Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: 2019 polls most crucial since Independence says Sitaram Yechury 

India is facing the “most crucial” elections after Independence, said Secretary Sitaram Yechury

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20 Mar 2019, 7:40 PM

2019 polls most crucial since Independence says Sitaram Yechury

India is facing the "most crucial" elections after Independence where the criterion for deciding whom to vote for will not be the government's mere performance, but the fact that our secular democracy is in peril and has to be saved, said CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

"This is not an ordinary election where the ruling party of the day is judged on the basis of its delivery of its promises made at the time of the last general elections alone. The balance sheet of its betrayals is often the main issue of electoral discourse," Yechury has written in the forthcoming issue of the party's mouthpiece "People's Democracy".

20 Mar 2019, 8:13 PM

More N-E people now supporting NPP ideology: Sangma

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday said people in the northeastern states have started accepting the ideology of the National People's Party (NPP).

Sangma's remarks came after 15 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including two ministers and 12 other sitting legislators, joined the NPP in Arunachal Pradesh

20 Mar 2019, 7:56 PM

Stalin hits campaign trail from father's birthplace

A day after releasing the party's Lok Sabha election manifesto, DMK President M.K. Stalin on Wednesday hit the campaign trail from Tiruvarur, his father and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's birthplace.

Addressing a rally, Stalin said the five year tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends on June 3 -- which is also the birth anniversary of Karunanidhi.

20 Mar 2019, 7:05 PM

Smast Bharatiya Party Merges into Congress

20 Mar 2019, 7:05 PM

Bombay HC directs BJP corporator to pay Rs 24 lakh for illegal hoardings

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed a BJP corporator to pay Rs 24 lakh compensation in connection with an attack on a civic squad for removing illegal hoardings put up by him and his associates last year.

A bench of Justices A S Oka and M S Sanklecha directed Murji Patel, the corporator from K (East) ward in suburban Andheri, to deposit the amount with the court within two months.

The bench also asked the civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), to use this money for the injured staff and public purpose.

20 Mar 2019, 6:43 PM

Shiv Sena MLA Suresh Dhanorkar resigns from the Party

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena MLA Suresh Dhanorkar from Chandrapur resigns from the party.

20 Mar 2019, 6:09 PM

BJD ridicules BJP for delay in candidate announcement

The ruling BJD in Odisha on Wednesday ridiculed opposition BJP for its delay in announcing the candidates list for the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state.

Though BJD and Congress have already released the candidates' list for the first and second phase of polling on April 11 and April 18, the BJP is yet to announce to announce its nomination for even a single seat.

Ridiculing the BJP president Amit Shah's mission for 120 plus seats in Odisha assembly, Patra said: The party has made tall claims, but it is still looking for candidates. It is not getting 120 candidates to field in the elections. The BJP is instead trying to rope in dissident leaders from other parties".

The BJD, which has already given 33% of its tickets to women candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, also criticised the Congress.

20 Mar 2019, 5:47 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra concludes her Ganga Yatra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra concludes her Ganga Yatra by offering prayers at Vishwanath temple in Varanasi

20 Mar 2019, 5:47 PM

Priyanka Gandhi questions if Nirav Modi's arrest was an achievement

Congress General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on BJP saying the arrest of Nirav Modi in London is an achievement of PM Modi: Ye achievement hai? Jaane kisne diya tha?

20 Mar 2019, 4:50 PM

Transgender activist Gauri Sawant appointed as EC's ambassador

Transgender activist Gauri Sawant has been appointed as one of the goodwill ambassadors of the Election Commission in Maharashtra.

This is for the first time a transgender has been appointed as a goodwill ambassador.

Till 2014, there was no separate classification of transgenders as voters. In 2014, transgenders were first enrolled as voters along with males and females. While 918 voters had enrolled themselves as transgenders in Maharashtra in 2014, the number has now gone up to 2,086.

20 Mar 2019, 4:14 PM

Priyanka Gandhi: Out of the eight promises made in 2014, not even one promise was fulfilled

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said, “It is easy to make big promises, as you all have seen in Varanasi. Out of the eight promises made in 2014, not even one promise was fulfilled here,” according to News18.

20 Mar 2019, 4:01 PM

Congress not to contest five seats in south Bengal. It is for CPI(M) to take a call: Cong RS MP Pradip Bhattacharya

20 Mar 2019, 3:35 PM

Yet another BJD MP and MLA resign from Biju Janata Dal

A BJD MP and an MLA have resigned from the ruling party in Odisha after being denied party tickets for the upcoming simultaneous polls in the state taking the number of departees to six so far - three MPs and an equal number of MLAs.

Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh and Dasapalla MLA Purna Chandra Nayak on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of BJD alleging "neglect", party sources said.

The two leaders separately sent their resignation letters to Biju Janata Dal president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stating that they were ignored and neglected in the party, the sources said.

20 Mar 2019, 2:54 PM

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi welcomed at Dashavamedh ghat in Varanasi. Flowers petals showered on her by the party workers.

20 Mar 2019, 2:43 PM

Congress seals alliance with National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

“Friendly contest means that there will be no cut-throat contest between us on these two seats (Anantnag and Baramulla). If either Congress or NC wins, it's a win-win situation for both of us,” says Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress, I will contest from Srinagar and there will be a friendly contest between NC and Congress in Anantnag and Baramulla. We are also discussing the Ladakh seat,” said Farooq Abdullah

20 Mar 2019, 2:18 PM

Former BJP MP joins Congress, may contest LS polls

Former BJP MP from Bihar's Purnea district, Uday Singh, on Wednesday joined the Congress and is likely to contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Purnea seat.

