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BJP will bite the dust in UP urban body polls: AAP

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Lucknow, Nov 13: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said the ruling BJP will bite the dust in the upcoming urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh and termed its election manifesto a “bunch of lies” aimed at “hoodwinking people”.

Addressing a press conference in the state capital, AAP national spokesman Ashutosh said that a “jittery” BJP had come out with its ‘Sankalp Patra’, which had tried to copy the promises the AAP had already made to the people in its manifesto.

The party leader termed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the “most inefficient Chief Minister in the history of Uttar Pradesh”.

Ashutosh said the fact that Adityanath is leading the campaign for the urban body polls while the big leaders of other parties have chosen not to, proves that the BJP is “fighting a lost battle”.

“Under the watch of Yogi Adityanath more than five dozen children died in Gorakhpur due to paucity of oxygen, BJP workers are attacking policemen; girl students were cane charged in the Benaras Hindu University…Is this what the BJP is trying to replicate in urban bodies as well?” Ashutosh questioned.

He alleged that both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and state had failed to keep the promises made to the people during elections. “There is no investment coming, industry has been hit by recession and trade has collapsed post-GST,” said the journalist-turned-politician, and said the BJP had also failed to provide security and safety to women.

The AAP leader also attacked the BJP on corruption and said that while it claimed to be a party with a difference, its actions had proved that it is a party in a hurry to “embrace the corrupt”. “The BJP leadership has been shouting at the top of its voice on how it had waged a war against the people who are corrupt. Can it justify why it chose to assimilate leaders like Narayan Rane in Maharashtra, Mukul Roy in West Bengal and a convicted politician like Sukhram in Himachal Pradesh?” the AAP leader asked.

State spokesman of the party, Vaibhav Maheshwari, said they had already proved through tangible evidence that the present Deputy Chief Minister and former Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma had “presided over” serious financial bungling and scams running into crores of rupees.

“We have all seen how the BJP has done in its previous tenures… Now they are promising to deliver on their promises. We ask what have they done so far, now that they even have a central government, state government and the municipal corporation of their own?” Maheshwari said.

The party also accused the state government, the central government and the Municipal Corporations ruled by the BJP of doing precious little on the sanitation front.

Chief Minister Adityanath on Sunday released the party manifesto at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow. The Sankalp Patra promises free WiFi at prominent public places and ‘pink toilets’ for women. Adityanath said that 652 urban local bodies across the state are going to polls, which is the highest number so far. The number also includes 16 municipal corporations.

Uttar Pradesh will witness three-phase civic polls on November 22, 26 and 29. Counting will be held on December 1.

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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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