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Kozhikode: IUML leading UDF poll campaign

The strong presence of the Indian Union Muslim League has become a factor to reckon with in the election campaigns of Congress candidates in Kozhikode and Vadakara for the Lok Sabha polls. In most of the Parliamentary polls in recent times, more than the Congress party, it is the rank and file of the IUML that is energising the campaign of the United Democratic Front.

12:04:27 on 26 Mar

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The guessing game on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's candidature in Wayanad continues. He has kept silent on it during the press conference held in Delhi on Monday to announce the minimum income scheme for the poor as part of the party's upcoming manifesto. The Congress leaders are worried as to how to end the stalemate over Wayanad.

11:54:33 on 26 Mar

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BJP candidate for Coimbatore constituency Radhakrishnan said if voted to power he would towards improving infrastructure, which he identified as a pressing issue affecting day-to-day lives of people. Addressing reporters, he said he would strive to extend the proposed flyover from Chinniampalayam to Neelambur, construct flyovers on Mettupalayam Road and widen other NHs.

11:30:49 on 26 Mar

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The Congress sprung a surprise when it named its spokesperson Rajmohan Unnithan as the UDF’s candidate in the Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency. He came in edging out local hopeful B Subbayya Rai whose USP was his access to the linguistic minorities - a traditional vote bank of the BJP.

11:22:45 on 26 Mar

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Transgender Tamanna Simhadri filed nomination on Monday for the Mangalagiri Assembly seat, from where minister for IT N. Lokesh is also contesting. With Monday being the last day for filing nominations, many candidates thronged the office of the election officer. Tamanna said she was the first transgender in the state to contest the elections.

11:17:47 on 26 Mar

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The flying squad in-charge of Andipatti constituency, Nagarathinam had filed a complaint against the AMMK's cadres, in Andipatti police station.It was reported that the complaint was raised since the party workers were travelling in more than the allowed number of vehicles during their election campaign in Andipatti.

11:15:07 on 26 Mar

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Deepa Nishanth, writer launched an attack towards Anil Akkara for his words requesting votes for Remya Haridas. There is nothing wrong in describing her hardship but when seeking votes announcing that aim in life is to become Malikappurathamma, the writer reminds us that this is a democratic exercise in choosing people who should always be alert in protecting people.

11:06:22 on 26 Mar

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When election campaign heat is up in Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, the sitting MP and Cong candidate for Lok Sabha polls, is having a busy time canvassing votes from the public. Tharoor tweeted some pictures of his poll campaign on Monday. In one of the picture the UPA candidate was seen interacting with a bride and groom who were having lunch at their wedding venue.

11:00:26 on 26 Mar

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BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will not be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The development comes just days after the name of LK Advani, another old warhorse of the saffron party, was missing from the candidate list. In a statement to CNN-News18, Joshi said he was asked by party general secretary Ramlal to not contest the elections.

10:42:46 on 26 Mar

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PM Modi will begin a new phase of campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The highlight of the day will be a massive rally at Meerut, aimed at garnering public support for the BJP in eight seats across western Uttar Pradesh that will go to the polls in the first phase of the elections on April 11.

10:36:51 on 26 Mar

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The government on Monday notified New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019, which will not only fast-track access to new drugs by reducing the time of granting approvals for clinical trials but will also ensure that death, permanent disability or injury to any patient is adequately compensated.

09:57:02 on 26 Mar

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel's father Nand Kumar Baghel on Monday expressed his willingness to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Calling the prime minister a "dictator", Nand Kumar Baghel said, "He has made false promises to the country. Congress should field me against him."

09:42:01 on 26 Mar

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With Tuesday being the last day to file nominations for the Lok Sabha elections, political bigwigs cutting across party lines made a beeline to file nominations. It was a day of political rallies as popular faces like JD(S) state president and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda filed their nominations to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

09:25:01 on 26 Mar

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Chennai: New clip on Kodanad case surfaces

A video has been doing its rounds on social media asking K.V. Sayan (37) and Valayar Manoj (42), both hailing from Thrissur and accused of dacoity and murder at former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's Kodanad Estate, to implicate CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami, in the case. In the video footage which went viral on media, Sayan and Manoj alleged involvement of CM in the crime.

09:03:31 on 26 Mar

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In a stinging complaint to the Election Commission, independent candidate Mrs Sumalatha Ambareesh on Monday feared a threat to her life, and accused the state government of eves dropping on conversations over her phones as well as posting policemen in plain clothes outside her residence to report on visitors to her residence.

08:12:01 on 26 Mar

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Retired Justice of the Madras and Calcutta High Court C.S. Karnan, 63, on Monday filed his nomination papers to contest from Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency. He filed his papers as a candidate of Anti Corruption Dynamic Party (ACDP) floated by him last year. Mr Karnan was the first sitting judge to be convicted for contempt of court.

06:27:01 on 26 Mar

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Nearly 700 nominations have been filed for the April 11 Lok Sabha elections in Telangana with Nizambad constituency alone accounting for around one-third of them as the process for filing of papers came to a close Monday. Ruling TRS nominee and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha is among the contestants in the Nizamabad constituency.

06:12:01 on 26 Mar

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With the clock ticking for Lok Sabha elections, YSRCP on Monday has come up with an innovative campaigning idea- an actual digital clock that displays "Bye Bye Babu" and ticks down with the actual time remaining for Chief Minister Chandrababu's government in Andhra Pradesh. The clock has been set up at the YSCRCP headquarters in Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati.

10:27:02 on 25 Mar

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Talking to ThePrint's Rohini Swamy, former Union Minister Sadananda Gowda says credit should go to the army for Pulwama, but we should also see how the PM gave the military a free hand. He further adds that it has never happened earlier, "see how Pakistan has been isolated in the eyes of the world, for that one needs to give credit to Modi."

09:57:01 on 25 Mar

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After Narendra Modi’s massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP’s leaders began thinking of using the newly elected prime minister’s popularity to expand the party beyond its traditional North Indian boundaries. But despite its success in North East and East, it has not been able to make the large-scale entry into the electorally significant South.

09:25:01 on 25 Mar

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Retired Justice of the Madras and Calcutta High Court C.S. Karnan, 63, on Monday filed his nomination papers to contest from Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency. He filed his papers as a candidate of Anti Corruption Dynamic Party (ACDP) floated by him last year. Karnan was the first sitting judge to be convicted for contempt of court.

08:45:01 on 25 Mar

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Four weeks ahead of the first phase of polling, both national parties have declared most or half of their candidates. The BJP till Sunday afternoon announced 296 candidates (excluding one independent candidate that it supports), against 218 candidates announced by the Congress.

08:25:01 on 25 Mar

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal of abusing its powers by using the Kolkata Police to threaten Custom officials who tried to check her relative's luggage at the airport last week. It was also trying to provoke a confrontation with the Centre, it said.

08:12:02 on 25 Mar

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Just hours after Rahul Gandhi promised an income guarantee scheme , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley put out his counter to what the Congress has described as a “final assault on poverty”. The finance minister said the government had annually paid out Rs 5.34 lakh crore under various welfare schemes and subsidies for food, fertilizers, farmers and Ayushman Bharat.

07:41:27 on 25 Mar

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BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Hema Malini is quite clearly confident of winning again. The actress, who is contesting again from Mathura seat, in her recent interaction with CNN-News18 claimed that she has worked laboriously. However, on being asked about the work she had done, she said, "I can't recollect now. I don't remember much."

07:40:02 on 25 Mar

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its "Share Joy, Not Rumours" education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp.

07:27:01 on 25 Mar

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Three political parties -- BJP, the Congress and the AAP- have been booked for defacement of public property in various areas of the national capital, Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh said. Speaking about a group of people who were displaying a board written 'Chowkidaar' on it at IGI-airport, Singh said that he will look into the matter and will take action as per the law.

06:50:05 on 25 Mar

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A Delhi court Monday extended Robert Vadra's interim protection from arrest till March 27 in a money laundering case. Special judge Arvind Kumar granted the interim relief to Mr Vadra. Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for Mr Vadra, denied all allegations against him and said that Vadra has not misused the liberty granted to him by the court.

06:37:46 on 25 Mar

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Popular actor and Tamil Nadu-based MNM founder Kamal Haasan, who met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Monday, will campaign for her Trinamool Congress in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Trinamool has fielded eight-time Congress MP Manoranjan Bhakta's grandson Ayan Mondal as its candidate in the Andaman and Nicobar.

