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Congress takes a jibe at AAP poll slogan

The assembly elections in Delhi are due on February 8 and results will be declared on February 11.

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New Delhi, Jan 13 : The Congress on Monday took a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party’s election campaign slogan and said “Mehnge beete panch saal bas Karo Kejriwal (the five years were tough, stop it Kejriwal).

The popular AAP slogan coined by ace election campaign strategist Prashant Kishore reads “Achche bite panch saal lage raho Kejriwal”.

The Congress blamed the AAP government in Delhi and BJP government at the Centre for rise in prices of all commodities.

Speaking to IANS, Congress senior leader and chief spokesperson for the party’s Delhi unit Mukesh Sharma said: “AAP keeps boasting about its work in Delhi, but in reality the party can’t even contest the election on its own.”

Sharma said AAP was trying to woo Congress leaders and giving tickets to those rejected by the Congress. “The AAP doesn’t have good leaders. That’s why they are contesting election with second-rung leaders. They don’t have candidates even for 60 assembly seats.”

On Monday, former Badarpur MLA Ram Singh, Vinay Mishra (son of former Congress MP Mahabal Mishra), Jai Bhagwan and Deepu Chaudhary joined the Aam Aadmi Party.

Sharma told IANS that the AAP government is responsible for rising prices of milk, vegetables and pulses. “But the Kejriwal government has not taken any step,” he said, asking “the onion was sold at Rs 100 a kg, but did the AAP government take any action against hoarders?”

The assembly elections in Delhi are due on February 8 and results will be declared on February 11.

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FIR against Kapil Mishra over ‘Mini-Pak’ remark : Election Commission

According to Delhi Police sources, the case against Mishra has been filed under sections of the Representation of People Act.

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New Delhi, Jan 24: Hours after former Delhi Minister and BJP candidate from Model Town constituency Kapil Mishra submitted his response to the poll panel over his tweets and statements comparing the February 8 Assembly polls to a match between India and Pakistan on the national capital’s streets and terming Shaheen Bagh as mini-Pakistan, the Election Commission Friday ordered the police to file a case against him.

According to Delhi Police sources, the police have filed a case against Mishra at Model Town police station.

“Yes, we ordered to file a case against Mishra with the Model Town Police Station,” Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh told IANS.

Singh said that the Returning Officer served show cause notice to the BJP leader on Thursday and asked for his clarification on Friday.

“But the RO was not satisfied with the response of Mishra, and thus he sent a complaint to the DCP to file a case against him,” the CEO Delhi said.

According to Delhi Police sources, the case against Mishra has been filed under sections of the Representation of People Act.

Singh also said that Twitter has removed Mishra’s tweets around 10 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of India had asked the site to remove the comments of Mishra from its platform.

Mishra became the first political leader in the 2020 against whom the Election Commission has ordered a FIR for breaking the model code of conduct.

The EC took action against Mishra, a former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader soon after he tweeted on Thursday: “AAP and Congress have made Shaheen Bagh like Mini Pakistan. In their response entire country will rise on February 8. And whenever Pakistan will raise traitors in India, then every time Patriots will rise.”

Mishra’s tweet came in response to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP candidate from Patparganj Assembly seat Manish Sisodia’s comment that he stands with the people of Shaheen Bagh.

In another tweet, Mishra, who was earlier a Minister in AAP government said, “….On February 8 on the streets of Delhi it will be a competition between India and Pakistan.

“The election for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is on February 8 and counting of votes will take place in February 11.

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Remove Kapil Mishra’s ‘India Vs Pak’ comment: EC tells Twitter

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New Delhi, Jan 24 : The Election Commission has asked Twitter to remove the comment of BJP’s Model Town Assembly candidate Kapil Mishra from its platform describing Shaheen Bagh’s anti-CAA protest site here as “mini-Pakistan”.

