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AAP to contest all assembly seats in Punjab polls

Chotepur also said that some big guns will soon join AAP at the Muktsar rally in the presence of Kejriwal. However, he refused to disclose their names.

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Gujarat govt plans to extend e-voting to panchayat polls

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Bihar engineers’ murder reminder of ‘jungle raj’ days: Giriraj Singh

The Chief Minister should concentrate on law and order front and curb “rising” cases of dacoity, murder, kidnapping and extortion, the Lok Sabha MP from Nawada said. Asked about stones being brought near the disputed site in Ayodhya, Singh said the Supreme Court has never banned such an activity. “We respect Supreme Court’s ruling in the case, but people must know that a Ram Temple would never be built in Pakistan,” he said. The Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises was in the city to review the progress of ongoing projects of his department.

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Arun Jaitley running away from probe, misinterpreting report: AAP

“If BJP is so confident that he is clean then why is it running away from investigation? They should take it to a logical conclusion. Why is Jaitley running away from enquiry and investigation. Even the PM has said you should follow Advani and resign till he comes out clean. He should come forward and present an example before the nation. Earlier they rubbished the committee report, but now they are considering it as a sacred book…The report also states that there should be a Commission of Inquiry into the matter. A whistleblower had alerted the Delhi government well in advance that the formation of the Commission will be scuttled through the Lt Governor,” Ashutosh claimed.

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After bonhomie in Lahore, PM Modi and Nawaz Sharif to meet in Washington?

The first visit by an Indian premier in 11 years marked another step forward by the two countries in their efforts to put on an even keel in their ties which was going through a chill until recently. Modi also attended a marriage function of Sharif’s grand-daughter Mehrun Nisa (who is the daughter of Mariam Nawaz Sharif) at the latter’s Raiwind home on the outskirts of Lahore.

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Subramanian Swamy hits out at Dalai Lama for his ‘majority of Hindus believe in peace’ comment

The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity,”

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy hit out at the Dalai Lama for his remarks about the Bihar Elections result. Swamy claimed that his statements were uncalled for The Tibetan spiritual leader had said that the Bihar Results showed that a majority of Hindus believed in peace and amity. He said: “India has a long tradition of peace and amity. The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity,” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is because of this amity that India is known worldwide as a country of religious tolerance. All religions and individuals are given equal respect here. Religious tolerance not only means respecting all religions but also the people. Buddhism too started in this nation and because of this, India is the guru and all Buddhists are students,” he said.Asked about terrorism, the Tibetan spiritual leader said, “First we must create an atmosphere of peace and it should be initiated from one’s own home. Encouraging religious tolerance is the need of the hour and should be done through schools and universities.”

Bihar polls: I never said BJP had a chance if I were made CM candidate, says Shatrughan Sinha

BJP lost badly in the recent Assembly elections in Bihar and there are murmurs of dissent over the way campaigning was done in the state.

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday said he had never suggested that Bihar Assembly poll results could have been different had he been declared the chief ministerial candidate. He, however, said that things could have been better if he had campaigned in the elections. “Media tried to create an impression that I had suggested that results could’ve been different if I was CM candidate,” Sinha tweeted.BJP lost badly in the recent Assembly elections in Bihar and there are murmurs of dissent over the way campaigning was done in the state. Sinha was not involved in the campaigning. Denying that he has claimed chief ministership, Sinha said “I have never said this. had no such expectations (of being made CM candidate). Have only said – if I was called for campaigning, things could have been better.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Then and now: Here is how top political parties fared in Bihar Elections in 2015 compared to 2010

Congress and RJD have performed better than what they did in 2010 Bihar Assembly Elections.

Aggressive campaigning for the Bihar Elections was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this year.
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The grand alliance emerged victorious in the Bihar Assembly polls with the people yet again reposing their faith in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar despite an aggressive campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP-led NDA. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav scripted a spectacular comeback after multiple setbacks in the last few elections with the party winning in 80 seats.In the 2010 Bihar Assembly polls, where JD(U)-BJP alliance won the elections, JD(U) had scored 115 seats out of the 141 contested seats. BJP won 91 out of 102 contested seats. This year, the battle was between Modi and Nitish as JD(U) was in alliance with former competitor RJD. BJP, who suffered a massive defeat in these elections, won 53 seats out of 159. JD(U) won 71 seats out of a 101 seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The strike rate of JD(U) in 2010 was 81.5%, and this year it managed to get 70%. For BJP the strike rate then was 89.2%, while this year it is paltry 33.3%. In the previous assembly elections, RJD won 22 of the 168 contested seats, thus bringing their strike rate to 13.10%. But this time, RJD broke all past records and got the most number of seats. Out of the 101 contested seats, they won 80. The strike rate is 79%, which shows that RJD performed extremely well as compared to the poor performance they put up in the last Assembly elections. In 2010, Congress aimed for an ambitious 243 seats out of which they won only 4 seats; strike rate was as low as 1%. But this time around, Congress seems to have pulled up its socks, and has won 27 out of 41 contested seats. This brings their strike rate to 65.8%. Not only BJP, parties in alliance with it also put up a poor show too. LJP whose strike rate in 2010 was 4%, only made nominal progress that of 1%. This time out of 40 contested seats, they won only 2. Newbie Hindustani Awam Morcha, led by former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, won only one of the two seats he contested and lost in all the 19 others it fought in. On single-party basis, however, the BJP managed a face-saver with a vote share of nearly 24.8 % — higher than individual shares of 18.5 % for the RJD and 16.7 % of the JD-U.Related read: Mahagathbandhan gets 12% more votes than NDA

Bihar Elections 2015: Meet the man who helped Narendra Modi win India and Nitish Kumar win Bihar

It was seen as a surprise move when Nitish roped in Kishor as the chief campaign strategist for his election campaign in Bihar.

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First, he spread a master plan for BJP’s election campaign during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 that scored Narendra Modi the Prime Minister’s seat. Then, the same man joined hands with Nitish Kumar this year for the Bihar Elections, helping the Grand Alliance sweep the Assembly Elections with a clear majority. Prashant Kishor, 37, who hails from Buxar in Bihar, came out to support Nitish earlier in May this year, calling him one of the most credible politicians who had improved Bihar on many fronts. Kishor replaced the ‘Chai pe Charcha’ he coined for Modi with ‘Parcha (pamphlet) pe charcha’ for Nitish and the comic series ‘Bal-Narendra’ was replaced with ‘Munna se Nitish’. Campaigns using cycles that are one of the main indicators of Nitish’s work were the other ideas crafted by Kishore in this election.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was seen as a surprise move when Nitish roped in Kishor as the chief campaign strategist for his election campaign in Bihar. A public health expert with United Nations placed in Africa, Prashant had quit his job to work for Modi in his 2012 campaign in Gujarat, forming a team of young MBA, Legal and IT professionals known as the Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG). This team also went on to craft Modi’s winning campaign in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Before putting together election campaigns for Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, Kishor was also engaged in work with the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust and the hospital it runs in Amethi. Now, after two back to back successes, it will be interesting to see who approaches Prashant Kishor for the upcoming elections in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh and who he chooses to work with. Also Read- Bihar Elections 2015: Mahagatbandhan gets two-third majority, BJP stumbles to defeat

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray calls Nitish Kumar, congratulates him for victory

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday called Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for victory after the trends indicating the mahagathbandhan’s lead in the countdown to the Bihar Assembly election results.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday called Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for victory after the trends indicating the mahagathbandhan’s lead in the countdown to the Bihar Assembly election results.Earlier in the day, the party said the defeat by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliances reflected directly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “This is clearly a victory for Nitish Kumar as he has emerged as a ‘mahanayak’ in this election. We have been the monitoring the polls there and I can tell you that Nitish’s win was necessary for Bihar. The people have decided that they want him as their Chief Minister.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He added that just like party president Sonia Gandhi was held responsible for the Congress’ loss in the elections in 2014, this loss by the BJP-led alliances in Bihar reflected directly on Prime Minister Modi and he should take responsibility for it.Also read: Bihar Elections 2015: Decoding how Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav defeated Narendra Modi​”Prime Minister Modi should accept his defeat as a party’s loss always reflects on its leader. However, on behalf of the Shiv Sena, I congratulate Nitish and hope the Bihar results will bring a new turn for the nation,” Raut added.The Party wise breakdown after 10 rounds of counting shows RJD with 74 seats, JDU with 69, BJP with 63, INC with 15, LJP with five, RLSP with four, HAM with three, CPI with two and others with six seats.Meanwhile, putting up a brave face, the BJP branded the comeback by the Grand Alliance as ‘interesting’ and said they were ready to accept whatever was the mandate by Bihar.Earlier, however, the BJP-led alliances had taken the lead in the trends and celebrations had already begun in the BJP offices in Patna.

