Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After Advani, BJP asks Joshi not to contest

BJP president Amit Shah and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi
With two weeks to go before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, all political parties have been canvassing for votes in full swing. From formulating campaign strategies to stitching alliances, each is working to clinch as many seats in the upcoming polls as possible. Today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah addressed a rally at Moradabad's Ramleela maidan, while Congress President Rahul Gandhi held rallies in Rajasthan, Suratgarh city in Ganganagar district and Bundi. He also held dialogues with selected booth-level workers in Jaipur. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath campaigned in Azamgarh and Gorakhpur.

Here is what made news about 2019 elections today.

11:40 PM IST Congress has announced three more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, pitting Sanjay Kapoor against BJP's Jaya Prada in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur constituency.

11:39 PM IST Nomination papers of all prominent candidates were found to be valid after scrutiny for the first phase of polling to be held on four Lok Sabha seats of Bihar on April 11.

11:18 PM IST West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of sidelining its senior leader Lal Krishna Advani and denying him Lok Saha ticket from Gandhinagar parliamentary seat in Gujarat.   "It is my personal feelings. I am feeling bad. Advani was the actual mentor for the BJP. They have forgotten the old days because of the new crop of leaders. But old is gold. It is an insult to him. But this is my personal feeling. They may not agree to it," the Chief Minister said. Mamata Banerjee

10:36 PM IST Supporters of  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold cutouts of party president Amit Shah with the party symbol during a public rally in Ahmadabad | Photo credit: PTI

10:32 PM IST The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls. Representative image of a VVPAT machine

10:10 PM IST Congress on Tuesday announced names of leaders from Dalit and Koli communities from Navsari and Kutch Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat. With the announcement of candidatures of Naresh Maheshwari from Kutch, a seat reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), and Dharmesh Patel from Navsari, the total number of candidates declared by the party has reached six.

9:50 PM IST Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a roadshow on Tuesday and exuded confidence that the ruling BJP will win all the 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state. Khattar said the BJP will seek votes on the basis of development work undertaken by both the state and the central government. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

9:36 PM IST Attacking the previous Congress-led UPA regime for 'not buying even one thing' for the armed forces during its 10 year tenure, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the personnel did not even have bullet proof vests, leave alone Rafale jet, which was never bought. "I want to ask why during the UPA period not even one thing was bought for our armed forces", said Sitharaman.

9:25 PM IST Election Commission appoints Gopal Mukherjee as Special Expenditure Observer for Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, DD Goel for Arunachal Pradesh & Nagaland. Shailendra Handa to be Special Expenditure Observer for Gujarat & Maharashtra & Madhu Mahajan for Tamil Nadu & Karnataka pic.twitter.com/30Fu2zQQDp — ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019

8:49 PM IST Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said his party consulted "big economists" including former RBI governor Rahuram Rajan before it came up with the idea of minimum guaranteed income to the poorest 20 per cent households in the country. Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: @INCIndia

8:43 PM IST Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur: After 2019 for 3 years Congress party is going to give young entrepreneurs complete exemption, for 3 years you won't need to take any permission from the government. You can file for the permissions you need after 3 years. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/w3QS53zDad — ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019

8:35 PM IST BJP president Amit Shah claimed that Narendra Modi was the "only" prime minister who had responded to terror activities in Pakistan like the United States. "We attacked Pakistan without any delay after the Pulwama attack, while the Opposition leaders were insisting for negotiation, Shah said at a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district. The Bharatiya Janata Party chief alleged that the Opposition was insulting the soldiers who died in the Pulwama attack by asking questions on the number of casualties in the Balakot airstrike.

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Congress pits Sanjay Kapoor against BJP's Jaya Prada in UP constituency

Congress has announced three more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, pitting Sanjay Kapoor against BJP's Jaya Prada in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur constituency.

Prominent candidates's nominations found valid for first-phase Lok Sabha polls

Nomination papers of all prominent candidates were found to be valid after scrutiny for the first phase of polling to be held on four Lok Sabha seats of Bihar on April 11.

Mamata targets BJP for sidelining L K Advani, says old is gold

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of sidelining its senior leader Lal Krishna Advani and denying him Lok Saha ticket from Gandhinagar parliamentary seat in Gujarat.
 
