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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Highlights| In Odisha, Rahul Gandhi says Naveen Patnaik remote-controlled by PM Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE Updates: Rahul Gandhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about farmers in every meeting but doesn’t waive off farm loans

By HT Correspondent | Mar 16, 2019 00:13 IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Odisha on March 15 to address a public meeting at Bargarh district where he is likely to raise issues related to agriculture. The last time he visited Bargarh was in 2015. The Congress chief will also interact with health professionals at Hotel Babylon International in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. His campaign is a part of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 which is scheduled to start from April 11 and will go on till May 19.

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8:40 pm IST

Bengal Left Front announces names for 25 seats

The Left Front on Friday announced its candidates for 25 of West Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, including the two seats won by the CPI-M in 2014.

Seventeen seats have been left unannounced, which would be divided between the Left parties and the Congress, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said in a release.

Among the 25 seats, Left Front major Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will contest in 15 seats, while the partners - the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) - will contest in the remaining 10 seats.

8:32 pm IST

NPP) declares names of candidates from Manipur and Meghalaya

National People’s Party (NPP) has declared the names of candidates for Lok Sabha elections 2019 for Manipur and Meghalaya constituencies.Former MP Agatha K Sangma will contest from Tura constituency and former minister in Manipur government,Thangminlien Kipgen from Outer Manipur constituency.

8:15 pm IST

BJP likely to release first list of LS polls candidates on Saturday

The BJP is likely to release its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, when its central election committee is scheduled to meet, reported news agency PTI.

The list will have the names of most of the candidates for the first phase of polling, which will be held on April 11 in 91 seats.

The election for 543 parliamentary seats will be held in seven phases till May 19 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.

4:59 pm IST

What is the crime, asks Kejriwal on police raiding AAP call centres

“Police has raided without any search warrant and is barging into server rooms and interrogating all call centre agents. What is this going on? What is the crime?,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Friday.

4:46 pm IST

Apna Dal to contest 2 seats in UP in alliance with BJP: Amit Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah declares that Apna Dal, OBC political outfit which comprises largely of Kurmi sub-caste will contest 2 seats in alliance with BJP. Apna Dal leader and union minister Anupriya Patel, the sitting MP from Mirzapur will contest from Mirzapur. The second seat would be decided in consultation with BJP.

Mirzapur is the first seat in UP that BJP has officially announced.

It is yet to announce any seat for the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, the other OBC political outfit which mainly comprises of Rajbhars, the OBC sub-caste that wield influence in several seats in and around Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4:38 pm IST

63449 hoardings/banners/posters removed in Delhi

“Till date (since the imposition of Model Code of Conduct), a total of 63449 hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in Delhi. A total number of 137 FIR’s have been registered under Excise Act and 44 FIR’s have been registered under Arms Act,” said Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi according to news agency ANI.

14:40 pm IST

We will bring real GST: Rahul Gandhi

“PM Modi brought the Gabbar Singh Tax which he calls GST. We will bring in the real GST.,” said Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally in Odisha.

14:35 pm IST

Congress not only makes promises but also keeps them: Rahul Gandhi

Speaking at a rally in Odisha, Rahul Gandhi said Congress mot only makes promises but also keeps them. The Congress president also targeted Odisha chief minister Naveev Patnaik, saying that he has been unable to provide jobs for the youth in the state.

14:31 pm IST

We waived off farm loans in MP and Chhattisgarh with seven days: Rahul

We promised farm loan waiver if Congress won the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh. I told Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel that we must announce farm loan waiver within 7 days of coming to power, he did it within 6 hours: Rahul Gandhi

14:25 pm IST

PM Modi only waives loans of only rich businessmen: Rahul

Rahul Gandhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about farmers in every meeting but doesn’t waive off farm loans. He only waives loans of rich businessmen.

14:21 pm IST

We want Mayawati as PM: Pawan Kalyan

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan after alliance with BSP: We would like to see Behen ji Mayawati ji as the Prime Minister of our country, this is our wish and our ardent desire.


14:06 pm IST

Jana Sena and BSP join hands for Andhra and Telangana LS polls

BSP Chief Mayawati: Jana Sena and BSP will fight together in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; seats have almost been finalized, reports news agency ANI.


13:54 PM IST

Former Haryana Congress MP Arvind Sharma joins BJP

Delhi: Former Congress MP from Haryana Arvind Sharma joins BJP in presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, reports news agency ANI.


13:03 pm IST

Vadakkan not a big leader: Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on former Congress leader Tom Vadakkan, no Vadakkan is not a big leader, reports news agency ANI


12:45 pm IST

All stakeholders in healthcare must be taken care : Rahul Gandhi

I view health care provision as something that is done by large number of stakeholders- ASHA workers, doctors and other medical professionals, businesses, Each stakeholder’s territory should be defended: Congress President: Rahul Gandhi

12:34 pm IST

Ayushman Bharat hand out to rich businessmen: Rahul Gandhi

Ayushman Bharat is a scheme targeting only a limited number of healthcare issues. It is a handout to the richest businessmen in India, ny main criticism of Ayushman Bharat is, it gives insurance without a proper support structure from hospitals and medical professionals: Congress President Rahul Gandhi


12:14 pm IST

Congress government will increase budget allocation into healthcare and education: Rahul

Rahul Gandhi : Healthcare is, in a sense,a foundation. So,we have to ensure that foundation is built firmly. Congress government in 2019 is dramatically going to increase amount of money we put into healthcare and education

12:09 pm IST

India is transitioning from a rural system to urban system: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi during his interaction with healthcare professionals in Raipur: India is transitioning from a rural system to urban system. There is a massive shift that is taking place. It’s a traumatic shift, reports news agency ANI

12:02 pm IST

Congress Chief interacts with health professionals

Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with health professionals in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.


11:30 am IST

Rahul Gandhi arrives in Raipur

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Raipur airport & is greeted by Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, ahead of his programme with healthcare professionals.