Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday after storming back to power. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is headed for a comfortable majority in the 17th Lok Sabha as election trends show that the BJP is likely to cross the 300 mark on its own and the NDA may bag over 350 seats – a party or alliance needs 272 to form government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exuded confidence about victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, and promised he will bring a fresh “Vikas ki Ganga” to Bihar during his next tenure.
He also said terrorists should be beaten like “ghosts who are driven away after being caught by the tuft of hair”, and accused the Congress-led opposition of trying to downplay the issue of national security despite numerous lives lost in terror attacks.
Referring to violence during the BJP President Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on Tuesday, Mamata Banerjee said that what happened there was worse than the violence that took place in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.
The Union minister for road transport and highways, water resources and river development said, “The BJP will win more seats than the 2014 general election and Narendra Modi will again be the prime minister. “Gadkari claimed that what the Congress could not do in 50 years, the BJP had done in five years.
A day after PM Modi’s ‘Bhrashtachari No. 1’ barb against Rajiv Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi replied with a “karma awaits you” message.
“Modiji, the battle is over. Your karma awaits you. Projecting your inner beliefs about yourself onto my father won’t protect you. All my love and a huge hug,” Rahul tweeted
Attorney general KK Venugopal sought four weeks’ time to file the Centre’s reply. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, directed the government to file its reply by May 4 and posted the matter for hearing on May 6.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Monday that 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him and will desert their party once the BJP wins the general
Addressing back-to-back rallies in East Midnapore, Mamata Banerjee said, “We will ask the Election Commission (EC) to keep an account of the spendings in the prime minister’s public meetings. If the EC can seek details of expenditure from others, why not from him?”
The chief minister also alleged that BJPis doling out thousands of rupees to lure people to its rallies.
At least 15 bodies, including six children, were discovered during an overnight raid and gunfight on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Two suspected Islamic State gunmen and a civilian were killed in the shootout. A police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead after the gunfight.
The veteran Gandhian said using the sacrifices of martyrs for seeking votes was saddening. “When the trend is to do anything to come to power, such misuse is seen and voters are sleeping,” Hazare said