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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, Kanimozhi among DMK’s 20 candidates

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights: Party sources said that as per the present schedule, Priyanka will start her campaign from Prayagraj by offering prayers at Sangam and will later take the river route from Chatnag to Dumduma in Prayagraj.

DMK chief M K Stalin addresses the media. (ANI)
DMK chief M K Stalin addresses the media. (ANI)

DMK on Sunday announced former union ministers Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and T R Baalu and its Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi among its candidates for the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies it is contesting in Tamil Nadu. Releasing the list of candidates, which included 13 new faces, party president M K Stalin said Maran will contest from Central Chennai, A Raja from Nilgiris (SC) and T R Baalu from Sriperumbudur constituencies.

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Meanwhile, the BJP released its list of candidates for the assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will contest polls from Mukto, his home constituency in Tawang district, bordering China.

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DMK releases names of candidates for Lok Sabha polls

Former union ministers Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, TR Baalu and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi among DMK's 20 candidates for Lok Sabha polls.

DMK releases list of candidates for TN bypolls

BJP releases names for Arunachal, Andhra assembly polls

BJP has released the names of its candidates for Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will be the BJP nominee from Mukto Assembly constituency.

India now has 2,293 political parties, 149 registered between Jan & March

"Bharosa Party", "Sabsi Badi Party", and "Rashtriya Saaf Niti Party" are some of the 2,300- odd political parties that India has on the eve of the 2019 general elections. The Election Commission of India's latest data on political parties, registered till March 9, a day before the Lok Sabha elections were announced, reveal that the country is having a total of 2,293 political parties. They include seven "recognised national" and 59 "recognised state" parties. In fact, 149 political parties were registered with the poll panel between February and March on the eve of the announcement of the poll schedule.

Tie-up to fight BJP, AIADMK; no compromise on ideology: CPI(M)

The electoral alliance in Tamil Nadu has been forged in view of the prevailing political situation and the party has not compromised on its ideology, CPI (M) politburo member G Ramakrishnan said today. All the constituents of the alliance were equally and seriously concerned over the alleged danger posed by BJP at the Centre and the ruling AIADMK in the state to the democratic and secular fabric of the country, he said. Ramakrishnan as replying to a question on how the party was managing an alliance with Congress, whose ideology and economic policies were poles apart from the CPI (M).

People will make the right choice in upcoming elections: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, meanwhile, exuded confidence that people will make the right choice in the forthcoming general elections by electing a stable government rather than 'mahamilawat gathbandhan', which is being envisaged as a road to disaster. The mahamilawat gathbandhan, which has leaders and political parties of different ideologies, can only promise political instability, said Jaitley in his seventh blog on 'Agenda 2019'. "At the cusp of history, India and Indians have a choice to make. Are they electing a six month Government or a five year Government? Are they choosing between a tried, tested and a performing leader or a chaotic crowd of non-leaders?" he said.

'Did PM Modi visit Chhattisgarh to pay tribute to slain jawan?'

Referring to the February 14 Pulwama attack, Farooq said that soldiers continued to die even today. "Tell me when our jawans were killed in Chhattisgarh, did PM Modi or any of his ministers visit the place to offer them tributes," he asked.

Country, PM Modi is in danger: Farooq Abdullah

NC chief Farooq Abdullah accused the BJP of trying to divide the country. "Modi ji khatre mein hai (PM Modi is in danger,)" Farooq said. He also criticised the "propaganda" describing him as Pakistanis, saying "I want to tell BJP and RSS that terrorists had recently killed a poor worker of mine as he was holding the tricolour".

Congress approaches NC for alliance in J&K

While addressing the media, Omar Abdullah said, "It's true that we had received a proposal from Congress for an alliance (in J&K). But we've told them clearly that only National Conference candidates will be there on the three seats in the valley (Kashmir)."

In J&K, Omar Abdullah will be CM: Farooq

In Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference chief  Farooq Abdullah said, "I want to make it clear. I won't be the CM. Omar Abdullah will become the CM. He is young, I'm old, I can't run like these young men."

Congress holds talks with Mahan Dal

"We had talked to Mahan Dal earlier. They had said they were fine with whatever seats we give them, all they wanted was to contest Vidhan Sabha election. For Lok Sabha elections, they had said they'll contest on our symbol. We'll find out a way to work with them," Babbar added.

'Agreement on seven seats with Jan Adhikar party'

UP Congress chief Raj Babbar addresses media

Briefing reporters, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar said, "We are leaving seven seats vacant for SP, BSP and RLD. These include Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad- whatever seats Mayawati ji and RLD's Jayant ji and Ajit Singh will contest from. We will also give two seats to Apna Dal."

Congress leaves 7 seats for the BSP-SP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh

JD(U) President also announced the seats from where BJP would be contesting in Bihar

Whereas, BJP will contest on Lok Sabha Constituencies of Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Madhubani, Araria, East Champaran, West Champaran, Sasaram, Saran, Arrah, Buxar, Aurangabad, Sheohar, Ujiarpur, Maharajganj.

Lok Janshakti Party announces seats to contest Lok Sabha elections

Meanwhile, LJP will contest from 6 seats for Lok Sabha elections in Bihar

AAP names west Delhi Lok Sabha candidate, says Congress in 'state of confusion'

Slamming the Congress for being "indecisive", the AAP Sunday announced Balbir Singh Jakhar, president of the Dwarka Court Bar Association, as its candidate for the west Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The party, on March 1, named the other six Lok Sabha faces in the national capital. AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said the party waited for long but could not afford to lose more time owing to "Congress' state of confusion" over an electoral alliance in the city. READ MORE HERE

JD(U) announces seats to contest in LS elections

JD(U) state president Vashisht Narain Singh: JD(U) to contest on Lok Sabha constituencies of Valmiki Nagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Siwan, Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Supaul, Katihar, Munger, Nawada, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Katihar, Gopalganj, Madhepura, Banka, Gaya, Karakat & Jehanabad.

