AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said reports of a war within the Election Commission were worrying and emphasised on unanimity of views in the poll panel. ECI is one of the more trusted public institutions in the country, a 'war within' is extremely worrying. "The SC, in TN Seshan case had made it clear that CEC doesnt enjoy a higher status than other ECs & must strive towards unanimity. Basic Constitutional norms must be respected," he tweeted.
The SAD has urged the Election Commission to deploy additional paramilitary forces in Ferozepur and Bathinda constituencies, from where senior party leaders Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal are contesting the general election, respectively. In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner just a day ahead of the election, Akali Dal's senior vice president and spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said additional paramilitary forces were required in these two constituencies to ensure free and fair elections.
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The letter, which was written on behalf of the Diamond Harbour candidate, said that the PM during his rally address had tried to mislead the people.
NPF to Withdraw Support From BJP Govt in Manipur | The Naga People's Front has decided to withdraw support from the BJP-led Manipur government after the conclusion of the Lok Sabha polls. Former CM TR Zeliang tweeted an explanation: "This decision at this juncture is necessitated due to the indifferent attitude of the BJP towards us, its coalition partner in Manipur and also in the State of Nagaland. Further implementation of this decision will be finalised after the Election process."
This decision at this juncture is necessitated due to the indifferent attitude of the BJP towards us, its coalition partner in Manipur and also in the State of Nagaland. Further implementation of this decision will be finalised after the Election process.— TR Zeliang (@TRZeliang) May 18, 2019
Mamata Banerjee Urges EC to Complete Elections Peacefully Without 'Govt Interference' | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has written to CEC Sunil Arora saying that the violence during Amit Shah's Kolkata roadshow was deliberate as Section 144 had been withdrawn. "The roadshow was itself a deliberate, intentional and a criminal conspiracy to vandalize the culture and heritage of Kolkata and West Bengal and also to defame the West Bengal Government and its people," the letter reads. She has also urged the EC to complete the elections without "government interference".
BJP West Bengal chief Mukul has now written to the Election Commission seeking its permission to stay at Howrah constituency adjacent to Kolkata, which will head to the polls tomorrow. Earlier, the TMC had written to the EC highlighting that Roy is a "non-voter" and should hence leave the state for the duration of the phase.
Ahead of phase 7 of the Lok Sabha elections, polling parties in Jharkand's Dumka leave for their respective stations after collecting EVMs and VVPATs. Polls will be held in three constituencies in the state tomorrow
Jharkhand: Polling parties leave for their respective polling stations after collecting EVMs & VVPATs in Dumka. Polls will be held for 3 parliamentary constituencies in the state tomorrow. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/UyYXgdvRks— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2019
'BJP is After My Life, Will Murder Me One Day', Says Arvind Kejriwal | In Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that the BJP is after his life and he will be assassinated by his personal security officer like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi . "The BJP would get me murdered by my own PSO (Personal Security Officer) one day like Indira Gandhi. My own security officers report to BJP," Kejriwal told a news channel in Punjab and added, "The BJP is after my life, they will murder me one day."
Congress's MP Candidates Served EC Notice For 'Distributing NYAY Pamphlets' | The poll panel has served a notice to Congress's Khandwa candidate Subhash Chandra Yadav for "indulging in the distribution of NYAY scheme enrolment pamphlets/form in Madhya Pradesh", which stands in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
PM to Meditate Till Morning | Prime Minister Narendra Modi trekked around 2 Kms to reach the cave, where he will meditate. On request of media, he allowed cameras to get initial visuals. The PM will begin his meditation in a few hours, which will last till tomorrow morning. No media or personnel will be allowed in the vicinity of the cave.
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam party president Chandrababu Naidu is meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence in Delhi today to discuss possible tie-up in the post-election scenario.
Preparations on for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections at polling booths in Kolkata, West Bengal.
West Bengal: Visuals from EVM and VVPAT distribution centre in Kolkata. Nine parliamentary constituencies of the state will go to polls in the 7th & last phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/FPWfO3F1FB— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2019
Following comments by JDS leaders H Vishwanath and Basvaraj Horatti, signalling discord, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, says, "We are on the verge of formation of a new Government at the centre. At this juncture where all efforts are being made to form non-BJP government at the centre, the contradictory statements by leaders of coalition partners Congress-JDS may mar such efforts."
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Lavasa claimed that 'minority decisions are going unreported' and has insisted that he will attend the meetings only after dissent notes are included in the orders of the commission.
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In the post-May 23 scenario, the grand old party can have the first mover advantage - a proposition that BJP-NDA cannot match because they have an incumbent prime minister looking for the second term.