Elections LIVE: Actor Paresh Rawal replaces Advani loyalist from Ahmedabad- East LS seat

Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, poet Ashok Chakradhar, Late Justice J S Verma and renowned scientist R A Mashelkar are among those who will be conferred with Padma awards. Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal was on Saturday announced as BJP's candidate for Ahmedabad East LS seat.

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

9.45 pm:  While Arvind Kejriwal could contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would field a different candidate against the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate in Vadodara, senior party leader Prashant Bhushan said.

9.31 pm:  In yet another blow to Congress in Odisha, former Assembly Speaker Sarat Kar and OPCC secretary Alekh Choudhury today joined ruling Biju Janata Dal.

9.20 pm: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday released its 10th list of candidates for 22 Lok Sabha seats across six states.

9.02 pm: In what could stoke fresh controversy in BJP after the row over L K Advani’s ticket, the party today replaced his loyalist and sitting MP Harin Pathak with actor Paresh Rawal from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat.

9.00 pm: Five-time MP Haren Pathak, who is close to L K Advani, was denied a BJP ticket: TV reports.

8.40 pm: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will visit Chandigarh on March 29 and will address a rally in support of BJP candidate from city Kirron Kher.

8.33 pm: Hurt by party’s decision to not give Jaswanth Singh Barmer ticket: Sushma Swaraj.

8.00 pm: The ruling BJD in Odisha today denied ticket to eight sitting MLAs including former Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai and two sitting MPs while announcing its candidates for 19 assembly and four Lok Sabha constituencies.

7.57 pm: AAP candidate for Nagpur Lok Sabha seat Anjali Damania has a immovable property worth Rs 3,50,10,000 and liabilities of around Rs 14 lakh.

6.30 pm: NCP leader and Union minister Praful Patel, former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, AAP leader Anjali Damanai and Maharashtra minister Shivajirao Moghe were among those who filed nominations for Lok Sabha polls in Vidarbha region on Saturday.

6.12 pm: Two-time Congress MP and Haryana Chief Minister’s son Deepinder Singh Hooda, who is seeking re-election from Rohtak parliamentary constituency, has declared his assets value, including that of his wife, at over Rs 35 crore.

5.55 pm: An FIR was today lodged against AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and his 40 supporters at Shukul Bazar police station here for violating Model Code of Conduct.

5.50 pm: BJP today alleged that Congress leaders were trying to polarise voters as they are unable to answer questions on the government’s “failure” to address issues of poverty, inflation and corruption.

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4.35 pm: Mamata Banerjee announces Trinamool Congress manifesto: Full security for minorities is essential, we will work at the grass-root level.

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3:00 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address an election rally at Koroimura in Sipahijala district of Tripura on March 25.

2:45 pm: Safety and security of journalists, implementation of Majithia Wage Board, insurance and pension for journalists are some of the issues the Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA) wants political parties to include in their election manifestos for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

2:41 pm: A group of pro-AAP fishermen today staged a road blockade here protesting deninal of police permission for setting up the party election office at a particular place.

2:23 pm: After denying ticket to Jaswant Singh from Barmer, BJP on Saturday sought to placate him saying that he is a senior leader and his services will be utilised appropriately.

1:48 pm: Kejriwal kicks off Haryana roadshow, slams Congress and BJP.

Read: Kejriwal kicks off Haryana roadshow, slams Cong, BJP

1:35 pm: A case of violation of the election Model Code of Conduct has been registered against the BSP candidate for Bijnore constituency, Maluk Nagar and two others, police said on Saturday.

1:16pm: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa goes all guns blazing for 40 seats.

Read: Jayalalithaa aims high, seeks to secure 40 seats in LS polls

12:54 pm: Seasoned politician and film actor battle it out in Chalakudy.

12:50 pm: Over 50 per cent of polling booths in Kalahandi district have been identified as vulnerable for the simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, official sources said.

12:41 pm: Not looking for positions: Jaitley on Badal’s suggestion.

Read: Not looking for positions: Arun Jaitley on Badal’s suggestion.

12:32 pm: Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh likely to contest as an independent candidate from Barmer.

Read: Jaswant Singh maintains suspense over fighting as independent

12:08 pm: Questioning BJP’s claim of a wave in favour of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Digvijay Singh on Saturday accused the party of engineering defections.

Read: No ‘wave’ in favour of Narendra Modi, BJP is engineering defections: Digvijay Singh

12:02 pm: Jaswant Singh likely to resign from BJP tomorrow, say sources.

11:02 am: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was shown black flags by some local residents here as he kicked off his two-day Haryana roadshow from the city this morning.

Read: Arvind Kejriwal shown black flags during Faridabad roadshow.

10:53 am:
Isolated politically in Tamil Nadu, Congress is making all out efforts to energise its cadres ahead of the April 24 electoral fight for 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Read: Isolated Congress trying to energise partymen in TN

10:47 am: Congress leader Manish Tewari not to contest Lok Sabha polls due to ill health.

10:38 am: Seven candidates have so far filed nomination papers for the April-9 Lok Sabha elections in the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha constituency.

10:26 am: Hitting out at BJP over the Advani ticket issue, Shiv Sena on Saturday questioned why the party took so long to decide on his Lok Sabha seat and said while Narendra Modi’s era has begun, it does not mean that it is the end of Advani’s era in Varanasi.

Read: Don’t discard L K Advani yet: Sena to BJP

9:33 am: BJP-led NDA government had a better understanding of political crisis in #Jammu and #Kashmir: PDP Chief Mufti Mohammed Sayeed

8:44 am: Modi will join Ramdev’s Yoga Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. Ramdev on his part is ready to go to Varanasi to campaign for BJP’s prime ministerial nominee and denies any differences with the BJP over candidates.

Read: Modi to do yoga, Ramdev to campaign for him in Varanasi

8:40 am: A day after L K Advani was forced to climb down from his position over the choice of Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP snubbed the patriarch’s loyalist and veteran leader Jaswant Singh, denying him the ticket from his home turf of Barmer in Rajasthan.

Read: After Advani, Jaswant gets the snub, Cong import Sonaram is BJP Barmer nominee