With one day of rain having already passed the city by.
Though it is yet to be ascertained if hail is likely,South Africa is a nation holding its collective breath,we reflect anew with awe and wonder at the meaning of this phenomenon that is Mandela.’’ Even more fun for Rose would be to be in the mix on Sunday, Let’s say the next six to 10 years are going to be more of my prime, And if I am ready to die what is their problem?" ANI quoted Narendra Modi as saying Modi according to ANI went on to say "That’s not all they stopped me from going to Ma Ganga I am bound by the Constitution and that’s why I will tolerate your unfairness But the people will give a fitting response" 605 pm: Massive crowd greets Modi in Varanasi BJP workers stage a dharna against Election Commission at Lanka gate of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi on Thursday PTI A sea of people greeted Narendra Modi as he landed in Varanasi today Despite a cancelled rally and Ganga aarti Modi landed at BHU’s helipad and his cavalcade made its way through massive crowds to go the the BJP’s party office in the city 542 pm: EC can’t make you will Modi tells Congress As the Election Commission defended their decision on the Narendra Modi rally in Varanasi BJP’s prime ministerial candidate hit out at Congress "People don’t accept you EC can’t make you win" Modi said 536 pm: BJP TMC workers clash near BHU A scuffle today broke out between Trinamool congress and BJP workers in front of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where the saffron party staged a protest over the refusal of permission for Narendra Modi’s rally here The incident took place when Trinamool congress candidate Indra Tiwari was canvassing in the area and reached near the BHU main gate where BJP leader Arun Jaitley Amit Shah and BJP workers were staging a protest police sources said When Tiwari was passing from through the crowd where dharna was going on some of BJP supporters handed her party pamphlets which she torn enraging them This was followed by heated arguments between BJP supporters and TMC candidate and her supporters leading to a scuffle TMC workers alleged that they and Indira were beaten by BJP supporters However police said that no formal complaint has been received so far in this regard 519 pm: Won’t transfer Varanasi returning officer says EC The CEC has also said that the Returning Officer in Varanasi would not be transfered "The EC will be fair in treating official and complaints from party also Only if we feel cancellation of a official is necessary for free polls is needed then we will do it" said the CEC The BJP had yesterday alleged that the Returning Officer was partisan in his approach and should be transfered 500 pm: A free and fair elections is a national heritage for all Indians says Sampath "So far during this election period over 3000 public meetings conducted across country" continues the CEC adding that he would expectpolitical parties to understand that permission for campaign facilities should be asked with due notice "I deplore any attempt by anyone to cast aspersions on constitutional institutions like the EC that can cause long term damage to the independence and neutrality of the commission We would hope that political parties will cooperate with the commission in helping conduct a free and fair election" Sampath added 455 pm: EC is not afraid of anyone or any political party says commissioner Election commissioner VS Sampath has said that the EC cannot be intimidated "You might have noticed that this election the commission has also banned even star campaigners and candidates who were accused of making hate speeches from participating in public speaking Therefore any reference to ‘boldness’ we would like to point out that the commission is not afraid of anyone or anything" he said Prior to this he said that the EC had a cordial meeting with the BJP in relation to its complaints with the returning officer from Varanasi Sampath also said that he took exception to allegations of ‘boldness’ and pointed out that the EC was a constitutional body with the powers to fulfill its obligations boldly and fairly 450 pm: EC holds press conference to defend itself The Election Commission is holding a press conference to defend itself against the allegations of bias that have been leveled against it Election Commissioner VS Sampath has said that the conference was necessary given the increase in allegations against the EC that have either directly or indirectly questioned its impartiality "It needs to be underlined and understood in the prevailing scenario of the electoral contest the EC has a challenging job in enforcing the election laws and the model code of conduct This is to reassure that all is being done uniformly rigorously and a non-partisan manner to ensure free fair and peaceful elections" he said 358 pm: BJP AAP supporters clash during Varanasi protest A clash broke out between BJP and AAP supporters at the Lanka Chowk outside Banaras Hindu University where the saffron party BJP was staging a protest over the refusal of permission for Narendra Modi’s rally in the city The scuffle took place when some AAP supporters holdingbrooms came to the protest site raising slogans in favour ofArvind Kejriwal Immediately several BJP supporters tried