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.


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.


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.
Sena desh ki hai, parakram bhi desh ka hai, aur chunaav bhi desh ka hai.


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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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Modi is only PM to defeat Pakistan twice, says Amit Shah in Agra



  • Congress and SP and BSP have banded together only to remove Modi
  • Shah said under Modi and Yogi, every house in UP has gas stove, electric connection
  • He said Yogi Adityanath has shown what model governance is

BJP president Amit Shah addressed an election rally today in Agra extolling the achievements of the Modi government. While he criticised the SP-BSP alliance in UP, he did not spare the Congress party either.

Addressing the crowd, Shah claimed that the BJP will win more seats in UP than it did in the 2014 elections. He said that this time PM Modi has the advantage of the five years of selfless service he has put in for the welfare of the 130 crore people of the country, which the Congress couldn’t in 55 years of its reign.

He said PM Modi was the only PM who defeated Pakistan not once, but twice. The Congress and the alliance of SP and BSP have banded together only to remove PM Modi from power even though they do not have even a single leader who fits the criteria to be a prime minister.

He said Mayawati spoke about removing PM Modi but she does not contest elections herself because she knows that the people will reject her. Shah claimed that the alliance will have one prime minister for each day of the week and on Sundays, the PM’s chair will be empty, while PM Modi works 18 hours a day and has not taken any leave in the past 5 years.

Shah said other parties have ruled UP for 20 years, but the state did not develop and neither did corruption go away, whereas, under Modi and Yogi, every house has a gas stove, electric connection, and toilet in the state. He said Yogi Adityanath has shown what model governance is, by not asking for the caste of anyone seeking government assistance.

He said under the Modi government, there were no scams and terrorism was wiped out from the country. He said India stands proudly in the world community because of Modi today.

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Commenting on Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav, Amit Shah questioned if terroristswere Yadav’s brothers since he spoke about saving them.
He said the country can remain safe only under Modi and the 130 crore people in India should make it their goal this April to make Modi the prime minister again.

Addressing the rally, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that in 2014, the election was contested on Narendra Modi’s name and the people gave an overwhelming response by electing Modi as prime minister. This time too, the whole country wants Modi to become the PM.

He said that Modi has brought schemes for the welfare of every section of society. in UP alone, Modi has given 23 lakh houses to the poor people. 2 crore 14 lakh farmers have benefited from the Modi government’s schemes. In UP, organized crime has been wiped out and security has been tightened. Criminals are either in jail or dead. The Kumbh this year has been exemplary and an event of this magnitude has not been held in the state since independence.


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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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Rupee goes from Asia’s worst to best currency as market sees Modi 2019 returning

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Foreigners bought a net $3.3 billion of shares through March 18, accounting for more than half the $5.6 billion of inflows year-to-date, and raised holdings of bonds by $1.4 billion this month

Asia’s worst-performing currency took five weeks to become its best.

The turnaround has been fueled by the improved chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi winning a second term amid recent tensions between India and Pakistan. The optimism has led to local shares and debt luring robust flows, which have turned the carry-trade returns on the rupee to the highest in the world in the past month.

“The high-yielding rupee will likely advance further if Modi wins a second term,” said Gao Qi, a currency strategist at Scotiabank in Singapore, who expects the currency to rally to 67 per dollar by June-end. A dovish tilt by major central banks in the face of a faltering global expansion could also prompt foreigners to chase higher yields in emerging Asia, he said.

Here’s a graphical look at the state of play in India’s currency market:

Dollars Gush In

Foreigners bought a net $3.3 billion of shares through March 18, accounting for more than half the $5.6 billion of inflows year-to-date, and raised holdings of bonds by $1.4 billion this month. The gush of dollars sent the rupee to its highest level since August, prompting profit-booking that saw the currency posting its first drop in seven sessions on Tuesday.

Gaining Allure

Borrowing in dollars to purchase rupee assets has earned 3.8 percent over the past one month, the best carry-trade return in the world, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Two opinion polls showed Modi’s ruling coalition may get close to the 272 seats needed for majority in elections that begin on April 11. Results are due on May 23.

