NaMo Nomination Today in Varanasi : I have been a grassroot worker myself. Have pasted posters on the wall: PM Shri NarendraModi Watch LIVE

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Top BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and NDA leaders are expected to accompany PM Modi as he files his nomination papers today. Follow for live updates.

PM Modi Urges Varanasi To Break All Voting Records: Highlights

PM Modi will soon file his nomination papers in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination for Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh today. The prime minister addressed a gathering of BJP workers. He will be visiting the famous Kal Bhairav temple in the city. He will then visit the city’s collectorate to file his nomination papers.

On Thursday, PM Modi held a mega roadshow in Varanasi and passed by ancient temples and ghats – the seven-kilometre-long roadshow took two-and-a-half hours and finally ended in the holiest ghat of them all, the Dashashwamedh. The prime minister also attended the evening aarti at this ghat on the banks of the river Ganga.

Here are the LIVE Updates on PM Modi in Varanasi:

                           

Here are the LIVE Updates on PM Modi in Varanasi:

Apr 26, 2019
11:44 (IST)
PM Modi Files Nomination Papers

PM Modi files nomination papers at Collectorate Office in Varanasi for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Live: PM Modi files his nomination papers in from where he is seeking re-election https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1gqxvVmALepxB 

Live: PM Modi files his nomination in Varanasi

11:32:25 (IST)

PM Modi at Collectorate Office in Varanasi

PM Modi arrives at the District Magistrate’s office to file his nomination papers in Varanasi https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ynJORbmlwOGR 

Live: PM Modi to file his nomination papers in Varanasi

11:28:17 (IST)

BJP Chief Amit Shah tweets photos from NDA meet

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Had a great interaction with leaders of the NDA this morning.
Sharing few pictures of our meeting.

11:22:54 (IST)

PM Modi meets NDA leaders at Collectorate Office in Varanasi.

Apr 26, 2019
11:20:45 (IST)
PM Modi reaches Collectorate Office to file nomination papers from Varanasi.
11:19:47 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks towards Collectorate Office to file his nomination papers from Varanasi.

11:16 (IST)

NDA leaders including Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackrey, AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam, Lok Janshakti Party president  Ram Vilas Pawan at Collectorate Office to support PM Modi as he files his nomination papers.

10:51 (IST)

PM Modi visits Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi before filing his nomination papers.

 

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10:48:03 (IST)
PM Modi on his way to file his nomination papers from Varanasi.
10:21 (IST)

PM Modi in Varanasi tells BJP workers: “When a party worker goes out of home, he tells his mother: I am out to serve the BJP, if i don’t return alive, ensure my younger brother serves the party from tomorrow. This is a true story.”

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“Whether I win or not is not important. It’s the democracy that should win”: PM Modi in Varanasi

 

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10:15 (IST)
PM Modi to BJP workers:
 
  • I want to tell you how to cut costs. Every party worker should be responsible for 10 families. Start visiting homes of these voters (as a part of door-to-door campaigns), have breakfast with them, they will offer you tea, you can read their newspaper. Without any expenses, you would be spreading the word.
  • Also, avoid negativity. Read the NaMo App, especially the first time voters should.
  • The post of PM is not for fun. It is not for the family members (nephews, daughters, etc). It is for the over 130 crore people of India.
  • The mood is festive from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
10:14:09 (IST)
Friendship, Love important in politics: PM Modi
“If you are Modi’s soldier, don’t get motivated by those who debate on the TV. Friendship, love is important in politics which is gradually fading away. We need to bring that back. No matter how much anyone abuses Modi, you need not worry,” PM Modi tells BJP workers in Varanasi.
10:09 (IST)
“The media will no longer have an interest in the Varanasi election as they won’t get any more TRPs. They will also assume Modi has won,” says PM Modi while addressing BJP workers in Varanasi.
10:05:49 (IST)
Home Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh tells news agency ANI: NDA will get 3/4th majority in the country.
10:05 (IST)

Minister of External Affairs of India and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj says: “The people of Varanasi are very lucky as they are choosing the prime minister of India, while people of other constituencies are choosing their MPs.”

 

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External Affairs Minister and BJP leader @SushmaSwaraj: The people of are very lucky as they are choosing the Prime Minister of India, while people of other constituencies are choosing their MPs (ANI)

10:01 (IST)
Electing the government is in hands of citizens, running it is our responsibility, says PM Modi in Varanasi.
“I will not enjoy winning the elections if my workers lose at any of the polling booths. There should only be one ‘mantra’ now: Mera booth, sabse mazboot. (My booth, the strongest)”
PM Modi also asked BJP workers to break all voting records.
10:01 (IST)
Leaders present during NDA meet in Varanasi

Nitish Kumar, Uddhav Thackrey, Ram Vilas Paswan, O Panneerselvam among those present during NDA meet ahead of filing of nomination papers of PM Modi.

Janata Dal United’s Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party’s Ram Vilas Paswan meet BJP chief Amit Shah during NDA leaders meet in Varanasi

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09:54:20 (IST)

“Entire country wants Modi sarkar again,” says PM Modi.

“Entire country wants ‘Modi sarkar’ again”: PM Modi addresses party workers in

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“Newspapers haven’t made us big”: PM Modi in pic.twitter.com/JXMZkNfvd4

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09:49 (IST)
PM Modi in Varanasi:
I have never denied workers whenever they have asked me for an appointment. I have always been available to people and party workers.
We are just like a “chota sipahi” (small soldiers) for our motherland (India). I come from a humble family to work for the nation.
This election is not about Modi. it’s about these party workers. Every vote is important.
Forget if Modi wins or loses, whatever happens to Modi will be seen by Mother Ganga (referring to River Ganga).
“There are two aspects to this national election: First, winning Varanasi. I think we have already won the temple town, as was already evident yesterday. Second, winning a poll booth. I want the democracy to win”
09:48:55 (IST)

“I have been a grassroot worker myself. Have pasted posters on the wall,” says PM Modi in Varanasi.

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Addressing BJP Karyakartas in Kashi. Watch. https://www.pscp.tv/w/b5J7MTMyMjExNTJ8MURYeHlOUGJYUVdLTZ2VF_lXXm7nY9BupxbfNuVmVZxpdXfExmgZtpEEdf1O 

 

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Addressing BJP Karyakartas in Kashi. Watch.

09:37 (IST)

PM Modi addresses BJP workers in Varanasi

I am extremely grateful for a warm welcome. Yesterday (during the roadshow), I saw a family member in every resident of Varanasi.
I have been travelling across the country since the past one and half months and gauging the elections. Me, Amit Shah, and Yogi Adityanath are just karyakartas (workers), it is the people who are fighting the elections this time.
The political pundits, after the polls, will be analysing how the nation is witnessing a “pro-incumbency” wave for the first time after independence.
09:17:02 (IST)

BJP president Amit Shah attends an NDA leaders’ meet in Varanasi ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s filing of nomination from Varanasi.

07:51 (IST)

Top leaders to accompany PM Modi

Several BJP bigwigs including party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and top NDA leaders are expected to accompany the Prime Minister as he files his nomination papers from Varanasi. PM Modi is expected to file the same before noon today.
07:49 (IST)
PM Modi reaches Assi Ghat in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his day by visiting the Assi Ghat in Varanasi. Ahead of filing his nomination papers, PM Modi will address party workers and then visit the Kal Bhairav temple.

 

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BJP manifesto release : ‘One mission, one direction’ is our mantra: PM Modi

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The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

rime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the release of Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019, in New Delhi, Monday, April 08, 2019.

Releasing the BJP Sankalp Patra, or manifesto, for Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was moving ahead with ‘one mission and one direction. He said the development had to be flexible to suit the country’s diversity, it had to be multi-layered and multi-directional.

The party manifesto charted 75 milestones India @75 had to achieve, chief focus being on the farm sector, education, health and infrastructure.

Party chief Amit Shah said, “In five years, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken 50 major decisions for the betterment of the country. From 2014-19, our government has transformed the country… these have been the golden years”

Nationalism, farmers, youth- Focus of BJP’s 75-point manifesto
BJP released the party manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Others present at the function were ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.

 

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The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

Members of the BJP’s parliamentary board, its apex body, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah were present at the launch of the manifesto in New Delhi.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had on Sunday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party’s election campaign. The party has chosen the slogan “Phir ek baar Modi sarkar” as its election tagline and its campaign will revolve around the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements in the past five years.

And the Congress, on its part, has adopted the official campaign tagline of “Ab Hoga NYAY”, centred around its minimum income guarantee scheme and party president Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP crowdsourced its manifesto and held events across the country to get inputs from different sets of voters like farmers, youths, women, businessmen and others.

                           

Union home minister Rajnath Singh-led manifesto committee of the BJP had decided to form 15 sub-panels to reach out to the different group of voters in January this year.

The 20-member Manifesto Committee includes Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Piyush Goyal, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. It also has former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Keshav Prasad Maurya, among its members.

Polling will be held in seven phases across the country from April 11 to May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.

 

 

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BJP Lok Sabha 1st full list: BJP announces names of 184 candidates, PM Modi to fight from Varanasi again

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As the nation celebrated the festival of Holi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its candidate list for the Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be contesting elections from Varanasi. He is the incumbent MP there. BJP president Amit Shah will be contesting from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Here is the full list:

Narendra Modi (Varanasi, UP)

Amit Shah(Gandhinagar, Gujarat)

Raghav Lakhanpal (Saharanpur, UP)

Sanjeev Kumar Balyan (Muzaffarnagar, UP)

Kunwar Bharatendra Singh (Bijnor, UP)

Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar (Moradabad, UP)

Parmeshwar Lal Saini (Sambhal, UP)

Kanwar Singh Tanwar (Amroha, UP)

Rajendra Agrawal (Meerut, UP)

Satya Pal Singh (Baghpat, UP)

Vijay Kumar Singh (Ghaziabad, UP)

Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Budh Nagar, UP)

Satish Kumar Gautam (Aligarh, UP)

Hema Malini (Mathura, UP)

S P Singh Baghel (Agra, UP)

Raj Kumar Chaher (Fatehpur Sikri, UP)

Rajveer Singh (Etah, UP)

Sangh Mitra Maurya (Badaun, UP)

Dharmendra Kumar (Aonla, UP)

Santosh Kumar Gangwar (Bareilly, UP)

Arun Sagar (Shahajahanpur (SC), UP)

Ajay Kumar Mishra (Kheri, UP)

Rajesh Verma (Sitapur, UP)

Jai Prakash Rawat (Hardoi (SC), UP)

Ashok Rawat (Misrikh (SC), UP)

Sakshi Maharaj (Unnao, UP)

Kaushal Kishore (Mohanlalganj (SC), UP)

Rajnath Singh (Lucknow, UP)

Smriti Irani (Amethi, UP)

Heena Gavit (Nandurbar (ST), Maharashtra)

Subhash Bhamre (Dhule, Maharashtra)

Raksha Khadse (Raver, Maharashtra)

Sanjay Dhotre (Akola, Maharashtra)

Ramdas Tadas (Wardha, Maharashtra)

Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur, Maharashtra)

Ashok Nete (Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST), Maharashtra)

Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur, Maharashtra)

Raosaheb Danve (Jalna, Maharashtra)

Kapil Patil (Bhiwandi, Maharashtra)

Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North)

Poonam Mahajan (Mumbai North Central)

Sujay Vikhe (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra)

Pritam Munde (Beed, Maharashtra)

Sudhakar Shrungare (Latur (SC), Maharashtra)

Sanjay Kaka Patil (Sangli, Maharashtra)

Vishal Jolly (Andaman and Nicobar islands)

Kripanath Malla (Karimganj (SC), Assam)

Rajdeep Roy Bengali (Silchar, Assam)

Harensingh Bey (Autonomous District (ST), Assam)

Queen Ojha (Gauhati)

Dilip Saikia (Mangaldoi, Assam)

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Tapan Gogoi (Jorhat, Assam)

Rameswar Teli (Dibrugarh)

Pradan Baruah (Lakhimpur, Assam)

Tapir Gao (Arunachal West, Assam)

Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal East, Arunachal Pradesh)

Renuka Singh (Surguja (ST), Chhattisgarh)

Gomtee Sai (Raigarh(ST) , Chhattisgarh)

Guharam Ajgale (Janjgir-Champa (SC), Chattisgarh)

Baiduram Kashyap (Bastar (ST), Chhattisgarh)

Mohan Mandavi (Kanker (ST), Chhattisgarh)

Natubhai Patel (Dadra Nagar Haveli (ST) )

MM War (Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir)

Khalid Jahangir (Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir)

Sofi Youssaf (Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir)

Jitendra Singh (Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir)

Jugal Kishore (Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir)

Suresh Angadi (Belgaum, Karnataka)

