatened PM and BJP?” Amit Shah questioned.  

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‘If not for CRPF cover, I wouldn’t have come back alive,’ says Amit Shah

BJP national president Amit Shah said, “Our popularity in Kolkata and Bengal has given Mamata didi the jitters that is why she has resorted to extreme measures.” Shah said that when his party has lost 60 cadres in the political violence in state, an attack on him was not unexpected. He said, “If it weren’t for the team of CRPF deployed in my securoty, I might no have come back alive from the violence.”

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Amit Shah defends his party workers, says BJP cadres were out on road but who had access to Vidyasagar college after nightfall

“Vidyasagar bust was locked inside two rooms, and it was past 7.30 pm. The college was locked. Now you should ask who governs Bengal and who has influence over the college management. Who opened the doors,” Amit Shah asked. He claimed that the whole event was under severe media glare and they should make the footage live to show who vandalised the bust and attacked a peaceful political rally.

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Why violence erupts only in Bengal when BJP contests polls in all states, asks Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah said that the Trinamool Congress has alleged that the BJP was responsible for poll violence. “But why does poll violence occur only in Bengal. TMC contests polls on 42 seats, but BJP contests polls all across the nation. We are pitted against Congress and many other parties but why does reports of violence only pours in from West Bengal,” Shah said.  

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TMC, BJP indulging in competitive polarization, Sitaram Yechury 

Speaking to News18 during a protest called by Left wing parties in Kolkata, Sitaram Yechury said that the BJP and TMC were indulging in competitive polarisation to mgain political mileage out of yesterdau’s violence. 

“Whatever happened yesterday we condemn it. Vidyasagar’s contribution was not only for Bengal but for the whole country. Instead of the blame game, there should be an inquiry. People should be alert and not fall prey to such activities,” he said. 

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‘Release Priyanka Sharma now or face contempt,’ SC warns Bengal govt over detention of BJP worker who shared Mamata meme

The Supreme Court, Wednesday took strong exception to the fact that BJP worker Priyanka Sharma was still in prison, despite SC order yesterday specifying clearly that she shoul be released. 

The government’s lawyer argued that the district magistrate might not have been able to get a copy of the Supreme Court order which may have delayed her release. However, Justice Indira Banerjee dismissed this argument saying that the court had clearly said that the woman should be released immediately. The Bench further warned that unless the BJP worker is released immediately, the state government will be liable to face contempt proceedings, News18 reported.  

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SP’s Karakat candidate writes open letter to Modi over unemployment in Bihar, says disheartening that PM didn’t outline any vision for youth

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EC to hold video conference with state poll panel on yesterday’s violence 

The Election Commission of India officials will hold an urgent meeting via video conferencing with the state election commission on Wednesday. The meeting has been scheduled for 11.30 am. Media reports said that important announcements regarding the seventh phase of polling is expected. 

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Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Alwar gangrape survivor rescheduled for tomorrow 

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Amit Shah’s press conference at 11 am

BJP national president Amit Shah will address a press conference at 11.00 am today against the alleged attack on his convoy by the TMC cadre and the violence that followed. He is expected to detail his party’s account of the sequence of events, while TMC has already put out its version. Shah is also expected to mount attack against Mamata Banerjee after a series of acerbic tweets he put out since yesterday.  

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BJP to hold ‘Save Bengal’ protests at Jantar Mantar today in retaliation of yesterday’s violence

The Bharatiya Janata Party has said it will hold a “national protest against the cowardly attack on BJP national president’s roadshow in Kolkata.” The sit-in protest will begin at 10:30 am today. 

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Rahul Gandhi cancels Alwar visit due to poor weather, claim reports

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has cancelled his election rally in Alwar after reports that the weather in the city is expected to deteriorate. Rahul was scheduled to hold a public meeting in the city. He was also scheduled to visit the Alwar gangrape survivor who was sexually assaulted in front of her husband at 26 April.

Opposition parties, including the BJP, have accused the Congress government in the state of trying to hush up the crime. But the Congress, in turn, accused BJP of doublespeak by claiming that one of its leaders, Hemsingh Bhadana, tried to negotiate with the victim and her family, while the government took immediate action by suspending the SHO and removing the SP of the area.   

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TMC blames BJP cadre of vandalising Ishwar Chand Vidya Sagar’s statue; top leaders change twitter DP to Bengali thinker’s image 

In the political violence witnessed in Kolkata’s educational campuses yesterday, a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was shattered at the college named after the Bengali writer and educationist. Both TMC and BJP are blaming each other’s workers for the vandalism, and both parties have fiercely contested each other’s claim. But TMC leaders have sharpened their attack by changing their Twitter display pictures to that of Vidyasagar. 

