The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attempted to connect with the minority community on Monday amidst the ongoing polls. Senior BJP leaders met 30 pastors at veteran leader Siddharth Nath Singh’s residence in Lucknow yesterday, Times Now reported.
Ahead of the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, the Income Tax department on Tuesday conducted raids at the crucial constituencies of Mandya and Hassan in Karnataka. The I-T raids were carried out on close associates of three Karnataka ministers – CS Puttaraju, Revanna and D.C. Thammanna – in connection with a money laundering case.
Meanwhile, election campaigning witnessed yet another low on Monday after BSP candidate Guddu Pandit showered abuses at Congress leader Raj Babbar and his supporters while talking to reporters at Fatehpur Sikri. Pandit also threatened to thrash the Congress leader and his supporters in the objectionable rant.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday conducted a road show in Lucknow, which was attended by the thousands of people. The Union Minister will later file his nomination papers for contesting from Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency.
The hearing in the Election Commission powers case in the Supreme Court commenced on Tuesday morning. Following the poll panel’s action on UP CM Yogi Adityanath, BSP chief Mayawati, SP leader Azam Khan, and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi for violating poll code, the Supreme Court praised the Election Commission. The top court is examining the EC’s powers to deal with political leaders, candidates and party spokespersons who violate the model code of conduct and make divisive and hate speeches.
Row over PM Narendra Modi’s photos on railway tickets intensified on Tuesday as the Congress announced that it would take the matter up with the Election Commission of India. Congress said that the printing of PM Modi’s pictures on the rail tickets was a “gross violation of poll code.” Meanwhile, two rail officers have been suspended in Barabanki in connection with the matter. “On 13 April, when shift changes, the old roll was mistakenly used. 2 employees suspended. Department probe underway,” news agency ANI quoted ADM as saying.
In an apparent bid to reach out to the minority community, senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met around 30 pastors in Lucknow on Monday, Times Now reported. Sources told the channel that BJP chief Amit Shah wanted the party to reach out to the pastors after reports of church’s anti-BJP call. Reportedly, the meeting took place at senior BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh’s official residence in Lucknow on Monday.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra on Monday clarified that he had no plans of joining politics, after Congress leader Raj Babbar said that Vadra would be welcome to join the party. Speaking to ANI, Vadra said, “As of now there are no plans. I have no wish to join politics right now. I am amongst the people and working hard. When people will feel that I should enter politics, I will come with full force.”
The Election Commission of India (ECI) clarified on Tuesday that it was yet to issue an order on the cancellation of Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore constituency. The poll panel issued the clarification after a few media reports claimed that the EC was mulling over cancellation of election in the Vellore parliamentary constituency pertaining to the alleged use of money to influence voters, news agency ANI reported.
Major arms haul was reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday. Police seized huge quanities of arms and liquor during regular checking in the region yesterday. Cops seized 405 illegal weapons, 739 cartridges, liquor worth Rs 2 Crore and Rs 1.5 Crore cash, SSP N Kolanchi said…….Read more>>