06:31:02 on 25 Mar

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A Gujarat minister today tapped into mythology - and controversy - by asking Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to consume poison to check if he was indeed an ''avatar'' of Lord Shiva. Gujarat Tribal Development Minister Ganpat Vasava said Rahul Gandhi's "Shiva reincarnation" can be considered true only if he survives after having "500 grams of poison".

06:00:46 on 25 Mar

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As online political campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Google and WhatsApp grow louder, wider and often become a cesspool of misinformation, the EC has finally asked these platforms to get their act together. Therefore, with 3 weeks to the first day of polling, these social media giants along with IAMAI presented a “Voluntary Code of Ethics” to CEC Sunil Arora.

05:56:40 on 25 Mar

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Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P. Chidambaram filed his nomination to contest from Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency and slammed the BJP-led Centre for ‘imposing Hindi, Hindu and Hindutva’. Mr. Karti declined to comment to a question on former union minister E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan’s comment that his father prevented the latter’s growth in the Congress.

05:42:39 on 25 Mar

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Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's sons Utpal and Abhijat, have been formally requested by the party high command to join the BJP, state party president Vinay Tendulkar said on Monday. Mr Parrikar's assembly constituency of Panaji is scheduled to head for by-polls owing to the former Defence Minister's death on March 17 caused by pancreatic cancer.

05:28:48 on 25 Mar

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The Congress ended the suspense hovering around the Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu late on Sunday by fielding former Finance Minister Chidambaram’s son Karthi from the seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, the decision was not received well by few Congress leaders who dissented on grounds of Chidambarams’ corruption charges.

05:12:58 on 25 Mar

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Days before Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is scheduled to visit Ayodhya, posters portraying her as a 'Ram bhakt' have emerged in the city. In the poster, Priyanka is seen of the left side, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the right side and with Lord Ram's photo placed in the middle.

05:09:16 on 25 Mar

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MNM founder Kamal Haasan met West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. "Our relationship with the honourable CM is quite old and I am coming to take my best wishes from her like last time," Haasan told reporters. Haasan had earlier said that his meeting with the Trinamool Congress chief will be of a "political nature", but remained cryptic about what will be discussed.

04:59:04 on 25 Mar

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Janata Dal Secular leader patriarch HD Deve Gowda, today filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections from Tumakuru in southern Karnataka. The former Prime Minister gave up his Hassan seat for grandson Prajwal Revanna. The other seat won by the JDS in the last general elections was Mandya and that is being contested by another grandson, Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

04:52:20 on 25 Mar

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Paralympian Deepa Malik, who hails from Haryana, on Monday joined the BJP, just days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Along with Deepa, INLD MLA Kehar Singh Rawat was also welcomed into the saffron fold today. Meanwhile, the deadline for filing of nominations for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections ends Monday.

04:37:34 on 25 Mar

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced Raghunandan Rao for the Medak Lok Sabha segment ending the suspense. He will be facing Kotha Prabhakar Reddy of TRS and Gali Anil Kumar of Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Rao who contested in 2014 elections from Dubbak constituency had lost to S Ramalinga Reddy of TRS.

04:32:28 on 25 Mar

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Why Are Few Women Represented In Politics?

Women make up half the country, but their representation in politics is a mere 8%. This, despite 49% voters being women. In a country with a whooping 58 crore women population, only 66 are in Lok Sabha, Deepa Balakrishnan and Revathi Rajeevan report on how women have taken it upon themselves to change this sorry status quo.

04:20:48 on 25 Mar

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Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Samakya president Jwalapuram Srikanth has said that a Brahmin community Wii support YSRCP in the elections. Speaking to reporters at Press Club here on Monday he said YSRCP president YS Jagan mohan Reddy given four MLA tickets to Brahmins when Samakya met him. He also assured to strengthen Brahmin Corporation and allott funds.

04:01:44 on 25 Mar

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of UP seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls. Mr Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC's instructions and cause damage to the environment.

03:49:23 on 25 Mar

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YSRCP President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and former Chief minister late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter YS Sharmila addressed the media at the party office here on Monday. She highlighted the fact that Pawan Kalyan was an actor who worked under the direction of Chandrababu Naidu. A vote for Jana Sena is a vote for TDP, with whom Pawan Kalyan has a secret pact.

03:44:40 on 25 Mar

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A special court extended the interim protection from arrest for P. Chidambaram and his son Karti till April 26 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. This is the third time in a month that the court has extended the protection to the Chidambarams. The court had issued a similar order on February 18, extending the protection till March 8 which was later extended till March 25.

