Catch the latest news updates of Lok Sabha elections 2019 here.BJP releases list of 36 candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha. Girish Bapat to contest from Pune (Maharashtra), Sambit Patra to contest from Puri , Odisha.(Source: ANI)The Congress party on Friday, 22 March, released the seventh list of 35 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.As per the list, Renuka Chowdhury will contest from Khammam (Telangana), Imran Pratapgarhi will contest from UP's Moradabad (in place of Raj Babbar), Preeta Harit from UP's Agra, and Raj Babbar from UP's Fatehpur Sikri.Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee OBC Cell Chairman, J Chittaranjan Dass, resigned from Congress party stating that 'there is no social equality and respect for the senior members in the party.'The Janata Dal (United) has decided to contest at least 15 assembly constituencies of Arunachal Pradesh in the polls due on April 11, according to party's National General Secretary Afaque Ahmad Khan on Friday."We are giving party ticket to only capable candidates. Prominent among them include two sitting MLAs Techi Kaso, MLA of Itanagar (ST), and Dikto Yekar, MLA of Daporijo (ST) constituency," said Senchumo NSN Lotha, Chairman of the party's North East Election Committee.Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee OBC Cell Chairman, J Chittaranjan Dass, resigned from Congress party stating that 'there is no social equality and respect for the senior members in the Congress party.'Kerala's Director General of Police Jacob Thomas, currently in suspension since December 2017, has put in his papers so as to to contest the Lok Sabha elections.Thomas had another 18 months to go for retirement. The resignation has been forwarded to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office and to the Centre.Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived for the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting at the party headquarters on Friday evening.Union minister Jitendra Singh filed his nomination papers from the Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.Accompanied by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Singh arrived at the deputy commissioner's office in a procession and filed his nomination before the returning officer.After filing the papers, 64-year-old Singh, the Union Minister addressed a party rally."I am seeking votes on my development report card of five years, which is in itself a history of sorts in journey of development in this constituency. There is a long list of major infrastructure projects undertaken and completed," he told reporters.OP Ravindranath Kumar, son of Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam filed nomination from Theni parliamentary constituency.In another setback to the NCP ahead of next month's polling, its state unit vice president Bharti Pawar joined the BJP, while Congress leader Pravin Chheda also returned to ruling party.The two leaders joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior functionaries of the party.Pawar had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Dindori constituency against BJP's Harishchandra Chavan.Chheda, a three-term corporator in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), had quit the BJP to join the Congress seven years ago reportedly due to his differences with the then local MLA Prakash Mehta, currently a minister in the Maharashtra government.(Source: PTI)A day after the BJP announced the candidature of Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh from Ghaziabad, the Samajwadi Party on Friday replaced its previously announced candidate Surendra Kumar 'Munni' with Suresh Bansal.The party took to Twitter to share the news of changing it's candidate for the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat.In a statement, the party said, "Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has decided to replace the earlier announced candidate for Ghaziabad Surendra Kumar 'Munni' with Suresh Bansal."BJP candidate VK Singh had won the 2014 elections from Ghaziabad.(Source: IANS)YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday filed nomination from Pulivendula constituency for next month's elections to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.Alleging that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was hatching a conspiracy to target YSRCP leaders, Jagan asked people not to get provoked.Referring to the murder of his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy, Jagan said the TDP government was trying to target his family and the party.(Source: IANS)Grand alliance comprising RJD, Congress and its allies announced its seat sharing deal on Friday in Patna. Congress will contest 9 seats, with RJD on 20 in the state.The remaining 11 seats will be contested by alliances for the 40 Bihar Lok Sabha seats.Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Telangana chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter and sitting MP from Nizamabad, K Kavitha, filed nomination papers for the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency.The Shiv Sena announced its first list of 21 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, from its quota of 23 seats and retained most of the sitting members.As per the BJP-Sena alliance, the two ruling allies are contesting 48 parliamentary seats in the state in the ratio of 25:23, leaving nothing for its five smaller allies here.(Source: IANS)Andhra Pradesh IT Minister and son of CM N Chandrababu Naidu, Nara Lokesh on Friday filed nomination to contest Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections from Mangalagiri constituency in Amaravati.(Source: ANI)Reacting to a media question on the possibility of joining rival BJP, Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jitin Prasada said, "There should be some basis for such a question. Why should I answer a hypothetical question?"(Source: ANI)South Indian multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj on Friday, 22 March, filed his nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central constituency as an Independent.Raj, 53, who hails from this tech city, is a popular actor in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films."National parties like BJP and Congress have failed the people. I would like to be the voice of the people," Raj said after filing his nomination.The actor will be contesting from the seat against BJP's outgoing MP PC Mohan, who too filed his nomination from Bangalore Central seat on Friday.The Congress is yet to announce its candidate from the constituency.Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its support to Prakash Raj.The Election Commission will set up 15 special polling stations at Kanhmun village along the Mizoram-Tripura border to help tribal refugees living in relief camps in Tripura exercise their franchise for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram, officials said on Friday.The tribal refugees, however, are yet to decide whether they would go to Kanhmun village to cast their votes.Former JDS leader Danish Ali has moved to BSP on Friday. He will be fighting for BSP from Amroha.CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has said demonetisation was to "whitewash" black money, amidst reports that the current cash in circulation has jumped by more than 19 percent from the pre-note ban days."Demonetisation by Modi on a whim, against all advice from RBI, was a way to whitewash black money. We know how jobs and lives were destroyed by ‘notebandi’. Now claims like 'cashless' economy also have turned out to be false and misleading jumlas. #DemonetisationDisaster," Yechury tweeted on Friday, 22 March.BSP has announced candidates for Saharanpur, Bijnor, Amroha, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Agra on Friday.