Follow Us:
Friday, December 06, 2019

Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: BJP releases second list of candidates; Congress’ Raj Babbar to contest from Fatehpur Sikri

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: As the day progresses, we'll bring you the latest election news from across the country, and some analysis of the events.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 23, 2019 10:06:20 am
Elections 2019, lok sabha elections live updates, rahul gandhi, rahul press conference, BJP candidate list, PM Modi, Amit Shah, Advani, Bihar grand alliance, Jitin Prasada, Jitin Prasada joining BJP, Jitin Prasada not joining BJP, Randeep Singh Surjewala, BS Yeddyurappa, BS Yeddyurappa The Caravan report, RJD Congress alliance, RJD Congress seat sharing in bihar, grand alliance, mahagathbandhan, sharad yadav, tejashwi yadav, bihar news Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. (File)

As election campaigning gathers momentum with less than three weeks to go before the first phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, leaders pan India are canvassing their constituencies and raising the poll pitch. As the day progresses, we’ll bring you the latest election news from across the country, and some analysis of the events. Elections for the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.

The BJP released its second and third list of Candidates late Friday night. BJP National Spokesperson Samit Patra will contest from Puri. The Congress also released its 7th list which said UP Congress Chief Raj Babbar has moved to Fatehpur Sikri from Moradabad to contest for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Earlier in the day, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has joined the BJP after being “inspired by the Prime Minister and his vision”. He was welcomed by Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

The Congress, meanwhile, held a press conference in New Delhi to highlight a report in The Caravan that alleged that former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa had paid a “bribe” of Rs 1,800 crore to the “highest echelons of power of the BJP”. The Indian Express could not independently verify the claims made in the report.

Following hectic negotiations, the RJD and Congress in Bihar announced their seat-sharing agreement. “We have decided 20 seats for RJD and nine for Congress,” Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve said.

Live Blog

Follow our elections coverage ahead of the 2019 HIGHLIGHTS. Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, Congress' press conference, Bihar grand alliance announcement today and more. Read latest news in Bangla | Tamil


    02:15 (IST)23 Mar 2019
    Congress releases seventh list

    The Congress released its seventh list of Candidates late Friday night. Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Raj Babbar has moved to Fatehpur Sikri from Moradabad. 

    02:14 (IST)23 Mar 2019
    BJP releases 2nd, 3rd list of candidates

    The BJP released its second and third list of Candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sambit Patra will contest from Puri seat in Odisha.

    22:30 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Rahul Gandhi to kick off Cong poll campaign in Bengal on Saturday

    Rahul Gandhi will officially kick off the party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal on Saturday with a rally at Chachal in Malda district. "Campaigning has started in 11 seats where we have announced candidates. But tomorrow our party president Rahul Gandhi will officially launch the poll campaign of Bengal. He will also give out a message for our party workers," state Congress president Somen Mitra said in Kolkata today.

    21:22 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    PM Modi meets Goa CM Pramod Sawant

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday.

    20:46 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Meghalaya: Former Union minister Agatha Sangma files nomination papers for Tura parliamentary seat
    20:12 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    BJP CEC meet underway in Delhi
    20:05 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    PM Modi arrives for BJP's Central Election Committee meet
    19:48 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    23 nominations filed for first phase of LS polls in Uttar Pradesh

    Nineteen candidates filed their nominations for the first phase of Lok Saha polls in Uttar Pradesh today, taking the total number to 23, EC officials said. Prominent among those who filed nominations were Imran Masood (Congress) and Yogesh Dahia (AAP) from Saharanpur, Tabassum Hasan (SP) from Kairana, Haji Mohammad Yakoob (BSP) from Meerut, Mahesh Sharma (BJP), Satveer Nagar (BSP), Arvind Singh (Congress) from Gautam Buddh Nagar. "Nineteen candidates filed their nominations today. With this, the total number of nominations for this phase rose to 23," the office of the UP Chief Electoral Officer said.

    19:39 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Telangana: TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy files nomination papers
    19:26 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Newly-elected CM Pramod Sawant distributes portfolios in Goa

    Meanwhile, portfolios of freshly-inducted MLAs were announced in Goa. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant retained the portfolios of home, finance, personnel, vigilance and general administration.

    19:07 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Top leaders make a beeline to file nominations in Andhra Pradesh

    Top leaders of all parties in Andhra Pradesh today filed their nominations as the day was considered auspicious. Telugu Desam Party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was campaigning in Visakhapatnam but party leaders filed the nomination papers with the returning officer on his behalf for the Kuppam assembly seat. Leader of the Opposition and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy filed his papers for the Pulivendula seat,his pocket borough in Kadapa district. Actor-politician and Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan filed nomination from Bhimavaram in West Godavari district, the second seat he is contesting in this election. He had filed his papers for Gajuwaka seat in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday.

    18:28 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Telangana Congress to meet Governor, complain about defections

    The Congress in Telangana has decided to approach the Governor E S L Narasimhan to complain against the TRS government after nine of its MLAs announced their decision to join the state's governing party since the beginning of this month. CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu said a Congress delegation, which would comprise among others former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, would urge the Governor at tomorrow's meeting at Raj Bhavan to 'come to the rescue of the Constitution and democracy.' "Congress cadre has become more active and vigorous," he told PTI, rejecting suggestions that the party workers have been demoralised after the string of defections ahead of the April 11 Lok Sabha elections.

    18:12 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    No impact of Priyanka in UP, Modi to get mandate again: Bhupendra Yadav

    BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav has sought to downplay the impact Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may have in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, saying she had been campaigning in the state even in the past polls. Asked what bearing her political entry can have on the elections, including in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav told PTI-Bhasha, "I don't see any impact. She has been participating in poll campaigns earlier too." He added, "The people of this country have made up their mind to once again give their mandate to the decisive and progressive government led by Narendra Modi."

    17:49 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    BJP MP plays down denial of ticket, says he backs nominee

    BJP MP and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who was denied ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls from his Secunderabad constituency, said he would fully support the candidature of party nominee G Kishan Reddy. "I have full satisfaction. I am an active political activist. I take felicitations and insults in politics the same way," he said, adding, "Kishan Reddy would have my full blessings."

    17:36 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Congress wants Deve Gowda to contest from Bengaluru North:Gundurao

    Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundurao said his party wants JDS Supremo H D Deve Gowda to contest elections from Bengaluru North constituency. "I spoke to Deve Gowda ji and requested him to contest from Bengaluru North constituency... Congress has five and JDS two MLAs, who can ensure his victory," he told PTI. Gundurao said the former prime minister's representation from Bengaluru North will have a huge impact in the region, given his stature in public life.

    17:25 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Madras HC quashes plea seeking postponement of polling date in Madurai

    The Madras High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking postponement of the polling date in Madurai Lok Sabha constituency in view of the Chithirai festival. Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar dismissed the petition after the Election Commission submitted that it has extended the voting time in Madurai constituency by two hours. Parliamentary polls are scheduled to be held in Tamil Nadu on April 18 in a single phase. 

    17:12 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    39 FIRs, DD entries against political parties for violating poll code in Delhi

    Thirty-nine FIRs and daily dairy (DD) entries have been registered against various political parties since March 10 for violating the model code of conduct, Delhi’s chief electoral officer said. Four FIRs have been registered against the Aam Aadmi Party, while three have been filed against the BJP. Most of the FIRs are related to defacement of property. Read full story here.

    16:56 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Telangana: Former MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu quits Congress

    Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, former Rajya Sabha MP from Telangana, resigned from the Congress today.

    16:53 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Sharad Yadav to contest on RJD symbol

    "Sharad Yadav will contest on RJD symbol and merge his Loktantrik Janata Dal with the party after the Lok Sabha polls. CPI(ML) Liberation to be given one seat from the RJD quota," Manoj Kumar Jha said.

    16:37 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Details of seat-sharing between Congress, RJD in Bihar

    'CPI(ML) will contest one seat from the RJD quota. Five seats have been allocated to the RLSP and three to VIP and HAM(S) respectively. Jitan Ram Manjhi will contest from Gaya," Purve said.

    16:30 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    20 seats for RJD, 9 for Congress in Bihar: Ram Chandra Purve

    Addressing the media on seat sharing with Congress, RJD spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said, "The alliance is being formed to save the Constitution. The grand alliance is a natural one." "We have decided nine seats for Congress and 20 seats for RJD," state RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve said. 

    16:10 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Congress resorting to lies, fraud: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    While addressing the media in the national capital, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The Congress party where in many top leaders are out on bail and suffering many court proceedings has now resorted to create a web of lies." 

    16:06 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    BJP govt too much of publicity, very less on delivery: TRS leader

    The BJP-led government only supported "people" and states where the Amit Shah-led party was in alliance, and the NDA rule was "too much of publicity and very less on delivery", TRS leader K Kavitha said. Nizamabad Lok Sabha member and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also ridiculed the BJP's new slogan "Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai" (Modi makes it possible). "It is possible if (Narendra) Modiji is there but then what is possible is the question", she said, alleging that the BJP had not delivered on its earlier promise of "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. Because Telangana has not seen any support from BJP (led NDA government)", she told PTI.

    15:49 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Congress frustrated with PM Modi's growing popularity: Yeddyurappa
    15:42 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Will file a defamation case against Congress, says Yeddyurappa

    Following Congress' allegations based on a report by The Caravan, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said that he will file a defamation case against the grand old party. "Congress has planted this story," he said.

    15:33 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Tamil Nadu: Sitting MP J Jayavardhan files his nomination papers
    15:24 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Congress' Jitin Prasada refutes rumours of joining BJP

    Amid speculations, Congress' Jitin Prasada told ANI, "There should be some basis for such a question. Why should I answer a hypothetical question?" 

