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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Pragya Singh Thakur against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Pragya Singh Thakur against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

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While campaigning for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Tuesday evening, electioneering is on in full swing for the rest of the constituencies that go to polls in later phases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead BJP campaign rallies in Maharashtra and Gujarat, while Congress president will campaign in Wayanad in Kerala. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments from the Lok Sabha polls campaign trail:

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Pragya Singh Thakur against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal
  • Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya amid EC ban, BSP complains to poll panel ## Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya amid EC ban, BSP complains to poll panel

    Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday prayed at temples in Ayodhya and visited a Dalit family, prompting the BSP to complain to the EC that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had violated the EC order barring him from campaigning.The Election Commission had on Monday barred Adityanath from campaigning for 72-hours starting 6 am on Tuesday for his communal remarks.The BSP, however, claimed that a crowd of about 500 people had gathered at the village where the chief minister had lunch with the Dalit family that had benefited from a central government housing scheme.In his complaint to the poll panel, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Faizabad district president Mahendra Pratap Anand alleged that the chief minister had campaigned in the village which was a violation of the ban order imposed on him by the poll panel.During his visit to the home of 60-year-old Mahaveer in the Muslim-dominated locality of Sutahti, adjacent to the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site, Adityanath had a chapati with some bottle gourd and okra subzis.A beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Aawaas Yojna (PMAY), the Dalit family had received Rs 2 lakh from the Union government for the construction of their home.

  • Congress tried to defame India by Hindu terror bogey, says Amit Shah ## Congress tried to defame India by Hindu terror bogey, says Amit Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress saying it has tried to defame the country across the world by raising the bogey of "Hindu terror". Shah also slammed the ruling BJD over corruption, and asserted that those involved in chit fund scam will be jailed within 90 days, if the party is voted to power in Odisha. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is not capable of countering Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and the country can be safe only under Narendra Modi's leadership, he claimed. "Can Rahul baba protect India? He and his party have tried to defame the country across the world by raising the bogey of Hindu terror," Shah said.

  • Mamata supports Kanimozhi, says Modi trying to threaten Opposition ## Mamata Banerjee supports Kanimozhi, says Modi trying to threaten Opposition

    Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of DMK leader Kanimozhi, whose residence was searched by central agencies. Banerjee accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being a fascist, for unleashing a reign of fear and trying to threaten parties opposed to him. Kanimozhi is being harassed as DMK is opposed to BJP's divisive politics in south India, she told a poll rally at Kandi in Murshidabad district. Charging Modi with ruling the country by "unleashing a reign of fear", Banerjee said that the country has never seen a prime minister like Modi who is feared by everyone "instead of being loved and respected".

  • Kashmiris having a 'rethink' over state's accession to India: Mehbooba Mufti ## Kashmiris having a 'rethink' over state's accession to India: Mehbooba Mufti

    PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday claimed the situation in Kashmir has worsened to an extent that the people have begun rethinking over the state's accession to India. "There is a law of jungle here. Yesterday an SDM and other staffers with him were beaten up by the Army. Prison inmates are beaten up, bodies (of militants killed) in encounters are mutilated and burnt by some chemical..," claimed the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.
    She was talking to reporters after a convention of her party workers at Khanabal in Anantnag district of the state.

  • All those involved in chit fund scams in Odisha will be jailed within 90 days, if the BJP comes to power in the state, says Amit Shah


     

  • Naveen Patnaik's chopper checked by flying squad in Rourkela ## Naveen Patnaik's chopper checked by flying squad in Rourkela

    BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's chopper was checked by personnel of the Election Commission's flying squad in Rourkela on Tuesday, party sources said.Patnaik extended full cooperation to the flying squad and kept waiting inside the chopper till the process was complete on Tuesday, they said. The chief minister was in Rourkela to hold a roadshow. "Soon after Patnaik landed there, the ECI's flying squad officers approached him and requested the chief minister to allow them to check the chopper and luggage," an official entrusted with Patnaik's security, said.

