Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday admitted to the Supreme Court that he erred in saying that the court called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a thief. Expressing regret, Rahul said he had made the remark against Modi “in the heat of campaiging.”
Security for the polls was increased after seven people were killed in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim majority state, and in eastern India, where Maoist insurgents were blamed for a bomb that killed a state legislator from Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Polls close at 6:00 pm (1230 GMT) in the seventh and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa's beaches to Mumbai's slums and Ladakh's Himalayan monasteries.
Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered an “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court of India for attributing to the court his remark that the prime minister is a thief.
Rahul addressed a rally in support of the Congress candidate Mohammad Sadique from Faridkot and Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana.
The counting of votes cast in the seven-phase general election will take place on Thursday, with the result expected later that day.
The pamphlet said she was married to a Christian — "i.e. a Beef Eater" — and was pregnant by an illegitimate member of a low-caste, and therefore a "prostitute."
India’s main opposition Congress party on Thursday hit back with force at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his allegation that late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had misused a Navy warship for a family vacation, even as a retired vice-admiral clarified that Rajiv and family were on board the INS Virat only for an official tour.
India was left in shock at the weekend after the prime minister chose to attack martyred predecessor Rajiv Gandhi in the most undignified terms. Narendra Modi said in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday that Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated by Tamil Tiger terrorists, had died as a “brashtachari” or corrupt man.