Parvatagouda Gaddigoudar (Bagalkot, Karnataka)

Ramesh Jigajinagi (Bijapur (SC), Karnataka)

Umesh Jadhav (Gulbarga(SC), Karnataka)

Bhawgwant Khuba (Bidar, Karnataka)

Devendrappa (Bellary, Karnataka)

Shivkumar Udasi (Haveri, Karnataka)

Prahlad Joshi (Dharwad, Karnataka)

Anantkumar Hegde (Uttara Kannada)

Gowdar Siddeshwara (Devanagere, Karnataka)

BY Raghavendra (Shimoga, Karnataka)

Shobha Karandlaje (Udupi-Chikamangalur, Karnataka)

A Manju (Hassan, Karnataka)

Nalin Kumar Kateel (Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka)

A Narayana Swamy (Chitradurga (SC), Karnataka)

GS Basavaraju (Tumkur, Karnataka)

Prathap Simha (Mysore, Karnataka)

Srinivasa Prasada (Chamraja Nagar)

Sadananda Gowda (Bangalore North)

PC Mohan (Bangalore Central)

BN Bachchegowda (Chikkballapur)

Raveesh Kuntar (Kasaragod, Kerala)

CK Padmanabhan (Kannur, Kerala)

VK Sajeevan (Vadakara, Kerala)

KP Prakash Babu (Kozhikode, Kerala)

Unnikrishnan Master (Malappuram, Kerala)

VT Rema (Ponnani, Kerala)

C Krishnakumar (Palakkad, Kerala)

AN Radhakrishnan (Chalakudy, Kerala)

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Alphonese Kannanthana (Ernakulam, Kerala)

KS Radhakrishnan (Alappuzha, Kerala)

KV Sabu (Kollam, Kerala)

Sobha Surendran (Attingal, Kerala)

Summanam Rajasekharan (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala)

Abdul Khader (Lakshadweep (ST))

KK Ranjan Singh (Inner Manipur, Manipur)

H Shokhopao Mate (Outer Manipur (ST), Manipur)

Nirupam Chakma (Mizoram (ST))

Jual Oram (Sundargarh (ST), Odisha)

Ananta Naik (Keonjhar (ST), Odisha)

Pratap Sarangi (Balasore, Odisha)

Rudra Narayan Pani (Dhenkanal, Odisha)

Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo (Bolangir, Odisha)

Balabhadra Majhi (Nabarangpur (ST), Odisha)

Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara, Odisha)

Aparajita Sarangi (Bhubaneswar, Odisha)

Anita Priyadarshni (Aska, Odisha)

Brughu Baxipatra (Berhampur, Odisha)

Nihal Chand Chauhan (Ganganagar (SC), Rajasthan)

Arjun Meghwal (Bikaner (SC), Rajasthan)

Narendra Khinchal (Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan)

Sumedhanand Saraswati (Sikar, Rajasthan)

Col. Rajyavardhansingh Rathore (Jaipur Rural, Rajasthan)

Ramcharan Bohra (Jaipur, Rajasthan)

Sukhbir Jaunapuria (Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan)

Bhagirath Chaudhary (Ajmer, Rajasthan)

PP Chaudhary (Pali, Rajasthan)

Kanna Lakshminarayana (Narasaraopet, Andhra Pradesh)

D Purandeshwari (Visakhapatnam , Andhra Pradesh)

Dudh Kumar Mondal (Birbhum, West Bengal)

Babul Supriyo (Asansol, West Bengal)

Paresh Chandra Das (Bardhaman Purba (SC), West Bengal)

Soumitra Kha (Bishnupur(SC), West Bengal)

Dilip Ghosh(Medinipur, West Bengal)

Dr Kunar Hembram (Jhargram (ST), West Bengal)

Smt. Bharati Ghosh(Ghatal, West Bengal)

Siddharth Naskar (Tamluk, West Bengal)

Tapan Roy ( Arambagh (SC), West Bengal)

Smt. Locket chaterjee ( Hooghly, West Bengal)

Debajit Sarkar (Serampore, West Bengal)

Rahul Sinha ( Kolkata Uttar, West Bengal)

Chandra Kumar Bose (Kolkata Dakshin, West Bengal)

Prof. Anupam Hazra (Jadavpur,West Bengal)

Shyamaprasad Halder (Mathurapur(SC), West Bengal)

Dr Ashok Kandari (Jaynagar(SC), West Bengal)

Sayantan Basu (Basirhat, West Bengal)

Dr Mrinal Kanthi Debnath (Barasat, West Bengal)

Samik Bhattacharya (Dum Dum, West Bengal)

Arjun Singh (Barrackpur, West Bengal)

Kalyan Chowbey (Krishnanagar, West Bengal)

Smt. Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury (Maldaha Dakshin, West Bengal)

Khagen Murmu (Maldaha Uttar, West Bengal)

Dr Sukanta Majumdar (Balurghat,West Bengal)

Smt. Deboshree Chaudhary (Raiganj,West Bengal)

Dr Jayanta Ray (Jalpaiguri (SC), West Bengal)

John Barla (Alipurduars(ST), West Bengal)

Nisith Pramanik (Coochbehar, West Bengal)

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal (Nishank) (Hardwar, Uttarakhand)

Ajay Bhatt (Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)

Ajay Tamta (Almora(SC), Uttarakhand)

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Tirath Singh Rawat (Garhwal, Uttarakhand)

Smt. Mala Rajya Laxmi (Tehri Garhwal,Uttarakhand)

Pratima Bhaumik (Tripura East(ST), Tripura)

Rebati Tripura (Tripura West, Tripura)

Jatothu Hussain Naik (Mahabubabad, Telangana)

Chinta Sambamurthy (Warangal, Telangana)

P V Shamsunder Rao (Bhongir, Telangana)

Garlapati Jithender Kumar (Nalgonda, Telangana)

Kum. Bangaru Shruthi (Nagarkurnool (SC), Telangana)

G Kishan Reddy (Secunderabad, Telangana)

N Ramchandra Rao (Malkajgiri, Telangana)

D. Aravind (Nizamabad, Telangana)

Bandi Sanjay (Karimnagar, Telangana)

Pon. Radhakrishnan (Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu)

Dr Tamilisai Soundarrajan (Thoothukkudi, Tamil Nadu)

Nainar Nagendran (Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu)

H Raja (Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu)

C P Radhakrishnan (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu)

Laten Tshering Sherpa (Sikkim, Sikkim)

Dushyant Singh (Jhalawar-Baran,Rajasthan)

Om Birla (Kota,Rajasthan)

Subhash Chandra Baheria (Bhilwara, Rajasthan)

C. P. Joshi (Chittorgarh, Rajasthan)

Arjunlal Meena (Udaipur, Rajasthan)

Devji Mansingram Patel (Jalore, Rajasthan)

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jodhpur, Rajasthan)

The general election will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19, 2019. The counting of the votes has been scheduled for May 23 and results will likely be declared on the same day i.e., May 23.

The poll panel of the election commission had also announced the Assembly elections dates for Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, and Odisha. The Assembly polls in these four states will be held along with the general election 2019.

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EC announces election dates : Election to be held in 7 phases, results to be declared on May 23

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Lok Sabha Election Dates, Schedule 2019: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

The current term of the present Lok Sabha will end on June 3.

Lok Sabha election 2019: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 during a press conference at 5PM on Sunday. The General Elections 2019 will be conducted in seven phases in April-May, beginning from April 11. The elections will be held for 543 seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country, while the counting of votes will take place on May 23. With the announcement of election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect from today, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.  At the press conference, CEC Sunil Arora said that nearly 90 crore people are registered as voters, of which 1.5 crore voters in the age of 18 and 19. The current Lok Sabha’s tenure ends on June 3.

Here is the timeline of all updates on the Lok Sabha elections 2019 on BusinessToday.In blog.

8:00pm: Samajwadi Party chief and former CM of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav demands change in election dates for the Lok Sabha elections.

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लोकतंत्र का पहला नियम: बदलाव!

जो लोग इस बात को नहीं मानते हैं उन्हें इतिहास भी नहीं याद रखता।

लोकतंत्रिता का जश्न मनाने के लिए हमें उम्मीद और एकता के लिये मतदान करना है। हम संकल्प लेते हैं कि हम गरीबों और किसानों के लिए काम करेंगे और साथ ही नौजवानों व महिलाओं को सशक्त बनाएँगे।

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7:30pm: Patidar leader Hardik Patel today announced that he will join the Congress on March 12 in presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet in Ahmedabad and will contest from Jamnagar.

Hardik Patel@HardikPatel_

To give shape to my intentions to serve society & country, I have decided to join Indian National Congress on 12th March in presence of Shri Rahul Gandhi & other senior leaders.

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“I would also like to state that if there is no legal hindrance and party decides to field me in electoral politics, I would abide by the party’s decision. I am taking this step to serve 125 core citizens of India,” he tweeted.

7:20pm: Following the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule, BJP President Amit Shah said that Modi government has dared to take bold and futuristic decisions for the welfare of 130 crore Indians.

Amit Shah@AmitShah

PM @narendramodi’s government has dared to take bold and futuristic decisions for the welfare of 130 crore Indians. It has struck at the root of corruption and celebrated honesty.#PhirEkBaarModiSarkar will ensure India’s giant leap, where everyone will be happy and prosperous.

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7:10pm: Kashmir leaders slammed Centre for not announcing state elections in J&K in parallel with Lok Sabha elections. CEC Sunil Arora in a press briefing said that no assembly polls will be held in J&K considering the recent incidents, security of candidates.

Mehbooba Mufti@MehboobaMufti

Decision to hold only Parliamentary elections in J&K confirms sinister designs of GoI. Not letting people elect a government is antithetical to the very idea of democracy. Also a tactic of buying time to disempower people by pushing an agenda that suits their ulterior motives.

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The Commission has decided to announce only Parliamentary elections in J&K. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K to go for polling in three phases due to security reasons, says EC.

Former Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah also criticised PM Modi for not handling national security properly.

Omar Abdullah@OmarAbdullah

Balakote & Uri are not symbols of PM Modi’s handling of national security, J&K is and look at the mess he has made there. The abject surrender to anti-India forces is a crying shame.

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7:00pm: Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party has welcomed the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule and said the victory will be of the truth.

Congress@INCIndia

बिगुल बजा है, अब जनता की बारी है,
झूठ से लड़ने की, पुरजोर तैयारी है।
झूठों के इस शासन को हम देंगे मात,
कमर कसी है हमने, अबकी जीत हमारी है।।#JeetHogiSachKi

6:50pm: After the Election Commission announced the final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 during a press conference at 5PM on Sunday, AAP head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that time has come to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. The elections to seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.

Arvind Kejriwal@ArvindKejriwal

Ultimately back to We the people -the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities

                                            

6:44pm: Phase 7 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 19 in a total of 59 constituencies spread across 8 states. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Chandigarh (UT), Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

6:42pm: Phase 6 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 12 in a total of 59 constituencies spread across 7 states. Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

6:40pm: Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on May 6 in a total of 51 constituencies spread across 7 states. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

6:37pm: Phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on April 29 in a total of 71 constituencies spread across 9 states. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

6:35pm: Phase 3 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Polls will be held on April 23 in a total of 115 constituencies spread across 14 states. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

6:30pm: Notable deviations from 2014 in EC schedule:

Odisha: 4 phases instead of 2

WB: 7 phases instead of 5

Delhi, Haryana, Punjab: pushed to later phases in May

J&K: No assembly elections

6:25pm: CEC Sunil Arora on J&K Assembly polls: No assembly polls will be held in J&K considering the recent incidents, security of candidates. The Commission has decided to announce only parliamentary elections in J&K. Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in J&K to go for polling in three phases due to security reasons, says EC.

6:24pm:Phase II of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Issue of gazette notification : 19th March

Last day of nomination: 26th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 27th March

Last date of withdrawal: 29th March

Date of Poll: 18th April

Counting of votes: 23rd May

6:22pmPhase 1 of Lok Sabha elections: Important dates

Issue of gazette notification : 18th March

Last day of nomination: 25th March

Date for scrutiny of nomination: 26th March

Last date of withdrawal: 28th March

Date of Poll: 11th April

Counting of votes: May 23

6:20pm:

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6:10pm: Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous & secure India. #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar.”

6:00pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished election officials and security personnel ahead of Lok Sabha elections which will begin next month.”The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” PM tweeted after EC announced election dates.

Narendra Modi@narendramodi

Best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years.

5:55pm: Jammu & Kashmir to have five phase Lok Sabha elections. However, the state will have no assembly election, which is presently under the President’s Rule.

5:52pm: Former Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah first reaction on EC announcement.

Omar Abdullah@OmarAbdullah

What happened to @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?

“In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed,” he tweeted.

5:50pm: CEC Sunil Arora on J&K Assembly polls: The commission has been looking at security preparedness including recent developments; had several rounds of meetings with all stakeholders. Based on all inputs and recommendations, constraint of security forces and logistics, keeping recent incidents in the state, we have decided only Lok Sabha polls in the state. Assembly polls in the state soon. 3 observers appointed.

5:47pm: 2 phases elections will be held in Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, Tripura

3 phases: Assam, Chhattisgarh

4 phases: Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha

5 phases: Jammu and Kashmir

7 phases: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal

5:45pm: Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu will be held in a single phase.

5:40pm: Phase1 Poll in 91 constituencies across 20 states, Phase 2 Poll in 97 constituencies in 13 states, Phase 3 Poll in 115 constituencies in 14 states, Phase 4 Poll in 71 constituencies in 9 states, Phase 5 Poll in 51 constituencies in 7 states, Phase 6 Poll in 59 constituencies in 7 states, Phase 7 Poll in 59 constituencies in 8 states.

5:38pm: 10 lakhs polling stations to be set up for Lok Sabha polls against nine lakhs in 2014, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

5:37pm: Counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls to be on May 23: EC.

5:35pm: Fourth phase polling to be held on 29th April, fifth phase polling on 6th May, sixth phase polling on 12th May, seventh phase on 12th May.

5:32pm: Second phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on 18th April and third phase on 23rd April.

5:30pm: First phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on April 11.

5:28pm: Android app to help voters record poll violations and send it to EC: CEC Arora.

5:26pm Special observers will be sent to states where we expect security to be an issue, says Chief Election Commission

5:25pm: Candidates cannot use loudspeakers between 10 pm to 6 am: CEC

5:24pm: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner.

5:22pm: There will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014.

5:20pm: CEC Sunil Arora said that as of 2019, 900 million people are registered as voters, of which 15 million voters are in the 18-19 age group.

5:18pm: Election Commission has been working for the elections for the past many months. MHA was roped in on 22,23rd January to assess security

5:16pm: VVPATS will be used at all polling stations. Photographs of candidates will also be there next to the symbol. In wake of complaints regarding security of EVMs, now last mile transportation of these machines will be tracked through GPS.

5:15pm: Examination schedule has been kept in mind to avoid inconvenience to students: CEC Sunil Arora

5:14pm: 84.3 million new voters since 2014, 15 million voters in the age of 18 and 19, says CEC Sunil Arora

5:12pm: “India, by conducting elections, emerged as a beacon of light for the world,” he said.

5:10pm: We interacted with political parties to discuss elections, says Sunil Arora

5:08pm: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora addresses the press conference. He is accompanied by Election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.

5:05pm:

ANI@ANI

#WATCH live from Delhi: Election Commission of India addresses a press conference. https://www.pscp.tv/w/b1Ts8zFwempNQm9XYmtWRWR8MVlxeG9yeUFwdkFKdi0WS8z2-zxv_7o1pSlo4VgJXT5xngiQFM-21bRPQVu1 …

ANI @ANI_news

#WATCH live from Delhi: Election Commission of India addresses a press conference.

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5:00pm: Election Commission will announce the Lok Sabha election dates in a press conference shortly. The poll panel of the EC is currently holding a meeting at Vigyan Bhavan.

4:55pm: Ahead of the announcement of final dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday signalled that Biju Janata Deal (BJD) will reserve 33% seats for women in upcoming general elections. If the party implements it in the coming general elections, the BJD will become the first political party to take such a move. The Naveen Patnaik-government had already passed the resolution seeking implementation of 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies in November 2018.

4.20pm: Really happy about Election Commission’s advisory to political parties: Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh

Capt.Amarinder Singh@capt_amarinder

Really happy about #ElectionCommission advisory to political parties to refrain from using defence personnel pics in election propaganda. Let’s follow it up with an end to politicisation of the armed forces, which I find to be equally wrong.

4.00pm: “When I left from Delhi to Mumbai, I did not know that election commission will be taking press conference at 5pm. This will be my last Sabha before the code of conduct. After URI attack, surgical strike and after Pulwama attack, airstrike, I greet Modi Ji. I was asked what about third surgical strike, I said third surgical strike will be done by people of our country by voting in favour of Modi Ji,” says Sushma Swaraj

3.30pm: Actor-turned-politician KamalHaasan thanks the Election Commission of India for allotting his party  Makkal Needhi Maiam the battery torch symbol.

DT Next@dt_next

Actor-turned-politician #KamalHaasan on Sunday thanked the #ElectionCommission of India for allotting his party #MakkalNeedhiMaiam (MNM) the battery torch symbol, calling it appropriate and in keeping with the party’s vision. https://www.dtnext.in/News/TamilNadu/2019/03/10145637/1109915/TorchBearer-Kamal-Haasans-MNM-gets-battery-torch-as-.vpf … #LokSabhaElections2019

‘Torch-Bearer’: Kamal Haasan’s MNM gets battery torch as party symbol

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday thanked the Election Commission of India for allotting his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) the battery torch symbol, calling it appropriate and in…

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3.05pm: During the last five years, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s performance in the Lok Sabha bypolls has failed to impress or make a positive impact. In a total of 27 Lok Sabha bypolls since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP has managed to win only five seats. While BJP’s tally stands at 268 seats, Congress’s has managed to capture 45 seats. However, out of 542 parliamentary constituencies, 22 are still vacant.

2.40pm: The election to fill 5 vacancies in the Telangana Legislative Council will be held on Monday, reports PTI.

2.19pm: After the implementation of the Code of Conduct post the Election date announcement today, the country will be spared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hollow announcements, says BSP supremo Mayawati.

Mayawati@Mayawati

बहुप्रतीक्षित लोकसभा चुनाव कार्यक्रम की आज शाम घोषणा होते ही आचार संहिता के लागू हो जाने से पीएम श्री मोदी की खोखली व हवाहवाई घोषणाओं व शाही खर्चों वाले इनके सरकारी शिलान्यास आदि प्रोग्रामों से देश को मुक्ति तो मिल जायेगी लेकिन जनता इनके अन्य हथकंडों से भी सावधान रहे।

2.10pm: Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav says UP DGP should be removed from his post before election.

Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief: We demand that the UP DGP be removed from his post before election. Police personnel themselves are getting involved in theft cases. If it’s happening, then DGP is responsible too. If Mayawati ji has said that the DGP be removed, what she said is correct

1.50pm: The Election Commission Saturday asked political parties to “desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel” against the backdrop of a picture showing a hoarding with images of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as well as leaders of a party.

1.40pm: The impasse between the CPI(M) and the Congress over the seat-sharing deal in Bengal seems to have resolved after intervention of Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury. According to PTI, after the CPI(M) announced candidates for Raiganj and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats, the state unit of the Gandhi-led party urged the AICC to look into the matter.

1.10pm: Will the EC announce dates for Assembly polls in J&K? While there is a view that the J-K assembly elections can beheld along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India-Pakistan border. The Centre and the state administration, being managed by the Centre-appointed Governor, are against holding the two elections together, reported PTI. However, all political parties in the state favoured simultaneous polls during a meeting with the Election Commission earlier this week. The J-K assembly’s six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021, but it got dissolved after a ruling coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell apart.

12.52pm: PM Narendra Modi addresses the CISF personnel at the 50th Raising Day ceremony of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), at Ghaziabad. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated projects worth several crores in Greater Noida on Saturday.

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WATCH: PM @narendramodi’s address at 50th #CISFRaisingDay https://youtu.be/7gswc-yNEAI

12.51pm: AAP leader Sanjay Singh asks: “Does the Election Commission of India work from the BJP headquarters?”

Sanjay Singh AAP@SanjayAzadSln

क्या चुनाव आयोग भाजपा कार्यालय से संचालित होता है?2014 में 5 मार्च को चुनाव की घोषणा हुई,5 दिनो में मोदी जी ने कई रैली, सभा कर लिया, आज ग़ाज़ीयाबाद का भाषण के बाद चुनाव की घोषणा,आचार सहिता के बाद पोस्टर तो उतारने ही पड़ेंगे अब आप कह रहे हैं भाजपा सेना के शौर्य का इस्तेमाल न करें

12.43pm: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces 33 per cent quota for women in the Lok Sabha seats for Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Naveen Patnaik@Naveen_Odisha

#LIVE from the #MissionShakti convention in Kendrapara district. https://www.pscp.tv/w/b1SdPjFlUkV4RFlnemdBRXd8MU95S0F5RURrWE1LYk6vnC12h24VgKQg0gB3-B5-qxDTxsn7z-B4s5XUy1TV …

Naveen Patnaik @Naveen_Odisha

#LIVE from the #MissionShakti convention in Kendrapara district.

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12.41pm: Sitanshu Kar, Principal Spokesperson and Director General of Press Information Bureau, invites media for press meet on the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Sitanshu Kar@DG_PIB

Kind Attn Media : #ElectionCommission Press Conference at 5pm today ie 10th March 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, Plenary hall. Entry would be on the basis of PIB card especially for the camera teams with their equipment. Entry to begin by 3.30pm for camera teams to start setting up

12.40pm: “I have announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

ANI@ANI

  • Mar 10, 2019

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in an election rally in Kendrapara announces 33% quota for women in allocation of Lok Sabha seats for the BJD party. (file pic)

ANI@ANI

Odisha CM and BJD President Naveen Patnaik: I am delighted to be in Kendrapara today. Here, I have announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. pic.twitter.com/rmBnnEmm6L

12.35pm: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved last year. The EC is bound to hold fresh polls in the militancy-hit state in at least six month, which will end in May. The EC may announce Assembly polls date for Jammu and Kashmir too.

India Today@IndiaToday

The #ElectionCommission of India is likely to announce the Lok Sabha elections 2019 schedule dates today. India Today’s @PoulomiMSaha tells you more about it.#ITVideo
More videos: http://bit.ly/it_videos

12.26pm: There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by the precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls. Notification for the first phase could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, reports PTI.

12.23pm: Among other things, the Model Code of Conduct bars the government from announcing policy decisions.

12.07pm: Former CEC Dr SY Quraishi on the Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The past three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from April 20 to May 10 (in four phases), April 16 to May 13 (5 phases) and April 7 to May 12 (9 phases), respectively.

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi@DrSYQuraishi

There is much speculation about election dates.
Last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively.

                                            

The window available this time is still similar. But not much.

11.51am: It is not a political candidate, constituency, election issue or some big-ticket political funding, the Lok Sabha elections 2019 may see a ‘swing factor’ in women empowerment.

11.50am: Political parties have resorted to big poll campaigning on social media with the Lok Sabha elections 2019 just a few months away. Pro-BJP groups spent over Rs 2.15 crore out of the total Rs 4.13 expenditure all parties incurred on political advertisement on Facebook in February, as per the social media site’s Ad Archive Report.

11.48am: The present term of the present Lok Sabha will end on June 3. Polling will be held for 543 Parliamentary constituencies.

PIB India@PIB_India

#ElectionCommissionOfIndia to address media at 5pm today at Vigyan Bhavan, plenary hall. Media entry on the basis of #PIB card especially for the camera teams with their equipment.

Entry to begin by 3:30pm for camera teams to start setting up

11.00am: The Election Commission of India to hold a press conference at 5pm today.

Election Commission of India to hold a press conference at 5pm today.

10.39am: The Model Code of Conduct will come into force once the polling dates will be announced by the Election Commission at 5PM today.

                                               

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Budget 2019 Live Streaming: FM Goyal announces full tax rebate for income up to Rs 5 lakh

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    Krishna Karwa, Research Analyst at Moneycontrol analyses how the Budget announcement in the consumption space affected sentiment

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    Here’s a quick review of the income tax relief announced by FM Goyal to clear any confusions over whether it was an exemption or rebate 

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    Feb 01, 01:02 PM (IST)

    Budget is unquestionably pro-growth and fiscally prudent, says Union Minister Arun Jaitley

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    Feb 01, 12:58 PM (IST)

    In terms of new highs the market is making and the improving breadth I won’t be surprised if we tested new highs before general elections, Ramesh Damani tells CNBC-TV18

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    Feb 01, 12:56 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:56 PM (IST)

    Consumption to GDP ratio in India is extremely low and taxes had slowed down consumption. The tax moves announced today will be significant in reviving consumption, says HDFC’s Deepak Parekh

  • Feb 01, 12:50 PM (IST)
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    Feb 01, 12:46 PM (IST)

    Sensex gives a 300-point salute to the raft of announcements, as the market expects an uptick in consumption. Will the Budget be enough to put this market in firm bull market territory? Time will tell. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:45 PM (IST)

    Notional rent on unsold real estate inventory – Tax to be levied after 2 years from date of completion of project. Previously, it was 1 year. Real estate stocks such as Oberoi Realty, Godrej Properties, Sunteck Realty, HUDCO rally. – Krishna Karwa, Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

    Goyal concludes his Budget speech with the quote, ” Ek paav rakhta hun, hazaar raahein phoot padti hai.” which literally means one step opens up a thousand roads.

