Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis for cancelling his visit to Pandharpur on the occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' in view of a proposed protest by Maratha groups demanding reservation.
Over 12,570 candidates, including a number of hardline clerics, are contesting the elections to the parliament and four provincial assemblies.
Attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his "brutal new India" comments against the Modi government, a senior BJP minister today called him a "merchant of hate" and accused him of dividing the society for electoral gains.
The Congress on Monday raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of lynching of a Muslim man in Rajasthan's Alwar, triggering protests from the ruling BJP and others.
Vijayan extended his govt's full support to writers, days after a noted author decided to withdraw his novel following alleged threats from right-wing groups.