"It is my personal feelings. I am feeling bad. Advani was the actual mentor for the BJP. They have forgotten the old days because of the new crop of leaders. But old is gold. It is an insult to him. But this is my personal feeling. They may not agree to it," the Chief Minister said.

Mamata Banerjee

Supporters of  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold cutouts of party president Amit Shah with the party symbol during a public rally in Ahmadabad | Photo credit: PTI

Lok Sabha polls: EC appoints special observers for eight states

The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls.

Representative image of a VVPAT machine

Congress announces candidates for Navsari, Kutch Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat

Congress on Tuesday announced names of leaders from Dalit and Koli communities from Navsari and Kutch Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat. With the announcement of candidatures of Naresh Maheshwari from Kutch, a seat reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), and Dharmesh Patel from Navsari, the total number of candidates declared by the party has reached six.

BJP will win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a roadshow on Tuesday and exuded confidence that the ruling BJP will win all the 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state. Khattar said the BJP will seek votes on the basis of development work undertaken by both the state and the central government.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Indian Armed forces left without anything during UPA regime: Sitharaman

Attacking the previous Congress-led UPA regime for 'not buying even one thing' for the armed forces during its 10 year tenure, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the personnel did not even have bullet proof vests, leave alone Rafale jet, which was never bought. "I want to ask why during the UPA period not even one thing was bought for our armed forces", said Sitharaman.

EC appoints 'Special Expenditure Observers' in several states for elections

Consulted 'big economists' including Rajan for minimum income scheme: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said his party consulted "big economists" including former RBI governor Rahuram Rajan before it came up with the idea of minimum guaranteed income to the poorest 20 per cent households in the country.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: @INCIndia

Congress will give complete exemption to entrepreneurs for 3 years: Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi 'only' PM to respond to Pakistan like US: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah claimed that Narendra Modi was the "only" prime minister who had responded to terror activities in Pakistan like the United States.

"We attacked Pakistan without any delay after the Pulwama attack, while the Opposition leaders were insisting for negotiation, Shah said at a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district. The Bharatiya Janata Party chief alleged that the Opposition was insulting the soldiers who died in the Pulwama attack by asking questions on the number of casualties in the Balakot airstrike.

Election 2019: Facebook rolls out 'Candidate Connect' feature

Facebook has launched a feature 'Candidate Connect' through which Lok Sabha candidates can record their poll promises in 20-second videos. Facebook has already started removing fake accounts and "bad actors who mislead people" and has brought in transparency in political advertisements.

Happy that women will benefit under NYAY scheme: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said she's happy that women will receive Rs 72,000 per year directly into their bank accounts under the minimum income guarantee scheme announced by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Thankful to PM Modi, Amit Shah for having confidence in me: Jaya Prada

BJP denies ticket to Ananth Kumar's wife in Bangalore South

In a surprise move, the BJP on Tuesday fielded party's youth wing leader Tejaswi Surya from its bastion of Bangalore South from where the widow of union minister Ananth Kumar, a six-time MP from this prestigious Lok Sabha constituency, was denied the ticket.

Shatrughan Sinha to join Congress on March 28

Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has been associated with BJP for about three decades, will join Congress on March 28.

Samjawadi Party releases candidates' list of Uttar Pradesh

Former BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi dropped from Kanpur

Former BJP chief Murli Manohar Joshi dropped from Kanpur, UP minister Satyadevi Pachauri fielded from Kanpur

Congress releases another list of candidates for Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh

AAP failed to fulfill its pre-poll promises: Rajnath Singh

 
Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the AAP government has "failed" to fulfill its pre-poll promises and asserted that it cannot form the government every time by fooling the people. Addressing the party's 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' in northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency, Singh said the Narendra Modi dispensation always does what it says.
 

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Sheila Dikshit during a press conference at DPCC office, in New Delhi | Photo credit: PTI

BJP releases list of candidates for Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal

BJP President Amit Shah with party leaders during 'Vijay Sankalp' rally, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Moradabad | Photo credit: PTI
Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Bhupender Yadav presents the membership slip to veteran actor and former MP Jaya Prada as she joins BJP | PTI

Allot a common symbol to AMMK candidates: SC to Election Commission

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission to make "all endeavour to ensure" allotment of a common symbol to the 59 candidates of the Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) party. The 59 candidates in question are contesting 40 seats for the Lok Sabha in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and 19 for the by-elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, according to PTI.

