BSP state general secretary AS Mottan and 16 others, including retired officers, sarpanches and social activists, joined the Congress on Tuesday in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief and former tourism minister Gulam Ahmed Mir.
Mottan was accompanied by his supporters, who joined the Congress too at an event at the party's headquarters in Shahidi Chowk.
Mir admitted them into the Congress fold and expressed hopes that the party will be benefitted as a result of the new joining.
Mottan has contested the assembly elections twice on BSP tickets from the R S Pura assembly constituency. He is also the president of the J&K Batwal Sudhar Sabha.
Former BJP leaders Ghanshyam Tiwari and Surendra Goyal have joined Congress in presence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur, reports ANI
The mega scheme of providing ₹72,000 each annually to five crore families belonging to the poorest category by Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be played up the party's Delhi unit through "aay pe charcha (discussion on income) meetings in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls.
Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit termed the announcement as an "extraordinary step" and said she was getting congratulatory phone calls from people who are appreciating the sop "hugely".
"This is an extraordinary step which will benefit the people below the poverty line in the country. It is the first time that such a step has been taken in the world," she told reporters.
Samajwadi Party on Tuesday declared list of its three candidates including Anand Sen from Faizabad Lok Sabha seat.
The party has announced Anand Sen from Faizabad, Hemraj Verma from Pilibhit and Devendra Yadav from Etah as its candidates, a party spokesman said.
The party had earlier declared list of 20 candidates including one from Madhya Pradesh.
SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting from Mainpuri, party president Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh, Dimple Yadav from Kannauj, Dharmendra Yadav from Badaun, Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, Mohd Azam Khan from Rampur.
Senior CPI(M) leader Janardan Pati on Tuesday claimed that the BJD would have to form an alliance with the BJP after elections, as the ruling party was unlikely to win adequate number of seats to return to power in Odisha.
Senior leaders of the BJD, when approached for their reaction to the CPI(M) leader's assertion, refused to comment on the matter.
Pati, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bhubaneswar seat with support from the Congress, stated that the BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, during a recent election meeting at Nayagarh, had given indications about his party's possible tie-up with the BJP.
A day after being removed as president of the Mumbai Congress, party leader Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday said he will continue to take on the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra and highlight its "failures".
The Congress on Monday appointed former Union minister Milind Deora as Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) chief, replacing Nirupam, who has been fielded by the party from the Mumbai North West parliamentary constituency.
Addressing a press conference, Nirupam said being a resident of the constituency for over 25-30 years, he always wanted to represent its people in the Lok Sabha.
The former MP expressed confidence about his victory from Mumbai North West, which will vote on April 29. The seat is currently represented Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar.
The battle lines for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttarakhand have been drawn with the filing of nominations coming to an end on Monday.
While 65 candidates are in the race for five Lok Sabha seats in the state, which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11, the main contest is between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In the prestigious Nainital seat, Congress General Secretary Harish Rawat is facing state BJP Chief Ajay Bhatt. Both suffered defeats in the 2017 Assembly elections.
The Congress has reposed faith in Rawat for the seat despite resistance from a section of state leaders who wanted him to take on former BJP Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in Haridwar.
DMK candidate Kanimozhi, contesting from the Tuticorin Lok Sabha constituency in the April 18 elections, has assets of over ₹30 crore. Kanimozhi is a Rajya Sabha member since 2007 and is testing her fortunes to the Lower House for the first time.
She has been fielded from the southern constituency, where anti-Sterlite Industries protests on May 22 and 23 turned violent and 13 protesters were killed in police firing. Kanimozhi, daughter of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi, declared in her poll affidavit that the value of her movable assets stood at ₹21.16 crore.
She had two four-wheelers, including a BMW X5, valued at around ₹84.11 lakh. The gross market value of her immovable assets was ₹8.92 crore. Her liabilities stood at ₹1.92 crore.
According to the affidavit, of the six cases against her, she had been acquitted in the 2G Spectrum allocation case in 2017. Her income, based on the IT returns for 2017-18, was ₹1,40,29,910, up from ₹1,24,11,320 in FY 2013-14.
The nomination of all the six candidates for Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat and of three contestants for the by-election to Aizawl West -1 assembly seat were found to be in order after scrutiny on Tuesday, the Joint Chief Electoral Office H Lianzela said.
Following the scrutiny candidate of the ruling Mizo National Front C Lalrosanga, BJP's Nirupam Chakma, independent candidate sponsored by opposition Zoram People's Movement-Congress Lalnghinglova Hmar, Peoples Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram's (PRISM) T B C Lalvenchhunga are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seat.
The nomination papers of two other independents - Lalhriatrenga Chhangte and Lalthlamuani were also accepted, Lianzela said.
The Congress on Tuesday announced the names of its candidates for the bypolls in two Assembly constituencies in West Bengal scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in the state.
"Bijoy Biswas has been chosen as the party candidate for Nadia's Krishnagunj seat and Sk. Alam Deiyan will contest from the Uluberia East Assembly constituency in Bengal's Howrah district," a release issued by the party said.
The names of the two candidates have been approved by party President Rahul Gandhi, it added.
Former IPS officer Pankaj Kumar Chaudhary, who was dismissed recently by the Rajasthan government, said on Tuesday that he would contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Barmer parliamentary constituency.
"I have analysed seven seats in the western Rajasthan and have decided to contest from the Barmer parliamentary constituency. I have been the Superintendent of Police in Jaisalmer and understand the dynamics well," Chaudhary told reporters in Barmer.
The former IPS officer said he will file nomination on April 8. He said issues like women's safety and employment opportunities for the youth would be his priorities.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “In last 5 years, Narendra Modi has opposed and weakened all the schemes that helped the poor. He referred to MNREGA as "digging pits". He doesn't understand that these schemes lifted 14 crore people out of poverty.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Indo-Pak relations would remain tense till the general elections in India are over, adding he feared "another misadventure" by Pakistan's eastern neighbour.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama.
Khan said shadows of war were still hovering over Pakistan and India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration could go for "another misadventure" before the general elections.
"The danger is not over. The situation will remain tense till forthcoming general elections in India. We are already prepared to avert any aggression from India," Dawn quoted Khan as saying.
BJP leader Subash Chouhan, who was recently appointed State Vice President, resigns from the party after he was not given ticket from Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency. He was BJP candidate from Bargarh Lok Sabha Constituency in 2014.
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is all set to quit the BJP and join the opposition alliance in Bihar, on Tuesday showered praise on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, calling him the "master of situation" and his proposed minimum income guarantee scheme--'NYAY' a "masterstroke".
Sinha, a two-term sitting MP from Patna Sahib, also slammed the BJP for doubting the feasibility of the proposed scheme. and drew a phrase from a yesteryear chartbuster years to make his point aap kare to raasleela baki kare to character dheela.
It is a masterstroke by the master of situation @RahulGandhi declaring #MinimumIncomeGuarantee scheme. It has rattled our people so much that some of our prominent people had to rush for a press conference, calling the whole declaration/announcement chhal-kapat (skulduggery), Sinha tweeted.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “They did Demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax. We will give NYAY and a real GST. NYAY= Surgical Strike on Poverty = 72,000 Rs a year to India’s poorest 20%.”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday said party's former Presidents Murli Manohar Joshi and Lal Krishna Advani themselves refused contest the Lok Sabha polls this time.
"Advani Ji and Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi refused to contest the Lok Sabha polls. Similarly, I also refused to contest. If someone is unwilling (to contest) will the party give them tickets?" Vijayvargiya said after inspecting the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting at the Brigade Parade Ground here on April 3.
When asked whether the two party veterans wrote any letter to the leadership expressing their unwillingness to contest the coming elections, Vijayvargiya said the message was conveyed to their organisational minister.
Opposition releases purported video from tnn.world alleging a BJP worker offered to convert demonetised currency into new notes at a commission of 40%, in Ahmedabad post demonetization.
Actor Sanjay Dutt has denied reports that he would be contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
The actor took to Twitter to clear the air surrounding the reports that claimed he was set to follow in his father, late actor-Congress MP Sunil Dutt's footsteps and contest polls from Ghaziabad.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will field Sanat Kumar Gadtia against Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik in the Bijepur seat in the upcoming Assembly polls.
The Central Election Committee of the BJP on Monday night announced the name of veteran politician Gadtia for the seat.
Gadtia, who had deserted the BJP for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in 2008, returned to the party ahead of the Bijepur by-poll in February 2018.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan said, “How many are there at Anil Ambani's home? There is a queue of chowkidar there. Narendra Modi did not tell you that he is not yours but chowkidar of people like Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi.”
Rahul Gandhi in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan said, “He (PM) says, 'Main Chowkidar Hoon'. He didn't say whose chowkidar he is? Have you seen a chowkidar at a farmer's home? Have you seen a chowkidar at home of an unemployed youth? Have you seen a chowkidar at the home of Anil Ambani?”
Veteran actor and former MP Jaya Prada joins Bharatiya Janata Party and likely to contest in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
PM Modi has been trying to make two Indias, says Rahul Gandhi in Suratgarh. “People didn’t get ₹15 lakhs, youth didn’t get jobs instead PM Modi imposed notebandi and Gabbar Singh Tax,” said Rahul Gandhi.
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!”
Union minister Jitendra Singh will have a direct contest with Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh, the grandson of erstwhile Maharaja Hari Singh, on the Udhampur-Doda parliamentary seat.
Jitendra Singh, who is banking on his development report card, has challenged the previous governments to compare their six-and-half decades long work with his government's performance as he seeks votes in the name of bringing back Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power in New Delhi.
Vikramaditya Singh (54), on the other hand, is the grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh and son of Congress leader Karan Singh. His candidature is also supported by the National Conference (NC).
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav announces alliance with Janwadi Party (Socialist) and Nishad Party in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress has fielded women candidates, including a former MLA, in two key constituencies - Durg and Korba in Chhattisgarh for the April-May Lok Sabha polls.