Bihar Elections 2015: Amit Shah concedes defeat, congratulates Nitish, Lalu

“Our good wishes to the new government to take Bihar on the path of development,” he said.

BJP leader Amit Shah

Conceding defeat, BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad on their massive victory and said his party respected the people’s mandate.”Our good wishes to the new government to take Bihar on the path of development,” he said. “We respect the mandate of the people of Bihar… I congratulate Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on their victory in Bihar Assembly elections,” the BJP chief tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, many senior party leaders met Shah at his residence as it became clear that the BJP-led NDA was headed to a massive loss in the high-stakes elections.Related Read: Bihar Elections 2015: Rahul Gandhi the ‘architect’ of victorious alliance, claims CongressLive Updates | Bihar Elections 2015: Mahagatbandhan wins Bihar, Modi Humbled; hat-trick for Nitish Kumar

LDF takes lead in Kerala civic polls, BJP eclipses Congress

Early indications showed LDF was leading in four of the six city corporations and UDF in the remaining two, while BJP has put up a stiff fight in many wards.

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12:11 IST Saturday, 7 November 2015Out of 100 divisions in Thiruvananthapuram corporation, BJP is leading in 31 seats against LDF’s 39 seats. The Congress is leading only in 18 seats, says Indian Express.LDF is leading 490 village panchayats, 95 block panchayats, eight district panchayats, four corporations and 43 municipalities out of 1199 local bodiesBJP is also making gains in local bodies in Palakkad, while Congress ally IUML has suffered setbacks.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> 11:11 IST Saturday, 7 November 2015Ruling Congress led UDF in Kerala was trailing CPI(M) headed LDF in early trends as counting was taken up on Saturday in the civic election, seen as a semi-final to next year’s assembly polls.Early indications showed LDF was leading in four of the six city corporations and UDF in the remaining two, while BJP has put up a stiff fight in many wards in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and also in some of the gram panchayat wards.Of the 86 municipalities, LDF has emerged front runner in 43, closely followed by UDF in 42 and others in 1. In the 941 gram panchayats, LDF is leading in 368, UDF in 294, BJP 30 and others in 22.Out of the 14 district panchayats, LDF is leading in eight and UDF in six, while out of 152 block panchayats LDF is leading in 89 and UDF 52. Elections to civic polls were held in two phases on November 2 and 5. A total of 75,549 candidates contested for the 21,905 seats.

Bihar Polls: From witty jibes to name-calling, here is how the election unfolded

The BJP-led NDA and the grand secular alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress, the main contestants at the hustings, took the high-voltage election campaign to what has been described variously as being both a “new high” and a “new low”.

From humour-laced ‘jumlabaazi’ and twisting of abbreviations to cut-throat trading of barbs, the no-holds-barred Bihar polls saw it all even as it threw up a new lexicon of political jibes amidst a game of one- upmanship.Curtains came down on Thursday on polling for the high- stakes Assembly elections and the din and dust of the high- octave electioneering finally began to settle after the hectic campaigning by various parties.Spread over five phases, the polls saw an amusing war of words among the various leaders who used, by turns, acerbic wit and direct attacks to pin down their opponents in the electoral arena.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-led NDA and the grand secular alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress, the main contestants at the hustings, took the high-voltage election campaign to what has been described variously as being both a “new high” and a “new low”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the face of BJP and the party’s star campaigner, held whirlwind poll rallies from one corner of the state to another, and delivered thundering speeches, seeking to woo the voters while inflicting maximum damage on its opponents, who termed his verbal style as mere “jumlabazi” (barb-trading).Soon after the announcement of the election dates in early September, the daggers were drawn and pitched verbal battles ensued.Attacking the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ of JD(U), RJD and Congress, BJP leaders, campaigners and Modi himself often termed the alliance ‘Mahathagbandhan’ or ‘Mahasarthbandhan’.The war of words was conducted on social media, too, with unflattering hashtags on Facebook and Twitter surfacing along the way.The members of the grand alliance, in retaliation, often termed BJP the ‘Bharatiya Jumla Party’, charging that it was fighting the elections on “hollow claims” and “negative campaigns”.As the campaign progressed, in early October, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and BJP chief and the second-most prominent face in the polls after Modi, Amit Shah, squared off.While Lalu called him ‘narbakshi’ in rallies in Patna and Jamui districts, Shah charged that the former Bihar chief minister was ‘chara chor’ (fodder thief), prompting the Election Commission to step in to maintain a healthy election atmosphere.And, if Nitish Kumar made the ‘Bihari vs Bahari’ pitch to woo voters, Modi cleverly played on the ‘jungle raj’ claims to punch a hole in the opposition. (MORE) PTI KND KKMA few days before the third phase of the polls, a video surfaced showing Nitish being blessed by a seer, prompting Modi to use the term ‘LokTantrik’ Nitish, in what was seen as a scathing attack by the Prime Minister on the chief ministerial contender.Modi even suggested the presence of ‘Tantrik’ as the fourth key member of the grand alliance, besides Nitish, Lalu and Sonia Gandhi.At his rallies in Hajipur and Nalanda, Modi said he had “known of only three players in that alliance ‘Bada bhai’, ‘Chhota bhai’ and ‘Madam’. For the first time, I have come to learn that there is a fourth player, a ‘tantrik'”.The Prime Minister even coined clever coinage to target BJP’s opponents.In Chhapra, once the pocket-borough of Lalu, Modi said, “Laluji, you are free to sacrifice a black or a white pigeon or blow chilli smoke. If you have to do that, rename your party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, as Rashtriya Jadu-tona Party. And being the head of the party, you will be the biggest tantrik in the world.”Making the ‘jungle raj’ barb, Modi once at a rally even said that RJD stood for ‘Rojana Jungle Raj ka Dar’.And, while Nitish once used the opening song of Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’ ‘kahan gaya use dhundho’ to refer obliquely refer to Modi as a ‘bahari’, the prime minister hit back at the JD(U), RJD and Congress alliance by likening it to ‘3 Idiots’.However, the high-decibel war of words, high on “caustic humour” and sometimes downright “demeaning”, did not go down well with all residents of Bihar, who said that politicians should instead focus on issues that concern the people instead of scoring points over opponents.”Elections are always ‘jumla’ and decibel wars, a bid to prove who can be the loudest on the microphone. The kind of negative campaigning I saw in my city is disappointing,” said 30-year-old Gopal Jha in Darbhanga.A section of residents in state capital Patna, too, felt that some big leaders, in their bid to attract voters, had “stooped to very low levels” during campaigning, which did not “behove” them given the high office they held.”Bihar elections are always important and in many ways decide the political fate of the nation. But this time, it was high on decibel but low on substance,” Subash Anand of Patna said.The Bihar Assembly has 243 seats. Results of the elections are due on Sunday.