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami made a strong pitch on Friday, 22 March, for a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lauding him for the air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan and saying he was the "only qualified" leader to ensure the national security.Modi was an "efficient and strong leader", he said launching his campaign for the 18 April Lok Sabha elections in the state from his native district in west Tamil Nadu.Palaniswami, also the joint co-ordinator of ruling AIADMK, took a dig at the DMK-led Opposition, saying it was seeking votes in the absence of a prime ministerial candidate whereas the NDA was projecting Modi.Telangana's K. Chandrashekhar Rao is the top performer among the Chief Ministers in the country followed by his counterparts in Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Delhi.According to the latest findings of the CVoter-IANS State of the Nation Tracker opinion poll, K Chandrashekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, has got the maximum approval ratings from the voters followed by Himachal Pradesh's low-profile Jai Ram Thakur and Odisha's Navin Patnaik, seeking a record 5th term this year.Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal has made it into the top five of best performing Chief Ministers.A nephew of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Aakash Anand, figures in the list of 20 star campaigners released by the party on Friday, 22 March.Aakash Anand, who has been seen with Mayawati at some public engagements, was given the task to connect youngsters with the party dominated by Dalits.Other prominent names in the list include Satish Chandra Mishra, Mayawati herself, RS Kushwaha, Raj Kumar Gautam, Naresh Gautam, Shamsuddin Rain, Kamal Singh Raj, Murari Lal Kein, Dinesh Kazipur, Ranvijay Singh and Janeshwar Prasad.The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) on Friday, 22 March, submitted its report to the Election Commission on how many or what percentage of VVPAT slips should be counted in each constituency.Opposition parties had been demanding that at least 50 percent of VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) slips should be counted and matched with the total vote count by electronic voting machines (EVMs).National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday led the campaigning of joint Congress-NC candidates and said the alliance was aimed to keep India secular and "save" it from divisive politics."We have given this sacrifice for one aim - to keep India a secular country and also keep India strong. There is no other goal (in entering into an alliance with the Congress)," Abdullah said while kickstarting campaigning of the joint candidates.(Source: PTI)The Congress on Friday said the exit of five former Congress MLAs to join a regional party in Manipur will not "create any political loss" for the country's oldest party."We have efficient candidates in all the constituencies," a senior Congress leader said.The five former Congress legislators had resigned from the party on Thursday and joined the North East India Development Party (NEIDP).The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday evening finally announced their candidates from Kerala for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, reported The News Minute. Out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats, the party has announced candidates for 13 seats in Kerala.Eyed by three leaders of the BJP, Pathanamthitta, has not seen any shortlisted candidate in the first list.Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday told the Modi government not to pretend to be the Indian Army and said that governments which say they can't be questioned are dangerous."The sacrifices of our armed forces should never be questioned. To ask questions to politicians in a democracy is our fundamental right. This government needs to stop pretending to be the Indian Army," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted."Politicians who say they cannot be questioned are dangerous," he tweeted.TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) has released the party’s manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha polls.Nara Lokesh, Andhra Pradesh IT Minister and son of CM N Chandrababu Naidu will file his nomination shortly. Lokesh will contest from Mangalagiri constituency in Amaravati.The BJP on Friday accused the Congress of attempting to "separate terror from Pakistan" and said that while on one hand it blamed the Narendra Modi government for the air strikes in Pakistan, on the other, it was handing out a clean chit to Islamabad."Shame on Congress. Top Congress leader and Rahul Gandhi's chief advisor Sam Pitroda, on one hand, handing out clean chit to Pakistan, while on the other, blames Modi government and India for the air strikes. Astonishing attempt by the Congress to separate terror from Pakistan," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that he will kick off his poll campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur on Sunday.In a tweet in Hindi, Adityanath said that with the "blessings of Ma Shakummbhari, I will be launching the campaign from Saharanpur, the land known for its wood work, to wipe out dynastic politics and take the victory chariot of the BJP further".Former Cricketer Gautam Gambhir has officially joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) today.‘Inspired by PM Modi’s Vision,’ Says Gautam Gambhir, Joins BJPThe BJP in its first list of 28 candidates for West Bengal has pinned hopes on its veterans and defectors from the ruling Trinamool Congress to take on the Mamata Banerjee's government in the state.Of the 28 candidates, 25 are new faces, with a thrust on active political workers rather than greenhorns from the glamour world.The saffron party, which bagged two Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 elections, is now targeting 23 of the state's 42 constituencies.Unlike the TMC list, which had 18 new faces and a mix of both old-timers and greenhorns, hardcore politicians and personalities from the film industry, the BJP has faith in its own leaders and defectors from other parties.There are four women candidates and one Muslim nominee in the first list.Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is expected to join BJP today. Speculation of his arrival in the party’s fold had been rife in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.(Source: ANI)NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and BSP President Mayawati's opting out of the Lok Sabha polls is a clear indication of a certain victory for the NDA, the Shiv Sena said on Friday, 22 March.It also claimed Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would spoil the game for the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, reasoning the vote bank of the Congress and Mayawati is similar.In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the NDA constituent said Pawar and Mayawati not contesting was a sign that the road was clear for Narendra Modi to return victorious as prime minister.TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) has released a second list of 9 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.The BJP on Thursday denied tickets to its six sitting MPs from Uttar Pradesh, including Union minister Krishna Raj and National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Ram Shankar Katheria.(Source: PTI) We'll get through this! 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