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Madhya Pradesh: Task cut out for Kamal Nath and Congress in, Gujarat bypolls

Besides, one parliamentary seat in Bihar and two Assembly seats in Manipur will also go for bypolls on November 7. The counting of votes will be take place on November 10.



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Political stakes are high for former Chief Minister Kamal Nath in the bypolls for 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh and for the Congress in neighbouring Gujarat, where eight seats are vacant.

All these seats were in Congress’ kitty after the Assembly elections, but slipped out of its hands after the party MLAs resigned — in Madhya Pradesh, they opted to support Jyotiraditya Scindia in March 2020 and walk into the camp of a waiting BJP to ensure the fall of the then government led by Kamal Nath; and in Gujarat, they resigned to ensure the defeat of the Congress nominee in the contest for the second Rajya Sabha seat in June 2020.

The Congress will need to bag all the 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh to again get a majority in the Assembly, which is a tough task. The party has already announced 24 candidates.

On the other hand, the ruling BJP needs only nine seats to reach the magic figures of 116. In case the Congress wins less than 28 seats but manages around 24, it will still be in the game. Otherwise, it will have to depend on Independents, two MLAs of Bahujan Samaj Party and the lone Samajwadi Party MLA.

In the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the BJP has 107 MLAs, Congress 88, BSP 2, SP 1 while 4 are Independents.

“The Congress will come back to power again. We will defeat the BJP on these seats. The people will give a befitting reply to those who dishonoured the public mandate and murdered democratic values,” Kamal Nath said.

Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh are visiting each of the 28 Assembly segments to ensure their party’s victory, though it remains to be seen what they can do since most vacant seats are in the Gwalior-Chambal belt — considered a Scindia stronghold.

However, the Congress is banking on the fact that the belt has a sizeable population of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The party is also hopeful of reaping the public goodwill due to waiver of farm loans announced by then Chief Minister Kamal Nath and the ongoing agitation by the farmers over the new farm laws.

In Gujarat, the Congress MLAs had resigned, which led to the defeat of Congress leader Bharat Singh Solanki on one Rajya Sabha seat. Had all these MLAs remained in the Congress, it could have won the second RS seat in Gujarat as well.

Congress leader Rajeev Satav, who is in-charge of Gujarat party affairs, said, “I will meet leaders of various frontal organisations, cells and departments and district presidents of the Congress. Looking forward to having substantial discussions with the party leaders and workers.”

Apart from Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, seven Assembly seats are also vacant in Uttar Pradesh, two each in Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland and Odisha, and one each in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Telangana.

Besides, one parliamentary seat in Bihar and two Assembly seats in Manipur will also go for bypolls on November 7. The counting of votes will be take place on November 10.

The EC has decided not to hold by-elections in seven constituencies in four states. Polling for these seats will be held early next year.


Bihar Election: Lalu Yadav hits out at Nitish and Sushil Modi again





Patna, Oct 22 : Neither can you take Lalu Prasad out of Bihar politics nor Bihar out of the RJD supremo, who though in Ranchi jail has been closely monitoring and directing the action in the Assembly poll campaign.

On Thursday, he slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi as Mukhya Mauka Mantri (Chief Opportunist Minister) and up-mukhya dhokha mantri (Deputy Chief Deceive Minister) while referring to a cartoon uploaded from his tweeter handle.

“People have given many opportunities to you but you have only deceived them,” he said.

In the cartoon, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi can be seen urging voters to give them one more chance and the public saying: “how many more you need?”

Four days back, Lalu Prasad had taken another jibe at the Nitish Kumar government in a similar Twitter post in which the Chief Minister had tried to make an excuse of the fact that Bihar is not a maritime state and hence misses out on trade and commerce.

He also suggested that Nitish Kumar should retire and call it quits as he has toiled enough.

Like in 2019 parliamentary elections, the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo is not present in person to campaign for his party in the Bihar assembly election starting October 28, but is monitoring every single step his son Tejashwi Yadav is taking.

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Bihar polls: 10 lakh jobs promise draws crowds to RJD




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Masaudhi, Oct 22 : The promise by RJD’s chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Yadav to offer 10 lakh jobs to the people of Bihar if it forms government in the state has managed to draw crowds to the party’s election rallies ahead of the Assembly polls.

The lucrative offer of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Mahagathbandhan have been so far successful in bringing people out of their homes to listen to Tejashwi at the rally venues.

Tejashwi was in Masaudhi on Wednesday to campaign for an RJD candidate. People had turned out in large number. At one point, the situation seemed to be getting out of control even for police as the people were pushing the barricades and move beyond those makeshift barriers.

Some of the people even broke the barricades after Tejashwi told police personnel to allow them to come to the stage from where he was speaking.

Rahul Sharma, a native of Masaudhi, located around 30 km from Patna, said: “Announcements like 10 lakh jobs in government sector has created huge expectations among common people of Bihar. Hence, people from all section of the society are assembling at rally venues to see him (Tejashwi) and listen to his speech.”

