General elections 2019 live | Priyanka kicks off election campaign from Prayagraj

Day’s political developments related to the elections at a glance.

Priyanka’s boat campaign

In her first election campaign as a Congress leader, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is embarking a three-day boat ride from Prayagraj (Allahabad) to Varanasi on the river Ganga.

The campaign is scheduled for three days.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar tweeted in Hindi that Ms. Vadra would interact with people along her journey and make pitstops in between.

She will be holding interactions with students in the boat called "Sanchi baat".

In 2014 elections, Congress won only two seats from Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka kicks off 2019 poll campaign from Prayagraj

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra worships at Bade Hanuman Mandir, popular as ‘Lete huye Hanuman Mandir’ near Prayagraj Sangam on Monday.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra worships at Bade Hanuman Mandir, popular as ‘Lete huye Hanuman Mandir’ near Prayagraj Sangam on Monday.
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With less than a month to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday kicked off her political campaign from Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad.

Ms. Gandhi left Swaraj Bhawan, her ancestral home, and arrived at the Bade Hanuman Mandir, popular as ‘Lete huye Hanuman Mandir’ near Prayagraj Sangam.

She then embark on her much anticipated boat ride from the Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj district, according to party leaders.

On the first day of her three—day river ride from Prayagraj to the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she will cover the distance up to Sitamarhi ghat in Bhadohi district.

Dilip Ray’s meeting with Naveen Patnaik fuels speculations

Former Union Minister Dilip Ray, who resigned from the BJP last year, has met ruling BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, sparking speculation that he may rejoin the regional party.

The meeting is said to have happened on Saturday.

Mr. Ray, one of the founder members of the BJD, was ousted from the party following differences of opinion with Mr. Patnaik in early 2000. He had subsequently joined the BJP.

JD(S) releases first list of candidates in Arunachal

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang.

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang.


The Janata Dal (Secular) has announced the names of 11 candidates for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and one for Lok Sabha polls.

The JD(S) is for the first time contesting the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election and in the two Lok Sabha seats in the State.

Former chief minister Gegong Apang, who is also the JD(S) convener for northeast, will contest from Tuting-Yingkiong constituency in Upper Siang district, JD(S) state president Rokom Apang announced while releasing the first list of candidates here on Sunday.

The JD(S) has fielded Lama Lobsang Gyatso, a 39-year-old monk at the forefront of a movement against mega dams in Tawang district, from Mukto Assembly seat against Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

This will be the first time since 2004 that the Mukto Assembly seat would witness a contest.

The other candidates fielded by the party are — Tsering Dorjee (Tawang), Wangshu Wangsu (Longding-Pumao), Wangmaan Lowangcha (Khonsa East), Dr Rima Taipodia (Likabali), Nyadar Loya (Aalo West), Tapang Taloh (Pasighat West), Takam Paleng (Lekang), Shotike Hopak (Namsai) and Pike Pulu from Bordumsa-Diyun assembly constituency.

Bandey Mili would be the JD(S) candidate for the Arunachal East Parliamentary seat.

Elections to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and the two Lok Sabha seats in the State would be held simultaneously on April 11

Denied ticket, Arunachal Minister slams Khandu

Pema Khandu

Pema Khandu


Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Kumar Waii on Sunday said Chief Minister Pema Khandu played a part in the BJP denying him a party ticket in the upcoming Assembly election in the State.

This, he alleged, was done because Mr. Khandu saw him as a contender for the Chief Minister’s job.

Mr. Waii was one of the six BJP legislators, including Minister Jarkar Gamlin, dropped from the list of 54 candidates announced by the party on Sunday. Among those on the list are 16, including Mr. Khandu, who had been elected as Congress candidates in 2014. The BJP retained nine of its 11 MLAs.

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