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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live updates| BJP CEC meeting underway at party headquarters; first list likely today

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Live updates: PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other senior BJP leaders reached the party headquarters today for party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting. Follow updates here

By HT Correspondent | Mar 16, 2019 22:37 IST

Rahul Gandhi would be addressing a poll rally on Saturday in Dehradun which officially kick start Congress’ poll campaign in Uttrakhand. Apart from addressing the poll rally, Congress president is expected to visit families of security personnel killed in Kashmir last month during his Dehradun visit on March 16 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

“After addressing a mass rally, he has plans to visit the families of martyrs, Major Chitresh Bisht, Major VS Dhoundiyal and CRPF assistant sub-inspector Mohanlal Raturi, who were martyred in Kashmir last month. He would pay his respects to them by meeting their families,” said Congress state unit chief Pritam Singh while addressing media persons.

Here are the live updates:

9:45 pm IST

Cong seals alliance with Apna Dal, gives 2 Lok Sabha seats in UP

The Congress on Saturday finalised the seat-sharing agreement with the Apna Dal led by Krishna Patel and allocated it two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

The Apna Dal will contest from two parliamentary constituencies -- Pilibhit and Gonda, the Congress announced.

Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel, the son-in-law of Patel, joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Patel was also present there.

8:04 pm IST

EC fixes timeline for release of manifesto by political parties

The Election Commission of India has fixed the outer limit for release of manifesto during elections

In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section L26 of rhe Representation of the People Act, 1951, ofall the phases of those elections.

Manifesto cannot be released 48 hours before each phase in a multi phase election.

7:00 pm IST

Cong discusses poll preparedness in J-K

The state election management committee of the Congress held its meeting here on Saturday and discussed the preparedness of the party in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, a party spokesman said.

Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and chairman of the committee Ghulam Nabi Azad chaired the two-and-a-half-hour-long meeting at his official residence, chief spokesperson of the state Congress Ravinder Sharma said.

6:55 pm IST

BJP calls meeting of its MLAs in Goa

The BJP has called a meeting of its MLAs at 7.30 pm today, possibly to discuss the situation in the state.

6:45 pm IST

Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

With Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ailing, the Goa Congress has written to Governor Mridula Sinha asking her to dismiss the BJP-led coalition regime and invite the party to form the government in the state. The Congress said, “the numbers of the BJP may further dwindle” in the Goa Assembly.

In a letter addressed to the Governor, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has pointed out that the “incumbent BJP led state government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar, which has long lost the trust of the people, has also lost the strength of the house.”

6:40 pm IST

BJP CEC to discuss candidates for Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam among other: Sources

BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) to discuss candidates for Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, and Andaman & Nicobar islands, in its meeting today, reported news agency ANI quoting sources.

6:30 pm IST

PM Modi arrives for BJP’s CEC meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at BJP headquarters for the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting. He was received by BJP President Amit Shah.

6:04 pm IST

Apna Dal finalises deal with BJP, to contest on two UP seats

Apna Dal, a BJP ally in Uttar Pradesh which was upset with the party for some time and had been threatening to quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), will now contest on two seats in the state in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The announcement was made by BJP president Amit Shah after meeting Apna Dal leader and union minister Anupriya Patel.

Anupriya, the sitting MP from Mirzapur, will contest from Mirzapur only. The second seat from which the Apna Dal will contest will be decided in consultation with the BJP.

The BJP may offer Phulpur to Apna Dal. The Phulpur constituency which is dominated by Kurmis, an OBC sub-caste, was vacated by Keshav Prasad Maurya in 2017 after he took over as deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

5:55 pm IST

Senior BJP leaders arrive for CEC meet, first list likely today

Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, and Sushma Swaraj Saturday reached BJP headquarters for party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting. Union minister Kiren Rijiju and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also arrived for the same. The BJP is likely to release its first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

14: 40 pm IST

Under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, congress will make country stronger: Manish Khanduri

Manish Khanduri, son of ex-Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader BC Khanduri, on joining Congress: I believe that under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Congress will make country stronger. Before coming here,I sought blessings of my father. He asked me if I can walk on path of truth,I said, ‘yes’, reports news agency ANI


14:30 pm IST

Congress chief visits family of security personnel killed in Kashmir

Uttarakhand: Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits the family of Major Chitresh Singh Bisht at the latter’s residence in Dehradun. Major Chitresh Singh Bisht lost his life on 16 Feb while defusing an IED which was planted by terrorists across the LoC in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir, reports news agency ANI



14:25 pm IST

BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta joins SP

BJP Member of Parliament from Prayagraj Shyama Charan Gupta joins Samajwadi Party. He will be contesting Lok Sabha election from Banda constituency, reports news agency ANI.

14:12 pm IST

PM Modi spent Rs 3044 crore spent on advertisement: Mayawati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent Rs 3044 crore on advertisements, claims Mayawati, reports news agency ANI.


14:05 pm IST

PM Modi sacked BC Khanduri, as he had raised question on obsolete weapon in Army: Rahul

Rahul Gandhi in Dehradun: He (BC Khanduri) gave all his life to Army. But when he asked a question on national security in Parliament & spoke the truth that the way government should help Army, it is not there, then he was removed from the Chairmanship of that Committee.


14:01 pm IST

SP-BSP alliance nothing but a false alarm: UP CM Yogi Adtiyanath

UP CM Adityanath dismisses SP-BSP alliance as nothing but ‘hauaa’ (false alarm), reports news agency PTI

13:59 pm IST

No impact of Priyanka Gandhi in UP politics: UP CM Yogi

Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics will make ‘no difference’ to BJP’s poll prospect in UP: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, reports news agency PTI

13:55 pm IST

PM was busy shooting for film after Pulwama: Rahul

For over 3 hours after Pulwama terror attack, PM Modi was shooting for a film: Rahul Gandhi in Dehradun

13:50pm IST

After Pulwama, extended full support to gov. against terrorism: Rahul Gandhi

As soon as Pulwama occurred,we cancelled every event and extended our full support to the Government of India against Terrorism.

13:20 pm IST

Former JD(S) leader Danish Ali joins BSP

Danish Ali on joining BSP: JD(S) doesn’t have a large organisational structure in Uttar Pradesh. Despite all my efforts I could not have raised it in my ‘janmabhoomi, my ‘karmabhoomi’.The way in which there is a threat to constitution today, it has become essential to use our energy with a strong leadership.


13:14 pm IST

Son of BJP Member of Parliament BC Khanduri joins Congress

Son of BJP Member of Parliament BC Khanduri, Manish Khanduri joins Congress party


12:52 pm IST

Son of BJP MP BC Khanduri’s Manish Khanduri likely to join Congress

Son of BJP MP BC Khanduri’s, Manish Khanduri reached at Congress rally. He is likely to join the Congress soon, party leaders said, even as Manish refused to comment on the matter.

The Congress party leaders said Manish Khanduri would be joining the party in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi on March 16. He is likely to be fielded from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency, from where his father is the current sitting BJP MP.