Another resident, Ramesh Sagar, said: “There is no doubt about the anti-incumbency factor working against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as he is unable to take care of some of the key issues like inflation, non-creation of jobs, migration, etc. Poor people have become poorest due to the flawed policies.

“On the other hand, there is a politician like Lalu Prasad known for his socialist ways and advocacy for equality. Hence, they are looking at his son Tejashwi Yadav as option,” he added.

“The situation is similar to the 2014 parliamentary election where people of the country looking for the change. Let’s hope Tejashwi sticks to his and it does not turn out to be a ‘jumla’,” Sagar said.

Another Masaudhi resident Roshan Paswan said the people of Bihar have lost faith in Nitish Kumar’s leadership style.

“He had collected votes by opposing BJP but later joined hands with the same party for his vested interests. He had put the mandate aside. People of Bihar are aware of these developments… He (Nitish) is no longer a trustworthy individual for people of Bihar.”

“We are looking at Tejaswi Yadav as face of change. The people of marginalised category are looking upto him as ray of hope,” said Sri Krishna Sharma, who had come from Punpun, near Masaudhi.

In the Sankalp Patra of Mahagathbandhan, there are 25 points including loan waiver of farmers, non implementation of newly introduced agriculture bill, no fee for competitive examination, no travelling charges for students from district headquarters to examination centres, etc.

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81 candidates in fray for by-polls to 8 assembly seats in Gujarat





The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)`s office has finalised the list of 81 candidates who will be contesting the Gujarat by-elections for the eight vacant seats in the Assembly. The by-elections, slated to be held on November 3, have been necessitated by the resignations of Congress legislators.

The 81 candidates are in the fray for the Abdasa, Kaprada (Scheduled Tribe), Karjan, Gadhada (Scheduled Caste), Morbi, Dhari, Limdi and Dangs (ST) seats. Twenty one candidates had withdrawn their candidature before the last day of withdrawal on Monday. The maximum number of candidates, 14, are for the Limdi seat. As many as 11 independent candidates are contesting against the BJP`s Kiritsinh Rana, Congress`s Chetanbhai Khachar and Akhil Bhartiya Rajarya Party`s Dilipbhai Parmar. The Limdi seat was vacated by the Congress`s Somabhai Ganda. Twelve candidates will be contesting the Morbi seat where nine independent candidates are fighting it out against the BJP`s Brijesh Merja, Congress`s Jayantibhai Patel and All India Majlis-E-Inqlaab-E- Millat`s Husainbhai Bhatti. The seat was vacated by the Congress`s Brijesh Merja. Similar to the Morbi seat, there are 12 candidates in the field for the assembly seat of Gadhada, an SC constituency. Nine independent candidates are ranged against the BJP`s Atmaram Parmar, Congress`s Mohanbhai Solanki and Rashtrawadi Jan Chetna party`s Vinubhai Parmar. The seat was vacated by the Congress`s Praveen Maru, who had defeated the BJP`s Atmaram Parmar. There are 11 candidates for the Dhari assembly seat, where six Independents are up against the BJP`s JV Kakadiya, Congress`s Surajbhai Kotadiya, Rashtrawadi Jan Chetna party`s Kanubhai Aghera, Yuva Jan Jagriti party`s Kapilbhai Vegda and Vyavastha Parivartan party`s Bhupatbhai Unava. The seat was vacated by the Congress`s JV Kakadiya. Ten candidates are in the fray for the Abdasa seat. There are five independent candidates contesting against the BJP`s Pradyumansinh Jadeja, Congress`s Shantilal Sanghani, Bahujan Mukti party`s Aqub Mutva, Bhartiya Jan Parishad party`s Ramji Maheshwari and Bahujan Maha Party`s Bhimjibhai Meghwal. The seat was vacated by the Congress`s Pradyumansinh Jadeja. Nine candidates are fighting for the Karjan seat, where five independents are contesting against the BJP`s Akshay Patel, Congress`s Kiritsinh Jadeja, Rashtriya Jan Kranti party`s Dineshbhai Patel and Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP)`s Mahendra Vasava. The seat was left by the Congress`s Akshay Patel. Similar to Karjan, nine candidates have been nominated for the ST seat of Dangs, where six independent candidates are contesting against BJP`s Vijaybhai Patel, Congress`s Suryakant Gavit and BTP`s Babubhai Gamit. The seat was vacated by Mangal Gavit from the Congress. There are only four candidates for the ST seat of Kaprada where two Independents are up against the BJP`s Jeetu Chaudhary and the Congress`s Babu Patel (Vartha). This seat was vacated by the Congress`s Jeetu Chaudhary. The Gujarat by-elections will be held on November 3 and the results will be declared on November 10. –IANS amc/khz/bg The story has been taken from a news agency

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