  

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Day’s Preview: Today’s poll campaign to thrive under shadow of last night’s violence; PM in West Bengal, Amit Shah to charge on from New Delhi

Expect today’s campaign to be an explosive affair. The fire that erupted outside the Vidyasagar college in Kolkata yesterday is likely to singe political parties through today. The BJP has planned a three-pronged attack against TMC. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to campaign in Kolkata’s Diamond Harbour and Basirhat. Meanwhile, Amit Shah will address a press conference, while the BJP’s Kolkata candidate will meet the Election Commission claiming that state chief minister Mamata Banerjee was complicit with the ploy to launch violence at Shah’s roadshow. The BJP will demand that TMC chief be barred from campaigning for the remaining days of the campaign. 

The TMC, likewise, will also knock on EC’s door, blaming the BJP for the violence. It has also released a video ‘substantiating’ its claims that BJP was behind the violence. 

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Latest Updates: In Trinamool Congress’ show of strength, Mamata Banerjee is holding a roadshow a day after violence struck BJP chief Amit Shah’s roadshow. Earlier, the TMC submitted to the Election Commission a ‘video proof’ on BJP’s involvement in Kolkata violence. Speaking to reporters, Derek O’Brien said, “Modi comes to Bengal and calls her (Mamata Banerjee) a speed-breaker. I agree with him; she was a speed breaker for him in 2014. Again this time, (she’s a) speed-breaker because you’ll not be a prime minister.”

Amid a row over BJP activist Priyanka Sharma’s arrest for sharing a meme on Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi lashed out at TMC chief in Basirhat and asked why Mamata took offense to the meme. “Didi, I’m told you are an artist and a painter. Why are you offended by a photograph,” he asked.

Amid a row over BJP activist Priyanka Sharma’s arrest for sharing a meme on Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi lashed out at TMC chief in Basirhat. “Didi, the girls you are putting in jail will now teach you a lesson,” he said.

He also asked why Mamata took offense to the meme shared by Priyanka. “Didi I’m told you are an artist and a painter. Why are you offended by a photograph.”

In Basirhat, Narendra Modi said, “The entire country has seen the visuals from Kolkata on Tuesday. Didi is scared of the obvious BJP wave in West Bengal. And the level of the is visible in the situation. Two day ago she had said that she will take revenge. And within 24 hours of her remarks, Amit Shah was targetted during the roadshow. There was an attempt to scare the BJP during his roadshow. “

A day after violent clashes rocked Kolkata during Amit Shah’s roadshow, Congress tweeted, “Nothing is sacred and nothing is safe under the BJP’s anti-democratic leadership. By desecrating a statue of Vidyasagar and then instigating violent protests in Bengal, BJP proves once again that violence is always their preferred choice.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in Barasat, West Bengal. Picking up a communally sensitive subject, Adityanath said, “In the whole country, Durga Puja and Muharram fell on the same day. In UP, officers asked me, should we change timing of puja? I said, timing of the puja won’t be changed, if you want to change timing, change the timing of Muharram procession.”

Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Faridkot, Punjab, said that Narendra Modi used to mock Manmohan Singh while he was prime minister, but now when he is in power, our former prime minister never mocks him. Instead, the entire nation is mocking him.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien released two videos claiming that they show “BJP goons” damaged statue of polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. ​

TMC said it had 44 more such videos to prove that the BJP brought outside goons to campaign in Bengal and broke the very ethos of Bengal by breaking the Vidyasagar statue.

“Today is the saddest press conference we have held… saddest for all of us to see the streets of Kolkata… there is anger and there is shock. The president of the BJP does what he does with his goons, who he hired from outside Bengal. What happened yesterday hurt the very ethos of Bengal, says Derek O’ Brien.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ” Congress can’t say they lost elections because of ‘naamdar’, it would be against the rules of dynasty. That is why after the 5th phase, 2 of the closest ‘darbaari’ of the ‘naamdar’ family started batting on their own.”

Mosi said that the BJP’s win is now certain because even Congress has started its preparations for defeat. The Congress is holding marathon meets to search for appropriate scapegoats because it is against the basic principles of dynasticism to blame the naamdaar for defeat. Now those who have been making anti-Sikh comments and abusing me have volunteered to take the blame.

