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For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram.)With 45 names still to go, the BJP has dropped half of its winning SC/ST MPs from last time.Of the 49 SC/ST seats from which BJP candidates had won in 2014 and for which names been announced, in almost half (24), sitting MPs have been dropped, Indian Express said in a report.Ballot papers will be used for polling in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana as 185 candidates, a majority of them farmers, remained in fray for the next month's elections, officials said.Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha is seeking re-election from the constituency, where the Congress has once again fielded Madhu Yaskhi Goud.With the deadline for withdrawal of nominations coming to an end on Thursday, Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said 185 candidates, including 178 farmers, remained in fray in Nizamabad.(IANS)In a blow to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, a party candidate was sent to jail by a court Thursday in a case related to the alleged attack on a woman devotee in Sabarimala temple last November.Prakash Babu, the party’s candidate in Kozhikode constituency, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Kerala’s Ranni.(PTI)TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) gets 'Gift Pack' as its common symbol for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election and state assembly bypolls.(ANI)BJP MLA from Neemuch, Dilip Singh Parihar was arrested on Thursday, 28 March, on charges of violation of Model Code of Conduct.(ANI)22 people were injured during Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu's Wednesday, 27 March roadshow in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur, the police confirmed on Thursday, 28 March.Meanwhile, a mishap on Wednesday occurred at YSRCP president Jaganmohan Reddy's public meeting which caused the death of a person.At Naidu's rally, according to police, locals were trying to climb a building for a better view when a wall collapsed and the debris fell on the those who were standing below the building.In Jaganmohan's public meeting as part of election campaign at Mandapeta town in East Godavari district. A slab collapsed near the meeting dais.In that incident, one person died and almost 50 people were injured. The victims were shifted to Mandapeta and Kakinada govt hospitals. Reportedly it was an old building and could not bear the force of the crowd.(ANI)The Congress, on Friday, 29 March, released a list of 4 candidates from Bihar, 7 from Odisha and 1 from Uttar Pradesh. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to contest from Sasaram (Bihar), Former ET Now journalist Supriya Shrinate will contest from UP's Maharajganj, replacing Tanushree Tripathi.(ANI)The Election Commission has given a clean-chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his address to the nation on 27 March, Wednesday where he announced Mission Shakti.(Times Now)Actor Urmila Urmila Matondkar, who had recently joined the Congress a few days back, will contest the Lok Sabha elections as the party’s candidate for the Mumbai North seat.(PTI)RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav, on Friday 29 March announced the Bihar mahagathbandhan seat-sharing. Here’s how it goes:RJD to contest on 19 seats including Bhagalpur, Banka, Madhyapura, and Darbhanga.RLSP to contest on 5 seats.Congress to contest on 9 seats including Patna Saheb.Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met with supporters in Amethi. She is expected to hold a roadshow in Ayodhya later in the day.While announcing the Bihar alliance seat-sharing plan, RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav also announced that Sharad Yadav will contest from Madhepura constituency.(ANI)The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Election Commission (EC) on hearing a contempt petition for not enforcing the court's order which stated that it is mandatory for candidates to publish in newspapers, the number of pending criminal cases against them, in their filing of nomination papers during elections.The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, and comprising Justice Vineet Saran, has sought the EC’s response within a week.(ANI)PM Modi addressed a rally in Odisha’s Koraput. While addressing the rally, the prime minister touched upon the Balakot airstrikes issue, saying that while Pakistan is still counting bodies, the opposition is still asking for proof.“Its been a month (since the airstrike) and Pakistan is still counting bodies. When India takes action against terrorists, enters their home and kills them then some (opposition) here ask for proof.”Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of IndiaThe Congress, as per sources, will move the election commission against an audio-visual advertisement titled ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’ on social media.(Times Now)The Bharatiya Janata Party has released its 12th list of 11 candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Rajasthan for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.(ANI)About 25 per cent of young Indian voters are doubtful of the authenticity of the electronic voting machine (EVM), according to a new survey by news app Inshorts.An overwhelming 85 of the participants in the survey said voting should be made compulsory."Nowadays, people are aware about their rights and consider voting a responsibility as citizens," Inshorts CEO Azhar Iqbal said in a statement.The survey is based on responses from two lakh Inshorts subscribers across the country in March.(IANS)EC opposes in SC a plea filed by 21 opposition parties seeking direction that 50 percent EVM results are matched and crosschecked with VVPATs before the declaration of results in upcoming General Elections. EC in its affidavit said that there's no need to increase VVPAT count to match it with EVM.