  • AAP leader Sanjay Singh meets Ghulam Nabi Azad to hold alliance talks in Haryana ## AAP leader Sanjay Singh meets Ghulam Nabi Azad to hold alliance talks in Haryana

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh Wednesday met Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad to take alliance talks forward in the state, sources said.According to the sources, Singh has proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the Jannayak Janata Party would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP.
    But the Congress has proposed a 7:2:1 seat-sharing formula in which seven Congress candidates, two JJP candidates and one AAP candidate would contest the polls, the sources added.On Tuesday, a meeting was held at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence during which senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and Satyendra Kumar Jain were present.Following the meeting, the party said it is ready to have further discussion with the Congress and has appointed a representative to take the matter forward. The AAP has appointed Singh to hold the alliance talks.

  • BJP fields Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal against Digvijay Singh of Congress ## BJP fields Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal against Digvijay Singh of Congress

    The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, facing trial in Malegaon blast case, in Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.Thakur, who is out on bail, had joined the BJP only hours before her name was announced as its candidate, underscoring the saffron party's attempt to bring the Hindutva plank at the centre stage of polls in the high profile constituency, which has been its bastion for many elections.

  • BJP releases list of 4 candidates, Pragya Thakur to contest against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal##BJP releases list of 4 candidates, Pragya Thakur to contest against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

  • AIADMK files complaint against Stalin for violating Model Code of Conduct##AIADMK files complaint against Stalin for violating Model Code of Conduct

    The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday approached the Election Commission with a complaint of violation of model code of conduct against DMK president MK Stalin for addressing the media during the "silence period," saying it was an attempt at "indirect canvassing." The party also filed a number of other complaints with Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, including seeking action against MNM founder Kamal Haasan for a specific advertisement put out by it. Stalin was giving interview to private channels and criticising the leaders of other parties and this was clear violation of the model code of conduct, the complaint filed by party spokesperson and advocate R M Babu Murugavel said.

  • Thursday is Last day for filing of nomination for 5th phase in Bihar##Thursday is Last day for filing of nomination for 5th phase in Bihar


    In Bihar, 32 candidates filed nominations for the fifth phase of elections so far. With this 69 candidates have filed nomination so far. Shakeel Ahmad has filed nomination from Madhubani parliamentary constituency and Chandrika Rai of RJD filed nomination from Saran. Thursday is the last day for filing of nomination for this phase. Five Lok Sabha constituencies of the state will go to polls in this phase on 6th May. These are Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur.

  • Screening of Prime Minister's biopic 'PM Narendra Modi' by Election Commission is underway##Screening of Prime Minister's biopic 'PM Narendra Modi' by Election Commission is underway

  • GST, demonetisation no longer issues, say Surat's diamond merchants##GST, demonetisation no longer issues, say Surat's diamond merchants

    CNBC-TV18 traveled to India's diamond manufacturing hub of Surat, which exports 2.5 lakh crore worth of diamonds every year, to understand what issues will influence their decision to vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Jagdish Bhai, a diamond trader said, "GST and demonetisation were issues when they were announced but no things have settled down." READ MORE

  • Decision on Priyanka Gandhi contesting elections will be taken soon, says senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel
    Sonia Gandhi's key political aide and one of the most influential leaders in the Congress, Ahmed Patel has said that the party will soon take a decision on fielding Priyanka Gandhi.
    Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Pragya Singh Thakur against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal
  • Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat: It's Varun Gandhi against Varun Gandhi##Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat: It's Varun Gandhi against Varun Gandhi


    Voters rooting for Varun Gandhi in Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency will face a tricky situation this time with a namesake of the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate filing his nomination as an independent. The other Varun Gandhi, who is from Rewari in Haryana, has been given cauliflower as the symbol. READ MORE

  • BJP moves to Election Commission against Mamata biopic release##BJP moves to Election Commission against Mamata biopic release

    BJP has approached the Election Commission against the release of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's biopic. The biopic, certified by the CBFC, has been scheduled for a release on May 3.  

  • Election Commission flying squad checks luggage of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at a helipad in Rourkela, Odisha##Election Commission flying squad checks luggage of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at a helipad in Rourkela, Odisha

  • Election Commission officials likely to watch Modi biopic today##Election Commission officials likely to watch Modi biopic today


    Officials of the Election Commission, drawn from its model code and legal divisions, are likely to watch the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday on the directions of the Supreme Court. The EC has asked the producers of the film to arrange for a screening for a committee set up for the purpose. The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Commission to watch the full biopic on Modi and take an informed decision on banning its pan India release by April 19. (PTI)

  • BJP harassing DMK's Kanimozhi, says Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee##BJP harassing DMK's Kanimozhi, says Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee


    On IT raids at DMK leader Kanimozhi's residence, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, addressing a rally at Murshidabad rally, said, "Kanimozhi is being being harrased as her party is opposed to the BJP; We fully support the DMK.

