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BJP releases first list of 184 candidates for Lok Sabha polls

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its first list of 184 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday (March 21) evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will once again contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, while BJP president Amit Shah has replaced Lal Krishna Advani from the Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat.

Advani is one of the senior most BJP leader and former deputy PM under the first National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will contest the elections from Lucknow and Nitin Gadkari is contesting from Nagpur.

VK Singh will contest from Ghaziabad, Hema Malini from Mathura, Sakshi Maharaj from Unnao, and Smriti Irani from Amethi.

The list of 184 names covered 23 states including Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand among others.

In the list BJP has announced 14 of 15 sitting MPs of Karnataka. Only one sitting MP – Karadi Sanganna from Koppal – has not been named.

All three Union ministers from Karnataka – Ananth Kumar Hegde (Uttara Kannada), Ramesh Jigjinagi (Bijapur) and DV Sadananda Gowda (Bengaluru North) will be contesting from their current seats.

In its list of 184 names, the BJP has fielded many incumbent MPs, putting to rest speculation that the party, wary of anti-incumbency, would field fresh faces in many seats. In Rajasthan, for instance, it has dropped sitting Jhunjhunu MP Santosh Ahlawat. Retaining in Uttar Pradesh, sitting MPs, Hema Malini, Rajnath Singh, VK Singh, Smriti Irani, Satyapal Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Sanjeev Balyan are among the notable ones who are being fielded again.

While announcing the names of the candidates, BJP senior leader and Union Minister JP Nadda said that the names of 17 party candidates from Bihar has already been cleared by the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the party but the announcement of the names would be released jointly in Patna along with alliance partners Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

It has been reported that 35 of 78 BJP leaders who been re-nominated for the Lok Sabha polls has criminal cases filed against them.

Meanwhile, Congress has so far announced the names of nearly 140 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj says a conspiracy is underway for slow death of Arvind Kejriwal

Saurabh Bharadwaj also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is being pushed towards a slow death inside Tihar jail as he is being denied insulin and consultations with his doctor.  AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told the media that Arvind Kejriwal, who is suffering from Type-2 diabetes, has been asking for insulin and a video conferencing with his family doctor as the jail administration is not allowing him to do so.

Bharadwaj said he wants to say with full responsibility that a conspiracy is underway for the slow death of Kejriwal. He said his claims were on the basis of blood sugar readings of the Delhi Chief Minister in jail. He also slammed the Tihar administration, BJP, Centre and Delhi LG and held them responsible for denying insulin to Kejriwal and said the Delhi Chief Minister has been suffering from Type-2 diabetes for the last 20-22 years.

On Friday, the Delhi chief minister’s council Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Kejriwal has not been administered insulin to control his sugar levels since his arrest, and termed it alarming and shocking. The Enforcement Directorate had on Thursday claimed before the court that Kejriwal has been taking high sugar intake by consuming foods like mangoes and sweets every day, inspite of the fact that he was suffering from Type-2 diabetes, to create grounds for medical bail.

Kejriwal refuted the claims of the Enforcement Directorate by asserting before a court that the food he consumed was in accordance with the diet chart prepared by his doctor. Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that he only uses sugar free in his tea.

Bharadwaj further added that overall, it was a conspiracy to give a slow death to Arvind  Kejriwal so that his multiple organs get damaged and when he comes out of jail after 2-4 months he goes for the treatment of heart, kidney and other organs.

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Rahul Gandhi says BJP will not get more than 150 seats in Lok Sabha elections

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

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With completion of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections yesterday, the stage is set for the 2nd phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which has lead the political parties to intensify and accelerate campaigning. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too, with his eyes set on the 2nd phase was addressing a public rally at Bihar’s Bhagalpur on Saturday.

Addressing the rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said these BJP people are saying that they will secure this many or that many seats and but he wanted to make it clear that BJP will not get more than 150 seats.

Rahul Gandhi expressed his confidence that the I.N.D.I.A. Bloc will emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha elections. He also stressed on the party’s vision for INDIA once elected to power. Rahul Gandhi said, As soon as the INDIA alliance government comes, they will end the Agniveer scheme. He said India does not need two types of martyrs and added that everyone should get pension.

Gandhi further added that they will change GST and there will be one tax, minimum tax. He also talked about doubling the salary of Asha and Anganwadi workers. Gandhi said they are giving 2 guarantees to the farmers. The Congress party is going to waive off the farmers’ debts, and secondly, they are going to provide a guaranteed minimum support price to the farmers of India.

Congress leader even promised that his government would provide all diploma holders and graduates in India with the right to an apprenticeship. During the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held on April 26, 4 constituencies in Bihar, including, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, and Purnia ,Katihar will go for elections.

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