Lok Sabha Election 2019: Shatrughan Sinha confirms joining Congress

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Updated:Mar 28, 2019 8:50:48 pm

Election 2019 Updates: Suspended AAP leader from Punjab Harinder Singh Khalsa has joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister Arun Jaitley.

On being asked ‘if he will contest from Patna Sahib?’: Situation kuch bhi ho location wahi hoga. (File/PTI)

Lok Sabha Election 2019 News: Shatrughan Sinha has confirmed that he is joining the Indian National Congress. Sinha said that he will join the grand old party soon and positive news is expected during the Navratri.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Lok Sabha campaign from Meerut by addressing a mega rally. In his speech, PM Modi launhed a scathing attack on the opposition for questioning the defence forces. He said that his government had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres — land, sky and space. PM Modi said that the contest is between a decisive government and an indecisive past, adding that on the one side there is a strong ‘chowkidar’, on the other, a line of tainted people.

Earlier on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she would contest the Lok Sabha election if her party decides to field her. Speaking to reporters in Amethi, a seat represented by her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, she said that no decision has been taken yet in this regard. Priyanka also added that Rahul will be the Prime Minister if Congress comes to power.

“I have not decided yet. If my party asks me to contest, I will definitely contest. My wish is to work for the party,” she told reporters.

A total of 91 parliamentary seats spread across 20 states will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.

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Shatrughan Sinha on being asked 'when will he join Congress party?': Joining will happen soon, we will give you a positive news during Navaratri. I will join Congress now," news agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying. on being asked 'if he will contest from Patna Sahib?': Situation kuch bhi ho location wahi hoga.

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi has that she will contest the Lok Sabha polls if the party wants her to. She, however, said that her main aim is to work for the party. “I have not decided yet; If my party asks me to contest, I will definitely contest. My wish is to work for the party,” she said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

The first phase will take place on April 11. A total of 91 parliamentary constituencies spread across 20 states will go to polls. While the BJP is seeking to return to power for another term, the Congress and others are looking to improve their tally. Although the main contest is between the two national parties -- BJP and Congress, regional parties hold the key to the formation of next government. In Uttar Pradesh, which send 80 members to the Lok Sabha, all the parties are flexing their muscle hard to win the support of people. The BJP had in 2014 won 73 seats and Congress just two. The Samajwadi Party had won the remaining five seats. This time, the arch rivals SP and BSP have joined the ranks and have vowed to oust the BJP. The Congress, on the other hand, has fielded Priyanka Gandhi to revive its cadre and improve its tally.
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