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Results: Mamata leading in WB, AIADMK in TN, LDF in Kerala, BJP in Assam, Cong in Puducherry

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The Counting of votes of assembly elections begins on Thursday morning in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry and postal ballots to be opened first.

According to various exit polls, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala appeared to have voted for change giving BJP its first government in the northeastern state dislodging Congress which may also lose Kerala. DMK has been tipped to regain power trouncing AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

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Kerala       

ASSEMBLY NATIONAL

LDF:    89                                          +22                                                                                                           +33
UDF:    49                                         -21                                                                                                            -30
BJP+ :   1                                           +1                                                                                                              -3
Others:   1                                          -2                                                                                                               0

Awaited:  0

  • Former CM VS Achuthanandan leading from Malampuzha constituency by 4056 votes.
  • Senior CPIM leader Pinari Vijayan leading in Dharmadom constituency by 11688 votes.
  • Kerala CM Oommen Chandy leading from Puthupally constituency by 2019 votes.
  • LDF leading in 59, UDF 47, NDA 2. Sreesanth is third in his constituency, Congress leading.
  • Latest EC data shows LDF leading in 22 seats, UDF in 23 seats and NDA opens it account with a lead in Kottayam.
  • In Kerala, LDF leading in 18 seats, UDF in 7, others 1, NDA still to open it’s account.
  • Actor or Former Minister Ganesh Kumar (LDF) leading by 70 votes (postal ballots) in Pathanapuram constituency in Kollam (Kerala).
  • First trends coming out of Kerala, LDF leading in 7 seats, UDF in 3 seats.

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Postal ballots being opened in a counting centre in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu

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DMK+ :            98                                       +67                                                                                         +93
ADMK :         126                                      -22                                                                                      -88
PMK :                6                                          +3                                                                                            +2
BJP+ :               1                                          +1                                                                                            -6
Others :             1                                          -45                                                                                            0

Awaited:   3

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  • Celebrations outside Jayalalithaa’s residence as trends show AIADMK leading in Tamil Nadu.
  • DMDK chief Captain Vijaykanth trailing at third position in Ulundurpettai constituency, AIADMK leading,DMK second.
  • Jayalailithaa leads in RK Nagar constituency seat by 1906 votes.
  • Tamil Nadu latest EC data from postal ballots: AIADMK leading in 64 seats, DMK leading in 61 seats.
  • Tamil Nadu latest EC data from postal ballots: AIADMK leading in 8 seats, DMK leading in 13 seats.

West Bengal

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TMC+ :        216                                   +32                                                                                              +2
LEFT :           31                                     -30                                                                                            +3
Cong :           35                                      -7                                                                                              +7
Others :       -206                                      -28                                                                                                -16

Awaited:  0

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  • Celebrations outside Mamata Banerjee’s residence after early trends show her leading by over 3000 votes.
  • Mamata Banerjee takes big lead of over 3000 votes over BJP’s Chandra Bose in Bhabanipur.
  • BJP’s Chandra Bose closes gap in Bhabanipur constituency, Mamata Banerjee now leads by 158 votes.
  • West Bengal latest: TMC-124, Left alliance-34,BJP-3.
  • BJP’s Chandra Bose in third position in Bhabanipur constituency in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee leads.
  • West Bengal latest EC data: TMC-83, Congress-12,Left-13, BJP-2,RSP-1, GJM-2, Independent-1.
  • According to latest EC data after first round of counting TMC leads in 13 seats, Left alliance in 9, BJP in 1.
  • West Bengal latest EC data from postal ballots: TMC leading on 11 seats, Left leading on 8 seats, BJP leading on 1.

