Lok Sabha polls 2019: BJP chief Amit Shah to file nomination tomorrow

Narendra Modi | Photo: PTI
With voting in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 set to begin in less than two weeks, political parties have upped the ante in their campaigns.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a sharp attack on the Congress over dynastic politics saying that it was dangerous for a democracy. In an interview to a news channel, PM Modi said, dynastic politics is not my problem, but dynastic politics is a major threat to India's democracy. Targetting the Opposition for criticing Rafale deal, Modi said they cannot even think that defence deals can be done with full transparency. He claimed that his government was dedicated towards modernising the country’s defence infrastructure with acute transparency adding that because of government’s strict actions the fugitives had to flee the country. “Nobody can doubt the love for my country,” said PM Modi, adding People questioning Balakot air strike are foolish. “I was awake and in constant touch with jawans during Balakot air strike,” he explained.
 
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra teased a potential showdown with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national elections as she quipped "Why not Varanasi" - the Lok Sabha constituency of the PM - when party workers requested her to contest elections from Rae Bareli, her mother Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency.
 
Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections is on April 11.

Here is what made news about elections on Friday.


10:39 PM IST In a jolt to the SP-BSP-RLD 'Mahagathbandhan' in Uttar Pradesh, the Nishad Party on Friday parted ways with the fledgling anti-BJP alliance and said it could "look for other options".

9:43 PM IST The Election Commission has allotted 'gift pack' as a  for candidates of the T T V Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazagham for the coming Lok Sabha elections and assembly 

9:25 PM IST The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to release its manifesto by the end of next month with a focus on issues related to women safety, health and education, according to news agency PTI.

9:07 PM IST Congress releases a list of 3 candidates, 1 for Gujarat and 2 for Himachal Pradesh, for #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/nWKxejhold — ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019

7:41 PM IST BJP President Amit Shah to file nomination for #LokSabhaElections2019 from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, tomorrow. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/SccFh78WZ5 — ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019

6:00 PM IST Biju Janata Dal (BJD) release list of 18 candidates for elections to the state legislative assembly. pic.twitter.com/NMMsfe16vn — ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019

5:17 PM IST Mumbai: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar begins her election campaign. She had joined Congress party recently and will contest from Mumbai North parliamentary constituency. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/oDAnrKbDpv — ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019

5:12 PM IST PM Narendra Modi in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh: Your vote will ensure the double engine for the development of Andhra Pradesh - BJP govt in the state and BJP govt at the centre. https://t.co/a6Cwcjzti1 — ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2019

4:49 PM IST Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday lashed out at the BJP, dubbing it "anti-farmer" and "pro-rich", and appealed to voters to oust the saffron party from power. "The BJP government is anti-farmer, anti-forces. Farmers are reeling in debt," she said at a "nukkad sabha" here on the last day of her three-day Uttar Pradesh visit. "The government's focus is only on helping the rich, making the rich richer."  Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

4:36 PM IST The AAP party has fielded its first transgender candidate from the Prayagraj seat in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

2:05 PM IST Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with locals during a 'chaupal' in Kumarganj. She is on her way to Ayodhya. pic.twitter.com/83Xy1fu0FF — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 29, 2019

1:36 PM IST Sonia and Rahul Gandhi seek adjournment of appeals filed in Supreme Court challenging the IT department's decision to reopen tax assessment related to the National Herald and Young India transactions. Next date of hearing is on 23rd April.

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Nishad Party quits grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh over Maharajganj seat

In a jolt to the SP-BSP-RLD 'Mahagathbandhan' in Uttar Pradesh, the Nishad Party on Friday parted ways with the fledgling anti-BJP alliance and said it could "look for other options".

EC allots 'gift pack' symbol to Dhinakaran-led AMMK party

The Election Commission has allotted 'gift pack' as a  for candidates of the T T V Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazagham for the coming Lok Sabha elections and assembly 

2019 polls: AAP to release manifesto by end of next month

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to release its manifesto by the end of next month with a focus on issues related to women safety, health and education, according to news agency PTI.

Congress releases list of candidates for Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh

Amit Shah to file nomination for Lok Sabha Elections tomorrow

BJD release list of 18 candidates for Lok Sabha elections

Urmila Matondkar begins election campaign for Congress

BJP govt is anti-farmer, pro-rich, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday lashed out at the BJP, dubbing it "anti-farmer" and "pro-rich", and appealed to voters to oust the saffron party from power. "The BJP government is anti-farmer, anti-forces. Farmers are reeling in debt," she said at a "nukkad sabha" here on the last day of her three-day Uttar Pradesh visit. "The government's focus is only on helping the rich, making the rich richer." 