03:25:38 on 25 Mar

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SC issued notice to the CBI on a plea seeking a direction to the probe agency to place the investigation report in the disproportionate assets case against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav. It asked the CBI to file its response in two weeks with regard to present status of investigation.

03:15:52 on 25 Mar

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Terming the political parties' assurance in their manifestos to waive off education loans as undesirable, an apex banking body has urged the EC to get an undertaking from poll candidates that they are not bank loan defaulters. A top official of the AIBEA asked the poll panel to notify that bank loan defaulters are ineligible to contest the ensuing elections.

03:11:38 on 25 Mar

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Defying the pre-poll understanding between the ruling alliance partners in Karnataka, two Congress leaders Monday filed their nominations for the Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency — the seat from where former prime minister and JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda announced he would contest. Congress leaders KN Rajanna and SP Muddahanumegowda have rebelled against the move.

02:50:17 on 25 Mar

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday unveiled the details of his minimum income support scheme. "5 crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from this scheme. All calculations have been done. There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world," he said. Meanwhile, the deadline for filing of nominations for the 1st phase of Lok Sabha elections ends Monday.

02:26:25 on 25 Mar

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Following the CWC meeting the party is holding a press conference where it is unveiling its manifesto promises. "We will do justice by the poor people of the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. There has been no such scheme in the world. Congress party guarantees that 20% of the families below poverty line will get Rs 72000 annually," Rahul Gandhi says.

02:05:18 on 25 Mar

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Families of three wards to boycott polls

Thousands of families living in Ranganathapuram near Tambaram have decided to boycott the elections as they are upset over the delay in transfer of forest land to the Revenue Department in their neighbourhood although a Government Order regarding the same was issued 60 years ago.

01:57:24 on 25 Mar

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday took a dig at ‘Namo Again’ and ‘Chowkidaar’ T-shirts, being sold as a part of poll merchandise for the Lok Sabha election 2019. “BJP leaders are busy marketing T-shirts, if only they could pay attention to those suffering,” tweeted the general secretary incharge of Uttar Pradesh East.

01:46:36 on 25 Mar

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Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday filed his nomination for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, where polls will be held on April 11. Mr Gadkari, who had defeated Vilas Muttemwar (Congress) in the 2014 elections by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes, said he will win with a bigger margin this time around. "Your support and love is the biggest strength for us," Mr Gadkari said.

01:37:02 on 25 Mar

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The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) on Monday announced the replacement of its nominee for the Tirunelveli Lok Sabha constituency, R. Gnana Arulmani, with S. Michael Royappan, former Radhapuram legislator. This was stated in a release issued by T.T.V. Dhinakaran, deputy general secretary of the AMMK.

01:35:03 on 25 Mar

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DMDK party's general secretary and wife of party President Premalatha addressed the press on Sunday and said, "DMDK will not announce any separate manifesto but will follow the manifesto announced by its alliance partners. Since our party is contesting in only four constituencies, we did not find the necessity to announce a separate manifesto."

01:21:45 on 25 Mar

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The Delhi High Court Monday sought response of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on maintainability of businessman Robert Vadra's petition seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency. The ED raised an objection on the maintainability of the plea of Mr Vadra saying there was wilful suppression and that no relief be granted to him.

01:09:24 on 25 Mar

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Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has unabashedly praised PM Modi and said his re-election is a necessity for the country and the society, in comments that are seen as hugely controversial. Kalyan Singh quit the BJP in 1999 and returned in 2004. In 2014, soon after the BJP came to power with a smashing mandate, Kalyan Singh was appointed Governor.

12:17:40 on 25 Mar

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SC has asked the CBI for a status report on the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. "We want to know what has happened to this case? There is a status report of 2007. What has happened? We would like to know whether the case is registered?" the top court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation.

11:45:10 on 25 Mar

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Rahul Gandhi's likely candidature in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala has put the Left parties in an existential bind. CPI, the second largest constituent of the Left Democratic Front, could be the biggest loser. A CPI candidate is contesting in Wayanad and the party was hoping to cash in on the feuds in the Wayanad district unit of the Congress to wrest the seat.

11:32:19 on 25 Mar

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Called "a half-naked seditious fakir" by Winston Churchill, one of his bitterest critics, Mahatma Gandhi managed to change the world in more ways than one. But what constituted Karamchand Gandhi? Was it just his grit and determination? Now, for the first time, the Mahatma's personal health records have been made public that reveal he was as prone to illness as anyone else.

