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Assembly elections: Tripura to vote on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27; results on March 3

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Election Commission on Thursday announced  the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections. 

While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said Tripura will vote on February 18, 2017. While polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27 (Tuesday).

Counting for all the three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day.

A total strength of  the three assemblies is 60 members each.

Election to the three states to be held in two rounds.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner informed  VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states for the very first time.

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Here are 11 questions Tejashwi has asked Modi ahead of his rallies in Bihar

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Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday sought to corner the BJP by putting 11 questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his election rallies in Bihar during the day.

Modi will address several rallies on Wednesday in Assembly seats where elections will be held in the second phase.

“AIIMS at Darbhanga was announced in the 2015 Assembly elections. Why has its construction started just before the 2020 Assembly elections despite the ‘double engine’ government in Bihar?” Tejashwi asked.

“Since PM Modi will address a rally in Muzaffarpur, I want to ask him to speak up on the most heinous gang rape of 34 minor girls in a government shelter home. Moreover, the Chief Minister was involved in the protection of the main accused. He went to the birthday party of the main accused, gave financial aid and also party ticket to her to contest these Assembly elections,” Tejashwi said while referring to former Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma who had to resign after the case surfaced.

“The ‘double engine’ government had promised to set up super multispeciality hospitals in Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. Why are these two projects not completed yet?

“The ‘double engine’ government also promised to build a university for skilling in Bihar. Why has it not been established yet?

“When massive waterlogging occurred in Patna, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi left a person to die and fled the spot. Can he talk about the pathetic situation of the Patna Municipal Corporation?

“The PM should also talk about the 10 dirtiest cities of the country. Why six of these cities are in Bihar?” asked Tejashwi, who is the chief ministerial face of the Mahagathbandhan.

“Nitish Kumar is the weakest Chief Minister in the country who was unable to convert the Patna University into a central university despite having good political backing, including 39 out of 40 MPs of Bihar who belong to the NDA.

“Why are large number of youths unemployed in Bihar? How many jobs have the Centre and the state created in the last six and 15 years respectively?

“Why is labour migration taking place on such a large scale during the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar?

“Why did the Bihar government not allow migrant workers to enter Bihar during the nationwide lockdown? Why did it not rescue thousands of Bihari students from Kota in Rajasthan?

“The PM himself pointed out 33 scams during the 2015 Assembly election campaign in Bihar to counter Nitish Kumar. Now, 27 more scams have been added to the tally. Moreover, the culprits are roaming freely in the state,” Tejashwi said.

The RJD leader said that he expected Modi replies on these 11 posers.

The elections for 243 Assembly seats will be held in three phases – for 71 seats on October 28, for 94 seats on November 3, and remaining 78 on November 7. The results will be announced on November 10.

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Congress, CPI(M) to join hands for West Bengal polls 2021

A meeting was held by CPI(M) Central Committee on Sunday to discuss the assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal.

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The alliance in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Congress in West Bengal will join hands in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly Elections. According to the reports, the CPI(M) Central Committee will announce it officially on October 30 and 31.

A meeting was held by CPI(M) Central Committee on Sunday to discuss the assembly elections in Kerala and West Bengal. According to reports, preliminary discussions on the allies for the elections in the two states were carried out in the virtual meeting. The meeting also discussed the common political situation as the main agenda. Bihar elections were also considered at the meeting.

The CPI(M) and the Congress had allied in Bengal in the 2016 assembly polls, but it failed to evoke much impact. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the proposed Congress-CPI(M) alliance fell apart after both the parties were unable to reach an agreement on the seat-sharing deal. Both the CPIM and Congress had contested the municipal elections from those seats in which they have already won.

Also, there are 19 CPI (ML), 6 each of CPI and CPM candidates, in the Bihar assembly election. CPI (ML) has a strong presence in Central Bihar constituencies of Bhojpur, Kai­m­ur, Jahananad, Arwal, Ga­ya, and Aurangabad distr­i­cts. Violent caste clashes between the upper caste land­owning Bhumihar and Dalits had taken place in these districts in the 1970s and 80s.

