New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will release the party’s manifesto for the upcoming polls on April 2 at the party headquarters. On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) directed a Committee of Officers to examine the matter regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Mission Shakti in the light of the Model Code of Conduct.Also Read - 'Cowards Can't Fight This Battle Of Ideology, Truth': Congress After RPN Singh's Exit

Priyanka Gandhi, Congress General Secretary for UP East kicked off the second leg of her three-day Lok Sabha election campaign by visiting her brother and party President Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi on Wednesday. Also Read - BJP's Final List of Remaining Candidates for UP, Manipur and Punjab Polls Likely to be Announced After CEC Meet Today

She will go to her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli on Thursday and visit Ayodhya on Friday before returning to New Delhi. Her earlier plan had her beginning her visit from Ayodhya on Wednesday. During her visits, Priyanka Gandhi will meet party workers and address public gatherings. Also Read - Uttarakhand Assembly Polls 2022: Congress Releases List Of 11 Candidates, Harish Rawat To Contest From Ramnagar

Meanwhile, Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has been associated with BJP for about three decades, is expected to join Congress party today. “Shatrughan Sinha will join Congress in New Delhi on March 28 at 11.30 am … He will be our candidate from Patna Sahib”, chairman for the state Congress election campaign committee Akhilesh Prasad Singh told reporters yesterday.

The development comes after BJP replaced Sinha with Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Notably, Sinha had got elected for the Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014 as well from Patna Sahib seat. Bihar will go for polling during all the seven phases of Lok Sabha elections. In Bihar, the Lok Sabha polls will take place on April 11, 18, 23, and 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Besides, Bollywood actress is also expected to join the grand old party in presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. She might contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as a Congress candidate from Mumbai North constituency.

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