Day plan of Priyanka Gandhi's visit to Prayagraj

Day-1, Monday (18-03-2019)

Arrival- Manaiya (9.30am): Boarding on Boat, Boat pe Charcha with Students delegation

Arrival – Dumduma (11am): Meeting with people/ Reception
Arrival – Sirsa (12 noon): Ghat Reception, Sirsa Village visit
Arrival – Lakchhagrih (1 pm): Ghat Reception

Arrival- Manda (2 pm): Reception
Arrival- Sitamadhi (4 pm) Ghat Reception, Night Stay

Priyanka Gandhi writes open letter to people of UP

BJD leaders request Naveen Patnaik to contest from Western Odisha

Former Congress MLA Prakash Chandra Behera joins BJP

MK Alagiri to decide about supporting DMK candidate in a week

Congress announces candidates for 5 reserved LS seats in Chhattisgarh

The Congress has announced its candidates for five out of the total 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, giving a chance to three of its sitting MLAs.

The names of candidates for Surguja, Bastar, Raigarh and Kanker seats, reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Janjgir-Champa, which is allocated to a Scheduled Caste (SCs) candidate, were declared late Saturday night. (PTI)

Priyanka Gandhi writes open letter to people of UP

Before starting her campaign in eastern UP, Priyanka Gandhi writes an open letter to people of UP. Talks of old connect and taking water, rail n road route to reach out to people n bring politics of change to UP.

BJP deliberates on candidates for LS polls

The BJP on Saturday deliberated on finalising the names of candidates for Lok Sabha elections, particularly for constituencies where polling will be held in the first phase. The names were discussed at the party's central election committee attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party Amit Shah. (PTI)

Former COngress MLA PC Behera to join BJP today

PM pushes 'Mai Bhi Chowkidar' campaign changes Twitter name

EC changes rules, manifestos at least 48 hrs before voting

The Election Commission (EC) amended the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on Saturday prohibiting political parties from releasing their manifestos in the last 48 hours leading up to voting in each phase of the coming Lok Sabha elections. The 17th Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, between April 11 and May 19, and the results will be declared on May 23. The above change has been made in Part 8 of the MCC, which deals with poll manifestos. The EC’s decision stems from the recommendation of a 14-member committee set up to revisit the MCC, Section 126 of the Representation of the People (RP) Act (which prohibits any form of poll campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting), and other related provisions in the wake of rapid media expansion. READ MORE HERE

Priyanka Gandhi arrives at UPCC office in Lucknow

YSR congress releases list of candidates

YSR Congress party has announced a list of 175 candidates for assembly elections and a list of 25 candidates for Lok Sabha elections, in Andhra Pradesh. 

Chhattisgarh has rejected BJP: Bhupesh Baghel

You might remember that prior to assembly elections in Chhattisgarh they (BJP) had said they will contest, relying on Narendra Modi's face. At that time, the posters used to have his face in large size, and that of Raman Singh and others used to be smaller. By the time the elections came and Rahul ji attacked them over Rafale deal, Raman Singh's face was made larger and Amit Shah-Narendra Modi's faces were made smaller. People in Chhattisgarh have already rejected them. BJP itself had accepted it.

Priyanka Gandhi reaches Lucknow

Adityanath on Priyanka Gandhi's entry into politics

"The Congress has made her (Priyanka) the party general secretary (in-charge of eastern UP) this time. It is an internal matter of that party as to how it will utilise her services. "Earlier too, she had campaigned for the Congress. And this time too she is the party's campaigner and it will make no difference (to the BJP)," he told PTI in his first interview after announcement of the Lok Sabha poll schedule on Sunday. 

Congress ties up with Apna Dal, gives two UP seats

A day after the BJP sealed an alliance with Apna Dal (Soneylal) leader Anupriya Patel by giving her party two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Saturday tied up with Anupriya’s mother Krishna Patel and reserved two seats for her party Apna Dal in the state. The alliance between the Congress and Apna Dal was finalised at a meeting in Delhi at the residence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, where Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia finalised the deal in the presence of Apna Dal president Krishna Patel and party general secretary Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel. READ MORE HERE

AMMK release candidates list for by-polls in Tamil Nadu

TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam(AMMK) announces 1st list of candidates for 24 Lok Sabha seats&9 by-election seats. Sarubala Thondaiman to contest from Trichy and David Annadurai to contest from Madurai Lok Sabha seats. P Vetrivel to contest from Perumbavoor in by-polls. 

Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow, to begin four day visit

Priyanka will mark Holi in Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also participate in a foot-march in Allahabad and a road show in Mirzapur.  Party sources said that as per the present schedule, Priyanka will start her campaign from Prayagraj by offering prayers at Sangam and will later take the river route from Chatnag to Dumduma in Prayagraj. Then, in Sirsa area, she will offer prayers at a Shiva temple and later visit the family of Mahesh Raj Yadav, one of the CRPF men killed in the Pulwama attack. READ MORE HERE

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A day after the BJP sealed an alliance with Apna Dal (Soneylal) leader Anupriya Patel by giving her party two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Saturday tied up with Anupriya’s mother Krishna Patel and reserved two seats for her party Apna Dal in the state. The alliance between the Congress and Apna Dal was finalised at a meeting in Delhi at the residence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, where Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia finalised the deal in the presence of Apna Dal president Krishna Patel and party general secretary Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel.