March 31 Campaign roundup: BJP to release party manifesto on April 3; Kejriwal’s meeting with the LG a drama to mislead people, says Cong

BJP accused AAP of having a "hidden understanding" with Congress after its candidates left the poll fray from Ajmer and Farrukhabad.

New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2014 10:27 pm

Get all the latest news on Lok Sabha elections throughout the day:

9:19 pm: BJP is likely to release on April 3 its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls and it is expected tofocus on reforms, good governance and strengthening of security appartus.

9:16 pm: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babulal Marandi today attacked BJP for “plight” of the people of the state, and said his party would support a non-Congress and non-BJP government in a post-poll scenario.

9:13 pm: Jharkhand People’s Party today pledged support to Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha in the Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand, days after snapping ties with Trinamool Congress.

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9:02 pm: BJP accused AAP of having a “hidden understanding” with Congress after its candidates left the poll fray from Ajmer and Farrukhabad seats, from where Sachin Pilot and Union minister Salman Khurshid are contesting.

8:53 pm: BJP today claimed that BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik’s appeal to send 21 party MPs to the Lok Sabha would create instability at the Centre.

8:25 pm: Congress won’t win more than 75 seats in the country: Badal

7:55 pm: Congress-led UPA government would ensure security of women, especially those from tribal community, if the alliance won in the Lok Sabha elections, Defence minister A K Antony said today.

7:39 pm: Senior BJP leader L K Advani said today that Manmohan Singh has proved to be India’s “weakest prime minister”.

READ MORE: Manmohan Singh is India’s “weakest PM”: L K Advani

7:35 pm: BJP’s dream is to eradicate poverty and ensure better quality of life by the time India celebrates 75 years of independence, the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said today.

7:24 pm: Finance Minister P Chidambaram attacked Narendra Modi saying there are “deep flaws” in his character and warned people against the “danger” from one individual taking over the party, cabinet and government.

7:00 pm: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his party would not let BJP succeed in its agenda of making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

READ MORE: Will not let BJP succeed in making Modi PM: Mulayam

6:54 pm: Quami Ekta Dal has written to SP, BSP and Congress, asking them to either lend support to its candidate from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat Mukhtar Ansari or field a joint candidate against BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.

6:33 pm: Accusing BJP-Congress collusion for his resignation as Delhi chief minister, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal today said he did not “flee” from his responsibilities and it required a “lot of guts” to give up the post.

6:28 pm: Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh.

6:21 pm: Playing down the absence of RJD chief Lalu Prasad in election meetings of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul in Bihar, the state Congress refuted any rift in the alliance and reminded that there was no example of joint address by the two leaders.

6.02 pm: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today attacked the BJP “for causing riots”, and reiterated that her party would play a vital role in formation of the next government at the Centre.

READ MORE: Mamata attacks BJP, reiterates TMC will play vital role in govt formation. 

6.00 pm: Film actor Jaaved Jaaferi to contest from Lucknow seat on AAP ticket against BJP Chief Rajnath Singh.

5.55 pm: Padapalli Lok Sabha member G Vivekananda and his brother and former minister G Vinod broke away from the TRS and returned to the Congress fold today even as the TDP posted a prize catch with Rayapati Sambasiva Rao embracing it.

5.55 pm: Goa Congress today complained to the party high command against two of its front organisations for allegedly working against an official candidate in the state for the April 12 Lok Sabha elections.

5.50 pm: With a gender ratio of 963:1000 in the electoral rolls this time, Tripura has surpassed the national average of 908.

5.45 pm: Tribal leader and MLA Kirori Lal Meena will contest Lok Sabha elections from Dausa where Union Minister Namo Narain Meena and his younger brother Harish Meena have been pitted against each other by Congress and BJP respectively.

5.40 pm: BJP national president Rajnath Singh and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address two separate public rallies in Odisha on April 2 and 4 respectively, a party release said today.

4:33 pm: Heady mix: Modi, Rahul show headgears are a must-have on campaign trail

SEE MORE: Modi, Rahul show headgears are a must-have on poll campaigns. 

4:30 pm: Putting aside their political allegiances BJP’s Poonam Mahajan and Congress’ Priya Dutt were seen celebrating the Gudi Padwa festival in Mumbai.

SEE MORE: Poonam Mahajan, Priya Dutt celebrate Gudi Padwa.

4:23 pm: Largest and smallest parliamentary constituencies.

