The Congress-led UDF’s second biggest ally in Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League, has asked the Congress high command to decide quickly on whether Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad. Gandhi has earlier expressed interest in contesting from two seats, calling the primary constituency of Amethi his “karmabhoomi”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Congress-led Opposition of being afraid of the watchman guarding the nation’s interests. Addressing an election rally in Assam, Modi said, “Those protesting against the ‘chowkidar’ are the ones opposing India. The Opposition is scared of the ‘chowkidar’ people trust.”
At a rally in Arunachal Pradesh earlier in the day, Modi urged the people to vote for a ‘chowkidaar’ who would provide security to the country. Modi also claimed that Opposition parties were “disheartened” by India’s growth and success. Kicking off his campaign here for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Arunachal, the prime minister said the state is a “shield for the country with the people zealously guarding the border as sentinels”.
BJP chief Amit Shah filed his nomination papers today from LK Advani’s Gandhinagar. He was accompanied by Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Internal dissent has erupted in Maharashtra Congress after Ashok Chavan’s nomination from Nanded Lok Sabha seat. Sources said that voices to field another working president is gaining ground within. Many have already questioned Chavan’s leadership. Considering the situation, top brass in Delhi has rushed a three-member team, including KC Venugopal, to Mumbai to hold talks with Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad will hold a roadshow in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, today. The outfit founder has been granted permission for the same district administration. Meanwhile, PM Modi will hold two rallies in Assam and BJP chief Amit Shah will file his nomination from Gandhinagar.
District Election Officer and District Magistrate Surendra Singh said that Azad has been given “conditional permission” to hold roadshow. According to the conditions, loudspeakers cannot be used during the programme. Permission has been given for a car, nine bikes and 500 people. Stops near school and religious places are prohibited. Apart from this, the model code of conduct must also be fully complied with.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari and leaders of BJP’s allies such as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan will be present during party president Amit Shah’s filing of nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat on Saturday.
The presence of the top BJP-led NDA brass at the event is being seen by observers as a show of support for Shah and an acknowledgement of him being the second most powerful leader in the alliance after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah is replacing BJP veteran L K Advani, who had been winning uninterrupted from Gandhinagar since 1998, from the prestigious constituency.
Leaders of BJP’s allies and Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, are scheduled to accompany Shah during filing of his nomination papers, BJP’s Gujarat unit president Jitu Vaghani said on Friday.
All these leaders are likely to accompany him in a road-show in Ahmedabad on Saturday, before filing of the nomination. Sharing the details about the event, Vaghani said the four-km road-show would start from Sardar Patel Statue in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad and will culminate at Patidar Chowk in the Ghatlodia area.
Party workers would greet Shah by forming a human chain on the road in Gandhinagar, he said. “Shah would also address people before starting his road-show in the presence of our two union ministers and NDA leaders Badal and Thackeray. Shah may land in Gujarat tonight and the road-show would begin at 9 am tomorrow,” Vaghani said.
From Patidar Chowk, Shah would head to Gandhinagar in his car to file his nomination papers. Shah, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, has been nominated by the BJP for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat. Last date for filing nominations is April 4. Polling for all the 26 seats of Gujarat will take place on April 23.
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