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Jayanagar By Poll Results: Congress’ Sowmya Reddy wins

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Bengaluru, June 13: The Congress on Wednesday won the election in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency. 

Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy defeated BJP’s BN Prahlad by nearly 3000 votes.

With this victory, the Congress now has 79 seats in the Karnataka assembly.

The election was countermanded after the death of BJP candidate B.N. Vijayakumar.

BJP has fielded his brother B.N. Prahalad. Former state home minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya Reddy is the Congress candidate.

On the related note, although Karnataka went to polls on May 12, elections in Jayanagar constituency was postponed to June 11.

Counting of votes for the 222 of the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka held on May 15.

In the state assembly election, though the Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, the Congress party with 78 seats and JD(S) with 37 seats, along with two independent candidates, stitched up a post-poll alliance with a total strength of 117 MLAs.

Even though the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the saffron party  to form the government with a time period of 15 days to prove their majority on the floor of the house, the Supreme Court in an interim order directed the floor test to be held in just two days, even after Yeddyurappa had sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state.

Failed to garner the required number of votes to form Government in the state, Yeddyurappa resigned as the Chief Minister ahead top court-ordered floor test on May 19.

Following this, ending the 10-day political turmoil in the southern state, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy won the floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour May 26.

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Banners, Leaflets urging to boycott upcoming Assembly Polls spotted in Chhattisgarh

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Banners and leaflets urging people to boycott upcoming Chhattisgarh assembly elections were spotted in Naxal-affected Kanker district on Thursday. 

Chhattisgarh is scheduled to vote in two phases on November 12 and 20.

The tenure of Chhattisgarh’s Assembly, comprising 90 members will end on January 5, 2019.

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Gaddar ready to contest against KCR

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

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Hyderabad, Oct 17 : Former Maoist ideologue and revolutionary balladeer Gaddar on Wednesday said he was ready to contest the elections against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as the joint candidate of opposition parties.

Gaddar, who met Congress president Rahul Gandhi last week, said if all opposition parties make a request to him to contest from Gajwel and ensure that the opposition votes are not divided, he will contest the December 11 election.

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

Gaddar said he did not belong to any party but would support any party to end what he calls ‘neo-feudalism’ in Telangana. Stating that Telangana state was created with the sacrifices of martyrs, he said the change has not come in the state.

Gaddar, whose real name is Gummadi Vittal Rao, told reporters at Kamareddy that after 70 years he has enrolled himself as a voter and had now launched people’s movement to end ‘neo-feudalism’.

“My fight is to end autocratic rule and realise the dreams of the martyrs of Telangana,” said Gaddar, who plans to campaign against TRS by singing “people’s songs”.

He appealed to people to make Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting at Kamareddy on October 20 a huge success.

Gaddar’s son G.V. Surya Kiran had joined Congress in April this year. He is said to be keen to contest the Assembly elections.

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Congress concocting falsehoods in MP: Modi

He said that for the sake of opposition the Congress sometimes brings Pakistan’s flyover and uses photographs of Bangladesh as its lacks an agenda to counter the BJP government.

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New Delhi, Oct 17 : Accusing the Congress of concocting “falsehoods” to gain power in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the party has three chief ministerial aspirants and they were busy pulling each other down.

“The Congress has lost its ground in Madhya Pradesh. They don’t have any agenda for development. It seems, nothing is left for them to oppose us. They have no issues and in the lack of issues they are concocting falsehood.

“The development work by our government has frustrated them and that is why they are talking nonsense,” he said during his interaction with booth-level party workers of Hoshangabad in election-bound Madhya Pradesh.

The Prime Minister also interacted with booth-level workers of Chatra in Jharkhand, Pali in poll-bound Rajasthan, Gazipur in Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai North in Maharashtra through the NaMo App under the programme ‘Mera Booth, Sabse Mazboot’ (my booth strongest).

During his interaction with workers in Hoshangabad, a woman sought to know from the Prime Minister the ways to tackle the Congress’ “falsehood and misleading” election campaign in the state.

Responding to her, Modi said that the condition of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh is that “there are three Chief Minister candidates and all are busy in pulling down each other to become chief minister”.

“Around one dozen other leaders are there who are also aspiring for the post. They are silent but playing games for their turn, waiting if all the three fall. Where there are over a dozen candidates aspiring to become Chief Minister, what will they think about development. They neither have policy nor any intention. They are busy in making strategy based on falsehood. It’s our responsibility to expose them,” he said.

He said that for the sake of opposition the Congress sometimes brings Pakistan’s flyover and uses photographs of Bangladesh as its lacks an agenda to counter the BJP government.

“Sometimes there are fake news and sometimes there are misleading photographs. In fact, Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government has done so much of development work that the opposition can’t raise their finger at it. It has turned Madhya Pradesh from a “BIMARU state to Bemisal state” (from a sick state to an incomparable state),” the Prime Minister said.

In July this year, Congress veteran and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh had posted a photo of a bridge and tweeted that it was the pillar of the overbridge on the Subhash Nagar Railway Crossing. Raising questions on the quality of work, Singh had said that the construction of the bridge was not even complete and cracks can be seen on the pillar. Later, it was pointed out that the cracked pillar was of a bridge in Rawalpindi and an old one at that.

Recently, ahead of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Madhya Pradesh, state Congress chief Kamal Nath took to Twitter for lambasting the condition of the roads in Madhya Pradesh with a picture showing a man folding the upper layer of a road made up of tar while some bemused kids watched. It was later found that the image was originally tweeted in 2016 by Rifat Alam, a Bangladeshi user, who criticized the Bangladeshi government for the poor condition of the roads.

During his interaction with party workers in Chatra, the Prime Minister also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi without taking his name.

As soon as one of the workers, while putting his question, took his name Rajkumar Sahu, the Prime Minister asked: Are you really a Rajkumar (Prince)? Nowadays, we need to be very careful with “Rajkumar”.

“I am not that Rajkumar born with a golden spoon,” replied Sahu which had the Prime Minister laughing.

Responding to another query of another party worker in Chatra, the Prime Minister highlighted how the BJP government in Jharkhand restarted long-pending infrastructure and welfare projects in the state.

Mentioning how the ‘Statue of Unity’ will spread Sardar Patel’s vision and his contribution to India’s unity to the future generations of the country, he lambasted the opposition for questioning the move.

The interaction concluded with a worker in Ghazipur who sought Modi’s guidance on the strategy for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“The BJP had achieved the most through the efforts of its hard working and devoted karyakartas and its strong organization,” he said.

Remembering former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said that the BJP, which had only two seats in 1984, reached a milestone of 282 seats in 2014.

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