Lok Sabha Election 2019: I will neither contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls nor assembly bypolls, says Kamal Hassan
Lok Sabha Election 2019: I will neither contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls nor assembly bypolls, says Kamal Hassan
Lok Sabha elections 2019 Latest News India: Hello and welcome to our daily Election Live Blog where we bring to you the election live updates from across India. With the biggest game of thrones set to begin next month, political circles are perplexed as to who will India choose - Modi wave or Mahagathbandhan. It will be for all to see what the decider reveals on May 24. Catch the latest here:
Hello and welcome to our daily election blog where we bring you the latest updates from the country. Saturday saw singer Sapna Choudhary join Congress party while the BJP had opened its arms to Gautam Gambhir on Friday. NDA, which announced its list in Bihar yesterday, is facing some rebellion from people who have been denied tickets. Congress also has a similar problem. War of words in the race to Lok Sabha election 2019 is just getting bigger. Stay tuned with our Election Live Blog and we will ensure that you don't miss a ball.
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March 24, 201910:49 PM (IST)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Gorkha National Liberation Front to support BJP in Darjeeling
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Gorkha National Liberation Front to support BJP in Darjeeling in upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Raju Singh Bisht to contest from Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal. SS Ahluwalia in a letter to Amit Shah has expressed his inability to contest from Darjeeling. He has stated that he can contest from any other seat in West Bengal.
March 24, 201910:29 PM (IST)
Kamal Hassan not to contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls
Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Hassan in Coimbatore: I will neither contest upcoming Lok Sabha polls nor assembly bypolls to 18 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. I have lot of work to do. I will work towards the success of my candidates.
March 24, 20199:59 PM (IST)
BJP fields Raju Singh Bisht from Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat
BJP fields Raju Singh Bisht from Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, replacing Union minister S S Ahluwalia.
March 24, 20198:40 PM (IST)
Karti Chidambaramto contest Lok Sabha elections from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu
Karti Chidambaram, Congress: I firmly believe the strength of the party and the alliance will help me win the Sivaganga seat. This is the second time I am contesting elections.
March 24, 20198:20 PM (IST)
Odisha CM announces BJD candidates for 9 assembly constituencies
Odisha CM announces BJD candidates for 9 assembly constituencies: Kishore Mohanty from Brajaraj Nagar, AN Singh-Bolangir, Pradeep Behera-Loisinga,Pitam Padhi-Pottangi, PK Dishari-Lanjigarh, PC Majhi-Jharigam, Mukunda Sodi-Malkangiri,Dr R Panigrahi-Sambalpur and Rohit Pujari-Rairakhol.
March 24, 20197:49 PM (IST)
BJP leader from Mapusa Sudhir Kandolkar joins Congress
Goa: BJP leader from Mapusa Sudhir Kandolkar who resigned from the party today, joins Congress.
Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners for second phase of elections
Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners for second phase of elections; Mulayam Singh Yadav's name included in the second list which was missing in the first list.
March 24, 20196:14 PM (IST)
BJP releases its list of 9 candidates from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Meghalaya and Maharashtra
BJP releases its list of 9 candidates from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Meghalaya and Maharashtra- Santosh Pandey to contest from Chhattisgarh's Rajnandagaon, Sunil Soni to contest from Raipur, Raghunanadan Rao from Medak in Telangana
March 24, 20195:37 PM (IST)
Congress releases ninth list of 10 candidates for Lok Sabha polls
Congress fields Karti Chidambaram from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar to fight from Katihar in Bihar, B K Hariprasad from Bangalore South Lok Sabha seat.
March 24, 20195:31 PM (IST)
2019 polls is going to make a big difference for India: Nirmala Sitharaman
"This campaign for Telangana itself is invigorating for those of us who are in the grind of the campaign. I may not be contesting but there are people for whom we all are working. 2019 polls is going to make a big difference for India" said BJP leader and the Defence Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman
March 24, 20195:14 PM (IST)
Modi's rallies in Kolkata, Siliguri on April 3
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies - one at north Bengal's Siliguri and other at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground -- on April 3 ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a party leader said on Sunday.
"His first public meeting will be in Siliguri at 1 p.m. and then he will attend a rally at Brigade Parade Ground at 3 p.m.," BJP leader Mukul Roy told reporters.