Hardik Patel’s father declares support for Congress in local polls

Hardik is currently in police custody in connection with a sedition case in Ahmedabad.

Hardik Patel

Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel’s father Bharat Patel on Saturday said that the Patel community will support opposition Congress in coming elections to the local bodies in Gujarat.”We will support Congress as this (BJP) government and the police have committed atrocities on my son,” Bharat Patel said. “We are with Congress this time,” he told reporters in Sabarkantha district after attending a Congress event where Congress’s MLA from Bayad Mahendrasinh Vaghela was also present. “The Patel community is with Hardik and they will show this in the elections,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardik is currently in police custody in connection with a sedition case here. Bharat Patel has moved the High Court to get the cases against his son quashed. Elections to six municipal corporations are slated for November 22. Polling will be held for 31 district panchayats, 230 taluka panchayats and 56 municipalities on November 29. Patel community had been a loyal supporter of BJP in the state in the past.

Bihar Elections 2015: PM Modi launches scathing attack on Lalu Prasad Yadav, says fight against evil forces

Modi also raked up Lohia legacy to corner JD(U) and RJD.

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In first of his four rallies on Thursday scheduled at poll-bound Bihar in Munger, PM Modi launched a scathing attack at RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav attacking him for his beef comment. Modi’s jibes were in context of Lalu’s controversial statement on beef that,”It wasn’t me favouring beef, it was Satan on my tongue.” Modi said in his speech today, “I wonder why ‘Satan’ found Lalu’s address only, did Satan not find anyone else, or is it that Satan just found his relative (in Lalu)? I thought our fight is with ‘Insaan’, but we discovered now that it is actually ‘Shaitan’ that is after us,” said PM Modi. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lekin yaha kay neta, kya kya khaa gaye. Yaduvansh ko apmaanit kia: PM pic.twitter.com/BGPAzJFMSn
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Aur jab Yaduvansh ka gussa bhadak gaya, woh boley ki unke andar shaitaan pravesh kar gaya: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/UkxDBGG0u7
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Mere mann mein sawaal hai. Ye shaitaan ko yahi address kaise mila?: PM Modi on Lalu Yadav
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Kya aapke gao mein, shareer mein kabhi shaitaan aa sakta hai? Lekin Lalu ji ne, jaise rishtedar aate hai, uss shaitan ko pehchaan lia: PM
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 8, 2015He also attacked RJD-JD(U) for joining hands with Congress who jailed Ram Manohar Lohia during Emergency. He said, “People who used to talk about Ram Manohar Lohia’s ideology are now drinking Congress’ water and abusing us. JD(U) and RJD are sitting with those who jailed JP during emergency.”Indirectly referring to the opinion polls which have favoured BJP, Modi said that political pundits are being forced to change their calculations for polls. He claimed that for first time, Bihar polls are based on the idea of development and progress for the youth.He tried to pitch the battle between that of ‘Jungle Raj’ and ‘Vikas Raj’ in Bihar. He said that there is ample power in the youth of Bihar and the need of the hour is to utilise it properly.After this Modi will address rallies in Begusarai, Samastipur and Nawada districts. He will address rallies in Sasaram and Aurangabad on Friday before returning to Delhi in the evening. Bihar goes to polls from October 12. Elections will be held in five phases and results will be declared on November 8. The opinion polls so far has predicted NDA alliance getting a slender lead over Mahagathbandhan of Congress, JD(U) and RJD.

Bihar Polls: PM Modi to address four rallies today

The Prime Minister will address rallies in Munger, Begusarai, Samastipur and Nawada districts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address four rallies in poll-bound Bihar on Thursday.The Prime Minister will address rallies in Munger, Begusarai, Samastipur and Nawada districts. “Will be in Bihar today. I will address four rallies in Munger, Begusarai, Samastipur & Nawada,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.He will address rallies in Sasaram and Aurangabad on Friday before returning to Delhi in the evening. Bihar goes to polls from 12th October. Elections will be held in five phases and results will be declared on 8th November. The opinion polls so far has predicted NDA alliance getting a slender lead over Mahagathbandhan of Congress, JD(U) and RJD. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With ANI inputs

Get registered as a voter as BMC gears up for 2017 civic polls

Brihanmumbai Municipal Elections are to take place two years from now but voter registration process has begun for the 2017 civic polls.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Elections are to take place two years from now but voter registration process has begun for the 2017 civic polls.According to leading daily’s report, if you are going to be 18 years old on or before January 1, 2016, you are eligible for enrolling as a voter. Under this voter-registration drive, those who are already a registered voter but have relocated to a different address can get their residential address changed on their cards. Names of those who are deceased can also be deleted from the voter list upon request by their family.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This drive by the BMC will have several phases, according to the report. Around 36 centres will be set up for registration of voters which will increase to more than 1000 centres in the coming phases. As many as 2,150 BMC staff members are going to be a part of this mammoth exercise reportedly. SVR Srinivias, Additional Civic Commissioner told the daily that the 36 centres that have been put up in the first phase will be open for public on two Sundays in October for those who are tied up working the rest of the week.

West Bengal municipality election: Widespread violence marks Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation polls

Zee 24 Taas cameraperson Mintu Basak was attacked among three other people from the channel

Widespread incidents of violence marked the civic polls in Saltlake and Asansol on Saturday. In most cases, people accused the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling party for initiating and spreading the violence.To add to the worries of the Trinamool Congress, at least a dozen were attacked while they were at the spot, while discharging they their duties, capturing rigging and booth jamming. Trouble started at Saltlake at around 9.00 pm in ward 41, which later became the focal point of all controversies, as outsiders marched on the streets without prevention of police and captured booths.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Municipality Elections: Journalists attacked by mob led by TMC leaderSporadic cases of violence were reported from across the Salt Lake and Asansol area. While in some places, bombs and stones were hurled at the police, the police in return had to resort to lathicharge to disperse agitators. At several places, shots were fired, leaving many injured. Opposition parties demanded re-polling and claimed that the polls were rigged.
ABP Ananda reporter Aritrik Bhattacharya was bleeding​ profusely ​
Motor bikes set on fire at SaltlakeMeanwhile, the BJP state president, Rahul Sinha along with other leaders have sit on a ‘dharna’ at the State Election Commission demanding re-polling. Condemning alleged rigging, Left Front has called a 12-hour bandh in Saltlake and Rajarhat on Monday.Police dispersing agitatorsBystander injured while casting his voteMeanwhile, the State Election Commissioner Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaya admitted receiving complaints about rigging, booth jamming and sporadic violence. “We have received several complaints, we are looking into it,” said Upadhyay.

dna Must Reads for morning: From Indrani Mukerjea’s state in hospital to pope meeting gay marriage opponent

Indrani Mukerjea

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1. Indrani Mukerjea semi conscious, still not out of danger: DoctorsFormer media magnate Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, is in a semi conscious state and will have to remain for next three days in hospital where she was rushed after suspected drug overdose, a senior doctor said on Saturday. Read more here.2. Government drops idea of making non-veg cooking optional in hotel management courses<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ensure that the career of hotel management students does not hit a roadblock after undergoing the course, the ministry of tourism has dropped the idea of making non-vegetarian cookingoptional for hotel management curriculum. With just one all-vegetarian five star hotel in India, the ministry feels that there will be no career option of those trained just in vegetarian cuisine. Read more here.3. India vs South Africa: Dhoni blames lack of consistencyIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today rued the lack of consistency on the part of his bowlers and said his side could have executed the game plans better in their seven-wicket loss to South Africa in the first T20 International cricket match here today. Read more here.4. LIVE Update West Bengal Municipality Elections: Sporadic violence reported, two Congress workers deadIn the last test before the all important Assembly elections, political parties are squaring off for elections in two critical municipalities. Read more here.5. ‘Sense of regret’ in Vatican over pope meeting with gay marriage opponentPope Francis’ meeting last week with an American woman at the centre of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday. Read more here.

