The Gujarat Congress alleged the BJP has violated the model code of conduct by holding a meeting of the party's State Parliamentary Board at Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's official residence, prompting the poll panel to order a probe.
The main opposition party lodged a complaint in this regard with the Election Commission (EC).
On receiving the complaint, sent by the Congress through fax, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Murali Krishna ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The average assets of 153 MPs who were re-elected in 2014 grew by 142% averaging ₹13.32 crore per MP, with Shatrughan Sinha, Pinaki Mishra and Supriya Sule sharing the top honours.
According to Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), average asset growth for 153 MPs in five years (from 2009 to 2014) was ₹7.81 crore
Complaints have been made against the BJP and the AAP for organising gatherings to burn manifestos without permission, officials from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi said on Monday.
They said seven cases have also been registered against political parties for defacement of public property.
According to officials, five cases of defacement of property are against political parties while two are against others, officials said.
Four cases of defacement are against the Aam Aadmi Party while one is against the Congress, officials said.
Out of five complaints of model code of conduct violation, two are against the Bharatiya Janata Party and three are against AAP
With the Congress unable to finalise its candidate for Wayanad in Kerala allegedly due to pressure from factions, two party MLAs have urged AICC chief Rahul Gandhi to contest from the Lok Sabha constituency.
Of the 16 of the 20 seats in the state in which the Congress will be contesting, candidates for 12 seats have been declared, but names of those who would be trying their luck from Wayanad, Vadakara, Alappuzha and Attingal are yet to be finalised.
According to party sources, consensus has been reached on the candidates for Alappuzha and Attingal, but not for Wayanad and Vatakara.
Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Pandurang Sawant will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of a BJP-led coalition government on Monday evening by Governor Mridula Sinha, a senior BJP leader said
Sawant, who will be the 11th Chief Minister of the coastal state, will succeed his mentor Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. The last rites of Parrikar were held on Monday evening with full state honours.
A total of 15 temporary polling stations are being set up in Mamit district of Mizoram exclusively for Bru community voters living in relief camps in Tripura.
Of the 15 temporary polling stations, nine would be for Bru voters of Mamit district and three each for Lunglei and Kolasib districts of Mizoram, state Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said Monday.
A little over 12,000 Bru voters who originally hail from the three districts but now stay in six relief camps in the neighbouring state would exercise their franchise for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram on April 11.
The Election Commission, on Monday, issued notification for the first phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections, kicking off the process of filing of nominations for 91 constituencies across 20 states and Union Territories.
Voting for the first phase would take place on April 11, said the notification signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Nominations for this phase would be accepted till March 25 and scrutiny of the nomination papers would be on March 26, it said and added the last day for withdrawing nominations was March 28.
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Monday finalised the names of candidates for the six constituencies it will contest in Bihar. It will announce them by Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference, the party's Parliamentary Board Chairman Chirag Paswan said candidates for the Hajipur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Jamui, Nawada and Khagaria seats were finalised in the meeting.
"We are sad due to the demise of former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ji. It is a big loss to politics. As the nation is mourning his death, we are not going to announce the names of our candidates today," he said.
The announcement would be made in the next two days, he added.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday termed the 2019 Lok Sabha polls "a duel between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee" and urged the voters in the state to put all their force behind her.
"The voters must remember that the coming elections are not for a panchayat, a municipality or the assembly. It is a battle between the communal Modi and Bengal's firebrand leader Mamata Banerjee. Everyone has to come together and fight to help her win this battle," said Banerjee, the nephew of the TMC Chief.
Campaigning for veteran TMC leader and state minister Subrata Mukherjee, who is the party's Lok Sabha candidate from Bankura, Banerjee claimed that the coming elections were a battle to protect the culture and traditions of Bengal from BJP onslaught.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday declared the first list of nine Lok Sabha and 54 Assembly candidates.
Former Union Minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu, who had crossed over to the BJD from Congress, will contest from Berhampur parliamentary constituency while former state Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo will be the BJD candidate from Kalahandi.
Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo will contest again from Bolangir Lok Sabha constituency while Rajya Sabha MPs Prasanna Acharya and Achyut Samanta will be fielded from Bargarh and Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituencies respectively.
Central forces conducted route march in various parts of the city on Monday as part of area domination and confidence building measure among the people ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
A contingent of central forces along with officials of Kolkata police conducted route march in various parts of north Kolkata.
Ten companies of central paramilitary forces had arrived in the state since Friday and are conducting flag marches in different parts of Kolkata and elsewhere before the seven-phase polls in the state beginning on April 11.
