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BJP leaders bringing boxes filled with money, alleges West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Here are the Live updates on the Lok Sabha election from May 10 (Friday):

BJP leaders bringing boxes filled with money, alleges West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
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NEW DELHI: The high-octane campaign for the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 came to an end on Friday polling for which will be held in 59 constituencies in six states and 1 Union Territory – Delhi – on Sunday, May 12 amid unprecedented security. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Digvijay Singh and BJP`s controversial Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur are among 968 candidates in the fray.

On May 12, voting will be held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, ten in Haryana, eight seats each in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. 

Top political leaders and their parties continued with their high-octane electioneering across the country and held rallies and roadshows to woo voters on Friday. 

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Here are the Live updates on Lok Sabha election from May 10 (Friday):-

* We have decided to provide an opportunity to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to submit his explanation, within 24 hrs, failing which the poll panel shall take a decision without further reference to him: EC on statements made by him against PM Modi in a speech on April 29 in Bhopal.

* 'Derogatory' remarks pamphlet against AAP's Atishi: AAP sends legal notice to BJP and its East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir. AAP has immediately sought an apology from them in writing and them to publish the same 'along with true and facts' in newspapers, within 24 hrs.

Our soldiers are using bombs, we've to use ballot bombs. You've to press 'Lotus' on 12th. Ballot bomb chala kar Congress jo Pakistan ke aatankwadiyon ka sargana bana hua hai,uske hit ki baat karta hai usko ballot bomb ke maadhyam se jawab dena hai: Jharkhand CM in Bokaro

* Why should so much money be spent on elections? How is so much money being circulated through Hawala? Yesterday, one BJP candidate was caught with crores of Rupees. Even today, BJP leaders with Z+, Y+ security are bringing boxes filled with money, alleges West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in North 24 Paragana.

 

Narendra Modi said Made in India, Startup India & unemployment is now at an all-time high in 45 yrs. I want to tell the youth, especially those in Chandigarh, we've to compete with China. Not only Made in India, but we also've to print Made in Chandigarh behind cellphones: Rahul Gandhi

* Congress has one more stain on it which can never be cleaned. Can Punjab ever forget 1984? Who is responsible for what happened then? For three decades injustice was meted out to my Sikh brothers and sisters, and now Congress has said 'hua to hua.': PM Modi in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

* Congress leader Sam Pitroda says his statement on 10984 riots were twisted. ''The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn't good, what I meant was 'jo hua vo bura hua,' I couldn't translate 'bura' in my mind,'' Pitroda says.

Campaigning ends for 6th phase of Lok Sabha election in 59 constituencies spread across seven states on May 12.

Congress party issues statement over Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots. ''We continue to support the quest for justice for 1984 riot victims. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of Congress party,'' it says in the statement. 

Bangal ki khaadi se BJP ka aisa tufaan utha hai ke hamari Mamata didi ghabra gayi hain. Aur itna zyada ghabra gayi ki, jab yahan pe #Fani tufaan aata hai aur humara PM baar baar unko telephone karte hain tabhi unka telephone nahi uthati hain: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Mathurapur,WB.

Chief Electoral Office of the state has sent a report to the Election Commission of India regarding the money seized from BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Ghatal, Bharati Ghosh's car earlier today in West Bengal, reports ANI.

You should know about the kind of politics Congress party and these 'mahamilawati' people indulge in. They say that there should be talks with separatists, Sedition law should be scrapped, special powers to soldiers should be scrapped: PM Modi in Mandi.

PM Modi arrives in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh to address an election rally.

Supreme Court reserves the order on the contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Rahul Gandhi for attributing his 'Chowkidar chor hai' comment to the top court.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Jaya Bachchan and Dimple Yadav hold a roadshow in Prayagraj. 

* Watch - PM Modi hits out at Sam Pitroda. 

* I am saying from Day 1 we gave houses to 1.5 cr poor, electrification of 18,000 villages, Ayushmaan Bharat, MSP, highways etc. I wanted Congress to challenge us but Congress cant debate on these issues as facts are required: PM Modi on Opposition charge of raking up nationalism issue.

* PM Modi hits out at Sam Pitroda for his remarks on 1984 riots, says this reflects Congress's mentality, they have done this for years. Rajiv Gandhi had said 'when a big tree falls earth shakes'. They even made Kamal Nath in-charge of Punjab, now made him MP CM. So don't take this as an individual's statement.''

* Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the AAP of "opening doors" for Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and asserted that it is only his party that can defeat the BJP.

* BJP filed a complaint with the state Election Commission against Congress candidate for Panaji bye-elections Atanasio Monseratte also known as 'Babush', for violating a provision of the Election Commission by not publishing the details of criminal cases against him in print as well as in electronic media.

* A local BJP leader registered a complaint against in Mumbai's Wasim area for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for comparing PM Narendra Modi to 'Duryodhana'.

* Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged that while farmers were suffering, Rs 5,50,000 crore of big industrialists were waived by the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's friends recorded profits of Rs 10,000 crore in last five years.

* Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that if the BJP comes back to power then its party president Amit Shah would be the Union home minister.

* Pitroda is the guru of Congress 'naamdaars' and his words reflect the mindset of the party. Congress has no values for people's lives. Over 2000 people were killed in Delhi alone in the '84 riots: PM Modi 

* These three words 'hua toh hua' have summed up the arrogance of Congress. Their true face has been exposed. They have been trying to trivialise the issue: PM Modi at Rohtak rally

* A controversy has erupted over the cancellation of four rallies of the Samajwadi Party in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

The Samajwadi Party on Thursday night claimed that the district administration had withdrawn permission for the rallies to be held on Friday.

However, Shivakant Dwiwedi, the District Magistrate of Azamgarh, claimed that he had received a request for cancellation of public meetings of the former Chief Minister from SP district party chief Havaldar Yadav. 

* BSP supremo Mayawati questioned if RSS would have allowed Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister if he belonged to the backward community and lashed out at him for "laughable and immature" allegations of casteism against the SP-BSP alliance.

* The Congress decided to go it alone in Uttar Pradesh keeping its "long-term interests" in mind, says senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, exuding confidence that the party will do much better than in 2014 in the state. 

* A petition has been filed by an RTI activist in the Indore High Court. The petition states that almost 8000 voters have unethically added their names in the electoral roll.

* BJP-Akali Dal hold protests against Indian Overseas Congress chief Sam Pitroda over his remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 

* Congress leader Hardik Patel uses derogatory language against PM Narendra Modi, calls him 'Yamraj' at a rally in the Petlawad constituency.

* In the wake of poll violence, Election Commission decided to deploy 11,000 central forces for the 6th phase of elections in West Bengal.

* Cricketer Harbhajan Singh comes out in support of Gautam Gambhir, tweets, "I am shocked to note yesterday’s events involving @GautamGambhir. I know him well and he can never talk ill for any woman. Whether he wins or loses is another matter but the man is above all this."

*  Haryana's former two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda dubs the Modi government's 10 per cent reservation for poor in the general category "his wine in their bottle" and says though the BJP can take credit for his work, it will not get the votes.

* Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi paid a surprise visit to Trishundi village in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh following reports of alleged atrocities on party activists by the police after a clash with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers.

* Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said he will distribute some of the portfolios held by him to his Cabinet colleagues after the model code of conduct is lifted by the month-end.

* Delhi Deputy CM Manisha Sisodia on derogatory pamphlet against AAP's Atishi: We are being defamed and they (BJP) are saying they will file defamation against us? We are going to send defamation notice to them today.

* Indian Overseas Congress president Sam Pitroda issues clarification on 1984 anti-Sikh riots, says, "BJP twisting my words to hide their failures." 

"I have noticed how BJP is again twisting three words from my interview to distort facts, divide us and hide their failures. Sad that they have nothing positive to offer," he tweeted.

"I acknowledged the pain of my Sikh brothers and sisters during difficult times in 1984 and deeply feel for the atrocities that happened. But these are things from past that are not really relevant to this election which is all about what did modi government do for the last five years. Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will never target a group of people based on creed."

"BJP is talking about these issues and attacking congress leaders with lies because they can not talk about their performance and have no vision to take india forward to inclusively growth and prosperity for all with focus on Jobs, kids and more Jobs."

Truth is being distorted, lies are being amplified through social media and targeted People are systematically being intimidated. However, truth will always prevail and lies will be exposed. It is just a matter of time. Have patience," he said in another tweet.

* Campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will end on Friday as Delhi, Bhopal, Azamgarh and Bengal are all set to go to polls on Sunday.

* I condemn what has happened. I am from a family where I have been taught to respect women. I didn't know CM Arvind Kejriwal would stoop so low. I have filed a defamation case: Gautam Gambhir. Read full report

* Former cricketer and BJP candidate from the East Delhi constituency, Gautam Gambhir has sent a defamation notice to AAP  leaders Atishi Marlena, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, demanding an unconditional apology for making defamatory comments against him.

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* Supreme Court to hear a review petition on its verdict on the Rafale jet deal on May 10, when it will also take up a contempt petition against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attributing his political slogan 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' to the top court. 

* In a major shot in the arm to Hoshiarpur candidate Som Parkash, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in his support in Hoshiarpur on May 10. With the BJP announcing the candidates for all three of its seats in the past 10 days, this will be the first rally by the Prime Minister in support of a party candidate from Punjab during the ongoing LS elections. 

PM's schedule for today

1100 am: Public meeting in Rohtak
1420 pm: Public meeting in Mandi
1605 pm: Public meeting in Hoshiarpur

* Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold three public meetings in Haryana's Rohtak, Himachal Pradesh's Mandi and Punjab's Hoshiarpur today. 

* Congress President Rahul Gandhi to hold two public meetings in Himachal Pradesh's Una and Chandigarh today.

* BJP President Amit Shah to hold two public meetings in Haryana — Hisar and Charkhi Dadri today. 

* Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to hold four public meetings in Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, and Bhadohi today.