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Exit polls predict clean sweep to TRS

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New Delhi, Dec 7 : Exit polls on Friday predicted that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will retain power in Telangana and the gamble by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to dissolve the Assembly ahead of schedule may have worked in his favour.

According to various surveys, the Congress-led People’s Front will have to sit in the opposition in the state Assembly.

The Congress had stitched an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samithi and the Communist Party of India to take on the TRS.

India Today-Axis My India exit poll predicted that TRS may win 79 to 91 seats in the 119 member Assembly while the Congress-led alliance may get 21 to 33 seats. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) may end up with 4-7 seats and the BJP 1-3 seats.

The Times Now-CNX survey predicted that the TRS may win 66 seats and the Congress-led alliance 37.

The survey conducted by Republic-C-Voter claimed that TRS would win 48-60 seats, Congress 47-59, BJP 5 and others 1-13 seats.

TV9 Telugu-AARA predicted that TRS may win 75-85 seats, Congress 25-35, BJP 2-3 and others 7-11 seats.

However, NewsX-Neta predicted that TRS would emerge as the single largest party with 57 seats, three short of the ‘magic figure’ 60. It claimed that Praja Kutami may get 46, BJP 6 and others 10.

Telangana voted on Friday and the results would be declared on December 11.

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Farmers’ protest: Heavy police deployment at Ghazipur protest site

On Thursday afternoon, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force in the area.

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There was heavy deployment of security personnel at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur border, where farmers from Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the three farm laws for last two months.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, who has been named in the Delhi Police FIR for the January 26 violence during the ‘Kisan Gantantra parade’ also made his appearance at the site and said that he will raise the issue of snapping of water and electricity supply at the site with the administration.

On Thursday afternoon, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force in the area.

The police also pressed drones for surveillance at the Ghazipur protest site, where the farmers have been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November last year.

Addressing media, Tikait said: “I will meet the police and administration as they have cut the electricity supply and also stopped the drinking water facility since last night. And when there is no electricity and water supply, then it will affect our movement.”

The Ghazipur protest site has seen several people leaving the protest site after the January 26 violence at several places in the national capital.

On Thursday, there were around 500 farmers and over 100 tractors, against the thousands there for last two months.

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Firmly stand with farmers: Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee

The national Working Group of AIKSCC– the union’s highest decision making body — on Thursday declared that it stands “firmly, resolutely and unwaveringly” in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest

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The national Working Group of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC)– the union’s highest decision making body — on Thursday declared that it stands “firmly, resolutely and unwaveringly” in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest

“There is no question of AIKSCC disassociating itself from the ongoing protest and movement,” the AIKSCC Working Group made it clear through a statement as the farmers’ protest entered the 64th day on Thursday.

The union’s statement came following some media reports “wrongly stated that AIKSCC has withdrawn support to the farmers’ protest”.

The Working Group of AIKSCC also reiterated that the union “stands shoulder to shoulder with the farmers movement and any attempt by any quarter to spin any counter or alternative narrative amounts to sabotaging the ongoing historic movement of farmers”.

The AIKSCC later requested “all concerned” to note that as the largest platform of farmers and farmworkers’ organisations of India, it represents the interest and concerns of its constituents and thus firmly stands with the demands of the farmer organisations agitating in unison for repeal of three anti-farmer acts, legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price and withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

The farm union said that these demands of the farmer are “non-negotiable”.

The group also distanced itself from the announcement of AIKSCC convener V.M. Singh on Wednesday to quit the ongoing farmers’ protest – the first farm leader who left the agitation so far.

“Any statement made by any person in any capacity whatsoever that is contrary to the above clear stand and position of AIKSCC is incorrect, unauthorised and not the official position of AIKSCC and should not be taken cognisance of under any circumstances,” the statement said.

Condemning Tuesday’s violence in Delhi during farmers’ tractor rally which left one farmer dead and over 300 policemen injured, Singh had quit the protest, declaring: “I am quitting the agitation as its format is not accepted.”

On December 12 last year, Singh was also isolated by the working group members of the AIKSCC for his statement that farmers simply want an assurance on MSP and a guarantee of produce purchase.

The Working Group of AIKSCC later appealed to all the farmer leaders of the country to “unite and not give-in to the desperate diversionary and divisive attempts by this anti-farmer regime”.

AIKSCC secretary Avik Saha and 17 other members of the group made the announcement after the union’s Working Group’s meeting.

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SP demands FIR against Delhi Police, top BJP leaders for R-Day violence

Even after this big conspiracy, farmers did not lose patience. I salute the patience of the farmers and once again demand from the Centre that it should withdraw the farm laws, the SP leader said

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Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary on Thursday said instead of farmers, an FIR should be registered against the Delhi police commissioner and top BJP leaders for the violence in New Delhi on Republic Day.

“The chaos and the unfurling of a religious flag at the Red Fort on January 26 is a conspiracy of the Delhi police, which is under the home ministry and the top leadership of the BJP, to weaken the farmers’ agitation. For this, the Delhi Police and the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party should be condemned. Instead of farmers, an FIR should be registered against the Delhi police commissioner and the BJP leaders, whose names have surfaced in connection with Deep Sidhu…,” the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said in a statement.

“Even after this big conspiracy, farmers did not lose patience. It is not a minor thing. I salute the patience of the farmers and once again demand from the Centre that instead of weakening the farmers’ agitation, it should withdraw the farm laws. The farmers of the entire country are shocked by the conspiracy and attitude of people occupying top positions,” he added.

The SP, under the leadership of its president Akhilesh Yadav, is and will remain in support of the ongoing farmers’ movement, Chaudhary said.

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