In a significant turn of events, Member of Parliament Ajay Nishad has tendered his resignation from all positions within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This move comes after Nishad was denied a ticket by the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election 2024. Concurrently, the Election Commission has issued a notice to Yathindra, son of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, regarding a statement made against Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Countdown Begins

With the Lok Sabha Election 2024 looming closer, the political landscape of India is witnessing a surge in activity. The election, scheduled to be held in seven phases between April 19 and June 1, has prompted parties to gear up for the intense battle ahead. Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are making strategic moves in preparation for the polls.

Congress Manifesto Release Date Announced

The Congress party has revealed that it will unveil its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on April 5. The manifesto launch is set to take place at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in New Delhi. This announcement signals the Congress’s intent to outline its vision and promises to the electorate ahead of the polling dates.

BJP Manifesto Committee Meeting Underway

In a parallel development, the manifesto committee of the BJP convened a meeting at the party headquarters. Chaired by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the meeting focused on finalizing the party’s manifesto for the upcoming elections. This deliberation underscores the BJP’s efforts to articulate its agenda and priorities for governance.

Polling Schedule and Counting Dates

The Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases, commencing on April 19 and concluding on June 1. The staggered polling dates are April 19, 26, May 7, 13, 20, 25, and June 1. Following the conclusion of the polling process, the counting of votes for all 543 Lok Sabha seats is slated to take place on June 4.

Key Highlights from the Campaign Trail

  • Tamilisai Soundararajan’s Campaign Kickoff: BJP candidate Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan initiated her election campaign from Ekkatuthangal in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She emphasized the need for infrastructure development in Chennai to mitigate issues like waterlogging and floods.
  • Manik Saha’s Campaign in Khowai: Tripura Chief Minister and BJP leader Manik Saha conducted a campaign in Khowai ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, rallying support for the party’s candidates.
  • EC Notice to Yathindra Siddaramaiah: The Election Commission served a notice to Yathindra Siddaramaiah, son of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, over remarks made against Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Yathindra has been directed to respond to the notice issued by the Chamarajanagar Election Commission office.
  • Security Cover for BJP Leaders in Punjab: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover under ‘Y’ category has been provided to BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Rinku and Sheetal Angura in Punjab. This security measure aims to ensure their safety in the state.
  • Kerala CM Criticizes Rahul Gandhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticized Rahul Gandhi for contesting the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat against a CPI candidate, highlighting the rift within the INDIA bloc.
  • Maneka Gandhi’s Statement: BJP MP Maneka Gandhi expressed contentment with her association with the party, following her son Varun Gandhi’s denial of a ticket in the ongoing election process.

Prime Minister Modi’s Rally in Rudrapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the BJP’s Lok Sabha election campaign in Uttarakhand with a rally in Rudrapur. The event, situated within the Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar constituency, is anticipated to draw a large crowd in support of the BJP.

Supreme Court Notice on VVPAT Plea

The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Election Commission of India and the Centre on a plea requesting a comprehensive count of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in elections. This development underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

Heatwave Advisory for Election Commission

With the Lok Sabha elections on the horizon, the government has issued advisories to the Election Commission of India regarding the looming threat of heatwaves. Minister of Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju highlighted the need to mitigate the adverse effects of extreme weather conditions during the electoral period.

Congress Announces Candidates

In a bid to finalize its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party has released its tenth list of candidates. Abhay Kashinath Patil and Kadiyam Kavya have been nominated to contest from Akola, Maharashtra, and Warangal, Telangana, respectively. Additionally, former BJP leader Laxman Tiwari has joined the Congress party in Madhya Pradesh, signaling a shift in political allegiances ahead of the polls.

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