PM Narendra Modi's rally in Delhi: As it happened
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls on Saturday at a mega rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan.
1:55 pm: PM concludes his speech.
1:52 pm: PM says those who believe in anarchy should go to the jungles and ally with Maoists as there is no place for them in the national capital.
1:51 pm: Launching a veiled attack on Kejriwal, PM Modi says, have you seen leaders who say they are anarchist?
1:50 pm: PM urges Delhiites to elect a government with a complete majority. In an apparent reference to Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, he says a year was wasted in the national capital and appeals the electorate to punish them by voting for the BJP.
1:49 pm: PM Modi mocks AAP, says those who have specialisation in sitting on streets and dharnas should be allotted the same work. We can run good government, so should be elected for it, he further says.
1:48 pm: PM Modi appeals the people to vote for BJP in large numbers so that it can get a majority in 70-member Delhi Assembly.
1:43 pm: PM says, Modi is not a kind of person who believes in backstabbing and spreading lies.
1:42 pm: A lie was spread on retirement age being reduced to 58 in Delhi. I wonder who is thinking about this when government has not thought about it or issued a statement on it, says PM.
1:40 pm: It seems there is a factory of spreading lies in Delhi by some and those who spread lies will be rejected by people, exhorts PM.
1:39 pm: I have a dream and I need your support to fulfill it. I have a dream that every slum dweller in Delhi should have a house of his own by 2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence, says PM.
1:38 pm: The people living in Jhuggi Jhopdis and footpaths should get proper houses, says PM.
1:37 pm: I have started taking action against corruption from the top and gradually will reach to the lower end as well, says PM.
1:36 pm: Hasn't corruption ruined the nation? Corruption should go. The cleaning must start from the top, says PM.
1:35 pm: PM Modi assures abundant power supply in Delhi, says BJP will rid the national capital of generators. Option of portability of electricity services will be provided in Delhi on the pattern of mobile phone services, says Modi.
1:34 pm: These days poor is asking the government what will it do for them, says PM.
1:33 pm: Our efforts clearly show that the BJP works for the poor, unlike the Congress who used to work for rich.
1:32 pm: PM Modi criticises the Congress for ignoring the plight of poor. He says: On August 15, I had announced that we will bring the poor to banks. There was a lot of fuss and banks were apprehensive but we were determined. Look at the huge heart of the poor of the nation; they opened up bank accounts with at least rupees five or ten, even when they could have opened their accounts with zero balance. From rupees five to rupees 200, 8500 crore rupees were deposited in banks by the poor during the process of their zero-account-bal account opening.
1:31 pm: PM asks the huge crowd assembled at Ramlila Maidan: Did you see any poor person in a bank earlier? After Jan Dhan Yojana it is clear that who is working for the poor and who weren't: PM
1:31 pm: 11 crore bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan scheme against target of 7 crore till Jan 26, says PM Modi.
1:30 pm: We took up the Jan Dhan Yojana. Years ago banks were nationalised but their doors did not open for the poor, says PM
1:28 pm: BJP has ushered in a new type of politics ie above casteism, regionalism; it is only thinking about development, PM says.
1:27 pm: What did the common people get? Poverty increased despite slogans to end poverty, says PM
1:26 pm: Today the youth of the nation is waiting for their future with immense hopes and aspirations. We have played enough of politics, exhorts PM Modi.
1:25 pm: I was surprised to see the amount of knowledge Venkaiah Naidu has about Hyderabad, Vishakhapatinam, Vijaywada, he knows about Delhi as well, says PM.
1:24 pm: PM thanks Jammu and Kashmir electorate for defying threats and voting in large numbers.
1:23 pm: PM Modi welcomes newly-elected chief ministers of Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
1:22 pm: PM Narendra Modi begins addressing rally at Ramlila Maidan.
1:06 pm: AAP has made record in speaking lies, and nobody can break their record, says Shah.
