LIVE Updates: BJP Begins Its Massive 2019 Campaign 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha', To Hold 500 Events Across 480 Seats In Two Days

Indian General Elections

BJP launched the party's massive poll campaign called the Vijay Sankalp Sabha after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced. The party will hold 500 events including nine rallies held by 13 ministers conducted by 48 hours across 480 seats. Follow LIVE updates here.

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

BJP launched the party's massive poll campaign called the Vijay Sankalp Sabha after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced. The party will hold 500 events including nine rallies held by 13 ministers conducted by 48 hours across 480 seats. Follow LIVE updates here.
Update at 6:25 pm
7 months ago

Smriti Irani also lashed out at Congress leaders calling them traitors and saying that they are hand in gloves with Pakistan and wanted to remove Modi from the position of PM.

"The party whose leaders went across the border and hugged Pakistanis and asked for help that do something but remove Modi. These are the same gaddars who called Indian Army chief 'gunda' and insulted him. The voters of Kanpur will teach a lesson to the gaddars."

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7 months ago

Smriti Irani addresses rally in Kanpur in UP:

Attacking the Congress for many scams, she warned voters saying,

"Don't give the hand that wiped clean India's fortunes for years venture anywhere near the governance of the country."

She also attacked the BSP-SP coalition saying that the alliance could have a disastrous effect.

"Whenever the BSP has ridden the cycle, the cycle has only punctured. Hence I ask you to not allow them to win."

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7 months ago

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on India's global stature:

"The country is changing and we are now globally being recognised as a powerful nation.
This is the first time the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has invited India. Our stature globally has increased," he said.

He also spoke about how the Modi government created opportunities for people's welfare and growth.

"We have created maximum employment opportunities after Independence. We have made structural and procedural changes to benefit people. Farmers are now getting Rs 6,000 every month. Congress had waived off the farmer loans only once," he said.

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7 months ago

Rajnath Singh says that the country will improve its economic condition drastically.

"Our country will double its economic size soon and will jump from 9th to 5th biggest economies of the world," he said.

Singh spoke about the work done by his government for the people.

"We have given LPG connections to seven crore people. We have given the best healthcare to the people.  Unfortunately, the opposition parties are levelling baseless allegations. On the Rafale issue, Congress is accusing us of corruption.
From 2004-14 Congress was in power and their ministers have gone to jail for being involved in corruption," he said.

He also spoke about the Rafale deal and the Congress' accusation of corruption at the Modi government. 

"Since the past 30 years, no one had dared to purchase it. For the first time after our government came to power, we decided to buy 36 fighter planes. Since our government decided to buy the planes, you are accusing us with false allegations," he said.

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7 months ago

Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the Vijay Sankalp Sabha rally in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.

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7 months ago

Amit Shah on PM Modi's action against terror:

"PM Modi answered the terrorists through the surgical strike. After they attacked Pulwama, people thought nothing could be done but PM Modi took action. When Pakistan did not learn its lesson, people thought that the air strike won't happen, but PM Modi conducted the air strike again. Modiji has raised the nation in the world's eyes."

He also tore into the Opposition for questioning the air strikes.

"On one side it is Modiji who wants to ensure security on another side, the gathbandhan wants to weaken the nation by politicising air strike," he said.

"The country should choose the Prime Minister to eliminate terrorism. The Prime Minister should be chosen to teach a lesson to Pakistan," he added.

 

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7 months ago

Amt Shah on Opposition at the rally:

"For ten years Sonia-Manmohan ran its government, in UP the Bua-Babuba ran its government. there were allegations of corruption on all of them. But Modi and Yogi worked for the development of the people," he said.

He also attacked the Opposition saying that they care more about PM Modi government's exit from power than wanting to fight polls.

"There is a strange kind of trend in the country. Mayawati wants Modi to be removed but when asked, says she won't fight the election," he said.

 

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7 months ago

BJP chief Amit Shah begins his speech in Agra:

"In the last two days close to 500 events like this will take place to make PM Modi the Prime Minister," he said.

Declaring war against pro-Pak gang, he asked, "Should the PM be chosen because a mother wants it for her son or for the security of the nation?"

He also questioned the opposition saying, "If the gathbandhan wins, who will be the PM. They have no ideology or a leader, the only common thing in them is corruption."

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7 months ago

BJP chief Amit Shah begins his address in Agra in UP.

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7 months ago

UP CM Yogi Adityanath begins his speech at Agra, says "India wants to see Modi as Prime Minister again." 