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

    Also, this Budget shows NDA’s desperation. This probably the best way to gain back trust of the voters. Or, if the coin flips (by chance), the next Government will have a really tough time to live up to all the promises the Modi Govt is making right now. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:41 PM (IST)

    Arun Jaitley might be missing all the fun while Piyush Goyal is cutting the cake that he (Jaitley) baked. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

    This is not just a budget but lays out the path to progress of the country, he says

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

    TDS limit hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 on Post-Office savings.

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:39 PM (IST)

    No tax on notional rent on second self-occupied house and no tds on house rent up to Rs 2.4 lakh

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    Feb 01, 12:38 PM (IST)

    FM raises standard deduction from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.

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    Feb 01, 12:37 PM (IST)

    All interest income above Rs 40,000 from bank deposits will now get taxed and not Rs 10,000

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    Feb 01, 12:36 PM (IST)

    Income upto Rs 5,00,000 to be exempt from income tax, to boost consumer spending. Positive for FMCG stocks and auto stocks. – Ruchi Agrawal – Senior Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    Standard deduction has also been raised to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    So those with income up to Rs 5 lakh and another Rs 1.5 lakh in investments totalling Rs 6.5 lakh will have to pay no tax. Will benefit nearly Rs 3 crore middle class income earners

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal serves the whole thaali….and keeps the dessert for the end…….#TaxRebate….. – Viju Cherian – Opinion Editor

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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)

    That puts Rs 12,500 per annum in people’s pockets—more than Rs 1,000 per month, more than double what the farm package gives to small and marginal farmers. – Manas Chakravarty, Group Consulting Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)
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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)

    It finally comes. From ‘Thank you tax payers’, to doubling the slab for tax rebate. Now, tax payers would say: “Thank you Mr FM”. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:33 PM (IST)

    Govt announces tax exemption for income up to Rs 5 lk/yr: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:32 PM (IST)

    The shortest interim Budget was given by HM Patel in 1977. This could be the longest. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

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    Feb 01, 12:31 PM (IST)

    Individual tax payers with taxable annual income up to Rs 5 lakh will get full tax rebate

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    Feb 01, 12:30 PM (IST)

    Some benefits must therefore also be passed on the middle class tax payers. Keeping this in view I propose to reduce the tax burden on tax payers. The salary earners, pensioners and senior citizens should not wait to get clarity on their taxes, he said

  • Feb 01, 12:29 PM (IST)

    Goyal thanks taxpayers for their contribution toward the well being of the society and providing basic amenities to the poor. “The tax you pay will provide healthcare to 50 crore brothers, sisters and children,” he says

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    Feb 01, 12:28 PM (IST)

    Confident of reaching Rs 80,000 Cr divestment target: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    Will focus on debt consolidation along with fiscal consolidation, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    Confident of reaching Rs 80,000 crore divestment target, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    From ‘what we have done’ Budget, it has suddenly turned into a ‘Dream Budget’ — all about dreams and wishes towards 2030. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:26 PM (IST)

    In Piyush Goyal’s Budget, there’s place for everybody — Kissan, Jawan, Gau mata, and even the traders. But, not the income-tax paying salaried class. Well, they don’t figure in the scheme and theme of Election. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:26 PM (IST)

    Expenditure target for FY20 is at Rs 27.84 lakh crore and FY20 fiscal deficit target is at 3.4%

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    Feb 01, 12:24 PM (IST)

    Expenditure target for FY20 at Rs 27.84 lakh cr: FM Goyal.

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    Feb 01, 12:24 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:23 PM (IST)

    FM sets FY20 Fiscal Deficit target at 3.4%.

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    Vision statement: As Keynes said, in the long run we are all dead – Manas Chakravarty, Group Consulting Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    See India as a modern, technology-driven, high growth and transparent society as part of Vision 2030

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    Micro irrigation schemes to be given attention – allocation amounts awaited – allocations to be positive for Jain irrigation, KSB pumps, Kirloskar brothers and Shakti pumps. – Ruchi Agrawal – Senior Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:21 PM (IST)

    “India will lead the world in transport through electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage devices”, FM said.

    Several international automotive companies like Suzuki, Nissan, Hyundai, Toyota, Renault are lining up multiple EV launches through direct imports as well as giving a boost to local manufacturing of EV. – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:20 PM (IST)

    Placing an Indian astronaut in space by 2022 is also a part of Vision 2030

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    Feb 01, 12:19 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Electric vehicles a key part of govt’s vision for 2030: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Fisheries stocks – Apex Frozen, Avanti Feeds, Waterbase have declined after initial surge on interest subvention announcement. Allocation amount for schemes awaited. – Anubhav Sahu – Principal Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Making India digital will also play the most important role in achieving the vision. Goyal says, adding the third dimension will be making India pollution free. Making renewables a major source of energy supply and promoting electric vehicles will help, he says

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    Feb 01, 12:16 PM (IST)

    Aspire to become $10 Tn economy in next 8 years thereafter: Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:15 PM (IST)

    The government is laying out the vision for the most important dimensions for the next 10 years to make India a $10 trillion economy and enhance ease of living including development of roads, railways, seaports, health, among other things.

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    Feb 01, 12:15 PM (IST)

    India poised to become $5 Tn economy in next 5 Years: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

    We are poised to become $5 trillion economy in the next 5 years, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

    The plea by Hero Motocorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors to bring two-wheelers under the 18% GST slab from 28% GST slab seems to have gone unheeded. – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:11 PM (IST)

    Despite high speculation, no changes in tax slabs and no investment incentives for salaried investors and tax payers. – Nayanika Chakraborty – Senior News Co-ordinator.

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    Feb 01, 12:08 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:07 PM (IST)

    Our govt wants GST burden on homebuyers to reduce. So we have requested the GST Council to set up a group of ministers who will now work out how to reduce the burden on homebuyers.

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    Feb 01, 12:06 PM (IST)

    Most items of daily use are now in the 0-5% slab making GST beneficial for the middle class

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    Feb 01, 12:04 PM (IST)

    Reducing tax for the middle class has been a priority, he says.

  • Feb 01, 12:02 PM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 12:02 PM (IST)

    Here is how production of various crops and pulses fared under Modi government

    From the MSP of rice and wheat to the area under cultivation for pulses, see how the Modi government has influenced key agricultural indicators.

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Unmanned system to be created for scrutiny of income tax returns.

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    He now talks about Direct and Indirect Tax reforms

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    99.54% returns have been accepted without any scrutiny: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    All income tax returns to be processed within 24 hours and refunds to be issued simultaneously: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Direct tax collections from 6.38 lakh crore rupees in 2013-14 to almost 12 lakh crore rupees; tax base up from 3.79 crore to 6.85 crore: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Tax scrutiny will also now be done electronically and there will be no interaction between the tax authority and the taxpayer.

  • Feb 01, 12:00 PM (IST)

    Simplification of direct tax system will benefit taxpayers; direct tax reduced and tax interface made simpler and faceless to make life easier; resulting in increase in tax collections and return filings: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:00 PM (IST)

    Tax collections have increased significantly. The number of returns filed have also risen: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    In the last 5 years under all categories of workers, minimum wages increased by 42% which is the highest ever : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    Tax collections have increased significantly from Rs 6.38 lakh crore in FY14 to almost Rs 12 lakh crore in FY19 with nearly 80% growth in the number of taxpayers, Goyal notes

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    Single window clearance for shooting films for Indian filmmakers.

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Single window clearance for filmmaking to be made available to Indian filmmakers, anit-camcording provision to be introduced to Cinematography Act to combat film privacy: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    34 crore JanDhanYojana accounts opened in last five years; Aadhaar almost universally implemented; ensuring poor and middle class receive government benefits directly: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Allocation for Northeastern region proposed to be increased to Rs 58,166 crore in this year, a 21% rise over the previous year: Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Railway capital expenditure goes up from Rs 53,060 crore in FY19 to Rs 64,586 crore in FY20 – positive for railway capex linked companies. – Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research.

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Our government hopes to create 1 lakh digital villages in the next 5 years. Jan Dhan, Aadhaar mobile, and direct benefit transfer have been game changers, Goyal notes. Aadhaar is now near-universally implemented and helped ensure poor get the benefit of govt schemes directly in their bank accounts, he says.

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Villages to be converted to digital villages. Target over the next 5 years is to create over 1 lakh digital villages

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Allocation for North Eastern Region proposed to be increased to 58,166 crore in this year, a 21% rise over previous year: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    2% interest subvention to farmers for animal husbandry : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Cost of data and voice calls in India is possibly the lowest in the world: FM.

  • Feb 01, 11:55 AM (IST)

    The operating ratio of Railways is seen at 96.2% in FY19 and 95% in FY20, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:54 AM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 11:54 AM (IST)

    Indian Railways budget outlay Rs 1,48,658 crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    Installed solar generation capacity in India increased by 10 times in the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    Inland freight waterways have commenced from Kolkata to Varanasi. North-eastern states may also be connected in due course.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    1. India has achieved over 98% rural sanitation coverage.
    2. 5.45 lakh villages declared #ODF
    3. #SwachhBharat now a national movement

  • Feb 01, 11:52 AM (IST)

    Goyal talks about 100 plus airports now in India. But the number is far below the government target. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    India is the fastest highway developer in the whole world, 27 kms of highways built each day, projects stuck for decades completed; #SagarMala will help faster handling of import and export cars: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    All farmers affected by severe natural disasters to will continue to get 2 per cent interest subvention and additional 3 percent on timely loan repayment: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Our soldiers are our pride and honour. OROP, pending for the last 40 years, has been implemented by us: Piyush Goyal.

    Already disbursed Rs 35,000 crore for our soldiers under OROP, Substantial hike in military service pay has been announced.

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Indian Railways has experienced the safest year in its history. All unmanned level crossings on broad guage network have been completely eliminated, Goyal highlights

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Domestic air passenger traffic has doubled in the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Construction of rural roads has been tripled; 15.8 lakh out of a total 17.84 lakh habitations have been connected with pucca roads under #PMGSY.
    #PMGSY allocated 19,000 crore rupees in 2019-20(BE) : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Bharat has got the full attention of the Govt. Farmers, cattle, unorganised segment, rural women, are among the major themes. But will these spur rural income? No disruptive intervention, yet. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Defence Budget increased to Rs 3 lakh crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Domestic passenger traffic has doubled in the last 5 years and this will mean new jobs in the aviation sector.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Rs. 1 crore loan can now be obtained under 59 minutes: FM. Promises, and claims – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Over Rs 35,000 crore has been allocated under the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme so far by the BJP government.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Goyal allocates Rs 3 lakh crore for the defence sector for FY20. If necessary, additional funds will be provided for safety and security of our army personnel, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    Goyal now moves on the defence sector. We had promised to implement One Rank One Pension. We have already disbursed over Rs 35,000 crore after implementing the scheme in true spirit, he said.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    India’s youth have turned into job creators from job seekers. The country has become the second-largest hub for startups: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    9 nine priority areas identified; National  Artificial Intelligence Portal to be developed soon: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    To ensure cleaner fuel and health assurance, we embarked on PM Ujjwala Yojana, a programme to give 8 crore free LPG connections to rural households, out of which 6 crore connections have been given already: FM Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:46 AM (IST)

    75% of woman beneficiaries under PM MudraYojana, 26 weeks of maternity leave and Pradhan Mantri Matritva Yojana, are all empowering women: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:46 AM (IST)

    Goyal now throws in the term artificial intelligence. More power to Digital India. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Pension scheme to benefit 10 crore workers in the unorganised sector. Those who join at 18 years of age will have to contribute a mere Rs 55 per month. The government will contribute equal matching share in the pension account.

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Govt e-marketplace GEM has transformed public procurement making it transparent and efficient. Transactions of over Rs 17,000 crore has been done.

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Have so far given loans worth Rs 7.23 lakh crore under the Mudra yojana with more than 70% of beneficiaries being women

  • Feb 01, 11:44 AM (IST)

    Committee under NITIAayog to be set up to identify and denotify nomadic and semi-nomadic communities; Welfare Development Board to be set up under MSJEGOI for welfare of these hard-to-reach communities and for tailored strategic interventions : FM.