1:09 pm: The BJP president mocks AAP Arvind Kejriwal, says, Do you still travel in Metro? Was that a 'natak' only for one day.
1:05 pm: Shah says if Opposition thinks it can restrict the development of nation by hindering smooth functioning of Parliament, they are completely wrong.
1:03 pm: PM Modi has raised the blackmoney issue with international leaders, says Shah.
1:02 pm: Bringing back blackmoney is a complex issue; international treaties coming in the way, the BJP president says adding that, Modi government cleared proposal of setting up of SIT for same on its first Cabinet meeting after coming to power.
1:01 pm: Petrol and diesel prices reduced 10 times in BJP's rule, exhorts BJP president.
1:00 pm: Make in India is giving impetus to manufacturing and employment sectors, says Shah.
12:59 pm: The BJP president criticises Congress, says the grand old party wasn't able to fulfill its promise of bringing down the rising prices, but the BJP in its seven months rule did it.
12:58 pm: BJP is a party which fulfill its promises, says Shah.
12:57 pm: In 2014 atmosphere of despair was replaced with an atmosphere of hope, says Shah.
12:56 pm: Amit Shah says the year 2014 will be known as 'Vijay Varsh' for BJP in the history of nation.
12:55 pm: BJP president Amit Shah addresses the rally at Ramlila Maidan.
12:40 pm: BJP leaders felicitate PM Narendra Modi at Ramlila Maidan.
12:35 pm: Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay felicitates al three chief ministers of Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand.
12:25 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives at Ramlila Maidan, will soon address the gathering.
12:08 pm: In 2013 you gave most seats to BJP and in 2014 General Elections you elected all BJP MPs, now you can elect your own BJP government in Delhi, Dr Vardhan tells people assembled at Ramila Maidan.
12:07 pm: Union Minister and BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan addresses the people gathered for PM's rally.
12:05 pm: Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Haryana CM ML Khattar, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das arrive at Ramlila Maidan.
11:55 am: BJP president Amit Shah arrives at Ramila Maidan.
11:45: PM Narendra Modi expected to reach venue at 12:30 pm.
11:15 am: BJP leader Sambit Patra says Modi ji has become a synonym of development whereas AAP is drama.
10:45 am: Crowd starts gathering at Ramlila Maidan for PM Narendra Modi's rally.
10:00 am: Heavy security has been put in place across Ramila Maidan.
9:45 am: BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao says PM Modi is possibly the only leader in Indian history to have pulled crowds of over one lakh.
9:30 am: Congress leader Mukesh Sharma accuses the BJP of managing crowds for Modi's rally. He says people have been brought from neighbouring states Uttar Pradesh and Haryanna to participate in today's rally.
9:20 am: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti alleges that the BJP is bringing a lot of people from the neighbouring states to attend PM Modi's rally.
PM Modi will be the face of BJP's campaign in the city and the party feels the rally will help it build a momentum for the election.
Over 100 CCTV cameras have been put in place and at least a dozen metal detectors, X-ray machines and numerous barricades have also been placed at all strategic points.
BJP has been out of power in Delhi for the past 16 years and its Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay has said the party was confident of winning the polls with a clear majority this time with the help of Modi's charisma.
Delhi has been under President's Rule since Arvind Kejriwal quit as the chief minister on February 14, 2014 after being in office for 49 days.
The elections will be an opportunity for the resurgent BJP, which has been on a winning streak under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various Assembly polls since its spectacular success in the Lok Sabha polls last May, to seek a clear verdict unlike the fractured decision of 2013 polls in Delhi.
The BJP, which had then faced the polls under Modi as the chief campaigner for the party, could not get a majority in Delhi unlike the stunning success it had scored in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh which also went to polls then.
The BJP, which made its debut in Delhi in the last polls in 2013, emerged the largest party with 31 MLAs, followed by AAP which got 28 MLAs.
AAP managed to form a government with the support of Congress (8 MLAs) and JD(U) (one) but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned in 49 days making it a short-lived government.