Lok Sabha Election: The BJP met to deliberate on candidates in various constituencies. (PTI)
The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has sealed seats with its allies in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to the agreement, the Janata Dal-United and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest from six seats.
In neighbouring UP, Congress has left seven seats including Mainpuri, from where Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting, for the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav alliance. Kannauj, where his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav is expected to run, and seats on which Rashtriya Lok Dal's Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary will fight and any seat that that Mayawati chooses to contest, Congress leader Raj Babbar announced.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress's in-charge in eastern Uttar Pradesh, is scheduled to visit Lucknow today. and will reach Prayagraj by evening. In her second visit after being appointed the party's general secretary, she is likely to spend four days in the state.
Meanwhile, former IAS officer Shah Faesal will launch his political outfit 'Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement' at a function in Rajbagh area of the city today. The 2010 batch UPSC topper resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in January this year.
Here are the Highlights on developments related to Lok Sabha elections:
National Conference chief Omar Abdullah today said his party has received a proposal for alliance in Jammu and Kashmir from the Congress for the coming Lok Sabha polls. "We have told them clearly that only National Conference candidates will be there on the three seats in the Kashmir Valley," he was quoted as saying by news agency IANS
. "If it suits them (Congress), then we can talk about other seats. Let's see what response we receive," Mr Abdullah has said. Jammu and Kashmir has six Lok Sabha seats.
A meeting of BJP manifesto committee is underway at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence in Delhi for the party's national manifesto or 'Sankalp Patra'.
The Congress will not contest in seven of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The party said that it left the seat for the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samajwadi Party.
The Congress will not field a candidate in Mainpuri - the seat from where Samajwadi Party's Mulayam is contesting. Kannauj, which is held by Akhilesh Yadav's wife, Dimple, will also not see a contest from the Congress.
Balbir Singh Jakhar to be AAP's West Delhi candidate for Lok Sabha. With this, we have now announced candidates for all the seven seats in Delhi.
AAP likely to announce seventh candidate today. Advocate BS Jakhar to be the seventh candidate.
AIADMK to contest 20 seats in Tamil Nadu
The AIADMK has finalised seat sharing agreement with the BJP in Tamil Nadu. The party is likely to contest in 20 seats in the state, while its allies will contest in the remaining seats.
AIADMK will contest in Chennai South, Madurai, Nilgiris, Salem, Tirunelveli and 15 others seats.
Its ally PMK will contest in Central Chennai, Dharmapuri, Villupuram, Sriperumpudur and three others.
BJP to contest in Kanyakumari, Coimbatore ,Sivaganga, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram.
DMDK to fight in Chennai North,Virudhunagar,Trichy and Kallakuruchi.
TMC (Moopanar) gets Thanjavur, PT Tenkasi
New Justice Party gets Vellore, N R Congress will contest in Puducherry
Former Andhra minister joins YSRC hours after being named TDP candidate
Hours after being named as the party candidate for the Nellore (Rural) Assembly seat, former minister Aadala Prabhakar Reddy shocked the ruling TDP by switching over to the opposition YSR Congress on Saturday.
Mr Reddy joined the YSRC in the presence of party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
CM Bhupesh Baghel on Congress list in Chhattisgarh
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YSR Congress party announces list of 25 candidates for Lok Sabha elections.
Priyanka Gandhi arrives in Lucknow. She is going to the party office, where she is expected to hold a number of meetings with party members.
She will take a boat ride on a 140-kilometre stretch of Ganga between the Prayagraj and Mirzapur districts, tomorrow.
In Bihar, the grand alliance led by Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) is likely to announce seat sharing today. The RJD is likely to contest on 20 seats and Congress on 11 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, reports said.
BJP sources said that in Saturday's meeting there was no discussion on Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 parliamentary seats and where the BJP is still in talks with smaller parties to finalise seat sharing. The BJP won 71 seats in the state in the 2014 general election.
Amit Shah is likely to meet with the core committee of the party on Sunday too after which the BJP is expected to announce its first list of candidates, sources said.
The BJP Central Election Committee is likely to meet again on Monday and by March 22 the party may announce the list of all candidates, sources said.
Meanwhile the Congress released its fourth list of candidates on Saturday.
States that will go to polls on April 11 in the first phase of the upcoming seven-phase Lok Sabha elections are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late on Saturday held a meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, to shortlist candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
The meeting of the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) at the party's headquarters in Delhi that culminated at 2 am on Sunday was held to deliberate on candidates that the party will field in various constituencies in 11 states, according to sources. Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Kiren Rijiju were among those who attended the meet.
Bihar, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir figured in the deliberations, sources said adding that candidates for seats in the states of North East and in south India were also discussed.