No ‘Acche Din’ for Congress as party becomes desperate for funds

The Congress party is facing major funding problems, with a fund crunch as severe as never experienced before in its history. According to a report in Zee Media, the party has now asked its MPs to donate money – so abysmal is the situation.

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The Congress party is facing major funding problems, with a fund crunch as severe as never experienced before in its history. According to a report in Zee Media, the party has now asked its MPs to donate money – so abysmal is the situation.Party treasurer Motilal Vora has reportedly asked all Congress MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to donate their one-month salary.According to Zee Media sources, the Delhi state Congress unit had a meeting on Tuesday, in which former lawmakers were asked to deposit Rs 1 lakh each for the party fund by the end of October. Senior leader PC Chacko and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken will meet former lawmakers of the state and Parliament individually on Thursday to discuss the issue, after receiving Vora’s letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fund drought has continued since the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Last year, it was reported that the Congress faced funding issues for the first time in its electoral history, as corporates sensed a Narendra Modi-led BJP win and funded the saffron party heavily.The Congress then faced huge shortage of funds during Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, reports Zee Media. Zee sources say that though there is no upper limit, the Congress is now looking for donations above Rs 1 lakh.”Earlier also MPs, MLAs and MLCs from the party used to donate their one month salary in party fund… Hence its time that ex-MPs, ex-MLAs, ex-MLCs, senior office bearers of the party, councillors and others, who are capable, should pitch in,” said a former party MP said to Zee on the condition of anonymity.

Political wave in Bihar will turn into tsunami after PM Modi’s arrival, says BJP

“Our alliance is strong in Bihar. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come, the wave will turn into a political tsunami and people of the Mahagathbandhan(grand alliance of JD(U), RJD, SP,) will merely score in single digit,” Hussain told ANI in New Delhi.

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Saturday said the political wave in favour of the NDA in Bihar will turn into a tsunami with the arrival Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their biggest star campaigner.”Our alliance is strong in Bihar. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come, the wave will turn into a political tsunami and people of the Mahagathbandhan(grand alliance of JD(U), RJD, SP,) will merely score in single digit,” Hussain told ANI in New Delhi.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Bihar and the people of this state have a lot of hope from him(PM Modi). In the last 35 years in Bihar, Lalu Prasad ruled for 15 years, Congress ruled for 10 years and Nitish for 10 years. They have ruled Bihar for 420 months in the last 35 years, but have not done any work in the state,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will walk into the Bihar elections as soon as he return from the United States. Modi will address his first election rally at Banka on October 2. Elections for the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5.The counting of votes will take place on November 8.The term of the current assembly expires on November 29.

Bihar polls 2015: Mulayam’s third front announces seat sharing; Samajwadi Party to contest on 85 seats, NCP gets 40

Samajwadi Party will contest 85 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will contest 40 seats.

NCP leader Tariq Anwar had earlier said that people of Bihar needed a third alternative as the other two alliances have failed the people.

The alliance of six parties led by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday announced the seat sharing between them for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. As per the understanding between the parties, the Samajwadi Party will contest 85 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will contest 40 seats, Pappu Yadav’s Jan Kranti Adhikar Morcha (JKAM) will contest 64 seats, Samarth Samaj Party will contest on 28 seats, Samajwadi Janata Party will contest 23 seats while NPP will contest 3 seats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP leader Tariq Anwar had earlier said that people of Bihar needed a third alternative as the other two alliances have failed the people. Elections for the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.The term of the current Bihar Assembly comes to an end on November 29.

Bihar polls 2015: 101 seats for JD(U)-RJD, Congress to contest on 41 seats

The BJP had on September 15 announced a list of 43 candidates after the first meeting of the Central Election Committee (CEC).

Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar at a rally for Bihar polls (File Photo)

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Janata Dal (United) state president Vashishtha Narayan Singh on Saturday announced the allocation of seats between JD (U), RJD and Congress for the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls. RJD and JDU will contest on 101 seats while the Congress will contest on 41 seats.The BJP had on September 15 announced a list of 43 candidates after the first meeting of the Central Election Committee (CEC). Elections for the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The term of the current Bihar Assembly comes to an end on November 29.

Now, ‘NOTA’ has an electoral symbol too

After the Supreme Court order in September, 2013, EC added the NOTA button on the EVMs as the last option on the voting panel. NOTA was exercised by nearly 60 lakh people in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The ‘NOTA’ option on electronic voting machines introduced in 2013 now has its own symbol – a ballot paper with a black cross across it.The Bihar assembly polls will be the first where the symbol will appear next to the ‘none of the above option’ on the last panel of EVMs and ballot papers. The symbol was designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the poll watchdog, the Election Commission said today.After the Supreme Court order in September, 2013, EC added the NOTA button on the EVMs as the last option on the voting panel. NOTA was exercised by nearly 60 lakh people in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prior to the apex court order, those not inclined to vote for any candidate had the option of filling what is popularly called ‘form 49-O’. But filling the form at the polling station under Rule 49-O of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, compromised the secrecy of the voter.Supreme Court had, however, refused to direct the Election Commission to hold fresh polls if the majority of the electorate exercises the NOTA option while voting.

Watch: These panelists slapping each other on live television will make Arnab’s show look timid!

A discussion on the controversial Radhe Maa really went out of hand when two panelists on a television show went on to slap each other live on air!

These days, television news panels are not so keen about discussing news as they are about indulging in an incoherent war of words and attacking one another. Many a time, we see random people discussing things they have no clue about (eg. Rahul Roy explaining the celebrity experience). But even then, you seldom see the panelists get into physical altercations with each other.However, things really got out of hand on a recent show that was discussing the controversy surrounding Radhe Maa. When the Hindu Mahasabha’s Om Ji Maharaj decided to cast aspersions on another astrologer’s character, she absolutely lost it and slapped him on live TV. Not one for taking things lying down, the religious leader hit back. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The YouTube description of the video says: “Deepa Sharma, a self proclaimed astrologer today slapped another self proclaimed Dhram Guru Om Ji Maharaj on IBN7’s evening debate show ‘Aaj Ka Mudda. Most deplorable incident on LIVE TV. The honourable guests are not expected to do this.”The man who slapped back is Swami Om Ji Maharaj, who has been known in the past to say that couples spotted together on Valentine’s Day would be forcefully married off by the Hindu Mahasabha. Interestingly, Swami Omji contested against current Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an independent candidate in the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections.In another video, he’s also shown saying that they would kill Kejriwal.

PM Modi clarifies on VRS issue, says all defence personnel will get OROP

Faridabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed people trying to “mislead” the armed forces over the government’s OROP decision and made a veiled attack on Congress, saying the party has no right to raise questions since it did nothing in 40 years.

PM Narendra Modi also criticised the Congress over the delay in implementing OROP. Reuters

PM Narendra Modi also criticised the Congress over the delay in implementing OROP. Reuters

A day after the government announced implementation of one rank-one pension (OROP) which will have a recurring expense of around Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 crore, Modi said it was a “difficult” decision which could have ramifications which are yet to be ascertained.

He said some people are trying to “mislead” the armed forces, particularly on the issue of premature retirement and the setting up of a commission as proposed in the decision.

“Jawans in the army have to retire after 15-17 years of service. A few people think they will not get OROP….they are misleading you by terming it as VRS (voluntary retirement scheme)….

