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Union Minister Smriti Irani Saturday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of "disgracing" his Lok Sabha constituency and "crushing the dreams" of its people over the past 15 years .

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SAD announces Mahesh Inder Singh as party nominee from Ludhiana

Senior Akali leader and former cabinet minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal will contest from the Ludhiana constituency in the Lok Sabha polls, a party functionary said Saturday. Harcharan Bains, advisor to SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, said the names of the remaining candidates would be announced shortly. Grewal, a senior and traditional Akali stalwart with a strong Panthic image, enjoys a wide secular base. With this, the SAD has announced eight of its 10 candidates from Punjab. Its alliance partner the BJP is contesting from the other three seats -- Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur.

Ex-RJD MP Fatmi turns rebellious;announces his candidature from Madhubani against Grand Alliance

Miffed over denial of ticket by the RJD from Madhubani, former union minister Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi Saturday virtually rebelled against the party and announced to contest election from Madhubani Lok Sabha seat against the Grand Alliance candidate. Fatmi also gave an ultimatum to the party stating that he would wait for its decision about him till April 18, when he would file nomination papers from Madhubani seat. I have taken a decision to contest election from Madhubani Lok Sabha seat and will file nomination papers on April 18. The party has time till April 18 to decide as what it can do for me, otherwise I will be compelled to file papers, Fatmi told reporters.

Lok Sabha polls historic, will restore respect for poor: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Saturday said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are "historic" as they will take the nation in a new direction and restore respect for the poor. "The BJP wants to create a gulf of hatred," he said at a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in favour of Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav here. “The BJP wants to divide the society for gaining power in the manner in which the British divided us," he said.

Lok Sabha polls historic, will restore respect for poor: Akhilesh

PM:When Congress' 'mahamilavati remote govt' was at centre, didn't blasts occur in Bengaluru?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Bengaluru, Karnataka

Rabri sticks to her guns as fuming Prashant Kishor dares Lalu

Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devis claim that Prashant Kishor had met her husband Lalu Prasad as an emissary of Nitish Kumar with the offer of a political realignment Saturday drew an angry rebuttal from the strategist-turned-politician who challenged the jailed RJD president for a debate, in full media glare, over the episode. The ex-CM, who is also the RJDs national vice-president, stuck to her guns and challenged Kishor, who now holds the same post in JD(U) the party headed by the Chief Minister to seek permission from jail authorities in Ranchi and slug it out with her imprisoned husband, who is serving sentences in fodder scam cases. Those convicted or facing charges of abuse of public office and misappropriation of funds are claiming to be the custodians of truth, Kishor who joined the JD(U) less than a year ago- remarked in a tweet.

Rabri sticks to her guns as fuming Prashant Kishor dares Lalu

EC seizes Rs 552.23 crore unaccounted cash, jewellery in TN

Unaccounted cash, gold and other valuable items worth Rs 552.23 crore have been seized in Tamil Nadu since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10, the Election Commission said Saturday. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said Rs 129.51 crore in cash has been recovered till Friday. Gold and silver ornaments, besides liquor, laptops and clothes worth Rs 422.72 crore were seized since the code of conduct came into effect, he told reporters here. On preparations for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, he said 5,874 zonal teams have been formed to take up poll related work.

Over 600 ulemas have fanned out across Assam to garner support for BJP in the parliamentary polls- Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind (JUEH) national president, Maulana Suhaib Qasmi

By Bikash Singh: Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind (JUEH) national president, Maulana Suhaib Qasmi on Saturday said that 650 ulemas (Islamic scholars) have fanned out across Assam to garner support for BJP in the parliamentary polls.

Bhubaneswar: #Visuals from Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's roadshow

Congress releases list of 18 candidates from Haryana (6), Madhya Pradesh (3) & Uttar Pradesh (9). Kumari Selja to contest from Ambala (Haryana) & Deepender Singh Hooda to contest from Rohtak (Haryana)

Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Cabinet Minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal has been named as the SAD-BJP candidate from Ludhiana constituency for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

PM Modi created war hysteria for votes: Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of creating "war hysteria" and "fear psychosis" among the people for electoral gains in the Lok Sabha polls. He also lashed out at the BJP for "creating an atmosphere of mistrust and hate" in the country.

