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candidates the JKPM cadres will support. Mr. Faesal, however, has said people should come out in large numbers to participate in the democratic process. “Whether there is boycott or not, elections will be held and people will be elected to Parliament. So, people should take part in the democratic process so that the right candidates are elected,” he has added. On his party’s stand on the challenge to Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution of India, he said they stood for protection of these provisions, which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “These provisions are the link between the Union of India and the state of Jammu and Kashmir and we will strive for their continuation and protection,” Mr. Faesal has said. He came into limelight after becoming the first Kashmiri to top the UPSC civil services exam in 2009 but quit the IAS in January. MADHYA PRADESH Digvijaya Singh is Congress candidate from Bhopal: Kamal Nath Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will be the party’s nominee from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat — a BJP stronghold since the last three decades — Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has said. The announcement has been made at the “Holi Milan” programme organised by the Congress in Bhopal and comes a week after Mr. Nath said that if Mr. Singh wants to contest the Lok Sabha polls, he should choose the “toughest seat” in the State. Mr. Singh, a former Chief Minister and a royal, accepted the “challenge” the next day. Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, which was represented by Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1971-77 and 1980-1984, has been held by the BJP since 1989. The Congress last won the Bhopal seat in 1984. Mr. Nath has said, “I have a list of party candidates in my pocket but I can’t disclose. However, I can make an announcement. (Congress) Election Committee yesterday (March 22) finalised the name of Digvijaya Singh ji from Bhopal“. “I had requested Digvijaya Singh that you had been the chief minister for so long, and it doesn’t suit you if you say that I will contest from Rajgarh (Digvijay’s home turf),” he has said. Mr. Singh, who served as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh between 1993 and 2003, is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha. Bhopal is represented by BJP’s Alok Sanjar, who won the seat in 2014 by a margin of 3.70 lakh votes. UTTAR PRADESH BJP tries to co-opt leaders, but follows people who they opposed: Akhilesh Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Saturday has termed the BJP “schizophrenic” and alleged that the party tries to co-opt icons like Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia but follows people who these leaders disagreed with. The remarks by the SP leader came in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blog in which he has dubbed the efforts of regional parties to form a grand alliance with the Congress as “reprehensible”, saying socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia would be “horrified” as most of these parties claim to be his followers. Accusing the BJP of practising double standards, Mr. Yadav has tweeted: “I wonder which principles are being spoken of. The BJP seems to be schizophrenic. “On the one hand they try to co-opt Gandhi ji, Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel, Dr Ambedkar and Dr Lohia and on the other hand they follow people who these leaders opposed and disagreed with.” In a blog to mark the 109th birth anniversary of Lohia, Mr. Modi has alleged, “Today those parties that falsely claim to be Dr Lohia’s followers are desperate to form an opportunistic ‘maha-milawat’ or adulteration alliances with the same Congress (which Lohia opposed). It is both ironical and reprehensible.” The Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, which will merge with the RJD after the Lok Sabha polls, claim to follow the socialist ideology. On the other hand, Mr. Modi has said Lohia would be “proud” of the NDA government led by the BJP for following his ideas. Hitting out at the Congress, Mr. Modi has said whenever Lohia spoke, the Congress “trembled with fear“. He said Lohia had once claimed that during the Congress regime neither agriculture and industry nor the Army improved. WEST BENGAL Modi keeps on lying all day: Rahul Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying all day and said he is the chowkidar of the corrupt and fugitives like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya. Congress is fighting to keep the country united and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a fight between ideologies of the Congress and the BJP-RSS, he has said at a rally in Malda kicking off his party’s campaign in West Bengal.