Jittery BJP May Pit Shivraj Against Digvijaya in Bhopal
The BJP in Madhya Pradesh has withheld its nominee for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat after the Congress formally fielded former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. The party has deferred a decision on Gwalior and Indore too.
Former Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was initially considered for Vidisha may be asked to take on Digvijaya Singh. The RSS has also assessing the claim of Pragya Thakur, the saffron Sadhvi who was recently acquitted of charges in the Malegaon blasts.
Tripura: Congress and INPT Form Alliance for LS Polls
Tripura Congress President Pradyot Kishore has announced that his party and the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) are forming an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls.
“Lok Sabha polls will be a test for forces which want to bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against those who want to oppose it,” he said.
CWC Meet Today to Give Final Shape to Congress Manifesto, Discuss Alliances
The top Congress leadership will on Monday, 25 March, discuss and give a final shape to the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections starting 11 April.
According to sources cited by PTI, the contents of the manifesto will be discussed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at its headquarters at Akbar Road in Delhi.
BJP Releases List of Candidates for Odisha LS and Assembly Polls
The BJP has released its list of candidates for two parliamentary constituencies and nine Assembly constituencies in Odisha. Kharbela Swain, who joined the BJP on Monday itself, would be contesting from the parliamentary seat of Kandhamal.
Meanwhile, former Odisha DGP and DG CRPF Prakash Mishra would be contesting from the parliamentary constituency of Cuttack. He joined the BJP on Sunday.
Akbaruddin Owaisi Takes a Dig at Modi Over His 'Chowkidar' Campaign
With campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls in full swing, AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi took a dig at PM Modi over his ‘chowkidar’ push, saying, “I've seen on Twitter 'Chowkidar Narendra Modi'. He should also mention ‘chowkidar' in his Aadhaar card and passport. (We) want a PM, not a 'chaiwala','pakodewala'... If Modi is interested, he should come to me, I'll offer him a chowkidar's cap and a whistle.”
SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Ban on Roadshows, Bike Rallies During Polls
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.
"We are not inclined to entertain this," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.
Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC's instructions and cause damage to the environment.
SC Asks EC to File Affidavit Regarding VVPAT, To Hear Opposition Plea on 1 April
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission to file an affidavit by 28 March on why physical verification of VVPAT paper trail should not be extended to more than one polling station per Assembly segment.
The apex court asked the poll body to give reason for its satisfaction on the existing arrangement of sample survey of one EVM with VVPAT per assembly segment.
The court will hear on 1 April the plea of 21 Opposition leaders, including Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, on the use of VVPAT in elections.
Cong’s Sachin Choudhary to Contest from UP’s Amroha Instead of Rashid Alvi
Congress leader Sachin Choudhary would be contesting from the Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha seat instead of Rashid Alvi, the party announced on Monday.
NCP Releases List of Star Campaigners For Upcoming Polls
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) releases list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha elections for Maharashtra.
Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Supriya Sule feature on the list.
Paralympian Deepa Malik Joins BJP
Paralympian Deepa Malik and INLD MLA Kehar Singh Rawat joins Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Kamal Haasan Meet TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee in Howrah
Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan meets Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna in Howrah.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Files Nomination
Odisha Chief Minister and BJD Chief Naveen Patnaik files nomination for the Bijepur Assembly constituency at the Padampur Sub Collector office in Bargarh. He had earlier filed his nomination for the Hinjili Assembly constituency as well.
Former Union Minister Sukh Ram Rejoins Congress
Former Union Minister Sukh Ram rejoins Congress, his grandson Aashray Sharma also joins the party.
Farooq Abdullah Files Nomination Papers for Srinagar LS Seat
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah filed nomination papers from the prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha seat which is going to polls in the second phase of the general election on 18 April.
Abdullah, who is seeking re-election from the constituency, was accompanied by his son and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and other leaders of the party to the office of Returning Officer Srinagar.
There was no pomp and show as only few vehicles of the NC leaders were allowed inside the deputy commissioner's office complex in Tankipora area of the city here.
The police had barricaded the entire area as part of the security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident and did not allow any supporters to the venue.
Modi to Address Rally in Jammu on 28 March
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in the outskirts of Jammu city on 28 March in support of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, a senior BJP leader said on Monday.
Sitting BJP MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jitendra Singh are seeking re-election from the Jammu and the Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the state.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally to be held at Panchayat Doomi, tehsil Bhalwal, in Jammu on 28 March,” BJP national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters.
PM Modi Arrives at BJP Headquarters for CEC Meet
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP Headquarters for the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting.
Sanjay Nirupam to Contest From Mumbai North West
Congress releases list of 26 candidates for Lok Sabha polls, with 25 from West Bengal. Sanjay Nirupam to contest from Mumbai North-West (Maharashtra).
Milind Deora Appointed as the President of Mumbai Congress
Milind Deora has been appointed as the President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.
Amid Defections, INLD Looks for 'Crisis' Management
Stung by desertions following a vertical split and a heavy bypoll defeat, nothing seems to be going right for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana.
At a time the Lok Sabha election is around the corner, the INLD on Monday admitted that the party was going through a crisis and would hold a meeting on Wednesday to get out of the rough patch.
INLD state president Ashok Arora said the meeting of the party's political affairs committee had been convened in Rohtak to decide the future course of action.
“Yes, we are going through a crisis,” Arora told PTI.
'Party Should Tell Me Why This Was Done,' Says Giriraj on BJP Fielding Him From Bihar's Begusarai Seat
Speaking to the media, BJP leader Giriraj Singh indicated that the party did not consult with him before nominating him as a candidate for Bihar's Begusarai Lok sabha seat.
"My self respect is hurt that no other MP's seat was changed in Bihar. It was decided without talking to me. State BJP leadership should tell me why was it done. I've nothing against Begusarai but I can't compromise with my self respect," he said.
Cong Approves Byre Gowda's Candidature from Bangalore North Constituency
The Congress Central Election Committee has named Krishna Byre Gowda as its candidate for the Bangalore North constituency.
BJP Announces Names of 4 More LS Candidates
Bharatiya Janata Party released list of candidates for four parliamentary constituencies. The list comprises four names including one each from Assam and Uttar Pradesh and two from Karnataka.
Candidate for one assembly constituency in Odisha was also declared.