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MP Polls: As Part of Strategy, Congress Likely to Release First List of Candidates After Oct 5

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Last Updated: September 30, 2023, 09:26 IST

Former party president Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in the Kala Pipla Assembly seat on Saturday. (Image: PTI)

The source said that party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be in the state on October 5 to address a massive public meeting, and her feedback will be sought before the announcement of the final list

With Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh inching closer, the Congress is likely to release its first list of candidates after October 5 as part of its strategy, sources said on Friday. A Congress source told IANS that the preparations for the Assembly elections are in full swing and the names of the candidates have been finalised, which will be released by the party at the perfect time.

The source said that the party would release its first list of candidates after October 5 as it is expected that by then, the poll schedule will be announced by the Election Commission.

The source further said that party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be in the state on October 5 to address a massive public meeting, and her feedback will be sought before the announcement of the final list.

The party has held two meetings of the Screening Committee in the national capital to shortlist the candidates for the elections.

The party has received over 3,500 requests from aspiring candidates, who want to contest in the Assembly elections on Congress ticket, the source elaborated.

Meanwhile, former party president Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in the Kala Pipla Assembly seat on Saturday.

The BJP has already announced two lists of candidates for the upcoming elections. In its second list, the ruling party has named three Union Ministers besides four other sitting MPs. The second list of 39 candidates was released on Monday, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Bhopal.

The list also includes the name of BJP’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.

The three Union Ministers named in the list are Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Jal Shakti, Prahlad Singh Patel, from Narsinghpur; Agriculture Minister and the party’s state election management committee head Narendra Singh Tomar from Dimni-Morena; and Minister of State for Rural Development and Steel, Fagan Singh Kulaste from Niwas.

The four other Lok Sabha members named in the list are Ganesh Singh from Satna, Riti Pathak from Sidhi, Rakesh Singh from Jabalpur-West, and Uday Pratap Singh from Gadarwara.

The Congress has been campaigning aggressively in the state to come back to power and has already announced several guarantees on the lines of its campaign strategy in the Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – IANS)



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People’s Blessings in Form of Historic Win in Elections a ‘victory of Democracy’: PM Modi in Italy

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Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India for the third time in a row. (Image: AP Photo)

The prime minister in his speech also shared some figures to underline the mammoth scale of the world’s largest democratic exercise in India which was held between April 19 and June 1 in seven phases. Votes were counted on June 4

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted the recently-held Lok Sabha elections in his address at an outreach session of the G7 summit here and said the “blessings” that the people of India have given in the form of a historic win in the polls is a “victory of democracy”.

The prime minister in his speech also shared some figures to underline the mammoth scale of the world’s largest democratic exercise in India which was held between April 19 and June 1 in seven phases. Votes were counted on June 4.

Modi is in Italy to attend the 50th G7 Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni. He addressed an outreach session on artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean, alongside leaders from other countries, including Pope Francis.

This is his first foreign visit after being sworn in as the prime minister of India for the third consecutive time after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s victory in the general elections.

“The blessings that the people of India have given in the form of this historic victory is a victory of democracy,” Modi said, adding that it is a “victory” for the entire democratic world.

“And just a few days after assuming office, I am extremely happy to be present among you, friends,” Modi said.

In the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, the BJP with 240 seats fell short of a majority but the NDA secured the mandate with 293 seats.

The Congress bagged 99 seats while the INDIA bloc got 234 seats. Following the polls, two Independents who won have also pledged support to the Congress, taking the INDIA bloc tally to 236.

The G7 Summit is being hosted at the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Apulia.

“Last week, many of your friends were busy with the elections for the European Parliament. Some friends will be going through the excitement of the elections in the coming time. In India too, the election time was a few months ago,” Modi said, quoting some figures to underline the “speciality and vastness” of the Indian elections.

“More than 2,600 political parties, more than one million polling booths, more than five million electronic voting machines, 15 million polling staff, and approximately 970 million voters, out of which 640 million exercised their franchise. Completed by the ubiquitous use of technology, the electoral process has been made fair and transparent,” he said.

“And, the results of such a big election were also declared within a few hours!” the prime minister said.

It was the biggest festival of democracy in the world and the history of humanity, Modi said in his address at the session.

“It is also a living example of our ancient values as the mother of democracy. And, it is my good fortune that the people of India have allowed me to serve them for the third consecutive time. This is the first time in India, in the last six decades, that this has happened,” he asserted.

Modi was sworn in as a prime minister on June 9 for a third term, equalling the feat of the first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who won in the 1952, 1957 and 1962 general elections.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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RSS-BJP’s Strategic Push in Kerala: ‘Samanwaya Vaithak’ To Address Key Political & Social Issues

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Post election, the Sangh has reviewed the national scenario. (PTI file)

The RSS-BJP outreach among minorities, specially the Christian communities in Kerala paid off as the saffron brigade opened its account this time

The RSS will hold its Samanwaya Vaithak or coordination committee in Palakkad, Kerala, from August 31 to September 2, News18 has learnt from the sources in the organisation.

This is the annual executive council meeting of the organisation which sees representation from all affiliates of the RSS and its political front -the BJP. The meeting is attended by senior functionaries, organisation heads and the senior leaders of the BJP. Several organisational, social and political issues will be discussed in the meeting.

Significantly, BJP’s vote share in Kerala rose by 2% in the general election, securing its first elected MP from the state. The decision of the Sangh of taking the executive council meeting to Kerala indicates its thrust on the state and in the region.

The RSS-BJP outreach among minorities, specially the Christian communities in Kerala paid off as the saffron brigade opened its account this time.

Suresh Gopi, a prominent actor-turned-politician, scored a significant victory in the Thrissur constituency in coastal Kerala. This is seen as a significant achievement as it marks the BJP’s inaugural entry into Kerala’s parliamentary representation. The party increased its vote share by around 3%, from around 15% in 2019 to around 17% vote share in the 2024 elections.

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Post election, the Sangh has reviewed the national scenario. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech early this week is indicative of the ideas the RSS believes in.

Reacting to the remarks by some Opposition leaders about RSS chief Bhagwat’s speech, a senior functionary said. “They interpreted some parts of his speech as one aimed at senior members in the government, which is not true. ”

“Bhagwat ji’s statements on arrogance were not targeted at PM Modi. They have been misinterpreted. By sevak he meant swayamsevak, not anyone in particular,” he clarified.

The functionary also stated that BJP’s national president JP Nadda’s remarks about the RSS role in the election impacted the ‘morale’ of the RSS volunteers for sometime, but it settled soon. Nadda in an interview to the Indian Express said that the BJP grew stronger and more capable than before when they needed RSS.

“Nadda ji’s statement that bjp didn’t need RSS came at the wrong time. Even swayamsevaks are humans, they were disappointed. But clarification made things clearer,” said the functionary.

He further added that the Opposition’s “false” narrative about caste and the “imminent change in reservation policy” affected BJP’s electoral fortune In Uttar Pradesh.



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G7 Summit 2024: Why PM Modi Is At The G7 Summit, And Why G7 Needs Him? | Modi 3.0 | News18

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On the first foreign trip of his third term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Italy, attending the summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries: Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States. The trip assumes significance as a re-elected Modi, albeit with a reduced mandate, will interact with leaders of the West most of whom are facing elections amid global turmoil with Russia and China at the centre of dominant issues. The Western world wants India by its side.



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