Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is contesting from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala in addition to his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, filed his nomination today. His sister Priyanka Gandhi accompanied him to Wayanad. Gandhi has claimed that the people in South India "feel hostility" from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he decided to contest from Wayanad to send out the message that he stands with them.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Smriti Irani will begin two-day visit to Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi had defeated Irani by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes, retaining the Amethi seat. She will be contesting from there again.
BJP Presiden Amit Shah will address rallies in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Congress party spokespersons will release the manifesto at the state headquarters and list out the key points in the document. The aim is to reach out to the grassroots level and ensure that the message of the party reaches the people on the street and the hinterland.
Attacking Rahul Gandhi in his parliamentary constituency of Amethi, Union minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani Thursday said this is a coincidence that "didi" came here and the "missing MP" reached Kerala.
Terming herself 'didi' (elder sister), Irani told a gathering in Parsadepur, "This is a coincidence, indication of God that 'didi' arrived here and the missing MP reached Kerala. I have come to take (people's) blessings and he (Rahul) rejected the blessings."
Wayanad: Three journalists, including ANI reporter, sustained minor injuries after a barricade in Rahul Gandhi's roadshow broke. The injured were helped to the ambulance by Rahul Gandhi. #Keralapic.twitter.com/JviwAgWX5h
BJD fields Minakshi Mahanta from Champua assembly seat in Odisha
The ruling BJD in Odisha on Thursday announced Minakshi Mahanta as its candidate from Champua assembly seat.
In 2014, the BJD had fielded Odia actor Tatwa Prakash Satpathy alias Papu Pom Pom from the constituency.
However, the seat was won by Independent candidate Sanatan Mahakud by a margin of around 14,000 votes.
With this, the BJD has so far announced candidates for all the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 145 of the 147 assembly constituencies in the state.
Gujarat Congress MLA Kalu Dabhi resigns after ticket denial for Lok Sabha elections
In a setback to the Congress in Gujarat ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its MLA Kalu Dabhi resigned from the party's primary membership on Thursday after he was denied ticket for the parliamentary election.
However, state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said Dabhi's resignation was not accepted and that efforts would be made to pacify him.
Dabhi wanted to contest the Lok Sabha poll from Kheda constituency, where the Congress has fielded Bimal Shah, a former minister who quit the BJP to join the opposition party in January.
SC dismisses plea seeking rescheduling of LS poll date, asks how long does it take to vote
The Supreme Court Thursday asked how long does it take to vote and why voters can't cast vote on a holy day as it refused to accord urgent hearing to a plea seeking rescheduling of the Lok Sabha polling date in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 18.
A Christian body had moved the apex court seeking urgent listing of its plea in which it said the scheduled date of polling for Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry falls within the holy period of Good Friday and Easter.
The petitioner's counsel told the court that the date of polling in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry be rescheduled.
"You can't cast your vote on a holy day?" a bench headed by Justice S A Bobde asked the petitioner's counsel.
"How long does it take to vote?" the bench said, adding, "We don't want to advise you how to pray and how to cast vote".
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad: I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one, be it North, South, East or West
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad: I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one, be it North, South, East or West. My aim is to send a message, there is a feeling in South India that the way Centre, Modi ji and RSS are working its like an assault on culture and languages in South.
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad: I understand that my brothers and sisters in CPM will now speak against me
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad: I understand that my brothers and sisters in CPM will now speak against me and attack me, but I am not going to say a word against the CPM in my entire campaign.
Former Rajya Sabha MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu joins Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister JP Nadda in Delhi. He had resigned from Congress party last month. pic.twitter.com/fEIeC1ak7l
Elephant in the room: Wayanad tribals say chasing away jumbos more important than welcoming Rahul
Kerala's Wayanad has shot to limelight with Rahul Gandhi choosing the tribal-dominated constituency, but forest dwellers here remain oblivious to heated political discussions over the Congress chief's move to go down south, saying food, shelter and fighting elephant attacks are issues of priority for them.
Tribals constitute around 18 per cent population of the Wayanad district. The Lok Sabha seat has two Assembly segments -- Sultan Bathery and Mananthavadi -- which are reserved for them.
"We don't have shelters or good habitation. There are no roads, no proper drinking water. We do not have much hope in them (politicians)," said a tribal man living in the forests of Wayanad.
According to a tribal woman, the main issue is fighting elephant attacks.
Election Commission of India has seized Rs 377.511 crore cash, Rs 157 crore worth liquor till date
Election Commission of India has seized Rs 377.511 Crore cash, Rs 157 Crore worth liquor, Rs 705 Crore worth drugs & precious metals worth Rs 312 Crore till date.
Uttarakhand: Election Commission organized an EVM and VVPAT training camp in Haldwani for officers who would be on duty at polling booths (3.4.19) pic.twitter.com/tZD30HJy0A
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Congress President Rahul Gandhi
He enjoyed a position of power for 15 years because of the support from Amethi, but now he is going to file nomination from elsewhere.This is an insult of Amethi and people here will not tolerate this.