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Best Gift for Captain Amarinder Singh on 75th Birthday?

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Punjab, 11 March: It seems as the best present to Captain Amarinder Singh on his 75th birthday after he won from Patiala urban seat by a margin of over 51000 votes.

“I thank you people of Punjab, my leadership Rahulji and Soniaji,” Amarinder Singh said in his first remarks to the media after the Congress appeared set to return to acquire reign in Punjab.

He also called a meeting of MLAs at 2 p.m. on Sunday to decide about the swearing in ceremony and the cabinet formation in the border state.

The Congress was leading in 75 out of 117 assembly seats after over three and half hours of vote count that began at 8 a.m.

Amarinder is reported to have won Patiala by 52375 votes.

The Punjab Congress President is likely to celebrate the grand party at Patiala’s Moti Bagh Palace this evening. Celebrations will be for two reasons – his win and because Amarinder will also become the longest living scion of the erstwhile Patiala princely state.

While no invites have been sent, Amarinder was most likely to host a grand party at the palace, with Congress MLAs and other party leaders expected to be here by Saturday evening.
In January, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi officially declared the Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief ministerial candidate for the state assembly elections.

“Amarinder Singh has given his blood and sweat for Punjab. He has worked day and night for the development of Punjab. He has always worked for the Punjabi and Sardar community. He is going to be our chief minister,” Gandhi said at a campaign rally.

In the Punjab assembly elections, the latest trend has already turned the entire scenario of exit polls.

Congress is clearly leading in at least 74 seats the assembly polls. It needs just 59 to form a government – and looks all set to form the government there.

Read More at: Live: Punjab Election Results: Congress leading

 Wefornews Bureau

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Madhya Pradesh By-Polls: Set back to BJP, Congress bags 20 wards of 24 in Raghogarh

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Bhopal, Jan 20: The Congress party showcased an enthusiastic fight in the Madhya Pradesh civil polls by clinching nine president posts in 19 civic bodies on Saturday, tying the Bharatiya Janata Party, which too, won nine top posts. 

Meanwhile, giving a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress bagged 20 out of 24 wards in Raghogarh Nagar by-elections. Whereas the BJP won only four wards.

However , the Congress has been in control of the Raghogarh-Vijaypur Municipal Council for the last two decades.

The results are seen as a morale boost for the Congress as the party is planning to go all out against the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections , which slated to held later this year.

Municipal Council elections took place on January 17 in Five districts – Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Guna, and Anuppur.

The counting of votes begun at 9 am and ended in the afternoon.

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EVMs to have candidates’ pictures

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Jaipur, Jan 19: The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will carry pictures of candidates along with their names — when by-elections are held in Rajasthan on January 29.

According to Chief Election Officer Ashvini Bhagat, this has been done to ensure there was no confusion if there were two candidates with the same name.

According to the new arrangement, the EVMs will have the name of the candidate, his or her picture and the election symbol.

Bhagat said although this experiment was done in the Dholpur Assembly by-election, it hasn’t been done anywhere in a Lok Sabah election.

Lok Sabha by-polls are scheduled in Ajmer and Alwar on January 29 while Assembly elections will be held the same day in Mandalgarh.

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Assembly elections: Tripura to vote on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27; results on March 3

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Election Commission on Thursday announced  the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections. 

While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said Tripura will vote on February 18, 2017. While polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27 (Tuesday).

Counting for all the three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day.

A total strength of  the three assemblies is 60 members each.

Election to the three states to be held in two rounds.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner informed  VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states for the very first time.

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