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    Workers who receive grievous injuries will now get Rs 6 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh through EPFO: Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    There are a total of 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector in numerous industries. We must provide comprehensive social security coverage: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    6 crore households have been given cooking gas connections so far, the target by the end of next year is 8 crore households.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    You have to give it to this government. While they sometimes fall to the temptation of naming new schemes after past leaders, many of their new schemes carry a simple convention — they carry the the term “Pradhan Mantri”. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    FM Goyal moves on the welfare of women in the country. Nearly 8 crore free LPG connections were planned to be provided to relieve women from use of woodfire for cooking. So far 6 crore connections have already been provided.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    Welfare department board to be set up under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

  • Feb 01, 11:41 AM (IST)

    50% of the GDP comes from the sweat and toil of 42 crore workers in the unorganized sector: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:41 AM (IST)

    For workers and labourers, a new pension scheme will come up to ensure an increase in Centre’s contribution by four percent. The pension has been increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000: FM Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    A bevy of new scheme launches announced — shall we settle the debate, then? This is no “Interim Budget”. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    Instead of rescheduling of crop loans, those farmers severely affected by natural calamities will get 2% interest subvention and additional 3% interest subvention upon timely repayment: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    10 crore workers to benefit.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    Goyal announced allocation of Rs 500 crore for mega pension scheme

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)

    Mega Pension scheme for the unorganised sector will see equal contribution from the government. Pension of Rs 3,000 to be paid out after retirement age

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)

    Monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for workers in unorganised sector.

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 11:37 AM (IST)

    Gratuity payment limit has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:37 AM (IST)

    Nearly 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector contribute significantly to our economy. We must provide them a comprehensive social security coverage. So other than Ayushman Bharat, our govt proposes set up of Shram Yogi Mandhan, a pension scheme for unorganised sector workers

  • Feb 01, 11:36 AM (IST)

    2% interest subvention to farmers pursuing animal husbandry and fisheries: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:36 AM (IST)

    Govt will set up *Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog* to look after the welfare of cows, including genetic improvements and sustainable development. ” Yeh sarkar kabhi Gau mata ke samman mein peeche nahi hategi. (This government will never shy away from honoring our Mother Cow)

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    New Pension Scheme – employee’s contribution is 10%, government’s contribution increased from 10% to 14%.

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    ESI eligibility cover limit has been raised to Rs 21,000 per month from Rs 15,000 per month

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    Vix now down 5%. Market relaxed about the farm package – Manas Chakravarty – Group Consulting Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:34 AM (IST)

    Farmers struck by natural calamities will now get 2-5% interest subvention under the crop insurance scheme, Goyal said.

  • Feb 01, 11:34 AM (IST)

    12.5 crore farmers to be covered under direct income support – PM Kissan.  Annual cash benefit of Rs 6000 (to be paid in three tranches) per head. The total outlay is only 0.4% of GDP. This will not lead to big surge in agri input demand but will only benefit basic staples consumption. – Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research.

  • Feb 01, 11:33 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:33 AM (IST)

    FMCG stocks rally with the farmer support announcements.

    Marico, HUL, ITC up 1-2%.

  • Feb 01, 11:32 AM (IST)

    2 percent interest subsidy to be given to farmers involved in animal husbandry activities, to be given through kisaan credit card scheme, additional 3 percent subsidy on timely payment of loans.

  • Feb 01, 11:32 AM (IST)

    Stock of Mahindra & Mahindra, the market leader in tractors, is up nearly 2% on the BSE while that of Hero Motocorp the market leader in two-wheelers, stock is up by 3.35%.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    Separate Dept of Fisheries to be formed.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    The prices of medicines have come down with control of drugs, stents and knee implant prices.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    India is the second largest fish producing nation in the world and provides livelihood to 1.45 crore people. Towards development of this sector the govt will create a separate department of fisheries. Propose 2% interest subvention for those in fisheries.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    Rural FMCG demand has anyway been robust in FY19. The direct income support should add to this growth, for mass consumption items – Ravi Krishnan, Deputy Executive Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:30 AM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal, finance minister said, “There is a need a structured income support to the poor land holder to procure seeds, equipments and other needs. To support them we have formed PM KISAN. Under this the vulnerable farmers, upto 2 hectares will get direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year. The amount will be transferred directly into bank accounts of the farmer in three installments. About 12 crore farmers will benefit from it. The scheme will kick off from December 1”.

    This is a positive for tractor and two wheeler sales – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    Health cards, quality seeds, irrigation facilities etc have been taken into consideration to improve the well being of farmers, he noted.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi to support farmers in procuring basic farm inputs like seeds and fertiliser, to benefit seed and fertiliser companies.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    This will cost the govt around Rs 75,000 crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    Direct Benefit Support of Rs 6,000 to farmers with landholdings below 2 hectares – to be transferred directly into bank account of beneficiary farmers in three installments of Rs 2,000 each, funded by Govt of India – around 12 crore farmers to benefit from the scheme.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    The Kisan yojana will be effective December 1, 2018, and the money will be directly transferred into their account. Expect spend of Rs 75,000 crore on this scheme, says Goyal. Rs 20,000 crore allocation will be added to the revised estimates of the FY18-19, he said.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Govt approves PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Farmers owning upto 2 hectares to get Rs 6,000 per year.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest healthcare programme, was launched to provide medical care to nearly 50 crore people, resulting in Rs 3,000 crore savings by poor families: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    One million people were treated so far under Ayushman Bharat. Have announced 14 new AIIMS since 2014.

  • Feb 01, 11:26 AM (IST)

    In 2014, 2.5 crore families were living without electricity, forced to live in the 18th century. We have achieved almost 100% electrification, says Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:26 AM (IST)

    Farmers with less than 2 hectare land will be given Rs 6,000 per year as direct transfer

  • Feb 01, 11:25 AM (IST)

    Keeping in view the distress in farm sector, we revised MSP in favour of our hardworking farmers. Small and fragmented land holding has led to decline in farm income. To provide support to small and marginal farmers and improve their income the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi yojana has been introduced

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s largest behavioural change movement Swachh Bharat was initiated; more than 98% rural sanitation coverage has been achieved, says Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    Rs 1,70,000 crore spent on bringing food at affordable rates to poor people: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    We are happy to announce that the 22nd AIIMS hospital is going to be set up in Haryana, Goyal said highlighting lower prices in terms of medicines, stents etc  have led to massive scale up in healthcare over the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:22 AM (IST)

    PMGSY allocation Rs 19,000 crore, same as budgeted for 2018-19.

  • Feb 01, 11:21 AM (IST)

    20 minutes into the speech, the Budget continues like a campaign pitch for the government.

  • Feb 01, 11:21 AM (IST)

    We launched the world’s largest healthcare program Ayushman Bharat to provide medical treatment to nearly 50 cr people, he reiterates. So far 10 lakh people have been treated under this scheme within the short span and nearly Rs 3,000 crore has been saved by those covered under it.

  • Feb 01, 11:20 AM (IST)

    Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee program’s allocation increased by Rs 5000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore, Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research, Moneycontrol.

  • Feb 01, 11:20 AM (IST)

    The government is committed to providing electricity to every house. LED will help save Rs 50,000 crore in electricity bills in the next few years.

  • Feb 01, 11:19 AM (IST)

    Auto stocks firm, market appears to be betting on a likely farm package boosting demand for automobiles.

  • Feb 01, 11:19 AM (IST)

    One crore 53 lakh houses have been made which is 5 times the earlier run rate

  • Feb 01, 11:18 AM (IST)

    Pradhan Mantra Gram Sadak Yojana allocation is set at Rs 19,000 crore, he said, adding, kids will no longer have to walk from home to school. They will now have a bus service there.

  • Feb 01, 11:18 AM (IST)

    MGNREGA allocation has been set at Rs 60,000 crore for FY19-20, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:17 AM (IST)

    Election speech on in full swing.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Rs 3 lakh crore recovered by banks through IBC, says Goyal. Now bigger businessmen also concerned about repaying debt, he adds.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Have recovered Rs 3 lakh crore so far from the banking system clean up, Goyal points out as he moves to the initiatives in the real estate sector.

    RERA 2016 and Benami Transaction Prohibition Act are helping to bring transparency in real estate, he said

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Goyal takes dig at UPA government, by saying that his government has ended the practice of ‘phone’ banking at state-owned banks, and ushered more transparency.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    “The Rs 1 trillion GST collection in January would have given some comfort. Still Rs 2.8 trillion needed in the next two months to achieve budgeted estimates.” – Ravi Krishnan – Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol.

  • Feb 01, 11:13 AM (IST)

    We have noticed that Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra and Oriental Bank have come out of the PCA framework and our efforts to clean up the banking system will help others too very soon, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:12 AM (IST)

    Earlier there was pressure on only small businessmen to repay loans but now even defaulting managements of big companies are under pressure to repay loans in time

  • Feb 01, 11:11 AM (IST)

    Our govt had the power to ask RBI to review the NPA situation of banks and stop the culture of phone banking, says Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:11 AM (IST)

    Current account deficit target for FY19 – 2.5% of GDP.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    Fiscal deficit revised target for FY19 – 3.4%.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    So, that’s a miss on the fiscal deficit target of 3.3% this year. Even this should be taken with a pinch of salt given the possibility of off-balance sheet items.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    He’s proud of restoring fiscal balance. Does that mean he will stick to the target?

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal’s remark that farmer incomes have doubled, greeted with boos from the opposition benches.

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    Goyal starts with recounting a litany of achievements for the Modi government. Reads like a poll pitch so far.

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    2018-19 revised fiscal deficit target at 3.4%, Goyal points out

  • Feb 01, 11:07 AM (IST)

    If we had not controlled inflation, our families would have been spending 35-40% more on basic amenities today, says Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:07 AM (IST)

    We brought down average inflation to 4.6% lower than inflation during tenure of any other govt, he says.

  • Feb 01, 11:04 AM (IST)

    “We have reversed the policy paralysis,” says Piyush Goyal as he rises to present the Interim Budget, “India is solidly back on track.”

  • Feb 01, 11:02 AM (IST)

    One thing hasn’t changed. The Budget Speech starts with a din

  • Feb 01, 11:02 AM (IST)

    There is hope the government will also focus on pushing the sales of electric vehicles in the country. The finance ministry on Tuesday had lowered customs duty on electric vehicle parts to 10-15% from 15-30%. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) welcomed the move.

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10% reservation for General Category : Are you eligible for 10% reservation in General category? Here are the criteria

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The Union Cabinet has approved 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward section in the general category, sources said Monday.

The Union Cabinet has approved 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward section in the general category, sources said Monday.
The government is likely to bring a constitutional amendment bill in Parliament on Tuesday, they said, adding that the quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation.

The section doesn’t get reservation as of now, the sources said.

“The reservation will be given to those economically backward poor people who are not availing the benefit of reservation as of now,” a source explained.

The reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh and have up to five acres of land, he said.

 

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1. What are the criteria for qualify as EBC?

What are the criteria for qualify as EBC?

1) Annual income below Rs 8 lakh per annum

2) Agricultural land below 5 acre

3) Residential area below 1000 square feet

4) Residential plot below 109 yards in notified municipality

5) Residential plot below 209 yards in non-notified municipality area

 

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2. What it means?

What it means?

In a major move ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Union Cabinet Monday cleared a 10 per cent job and education quota for “economically weaker” sections, meeting a key demand of upper castes, a staunch BJP support base which has shown signs of a drift from the party.

A top government functionary said a constitutional amendment bill will be tabled in Parliament Tuesday, the last day of the Winter Session.

 

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3. Will go above 50%Will go above 50%

The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 per cent.

The constitutional amendment bill would be required as the constitution does not provide for reservation on the ground of economic conditions. It envisages amendment to the Articles 5 and 6.

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4. Will give reservation to the poor

Will give reservation to the poor

A Union minister said the bill once passed will amend the Constitution accordingly to give reservation to the poor among the general castes and classes.

“The bill will provide a shelter for upper castes under the rubric of fundamental rights. The court’s rule of the maximum 50 per cent quota cannot fetter Parliament’s right to amend the Constitution,” he said.

 

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5. SC cap?

SC cap?

In its famous Indra Sawhney judgement, the Supreme Court had set a cap of 50 per cent cap on quotas. Government sources said the proposed constitutional amendment will pave the way for the additional quota.

“The reservation will be given to those economically weaker people who presently do not avail any benefits of reservation,” a source said.

 

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6. Castes likely to benefitCastes likely to benefit

Among the major castes to benefit from the proposed law are Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, several trading castes, Kapus and Kammas among other Upper Castes.

The poor among the other religions will also benefit from it, sources added. The Congress described the government’s decision as an “election gimmick” to fool the people and a proof of BJP’s “fear” of losing Lok Sabha polls.

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7. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas

Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas

The BJP hailed the move with several leaders describing it as historic and exercise in sync with government’s motto of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” (with all, development for all).

BJP ally and Dalit leader Ram Vilas Paswan also termed the decision by the government as “historic”.

