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Rajasthan civic polls: Congress sweeps 961 seats, BJP wins 737

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Jaipur, Nov 19 : The Congress on Tuesday secured a clear edge over its political rivals in Rajasthan as its 961 candidates won from 2,105 wards in local body polls held in 49 civic units in 24 districts.

Main rival BJP won on 737 seats making it the other second big party in the race. The BSP had its 16 candidates win while CPI(M) marked their victory on three seats. The NCP won two seats in the state.

A total of 386 independents won in the polls, said Chief Electoral Officer Shyam Singh Rajpurohit.

Speaking on the victory, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “The results have come to our expectations. We are happy to see people giving us a strong mandate yet again looking at our work and performance. We would like to solve people’s grievances with priority. If people have trusted us, we would love to work meeting their expectations and aspirations.”

Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot credited the victory to Congress workers who he said worked hard to meet people’s expectations.

“People have been showering their blessings continuously in all elections looking at our work. Congress got majority in many units on which I congratulate people and Congress.”

The voting for election of presidents/chairpersons of municipalities/corporations shall be held on November 26 while the elections for vice-presidents are on November 27, said Rajpurohit.

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Congress likely to field Romesh Sabharwal against Kejriwal

The Congress is giving four seats to the Rashtriya Janata Dal, and will decide candidates for the remaining 20 seats soon.

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Congress student wing NSUI's former Delhi President Romesh Sabharwal

New Delhi, Jan 16 : Congress student wing NSUI’s former Delhi President Romesh Sabharwal likely to be the party candidate against Arvind Kejriwal on the coveted New Delhi Assembly seat as no other senior leader is willing to contest from there.

Earlier, former Congress MLA Rajesh Lilothia had volunteered to contest against the Aam Aadmi Party chief but the party would like to contest from elsewhere.

An active party worker, Sabharwal, who has been associated with both the National Students Union of India and the Youth Congress, said: “I am willing to contest if the party nominates me as Kejriwal has not done anything in the constituency in past six years.”

He also termed Kejriwal as a outsider. The son of retired government servants, Sabharwal is pinning hope on the service class which has sizeable presence in the constituency.

The Congress’ Central Election Committee met on Thursday and finalised candidates for 46 seats of the total 70 seats. The announcement is likely to be made on Friday.

The Congress is giving four seats to the Rashtriya Janata Dal, and will decide candidates for the remaining 20 seats soon.

State Congress President Subash Chopra said: “We have discussed most of the seats and list will be coming tomorrow.”

Asked if senior leaders will contest, he said the high command will decide on this matter.

He, however, ruled himself out. “I will not contest the elections as I have to manage the elections,” Chopra said.

The Congress was finding it difficult to select a candidate for the New Delhi seat. Of senior leaders, Ajay Maken has left for the US where his daughter is not well, while another veteran, Naseeb Singh, declined to contest.

On Maken’s absence, Chopra said that an emergency could happen in anybody’s family.

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Delhi Congress poll list on Friday, Chopra won’t contest

Senior Congress leaders have been asked to contest elections but Ajay Maken has left for the US as his daughter is unwell.

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New Delhi, Jan 16 : The Congress election committee which met on Thursday to finalise the names of candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls, will announce the names on Friday.

Congress Delhi unit chief Subhash Chopra said “We have discussed most of the seats and list will be coming tomorrow.”

When asked if senior leaders will contest he said the high command will decide. But Chopra said “I will not contest the elections as I have to manage the elections.”

The Congress has not been able to finalise candidates for New Delhi seats from where Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is contesting.

Senior Congress leaders have been asked to contest elections but Ajay Maken has left for the US as his daughter is unwell.

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BJP, JDU alliance unbreakable, NDA to contest Bihar polls under Nitish: Shah

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Hajipur, Jan 16 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said here on Thursday that the alliance of BJP and Janata Dal (United) in Bihar is “unbreakable” and that the Assembly election this year will also be contested under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Addressing a public meeting in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Vaishali, he said that this law is not meant to take away anyone’s citizenship, but instead to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities. He said that the opposition is misleading the youth and Muslims on this issue.

Shah said that when the country became independent, there were 33 per cent minorities in East and West Pakistan, but they were repressed and forcibly converted. He asked why the opposition is against giving citizenship to such oppressed people.

He said, “The families in which the daughter was raped in front of the father, the wife was raped in front of the husband, the gurdwaras and temples were converted into mosques and their human rights were violated. I want to ask the champions of human rights why this protest is happening when this Citizenship Amendment Act is for returning the rights of those people.”

Discussing the politics of Bihar, Shah said, “Some people want to spread rumours. I have come here to put an end to all rumours. The NDA will contest elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar. The alliance of BJP and JDU is unbreakable. There can be no break up.”

Shah said that Lalu Yadav is “dreaming” of becoming the Chief Minister even in jail. He said when Lalu ruled Bihar, its growth rate was three per cent which is now 11 per cent under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.

The NDA government in Bihar is doing a consistently good job. He said that Lalu’s “Jungle Raj” has been replaced by rule of the people.

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