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As polling day approaches, contest panning out between upper and lower castes in Bihar

Such a vote polarisation, deliberately effected through statements of the leaders of the two groupings, seems to be turning into an advantageous situation for the Mahagathbandhan.

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With just two days remaining for voting in the first phase of the Assembly polls, the contest is panning out between the backward and forward castes in Bihar for the opposition Mahagathbandhan and the ruling NDA respectively.

Such a vote polarisation, deliberately effected through statements of the leaders of the two groupings, seems to be turning into an advantageous situation for the Mahagathbandhan.

During a rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sasaram on October 23, he said that 10 per cent reservation will be given to the upper castes belonging to the economically weaker section.

Tejashwi Yadav, the CM face of the Mahagathbandhan, during a rally in Sasaram district on Monday said that poor people fearlessly walked in front of Babu Sahab (Rajput) and other upper caste people of Bihar when his father Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister.

Such statements are important in the context of the caste equations in Bihar. There are four castes — Brahmin, Rajput, Bhumihar and Kayastha — that are considered as upper castes in Bihar.

As per the Election Commission of India (ECI), Bihar had a total of 7,21,40945 voters till January 2020 including 3,80,88338 males, 3,42,50262 females and 2339 transgenders.

Among them, only 19 per cent voters are from the upper castes, while 16 per cent are Dalits, 17 per cent are Muslims, 16 per cent Yadav and the remaining 38 per cent belonging to OBCs.

In Bihar, traditionally the upper castes were land owners who employed poor people from the the Dalit and OBC communities before 1990. The situation changed to a large extent after Lalu Prasad came to power in 1990. He belongs to the OBC segment and advocated social equality and justice for Dalits and OBCs.

The think tank of the RJD knew that if Tejashwi Yadav used his father’s image in the 2020 Bihar assembly election to polarise voters between lower and upper castes, it will be a gain for the Mahagathbandhan.

The Mahagathbandhan, say analysts, already seems to find favour with Muslims and Yadavs (the MY factor). If the Dalits go with the Mahagathbandhan, it is an added advantage. Besides, it also has some votes from the other OBC castes.

The alliance partners of the Mahagathbandhan by and large represent the OBCs and Dalits in Bihar. The OBCs and Muslims are known for being traditional voters of the Congress. The Left parties have also always been vocal for Dalits and the labourer community in Bihar.

Besides, Tejashwi Yadav’s populist promise to provide 10 lakh government jobs is also turning out to be handy in enticing poor people largely from the Dalit, Muslim, and OBC communities.

On the other hand, the BJP is seen as a party favoured by upper caste voters.

The BJP is also known for polarising voters between Hindus and Muslims over the years. However, it does not seem to be working in the Assembly election despite its leaders like Giriraj Singh bringing Jinnah into this election and Minister Of State for Home Nityanand Rai saying that Kashmiri militants would take shelter in Bihar if the Mahagathbandhan came to power.

The Nitish Kumar led ruling JD-U is also seen to have failed to convince the state’s Dalits and Muslims. Kumar has a strong hold in the Koiri and Kurmi communities which are around 24 per cent but that may not be good enough to get an edge in the elections.

Saroj Yadav, a political analyst based in Patna said: “The situation is extremely tough for the JD-U and the BJP as they are not making any effort to attract Dalits and Muslims. The crowds in the rallies of Tejashwi Yadav are much bigger than the rallies of NDA leaders and it gives a clear message to political parties about what the voters are thinking this time.”

“The separation of Chirag Paswan from the NDA is also going against it. Late Ram Vilas Paswan was a well-known leader of Dalits in Bihar. His party LJP works on the same lines and the voters of the party (mainly Dalits) may go away from the NDA,” he said.

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