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Lok Sabha election: Priyanka Gandhi dares BJP to clear stand on Pragya Thakur's 'Godse patriot' remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make the last pitch for his party in West Bengal and so will Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Lok Sabha election: Priyanka Gandhi dares BJP to clear stand on Pragya Thakur's 'Godse patriot' remark
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With the Election Commission's order to end campaigning on Thursday night in West Bengal, the political parties on Thursday left no stone unturned to woo the voters across the state. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC), the arch-rivals, had some major rallies scheduled for the day, and they used the platform to 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the last pitch for his party in West Bengal and held two public meetings in Mathurapur and Dum Dum. 

Mamata Banerjee held four rallies today. She addressed rallies in North 24 Parganas and Diamond Harbour and held two roadshows in South West Parganas and Kolkata, respectively.

Apart from West Bengal, PM Modi conducted three election rallies in Uttar Pradesh. He addressed Vijay Sankalp rallies in Ghosi, Chandauli and Mirzapur. After an overnight halt at Varanasi, Modi will continue to campaign across the temple town on Friday. 

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed public in Rajasthan's Alwar and Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar and held a roadshow in Patna.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav addressed a joint rally in PM Modi's constituency Varanasi and sought votes for their joint candidate Shalini Yadav. 

Thanks for joining us. Please do come again on Friday (May 17) for Lok Sabha live updates. Here are the updates from May 16:

# Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu writes to EC over its decision to order re-polling at 5 polling stations of Chandragiri assembly constituency and Chittoor parliamentary constituency. Letter states, "I'm writing this letter to strongly oppose the partial one sided & undemocratic motivated actions of the EC"

# Campaigning ends in West Bengal, polling for nine seats to be held on May 19.

# Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dared the BJP's 'nationalistic luminaries' to spell out their stand on their Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur calling Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot and said merely distancing from her is not enough. "Bapu's assassin a patriot? Hey Ram. "Distancing yourself from your candidate is not enough. Nationalistic luminaries of the BJP, have the guts to spell out your stand," she tweeted.

# I want to thank the people of West Bengal for their immense support to my party during the election campaigning here. While discharging my duties as the PM, I keep ravelling to various parts of the country during which I get the opportunity to meet a lot of people: PM Modi

# I want to sincerely thank the people of this country for giving me this opportunity to serve them for five years. I have a special connect with West Bengal. I have long been connected with Ram Krishna Mission. I want to salute the land of West Bengal: PM Modi

# Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds a roadshow with Shatrughan Sinha, party candidate from Patna Sahib LS constituency in the Bihar capital city. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also present.

# Election Commission ordered that SDPO Diamond Harbour (West Bengal) Mithun Kumar Dey and Amherst Street office in-charge Kaushik Das have been relieved with immediate effect. "Both the officers shall not be given any election related posts," it said.

# Election Commission has sought factual report from Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh by tomorrow in the matter of Pragya Singh Thakur's statement "Nathuram Godse was, is and will remain a 'deshbhakt'"

# Nearly 4 lakh first-time voters to exercise franchise in Punjab Lok Sabha election.

# Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Mirzapur on May 18, Friday. 

# EC orders re-poll at 5 polling stations in Andhra Pradesh and two in Kerala. Read full report here

# A person is sent to jail for joking under Didi's rule But infiltrators roam scot free: PM Modi

# Following complaints of bogus voting, Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena on Thursday ordered re-poll in three booths in Kasargode and one in Kannur Lok Sabha constituencies on May 19.

# PM modi addresses a rally in Bengal's Dum Dum:

"Didi sun lo, yeh Paschim Bengal aapki aur aapke bhatije ki jaagir nahi hai. Yeh Maa Bharati ka ek atoot ang hai."