“The market is pricing in a Modi victory as there are no other factors that explain the sudden change of mood,” said Anindya Banerjee, an analyst at Kotak Securities Ltd. in Mumbai. “On top of that, carry traders are eager to be long rupee and short other low-yielding currencies, including the dollar. It is a get-set-go for the rupee.”


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Options Costs

The rupee optimism is also reflected in the derivatives market, where one-month options conferring the right to sell the rupee now cost 19 basis points more than those to buy. That’s down from 148 on Sept. 5, which was the highest since November 2016.

“Global conditions — dovish Fed and ECB — have turned more supportive and domestically, increased confidence in the BJP’s prospects and a recovery in portfolio flows have been the key driver” for the rupee, said Dushyant Padmanabhan, a currency strategist at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Singapore.

Swings Ebb

The rupee’s three-month implied volatility, a gauge of expected swings used to price options, fell to 5.87 percent on Friday, the lowest reading since August.

“We expect the rupee to remain resilient in the near term, as bunched up foreign inflows limit any pressure from weakening EMFX sentiment,” Barclays Plc strategist Ashish Agrawal, wrote in a note. “A potential BJP-led coalition victory would bode well for the INR for the rest of this year.”


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PM Modi Tweets To ‘Influencers’ : Modi’s 4 requests to citizens for a ‘stronger democracy’ , Urges Them To Ensure That Everyone Votes In Upcoming Elections


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From Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Badal, actor Ranveer Singh to yoga guru Ramdev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has one message for the who’s who of India.

The Prime Minister, who went on a Twitter spree on Wednesday morning, reached out to people on opposite ends of political, social spectrums, asking them to encourage voting.

With 29 tweets in around an hour, Prime Minister asked stars to come together and encourage people to vote in the in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.


Here is the full list of celebrities tagged in the customised messages sent from Prime Minister’s Twitter account.

1. Rahul Gandhi

2. Mamata Banerjee

2. Sharad Pawar

3. Mayawati

4. Akhilesh Yadav

5. Tejashwi Yadav

6. M K Stalin

Narendra Modi


I appeal to @RahulGandhi, @MamataOfficial, @PawarSpeaks, @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @yadavtejashwi and @mkstalin to encourage increased voter participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A high turnout augurs well for our democratic fabric.

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7. Salman Khan

8. Aamir Khan

Narendra Modi


Voting is not only a right but it’s also a duty.

Dear @BeingSalmanKhan and @aamir_khan,

It is time to inspire and motivate youth in your own Andaz to vote so that we can strengthen Apna Democracy & Apna country.

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9. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

10. Sadhguru

11. Baba Ramdev

Narendra Modi


Dear @SriSri ji, @SadhguruJV ji, @yogrishiramdev ji and Sri M,

Spiritual leaders like you inspire many through words and work.

I request you to also inspire people towards greater democratic participation.

Please encourage greater voter awareness.

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12. Kidami Srikanth

13. P V Sandhu

14. Saina Nehwal

Narendra Modi


Dear @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1 & @NSaina,

The core of badminton is the court and the core of democracy is the vote.

Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. I request you to increase voter awareness & motivate youth to vote in large numbers.

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15. Ratan Tata

16. Anand Mahindra

17. Ashish Chauhan

Narendra Modi


Dear @RNTata2000, @anandmahindra and @ashishchauhan,

India wins when our democracy gets strengthened.

Ensuring maximum participation in voting is the perfect way to strengthen democracy.

Can we all make this happen?

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18.Ranveer Singh

19. Varun Dhawan

20. Vicky Kaushal

Narendra Modi


My young friends @RanveerOfficial, @Varun_dvn & @vickykaushal09,

Many youngsters admire you.

It is time to tell them: Apna Time Aa Gaya Hai and that it is time to turn up with high Josh to a voting centre near you.