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

AAP fields its first transgender candidate from Uttar Pradesh

The AAP party has fielded its first transgender candidate from the Prayagraj seat in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi seek adjournment of appeals filed in Supreme Court challenging the IT department's decision to reopen tax assessment related to the National Herald and Young India transactions. Next date of hearing is on 23rd April.
When India takes a strict action against the terrorists and kill them in their homes, the opposition demands proof. When you go to vote, you'll have to decide the kind of govt you want. The one that enters home of enemies & kill them or the one that cringes: PM Modi
BJP releases 12th list of 11 candidates in Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Rajasthan for Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Congress MP from Tumkur, Muddahanumegowda on JDS to contest from Tumkur: I've no plans to take back my nomination. Rahul ji & other leaders spoke to me & asked me to reconsider this decision but if my workers insist that I should contest then I should act as per them.

Congress fields Meira Kumar from Sasaram

The Congress on Friday nominated actress Urmila Matondkar and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar from Mumbai North and Bihar's Sasaram parliamentary constituencies respectively.
 
The party renominated its sitting MP Ranjet Ranjan from Supaul in Bihar, as it released a list of another 12 candidates for the general elections. With this list, the Congress has so far nominated 305 Lok Sabha candidates.
SC also issues notice to Centre on contempt plea for violation of its judgment directing candidates to declare criminal antecedents.
Bihar mahagathbandhan releases seat-sharing agreement for 40 Lok Sabha seats. RJD to contest on 19 seats, Congress on 9 seats, RLSP on 5 seats, HAM(S) on 3 seats, VIP on 3 seats and CPI(ML) on 1 seat.

TMC is the 'Trojan horse' of BJP in Opposition camp: Surya Kanta Mishra

West Bengal CPI(M) secretary Surya Kanta Mishra has described Mamata Banerjee's TMC as the "Trojan horse of BJP" in the opposition camp and urged the people to vote for the strongest Congress or Left Front candidates to defeat the TMC and the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections in Bengal.
 
He conceded that it would have been better if the seat sharing deal between the CPI(M) and the Congress in the state was clinched as it would have ensured maximum pooling of anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes.
PM Kisan Yojana is providing financial assistance to the farmers. However, Odisha govt hasn't provided us with the list of eligible farmers: PM Modi
Modi says NDA govt built homes for 8 lakh families in Odisha, lit up 3,000 houses, provided gas connection to 40 lakh homes.
The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, and also comprising Justice Vineet Saran, sought Election Commission's response within a week.
SC issues notice to Election Commission on hearing a contempt petition for not enforcing court's order, which stated that it's mandatory for candidates to publish in newspapers, the number of pending criminal cases against them, in their filing of nomination papers during election.

Can those who are involved in Chit fund scam make Odisha strong?: Modi

Can those who are involved in Chit fund scam make Odisha strong?
 
Can those who are working with mining mafia and deprived tribals of their rights and resources make Odisha strong?: PM Modi

BJP to provide good govt in Odisha: PM Modi

Prior to launching the BJP's election campaign in Odisha's Koraput district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the saffron party will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Odisha.
 
In his twitter post written in Odia language, Modi said the ruling BJD has failed to meet the aspirations of the people while the Congress was unable to emerge as a credible opposition.
 
"Odisha deserves a good government and the BJP will provide it," Modi said in the tweet.
 
Modi is on a visit to Jeypore in Koraput district on Friday for addressing his first election rally in eastern India. He is also scheduled to address another election meeting at Kalahandi on April 2.
PM Narendra Modi in Koraput,Odisha: Its been a month (since airstrike) and Pakistan is still counting bodies. When India takes action against terrorists, enters their home and kills them then some here ask for proof.

Sharad Yadav to contest from Madhepura, Sarfraz Alam from Araria and Misa Bharti from Pataliputra.

Tejashwi Yadav, RJD on Bihar mahagathbandhan seat-sharing: Sharad Yadav to contest from Madhepura, Sarfraz Alam from Araria and Misa Bharti from Pataliputra.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Ashok Kumar Dohrey into the party


It's about time to give an apt answer to people who are insulting the capabilities of our scientists and the armed forces: PM Modi

India can now keep an eye in the space, too: Modi

Odisha became a witness of a historic moment that showed the world India's capability. India can now keep an eye in the space, too: Modi
Tejashwi Yadav, RJD on Bihar mahagathbandhan seat-sharing: 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.
Five years ago, MSP was available for only 10 forest produces. It's been now increased to 50: PM Modi
It's because of the unflinching support of people that I was able to carry out welfare work for the people of the country: Narendra Modi in public meeting at Koraput, Odisha.
After joining the party, Matondkar had said she felt the need to join the Congress party as the freedom to express was under attack in the country and there are numerous examples in this regard in the last five years.
 