Former MLA Pratima Chandrakar will take on the BJP's Vijay Baghel, a Kurmi leader and former MLA, from Durg Lok Sabha seat.
Jyotsna Mahant, wife of Assembly Speaker Charandas Mahant, has been fielded from Korba against BJP's Jyotinand Dubey.
Congress sources said Speaker Mahant, an MLA from Sakti, has considerable influence in Korba region, having been Lok Sabha MP from there in 2009.
They said Mahant's work in the region would help his wife's poll prospects.
In the Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency, Dalits and OBCs play an important role in deciding the MP, and political parties, including the BJP and the Congress, are pitching for their votes in the run-up to next month's elections.
Nagpur is home to the headquarters of the BJP's ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The central Indian city also houses Deekshabhoomi, a sacred monument of Navayana Buddhism where Dalit icon BR Ambedkar converted to Buddhism with thousands of followers in 1956.
The Nagpur constituency consists of six assembly segments -- Nagpur South West, Nagpur South, Nagpur East, Nagpur Central, Nagpur West and Nagpur North. Nagpur North is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has declared movable and immovable assets worth ₹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 ₹2,66,390 in 2013-14 and ₹6,40,700 in 2017-18. According to his affidavit, he has movable assets worth ₹69,38,691, while his wife has movable assets worth ₹91,99,160. A sum of ₹66,07,924 is in the name of the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF).
Similarly, Gadkari has immovable assets worth ₹6,95,98,325, his wife ₹6,48,60,325. A sum of ₹9,40,31,224 was in the name of HUF. 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 ₹3,55,510 in savings scheme, mutual funds, bonds and shares. He has ₹8,99,111 in his banks account, according to the affidavit. Similarly, his wife's bank balance stood at ₹11,07,909. The senior BJP leader also has liabilities of ₹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.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “In his very first speech in parliament, after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi opposed MNREGA, a scheme that eradicated poverty. NSSO data reveals that since Modi became PM, 4 crore jobs are lost in the country. Mr. Modi's GST destroyed small businesses in the country. Modi government is anti-poor.”
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “20% poor families will receive ₹72,000 every year. This scheme is women-centric, the money will be deposited in the account of the housewives. This scheme will be implemented for both urban and rural poor. Congress governments reduced India's poverty from 70% during independence to 22%. We will work for removing the 22% remaining poverty in India.”
“Hypocrite Modi can forgive ₹3,50,000Cr of handful of businessmen but giving ₹72,000 for India's poor is troublesome for him. Why is BJP opposing this scheme? When Mr. Modi can spend ₹5,000Cr for his publicity and advertisements, why is he opposing ₹72,000 for a poor family?”
According to seizure report released by EC, total cash seized ₹143.47 Cr, liquor worth ₹89.64 Cr, drug and narcotics worth ₹131.75 Cr, precious metals worth ₹162.93 Cr and other items and freebies worth ₹12.202 Cr, seized across all states and union territories till 25th March.
Congress party releases list of star campaigners for the first and second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Maharashtra. List includes Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi among many others.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Tuesday decided to contest Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra in alliance with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi led by Prakash Ambedkar.
MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has picked Imtiaz Jaleel, a member of Maharashtra Assembly, as the party candidate.
The BJP has fielded MLA Rupak Sarmah to contest the coming general elections from the Nowgong Lok Sabha seat, despite Rajen Gohain, the sitting MP from the constituency, getting a clean chit against a rape case against him.
The decision was confirmed on Monday night by the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary board. Sarmah is a sitting BJP MLA from the Nowgong Sadar Assembly constituency.
Gohain has been winning from the Nowgong seat since 1999.
Political parties will not be allowed to campaign in the vicinity of churches on Good Friday, which falls on April 19, the state's Chief Electoral Officer Kunal has instructed.
The Christian holy day comes just days ahead of April 23, when the state will have polls for two Lok Sabha seats and bypolls for three Assembly constituencies.
As per the minutes of the meeting, parties expressed fear that campaigning near churches of the occasion of Good Friday could cause law and order problems and also hurt the sentiments of Christians.
Election Commission officials expressed confidence that all arrangements, including police deployment, had been made to ensure law and order was maintained for polls in the coastal state.
Congress General Secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Amethi and Rae Bareli on 27th and 28th March and Ayodhya on 29th March.
The BJP on Tuesday named its Karnataka Yuva Morcha General Secretary Tejaswi Surya as candidate for the prestigious Banagalore South Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to poll on April 18.
The party's central election committee has decided to field the 28-year-old practicing lawyer in the Karnataka High Court, said a party official.
Touted to be a fiery orator, Surya is considered to be a protege of the party's right wing parent organisation -- the Rashtriya Swayamsevak (RSS).
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Rajasthan on Tuesday to address two public meetings and booth workers meeting.
In a letter addressed to the voters of Kanpur, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said that the BJP has asked him that he should not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Kanpur and elsewhere, reported The Quint
BJP has released list of star campaigners for Lok Sabha Election 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