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Two-time CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda files nomination

Hooda told the media that the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in the state has cheated the people.

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Chandigarh, Oct 4 : Two-time Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday filed his nomination papers from the Garhi Sampla-Kiloi constituency in Rohtak for the October 21 Assembly polls.

Political observers say it is a tough road for the Congress leader to return to the helm by wrestling power from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Going to file his papers after a ‘havan’ at his residence, Hooda was accompanied by his son and former three-time MP Deepender Singh Hooda, while ten of thousands of his followers gathered on the occasion.

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Hooda told the media that the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in the state has cheated the people.

The BJP had made 154 poll promises in the last assembly elections and not even a single one was fulfilled, he claimed.

“Our government will work for the betterment of the farmers, employees, Dalits and the businessmen. The law and order in the state has deteriorated and the employees are hitting the roads in protests and are facing ‘lathicharge’ by the police,” he said.

Seeking votes on the basis of his two consecutive stints as the Chief Minister, he said if his Congress came to power, the government would give employees the pay scale on the pattern of Punjab.

Just days ahead of the poll announcement, the Congress high command handed over to him the reins of the party’s affairs in the state by appointing him as the Congress Legislature Party leader.

To challenge Hooda in his stronghold, the BJP has fielded defected Indian National Lok Dal leader Satish Nandal against him. Nandal had joined the party on June 29.

Nandal had twice contested the Assembly elections against Hooda from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi on an INLD ticket in 2009 and 2014. He finished as runner-up on both occasions.

The BJP’s vote share in the Garhi Sampla-Kiloi segment in Rohtak district in the last Lok Sabha polls rose substantially compared to the previous elections.

Hooda, who managed to prevailed upon his rivals within the party to get nomination for at least 60 candidates, is facing cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for granting approval to a land deal of Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra in the fag-end of his second stint as the Chief Minister.

It is literally a do-or-die battle for political survival for Hooda, who faced humiliating defeat in the last Lok Sabha elections along with his son.

“This time, Bhupinder Singh Hooda is fighting on two fronts — one is to re-establish himself and the second is to ensure the party’s return as he forced the high command to announce him as the Congress Legislature Party leader just ahead of the polls despite all odds and then get the maximum say in ticket allocation,” a political observer told IANS.

The result of the 90-member Haryana Assembly will be declared on October 24.

In the 2014 Assembly polls, the BJP improved its 2009 tally of four to 47, followed by the INLD with 19 legislators and the Congress with 15 seats.

Two seats went to the Haryana Janhit Congress, and one each to the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party. Five Independent candidates were also elected.

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PM Modi doesn’t understand economy: Rahul in Haryana

Citing the lack of jobs and the rising farmers distress, he said: “The fate of country is known to you… unemployment is highest in the country in last 45 years.

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Rahul Gandhi

Mahendergarh (Haryana), Oct 18 : Hitting out the BJP-led Central government over the slowdown, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not know anything about economics”.

Addressing his second rally in Haryana, in the Ahirwal region – seen as a BJP citadel, ahead of the October 21 Assembly elections, the former Congress President warned that the economic situation will become worse and “big corporates will run away like Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi”.

Citing the lack of jobs and the rising farmers distress, he said: “The fate of country is known to you… unemployment is highest in the country in last 45 years.

If you ask business men, either small or medium, everybody will say that demonetisation and GST has ruined them.”

“If Nyay (the Congress proposal for a universal basic income in the 2019 polls) had been implemented, then the things would have been better, but Haryana has a chance to vote for the Congress,” Gandhi added.

He said that Modi had assured that farmers’ loans would be written off but it has not happened, but the government has “written off loans of corporates to tune of Rs 5.5 lakh crore”.

“More than Rs 1 lakh crore have been given as tax rebate to corporates. But he (Modi) will not give money to the poor,” he added.

Gandhi said that under the Congress-led UPA, India was competing with the US and China, but “now India’s image has been dented due to the BJP’s policies”.