March 24, 20195:08 PM (IST)
Manoj Tiwari hits out at Rahul Gandhi
"Rahul Gandhi needs to tell everyone how his declared income increased from 2 Crore in 2009 to 9 Crore in 2014. what business was he doing?" BJP Delhi President Manoj Tiwari said. "There is a conflict within Congress. They don't know if Rahul Gandhi should lead them or Priyanka Gandhi". he added
Talking about Priyanka Gandhi's visit to Allahabad and Varanasi he asked her to answer questions about her husband and how he takes away people's land.
March 24, 20194:32 PM (IST)
Sapna Chaudhary came and filled the membership form herself, says UP Congress Secretary Narendra Rathi
Narendra Rathi, UP Congress Secretary: Sapna Chaudhary came and filled the membership form herself, her signature is on it. Her sister also joined the party yesterday, we have both of their forms.
Picture of Congress Membership Form with Sapna Chaudhary's name and signature on it and fee receipt from yesterday. Today, Haryanavi singer and dancer Sapna Chaudhary has claimed that her pictures are old and she is not a part of any political party. pic.twitter.com/6kCUGlWvE3
Narendra Rathi (in pic 1 from yesterday with Sapna Chaudhary), UP Congress Secretary: Sapna Chaudhary came and filled the membership form herself, her signature is on it. Her sister also joined the party yesterday, we have both of their forms. pic.twitter.com/tKIh0eWLxU
Madhepura MP and Jan Adhikar Party leader Pappu Yadav says he is open to joining Congress, leadership need to take a call.
March 24, 20193:39 PM (IST)
Sapna Chaudhary denies joining Congress party
Sapna Chaudhary denies joining Congress, says photo with Priyanka is old.
Haryanavi singer & dancer Sapna Chaudhary: I have not joined the Congress party. The photograph with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is old. I am not going to campaign for any political party. pic.twitter.com/oYSyKjBU1K
BJP will win both Lok Sabha seats in Manipur: CM Imphal
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Sunday claimed that the NDA government will return to power at the Centre and the BJP will win both the Lok Sabha seats in the state.
March 24, 20192:29 PM (IST)
AAP releases first list of candidates in UP
The Aam Aadmi Party has released its first list of candidates in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. Yogesh Dahiya will fight from the Saharanpur parliamentary seat, Shweta Sharma from Gautam Buddh Nagar and Satish Chandra Sharma from Aligarh.
The party is likely to contest the polls from 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. For rest of the seats, the process to select candidates is in the final stage, said Rajya Sabha MP and AAP state in-charge Sanjay Singh.
March 24, 20191:30 PM (IST)
Trinamool, BJP try to capture party offices in Bengal
With West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and emerging opposition BJP intensifying their fight ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, capturing and recapturing each other's party offices have become a regular occurrence.
Supporters of the BJP's Coochbehar candidate Nisith Pramanik, who recently switched to the saffron party from the Trinamool, have allegedly recaptured a "Trinamool-acquired party office" at Bamanhat market in Coochbehar district.
"My association with Trinamool was a sin. The BJP is like the holy Ganges. Our supporters clean the party office with water from the holy river," he said after taking over the office.
March 24, 20191:12 PM (IST)
Congress announces 9 candidates in Madhya Pradesh
The Congress has announced its candidates for nine of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, fielding former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal. Former Minister and Lok Sabha member Kantilal Bhuria was given the ticket to contest on Ratlam.
March 24, 201912:52 PM (IST)
Kanhaiya Kumar to contest from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat on CPI ticket
Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Communist Party of India: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students union president, Kanhaiya Kumar will contest from Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency.
March 24, 201912:14 PM (IST)
Congress announces all 5 candidates from Uttarakhand
The Congress has announced candidates for all the five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand. The party has fielded Congress general secretary Harish Rawat from Nainital, former MLA Ambrish Kumar from Haridwar, former Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri's son Manish Khanduri from Pauri, state Congress president Pritam Singh from Tehri and Rajya Sabha member Pradeep Tamta from Almora.
March 24, 201911:16 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to decide on contesting from Wayanad
The decision to contest on the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala rests with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, All India Congress Committee general secretary Oommen Chandy has said. "There is no confusion at all regarding Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad. Our party here has already indicated our desire that this should happen. Now it's Gandhi who has to make the final decision and it's expected today itself," Chandy told the media
March 24, 201910:50 AM (IST)
Akhilesh Yadav to contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in UP
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav to contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, Azam Khan to contest from Rampur
March 24, 201910:49 AM (IST)
Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha polls
Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha polls; Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav and Jaya Bachchan included in the list; Mulayam Singh Yadav's name not there.
