Narendra Modi files nomination from Vadodara
BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from Vadodara today with tea vendor Kiran Mahida and a member of city’s royal family Shubhanginidevi Raje-Gaekwad by his side to sign in his support.
The 63 year old face of BJP’s General Elections campaign hailed the Gaekwads for their efficient administration of the constituency in the past and tagged Vadodara as his ‘karmabhoomi’.
“The name of Gaekwads will be written in golden letters for good governance and welfare of the people…Vadodara has been my ‘karmbhoomi’… I am grateful to the people of Vadodara for the grand welcome they have accorded me.
Modi decided to opt for Vadodara as the second constituency that he is going to contest in the ongoing General Elections apart from Varanasi, where he is due to to have a face-off with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ sitting MLA Ajay Rai, which is going to be one of the most hyped fights in this Lok Sabha elections.
Election Commission seeks CDs of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s speeches
The Election Commission has asked the Chief Electoral Officer, Sunil Gupta, of the state to arrange all the CDs of every rally or speech that Mamata Banerjee had attended or given so to examine any remarks made by the Chief Minister towards them.
The TMC supremo has been targeting the EC for their decision to remove seven of the top officials from poll duty and transfer them and even dared the body to go ahead with their decision and implement them. Banerjee has been fuming over this decision and launched scathing attacks in the rallies she recently addressed in Burdwan and Hooghly districts.
“The report will also be scanned and appropriate action taken,” Gupta said.
Kerala goes to polls, UDF, LDF and BJP in a neck to neck battle
About 2.45 crore voters, 269 candidates and 20 constituencies will go into polling tomorrow in Kerala with the LDF (Left Democratic Front), UDF (United Democratic Front) and BJP involved in a very close battle in the majority of the constituencies making it a three-way contest in the southern state.
Pre-poll analyses had suggested towards a win for the Congress-led UDF but the LDF have made significant improvement and gained a lot of ground in most constituencies, making it more of an even battle. As per the opinion polls, a minor one percent change from the expected trends can cause major change in the results.
While the Congress are expecting a repeat of 1977 when the party ended up winning all the 20 seats in the state but the CPM-led LDF are optimistic about their chances as well. What appears to be the biggest game changers are the issues like caste and religion. LDF, despite their unconditional support and belief in secularism, seem to be making the most of the sentiments of the local population while choosing their candidates for the constituencies.
The LDF have fielded a Nadar Christian in Thiruvananthapuram against Shashi Tharoor seeking to capitalize in the Nadar-CSI voteshare. Taking all the aspects into account, a very interesting battle awaits in Kerala in this General Elections.