"I have joined the Congress and will do whatever the party will ask me to do," Singh said at a press meet at the Congress headquarters.

20 Mar 2019, 2:14 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi

20 Mar 2019, 1:59 PM

Tejashwi Yadav: Mahagathbandhan is intact, seats and constituencies will be announced after Holi

Tejashwi Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said, “Mahagathbandhan is intact, seats and constituencies will be announced after Holi. There is nothing to worry, all is fine in the alliance.”

20 Mar 2019, 1:47 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra performs 'aarti' at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi

20 Mar 2019, 1:46 PM

PM destroyed 1 crore jobs in 2018 says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying 1 crore jobs in 2018 alone despite promising to create 2 crore jobs annually.

Addressing a public rally in the Manipur capital, Rahul Gandhi said the job losses under the Modi government were to the tune of 30,000 per day through 2018.

“In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi destroyed 1 crore jobs in the country. This is the scale of his incompetence. It is absurd and ridiculous that the PM promises giving 2 crore jobs,” Rahul Gandhi alleged.

20 Mar 2019, 1:35 PM

Sumalatha Ambareesh files nomination as an independent candidate

Sumalatha Ambareesh files nomination as an independent candidate from Mandya parliamentary constituency.

20 Mar 2019, 12:51 PM

Priyanka Gandhi: PM should stop thinking people are fools; BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last 5 years

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on PM Modi's tweet ‘The biggest casualty of dynastic politics are institutions' said, "BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last 5 years including the media. PM should stop thinking people are fools and understand that they see through this."

20 Mar 2019, 12:39 PM

Priyanka Gandhi taking motor boat ride from Ramnagar ghat to Assi ghat in Varanasi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi taking motor boat ride from Ramnagar ghat to Assi ghat in Varanasi.

20 Mar 2019, 12:38 PM

Rahul Gandhi: I am committing to you that Congress will defend your culture and history; won't allow Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed

Congress President Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public rally in Imphal, Manipur said, “I am committing to you here that the Congress will defend your culture and history. We are not going to allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed.”

20 Mar 2019, 12:35 PM

Mayawati: I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati says that she will not be contesting the Lok Sabha Election.

20 Mar 2019, 12:26 PM

Vote for Modi if you want your kids to become watchmen: Kejriwal to voters

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked people to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi again only if they wanted their children to become watchmen.

"Modi wants to turn India into a nation of watchmen. If you want your children to become one, vote for Modi. But if you want your children to get educated and become doctors, engineers and lawyers, vote for AAP, a party of honest and educated people," he tweeted in Hindi.

20 Mar 2019, 12:23 PM

Sharad Yadav: Mahagathbandhan will do a press conference in Patna on March 22 to announce seat sharing

Sharad Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) said, “Mahagathbandhan will do a press conference in Patna on 22nd March to announce the seat sharing in Bihar.”

20 Mar 2019, 11:46 AM

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and garlands his statue at Shastri chowk. She also went to the residence of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Purana Ramnagar.

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20 Mar 2019, 11:41 AM

Naveen Patnaik files nomination for the Hinjili assembly constituency

Odisha CM and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik files his nomination for the Hinjili assembly constituency at Sub-Collector office, Chatrapur in Ganjam district.

20 Mar 2019, 11:14 AM

PM Narendra Modi lacks listening ability, which makes him angry and does not allow him to listen people’s need, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi

20 Mar 2019, 11:14 AM

We will communicate more with Manipur, will reinstate special status for the Manipur and other north-eastern states, Rahul Gandhi

20 Mar 2019, 11:13 AM

We will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is "detrimental" to the people of the northeast. We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast, Rahul Gandhi said.

20 Mar 2019, 10:50 AM

We will never let anyone compromise on your culture, spirit, language and your way of life: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, "We will never let anyone compromise on your culture, spirit, language and your way of life. We don't want anyone to impose their rule on your culture."

20 Mar 2019, 11:11 AM

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi enters into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi by road

20 Mar 2019, 10:49 AM

Central Government came up with only 1 university in 5 years: Rahul Gandhi

We are not spending enough money in Education, central government has failed to bring up government universities. Which has made education expensive in India.

20 Mar 2019, 10:48 AM

PMO must be called Publicity Management office

Addressing students in Manipur, Congress head Rahul Gandhi says that PMO must now be called Publicity Management Office rather than Prime Minister’s Office.

20 Mar 2019, 10:40 AM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi begins his interaction with students in Imphal, Manipur on Wednesday

20 Mar 2019, 10:40 AM

"We were trying to reduce the effects of the AFSPA. We are trying to do away with such a draconian law": Rahul Gandhi

20 Mar 2019, 10:37 AM

They (BJP) believe that Manipur should be run from Nagpur: Rahul Gandhi

20 Mar 2019, 10:37 AM

Congress doesn't believe in cultural Imperialism. BJP wants you to stay quiet and not put forward your thoughts. The Congress believes that your voice adds to the strength of the Nation: Rahul Gandhi

20 Mar 2019, 10:26 AM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Imphal, Manipur on Wednesday. He will also attend an interaction with students and a public rally.

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