“But if anybody gets OROP, jawans will be the first….Those injured, those who had to compulsarily leave they will get OROP. And the Prime Minister who loves the army cannot even think of depriving such people of OROP benefits,” he said at a rally in Faridabad.

Noting that around 85 percent of the army constituted of jawans, he said that those who have to compulsarily retire after 15-17 years will benefit the most from this decision. “There is no need to be misled.”

Referring to the commission proposed to be set up, he again said that the armed forces should not be misled on the issue also as this is not any pay commission.

“This commission is there to address any shortcomings, if any, to see if any small changes are needed,” he said, adding the commission is proposed to be set-up as the issue is complex.

“Even those who proposed Rs 500 crore for OROP could not understand the issue,” he said in an apprent reference to the previous government.

In an apparent attack on Congress, he said, “Those who did nothing for 40-42 years, do they have any right to ask questions? They only misled you and committed sins. They want to score political points….Oneupmanship will not help the nation,” he said.

“There’s a new fashion that when the government takes a good decision it is questioned by those who do not want development,” he said.

Modi recalled that the issue was pending for the last 42 years and so many governments came but none found a way out.

“Only lip service was provided. It was difficult to implement. For me also it was not an easy decision but I have high respect for the armed forces. Whatever promise I had made is being implemented….the ramifications it will have are yet to be known,” he said.

He noted that he had made the pledge while addressing a rally of ex-servicemen in Rewari in Haryana on September 13, 2013 as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

“The previous government proposed Rs 500 crore. We thought may be it could go up to Rs 600-700 crore but while calculating new things came up. While I untangled every aspect of the issue we calculated that there would be an expense of around Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 crore.”

Attacking those criticising his government, Modi said he came to power on May 26, last year and was responsible only since then while some people were misleading.

This decision is inspired by patriotism, he said, telling the armed forces that the government “is yours, is there to look into your grievances and will stand by you whenever required”.

The Prime Minister said the nation will not progress by only indulging in politics but through national policy.

“The country cannot develop through conflict but by dialogue. Elections will come and go. If there is only one solution to our problems it is development. We are working on only one point, one mantra, one objective, one path and one goal — that is development,” he said.

“It would have been better if the work of development had been completed in last 60 years. A lot of work is pending. But only criticising previous governments will not help. Our responsibility is to look for ways for development,” he said.

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OROP: PM Modi says government has fullfilled its pledge, alleges some people trying to mislead in name of VRS

He said that in the run up to 2014 General Elections, he had promised implementatation of OROP and now the government has lived up to its promise

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In a public rally shortly after flagging of Badarpur-Faridabad metro, PM Modi tried to clear lingering doubts on the contentious One Rank One Pension scheme.He said that in the run up to 2014 General Elections, he had promised implementation of OROP and now the government has lived up to its promise. Outlining causes for delay in speedy implementation of this longstanding demand of ex-servicemen, Modi said that this scheme cost nearly Rs.8,000-10,000 crores per annum.Modi pointed out that previous UPA government had only allotted Rs.500 crores for this scheme and Koshiary committee had estimated approxmately Rs.300 crores, whereas the actual cost is many times over these amounts. Modi hit out at his detractors and said that an effort is being made to mislead soldiers on the issue of VRS.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that all those who have had to leave the force after being completely drained out in battle will never be left out of OROP.He said that those in the armed forces who retired prematurely will be entitled to OROP. Modi called himself a PM who loves the army and said that this scheme will be a game-changer. PM Modi also kept the door of negotiation open with the OROP protestors. He said,Incidentally Modi was speaking in Haryana, from where lot of youngsters have joined the army for the last several decades. PM said that OROP is likely to improve the economy of the state too.

OROP announcement: Modi govt becoming a ‘Jumla’ government, says AAP

Singh lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for making false promises before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.

Aam Aadmi Party would stands by the veterans until their demands are met, says Sanjay Singh (File Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, said on Saturday that until all the demands of the protesting ex-servicemen were accepted, the Aam Aadmi Party would stand by them. “Until all the demands of the protesting ex-servicemen are accepted, the Aam Aadmi Party would stand by them,” said Singh. Singh also lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for making false promises before the General Elections of 2014. “Before the elections, Modi addressed a rally in Haryana, saying he would implement the long pending One Rank One Pension. The Modi government is becoming a ‘Jumla’ government by the day,” Singh added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The NDA Government made an announcement regarding the acceptance of the OROP today. But, they accepted only one out of the six points put forward by the protesting war veterans.

Why Hardik Patel broke Narendra Modi’s Sound of Silence

The young upstart from Gujarat has somehow managed to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak up about a problem in his home state.

Narendra Modi and Hardik Patel

Since Narendra Modi took office, he has been quiet about the various controversies surrounding the NDA government. He was extremely silent about Vyapam, refusing to even utter a word as the opposition demanded the resignation of Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He also refused to comment on the Lalitgate episode. So stoic was his silence that it led Congress president Sonia Gandhi to say, “The ‘mann ki baat’ man appears to retreat into a ‘maun vrat’ whenever his colleagues are involved in scams.”However, a day after violence exploded in his home-state of Gujarat, the PM made it his business to tell the people of his state to remain calm. Talking in his native Gujarati, Modi said: “I appeal to all brothers and sisters of Gujarat that they should not resort to violence. The only ‘mantra’ must be ‘shanti’ (peace).” He added that the government was committed to the welfare of the people and that all issues can be resolved through discussions. “Violence has never done good for anyone. All issues can be resolved peacefully through talks,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>So what exactly did Hardik Patel do to make Narendra Modi speak up? What does he have that opponents like Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi lack? For starters, this is a problem back home. A Patel uprising is something that Modi really doesn’t want in Gujarat. Not only will this undermine the Gujarat model, but it would be really shocking considering the support he has enjoyed from the community. His quick address was a reminder to the people that he is still their mentor and that people should trust him and his trusted lieutenant Anandiben.Hardik Patel in some ways is reminiscent of a young Narendra Modi or an Arvind Kejriwal, a powerful speaker who can rustle up popular sentiments. He ‘warned’ the BJP government of consequences in the 2017 Assembly Elections if the demands of his community weren’t met. “If this government does not heed our demands, the lotus will not bloom in 2017,” said Patel, addressing a nearly three lakh-strong crowd of the influential community. He has also threatened to go on a hunger strike if the community’s demands aren’t met. However, his movement seems more like Anna Hazare, without any reason or rhyme. His demands are very “My Way or the Highway”, similar to Anna’s demand for the Lok Pal bill. Patel’s political stand is just as unclear. Various sources have placed him close to Congress while others have claimed he is close to the BJP as pictures showed him with BJP’s Purshottam Rupala and Rajnikant Patel. He’s also been seen with VHP leader Pravin Togadia and in 2014, he had supported the AAP. However, the pictures which allegedly showed him hobnobbing with the Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal are clearly not him. Pan-India Patel?Interestingly, while Narendra Modi chose to address the people in Gujarati, Hardik Patel spoke in Hindi, clearly reaching out the people of the country. He is obviously targeting Patels outside Gujarat as well. “Our agitation will end the day the government will indicate that it is willing to give us reservation. “If you do not give our right, we will snatch it. Whoever will talk of the interest of Patels will rule over Patels,” Hardik told a gathering in Ahmedabad.Why the BJP needs the PatelsThe last time the Patel community protested was when they were against caste-based reservation during the 80s, when Congress was in power in Gujarat. Since then, the Patels have been in general, voting for the BJP and some of the top leaders in the current state government are Patels, including the Chief Minister and the Home Minister. Narendra Modi’s quick reaction was a reminder to the Patels that he’s still their leader and that they shouldn’t lose hope. More importantly, they shouldn’t become disillusioned with the BJP. With the 2017 Assembly Elections in Gujarat coming up, that would be catastrophic. Also Read: All you need to know about Hardik Patel, the man behind the Patel OBC quota protest in Gujarat

Uttar Pradesh govt committed to ensure adequate power supply by 2016: CM Akhilesh Yadav

Government has fulfilled all the promises made by it in the elections, Yadav said.