    15:13 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Govt should stop pretending to be Indian Army: Akhilesh Yadav on Pulwama debate

    Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his attack on rival parties over the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF strike in Pakistan, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that in a democracy it was a "fundamental right" to ask questions of politicians. He also said the sacrifices of the armed forces should not be questioned and asked the government to "stop pretending to be the Indian Army".

    14:55 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    'Bullshit': Surjewala rubbishes reports of Jitin Prasada joining BJP

    Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala rubbished reports of Jitin Prasada joining the saffron party. "It is bullshit," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

    14:47 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Decision 2019 | BJP denies Congress claims, calls allegations 'fabricated'

    Ashok Thakur of the BJP says the allegations made by the Congress are "fabricated claims". He adds, "I think in the last one year, we have seen so many false allegations fabricated by Congress and later they run away from it. Some substantial evidence is required. They (Congress) will not succeed, as the government has done a wonderful job." The BJP has announced that it will hold a press conference at 4 pm.

    14:32 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Ahead of polls, Congress calls for probe into 'Yeddyurappa diaries'

    Surjewala claimed the Income Tax Department has had the documents written in "Yeddyurappa's handwriting" since 2017. He questioned why the diaries have not been given to the Enforcement Directorate for further probe as it involves the "highest echelons of power of the BJP".

    14:22 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    2019 Lok Sabha polls | Congress quotes Caravan story 'Yeddyurappa Diaries'

    Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has quoted a report in Caravan titled "Yeddyurappa Diaries" to allege corruption in the BJP. The report alleged that the former Karnataka chief minister paid Rs 1,800 crore to BJP's national leaders."

    14:20 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Know your chowkidar, Congress tells voters ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

    The Congress' criticism of the BJP's chowkidar campaign is not news, but the party's social media cell has just put out new graphics to increase pressure on the saffron party. "India doesn't need a govt. of Chowkidars. India needs a Prime Minister & a Govt that doesn't ignore but accepts & works towards finding a solution for the huge jobs crises plaguing our nation. India, Beware of these Chowkidars," Congress tweeted.


    14:14 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Decision 2019, Uttar Pradesh | BSP releases first list of 11 candidates

    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Here are the 11 candidates contesting.

    14:11 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Lok Sabha polls, Assam | Himanta Biswa Sarma won't contest elections

    Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma won't contest the Lok Sabha elections, BJP chief Amit Shah said today. "I hope the Assam BJP and the workers of the entire North East will accept this decision. I fully believe it will take Assam and the North East towards the path of development,” the BJP president said.

    14:03 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    General Elections 2019, Maharshtra | Pravin Chedda, Bharti Pawar join BJP

    Pravin Chedda and Bharti Pawar have joined the BJP in Mumbai in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. 

    Express Photo: Amit Chakravarty
    13:42 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Decision 2019 | 'Remain Yogi or became chowkidar?'

    BSP chief Mayawati, in a string of tweets, has targeted the BJP asking whether the country needs "such types of chowkidars". She asked, "No worry if Rafale secret file is theft but official data related to joblessness, rising unemployment, pathetic conditions of labourers & farmers etc. not to be out in public. After all these are the issues related to image & vote. Do the country need such type of Chowkidar?

    13:32 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Elections 2019, Tamil Nadu | TTV's party announces final list of candidates

    TTV Dhinakaran's party, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), released its final list of candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections today. The party is contesting 38 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. 

    13:28 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    Elections 2019: Congress to brief press shortly, claims it has 'big scoop'

    The Congress is scheduled to brief the press shortly. The briefing was scheduled at 10.30 am, but was deferred to this afternoon. Stay tuned!

    12:53 (IST)22 Mar 2019
    2019 Lok Sabha polls: Gambhir to contest from New Delhi?

    According to a report in PTI, the BJP is considering fielding Gautam Gambhir from the New Delhi constituency for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. This seat is currently held by Meenakshi Lekhi.

    Gautam Gambhir is welcomed into the BJP by Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi on Friday (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

    2019 lok sabha elections live updates: bjp first list, rahul gandhi press conference, bihar grand alliance Elections 2019 live updates: BJP paraphernalia being sorted out at the party office in Mumbai. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

    2019 Lok Sabha elections live updates:

    The BJP Thursday released its first list of candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party has changed candidates in six constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, two in Maharashtra, four in Assam, one each in Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, while party president Amit Shah will stand from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. This seat has been won by party veteran LK Advani six times in the past; it signals Shah's ambition in national politics and the end of Advani's electoral career.

    Also read | Analysing BJP's first list for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

    Smriti Irani has been fielded from Amethi, and will contest against Rahul Gandhi — Gandhi had won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by 1,07,903 votes.

    In Maharashtra, of the 16 candidates in the BJP's first list, 14 sitting MPs have been re-nominated. In Ahmednagar, sitting MP Dilip Gandhi has been replaced by Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of Congress Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. In Latur, sitting MP Sunil Gaikwad has been dropped in favour of Sudhakar Bhalerao Shrungare.