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EC cancels Chennai RK Nagar bypoll over use of money power



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Chennai, April 10, 2017: The Election Commission of India on Monday decided to cancel the April 12 by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu over the use of money power to influence voters.

After several rounds of meetings with Tamil Nadu poll officials, the Election Commission decided to rescind the election notification.

It said the by-election would be held in due course when “the vitiating effect created by the distribution of money and gift items to allure the electors…gets removed with the passage of time and the atmosphere in the constituency becomes conducive to the holding of free and fair election.”

The EC in an order said: “The Commission is fully satisfied that the current electoral process…in Tamil Nadu has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of the candidates and political parties and their workers by bribing the electors and unlawfully inducing them by offering money and other gifts of consumable items to woo them in their favour.”

The decision of EC comes after the income tax department raided Tamil Nadu health minister Vijayabaskar and reportedly seized evidence of bribing voters.

The searches on premises of an associate of Vijayabaskar has revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for “distribution to voters” in R K Nagar Assembly constituency.

Vijayabaskar belongs to a faction of the AIADMK – called the AIADMK Amma – led by General Secretary VK Sasikala and Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran.

On May 27 last, the EC had recommended to the TN Governor to cancel the notification to hold polls to the Arvakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly constituencies after evidence showed a large sum of money had been used to influence voters there.

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Modi, Rahul appeals Gujarat to vote



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New Delhi, Dec 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress-elect President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged the voters in Gujarat to exercise their franchise in the second phase of voting that has commenced. 

Taking to twitter Modi said “Today is Phase 2 of the Gujarat elections. I request all those voting today to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy”.

Meanwhile, Gandhi also tweeted “The ushering in of a new Gujarat has already begun. Your one vote will strengthen and empower the foundations of democracy. I appeal to the people of the state to vote more and more for a bright tomorrow”.

Polling began in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions at 8 a.m. and will continue till 5 in the evening. There are 851 candidates in the fray.

Elections are being held in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts in the northern and central regions.

The first phase of polling for 89 seats in the 182-seat state assembly took place on December 9, during which 60 per cent voting was recorded.


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2nd phase Gujarat polls: PM Modi cast vote, 39% voting till 12 pm



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Narendra Modi after casting his vote (Photo- ANI)

Ahmedabad, Dec 14: The second phase of state assembly polls began in Gujarat on Thursday. Voting has begun in 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions.

There are 851 candidates in the fray. Special deployment of police has been made to ensure law and order.

Elections are being held in Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PM Modi casts his vote at booth number 115 in Sabarmati’s Ranip locality.  BJP’s sitting MLA Arvind Patel is up against Congress’ Jitubhai Patel from Sabarmati seat.

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The arrival of Prime minister Narendra Modi with his huge Convoy was not less than a roadshow.

People are also waiting for Prime minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati, where he will cast his vote

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar.

The first few hours of polling in the second and final phase of the Gujarat elections on Thursday saw very few voters following a dip in the temperature. Ten per cent voting was recorded in two hours, an official said, adding the process will pick up as the day progresses.

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel casts his vote in Mehsana’s Kadi. He is contesting against Congress’s Jivabhai Patel.

PASS leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in his village Viramgam. Hardik is supporting Congress against BJP in the assembly election. Howerver he has denied reports of joining BJP.

Voting halted for 50 minutes after people complained of dysfunctional EVMs. However Gaurang Rana, Polling Officer claimed that the machines have been fixed and now the voting is underway.

Arun Jaitely standing in queue waiting for his turn to vote. After casting his vote the Finance minister urged people to come and vote to continue the Gujarat Development.

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s mother HeeraBen  casts her vote in the poling booth of Gandhi Nagar.

BJP president Amit Shah casts his votes in Naranpura, Ahmedabad.

ShankerSinh Vaghela who left Congress earlier this year also casts his vote in Gandhi Nagar’s Vasan village.

The second phase of Gujarat election also includes Hardik Patel’s Bastion Mehsana from where he started his the campaign demanding reservation for Patidars. Hardik Patel’s mother and father casting their vote from Viramgam

A total of 25,575 polling booths have been set up in 14,523 places.

The Election Commission has deployed hundreds of companies of the Central Armed Police Forces, 12 companies of Rapid Action Force and 19 companies of the State Reserve Police Force for the election.

The first phase of the polls for 89 seats in the 182-seat state assembly were held on December 9 with over 60 per cent polling registered.


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Congress attacks EC over ‘double standards,’ seeks action against BJP over poll violations

If FIR against news channels for showing interview of Congress President, why no FIR against PM, FM, Union Minister & BJP President on this ground?



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NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday hit out at the Election Commission of India after it ordered action against Rahul Gandhi and TV channels airing his interview for violating the Model Code of Conduct in force in Gujarat.

“If FIR against news channels for showing interview of Congress President, why no FIR against PM, FM, Union Minister & BJP President on this ground? Are these not double standards? Let there be accountability,” tweeted senior party leader Randeep Surjewala.

Surjewala also alleged that the move was meant to suppress the voice of the media.

“In 2014 elections, Modiji even showed the BJP symbol on voting day but EC didn’t act. BJP held a press conference just before the first phase of the Gujarat election. These double standards won’t work and the first FIR should be filed against PM Modi and other BJP leaders, instead of the press,” ANI quoted him as saying.
In an earlier tweet, he had mocked the EC for its “new norms for justice.”

“PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley and railway minister Piyush Goyal have violated Model Code of Conduct again and again. PM Modi misused the FICCI platform to attack Congress. EC should stay unbiased,” said a Congress delegation led by Ashok Gehlot at the EC office in Delhi.
The delegation submitted a memorandum to the EC demanding immediate registration of FIRs against BJP leaders for violating the model code of conduct.

After the meeting, the delegation said that it had informed the body that “PM Modi is going to make an attempt tomorrow again to influence the elections. It is EC’s duty to take steps. We have also submitted examples and video proof,” reported ANI.

The EC had earlier today directed Gujarat’s chief electoral officer to file FIRs against media channels that had telecast Rahul’s interview across poll-bound districts in violation of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The body had also issued a notice to the Congress president-elect, asking him to explain by December 18 why action should not be taken against him.

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