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Election Tracker LIVE: Where are the 2 Crore Jobs, Asks Priyanka Gandhi in Maiden Rally After Joining Politics | March 12, 2019, 5:27 PM IST
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Election Tracker LIVE: Speaking at her maiden political rally in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf of Gandhinagar, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stressed on the importance of love, harmony and brotherhood. She urged the electorate to focus on the real issues as the nation heads for the general elections. Outlining the issues, she said women’s safety, jobs and farmers should be the focus. Priyanka lamented the hatred being spread in the country and the sorry state of institutions. “You will have to think what exactly is this election. What are you going to choose in this election? You are going to choose your future. Useless issues should not be raised,” said Priyanka.

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Mar 12, 2019 5:27 pm (IST)

Three Bengal legislators from opposition parties joined BJP today in Delhi in presence of BJP Leader Mukul Roy. Former TMC MP Anupam Hazra joined BJP as did Congress MLA Dulal Chandra Bar and CPM MLA Khagen Murmu.

Mar 12, 2019 5:00 pm (IST)

Replying to the question of campaigning for other opposition parties in other states, WB CM Mamata Banerjee said that she will go if leaders like Akhilesh and Mayawati invite her. “I will decide later where all I will go.I might even go to Varanasi,” she said. Banerjee also sounded unsure on her own attendance in the next meeting of opposition parties on March 15. “United India will work together. That is the desire of the people. The need of the hour is to see PM Modi and Amit Shah getting defeated. Earlier she declared TMC candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. There are 15 new faces in the list, this time.

Mar 12, 2019 4:42 pm (IST)

Patidar leader Hardik Patel joins the Congress party during the CWC meeting in Gandhinagar, in presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Mar 12, 2019 4:32 pm (IST)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi: After many years, CWC meeting has taken place in Gujarat. We conducted the meeting here, because there's fight between two ideologies in the country & in Gujarat, you will find both the ideologies. 

Mar 12, 2019 4:28 pm (IST)

Addressing the CWC meeting, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that women safety, farm distress and unemployment are the issues for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

Mar 12, 2019 4:25 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi starts addressing the Congress working committee in Gandhinagar. The Congress president also invokes Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy like his sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Mar 12, 2019 4:23 pm (IST)

Earlier, Mamata Banerjee announced that veteran TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee will contest from Bankura, earlier represented by actor Moon Moon Sen. Manas Ranjan Bhuiyan will fight from Mednipore. 

Mar 12, 2019 4:19 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi asks where are the two crore jobs promised by BJP. Speaking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf, Gandhi says that every voter’s vote is their weapon. She adds that there is no need to raise unwanted issues.

Mar 12, 2019 4:16 pm (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi remembers father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in her maiden speech outside the family bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli as she addresses Congress Working Committee Meet in Gandhinagar. Gandhi says that whatever is happening in India today is sad. She says that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be an important poll for the country.

Mar 12, 2019 4:10 pm (IST)

Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses CWC meeting in Gandhinagar. 

Mar 12, 2019 4:08 pm (IST)

Mamata Banerjee announces that filmstars Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakraborty will contest the Lok Sabha elections this time on behalf of TMC. Actor and Ghatal MP Dev (Deepak Adhikari) to contest again from the same seat. Apart from these three celebrities, veteran actress Moon Moon Sen will fight from Asansol against sitting BJP MP Babul Supriyo.

Mar 12, 2019 4:00 pm (IST)

Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi will contest from Barrackpore for the third consecutive term. From Raigunj, Kanhaiyalal Agarwal is TMC candidate for Lok Sabha elections.  From Malda Uttar, former Congress MP Mausam Noor will fight on TMC symbol this time. Mohua Mitra will fight from Krishnagar and Mamata Bala Thakur will fight from Bongaon.

Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm (IST)

Mamata Banerjee: Former Actor and present Bankura MP Moon Moon Sen will contest against Babul Supriyo from Asansol Lok Sabha constituency.

Mar 12, 2019 3:51 pm (IST)

West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee announces that her party will field 40.5% female candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats. “This is a proud moment for us,” said Banerjee.

Mar 12, 2019 3:49 pm (IST)

Before announcing the list of TMC candidates for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee declares the names of five sitting MPs who won’t contest the polls for various reasons. “Jadavpur MP Sugata Bose will not contest because he hasn’t got permission from Harvard university where he is a professor. Sandhya Roy won’t contest because she is not keeping well. Senior leaders Subrata Bakshi and Uma Soren will work for the party,” she said.

Mar 12, 2019 3:45 pm (IST)

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reiterates her allegation that demonetisation was a big scam. She seeks answers from BJP on the issue.  Referring to Pathankot and Pulwama terror attacks, Banerjee asks why so many people died in both the incidents,.

Mar 12, 2019 3:42 pm (IST)

West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is addressing a press conference in which she will announce the names of candidates for Lok Sabha Elections. Before announcing the names, she attacks BJP by saying that politics of hatred is dividing the people. Banerjee further alleges that crores of rupees are being spent in spreading fake news on social media,

Mar 12, 2019 2:52 pm (IST)

The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee--the highest decision making body of the party-- assumes significance as it comes barely two days after the declaration of the poll schedule.

Mar 12, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)

 Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said no sacrifice was too great to defeat the RSS and BJP ideology of "fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness". Speaking at the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at the Sardar Patel National Memorial here, he  underlined the Congress party's resolve to fight the forces of hatred.   

Mar 12, 2019 2:41 pm (IST)

'BSP Will Not Have an Alliance with Congress in Any State' | BSP Brings down curtains on Grand Alliance ahead of Lok Sabha elections, says no truck with Congress in any state. It has been reiterated once again that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will not have any alliance with Congress party in any state, to contest the upcoming elections, says BSP supremo Mayawati.

Mar 12, 2019 2:24 pm (IST)

No sacrifice too great to defeat BJP-RSS ideology of fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness: Rahul Gandhi at CWC meeting. 

Mar 12, 2019 2:09 pm (IST)
Mar 12, 2019 1:59 pm (IST)

Kejriwal said people were now largely divided between "Modi-bhakts" and those who don't back Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Aam Aadmi Party "will do whatever is in its power to defeat Modi". Kejriwal also said that many people had told him that they were apprehensive of a Pulwama-like attack just before the Lok Sabha polls. "I am only saying what people told us... They told us that they were apprehensive for the last two years that they (BJP) will either foment a conflict over Ram Mandir or between India and Pakistan," he said.

Mar 12, 2019 1:59 pm (IST)

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that BJP's politicization of the "surgical strikes" on terror camps in Pakistan will not help it in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. "Whatever happened after the Pulwama attack on India-Pakistan border and the way BJP's conduct was, which politicized it, it is causing damage to the BJP. There's a notion that it is helping it but it is not, at least not in Delhi," he told reporters here.

Mar 12, 2019 1:40 pm (IST)

Sonia Gandhi Hits Out at PM Modi for Playing Politics Over Terror | Sonia Gandhi hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the CWC meet in Ahemdabad and says," People of the country are getting victimised but PM Modi pretends to be the victim himself." Evoking the issue of national secutity in the light of the recent terror attacks in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, Gandhi says that terror attacks are being polticised for electoral gains. 

Mar 12, 2019 1:27 pm (IST)

In West Bengal, the TMC 12- member election committee, along with the district presidents started arriving at Mamata Banerjee’s residence in Kalighat for the 1pm core committee meeting. Post the meeting,Mamata is expected to declare the list of TMC  candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections at 3:30pm​. Some of the TMC leaders were seen arriving at Mamata’s residence for the meeting include, Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’Brien, Partha Chatterjee , Subrata Bakshi, Sashi Panja , Suvendu Adhikari , Sishir Adhikari , Malay Ghatak , Sudip Badhopadhyay and Firhad Hakkim.

Mar 12, 2019 12:44 pm (IST)

Congress' newset member, Patidar leader Hardik Patel has arrived at the Sardar Patel Smarak, where the CWC meeting is underway. He will shortly formally join the grand-old-party in the presence of Rahul Gandhi here.  

Mar 12, 2019 12:39 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Delhi Statehood: Arvind Kejriwal Wants To Have the Cake and Eat It Too

Given the performance of the party in Assembly polls in several states after registering a mammoth victory in Delhi, Kejriwal knows that political survival is the call of the hour.

Mar 12, 2019 12:34 pm (IST)

The biennial election to fill five vacancies in the Telangana Legislative Council (MLAs quota), began on Tuesday. The main opposition Congress, which fielded a candidate, had decided to boycott the MLC election, accusing ruling TRS of poaching four of its MLAs and a TDP legislator 'in a brazen manner by adopting all illegal means.' With the Congress staying away from the poll, the election of TRS and its ally AIMIM nominees looks certain.  In the election to fill five vacancies in the Council, TRS has fielded four nominees, leaving one seat to its ally AIMIM.

Mar 12, 2019 12:17 pm (IST)

Prakash Ambedkar, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), confirms to ANI that there will be no alliance between VBA and Congress for coming Lok Sabha elections and VBA will contest on all 48 seats in Maharashtra

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Election Tracker LIVE: Where are the 2 Crore Jobs, Asks Priyanka Gandhi in Maiden Rally After Joining Politics
Priyanka Gandhi while addressing the rally in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. (Image tweeted by Congress).

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the IAF air strikes, accusing him of playing politics over terror. Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Ahmedabad, Gandhi said Modi was playing the victim card. The grand old party kick-started its battle for 2019 with the CWC on the Prime Minister’s home turf. All eyes will be on the party’s policy on stitching together pre- and post-poll alliances in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The meeting is also likely to mark the debut of Priyanka Gandhi who will address the committee for the first time.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday raised the statehood demand for Delhi again as he raised the stakes for the Lok Sabha elections. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said the Centre was creating hurdles in Delhi’s functioning and had been unfair to the people.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora will hold a meeting to discuss the modalities of conducting assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Election Commission, while announcing the dates for the high-stakes General Elections on Sunday, had said the J&K assembly elections won’t be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, citing security reasons.

In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress leadership has convened a meeting of its election committee to decide on its list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state, while in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is expected to address a press conference to talk on statehood and alliances among other issues.
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