Sam Pitroda's remark completely out of line, he must apologise: Rahul Gandhi

Monday, 13 May, 2019

Mir said that the entire Nation knows that all efforts to malign the image of Rajiv Gandhi in the BOFORS Controversy failed in the court of law in a long drawn legal battle and the BOFORS proved to be the best weapon of the India Army especially during Kargil war.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for a high voter-turnout while issuing a statement through their respective social media handles on Sunday morning.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah made a similar appeal, saying India needed a "strong government again". Rahul said his words, in Hindi, were used in a "free flow of a political speech" and there was no intention of "misleading, misrepresenting or stating false and non-existent facts". Some of the recent utterances of the party leaders betray nervousness in the BJP.

"The more they abuse us, the more the lotus will bloom", he added.

"We are trying to sell an equal India", she said during a brief stop at a Hindu temple. TMC, as of now, is not a part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress but, sources said, there is a feeling among the Opposition parties that there can not be a viable alternative at the Centre, sans Congress.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged on Friday that while farmers were suffering, Rs 5.5 lakh crore loans accrued by big industrialists were waived by the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's friends had registered profits of Rs 10,000 crore in the last five years. "And, I think love is going to win", Gandhi told reporters, soon after exercising his franchise.

'There is a feeling among the Opposition parties that there can not be a viable alternative at the Centre, sans Congress'.

"The political vitriolic has become intense, and negatively intense", said Ashok Acharya, a political science professor at the University of Delhi. What happened in 1984 has happened, " Pitroda, the president of the Indian Overseas Congress, had told news agency ANI on Thursday evening.

"There are four (?) issues in this election, these are not our issues but people's issues".

With this, Naidu's efforts to convene a meeting of all non-BJP parties is getting delayed.

He underlines that "it would be interesting to watch how the institutions like the Election Commission and the office of the President behave after the elections".

The Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh is witnessing an interesting contest between senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh and BJP nominee Pragya Singh Thakur.

Congress won 44 seats in that election, an historic low since independence in 1947.

With the world's largest electorate - almost 900 million - the elections in India is being held in seven phases through May 19, the counting will be held on May 23, and the results are expected to be announced the same day.