Kanhaiya Kumar launches crowd-funding campaign
Former student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who will be making his electoral debut from Begusarai constituency in Bihar, has launched a fundraising campaign through a portal.
“It is often that people who raise genuine issues have to face vile schemes on one hand and resource crunch on the other. We really hope that you will make a financial contribution to the best of your ability and strengthen us in this shared struggle,” Mr. Kumar said seeking donation.
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi declares Imtiyaz Jaleel as candidate for Aurangabad Parliamentary Constituency.
Mr. Jaleel is currently the Aurangabad MLA. The AIMIM is fighting elections in Maharashtra in an alliance with Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh.
The BJP has asked veteran leader and one of the party founders Murli Manohar Joshi not to contest in the upcoming Lok sabha elections.
Dr. Joshi has issued a brief statement for voters in Kanpur, from where the 85-year-old leader had won in 2014.
The statement said BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) appointee, had conveyed Joshi the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the elections.
BJP leaders said the party has taken a “principled decision” that veterans should make the way for younger leaders.
Ananth Kumar supporters unhappy with BJP’s decision on denying ticket to Tejaswi
The BJP, past midnight on Monday, declared Tejasvi Surya as the party’s candidate from Bengaluru South, a seat that had been held by late union minister Ananth Kumar till his death last year.
Kumar’s wife, Tejaswi Ananth Kumar, was believed to be the top contender. State BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa had even publicly announced that he has recommended her name.
Monday’s late night announcement came as a surprise to many. Kumar’s supporters, on Tuesday, gathered outside his residence and raised slogans against the party.
BJP announces names of 4 more Lok Sabha candidates
The BJP has released names of four more Lok Sabha election candidates and announced its nominee for Odisha’s Bijepur assembly constituency, the second seat from where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is contesting the state polls. With this list, the party has announced names of 310 candidates for the general elections.
In Karnataka, the BJP has fielded Ashawat Narain from Bangalore Rural and Tejaswi Surya from Bangalore South.
Rajveer Singh Balmiki has been fielded from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Rupak Sharma from Nowgong in Assam
BJP’s Sanat Gadtia will contest against Chief Minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik in Bijepur