Government has fulfilled all the promises made by it in the elections, Yadav said.

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday reiterated its resolve to ensure adequate power supply in rural and urban areas by 2016. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that his government is committed to providing 24-hour electric supply in cities, 22 hours at district headquarters and 16 hours in rural areas by October 2016.Yadav claimed that no other government has been able to do as much as his government has done in three years as far as welfare works are concerned. “The government has fulfilled all the promises made by it in the elections but the opposition is continuously targeting it all the time as they are not happy with it,” Yadav said while laying the foundation stone of power sub stations worth Rs 3,993 crore in the old city area here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief minister said that besides the urban areas, his government was also paying attention to the development of the rural areas. He said the state government was aware that the tourism potential of Lucknow has not been fully exploited and is working towards improving the facilities to attract more tourists.

Petty fine for not voting shows BJP isn’t serious and this is just a gimmick: Congress

The government last week announced rules under the act which makes voting compulsory in local body polls. Apart from the fine, there won’t be any penal action.
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Gujarat Congress on Saturday said the provision of a meagre Rs 100 fine for failing to vote in the local body polls showed that the BJP government’s compulsory voting law was nothing but “a gimmick”.”Imposition of just Rs 100 fine for not exercising the franchise proves that BJP is not serious about electoral reforms but only believes in gimmicks and headline-grabbing,” Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said. The government last week announced rules under the act which makes voting compulsory in local body polls. Apart from the fine, there won’t be any penal action.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If the government was serious about electoral reforms, it should have framed the rules at the time of introducing the bill in which it had announced that there will be penal action against those who fail to vote,” Doshi said.”We are against the concept of compulsory voting because it is against the basic tenets of democracy,” he clarified.”The BJP government wants to make voter accountable, but it itself is not accountable….It has failed to provide basis things like water, good education, healthcare to people. It should come out with a white-paper on what it has done to cater to the basic needs of people,” the Congress leader said.Governor O P Kohli gave assent to the controversial Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009, which makes voting compulsory, last November. It came into effect last month. Elections to 253 municipalities, 208 taluka panchayats, 26 district panchayats and six municipal corporations in the state are expected to be held in this October.

PDP unleashes coup to oust Farooq from scam hit JKCA

Farooq was replaced by the Jammu and Kashmir sports minister and PDP MLA from Pattan constituency Imran Raza Ansari as the president of JKCA in the elections that were stayed by the excise magistrate Jammu just hours after the results were out.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) virtually unleashed a coup d’état to oust the former chief minister Farooq Abdullah from the last bastion of power as the president of scam-tainted Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Monday. Farooq was replaced by the Jammu and Kashmir sports minister and PDP MLA from Pattan constituency Imran Raza Ansari as the president of JKCA in the elections that were stayed by the excise magistrate Jammu just hours after the results were out. It is the second time in the last one year that Farooq had to taste a defeat. Farooq lost the elections for the first time in his political career last year when he was defeated by PDP leader Tariq Karra from Srinagar LoK Sabha constituency. Later in December 2014, his National Conference suffered a crushing defeat in the assembly polls.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ansari was elected unopposed with 44 out of 64 members that form the electoral college, present in the elections which were held in the presence of senior IAS officers here on Monday morning. Farooq, who was the head of powerful JKCA since 1980 with a break of just one year in between, was not present when the polls were held. Farooq along with nine others are accused in Rs 113 crore cricket scam that rocked the JKCA some years ago. Investigators have proved prima facie involvement of Farooq in the murky dealings of the JKCA. Farooq along with nine office-bearers, are charged under Sections 406, 168 and 120-B of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) for making the sports body a lending agency and for operating many bogus accounts. A high drama unfolded after the elections with Ansari led new office bearers’ team rushing to take over the charge and opertionalizing the bank accounts of the JKCA despite the court’s stay. “Excise magistrate Jammu has stayed all the decisions taken by the working committee of JKCA today. Court has passed the order and unless it is vacated it is to be followed and obeyed. Farooq continues to be the president of JKCA”, Abhinav Sharma, counsel for Farooq Abdullah faction of JKCA told dna. A crisis of sort however hit the JKCA after both factions quoting rule books claimed that their nominee –Imran Raza Ansari and Farooq Abdullah – is the president of the sports body. Former IAS officer and PDP leader Mehboob Iqbal, who was elected chairman of JKCA, claimed Ansari has been duly elected as president of the JKCA given that Farooq’s one year term had already ended on May 11 this year under rule 8 of the Association. “Working committee comprised of 64 members. We have 34 affiliated clubs and each club has two members in the working committee. The rule 8 says elections are to be held every year. Rules can be altered. , but it has to be done in the extraordinary council meeting which has not been held before June 26”, Iqbal told dna. ML Nehru, general secretary of Farooq led JKCA, however said rule 8 has been amended on June 26 2011 by the general council and the term of president has been increased from one year to three years. “This is a dissident group which have pre-poned the elections. The elections are illegal because the rule says the notice has to be issued by general secretary and all working committee meeting has to be chaired by the president. We have the judgement of Justice Kirmani passed on July 2 2007 in this regard”, Nehru told dna. Crisis notwithstanding, Ansari remained unfazed saying the elections have been held and he has been duly elected the president. “Cricket is in mess and there is a lot of problem. Cricket Association has been sending letters to Farooq Sahab to hold elections. We have held the elections and the file will now go to BCCI”, he said. Farooq too was not in a mood to relent saying he would fight to the grave. “I am not a gunda like them. I am the son of Sher-e-Kashmir and will fight to the grave. PDP is adopting divide and rule policy. Instead of solving problems of the people, the PDP government is creating more”, he said

Today Bengal, tomorrow Bihar? PM Modi’s electoral hopes have dimmed within a year

Delhi is gone, West Bengal is going. Bihar looks uncertain, Punjab could be next.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s juggernaut has come to a halt, Amit Shah’s invincible army is staring at a year of tough battles and, perhaps, a few humiliating losses. The ground beneath BJP has started moving.

PM Modi. PTIPM Modi. PTI

PM Modi. PTI

What Delhi thought a few months ago, Bengal thought earlier this week when its voters discarded the BJP in the civic polls, leaving its score-sheet blank. It was defeated in all the municipal boards, while bete noire and possible nemesis Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress almost doubled its tally—from 38 in 2010 to 71 (out of 92) this year.

During the Kolkata civic polls, Mamata had turned into a psephologist. “People’s notice is awaiting” the BJP, she had said, angry with the notices Mamata is getting from agencies probing the Saradha scam. “It has already got the people’s notice in Delhi and Orissa and it will get it in Bihar soon. In West Bengal, it will end with an empty box in the Kolkata municipal polls. People will serve on it the notice of rejection,” she said.

A part of her prophecy has come true.

According to the DNA, the BJP won just four percent of the state’s 2,090 wards, and suffered a huge setback in Kolkata. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won a 17-per cent overall vote-share and two seats—the same as the CPM with its 23-per cent vote. It emerged as the Number Two party in Kolkata, winning in 26 wards with a 25-per cent vote-share. Now it has won just seven wards with an estimated 15-per cent share. Its appeal, always limited in Bengal, has faded as the Modi “novelty factor” has worn out. It’s unlikely to become the second largest party in 2016.

