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Sheila Dixit calls Lovely a “traitor” for joining BJP during Party’s hard time

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New Delhi, April 18: Three time former Chief Minister of Delhi and Congress leader Sheila Dixit on Tuesday condemned the move of former Delhi Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Dixit called Lovely a traitor who back stabbed the party when it was going through a rough patch.

Media reports had suggested that the Congress party was going through severe infighting over the choice of candidates for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls. Delhi civil polls are due on 23 April and Lovely’s move has come as a complete shocker.

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BJP threatening journalists in Gujarat, Congress tells EC

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New Delhi, Dec 13 : The Congress on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was threatening journalists in Gujarat for airing Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi’s interview, and urged the Election Commission (EC) to take notice of it.

Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said here that some journalists were receiving threats from high-level state BJP functionaries who were telling the mediapersons that they would be jailed for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

“We appeal to the Election Commission to take notice of it. It is for the EC to decide whether an action is a violation of Model Code of Conduct or not,” Surjewala said.

“For the record, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gave an interview to a channel a day prior to voting. If that was not violation of Model Code of Conduct, how could Rahul Gandhi’s interview be?” he added.

The Congress leader also pointed out the BJP releasing its manifesto a day ahead of the first phase of polling in the state on December 9.

Some local news channels in Gujarat telecast Rahul Gandhi’s interview on Wednesday. The second phase polling in the state is scheduled for Thursday.

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Gujarat Assembly Polls: EC orders repolling in 6 booths on Thursday

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Gandhinagar, Dec 12: The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered re-polling in six booths, where first phase of voting took place on December 9. 

“The poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections”, news agency IANS quoted, Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat B.B. Swain was saying.

The officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill election results necessitating the re-election.

The booths were re-polling will be held includes Dhunda and Manpar booths in Jam Jodhpur assembly constituency, Bandharda and Gangda in Una constituency, Chorwad in Nizar constituency and Chanod colony, Chanod in Umargaon constituency, both the latter are Scheduled Tribe (ST) constituencies.

“The reasons for cancelling these booth results is that the Presiding Officers (PO) had forgotten to wipe and delete the existing mock poll drill in their EVMs. We have initiated necessary actions against these lax officials,” Swain told the IANS.

All the voters of these booths, the respective officials and political parties have been informed regarding the change.

The re-polls will take place along with the second phase elections for the remaining 93 seats of the 182 seat state assembly. The counting of votes to be held with Himachal Pradesh on December 18.

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14% candidates in Gujarat face criminal charges: ADR

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New Delhi, Dec 12:  As many as 253 (14 per cent) candidates in the fray in Gujarat assembly polls have declared criminal cases against them, with three candidates facing charges related to murder, 17 related to attempt to murder, and four related to rape, an ADR-Gujarat Election Watch report said on Monday.

Non-profit Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) along with Gujarat Election Watch has prepared a report by analysing information furnished by 1,815 of the 1,828 candidates.

In 2012 Gujarat elections, out of 1,283 candidates analysed, 222 (17 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves, the report said.

“As many as 154 (8 per cent) candidates have declared serious criminal cases, including ones related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and crimes against women. In 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, 92 (7 per cent) candidates had declared serious criminal cases against themselves,” it said.

It said seven candidates have declared cases related to kidnapping.

Among major parties, 46 (25 per cent) out of 181 candidates are from Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), 56 (32 per cent) out of 176 candidates from Congress, 17 (12 per cent) out of 138 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 9 (16 per cent) out of 57 candidates from Nationalist Congress Party, 4 (14 per cent) out of 28 candidates from Aam Aadmi Party, and 65 (8 per cent) out of 791 independent candidates analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Out of the 1,815 candidates, 418 (23 per cent) are multi-millionaires and among the major parties 147 (81 per cent) out of 181 candidates are from BJP, 129(73 per cent) out of 176 candidates from Congress, 5 (4 per cent) out of 138 candidates from BSP, and 11(39 per cent) out of 28 candidates from AAP, the report said.

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