She had said the Congress party has participated in the freedom struggle and it stood for freedom.

Urmila Matondkar to contest from Mumbai North for Congress

The Congress on Friday fielded actress Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency two days after she joined the party.
 
Matondkar had joined the Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and had later said that she was "here to stay".
 
"The Congress central election committee has approved the candidature of Urmila Matondkar as party candidate to contest the ensuing general elections from Mumbai North parliamentary constituency in Maharashtra," a party statement said.
On Pulwama attach, Modi said, "I was in Uttarakhand on a pre-scheduled visit on the day Pulawama attack happened. I got the information about the attack and decided to address the rally over the phone but restrained myself from immediately mentioning about the incident of such magnitude."
The benefit of the nation is supreme, and if any activity is done against the nation - the law will do its work, it does not discriminate: Modi

PM Modi responds to accusations of trying to control top institutions of the country

"Those who have seen my tenure as CM of Gujarat in the past 13-14 years, they won't accuse me of trying to control the judiciary and parliament. I've been silent all this while but should I question as to who ordered for the Emergency? Who jailed political leaders? Who stabbed their own father in law? Please not make me open my mouth."

Four generations of the same family have spoken about removing poverty: Modi

Four generations of the same family have spoken about removing poverty. Indira Gandhi also spoke about it, Rajiv Gandhi also spoke about it and now Rahul Gandhi is talking about it: PM Narendra Modi

We could have taken political route on Robert Vadra, but we decided to let the legal system work its way: Modi

On Robert Vadra's investigation, "In India, there is a proper system of law. Congress has received a number of notices from the Court, but they take their own sweet time to respond. If we had to take the political route, we could have but we cannot and we have to ensure we follow the judicial system and it will the investigation is working at the right pace."
Who wanted to impeach the SC judge, who brought in emergency? Before levelling allegations they should look in the mirror: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 As a responsible citizen, as a responsible political Party, as a responsible PM, I will work with everyone together. Be it Congress or Mayawati or Mamata Banerjee: PM Narendra Modi
The people of the country have made up their minds, they want a government with an absolute majority: Narendra Modi
As far as Chaiwala is concerned, did you hear it when I was the CM of Gujarat? When I was declared the PM candidate, they dug out my background: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
They accuse me of having 250 pairs of clothes, but I say it's better than stealing Rs 250 crores: Narendra Modi

'No one in this country can doubt Narendra Modi's patriotism'

No one in this country can doubt Narendra Modi's patriotism. No one can question it: Narendra Modi
The number of gas connections you gave since independence, I gave in 5 years. Let's Debate on that: Modi
I have got Christian Michel, he is sitting in jail and revealing details. The law is taking its course: Narendra Modi
Our fight is not with the people of Pakistan, our fight is with terrorism: PM Narendra Modi

Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore belonging to Vijay Mallya have been seized: Modi

Properties worth Rs 14,000 crore belonging to Vijay Mallya have been seized even though total liability against him stands at Rs 9,000 crore, says PM Modi.

Don't want to fall into Pakistan's trap, says Modi

Pakistan has always assured that they will take decisive action, but they don't. I do not want to fall into their trap now: Modi

The 'mahagathbandhan' is more scattered today as compared to 2014: Modi

The 'mahagathbandhan' is more scattered today as compared to 2014, said PM Narendra Modi.
They see statesmanship in Pakistan PM's statements and they doubt their own PM. The people should recognise these people: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Previous governments used defence deals as their ATMs: Modi

Previous governments used defence deals as their ATMs. They could not imagine that deals can be done with transparency: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Defence deals have been ATMs of past governments. We brought back Christian Michel. He making big revelations sitting in jail. The law will take its own course, says PM Narendra Modi.

We made a law for the fugitives, wherever in the world they hide, their money can be confiscated: Modi

We made a law for the fugitives, wherever in the world they hide, their money can be confiscated: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

All the cheats are waiting for the government to change so that they come back: PM Modi

All the cheats are waiting for the government to change so that they come back: PM Narendra Modi in an interview to a news channel.

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