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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public rally in Arunachal Pradesh.Twitter/BJP

With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address mega rallies in Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra on Wednesday, April 3, to launch the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign. The BJP shared a post from its official Twitter account mentioning the place and time of the rallies to be addressed by the Prime Minister. PM Modi will address two rallies in Siliguri and Kolkata, whereas West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a public rally in Dinhata. The Congress party released its manifesto in the national capital with a focus on farmers, jobs and its scheme NYAY. The BJP is also expected to release its manifesto later this week. Stay with ibtimes.co.in for latest updates for news on the election campaign trail.

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2019-04-0315:04 (IST)

Didi a speedbreaker in West Bengal: PM Modi in Siliguri

Addressing an election rally in Siliguri in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a sharp dig at Mamata Banerjee. PM Modi said Didi is the "speed breaker" in the path of development. Didi is playing games with the people of Bengal. She is not worried about the poor of the state but encouraging poverty, the Prime Minister said. Modi also said the Mamata Banerjee has to go to make way for the betterment of the state.

2019-04-0313:18 (IST)

Ex-Karnataka chief secretary to join BJP

Retired IAS officer and former Karnataka chief secretary Rathna Prabha said, "I have decided to join the BJP as PM has been striving to develop the country in a unique manner. I wanted to do service to the nation and felt this was one party apt for me to fulfil my desires to work for the people."

2019-04-0313:14 (IST)

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti files nomination from Anantnag

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has filed her nomination from Anantnag parliamentary constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

2019-04-0313:09 (IST)

Congress releases list of 4 candidates from West Bengal

2019-04-0312:43 (IST)

Bengal poll battle heats up ahead of Modi-Mamata face-off

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Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee will address a rally at Dinhata, scheduled at 3.30 pm after PM Modi's rally in Siliguri at 12.30 pm.Reuters

BJP, which is prepping up for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 polls, is set to launch the party's campaign in West Bengal. Didi is all set to take on PM Modi with a public rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district. The battle of Bengal is all set to heat up with PM Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee kick-starting their campaign on the same day.

Also in a bid to dethrone PM Modi, Didi decided to prepone her campaign schedule by a day. Modi is slated to address two rallies in opposite parts of the state - Siliguri in north Bengal and Kolkata.

2019-04-0312:07 (IST)

Amit Shah campaigns for Tejasvi Surya, organises roadshow

BJP President Amit Shah campaigned for Tejasvi Surya, Bengaluru South candidate, on Tuesday, April 2, to kick start the election campaigns for the youngest party candidate in the state. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2019-04-0311:51 (IST)

Lok Sabha 2019 elections is about promises versus intentions: PM Modi

"Lok Sabha election 2019 is a choice between promises and intentions. It is a choice between resolution and conspiracy. It is a choice between trust and corruption," PM Modi tells people of Arunachal Pradesh.

2019-04-0311:42 (IST)

PM Modi slams Congress manifesto

Just like them (Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called hypocrisy document, not a manifesto.

"You all have seen how Arunachal was neglected by previous governments for decades, you all have experienced it and seen it for yourself... You have seen how you were ignored in the past, but you finally have someone who accepts you, your culture and your traditions -- who understands your dreams and aspirations and who works to ensure that those are realised," the PM added.

Modi said, "We want to make Arunachal Pradesh and entire northeast gateway of East Asia. For new Arunachal Pradesh, our vision, is connectivity, resources and respect."

2019-04-0311:31 (IST)

PM Modi speaks at Pasighat in Arunchal Pradesh

Addressing the rally in Pasighat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "It is with the support of the people of Arunachal Pradesh that we have been able to develop roads, national highway, railway and improve air connectivity of the state with the rest of the nation. It is the result of your strong trust in us."

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People have gathered in huge numbers to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Twitter/ANI
2019-04-0311:25 (IST)

PM Modi to address a public rally in Arunachal Pradesh's Pasighat

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is glad to address a public gathering in Arunachal Pradesh today.