With the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 just a few days away, political parties are busy announcing candidates for the polls so they can start campaigning on the ground. While the BJP announced its sixth list of 48 candidates on Saturday, the Congress came out with its eighth list comprising 38 candidates. Prominent Congress faces in its eighth list include Mallikarjun Kharge, who has been renominated from Gulbarga in Karnataka and former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan who will contest from Nanded. The BJP's Saturday's lists include BJP leader Anurag Thakur from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Sahib in Bihar and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri in Odisha.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 have been scheduled to start from April 11 and will go on till May 19. With little time left to woo voters, parties have increased their activities, with prominent leaders holding several rallies every day. From public rallies to workers' meetings, big leaders of the national as well as state parties are leaving no stone unturned to ensure victory in the polls.
BusinessToday.In brings you all the latest updates related to the General Elections 2019.
Union Minister Smriti Irani at a public rally in Kanpur: Jis haath ne varshon tak Bharat ki tijori ko saaf kiya uss haath ko Bharat ki tijori ke aas pass bhi bhatakne na dein. Jab haathi cycle par sawaar hota hai toh puncture hona nischit hai. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/7YaT0RDBnN- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 24, 2019
6:20pm: PM Modi has forgotten about his bonhomie with "chaiwalas", is now remembering "chowkidars", and will focus on somebody else the "next time" for political gains, PTI quoted senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal as saying.
6:10pm: Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said the Congress might win an election in Pakistan if it contests from there as the opposition party is "banking on lies" and the neighbouring country, PTI reported.
6:00pm: Congress released the 10th list of 10 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Congress releases list of 10 candidates-Tariq Anwar to contest from Bihar's Katihar,BK Hariprasad to contest from Bengaluru South, Karti Chidambaram to contest from Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga & Suresh Dhanorkar to contest from Chandrapur in Maharashtra #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/9RUbnkBQ2I- ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
5:15pm: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that 2019 polls is going to make a big difference for India.
Defence Min&BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman in Hyderabad: This campaign for Telangana itself is invigorating for those of us who are in grind of campaign. I may not be contesting but there are people for whom we all are working.2019 polls is going to make a big difference for India pic.twitter.com/Vy4v2lYCLz- ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
4:50pm:Jharkhand polls: Congress, JMM reach Lok Sabha seat agreement.
Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on LS seat sharing agreement in Jharkhand: Congress will contest on 7 seats, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on 4 seats, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha on 2 seats, talks are still ongoing with RJD, they have not yet agreed. Everyone will support RJD in Palamu. pic.twitter.com/9QTEo3RQbF- ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
4:40pm: According to UP Congress Secretary, Narendra Rathi, Sapna Chaudhary had filled the membership form herself, her signature is on it. Her sister also joined the party yesterday, we have both of their forms.
Picture of Congress Membership Form with Sapna Chaudhary's name and signature on it and fee receipt from yesterday. Today, Haryanavi singer and dancer Sapna Chaudhary has claimed that her pictures are old and she is not a part of any political party. pic.twitter.com/6kCUGlWvE3- ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
3.38pm: Haryanavi singer & dancer Sapna Chaudhary: "I have not joined the Congress party. The photograph with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is old. I am not going to campaign for any political party."
Haryanavi singer & dancer Sapna Chaudhary: I have not joined the Congress party. The photograph with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is old. I am not going to campaign for any political party. pic.twitter.com/oYSyKjBU1K— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
3.37pm: Shailesh Kumar to contest on the RJD ticket from Bhagalpur, and Jayprakash Narayan Yadav from Banka constituency.
3.34pm: The Congress party has been fielded Mahesh Pathak, a local businessman, from Mathura.
3.33pm: Country going through big employment crisis, will be key issue in Cong campaign, says Sam Pitroda. Employment, employment, and employment -- will be the focus of the Congress's election campaign, party's manifesto committee member Sam Pitroda has said, asserting that the country was going through a jobs "crisis", reported PTI. Pitroda, a long-time Gandhi family adviser and the chief of the Indian Overseas Congress, said agrarian distress is also a major issue facing the country and it needs to be addressed. In an interview to PTI, he said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will make a huge impact in the general elections.
3.27pm: UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Saharanpur. "Main naamdaro ke kuldeepak ki ek baat ko sun raha tha, vo keh rahe the ki ganna ke pedh nahi lagaye. Unhone kaha ki humari sarkar ayegi to dedh feet ka aalu ugwa degi. Jaise aam ka phal aata hai, unhe lagta hai aalu ka bhi aata hoga."