“India’s democracy is in danger. I am not saying this. India’s Supreme Court judges have said this. To save the democracy, India does not have any other option than Congress. The poor and destitute had hopes from PM Modi when he said he is from a poor background. Now only Congress can help the country,” Congress’ member Savitri Bai Phule said.
Then he brought in the Gabbar Singh Tax. Lakhs of small business were affected. I am telling you that as soon as our government comes to power we will give you the true GST that doesn’t have five layers. We can’t do anything about the loss you’ve already faced but we assure you that in the future you won’t have to face this: Rahul
In Karnataka both coalition partners are fighting together. We’ve delivered on loan waiver. Modi says we haven’t done it, he lies in front of you, says Rahul
When Congress was in power, every year we increased MSP (minimum support price). Modi doesn’t do that. He made you pay insurance and gave whole districts to the private sector. You pay the premium and the same 15 people take away all the money, says Rahul
They want to make two Indias, one of the poor and farmers and the other for the rich like Anil Ambani. In the first India, if you fall sick you have to go to private hospitals. If somebody gets cancer, then lakhs of money go to the same people. We don’t want such an India. If industrialists’ loans are waived then farmers will also get. If they get education so will you. This is the Congress’s vision, says Rahul Gandhi
Rahul asks people if they got Rs 15 lakh as promised by Modi. “Modi waived loans worth 3.5 lakh crore of 15 people. We said farm loans will be waived. Not just in Karnataka, but Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan also we’ve waived loans. What we promise we deliver. If something is uttered on our stage we will follow up on it. Wherever Modi goes he says he’ll provide employment but has he actually delivered,” Rahul says.
“India has the highest unemployment in 45 years. Nobody in our history destroyed jobs. He made the poor, farmers and agricultural labourers in lines outside the banks after demonetisation. The thieves snuck into the banks through the back door and made their black money white,” says Rahul Gandhi.
“Chowkidaar was caught red handed and then he said the whole country was chowkidaar. Before he was caught, the whole country wasn’t chowkidaar, only he was.”
“Karnataka’s youth ask Modi for employment but he stole employment from you. Aircraft had to be made by HAL and you’d have gotten jobs but chowkidaar wanted to give it to Anil Ambani, who hasn’t produced aircraft ever”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party leaders observe two-minute silence at party's public rally in Kalaburagi, to pay last respects to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) on Monday said it will announce its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections and Tamil Nadu Assembly by-elections on March 20.
In a statement issued here, the party said: "The list of candidates who will contest in the 2019 parliamentary and by-elections on behalf of Makkal Needhi Maiam will be revealed by the party president Kamal Haasan on 20/03/2019."
The Janata Dal (Secular) has announced the names of 11 candidates for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and one for Lok Sabha polls. The JD(S) is for the first time contesting the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and in the two Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Former chief minister Gegong Apang, who is also the JD(S) convener for northeast, will contest from Tuting-Yingkiong constituency in Upper Siang district, JD(S) state president Rokom Apang announced while releasing the first list of candidates here on Sunday. The JD(S) has fielded Lama Lobsang Gyatso, a 39-year- old monk at the forefront of a movement against mega dams in Tawang district, from Mukto Assembly seat against Chief Minister Pema Khandu. This will be the first time since 2004 that the Mukto Assembly seat would witness a contest.
The other candidates fielded by the party are - Tsering Dorjee (Tawang), Wangshu Wangsu (Longding-Pumao), Wangmaan Lowangcha (Khonsa East), Dr Rima Taipodia (Likabali), Nyadar Loya (Aalo West), Tapang Taloh (Pasighat West), Takam Paleng (Lekang), Shotike Hopak (Namsai) and Pike Pulu from Bordumsa-Diyun assembly constituency. Bandey Mili would be the JD(S) candidate for the Arunachal East Parliamentary seat.
The polling process to elect the next government of the world's largest democracy begins on Monday with the Election Commission set to issue the notification for the first of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls involving 91 seats spread over 20 states and union territories.
The last date for filing nominations for the first phase is March 25. The scrutiny takes place the next day, while March 28 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.
Jana Sena Party has released a list of 32 candidates for assembly elections and 4 candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, and 1 candidate for Lok Sabha elections in Telangana.
Congress General Secretary UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will take a 3-day, 140 km long 'Ganga-yatra' on a steamer boat, starting on Monday, from Chhatnag in Prayagraj to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.