“Their sole aim is to divide people and fight each other,” he said, stressing that a “divided India can’t march ahead”.

Gandhi also criticised the media, saying that they “do not give the real picture to the people”.

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Despite Article 370, Local Unemployment and Business remains topmost issues in ensuing Haryana, Maha polls

Significantly, the BJP’s main poll plank of abolition of special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 did not figure among the biggest issues for the voters.

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New Delhi, Oct 18 : Notwithstanding the BJP’s high-decibel pitch for Article 370, local employment and business is the topmost issue for the electorate of Maharashtra and Haryana in the October 21 Assembly elections, according to a IANS-CVoter poll survey.

At the same time, there is a big chunk of voters in the “Others/Can’t say” category, as reflected in the survey conducted between September 16 and October 16.

Both Haryana and Maharashtra are currently ruled by the BJP.

In Haryana, 28 per cent of those asked about the “Biggest issue for you at the moment” opted for the “Status of local employment/business”.

In Maharashtra, 23.1 per cent identified this as the biggest issue for them.

The status of water supply was second biggest issue for the voters in both the states. While in Haryana, 12.4 per cent of those surveyed said so, 18.4 per cent stated this in Maharashtra.

Condition of local roads stood third in the sample survey in these states, with 8.6 per cent identifying it as one of the biggest issues in Haryana and 14.1 per cent doing so in Maharashtra.

The issue of “condition of social/caste/religious harmony” figured very poorly in the survey, with only 0.9 per cent identifying it as one of the biggest issues in Haryana and a similar number doing so in Maharashtra.

In Haryana, only 0.4 per cent saw women security as one of the biggest issues while in Maharashtra, the issue had only 0.3 per cent votaries.

Status of law and order was found to be a big issue only by 0.9 per cent in Haryana and 0.3 per cent in Maharashtra.

Control on corruption in government was one of the biggest issues only for 3.1 per cent in Haryana and merely 1.4 per cent in Maharashtra.

The status of economy, which is the main poll plank of Opposition Congress in both the states, was a big issue only for 0.3 per cent in Haryana and 0.2 per cent in Maharashtra.

Control on price rise was a major issue for 4.3 per cent in Haryana and 4.1 in Maharashtra.

Significantly, the BJP’s main poll plank of abolition of special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 did not figure among the biggest issues for the voters.

The BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been making a big pitch about the issue, saying that such a “bold” step could be taken only by a strong and decisive government.

The Congress, which is on a defensive on this issue, has been raking up the status of economy, which has been slowing down lately, to counter the BJP. The Congress has been particularly highlighting the job losses witnessed over the last several months.

In the survey, 30.3 per cent in Haryana and 19.1 per cent in Maharashtra opted for “Others/Can’t Say”.

Among other issues, status of electricity supply was big for 5.7 per cent in Haryana and 2.7 per cent Maharashtra.

The sample size of the survey in Haryana was 10,061 and 19,489 in Maharashtra.

Haryana has 90-member Assembly while the strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 288.

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Election Commission notice to Mumbai BJP chief on communal speech

He apparently referred to the Dongri and Nagpada areas, inhabited mostly by minorities, while referring to “lanes”.

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Mangal Prabhat Lodha

Mumbai, Oct 18 : The Election Commission on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Mumbai chief of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Mangal Prabhat Lodha for his alleged communal remarks during the ongoing poll campaign.

Lodha had recenly at an election rally in Mumbadevi constituency, which has a sizeable Muslim population, hinted that the explosives used for blasts in the early nineties in Mumbai were “manufactured in the lanes within 5 km.”

He apparently referred to the Dongri and Nagpada areas, inhabited mostly by minorities, while referring to “lanes”.

The EC has taken cognizance of his speech and asked him to explain. According to a report, an EC team present at the meeting had recorded his speech.

Mumbai goes to the polls on October 21.

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