(ANI)Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, 29 March welcomed sitting BJP MP from UP’s Etawah, Ashok Kumar Dohrey, to the Congress party, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.(INC India)The Indian National Congress released a list of 5 candidates – 4 from Assam and 1 from Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. Ashok Kumar Dohare who joined the party earlier today, will contest from Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah constituency.(ANI)BJP President Amit Shah addressed a rally in West Bengal on Friday, saying that the elections this year, are important for the state for its identity.“This election is very important for this nation but for West Bengal, it’s important for its identity. It will decide if there’ll be democracy here. The manner in which Mamata didi governed this state, they only worked towards destroying the culture of Bengal.”Amit Shah, National President, West BengalCongress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, after completing her visit to Amethi.During the rally, Priyanka attacked PM Modi, saying that given the popularity, the Prime Minister must have been visiting his constituency, Varanasi a lot. However, she said that upon asking people, they said that the PM does not visit at all.“I asked people if PM Modi visits villages in Varanasi, I got reply ‘he does not visit’. I was surprised because his publicity is such that I thought he must have been doing something. He visited whole world and hugged everyone, but didn’t hug his own people.”Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress LeaderAs BJP President Amit Shah addressed a rally in West Bengal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also held a rally in Haryana’s Yamuna Nagar.Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi holds a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.Rahul Gandhi talked about the condition of farmersFarmers work entire day but when they ask PM for farm loan waiver, Arun Jaitley ji says 'we won't do it, that isn't our policy.' When they make an insurance policy they take out money from your account without asking you&it goes into companies of Ambani-AdaniThe Election Commission today said the BJP has sought 10 more days to respond to a show cause notice issued to a member of its national election committee for sharing an "audio-visual advertisement" titled "main bhi chowkidar hun" on social media without complying with the directions of the poll body.Delhi's chief electoral officer, in a statement, said, "As regards the show cause notice dated March 26, issued for sharing the audio-visual ad titled 'main bhi chowkidar hun' on social media, the BJP has sought 10 days to file a reply." The poll body had earlier asked the BJP election committee member to submit a reply within three days.BJP has fielded candidates in 27 out of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, with the party today finally announcing the nominees for the remaining three parliamentary constituencies.The party has supported independent candidate and multi lingual actress Sumalatha Ambareesh in the Mandya Lok Sabha seat and has not fielded anyone there.(Source: PTI)Senior BJP leaders, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be present during BJP president Amit Shah's road-show in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani made the announcement today.(Source: PTI)Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he protects the rich while his own party bats for the poor, the weaker sections and the farmers.“The 2019 polls are a fight between two ideologies. On one hand are the BJP, the RSS and Narendra Modi and on the other is the Congress," he said.Gandhi is on a day's visit to Haryana to be part of Congress state unit's ongoing “Parivartan Yatra”.(Source: PTI)Gujarat High court rejects Congress leader Hardik Patel's plea seeking suspension of his conviction in a rioting case of 2015 in Mehsana. As per the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hardik Patel won't be able to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election due to his conviction.(Source: ANI)Asking the people of Telangana to vote for a "new Bharat" where the people of the state will also benefit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the citizens in the country were moving forward sans any fear as the 'chowkidar' has been 'alert.'Addressing a mammoth public rally, Modi took a swipe at Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao for the delay in forming the cabinet after securing a massive win last year, saying the latter must have been influenced by some astrologer.(Source: PTI)Apparently hurt for not being given any strategic position for the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor today said that it was just the beginning of his political career and his "role was to learn and to cooperate".The former poll strategist, who was inducted into the party by its national president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in September, took to Twitter to speak his mind.(Source: PTI)Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress this week has started her election campaign. She is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold.Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam with in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.(Source: PTI)TDP suspends 9 rebel members of its party who filed nominations after not getting tickets from TDP- KPRK Phaneeswari, K Srinivasa Rao, Kantamaneni Ravi Shankar, M Madhava Reddy, Bommanacheruvu Sriramulu, N Vijaya Jyothi, A Raja Gopal Reddy, Sarva Srinivasarao, N Viswanadha Reddy.(Source: ANI)BJP's Sambit Patra files his nomination for Puri Lok Sabha Constituency, at District Collector and Magistrate's office in Puri.(Source: ANI)Residents of 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, including those in Mumbai, that are going to polls in the fourth phase of election next month, have a last chance to register themselves as voters till Saturday.