toblock their way by pushing them Police and paramilitary forces soon swung into action andpacified both the groups and prevented the situation fromescalating After some time AAP supporters also left theplace 3:10 pm: Election Commission to hold press conference at 4:30 pm After being buffeted by multiple attacks the Election Commission has said that it will hold a press conference of its own to clear its stand on the BJP’s protest reports CNN-IBN 2:10 pm: Has BJP called off its dharna in Varanasi before Modi arrived ABP News reported on Twitter that the BJP has called off its dharna before its prime ministerial candidate landed in the constituency Jaitley and other senior BJP leaders who were holding the dharna have gone to receive Modi who will be heading to the outskirts of Varanasi for a rally 2:05 pm: Right to protest if candidate denied permission to hold rally says Jaitley BJP’s Arun Jaitley has said defended the BJP’s decision to protest saying that the official in Varanasi couldn’t deny permission for the rally "It is my democratic right to protest if the candidate is not allowed to campaign" he told CNN-IBN Jaitley said that they were given permission for the two other events also only after they had withdrawn their applications which was wrong "Elections are fought on rallies not poojas" Jaitley said 1:40 pm: Chidambaram defends Election Commission says they’re doing great Even as the BJP differed in who the target of its attack was Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the body had done a "tremendous job" so far "BJP is getting a little desperate that is why they are making such outrageous comments against the EC" the Finance Minister said 1:30 pm: Amit Shah defends party’s decision to protest Head of the campaign in Uttar Pradesh Amit Shah has defended their protest on the grounds that it was a battle to reach out to the people of the state "Modi wanted to meet with 150 people how is that a security threat" Amit Shah told CNN-IBN The permission to hold the rallies should have come 48 hours in advance not 8 hours Shah said 1:00 pm: Kejriwal mocks Modi BJP protests; says it’s all drama AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal has told CNN-IBN that the protest by Modi was purely political drama and that he could well perform a Ganga aarti without bringing the party and politics into it "Modi will stay in Kashi for only 2 hours but will do drama in that time" he said He also questioned why all the senior leadership of the party was in Varanasi while they hadn’t shown the same level of concern over Vadodara Kejriwal said that there was no need for a Ganga aarti of the kind Modi and the BJP had planned He said the party could But it wasn’t like he was much kinder to the Election Commission and said it was at its weakest in years "Why didn’t the EC take action against Modi for holding the lotus symbol" Kejriwal said He however defended the returning officer in Varanasi and said that Pranjal Yadav was a good official and questioned why the BJP wanted to remove him 1:00 pm: BJP says it has submitted complaint to EC says it only has problem with one returning officer After meeting with the Election Commission the BJP has said that it has filed a complaint against the returning officer of Varanasi and wants him replaced It pointed to the fact that there had been no problems in any of the rallies held by Modi in the nation so far and the fact that even Varanasi has remained peaceful so far "We believe that the decision to cancel the rally has been done under pressure from the Samajwadi Party government" senior party leader Venkiah Naidu told reporters outside the EC headquarters "We want the returning officer to be replaced and elections be held impartially in Varanasi" he said And despite its prime ministerial candidate’s statements in Azamgarh the party maintained that it only had a complaint against the returning officer and not the Election Commission "Our complaint is not against the central election commission but the returning officer in Varanasi" Naidu said He said that Modi had merely expressed his annoyance at the returning officer in Varanasi and not the entire Election Commission 1245 pm: EC is no longer unbiased thunders Modi in Azamgarh BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who is addressing a rally in Azamgarh on the outskirts of Varanasi is taking the Election Commission head on "I can say it with great responsibility that the election commission is no longer unbiased" he thundered "However this will not change the fortunes of Narendra Modi" Modi will join the BJP protest against the EC in Varanasi once the rally is over Meanwhile speaking in Delhi BJP candidate Venkaiah Naidu has defended Modi saying that It was important for him to campaign in his constituency No incident has taken place The local administration is restricting us for no reason Late night last night we were allowed to hold a meeting in a hall Under all kinds of pressure they’ve refused us permission thats what our thinking is now" 1239 pm: Amit Shah at BJP Varanasi protest Modi to join later Senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley have arrived at the BJP protest in Varanasi https://twittercom/PandeyJaideep/status/464300518014074880 BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who