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Kejriwal attacks Congress over its Punjab poll manifesto



New Delhi, Jan 9 : Taking a dig at the Congress over its Punjab manifesto, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked if the party had ever kept its promises in other Congress-ruled states.

Kejriwal’s remarks came after the Congress released its Punjab manifesto here in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh.

“Has (the) Congress implemented any promise, made in Punjab manifesto, in any other Congress ruled-state? Farm loan waiver, unemployment allowance etc,” Kejriwal asked in a tweet.

“All false promises? Captain said in TV interviews recently that false promises are made in manifestos before elections,” Kejriwal said.

He also took a jibe at the Congress for preparing the manifesto for Punjab in Delhi.

“Congress High Command made Punjab manifesto. Why doesn’t (the) Congress get these promises implemented in other Congress-ruled states,” Kejriwal asked in another tweet.

The Congress manifesto for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls promises to end drugs menace in the state in four weeks along with other promises like waiver of agricultural debts, jobs in every household, SYL canal issue, cess on liquor and free education for girls.

Punjab will elect a new 117-seat assembly on February 4.


Congress wins 3 seats, BJP 1 in Karnataka RS polls




Bengaluru, March 23: The ruling Congress on Friday won three seats and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) one in the Rajya Sabha biennial election for four seats in Karnataka, said an official.

“All three Congress candidates and one from the BJP won the contest while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) candidate lost for the fourth seat,” an Election Commission official told reporters here after counting of votes.

L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrashekar of the BJP were declared elected by the Returning Officer.

B.M. Farooq of the JD-S lost to G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress.


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Rajya Sabha election results: Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi wins from West Bengal, TMC clinches 4 seats




New Delhi, March 23: Voting for the high-level Rajya Sabha elections to fill 25 seats in six states- Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana held on Friday. 

Out of 58 Rajya Sabha seats, polling is being held for 25 vacant seats as 33 candidates from 10 states have been elected unopposed.

The voting began at 9 am and continued till 4 pm. Counting of votes started from 5 pm.

Below we have enlisted states and the number of seats which will be filled with today’s verdict: 

Andhra Pradesh (3), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (1), Gujarat (4), Haryana (1), Himachal Pradesh (1), Karnataka (4), Madhya Pradesh (5), Maharashtra (6), Telangana (3), Uttar Pradesh (10), Uttarakhand (1), West Bengal (5), Odisha (3), Rajasthan (3) and Jharkhand (2).

Apart from the Rajya Sabha elections, a by-poll will also be held for one seat in Kerala where MP Veerendra Kumar, the Left-backed candidate of Sharad Yadav faction of the JD(U), is fielded against Babu Prasad of the Congress.

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Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) wins all three seats 

B. Prakash, J. Santosh Kumar and AB. Lingaiah Yadav were elected to the Upper House.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee shows victory sign

Following polls results, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  showed victory sign.

Trinamool Congress bags four seats 

All four TMC candidates — sitting Rajya Sabha member Nadimul Haque and first time nominees Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santanu Sen — emerged victorious in the vote count.

Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi attains triumph from West Bengal 

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi won Rajya Sabha elections from West Bengal. After winning he said ‘it is humbling and uplifting, it is a result of cooperation between different groups and MLAs.’

Counting begins in Karnataka

Counting of votes started at 7 pm.

Counting begins in UP 

Counting of votes began after clearance from the Election Commission in Uttar Pradesh at 6.33 pm.

TDP leader C M Ramesh unanimously elected

TDP leader C M Ramesh, has been unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha consecutively.

Counting of votes stopped  in Karnataka

Congress’ G. Parameshwara, said “counting of votes has not started as yet because Janata Dal had complained to EC about some discrepancy. Janata Dal has boycotted the voting now, so that will also enhance our chances of victory”.

Counting of votes halted in Uttar Pradesh

Election Commission has not given permission to begin the counting of votes for Rajya Sabha election due to some objections in ballot papers. Counting to begin only after EC gives clearance.

SP and BSP demand from Election Commission to declare votes of BJP’s Nitin Agrawal and BSP’s Anil Singh invalid alleging that they did not show their ballot paper to the polling agent.

BJP wins from Chhattisgarh

BJP’s Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha Election from Chhattisgarh

Visuals from Kerala Legislative Assembly

Visuals from Bengaluru 

BSP MLA Anil Singh cross voted for BJP

Visuals from Telangana Assembly

No cross-voting is going to take place, but BJP MLAs will cross-vote in our favour, says SP

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav stated there will be no cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls being held in Uttar Pradesh, but BJP MLAs will cross-vote in their favour.

MLAs queue up in West Bengal Assembly to vote in Kolkata

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Five seats are being contested in the state. Altogether six candidates, including Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for the five Rajya Sabha seats from this seat.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath meets party MLAs in Lucknow

Javadekar, Yeddyurappa met BJP candidate Rajeev Chandrashekar in Bengaluru

Samajwadi Party leader, Rajendra Chaudhary said “SP candidate Jaya Bachchan Ji & BSP candidate, (Bhim Rao Ambedkar) whom we are supporting, will win the Rajya Sabha elections. Considering BJP’s condition I’d say that its own MLAs are annoyed & some of them may even end up siding with the opposition”.


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TRS wins all three Rajya Sabha seats in Telangana

The TRS has 91 MLAs while the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which has seven members, also supported the ruling party.



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Hyderabad, March 23 : Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bagged all three Rajya Sabha seats for which polling was held on Friday.

B. Prakash, J. Santosh Kumar and AB. Lingaiah Yadav were elected to the Upper House. Congress candidate and former union minister P. Balram Naik was defeated, officials said.

A total of 108 members of the Assembly voted. Prakash secured 33 votes while Santosh Kumar and Yadav polled 32 votes each. The Congress candidate got only 10 votes as independent member D. Prakash Reddy’s vote was declared invalid by the Election Commission.

The poll panel took the decision after the complaint by the Returning Officer that Prakash Reddy showed his vote to the Congress agent before casting it.

The election became inevitable after the Congress fielded a candidate though the TRS had comfortable strength in the 119-member Assembly to win all three seats.

The TRS has 91 MLAs while the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which has seven members, also supported the ruling party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (five members), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) (two) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) (one) abstained from voting.

Two Congress members — Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, S.A. Sampath Kumar – could not vote as they were expelled from the House last week for allegedly hurling headphones during the Governor’s address, injuring Legislative Council Chairman Swamy Goud in his eye.

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