Election fever is touching new highs each day as the polling date for the 1st phase of general elections on the 11th of April. Political parties are campaigning furiously and also issuing lists of candidates for other phases. Nominations are also being filed.
Monday saw Samajwadi Party Patron Mulayam Singh Yadav throw his hat into the ring for the Mainpuri seat in Uttar Pradesh. His son and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav accompanied him. He said the SP will perform well in the elections and the PM’s post will be decided after the polls. But he chose to stay mum on questions related to his party’s tie up with the BSP.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also filed his nomination papers the same day seeking re-election from the Thiruvananthapuram seat in Kerala.
Goa Congress President Girish Chandurkar also filed his bid for the North Goa Lok Sabha seat on Monday. In Gujarat, 7 BJP candidates including 6 sitting MPs filed their nomination papers in the company of other top state ministers and leaders.
On the same day, the BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal released the list of 3 candidates including sitting MP Prem Singh Chandumajra. Chandumajra has been renominated from the Anandpur Saheb seat.
Former Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra will contest from the Patiala parliamentary seat.
The SAD is contesting 10 of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab while the rest are in the BJP’s quota. The BSP also released a list of 6 Lok Sabha candidates in accordance with its tie up with the BSP. These are Shahjahanpur, Misrakh, Farrukhabad, Akbarpur, Jalaun and Hamirpur.
The party had come out with a list of 11 candidates on the 22nd of March..Campaigning is also on with full fervour. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in Telangana’s Zahirabad..He said his party has been working for the upliftment of the poor.
Andhra Pradesh is witnessing both Lok Sabha and state assembly polls on the 11th of April. Along with YSRCP’s Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy his sister Sharmila has also been canvassing for support for her brother conducting road shows. She’s also been unsparing in targeting rival TDP’s chief and ruling Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Meanwhile, in Bihar, Tej Pratap Yadav has launched ‘Lalu Rabri Morcha’.
Clearly, no party and no leader is sparing any effort to ensure that election fever keeps peaking before reaching a crescendo on the last day of campaigning in each of the 7 phases.