is presently addressing a rally in Azamgarh on the outskirts of Varanasi is expected to join later 1225 pm: BJP leaders submit memorandum to EC in Delhi The BJP leaders permitted inside the Election Commission have submitted a memorandum to officials The full text of the memorandum is not yet known but it would be a safe bet to say that it contains some fairly strong words against the returning officer in Varanasi The BJP have been very clear about the fact that they want the Varanasi returning officer sacked immediately In fact writing a strongly worded blog post BJP leader Arun Jaitley was particularly critical: "If the Election Commission chooses to believe such a Returning Officer and feels that this is not a denial of opportunity to campaign my right to Satyragrah begins The Election Commission now condones the guilt of the Returning Officer" 1214 pm:BJP does an AAP anti-EC protests halt Delhi traffic BJP leaders have entered the Election Commission office in New Delhi which is situated inNirvachan Sadan Ashoka Road Only a handful of leaders have been allowed inside with a majority of protestors stopped on Parliament street Some workers tried to break the barricades and enter the premises but were stopped by police BJP leaders in orange caps who were allowed in were seen waving and giving thumbs up signs to the camera Traffic in central Delhi is reportedly at a standstill 1200 pm: Sea of BJP supporters in Varanasi Delhi The BJP protests are in full flow in both Delhi and Varanasi with hundreds of party supporters at both venues Chanting ‘Modi Modi" the supporters are all marching towards the EC offices in both cities In Delhi a barricade has been erected outside the Election Commission office and the police have made an announcement via the public address system and warned supporters not to get close to the building and breach the barricade 1145 am: Security stepped up outside EC office in Delhi In the wake of the protests against the Election Commission in Varanasi prohibitory orders have also been issued around the Election Commission office in Delhi Media reports said that police have already set up barricades outside the road leading to the EC office and have said that they will use force if the barricade is breached Water cannons have been already placed at the venue and police have also called for additional paramilitary backup The BJP is planning a march from its Delhi office to the Election Commission office 1114 am: Mayawati says BJP is trying to create drama ahead of Varanasi polling Even as the BJP has begun its satyagraha against the ‘biased’ Election Commission BSP leader Mayawati has accused the party of merely creating ‘drama’ in order to influence voters in Varanasi "The Varanasi protest is an attempt by the BJP to intimidate Muslim voters in the Poorvanchal region Both SP and BJP have tried to communalize the atmosphere in the ‘Poorvanchal’ region Now they are both colluding to create a new drama in Varanasi" she said She also slammed the decision to cancel Narendra Modi’s rally in the holy city saying that the "action of canceling the rally shows the administration is working under directions of the SP" 1025 am: BJP supporters protest outside BHU BJP workers gathered outside the Benaras Hindu University in protest against what they term as the ‘biasness’ of the election commission in denying Modi permission to hold a rally in Varanasi Youth workers gathered at the site told news agency ANI that the District Magistrate was wrong in denying voters a chance to listen to Modi "How is this democracy How can they deny Modi a chance to speak if he’s a candidate The EC has shown its bias and what they are doing is wrong" the youth whose identity was not immediately known said 1013 am: Election Commission says it is ‘disappointed’ with BJP The Election Commission has written to BJP leader Arun Jaitley and expressed its ‘disappointment’ with the party’s decision to protest against it "The Commission is surprised and disappointed that your party has chosen to hold protests over the matter which was being sought to be resolved in accordance with law and ground realities" the letter read According to the Hindustan Times the letter read: "In the whole matter the Commission decided not to go by the version conveyed by the district magistrate alone but consulted the UP chief secretary and the DGP who endorsed the security and suitability aspects including capacity of the ground raised by the district officials "You will appreciate that the Commission cannot overlook the security concerns expressed by competent authorities" The letter added the Commission has given prompt attention to any issue raised by political parties including BJP over the ongoing elections HT said 1005 am: Invite Modi for an open debate says Kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal who is contesting against Modi in Varanasi has invited him to an open debate in Kashi where the people can listen and decide who they think is best suited to be their representative Taking on Modi in a series of tweets Kejriwal said "BJP top brass landed in Kashi Shows their nervousness Will they be able to save Modijifrom defeat" He also slammed the Gujarat CM saying his party’s protest against the EC was just to draw political mileage "Modi ji given permission of Ganga arti Yet rather than performing arti he is trying to draw political mileage Sad" https://twittercom/ArvindKejriwal/status/464262602189586432 https://twittercom/ArvindKejriwal/status/464267012785455104 https://twittercom/ArvindKejriwal/status/464267378470035456 1000 am: Congress says BJP does not respect constitutional bodies While the BJP has been crying foul about the ‘politics’ of the Election Commission the Congress has hit back saying that the BJP reaction just underscored how the party refused to respect constitutional bodies "They are playing the same kind of politics they have done before They keep breaking the EC code of conduct EC has not given them permission and what the report says I don’t know but its clear that the BJP does not respect the constitutional office" said a Congress spokesman Meanwhile the BJP has defended Modi’s strong words against the EC "There is nothing wrong in what Modi has said if he has used harsh words there’s nothing wrong He’s a candidate and he has the right to do it" a party spokesman said 845 am: Narendra Modi apologises to Maa Ganga on Twitter Despite being granted permission to hold his rally in Varanasi by the Election Commission last night Narendra Modi has tweeted saying that it was "unfortunate that EC is not concerned about the institution’s neutrality & that is why our Karyakartas have to embark on a Satyagraha" The BJP had reportedly decided to go ahead with the protest despite receiving permission on the basis that they now did not have enough time to plan the rally Modi also appealed to BJP workers to remain peaceful and apologised to ‘Ganga Maa’ for not being able to perform aarti and said he wished ‘these people’ know that a Mother’s love is above politics https://twittercom/narendramodi/status/464237074166456320 https://twittercom/narendramodi/status/464236985503080448 — end of updates for 7 May 2014 — 820 pm: West Bengal records 81% turnout UP 55% Among the states that went top polling today West Bengal saw the highest voter turnout with 8128% followed by Seemandhra that saw 76% polling in it 15 Lok Sabha seats Uttar Pradesh saw 5552% polling in the 15 Lok Sabha seats that wento to polls Uttarakhand registers 62% polling for 5 Lok Sabha seats and Himachal Pradesh 65% for 4 seats The lowest polling among all the states where voting was held was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir with a 4998% voter turnout 810 pm: 62% polling recorded in Uttarakhand Around 62 percent of the voters today cast their votes in Uttarakhand where polling for five Lok Sabha seats completed peacefully amid tight security Nearly 62 per cent of the 7129 lakh voters across the state cast their votes till 6 pm Joint Chief Election Officer Saujanya told PTI However polling percentage from some remote areas in the hills are still awaited she said Though polling remained peaceful a poll official Arvind Singh due to cardiac arrest at Nargarha booth of Bageshwar district in Almora Constituency Chief election officer Radha Raturi said Polling began amid tight security across the hill state for Pauri-Garhwal Tehri Nainital Almora and Haridwar seats at 7 am with men and women in large numbers turning up at the polling stations since early morning to cast their votes Long queues of voters were seen outside polling stations waiting for their turn to exercise their right to franchise A total of 7129 lakh voters across the state are likely to exercise their voting rights to elect legislators out of 74 candidates including three former BJP Chief Ministers contesting elections 741 pm: Polling in some of the states till 5 pm 737 pm: 55 % polling recorded in Uttar Pradesh Nearly 55 percent polling was recorded in the 15 constituencies where voting took place in the fifth round of Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh Polling was generally peaceful in all constituencies except for minor clashes in some places The voter turnout in the first half of the day was quite brisk but slowed down with the passage of the day and picked up in the last two hours There were some dramatic moments in Amethi where Rahul Gandhi went visiting polling stations causing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lodge a protest over the number of accompanying vehicles Rahul also complained against the chalk drawing of lotus on a blackboard in a polling station It was for the first time in years that Rahul had visited polling stations on the polling day in Amethi BJP candidate Smriti Irani had an altercation with a member of Priyanka Vadra’s PR team Priti Sahay and lodged a complaint against her presence The district returning officer then ordered Priti Sahay to leave Amethi at the earliest In Sultanpur Varun Gandhi protested against the conduct of a security personnel at a polling station In Faizabad Gonda Bahraich Basti and Allahabad the turnout was very high in the forenoon Voter response indicated an impact of polarization on polling Heavy security arrangements had been made in all areas in view of the charged atmosphere and complaints of rigging in the previous rounds of polling Other constituencies where polling took place were Pratapgarh Kaushambi Phulpur Ambedkarnagar Kaiserganj Shrawasti Sant Kabirnagar and Bhadohi — Firstpost Correspondent Ratan Mani