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PAAS members meet Cong’s Kapil Sibal over quota issue

The polling for the two-phase elections in the state will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.

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Ahmedabad, Nov 8 : After conducting a marathon meeting with top Congress leaders including senior party leader and a Supreme court lawyer, members of Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) said that the meeting was satisfactory and stressed that the final decision on quota will be taken after having consultation with Hardik, legal experts and office-bearers of key religious and social organisations- Umiyadham of Unjha and Khodaldham of Kagwad.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Top Congress leaders met with leaders of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti to discuss poll alliance.

  • The meeting did not reach to any conclusion over the politically crucial issue of the OBC quota to Patidars.

  • Patidar leader Bambhania said that Congress shows political will to provide quota, unlike BJP.

Though the meeting did not reach to any conclusion over the politically crucial issue of the OBC quota to Patidars, but the PAAS leaders claimed that the main opposition party showed political will while the ruling BJP never called the community leaders to discuss the issue.

“Meeting with Congress was satosfactory. Congress shows political will to provide us quota,” says Bambhania after holding a four-hour long meeting with Sibal and top Gujarat Congress leaders including party chief in the state Bharatsinh Solanki.

“Congress provides us constitutional options to give the quota which will not intervene into existing 49 per cent quota,” said Bambhania adding that the formula given by the Congress will remain confidential.

“Other states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan has provided quota to the agitating communities. Congress assured to provide quota as per the quota given in those states,” said Bambhania hinting at separate provision of quota for Patidars.

“After holding the discussions on the options given by Congress with Hardik, legal experts and two key organisations Khodaldham and Umiyadham, we will hold a final meeting with Congress leaders on our demand of quota,” said Bambhania.

After PAAS addressed the reporters at Gujarat Congress Bhavan in Paldi area of the city, Sibal too did not disclose his party’s card over quota.

“It was a long discussion and we exchanged several things. But it cannot be discussed with the media,” said Sibal.

When asked if the quota can be given to Patidars under the constitutional ambit which is constantly being denied by the BJP, Sibal said, ” BJP has a very little understanding about the constitution. But as far as the question of quota is concerned, we will try to find out some possible way.”

PAAS members have been agitating since their leader, Hardik, organized a huge public gathering of the community at GMDC ground in August 2015. This was followed by widespread violence in the state that had claimed nine lives.

The polling for the two-phase elections in the state will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.

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Tripura Election 2018: Around 79% turnout in Tripura Assembly polls: CEO

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People after casting their votes (Photo-ANI)

Over 78 per cent of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters had cast their votes on Sunday in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly, said state chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti.

However, he said that the polling percentage might go up as huge numbers of voters were still in queues at 10 p.m. on Sunday night in around 100 of the 3,174 polling stations across the state.

“Over 78.56 per cent of the 2,536,589 voters in Tripura had cast their votes. The polling percentage will go up when the final figures come after completion of the remaining around 100 polling stations,” Taranikanti told the media.

He said that 191 (6 per cent) VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) and 89 (5 per cent) EVM (Electronic Voting Machines) malfunctioned causing delay in balloting.

“We have decided to conduct re-poll in a polling station under Karamchara assembly constituency even as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) demanded re-polling in some polling stations,” Taranikanti said adding that there is no incident during the polling throughout the state.

In a separate media briefing, the BJP demanded a re-poll in eight polling stations and the CPI-M demanded re-poll in three polling stations.

Ruling Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar alleged that at least five election agents of Left Front candidates were injured and shifted to hospitals when workers of BJP and its electoral ally IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) attacked on them in different places of Tripura.

“Forward Bloc candidate Biswanath Saha and some women were injured when the central para-military forces carried out a baton charge in two separate places in western Tripura,” he said, demanding action against the attackers.

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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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