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Madhya Pradesh bypoll: Congress retains Ater and BJP Bandhavgarh

The Ater bypolls were being seen as a contest in proxy between CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia with both leaders spending many days in Ater while campaigning for the bypoll.

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The BJP and Congress retained their respective seats in by-elections held at the Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST) assembly segments, results for which were announced today.

While the Congress’s Hemant Katare won the Ater seat defeating the BJP’s Arvind Singh Bhadoria by 857 votes in a contest that went down to the wire, in Bandhavgarh, the BJP’s Shivnarayan Singh defeated the Congress’s Savitri Singh by a margin of 25,476 votes.

Counting in Ater took exceptionally long and ended at around 5.30 pm with the ECI finally announcing Hemant Katare as the winner. In sharp contrast, counting at Bandhavgarh ended at around 12 pm.

Counting at Ater was marked by frequent suspensions with either the BJP or Congress candidate registering protests over some technicalities. The counting was a roller coaster ride for both candidates who led and trailed at different points by slender margins.

Katare led in the first round only to lose this lead in the subsequent 10 rounds. Katare then made a comeback and gained a lead of around 9000 votes. Bhadoria won the last few rounds but his lead in individual rounds was not good enough for him to win.

Incidentally, dynasties won in both seats in MP. While Hemant is the son of former leader of Opposition late Satyadev Katare whose death necessitated the bypoll, Shivnarayan Singh is the son of former state Minister Gyan Singh whose election to the Lok Sabha from Shahdol and subsequent resignation from the assembly had necessitated the bypolls.

The Ater bypolls were being seen as a contest in proxy between CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia with both leaders spending many days in Ater while campaigning for the bypoll.

This was also the first time Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was put to use in elections in Madhya Pradesh. The use of the VVPAT machines led to a controversy which eventually led to the transfer of the Collector and SP besides 17 other officials from the Bhind district. A number of other police officials were also transferred on orders of the ECI.

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Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begin, 11% voters turnout till 9 am

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Agartala, Feb 18: 11 percent voter turn out to vote in Tripura assembly election till 9am, ANI reported. 

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar casted his vote at a polling booth in Agartala, he is an MLA from Dhanpur constituency.

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Voting for the Assembly elections in India’s northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said.

“Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.,” said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.

In all, 2,536,589 people, including 1,250,128 women and 47,803 first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents.

“Apprehending troubles by some tribal outfit, a record 50,000 para-military and other state security personnel have been deployed while two air surveillance team led by senior officials are conducting surveillance by helicopters,” the election official.

With inputs from IANS

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Lok Sabha By-Polls: Congress announces candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur seats

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Lucknow, Feb 17: The state Congress on Friday announced faces for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, where by-elections are scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party named Dr Surheeta Chatterjee Kareem, a gynaecologist, as its candidate from Gorakhpur, while it chose Manish Mishra, son of former IAS officer J N Mishra, for the Phulpur seat.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

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US intelligence chiefs say Russia still meddling, threatening 2018 elections

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

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WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.

The national intelligence director’s comments come against the backdrop of continuing congressional and criminal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin coordinated their activities with President Trump’s campaign.

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