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PM Predicts His Return To Power With A Better Majority In The Next Lok Sabha Elections

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his campaign for the last phase of the 17th Lok Sabha election. The PM is seeking second term in the national elections, predicted his return as prime minister at a joint press conference that he addressed with BJP president Amit Shah.

“It is the first time in many years that a government which had a majority is coming back to power,” PM Modi said at his first press conference in five years. “Through all ups and downs, the nation always stood beside me,” he added, crediting his government for stressing on “last-mile delivery”.

“This is the new culture of governance in India, and this is what the real strength of democracy,” said PM Modi. Amit Shah had earlier credited PM Modi’s work in the government and his popularity with people for the success of the campaign that he described as one of India’s hardest fought election. PM Modi, he said, had addressed 142 election rallies and conducted 4 road shows that let him made direct contact with 1.5 crore people.

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Pragya Thakur Apologises For Her Comments By Calling Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassin Godse A Patriot

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Madhya Pradesh unit said after a barrage of criticism from political parties across the board that BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur apologised for her comments who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.

“She has apologized for her statement. She said she had said it by mistake.” Rajneesh Agrawal, a BJP spokesperson in Madhya Pradesh said. Another BJP leader added that the BJP’s state president Rakesh Singh had also called up Thakur and ticked her off.

The Congress had called her patriot remark an “insult to the country” and demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP boss Amit Shah. “India’s soul is under attack from the successors of Nathuram Godse, the BJP ruling dispensation,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

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Election Commission Cuts Short Campaigning In West Bengal Due To Poll Related Violence

New Delhi: After the latest round of poll-related violence in West Bengal, Election Commission of India has cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in the state. Campaigning in nine Bengal seats will end at 10 pm Thursday, the election commission announced on Wednesday evening.

The decision, the first of its kind, comes a day after violence at BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow that has triggered a war of words between the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The poll panel has also removed two top Bengal officers: additional director general of police in-charge of CID Rajiv Kumar and the principal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya. Kumar has been told to report to the home ministry in Delhi by tomorrow morning.

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BJP And West Bengal’s Ruling Trinamool Congress Accuse Each Other For Poll Violence In The State

New Delhi: Poll violence continues unabated in West Bengal and the Mamata government is allegedly supporting its party cadre for these violences.  A motorcycle was burnt, stones thrown and a bust of social reformer Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar vandalized during BJP chief Amit Shah’s mega roadshow in Kolkata. The BJP and Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress have accused each other for violence at two places.

The violence triggered a sharp reaction from Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who appealed for calm but pinned the blame for the violence on BJP supporters. “We apologise for their acts... Why did the police allow them to hold the roadshow?” Banerjee said at a public meeting in south Kolkata’s Behala area minutes after the first reports of the violence came in.

Banerjee also warned that if its leaders ended up hurting Bengal’s heritage, “no one will be more dangerous than me”.

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KCR Meets Stalin For Over An Hour For Federal After The Lok Sabha Election; Stalin Says Courtesy Call

New Delhi: With the last phase for the formation of 17th Lok Sabha remaining to be voted activities for government formation started. DMK chief MK Stalin hosted Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao for an hour but described the meeting as only a courtesy call even though Rao is on a mission to revive his Federal Front.

“It is a courtesy call,” was all that Stalin said in a statement about the more than an hour-long discussion with KCR, as Rao is known. A DMK member, however, said that the party has made it clear to the Telangana CM that it was in firm in its alliance with the Congress and steadfastly opposed to the BJP.

“No commitment has been given to KCR on the Federal Front. The discussion revolved around the possible outcome of the Lok Sabha polls and the DMK has clearly explained its position,” added the DMK member who did want to be identified.