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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin released the DMK manifesto on Wednesday. The party also announced a list of candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, fielding Dayanidhi Maran from Central Chennai, A Raja from Nilgiris, Kanimozhi from Thoothukudi, Kalanidhi Veeraswamy from North Chennai, Thamizhachi Thangapandian from South Chennai, Annadurai from Thiruvanamalai and TR Baalu from Sriperambathur.
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The process for filing nomination papers for the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls begins today, March 20. The gazette nominations will be issued for 102 constituencies across 21 states and Union territories where polls will be held in phase one. This includes 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, 12 in Rajasthan, eight In Uttar Pradesh, six in Madhya Pradesh, five each in Assam, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, four in Bihar, three in West Bengal, two each in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Meghalaya and one each in Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Chhattisgarh. Furthermore, to file nominations, general candidates will have to deposit a security deposit of Rs 25,000, while Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates will have to deposit a sum of Rs 12,500. March 27 is the last date for filing nominations while voting for the first phase is scheduled to be held on April 19. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on March 28 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 30. The counting of votes will take place on June 4.
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A leader from Beed who belongs to the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday joined the NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) in Pune. The leader, Bajrang Sonawane, had contested unsuccessfully against BJP’s Pritam Munde from Beed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Speaking on the occasion, Sharad Pawar said Sonawane has done very good work in Beed district. “He also fought well in the last Lok Sabha polls.
The elections are declared and we have a month left to work. A meeting will take place where a decision about the final candidates will be taken,” he said. Pawar said several leaders from Beed district were elected to Parliament in the past. “Beed is facing several issues including drought. We will turn the last time’s defeat into victory this time,” Pawar added.
Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party AIADMK on Wednesday finalised seat sharing arrangement for the Lok Sabha polls with allies DMDK, SDPI and Puthiya Tamizhagam.
Announcing the electoral pacts here at the party headquarters, AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami said the DMDK would contest from Tiruvallur (SC), Central Chennai, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituencies.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi removed 2,57,995 lakh posters, banners, hoardings and small boards from across 12 zones in line with the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha election The civic body removed 2,01,364 lakh political advertisements till Tuesday and 1,30,321 lakh advertisements till Monday.
The Election Commission on Wednesday asked state governments to take down all unauthorised political advertisements from government, public and private properties and send a compliance report in the next 24 hours. The highest number of posters were taken down in the City SP Zone (9,821), followed by 5,316 in the Central Zone and 4,551 in the South Zone.
To ensure free, fair and peaceful conduct of the Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, the state police has established an election cell at the police headquarters, an official statement said on Wednesday.
“This cell will work towards maintaining law and order and ensuring adherence to the model code of conduct (MCC), allowing citizens to exercise their franchise impartially and without fear,” it said.
Despite the announcement of Lok Sabha elections 2024 on March 16, unauthorised political advertisements are still being displayed in many places across the country, forcing the Election Commission of India to write to the Union Cabinet Secretary, Chief Secretaries of all states and Chief Electoral Officers to immediately remove all such posters.
According to sources, the action is being taken on the complaints filed by the Congress.
In the letter issued on Wednesday, the poll body reminded its recipients about the immediate action to be taken on the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct.
Election notification for both the Lok Sabha seats in Manipur was issued on Wednesday, an official said.
The seats are 1-Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency and 2-Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency.
While Inner Manipur covering 32 assembly segments will go to polls on April 19, Outer Manipur having 28 assembly segments will vote on April 26.
The Election Commission on Wednesday directed the Karnataka chief electoral officer to take immediate and appropriate action on the DMK’s complaint about alleged model code violation by Union minister and BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje. The poll panel also sought a compliance report on the matter within 48 hours.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has sought action against Karandlaje for alleging that a person from Tamil Nadu was responsible for the IED blast at the Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru on March 1. In its complaint to the Election Commission earlier in the day, the DMK said that the minister’s statement generalised the people of Tamil Nadu as “extremists”.
In order to check the use of black money in the upcoming general elections, the income tax department on Wednesday said it has set up a control room in the national capital and a dedicated toll-free number on which people can share information on suspicious movement of cash and valuables within the NCT region.
Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation), Delhi, has set up a 24X7 control room at Civic Centre, New Delhi, and toll-free Mobile Number 9868168682 in connection with the General Elections to Lok Sabha, 2024, a finance ministry statement said.
The Election Commission asked Karnataka chief electoral officer to act on DMK’s complaint against BJP’s Shobha Karandlaje over her remarks about Tamil Nadu people.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Wednesday claimed top leaders of Congress are not willing to contest Lok Sabha elections in any of the 29 constituencies in the state and said people will reject the opposition party which had questioned the existence of Lord Ram.
The nomination process for 102 parliamentary constituencies spread across 21 states and Union territories, where polling would be held in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, began Wednesday with the issuance of a notification.
In the first phase, polling will be held in Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (5), Manipur (2), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Rajasthan (12), Sikkim (1), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), Uttar Pradesh (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (3), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Lakshadweep (1) and Puducherry (1).
Tamil Nadu’s main opposition AIADMK on Wednesday finalised a seat sharing arrangement for the Lok Sabha polls with the DMDK, founded by actor-politician ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth who passed away recently.
Announcing the electoral pact here at the party headquarters here, AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami said the DMDK would contest from Tiruvallur (SC), Central Chennai, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituencies. DMDK general secretary Premalatha Vijayakanth described the AIADMK as a “natural ally”.
After meeting with Election Commission officials in New Delhi in regard to lodging a complaint against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his recent remarks on EVMs and central probe agencies, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “If we listen to his (Rahul Gandhi) speech, he said things about the EVM. He said if there was no ED, CBI or EVMs, then the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not conduct an election campaign and win. We appealed to the Commission to take remedial and corrective actions.”
Taking potshots at the BJP’s slogan of “400-paar”, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said the people of the country have given the slogan “400-haar’ and claimed that the party which has spoken “lies” on all issues is on its way out.
“Where the BJP is giving the slogan of ‘400-paar’, the people of the country are giving the slogan of ‘400-haar’. They have not kept the promises made to the people like the one made to the farmers and the poor. This government is on its way out as it speaks lies on every issue. The PDA family is going to defeat it,” he told newspersons.
A monthly entitlement of Rs 1,000 for all women in every state and immediate implementation of 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and legislative assemblies were promised by the DMK in its manifesto for the upcoming LS polls.
Also, the Tamil Nadu’s ruling party assured facilitation of 33 per cent reservation for women in education and employment based on social justice.
Former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa claimed on Wednesday BJP Karnataka unit President B Y Vijayendra would quit his post after the Lok Sabha election results are declared.
Khariar MLA Adjiraj Panigrahi joined the BJD on Wednesday, a day after quitting the Congress. Panigrahi, a first-time legislator, joined the BJD along with his supporters at Sankha Bhawan, the party headquarters, in Bhubaneswar.
For the first time in Rajasthan during the Lok Sabha elections, the home voting facility is being extended to senior citizens above 85 years of age and differently-abled voters with over 40 per cent disability.
According to an official statement, presently, the registration of eligible voters willing for home voting is being done by the Booth Level Officers (BLO) and this process will continue till March 26 for the first phase of Lok Sabha polling in the state.
The State Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala were complete and said measures have been put in place to ensure strict adherence to the model code of conduct.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjay Kaul, who made the announcement, also warned against spreading of fake news, saying that stringent action would be taken against the same.


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