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Election Tracker LIVE: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the IAF air strikes, accusing him of playing politics over terror. Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Ahmedabad, Gandhi said Modi was playing the victim card. The grand old party kick-started its battle for 2019 with the CWC on the Prime Minister’s home turf. All eyes will be on the party’s policy on stitching together pre- and post-poll alliances in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The meeting is also likely to mark the debut of Priyanka Gandhi who will address the committee for the first time.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday raised the statehood demand for Delhi again as he raised the stakes for the Lok Sabha elections. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said the Centre was creating hurdles in Delhi’s functioning and had been unfair to the people.

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Mar 12, 2019 2:52 pm (IST)

The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee--the highest decision making body of the party-- assumes significance as it comes barely two days after the declaration of the poll schedule.

Mar 12, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)

 Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said no sacrifice was too great to defeat the RSS and BJP ideology of "fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness". Speaking at the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at the Sardar Patel National Memorial here, he  underlined the Congress party's resolve to fight the forces of hatred.   

Mar 12, 2019 2:41 pm (IST)

'BSP Will Not Have an Alliance with Congress in Any State"http://www.news18.com/" BSP Brings down curtains on Grand Alliance ahead of Lok Sabha elections, says no truck with Congress in any state. It has been reiterated once again that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will not have any alliance with Congress party in any state, to contest the upcoming elections, says BSP supremo Mayawati.

Mar 12, 2019 2:24 pm (IST)

No sacrifice too great to defeat BJP-RSS ideology of fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness: Rahul Gandhi at CWC meeting. 

Mar 12, 2019 2:09 pm (IST)

Mar 12, 2019 1:59 pm (IST)

Kejriwal said people were now largely divided between "Modi-bhakts" and those who don't back Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Aam Aadmi Party "will do whatever is in its power to defeat Modi". Kejriwal also said that many people had told him that they were apprehensive of a Pulwama-like attack just before the Lok Sabha polls. "I am only saying what people told us... They told us that they were apprehensive for the last two years that they (BJP) will either foment a conflict over Ram Mandir or between India and Pakistan," he said.

Mar 12, 2019 1:59 pm (IST)

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that BJP's politicization of the "surgical strikes" on terror camps in Pakistan will not help it in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. "Whatever happened after the Pulwama attack on India-Pakistan border and the way BJP's conduct was, which politicized it, it is causing damage to the BJP. There's a notion that it is helping it but it is not, at least not in Delhi," he told reporters here.

Mar 12, 2019 1:40 pm (IST)

Sonia Gandhi Hits Out at PM Modi for Playing Politics Over Terror | Sonia Gandhi hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the CWC meet in Ahemdabad and says," People of the country are getting victimised but PM Modi pretends to be the victim himself." Evoking the issue of national secutity in the light of the recent terror attacks in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, Gandhi says that terror attacks are being polticised for electoral gains. 

Mar 12, 2019 1:27 pm (IST)

In West Bengal, the TMC 12- member election committee, along with the district presidents started arriving at Mamata Banerjee’s residence in Kalighat for the 1pm core committee meeting. Post the meeting,Mamata is expected to declare the list of TMC  candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections at 3:30pm?. Some of the TMC leaders were seen arriving at Mamata’s residence for the meeting include, Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’Brien, Partha Chatterjee , Subrata Bakshi, Sashi Panja , Suvendu Adhikari , Sishir Adhikari , Malay Ghatak , Sudip Badhopadhyay and Firhad Hakkim.

Mar 12, 2019 12:44 pm (IST)

Congress' newset member, Patidar leader Hardik Patel has arrived at the Sardar Patel Smarak, where the CWC meeting is underway. He will shortly formally join the grand-old-party in the presence of Rahul Gandhi here.  

Mar 12, 2019 12:39 pm (IST)

Mar 12, 2019 12:34 pm (IST)

The biennial election to fill five vacancies in the Telangana Legislative Council (MLAs quota), began on Tuesday. The main opposition Congress, which fielded a candidate, had decided to boycott the MLC election, accusing ruling TRS of poaching four of its MLAs and a TDP legislator 'in a brazen manner by adopting all illegal means.' With the Congress staying away from the poll, the election of TRS and its ally AIMIM nominees looks certain.  In the election to fill five vacancies in the Council, TRS has fielded four nominees, leaving one seat to its ally AIMIM.

