The headquarters of Odisha BJP Wednesday witnessed hectic political activity, as a large number of ruling BJD leaders, including three sitting MLAs, joined the saffron party ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections.(Source: PTI)Sanjeev Kumar, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer, on Thursday 21 March told ANI that the EC mapped 4,03,907 Persons with Disabilities till 28 February. He said that everything requiring to their (persons with disabilities) assistance is being arranged. 35,739 wheelchairs, over 52,000 magnifying glasses, over 2213 sign language interpreters and over 31,000 assistants have been arranged for people with disabilities. Apart from that, sturdy ramps are being arranged in all 58,180 booths. Kumar also said that the EC is ensuring that all booths are on ground floors.There will be special queue for Persons with Disabilities.(ANI)The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday issued a media advisory asking journalists to take quotes from "authorised spokespersons only" failing which it said they will be treated as "imaginary and false", a move that drew criticism from the BJP and the Congress.(PTI)Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was among the 18 candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday for the upcoming assembly elections, which will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls next month.Mr Patnaik, who will contest from two seats this time as Biju Janata Dal nominee, filed his nomination from Hinjily assembly constituency in Ganjam district, where he is seeking election for the fifth consecutive time.The chief minister said he will submit his nomination papers for Bijepur in Bargarh district soon.(PTI)The head of 'Ayya Vazhi', a reformist spiritual sect that has a significant following in southern Tamil Nadu, has raised the demand for separate religion status ahead of Lok Sabha polls.Since a chunk of Hindu Nadars, who form the core of Ayya Vazhi, have traditionally supported the BJP in elections here, there is speculation if this stand of the sect could affect the saffron party's electoral prospects in Kanyakumari, the sole Lok Sabha constituency it won in Tamil Nadu in 2014.(PTI)The Bharatiya Janata Party, on Thursday 21 March released its list of 18 candidates for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections and Sikkim assembly polls. 6 names have been announced for Arunachal Pradesh and 12 for Sikkim.Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, nine film personalities, including Hema Malini, will campaign for the saffron party candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in Odisha, reported news agency PTI.The BJP Wednesday released its list of 40 "star campaigners" for Odisha which is scheduled to go to polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.Jana Sena President Pawan Kalyan on Thursday, 21 March, filed nomination papers for Gajuwaka Assembly Constituency at Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) in Gajuwaka, news agency ANI reported.Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Ranbeer Gangwa on Thursday, 21 March, joined BJP in the presence of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, former MP Nama Nageswara Rao, who quit the TDP this week, joined the ruling TRS in Telangana on Thursday, 21 March, reported news agency PTI.Nageswara Rao, who was Lok Sabha member from Khammam in Telangana, had sent a letter to Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, claiming that the survival of TDP in Telangana has become a question in spite of his best efforts.Karnataka Chief Minister H DKumaraswamy said on Thursday, 21 March, he will not plead for support with those Congress leaders who are against his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy's candidature as coalition candidate from Mandya in the Lok Sabha polls, reported news agency PTI.Taking a dig at those opposing Nikhil, the Chief Minister said "those who are originally from the Congress have already extended their support and JD(S) workers are efficient to ensure his victory.Actor Salman Khan on Thursday, 21 March, said he will not be campaigning for any political party for the Lok Sabha polls, days after a Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh claimed that his party is speaking to the actor for electoral canvassing."Contrary to the rumours I am not contesting elections nor campaigning for any political party," Khan said in a tweet.On Tuesday, state Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said that party leaders have already talked to Khan to campaign in Indore and they were almost certain that he will be campaigning.Rishabh Nanda, son of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Rajya Sabha Member Prashanta Nanda, joined Bharatiya Janata Party in Bhubaneshwar on Thursday, 21 MarchBJP has announced the first list of candidates. The party has announced the candidature of 184 candidates.Watch: Modi to Contest From Varanasi, Amit Shah From GandhinagarCongress has released list of candidates for 3 Lok Sabha constituencies and 45 assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) releases list of 100 candidates for the upcoming Odisha assembly elections.BJP releases 2nd list of candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha elections - Lalubhai Patel to contest from Daman & Diu Parliamentary constituency. The voting for the constituency will be held on 23rd April in the 3rd phase of polling.(Source: ANI)Catch the latest news updates of Lok Sabha elections 2019 here. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.