Assam

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Cong+ :  30                                         -48                                                                                             +7
BJP+ :  74                                             +47                                                                                             +4
AUDF+ :  14                                           -4                                                                                               -10
Others:  8                                           +5                                                                                                -1

Awaited:  0

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  • Want to thank people of Assam for giving us 48-49% vote, Government is committed for development of the state: Ram Madhav, BJP.
  • AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing by over 7861 votes to Congress’s candidate from Salmara South constituency.
  • BJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli by 3767 votes,CM Tarun Gogoi leading frm Titabor by 4432 votes.
  • Assam latest EC data: BJP-34,Congress-15, AIUDF-8, BPF-10 , AGP-18,others-4.
  • Assam latest EC data: BJP-19,Congress-8, AIUDF-2, BPF-6 , AGP-9, others-2.
  • AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing by over 2400 votes to Congress’s candidate from Salmara South constituency.
  • Assam latest EC data: BJP leading in 7 seats, Congress in 4, AIUDF in 1, BPF leading in 3 seats, AGP leading on 1 seat.
  • Assam latest EC data from postal ballots: BJP leading in Dibrugarh, Moran, Lahoal and Tingkhong.

Puducherry

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ADMK :             2                                                          -3                                                                                                   -3
NCR :              12                                                        -2                                                                                                  -6
DMDK+ :       0                                                         0                                                                                                   0
Cong+ :          13                                                        +5                                                                                                 +8
Others :          1                                                       -5                                                                                                 -4

Awaited:     2

  • Congress wins one seat and leading on 4 seats, All India N.R. Congress wins one seat & leading on 4.

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Bernie Sanders mulls ‘Make Billionaires Pay Act’, zones in on Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg

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New York, Aug 8 :J Three Senators, led by Bernie Sanders, have attracted global attention for introducing the “Make Billionaires Pay Act,” aiming to tax US tech’s top leaders tens of billions of dollars in wealth made during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Make Billionaires Pay Act” would impose a one-time 60 per cent tax on wealth gains made by billionaires between March 18, 2020, and January 1, 2021.

Riding growing global despair about inequity, the Senators suggest that funds would be used to pay for out-of-pocket health-care expenses for all Americans for a year. Besides Sanders, the Senators are Ed Markey and Kirsten Gillibrand.

“Over and over again, we have been told that we cannot possibly afford to guarantee healthcare as a right by moving to a Medicare for All system – even on a temporary basis during the worst public health emergency in over a hundred years. Well, it turns out that is not quite accurate,” a post on Sanders’ Senate page argued.

“While a record-breaking 5.4 million Americans recently lost their health insurance, 467 billionaires in our country increased their wealth by an estimated $731.8 billion during the pandemic. Incredibly, as a result of the Trump tax giveaway to the rich, these billionaires currently pay a lower effective tax rate than teachers or truck drivers.”

Citing the Americans for Tax Fairness and Institute for Policy, Sanders said: “If we taxed 60 per cent of the windfall gains these billionaires made from March 18th until August 5th, we could raise $421.7 billion. That’s enough revenue to allow Medicare to pay all of the out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for everyone in America over the next 12 months (based on an estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget).

“Yes, that’s right. By taxing 60 per cent of the wealth gains made by just 467 billionaires during this horrific pandemic, we could guarantee healthcare as a right for an entire year. And billionaires would still be able to pocket more than $310.1 billion in wealth gains during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”

Illustrative examples cited include Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has gone up by 63 per cent or $71.3 billion during the pandemic, paying a one-time wealth tax of $42.8 billion; Elon Musk, whose wealth has nearly tripled during the pandemic from $24.6 billion to $70.5 billion, would pay a one-time wealth tax of $27.5 billion; Mark Zuckerberg, who is now worth $92.7 billion, up from $54.7 billion, would pay a one-time wealth tax of $22.8 billion and the Walton family, the wealthiest family in America, which has seen their wealth grow by $21.5 billion, would pay a one-time wealth tax of $12.9 billion.

“At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when so many of our people are hurting, it is time to fundamentally change our national priorities. Instead of more tax breaks for the rich while more Americans die because they cannot afford to go to a doctor, let us expand Medicare and save lives by demanding that billionaires pay their fair share of taxes.”

