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Election Tracker LIVE: BJP's CEC Meets for the Third Time to Finalise List of Candidates

News18.com | March 21, 2019, 3:13 PM IST
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Election Tracker LIVE Updates: The BJP's central election committee (CEC) is meeting at the party headquarters in the capital as part of its deliberations to finalise candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. The party is expected to release the first set of nominees after the meeting, sources said.

This is the third meeting of the CEC, BJP's highest decision making body, on selection of candidates. On Tuesday evening, it had held a seven-hour-long discussion to deliberate upon the names of party's candidates in various states.The meeting, besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was attended by top brass of the BJP, including party chief Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
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Mar 21, 2019 3:13 pm (IST)

More news coming in from Odisha. Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh will join the opposition Congress, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik confirmed. "I have received a letter from Pratysha who has expressed her willingness to join the Congress. She is likely to formally join the party on March 23 or 24," Patnaik says. 

Mar 21, 2019 3:08 pm (IST)

BJP Releases List For Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim Assembly Polls | The BJP Central Election Committee releases its list of 18 candidates for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Assembly elections. The BJP candidates for Arunachal Pradesh consists of 6 candidates, including Kripa Babu for Itanagar contituency, Tenzil Norbu Thongdok for Kalaktang constituency, and Tana Hali Tara for Doimukh. This is the party's second list for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly polls.The Sikkim list with the names of 12 candidates includes YT Lepcha for Gangtok and Bhanu Bhakta Sharma for Gyalshing Barnyak. 

Mar 21, 2019 2:54 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy says HD Deve Gowda is still in a dilemma over his candidature. “Deve Gowda has given the Hassan seat to Prajwal Revanna. Even then both Revanna and his son Prajwal urged Deve Gowda to contest from Hassan. But he is still thinking whether to contest or not. If he decides he will file a nomination from either Bengaluru North or from Tumkur constituency,” HD Kumaraswamy says. 

Mar 21, 2019 2:53 pm (IST)

The actor Prakash Raj, who had earlier confirmed he will be running in the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate, will be filing his nomination tomorrow. Raj will be joined by fans from across the city in a grand procession when he goes to file his nomination for the Bengaluru Central constituency.

Mar 21, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)

EC Says Rahul Gandhi's Interaction With Students Was Not a Violation | The Election Commission says Congress President Rahul Gandhi's interaction with students at Tamil Nadu's Stella Maris College for Women on March 13 did not violate the model code of conduct. The EC, however, sought a report on his speech. Earlier, the AIADMK government in the state had ordered an inquiry as to how the college gave its approval for Gandhi to interact with its students when the model code for elections was in force.

Mar 20, 2019 8:14 pm (IST)

Former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil joins BJP.

Mar 20, 2019 7:47 pm (IST)

Visuals of the BJP’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting at the party headquarters in Delhi.

Mar 20, 2019 7:23 pm (IST)

The BJP's CEC meeting is currently underway at the party headquarters in Delhi and is presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh are also present at the meeting. This is the third meeting of the CEC and is expected to release the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

Mar 20, 2019 7:17 pm (IST)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrive for the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting at the party headquarters in Delhi. This is the third meeting of the CEC and is expected to release the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

Mar 20, 2019 6:56 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | 'I Want to Fight But...' Kamal Haasan Releases MNM's First List, Keeps Up Suspense on Self

Announcing the first candidates' list, Haasan said observers would have to watch out for the party's final list on March 24 to see whether he would contest or not.

Mar 20, 2019 6:55 pm (IST)

Himadri Singh, daughter of former union minister and late Congress MP Dalbir Singh joins BJP in Bhopal in the presence of state party president Rakesh Singh. 

Mar 20, 2019 6:17 pm (IST)

PC George's Party in Kerala will not Contest LS Polls | Kerala Janapaksham headed by PC George, which supported protests by Hindu outfits over the Sabarimala issue, today said it would not contest the Lok Sabha elections but asked its workers to defeat ‘forces trying to humiliate and tarnish religious faith and traditions’. This marks a shift in the party's stand as George had earlier said he would contest from Pathanamthitta constituency where the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa temple is situated.

