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Campaigning at peak for first phase of polling

Now that we are just days away from the first phase of polliing, the political pulse has picked up pace. On Monday, the BJP released its Sakalp Patra or manifesto. The Congress Party termed the BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ as false and said that instead of giving pledges  the party should have given an account of its work.

The Congress Party had released its manifesto last week. On Monday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal too released its manifesto titled ” A letter of Commitment’ in Bihar in which it promises to extend reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, economically backward classes and other backward classes to the higher judiciary and private sector as well.

Tejaswi Yadav came out in full support for the Congress manifesto and the NYAY scheme, which will be of particular benefit to states like Bihar.

Campaigning is peaking for the first phase. Home Minister Rajnath Singh reached in Jammu and addressed a rally in Doda. He hailed the achievements of the central government and strongly condemned the opposition.

Both the National Conference and PDP are campaigning extensively in Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti is leading the campaign for the PDP, while National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah is leading his parties charge.

In Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath addressed rallies in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat. On behalf of the mahaghatbandan, BSP chief Mayawati and SP President Akhilesh Yadav also addressed a rallies in western UP.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot addressed a rally in Uttarakhand. In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally in Cooch Behar. She lancuhed a fierce attack on the central government for alleged unfulfilled promises, and said her government would  always fulfill its mandate.

Filing of nominations continues for later phases of the General Elections. BJP Candidates Manoj Kotak in Northeast Mumbai, Maharashtra  and Jaypanda from Kendrapara, Odisha filed their nomination papers.

Congress candidates contesting seats in Mumbai filed their nomination papers. Milind Deora from Mumbai South, Sanjay Nirupam from the North East Mumbai,.Priya Dutt from Mumbai North West, and film actress turned politician Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North.

From Shiv Sena, Arvind Sawant from Mumbai South and Rahul Shewale from South Central Mumbai filed their nomination papers. And as Electioneering picks up, the electorate for the first phase awaits Thursday, the 11th Apirl when they cast their votes.

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