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Sonia alleges Mamata-Modi nexus



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Sujapur (West Bengal), April 13 : Alleging a nexus between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said the Trinamool Congress chief was following the same anti-people policies which Modi was pursuing at the Centre.

“I would like to caution you, the person who calls herself ‘didi’ (elder sister, as Banerjee is affectionately called), and the one who orchestrates the ‘NaMo, NaMo’ (Narendra Modi) cries, the two of them are together.

“When Prime Minister Modi faces problems in parliament, the Trinamool stands up to save him. In return, Prime Minister Modi turns a blind eye to the Trinamool’s anti-people activities,” Gandhi said at an election rally here in Bengal’s Malda district.

Banerjee asked the people whether Modi and Banerjee had taken any action against the chit fund companies which looted thousands of crores of rupees from the poor in Bengal.

“They didn’t, because the BJP and the Trinamool eat from the same plate.”

She said the way ‘didi’ duped the people of Bengal who had given her a mandate in Bengal, Modi had done likewise at the Centre.

“The way didi uses money, power and muscle to silence critics, Modi adopts the same tactics to bring down the Congress governments in various states. The Bengal chief minister does not send to jail those who looted poor people’s money. Similarly, Prime Minister Modi lets those who loot banks to easily flee the country.”

Refering to the alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool in the 2001 assembly polls in the state, Gandhi said five years back, her party had backed Banerjee, as she had promised to protect the interests of the poor, women and marginal sections.

But once Banerjee came to power, she forgot all her promises, Gandhi regretted.

Ridiculing the Trinamool slogan of “Ma (mother), mati (land) manush (people)”, the Congress president said that while “sisters” of Bengal were now suffering, the land had dried up and the people lacked employment.

Gandhi also attacked Banerjee over “death of newborns and babies”, plight of potato growers and “law and order failure”.

She said that despite having a woman chief minister, Bengal topped in the number of atrocities against women.

Turning to Malda, famous for its mangoes, she said the state government did not give the right price to mango growers last year.

She said that even Malda’s world famous silk industry has suffered, due to import of silk.

“It seems the Mamata government is not concerned with all these issues. In Bengal, everybody is unhappy. Only those who are with those running chit funds, and those who are making money by looting the poor are happy,” she said.


Rajya Sabha polls: Congress MLA accused of disclosing vote




Raipur, March 23: Controversy erupted during the Rajya Sabha polls here on Friday after a Congress MLA was accused of disclosing her vote in violation of election norms.

BJP candidate Saroj Pandey’s voting agent alleged that Congress MLA Anila Bhediya violated the rules by disclosing her vote cast in a secret ballot.

Bhediya, however, denied the allegation and accused the BJP polling agent of peeping in when she was casting her vote.

“I have used my vote as per rules. I have not disclosed my vote. The allegations are baseless,” she said.

Sources said a final decision on the validity of Bhediya’s vote would be taken after the voting gets over.

BJP’s Saroj Pandey is contesting against Lekhram Sahu of the Congress for the Chhattisgarh Rajya Sabha seat.

The voting began at 9 a.m. and the counting will take place at 5 p.m.

Voting for 26 out of 59 Rajya Sabha seats took place in six states – Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.


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Rajya Sabha elections: Voting underway for 25 seats in 6 states




New Delhi, March 23: Voting is underway for the high-level Rajya Sabha elections to fill 25 seats in six states- Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.

Out of 58 Rajya Sabha seats, polling is being held for 25 vacant seats as 33 candidates from 10 states have been elected unopposed.

The voting began at 9 am and will continue till 4 pm. Counting of votes will take place from 5 pm and results are expected to be announced by today evening.

Below we have enlisted states and the number of seats which will be filled with today’s verdict: 

Andhra Pradesh (3), Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (1), Gujarat (4), Haryana (1), Himachal Pradesh (1), Karnataka (4), Madhya Pradesh (5), Maharashtra (6), Telangana (3), Uttar Pradesh (10), Uttarakhand (1), West Bengal (5), Odisha (3), Rajasthan (3) and Jharkhand (2).

Apart from the Rajya Sabha elections, a by-poll will also be held for one seat in Kerala where MP Veerendra Kumar, the Left-backed candidate of Sharad Yadav faction of the JD(U), is fielded against Babu Prasad of the Congress.

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Visuals from Kerala Legislative Assembly

Visuals from Bengaluru 

BSP MLA Anil Singh cross voted for BJP

Visuals from Telangana Assembly

No cross-voting is going to take place, but BJP MLAs will cross-vote in our favour, says SP

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav stated there will be no cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls being held in Uttar Pradesh, but BJP MLAs will cross-vote in their favour.

MLAs queue up in West Bengal Assembly to vote in Kolkata

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Five seats are being contested in the state. Altogether six candidates, including Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for the five Rajya Sabha seats from this seat.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath meets party MLAs in Lucknow

Javadekar, Yeddyurappa met BJP candidate Rajeev Chandrashekar in Bengaluru

Samajwadi Party leader, Rajendra Chaudhary said “SP candidate Jaya Bachchan Ji & BSP candidate, (Bhim Rao Ambedkar) whom we are supporting, will win the Rajya Sabha elections. Considering BJP’s condition I’d say that its own MLAs are annoyed & some of them may even end up siding with the opposition”.


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BSP MLA Anil Singh votes for BJP in Rajya Sabha elections

After cross-voting, Singh said ” I have voted for the BJP and don’t know about the rest.



Lucknow, March 23: BSP MLA Anil Singh voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Rajya Sabha elections. 

After cross-voting, Singh said ” I have voted for the BJP and don’t know about the rest.

Voting is underway here to elect 10 Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh.

Polling began at 9 a.m., at the Tilak hall in the Vidhan Sabha building.

The BJP has fielded nine candidates while the SP and BSP have named one each.


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