3.10pm: "Dynastic parties have one major drawback. If the current generation dynast is lacking in charisma, understanding & popular confidence, the crowd around the family gets frustrated. The same is happening with Congress Party which is paying the price for its dynastic character," says Arun Jaitley.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Saharanpur: Main naamdaro ke kuldeepak ki ek baat ko sun raha tha, vo keh rahe the ki ganna ke pedh nahi lagaye. Unhone kaha ki humari sarkar ayegi to dedh feet ka aalu ugwa degi. Jaise aam ka phal aata hai, unhe lagta hai aalu ka bhi aata hoga. pic.twitter.com/wofLtRfDcJ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 24, 2019
3.08pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accuses the Congress party of benefitting from the dynasties politics. "The Congress Party has been out of power for 5 years. Its leaders & workers are accustomed to existing with the frills of office. They are staring at another defeat, and the seeming reason for this is the Dynastic Character of Congress Party," says the Finance Minister.
Owing to low-ability & greatness thrust on them, dynastic leaders lack self-awareness. Psychologists refer this as the Dunning-Kruger effect. This seems to be the reason which persuades the Congress President to cross the line of decency and dignity when he refers to the PM.— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 24, 2019
2.30pm:BJP MLA Surendra Singh on dancer SapnaChaudhary joining Congress: "Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe sethi. Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aap bhi Sapna koapna banaye."
Dynasties demolish organisational structures & the party becomes a crowd around the dynast. The Congress was original creator of this concept. Ch. Charan Singh aptly said that world over parties elect leaders; in India, leaders create parties, which travel with the leader.— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 24, 2019
1.15pm: BJP spokesperson and the party's Lok Sabha candidate from Puri in Odisha, Sambit Patra has accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of earning crores of rupees through illegal land earnings. "Rahul-Priyanka earned Rs 3 crore by renting the Indira farm house, which is worth over Rs 5 crore. They rented it to businessman Anil Ambani and received an initial payment of Rs 40 lakh by putting this farm house on rent," says Sambit Patra. He added the Gandhi family had no earnings but owned a farm house.
12.00pm: Kanhaiya Kumar will contest polls from Begusarai on CPI ticket.
#WATCH BJP MLA Surendra Singh on dancer Sapna Chaudhary joins Congress: Rahul ji ki Mata ji bhi Italy mein isi peshe se thi.Jaise aapke pitaji ne Sonia ji ko apna bana liya tha, aap bhi Sapna ko apna banaye.Sabse acchi baat hai saas aur bahu ek hi peshe aur culture se rahengi pic.twitter.com/HK5XCWcuL6— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 24, 2019
11.45am: After taking their protests to the National capital to highlight their demands, Tamil Nadu farmers are gearing up for an electoral battle and will file 111 nominations from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting, reported PTI. Tamil Nadu farmers leader P Ayyakannu has said that 111 farmers from the State will contest against Modi from Varanasi. Ayyakannu, who is also president of the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, said the decision to contest the polls from Uttar Pradesh was to urge the BJP to include in their manifesto that their demands, including "profitable prices for farm produce," would be fulfilled.
11.35am: Arun Jaitley on the NDA government's achievements in the last five years.
Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Communist Party of India: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students union president, Kanhaiya Kumar will contest from Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency. #Biharpic.twitter.com/aXtnEPQBvX— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
11.34am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 'Yeddy Diary': "Voters are wiser than politicians and the perpetrators of falsehood in the small section of media."
From ‘Policy Paralysis’ in 2013-14 to a ‘Fastest Growing Economy’ a ‘Bright Spot’ during 2014-19. This is what India achieved under Modi govt. pic.twitter.com/cQO5b06znP— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 24, 2019
Free speech must not be misused by media organisations to pass falsehood & forgery. pic.twitter.com/pD9Oa1a0IK- Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 24, 2019
11.15am: Congress' Manipur unit has accused the BJP of putting up an insurgent-backed candidate for a Lok Sabha seat here and compromising national integrity in a bid to win the upcoming elections at any cost, a charge rejected by the latter as an attempt to malign the party, reported PTI. BJP's candidate H Shukhopao Mate for the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, which goes to polls on April 11, has been accused of being backed by insurgent groups in the state -- Zomi Re-unification Organisation (ZRO) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO).
11.00am:The BJP days a total of 76.48 lakh jobs werecreated since September 2017 till January 2019 as per the EPFO payroll data. InJanuary 2019, jobs created were at 17-month high at 8.96 lakh.
Voters are wiser than politicians and the perpetrators of falsehood in the small section of media. pic.twitter.com/rra1PkME8M— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) March 23, 2019
10.47am: Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners; Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav and Jaya Bachchan included in the list; Mulayam Singh Yadav's name not there.
Here are the unsettling figures of job creation for the naysayers! In formal sector alone, 76.48 lakhs jobs have been created since September 2017 till January 2019 as per EPFO payroll data. In January 2019, jobs created were at 17-month high at 8.96 lakhs. pic.twitter.com/Tmy8Srp9XZ— BJP (@BJP4India) March 24, 2019
10.35am: Akhilesh Yadav has decided to contest elections from Azamgarh.
Samajwadi Party releases its list of star campaigners; Akhilesh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav and Jaya Bachchan included in the list; Mulayam Singh Yadav's name not there. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/QUZYpoC6ce— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 24, 2019
10.15am: Shatrughan Sinha after the BJP denied him Lok Sabha ticket: "People are watching at this hour".
Nonetheless, people are watching at this hour, to give a befitting reply for all this that is being done by the one man show & 2 men army company. Long Live Shri. Advaniji! Jai Hind!— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) March 23, 2019
9.57am: PM Modi shares his website link that features the NDA government's work in various sectors over the last five years.
Sirji, instead of playing Rafale Baba & Chalis Chokiwdar, which has already fallen flat on its face, it's high time & right time to take some corrective measures (if you still can) & go for damage control soon, sooner the better. Meanwhile it's worrisome, painful and according to— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) March 23, 2019
9.49am: The RSS/ BJP channelises bigotry & hatred for political power, alleges Rahul Gandhi.
Sharing an interesting section on my website that gives you a comprehensive glimpse of the NDA government’s work in various sectors over the last 5 years.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2019
You can find interesting articles, news updates and attractive infographics here. https://t.co/pVEuuZmlqR
9.49am:Rahul Gandhi shares pictures of a huge gathering in his political rally in West Bengal.
Every Patriotic Indian is disgusted by the video of a family in #Gurugram being mercilessly beaten by hooligans. The RSS/ BJP channelises bigotry & hatred for political power. This incident serves as a warning of the dangerous consequences & the dark side of that strategy.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 23, 2019
9.43am: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik says the returning of MLA Duryodhan Majhi will strengthen the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
I want to thank the people of Malda for their affection & enthusiastic support at today’s election rally. We in the Congress Party recommit ourselves to working for the people of Bengal & to strengthening the emotional bond we have, that has stood the test of time. pic.twitter.com/6Agz2U5TvK— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 23, 2019
9.00am: Famous Haryanvi dancer, singer and Big Boss participant Sapna Chaudhary on Saturday joined the Congress party. Reports suggest the Congress may field her against actor Hema Malini from Mathura.
Odisha CM & BJD chief Naveen Patnaik: I'm glad that MLA Duryodhan Majhi has returned to the party. I welcome him. His returning will strengthen the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). (23.03.2019) pic.twitter.com/pTDCKD3UNY— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2019
8.40am: Former BJP CM from Uttarakhand BC Khanduri's son Manish khanduri has been fielded from Garhwal Lok Sabha seat. Manish recently joined the Congress party.
8.30am: The Congress has fielded Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal and former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat from Nainital.
8.00am (March 24): The Congress Saturday releases its eighth list of 38 candidates; Leader of Opposition in the current Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has been renominated from Gulbarga in Karnataka and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has been fielded from Nanded.
Delhi: Dancer and actor Sapna Chaudhary joins Congress party. pic.twitter.com/tDAotKX0Y7— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
8:30pm (March 23): BJP releases another list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) releases another list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Candidates for the legislative assembly (3 each for Gujarat and Goa) bye-polls also announced. pic.twitter.com/GUQRX23Fto- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
7:00pm: BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra thanked Prime Minister Modi and party President Amit Shah for his candidature from Odisha's Puri.
Sambit Patra, BJP: I would like to thank PM Modi who sent me to Puri. I'd also like to thank Amit Shah ji for placing his faith in me. Jagannath ji called me here and Modi ji sent me. I will do my utmost to serve the people of Puri. #Odishapic.twitter.com/dyqos2SdOy- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
6:50pm: Former J&K CM and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said she will be contesting from Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
6:35pm: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy pays last respects to state Minister C S Shivalli who died on Friday.
Hubli: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy pays last respects to state Minister C S Shivalli who passed away yesterday. pic.twitter.com/cDFRKyiyOd- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
6:25pm: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad raises question over rise in Congress president Rahul Gandhi's income between 2004 and 2014.
RS Prasad: Rahul Gandhi is an MP, his source of income is salary, there's no other clear source. In 2004 election affidavit, he declared his wealth to be ₹55,38,123, it came to ₹2 cr in 2009 & to ₹9 cr in 2014; we would like to know how your asset grew to ₹9 cr from ₹55 lakh pic.twitter.com/LY7hV7FONx- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
6:15pm: Rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has alleged that senior leader L K Advani was deliberately sidelined by the party. He has not been allotted any Lok Sabha seat by the BJP.
some people, even shameful... that which your people have done was the most expected & awaited....orchestrating the departure of a most respected friend, philosopher, guide, father figure & ultimate leader of the party Shri. L.K.Advani, from the political arena/ election.- Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) March 23, 2019
6:10pm: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Satirday said his political party, Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement, will not contest elections this time around.
6:00pm: Major Surendra Poonia, an international award-winning sportsman, on Saturday joined BJP in the presence of senior BJP leaders JP Nadda and Ramlal.
Delhi: Major Surendra Poonia joins BJP in the presence of senior BJP leaders JP Nadda and Ramlal. pic.twitter.com/J7OsoYVkkE- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:50pm: A Supreme Court lawyer on Saturday filed a complaint against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over a tweet posted by him recently.
Delhi: Complaint filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his tweets (in pic). pic.twitter.com/GwQ3OooFHK- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:40pm: Maharashtra polls: Congress to contest on 24 seats, NCP on 20 seats, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi on 1 seat, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana on 2 seats, Yuva Swabhimani Paksha on 1 seat.
Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan: Congress to contest on 24 seats, NCP on 20 seats, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi on 1 seat, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana on 2 seats, Yuva Swabhimani Paksha on 1 seat. pic.twitter.com/nCwkWfo6Bp- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
Muddahanumegowda, Congress MP from Tumkur: What is coalition, what is coordination? I'm a sitting MP from here & I have delivered at the floor of the house. Why have you denied me the ticket? It is not correct. pic.twitter.com/ghIba304ND- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:15pm: Karnataka: H.D. Devegowda, the former Prime Minister of India, will contest from the Tumkur parliamentary constituency as the combined candidate of JDS & Congress.
Ramesh Babu, JDS Spokesperson: HD Devegowda will contest from the Tumkur parliamentary constituency as the combined candidate of JDS & Congress. (file pic of HD Devegowda) pic.twitter.com/0MDlkehwfT- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:10pm: Maharashtra: There was 26-22 formula between Congress-NCP, ANI quoted sources as saying. Now they've given 2 seats from each one's quota to allies.
Sources: There was 26-22 formula between Congress-NCP. Now they've given 2 seats from each one's quota to allies. 2 seats for Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, 1 for Bahujan Vikas Aghadi & 1 seat is left for independent MLA Ravi Rana, his wife Navneet Kaur might contest from there pic.twitter.com/dFmxI8SGr9- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:05pm: Oommen Chandy, the former Chief Minister of Kerala, has reportedly said that we have requested Rahul Gandhi to contest from South India. I have discussed it with the proposed candidate for Wayanad constituency and he welcomed it, Chandy said.
AICC General Secy Oommen Chandy: We're requesting Rahul Gandhi to contest from South India. We requested him to contest from Wayanad constituency. We hope decision will be positive. I've discussed it with the proposed candidate for Wayanad constituency & he welcomed it. #Keralapic.twitter.com/KNttDug1r0- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
5:00pm: Delhi Police cancels permission for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's jansabha in Shakur Basti.
Delhi Police cancels permission for CM Arvind Kejriwal's jansabha in Shakur Basti. Delhi Police say, "Permission not granted as the space is very congested. The concerned ACP rejected the proposal on these grounds." (file pic) pic.twitter.com/1ImZYDRtg9- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
4:45pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in his rally in Malda.
Rahul Gandhi in Malda: Aapne salon CPM ko dekha, phir aapne Mamata ji ko chuna, jo atyachaar CPM ke samay hota tha, wahi atyachaar Mamata ji ke samay mein ho raha hai. Us waqt ek sangathan ke liye sarkar chalai jati thi, aaj ek vyakti ke liya chalai jati hai. #WestBengalpic.twitter.com/7WLM0iYcBj- ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
2.24pm: Congress leader Digvijay Singh to contest elections from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
2.01pm: Congress leader Oommen Chandy says Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee has requested Rahul Gandhi to contest from Kerala. "Main aapko sachhai bata raha hun. Bihar ke yuvaon jaag jao, har roz aap ke jeb se paisa loota ja raha hai," says Rahul Gandhi in Bihar.
The Congress Central Election Committee announces the eighth list of candidates for the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/ywRx1kMU5s— Congress (@INCIndia) March 23, 2019
1.59pm: "Vo (PM Modi) hain chowkidaar, magar gareebo ke nahi, Anil Ambani ke chowkidaar hain," says Rahul Gandhi, during a political rally in Purnea, Bihar.
All India Congress Committee General secretary Oommen Chandy: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has requested Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest from one of the seats in Kerala. The seat on offer is Wayanad. Rahul Gandhi's response is expected anytime today pic.twitter.com/ImlBRvlS6v— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
1.56pm: BJP ke sare Chowkidar Chor Hai, says Rahul Gandhi.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Purnia: Pehle kehte the mujhe PM banao jo bhi chahte ho mil jaega, ab kehte hain ki hum sab chowkidaar. Chowkidaar gareebon ke ghar main milta hai ya ameeron ke? Vo hain chowkidaar, magar gareebo ke nahi, Anil Ambani ke chowkidaar hain.#Biharpic.twitter.com/uzVlacQjjv— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
1.36pm: Lok Janshakti Party state president Pashupati Kumar Paras will be replacing his elder brother Ram Vilas Paswan in Hajipur. The Union minister is likely to get a Rajya Sabha ticket. Amit Shah accuses Rahul Gandhi of "standing in support when slogans are raised against the country in JNU", and calling it the freedom of expression.
1.32pm: "If a country shouldn't be held responsible for deeds of 7-8 people, does the Congress believe that the Pakistan govt and military has a connection with terror attacks here?" asks Amit Shah.
1.30pm: BJP Chief Amit Shah on Indian Overseas Congress Chief Sam Pitroda's remark on Balakot airstrike: "The Congress President should explain it to the nation -- do you consider such heinous attack (Pulwama attack) a routine incident?"
BJP ke sare Chowkidar Chor Hai.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 22, 2019
1.28pm: BJP MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh joins BJP in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Amit Shah on Sam Pitroda's remark on #airstrike: If a country shouldn't be held responsible for deeds of 7-8 ppl, does Congress believe that Pakistan govt&military has a connection with terror attacks here? If there is a connection,who is the culprit, Congress party should answer https://t.co/AE3pTfZmiB— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
1.00pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad on being given BJP's Lok Sabha ticket from Patna Sahib: "Patna is my city, I was born there, studied there, became a lawyer."
12.30pm: BY Raghavendra (son of BS Yeddyurappa) on 'Yeddy Diary' row: "It's joke of the year."
12.15pm:The Shiv Sena has said LK Advani wouldremain the "tallest leader" of the BJP irrespective of his pollpresence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah fromGandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch, reported PTI. In aneditorial in the party mouthpiece "Saamana", the Sena said Shahcontesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the 'Bhishmacharya'of Indian politics being "forced" to retire. "Lal Krishna Advaniis known as the 'Bhishmacharya' of Indian politics, but his name does notfeature in the list of BJP's candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is notsurprising," the edit said. The Sena said the development underlined thatthe BJP's Advani era has come to an end. "Advani has been elected fromGujarat's Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contestingfrom that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire," theeditorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recentlyannounced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentaryelection, from Gandhinagar.
11.45am: Lok Janshakti Party's Chirag Paswan to contest from Jamui. Ramkirpal Yadav to contest from Patliputra, RK Singh from Arrah, Aswani Choubey from Buxar, Radha Mohan Singh from East Champaran, Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran, reports ANI. Shatrughan Sinha has been denied ticket by the party.
11.30am: Ravi Shankar Prasad will be the BJP's candidate from Patna Sahib. Nawada MP, Giriraj Singh, will contest from Begusarai, reports ANI.
RS Prasad on being given BJP’s Lok Sabha ticket from Patna Sahib: Patna is my city, I was born there, studied there, became a lawyer.Even though I had been working on national level,I've an emotional connection with Patna. I'm grateful to the party, PM Modi, Amit Shah Ji & others pic.twitter.com/gmBlyXD3k9— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
11.10am: Prominent among those who are denied re-nomination is Dindori MP Harishchandra Chavan, who has been representing the tribal-dominated seat since 2009, reported PTI. This time, the party has reposed faith inNCP turncoat Bharti Pawar, who had lost to Chavan in 2014 polls by a hugemargin. The BJP has given ticket to KanchanKul, wife of Daundlegislator RahulKul,from Baramati seat in Pune district against Sule, daughter of Sharad Pawar.Rahul Kul is the MLA of Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, an alliance partner of the BJPin Maharashtra.
10.45am: The BJP has replaced four sitting MPs in Maharashtra in its third list of six candidates from the state, and has fielded a woman candidate from Baramati, the bastion of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, against sitting MP Supriya Sule, reports PTI. With six candidates from Maharashtra, the BJP has so far announced names of 22 candidates. The saffron party is contesting 25 out of total 48 seats in alliance with the Shiv Sena, which will fight on rest of the seats. The BJP had won 22 of the 24 Lok Sabha seats that it contested from Maharashtra in 2014.
BY Raghavendra (son of BS Yeddyurappa) on #YeddyurappaDiary row: It's joke of the year, opposition created this, 1st thing my father doesn't have the habit of writing a diary, 2nd thing, signature on all pages?Creator of diary should have basic knowledge. BJP demands fair inquiry pic.twitter.com/kATxNxytaz— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
10.18am: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Friday said his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy and nephew Prajwal Revanna were not contesting the Lok Sabha polls for "fashion", but for the sake for the people, reported PTI. Conceding that that there were "small" issues between alliance partners Congress and JD(S) which would be resolved, he said both parties will follow "coalition dharma"."...on the basis of our (Kumaraswamy and Revanna) work, from our family again two young powers are in the fray,they are not contesting for fashion," Kumaraswamy said.
10.11am: The Assam unit of National People's Party (NPP) releases its first list of candidates.
10.02am: Congress leader Jitin Prasada on reports that he is in touch with the BJP.
9.49am: The Congress party on Friday accused BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa of paying over Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP's national leaders during the BJP's government in the state. The party alleged that Yeddyurappa's signatures were found on every page of the diary. Citing a report by the Caravan Magazine, Congress spokesperson Surjewala said the BJP leader had recorded these alleged payouts, written in Kannada, in a diary of a Karnataka MLA in 2009. Yeddyurappa has denied the charge, saying the report was planted by the Congress to malign his party's image.Read the full story here.
9.35am: In its bid to limit election spending, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has imposed strict limits on the expenditure incurred by candidates on their election campaign. Read the full story here.
9.20am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold a rally in Purnia district of Bihar on Saturday as part of his election campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He will also hold another political rally in West Benga's Malda district.
9.15am: The BJP may also release its fourth list of candidates today.
Congress leader Jitin Prasada on reports that he is in touch with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): The rumour is on. How can I comment on rumours? These are all rumours pic.twitter.com/iMtLwEU4du— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
9.00am: Girish Bapat to contest from Pune (Maharashtra), Sambit Patra to contest from Puri (Odisha).
Congress President @RahulGandhi will be in Purnea, Bihar today to address the Jan Bhawna Rally. You can watch him live across our social media channels.— Congress (@INCIndia) March 23, 2019
8.00am: Alist of the candidates given the BJP ticket for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 so far.
Former Chhattisgarh CM Dr Raman Singh: A meeting of BJP Central Election Committee will be held today & I think final decision on 6 Lok Sabha seats (in Chhattisgarh) will be taken & candidates for these seats will be declared. pic.twitter.com/3yqhM5pGp9— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
7.00am: The Congress released its third list of 35 candidates on Friday. The party has nominated Imran Pratapgarhiya from Moradabad where Babbar's candidature was announced earlier. The party fielded former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury from Khammam in Telangana. The party also fielded Vikramaditya Singh, the son of former Union Minister Karan Singh, from Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP releases list of 36 candidates from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha. Girish Bapat to contest from Pune (Maharashtra), Sambit Patra to contest from Puri (Odisha). #LokSabhaElections2019— ANI (@ANI) March 22, 2019
Edited by Manoj Sharma