March 24, 20199:39 AM (IST)
AIADMK going DMK way in dynastic politics, fields kin of its leaders in Lok Sabha polls
The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which has for long attacked the DMK for dynastic politics, has drawn criticism for nominating sons of its leaders including O Panneerselvam for the April 18 Lok Sabha polls. Among DMK's 20 candidates, six are children of prominent leaders while the AIADMK has allotted four of the 20 seats to wards of party leaders.
March 24, 20199:26 AM (IST)
BJP meets Delhi CEO, seeks action against Arvind Kejriwal for 'misuse of Twitter'
A Delhi BJP delegation led by party leader Vijender Gupta Saturday met the chief electoral officer and sought action against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his alleged "misuse of Twitter" and violation of the model code of conduct (MCC). In its complaint to the CEO, the BJP alleged that Kejriwal, through social media platforms, was trying to incite religious frenzy and communal tensions. The development comes a day after Gupta hit out at the chief minister for tweeting a picture that depicted a broom, the symbol of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), chasing a "Hindu swastika".
March 24, 20199:25 AM (IST)
Rahul Gandhi trains guns on Modi, Mamata in West Bengal
Launching his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday trained his guns on both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, charging them with failing to fulfil their promises. Gandhi's rally in the North Malda constituency, once a Congress bastion, assumed significance as the party is facing an uphill task to hold onto its base due to large-scale defections of party leaders, including its sitting MP Mausam Benazir Noor, to the Trinamool Congress. The BJP too has been surging in the area with several leaders from opposition parties, including the CPI(M), joining it recently.
March 24, 20199:22 AM (IST)
Amit Shah to launch BJP poll campaign with rally in Agra
BJP president Amit Shah will launch the party's poll campaign after the Lok Sabha election schedule was announced with a rally in Agra in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, and its top leaders will hold rallies in every constituency across the country till Tuesday.
March 24, 20199:14 AM (IST)
BJP replaces ex-CM Shanta Kumar in Himachal list
The BJP on Saturday dropped two of its four MPs, including former chief minister Shanta Kumar, from its list of candidates for all the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh. The party renominated Anurag Thakur, the son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, from Hamirpur and Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi. The saffron party also replaced its Shimla candidate, Virender Kashyap, with Pachhad MLA Suresh Kashyap.
March 24, 20199:13 AM (IST)
Congress appoints observers in Delhi for Lok Sabha polls
The Delhi unit of the Congress has appointed observers for all 25 assembly constituencies falling under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee working president Rajesh Lilothia said the observers will go to booths and have dialogue with the voters and tell them about the programmes and policies of the Congress party. In a meeting held with the 25 observers, Lilothia said that in the 94 wards of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, protests will be staged to highlight the failures and non-performance of the elected representatives of both the BJP and the AAP.
March 24, 20199:12 AM (IST)
Congress announces Assembly poll candidates in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim
The Congress on Saturday announced 53 candidates for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and 32 nominees for state polls in Sikkim. Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki has been fielded from the Sagalee (ST) Assembly seat. Significantly, the Congress has also fielded Tuki from the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat. Arunachal Pradesh will have simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Polls for 60 assembly seats and two parliamentary seats will be held on April 11. Assembly polls in Sikkim will be held on April 11 simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections. The Sikkim Legislative Assembly has 32 seats.
March 24, 20199:09 AM (IST)
Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary joins Congress
Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary joined the Congress on Saturday. Chaudhary was formally inducted into the party at Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar's residence here, sources said. She later met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary in charge of east Uttar Pradesh.
March 24, 20199:08 AM (IST)
Congress announces 38 more candidates for Lok Sabha polls
The Congress party has come out with its eighth list of 38 candidates for the April-May parliamentary polls with its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge being renominated from Gulbarga in Karnataka and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan being fielded from Nanded. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh will contest from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat from Nainital constituency.
March 24, 20199:07 AM (IST)
Mehbooba Mufti to contest from Anantnag; PDP not to field candidates from Udhampur, Jammu
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti will be the PDP candidate from Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency but the party has decided not to field any candidates for Jammu and Udhampur seats in a bid to prevent division of "secular votes".
March 24, 20199:07 AM (IST)
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Hello and welcome to our daily Election Live Blog where we bring to you the election live updates from across India. With the biggest game of thrones set to begin next month, political circles are perplexed as to who will India choose - Modi wave or Mahagathbandhan. It will be for all to see what the decider reveals on May 24. Catch the latest here.