AIADMK's Ramanathapuram strongman J K Ritheesh dead

AIADMK leader and Tamil film actor J K Ritheesh died Saturday due to a sudden cardiac arrest while he was engaged in election related work, the party said. The 46-year old former Lok Sabha MP from Ramanathapuram died after he suffered a heart attack while attending to poll related work in Ramanathapuram district and despite being rushed to a hospital, the AIADMK said.

AIADMK's Ramanathapuram strongman J K Ritheesh dead

Andhra Pradesh records about 80% polling for assembly, Lok Sabha seats: EC

Andhra Pradesh recorded nearly 80 per cent in polling in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections for which were held Thursday, said the election commission.

Manohar Parrikar quit as defence minister over Rafale deal: Sharad Pawar

"The Rafale deal was not acceptable to Manohar Parrikar. He therefore resigned from the post of Defence minister and returned to Goa," claimed Pawar.

Manohar Parrikar quit as defence minister over Rafale deal: Sharad Pawar

BJP writes to Maharashtra CEO over expenses for MNS chief's rallies

The BJP in Maharashtra Saturday wrote to state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) seeking to know which Lok Sabha candidate would incur the cost of MNS president Raj Thackeray's ongoing political rallies. In a letter addressed to the CEO Ashwani Kumar, senior BJP minister Vinod Tawde, on behalf of the Lok Sabha election committee of the party, said Thackeray has been holding political rallies across the state, despite the MNS not contesting the Lok Sabha elections.

BJP writes to Maharashtra CEO over expenses for MNS chief's rallies

Congress govt in MP running transfer industry, claims BJP

The Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government is a running a "transfer industry" to mint money, in the process bringing development to a standstill, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed Saturday. The BJP, which was defeated in the November, 2018 state Assembly polls after a 15-year stint in power, Saturday organised protests in several districts of the state to mark what it claimed was over 100 days of corruption by the Kamal Nath government. The Congress government headed by Chief Minister Kamal Nath was sworn in on December 17 last year.

83.12 per cent polling recorded in lone Nagaland LS seat

An overall 83.12 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Nagaland for the lone Lok Sabha constituency, on April 11, a senior election official said on Saturday. For the 26-Aonglenden bye-poll, held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections, around 84.35 per cent voters cast their ballots, Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha said. Interacting with media persons here, the CEO said altogether 10,02,670 electorate out of 12,06,287 general voters exercised their franchise for the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a public meeting at Chaudwar in Cuttack

Both Ali, Bajrang Bali ours, says Mayawati; links her community to Hanuman

Giving her own twist to a recent remark by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP chief Mayawati Saturday said her party wanted both Ali and Bajrang Bali -- particularly Bajrang Bali as the deity is "linked with my own Dalit caste". Addressing a rally in Badaun, Mayawati recalled Adityanath's comment on Tuesday in which he referred to her earlier appeal to Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh. "In this connection, I want to tell him (Adityanath) that both Ali and Bajrang Bali are ours.... So we want both Ali as well as Bajrang Bali," she said.

AAP still open to alliance with Congress in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh: Manish Sisodia

AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Saturday said his party is still ready to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh but would not agree for a tie-up just in the national capital. He said the priority of the Aam Aadmi Party is to stop the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo which, he said, is proving to become very "dangerous" for the country. "We wanted to form a united opposition against the BJP and were ready to ignore our differences because right now the priority is to stop the dangerous Modi-Shah duo," he said.

Andhra Pradesh CM approaches EC over EVM malfunctioning

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Questioning the transfer of several officials ahead of voting, he alleged the poll body "failed to live up to the spirit of constitutional duty" during elections in Andhra Pradesh which was "dangerous for the future of democracy in the country". The TDP chief also demanded that the EC return to the ballot paper system.

Mamata Banerjee criticises Ram Navami rallies in Bengal

Hundreds of Ram Navami rallies, including some armed rallies, were taken out by BJP and VHP in various parts of West Bengal Saturday drawing sharp criticisim from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Ram Navami rallies were taken out in West Midnapore, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura, Howrah, Kolkata and in North and South 24 Parganas districts among others, officials said. At Kharagpur in West Midnapore, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh took out Ram Navami rallies and were seen displaying swords and maces.