Aiming to distinguish the not-so-super-rich from their moves, those with net worth of less than $1 billion wouldn’t pay more in taxes. While Zuckerberg, Bezos and the Waltons haven’t yet reacted, Musk took the challenge head on, with a meme. “Everytime the Bernster mentions a free government program, chug somebody else’s beer”, the irrepressible billionaire tweeted back.

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Rahul Gandhi Says Bihar Seat Sharing Formula With Allies Set to be Finalized Soon

For the seat sharing formula, Congress state in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil will travel this week to Bihar to hold talks with all the stakeholders, Rahul told the party workers while addressing a virtual meeting.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has held a meeting with party workers of Bihar through video conferencing where he told them that the situation due to Covid-19 is pathetic and unemployment is rising in the country. He said that the Congress should prepare for the elections in the state with “positivity”.

Rahul Gandhi in his speech said that a seat sharing formula with alliance partners will be finalized in 15 to 20 days and asked Congress leaders to respect the allies and their leaders, sources said.

For the seat sharing formula, Congress state in-charge Shakti Singh Gohil will travel this week to Bihar to hold talks with all the stakeholders, Rahul told the party workers.

Leader in the Bihar Assembly Sadanand Singh requested Rahul Gandhi to finalise the alliances soon so that they get time to prepare for the elections. Many Congress leaders including former Minister Shakiluzzaman Ansari raised the issue of outsiders being given party tickets and asked the leadership to give tickets only to dedicated party workers in the wake of the recent rebellions in many states, said sources.

The Congress is set to contest the Bihar assembly elections in alliance with the RJD and other non-NDA constituents.

Chief National Media Coordinator of the Congress, Sanjiv Singh said that over 1000 Congress workers participated in the virtual meeting.

He said, “Rahulji said that he will be present in Bihar as and when the state unit desires.”

But the Congress has a tough task ahead on seat adjustment with the RJD which had bulldozed the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when Kirti Azad had to contest from Dhanbad in Jharkhand and Shakil Ahmed fought as an Independent.

In the 2015 Assembly elections, the RJD, JDU and the Congress contested the polls together and won handsomely. But the JDU later went over to the BJP.

There are about 100 seats which were contested by the JDU which are yet to be distributed amongst the alliance partners and the Congress too wants a major chunk from the pie, but sources say that the party may settle for 70 seats.

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United States Presidential Election on Nov 3 as planned: WH officials

Election Day takes place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as determined by federal law. Moving the date would require an act of Congress.

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Washington, Aug 3 : White House officials have confirmed that the upcoming US presidential election will be held as planned on November 3 after President Donald Trump raised the possibility of delaying it.

Speaking to CBS News on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the President was only raising concerns about mail-in ballots when he floated the idea of delaying election in a tweet last week.

“We’re going to hold an election on November 3 and the President is going to win,” Xinhua news agency quoted Meadows as saying to CBS News.

The Chief of Staff added that Trump “has not looked at delaying any election”.

Meadows’s remarks were echoed by presidential campaign adviser Jason Miller, who told Fox News on Sunday that “the election is going to be on November 3 and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3”.

In his tweet on July 29, Trump claimed — without providing any proof or evidence — that “universal mail-in voting” would make November’s vote “the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history”.

“It will be a great embarrassment to the USA,” he said.

“Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

But later in the day, Trump said that he did not want to delay the election, saying: “I don’t want a delay. I want to have the election… But I don’t want to see a crooked election.

“But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn’t mean anything. That’s what’s going to happen… that’s common sense. Mail-in ballots will lead to the greatest fraud.”

Trump’s delay tweet immediately ignited a political firestorm and drew bipartisan pushback from Capitol Hill, as legal analysts agreed that Trump has no authority to delay the election as the US Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date.

Election Day takes place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as determined by federal law. Moving the date would require an act of Congress.

Top Republicans — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — both dismissed the idea.

Trump ally Senator Lindsay Graham meanwhile said a delay was “not a good idea”.

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