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Congress’s Sunil Jakhar wins Gurdaspur LS bypoll by 1,93,219 votes

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Chandigarh, Oct 15, 2017: In a major victory, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar has won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll on Sunday by 1,93,219 votes.

Jakhar, who is the Punjab Congress president, was leading over Salaria by over 14,000 votes after four rounds of counting.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) was on the third spot.

The counting is being conducted in centres in Gurdaspur and Pathankot towns.

The fate of 11 candidates will be decided by Sunday afternoon.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Swarn Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Kumar Jakhar, and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) are the main contenders.

Nearly 56 per cent of the 15.22 lakh registered voters exercised their franchise for the seat.

The voter turnout was much lower than the over 70 per cent polling in the 2014 general elections.

The seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from the seat.

The fight is crucial for the BJP which is trying to retain the seat, the Congress which recently came to power in Punjab and the AAP which is trying to emerge as a strong contender.

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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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UP, Bihar LS by-elections on March 11

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New Delhi, Feb 9: By-Polls in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur and Bihar’s Araira Lok Sabha constituencies will take place on March 11, the Election Commission announced today. 

The counting of votes will be held on March 14.

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.

Meanwhile, Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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