Days ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, two of India's biggest parties - Congress and BJP - will organise multiple rallies and road shows on Saturday. BJP President Amit Shah, who is replacing BJP veteran L K Advani, filed his nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat today. Before filing his nomination, Shah held a four-km road-show in Ahmedabad from Sardar Patel Statue in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad to Patidar Chowk in the Ghatlodia area. Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were present during Shah's filing of nomination.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed a rally in Aalo, Arunanchal Pradesh and is presently speaking at another public meeting in Dibrugarh, Assam. PM Modi, in his yesterday's campaign in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, scathed attacks on Opposition parties and said that it is now time to give a befitting reply to people who insult the capabilities of our scientists and armed forces. He criticised Congress and BJD for having ample time to develop the state but failing to do so. In Telangana, he accused the state government of not letting the people enjoy the services of the Ayushman scheme. He also added that before 2014 only 40% of the population there had toilets, while now every household has.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he would scrap the NITI Aayog if his party is voted to power and replace it with a lean Planning Commission whose members will be renowned economists and experts with less than 100 staff. He said that it has served no purpose other than making marketing presentations for the PM Modi and fudging data.
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06:05pm: "UP CM assured me yesterday that our grievances will be heard & dealt with. Nishad Party will contest on its own symbol. NDA will decide who will contest from where," said Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad on joining the NDA.
Nishad Party chief, Sanjay Nishad, on joining NDA alliance for Lok Sabha elections: UP CM assured me yesterday that our grievances will be heard & dealt with. Nishad Party will contest on its own symbol. NDA will decide who will contest from where pic.twitter.com/9FZJHjUula— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 30, 2019
05:38pm: Mehbooba Mufti, PDP chief, has warned that scrapping Article 370A could threaten the India's ties with Kashmir.
05:35pm: Arjun Charan Sethi has resigned from Biju Janata Dal after his son Abhimanyu Sethi was denied a ticket from the party. He has joined BJP along with his son.
04:30pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the alliance is powerful and the Opposition is destined to lose now that his party is back with the BJP. Thackeray had accompanyied BJP president Amit Shah to his nomination filing for Gandhinagar seat.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Ahmedabad, Gujarat: We did not come to demonstrate our power as it is obvious that the alliance is powerful. Now that BJP and Shiv Sena have come together the Opposition is bound to be defeated. pic.twitter.com/YRskIIcHeS— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
04:05pm: We will emerge as the single largest party in the Uttar Pradesh, said Shivpal Singh of Samajwadi Party
02:32pm: Only a 'chaiwaala' can understand the pain of 'chaiwallas', PM Modi says during his rally in Moran, Assam.
PM Narendra Modi in Dibrugarh, Assam: What else is the reason for tea farmers to face problems for 7 decades? They did not even get basic facilities. Only a 'chaiwaala' can understand the pain of 'chaiwallas'. https://t.co/6ud2bqzaUM— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
02:05pm: BJP president Amit Shah has filed his nominaton for Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, as well as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were present.
01:29pm: PM Modi arrives in Moran, Assam to attend an election rally.
01:17pm: Senior Congress leaders from Delhi and Maharashtra are holding a meeting in Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters to discuss startegy for 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state.
Maharashtra: Senior Congress leaders from Delhi & Maharashtra are holding a meeting at Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee Headquarters to discuss their election campaign strategy. pic.twitter.com/Uxpz4B2BNC— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
12:37pm: Income Tax Department officials have raided the residence of senior DMK leader Durai Murugan at Katapadi in Vellore. After the raids, the DM leader said the I-T raids were ploy by some political leaders who could not face him in political arena.
12:35pm: If Indira Gandhi can be praised for dividing Pakistan, why shouldn't PM Narendra Modi get the credit for Balakot air strike, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He was addressing the rally in Gandhinagar in support of BJP chief Amit Shah.
12:00pm: PM Narendra Modi is attending a public rally in Aalo, Arunanchal Pradesh.
PM Modi in Aalo, Arunachal: Ye wahi bhasha bolte hain jo aatankwadiyon ke aaka bolte hain. Aaj Hindustan mein inki pooch nahi hai lekin Pakistan mein inka jayjaykar ho raha hai, Pakistan mein akhbaaron mein inki tasveer chhap rahi hai, TV par unke bayaan chamak rahe hain. https://t.co/LblXUWuG6m— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
11:45am: "I started here in 1982 as a booth-level worker... From distributing pamphlets, putting up posters, doing booth-level work, today I am fortunate that my party - the BJP - has made me the national president of the world's largest party. It has been a great journey for me," Shah said.
"If you take out BJP from my life, you will be left with zero (shunya)," he added.
11:42am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Amit Shah: "He is going to contest from the seat where our veteran leader LK Advani used to contest. This is a big move, and I am sure Amit Shah will live up to the expectations of this constituency."
11:40am: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on BJP Chief Amit Shah: He has made our party largest in the world.
11:35am: Speaking at the rally, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said: "Hindutva is our breath. How will we live without Hindutva?"
11:30am: BJP President Amit Shah started his road-show in the presence of union ministers and NDA leaders.
