Elections 2024: 'Every Party Wants Me to Be on Its Side,' Claims Chirag Paswan As Fight For LS Polls Intens – News18

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Last Updated: March 11, 2024, 09:55 IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Trinamool Congress on Sunday announced its list of 42 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a surprise move, the party fielded former cricketer Yusuf Pathan from Berhampore and brought in 26 new faces to contest in the polls.
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After the surprise resignation of Arun Goel as the Election Commissioner (EC), News18 sources said on Sunday that two election commissioners are likely to be appointed on March 15.
On the other hand, former Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan asserted that every party wants him to be on its side, indicating he could tilt towards the one that offered a better bargai
Solidifying their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday finalised a seat-sharing agreement with the Congress. Sources told News18 that the DMK has allocated 9 seats in Tamil Nadu and 1 seat in Puducherry to the Congress.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Jana Sena Party sealed the deal on their alliance after a second round of talks with their respective senior leaders. However, a join statement from the three parties noted that, “…The modalities of seat-sharing will be deliberated within a day or two.”
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“It doesn’t matter whether it’s INDIA bloc or any other party, citizens of this country have made up their minds to make (Narendra) Modi the PM for the third time with a huge majority. We will secure victory in over 400 seats. Lotus will bloom in Uttar Pradesh by securing victory in all 80 seats,” said BJP leader Jaiveer Singh earlier on Sunday.
Former JMM MLA Sarfaraz Ahmad will be the INDIA bloc candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls in the state, party spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said here on Sunday. Ahmad (70) is set to file his nomination on March 11. His candidacy was confirmed following a meeting at the CM’s residence, attended by Chief Minister Champai Soren and senior Congress leaders.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which unveiled its candidate lineup for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, has introduced six political newcomers, among them former cricketer Yusuf Pathan and Padma Shri recipient Kalipada Soren.
The other fresh faces are actor Rachana Banerjee, psychiatrist Sharmila Sarkar, Oxford University’s PhD scholar Shahnawaz Ali Raihan, and former IPS officer Prasun Banerjee.
Several Rajasthan Congress leaders including former ministers Rajendra Yadav and Lal Chand Kataria joined the BJP Sunday, days before the expected announcement of the Lok Sabha elections.
Former Congress MLAs Ricchpal Mirdha, his son Vijaypal Mirdha and Khiladi Bairwa; former independent MLA Alok Beniwal, former state chief of Congress Seva Dal Suresh Chaudhary, Rampal Sharma and Riju Jhunjhunwala among other leaders also joined the state’s ruling party.
Close on the heels of the TDP, the Janasena and the BJP forging an alliance, YSRCP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday said he doesn’t have tie-ups with any party and is going to the polls alone with the support of ‘star’ campaigners from poor households.
Former Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan on Sunday asserted that every party wants him to be on its side, indicating he could tilt towards the one that offered a better bargain. Paswan, an NDA ally, has been getting feelers from the Mahagathbandhan’, the opposition coalition in Bihar.
Addressing a rally in the Sahebanj assembly segment, Chirag dropped ample hints that he was weighing his options and could tilt towards the side with a better bargain.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asserted that her party, a partner of the opposition bloc INDIA on the national stage, will contest the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal and asserted that her party will confront not only the BJP but also the CPI (M) and Congress in the state. Addressing a huge gathering at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata, where the Trinamool Congress (TMC) unveiled its candidate lineup for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee praised the recently resigned Election Commissioner Arun Goel for “not succumbing” to what she described as BJP’s attempts at coercion.
Two election commissioners are likely to be appointed by March 15 to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Anup Chandra Pandey and the surprise resignation of Arun Goel, sources said on Sunday. Days before the poll panel is expected to announce the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls, Goel resigned on Friday morning. His resignation was accepted by President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday and the Law Ministry issued a notification to announce it.
After TMC declared the list of candidates from all Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, party leader and former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma said, “We have waited long enough; there was a collective intent to have a single candidate from the INDIA Bloc to aggregate our strengths and put it out collectively, but that didn’t happen. Now if Congress today says that TMC didn’t wait and went ahead announcing candidates for all the 42 seats from West Bengal, they should be reminded of their delink from the ground reality.”
Telangana BRS leaders including Godam Nagesh, Shanampudi Saidireddy and Seetaram Naik join BJP at the party headquarters in Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be at the centre of the Lok Sabha polls and whether what he stands for is for the good of the people of the country would be the subject matter of the elections, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal said on Sunday.
Six years since Anantkumar Hegde said the BJP would change the Constitution to do away with the word “secular” in its preamble, the BJP MP on Sunday reiterated it, exhorting the public to ensure two-thirds majority for the saffron party in Lok Sabha to amend the country’s founding document.
The BJP needs a two-thirds majority in both houses of Parliament to amend the Constitution and “set right distortions and unnecessary additions made to it by the Congress”, Hedge said, addressing a gathering in Karwar, going on to explain the numbers required to amend the preamble of the Constitution.
Trinamool Congress named Haji Nurul Islam from Basirhat, where Sandeshkhali is situated, after dropping sitting MP Nusrat Jahan.
A day after Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray announced his party candidate from Mumbai-North West Lok Sabha seat, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam asked if it was violation of the “coalition dharma” or an attempt to show his party in poor light.
Even as seat-sharing talks are still going on between the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners Sena (UBT), NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) and Congress, Thackeray on Saturday said Amol Kirtikar would be his party’s candidate from the Mumbai North-West seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Rajasthan BJP state president CP Joshi said, “The Public has lost confidence in Congress. For 60 years, Congress has done nothing except deceiving the people of this country. Congress leaders no longer have faith in the party’s leadership, they are leaving the party.”
Ahead of the parliamentary elections, BJP MP from Hisar Brijendra Singh on Sunday resigned from the party’s primary membership and the Lok Sabha due to “compelling political reasons” and joined the Congress.
Soon after announcing his resignation on X, Brijendra Singh reached Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence in the national capital and joined the opposition party.
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Sunday released its list of 42 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections during its mega public meeting at Kolkata’s historic Brigade Parade Ground.
Former Cricketer Yusuf Pathan is set to contest from Berhampore, while Mahua Moitra will contest from Krishnanagar.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slammed the CAA and said that it is nothing but BAA, “they will send you to Bangladesh”, adding that “We will not allow NRC”.


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