11:23:46 on 25 Mar

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An established medical practitioner and son of former DMK minister Arcot N Veerasamy, making his electoral debut, DMK’s North Chennai candidate Dr Kalanidhi Veerasamy believes the failures of BJP and AIADMK would chart his course to Parliament. He slams PMK and DMDK for not joining the Opposition.

10:52:37 on 25 Mar

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PM Modi 1.0 is done. With the Model Code of Conduct for elections now in force, his 1st innings has effectively ended. As he pitches to get re-elected, we should call in his report card. Since he was a high-voltage, forever-campaigning CEO who took all key decisions in a my-way-or-highway style, most of his achievements and failures can be docked in black and white boxes.

10:40:12 on 25 Mar

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Failing to find a suitable candidate, the JD(S) has decided to give back the Bangalore North seat to the Congress today. Earlier, there were reports that the Karnataka Congress wanted JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Bangalore North constituency, but the latter decided to be fielded from Tumkur instead.

10:29:19 on 25 Mar

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An Uttar Pradesh BJP legislator's ill-considered, offensive remarks on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and artiste Sapna Chaudhary yesterday has drawn widespread criticism from political parties and social media users alike. BJP legislator Surendra Singh, who has a track record of making derogatory comments, made a sexist remark on Sonia Gandhi and Sapna Chaudhary.

10:20:10 on 25 Mar

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For the first time in 37 years after its formation, TDP will be staying out of the political battle in Telangana. The party was hoping to field Nama Nageshwara Rao from Khammam and extend support to Congress and CPI candidates in other places but after Mr. Rao decided to join TRS to contest on its ticket, it has literally dropped the idea of contesting.

10:17:03 on 25 Mar

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A day after high expectations of an imminent formal announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s candidature from Wayanad, the KPCC leaders were submitted to anxious silence in the absence of confirmation so far from the AICC. Legislature Party leader Ramesh Chennithala and Mullappally Ramachandran were silent on Rahul's candidature from Wayanad as requested by the party's state unit.

10:11:26 on 25 Mar

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Amidst tensions between the Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka over the Tumkur constituency, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara urged Congress leader SP Muddahanumegowda to "obey the coalition dharma". G Parameshwara's comment came after HD Kumaraswamy launched a scathing attack on Mr Muddahanumegowda for "unnecessarily" creating disturbance in the state.

09:42:01 on 25 Mar

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Kapu candidates dominate Jana Sena list

The Jana Sena Party (JSP), whose chief Pawan Kalyan talks of a society without caste, creed and religion, has given the lion’s share of tickets in the twin Godavari districts to candidates from one particular community. A good number of fresh faces, all of them from one community, are also brought into the electoral battle by the party.

08:55:29 on 25 Mar

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The Congress party nominated B.K. Hariprasad for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency which is considered to be a BJP bastion for the last four decades in the state. Mr Hariprasad who is a Rajya Sabha member, is not new to the constituency as he had lost out to former BJP strongman late H.N. Ananth Kumar in the 1999 Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore South.

08:54:09 on 25 Mar

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JanaSena Party chief Pawan Kalyan on Sunday alleged that those who funded yatras of the YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy were thrown on the road without a chance to contest the election. Addressing a gathering at Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district, Mr Kalyan came down heavily on Mr Reddy, alleging that the latter had exploited his supporters financially.

08:27:01 on 25 Mar

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It was an interesting scene when Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for the Dakshina Kannada constituency and sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel sought the blessings of Senior Congress leader B Janardhan Poojary on Sunday afternoon. As Poojary too was on the temple premises, Nalin decided to meet him.

08:10:01 on 25 Mar

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Veterans and arch-rivals Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and Kanna Lakshminarayana are going to fight a face-to-face battle for the first time in their decades of political career for the Narasaraopet Parliament seat. A younger aspirant is also in the fray making the fight a triangular contest. Sitting MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao of TDP is contesting the seat for the second time.

07:57:01 on 25 Mar

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The main political parties fielded financially sound persons as their candidates at various city-based (urban) Assembly constituencies. As per their affidavits in nomination papers, several contestants, including Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, have assets worth crores. In Gajuwaka Assembly segment, Kalyan topped with around Rs 52-crore assets.

