New Delhi, Mar 18: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal has launched his political party the 'Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement,' on Sunday. Former Vice-President of the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU), Shehla Rashid, also joined Faesal's party.
Meanwhile, National Conference Chief Farooq Abdulla announced that he is not chief ministeria candidate in the state. He declared that his son, Omar Abdullah, would become the chief minister.
Karnataka BJP leaders are in Delhi to decide on Lok Sabha candidates for the upcoming elections. Karnataka BJP leaders to meet party President Amit Shah and finalise BJP candidates' list.
The Congress has staked a claim to form the government in Goa, while the Election Commission of India has been setting new guidelines to make the 2019 Lok Sabha elections free and fair.
The Election Commission has barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours before polling. The commission has now made the release of election manifestos a part of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is a set of rules to be followed by parties after elections are announced.
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Chandrakant Kavlekar, Congress: Digambar sahab (Digambar Kamat, former Chief Minister of Goa) will not leave the party, we have no doubts about it. we have full faith. He is a senior leader, also an ex-CM. It is BJP that spreads rumours.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issues statement saying it has decided not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
BJP releases its list of candidates for the 123 seats of Andhra Pradesh for upcoming legislative assembly elections
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal has launched his political party the 'Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Movement,' today. Former Vice-President of the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU), Shehla Rashid, also joined Faesal’s party.
Former Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Dr K S Radhakrishnan has joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader & former J&K CM: It's true that we had received a proposal from Congress for alliance (in J&K for Lok Sabha polls). But we've told them clearly that only National Conference candidate will be there on the 3 seats in the valley (Kashmir)
National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah: I want to make it clear, I won't be the chief minister (in Jammu and Kashmir), Omar Abdullah will become the chief minister. He is young, I'm old, I can't run like these young men.
Karnataka BJP leaders to head to Delhi to meet party President Amit Shah and finalise BJP candidates' list. BS Yeddyurappa, Jagadish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali and others to visit Delhi.
"We have reached an agreement on 7 seats with Jan Adhikar party (JAP), out of those 7, JAP will fight on 5 and we will fight on 2," says Raj Babbar.
Raj Babbar: We had talked to Mahan Dal earlier. They had said they were fine with whatever seats we give them, all they wanted was to contest Vidhan Sabha election. For Lok Sabha elections they had said they'll contest on our symbol. We'll find out a way to work with them.
UP Congress chief Raj Babbar: We are leaving 7 seats vacant for SP, BSP and RLD. These include Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad and whatever seats Mayawati ji & RLD's Jayant ji and Ajit Singh contest from. We will also give two seats to Apna Dal - Gonda & Pilibhit.
Gujarat BJP workers want party president Amit Shah to contest from Gandhinagar parliamentary seat in the sate where polling will be held on April 23, a party legislator said on Sunday.
Gujarat BJP workers want party president Amit Shah to contest from Gandhinagar parliamentary seat in the sate where polling will be held on April 23, a party legislator said on Sunday.
The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday announced Balbir Singh Jakhar its candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. The AAP had on March 2 announced the names of its candidates for six of the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital.
Amid reports of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar’s failing health, speculations have emerged that the central leadership of BJP is likely to pick a new chief minister of Goa.
''BJP to contest on Lok Sabha Constituencies of Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Madhubani, Araria, East Champaran, West Champaran, Sasaram, Saran, Arrah, Buxar, Aurangabad, Sheohar, Ujiarpur, Maharajganj,'' JD(U) Bihar president Vashisht Narain Singh said.
While, Lok Janshakti Party to contest on Lok Sabha Constituencies of Vaishali, Hajipur, Samastipur, Khagaria, Nawada, Jamui.
JD(U) state president Vashisht Narain Singh said,''JD(U) to contest on LS constituencies of Valmiki nagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Siwan, Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Supaul, Katihar, Munger, Nawada, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Katihar, Gopalganj, Madhepura, Banka, Gaya, Karakat & Jehanabad.''
In Bihar, JD(U) clarifies that Lok Jan Shakti Party to contest on parliamentary constituency of Nawada.
In Karnataka, Former PM and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda said,''we're running a coalition government with Congress. JDS will contest on 8 seats, Congress will contest on 20 seats in K'taka. We'll try to do our best to see that strength of BJP is reduced. Cong-JDS will do everything possible jointly.''
