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EVMs used in DUSU polls may have been procured privately

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New Delhi, Sep 13 : The Delhi Election Commission on Thursday said that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls do not belong to it and appear to have been procured privately by the university.

The clarification came following reports in the media concerning “glitches” in EVMs which led the authorities to stop the counting process for some time.

“With reference to the caption being shown in some news channels regarding use of EVMs in the elections of DUSU…it is to inform that the EVMs in question is not of Election Commission,” the Delhi poll panel said in a communication to an official of the Election Commission of India.

It said that “no such EVMs have been allotted/ issued to Delhi University by this office”.

In its clarification, the Commission also said: “It was also confirmed from the State Election Commission that no such machines have been given by them, too.”

“It seems that the Delhi University had procured these machines privately.”

The Commission said a detailed report in this regard will be sent subsequently as all officials of the Delhi University are currently busy in the election process.

Counting for the DUSU polls was stopped by the election committee due to a “glitch in EVMs” following which supporters of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)-All India Students’ Association (AISA) alliance raised slogans against the university authorities demanding resumption of counting.

An official from the Delhi University’s election committee confirmed that the EVMs for the DUSU polls were procured from a private vendor as the Delhi Election Commission refused to allot them the machines.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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