07:40:01 on 25 Mar

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Congress manifesto likely on April 2

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet in Delhi on March 25 for the second time in less than two weeks to review the party’s preparedness for the Lok Sabha election and endorse its manifesto. CWC meeting on March 25 to review the draft and decide on twin seats for Rahul Gandhi.

06:57:01 on 25 Mar

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik claimed that no national party will get a clear majority in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. While addressing a rally, Mr Patnaik said that Odisha remains neglected by the centre at every front. Mr Patnaik stated that the BJD will register major win in ensuing Lok Sabha polls and will play a key role in formation of government at the Centre.

06:40:01 on 25 Mar

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The Karnataka BJP will lodge a police complaint against Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala for his "baseless allegations" attributed to a diary allegedly belonging to former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa". The Congress had sought an investigation by the Lokpal into a report that alleged bribes of Rs. 1,800 crore were paid to BJP top brass by Mr Yeddyurappa.

10:52:54 on 24 Mar

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Kamal Haasan today said he would not contest the coming Lok Sabha elections. He released the party manifesto and the second list of candidates of his Makkal Needhi Maiam or MNM at a function in Chennai today. He came up with a big list of promises that highlighted jobs, equal number of jobs and equal pay for women and an astounding 100 per cent profit for farmers.

10:38:44 on 24 Mar

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Rahul Gandhi would not contest from Kerala, sources in the Congress said today, and indicated that the invite to the party chief from the Kerala Congress was the fallout of an internal bickering. "Rahul Gandhi hasn't even given a thought or discussed this option so far," the sources said following a barrage of BJP taunts on the issue.

09:41:35 on 24 Mar

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TN CM K Palaniswami took a swipe at arch rival DMK on the Kodanad heist and murder case and claimed that people have raised doubts whether those involved belonged to that party. Campaigning at Arakkonam seeking votes for alliance partners New Justice Party chief A C Shanmugham and PMK leader A K Moorthy, Palaniswami said police have arrested those involved in the case.

07:21:51 on 24 Mar

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The Congress party has named Karti Chidambaram, veteran leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram son, as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Karti Chidambaram would be contesting the general elections from the Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu.

06:28:21 on 24 Mar

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The Congress party has released another list of 10 candidates who would be contesting in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The party has fielded Karti Chidambaram from the Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu, Tariq Anwar from Bihar's Katihar parliamentary constituency and Suresh Dhanorkar from Chandrapur in Maharashtra

06:11:13 on 24 Mar

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Political discourse hit a new low today as the BJP's Shrikant Sharma, a minister in Yogi Adityanath's government, of the BJP, in a tweet, used the slur "eunuch" for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. He got called out by Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal, which, however, took the discussion down by another notch, citing the Prime Minister.

05:43:38 on 24 Mar

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While Sapna Choudhary has denied joining the Congress party, Uttar Pradesh Congress secretary said that she herself came and filled the party membership form. "Sapna Choudhary came and filled the membership form herself, her signature is on it. Her sister also joined the party yesterday, we have both of their forms," Narendra Rathi said.

05:33:39 on 24 Mar

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JD-S national president HD Deve Gowda on Sunday said he will file his nomination from the Tumakuru Lok Sabha seat, where sitting Congress MP SP Muddahanumegowda is also staking claim after the constituency was conceded to JD-S. While Congress will contest 20 out the 28 seats Lok Sabha in Karnataka, its coalition partner JD-S in the state will put up candidates in 8 seats.

05:27:37 on 24 Mar

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The BJP cited the rise in Congress president Rahul Gandhi's income between 2004 and 2014 to question its source, claiming he had no ostensible source of income. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media that Gandhi's income had risen from over Rs 55 lakh in 2004 to Rs 9 crore in 2014, and asked how can a mere MP witness such a jump in income.

03:46:57 on 24 Mar

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today blamed the Uttar Pradesh government over unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers and alleged that "chowkidars" (security guards) are only working for the rich, not for the poor. She shared a media report on Twitter that claimed the dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs. 10,000 crore in the state.

02:47:30 on 24 Mar

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Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav will not campaign for the party in the first phase of the April-May national election. The party today released a list of 40 campaigners-- which included many members of the Yadav family-- but Yadav, who had been removed from the party president post by son Akhilesh Yadav, was not on it.