Former joint director of CBI VV Lakshmi Narayana joined Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena party on Sunday along with former Vice-Chancellor of Srikrishna Devaraya University, Rajagopal at the party office in Vijayawada city. VV Lakshmi Narayana is known to have carried out the investigation in YSRCP Chief Jaganmohan Reddy’s Assets Case and Karnataka BJP leader Gali Janardhan Reddy’s Obulapuram illegal mining cases. The former CBI JD had arrested Jaganmohan Reddy earlier in the assets case and sent him to prison for 16 months.
In Odisha, BJD party leaders from Western Odisha met CM and party chief Naveen Patnaik at his residence today,requesting him to contest election from Western Odisha. CM says,"Leaders,farmers,women,students from there, want me to stand from there. I'm considering it very seriously."
Prakash Chandra Behera joins BJP in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Behera, Congress MLA from Salepur (Cuttack, Odisha), had resigned from the party yesterday.
MK Alagiri, elder son of deceased DMK founder M Karunanidhi, said that if the DMK led coalition’s candidate from Madurai Lok Sabha constituency goes to meet him, he will meet but will decide whom to support after a week. S Venkatesan (CPI-M) will contest from Madurai.
Irked over the delay in finalisation of seats in the 'mahagathbandhan', RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Saturday warned alliance partners that if they were not willing to give up their pride and insisted "on a few more seats", then countrymen would not forgive them.
Congress MLA from Salepur (Cuttack, Odisha), Prakash Chandra Behera will be joining BJP on Sunday. He had resigned from Congress on Saturday.
Bharatiya Janata Party amplifies 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
Bharatiya Janata Party amplifies 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections. pic.twitter.com/wTfadsarkEANI (@ANI) March 17, 2019
Days after announcing an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK)announced the allocation of seats to each partner on Sunday. Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam announced that AIADMK will contest 20 seats.
Meanwhile, YSR Congress party announces list of 25 candidates for Lok Sabha elections.
Priyanka Gandhi arrives in Lucknow. She is going to the party office, where she is expected to hold a number of meetings with party members. She will take a boat ride on a 140-kilometre stretch of Ganga between the Prayagraj and Mirzapur districts, tomorrow.
In Bihar, the grand alliance led by Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) is likely to announce seat sharing on March 18. The RJD is likely to contest on 20 seats and Congress on 11 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, reports said.
The first list of YSR Congress Party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections was announced on Saturday. The party announced the names of candidates who will be contesting from nine seats of the total 25 in Andhra Pradesh.
The BJP is set to drop sitting MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and he is likely to be replaced by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, a PTI quoted sources on Saturday.
Congress general secretary (east UP) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will interact with party workers here on Sunday to review the state unit’s preparedness for the Lok Sabha election.
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday announced the first list of 24 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
"In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951." In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section 126 of the RP Act of all the phases of those elections."Section 126 of the act embodies "election silence", which prohibits any form of election campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting, the ECI has said.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said if elected to power, his party will introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor, which will go straight into their bank accounts.
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has said that the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be fought in the name of the country and there will be no elections after that.
"The Modi tsunami has awakened the country. I feel there will be no election in 2024... this is the only election and we are fighting it in the name of the country with full honesty," Sakshi Maharaj said during a party programme.
The wave in the country is unfavourable to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lost credibility, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said.
The Election Commission has called the country heads of all major social media platforms - Facebook (which also owns Whatsapp), Twitter, Google, ShareChat and TikTok - on Tuesday to share updates on the systems they propose to or have already put in place to flag and take down poll campaign that violate the laws as well as the model code of conduct.
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal will launch his political outfit 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in the Rajbagh area of the city today.
BJP President Amit Shah will release the second poster of upcoming film "PM Narendra Modi" on Monday.
Dogra Swabhimaan Sangathan (DSS) founder Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday accepted a proposal of his party to contest both the Lok Sabha seats from Jammu region. "Singh accepted the proposal (to fight the elections from both Jammu and Udhampur parliamentary constituencies) at a high-level meeting of the party leaders here," a spokesperson of the DSS said. He said the DSS decided to contest both the seats of the Jammu province and the leadership was unanimous to field Singh from both the seats. Singh, a former BJP leader, launched the DSS on July 22 last year to mark 100 days of his campaign in support of the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case
The Congress on Saturday finalised the seat-sharing agreement with the Apna Dal led by Krishna Patel and allocated it two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The Apna Dal will contest from two parliamentary constituencies, Gonda and Pilibhit, the party said. The Congress had earlier announced the seats as Pilibhit and Basti. Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel, the son-in-law of Patel, joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Patel was also present there. Krishna Patel's daughter and Union minister Anupriya Patel, who leads the Apna Dal (Sonelal), has tied up with the BJP on Friday.