# Didi aapko PM pad ke sapne dekhne ki poori azaadi hai lekin humare surakshka balon unke khilaf gundon ka istemal karne se aapki vishwasniyta par sawaal uth chuke hain: PM Modi in Dum Dum 

# Why are you forgetting that Left had created similar situation for you & at that time constitutional bodies of the nation ensured a fair election in W Bengal. If these constitutional bodies & central forces weren't there, you would not have been CM today: PM Modi in Dum Dum

# Election Commission of India declares polls held on April 11 at 5 polling stations of the Chandragiri Assembly constituency and the Chittoor Parliamentary constituency of Andhra Pradesh as void. Re-polls to be held on May 19. Read full report here

# Amit Shah campaigns for BJP's Gorakhpur candidate Ravi Kishan. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also present.

# There is a problem here regarding Durga puja & Saraswati puja, saying Jai Sri Ram has become a crime. People of Bengal were troubled by these things since a few years, who brought these issues on a national platform? Which party has become voice of Bengal today, it's BJP: PM Modi in Mathurapur

# TMC goons spread violence, they vandalised statue of Vidyasagar. CCTV cameras were installed there. The way the state govt erased evidences of Narada& Sarada scam, it is trying to remove evidence in the incident. I demand a strict action should be taken: PM Modi

# They allowed Modi ji's rallies and ended campaigning after it. It makes it clear that Election Commission is totally biased. It is very dangerous for the country: Arvind Kejriwal

# West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee marches from Thakur Pukur to Taratala in Kolkata.

# We had a meeting y'day, why was it cancelled? Can only the PM hold a meeting? Don't we have any rights in democracy? Only that the Election Commission says will happen? They curtailed our campaign 24 hours ago, now we have to adjust our meetings: Mamata Banerjee

# Delhi: Opposition delegation met with EC over ending election campaign in West Bengal 24 hours early. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress says, "We did not receive a satisfactory response from the Election Commission."

# BJP's Gurdaspur candidate Sunny Deol campaigns in Amritsar. All 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab will go to polls in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on 19th May, Sunday

# Modi ji, Amit Shah ji & the state BJP should give their statements & apologize to the nation. I condemn this statement, Nathuram Godse was a killer, glorifying him is not patriotism, it is sedition: Digvijaya Singh

# Rahul Gandhi promises NYAY to Alwar gangrape victim.

# In the last 5 years you (PM) couldn't make a Ram Temple and you want to make Vidyasagar's statue? People of Bengal won't beg before you. Your goonda neta came here and said 'Bangal kangal hai'. Are Bengalis kangal? Are Bengalis kangal? asks Mamata

# Alleging that there is "complete constitutional breakdown of governance" in West Bengal, the BJP on Thursday urged the Election Commission to take a number of measures, including action against criminals and history-sheeters, to ensure free and fair polls in the state.

# Rahul Gandhi will play central role in government formation, says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

# Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the legislation will be made more stringent after BJP returns to power at the Centre.

# Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her predecessor Omar Abdullah have extended support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is locked in a bitter fight with BJP, while questioning the Election Commission`s decision to ban campaigning in the state from 10 PM today.

She tweeted:

"Finally there`s a lioness like Mamata Official who can speak the language BJP understands. Leaders like her, Mayawati and Priyanka Gandhi have shown gumption and stood up to the ruling party. These elections are a watershed moment for women in Indian politics entrenched in patriarchy".

"PDP worker Irfan Ahmad all of 21, a first time voter & an upcoming cricketer succumbed to his injuries today. An only son of ailing parents, he supported them by running a pharmacy. Killing someone for their political affiliation is unacceptable. His martyrdom won’t be in vain."

# Trinamool Congress goons vandalised Vidyasagar's statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot: PM Narendra Modi

# PM told you that he himself will deposit 15 lakh in your accounts and the President of the same party, after the elections said it was a 'chunaavi jumla', will you trust them again? Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asks people in Maharajganj

# BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur says 'Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt, is a deshbhakt and will remain a deshbhakt'. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections.