Mar 20, 2019 6:16 pm (IST)

BSP Leader from Amethi Joins BJP | Bahujan Samaj Party leader from Amethi and former MLA Chandra Prakash Mishra 'Matiyari' joined the BJP and said he would work to ensure the defeat of Congress president Rahul Gandhi from his Lok Sabha constituency. He joined the party in the presence of Union ministers J P Nadda and Smriti Irani, with Irani expressing hope that Mishra's presence in the BJP will help it win from Amethi. The BJP is likely to field Irani against Gandhi from Amethi. She had put up a spirited fight against him in 2014 but had lost.

Mar 20, 2019 5:55 pm (IST)

BSP Leader from Amethi Joins BJP | Bahujan Samaj Party leader from Amethi and former MLA Chandra Prakash Mishra 'Matiyari' joined the BJP and said he would work to ensure the defeat of Congress president Rahul Gandhi from his Lok Sabha constituency. He joined the party in the presence of Union ministers J P Nadda and Smriti Irani, with Irani expressing hope that Mishra's presence in the BJP will help it win from Amethi. The BJP is likely to field Irani against Gandhi from Amethi. She had put up a spirited fight against him in 2014 but had lost.

Mar 20, 2019 5:53 pm (IST)

Congress general secretary of UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra concludes her election rally. Priyanka Gandhi kick-started her Ganga Yatra boat-rally from Prayagraj to Assi ghat in Varanasi on March 18. With the hope of reviving political fortunes of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh. 

Mar 20, 2019 5:15 pm (IST)

Poll Violation: DMK Lodges Complaint against Minister Jayakumar | DMK lodges complaint with Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against minister Jayakumar alleging that he violated the Model Code of Conduct by saying that Rs 1500 will be given to Below Poverty Level (BPL) people of the state if AIADMK is voted back. Taking objection to this statement, DMK legal wing secretary R Girirajan submitted a petition to the CEO and wanted action against Jayakumar for ‘violating the model code’.

Mar 20, 2019 5:11 pm (IST)

Mahagathbandhan in Bihar is intact and its candidates for all 40 seats in the state will be announced after Holi, says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Mar 20, 2019 5:09 pm (IST)

I want to apologise as some people in last few months for their vested interests have run a disinformation campaign against 'chowkidaars'. It is unfortunate that language of these people has hurt you. Chowkidars have been called chor, that is unfortunate.. We have to be vigilant and do our duties. Naamdaars always abuse kaamdaars: PM Modi. To intensify the Twitter hashtag ‘Main Bhi Chowkidaar’ campaign, Modi started an interaction today with the security guards across the country through a conference.

Mar 20, 2019 4:56 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 25 lakh security guards across the country through a conference call. "Feel blessed to celebrate Holi with Chowkidars. Chowkidars protect us from evil. You must have noticed that these days everywhere it is you who is being discussed, be it television or social media, be it in India or abroad. Today every Indian is saying 'main bhi chowkidaar'. Maximum languages across the world have understood the word 'chowkidaar', it seems as if they all have accepted it in their vocabulary, Modi said.

Mar 20, 2019 4:54 pm (IST)

A scuffle has broken out between Congress and BJP workers at Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s rally. In a further provocation, the BJP workers wash Lal Bhadur Shashtri's statue after Priyanka Gandhi garlanded it. Congress has blamed the BJP for causing chaos. Priyanka Gandhi reached Assi Ghat in Varanasi on her 'Ganga Yatra' campaign.

Mar 20, 2019 4:46 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has so far toured and addressed public meetings or functions in 12 states since announcements of elections on March 10 (10 days). While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not addressed any public meetings since the announcement. However, PM Modi had covered 22 states and over 100 Lok Sabha constituencies in two months prior to the announcement of poll dates by the Election Commission.

Mar 20, 2019 4:25 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Congress, NC Alliance For 2019 Polls Will See a 'Friendly' Contest on Two Seats in J&K

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and NC patron Farooq Abdullah jointly told the media while the Congress will contest the Jammu and Udhampur Lok Sabha seats, National Conference will fight from Srinagar.

Mar 20, 2019 4:24 pm (IST)

Congress General Secretary for UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra showed the election manifesto issued by BJP for Varanasi in Lok Sabha polls 2014 and said not even a single promise made by the party was fulfilled.

Mar 20, 2019 4:04 pm (IST)

Talks between Congress and Left Front in West Bengal failed due to Left's reluctance to forge a formal alliance, said Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya. With the Congress calling off seat-sharing talks with the Left Front for Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the CPI(M)-led grouping waited till yesterday for a pro-alliance statement from the Congress. While, the CPI(M)-led Left Front had announced candidates for 13 more Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal yesterday, taking the total number of its contestants to 38.

Mar 20, 2019 3:58 pm (IST)

If Not Pre-poll, Anti-BJP Forces will Come Together Post Elections: Gehlot | "These parties have been formed on stealing the vote bank of the Congress. Be it the SP, the BSP or the AAP, they have done politics by taking away the Congress vote bank. They are looking at their own interests," he said. "But these parties will also see the national interest and forge an alliance when the time comes. I believe that whatever happens, Modi ji's government will not come back to power. If a pre-poll alliance is not done among various (anti-BJP) parties, then a post-poll alliance will be sealed," PTI quoted Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as saying. 

Mar 20, 2019 3:45 pm (IST)

BJP announces alliance with Bharat Dhara Jana Sena BDJS and Kerala Congress, finalises seat-sharing for Lok Sabha polls. Kerala has 20 Lok Sabha seats and the BJP, which leads the NDA, contests in 14 seats, while five seats will be contested by its principal ally, the BDJS, and the former Union Minister of State P.C.Thomas-led Kerala Congress gets one seat.

Mar 20, 2019 3:26 pm (IST)

The Telangana Congress, party MLA Beeram Harshavardhan Reddy from Kollapur Assembly constituency Wednesday announces his decision to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. In a statement, Reddy said he took the decision following assurances from TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that compensation would be provided to evacuees of different irrigation projects in his constituency. Reddy, who met TRS working president K T Rama Rao, is the ninth Congress MLA to announce the decision to join the TRS.

Mar 20, 2019 3:21 pm (IST)

Kamal Haasan's Party Makkal Needhi Maiam Releases First List | Kamal Haasan's party Makkal Needhi Maiam announces the first list of 21 candidates. The list includes the names of AG Maurya, who will contest the seat from Chennai North, and  Dr M Lokarangan, the Thiruvallur candidate. The second list with the remaining candidates will be announced on March 24. The party chief says that he will clear the speculations around his candidature on Sunday. "I'm willing to contest but my partymen need to tell me to do the same," he says.

Mar 20, 2019 3:00 pm (IST)

Pawan Kalyan's brother Konidela Nagendra Babu joins his Jana Sena party. The Telugu actor-producer will contest from Andhra Pradesh's Narasapur constituency.

Mar 20, 2019 2:41 pm (IST)

NC-Congress Announce Seat-Sharing Pact in J&K | The National Conference and Congress announce seat-sharing formula for Jammu and Kashmir "Congress will fight Jammu and Udhampur. I will fight from Srinagar, there will be a friendly fight in a couple of seats," NC chief Farooq Abdullah says. Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad expresses his happiness over the understanding. "We are glad that we had this discussion, we have always been on good terms and we have always pitched for secular parties to come together," he says. Azad confirms that both parties will be fielding candidates in Baramulla and Anantnag and this "will be a friendly fight". The two parties are likely to do the same for the seat from Ladakh. 

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Election Tracker LIVE: BJP's CEC Meets for the Third Time to Finalise List of Candidates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and other leaders during the BJP Central Election Committee meeting for Lok Sabha elections in New Delhi, March 16, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The CEC has already held wide-ranging discussions on selection of its candidates for Bihar, Maharashtra, Anadhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chattisgarh and all eight north-eastern states. Though the Congress has announced candidates for 146 Lok Sabha constituencies so far, the BJP is yet to officially make any announcement on its nominees.

Meanwhile, intensifying his 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' (I too am a watchman) campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with watchmen across the country today.

Earlier, the Congress and the National Conference announced an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir for the Lok Sabha polls, saying it is in national interest and will help strengthen secular forces. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and NC patron Farooq Abdullah jointly told the media while the Congress will contest the Jammu and Udhampur Lok Sabha seats, National Conference will fight from Srinagar. There will be a "friendly contest" between the two parties on the Anantnag and Baramulla seats, they said. Abdullah said the two parties are also discussing an arrangement for the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat. The state sends six MPs to Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati today announced that she would not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, stressing that it was more important for the SP-BSP alliance to win. “I know I can win from any seat, all I have to do is file my nomination and my party workers will take care of the rest. We have a strong alliance with RLD and SP to defeat BJP and it is more important for us to win more seats than for me to win one. I had earlier resigned from Rajya Sabha to keep our movement alive but keeping in mind the current political situation I have decided not to contest LS elections,” she said.

Rebel BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is likely to contest on a Congress ticket in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Patna Sahib seat. Earlier reports had said the BJP was set to drop Sinha and replace him with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Shatrughan Sinha has been critical of the party's top leadership on several occasions in the past.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the BJP had systematically attacked every institution in the last five years, including the media. “The PM should stop thinking people are fools and understand that they see through this,” she said in response to Modi’s blog where he attacked the Congress for dynastic politics. Priyanka’s attack was followed by senior party leader Kapil Sibal who said the RSS itself was a dynast. “It is the biggest dynasty.... if you want to become a CM then you have to be a member of RSS,” he said.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying one crore jobs in 2018 alone despite promising to create two crore jobs annually. Addressing a public rally in the Manipur capital, Gandhi said the job losses under the Modi government were to the tune of 30,000 per day through 2018. "In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi destroyed 1 crore jobs in the country. This is the scale of his incompetence. It is absurd and ridiculous that the PM promises giving 2 crore jobs," Gandhi alleged. Slamming the Centre's demonetisation move of 2016, Gandhi said it shattered people's lives. The grand old party also released its sixth list of nine candidates, seven from Maharashtra and two from Kerala, for the Lok Sabha elections. With this, the party has so far released names of 146 candidates for the polls starting April 11.

The opposition Mahagatbandhan in Bihar, which was expected to announce its seat-sharing formula on Sunday, hit a roadblock after RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav asked the Congress to rethink its seat tally to offer better numbers to the other allies. The dispute erupted after Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party demanded to contest on five seats, while it was being offered three. Other allies, Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM and Sharad Yadav's LJD, were also not satisfied with the seat-sharing pact, following which the grand alliance had to rework their formula. They were expected to announce their final distribution of seats today but it has now been delayed to March 22.

On the eve of Holi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address over 25 lakh watchmen through audio bridge medium as he steps up his 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign in the run up to the Lok Sabha campaign.

Party's media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said Modi will share the "colours of Holi" with watchmen across the country in the address on Wednesday. The prime minister is also scheduled to interact with people, who have pledged their support to the 'Main bhi chowkidar' (I also am a watchman) campaign, from 500 places in the country on March 31.

Noting that watchmen work round-the-clock without taking any leave, Baluni said Modi's initiative is aimed at highlighting the works of people like them and added that it was an important step for improving the lot of the last man in line with the BJP's credo of 'sabka saath sabka vikas' (With all, development for all). People from different walks of life have lent their support to the 'Main bhi chowkidar' campaign, he asserted.

The Congress Tuesday took a swipe at "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign, alleging that PM Modi is trying to befool the people by pretending to be a "chowkidar". Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government does not have anything to offer to the people after being in power for five years and therefore, was resorting to such a campaign.

"Modi is trying to resell his brand which has already flopped and is thus changing its packaging, name and colour to achieve his goal," he told reporters. Surejwala claimed that in 2013, Modi had promised to bring back 80 lakh crore of black money stashed abroad and putting Rs 15 lakh into the accounts of every individual. "In 2014, just ahead of the elections he promised the people of bringing 'achche din' (good days) in the country and in 2015, changed it to 'sabka saath, sabka vikas'.
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