He also lauded the Prime Minister for accomplishing several successful projects including the Kumbh Mela.

"PM Narendra Modi ensured that the Kumbh Mela was a success," he said.

"UP karega 74 paar abki bar Phir Modi sarkar" the CM said.

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7 months ago

Amit Shah is on route to rally venue in Agra, UP.

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7 months ago

BJP chief Amit Shah lands in Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

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7 months ago

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath began the BJP's rally in Sahranpur on Sunday.

During the speech, he lambasted the Opposition saying that their alliance was scattered.

Comparing with PM Narendra Modi, he said,

"I would like to say this thing, on one hand there is Modiji and one another there is scattered Opposition."

Adityanath also spoke about Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar who is reported to be living in Pakistan. 

The UP CM recalling the BJP campaign slogan "Modi hai toh Mumkin hai" which means that things are possible under Modi the government,  said that Masood Azhar will also be killed in a similar fashion like Al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden.

"Remember the Balakot strike, you heard about Laden. Masood Azhar will also be killed in the same way Laden was killed," he said, adding, "Modi hai toh Mumkin hai."

He also attacked the Congress for its agenda for farmers:

 

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7 months ago

Below is the schedule of the rallies:

Amit Shah: Uttar Pradesh
Sunday: Agra
Tuesday: Moradabad

Rajnath Singh: UP & Delhi
Sunday: Lucknow
Tuesday: New Delhi

Nitin Gadkari: Maharashtra
Sunday: Nagpur

Sushma Swaraj: Uttar Pradesh
Sunday: Noida
Tuesday: Ghaziabad

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Bihar & West Bengal
Sunday: Patna
Tuesday: West Bengal

JP Nadda: Uttar Pradesh
Sunday: Sambhal
Tuesday: Shahjahanpur

Piyush Goyal: U.P & Tamil Nadu
Sunday: Rae Bareli
Tuesday: Tamil Nadu

Prakash Javadekar: Rajasthan & Maharashtra
Sunday: Bhilwara
Tuesday: Pune

Thawarchand Gehlot: MP & Uttarakhand
Sunday: Ujjain
Tuesday: Tehri Garhwal

Dharmendra Pradhan: Odisha
Sunday: Cuttack
Tuesday: Balasore

Narendra Singh Tomar: MP
Sunday: Gwalior
Tuesday: Morena

Smriti irani: Uttar Pradesh
Sunday: Kanpur
Tuesday: Bhadohi & Jaunpur

Nirmala Sitharaman: Telangana & Karnataka
Sunday: Hyderabad
Tuesday: Udupi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Uttar Pradesh
Sunday: Rampur
Tuesday: Amroha

Shivraj Singh Chauhan: MP & Odisha
Sunday: Bhopal
Tuesday: Puri

Yogi Adityanath: UP & Gujarat
Sunday: Saharanpur & Agra
Tuesday: Varanasi & Gandhinagar

Update at 1:30 pm
7 months ago

BJP launched the party's massive poll campaign called the Vijay Sankalp Sabha after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced. The party will hold 500 events including nine rallies held by 13 ministers conducted by 48 hours across 480 seats. Follow LIVE updates here.

The rally aims to counter the Congress' stance which has questioned the Indian air-strikes at terror camps in Balakot and their regions across the LoC.

The party began with a rally in Sahranpur in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

Asserting that national security plank will figure high on the party's 'Vijay Sankalp' (Pledge for Victory) rallies planned for Sunday and Tuesday, senior party leader Mulkhtar Abbas Naqvi said the BJP will launch "ground strike" against "abusers of security forces".

Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have been accusing the opposition of lowering the morale of armed forces with its comments following the Balakot air strikes by the Indian Air Force.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and other party leaders are scheduled to address rallies on Sunday and Tuesday, Naqvi said.

Many senior leaders, who are contesting the elections, will also address public meetings in their respective constituency.

Naqvi, who is not in the fray, will address rallies in Rampur and Amroha, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Bhopal and Puri and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi and Gandhinagar.

Union minister Arun Jaitley will attend political programme in Delhi while BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav will speak in Ranchi and Gandhinagar.

Shah will address a rally in Moradabad on Tuesday.

Naqvi said the BJP will share the details of the work of the Modi government, which he added has been committed to the country's development and pride, in these rallies.

"We will also caution people against the insult being caused to security forces by the Congress and other opposition parties," he said.

The Election Commission had announced the schedule for seven-phase elections on March 10.

(With PTI inputs)

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