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Lok Sabha election 2019: As it happened | May 16, 2019

May 16 was full of political activities as expected. All political camps are gearing up to take a shot at government forming as counting day (May 23) approaches. Take a look at what happened.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 16, 2019 23:23 IST
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The political climate in the country is heating up with only a week left for May 23 -- the day of result of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Just a day after war of words broke out between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the desecration of the bust of 19th-century reformer Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in West Bengal's Mathurapur. In his speech, PM Modi accused Trinamool Congress of spreading violence.

BJP president Amit Shah organised a road show in Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur is the home turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Ravi Kishan is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Gorakhpur on BJP ticket.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee held a roadshow in Jadavpur in West Bengal.

BJP's Pragya Thakur stirred a fresh controversy by calling Nathram Godse, killer of Mahatma Gandhi, a 'patriot'. BJP quickly distanced itself from Pragya Thakur's statement and asked her to issue a public apology.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke exclusively to India TV news on Thursday and said that PM Narendra Modi is "scared" of him.

He got a jolt from unlikely quarters on Thursday as Oxford dictionaries tweeted that an image posted earlier by Rahul Gandhi was fake. Gandhi had earlier posted an image saying that a word 'modilie' had been included English dictionary. Oxford Dictionaries replied on Rahul Gandhi's tweet saying that no such word exists in any of their dictionaries. Check out the story here.

To know more about what happened. Take a look at LIVE coverage we did on Thursday.




Lok Sabha election 2019: As it happened | May 16, 2019

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  • 8:43 PM (IST)

    We will fulfill the promises made by Narendra Modi: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi has said that Congress Party will fulfill the promises made by the Narendra Modi government.

    "They promised 15 lakh. Where are the 15 Lakh? We will fulfill the promise and bring people their 15 lakh"

  • 8:39 PM (IST)

    Narendra Modi is scared me: Rahul Gandhi exclusive

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi in an exclusive interview given to India Tv said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scared of him.

    "Narendra Modi is scared of me. He is scared of anyone who stands in his way confidently"

  • 8:21 PM (IST)

    Election Commission relieves two officers with immediate effect

  • 8:18 PM (IST)

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds a roadshow with Shatrughan Sinha in Patna

  • 6:51 PM (IST)

  • 3:44 PM (IST)

    Mamata asks the crowd to chant 'Chowkidaar Chor Hai'

  • 3:38 PM (IST)

    People of Bengal won't beg before you: Mamata tells Modi

  • 2:43 PM (IST)

    'Kaan dhore uth-bosh koro'

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has refused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offer to install a grand metal statue of 19th-century reformer Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar at the same spot where it was vandalised a day back.


  • 1:49 PM (IST)

    "I feel sad but I don't have anything to say, I am ready to go to jail for saying this. I am not scared to say the truth," Mamata Banerjee adds.

  • 1:45 PM (IST)

    EC has been sold out to BJP: Mamata Banerjee

    "Last night we came to know that BJP had filed a complaint with EC so that we can't hold any meeting after Modi's meeting. Earlier it was an impartial body; now everyone in the country says EC has been sold out to BJP," Mamata Banerjee says.

  • 1:26 PM (IST)

    Akhilesh shares a meal with Yogi lookalike

    Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has posted a photograph in which he is seen sharing a meal on an aircraft with a man who looks like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

  • 1:25 PM (IST)

    BJP files fresh complaint with election commission over clashes with TMC in Kolkata

    The BJP has filed a fresh complaint with the Election Commission over clashes with TMC in Kolkata, Union minister Prakash Javadekar informs the media.

  • 12:49 PM (IST)

    PM Modi takes a dig at Opposition's PM candidate

    PM Modi in Chandauli: "The Mahagathbandhan is already battered after SP-BSP started sensing defeat. The alliance was holding each other's hands in Bengaluru. But as soon as the topic of the prime ministerial candidate emerged, everyone forgot about the alliance."

  • 12:30 PM (IST)

    Abki baar...?

    PM Modi adds, "Those with eight seats, ten seats, 20-22 seats, 30-35 seats are dreaming of becoming the prime minister, but the country is saying -- phir eik baar, Modi sarkaar."

  • 12:24 PM (IST)

    "I am going to West Bengal for a rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if [Mamata] Didi allows it. If she has her way, she will not allow helicopter to land," PM Modi says, in Chandauli.


  • 12:18 PM (IST)

    PM Modi addresses rally in Chandauli

    PM Modi is currently addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli.

  • 11:20 AM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang rape victim

    Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi tells reporters: "Soon after I heard about the incident (Alwar gang rape matter) I spoke to [Rajasthan Chief Minister] Ashok Gehlot Ji. This is not a political issue for me. I met the victim's family and they have sought justice which will be done. Action will be taken against the culprits."


  • 11:16 AM (IST)

    PM promises to construct Vidyasagar bust made of metal at West Bengal college

    PM Modi has promised that a bust of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar would be constructed at the Kolkata college, where earlier yesterday a statue, of mud and mortar, was vandalised.

  • 11:14 AM (IST)

    PM Modi dares Mamata

    PM Modi has dared West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Uttar Pradesh's Mau.

    "Didi ka ravaiya toh main bahot dinon se dekh raha hoon. Abb sab bhi dekh rahe hain," he says, adding he will visit Bengal next.

    This is happening a day after a war of words broke between the BJP and the TMC over the desecration of Vidyasagar bust.

  • 11:09 AM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi speaks to media in Alwar

    Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is addressing the media in Alwar, Rajasthan.

  • 11:03 AM (IST)

    PM Modi takes on SP-BSP

    PM Modi says, "The SP-BSP thinks a few castes are their slaves and they will do whatever is asked of them."

  • 11:02 AM (IST)

    PM Modi addresses rally in Mau

    PM Modi is cuurently addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Mau.

  • 10:30 AM (IST)

    Abki baar kiski sarkaar?

    Congress leader P Chidambaram tweets, "After 6 phases of polling, it is absolutely clear that the next government will be formed by non-BJP parties including the Congress."

    "The BJP is proving time and again that it has contempt for regional identities, history, culture and aspirations. People will give a fitting answer," he adds.

  • 10:23 AM (IST)

    Election Commission asks Twitter to take down all exit poll-related posts

    The Election Commission of India has reportedly asked Twitter to remove all tweets related to exit polls.

    The EC's move came after it received certain "complaint", sources aware of the development said on Thursday, adding that the user later removed the tweet.

    The sources, however, did not specify the complaint. "There is no such general order issued by ECI today. Only one case was reported to us today which the user himself removed," a senior functionary said.

  • 10:18 AM (IST)

    Actor Anupam Kher campaigns for wife, BJP candidate Kirron Kher

  • 10:17 AM (IST)

    Mayawati adds, "It is clear that PM Modi, Amit Shah and their leaders are targetting Mamata Banerjee. It is nothing but planned targetting. This is a very dangerous and unjust trend and one which doesn't suit the prime minister of the country."

  • 10:16 AM (IST)

    Mayawati accuses election commission of being unfair

    "The Election Commission of India has banned campaigning in West Bengal, but from 10 pm today. This is just because the prime minister has two rallies in the day. If they had to ban then why not from today morning? This is unfair and the ECI is acting under pressure," Mayawati is quoted as saying, by news agency.

  • 9:30 AM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to hold road show in Bihar

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi will hold a mega road show in Patna Sahib constituency in favour of party candidate Shatrughan Sinha.


  • 9:29 AM (IST)

    Amit Shah to hold road show in Gorakhpur

    BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Gorakhpur. He, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and party candidate from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat Ravi Kisan, will address the gathering. 

  • 9:29 AM (IST)

    PM Modi will also hold a rally in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi, where he is contesting from, goes to polls on May 19 -- last and final phase of the election.

  • 9:28 AM (IST)

    PM Modi to hold rallies in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday address an election rally in West Bengal, a day after a war of words broke out between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the desecration of the bust of 19th-century reformer Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar.