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Notifications for February 18 Tripura polls issued

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Agartala, Jan 24: The statutory notifications for the February 18 elections to the 60-member Tripura Assembly were issued on Wednesday, an official here said.

“Tripura Chief Secretary, on behalf of the state Governor, Election Commission and all Returning Officers, has issued three separate notifications to constitute a new assembly and inviting candidates to file their nominations,” a Tripura Election Department official said.

According to the schedule of the elections, announced by the poll panel on January 18, the last date for submission of nominations would be January 31, scrutiny of nominations would be done the next day and the last date of withdrawal of nominations would be February 3.

“The nomination papers cannot be submitted on the holidays declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act of 1881. In-between January 24 and January 31, there are three holidays (Republic Day, fourth Saturday and Sunday) and the remaining five days are working days,” the official added.

The EC in New Delhi on January 18 announced the single-phase assembly polls on February 18 in Tripura, and in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27. Counting of votes for all the three northeastern states, which have 60-seat assemblies each, will be done on March 3.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front rules Tripura, while it is the Congress in Meghalaya. The Nagaland People’s Front-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) is in power in Nagaland. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also a DAN ally.

The five-year term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura assemblies would expire on March 6, 13 and 14, respectively.

Earlier, former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A.K. Joti had visited all the three northeastern states, reviewed the poll preparedness and also asked the state officials to ensure conducive law and order situation for smooth conduct of the elections.

A poll panel team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain also visited the three states several times for an on-the-spot review of the election preparedness.

The Election Commission has appointed 25 general observers, eight police observers and 19 expenditure observers to oversee the poll process in Tripura.

“The general and police observers would come to the state on January 31 and the expenditure observers have already started arriving in Tripura,” the official added.

In Tripura, the CPI-M-led Left Front on Tuesday announced the names of their candidates keeping both old and new faces, with seven of the nominees being women. There are 12 new candidates in the Left Front list, while five sitting CPI-M legislators were dropped on grounds of health and organisational reasons.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to announce their candidates on Saturday.

“BJP parliamentary board meeting would be held in New Delhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos (Switzerland). The meeting would finalise the candidates for the three election-bound northeastern states,” Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb told IANS.

Opposition Congress leaders are likely to announce their candidates this weekend or early next week.

“The scrutiny committee meeting of the Congress led by All India Congress Committee General Secretary C.P. Joshi would be held in Guwahati on Wednesday. Then their recommendations would be submitted to the Congress Parliamentary Board headed by party president Rahul Gandhi,” Tripura Congress vice president Tapas Dey said.

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How can anyone stop a wife from taking her husband’s name, asks Shivakumar

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Bengaluru, Oct 23 : Taking serious exceptions to BJP leaders launching a campaign against Congress candidate from R.R. Nagara, H. Kusuma, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D.K. Shivakumar on Friday appealed to the voters to ponder over why Kusuma was not allowed to take her legally wedded late husband’s name.

Speaking at the Vokkaliga leaders’ convention here, Shivakumar said that the BJP fielded Shobha Karandlaje to raise this question on social media platforms that Kusuma should not use her husband’s name in election campaigns.

“Why is she being stopped from using her legitimately wedded husband’s name? Let us dwell into it now. We all know who all protested and demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. They (BJP) indulged in politics, not Kusuma, I would like to remind them,” he said.

Training his guns directly on Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha MP Shobha Karandlaje, Shivakumar said, “I did not expect this from you ‘akka’ (elder sister). God forbid, nothing like this happens to you or anyone in your family. It is a great trauma for a 25-year old woman to become a widow at that age.”

Continuing his attack further, the KPCC President asserted that Kusuma had married D.K. Ravi legally as per the Hindu rituals. “Therefore, people must condemn such illegitimate demand being made by her rivals,” he said.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Updates: Rahul Gandhi’s attacks NDA in Bihar

Bihar Assembly Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Voting for 243 assembly seats in Bihar will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7.

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Bihar Assembly Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Bihar is gearing up for assembly elections 2020. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced a three-phase election in Bihar in October-November. Voting for 243 assembly seats in the state will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7. A total of 1,066 candidates are in the fray for the 71 seats going to the polls in the first phase and 1, 464 for 94 seats in the second phase after the withdrawal of nomination papers. A total of 1,411 nominations have been filed for 78 assembly seats in Bihar which will go to polls in the third and last phase on November 7. Ahead of the elections, the Centre has permitted with certain conditions political gatherings in poll-bound Bihar and also in those constituencies where bypolls are to be held with the maximum number of people in a close space or a hall capped at 200 while in an open space, it will depend on the area.

Catch all the latest updates on Bihar Assembly Election 2020 here:

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Labourers of Bihar left for their native state & walked thousands of kilometres without food & water. Did PM help you? Did he say that he didn’t think & ended up making a mistake? Did he offer buses, trucks, trains to go back home? No: Rahul Gandhi, in Bhagalpur BiharElections.

BJP promising 19 lakh jobs in Bihar akin to its pledge of depositing Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts of people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Nitish Kumar broke backbone of farmers, medium and small businesses: Narendra Modi calls himself nationalist but weakened country in 6 years; economy is suppressed, farmers oppressed: Rahul Gandhi in Bihar (PTI)

“They have seized 1,200 km of our land. But when the Chinese army intruded, why did our prime minister insult our soldiers by saying that nobody entered into the Indian side.The question is, Modi ji, when will you throw out the Chinese soldiers sitting in our territory,” Rahul Gandhi in Bihar

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Bihar Election: Modi and Nitish Forced Mills to Close, Took Away Jobs, Say Rahul Gandhi-Tejashwi Yadav in Joint Rally

PM Modi also attacked the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), saying before the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Bihar had suffered crime and corruption.

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Rahul Gandhi Farmers

Congress parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi is set to hit the ground for the three-phase elections which begin next Wednesday. He will address two rallies at Hisua in Nawada and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.

Bihar will vote in three phases on October 28, November 3 and 7 for a new government and the results will be announced on November 10.

The Chinese army martyred 20 of our soldiers and took over 1200 kilometers of our land. When China came inside our land, why did our PM, insulting the heroes, said that no one came inside India. Today I say I bow my head: Rahul Gandhi in Nawada, Bihar.

Did you guys put your money into banks? Into the pockets of the rich. They told you to fight against the black money. But did you see Adani standing in the queue? No, these people were in their AC rooms. Narendra Modi is making way for India’s rich. He is making by siding farmers and small traders. They brought three anti-farmers bills recently, says Rahul Gandhi.

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