The opposition has alleged large-scale rigging in the local polls by Mamata’s cadre; some of the charges are supported by the scale of the victory and the margin of victory of TMC candidates. But this is unlikely to deflect attention from the fact that the BJP has been pushed to the bottom of the ladder, even the Congress has done better.

Enthused by the results, which have come as a shot in the arm for TMC after the Saradha scandal, Mamata is now contemplating early polls for the Vidhan Sabha, scheduled for mid-2016. If she goes ahead with the gamble, it would be a reliable indicator of the optimism in the TMC camp.

The BJP saw the silver lining—a paltry gain of three seats in Kolkata Municipal Corporation—as a sign of things to come. “The results have shown that only two parties have grown in terms of numbers. One is the TMC which has used muscle and money power to increase its votes and another is BJP which has increased its tally,” state BJP president Rahul Sinha said, declaring the results in Assembly polls would be different.

But the BJP’s enthusiasm appears misplaced. Its defeat has shown that the gains it had made in the Lok Sabha polls because of the euphoria around Modi are evaporating. Its poor show in elections outside Kolkata suggests the BJP doesn’t have workers out in the field, a factor that could be decisive in a battle against cadre-based parties like TMC and the Left.

Bihar, where elections are due this November, isn’t looking easy either. The merger of Lalu Yadav’s party with Nitish Kumar’s has consolidated the anti-BJP vote. The alliance has won most of the by elections in Bihar after the Lok Sabha elections, corroborating the belief that the united Janata Parivar can take on the Saffron Parivar.

A snap poll by ABP-Nielsen in February, soon after Nitish replaced Jeetan Ram Manjhi as chief minister, indicated a gap of almost 15 per cent (56 JD (U)-RJD and 41 BJP+) in the number of people likely to vote for the two coalitions. If this gap translates into votes on the polling day, the BJP is likely to be wiped out in Bihar.

In Punjab too, which is the next battleground in north, the BJP-Akali alliance is facing double anti-incumbency. If the trend in the Lok Sabha polls (BJP-SAD won just 6 out of 13) holds, Punjab might have a new government two years later.

Just a few months ago, Modi’s name was enough for filling up ballot boxes for the BJP. Shah’s strategies—of stitching alliances with small parties and having workers right down to the street-level—were considered game-changers. Now the BJP can’t rely just on ‘Modi turns up, Shah converts the numbers into votes’ strategy.

A year ago, people voted for Modi because of his promises. Now they will evaluate him on the basis of his performance and that of his rivals. If Modi’s performance—and Bihar and Bengal will be authentic indicators—is judged below par, if he is rejected, it could be the beginning of a major problem for the PM.

To win elections, Modi needs to fasttrack development, unleash his promised range of reforms. For all this, he needs the numbers in the Rajya Sabha. And for the numbers in the upper house, he needs to win Bihar, Bengal and a few other states.

Modi would love to solve this conundrum. But can he?

Today Bengal, tomorrow Bihar? Modi’s electoral has dimmed within a year

Delhi is gone, West Bengal is going. Bihar looks uncertain, Punjab could be next.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s juggernaut has come to a halt, Amit Shah’s invincible army is staring at a year of tough battles and, perhaps, a few humiliating losses. The ground beneath BJP has started moving.

PM Modi. PTIPM Modi. PTI

PM Modi. PTI

What Delhi thought a few months ago, Bengal thought earlier this week when its voters discarded the BJP in the civic polls, leaving its score-sheet blank. It was defeated in all the municipal boards, while bete noire and possible nemesis Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress almost doubled its tally—from 38 in 2010 to 71 (out of 92) this year.

During the Kolkata civic polls, Mamata had turned into a psephologist. “People’s notice is awaiting” the BJP, she had said, angry with the notices Mamata is getting from agencies probing the Saradha scam. “It has already got the people’s notice in Delhi and Orissa and it will get it in Bihar soon. In West Bengal, it will end with an empty box in the Kolkata municipal polls. People will serve on it the notice of rejection,” she said.

A part of her prophecy has come true.

According to the DNA, the BJP won just four percent of the state’s 2,090 wards, and suffered a huge setback in Kolkata. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won a 17-per cent overall vote-share and two seats—the same as the CPM with its 23-per cent vote. It emerged as the Number Two party in Kolkata, winning in 26 wards with a 25-per cent vote-share. Now it has won just seven wards with an estimated 15-per cent share. Its appeal, always limited in Bengal, has faded as the Modi “novelty factor” has worn out. It’s unlikely to become the second largest party in 2016.

The opposition has alleged large-scale rigging in the local polls by Mamata’s cadre; some of the charges are supported by the scale of the victory and the margin of victory of TMC candidates. But this is unlikely to deflect attention from the fact that the BJP has been pushed to the bottom of the ladder, even the Congress has done better.

Enthused by the results, which have come as a shot in the arm for TMC after the Saradha scandal, Mamata is now contemplating early polls for the Vidhan Sabha, scheduled for mid-2016. If she goes ahead with the gamble, it would be a reliable indicator of the optimism in the TMC camp.

The BJP saw the silver lining—a paltry gain of three seats in Kolkata Municipal Corporation—as a sign of things to come. “The results have shown that only two parties have grown in terms of numbers. One is the TMC which has used muscle and money power to increase its votes and another is BJP which has increased its tally,” state BJP president Rahul Sinha said, declaring the results in Assembly polls would be different.

But the BJP’s enthusiasm appears misplaced. Its defeat has shown that the gains it had made in the Lok Sabha polls because of the euphoria around Modi are evaporating. Its poor show in elections outside Kolkata suggests the BJP doesn’t have workers out in the field, a factor that could be decisive in a battle against cadre-based parties like TMC and the Left.

Bihar, where elections are due this November, isn’t looking easy either. The merger of Lalu Yadav’s party with Nitish Kumar’s has consolidated the anti-BJP vote. The alliance has won most of the by elections in Bihar after the Lok Sabha elections, corroborating the belief that the united Janata Parivar can take on the Saffron Parivar.

A snap poll by ABP-Nielsen in February, soon after Nitish replaced Jeetan Ram Manjhi as chief minister, indicated a gap of almost 15 per cent (56 JD (U)-RJD and 41 BJP+) in the number of people likely to vote for the two coalitions. If this gap translates into votes on the polling day, the BJP is likely to be wiped out in Bihar.

In Punjab too, which is the next battleground in north, the BJP-Akali alliance is facing double anti-incumbency. If the trend in the Lok Sabha polls (BJP-SAD won just 6 out of 13) holds, Punjab might have a new government two years later.

Just a few months ago, Modi’s name was enough for filling up ballot boxes for the BJP. Shah’s strategies—of stitching alliances with small parties and having workers right down to the street-level—were considered game-changers. Now the BJP can’t rely just on ‘Modi turns up, Shah converts the numbers into votes’ strategy.

A year ago, people voted for Modi because of his promises. Now they will evaluate him on the basis of his performance and that of his rivals. If Modi’s performance—and Bihar and Bengal will be authentic indicators—is judged below par, if he is rejected, it could be the beginning of a major problem for the PM.

To win elections, Modi needs to fasttrack development, unleash his promised range of reforms. For all this, he needs the numbers in the Rajya Sabha. And for the numbers in the upper house, he needs to win Bihar, Bengal and a few other states.

Modi would love to solve this conundrum. But can he?

56 days of vanvaas to Sonia waiting with aarti: Twitter reacts to #RahulReturns

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday returned home from his 56-day unexplained sabbatical which had raised questions over his leadership of the party that is struggling to find its feet after a string of electoral defeats.

The 44-year-old leader arrived here at 11.15 AM on a Thai Airways plane from Bangkok, ending days of intense speculation over his return and amidst celebrations by party workers who burst crackers outside his residence.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTICongress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Wearing a dark shirt and seated in the back seat of his vehicle, he arrived escorted by his security personnel and drove straight into the house without interacting with the waiting mediapersons.

