In reach out to the Varanasi voters a day before filing nominations from the seat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reiterated his guiding principle of "India First", while launching a blistering attack against Pakistan. The PM vowed to further his crackdown against terror if granted another term.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh was booked, as the Election Commission has found his remarks linking the chanting of Vande Mataram to the grant of burial land as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The Opposition had called his statement a veiled threat towards the Muslim community.
Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigned as the Leader of Opposition from the Maharashtra state legislative assembly on Thursday. The senior leader's resignation comes days after his son Sujoy had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), giving the Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra a jolt.
In some of the important happenings that are to take place today:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address three election rallies today ahead of the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. He will address two rallies in Madhya Pradesh and one in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address one rally each.
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