4.05 pm: BSP expels Nand Gopal Gupta “Nandi”, a cabinet minister in the previous Mayawati government, and his mayor wife Abhilasha for alleged anti-party activities. BSP zonal coordinator Vijay Pratap claims that the couple “failed to pay heed to repeated warnings about abiding by the party discipline”. The couple claimed that the action was taken “at the behest of Keshri Devi Patel”, a former Zila Panchayat chairperson who is the BSP’s likely candidate from Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency”.
4.00 pm: CPI (ML-Liberation) says it will contest eight Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand. To support other parties in the other six constituencies in the ensuing general elections.
15.17pm: At least 33,022 people displaced due to riots have applied for the enrolment in voter list and it is being considered to enrol them from new places, said District Magistrate and District Election officer Koshal Raj Sharma.
1.55 pm: We brought RTI and Lokpal Bill: Rahul Gandhi.
1.53 pm: Opposition should at least read something about Sardar Patel before building a statue: Rahul
1.50 pm: Children are dying of malnutrition and they claim Gujarat is shining: Rahul Gandhi
1.48 pm: Gujarat is shining but it’s shining only for a handful of people: Rahul
1. 47 pm: BJP doesn’t have ideas to help develop the nation but it just has anger: Rahul Gandhi
1.45 pm: Rahul takes a dig at Modi’s ‘security guard’ jibe, says: “India doesn’t need a security guard, people of the nation need their rights.”
1.43 pm: Rahul Gandhi launches direct attack against Modi in Gujarat, says India does not need a watchman.
1.40 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Balasinor, Gujarat.
12.40 pm: Rebel RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav met top BJP leaders in the national capital amid indications that he would cross over to saffron ranks ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Yadav, a former close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, met BJP President Rajnath Singh and party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad at the Delhi airport, giving rise to speculation that he would soon join the BJP.
What remains to be seen is whether the BJP agrees to accommodate Yadav in the Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat of Bihar, a seat yoga guru Ramdev is said to have sought for one of his own aides.
12.05 pm: Seeking to placate the Shiv Sena which is miffed over the recent thaw between BJP and MNS, party’s Maharashtra in-charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy will today meet Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai to reassure its ally and fine tune the tie-up in the state.
11.40 am: Educationist and child rights lawyer Ashok Agarwal resigned from the Aam AAdmi Party on Tuesday, saying – ironically, the party worked like a “private limited company” with an aim to promote “elite individuals.”
10.40 am: DMK released the party manifesto for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
10.00 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday downplayed specualtions of a rift in the BJP-Sena alliance. An editorial in party’s mouthpiece Saamana said: “The ties between the BJP and Shiv Sena are the oldest in the country and it is strong.” Recently, the meeting between BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Raj Thackeray and MNS announcing support to Narendra Modi as PM had led to tension between the two-decade old alliance partners.
Shiv Sena had on Sunday said it smelt conspiracy in the announcement made by MNS chief Raj Thackeray that his party will support Narendra Modi for the post of Prime Minister, and also contest the Lok Sabha elections.
In a shrewd political move aimed at queering the pitch for its arch rival Shiv Sena, MNS had announced its decision to contest Lok Sabha elections and pitted its candidates mainly from those constituencies which are to be contested by Sena, while virtually sparing BJP.
Meanwhile, Uddhav has also called a meeting of his party office-bearers and Lok Sabha candidates to discuss the poll strategy with his party leaders following MNS president Raj Thackeray’s decision to contest the polls. Uddhav is also expected to speak on the recent political developments.