Lok Sabha election 2019 highlights: In a big boost for the Congress ahead of general elections, former Union minister Sukhram on Monday returned to the party fold. He along with his grandson Aashray Sharma joined the party after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Aashray seeks to contest from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming polls. The BJP has fielded the sitting MP Ramswaroop Sharma from this constituency. His father was with Congress government in Himachal Pradesh during the tenure of Virbhadra Singh, but joined the BJP later.
In another development, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan today met Trinamool Congress supremo and west Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Speaking to reporters later, he announced a collaboration between both parties in Andaman. “Meeting was excellent we are proud to say that Makkal Needhi Maiam is an ally of TMC in Andaman. We hope this relation evolves in future. I’m going to campaign for their candidate (in Andaman),” ANI quoted him as saying.
Earlier on Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that if his party returns to power, it will launch a scheme under which families earning below Rs 12,000 per month will be given cash support of Rs 72,000 annually.
“Congress party promises that India’s 20%, most poor families will get yearly 72,000 rupees in their bank accounts under minimum basic income guarantee scheme. Five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from this scheme. All calculations have been done. There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world,” he said.
Today is the last day for filing nomination for the first phase of Lok Sabha election will be held on April 11 across 91 constituencies spread across 20 seats. Several top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress leaders will file their nominations today. Union minister and former BJP president Nitin Gadkari held a mega roadshow in Nagpur ahead of filing his papers. He was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
A total of 91 constituencies spread across 20 states will go to polls on April 11.