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UP’s Sahibabad sees highest victory margin, Manipur’s Sagolband lowest




New Delhi, March 11 

Uttar Pradesh’s Sahibabad assembly seat saw the winner with highest victory margin of 1,50,685 votes, while the winning candidate at Manipur’s Sagolband seat scraped through with a small margin of 19 votes — lowest in all 689 seats in five states that went to polls.

Five seats in Uttar Pradesh — Kunda, Mathura, Noida, Rath and Sahibabad — witnessed victory with a margin of over one lakh votes.

Sahibabad topped the list in terms of victory margins, where BJP’s Sunil Kumar Sharma with 2,62,741 defeated Congress’s Amarpal, who polled 1,12,056 votes.

In Rath, BJP’s Manisha Anuragi defeated Congress’ Gayadeen Anuragi by a margin of 1,04,643 votes, while Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh contesting from Noida on the BJP ticket defeated Samajwadi Party (SP)’s Sunil Choudhary by 1,04,643 votes.

BJP’s Shrikant Sharma also won with a huge margin of 1,01,161 votes from Mathura.

Among the lowest-margin wins, three seats witnessed victory with winner-loser differences remaining in double digits.

Of the three, Sagolband saw the closest fight as Indian National Congress’s candidate Rajkumar Imo Singh, who polled 9,211 votes, defeated BJP’s Khwairakpam Loken Singh, who bagged 9,192 votes.

Goa’s Cuncolim and Manipur’s Wangoi were the other two seats with two-digit victory margins.

Here, Congress candidate Clafasio Dias beat Joaquim Alemao, an Independent candidate, by a margin of 33 votes in Cuncolim, while in Wangoi, Congress’ Oinam Lukhoi Singh defeated National People’s Party’s candidate Khuraijam Loken Singh by 36 votes.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Dumariyaganj, BJP’s Raghvendra Pratap Singh defeated Saiyada Khatoon of Bahujan Samaj Party by a small margin of 171 votes.

Uttarakhand’s Jageshwar saw a close fight between Congress’ Govind Singh Kunjwal and BJP’s Subhash Pandey. Kunjwal defeated the nearest rival by 399 votes.

A close contest is going in Lohaghat between BJP’s Puran Singh Fartyal and Khushal Singh of the Congress when the last updates came in. Fartyal was leading with 148 votes.

The highest margin of victory in Uttarakhand was recorded in Raipur constituency . BJP’s candidate Umesh Sharma Kau defeated Congress nominee Prabhu Lal Bahuguna by 36,771 votes here.

Punjab Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh’s winning margin was the highest in all the 117 seats in the state. He won Patiala seat by a margin of 52,407 votes by defeating Aam Aadmi Party candidate Balbir Singh.

After Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu won the polls with the second-highest margin of 42,809 votes in the state.

Congress candidate from Fazilka Davinder Singh Ghubaya won with lowest margin of 265 votes — lowest winning margin in the state — defeated the nearest rival BJP’s Surjit Jayani.

In Manipur, Mao witnessed the highest victory margin. Naga Peoples Front’s Losii Dikho defeated BJP’s Woba Joram with 15,414 votes.

In Goa, Marcaim was the seat with highest-margin victory, where Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar defeated his nearest rival from BJP Pradeep Pundalik Shet with a margin of 13,680 votes. Dhavalikar polled 17,093 votes while Pundalik managed to get only 3,413 votes.

The results of assembly elections in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa — were announced on Saturday.



Brisk polling for Madhya Pradesh by-polls



Bhopal, Feb 24: Brisk polling was witnessed in  Madhya Pradesh’s two key assembly constituencies  – Mungaoli and Kolaras on Saturday.

Poll percentage of 69 percent and 58.90 percent recorded by 3 p.m. in the contests seen as a battle royale between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.

A total of 22 candidates from Mungaoli in Ashoknagar and 13 from Kolaras are in the fray.

As many as 2,44,457 voters from Kolaras and 1,91,009 from Mungaoli were eligible to vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Around 3,000 poll officials are conducting the process at 575 polling stations, the EC official said.

However, the EVM at Kolaras’ booth number 57 were not functioning at the time of reporting and people were waiting outside the booth since morning to cast their votes.

“I have been standing in the queue for the past one hour, voting has not started since the EVM is not working” complained a local at Kolaras.

Ahead of the by-elections in two state assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala levied strong accusations on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He blamed the BJP of murdering the democracy by meddling with the electoral process of the state and influencing the poll results.

Meanwhile, voting also began for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections in 95 wards.


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Voting begins for Ludhiana MC poll



Ludhiana MC Poll
People waiting for their turn to vote (Photo ANI)

Chandigarh, Feb 24: Voting began for the biggest municipal body in Punjab, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), on Saturday morning.

Voters started queuing up before 8 a.m., when the voting officially started. The voting will continue till 4 p.m., election officials said.

A total of 494 candidates are contesting for the 95 municipal wards. Results will be announced on February 27.

The main fight is between the ruling Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance and the Aam Aadmi Party-Lok Insaf Party alliance.

There are over 10.5 lakh voters in Ludhiana. 1,153 polling stations have been set up for voting.

Civic issues like water supply, lack of cleanliness, pollution, bad roads and infrastructure and poor sewerage are the main issues for common people in the election.

Tight security arrangements were in place on Saturday for the smooth conduct of the polling process.

The Congress, which runs the government in Punjab since March 2017, had won the municipal elections in the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala in December.

The Congress party had also emerged victorious in 20 out of 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats.


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Election for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.




New Delhi, Feb 23 : Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement.

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

The retiring members include 10 from Uttar Pradesh, six each from Bihar and Maharashtra, five each Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four members from Gujarat and Karnataka while the number is three each for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Two members will retire from Jharkhand while Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have one retiring member each.

Also, bye-poll for a seat from Kerala will be held on March 23 due to resignation of M.P. Veerendra Kumar.

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