Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE, Date and Time: EC will begin counting votes for 542 constituencies tomorrow at 8 am

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  • May 23, 10:30 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Milind Deora trailing in Mumbai South constituency.

  • May 23, 10:30 AM (IST)

    Election Commission: As per current trends available for 527 constituencies, BJP is leading in 282 while INC is leading in 51, DMK in 22, AITC in 22, YSRC in 24 and Shivsena in 19 constituencies.

  • May 23, 10:29 AM (IST)

    COMMENT: Mohammed Apabhai of Citi told CNBC-TV18 that India will get FII inflow after election verdit.

    Outperformance of India among emerging markets is quite significant, he said. “I think lot of money forced into India even though is economy is not very strong.”

    According to him, once elections and RBI policy get over, there could be some breather in Indian equity market.

  • May 23, 10:28 AM (IST)

    COMMENT: As the counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections is taking place, the market would want confirmation of exit polls, Arvind Sanger of Geosphere Capital Management told CNBC-TV18.

    On May 19, exit polls predicted the NDA may get around 250-300 seats in general elections, which means the ruling party may retain their power for another five-year term.

    “BJP majority would be very positive for the market sentiment. Less than 250 seats for BJP might lead to a correction whereas more than 300 seats for BJP would result in a rally,” Sanger said.

  • May 23, 10:26 AM (IST)

    COMMENT: “I think this certainly should put the risk out of the way for India. We could see some more FII inflow,” Mark Matthews of Bank Julius Baer & Co told CNBC-TV18.

    Most people were confident of BJP coming in power, he said.

    Overall global investors are cautious on equities due to US-China trade war tensions. If dollar consolidates here, then will be very positive for emerging markets, he said.

    He feels PSU banks are good place to bet as NPA looks coming down. “Government will try to help economy, which is good for banks,” he said.

  • May 23, 10:24 AM (IST)

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  • May 23, 10:23 AM (IST)

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    As per current trends available for 511 constituencies, BJP is leading in 277 while INC is leading in 52, DMK in 21, AITC in 21, YSRC in 21 and Shivsena in 18. #ElectionResults2019

  • May 23, 10:13 AM (IST)

    Election Results 2019: Congress-UDF leading in all 20 seats in Kerala

    Opposition Congress-led UDF is ahead in all the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, as per the initial trends released by the Election Commission.

    In the prestigious Wayanad constituency, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is ahead by 34,989 votes against his nearest rival P P Suneer of the CPI.

    NDA candidate Thushar Vellapally is trailing far behind. Former Union minister and sitting Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor s ahead of his rival Kummanam Rajashekaran of the BJP by 2,452 votes.

    In Ernakulam constituency, Hibi Eden of the Congress is leading by 17,748 votes against P Rajeev of the CPI(M).

    Union Minister Alphons Kannamthanam, the BJP candidate, has so far garnered 13,443 votes. Senior Congress leader Kodikunnil Suresh is leading in Mavelikkara by 1,719 votes against his nearest rival Chittayam Gopakumar (CPI-LDF).

  • May 23, 10:11 AM (IST)

     

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    Election Results 2019: BJP leading in all four seats of Himachal Pradesh

    The ruling BJP is leading on all four Lok Sabha seats of Himachal Pradesh, a state election officer said. In Mandi, sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop is leading by 46,000 votes against his nearest rival Aashray Sharma of Congress.

    BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor is leading by 41,000 votes over his nearest rival Pawan Kajal of Congress in Kangra seat, the officer said.

    In Hamirpur, sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur is leading by over 51,000 votes over his nearest rival Ram Lal Thakur of Congress.

    BJP candidate Suresh Kashyap is leading by 44,000 votes over his nearest rival Dhani Ram Shandil of the Congress in Shimla seat.

  • May 23, 10:09 AM (IST)

    BREAKING NEWS: BJP leading on all 7 seats in Delhi, leads show.

  • May 23, 10:08 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Sadhvi Pragya leading by 23,000 votes in Bhopal. Amit Shah leading by 1,30,000 votes in Gandhinagar.