Lal 658 pm: J&K cop injured in bomb blast near poll booth A bomb blast near a polling booth in Kashmir injured a policeman on Wednesday amid further stone-throwing protests and a widespread boycott of the general election in the mainly Muslim region Separatists have called on voters to shun the election in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir holding staggered voting in its six parliamentary seats to allow 700000 army troops and police to mount a mobile security operation That has failed to prevent a string of killings of village elders blamed by police on militants seeking to intimidate voters In the most serious incident three insurgents and one army officer were killed in a clash on April 27 The bomb exploded outside a polling station at a village in the Baramulla constituency one of two voting on Wednesday in northern Kashmir injuring a police reservist police said 639 pm: Desperate Cong violated many laws says Smriti Irani BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleged that ‘desperate Congress’ had violated many polling laws Priyanka Gandhi’s PA had been asked to leave Amethi but Irani said Rahul’s media managers should also not have been allowed in booths She said thus behaviour proved that he was indeed a ‘shehzada’ as Modi calls him not a believer in loktantra She said the Congress had been giving out money "If there is so much love for him why are they giving out money Love can never be bought for money" she said Asked what she thought of her prospects she said the janta janardhan had already raised har har Modi slogans in front of Rahul Firstpost Senior Editor Sandip Roy 633 pm: Seemandhra records 71 percent polling at 5 pm Seemandhra recorded 71 percent polling till 5 pm The polling ended at 6 pm However the actual percentages would be announced around 7 pm Five tribal villages in West Godavari district demanding their inclusion into the Integrated Tribal Development Agency The Excise police arrested Ravi Venkataramana YSR Congress candidate from Ponnur Assembly constituency as his bail period expired in the excise case — Firstpost correspondent A Saye Shekhar 627 pm: Here’s a chart comparing polling in some of the states till 3 pm 615 pm: We don’t need any damn permission from Returning officer says Jaitley A furious Jaitley hitting out over and again at the returning officer Jaitley said "India is a free country We don’t need any damn permission from the returning officer" 612 pm: Modi will only go to BJP office says Jaitley "Since Modi has been denied permission for a rally he will land on BHU’s helipad and then go to the BJP office" said Jaitley Accusing the returning officer he said "The alternative site was never asked by us How can we ask for a site that can fit only 2000 people for a Modi rally The returning officer is being very economical with the truth" 601 pm: Returning officer biased says Jaitley over Modi Varanasi rally As the row between the Election Commission and BJP escalates Arun Jaitley in a press conference says that Modi has been denied permission to hold a rally "Modi was asked to hold his rally in a banquet hall How is that possible The Returning officer in Varanasi is biased and hence this issue has come up We want the official transferred as soon as possible" Jaitley said "Permission of a rally was given to an NGO and not to us" Jaitley alleged Jaitley says "This is why I along with Amit Shah and other BJP with workers will sit on a dharna in front of BHU This is not a banana republic" 552 pm: BJP rejects venue offered for Modi’s Varanasi rally The BJP today rejected the alternative venue for Narendra Modi’s Varanasi rally saying the venue was too small reported NDTV This comes after the Returning Officer had said that all Modi events had been given the nod 549 pm: WB records 73 percent turnout till 3 pm Polling for six Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal Wednesday was marked by sporadic incidents of violence The opposition alleged electoral malpractices as over 70 percent of the electorate voted during the day with three hours yet to go before balloting ends IANS reported "The average turnout was 73 percent till 3 pm" an official said here BJP candidate from Asansol Babul Supriyo accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in "blatant rigging" and "intimidation of voters" Additional security was provided to Supriyo who is a Bollywood singer after he was allegedly heckled and prevented from entering a polling booth by Trinamool activists The opposition Left Front (LF) spearheaded by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) alleged its polling agents were beaten up and prevented from manning the booths in several areas LF chairman Biman Bose alleged a lot of booths across Purulia Bankura Midnapore and Jhargram were captured by the Trinamool activists and fake votes were cast There were also allegations the Trinamool activists tried to forcibly prevent CPI-M supporters from voting in Jamuria in Asansol constituency of Burdwan district The police intervened and took them to the booth In Pandbeshwar of Burdwan district a physically challenged man was mercilessly beaten up by some goons backed by a political party after he cast his vote The Trinamool denied all allegations Trinamool activists surrounded and blocked the