Vandalising statues is one of the habits of BJP, the party has done so in Tripura too: Mamata Banerjee

# BJP posting fake videos on social media to instigate people, cause riots: Mamata Banerjee

# BJP destroyed 200-year-old heritage of West Bengal, those supporting the party will not be accepted by society, says Mamata Banerjee

# PM Modi said he will rebuild Vidyasagar statue. Why should we take their money, Bengal has enough: Mamata Banerjee says at a rally.

# SPG writes to West Bengal DGP over PM Modi’s security at West Bengal rally.

# वाराणसी: 'सामाजिक न्याय से महापरिवर्तन' सपा, बसपा और आरएलडी की संयुक्त महारैली https://t.co/Us9Aw4wUmh

# BJP will be voted out, says Mayawati ay joint rally with Akhilesh Yadav in Varanasi, PM Modi's turf. 

Mayawati targeted me and EC though I thought she will lash out at Mamata for way people of UP and Bihar are treated in WB: PM Modi in Mau

We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalised Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot: PM Modi

कुछ महीने पहले जब पश्चिम मिदनापुर में मेरी सभा थी तो वहां TMC के गुंडों द्वारा अराजकता फैलाई गयी थी।

Let's see if Mamata Didi allows my Dum Dum rally, PM Modi dares West Bengal CM

LIVE: PM @narendramodi is addressing a public meeting at Mau, Uttar Pradesh. #ApnaModiAayega https://t.co/uLFsIdHAK4

# PM Modi addresses election campaign in Mau, Uttar Pradesh.

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#  Rajkumar Chandel, Additional SP Kullu: Seven injured after a bus carrying 45 BJP workers overturned at Nagni village in Banjar area of Kullu district. Injured have been shifted to local hospital. #HimachalPradesh pic.twitter.com/8KSXR56Pp0

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Election Commission has banned campaigning in West Bengal, but from 10 pm today just because PM has two rallies in the day. If they had to ban then why not from today morning? This is unfair and EC is acting under pressure: Mayawati

It is clear that PM Modi, Amit Shah and their leaders are targeting Mamata Banerjee, its planned targeting. This is a very dangerous and unjust trend and one which doesn't suit the PM of the country: Mayawati

#  Chandigarh: Actor Anupam Kher campaigns for wife and BJP candidate Kirron Kher in Shivalik Park,Manimajra. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/hWMxEAshr0

# Always a delight to be among the people. Today will address five rallies across Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Do watch the rallies in Mau, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Mathurapur and Dum Dum.

# Other important rallies: 
Priyanka Gandhi to campaign in Maharajganj
Smriti Irani to campaign in Indore-Dewas
Rajnath Singh to campaign in Kullu and Patiala
Arvind Kejriwal to campaign in Faridkot
Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Sushil Modi to campaign in Buxar, Karakat, Jehanabad, and Nalanda.
Manoj Tiwari to address two rallies in Buxar
Chirag Paswan in Jehanabad, actor Pawan Singh in Buxar
Raghubar Das in Dumka and Pakur
Babul Supriyo to campaign in Jamtara

# Rahul Gandhi's schedule: 
9:30 am: Visit to Thanagazi, District Alwar, Rajasthan
12:30 pm: Public meeting at Kisan Inter College Ground, District Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh
3:00 pm: Public meeting at Parwati High School Krida Maidan, Bikram, District Patna, Bihar
4:30 pm: Roadshow in Patna: (Route – Moin-ul Haq Stadium to Nala Road Chouraha Via Prem Chand Circle & Dinkar Circle)

# PM Modi's public meeting schedule:
10.15 am: Public meeting at Mau 
11.45 am: Public meeting at Chandauli
1.15 pm: Public meeting at Mirzapur
4.30 pm: Public meeting at Mathurapur, West Bengal
6.10 pm: Public meeting at Dum Dum, West Bengal

# Nine parliamentary seats in West Bengal - Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata - are to vote in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha election on May 19. 

# The poll body's decision to ban campaigning in West Bengal a day before its scheduled deadline was in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata after Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata.