JP Nadda, BJP: We will support Sumalatha as the independent candidate from Mandya (Karnataka). pic.twitter.com/rt33U8BGmi— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
JUST IN | Union Minister JP Nadda addresses the media. Says that the BJP has declared a total of 286 candidates. Names Shripad Naik from North Goa; Narendra Singh Tomar from Morena; Janardan Mishra from Reva; and Rakesh Singh from Jabalpur.
Also names Anurag Thakur from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh); Suresh Kashyap from Shimla (Himachal Pradesh); Kishan Kapoor from Kangra (Himachal Pradesh); and Nishikant Dubey from Godda (Jharkhand).
Nadda also said that senior leader Uma Bharti has told BJP's Central Election Committe that she is not interested in contesting in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. She has now been as the National Vice President of the BJP.
Congress in Kerala wants Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad
The Congress in Kerala has proposed AICC president Rahul Gandhi's name for the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, a party bastion in the State, but he has yet to respond to the request, senior leaders said on March 23.
Talking to reporters in Pathanamthitta district, AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy said the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has requested Gandhi to contest from Wayanad but he has not commented on the proposal.
The party, which is contesting 16 out of 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, has announced the names of 14 candidates but has not declared its candidates from Wayanad and Vadakara.
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
Seat sharing finalised in Maharashtra; Congress to contest from 26 seats, NCP gets 22
The Congress and the NCP on March 23 announced their seat-sharing pact in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with the two parties agreeing to contest 26 and 22 seats respectively.
Addressing a press conference here, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said 56 parties and organisations have come together to support the alliance to take on the BJP-Shiv Sena combine.
From its share of seats, the Congress will give Palghar seat to the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and another undeclared seat to Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana.
From its 22 seats, the NCP will leave Hatkanangle seat for Shetti, who is the sitting MP from there, and give another to Independent MLA Ravi Rana's Yuva Swabhiman Party.
Update: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti will be contesting from Anantnag parliamentary constituency in South Kashmir.
JUST IN | JDS Spokesperson Ramesh Babu told news agency ANI that HD Devegowda will contest from the Tumkur parliamentary constituency as the combined candidate of JDS & Congress.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Patna Sahib, the parliamentary constituency of the party leader Shatrughan Sinha.
The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party has released the 2nd list of BJP candidates for the ensuing General Elections to the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and bye-elections to the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya. pic.twitter.com/GZKhLNyOqQ— BJP (@BJP4India) March 23, 2019
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.
The Congress on March 22 released the seventh list of its 35 candidates for the April-May Lok Sabha election and shifted Uttar Pradesh state unit chief Raj Babbar from Moradabad to Fatehpur Sikri, the party said in a statement.
The party has nominated Imran Pratapgarhiya from Moradabad where Babbar's candidature was announced earlier.
BJP releases 2nd list of candidates for LS polls
The BJP has released its second list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls containing 36 names, which included 23 nominees for Andhra Pradesh where polling will be held in the first phase on April 11.
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra will contest the general election from Puri parliamentary constituency in Odisha. (PTI)
Key events on March 23 • Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Purnea & Malda • Rahul rally in Malda on March 23 • Congress & NCP to announce Maharashtra seat-sharing
JUST IN | Madras High Court today, set aside the election of AIADMK legislator late AK Bose from Tiruparankundram Assembly Constituency in Tamil Nadu in 2016 by-election.
JD(U) releases second list of candidates for Arunachal Pradesh
Janata Dal (United) has released their second list of candidates who will contest Lok Sabha elections from Arunachal Pradesh. The party is fighting Lok Sabha elections in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time.
JUST IN: BJP Central Election Committee meeting underway. Speculation around second list being released today, CNN News18 reports.
Shiv Sena denies Lok Sabha ticket to MP who had slapped Air India official in 2017
The 'slapgate' has come back to haunt Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who strirred controversy in 2017. Shiv Sena has denied him a party ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
In 2017, Ravindra Gaikwad was accused of slapping Air India staffer with his footwear. The incident had occurred at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
Update: Election Commission gets ISI report on counting VVPAT slips, decision soon.
Himanta Biswa Sarma not to contest Lok Sabha polls now, to focus on North East: Amit Shah
Despite the state unit recommending his name for the Lok Sabha elections, Sarma has been asked to concentrate on developing the state and strengthening the party's base in the North East, Shah said in a series of tweets in Hindi on Thursday night.
Update: Deepa Jayakumar (niece of Jayalalithaa) extends support to AIADMK.
RJD spokesperson Manoj K Jha: Mahagathbandhan is a natural alliance... it is to save the Constitution.
Update: Congress may field Govindaraju (accused in Diarygate) from Bengaluru South.
National spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Manoj Jha revealed the seat sharing arrangement between the allies of grand Alliance in Bihar at a press conference :
Rashtriya Janata Dal – 20,
Congress – 9,
Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) – 3,
Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) – 5,
Mukesh Sahni's Vikasshil Insan Party (VIP) – 3
Communist Party of India (Marxist) – 1 on RJD quota.
Total parliamentary seats – 40