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BJP’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa wins Rajouri Garden by-poll in Delhi

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New Delhi, April 13, 2017: The Bhartiya Janata Party’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Thursday won the Delhi assembly by-election from the Rajouri Garden constituency.

According to the Election Commission, he defeated his nearest rival Meenakshi Chandela of the Congress by a margin of nearly 14,000 votes, pushing the ruling AAP’s candidate to a distant third.

It added after the final round of voting that “Sirsa polled 40,602 votes, Chandela 25,950 and the AAP’s Harjeet Singh 10,243 out of a total 78,091 votes cast during poll on Sunday”.

The by-election was conducted as this west-Delhi seat fell vacant early this year after AAP’s Jarnail Singh quit as MLA to contest Punjab Assembly poll against SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.

The Rajouri Garden bypoll that was held on Sunday, April 9, recorded a voter turnout of 47 per cent out of 1.6 lakh registered voters. The Assembly constituency had recorded 68 per cent voter turnout in 2013 and 72 per cent in 2015.

Technical snags in Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were reported during the bypoll. “The VVPAT machines, which were used across the 166 polling booths, had to be changed at around 38 places while one EVM was also replaced,” said Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar as quoted by media.

The AAP, BJP and Congress were the main contestants in the assembly bypoll. A victory for the BJP will be a big boost for the party as it would come just 10 days ahead of the April 23 MCD elections, where the BJP is facing a decade-long anti-incumbency.

Live Updates:

  • BJP’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa maintains his lead. He is now leading with over 5,000 votes.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa is leading by 1011 votes.
  • Early trends indicate BJP ahead in Rajouri Garden, Congress is second.
  • The counting of votes for the Rajouri Garden by-election begins amid tight security.

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Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begin, 11% voters turnout till 9 am

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Agartala, Feb 18: 11 percent voter turn out to vote in Tripura assembly election till 9am, ANI reported. 

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar casted his vote at a polling booth in Agartala, he is an MLA from Dhanpur constituency.

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Voting for the Assembly elections in India’s northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said.

“Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.,” said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.

In all, 2,536,589 people, including 1,250,128 women and 47,803 first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents.

“Apprehending troubles by some tribal outfit, a record 50,000 para-military and other state security personnel have been deployed while two air surveillance team led by senior officials are conducting surveillance by helicopters,” the election official.

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Lok Sabha By-Polls: Congress announces candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur seats

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Lucknow, Feb 17: The state Congress on Friday announced faces for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, where by-elections are scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party named Dr Surheeta Chatterjee Kareem, a gynaecologist, as its candidate from Gorakhpur, while it chose Manish Mishra, son of former IAS officer J N Mishra, for the Phulpur seat.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

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US intelligence chiefs say Russia still meddling, threatening 2018 elections

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

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WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.

The national intelligence director’s comments come against the backdrop of continuing congressional and criminal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin coordinated their activities with President Trump’s campaign.

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