Talking to reporters here after releasing the first list of names of candidates for 16 of 30 constituencies here, BJP national secretary Mahesh Giri, the party's in charge in Puducherry, said "BJP is fighting the coming polls alone".
The Minister however said the issue of illegal immigrants coming into the state could be better addressed if same-party government is formed both at the Centre and the state.
The bilateral discussions to identify the constituencies each of them would contest will begin later today.
Elections in West Bengal have been spread over six phases, while Assam polls will be held in two phases. In West Bengal, elections will be held on seven dates with the first phase having two polling days - the other being on April 11.
The loan would help the TMC government complete projects in around 3,500 villages, quite a few of which lie in the tribal Jangalmahal districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, he added. The minister, however, refused to comment on whether the loan appeal to World Bank had been lined up keeping in mind next year's Assembly elections.
Panneerselvam, who also holds the Finance portfolio, announced exemption of VAT on fishing accessories like fishing ropes and floats, fish net twine, fishing lamps and fishing swivel, apparently to appease the vast fishermen community. Besides, the government reduced VAT on mobile phones from 14.5 percent to five percent.
On questions by some members whether BJP will pull out of the coalition government over the issue, Modi said the government will run only on the basis of Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
The last election had brought an end to the 15-year-long rule of the party led by Sheila Dikshit, who was defeated by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal in her home constituency New Delhi.
Former Congress MP from J-K, Lal Singh, who had switched over to BJP some time back, has been fielded from Basohli Assembly seat in the state as the party also announced the names of 11 candidates in Kashmir Valley.
It is true that there is no magic wand to fulfil promises made (during polls) but people of Maharashtra are looking at the new Government, the first led by BJP, with a lot of hope, the publication said.
At least 40 newly elected BJP MLAs are at Gadkari's residence in Nagpur demanding they want to see Gadkari as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
It is in Maharashtra that the BJP will have to reassess strategy. The only gain from the last-minute break-up with the Shiv Sena is that the BJP has proved its point that it is the bigger brother â€“ with the BJP exceeding the Sena total by a wide margin.
Stray incidents of violence today marked the Assembly polls in Haryana leaving 32 persons including 10 policemen injured as 65 percent of the 1.63 crore voters cast their ballots till 4:30 PM in a keen contest involving Congress, BJP and INLD.
Amid tight security, polling commenced in all the 90 assembly seats at 7 AM and would continue till 6 PM to decide the fate of 1,351 candidates. Counting of votes will take place on October 19.
Over 1.63 crore voters, including 87.37 lakh women, 88,662 service voters and 12 NRI voters, are expected to decide the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 116 women, a figure revised by the election officials last night from earlier 109.
In a first-of-its-kind measure, the EC has created a board of senior officials drawn from 10 financial and security intelligence departments which will meet twice a week at 'Nirvachan Sadan', to generate common leads and flag suspect money instances.
Speaking about the gains of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party, Gupta said it spells deep trouble for the Congress in view of the 2014 elections. The magnetic pull of AAP, with its Leftist secular approach, will result in serious erosion of Congress vote bank.
As heir to the Nehru Gandhi dynasty, there are but two possible reasons for the party to look to Rahul Gandhi. One is a possible ability to enthuse voters on the basis of his pedigree, the other that he may be able to revitalise a decaying party organisation.
Voicing concern over a "substantial increase" in the number of communal incidents in some states, he said they must be tackled with utmost firmness, without prejudice, fear or favour.
About one-fourth of the polling premises for the upcoming Assembly polls have been identified as "critical" by the Delhi Election Commission and will need extra safety and security arrangements. The number of critical polling premises has more than doubled since the last Delhi assembly election.
All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh's hinted at a function in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh that his son Jaivardhan may contest assembly polls from Raghgarh seat.
Despite the feel good factor created by Narendra Modi's clean sweep in the Gujarat by-polls, and a loss for his arch rival Nitish Kumar in Bihar, the deal is anything but done for Modi.
Scuffle, demonstrations and a series of resignations were the order of the day in Gujarat Congress as those left out from the first list of 52 candidates for the assembly polls expressed their disappointment and anger.
Counting of votes in the Assembly elections in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, considered "mini general elections", will be taken up tomorrow.
Putting an end to the speculation of a post-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said his party will have "no truck" with any party.