BJP names Ravi Kishan as its candidate from Gorakhpur
The BJP has announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.
Mr. Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes.
Nirmala Sitharaman takes out road show along coastal belt in Thiruvananthapuram
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took out a road show along the coastal belt of the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency on Monday evening to drum up support for National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan.
The rally commenced from Veli at 8.30 p.m., two hours behind schedule, and Ms. Sitharaman joined the convoy midway at Valiyathura. Despite the delay, many people gathered on the road sides to catch a glimpse of the Union Minister who proceeded on an open jeep.
Earlier, Ms. Sitharaman, who had arrived in the State capital in a special flight from Goa, took part in a convention in support of Shobha Surendran, the NDA candidate in Attingal Lok Sabha constituency.
While the rally was initially planned to traverse around 40 km until Pozhiyoor, it concluded less than halfway at Poonthura by around 10 p.m. Addressing a gathering to mark the conclusion of the rally, Mr. Rajasekharan said that Narendra Modi-led government proved its commitment towards the fishing community by carving out a separate department for fisheries. He also promised to realise a long-standing demand of a fishing harbour in Poonthura.
– Sarath Babu George reports
Pankaja stirs trouble for remarks on Constitution
The recent remarks by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the State’s Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde on changing the Constitution has landed her in trouble, with opposition slamming her saying changing constitution is not as easy as eating chikki.
Addressing an election rally in support of BJP candidate Preetam Munde in Beed district on Saturday, Ms. Munde had said, “Imagine the kind of work we have to do in Lok Sabha. Mahamanav Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar wrote the Constitution. We have to change the Constitution. Need to introduce new Bills. New rules need to be framed. Therefore, we need to send a person with great calibre to Lok Sabha.”
Leader of Opposition and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde retorted by referring to her alleged involvement in the chikki scam and said, changing the Constitution is not as easy as eating chikki and no one should even dream of it.
Delhi CEO writes to EC on Modi web series
The Delhi Chief Electoral Officer has written to the Election Commission in connection with a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as it is allegedly being aired without prior approval from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee. The 10-episode series is titled, Modi: Journey of a Common Man.