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PM Modi: Wave of support for NDA getting stronger and stronger

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a roadshow in Puri constituency, on May 20. | Photo Credit: ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 21 asserted that people have decided they want a strong BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre, saying the wave in its support is "getting stronger and stronger".He posted on X following the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls a day earlier, expressing gratitude to those who voted."INDI Alliance can try any sort of votebank politics, the people will not believe them. They are totally discredited and dejected," the Prime Minister said in the post.He added, "The wave of support for NDA is getting stronger and stronger. The people of India have decided that they want a strong NDA government at the Centre." More than 59% voter turno...
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Sambit Patra’s ‘slip of tongue’ lands Lord Jagannath on list of ‘Modi Bhakts’, BJP in the soup

New Delhi: Sambit Patra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Puri Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha inadvertently kicked off a row Monday, after he mistakenly said that Lord Jagannath is a devotee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Patra was speaking to reporters after the prime minister’s roadshow in Puri, when he told local channel Kanak News, “…Lakhs of people have gathered to see Modi. Lord Jagannath is a devotee (bhakt) of Modi, and we are Modi’s family. This is an unusual sight, and I am not able to control my emotions. I think it is a historic day for all Odias.” Patra’s accidental remark drew sharp criticism from Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who called it an “insult” to the Lord. Show Full Article “Mahapr...
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Modi’s global stature nowhere close to that of Nehru, Indira or Vajpayee, says Yashwant Sinha

On the BJP’s slogan of ‘Abki baar, 400 paar’, Sinha said that in the last two elections, the BJP had already touched the ceiling of votes it could get in various states, especially in the Hindi belt, in which the party has a strong presence. “When you touch the upper limit, you can only go down from there,” he said. Asserting that there is “a certain amount of boredom” with the BJP now, he said, “You become stale after 10 years. And you can’t make any fresh promises… they will carry no weight with the people.”Comparing the prime minister to his predecessors, he said, “In terms of global stature, Modi is nowhere compared to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he is nowhere compared to Indira Gandhi, he is nowhere compared to Jawaharlal Nehru, but he is supposed to be the greatest prime minister India ...
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PM Modi changed country’s political culture in 10 years: Nadda

BJP national president J.P. Nadda at a rally at Rehan in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra. | Photo Credit: PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the political culture of the country from politics of divide and rule to that of report card in the past ten years with the mantra of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishvas and sabka prayas," BJP president J. P. Nadda said on May 18.Addressing a public rally at Rehan in the Kangra Lok Sabha constituency in support of BJP candidate Rajiv Bhardwaj, he said, "Politics of divide and rule was going on in the country for 70 years which has been converted in the past ten years to the politics of report card, where the elected representatives have to show their performance." India General Elections 2024 LIVE updates | Modi, Kejriwal, and Rahul to hold s...
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Congress follows Gandhi who said ‘Hey Ram’ before dying, not anti-religion: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | India News – Times of India

Rae Bareli, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said her party follows the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi who uttered "Hey Ram" before dying and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was wrong in accusing it of being anti-religion. "They accuse us of being against the Hindu religion. We follow Mahatma Gandhi's ideal who had chanted 'Hey Ram' before dying," she said, addressing a poll rally at 'Chaudah Mill roundabout,' about 20 km from the district headquarters. She alleged that while the saffron party claims to be a "champion of Hindu religion," the condition of the state-run cowsheds in Uttar Pradesh remains pitiable. "They accuse us of being against religion for turning down invitations for the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. Just look at the condition of the cowsheds in UP where a...
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Previous Congress regimes wanted to allot 15% of Union budget for minorities, claims PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated during a public meeting in support of Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Dindori seat Bharati Pravin Pawar and Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) candidate Hemant Godse for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls, at Dindori, in Nashik on May 15. | Photo Credit: ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 15 alleged the erstwhile Congress-led UPA regime of wanting to allocate 15% of the union budget for minorities while vowing not to allow the splitting of the budget or give reservation in jobs and education on the basis of religion.Addressing a poll rally in Pimpalgaon in Nashik, Mr. Modi said the splitting of the budget along religious lines was “dangerous” while accusing the Congress of being biased towards the mi...
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Modi’s 1st roadshow in Mumbai — BJP makes show of strength days before all 6 seats go to polls

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a road show in the Ghatkopar area Wednesday, the first such roadshow by the PM in Mumbai. The roadshow, which started around 8 pm from Shreyas Cinema on LBS Road in Ghatkopar, is set to cover 2.5 km and end at Gandhi market.The roadshow is significant as it precedes polling on six seats in Mumbai 20 May. Among these six seats, the BJP has the most chances of winning the Mumbai North seat, which BJP’s Piyush Goyal is contesting, while the party also hopes to win the Mumbai North East seat. The remaining four seats, Mumbai South, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai North Central, and Mumbai North West, will see a close contest between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), formed by the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) and Shiv Sena (Uddha...
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Amit Shah Interview: We will win seats in all southern States, says Amit Shah

