Kanhaiya Kumar files his nomination; Modi speaks in Karnataka and TN

Delhi court, Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU
Since the censure motion was passed against him, Kumar, the youngest member of the CPI’s national executive, is said to be weighing his political options

The Election Commission announced May 19 as the date for Assembly by-elections for Panaji (Goa), Sulur, Aravakurichi, Thiruparankundram, and Ottapidaram (Tamil Nadu), and Kundgol (Karnataka). The counting will take place on May 23. Aside from that, here are the latest election updates from various states across the country:

West Bengal

The Election Commission of India has transferred Abhishek Gupta from the post of Superintendent of Police of Cooch Behar and posted Amit Kumar Singh in his place.



Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said, “Modi wakes up every morning, applies makeup or wax to get a shine his face and sits in front of cameras. But we take bath once in the morning and wash our face only the next day. Our faces don’t look good on cameras. That’s why even the media shows only Modi.”

PM in Chitradurga: “We attacked terror in Pakistan, but some people in India felt the pain. The CM here went a step further, he said talk of the valour of our forces should not be done, it damages his vote bank. I want to ask him, is your vote bank in India or Pakistan?” Modi also spoke in Mysuru.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said on the ongoing income tax raids: “They (BJP government) are doing this as they know they are going to lose elections and these are the only tactics left. Mujhe koi chinta nahi hai, mujhe koi daba nahi sakta.”

The Chief Minister filed his nomination for the by-election to the Chhindwara Assembly seat. His son, Nakul Nath, filed nomination for the Lok Sabha Elections from the Chhindwara parliamentary constituency.

Uttar Pradesh

Congress leader and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will file her nomination for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat of Uttar Pradesh on April 11. Gandhi, who has been representing the seat since 2004, will contest against Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party after leaving the Congress. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have not fielded any candidate in the Congress bastion.

Tamil Nadu

Rajinikanth said in Chennai: “I have been advocating the project of interlinking of rivers since the time AB Vajpayee was the PM. He had accepted my idea. BJP in their 2019 manifesto has promised to undertake the project. People will be happier if this is done.”

Residents of Melasirupothu village in Ramanathapuram district took out a protest march on April 8. The villagers decided to boycott the Lok Sabha Elections, alleging non-availability of basic facilities in their area and non-payment of crop insurance money.


Former JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar filed his nomination as the Communist Party of India candidate from Begusarai constituency on April 9.


The Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the release of Vivek Oberoi-starrer ‘PM Narendra Modi.’ The Bench says the biopic has not yet been issued the certificate by Censor Board. And it says it is to be decided by the EC whether the movie violates the model code of conduct.

Arunachal Pradesh

A report by an election watchdog has revealed that 29 of the 184 candidates contesting the April 11 Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh have criminal antecedents. Nine of the 29 candidates belong to the Congress, the report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. The BJP, which is contesting all 60 seats in the state for the first time, has seven candidates with criminal charges against them, it said. The ADR report also stated that those with criminal cases account for 16% of the total candidates who filed their nominations this time as against 6% during the 2014 elections.