Mishra had also described the upcoming Assembly polls as a contest “on Delhi roads between India and Pakistan”

Officials in the commission told IANS on Friday that a communication has been sent to Twitter in his regard to remove Mishra’s comment.

Earlier, the poll panel issued a show cause notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader for his controversial statement asking him to give a reply to the commission by Friday afternoon.

The Returning Officer (RO) for the Model Town Assembly constituency, Banwari Lal in his letter to Mishra on Thursday said: “It has been observed that there are several news items in the electronic media and social media about your statement on Shaheen Bagh like — ‘Delhi me chote chote Shaheen Bagh Bane’, ‘Shaheen Bagh me Pak ki entry’ and ‘India vs. Pakistan 8th February, Delhi. On February 8, on the streets of Delhi there will be a competition between India and Pakistan’.”

“And, whereas clause 1 (1) of the Model Code of Conduct stipulates as under: No party or candidate shall include in any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

“And, whereas Section 123 (3A) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 defines the corrupt practice as under — the promotion of, or attempt to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of caste, religion, race, community or language by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate,” the notice read.

“Therefore, your act is deemed to be a violation of the aforesaid provision of the model code of conduct and the Representation Act and the same is punishable under provisions of law,” the RO said.

“Hence, you are requested to explain as to why action under the provisions of law should not be initiated against you,” the RO said, adding that his reply should reach to the poll panel officer by 12.30 p.m. on Friday.

Lal also said that if he fails to give his reply or his reply is found unsatisfactory, action against Mishra will be taken without any further notice.

The EC took cognisance against the BJP candidate soon after he tweeted on Thursday: “AAP and Congress have made Shaheen Bagh like Mini Pakistan. In their response entire country will rise on February 8. And whenever Pakistan will raise traitors in India, then every time Patriots will rise.”

Mishra had tweeted in response to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP candidate from Patparganj Assembly seat Manish Sisodia’s comment that he stands with the people of Shaheen Bagh.

In another tweet, Mishra, who was earlier a Minister in AAP government said, “….On February 8 on the streets of Delhi it will be a competition between India and Pakistan.”

The election for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is on February 8 and counting of votes will take place in February 11.

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Polling underway for local body elections in Telangana

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Hyderabad : Polling is underway in the municipal elections in Telangana on Wednesday amid elaborate security arrangements, officials said.

The polling began at 7 a.m. in 120 municipalities and nine municipal corporations across the state and it will continue till 5 p.m.

As many as 53.37 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes to elect 325 corporators for municipal corporations and 2,727 councillors for municipalities.

While the notification was issued for elections in 3,052 municipal wards, polling will not be held in 81 wards, where the candidates were elected unanimously.

A total of 1,746 candidates are in fray in the municipal corporations polls while 11,099 candidates are testing their political fortunes in municipalities.

State Election Commissioner V. Nagi Reddy said 1,438 polling stations in nine municipal corporations and 6,325 polling stations in 120 municipalities have been opened. About 45,000 polling personnel are manning the polling centres.

Authorities have deployed 50,000 policemen as part of elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair polling.

The government has declared a holiday in the areas where elections are being held on Wednesday.

State Election Commission (SEC) officials were monitoring polling through web-casting in 2,406 polling centres while poll process is being videographed in 2,072 centres.

For the first time in the country, SEC is using ‘Face Recognition App’ to prevent fake voting. Ten polling stations under Kompally municipality in Medchal-Malkajgiri district were selected for the pilot project of ‘Face Recognition App’.

Out of 73 new municipalities created in the state last year, 68 are facing elections for the first time. Women will have 50 per cent reservation in all civic bodies.

Elections are not being held in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and 10 other urban local bodies as their tenure is not yet over.

Polling for Karimnagar municipal corporation will be held on January 24.

Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has fielded candidates in all municipal wards. It faces rebel problem in some places. Main opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are also contesting the polls in majority of the wards. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has fielded candidates in 276 wards.

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