New Delhi: A number of developments took place on Monday ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019- including senior leaders from various parties filing their nomination for the polls.
BJP’s Hema Malini filed her nomination from Mathura, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar, Union minister Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manji from Gaya constituency in Bihar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from Bijepur constituency, among other leaders.
Apart from the last day rush to file nominations, the day also witnessed the Nationalist Congress Party releasing its list of star campaigners and Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi attending the CWC (Congress’ Central Working) meet. The highlight of the CWC meet was Congress president Rahul Gandhi declaring, “Congress party promises that India’s 20 per cent, most poor families will get yearly 72,000 rupees in their bank accounts under minimum basic income guarantee scheme.”
He added, “Five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from this scheme. All calculations have been done. There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world.”
Congress’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting was held to discuss and give a final shape to the party’s manifesto for the forthcoming polls in underway at party headquarters at Akbar Road.
Meanwhile, Paralympian Deepa Malik joined the BJP on Monday, whereas former Union minister Sukh Ram rejoined the Congress and his grandson Aashray Sharma also joined the party after meeting Rahul Gandhi.
On the other hand, actor turned politician Kamal Haasan met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to seek her ‘blessings’ and announced that his party Makkal Needhi Maiam will ally with Trinamool Congress in Andaman. He added that he will also campaign for TMC in Andaman. In Maharashtra, Sanjay Nirupam was replaced as the Mumbai Congress president by Milind Deora.
91 constituencies spread over 20 states and union territories will go to polls in the first phase on April 11. The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will begin on April 11 and will be held in seven phases, the Election Commission announced earlier this month. The counting of votes will take place on May 23, 2019.