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UP polls: Mukhtar Ansari wins, son & brother lose

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Lucknow, Mar 11 : Mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, contesting on BSP ticket, emerged winner from Mau assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh today, while his son and brother, who contested from the same party, lost the polls.

Ansari, who had merged his Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with BSP before polls and claimed to ensure victory for the party, managed 96,411 votes while his nearest rival Mahendra Rajbhar of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, an ally of BJP, polled 89,947 votes.

However, Ansari’s son Abbas Ansari, who was in fray from Ghosi seat and brother Sibgatullah Ansari who had contested from Mohmadabad, bit the dust in the crucial hustings which saw Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) get bundled at 19 seats.

In Ghosi, Abbas secured 81,295 votes and lost to BJP’s Fagu Chauhan who polled 88,298 votes, while Sibgatullah Ansari lost Mohammadabad seat to BJP’s Alka Rai, wife of Krishnanand Rai who was allegedly killed by Ansari. Alka secured 1,22,156 votes while Sibgatullah got 89,429 votes.

While announcing QED’s merger with BSP, party supremo Mayawati had claimed the image of the Ansari family was being “maligned” by political rivals. They were being framed in “false cases”, she had said before fielding them as party candidates.

Notably, in June last year, QED had announced merger with Samajwadi Party in presence of Shivpal Yadav, the then state unit president of the party. However, the move was soon cancelled after a vehement opposition by Akhilesh Yadav.

This had led to a major fight between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal, culminating in a split in the party before they got back just in nick of time for the assembly polls.

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Madhya Pradesh By-Polls: Set back to BJP, Congress bags 20 wards of 24 in Raghogarh

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Bhopal, Jan 20: The Congress party showcased an enthusiastic fight in the Madhya Pradesh civil polls by clinching nine president posts in 19 civic bodies on Saturday, tying the Bharatiya Janata Party, which too, won nine top posts. 

Meanwhile, giving a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress bagged 20 out of 24 wards in Raghogarh Nagar by-elections. Whereas the BJP won only four wards.

However , the Congress has been in control of the Raghogarh-Vijaypur Municipal Council for the last two decades.

The results are seen as a morale boost for the Congress as the party is planning to go all out against the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections , which slated to held later this year.

Municipal Council elections took place on January 17 in Five districts – Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Guna, and Anuppur.

The counting of votes begun at 9 am and ended in the afternoon.

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EVMs to have candidates’ pictures

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Jaipur, Jan 19: The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will carry pictures of candidates along with their names — when by-elections are held in Rajasthan on January 29.

According to Chief Election Officer Ashvini Bhagat, this has been done to ensure there was no confusion if there were two candidates with the same name.

According to the new arrangement, the EVMs will have the name of the candidate, his or her picture and the election symbol.

Bhagat said although this experiment was done in the Dholpur Assembly by-election, it hasn’t been done anywhere in a Lok Sabah election.

Lok Sabha by-polls are scheduled in Ajmer and Alwar on January 29 while Assembly elections will be held the same day in Mandalgarh.

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Assembly elections: Tripura to vote on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27; results on March 3

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Election Commission on Thursday announced  the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections. 

While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said Tripura will vote on February 18, 2017. While polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27 (Tuesday).

Counting for all the three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day.

A total strength of  the three assemblies is 60 members each.

Election to the three states to be held in two rounds.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner informed  VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states for the very first time.

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