11:25am: Samajwadi Party (SP) on Satuday released a list of two candidates for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Samajwadi Party (SP) releases a list of two candidates for #LokSabhaElections2019 . Ram Kumar to contest from Kanpur and Rambhual Nishad to contest from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituencies. pic.twitter.com/XEBUVSwtt5- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 30, 2019
11:15am: BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah also present at the 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha'in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah also present at the 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha'in Ahmedabad, organised ahead of the party president's filing of nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, today. pic.twitter.com/5fVT2bvV7N- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
11:05am: Speaking at Vijay Sankalp Sabha, Uddhav Thackeray chief Shiv Sena said, "My father taught me to do everything from heart, issues that we raised were of the people, we (BJP-Shiv Sena) had differences but we settled them."
U Thackeray, Shiv Sena at 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' ahead of Amit Shah's filing of nomination: My father taught me to do everything from heart, issues that we raised were of the people, we (BJP-Shiv Sena) had differences but we settled them.We never stabbed the from back & never will pic.twitter.com/Z6Fw9IGEZI- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
10:55am: Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Ram Vilas Pasawn, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal at 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad: Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Ram Vilas Pasawn, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal & others at 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha', ahead of Amit Shah's filing of nomination from Gandhinagar LS constituency. pic.twitter.com/9MyZFMprwE- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
10:25am: Ahead of filing nomination, BJP President Amit Shah pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
10:20am: Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Iran will be present for Amit Shah's filing of nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.
10:10am: BJP President Amit Shah will file his nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat at 1:20pm.
भाजपा राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री @AmitShah जी 30 मार्च, 2019 को दोपहर 1.20 बजे गांधीनगर संसदीय क्षेत्र से नामांकन करेंगे।
नामांकन से पूर्व माननीय अध्यक्ष जी विशाल जनसभा और रोड शो भी करेंगे।
जनसभा- सुबह 9.40 बजे
रोड शो- सुबह 10.40 बजे
नामांकन- दोपहर 1.20 बजे pic.twitter.com/PGD7y1Qwn2- Office of Amit Shah (@AmitShahOffice) March 29, 2019
10:00am: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha supported her father Shatrughan Sinha's political decision to join Congress, saying that he will be able to do more good work and not feel suppressed.
Sonakshi Sinha on her father Shatrughan Sinha leaving BJP & joining Congress: It's his choice. I think if you're not happy somewhere you must bring a change & that's what he did. I hope in this new association with Congress, he'll be able to do more good work» feel suppressed. pic.twitter.com/zlILmwMGi1- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
9:50am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said, "If voted to power, we will scrap the NITI Aayog. It has served no purpose other than making marketing presentations for the PM & fudging data."
If voted to power, we will scrap the NITI Aayog: Rahul GandhiMarch 30, 2019
9:40am: Punjab police on Friday recovered Rs 9.6 crore of hawala money from 3 vehicles during regular security checking at Khanna city.
Punjab: Khanna city police recovered Rs 9,66,61,700 of hawala money from 3 vehicles during regular security checking y'day. Dhruv Dahiya, SSP Khanna says, "6 persons have been apprehended & produced before authorities. Case has been handed over to the IT dept investigation wing." pic.twitter.com/D4znsSj4Py- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
9:30am: Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has written to Election Commission of India to direct the Income Tax department desist from conducting raids in the interest of free and fair Lok Sabha elections.
Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has written to Election Commission of India, Central Board of Direct Taxes & President Kovind over 'IT raids in Karnataka against Congress, JD(S) candidates/leaders and their supporters on the eve of elections to Lok Sabha'. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/kZ1nYYjYfd- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
9:20am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh today.
Would be addressing a rally in Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh today. Over the last few years, the @BJP4Arunachal Government in the state has done exceptional work in various sectors. I will request the people of the state to bless BJP in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls.- Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 30, 2019
9:10am: Election Commission sends second notice to Ministry of Railways over the matter of PM Narendra Modi's pictures printed on railway tickets.
Election Commission sends second notice to Ministry of Railways over the matter of PM Narendra Modi's pictures printed on railway tickets. The Ministry has been asked to file a reply by today. pic.twitter.com/Xs6GCg7ur2- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
9:00am: EC sends 2nd notice to Ministry of Civil Aviation, seeking a reply on Madurai Airport matter where PM Narendra Modi's picture was seen on boarding passes.
Election Commission sends a second notice to Ministry of Civil Aviation, seeking a reply on Madurai Airport matter where PM Narendra Modi's picture was seen on boarding passes. The Ministry has been asked to file a reply by today. pic.twitter.com/pmzRafkCw6- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
8:50am: IT dept conducted a raid at the residence of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan, at Katpadi in Vellore.
Tamil Nadu: Officials of IT dept have been conducting a raid since last night at the residence of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan, at Katpadi in Vellore. Kingston Engineering College & Durai Murugan B.Ed. college in Katpadi are also being raided. pic.twitter.com/m2XyOdzlYa- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
8:40am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Aalo in West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh: Preparations are underway at Aalo in West Siang where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally today as part of election campaign. pic.twitter.com/o5UPb0LHJ3- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019
8:30am: Gujarat BJP President Jitu Vaghani said that party has planned grand road show and procession from Sardar Patel Statue in Naranpura area of Ahmedabd.
Gujarat: Visuals from Ahmedabad where preparations are underway ahead of the filing of nominations by BJP President Amit Shah. He is contesting #LokSabhaElections2019 from Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency. pic.twitter.com/TJjQ18lAJR- ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2019