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21. Lata Mangeshkar

22. Sachin Tendulkar

23. A R Rahman

Narendra Modi


When @mangeshkarlata Didi, @sachin_rt and @arrahman say something, the nation takes note!

I humbly request these remarkable personalities to inspire more citizens to come out and vote in the 2019 elections.

A vote is a great way to make the people’s voice heard.

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24. The Phogat sisters

Narendra Modi


The prolific Phogat sisters, @geeta_phogat, @BabitaPhogat, @PhogatRitu and @Phogat_Vinesh manifest the best of Indian sporting talent.

We’ve seen you in the wrestling world.

I urge you all to support the movement to ensure greater voter participation in the ‘Chunavi Dangal.’

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25. M S Dhoni

26. Rohit Sharma

Narendra Modi


Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45,
You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections.
When this happens, democracy will be the winner!

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27. Naveen Patnaik

28. H D Kumaraswamy

29. N Chandrababu Naidu

30. YS Reddy

Narendra Modi


I call upon KCR Garu, @Naveen_Odisha, @hd_kumaraswamy, @ncbn and @ysjagan to work towards bringing maximum Indians to the polling booths in the upcoming elections. May voter awareness efforts be strengthened across the length and breadth of India.

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31. NItish Kumar

32. Ram Vilas Paswan

33. Pawan Chamling

Narendra Modi


Dear @NitishKumar, @irvpaswan and @pawanchamling5, soliciting your support and active participation in improving voting across the country in the coming elections.

Let us strive to create an atmosphere where maximum voting can take place.

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34. Harsimrat Badal

35. Chirag Paswan

36. Aaditya Thackeray

Narendra Modi


Dear @HarsimratBadal_ , @ichiragpaswan and @AUThackeray, increasing awareness among the youth on the importance of voting is a paramount task in front of us.

Urging you to do your best to ensure high public participation in the upcoming elections.

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37. Mohanlal

38. Nagarjuna

Narendra Modi


Dear @Mohanlal and @iamnagarjuna,

Your performances have entertained millions over the years and you have also won many awards. I request you to create greater voter awareness and urge people to vote in large numbers.

The award here is, a vibrant democracy.

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39. K Satyarthi

40.Kiran Bedi

41. Sudarsan Pattnaik

Narendra Modi


Dear @k_satyarthi, @thekiranbedi and @sudarsansand,

A vote gives voice to people’s aspirations.

As widely respected personalities, your efforts towards increasing voter awareness will strengthen India’s democracy.

I request you to lend your voice for the same.

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42. Neeraj Chopra

43. Yogeshwar Dutt

44. Sushil

Narendra Modi


India is proud of @Neeraj_chopra1, @DuttYogi and @WrestlerSushil.
However, they made India win because they participated. I request Neeraj, Yogeshwar and Sushil to encourage people to participate in the elections and vote so that India wins here too!

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45. Pranab Mukherjee

Narendra Modi


Respected @CitiznMukherjee,
Being among India’s most prolific statesmen and someone who has been active in politics for decades, you would understand the power of a vote. I request you to appeal to the people to enrich the festival of democracy by participating in large numbers.

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46. Deepika Padukone

47. Aliaa Bhatt

48. Anushka Sharma

Narendra Modi


Requesting @deepikapadukone, @aliaa08 and @AnushkaSharma to urge people to vote in large numbers for the coming elections.

As renowned film personalities whose work is admired by many, I am sure their message will have a positive impact on our citizens.

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49.Bajrang Punia

50. Shankar Mahadevan

51. Manoj Bajpayee

Narendra Modi


Dear @BajrangPunia, @shankar_live and @BajpayeeManoj,

Your talent and skill has entertained millions, and made India proud.

Your voice is respected widely.

Please lend strength to our democracy by increasing voter awareness and inspiring people to vote.

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52. Anil Kumble

53.V V S Laxman

54. Virender Sehwag

Narendra Modi


Dear @anilkumble1074, @VVSLaxman281 and @virendersehwag – your heroic deeds on the cricket pitch have inspired millions.

