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Lucknow, Dec 1 : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set for a massive win in the civic polls in Uttar Pradesh, with its mayoral candidates taking an unassailable lead in 13 of the 16 municipal corporations.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which was decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2017 state assembly elections, however, made a comeback, leading in the remaining three municipal corporations.

It is for the first time that the BSP has contested the urban body polls on the party symbol. Earlier it used to extend support to independent candidates.

The BJP’s mayoral candidate in the crucial seat of Ayodhya — the hotbed of the BJP’s Hindutva brand of politics — has won.

Vote counting is also underway for the 5,434 Nagar Panchayat member seats and 5,261 corporator seats but in these independents have taken a major lead.

Of the 5,434 Nagar Panchayat seats, independents have won 522 seats so far and the BJP is leading in 132 seats, the Samajwadi Party (SP) 69, BSP 53 and Congress 13.

In the corporator polls, of the 5,261 seats where counting is underway, independents are leading in 212 seats, BJP (28), BSP (24) and SP (12). There are 79,113 candidates in the fray for the corporator seats. Counting is on at 334 places.

The BJP candidate is leading in the mayoral seat of this city. Till the end of the 14th round of counting Asha Sharma of the BJP had polled 1,50,805 votes and stood first, while the BSP’s, Munni Chaudhary stood second by getting 62,938 votes.

Dolly Sharma of the Congress got 61,554 votes and stood third. Rashi Garg of the Samajwadi Party stood 4th after receiving 23,220 votes.

With a decisive lead over her Samajwadi Party (SP) rival, BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia is set to be the first woman mayor of the state capital, as the vote count neared the end, officials said on Friday afternoon.

Bhatia would be the first women to hold the mayor’s post in Lucknow in 100 years. The UP Municipal Act came into being in 1916.

Bhatia is set to succeed Dinesh Sharma, who after two terms as the Lucknow Mayor was elevated as Deputy Chief Minister in March after the huge victory of the BJP in the state assembly elections.

Lucknow voted on November 26 to elect its new mayor. In the vote count till 1 p.m., the BJP had got 99,243 votes while SP candidate Meera Vardhan had polled 60,740, Congress’s Prema Awasthi 27,231 and BSP’s Bulbul Godiyal 21,005 votes.

The Congress’s bad run in the state continues and its candidates are faring poorly in most places. Even in party pocket borough Amethi, the party’s candidates are trailing way behind in the Nagar Panchayat chairman posts.

The Mathura mayor’s seat has been won by the BJP’s Mukesh Arya Bandhu who defeated his nearest Congress rival Mohan Singh.

The Ayodhya seat was won by the BJP’s Rishikesh Upadhyaya.

In the counting so far, the BJP’s Sitaram Jaiswal was leading in the mayoral polls after the fifth round in Kanpur.

In Firozabad, the BJP’s Nutan Rathore was cruising ahead to the finishing line with a 52,000-vote lead over her nearest BSP rival.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also made some forays with two seats in the municipal polls. It is also leading in a dozen other seats, party spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari said.

While the BSP has fared better than in the past, the Samajwadi Party (SP) despite the hype is faring very poorly in most places, including in its strongholds of Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri, Firozabad and Kannauj.

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Around 52% Polling recorded in 1st phase of DDC Polls in Jammu and Kashmir

The SEC said that the DDC elections will play a decisive role for development at the grass-roots level.

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Jammu: State Election Commissioner (SEC) K.K. Sharma said on Saturday that the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir has been conducted successfully with a voter turnout of 51.76%.

The polling was by and large peaceful in the 43 constituencies of DDC that went to the polls on Saturday in which 3,62,766 voters, including 1,93,375 males and 1,69,391 females, out of 7,00,842 voters, exercised their franchise to choose their representatives in their respective councils, the SEC said in a press conference.

Sharma said that Reasi district recorded the highest polling at 74.62 per cent, followed by Rajouri (70.52 per cent), Poonch (68.69 per cent), Samba (68.61 per cent), Doda (64.49 per cent), Kathua (62.82 per cent), Jammu (61.49 per cent), Ramban (64.21 per cent), Udhampur (57.13 per cent) and Kishtwar (55.16 per cent) — all in Jammu division.

