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123 Karnataka Assembly poll winners get less than 50% votes: Report

The report, by the ADR and Karnataka Election Watch, said five of the 222 winners registered victory with less than 1,000 votes.

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New Delhi, June 1 : The Karnataka Assembly polls saw 55 per cent of the winners getting less than 50 per cent of the votes while five winners registered victory with margin of less than 1,000 votes, a report prepared by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Friday.

It said 123 of 222 winners secured victory with less than 50 per cent of votes polled in their constituency in the May 12 assembly elections. The elections in two constituencies namely Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar were then deferred/countermanded.

Out of these 123, 53 are from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 48 from Congress, 19 from Janata Dal-Secular and one each from Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), while one is an independent candidate.

The top three winners who attained the least vote share during the elections are Anjali Hemant Nimbalkar and Yashvantharaygouda Vittalagouda Patil (both Congress) and D.S. Suresh (BJP) with 24, 30 and 30 per cent vote share respectively.

As per the report, 99 (45 per cent) winners won with 50 per cent and above of the total votes polled in their constituency. Three of the top winners who attained the highest vote shares in the elections are R. Akhanda Srinivasamurthy, D.K. Shivakumar (bothe Congress) and Ashwath Narayan (BJP) who get 77, 69 and 67 per cent vote share, respectively.

The report, by the ADR and Karnataka Election Watch, said five of the 222 winners registered victory with less than 1,000 votes.

Pratap Gowda Patil won with 213 votes, Venkataramanappa with 409, Basanagouda Patil with 555, Channabasappa Satyappa Shivalli with 634 and Guttedar Subhash Jemmayya with 697 votes.

It said there has been 41 per cent increase in the number of political parties compared to those contesting in 2013. A number of 83 political parties — including six national, eight state and 69 registered unrecognised — participated in 2018 Karnataka Assembly polls while 59 political parties were in the fray in 2013.

The voter turnout this year was 74 per cent against 71 per cent in 2013.

The report said 44 (57 per cent) out of 77 winners with declared criminal cases have won with a vote share of 50 per cent and above while 95 (44 per cent) out 215 crorepati winners have won with a vote share of 50 per cent and above. It said 18 out of 215 crorepati winners have won against a non-crorepati runner-up.

All the winners of the Karnataka Assembly elections won with an average of 36 per cent of the total registered voters. This implies that the winners represent on an average, 36 per cent of the total electorate. In 2013, the figure was 32 per cent.

Out of 104 winners of BJP, 69 (66 per cent) have won less than 40 per cent of votes of the total registered voters in the constituency. Sixty-one (78 per cent) out of 78 winners from Congress, 15 (39 per cent) out of 38 winners from JD(S), 1 (100 per cent) winner each from KPJP and BSP have won less than 40 per cent of votes of the total registered voters in the constituency.

Out of total 94 re-elected winners, none have won with less than 32 per cent of vote share in their respective constituency while 45 (48 per cent) have won with more than 50 per cent of vote share. A number of 21 (22 per cent) re-elected winners have won with less than 5 per cent of margin of victory whereas seven have won with more than 30 per cent of margin of victory.

The NOTA button initiated by the Election Commission in 2013 gave the voters an option of rejecting all the candidates in their constituency. The total number of votes polled for none-of-the-above option were 3,22,841 during the elections.

Out of total votes polled for NOTA, 22 per cent (70,941 votes) of votes were polled in 55 red alert constituencies where three or more candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

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Bihar Assembly Polls : Separate queue for Covid patients at polling booths

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Patna, Sep 18 : The Election Commission of India (ECI) has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients.

The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.

The idea is to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus, while allowing patients to exercise their right to vote.

As per the Commission’s strategy, there would be separate queues for Covid patients at polling stations.

The ECI has also made it mandatory for polling officers, presiding officers and polling agents of different political parties to be equipped with proper safety gear.

In another development, the ECI is expected to raise the limit for expenses which can be incurred by individual candidates on the election campaign.

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The earlier limit was set at Rs 26 lakh.

The officer said that ECI may consult the law ministry on the issue.

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NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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New Delhi, Sept 14 : Rajya Sabha on Monday re-elected Janata Dal (United) parliamentarian Harivansh Narayan Singh as deputy chairman of the Upper House by voice vote.

Harivansh’s name was proposed by BJP president and party MP Jagat Prakash Nadda. Leader of the House Thavarchand Gehlot seconded it.

The opposition had fielded Manoj Jha, an RJD member.

Soon after the election, MPs from various political parties congratulated Harivansh.

In 2018, Harivansh had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad in the election to the post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated him for being re-elected.

The election was necessitated as Harivansh completed his term as a member of Rajya Sabha this year.

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Bihar Assembly Polls: Politicians vying to pass the baton to GenNext

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

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Patna, Sep 12 : A political storm is brewing ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar. Crowds of ticket-seekers to contest the upcoming elections are gathering outside party offices as well as residences of many senior leaders.

Several political leaders are also switching loyalties to other parties to secure their political future.

However, many politicians are ready to pass on their political legacy to the next generation. It is not that such leaders are present in a lone party. Instead there are many leaders in all prominent parties in Bihar who are in the process of handing over their ‘political reins’ to their sons.

There are many leaders who are trying to carve the political career of their relatives by giving them election tickets. Even though such leaders are in all parties, the Congress leads the list of such leaders.

A Congress leader preferring anonymity said there are many senior leaders who are doing rounds of the party circles in Delhi to ‘set’ the political career of their sons. However, the party workers do not like it.

Sources say the party’s Bihar unit President Madan Mohan Jha is trying to get his son Madhav Jha an election ticket from Benipur. Senior party leader from Kahalgaon Sadanand Singh is planning to pass his political baton to his son Shubhanand Mukesh.

Congress leader Dr. Ashok Kumar is trying to field his son Atirek from Dalsinghsarai on the party’s election symbol while Garibdas wants to get a ticket from Bachwada seat to inherit the legacy of his late father and former Congress MLA Ramdev Rai.

Speaking to IANS, senior Congress leader and former MLA Narendra Kumar said, “If a leader wants to retire from politics and bring his next generation into it, there is no harm in it. After all the party will be robust only with the youth coming forward.”

However, he said that it should not so happen that a politician himself is an election ticket contender and also seeks ticket for his/her son or daughter from other areas as well.

It is not that such a situation is prevalent just in the Congress. In the BJP, too, many leaders are involved in the race to seek election ticket for their progeny. Union Minister Ashwini Choubey is believed to be trying for a ticket from Bhagalpur for his son Arijit Sashwat een as BJP MP Chhedi Paswan wants to field his son Ravi Paswan in this election.

Both Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, sons of RJD President Lalu Prasad, are expected to contest the upcoming elections. However, RJD sources say that party’s State President Jagdanand Singh is trying to get his son Sudhakar Singh a ticket from the Ramgarh assembly constituency.

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

However, more or less all parties are full of politicians who are desirous of pushing their future generation in the political arena in this election, but it remains to be seen how many will succeed and who the voters will elect to power.

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