The BJP MP has been a vocal supporters of dalit rights and had often taken views contrary to party line on occasions like the Sabrimala issue and 'Bharat Bandh' called by dalit organisations last year.
Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third - and largest - phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off.
Out of the 115 Lok Sabha seats going to polls in the third phase of elections on April 23, over 30 constituencies spread across Assam, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal have substantial Muslim population.
As 117 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the polls on Tuesday, a look at the data on the sitting MPs' participation in the Parliament shows that 23 out of the 76 candidates contesting elections in the third phase had lower than 75 per cent attendance.
The India Thowheed Jamaath on Monday strongly condemned the serial blasts in Sri Lanka, saying it was an unpardonable attack on the entire humanity and demanded maximum punishment for perpetrators of the attack.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah Monday appealed to the Centre to immediately release separatist leader Yasin Malik from the NIA custody in view of his failing health.
The possibility of an alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress seems bleak as all candidates of the ruling party in Delhi have filed their nominations and the grand old party declared names of its six candidates who would be contesting the general elections.
Former BJP MP from Hamirpur constituency Suresh Chandel joined the Congress party on Monday.
Jaya Prada, the BJP candidate from Rampur, has been booked for making alleged objectionable comments against SP rival Azam Khan, officials said on Monday.
The BJP on Monday fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency and renominated Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi.
The Election Commission (EC) has directed the police to file an FIR against BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for her remark that she was "proud" of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in 1992.
BJP leader Kavinder Gupta Monday accused the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party of playing emotional card to seek votes instead of focussing on development and maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur Monday filed her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election from Bhopal amid chanting of mantras.
Repolling has been ordered in five polling stations of Karimganj (SC) and Autonomous District (ST) constituencies of Assam where polling was held in the second phase on April 18, an election office spokesperson said on Monday.
The BJP, in a release here said, all its key leaders, including Narendra Modi and L K Advani - who are registered voters in Gujarat - will exercise their franchise in morning hours.