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4:14 pm: Narendra Modi on Monday accused the party of engaging in vote bank politics and misusing money and muscle power to suppress the voice of opposition in the state.

4.01 pm: Senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi today joined the party men who have offered to contest against BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

READ MORE: Rashid Alvi offers to contest against Narendra Modi from Varanasi, writes to Sonia

3.38 pm: Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh has accused chief minister Vasundhara Raje of misusing religious places for political activities in Barmer, a complaint found baseless by the district administration.

3.09 pm: Accusing the BJD government in Odisha of hijacking the credit for the work done through the welfare programmes of UPA government, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today claimed the state is ruled by “mine mafia” and not by the people’s representatives.

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3.06 pm: Odisha: A large number of tribal people have threatened to boycott polls for Kandhamal Lok Sabha and Phulbani Assembly seats accusing the government of being callous in providing basic facilities like drinking water, electricity, education and healthcare.

3.02 pm: Rahul Gandhi in Odisha: “Odisha is a rich state but its people are poor because the govt is giving away money to industrialists.”

3.00 pm: Rahul Gandhi in Odisha: You don’t have a railway line, now you’ll get it.

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2.00 pm: SC grants two weeks to BJP and Congress to file their response whether they were willing to form the government in Delhi.

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12.50 pm: Modi targets Sonia Gandhi, says the Congress President came here to fool people.

12. 45 pm: Children from Northeast are not safe in Delhi. But is Congress doing nothing to protect them, says Modi in Assam

12.40 pm: The BJP will release its manifesto on April 3, 2014 at 10 am during the auspicious Navaratri period. While the initial plan was to release it on March 31, the day the Hindu New Year begins, it was postponed to ensure that the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi announces it. Modi is busy touring the country for the 185 Bharat Vijay rallies to cap his party’s last round of election campaign.

12.35 pm: Narendra Modi addresses rally in Biswanath Chariali, Assam.

12.15 pm: Eight Kuldeeps and a battle of two political dynasties have set the stage for an interesting electoral contest in the Hisar parliamentary seat.

11.55 am: Congress MLA Sanjay Pathak, who quit the party alleging ill-treatment, formally joined the BJP in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Welcoming Pathak, who is an MLA from Vijayraghogarh seat in Katni district, Chouhan said, “His honour will be protected in the BJP.”

11.48 am: Modi asks people of Arunachal to sever ties with those who have broken their promises.

11.45 am: Narendra Modi asks Sonia Gandhi to come clean on who helped Italian marines escape from country after killing two fishermen in Kerala.

11.42 am: Narendra Modi calls Congress’ poll manifesto a ‘dhokapatra’. “Congress manifesto is a Dhokha Patra not a Ghoshna Patra,” says Modi.

11.40 am: Modi asks Congress President Sonia Gandhi not to teach patriotism to people.


11. 35 am: Soniaji, since you have challenged our patriotism, who game the chance to Italian marines to leave Delhi.

11.30 am: Modi urges people of Itnagar to make India free from misrule of the Congress.

11.25 am: In Itanagar, Modi attacks Congress as he says: “Congress arrogant…We need to understand these games of Congress…Games of buying MLAS is on.”

11. 2o am: Modi tells Arunachal chief minister, “When poll results will be out on May 16, there will be no one in Delhi to protect you.”

11.15 am: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

10.50 am: Platitudes notwithstanding, political parties are chary when it comes to giving representation to women in polls with the BJP fielding just one woman in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka and the Congress giving tickets to two women.

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10.00 am: With an aim of establishing a foothold in student politics and increasing its support base, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will set up its students wing in Gujarat ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The students wing of AAP- Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)- which has already started its activity in its mother state Delhi, is in the process of mobilising its functionaries in Gujarat.

9.50 am: BJP Parliamentary board is likely to discuss poll manifesto during the meeting today, say reports.

9.40 am: Reports suggest that the Bharatiya Janata Party poll panel will meet today and discuss the seat sharing with TDP in Telangana.

sharad-pawar-medium9.30 am: In a scathing attack, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said Narendra Modi needs to be “treated in a mental hospital for talking rubbish”.


“Modi must have deranged as he talks rubbish things and he is needed to be treated in a mental hospital,” the Union Agriculture Minister said at a rally at Ghanswangi, while campaigning for NCP candidate Vijay Bhamble.

He said Modi does not know about the sacrifices of Congress leaders in the freedom struggle.


Gujarat Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s printed messages given along with the vehicle RC books and licences, stating that it amounted to breach of Model Code of Conduct.

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