(Source: PTI)After a prolonged tug-of-war among its partners, the 'mahagathbandhan' (Grand Alliance) in Bihar finally allocated all of the 40 Lok Sabha seats today, announcing candidature of Misa Bharti from Pataliputra, Congress' Meira Kumar from Sasaram and RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui's from Darbhanga.As per the seat-sharing formula, the RJD has got 20 seats, out of which it is giving up one for the ultra-Left party, the Congress has nine, followed by five for Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP and three each for Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM and Mukesh Sahni's VIP.Congress party today filed a complaint with Election Commission against Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate from Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency over his earlier statement, 'If you are not with Modi, you are anti-India'.(Source: ANI)The CPI today announced that it would give a minimum pension of Rs 9,000 per month, grant full statehood to Delhi and Puducherry and a one-time comprehensive loan waiver for farmers as part of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.The Communist Party of India (CPI) also proposed a law for agricultural workers and a separate budget for agriculture.(Source: PTI)Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh today said his party has fielded its first transgender candidate from the Prayagraj seat in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Member of 'Kinnar Akhada' Mahamandaleshwar Bhawani Nath Valmiki will contest on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket from Prayagraj, Singh said.The senior AAP leader hoped that Valmiki wins and becomes the first transgender to become the Member of Parliament.(Source: PTI)BJP president Amit Shah today lashed out at the Opposition parties for questioning the Narendra Modi government over air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan and advocating talks with Islamabad to resolve various issues.The Narendra Modi government has given befitting replies to China and Pakistan, he said, adding "we are fighting to secure our country".(Source: PTI)The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today lauded the economic reforms of the Narendra Modi-led government, saying that the NDA has ushered in economic stability.Patting its saffron ally, the AIADMK said the Centre's economic reforms have made India a 'decisive' player in South Asia, vis-a-vis economy.(Source: PTI)Sikkim Chief Minister and SDF president Pawan Kumar Chamling today announced various sops for the youth, including a one-time grant of Rs five lakh to those starting a livelihood venture, if his party is voted to power again."Our policy is youth first ... youth has always been our priority," he said while releasing the election manifesto of his party, Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), at the Vijay Sankalp Rally in West Sikkim's Soreng town.(Source: PTI)The Trinamool Congress today rebuffed BJP president Amit Shah's claim to replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal if the saffron party returns to power at the Centre."We will never allow any the NRC exercise in Bengal. They (BJP) want to divide the people on religious and communal lines. We will never allow that to happen," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.(Source: PTI)Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari and leaders of BJP's allies such as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan will be present during party president Amit Shah's filing of nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat on Saturday.The presence of the top BJP-led NDA brass at the event is being seen by observers as a show of support for Shah and an acknowledgement of him being the second most powerful leader in the alliance after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Source: PTI)The BJP today declared candidates for three more Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, dropping two sitting MPs, while suspense remains on the fate of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.So far, the party has announced candidates for 18 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.It has yet to announce candidate from Indore, where the incumbent MP is Mahajan.(Source: PTI)It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resorted to fearmongering in his election campaign rather than focusing on his five-year track record in governance, says National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who believes the Congress is the only pan-India opposition party and should have formed regional alliances with various outfits in states, said he is surprised by the prime minister's campaign tack.(Source: PTI)Dubbed an "outsider" by the Opposition, BJP MP Hema Malini has said she has a "divine connection" with the city of Lord Krishna and has no intention of becoming a minister.The actor-turned-politician, who has been fielded once again by the BJP from the Mathura constituency, filed her nomination papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections earlier this week.The 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal has said that Mathura will witness an "outsider vs Brijwasi" battle as Hema Malini lives in Mumbai."Yes, I have a house in Mumbai. What is the problem with that? I have a house here also and I am a Virndavanwasi," Hema Malini said.(Source: PTI)Speaking at his rally in Alipurduar, Amit Shah said, "We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all infiltrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country."The NRC is a document containing names of all genuine Indian citizens in Assam. It, however, became a hugely contentious issue after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of lakhs of people who have been residing in the state for several decades.