Mar 12, 2019 12:17 pm (IST)

Prakash Ambedkar, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), confirms to ANI that there will be no alliance between VBA and Congress for coming Lok Sabha elections and VBA will contest on all 48 seats in Maharashtra

Mar 12, 2019 12:10 pm (IST)

Kejriwal Accuses PM Modi of Ignoring People of Delhi | The Centre has created far too many hurdles for the Delhi government and the centre has been unfair to the people of Delhi, says Kejriwal. "AAP's core focus in the capital has been on development, but the law and order situation is crumbling under the BJP-rule," he says, citing examples of how the police in the state doesn't listen to the state govt, while the PM himself, he says, doesn't have the time to come and hear the demands of the people. 

Mar 12, 2019 12:08 pm (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal is currently addressing a press conference in Delhi in which he is raising stakes for the 2019 battle of Lok Sabha elections. "Delhi will vote for full statehood and people here will vote against Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he says. AAP is set to contest on all seven seats in Delhi and the demand for full statehood has been the party's major political plank. 

Mar 12, 2019 12:01 pm (IST)

Congress CWC Meeting Begins | The Congress meeting of the working committee-- the highest decision making body --  will give the final shape to its strategy for the general elections has commenced. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is being held at Vallabhbhai Patel's national memorial here, with top party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and newly-appointed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in attendance. This is the first official meeting of Priyanka Gandhi after assuming an active political role in the Congress party.

Mar 12, 2019 11:58 am (IST)

The party leaders led by their chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former prime minister Manmohan Singh sought to give a symbolic message to the people of the country by remembering Mahatma and his ideals of non-violence and tolerance.

Mar 12, 2019 11:46 am (IST)

Union cabinet minister Maneka Gandhi has conveyed to the high command that she doesnt want to contest from the Pilbhit seat, sources revealed, adding that she has expressed the desire that her son Varun Gandhi, who is the sitting MP from Sultanpur, contests from Pilbhit instead. Sources say that Maneka has further conveyed that she wishes to contest from Karnal in Haryana, where the BJP MP Ashwani Kumar has been unwell for a long time. The state unit of the party, however, wants her to contest from Kurukshetra. The final decision on the issue will be taken by PM Modi and Amit Shah. 

Mar 12, 2019 11:33 am (IST)

With the Lok Sabha elections 2019 round the corner, the Supreme Court seeks to know from Legislative Dept of Law Ministry:
* Why is there no mechanism to examine sudden rise in assets of MPs, MLAs
* Are candidates asked to declare sources of income
* Has Form 26 been amended on undertaking

Mar 12, 2019 11:31 am (IST)

The Supreme Court asks the Election Commission to clarify about the action to be taken regarding the names reflecting in the electoral roll but not in the Assam NRC to be published on July 31.The SC further asks the EC to furnish details by March 28  of the addition and deletion of names in electoral roll between Jan 1, 2018 and Jan 1, 2019.This was in relation to a petition that claimed lakhs of people in Assam may not get to vote in the General Elections 2019 since they aren't included in the draft NRC. EC today told the Supreme Court that it hasn't and won't delete any names on the basis of the draft NRC.

Mar 12, 2019 11:09 am (IST)

Talking about corruption under the Congress, Modi said: “We have done everything to punish the corrupt. But, the nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms. The Prime minister also took a jibe at Congress for diluting the sanctity of democracy by declaring the Emergency under their rule.

Mar 12, 2019 11:05 am (IST)

Ahead of CWC Meet, PM Modi Attacks Congress in Blog | Meanwhile, in a blog post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying Mahatma Gandhi wanted the Grand Old party to be disbanded after 1947 because he realized its culture is the “anti-thesis” of Gandhian ideology. “In many of his works, Gandhi Ji said he does not believe in inequality and caste divisions. Sadly, the Congress has never hesitated from dividing society,” Modi said on a day the Congress is scheduled to meet in Ahmedabad for the CWC meeting to finalise its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections.

Mar 12, 2019 10:46 am (IST)

More visuals of senior Congress leaders attending a prayer meet at the Sabarmati ashram in Ahmedabad ahead of the Congress CWC meeting. 

Mar 12, 2019 10:39 am (IST)

Ahead of the CWC meet, senior party leaders Rahul gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have arrived at the Gandhi Ashram to attend a prayer meet. The leaders will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi as March 12 marks the launch of the historic Dandi March by him from the Sabarmati Ashram here in 1930. Besides, 2019 is also being celebrated as the 150th birth anniversary year of the Father of the Nation.