The return of Rahul comes ahead of the party’s planned farmers’ rally here on the contentious Land Bill issue which he is likely to address.

The plane, which was scheduled to land at 10.35 AM, was delayed by 40 minutes, sources said. Shortly later, Rahul drove to his 12, Tughlaq Lane residence where his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka were waiting.

Rahul had left quietly before the Budget session began on February 23 but it is still not known where he had spent the days.

The party had then said that he “requested Congress President Sonia Gandhi for some time to reflect on recent events and future course of the party”.

Moments after news of his return his India, Twitter responded and #RahulReturns overtook #ModiInCanada as the top trending topic on Twitter. Here are a look at some of the tweets. (With PTI inputs)

56 days of vanvaas to Sonia waiting with aarti: Twitter reacts to Rahul’s return

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday returned home from his 56-day unexplained sabbatical which had raised questions over his leadership of the party that is struggling to find its feet after a string of electoral defeats.

The 44-year-old leader arrived here at 11.15 AM on a Thai Airways plane from Bangkok, ending days of intense speculation over his return and amidst celebrations by party workers who burst crackers outside his residence.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTICongress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Wearing a dark shirt and seated in the back seat of his vehicle, he arrived escorted by his security personnel and drove straight into the house without interacting with the waiting mediapersons.

The return of Rahul comes ahead of the party’s planned farmers’ rally here on the contentious Land Bill issue which he is likely to address.

The plane, which was scheduled to land at 10.35 AM, was delayed by 40 minutes, sources said. Shortly later, Rahul drove to his 12, Tughlaq Lane residence where his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka were waiting.

Rahul had left quietly before the Budget session began on February 23 but it is still not known where he had spent the days.

The party had then said that he “requested Congress President Sonia Gandhi for some time to reflect on recent events and future course of the party”.

Moments after news of his return his India, Twitter responded and #RahulReturns overtook #ModiInCanada as the top trending topic on Twitter. Here are a look at some of the tweets. (With PTI inputs)

Independent institution needed against paid news: PCI chairman Justice CK Prasad

He was speaking at a seminar on the ‘Impact of Money in Elections and the Role of Media’ here, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists.

Stating that publication of paid news should be considered a “punishable” offence, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice CK Prasad on Saturday called for an independent regulatory body to decide whether a particular report falls under the category of ‘paid news’.He also made a pitch for setting up of an appellate body in this regard.”An independent institution is required to decide whether any political report published by a newspaper is a paid news or not. At the same time, another independent organisation is also needed so that the newspaper concerned can appeal on the verdict given by the regulator on paid news,” Prasad said.He was speaking at a seminar on the ‘Impact of Money in Elections and the Role of Media’ here, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists.
“Both — the Press and Book Registration Act, 1867 and the Indian Penal Code have to be amended to initiate action on paid news. The publication of paid news has to be considered as punishable but the action against those publishers can be initiated only after the verdict given by the independent organisations, like the Press Council of India,” he said.According to Prasad, the practice of paid news impacts the ethics of media and if it is not curbed, the media will have to face further consequences in the future.”Paid news damage the spirit of democracy and it may ruin the democratic system in the country,” he said.
He feels that the registration of a news paper has to be cancelled or suspended for a certain period if it is found indulging in such practice.

Safe nightlife to self-defence in school: Bedi tweets ‘blueprint’ for women’s safety

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections, Kiran Bedi on Wednesday took to Twitter to enlist her ‘comprehensive plan’ for women’s safety in the national capital.

And not just the issue of women’s safety, Bedi said she will tweet out steps she would like to take on several issue for Delhi’s development. She tweeted her plan for ensuring safety for women with the hashtag ‘Kiran’s blueprint’.

Kiran Bedi. PTI

In her tweets Bedi said, “Starting today, I’d like to share my blueprint for Delhi’s development. Starting with an issue that is close to my heart — women’s security. I have talked and written about several of these ideas over the years, now encapsulated in a comprehensive 25-point action plan.”

Her steps assume importance against the backdrop of rising crimes against women in the city. The latest case that made headlines when a woman was raped by an Uber cab driver in the middle of the night last year.

Here are the preventive measure Bedi says she plans to take for ensuring safety of women in a city notorious for crimes against women:

Preventive measures:

1) Increased and smart patrolling in vulnerable areas

2) Community policing and neighbourhood watch

3) Safe and healthy nightlife – strengthening of patrolling and police presence in entertainment areas/hubs

4) Stringent driver verification and state-wide centralized criminal database with inter-state coordination

5) CCTV cameras in public areas and buses

6) Home guards and civil defence escorts on buses on vulnerable routes and at non-peak times

7) More ladies-special buses by DTC

8) Street lighting in all areas with surprise inspections and full city accountability

9) Self-defence training to be a part of school and college curriculum with a special emphasis on martial arts

10) Value education in schools and colleges

11) Safety kits including pepper spray, whistles, etc. to be handed out to women

12) Gender sensitivity training to police

13) Punishments for crime against women to be widely publicised

14) Laws and punitive action related to women’s security to be strictly enforced

Specific Corrective Actions:

15) Quick FIR and lodging of complaints

16) A 24/7 special call / response centre for women’s security to be set up

17) Every district to have a dedicated Police Station for women

18) Special women’s security force

19) Sensitive handling of medical & other tests related to crimes on women–hospitals to be trained, special cells organized

20) All existing private SOS apps on mobile apps (such as of the radio taxis and other apps) to be linked to Delhi Police

21) Support groups for victims and their families

22) Fast track courts

Regular Reviews:

23) Regular outreach within constituency by each MLA–jansabhas with people to monitor progress & feedback

24) Monthly joint meetings of representatives of the 6Ps with the Chief Minister

25) Monthly radio address to communicate progress and actions taken

The unsettling politics of Jammu and Kashmir

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More than a fortnight since the election results in Jammu and Kashmir were announced, Governor’s rule has finally been imposed in the state, one day after Omar Abdullah stepped down as the caretaker chief minister. While the PDP has accused the former chief minister of acting ‘childish’, Abdullah stated that given the situation on the border with Pakistan, a caretaker government would not be able to do justice to the needs of the people. But the PDP has largely maintained a silence over speculations on forming a coalition government with the BJP. Whether the party is buying time to prepare people of the valley to the union, only time will tell. However, everyone will agree that this mandate has put everyone in a fix – political parties in Kashmir and outside, people in the state, separatists and even those who did not vote in the valley. So what is actually holding the political parties back from forming a government? Has the religious undertones that the mandate put forward complicated the situation further? The results of the Assembly Elections has clearly shown that people who came out to vote did so along religious lines. Though the PDP won in the valley, it got only 3 seats outside. The BJP was not successful in its Mission 44 and was restricted to the Jammu division only.The mandate to the parties along religious lines is not something new, but it surely is a dangerous one. In 2008, when the unrest over the Amarnath land row started, the people of Kashmir were not welcome in the Jammu division. Even though the Amarnath yatra went on peacefully, there were reports of people being beaten, drivers being assaulted on highways and students feeling insecure in different colleges during that period. The tangled state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir has got even more complicated over time and the political parties have also played their role in this. This polarisation is the direct consequence of the well planned ploy of using people as a vote bank. Considering the fallout of such a polarisation, people of the state have to be careful not to fall prey to anything that could have dangerous repercussions. Political issues aside, whether or not the people of Jammu side with the people in the valley on political issues, it should not widen the already fragile bond between the people of this region on religious lines. This would prove to be irreversible not only for the people, but also for the political parties.

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