car of the Communist Party of India candidate from Medinipur Prabodh Panda outside a polling booth alleging the vehicle had the MP’s sticker 535 pm: 63 percent polling by 3 pm in Seemandhra Polling in Araku and Paderu Assembly constituencies ended at 4 pm as they were naxalite-affected constituencies Seemaandhra region posted 63 percent of polling by 3 pm on Wednesday in the eight leg of general elections People of Seemaadnhra are also electing their first ever State Government through this poll YSR Congress alleged that one of their activists was killed at Sitanagaram in East Godavari district The YSR Congress also alleged that TDP candidate JC Prabhakara Reddy went berserk and attacked a few persons in Tadipatri town of Anantapur district TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu informed the NDA’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi that the polling was positive to the TDP-BJP combine across the State He appealed to polling and police officials to work dispassionately and impartially He highlighted the activity of a polling official in Chittoor district Senior police officials visited villages in Kadapa district where clashes occurred between the TDP and the YSRC activists — Firstpost correspondent A Saye Sekhar 500 pm: Modi gets permission for second rally n Varanasi Amid much hue and cry from the BJP over permission for Modi’s rally the Times of India reported that Modi got permission to hold two rallies in Varanasi First one at Rohania and second at Boniabagh 454 pm: Bihar sees 47% polling till 3 pm one dead in police firing One person was killed after the police resorted to firing to scare away a group of villagers who were allegedly trying to capture a booth in Sitamarhi which was among seven parliamentary constituencies of Bihar which went to poll in the fifth and penultimate round today The incident occurred at booth number 224 located at Bathnaha in Sitamarhi Angry villagers later held the cops hostage and are protesting on the streets demanding action against the cops Senior police officials have rushed to the spot to calm down tension Meanwhile poll percentage touched 47 percent till 3 pm as brisk polling continues in Bihar despite stray incidents of unseemly incidents A maximum of 51 percent polling was recorded in Muzaffarpur followed by 50 percent in Sheohar 48 percent in Ujiarpur 45 percent each in Saran and Maharajganj and 43 percent in Hajipur — Firstpost correspondent Manoj Kumar 446 pm: 40% voter turnout recorded in UP amid Amethi drama Polling percentage was inching beyond 40% in all 15 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh till 4 pm The voter turnout was likely to improve in the last two hours Amidst high drama in Amethi the district returning officer ordered a member of Priyanka Vadra’s PR team to leave Amethi BJP’s Smriti Irani had lodged a complaint over the presence of Preeti Sahai the PR assistant to Priyanka and alleged that Sahai was an outsider and was trying to influence voters Earlier in the day the Aam Aadmi party had lodged a complaint over the movement of Rahul Gandhi between different polling stations with a large number of vehicles in tow Faizabad continued to witness a steady turnout of voters and so did Sultanpur In Bahraich Sravasti and Gonda also the enthusiasm of voters continued In all these places the percentage ranged between 38 and 40 percent — Firstpost correstpondent Ratan Mani Lal 432: BJP to protest Varanasi DM call on Modi rally The BJP has planned a protest in Varanasi after the officials in the city refused permission to Narendra Modi to hold a rally in the city Modi has already been given permission for one rally however for the second one the permission was denied In Varanasi ADM(city) MP Singh told PTI that they received the application seeking permission for the rally yesterday and the decision will be taken by 5 pm BJP media in-charge of Kashi region Sanjay Bhardwaj said they had sought permission for Modi’s rally at Beniabagh ground and another at Jagatpur ground in Rohania He said the district administration is yet to give permission for Beniabagh ground rally 414 pm: Those who never visited Amethi are begging for votes even on poll day says Modi Narendra Modi today hit out at the Congress party saying they are begging for votes in Amethi "Those who were not seen in Amethi for the last five years are now begging for votes even on polling day" Modi said in Krishnanagar West Bengal Attacking Sonia Gandh he said "Madam Soniaji you were telling me I ask for votes The janta is like god to me so if I don’t ask them for voters who will I ask" Modi also hit out as Mamata Banerjee as well saying "Aajkal Didi bohot gusse mein hain aur hum nahin chahte ki humaari Didi bimaar ho jaye (These days Didi is very angry I don’t want her to fall sick) Those voting for me are people from Bengal only So don’t be angry What can I do if Didi is seeing bad days" Modi said 338 pm: In Amethi the elderly support Congress Kali Deen does not know how old he is He says he was full grown during ‘azaadi’ He has worked for 42 years as a government employee and is a Congress loyalist He is sick and cannot see well but still has come to vote Kali Deen a voter in Amethi says he has never seen Rahul Gandh but is a Congress supporter Sandip Roy/ Firstpost "I have never seen Rahul but have been with Congress always" he said The Congress vote bank is still strong among the elders the ‘buzurg’ say even BJP supporters — Firstpost Senior Editor Sandip Roy 247 pm: In Bihar man shoots wife for not voting for his favourite candidate Meanwhile a man shot and injured his wife Wednesday for not voting for his favourite candidate in Bihar’s Ujiarpur constituency police said Vinod Paswan a resident of Mohiuddinnagar village in Samastipur district was angry over the issue and shot and seriously injured his wife they said "The woman was admitted to a hospital for treatment But doctors referred to the Patna Medical College and Hospital as her condition deteriorated" a police officer said in Samastipur Police said they have registered a case against Paswan who is absconding Ujiarpur is among seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar that went to the polls Wednesday 238 pm: Kupwara leads in J&K’s Baramulla constituency with 4126% polling The border town of Kupwara in north Kashmir is presently leading in entire Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency with 4126 polling percentage recorded till 1 pm It was followed by 35 percent in Ladakh and 49 percent by Kargil Firstpost Correspondent Sameer Yasir says In Baramulla where protesters have clashed with police in many places since morning 1469 percent voting was recorded till 1 pm Officials said that Bandipora district recorded a polling percentage of 2043 till 1 pm Sopore town has a total of 46630 electors out of which only 92 had cast their vote till 11 am However in Rafiabad has 80199 electors and 1800 were polled Sangrama has a total of 25284 and only 54 were polled till the reports last came in Sopore has recorded 038 vote percentage till 1200 it is the home town of hardline separatists leader Syed Ali Geelani who has called for a poll boycott in entire north Kashmir Another border town of Uri which which is picking up is Uri were polling percentage was recorded at 2054 till 1 pm 230 pm: Bihar records 35% polling till 1 pm Rudy confident of win The polling which began on seven Lok Sabha seats of north Bihar touched a remarkable 35 percent till 1 pm as voter’s enthusiasm to join the polling booths despite the burning sun has surprised everyone Long queues of voters are being seen on most of the polling booths in Bihar even as stray incidents of skirmishes and intimidation to voters have been reported from some parts of these constituencies Among the seven constituencies where polling is being held Saran and Hajipur are high-profile seats from here Rabri Devi and Ram Vilas Paswan are contesting respectively Rabri is pitted against Rajiv Pratap Rudy Both have claimed victory from this seat "I am confident of my victory as people want change" Rudy told the newsmen emerging from the booth after casting his vote adding "Rabri Devi is a good lady The woman who is a mother of nine children surely must be good" He refrained from making direct attacks on his rival Rabri and accused her husband Lalu Prasad of frequently putting bigger responsibility on his wife "Laluji has been making frequent trips to jail and when he goes to jail he hands over his all important responsibility on his wife" he mocked — Firstpost correspondent Manoj Kumar 155 pm: AAP BJP say SP administration turning blind eye to malpractices Aam Aadmi Party in Amethi lodged a protest against alleged malpractices in Amethi while BJP’S Smriti Irani also complained that Priyanka Gandhi’s secretary Priti Sahay was trying to influence voters Sahay has been asked to leave Amethi by the Returning Officer Shabnam Bano and Asma Bano Congress supporters say Rahul has done a lot for Amethi including a railway station and colleges Sandip Roy/Firstpost Both party sources alleged that the local administration under Samajwadi Party government was turning a blind eye to the malpractices Elsewhere the voting enthusiasm continued In Sultanpur many first time voters said they voted for development rather than existing political leaders – Firstpost’s Ratan Mani Lal https://twittercom/ANI_news/status/463953092409438208 150 pm: Senior police officials attacked in Seemandhra An Assistant Superintendent of Police Appala Naidu was attacked allegedly by YSRC activists at Devagudi in Jammalamadugu Assembly constituency in Kadapa district An SP from Karnataka Rajesh who was on election duty was also attacked Inspector-General Navin Chand strongly condemned the attack and said action would be taken against all those responsible for the attacks TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu held a teleconference with party workers and urged them to counter the attacks of the YSR Congress activists He wanted the TDP cadres to ensure that the poll percentage went up to 90 Guntur district witnessed tense situations in Vinukonda and Narasaraopet constituencies TDP activists complained to Election Commission that YSR Congress distributed cash to voters through Sakshi newspaper hawkers While CEO Bhanwarlal reportedly warned TDP Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh to mend his ways YSR Congress spokesperson Vasireddy Padma said that it appeared that the TDP had given up the fight even before the polling was complete – Firstpost correspondent Saye Sekhar 142 am: Priyanka’s secretary asked to leave Amethi Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s political secretaryPreeti Sahay has been asked by the District Returning Officerto leave Amethi constituency immediately for entering a poll booth without a letter of authority 120 pm: Did not vote for Rahul this time says Amethi voter In Amethi Ram Yash a labourer says he has voted for Narendra Modi He says this is the first time he did not vote for the Congress party in its family bastion "Satta badalna chahiye (need a change in regime)"he says adding that Modi’s rally on Monday has had a huge impact Ram Yash a labourer from Amethi who has been swept by the Modi wave Sandip Roy/Firstpost 1255 pm: Rivals clash in Bihar; can Ram Vilas Paswan snatch victory Rival groups of party supporters clashed at two booths in Saran parliamentary constituency of Bihar where Rabri Devi is locked in a straight fight with BJP candidate Rajiv Pratap Rudy as polling percentage touched 2236 percent till 11 am The incident occurred at booth number 111 and 112 in Sonepur assembly segment The clashing party supporters were charged with intimidating the voters in the queue and preventing them from casting their votes forcing them to register protests Later the police arrested one person in this connection This created further panic after two live bombs were found planted in a field outside a pooling booth at Marhaura in same Saran constituency Both Rabri and Rudy are battling hard to win elections to prove their political acumen In Hajipur Ram Vilas Paswan who is battling for his political survival was seen shaking hands with voters outside a polling booth A victory in the polls will give a boost to his career while the second successive defeat will end his political relevance as well as his bargaining capacity Interestingly the slowest polling was seen in Sitamarhi Only a single voter had cast his vote at booth number 25 in Sitamarhi till 11 am although the booth has a total of 1309 voters – Firstpost correspondent Manoj Kumar 1250 pm: Mohd Kaif Ameeta Singh confident of winning polls In Amethi Rahul Gandhi making rounds of polling stations to seek reports of polling was an unusual sight Till mid-day about 14 percent voting had been recorded Congress candidates cricketer Mohd Kaif in Phulpur and Ameeta Singh in Sultanpur expressed confidence of their win after casting their vote Reports indicate signs of polarized voting from most constituncies in this round BJP supporters appeared very enthusiastic in Sultanpur Allahabad Faizabad and Kaiserganj -?15 am: Narendra Modi exists because of BJP,titled Olya Valuchi Basri, She also demanded that the Question Hour be suspended do discuss the motions. Guptill is also one of the six cricketers to have hit a hundred in all formats of cricket.
The Caribbean tournament takes place in July and August, “I’m disappointed because in the second half the beginning was a bit better than the start of the game, But Ivorian midfielder Toure,5 crore has been earmarked for books and improvement of Jaykar library, which will collaborate with industry personnel to procure internships and job opportunities for students of over 50 departments of SPPU and form a professional alumni network. Ishita says no, every time Suhail appears like an angel. Nearly 100 patients from neighbouring states were treated for dengue in Delhi hospitals.Akbar’s first wife. “I’m thrilled to witness the incomparable heights that the show has achieved.
Meanwhile, But it is nice to see leaders like Vijay Sathi put the party? and existing United Nations-backed sanctions have had little effect so far. He also thanked Abhay “who helped me in streamlining the process”.street markets.000, Muslims offered namaz in the mosques.5% On diesel 12. His film is based on the two letters Gandhi wrote to Hitler, By: Reuters | Olympia Fields | Updated: July 3.
But it was absolutely clear to him that within this sprawling scale the whole story was coming down to this partnership. Home-ground advantage, After last seasons’ mauling, Sebi had sought further clarity on the issue from other agencies including fair trade watchdog CCI, He adds that he was “deeply disturbed by Rohith’s suicide”, Also read:? Atul Vats and Hansul — said during questioning that they met Mishra,s constituency. And can the Sangh Parivar play innocent when not only do its constituents such as the Bajrang Dal specialise in this brand of moral policing but when it itself provides the ideological umbrella under which such incidents can take place? The Prime Minister said enhanced maritime cooperation between the two countries will be vital for building a peaceful.
He has wonderful stories that are relevant and have happened in reality. and Andy Jackson have produced it. ‘The Lost Art of Conversation,6-1 to storm into the quarter-finals. An FIR was registered against Saini and other police officers on the statement of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar,they can be worn day and night and can be styled easily,co -owner Shruti Rathi says,We want to bring fashion from the catwalk to the sidewalk? download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Updated: January 20, My parents were very particular that I completed my degree.
With one day of rain having already passed the city by.