(Source: PTI)Patidar leader Hardik Patel's hopes of fighting next month's Lok Sabha polls hit a major roadblock with the Gujarat High Court Friday dismissing his plea to stay his conviction in a 2015 rioting case.4 April being the last date of filing of nominations in Gujarat, Hardik has a few days to challenge the judgement in the Supreme Court.(Source: PTI)With the BJP not announcing its candidate from Indore in Madhya Pradesh yet, suspense remains as to whether sitting MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan would be renominated.The party declared three candidates today. So far, it has announced candidates for 18 out of 29 seats in the state.(Source: PTI)Biju Janata Dal (BJD) release list of 18 candidates for elections to the state legislative assembly.(Source: ANI)Taking a swipe at the grand alliance of opposition parties, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the 'mahagathbandhan' is a 'non-bandhan', political circus and a recipe for chaos.Several political parties, mostly traditional BJP opponents, have come together to take on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the ensuing general elections beginning 11 April.In a blog post, Jaitley said that over the last several months, India was "exhausted" with the talk of a 'Mahagathbandhan'.The rationale, he said, was that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP were very strong and could not be challenged by individual party.(Source: PTI)A day after hinting that she is not averse to contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked him for “ignoring” his own Varanasi constituency.On Thursday night, reacting to a suggestion from a party worker that she should fight the elections from her mother Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli constituency, Priyanka Gandhi had quipped, “Shouldn't I fight from Varanasi?” She fuelled more speculation on this possibility on Friday by targeting Modi over the state of the constituency that sent him to Parliament in 2014.(Source: PTI)The Election Commission today asserted in the Supreme Court that 21 opposition leaders have been unable to raise any ground for altering the existing system of random counting of the VVPAT slips from one polling booth per assembly segment which was "found to be most suitable" after due studies and tests.EC sought dismissal of their petition seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each assembly constituency be checked randomly in the Lok Sabha elections next month.(Source: PTI)An FIR was registered against two persons today for not depositing their licensed weapons ahead of the general elections, officials said.The case was registered against Ashok Kumar and Mahinder Singh, residents of Badyal Brahamana area under the Arms Act, they said.The two violated an order of the Jammu district magistrate regarding deposition of all licensed weapons in the nearest police station, the officials said.(Source: PTI)The Mizoram Election office was taking a number of steps to encourage young and first time voters to exercise their franchise in the coming Lok Sabha polls, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said today.The CEO said that there were over 52,000 first time voters in Mizoram voters' lists of over 7,84 lakh electorate.(Source: PTI)The Congress today announced two candidates for the assembly bypolls in Goa next month, naming former minister Mahadev Naik from Shiroda and fielding Sudhir Kandolkar from Mapusa.By-elections are scheduled in Shiroda, Mapusa and another assembly constituency Mandrem on 23 April. The same day voting will take place for the two Lok Sabha seats in the coastal state.Naik, a former minister who had quit the BJP last month, will contest from his traditional Shiroda assembly segment in North Goa.(Source: PTI)In a big relief to JDS patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress sitting MP from Tumkur S P Muddahanumegowda today pulled out of the contest as the rebel candidate against him.Gowda is the joint nominee of Karnataka's Congress-JDS ruling alliance, which was worried over his electoral prospects after Muddahanumegowda jumped into the fray defying the understanding under which the seat was allotted to the JDS.(Source: PTI)Congress president Rahul Gandhi has not ruled out contesting the Lok Sabha election from a constituency other than Amethi, saying many party leaders have fought elections from more than one seat in the past and a decision on the issue will be taken by the party soon.Referring to demands from party leaders that his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should contest, Gandhi said that she will have to take a call on whether to fight the polls or not.Speculation about the newly appointed Congress general secretary contesting grew after she asked people in Varanasi on Thursday whether she should fight the polls from the temple town, the constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a re-election.(Source: PTI)Janapaksham founder and MLA P C George, who is a voter of Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency, today said he would vote for BJP candidate K Surendran, as he was the one and only candidate who visited his home seeking his vote.George, however, said a decision on his party cooperating with the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha polls would be taken in two days.(Source: PTI)The Delhi BJP today alleged that the "Chinese social media applications on Facebook" are spreading misinformation about the party and asked the Election Commission to take action against their interference in the poll process.In a letter to the Election Commission, the party said advertisements on the apps are being created and shared "with an intention to create a disinformation campaign against our party".The party also demanded legal action against the apps.