  • Sadhvi Pragya Joins BJP, likely to contest against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal##Sadhvi Pragya Joins BJP, likely to contest against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal


    Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and is likely to be the saffron party’s candidate from Bhopal, where the Congress has fielded senior leader Digvijaya Singh. Thakur has been charged for being a part of a terror act under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). She is out on bail but has not been discharged by the NIA COURT hearing the case. 

  • Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress will win more than 12 seats in Gujarat, says Ahmed Patel
    Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi's key political aide and one of the most influential leaders in the Congress Ahmed Patel said the party will win more than 12 seats in Gujarat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Get latest Politics online at cnbctv18.com
    Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Pragya Singh Thakur against Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal
  • Navjot Singh Sindhu in Gujarat: “Pet khali hai yoga karaya ja raha hai aur jeb khali hai khaata khulvaya ja raha hai”##Navjot Singh Sindhu in Gujarat: “Pet khali hai yoga karaya ja raha hai aur jeb khali hai khaata khulvaya ja raha hai”

  • Rahul Gandhi is afraid of defeat in Amethi, has run to Wayanad, says Piyush Goyal##Rahul Gandhi is afraid of defeat in Amethi, has run to Wayanad, says Piyush Goyal

  • 150 AMMK men booked for preventing flying squad team from conducting searches##150 AMMK men booked for preventing flying squad team from conducting searches

    Cases were registered Wednesday against 150 AMMK members for preventing a flying squad team from discharging its duty, with four people being arrested in this connection, police said.

    Authorities had conducted a search at a store in Theni Lok Sabha constituency Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash, during which police had to open fire in the air to disperse around 50 supporters of AMMK, who objected to the action.

    The members were booked under various sections of IPC, including preventing government servants from discharging their duties.

    When a team comprising officials of the Election Commission-appointed, surveillance squad and the income tax department arrived at the store in Andipatti here, the shopkeeper fled the spot after downing the shutter.

    Soon, an argument broke out between AMMK workers and the officials which resulted in a commotion and police fired four rounds in the air, they said.

    No one was injured in the firing, a senior official said. The shop is believed to be run by a supporter of the TTV Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK). (PTI)

  • Sadhvi Pragya joins BJP, may contest from Bhopal## Sadhvi Pragya joins BJP, may contest from Bhopal

    Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said she has officially joined the BJP. She told reports to wait for formal announcement on her contesting from Bhopal.

  • Ashok Gehlot: President Kovind was elected because of his caste##Ashok Gehlot: President Kovind was elected because of his caste

    President Ram Nath Kovind was elected so that his community can be appeased before election, said Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. “First there was buzz that LK Advani would be made president but BJP was afraid that it would lose Gujarat. So for vote bank politics Advani was denied the highest office and a Dalit was chosen as president.”

    “These are not my view. I have read this and I feel all this is true,” he added.

  • Rahul Gandhi in Kerala: PM Modi "divided" the nation##Rahul Gandhi in Kerala: PM Modi "divided" the nation

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged that Narendra Modihas "divided" the country and made it fight within itself. Gandhi held Modi responsible for the rising unemployment among the youth, farmers' suicides and allegedly giving Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 croreas part of the Rafale deal.

    "Narendra Modi divided the country and made the country fight within itself. The most anti-national thing to be done in this country today is creating a situation by which 27,000 youngsters are losing their job every 24 hours.

    Anti-national behaviour is crippling our agricultural system and forcing thousands of farmers to commit suicide is anti-national behaviour," Gandhi said.

    "Taking Rs 30,000 crore and giving it to Anil Ambani is anti-national behaviour. Narendra Modi should answer why he allowed all these things to happen," he said.

    The Congress chief also pointed out that three major topics the country needs to discuss were economic backwardness, agrarian crisis and corruption, but Modi was not even ready to address the press. (PTI)

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