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On the 123rd birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi on Monday attacked Rahul Gandhi saying he was "insulting" the chief architect of the Constitution by taking credit for enacting laws and giving rights to the people."
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Congress approached the Election Commission seeking monitoring of all activities and movements of organisations and persons like RSS, Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, claiming they "have been conducting political activities without being registered as a political party". "In the present Lok Sabha elections, persons/organisations other than BJP, namely the RSS, Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have been conducting political activities without being registered as a political party," secretary of All India Congress Committee's Legal Department K C Mittal complained to the EC. He said activities of all such persons/organisations/ associations/groups should be monitored, video-graphed and checked in each of the constituency. Mittal said in the case of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, the Delhi Election Commission appears to have already issued a notice for using yoga camp for political activity without permission of the authorities. The final outcome of the same is not known, he added. "However, his primary activities are only to conduct yoga camp, and manufacture and sale ayurveda medicines. Similarly, RSS claims to be a social and cultural organisation whereas Sri Sri Ravi Shankar runs centres for 'art of living'." Mittal alleged that "huge expenditure" is being incurred by these organisations on such campaigning for BJP nominees unauthorisedly. "The campaign is being carried out without complying with the instructions of the Commission and other requirements of law. Unfortunately, all of them are indulging in political activities without following the norms laid down by the Election Commission," he claimed. "In order to prima facie show the nature of their political activities, the attention of the Hon'ble Commission is drawn to a camp held by Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan on March 23, his latest camp for Manoj Tiwari, a BJP candidate", he said. At Ramlila Maidan, Acharya Govind Dev Giri, who had come from Varanasi, recited verses from the Bhagwat Geeta and talked about holy cow and Hindutva in the presence of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and sought votes for him, Mittal said. In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Amee Yagnik, Spokesperson, Congress; Dr Subramanian Swamy, Chairman, BJP Strategic Action Committee (for Lok Sabha polls 2014); Pavan Verma, Cultural Advisor to CM, Bihar; Rahul Easwar, Social Activist; Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik, Associate of Baba Ramdev and Prasana Prabhu, Spokesperson, The Art Of Living -- discuss whether, by seeking to put Ramdev and Sri Sri under scanner is Congress reflecting its nervousness?
Samajwadi Party candidate from Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, Nahid Hasan at a public meeting said, "Modi and Mayawati were bachelors" and "would soon form a relationship".
Pledging to end policy paralysis, corruption and "tax terrorism" and bar FDI in multi-brand retail, the BJP on Monday (April 7) stuck to its core agenda of Ram Temple construction, Uniform Civil Code and abrogation of Article 370 that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Unveiling a roadmap for the economic revival through good governance, the party said in its 42-page manifesto that its government will strategically develop high-impact domains like labour-intensive manufacturing and tourism. Delayed by a week apparently over differences on inclusion of Hindutva issues, the manifesto was released on the opening day of 9-phased Lok Sabha elections. The function at the party headquarters was attended by a galaxy of leaders including L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi, who chaired the committee that prepared the document. Modi did not take any questions at the function. He was specifically asked for his comments about his close confidante Amit Shah's controversial "revenge" remark but he just parried. Joshi intervened to say that this question did not pertain to the manifesto. The manifesto said the country has suffered a "decade of maladministration and scams" besides "decision and policy paralysis" under UPA and this situation will be changed and the engine of government will be ignited again with strong will power and commitment to public interest. Under the chapter "Reform the System", it promised Good Governance, which will be transparent, effective, involving and encouraging and include reforms of administration, judiciary, police and election. "We will establish a system which will eliminate the scope of corruption through public awareness, technology enabled e-governance, system based policy-driven governance, rationalisation and simplification of the tax regime and simplification of the process and procedures at all levels," the manifesto said. Accusing the UPA government of unleashing 'tax terrorism and uncertainty' and engendering 10 years of jobless growth, it promised to provide a non-adversarial, conducive tax environment, rationalise and simplify the tax regime, overhaul the dispute resolution mechanisms. There was speculation that with his stress on development in his current campaign, Modi was averse to touching the Hindutva issues. However, as a compromise the pet themes of the 'sangh parivar' were included. Significantly, Ram Temple issue figured under the heading 'Cultural Heritage'. In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress; Piyush Goyal, National Treasurer and MP ,Rajya Sabha, BJP; Derek O Brien, Chief Whip & MP, Rajya Sabha, TMC; Naresh Gujral, MP, Rajya Sabha, Shiromani Akali Dal; Rajeev Gowda, Spokesperson, Congress; Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon Ltd & President, BPAC -- discuss whether, will the focus on development help the BJP this election?
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Putting the Bharatiya Janata Party in a fix, the Election Commission said that the party would not be able to telecast the release of its election manifesto on April 7 as it will violate the Model Code of Conduct.
A shocking case coming to the fore from Mangalore as a Congress corporator has alleged that she was molested by a group of 30 men in full public view for campaigning in the area. Mangalore police has now arrested two people in the case. But the incident has created ripples across the city with women activists are now planning to protest against this episode.
Days after speculations over Sonia Gandhi's meeting with Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the top Muslim cleric is likely to break his silence today (April 4). The cleric will address a news conference. Meanwhile, political fight over the meet has escalated with BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi saying that Congress is indulging in divisive politics.
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