 

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8. Opp parties must support

Opp parties must support

The BJP believes that if opposition parties, whose support is a must for its passage in the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers, vote against it, then they will risk losing support of an influential section of society.

Influential castes like Marathas, Kapus and Jats have hit the streets in the last few years, seeking reservation benefits. Their protests at times have turned violent.

 

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9. What about states?What about states?

Though governments in states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have made laws, they are often struck down by the court on the ground of a Supreme Court judgement in the Indra Sawhney case had fixed a ceiling of 50 per cent on reservation.

The apex court has also asserted that the Constitution makes no case for quota on economic ground and only talks of educational and social backwardness besides those for the SCs and STs.

He added that the demand for providing quota to the poor from the general castes was made in the constituent assembly too.

“For the first time, we (govt) are now going to give constitutional recognition to the poor from the upper castes,” he said.

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10. Criteria

Criteria

The bill is likely to introduces criteria like an annual income below Rs 8 lakh and not owning more than five acres of agricultural land for those seeking quota benefits.

They should also not own a flat of 1000 sq ft or more, land of 100 yards in notified municipality area and 200 yards in non-notified area, sources said.

The ruling BJP hopes that the bill will help consolidate the general castes in its support as it begins campaign for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in April-May.

 

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11. Wooing UC?

Wooing UC?

Political watchers believe that sections of upper castes had drifted from the party of late following its aggressive push to win over backward classes and Dalits.

The Modi government’s decision to bring a law to nullify a Supreme Court order, which critics said had diluted provisions in a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribes, was also used by some upper castes groups to campaign against the BJP in recent state polls.

The BJP had lost to the Congress in three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it was in power.

 

 

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Election Results LIVE 2018 – Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram

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–Congress looks strong in Rajasthan, leading in 20 seats. With lead in 17 seats, TRS consolidates position in Telangana.

–30 minutes into counting, TRS ahead in early leads – Jogu Ramanna leads in Adilabad

 

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Close fight between the BJP and Congress in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Congress takes big early lead in Rajasthan. TRS leads in Telangana.

 

The results for assembly elections to five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh – will be declared tomorrow. The time of the start of vote counting is 8 am. Election trends will start coming out soon. The election results 2018 are important as it may impact 2019 general elections. All the major political parties would want to end the year on a winning note.

The Election Commission of India has made all the necessary arrangements for the poll results. In Telangana, the Chief Electoral Officer said necessary arrangements have been made for the counting day and the strongrooms, where voting machines are kept, are secured with central paramilitary forces providing. Here are the answers to some of the questions related to assembly election results.

Election result date: The election results 2018 will be announced on December 11.

Election results time: The counting will begin at 8 am. The results will be declared in the evening.

Where to watch election news coverage: Election Coverage starts when counting begins

The Telangana election results, the Madhya Pradesh election results, theRajasthan election results, the Chhattisgarh election results and Mizoram election results will announced tomorrow by the Election Commission.

Exit polls for five states in elections have predict a worrying outcome for the BJP in three heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. An aggregate of exit polls shows the BJP’s winning streak is set to end in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both heading for hung verdict.

 

 

 

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Election dates for Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana out, results on Dec 11

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  • Chhattisgarh will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20
  • Telangana and Rajasthan will go to polls together on December 7
  • MP and Mizoram will go to polls together on November 28

The Election Commission of India today announced election dates for assembly elections in five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana.

Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat, announced the election dates for the five states.

Election in Chhattisgarh will take place in two phases. Election in phase one (18 seats) will take on November 12. For the second phase (72 seats) voting will be held on November 20.

For Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram voting will be held in a single phase on November 28.

For Rajasthan and Telangana voting will be held in a single phase on December 7.

Results for all the five states will be out on December 11.

These five assembly elections would be crucial for the BJP as it gears up for the Lok Sabha election next year. The BJP is in power in three of these states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. While the Congress is in power in Mizoram, Telangana Rashtra Samithi was in power in Telangana before the assembly was dissolved.

The election code of conduct comes into play with immediate effect in these states.

Here is the complete schedule for assembly elections in the five states:

 

CHHATTISGARH

Elections will be held in two phases. Phase one includes the left-wing extremism-affected areas with 18 seats and phase two includes 72 seats.

Phase 1

Last date of filing nomination – October 23

Date of scrutiny – October 24

Last date for withdrawal of candidature – October 26

Date of voting – November 12

Counting date – December 11

Phase 2

Last date of filing nomination – November 2

Date of scrutiny – November 3

Last date for withdrawal of candidature – November 5

Date of voting – November 20

Counting date – December 11

 

MADHYA PRADESH and MIZORAM

Election schedule in Madhya Pradesh (230 seats) and Mizoram (40 seats) will be the same. Elections will be held in a single phase in both states.

Last date of filing nomination – November 9

Date of scrutiny – November 12

Last date for withdrawal of candidature – November 14

Date of voting – November 28

Counting date – December 11

 

TELANGANA and RAJASTHAN

Telangana and Rajasthan will go to polls together. Elections will be held in a single phase in both states.

Last date of filing nomination – November 19

Date of scrutiny – November 20

Last date for withdrawal of candidature – November 22

Date of voting – December 7

Counting date – December 11

UN designates JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist, China Removes Objections

                           

In a notable diplomatic victory for India, Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based terrorist organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), is likely to be listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations (UN). Indian efforts to get the JeM chief sanctioned had been frustrated for long by China. The last instance of a Chinese technical hold came on March 13 — barely a month after the dastardly terrorist attack in Pulwama claimed by JeM. The UN had named JeM in a statement condemning the Pulwama attack. But that did not make China budge on Azhar’s listing.

To be sure, the UN listing, if it happens, is a symbolic move. Even if Azhar hadn’t been listed, JeM was. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its chief, Hafiz Saeed, are also listed under the UN 1267 resolution. These listings have done little to stop the terrorist groups from operating freely in Pakistan and mounting attacks on Indian soil. The grey-listing of Pakistan by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental body that targets money laundering and terrorist financing, has been a little more effective in forcing Islamabad to take some action, albeit cosmetic, against the terrorist groups.

Pakistan’s defiance is a real problem. But India’s options are limited. First, it can undertake military actions against terrorist groups operating on Pakistani soil. The 2016 surgical strikes and the Balakot airstrikes in February this year show that New Delhi is increasingly preferring this route. By taking to military options, it hopes to increase Pakistan’s costs of using sub-conventional assets against India. But with Pakistan’s nuclear status, there is an upper limit to what India can achieve. Second, it can put diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to stop anti-India terrorist activities on its soil. The sanctions under the UN and FATF are part of this approach. However, as China’s resistance to Azhar’s listing shows, this is not an easy route either. Moreover, there is no guarantee of a result — a genuine crackdown on Azhar and JeM in Pakistan remains elusive. Three, India can try to get a global buy-in for a comprehensive convention against terrorism. The idea of a convention does hold some promise. Just like an agreement on nuclear non-proliferation, that is NPT, changed the perception of a nuclear weapons test from a prestigious activity to one inviting international condemnation, such a convention against terrorism can increase the reputational cost for countries supporting terrorism. India will need to pursue all options simultaneously.

 

 

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Make In India : About 200 US companies seeking to move manufacturing base from China to India: USISPF

The US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum’s (USISPF) President Mukesh Aghi said that the companies are talking to them about how to set up an alternative to China by investing in India.

About 200 American companies are seeking to move their manufacturing base from China to India post the general elections, a top US-based advocacy group has said, observing that there is a fantastic opportunity with firms looking at alternatives to the Communist giant.

The US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum’s (USISPF) President Mukesh Aghi said that the companies are talking to them about how to set up an alternative to China by investing in India.

Aghi said that USISPF’s recommendation to the new government would be to accelerate the reforms and bring transparency in the decision-making process.

“I think that’s critical. We would advise to bring more transparency in the process and to make it more consultative because in the last 12 to 18 months, we are seeing US companies look at some of the decisions being made, either e-commerce or data localisation, as more domestic-oriented than global,” he told PTI in an interview.

In his reply to what the agenda of the new Indian government should be to attract investment, Aghi suggested that New Delhi needs to accelerate reforms, be more transparent in the process and engage more.

“We need to understand how we can attract those companies. And that means all the way from land issues to customs issues to being part of the global supply chain. Those are critical issues. There’s a whole plethora of reforms that need to go further down, and I think that is also going to create a lot of jobs,” he said.

He said that Mark Linscott, the former Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs, is working with USISPF member companies to come up with a recommendation as to what India needs to do to enhance its exports and work up from that perspective.

“One recommendation, which I strongly believe is going to help India is that we should now start thinking of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the US,” Aghi said.

“I think if India is concerned about cheap goods coming from China, an FTA will eliminate that need. You can put barriers to Chinese goods and still have the US providing access to the Indian market and Indian companies having more access to the US market, and issues like GSP would diminish,” he said.

Aghi said that they have formed a high-level manufacturing council within the member companies, led by John Kern, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Cisco who are putting a document together detailing what India needs to do to turn it into a manufacturing hub.

“We plan to have the document ready by the time elections are over as part of recommendation,” he said.

“What they’re saying is we want a backup strategy to start manufacturing in India. There are small-small issues, which can slow them down. And at the moment most of them are waiting for elections to be over. But there’s a large deluge of companies keen to not only manufacture in India but also who want to go after the domestic market,” he said.

On the amount of investment these companies would bring to India, he said the number in question is substantial.

“If you look at, our member companies in the last four years have invested over USD 50 billion,” he added.

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“INDIA will vote for opportunities and not opportunism. INDIA will vote for development and not dynasty. INDIA will vote for those who put India First, not those who put Family First.” – PM Modi

                           

In an exclusive interview to TOI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Rajesh Kalra, Diwakar and Rajeev Deshpande on a wide range of issues — from jobs, demonetisation and farmers, to the gathbandhan in UP, ‘hyper-nationalism’ and Rafale. Excerpts:
TOI: How do you rate BJP’s election prospects? Unlike in 2014, you are the incumbent in this election, not the challenger.
PM: I’m confident that we will be blessed by the people yet again with a massive mandate, with more seats than before. A stronger government than before. In all the states that I’ve visited, I’m seeing unprecedented support. The first phase of polling and the people’s response have reinforced my confidence. 2014 was an election which the Bharatiya Janata Party fought, along with its allies in the NDA. 2019 is an election which is being fought by the Bharatiya Janta.
You said I am not a challenger this time. That is not true. I am a challenger who is fighting against those things that harm India. Corruption weakens our country from within, I am challenging it. Dynasty politics weakens our democracy, I am challenging it. Terror threatens our nation’s very existence, I am challenging it. ‘ Chalta Hai’ attitude held our nation’s progress hostage for a long time, I am challenging it. Forces of negativity try to obstruct an aspirational India from rising, I am challenging them.
The people of India too are challengers. Along with us, they too, are fighting parties like Congress that want to take India back to the era of corruption and loot. There is such a mood against the Congress that, by their own admission, they are fighting on the lowest number of seats in a Lok Sabha election ever! People can see very well that Congress has no neta, no niyat, and no numbers either.

 

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Anyone who sees Congress’s campaign or manifesto can easily understand that they’re not fighting the election to win. They have no vision for the country. What they are doing is akin to adding drops of lime in milk and the outcome is always disastrous.
Less said about the Congress’s equally opportunistic ‘allies’, the better. At press conferences they are all together, but in the polls, they are not. The people can see through all these parties.
2014 was a mandate for hope and aspiration, 2019 is about confidence and acceleration. 2014 was about some immediate needs the country had, 2019 is about what India wants! We have empowered aspirations and facilitated the innate appetite for upward mobility that is in our people. We took obstacles out of the people’s path and instead, enabled them. Now, the people themselves are powering us into a greater upward growth trajectory.

                           

 

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I still consider myself a challenger: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In 2014, UP formed the cornerstone of your election victory and of BJP getting a majority. Do you think BJP’s numbers will be affected by the BSP-SP alliance?

Take a look at the analyses of the past few elections. Same questions, same political pundits, same air-conditioned offices and studios and yet when it comes to ground reality…often off the mark.
In 2007, when I was fighting elections in Gujarat, people analysed results of some 40-50 municipal elections. Anyone who came from Delhi would say that you did not do well in the municipal elections and you are losing. I would explain that in Gujarat, elections to municipalities traditionally saw independents contesting. Congress never contested on its symbol. We were the exception who contested on our symbol. This did not mean that where we did not have a candidate on our symbol, we did not have an independent. I am commenting on your information and assumptions.
The same questions were asked during the UP elections (in 2017). The same headlines were written, when these two boys (Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi) wearing black jackets got together…. This is what I would read in newspapers, Congress and SP alliance will overwhelm BJP. What was the result? I don’t think that people of UP will forget all that happened in the past and change their opinion in two years.
I think any such analysis must take into account the intelligence of the people. People’s ability to understand the arithmetic and the logic behind the coming together of the Mahamilawat (great contamination) parties should never be underestimated. People know exactly why they are coming together, no matter how much these parties themselves try to mislead.
There was a time when many different parties did come together to fight an election. This was the Emergency era when survival of our democracy was first priority. So, when many parties united, there was a clear issue that brought them together in national interest and people blessed them.
What is the uniting factor for the Mahamilawat now? Personal survival and personal interest. People are aware of this and will reject such opportunism.
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UP is witnessing the double-engine growth phenomenon. Both the Centre and state governments have worked in tandem to transform lives. From investment to law and order to our work on Ganga, people have witnessed how a transformation is occurring in UP. The central government’s schemes have empowered people, be it through crores of gas connections, bank accounts through Jan Dhan, electrification, Ayushman Bharat or affordable homes.
Compared to this, what does the SPBSP Mahamilawat have to show? Have they at least outlined a forward-looking vision? No. Instead of vision they are busy with division. SP has repeatedly accused BSP of loot and corruption. BSP has repeatedly accused SP of goondaism and bad governance. I say that both are right about each other. Between them, when there’s so much history how can there be any chemistry?
UP will vote for vision and not division. UP will vote for opportunities and not opportunism. UP will vote for development and not dynasty. UP will vote for those who put India First, not those who put Family First.
What is the core narrative of your campaign? While you have often spoken of development, national security has emerged as a strong theme. But critics and opposition say BJP is resorting to ‘hyper-nationalism’ instead of focusing on ‘real’ issues.

Our vision, mission and agenda is clear: Development for All. You can check any speech of mine. A large portion of it is dedicated to issues of development. However, it never makes headlines.
Talking about real issues, can we consider decades of terrorism and deaths of our soldiers as not being a ‘real issue’? Those who did absolutely nothing on the critical issue of national security are now having problems when India’s national security doctrine has seen a strategic shift.
Politicisation of the army happened when they created a fake news of revolt by the army to gain sympathy. It happened when credit for victory in the 1971 war was given to Indira ji. I am surprised why our neutral media was silent then!
It was deshbhakti which inspired Gandhi ji’s freedom struggle. It is deshbhakti which is powering the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It is deshbhakti which is powering the movement to ensure smoke-free lives to women. It is deshbhakti which is powering the movement to give houses to all the poor in India. It is deshbhakti which is powering the movement to provide electricity to all homes.
Deshbhakti is not a disease. Just as hyper-secularism was invented to strike at the root of India’s culture and ethos, similarly the terminology of hyper nationalism has been invented to portraydeshbhakti in poor light.

 

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Are the elections also a choice between ideologies, a vision of what the country should be?

Congress kept saying that it is a fight about ideology. But they never came (out) with any ideology. They left the maidan open for us. The people want a strong nation. They want a country that is developing at a fast pace. BJP’s track record of five years is only and only about development.
Do you feel any pressure?

I feel a sense of responsibility.
Political pundits say this election is a “referendum on Modi”. We cannot remember an election when one person has dominated the discussion as much as you have. Both your party and the opposition have made you the central figure in their campaigns — for, and against.

If someone is at the centre of these elections, it is 130 crore people of India. This election is not about one individual, but about hopes, expectations and aspirations of 130 crore individuals. People of India have seen obstacles of past 55 years and they have seen optimism of our 55 months. They have seen 55 years of Family First and 55 months of India First.
In all previous elections, governments under the burden of their failures and unfulfilled promises, were afraid to ask for votes in the name of their leader. As a result, they would change the track to divert elections with some other issues. Friends in the media know that in 2014, the UPA even asked then-PM Manmohan Singh to desist from campaigning.
It is to BJP’s credit, that it has gone to the people in the name of Modi government’s track record in the last 5 years. It is to BJP’s credit that unlike the previous government, the party is not afraid to ask for votes in the name of its leader. You should be happy that there is a party which is fighting on the basis of its work. The opposition has no guts to contest us on issues. People have seen the difference of our India First government and have got various benefits. That is why, on advice of their foreign strategists, Congress is just resorting to lies and slander. But because their sole focus is on attacking me, Modi has become a big issue. So, in a way, credit (for that) goes to the opposition.

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India’s ranking on Ease of Doing Business has risen dramatically, from 142 in 2014 to 77 now. And landmark reforms such as Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and GST have improved tax compliance. But red tape and regulatory bottlenecks still persist, and this leaves room for corruption. How do you plan to make the system truly corruption-free and citizen-friendly?

I am very surprised to see The Times of India acknowledge an achievement of our government in at least one half of the question. It would have been good if you had written now and then about our reforms and achievements, their impact, and informed people about it. Anyway, better late than never. I am thankful to you for recognising our work.
Our motto, as I have said earlier, is to remove red tape and replace it with red carpet. The dramatic rise in Ease of Doing Business rankings is evidence of our vision being translated to action. Reforms such as online application and processing, single-window clearances that remove the need to visit government offices often, speeding up of approvals, reduction of turnaround time across various domains. Even the number of procedures and documents needed to get the work done has been reduced remarkably.
When government exists to empower people rather than to put obstacles in their path, progress is possible. We have striven to give a corruption-free and citizen-centric government.
There are many measures taken to speed up work. For example, the decentralisation of decision making in railways. This puts greater power in managers to take decisions. Earlier, they had to await the approvals of GMs or the Railway Board.
We have institutionalised honesty and transparency across the system. Direct benefit transfers have taken middlemen and leakages out of the equation and put benefits directly in the hands of the people. Over Rs 1 lakh crore of the nation’s money has been saved from falling into the wrong hands. Government e-marketplace has ensured a level playing field for all kinds of traders in servicing the government’s requirements. Procurement within the government is now transparent, it benefits MSMEs and saves money. The previous financial year saw a four-fold increase in total value of transactions on the portal and doubling of number of sellers in the marketplace.
Abolition of interviews for certain government jobs has ensured that avenues for corruption and nepotism are cut down while merit is respected.
Allocation of coal and spectrum both witnessed massive scams under the previous government. We auctioned those in a transparent manner and ensured immense gains for the nation.
Getting passports, which used to take months earlier, is done within a couple of days. IT refunds arrive within days. Self-attestation is the norm now.
As the true impact of many of our reforms begins to show, a virtuous cycle is kicking in helping growth and, in turn, enabling more reform.
In fact, you are speaking of ease of doing business while we have already moved onto ensuring ease of living for the people.

 

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Changing work culture in government has been a huge challenge for a very long time. Do you think you have been able to make a significant difference? What more needs to be done?

Not only change in work culture, but also destroying Congress culture was a key challenge. Learning new things is easy but unlearning (old habits) is a tough thing. Here people had to unlearn practices that Congress left behind and unlearning practices of 70 years was a tough thing. But I can say with confidence that we have succeeded in removing Congress culture from our system. When I talk about Congress culture I refer to policy paralysis, corruption, nepotism, presence of middlemen, departments working in silos, projects being delayed, etc.
In the last five years the nation has seen how an efficient and non-corrupt government works. Take, for instance, the Pragati Session. Through technology we addressed many delayed projects. Except red-tapism, nothing else was keeping them grounded. We changed that.
The A-Sat test… our scientists had the skill and capability to test but UPA, for reasons best known to them, never gave the permission.
For MSME sector, loans up to a crore are now given in 59 minutes to the common man. Congress culture was telephone banking where their friends only got loans. Environmental clearances were cash clearance tools for Congress. They took 600 days and even then things were not proper. The period for environmental clearance have now come down to 150-180 days.
These are just some examples. Lot of change has come and after May 23, when the NDA Government once again takes office, we will bring about more citizen-friendly measures.
Some initiatives like Make In India do not seem to have yielded the desired results. Do you think a change of approach is required? Or do they just need more time and attention?

I do not agree with your assumption that Make In India has not yielded desired results, when in fact, India has crossed several milestones to become a major manufacturing hub of the world.
Do you remember the number of mobile manufacturing units in the country in 2014? You would be shocked to know that India only had only 2 mobile manufacturing units till 2014. Do you know how many mobile and parts manufacturing units are there today?
The number stands at 268. Not only that, India is now known to have the world’s biggest mobile manufacturing unit! This mobile manufacturing revolution happened in just five years. Is this not a success story of Make In India?
Earlier this year, we witnessed the first-ever diesel-to-electric converted locomotive made in Varanasi. This is something that the whole world recognised with awe. Coaches for some of the world’s metro projects are being made in India. India’s first semi-high-speed train, ‘Vande Bharat Express’, is a result of Make In India.
India’s defence manufacturing sector has got a new lease of life with greater impetus on Make In India. Our armed forces, who were made to wait for years for bullet-proof jackets, finally procured the jackets. It was not from a foreign manufacturer, but from our own facility. Of the total contracts signed, more than half have been signed with Indian manufacturers for procurement of defence equipment for the armed forces. It includes helicopters, radar, ballistic helmets, artillery guns, ammunition. The assault rifles that the world uses will now be made in a factory set up in Amethi. Now, the Naamdar can actually read ‘Made in Amethi’ on AK-47s. Do you think it was possible if Make In India was not working?
Japanese companies, famous for their engineering capabilities, are now making cars in India and then exporting to their own country.
When we came to office in 2014, India was attracting around $35 billion FDI. That number has almost doubled in the last five years. The world is lining up to invest in us, in our people, in our businesses. Because India today means opportunity. It means security for the world to park their investments. This is the kind of confidence our Make In India vision has achieved in just five years.

 

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There is a view that demonetisation and GST have hurt employment and investor confidence. (a) Do you think the implementation of GST could have been better to avoid some of the hardship and confusion people encountered? (b) What are the big measures the government can take to promote jobs and investment?

This same narrative was being used during Vajpayee ji’s time when Indian economy was doing well. Demonetisation and GST were big structural resets in the economy. When changes of this magnitude occur, a temporary blip in growth is natural. Do you know that after the 1991 reforms, when Manmohan Singh was the finance minister, GDP growth rate came down to around 2%?
Look at the evolution of GST. We continuously took into account the views of people as well as various sections of society and strove to improve the processes as well as the tax structure.
Coming to the issue of jobs and investment, our target is to make India a $5 trillion economy. India is already one of the highest FDI attracting destinations, we aim to take it even higher. Our target is to bring India within the top 50 in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. We have a plan to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure in the next five years. We will create new opportunities of employment by providing support to 22 major champion sectors identified as main drivers of the Indian economy. We will also harness entrepreneurship to act as a force multiplier for job creation. We will give a boost to MSMEs and traders through special measures.

                           

A charge that has been levelled against BJP is that causes such as cow protection have led to intolerance and encouraged cow vigilantes to take the law into their own hands. It is also alleged that freedom of expression and cultural rights have been sought to be curbed. There were protests like award wapsi and, recently, a group of artistes from the world of cinema and theatre issued an appeal to oppose BJP.
My consistent stand on the matter has been that nobody should take the law into their own hands. Anybody who indulges in violence will be duly punished. As for democratic values, we belong to that ideology that firmly resisted the emergency and protected democracy. It is our firm belief that dissent, discussion and debate are an integral part of democracy.
As far as award wapsi and letters of appeal are concerned, there are various organisations driving these campaigns. Many of the organisations have their operations here but funding sources abroad. They thrived in India but were backed by foreign funding. These organisations were well connected, well networked with the previous governments and were allowed to continue their anti-national activities. This happened despite the presence of a law, FCRA, that governs such organisations. But there was very little scrutiny and this law was not implemented in letter and spirit. When we came in, we implemented this law meticulously and asked these organisations to provide information about funding and accounts of foreign money. When accounts were sought, 20,000 such foreign-funded organisations stopped their activities. Now, these organisations and Congress are working in tandem, trying to misguide people to spread falsehoods against us and our government.

 

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You have strongly raised issues like NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill, saying these are important for national good. The opposition alleges these are aimed against Muslims. Is this a clash of world views? BJP and Congress manifestos also suggest fundamental ideological differences. Do you feel that differences between BJP and its critics/opposition are irreconcilable? Is there a way to bridge the gap?