(Source: PTI)In his electoral debut from his father's home turf Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot will take on Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.Vaibhav Gehlot was named in the Congress list of candidates released Thursday night, after speculation in the state that the CM was keen that he is fielded by the party.The BJP had earlier announced the candidate of Shekhawat, who won last time from the same seat dominated by the Bishnoi and the Jat communities.(Source: PTI)BJP president Amit Shah on Friday lambasted Lalu Prasads RJD for giving a ticket to the wife of mafia don-turned-politician Mohd Shahabuddin, claiming that it showed the partys intention to bring back the era of jungle raj to Bihar.Shah's hard-hitting comment against the RJD came while addressing an election rally.(Source: PTI)Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed confidence that the BJP will return to power with "absolute majority" after the April-May Lok Sabha election, saying the people have made up their mind to ensure victory of the National Democratic Alliance in 300-plus seats.He also said that people have already decided in favour of the BJP and are, therefore, not searching for a "competing face".(Source: PTI)Intensifying its campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, the Delhi Congress will launch the 'Haath Ke Saath Yatra', touring 27 assembly constituencies in the city from Sunday to create awareness about its promise for Nyuntam Aay Yojna (NYAY).The participants of 'cycle yatra', dubbed as 'Haath Ke Saath Yatra' by the party, will interact with the people and tell about Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's promise of Rs 72,000 per annum payments to poor people.(Source: PTI)BJP's Etawah MP Ashok Kumar Dohrey joined the Congress today after meeting party president Rahul Gandhi here, and within hours he was fielded by the opposition party from the constituency.Dohrey joined the Congress fold days after he was denied a BJP ticket from the Etawah Lok Sabha constituency, from where the ruling party has declared former Union minister Ram Shankar Katheria.The 48-year-old Dalit leader met Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence here and was welcomed in the party.(Source: PTI)The AAP today filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that his reference to the Armed Forces in a recent interview was in violation of the model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.In a letter to the Election Commission, the AAP legal cell alleged that the Prime Minister talked about Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan, during the interview to obtain political gains.(Source: PTI)Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and erstwhile ally N Chandrababu Naidu, calling him 'u-turn Babu', whose "intent" was not on state's development.Addressing a well-attended election rally, he sought to reject Naidu's repeated attacks that his government neglected the state.(Source: PTI)The Congress today said it will improve infrastructure of all schools in Arunachal Pradesh and will give free computers and bicycles to economically poor students if the party is voted to power in the upcoming state Assembly election.Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Takam Sanjoy while addressing an election rally at remote Vijaynagar in Changlang district which is yet to be connected by roads, said that the Congress would start construction of the Miao-Vijaynagar road within six months of coming to power.(Source: PTI)The Aam Aadmi Party plans to release its manifesto by the end of next month with a focus on issues related to women safety, health and education, senior party leader Gopal Rai said.The national capital votes on 12 May to elect seven MPs.Stepping up its campaign for full statehood for the Union Territory, the Aam Aadmi Party has set up a "war room" at its headquarters, which has been connected with the "war rooms" in all seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi.A team from the Delhi poll body seized Rs 25 lakh in cash in southwest Delhi Friday, a statement from the Chief Electoral officer said.The Static Surveillance Team of Matiala assembly constituency, SDM office, Kapashera, seized the cash at Jhatikara border, it said.The team was doing its surveillance duty to monitor model code of conduct violations at the site, and during a routine check up the cash was found in a Ford Endeavour SUV bearing a Haryana registration number, the statement said.(Source: PTI)Taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of surgical strikes, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Friday said such "strategic attacks" are never disclosed and claimed 11 similar strikes were made during the UPA I regime when he was a Union Minister.Addressing an election rally in Nalgonda district hours after the Prime Minister launched BJP's campaign in the state, he alleged Modi was spreading 'lies' against the TRS government for the sake of votes and political gains.(Source: PTI)Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said his party, if voted to power, will scrap the Niti Aayog and replace it with a "lean" Planning Commission.Gandhi said the Niti Aayog, set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he assumed power in 2014, served no purpose other than making marketing presentations for the PM and "fudging data"."If voted to power, we will scrap the NITI Aayog," he said in a tweet.(Source: PTI)Election Commission says PM Modi's "Mission Shakti" speech didn't violate Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and states, "Committee has reached to conclusion that MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media as contained in Para (IV) of Part VII of MCC isn't attracted in the case."(Source: ANI)Nitin Bhansali who had recently quit Janta Congress Chhattisgarh, joined Congress on Friday, 30 March, in presence of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, reported news agency ANI.