  • May 23, 10:03 AM (IST)

    Election Results 2019: BJP ahead in Haryana, Congress’ Bhupinder Hooda trails in Sonipat

    Barring Rohtak, the BJP was ahead in all remaining nine seats in Haryana where early Election Commission trends were available Thursday. Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurgaon) and Krishan Pal Gurjar (Faridabad) were ahead in their respective constituencies.

    Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress was trailing in Sonipat. Hooda was trailing behind sitting MP Ramesh Chander Kaushik by a margin of 1,115 votes, as per early trends given by the Election Commission.

    However, the former CM’s son and sitting MP from Rohtak, Deepender Singh Hooda was leading over his nearest BJP rival Arvind Sharma from Rohtak.

                             

    Of the 10 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP, which is the ruling party in the state, was leading in nine seats.

  • May 23, 09:59 AM (IST)

    Election Results 2019: DMK front surges ahead in Tamil Nadu, minister Pon Radhakrishnan trails

    The DMK and its allies were leading in over 10 Parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan was trailing in Kanyakumari, according to trends available from the Election Commission.

    While DMK surged ahead in Tirunelveli, its ally MDMK and Congress were leading in Erode and Virudhunagar respectively, according to the Election Commission.

    Former Union Minister and senior DMK leader A Raja was leading in the Nilgiris, and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi was ahead in Tuticorin, while their colleagues had the edge in Arakkonam, Cuddalore, Salem, Tenkasi and Perambalur. Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan is trailing Congress candidate H Vasanthakumar in Kanyakumari by a slender margin of a little over 7,757 votes.

  • May 23, 09:57 AM (IST)

    Lok Sabha election results 2019: Early trends spell bad news for Congress

    Early trends from the 2019 Lok Sabha election results on May 23 painted a grim picture for the Indian National Congress. Congress was leading in about 58 Lok Sabha constituencies out of the 490-odd seats from where the leads were coming in.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was leading in over 310 constituencies, far above the ‘magic number’ 272. BJP itself was leading in over 272 seats.

    As of 9.35 am, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was trailing from his home turf Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. However, he was leading from his second seat — Wayanad, Kerala. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Sonia Gandhi was leading from Rae Bareli by a small margin.

    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was earlier reported to be trailing, while the BJP candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan was reported to be leading from Thiruvanathapuram. Tharoor, however, caught up and is now leading from the constituency.

     

  • May 23, 09:55 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Jayant Sinha leading in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand.

  • May 23, 09:54 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Shiv Sena leader Adhalrao Patil trailing from Maharashtra’s Shirur.

  • May 23, 09:53 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | HD Deve Gowda is trailing in Tumkur.

  • May 23, 09:52 AM (IST)

     

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    Election Results Trends | PM Narendra Modi leading by over 20,000 votes from UP’s Varanasi, BJP President Amit Shah leading by over 50,000 votes from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar.

  • May 23, 09:51 AM (IST)

    Counting update (Official trends)

    Baramati
    NCP’s Supriya Sule : 32164
    BJP’s Kanchan Kul : 33424

    Pune
    BJP’s Girish Bapat : 7633
    Congress’s Mohan Joshi : 1627

    Shirur
    NCP’s Amol Kolhe : 40771
    Shivsena’s Adhalrao Patil : 22676

    Maval
    NCP’s Parth Pawar : 74370
    Shivsena’s Shrirang Barne : 97388

  • May 23, 09:50 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Sheila Dikshit trailing from North East Delhi.

  • May 23, 09:50 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Ashok Chavan trailing in Nanded, Maharashtra.

  • May 23, 09:44 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | BJP leading in 9 out of 10 seats in Haryana. Congress’ Deepinder Singh Hooda leading from Rohtak constituency.

  • May 23, 09:44 AM (IST)

                            

    Election Results Trends | First-time BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya is leading in Bangalore South constituency against Congress veteran BK Hariprasad.

  • May 23, 09:42 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Locket Chatterjee leading from Hooghly in West Bengal.

  • May 23, 09:40 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat leading from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar.

  • May 23, 09:40 AM (IST)
  • Election Results Trends | TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee gains lead from Diamond Harbour.

  • May 23, 09:39 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | BJP candidate and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi trailing from Sultanpur, Varun Gandhi leading from Pilibhit.

  • May 23, 09:37 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Union Minister and BJP candidate Kiren Rijiju leading in Arunachal West.

  • May 23, 09:35 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | Jaya Prada now leading against Azam Khan in Rampur.

  • May 23, 09:34 AM (IST)

    Election Results Trends | SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal leading from Firozpur.

The Election Commission of India will start counting votes for 17th Lok Sabha elections on 23 May, 2019 (Thursday) at 8 am. With VVPAT counting to be introduced in this Lok Sabha election, the results on 23 May are likely to get delayed by five to six hours, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh has said.

 

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He said after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is over, the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) will be counted as per the Supreme Court guidelines. Speaking about the Assembly constituencies of Delhi, Singh said, “From every Assembly constituency, five (VVPATs) will be randomly selected and they will be counted. There is a special VVPAT booth in every counting hall. It will take place in five rounds.”

 Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Date and Time: EC will begin counting votes for 542 constituencies tomorrow at 8 am; check www.eci.gov.in for LATEST updates

 

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Delhi has 70 assembly constituencies and in all 350 VVPATs will be counted.

“Every assembly segment had 200 polling stations and five polling stations will be selected randomly. This will delay the formal results. But trends will be out early. Formal declaration of results will be delayed by five to six hours,” Singh told PTI.

He also briefed Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev about the expected delay in results, officials said.

Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik was present during the briefing and he apprised them about the security arrangements that will be made in accordance with the Election Commission guidelines. Delhi has seven parliamentary constituencies and there is one counting centre in each of them. The counting centres will have one counting hall for each of the 10 assembly segments, officials said.

In each counting hall, a maximum of 14 tables can be put and machines that would come in the first round, their results will be compiled and uploaded on the ‘Suvidha’ app of the Election Commission. The counting will commence at 8 am with postal ballots. Officials will have to ensure that the postal ballot counting is over with at least two rounds of EVM counting yet to be done.

After the EVM counting is over, the VVPAT counting will commence.

The Supreme Court has made it clear that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs will take place in five polling booths per assembly segment. Accordingly, the exercise will be held in 20,600 of the 10.35 lakh polling stations across the country.

Nearly 39.6 lakh EVMs and 17.4 lakh voter-verifiable paper trail machines (VVPAT) are being used in these polling stations. These include reserves.

 

 

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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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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.
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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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“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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#MakeInIndia #IndiaBoleModiDobara Apple to shift mass production of iPhones from China to India: Report

                           

Apple has been producing older models of iPhones in Bengaluru for many years, but it will now expand its manufacturing to the newest models.

Apple’s iPhones will be mass produced in India by Foxconn Technology from this year onwards, marking a shift of the company’s production from China, Bloomberg reported. Terry Gou, the group Chairman of the Taiwanese manufacturing company, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to India.

Apple has been producing older models of iPhones in Bengaluru for many years, but it will now expand its manufacturing to the newest models. It was reported earlier this month that Foxconn will start trials of producing iPhone X and iPhone 7 in India before launching a full-scale assembly in its factory in Chennai.

“In the future, we will play a very important role in India’s smartphone industry,” Gou said at an event in Taiwan. “We have moved our production lines there.”

India’s smartphone market is the fastest-growing in the world, leaving behind a stagnated China. Due to Chinese competitors like Xiaomi offering advanced features at lower prices, Apple is losing its market share in the country. It hopes to ramp up its sales in India by manufacturing locally which would let it dodge the 20 percent import duties.

 

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It is unclear how Apple’s foray into manufacturing in India will affect its relationship with China, which has been its production hub for years with Foxconn and other partner companies.

There are two assembly sites of Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where it also manufactures Xiaomi and Nokia devices. As the US and China engage in a trade battle, it might be helpful for Apple and Foxconn to find a third market to focus on.

Sources told the wire agency that Foxconn’s Indian assembly line, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, would serve local and export markets before Apple’s new iPhone models in September. Foxconn’s initial investment will be about $300 million to set up, with lined-up investments depending on capacity expansion.

 

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