Rahul Says Modi Used Hatred in Polls, Congress Used Love

The Supreme Court called the petition frivolous and an attempt to start a 'roving inquiry'

The Supreme Court called the petition frivolous and an attempt to start a 'roving inquiry'

Last week Ram Madhav, a senior general secretary of the party, told the media that "if we get 271 seats (the halfway mark) on our own, we will be very happy".

Voting for the state's four seats - Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra - will take place on May 19.

On Friday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the statement made by party's Indian Overseas chief Sam Pirtoda on 1984 anti-Sikh riots was "out of line", adding that he should apologize for it. The Congress chief said that so far it has been a "good fight" in the elections.

His comments had given fodder to BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wasted no time in launching a tirade against the Congress ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls in Punjab. "And, I think love is going to win", he told reporters, soon after exercising his franchise.

Some voters in the capital, New Delhi, said they were backing Modi because they were won over by his tough stance on security.

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The aggressive response stirred nationalist passions that pollsters said could favour Modi in the election.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, India, May 8, 2019.

"India is a federal country with a very large number of states, and the political arena within each of these states is very different", says Sudha Pai, a political scientist and retired professor of political studies at Jawal Nehru University.

But the two most powerful women politicians in the country are blocking Naidu's attempts to emerge as a "strong force" in national politics.

Rahul Gandhi, head of the main opposition Congress, cast his vote at a polling both in Delhi.

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The anti-Sikh riots in 1984, around the time Rajiv Gandhi took over as PM, have also figured in his speeches.

Political analyst Prof. Shashi Shekhar, of Delhi University, says that "the chances are high that the BJP would struggle to pass the 200 mark, and even with the alliance it will fall short of the majority".

He urged the Election Commission to dismiss the complaint against him as the remarks made by him are a part of present political rhetoric confined to the BJP's anti-tribal policies. "It is not about issues, any kind of an agenda". Almost 60% of eligible voters in New Delhi cast a ballot - about 5 percentage points lower than the turnout in 2014. "No amount of insults from Congress can change the mind of Indian voters", BJP president Amit Shah said at a rally in West Bengal. As he told a crowd in MP on Saturday, "Hatred can not overcome hatred".

". This is not Bengal election but Lok Sabha election". Bengali film hero Deepak Adhikari "Dev" (Trinamool Congress) will lock horns with the BJP's Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Ghatal.

Addressing an election meeting here, she also hit out at Modi, stating that that he talked about Pakistan and other "absurd" issues, but never about the problems of the people.

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