In the Kashmir division, Budgam district recorded the highest polling at 56.96 per cent, followed by Kupwara (50.74 per cent), Ganderbal (48.62 per cent), Bandipora (43.57 per cent), Anantnag 43.32 (per cent), Shopian (42.58 per cent), Kulgam (34.35 per cent), Srinagar (33.76 per cent) and Baramulla (32.51 per cent).

The SEC further said that large number of people came out to cast their votes in the first phase of DDC polls and panch/sarpanch bypolls. Long queues could be seen despite severe cold conditions in the Kashmir division and the hilly areas of the Jammu division, Sharma added.

The SEC said that the DDC elections will play a decisive role for development at the grass-roots level.

He also appreciated all the stakeholders for their tireless efforts for the successful conduct of the polling process. Adequate security personnel were deployed at all the polling stations to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls, he said.

The SEC further informed that arrangements for the second phase of polling — to be held in 43 constituencies, 25 in Kashmir division and 18 in Jammu division — have been put in place.

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Ahead of DDC polls, BJP targets Abdullahs over ‘land grab’

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New Delhi: Ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir beginning Saturday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad trained his guns on the Abdullahs for their alleged role in the Roshni scam.

Prasad alleged that the key leaders of the erstwhile state, including Farooq Abdullah, used their “influence and power for land grabbing”.

“In 1998, Farooq Abdullah had purchased 3 kanals of land but he encroached upon 7 kanals of land which were double the size of the purchase,” Prasad alleged while speaking to the media. He further said that under the Roshni scam, the name of Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Mattu has also appeared, who, the minister alleged, is also a beneficiary of 3 kanals of land.

“There was a conscious land loot by the powerful people of J&K who were getting benefits under the Roshni Act which was declared unconstitutional by the J&K High Court. This is low level politics by the powerful people of J&K and we condemn it,” alleged Prasad.

Prasad said the J&K High Court has declared the Roshni Act as unconstitutional and has stated that the names of people who have acquired land under this Act should be listed and made public.

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CPI-M and Cong holding talks, to rally in Kolkata on Nov 23

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has accused AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi of trying to benefit the BJP. Owaisi has denied the charge and maintained that he was running a political party and contest elections wherever the party wishes.

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New Delhi: A joint rally of the Congress and CPI-M slated to be held on Monday in Kolkata on Monday is a step towards an alliance ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections as informal talks on the issue are on, Congress sources said on Sunday.

The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) and the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) will rally on November 23 to protest against the alleged ‘anti-people’ policies of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

The BJP has already started preparation to take on the ruling Trinamool Congress. The Congress and the Left will face challenges from the TMC, BJP and AIMIM in the state polls.

Party insiders said that both parties will chalk out joint political programmes across various Bengal districts to emerge as a third political alternative in the Assembly polls.

“Both the parties met to prepare the road map for the coming Assembly polls,” the sources said.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has said that defeating the TMC and the BJP is a priority for his party as he blames the TMC for BJP inroads in the eastern state. The West Bengal could see three-cornered contest with AIMIM giving an edge to the BJP, as was seen in Bihar Assembly polls.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has reportedly offered an alliance with TMC and awaiting a response. Howver, it’s unlikely that the TMC will join hands with AIMIM, considering it will give the BJP an advantage, the sources pointed out.

As many as 90 seats in the 294-member West Bengal Assembly have sizeable Muslim voters, who can be a deciding factor in any poll battle. Even if the AIMIM may not win many seats in Bengal, it can surely play a Bihar-like spoilsport for the TMC and the Congress.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has accused AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi of trying to benefit the BJP. Owaisi has denied the charge and maintained that he was running a political party and contest elections wherever the party wishes.

Muslims in West Bengal account for 27 per cent of the total voters, a majority of them going along with the TMC and the Congress in the past.

The BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections and any further division of Muslim votes in Assembly elections will only benefit it.

The districts of Murshidabad, Malda, and North Dinajpur have more than 50 per cent Muslim population while Birbhum, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Nadia have more than 25 per cent Muslims.

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