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Shades of Karnataka Elections: From Differently-abled person to young bride casts vote

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Bengaluru, May 12: The high-stakes Karnataka Assembly election, which began on Saturday at brisk pace witnessed an eventful day as it saw voters from all walks of life.

Scores of people cast their vote to elect its 15th legislative assembly. But some of the enthusiastic voters made the crucial voting day more special with their presence.

From Grandparents, young brides, first-time voters, celebrities, differently-abled actively participated to celebrate the “festival of democracy”.

As one of the bride cast her vote at polling booth number131 in Karnataka’s Madikeri.

Similarly, Groom Mallikarjun Gamangatti, along with his bride Nikhita Jodi voted at polling booth 191-A in Dharwad.

Prior to this, an 87-year-old wheelchair-borne grandmother also cast her vote in Shimoga constituency.

A differently-abled person also voted in the Badami constituency and happily posed before media.

Around 5000 transgenders also got a chance to cast their votes in the crucial Karnataka Polls.

Lavanya, transwoman and the first-time voter cast her vote at the St Aloysius Pre-University College polling booth in CV Raman Nagar.

As per the reports, the southern state has more than 5.07-crore electorate, including 2.62-crore men and 2.5-crore women.

A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray. More than 15 lakh people are first-time voters in the 18-19 age group.

Voting is taking place in 58,008 polling stations of 30 districts across Karnataka, out of which 600 of them are pink booths, manned by all-women personnel, and 28 ethnic booths.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded 223 candidates, while the ruling Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have fielded 222 and 201 seats respectively.

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Wrong policies led to failure of Cong-RJD govts in Bihar: Owaisi

People of the country are facing the consequences due to the wrong moves of the Congress party,” the AIMIM chief said.

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Patna, Sep 19 — All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday claimed that wrong policies led to the failure of the Congress and RJD governments in Bihar.

Owaisi was in Patna as the AIMIM entered into an alliance with the Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic (SJDD) ahead of the Bihar polls.

“We will fight the election under the leadership of Devendra Prasad Yadav, the president of SJDD. We welcome all those parties who want to fight against communalism and communal parties,” the AIMIM chief said.

“We are not scared of any political party. Our party had contested the election in 2015 from Kishanganj, but the Congress won. Today the BJP is riding high in Bihar due to the failure of the RJD. I have defeated the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Hyderabad,” Owaisi said.

“In Maharashtra, the Congress party is sitting on the Shiv Sena’s lap. The former is presented as a secular party in the country but I would believe that its thinking promotes feudalism. People of the country are facing the consequences due to the wrong moves of the Congress party,” the AIMIM chief said.

The AIMIM has already declared it will contest on 50 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar.

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Bihar Assembly Polls : Separate queue for Covid patients at polling booths

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Patna, Sep 18 : The Election Commission of India (ECI) has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients.

The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.

The idea is to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus, while allowing patients to exercise their right to vote.

As per the Commission’s strategy, there would be separate queues for Covid patients at polling stations.

The ECI has also made it mandatory for polling officers, presiding officers and polling agents of different political parties to be equipped with proper safety gear.

In another development, the ECI is expected to raise the limit for expenses which can be incurred by individual candidates on the election campaign.

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The earlier limit was set at Rs 26 lakh.

The officer said that ECI may consult the law ministry on the issue.

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NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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New Delhi, Sept 14 : Rajya Sabha on Monday re-elected Janata Dal (United) parliamentarian Harivansh Narayan Singh as deputy chairman of the Upper House by voice vote.

Harivansh’s name was proposed by BJP president and party MP Jagat Prakash Nadda. Leader of the House Thavarchand Gehlot seconded it.

The opposition had fielded Manoj Jha, an RJD member.

Soon after the election, MPs from various political parties congratulated Harivansh.

In 2018, Harivansh had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad in the election to the post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated him for being re-elected.

The election was necessitated as Harivansh completed his term as a member of Rajya Sabha this year.

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