2019 General Elections Countdown – 15 Jan

Countdown to the 2019 General Elections

DEVENDRA FADANVIS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT A CONTINUED ALLIANCE WITH SHIV SENAUpdate – 15th January 2019

Devendra Fadanvis-optimistic about a continued alliance with Shiv SenaThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is at a tricky standpoint with Shiv Sena, their alliance getting more delicate over time.

Recently, Uddhav Thackeray took a jibe at BJP, saying it made false promises. However, Maharashtra CM and BJP leader, Devendra Fadanvis is sure they will reach a mutual solution. Speaking at a promotional event for the movie, Thackeray, Fadanvis said that Gopinath Munde and Pramod Mahajan used to work out ways with the late Bal Thackeray before, and they will find a way this time as well.

KEJRIWAL NOT STANDING FROM VARANASI IN LOK SABHA ELECTIONSUpdate – 14th January 2019

KEJRIWAL NOT STANDING FROM VARANASI IN LOK SABHA ELECTIONSSteering in a different direction this time around, the AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal will not be contesting the 2019 elections from the Varanasi seat. Instead, the party says, it will place a “strong” candidate in the constituency.According to Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson Sanjay Singh, “the AAP will contest on all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Goa”. Some seats from Uttar Pradesh, including that of Varanasi, will also be contested from.
SHEILA DIKSHIT BACK IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL FIELD JOINS IN AS THE NEW DELHI PARTY CHIEFUpdate – 11th January 2019

Sheila Dikshit back in the national-capitalThe Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) will be sharing seats in the upcoming elections. In Karnataka, the two parties had hit a sour spot, with disagreements over the seat proportions. While JD(S) leaders have been demanding at least 12 seats, sources say the Congress members agree on only five or six.

Now, however, the decision of a continued alliance has been reiterated, with Congress keen to drive out the NDA-government in Lok Sabha elections. “This is a coalition and we will solve and discuss any differences between us”, said KC Venugopal, AICC General Secretary.

KARNATAKA: CONGRESS AND JD(S) JOIN HANDS FOR THE LOK SABHA BATTLEUpdate – 10th January 2019

Karnataka-Congress and JD(s) join hands At the age of 80, the three-time CM of Delhi Sheila Dikshit has been appointed as the Delhi Party Chief. The Congress leader will now lead the crucial task of steering the party’s Delhi wing in the upcoming elections, with just a few months left on the clock. The news comes in three days after Ajay Maken resigned from the post, citing health reasons. The former chief as already taken to Twitter, expressing his delight at the appointment and congratulating Dikshit.

The veteran Congress leader had been ousted from power in 2013 when Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP won in the national capital. Now, Sheila Dikshit will have the challenging task of tackling a likely alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. “It’s the high command that has to take a decision. Whatever its decision, I am not going to question it”, said Dikshit, when talking on the subject.

JAYANT CHAUDHARY AND AKHILESH YADAV MEET; RLD DEMANDS 6 SEATS IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONSUpdate – 9th January 2019

Jayant Chaudhary and Akhilesh Yadav meetThe election heat is at a peak in the state of Uttar Pradesh, with parties deciding on their final moves. Earlier today, Jayant Chaudhary, vice-president of Rashtriya Lok Dal, and Akhilesh Yadav, Sanajwadi Party chief met in Lucknow.

According to sources, RLD has demanded a hold over six UP seats for the upcoming elections, including that of Baghpat, Mathura, Amroha etc. “The RLD is a part of the mahagathbandhan and the party leadership has demanded six seats”, says the UP chief of RLD, Masood Ahmed.

Samajwadi Party has already forged an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party.

BJP TO PROVIDE 10 PER CENT RESERVATION TO ECONOMICALLY BACKWARD SECTIONS AMONG THE UPPER CASTESUpdate – 8th January 2019

BJP to provide 10 percent reservationEyeing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has decided to amend the constitution which would allow poor people among the communities that are not eligible for reservations a 10 percent quota. The BJP recently suffered a defeat in the key states in the Hindi belt – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh and thus the move appears as an attempt by the party to open new opportunities and also to throw a re-energized opposition off balance.

CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET: WILL SHATRUGHAN SINHA JOIN RJD? Update – 6th January 2019

Will Shatrughan Sinha join RJD?Followed by an interview with the BJP Leader – Shatrughan Sinha, there is a possibility floating around in the media that, he might be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, in the RJD ticket. He hasn’t denied his close connection with Lal Prasad Yadav’s family. He told – “I’ve been advised by my family to not make any official announcement till January 14. The time is not right until then. But my closeness to and fondness for Laluji and his family is no secret.”

UTTAR PRADESH: AKHILESH AND MAYAWATI FINALISE MAHAGATHBANDHAN, CONGRESS KEPT OUT OF THE ALLIANCEUpdate – 5th January 2019

Akhilesh and Mayawati finalise Mahagathbandhan sans CongressAkhilesh Yadav, the Chief of Samajwadi Party (SP), and Mayawati, the chief of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), on Friday finalised the alliance between the two parties for Lok Sabha Elections of 2019 in UP. As per sources, the meeting was arranged to discuss the details of the alliance. The Congress is kept out of the alliance. It is postulated that both the parties can win nearly 71 seats after coalition – 35 seats from SP and 36 seats from the BSP. Both the parties have also decided that they will not field any candidate from Amethi and Raibareli as both the places are the bastions of the Congress.

A CONGRESS-AAP ALLIANCE IN PUNJAB? DECISION STILL IN THE GREYUpdate – 4th January 2019

Congress-AAP alliance in Punjab in greyIn the final countdown to Lok Sabha elections 2019, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contemplating its stand in Punjab. Yesterday, a meeting was held at Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, attended by over 800 members.

In the same meeting, AAP’s Punjab unit expressed reservations over a possible alliance in the state with Indian National Congress (INC). Currently, for the Congress government in Punjab, AAP is the main opposition party. With the Punjab leaders saying no to the alliance, final decision will now be taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Talks of the alliance had increased in the media, especially after Sanjay Singh, a prominent name of AAP, attended the swearing-in ceremony of Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.

PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI TO ADDRESS RALLY IN THE STATE OF ASSAMUpdate – 3rd January 2019

Jan 03, UpdateAccording to a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be beginning the campaign for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state of Assam on January 4 in Barak Valley, Silchar. The spokesperson further stated that the scheduled rally is a part of the first phase of PM Narendra Modi’s election campaign. The Prime Minister had earlier visited Assam on Christmas to inaugurate the Bogibeel bridge, which is the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India.

WEST BENGAL: UNCERTAINTY OVER A POSSIBLE CONGRESS-CPI(M) ALLIANCEUpdate – 2nd January 2019

Indecision in West Bengal for alliance of INC and CPI(M)The efforts to establish strong roots in the upcoming 2019 elections have been initiated from all sides now. In the state of West Bengal, the Indian National Congress (INC) is reportedly mulling over a possible alliance with CPI (M).According to sources, a majority of state Congress members support this proposed alliance, which is said to be in the form of an informal seat sharing.

The year 2019 will witness one of the biggest elections. The 2019 general elections will be held in the month of April-May and will be the 17th Lok Sabha elections. The elections will be held for the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha. The 2019 general elections will be a test for both the Congress as well as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

The BJP stormed to power in the 2014 general elections and seemed invincible for quite some time; however, the 2018 state elections have given a rude jolt to the party. The party lost the three key states – Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Thus, the BJP would put in its best efforts to retain its hold over the country.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Congress after winning the above-mentioned key states would be working hard to wrest power from the BJP in the 2019 general elections and form its government at the centre. Rahul Gandhi has done well as the President of the Congress and would be looking to recreate the magic at the national level as well.

So, who would emerge victorious – the Congress, BJP or will we see a dark horse turning the table on the two main parties? So stay tuned in to Maps of India to catch all the excitement. We would be bringing you daily updates about the 2019 general elections. The countdown begins!