Thrissur | 11:45 am
Rahul promises union fisheries ministry
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has kick-started the party’s election campaign in Kerala by addressing the fisherfolk in the coastal State.
Addressing the ‘Fishermen’s Parliament’ in Thrissur, Mr. Gandhi promised a ministry for fisheries, if voted to power. He also promised to bring in legislation for 33 per cent reservation for women in the parliament and State assemblies.
Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Gandhi wondered who was sponsoring the advertisement of Mr. Modi in television and newspapers. “Around 15 big industrialists are marketing Mr. Modi and the Prime Minister is in turn protecting their interests,” Mr. Gandhi alleged.
Delhi | 11:20 am
EC directs BJP MLA to remove Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan’s picture
The Election Commission on Wednesday issued a show—cause notice to Delhi BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma for posting a picture on Facebook featuring him along with Indian Air Force officer Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
The District Election Officer (East) asked Sharma to remove the post and submit a reply by 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Mr. Sharma told PTI that he has deleted the post mentioned by the EC, but said he did not understand why was the poll body was so “allergic” to a person cheering the heroic act of its soldiers and rejoicing over an act of national honour.
“The Election Commission is biased against nationalist leaders like me,” he alleged.
Muzaffarnagar | 11:00 am
Over Rs 7 lakh cash seized from car in Uttar Pradesh
Over Rs seven lakh was seized from a car here during a drive to check unaccounted cash ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
Circle Officer Yogender Singh said a car carrying Rs 7.47 lakh was intercepted on Wednesday under New Mandi Police Station area. The driver could not produce documents regarding the cash, following which it was seized.
The officer said that when the Model Code of Conduct is in force documents are required for carrying cash more than Rs 5,000.
(With inputs from Agencies)