Come, it is time to inspire people once again, this time to vote in record numbers.

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55. Akshay Kumar

56. Bhumi Pednekar

57. Ayushmann Khurrana

Narendra Modi


Dear @akshaykumar, @bhumipednekar and @ayushmannk,

The power of a vote is immense and we all need to improve awareness on its importance.

Thoda Dum Lagaiye aur Voting ko Ek Superhit Katha banaiye.

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58. Amitabh Bachchan

59. Shah Rukh Khan

60. Karan Johar

Narendra Modi


Urging @SrBachchan, @iamsrk and @karanjohar to creatively ensure high voter awareness and participation in the coming elections.

Because…its all about loving your democracy (and strengthening it). 🙂

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The Prime Minister also called upon media leaders to play a vital role in the democracy. As he tagged India Today Group’s Aroon Purie, Ragul Kanwal, Anjana Om Kashyap, Modi asked them to spread awareness among voters.

In his last message in the tweet series, the Prime Minister urged the citizens to strengthen voter awareness across the country.

Narendra Modi


My fellow Indians,

Urging you all to strengthen voter awareness efforts across India.

Let us all ensure maximum number of Indians come out to vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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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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Akhilesh Yadav@yadavakhilesh

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।


6:49 PM – Mar 10, 2019

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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.


6:46 PM – Mar 10, 2019

“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.


6:17 PM – Mar 10, 2019


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.


6:59 PM – Mar 10, 2019

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.


6:21 PM – Mar 10, 2019


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.


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


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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.



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


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.

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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. … #LokSabhaElections2019

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

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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.


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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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. …

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#LIVE from the #MissionShakti convention in Kendrapara district.



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.


  • 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)


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.

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
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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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New railway zone for Andhra, to be headquartered in Visakhapatnam: Piyush Goyal


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The decision comes four days after a BJP delegation from the state met Goyal in the national capital demanding formation of a railway zone.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Wednesday announced a new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh. The new railway zone — Southern Coast Railway — will be headquartered in Visakhapatnam, Goyal said.

The decision comes four days after a BJP delegation from the state met Goyal in the national capital demanding formation of a railway zone.

In a memorandum submitted to Goyal, they had said the north Andhra region, comprising Srikaulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts, is “very backward and needs impetus for development”.


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The Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders had said that during the 2014 general elections, they had assured the public that a railway zone would come up at Visakhapatnam.

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Sushma Swaraj is Twitter’s biggest rockstar. Move over, PM Modi and Amitabh Bachchan


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Sushma Swaraj is seen as a minister who can be contacted by common people round the clock but she also holds a unique record that makes her Twitter’s biggest rockstar. Read on to know what it is.

Sushma Swaraj has won many hearts on Twitter with her humanitarian approach to solving common people’s problems, but her unique record is something else. (Photo: Reuters)

If she applies for the Guinness Book of World Records, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has a fair chance of bagging one. It may even be a cakewalk for her.

Unlike many other world-record holders, she does not have to pull gigantic trucks with her hair, smash xyz number of tube lights in a minute, walk for days without stopping for once, sit inside a room full of snakes and spiders, climb all major mountains in xyz manner, read a pile of books in a day, give a marathon speech running for hours, lift/pull/drag/throw something or any of the other weird and not-so-weird tasks to get her name in the book.

All Sushma Swaraj needs to do is simply continue what she is doing and apply to Guinness. Once her application is accepted, she may not even have to give a demonstration of her unique achievement. All that the jury requires to verify her claim is a mobile phone/computer connected to the Internet.

So, what is this unparalleled record of Sushma Swaraj that places her even ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US President Barack Obama, football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, Rihanna and every other celebrity you can think of?

We know that Sushma Swaraj is India’s foreign minister and a long-time parliamentarian of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Besides this, she is known for her powerful oratory skills; she has served as Delhi’s chief minister; was Leader of Opposition during Manmohan Singh-led UPA 2; a minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government etc etc etc…

But none of these qualify for a world record. Sushma Swaraj is a politician and her political career, though illustrious in its own right, isn’t even a distant contender for a world record. The world is full of similar and more illustrious political profiles.

