The most prominent candidates are Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who faces off against former BJP MP-turned-Congressman Nana Patole in Nagpur, and BJP’s Hansraj Ahir, who will be tested in what is expected to be a close fight in Chandrapur.
Before setting out on his campaign, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Union minister, sitting MP and BJP nominee in Nagpur, and a committed RSS worker, tells journalists over breakfast at his home that the BJP is going to win more than 300 seats.
"This time, I will win with a bigger margin. People have a good opinion of the work done by the Narendra Modi-led government in the last five years. Our government did more than (was promised in) the poll manifesto," Gadkari told reporters.
"I am a member of the Sangh, but I was not brought by the Sangh. When L K Advani gave four names (for party chief), there was me, Manohar Parrikar, Modiji and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Shivraj was sent to Madhya Pradesh, Modiji said he wanted to concentrate on Gujarat and I was made the party chief."
Manohar Parrikar obituary: 'Manohar believed in pro-active but clean politics. He was among the most selfless politicians I have known, always ready to do what the party asked him. He truly epitomised our party’s spirit of Nation First, Party Second, Self last.'
Manohar Parrikar death: Till 6 am, there was no clarity with everyone waiting to hear from the other side. At Miramar meanwhile the beach bed was being cleared by the state government for the final rites of Parrikar scheduled at 5 pm.
With just 11 days left for the Lok Sabha elections to kick off, leaders from major political parties are busy taking trips across the country in an effort to reach out to as many voters as possible. Gujarat will go to polls on April 23 in a single phase.
A member of Corps of Military Police "Shwet Ashwa" breaks a tubelight wall during the platinum jubilee celebrations of their unit and affiliation ceremony of INS Kunjali at Dronacharya parade ground in Bengaluru.
New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): As a follow-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s exhortation to secretaries to come up with ideas for transformative change in various areas of governance, two Groups of Secretaries presented their ideas and suggestions on - Innovative Budgeting and Effective Implementation and Swachh Bharat and Ganga Rejuvenation to the Prime Minister. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Manohar Parrikar, besides all Secretaries to the Government of India, were also present.
New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Rubbishing the allegations of awarding contracts worth Rs 10,050 crores by Congress leader Digvijay Singh, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that every single contract in his department is given on the basis of e-tender only. He stressed that nothing in his department is done without following the due process of e-tender.
Srinagar, Jan 10 (ANI): Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday met People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti at her residence.The minister said he had come on behalf of the Indian Government and his party to offer condolences on the demise of Chief Minister (CM) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. He further said that he had met the late CM around a month ago and had a conversation on industrial development of Jammu and Kashmir.