01:40:02 on 24 Mar

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Every election witnesses defection of leaders from one party to another as they decide to switch loyalties in pursuit of greener pastures. Several leaders continue to shift loyalties to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRC and the number stood at more than 1,100, party leaders said. In another jolt to the TDP, sitting MLA from P Gannavaram constituency joined the YSRC.

12:42:06 on 24 Mar

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Congress' Manipur unit has accused the BJP of putting up an insurgent-backed candidate for a Lok Sabha seat and compromising national integrity in a bid to win the upcoming elections at any cost. The saffron party has rejected this charge by calling it an attempt to malign the party.
BJP's candidate H Shukhopao Mate has been accused of being backed by insurgent groups.

12:13:30 on 24 Mar

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The Samajwadi Party today announced that its chief Akhilesh Yadav will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh, while Azam Khan will contest from Rampur. The party also put out its list of star campaigners, which surprisingly did not feature SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Meanwhile, the BJP will launch ‘Vijay Sankalp Sabha’ today.

11:40:18 on 24 Mar

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The Congress leadership is likely to take a call on an alliance with the AAP, with the party saying Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet senior leaders to reach a decision. While AAP had recently proposed a 5-2 seat-sharing deal in its favour in Delhi, the grand old party is inclined on a 3-3-1 configuration, with one seat being contested by a joint candidate.

11:25:54 on 24 Mar

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The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which has for long attacked the DMK for dynastic politics, seems to be following the same route while fielding candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Among DMK's 20 candidates, six are children of prominent leaders including O Panneerselvam while the AIADMK has allotted four of the 20 seats to wards of party leaders.

11:08:05 on 24 Mar

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s candidacy from south India, apart from Amethi in UP, was planned in advance by the Congress leadership. The only question was the choice between a seat in Kerala or Karnataka. Rahul was not interested in contesting from two seats, but senior leaders made him realise the dangers of depending only on Amethi for a parliamentary seat.

11:02:35 on 24 Mar

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s candidacy from south India, apart from Amethi in UP, was planned in advance by the Congress leadership. The only question was the choice between a seat in Kerala or Karnataka. Rahul was not interested in contesting from two seats, but senior leaders made him realise the dangers of depending only on Amethi for a parliamentary seat.

11:00:00 on 24 Mar

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Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) secured just over 1% of the total votes in 2016 Assembly polls. Experts feel that this party of ‘angry youth’ will increase its vote share in the coming parliamentary polls due to a variety of reasons such as the inability of the State to resist unpopular Central Government schemes, the anti-Dravidian mood among youth and improved cadre building.

09:12:02 on 24 Mar

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Oommen Chandy is a veteran Congress leader from Kerala. He was made All India Congress Committee in charge of Andhra Pradesh in May 2018. Chandy has an uphill battle to make the AP Congress unit battle ready as it faces both, Lok Sabha and assembly polls on April 11. AP Congress is facing a very serious situation after 2014 because of the bifurcation of the state.

08:27:02 on 24 Mar

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Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party announced that Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will contest from Bihar's Patna Sahib in national elections instead of the sitting lawmaker, Shatrughan Sinha, he attacked the party on Saturday saying he can "answer back in the same coin". In a series of tweets, the actor-turned-politician slammed the BJP.

07:57:01 on 24 Mar

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In a major embarrassment to Congress, Tumakuru sitting Congress MP S.P. Muddahanume Gowda announced that he will contest as a Congress candidate from the constituency, when in fact the seat has already been given to the JD(S) under the coalition arrangement. Going ahead, JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda, announced on Saturday that he will contest from the constituency.

07:27:01 on 24 Mar

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The Congress on Saturday night released its eighth list of 38 candidates for the upcoming parliamentary polls with its leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge being renominated from Karnataka's Gulbarga. The eighth list contains party candidates from the states of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Maharashtra.

05:57:02 on 24 Mar

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government of being "no better" than the previous Left administration at a rally held in Malda's Chanchal town today. Rahul Gandhi claimed at the North Malda rally that Mamata Banerjee goes by whatever she feels like, without listening to West Bengal's voice.

07:12:55 on 23 Mar

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BJP has announced K Surendran as their candidate in Pathanamthitta constituency for Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, none of the candidate lists released by BJP till Saturday morning had included the candidate for Pathanamthitta. The party had announced their candidates for all constituencies other than Pathanamthitta the other day.

05:47:57 on 23 Mar

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