Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: In a major change the Congress on Monday appointed former union minister Milind Deora as Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief, replacing Sanjay Nirupam. Nirupam had been at loggerheads with senior party leaders in the state and the move has come as a bid to quell the intense infighting within the Mumbai Congress, PTI reported.
In another development, Former Union telecom minister Sukh Ram and his grandson Aashray Sharma, rejoined the party Monday.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday said nearly 25 crore poor people in the country will get financial assistance of Rs 72,000 per annum if the party is voted to power. His statement, however, was slammed by BJP in a press conference later as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calling it a “bluff announcement”.
Meanwhile, the deadline for filing of nominations for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections ends Monday. On April 11, 91 constituencies across 20 states and union territories will go to polls in the first phase. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 28. Monday is also the last day of filing nominations for all 175 Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, 28 seats in Odisha, all 32 seats in Sikkim and all 60 assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh.