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To win over assembly polls: Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in Assam today



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As Congress don’t want to loose any chance to perform in Assam assembly elections, Congress president and vice-president are addressing back-to-back rallies. A day after Sonia Gandhi aggressively campaigned for the party in the state, her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi too will on Thursday hold rallies.

The Congress vice president will address election rallies in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Tezpur.

Targeting PM Modi in her speech, Sonia had yesterday accused him of “insulting” people of the state and going back on promises of development.

The Congress president also took potshots at the Prime Minister for his remarks linking his humble origin as a tea seller with Assam tea and said “those working in the tea gardens as well as tribals are asking when will the good days (achche din) come.” ‘Achche din’ was Modi’s poll slogan in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Repeatedly claiming “insult” of Assamese and North-East people by BJP, Gandhi said the composite culture of the state was in “danger” and if BJP-AGP-BPF alliance government came to power in the state, the “era of peace and development”, which she claimed was brought during the 15-year-rule of Tarun Gogoi in the state, would be under “threat”.

Read More: Assam’s unity under threat: Sonia attacks BJP

Talking at length about the contribution of Congress in bringing peace and prosperity in Assam, Gandhi said “this time the composite culture of Assam is in danger because two dangers have come together here. One is communal and the other is divisive.”

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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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Russia presidential election: Vladimir Putin wins fourth term by big margin



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Moscow, March 19: Vladimir Putin clinched victory in Russia’s presidential election, securing his fourth term in office.

Putin, who has ruled the country nearly two decades got more than 76% of the vote.

Around 55.5 million of voters supported his candidacy in the election that took place on Sunday paving the way for Putin, 65, to lead the country until 2024 after which he is constitutionally obliged to stand down, reports Sputnik news.

In 2012, Putin had attained 45.6 million votes (63.6 per cent) which secured his position until 2018. In 2000, 39.7 million people (52.9 per cent) voted for him, while 49.6 million (71.31 per cent) backed his candidacy in 2004.

Putin extended his thanks to volunteers for their hard work during the election campaign and called the preliminary results “very decent”.

“I think that we are a big team… I mean everyone who voted today and due to the position of whom this very decent result emerged,” Sputnik news quoted the President as saying here on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin is in the second place with 11.87 per cent of the vote, followed by head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.73 per cent, Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak with 1.64 per, according to the CEC.

Grigory Yavlinsky, the co-founder of the Yabloko Party, has received only 1.02 per cent of votes followed by Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov with 0.75 per cent, Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin with 0.68 per cent and Sergey Baburin from the All-People’s Union party with 0.64 per cent.

Putin’s fiercest political opponent, Alexei Navalny, had been barred from competing because of an embezzlement conviction that he said was manufactured by the Kremlin, reports the BBC.

He called for a boycott of the election.

In his first reaction to the preliminary results, Navalny indicated he had been unable to contain his anger.

“Now is the season of Lent. I took it upon myself never to get angry and not to raise my voice. Oh well, I’ll try again next year,” he tweeted.

Sunday’s vote was also the first in Crimea since Russia seized the region from Ukraine.

However, Russians living in Ukraine were not allowed to participate.

Pre-election polls had placed Putin, the country’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, as a clear front-runner.

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