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Goa may see a Christian CM after elections: Deputy CM

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Jan 4: Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza on Wednesday said there is a strong possibility of a Christian becoming the next Chief Minister of the coastal state.

D’Souza, one of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s senior-most minority faces in the state, said that having a Christian Chief Minister is the wish of the people, so the BJP, as well as other political parties, could accordingly nominate a chief ministerial candidate.

“I was asked if there can be a Christian Chief Minister for Goa in the future. I said it is possible. I did not say it will happen, but it may happen. It is the wish of the people,” D’Souza told a press conference in Panaji.

“It can be from any party… It’s not that there is a ban on Christians becoming the Chief Minister,” he said, adding that eventually, it is up to the elected legislators to select their leader in the legislative assembly.

D’Souza was one of the contenders for the Chief Minister’s post after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, then Chief Minister was elevated to become a central minister in 2014.

Eventually, D’Souza was beaten in the race to the Chief Minister’s post by legislator from Mandrem and former state BJP President Laxmikant Parsekar but was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister some months later.

Christians account for nearly 26 percent of the state’s 1.5 million population.

D’Souza also said that the BJP-led coalition government in Goa has faced hurdles in fulfilling its 2012 poll promise of doing away with the offshore casinos in the state. But, he added, his party is still toying with the idea of closing down the casinos.

“On the issue of casinos, we have already spoken about our difficulties. Attempts are being made to relocate. But we are also in need of revenue. Hence, we have let casinos continue and when possible, we will shut those down,” he said.

There are five operational offshore casinos parked in the Mandovi river off Panaji and nine onshore casinos functioning from various five-star resorts located on the coastal fringes of the tourism-oriented state.

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Punjab municipal elections: Navjot Singh Sidhu casts his vote in Amritsar

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Chandigarh, Dec 17: Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their votes at Ward No 9’s polling station 5 in Amritsar CivicPolls. 

 Voting for the Punjab municipal elections began on Sunday, Election Commission officials said here.

Polling began at 8 a.m. and will continue till 4 p.m.

The main contest is among the ruling Congress, main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.

Local issues of towns and cities and the respective wards dominated the campaigning for the municipal elections.

The voting is being held for three municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala, and 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats.

The results will be declared on Sunday evening.

The election for the municipal corporation of Punjab’s largest city, Ludhiana, was not being held as the electoral rolls were not updated.

Candidates in 90 wards have won unopposed, the spokesman said.

There are 873 polling stations and 1,938 polling booths across the state.

A total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel have been assigned for poll duty.

The Akali Dal-BJP and AAP had accused the Congress of misusing its power in the run-up to the municipal polls.

A total of 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of Amritsar where 769,153 voters will exercise their franchise.

In Jalandhar, 305 candidates are contesting from 80 wards.

In Patiala, election will be held in 57 wards in which 260,664 voters can exercise their franchise.

This is the first big election in the state after the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, came to power after the assembly polls in March.

The Congress won 77 out of 117 seats in the assembly. The AAP finished second with 20 seats.

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Gujarat Elections: Re-polling ends in 6 Polling Stations

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New Delhi, 16 December: Re-polling in 6 polling booths of  Vadgam, Viramgam, Daskroi, and Savli ends. 

On 16th December  Election Commission announced repolling in 6 polling stations of Gujarat . The polling stations include Vadgam, Viramgam, Daskroi, and Savli.

The Election Commission also informed that the counting of votes of 10 polling stations would be done through counting of slips in VVPAT. As the Presiding officers in 10 polling stations in Visnagar, Becharaji, Modasa, Vejalpur, Vatva, Jamalpur-Khadia, Savli & Sankheda didn’t clear from the Control units the votes cast during mock poll.

In the second phase of Gujarat election two of the booths where repolling will be conducted fall under the Vadgam seat where polling was suspended after ink marks were found on the election symbol of Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani on the EVM and a BJP candidate raised an objection.

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Punjab municipal polls on Sunday, all arrangements made

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Chandigarh, Dec 16: Punjab’s State Election Commission has made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of municipal polls on Sunday.

The ruling Congress, main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance are contesting the polls December 17.

It would be the first big electoral outing for all three after the assembly elections in March.

“The process of voting to elect representatives to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats would begin on Sunday at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.,” a spokesman of the State Election Commission said on Saturday.

The results will be declared on Sunday evening.

Polling would be held for the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala.

The election for the municipal corporation of Punjab’s largest city, Ludhiana, was not being held as the electoral rolls were not updated.

Polling would also be held for 327 wards of the 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats.

Candidates in 90 wards have won unopposed, the spokesman said.

There would be a total of 873 polling stations in the state, having 1,938 polling booths. A total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel would perform duties at these polling stations.

The Akali Dal-BJP and AAP have accused the ruling Congress of misusing its power in the run-up to the municipal polls.

A total of 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of Amritsar where 769,153 voters will exercise their franchise.

In Jalandhar, 305 candidates are in the fray from 80 wards. The number of voters there is 560,261. In Patiala, election will be held in 57 wards in which 260,664 voters can exercise their franchise.

This is the first big election in the state after the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, came to power after assembly poll results in March.

The Congress won 77 out of 117 seats in the assembly. The AAP finished second with 20 seats.

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