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Chhattisgarh polls: Congress releases list of 12 candidates

The first phase of polling is spread across Maoist-affected districts of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon, Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon.

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New Delhi, Oct 18 : The Congress on Thursday released its first list of 12 candidates for the Chhattisgarh assembly elections.

Eleven of the 12 candidates announced are in seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes. The party has fielded seven sitting legislators and five fresh faces for the 12 of the 18 seats that go to the polls for the first phase on November 12.

The first phase of polling is spread across Maoist-affected districts of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon, Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon.

The party has fielded Lakheshwar Baghel from Bastar, Rekhchand Jain from Jagdalpur, Devati Karma from Dantewada. Shishu Pal Sori from Kanker, Vikram Shah Mandavi from Bijapur, Mohan Lal Markam from Kondagaon, Anoop Nag from Antagarh, Manoj Singh Mandavi from Bhanupratappur, Santram Netam from Keshkal, Chandan Kashyap from Narayanpur, Deepak Kumar Baij from Chitrakot and Kawasi Lakhma from Konta.

The party has also released a list of 40 star campaigners for the first phase that includes Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin.

Elections for the 90-member assembly will be held in two phases — November 12 and November 20. The results will be declared on December 11.

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BJP releases manifesto for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections

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Bhopal, Nov 17: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday released party’s manifesto for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. 

The vision document was launched by Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and part leaders in Bhopal.

Poling is scheduled to be held on November 28, 2018. Counting of votes will take place on December 11.

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Voting begins in first phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Jammu/Srinagar, Nov 17: Polling began on Saturday for the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections under tight security arrangements.

Voting started at 8 a.m. and will end on 2 p.m.

18.5% voter turnout recorded till 11 am in the first phase of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

Polling is underway in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, Sopore, Leh and Kargil districts.

Earlier, very few voters were seen outside polling stations in the valley while voters started coming out in good numbers in the Jammu region.

Fifteen districts of the state — seven in Jammu region, six in valley, two in Ladakh — were going to the polls. There were a total of 3,296 polling stations — 1,303 in the valley and 1,993 in the Jammu region.

In Jammu region, Saturday’s polls were being held in Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Kathua, Samba and Jammu district while in the valley it was taking place in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Badgam and Srinagar districts.

Polling is also scheduled today in Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil districts.

The state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra said 5,585 candidates were in the fray for for 420 sarpanch and 1,845 panch posts in the first phase.

He said 85 sarpanchs and 1,676 panchs were already been elected unopposed.

Keeping the ground situtaion in mind, Kabra said 491 polling stations in the valley and 196 in the Jammu division have been declared as hypersensitive.

Contingent plans have been drawn for polling stations close to the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border so that these can be shifted to other places in case of a ceasefire violation.

Heavy deployments of police and central paramilitary forces have been made to ensure a peaceful polling process.

Separatists have called for a protest shutdown on Saturday asking the people to stay away from these elections.

This is the first of the nine-phased panchayat polls.

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Rajasthan Assembly Polls: Gehlot to contest from Sardarpura, Pilot from Tonk

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New Delhi, Nov 16: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will contest the upcoming Assembly elections from Sardarpura seat while the Congress’ state unit president Sachin Pilot will fight from Tonk.

Their names figured in the first list of 152 candidates announced by the party here late on Thursday followed by a meeting of the Congress Central Election Committee.

However, Congress’s chief ministerial candidate has not been announced yet, two-time Chief Minister Gehlot and Pilot are considered to be the front runners.

Pilot who is a former MP from Dausa and Ajmer, will contest the assembly polls for the first time.

The party has also fielded former Union Ministers C.P. Joshi and Girija Vyas from Nathdwara and Udaipur assembly seats, respectively.

Five former MPs, including Narendra Budania, Raghuvir Meena and Harish Chowdhary have been also given tickets.

Two sitting MPs have also been fielded by the party, including BJP MP Harish Meena, who was inducted into the Congress on Tuesday. He will contest from Deoli-Uniara.

Ajmer MP Raghu Sharma has been fielded from Kakri.

Another BJP turncoat, MLA Habibur Rahman has been fielded from Nagaur. Rahman joined after the BJP denied him a ticket.

Rajasthan will vote on December, 7 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly.

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