In his first reaction after the Kolkata violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told CNN-News18 that the Mamata Banerjee government for the incident. He says that there have been reports of violence from West Bengal through these elections. Taking on the TMC rule, the prime minister says even polls in Jammu and Kashmir are more peaceful than this.

BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s legacy as the Gujarat chief minister is a black spot for himself and the BJP, as well as a burden on the communal history of the country. Mayawati alleged that the prime minister had crossed all limits of decency in terming the Bahujan Samaj Party her personal property.

After reports that one of Yogi Adityanath’s rally had to be cancelled owing to alleged vandalism by TMC cadres, now fresh reports have claimed that Amit Shah has instructed UP chief minister to go ahead and hold all rallies.

BJP sources have said that one of the three Kolkata rallies scheduled to be addressed by Yogi Adityanath had to be cancelled today because MC cadres have allegedly vandalised the stage. The BJP also told News18 that the organisers of the rally were also beaten up by TMC cadre for agreeing to help in arranging a BJP event.

BJP Youth Wing Convenor Priyanka Sharma at BJP office after being released from Alipore Correctional Home. 

BJP national president Amit Shah said, “Our popularity in Kolkata and Bengal has given Mamata didi the jitters that is why she has resorted to extreme measures.” Shah said that when his party has lost 60 cadres in the political violence in state, an attack on him was not unexpected. He said, “If it weren’t for the team of CRPF deployed in my securoty, I might no have come back alive from the violence.”

‘BJP crossed majority by 5th phase, will grab over 300 seats till end of polls,’ predicts Bharatiya janata Party national president Amit Shah

BJP national president Amit Shah addresses a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Addressing the issue of Tuesday’s clashes between ABVP and TMCP, he says, “There have been no instances of violence in any other place except in West Bengal.”

The Supreme Court, Wednesday took strong exception to the fact that BJP worker Priyanka Sharma was still in prison, despite SC order yesterday specifying clearly that she should be released.

Tuesday’s poll violence in Kolkata has triggered political protests on a massive scale, with both TMC and BJP blaming each other for the clashes. While the Bharatiya Janata Party will hold protests at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, TMC cadre took to streets in Howrah; Left wing workers are, meanwhile, protesting against the vandalisation of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust at a college in Kolkata.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has said it will hold a “national protest against the cowardly attack on BJP national president’s roadshow in Kolkata.” The sit-in protest will begin at 10:30 am today.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has cancelled his election rally in Alwar after reports that the weather in the city is expected to deteriorate. Rahul was scheduled to hold a public meeting in the city. He was also scheduled to visit the Alwar gangrape survivor who was sexually assaulted in front of her husband at 26 April.

With only three days left for campaigning ahead of the last leg of Lok Sabha election to be held on 19 May, the countdown for the finale has quite literally begun. After yesterday’s violence in Kolkata, Amit Shah is scheduled to address the media at 10 am.

On the third-last day of campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in Paliganj in Bihar, Deoghar in Jharkhand and Basirhat and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal. On Tuesday, while referring himself as a ‘Kashi vaasi‘ (resident of Varanasi), Modi issued an ‘emotional’ message for people Varanasi, highlighting his association and attachment with the ancient city and urged people to vote in large numbers.

While Modi issued a special message to the people of Varanasi, Congress party also announced the ‘arrival’ of its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in Varanasi. There was a lot of speculation around Priyanka’s candidature this year. There were several reports which claimed that the in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh will contest against the prime minister, but Priyanka later clarified that there was no decision on her contesting. “If my party asks me to contest the polls, I will definitely do so. But my personal wish is to work for the party’s organisation as a lot of work needs to be done,” the Congress leader had told reporters.

Congress chose to field Ajay Rai.

Modi will also address rallies in West Bengal’s Basirhat and Diamond Harbour, a day after violent clashes took place in West Bengal after BJP and TMC supporters fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive roadshow by BJP chief Amit Shah. The BJP president escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by police. Modi’s rallies will be closely watched as the prime minister is expected to launch a fierce attack on chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her party for unchecked violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow.

On Tuesday, parts of Kolkata plunged into a welter of violence as Shah’s convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties, officials said. Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance.

Several motorcycles parked outside were vandalised and set ablaze. Shards of broken glass littered the lobby of the college where a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a noted philosopher and a key figure of Bengal Renaissance, was smashed to smithereens. Police personnel were seen trying to douse the fire with buckets filled with water.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Rajasthan and Punjab, will address rallies in Alwar, Faridkot and Ludhiana.

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Updated Date: May 15, 2019 18:01:42 IST

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