The day’s election-related developments at a glance.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and coalition coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah will be live, fielding questions on Twitter on Tuesday. In a tweet sent out on Sunday, he said he would be live from 2.30 p.m. and invited people to questions with the hashtag #AskSiddaramaiah.
For the first time, TDP not to contest in Telangana
For the first time in 37 years after its formation, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will be staying out of the political battle in Telangana.
The party was hoping to field Nama Nageshwara Rao from Khammam and extend support to Congress and CPI candidates in other places but after Mr. Rao decided to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to contest on its ticket, it has literally dropped the idea of contesting.
Sources said AP Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu spoke to Telangana TDP chief L. Ramana, seeking his opinion on the contest. It is said the party will stay out of contest in the present circumstances and extend its support to Congress candidates.
Left parties struggling to stitch alliances
From a high of 2004, when the four Left parties together got 59 seats, they are now struggling to stitch alliances even when they are ready to contest in fewer number of seats.
The largest Left party, the CPI(M), was snubbed by the Congress in West Bengal.
In Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) has not spared them a single seat citing their minimal presence in the State. The CPI will be fielding Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai.
In Maharashtra, where it led one of the biggest farmers agitations in the recent past, the Nationalist Congress Party did not accommodate it in the Dindori Lok Sabha constituency, forcing it to announce its own candidate, while keeping the communication lines open with the NCP.