Rai noted that Lokpal's appointment marks the culmination of the most intense peoples' struggle in India and said Prime Minister Modi was scared of putting himself under its scrutiny.
After arriving in the coastal state, Modi reached the Kala Academy in Panaji where he paid his last respect to the 63-year-old senior leader. He met Parrikar's family members and offered his condolences to them.
BJP’s #MainBhiChowkidar campaign appears to be a counter to the Congress’ #ChowkidarChorHai campaign. In 2014, the BJP turned to its advantage the ‘chaiwala’ comment. Can it repeat that success?
The Goa chief minister's body has been kept at the BJP office in Panaji for the party leaders and workers to pay their last respects.
"Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Shanti," the prime minister said in a tweet.
Rural wage growth has fallen off the cliff. It is therefore small wonder that, at the fag end of its term, the Modi government has been trying its best to dole out sops to this class.
Election to the 543-member Lok Sabha will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19
Narendra Modi's Twitter profile identified him as "Chowkidar Narendra Modi" and similar was the case with other BJP leaders as they launched a coordinated campaign.
In an interview to PTI, the Maratha strongman cited the BJP's losses in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the assembly polls held in November-December last year.
Asserting that the government's claims about the success of the scheme are "fake and false", senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said beneficiaries can avail treatment costing only up to Rs 50,000 under this scheme on the premium of Rs 1,100 paid by the government.
The election for 543 parliamentary seats will be held in seven phases till May 19 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.
Sinha has on multiple occasions expressed his unhappiness with the Prime Minister and the BJP leadership and his Friday tweet made it clear he might soon quit the party he has been associated with nearly two decades now.
Gandhi said his party's track record in fulfilling election promises can be seen in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where it came to power recently.
The project, which started shooting in late January in Gujarat, is currently completing its last leg in Mumbai, the film's makers said in a statement.
Hitting out at Modi, the congress president said the job of the Prime Minister was not to impose his 'Mann ki Baat' but to listen to the Mann ki Baat' of the people.
India and the United States said they would continue to push for UN Security Council sanctions against Masood Azhar, the founder of militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and many Indians said their patience was running out with China.
Jaitley further said Modi as a quick learner has demonstrated his ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters with clarity and determination.
Asked if the BJP was seriously considering including the minimum basic income scheme in its manifesto, Chandrasekhar said the committee will take the final decision.
The actor-turned-politician also attacked the PM for having "announced 150 projects in UP, Benares and other parts of the country in the last week/month of your term".
Gandhi said he was talking about the "dishonest" people associated with Modi and "it is really the fight between Congress and Modi".
He tagged personalities from a cross-section of society, including politics, industry, media, films, sports and social work, to drive home his point.
The Trinamool Congress supremo said the electoral battle will be between a "united India and some isolated people", as she mounted a scalding assault on the BJP and the prime minister.
Hitting back at Jaitley, Sibal tweeted: 'A Minister on possible outcome of 2019: It's Modi or chaos. Forgetting that Modi is chaos.'
Things haven’t changed much fundamentally on the ground. Indian indices still trade at 18 times one-year ahead earnings – marginally higher than at beginning of the year – although the valuation premium with respect to other markets has come down.
Most featured a picture of Modi and highlighted government initiatives from rural development and solar power to airport infrastructure and social security benefits, among others.