Priyanka to visit Amethi, Rae Bareli, Faizabad in next leg of campaign

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to visit the party bastions of Amethi, Rae Bareli and Faizabad on Wednesday in her next leg of campaigning in Uttar Pradesh.
 

Congress' Hardoi candidate booked for violating model code of conduct

A case has been filed against Congress nominee from Hardoi Parliamentary seat, Virendra Verma, for alleged violation of model code of conduct.

Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada joins BJP

Former Samajwadi Party MP and actor Jaya Prada joined the BJP on Tuesday and may be fielded as the party's candidate from Rampur constituency to take on her bitter rival and SP nominee Azam Khan. A two-term Lok Sabha member from the SP, she is a close associate of Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh.

BJP worked to eliminate the poor, we will eliminate poverty: Rahul Gandhi

Alleging that poverty and unemployment increased under the Modi government, Congress President Rahul Gandhi termed his party's promise of minimum guaranteed income to the poorest 20 per cent households a 'surgical strike' on poverty and said nobody should be poor in 21st century India. Addressing a rally in Suratgarh town of Ganganagar district, Gandhi alleged that PM Narendra Modi gave money to the rich and top industrialists of the country, but the Congress would serve the poor.

Will abide by what Congress chief Rahul Gandhi decides: Sheila Dikshit

Congress releases list of campaigners for Assam, Uttar Pradesh

Congress announced the names of campaigners for Assam and Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The two lists, one for each state, contain the names of 40-star campaigners including the leaders, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, party President Rahul Gandhi, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, among others, according to PTI

BJP releases list of 42 star campaigners for phase 1 and 2 of 2019 polls from Bihar

In 21st century, India will define a 'Minimum Income Line' and no one should live below this line. With this intention we came up with NYAY. If Modi govt can give money to the rich, we can do it for poor: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan: How many are there at Anil Ambani's home? There is a queue of chowkidaar there. Narendra Modi did not tell you that he is not yours but chowkidaar of people like Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi.
Rahul Gandhi in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan: He (PM) says, 'Main Chowkidaar Hoon'. He didn't say whose chowkidaar he is? Have you seen a chowkidaar at a farmer's home? Have you seen a chowkidaar at home of an unemployed youth? Have you seen a chowkidaar at the home of Anil Ambani?
Group of BJP workers protest outside Patna airport, raise slogans "Ravi Shankar Prasad, go back, go back! RK Sinha (BJP Rajya Sabha MP) zindabad, zindabad!
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav: Nishad Party and Janvadi Party (Socialist) are now a part of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi is the only cure for India's problems: Rajnath SIngh

Union Minister & BJP leader Rajnath Singh at a public rally in Delhi: Chowkidar is not a thief. He is pure. His becoming a PM again is certain.

Maharashtra: Imtiaz Jaleel to contest on parliamentary seat of Aurangabad

 Imtiaz Jaleel to contest on parliamentary seat of Aurangabad on Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) ticket.
Pinkai Misra, BJD: Issue never came up when Patnaik was holding additional charge, so he has no role to play in this. Repeated attempts have been made to try and rope him in by Centre. It's being driven by unholy cash generated by some vested interests attempting to play a dirty game.


SC refuses to direct EC to issue common symbol “pressure cooker” to TTV Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK

SC refuses to direct EC to issue common symbol “pressure cooker” to TTV Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK for its candidates to contest upcoming Lok Sabha & Assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu. However, SC asks EC to give them a common symbol from among the free symbols available.

Sheila Dikshit to address the press today at 3pm. She may discuss Congress-AAP alliance.

Sheila Dikshit to address the press today at 3pm. She may discuss Congress-AAP alliance.
Tejaswini Ananth Kumar (wife of late Union minister Ananth Kumar) who was not given BJP ticket from Bangalore South LS seat: It's shocking. I stand with the party's decision. Let's not start asking questions. If we have to contribute to the country then we have to work for Modi.
Gadkari declared over 29 acres of agricultural land in Dhapewada in Nagpur, of which 15 acres are registered in the name of his wife and 14.60 acres owned by HUF.
 
Gadkari declared an ancestral house at Mahal (Nagpur) and a flat at an MLA Society in Worli (Mumbai).
 
The Union minister, in his affidavit, has informed that he has invested Rs 3,55,510 in savings scheme, mutual funds, bonds and shares.
 
