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A highly-anticipated political contest set in motion across the country

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 13 2019 9:39AM
A highly-anticipated political contest set in motion across the country
By Shri Ram Shaw Political activities gaining momentum, parties busy in giving a final shape to their poll strategy New Delhi, Mar 13 (HS): Political activities are gaining momentum across the country following the announcement of Lok Sabha elections. Various parties have become busy in giving a final shape to their poll strategy. Uttar Pradesh: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has reiterated that the party will not go for any electoral understanding or alliance with Congress in any state for the upcoming general elections. Party president Mayawati has said that alliance between the BSP and Samajwadi Party is based on sincere intentions and mutual respect in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is the first and perfect alliance that will cater to the need for social change and is capable enough to defeat the BJP. Samajwadi Party has declared two more candidates in Uttar Pradesh. The Party has decided to field veteran Samajwadi leader and former Union Minister Ramji Lal Suman from Hathras (reserved) seat. Another candidate is Rajendra S bind who will contest from Mirzapur seat. Till now, party has announced nine candidates for Lok Sabha elections in the state. Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party has also ruled out any alliance with Congress in Delhi for the polls. According to AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the party will go it alone in the elections. AAP will fight the elections on the issue of full statehood for Delhi as “the national capital has been suffering because of it”. The AAP has already declared names of candidates on six of the seven Parliamentary constituencies in Delhi going to polls on the 12th of May. On the other hand, BJP has formed various sub-committees to look into various socio political and foreign policy matters and have sought inputs from people to be incorporated in the party manifesto. West Bengal: The State Election Department has urged all parties to strictly abide by the Model Code of Conduct. Expelled TMC MP Anupam Hazra has joined BJP. Sitting Congress MLA from West Bengal Dulal Chandra Bar and CPI(M) legislator Khagen Murmu have also joined the party. Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of senior Congress leader from Maharashtra, Radhkrishna Vikhe Patil, also joined BJP. Trinamool Congress has announced a list of party candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. 10 sitting MPs have been dropped this time. They include party’s State President Subrata Bakshi, actress Sandhya Roy and noted educationist Prof. Sugata Basu. 17 new faces figure in the list. Gujarat: Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel has joined Congress. Speaking about his decision to enter active politics ahead of Lok Sabha polls, he said he could now work for people of Gujarat in a better way. Congress Working Committee meeting was held at Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat on Tuesday to discuss the forthcoming polls. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi attended the meeting. On the other hand, BJP has geared up the process of selection of candidates in the state for the elections. The party has announced names of three leaders for each Lok Sabha constituency to set up panels of possible candidates. Karnataka: Both BJP and Congress have lodged complaints with Chief Electoral Officer. BJP has alleged that mass deletion of voters residing in Mantri Elegance apartment has taken place in Bengaluru from voters’ list. Enrollment of new voters is alarmingly low in Karnataka. New voters are being sent away by officials in the Municipal Corporation. On the other hand, the Congress social media team has filed a complaint with the Commission against two Facebook accounts for using photographs of soldiers and Balakot airstrike to seek votes for BJP. Kerala: Ruling LDF has started campaigning after announcing its candidates for Lok Sabha polls. Talks to finalise candidates of Opposition UDF led by Congress are ongoing. It is expected that UDF will declare candidates by the end of this week. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will reach Kerala today to launch election campaign in the state. Discussions are also on in BJP with reports that names of candidates will be declared by Saturday. State Chief Electoral Officer T R Meena has called a meeting of representatives from political parties regarding Model Code of Conduct. The meeting will be held at Thiruvananthapuram today. Punjab: The Punjab Democratic Alliance comprising of six parties has announced the names of its seven candidates for the polls. Tamil Nadu: AIADMK has started its selection process for candidates with interview of ticket aspirants in 10 constituencies. The election officials are making all efforts in the state to ensure free and fair elections with most participation of all eligible voters. Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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