General Elections watch: What happened on April,2?

Bharatiya Janata Party ups the ante by releasing their first exclusive manifesto for Delhi 

Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan

BJP Delhi chief Harsh Vardhan, who is contesting from Chandni Chowk in this edition of Lok Sabha, has confirmed that the party is ready to grant complete statehood to the national capital if they come to power this year. BJP had failed to win any seat four years back as Congress made a clean sweep in Delhi but this time around, the party is confident of bagging a minimum of seven seats.

As part of their manifesto, BJP also declared that they are keen to cut the power tariffs by 30% as well as bring DDA, Delhi police and other land-owning agencies under a single roof to make the governance of the city much more easy and manageable. Besides, Harsh Vardhan also reiterated the party’s whole hearted desire to bring transparency to every governmental procedure including tender acquisitions. The process of awarding tenders would be video-graphed and the RFP’s along with other relevant details would be made available over the internet.

Vardhan also insisted that the Lokayukta Bill would be enforced with a accountability commission in place, to further ensure that public money is rightfully put to use.

Sonia Gandhi files her nomination from Rae Bareli

Sonia Gandhi being greeted at Rae Barelia

Sonia Gandhi being greeted at Rae Barelia

The Congress supremo filed her nomination from Rae Bareli earlier today and sat through a puja, performed a havan at the late Gaya Prasad Shukla’s residence with son Rahul Gandhi by her side. Sonia would be contesting the constituency of Rae Bareli and is likely face little competition from Ajay Aggarwal, BJP’s candidate and Trinamool Congress lightweight candidate Anju Singh.

Aggarwal is a Supreme Court lawyer and was associated with the Samajwadi Party till a while back but is unlikely to cause a major upset in one of Congress’ strongholds despite BJP riding high on confidence under the NaMo currents.


Sonia Gandhi urges Muslim backing, BJP condemns action calling them ‘pseudo secularist’

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid

Indian National Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi had a meeting with senior Muslim leaders led by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari wherein she urged the minority population to ensure the votes did not split among themselves in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Various issues including the arrests of innocent Muslim youths on charges of terrorism, reservation in education, better security measures, implementation of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission recommendations and anti-communal violence bill were put on the table by the Muslim delegation. It is believed that the Congress chief made significant promises and assurances regarding their concerns and an official announcement might be made soon enough by the Shahi Imam about lending their full support to the party.

Amidst this, Bharatiya Janata Party accused Congress of breaching the Model Code of Conduct and urged the Election Commission to take notice. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar launched a scathing attack on the ruling party accusing them of playing divisive politics by going to the extent of calling them a ‘pseudo secularist’ party.

The opposition tore into Congress, including senior party officials Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, and condemned their efforts to tempt the Muslim population support by calling a brazen example of communal politics.

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