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  • 10:40 PM IST
    LS Polls LIVE: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Lucknow has asked for a factual report from District Election Office (DEO) Ghaziabad by noon tomorrow on UP CM Yogi Adityanath referring to Indian Army as ‘Modi ji ki sena’
  • 9:01 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: PM didn’t speak on jobs, development and farmers’ issue. We never raised issue of Hindu terrorism, been long when we did so, that also on input from intel agencies.He’s digging up 9-yr-old issue today,they’re scared since Rahul ji and Priyanka ji started campaign, said former Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

  • 8:42 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) releases list of 10 candidates; 1 for Lok Sabha polls and 9 for Legislative Assembly polls. Bhartruhari Mahtab to contest from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat.

  • 8:37 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: “I called Rahul Gandhi ‘Amul Baby’ earlier, because of his attitude of approaching situations without understanding them. What will happen in Wayanad if Rahul comes? Left parties will fight against Rahul & BJP,” CPM leader and former Kerala CM VS Achuthanandan in his Facebook post.

  • 8:36 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: District Election Officer, Mumbai has issued notice to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for his editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, yesterday, in which he made reference to tampering of EVMs in Begusarai. Election officer has asked him to clarify by 3rd April.

  • 7:22 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: “Congress ke ek bade sahyogi dal, National Conference ne bayan diya hai ki Kashmir mein alag PM hona chahiye. Congress ko jawab dena hoga. Kya karan hai ki unka saathi dal is prakar ki baat bolne ki himmat kar raha hai,” says PM Modi, referring to NC chief Omar Abdullah’s demand for a ‘separate Prime Minister’ for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 6:45 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: Tej Pratap Yadav launches ‘Lalu Rabri Morcha’ in Patna, says, “We demand two Lok Sabha seats of Sheohar and Jehanabad.”

  • 6:11 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: A Congress delegation met Election Commission over a few issues including the misuse of Doordarshan by BJP in broadcasting certain speeches made by PM Modi and use of a particular channel which has come up and has logo of ‘NAMO’.

  • 6:11 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: When inquiry was done, it was found that those individuals were linked to Congress IT cell. Congress is desperate therefore resorting to these types of dubious means to claim support but ppl are sure of what they have seen of Narendra Modi govt, Prasad added.

  • 6:10 PM IST

    LS Polls LIVE: Today a very historical development has taken place. Owners of those accounts were not known. It was fake. It was used to spread falsehood against Narendra Modi govt, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Facebook removing 687 pages,accounts linked to Congress party ahead of polls.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday announced his decision to contest from Wayanad constituency in Kerala along with Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, in one of the major political developments in the runup to the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

In addition, making a big poll promise, the Congress president also promised to fill all 22 lakh vacancies in the government and if his party is voted to power. He said devolution of funds from the Centre to the state governments for healthcare, education and other schemes will be linked to these posts. “Today, there are 22 lakh job vacancies in government. We will have these vacancies filled by March 31, 2020. Devolution of funds from the Centre to each state government for healthcare, education etc., will be linked to these vacant positions being filled,” Gandhi said in a tweet on Sunday.

On the other hand, showcasing opposition unity, West Bengal Chief Minister and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to people to vote only for “friendly parties” in the coming Lok Sabha election to oust the Narendra Modi government.

Terming the Modi regime as “one of the most corrupt governments in the last 70 years”, Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo, and Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party chief, that the country is passing through an “emergency-like situation” and only the people can do something – by not voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a mega campaign rally for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) at the Indira Priyadarshini Municipal Stadium in this port town, Banerjee said, “This is a special election. Think and vote. Chandrababuji’s name is synonymous with Andhra Pradesh’s development.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with supporters of ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign via video conferencing from New Delhi’s Talkatora stadium on Sunday. Projecting himself as an anti-corruption crusader, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had brought those indulging in corruption to the jail and indicated that they would be jailed after 2019 elections.

Interacting with people in more than 500 locations across the country under “Main Bhi Chowkidar” campaign, the Prime Minister added that he spent five years in fulfilling the country’s requirements and his next five years will be focused on addressing its aspirations.

Hitting out at the Congress, Modi alleged that the Opposition was spreading lies and misleading the people. He urged the youth to be vigilant and analyse their track record.

“They have been saying that there are no terror camps. Now they have to hide it. They are not allowing anybody to go there. We have been told Balakot area is being reconstructed by Pakistan to show that a school is being run there, so that people can be taken there and shown that no terror camp existed there,” he said.

The Prime Minister emphasised on the principle of the NDA government- which is to honour the honest and that honest taxpayers do not face any difficulty. He then further asserted, “When 130 crore people of the country decide to take the nation to new heights, no force can stop India from becoming a developed nation,” he said.