Shashi Tharoor will contest from Thiruvananthapuram constituency (Kerala) and former Arunachal Pradesh CM, Nabam Tuki will contest from Arunachal West constituency.
The Congress on Saturday released fourth list of 27 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. The fourth list has some prominent names like Shashi Tharoor and Nabam Tuki. The fourth list released by the Congress has names of candidates for twelve Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, seven in Uttar Pradesh, five in Chhattisgarh, two in Arunachal Pradesh and one in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Congress releases fourth list of 27 candidates (12 Kerala, 7 Uttar Pradesh, 5 Chhattisgarh, 2 Arunachal Pradesh and 1 Andaman & Nicobar islands) for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. pic.twitter.com/E47vi4a8mtANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Congress clarifies that Apna Dal’s Krishna Patel faction has joined Congress alliance for 2 Lok Sabha seats- Basti and Pilibhit* in Uttar Pradesh. Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel, son-in-law of Krishna Patel, has taken membership of the Congress.
YSRCP releases a list of nine candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party has fielded Sanjeev Kumar from Kurnool constitunecy, Reddppa from Chittor, YS Avinash Reddy from Kadapa, Madhavi from Araku, Anuradha from Amalapuram, Talari Rangaiah from Anathapur, Nandigam Suresh from Bapatla, Gorantla Madav from Hindupuram and PV Midun Reddy from Rajampeta.
Apna Dal’s Krishna Patel faction joins Congress alliance for 2 Lok Sabha seats- Basti and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.
Seat sharing among constituents of the opposition "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) in Bihar for the Lok Sabha polls will be announced on March 18, Hindustani Awami Morcha (Secular) president Jitan Ram Manjhi said.
PM Modi and Amit Shah at CEC meeting:
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah hold Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting with Assam leaders pic.twitter.com/lTfGWzOnWnANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Election Commission of India has fixed a timeline for the release of a manifesto by political parties. Manifestos for both single and multiphase elections shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The provision will, henceforth, be applicable and implemented as a part of the Model Code of Conduct for all future elections, EC said.
Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena party’s MP from Vizag Gedela Srinibabu candidate joins YSRCP. He is third in a row to join YSRCP after TDP MP from Kurnool Bhutta Renuka and DP MLC Adala Prabhakar Reddy joined party in the presence of the party chief Jaganmohan Reddy earlier in the day.
Indian National Lok Dal leader Karan Chautala:
Prakash Ambedkar, Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi : I spoke to Asaduddin Owaisi today and he agreed to field a candidate from Aurangabad. The name will be declared by AIMIM. We requested him to fight from Mumbai also. He'll confirm about Mumbai within 2 days or we'll contest on all the seats.
Prakash Ambedkar, Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA): We requested them (AIMIM) that they should contest one seat in Mumbai (North Central) where Poonam Mahajan is sitting MP. They said we'll consider it. After their decision, we will announce on rest of the seats (11). https://t.co/nkwhgUSWPaANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Former Uttarakhand chief minister BC Khanduri, whose son Manish Khanduri joined the Congress, on Saturday asked why questions are being raised about his son joining the grand old party, adding, "He will go wherever he wants."
PM Modi arrives for CEC meeting
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters for the party's Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting; received by BJP President Amit Shah pic.twitter.com/xn7rk5GGgRANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Next BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting to be held on 18th March, reports ANI while quoting source.
BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) to discuss candidates for Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, and Andaman & Nicobar islands, in its meeting today, reported ANI, quoting sources.
BJP's CEC meeting:
Delhi: Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Kiren Rijiju, and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrive at BJP headquarters for the party's Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting. pic.twitter.com/GZFhMF386qANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Nephew of Odisha BJP President Basant Kumar Panda,Harish Chandra Panda, joins Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in presence of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
CPI-M releases list for Lok Sabha elections 2019:
Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary reaches Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati's residence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent Rs 3044 crore on advertisements, claims Mayawati.
"The Modi tsunami has awakened the country. I feel there will be no election in 2024... this is the only election and we are fighting it in the name of the country with full honesty," Maharaj said during a party programme.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi outside the residence of CRPF ASI Mohan Lal who lost his life in terrorist attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.
The BJP's "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign became Twitter's top worldwide trend today, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched it this morning.