It seems that some people are covering their vision with tinted glasses. It colours everything they see around. The NRC is a Supreme Court-mandated exercise which aims to protect the rights of the Indian citizens against illegal migrants. The SC had asked the previous government to implement NRC as well but they did not do it. Their government’s typical vote-bank politics came in the way of implementing it. Now, when we are implementing the NRC, it is happening under the direct supervision of the SC. If someone is trying to make unfounded allegations against the NRC process then they seem to consider themselves good enough to question the wisdom of the SC.
Even the Citizenship Amendment Bill is meant to preserve and protect persecuted minorities from neighbouring nations, for whom India is their natural home. On humanitarian grounds, it is India’s moral duty to accommodate such people who have no place to go. I want to ask those who talk of minority rights, is it not our moral duty to provide a helping hand to persecuted minorities in our neighbourhood? We are concerned about all minorities who live there… whether Christians, Parsis, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists or Hindus. The atrocities against these minorities are forcing them to flee to India. This has been the situation since 1947. They have no rights. We will have to come up with a solution.
Let me reaffirm that we are doing this with full sensitivity towards the concerns raised by my sisters and brothers of the Northeast. We will always protect their culture, tradition and values.
Fortunately, neither me nor the people of India have a coloured vision. People are clear in their minds on putting the nation first. In fact, now they are even clearer when Congress has shed its ‘mukhauta’. The difference between Congress and BJP cannot be more apparent.
We stand with the armed forces, they stand with tukde-tukde gang. We stand with Kashmiri Pandits, they stand with those who want two Constitutions and two PMs in the country. We stand to protect and preserve national integrity, they stand to protect those who are guilty of sedition. We stand to ensure quality health to women and children, while it is proven that they loot the money meant for women and children. We stand for democracy, they stand for dynasty, we stand for India First, they stand for Family First.
You took up the task of dealing with stalled projects through Pragati. How effective have these interventions been? Is there a way to institutionalise the process so that it does not require the PM to hold meetings himself?

There have been 26 Pragati sessions so far and about 230 projects to the tune of Rs 10 lakh crore have been attended to. Projects pending for 34 years have been cleared. Pragati shows when the intent is good and the vision is futuristic, the impossible can become possible – we can achieve great things together. Pragati is now a well-institutionalised system. As for me, I go there with akartavya bhaav, a sense of duty to do as much as I can for the people. Moreover, it is always good to be getting a holistic view of key policy matters from several minds.

 

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You built your reputation in Gujarat as someone who didn’t allow himself to be swayed by populism (such as free electricity). But in the last few months, do you feel you had to give in to populist pressures with schemes such as PM-Kisan and promise of pensions to various sections for electoral reasons?

Aren’t you charging the most fiscally responsible government in a long time with the tag of populism? In our five years, we have managed to keep a tight leash on fiscal deficit and been extremely responsible with the nation’s finances. This, as you know well, is in stark contrast with the previous government’s performance.
Perhaps our massive effort and investment in the social sector, health and inclusive growth made you use the term ‘populist’. It is to our credit that we are investing a lot to empower the deprived and underprivileged sections of society while also walking the fiscal tightrope.

 

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Are loan waivers a means to get rid of poverty?

Manmohan Singh ji himself has offered contrary opinion on this before. Both as an economist and as PM. In our roadmap to ensure that farmers’ incomes double by 2022, the welfare of the small and marginal farmers is extremely important. Without improving the conditions of 12 crore such farmers, how can our agriculture sector develop? They need income support to ensure some stability in their lives.
On the one hand you have Congress’s approach of promising loan waivers once in 10 years and not even fulfilling that. The outstanding farm debt in 2008-09 when Congress announced its waiver was around Rs 6 lakh crore. They did not even waive debts worth 10% of this outstanding amount, but cheated farmers. Neither did farmers’ debts end nor did their woes. They have repeatedly deceived the farmers in the name of loan waivers and have no intention of doing anything for their long-term welfare.
On the other hand, you have our government which is making an effort to transform lives of farmers with reforms at every step of the farming cycle, where PM-Kisan is just one of the measures taken.
As for pensions, they are needed to ensure those who are not in the formal setup have a financially secure future. We have targeted these pension plans at those who are often left out of the domain of financial planning. These pension schemes are contributory, with an inexpensive investment coming from the investors. We are incentivising people to invest in their own future.
Also, remember, we started these schemes with a specific roadmap in mind with the implementation apparatus ready. This is unlike those who are reacting to our popularity in a knee-jerk manner, announcing things that they are not even clear on how to implement because they don’t intend to implement them anyway.

                           

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How difficult was it to take the decision to authorise airstrikes on Balakot and, earlier on in your tenure, surgical strikes across the border after the terror attack on the Army camp at Uri?

This question is not right. It would have been rather difficult for me, if I hadn’t taken this decision. But let me tell you that these decisions are not taken in the heat of the moment. These decisions are taken after consulting experts, after deliberating on the various pros and cons. When there are no personal or political considerations, when only national interests are supreme and when only deshbhakti guides you, no decision is difficult.
How do you react to questions being raised on casualties inflicted in Balakot? Also, the charge of politicisation of armed forces, and that BJP is using Pulwama and Balakot for political gain?

We have full trust in the valour of our armed forces. As for those doubting it, people of India will give them a fitting answer. Who are the people claiming politicisation of the armed forces? These are the same people who took credit for victory in the 1971 war. These are the same people who took credit for the launch of Aryabhatta satellite. These are the same people who made up a fake scam of ‘army coffins’ during Vajpayee ji’s government. Was all this not politicisation?
Imagine for a moment, had Wing Commander Abhinandan not returned, what would Congress and its colleagues have done to Modi? They were already preparing for a candlelight march. Even so-called neutral people of this country, who stayed silent after 26/11, would not have spared Modi if no action was taken after Uri & Pulawama.
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Imran Khan has reportedly said it would be easier to negotiate a settlement with a BJP government as you have the leeway to take bold decisions which others lack.

We should not forget that Imran Khan was a cricketer and his recent statement was an attempt at reverse swing to influence Indian elections. However, Indians know how to hit a helicopter shot on a reverse swinging delivery. We should also remember how he used Modi’s name during Pakistan elections. His slogan was: ‘Modi ka jo yaar hai, who gaddar hai, woh gaddar hai’.
What is the way ahead for GST? Have concerns of traders, especially the smaller ones, been adequately addressed?

For a nation of 130 crore people and so many states to completely transform its economy so smoothly is a great achievement. To move from multitudes of different central and state taxes to just one tax is not simple but we have done it successfully. GST has been evolving towards lower taxes. Already, 99% of items for the common people are now taxed on an average at half the pre-GST tax rate. Tax rates came down on over 80 household goods and many daily-use items attract no tax at all. Burden of taxes will keep reducing with GST. This is because GST has brought in ease of compliance for all, given that it is an online platform-based system with greater transparency. This has boosted ease of doing business. Throughout the GST implementation process, we have been very sensitive to concerns of the business community, especially small traders. We have heard them out, incorporated their suggestions, ensured their concerns are addressed. Exemptions from GST for small businesses have been doubled from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. Small businesses with a turnover up to Rs 1.5 crore have a composition scheme where they pay a flat rate and file only one annual return.
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Farmers in several parts of the country appear to be unhappy because of unremunerative returns on their investment. How do you propose to strike a balance between their interests and those of consumers, who are reaping the benefits of low food inflation which, in turn, results in poor income growth for farmers?

Farmers’ welfare is a key priority for us and we have been working on it from day one. We have a stated aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. We haven’t spoken in vague terms but have been specific so as to assure and ensure accountability. Be it sowing or selling insurance or irrigation, reforms have been seen across the agriculture sector. We are augmenting our farmers’ sources of income and reducing the risks they face. Focusing at both ends of the agricultural cycle, we worked to decrease the input costs while ensuring proper prices for the produce.
There are middlemen between farmers and consumers. If you think of that, you will understand the problem. That’s why we are giving the farmer an assured income.
To ensure that farmers’ income growth does not suffer, we declared MSP hikes that fixed the MSP at a minimum of 1.5 times the cost. Now, it is not enough to announce MSP hikes. We have to buy more from the farmers at MSP to ensure the hike actually benefits them. This is where you see the stark difference between the earlier government and ours. Let me give you just one example. During the five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14, under UPA, only around 7 lakh MT of pulses and oilseeds worth Rs 3,117 crore were procured at MSP. During 2014-15 to 2018-19, under NDA, 94 lakh MT of pulses and oilseeds worth Rs 44,142 crore were procured at MSP by the government. This is more than a ten-fold increase. So, we not only announced MSP hikes but also ensured greater procurement at MSP so that farmers got higher price for their produce while we still maintained a low inflation.
As opposed to those whose promises remained confined to expired manifestos even when they had 10 years to do it, we brought in direct income support within a month of announcing it. This will benefit 12 crore small and marginal farmers, put money into their hands and also boost rural consumption.
Remember, we don’t just announce schemes, we implement them too. Crores of farmers have already received the first instalment directly in their bank accounts. Contrast this with the situation in Congress-ruled states where waivers were promised, but instead of waivers, farmers are receiving arrest warrants!
In our manifesto, we have declared that we will extend PM-Kisan to all farmers. These are all ways to augment farmer incomes. For agriculture and rural development, we have promised to spend Rs 25 lakh crore in the next five years.

                           

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On a scale of 10, how would you rate your government’s performance?

I would not like to rate myself, but I think a few weeks back The Times of India had done a big poll, where around 83% people found our work good or very good.
BJP has changed about one-third of its sitting MPs for various reasons, including performance. Are you happy with the performance of all your ministers, or will you change some of them? With the BJP president contesting LS elections, is this a signal that he’ll be brought into government?

Tickets are decided by a collective team of the Central Election Committee and the Parliamentary Board. As for who becomes what, these decisions are taken by the party and we will do so at the right time. Also, for people who have not got tickets, this does not mean their contribution is small or not valued.
You have said that the Gandhis will never come back to power. But it is also said that in politics, you can never write off a politician. What do you think is the key difference between now and 2004 when the NDA was widely expected to return to power but didn’t?

I am not someone who lives in the past. Today, there is a unanimous view that in 2004 elections, a party, alliance or candidate did not lose, it was India that lost. During the tenure of Atal ji’s government, the nation got a new spirit of hope. It was believed that India’s development aspirations will be met and that we were ready for the 21st century. All that changed in May 2004. Congress and UPA took us backward. There was an era of stagnation and corruption. This time, there is lot of enthusiasm and a positive vote for NDA.

                           

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Your tenure has been free of scams. But the opposition has attacked you for the escape of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi. The controversy over Rafale persists. The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the challenge to their verdict giving the government a clean chit in the deal.

There is no controversy over Rafale. They went to the Supreme Court and look what happened. They went to the CAG and look what happened. But for a section of media, admission of a few documents is a ‘Blow to Modi’. The same section of media does not create a controversy over Supreme Court’s notice for distorting its verdict. The same section of media does not give ‘Blow to XYZ’ headlines on the ‘Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala’. The same section of media does not give ‘Blow to XYZ’ headlines on the revelations in Agusta Westland. The same section of media does not give ‘Blow to XYZ’ headlines on the court’s verdict on National Herald.
As for absconders, do not forget that it is also our government that got Christian Michel, Rajiv Saxena and Deepak Talwar back. I would like to again state that anyone who has looted the nation will not be spared.
What has given you the greatest joy and satisfaction in the last five years?

This is a responsibility, not a game of joy… It is the misfortune of the nation that previously many people could not use such a big post for the common man. Some of the work that I’ve had to do should have been done long ago. In 2014, there was total despair. Today, the country is filled with aspiration. To create such a sentiment among 130 crore citizens in such a short time is a matter of happiness for me.
You’ve spoken of an aspirational society. How do you address these expectations?

I am addressing (expectations) continuously for the past five years. Had I done nothing for five years, who would have any expectations from me? No one would. People have seen the previous 10 years.
Is there anything you’d like to do differently in the next five years, if re-elected, from what you did in these five years? 
It would be good if I speak on this after May 23.

 

 

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LokSabha Elections 2019 Live

                           

 

The fourth phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha election will take place across 72 parliamentary constituencies in nine states on Monday, 29 April.

Voting will take place in some seats of Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The electorate in Odisha will also vote in the Legislative Assembly election in the Assembly constituencies that fall under the respective parliamentary constituencies set to vote in Phase 4.

The votes will be counted on 23 May.

State-wise list of constituencies voting in Phase 4 on 29 April:

States Constituencies
Bihar (5 seats) Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai, Munger
Jammu and Kashmir (1 seat) Anantnag (in all polling stations falling in Kulgam district)
Jharkhand (3 seats) Chatra, Lohardaga, Palamu
Madhya Pradesh (6 seats)  Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat, Chhindwara
Maharashtra (17 seats) Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Maval, Shirur, Shirdi
Odisha (6 seats) Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur
Rajasthan (13 seats) Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota, Jhalawar-Baran
Uttar Pradesh (13 seats) Shahjahanpur, Kheri, Hardoi, Misrikh, Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Kannauj, Kanpur, Akbarpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur
West Bengal (8 seats) Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur, Birbhum

 

 

 

 

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