But there is something else about Sushma Swaraj that makes her a contender. It is possible that even she doesn’t know about it. And if she knows it and is quiet about it, it just adds to her swag.

Okay, so enough of beating around the bush. You have read till here and there’s nothing on Sushma Swaraj’s unique record, right? I get it.

But hey! Read the headline again. There is a hint. A rather big one. I dropped another hint in the second paragraph. Did you pick it? Mobile phone/computer and internet? Yeah.

So, based on these two hints, we know that the unique record has got something to do with Sushma Swaraj and Twitter.

But what exactly on Twitter?

In the past five years, we have seen that as India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has won many hearts on Twitter with her humanitarian approach to common people’s problems.

Be it an Indian stranded in a distant land, a girl from Pakistan requesting medical visa, bringing back Indians from the Middle East or the day-to-day grievances on passports and visa applications.

Sushma Swaraj


Devatha Ravi Teja – You have lost your Passport at a very wrong time. However, we will help you reach for your wedding in time.

Navtej – Let us help him on humanitarian grounds. @IndianEmbassyUS

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@SushmaSwaraj ji, I lost my passport in Washington DC USA. I have my wedding on August 13-15. Traveling on August 10. Please help me expedite my tatkal request and help me in attending my wedding in time. You are my only hope. Plz do the needful.

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She has also charmed Twitterati with her sense of humour while responding to queries on problems with refrigerators and whether her ministry can help someone in Mars.

That is great. Adorable, cute and heart-warming even. But not good enough for a world record, is it?

Uhmm…let’s examine numbers. The answer lies there. You see it every time you land on Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter profile. But have you seen it carefully enough?

Sushma Swaraj joined Twitter in November 2010. At the time of writing this (12:50pm February 22, 2019) she had 12.1 million (1,21,00,000) followers. She has tweeted 6,100 times and liked 11 tweets as on date.

But this too is nothing in comparison to Rihanna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others.

What actually distinguishes Sushma Swaraj from every other celebrity is not the number of followers she has on Twitter. What makes her unique is the number of people she is following on Twitter.

The answer is: Zero.

Sushma Swaraj joined Twitter in November 2010.

Yes. Sushma Swaraj does not follow anyone on Twitter. And yet, she has 1,21,00,000 followers, heads an important ministry, meets foreign dignitaries, takes part in world summits, converses with common people and often wins hearts with her replies.

A broader perspective on Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter presence can be understood from Twiplomacy Study 2018, a global study of world leaders on Twitter. The study ranks Sushma Swaraj among the 10 most followed leaders in the world.

For 2018, Twiplomacy Study said, Sushma Swaraj was also the most followed woman leader in the world.

However, at present, other politicians have taken over her in terms of number of followers. In India, she is currently the fifth most followed politician. Prime Minister Narednra Modi leads the tally with 45.8 million followers, followed by Arvind Kejriwal (14.5 million), Arun Jaitley (14 million), Amit Shah (12.6 million) and Rajnath Singh (12.2 million).

But the differentiating factor is that all of them are following at least 150 people.

When it comes to celebrities like Rihanna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, or world leaders like Barrack Obama, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Hilary Clinton, they too have massive following on Twitter (far greater than Sushma Swaraj).

But they too follow someone or the other.

So, Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter uniqueness lies in having 12.1 million followers without following any one.

Only she can tell if she consciously chooses not to follow anyone on Twitter or has the thought of following someone never crossed her mind since 2010 when she joined the site.

Irrespective of this, her Twitter statistics of ‘zero following’ and 12.1 million followers makes her an interesting contender for a world record. Whether Guinness Book of World Records can have a category for ‘First politician to achieve 12 million Twitter followers without following anyone’, is something the records body will have to think about. That is, if and when Sushma Swaraj decides to apply for the record.

Till then, happy tweeting.




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