"The Congress has made her (Priyanka) its general secretary (in-charge of eastern UP) this time. It is an internal matter of that party. Earlier too she had campaigned for the Congress. This time also it will make no difference (to the BJP)," said Adityanath.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry into politics will make "no difference" to the BJP's Lok Sabha poll prospects in the state and dismissed the SP-BSP alliance as "false alarm".
Shiv Sena has declared that its Goa state unit chief Jitesh Kamat will contest the elections from North Goa while vice president of the state unit, Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik will fight from South Goa.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi meets the family of Major Chitresh Singh Bisht at the latter's residence in Dehradun. Major Chitresh Singh Bisht lost his life on 16 Feb while defusing an IED which was planted by terrorists across the LoC in Rajouri district, J&K.
Congress president in his speech in Dehradun raises the issues surrounding the Rafale deal including raking up the infighting between CBI top bosses. Rahul added that the PM was unable to speak in Parliament when he asked him about Rafale deal and had no guts to make eye contact.
Mocking Anil Ambani, Rahul Gandhi says, "if you give him a paper, he will not be able to make even a paper plane. The HAL which made fighter jets and the MiG which shot the Pakistan jet is maintained by HAL." He asks people what does Anil Ambani have that PM Modi gave him a contract for making Rafale worth Rs 30,000 crore?
Khanduri gave his life to national security, armed forces and asked a question on national security in the committee. He asked why isn't the government helping the armed forces the way it should be, he was removed from the committee by Narendra Modi.
Rahul Gandhi calls up Manish Khanduri, son of former CM and BJP leader BC Khanduri and says that his father BC Khanduri was chairman of the defence committee of Parliament.
Targetting PM Modi, Rahul said that while I cancelled all my engagements, PM Modi was busy filming in Jim Corbett Park.
Remembering CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack, Rahul said that I will meet the families of the men in the state.
Rahul Gandhi thanked the youth of Uttarakhand for serving in the armed forces and the paramilitary forces of the country.
Rahul Gandhi is addressing a public rally in Dehradun.
Bhupendra Yadav, Sushil Modi and Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai are meeting party president Amit Shah to decide on BJP candidates from the state. According to the seat-sharing formula decided by the NDA, BJP and JD (U) will contest 17 seats each, while the remaining six seats will go to the Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).
Just hours after PM Narendra Modi launched his latest campaign with the hashtag #MainBhiChowkidar , the Congress hit back with hashtags #IndiaBewakoofNahiHai and #SuitBootKaChowkidar
BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta joins Samajwadi Party. He will be contesting Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Banda constituency.
Andhra Pradesh Cheif Minister Chandrababu Naidu will start his campaign today for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
Manish Khanduri, the son of former Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri, joins Congress party.
Dehradun, Uttarakhand: Manish Khanduri, the son of former Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri, joins Congress party. pic.twitter.com/i6ysu6IWq9ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
Manish Khanduri, the son of former Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri, is present at the public rally of Congress in Dehradun.
Uttarakhand: Manish Khanduri (extreme left in the picture), the son of former Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri, is present at the public rally of Congress in Dehradun. pic.twitter.com/uH8BNzlrpsANI (@ANI) March 16, 2019
In a jolt to the BJP in Assam, its sitting MP from Tezpur Ram Prasad Sarmah Saturday announced that he quit the saffron fold and alleged neglect of old workers by "new intruders in the party".
Ganeshamurthi is a two-time MP, who had represented Palani in the 12th Lok Sabha (1998) and Erode during the 2009-14 period.
DMK's ally MDMK has announced the candidature of former MP A Ganeshamurthi from the Erode constituency for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.
Prakash Chandra Behera, Congress MLA fromSalepur (Cuttack district of Odisha), has resigned from the primary membership of Congress party.
BJP's Mukul Roy, once the number two in the Trinamool Congress, has started inducting "disgruntled" leaders from his former party, including elected representatives, into the saffron party's fold.
With several TMC leaders making a beeline to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and a growing dissatisfaction over selection of candidates, discontent seems to be brewing in Mamata Banerjee's party.
JD(S) General Secretary Danish Ali, who until recently was involved in alliance negotiations with Congress and JD(S), joins Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Union minister Smriti Irani tweets in support of the campaign.
I am proud to join #MainBhiChowkidar movement. As a citizen who loves India, I shall do my best to defeat corruption, dirt, poverty & terrorism and help create a New India which is strong, secure & prosperous.Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 16, 2019