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BJP becomes the principal Opposition in Sikkim by SDF defections

The BJP’s immediate challenge in the state will be the by-elections to the three seats.

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New Delhi, Aug 13 : The Bharatiya Janata Party, which did not win any seat in the Sikkim Assembly election, has become the main opposition party after 10 of the 13 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front — which ruled the northeastern state for 25 years — joined the saffron party on Tuesday.

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav officially welcomed the MLAs, including Narendra Kumar Subba, Dilli Ram Thapa, Karma Sonam Lepcha, Pintso Namgyal Lepcha, Raj Kumari Thapa, Tashi Thendup Bhutia and Krishna Bahadur Rai, at the party headquarters here.

BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Working President J.P. Nadda had already given their nod for the MLAs’ entry into the party, Madhav said.

In the Assembly polls held along with the Lok Sabha polls in April, of the state’s total 32 seats, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 seats and formed the government overthrowing the 25-year rule of the SDF, which bagged 15 seats.

Two of the SDF MLAs and one from SKM won from two seats and so, three seats fell vacant in the Assembly. Thus, the SDF was left with 13 members and SKM with 16.

Speaking to the media, Madhav said the SDF ruled Sikkim for 25 years and the BJP welcomed the MLAs.

“With 10 of the 13 MLAs joining the BJP, we will fulfil the responsibilities of a constructive opposition in Sikkim and strengthen the party’s base in the state,” Madhav said.

Local leader Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who also joined the BJP, said that it is happening for the first time that so many MLAs in the state have changed parties.

“Sikkim is a small state with three international borders. We want BJP to win in Sikkim. The youths from the state are with the BJP. We want the BJP leaders should take reformative steps in Sikkim too like in rest of the country,” he said.

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Another exit poll predicts hung assembly in Haryana

The exit poll also predicted that Jannayak Janata Party of Dushyant Chautala could emerge as the kingmaker. The party is likely to get 6-10 seats.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The BJP and Congress are engaged in a neck-to-neck fight in the Haryana assembly polls and the result could bring bad news for the Manohar Lal Khattar government, according to an exit poll prediction by Aaj Tak-Axis My India.

The exit poll result for the state indicates the BJP is likely to win 32-44 seats in the 90-member Haryana assembly.

The BJP bagged 47 seats in the last assembly polls. The half-way mark in the state assembly is 45.

The exit poll also predicted that Jannayak Janata Party of Dushyant Chautala could emerge as the kingmaker. The party is likely to get 6-10 seats.

The results of the election held on Monday would be announced on October 24.

The Aaj Tak-Axis My India exit poll also predicted that the Congress would bag 30-42 seats. Taking this into consideration, the distribution of votes between the BJP and Congress stands at 33 and 32 per cent, respectively.

In the 2014 Assembly election, the Congress got 15 seats, Indian National Lok Dal 19, two seats went to Haryana Janhit Congress, and Independent and other got 7.

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Haryana had 68.31 per cent polling

While the highest polling was recorded in the Ellenabad constituency at 83.62 per cent, the lowest was in Badkhal (49.18 per cent).

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Chandigarh, Oct 22 : Haryana recorded 68.31 per cent polling in the Assembly elections on Monday, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet said on Tuesday.

The total vote count included 69.36 per cent men voters and 67.12 per cent women.

While the highest polling was recorded in the Ellenabad constituency at 83.62 per cent, the lowest was in Badkhal (49.18 per cent).

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s constituency Karnal had 52.29 per cent voting, while Congress two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s Garhi Sampla Kiloi had 72.83 per cent voting.

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Canada’s polling places open for general election

The first election results are scheduled to be released about 11 p.m. on Monday.

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Toronto, Canada, Oct 22 : The polling stations have opened in Canada for the general elections being held on Monday in which voters will elect the 338 lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament.

The polling places in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada’s Atlantic coast were the first to open at 8:30 am local time, and they will remain open for 12 hours, Efe news reported.

The polling stations in the Pacific coast province of British Columbia were the last to open their doors. The voting centers allowed voters in to cast their ballots starting at 7 am and will remain open until 7 p.m.

Canada, the world’s second largest country by land area with 9.98 million square kilometers (3.85 million square miles) and 37.5 million residents, spans six time zones.

Elections Canada, the public entity tasked with organizing elections in the country, estimated that 4.7 million people, some 29 percent more than in the 2015 elections, have already voted during the four days set aside for early voting.

The first election results are scheduled to be released about 11 p.m. on Monday.

The province of Ontario, the country’s most populous region with 14.5 million residents, is the one in which the most lawmakers will be elected. There will be 121 lawmakers chosen from this region, followed by 78 from Quebec and 42 from British Columbia.

Meanwhile, the three northern provinces – Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories – with a combined population of just 111,663, will each have one seat in Parliament.

Voter surveys indicate that the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Conservative Party each have about 32 per cent support among the voting public and experts estimate that neither party will wind up with an absolute majority of parliamentary seats.

In the 2015 elections, the Liberals obtained 39.4 per cent of the votes and 177 seats in Parliament while the Conservatives garnered 31.89 per cent of the votes and 95 seats, followed by the New Democratic Party with 19.7 per cent of the votes and 39 seats.

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