Mamata Banerjee criticises Ram Navami rallies in Bengal

3-tier security at strongrooms containing EVMs in Telangana: Official

A three-tier security comprising the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and the state police will be in place at strongrooms to guard the electronic voting machines (EVMs) till May 23 in Telangana, a top state Election Commission official said Saturday. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar said the process of receiving EVMs from all the booths across the state began Friday. Polling to the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies was held in a single phase in Telangana on April 11. Kumar, in a statement, said the EVMs will be stored in strongrooms across the state till the scheduled day of counting on May 23. He said the strongrooms containing EVMs will be guarded round-the-clock by a three-tier perimeter.

PM Modi in Mangaluru:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to climb down the trees at his public rally in Mangaluru, as the crowd swells

Rahul has 'spare time' but still did not do anything in Amethi: Smriti Irani

Continuing her tirade against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that he has all the "spare time" in the world yet did not do anything for the people of Amethi in the last five years. "Even though Rahul Gandhi has a stronghold in Amethi, he failed to establish his grip over the constituency. He has all the spare time in the world but did not do anything for his own people," Smriti said while addressing an election rally .

Kerala: Days ahead of LS poll, Sabarimala outfit holds 'namajapa' protest

With Lok Sabha polls just nine days away in Kerala, activists of an umbrella organisation of various Hindu outfits Saturday staged a dharna here to protest the alleged mass imposition of cases against them in connection with the Sabarimala agitation. 'Sabarimala Karma Samithi', which had spearheaded the agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF government's decision to implement the Supreme Court September 28 verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine, alleged that their members had been implicated in various criminal cases "unlawfully". Braving the scorching heat, a number of activists, including women, squatted on the road in front of the Secretariat here, and held 'namajapa' protest by chanting Lord Ayyappa hymns near the god's picture.

Good works of mine, PM Modi will help me win LS poll again, says Hema Malini

BJP President Amit Shah in Shahjahanpur:

When the election comes, then only Mayawati remembers Ambedkar: Amit Shah

Rahul Baba & Company did nothing except corruption: Amit Shah

Hema Malini has make-up, I've no make-up: Narendra Singh, RLD leader & SP-BSP-RLD candidate from Mathura

Nitish Kumar wanted to return, offered CM post to Tejashvi, PM candidature for himself: Rabri Devi

BJP beating drums in the name of Balakot strike, says Farooq Abdullah

BJP beating drums in the name of Balakot strike, says Farooq Abdullah

In Gandhinagar, Cong's C J Chavda faces tough battle against Amit Shah

In Gandhinagar, Cong's C J Chavda faces tough battle against Amit Shah

Mayawati on Ali and Bajrangbali

N Chandrababu Naidu demands EC to revert to ballot paper system to 'protect spirit of electoral process'

N Chandrababu Naidu demands EC to revert to ballot paper system to 'protect spirit of electoral process'

Shahnawaz Hussain slams Azam Khan

Shoulder-to-shoulder for Shashi Tharoor

What Modi did for Uttar Pradesh

Amit Shah points out at law and order in Uttar Pradesh

We want to take Uttar Pradesh forward on the path of development: Amit Shah

Grand Alliance has no policy, no leader: Amit Shah

Amit Shah: I want to ask the Coalition people, who is your leader?

EC is an autonomous body but they are working at the instructions of Modi, says Chandrababu Naidu

Grand alliance a 'Rent a Cause' campaign with manufacturing issue: Arun Jaitley

Do not vote for CPM and Congress: Mamata Banerjee

AAP's attempt to defeat Modi

An attempt to defeat Modi-Shah pair

Jaya Prada on Azam Khan

Till BJP is there no one will be able to destroy our faith and culture: PM Modi

PM Modi points out the politics of memorials

Modi talks about fight against corruption, makes you stand in front of ATM but then you come to know that your money was taken away by Nirav Modi

- Rahul Gandhi

There are 22 lakh vacancies in the Government sector, Congress will fill these vacancies in one year

- Rahul Gandhi

If there dare to attack us, we will find them from wherever they are and ruin their happiness: PM Modi

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