LS election: Phase 1 campaign comes to a close

10 April, 2019, 05:13 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Curtains down on first phase of campaigning

Continuing his attack on the Congress' election manifesto, PM Modi said their manifesto stood for Pakistan more than for India on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said election manifesto of Congress was aimed at securing the fourth generation of Nehru-Gandhi family while the one released by the BJP was development-oriented.

"The language that Congress speaks is the same language that Pakistan also speaks".

Mr Modi's actions have led some Hindu nationalists to consider supporting the INC's 25-year-old firebrand, Hardik Patel while many Muslims feel disillusioned that Mr Modi is not safeguarding their rights. Congress has accused the BJP of using retaliatory air strikes on Pakistan as a political tool and has instead highlighted job creation, tackling farm distress and empowerment of women, among its top priorities.

Several other ministers in the BJP-led government spoke on Monday, including the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, who said that the government "wants to expedite the path of progress".

Modi has addressed a few rallies in Maharashtra, including at Wardha and Gondia in Vidarbha, apart from Nanded in Marathwada from where state Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan is seeking re-election. "The thoughts in their hearts is now in the open". The prime minister reiterated his allegation that the opposition parties that they were questioning the valour of the security forces post last month's Pulwama terror attack.

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As BJP is in alliance with Shiv Sena, the face of both the party, PM Narendra Modi and Uddhav Thackeray are sharing the dais in a show of strength and unity to the voters and a sense of "warning" to the electoral alliance of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

"Your trust is my biggest accomplishment in last five years", Modi told the crowd.

The Lok Sabha elections are being held in four phases in Maharashtra, with the first seven seats in Vidarbha going to polls on 11 April.

PM Modi, while speaking at the Latur rally said, "I have come to know that you are sitting here since 9.30 AM".

Simultaneously, voting for single phase Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and for 28 of 147 seats in Odisha will also take place on Thursday.

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