He has Rs 8,99,111 in his banks account, according to the affidavit.
 
Similarly, his wife's bank balance stood at Rs 11,07,909.
 
The senior BJP leader also has liabilities of Rs 1,57,21,753 by way of bank loans.
 
Gadkari declared six cars in his affidavit, four of which are in the name of his wife.

Nitin Gadkari declares assets worth Rs 25.12 crore in poll affidavit

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 25.12 crore in an affidavit filed along with his nomination papers for the Nagpur parliamentary constituency.
 
Gadkari filed his papers for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat on Monday. Polling in the constituency will be held on April 11.
 
As per his tax return forms, his total income stood at Rs 2,66,390 in 2013-14 and Rs 6,40,700 in 2017-18.
 
According to his affidavit, he has movable assets worth Rs 69,38,691, while his wife has movable assets worth Rs 91,99,160.
 
A sum of Rs 66,07,924 is in the name of the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF).
 
Similarly, Gadkari has immovable assets worth Rs 6,95,98,325, his wife Rs 6,48,60,325. A sum of Rs 9,40,31,224 was in the name of HUF.

Actress Sumalatha upsets JDS, Congress calculations in Mandya

Actress Sumalatha's decision to contest as an independent from Mandya Lok Sabha seat, where JD(S) has fielded Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil, has upset the calculations of the ruling coalition, especially with the BJP now extending support to her.
 
Under the seat-sharing agreement between Congress and the JD(S), the Mandya constituency in the Vokkaliga heartland was left to former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's party which holds sway in the region.

Congress party releases list of star campaigners for the first and second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Maharashtra.

PC Chacko, Congress: Party President to take final decision today. We've had no word with AAP, as we had to take preliminary decision on our party's political stand whether we wanted an alliance or not. Both parties may have problems, that apart we've to defeat Modi and BJP, so, we'll come together.
Delhi's Patiala House Court lists the matter of Robert Vadra's money laundering case, for 28 March. His counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi had today requested for a change of date due to his (Robert Vadra) unavailability tomorrow.
"I have a nephew who, similarly, refuses to go to school whenever he fails to do his homework. But even he never thinks of sending the teacher to Pakistan. Neither does he hate anybody nor he wants to get anybody expelled from the school", Kanhaiya Kumar added sarcastically in the post.
 
"This is the real India, vastly different from the shrill debates one watches on news channels", the former JNU students union president, who first came into limelight upon being booked for sedition in connection with alleged raising of anti-national slogans at a function held inside the varsity premises.
A firebrand BJP leader, Giriraj Singh had caused a stir ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he said "those opposed to Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan." He has continued with similar outbursts since then, the latest instance being his threat that those not coming out in support of the Prime Ministers Patna rally on March 3 would be deemed "anti-national" even though he himself ended up remaining absent on account of ill-health.

Giriraj's reluctance to contest from Begusari comparable to kids' refusal to attend school: Kanhaiya Kumar

Union Minister Giriraj Singhs "reluctance" to contest Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai was comparable to a kids refusal to attend school in the event of failing to complete his homework, the CPI candidate from the seat Kanhaiya Kumar has said.
 
"Watched the news on TV and learnt that the BJP minister known for sending off people to free of cost Pakistan tours is not ready to come to Begusarai for contesting the polls", Kumar said in a Facebook post late Monday night wherein he did not mention Singh by name.
BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will not be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The development comes just days after the name of LK Advani, another old warhorse of the saffron party, was missing from the candidate list.
 
In a statement to CNN-News18, Joshi said he was asked by party general secretary Ramlal to not contest the elections. A message doing the rounds on social media, reportedly by Joshi to the voters of Kanpur, also mentioned that he had been asked to stay out of the poll fray.

BJP releases list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 for UP. Names of LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi missing

BJP has released list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 for UP. PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti feature on the list. Names of LK Advani & Murli Manohar Joshi missing from the list 40 star campaigners.

BJP leaders busy in T-shirt marketing, while people suffer, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi took a jibe at 'Namo Again' and 'Chowkidaar' t-shirts, being sold as a part of poll merchandise for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election.

Priyanka Gandhi to visit Amethi tomorrow; Ayodhya on March 29

Congress General Secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Amethi & Rae Bareli on 27th and 28th March and Ayodhya on 29th March.

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