As the Lok Sabha election moves northwards and towards eastern Uttar Pradesh, The Hindu’s Nistula Hebbar caught up with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Varanasi, for an interview on how he sees this election panning out. Mr. Shah expressed confidence that the BJP would get a comfortable, full majority government. He cited the higher rates of polling in the Kashmir Valley as a win over naysayers who had apprehended alienation from India in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.Mr. Shah said that the rise in voting percentage from 14% in the past to 37% on May 14 in Srinagar, which went to polls in the fourth phase was the “greatest testament to the rightness of the decision” to removing Article 370.Article 370 had provisions for special status being accorded to the ers...
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Number of children one chooses to have has more to do with development than religion

Once again, the Muslim population has become a point of discussion. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to Muslims in India as “those who have a large number of children”. A Data Point published on April 23 showed that the fertility rate of Muslims was 2.36 in 2019-21, much closer to the replacement level. The fertility rate is the average number of children a woman is expected to have in her lifetime. A rate of 2.1 (the ‘replacement level’) means that the population is stable.This month, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister concluded that while the share of Muslims in the total population increased by 43.15% between 1950 and 2015, the share of Hindus decreased by 7.82%.Data show that the number of children one chooses to have has more to do with socio-econo...
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Tejasvi Surya nominates BJP Yuva Morch vice president to debate against Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Tejasvi Surya nominated Abhinav Prakash, who serves as the vice president of BJYM, to engage in a public debate with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.This comes after an invitation for a debate was extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi by retired Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Ajit P Shah, and journalist N Ram. Tejasvi Surya put forth the name of Abhinav Prakash for the debate, highlighting his background as a member of the Dalit community, specifically the Pasi caste. The Pasi caste constitutes a substantial portion of the scheduled caste population in Raebareli, where Rahul Gandhi is contesting in the ongoing Lok Sabha election.In a letter, Surya elaborated on Prakash's qualifications, citing him as a distinguish...
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‘Credit for split’ in Shiv Sena and NCP should be given to Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, says Fadnavis

In a no-holds-barred conversation with The Hindu, Mr. Fadnavis said if credit is due to anyone for the split in the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party, it should be given to the leaders of the respective parties— Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar.When asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims in his speeches that businessmen Adani and Ambani are funding the Congress, the BJP leader said: “Perhaps they might have given them (money), which is what he is saying…” Here are the excerpts from the interview. The BJP claims they have a panna pramukh (representative for all voters mentioned on each page of the electoral list) in each ward, but why was there a low voter turnout? An unnecessary narrative has been circulating suggesting a low voter turnout. However, in the majori...
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‘Let us know if PM agrees’: Rahul Gandhi after accepting invitation by ex-judges for public debate | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accepted an invitation to a public debate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was requested by two former judges and a senior journalist through a letter sent to both the leaders. Former Judges Madan B Lokur, Ajit P Shah, and senior journalist N Ram wrote a letter inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for a public debate on the Lok Sabha Election to give a proper response to the allegations and challenges that either side had put up against each other.They also said that the public is concerned as they have only heard allegations and challenges from either side and have not heard any meaningful responses.Replying to the invitation, Rahul said on X that such a debate "would be a positive initiative ...
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PM Modi touches feet of Padma Shri awardee Purnamasi J in Odisha | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday touched feet to seek blessings of Padma Shri awardee tribal poet Purnamasi J during a public gathering in Kandhamal, Odisha. The 80-year-old poet, renowned for composing over 50,000 devotional songs in Kui, Odia, and Sanskrit, was honored with the Padma Shri in 2021, a prestigious civilian award in India.In a heartwarming moment which is widely shared on social media, Prime Minister Modi draped a stole around Purnamasi J and respectfully touched her feet.Known affectionately as Tadisaru Bai, the poet and social activist received this gesture with grace and warmth.During his address in Kandhamal, PM Modi also paid homage to Narishakti and expressed gratitude to Tula Bahra Ji, a mother known for her selflessness and generosity.In a light...
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CPI’s Binoy Vishwam urges PM Modi to probe Adani and Ambani’s wrongdoings and unearth hoards of black money | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Vishwam wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to probe the wrongdoings by Adani and Ambani and unearth the hoards of black money from them and also alleged that the PM awarded several contracts and projects in controversial manners.The CPI also claimed that the failure to probe these serious charges levelled by PM Modi would be "seen as siding with corruption and cronyism, contrary to the interests of our country.""While speaking at an election rally in Karimnagar, Telangana on 8th of May, 2024, you accused two businessmen of donating 'tempo-loads' of black money to a particular political party.These two business houses, the Adani Group and the Ambani-led Reliance Group have roused controversies before due to business malpractices ...