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Voters being threatened by gangs of Khattar: Kapil Sibal

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new Delhi, Oct 19: As the elections have reached a decisive phase,a Congress delegation, led by senior party leader Kapil Sibal moved the Election Commission (EC) alleging criminal intimidation of voters in some Assembly constituencies of poll-bound Haryana.
“The Congress had petitioned the EC, alleging that the situation in Kaithal was very serious as the members of a certain gang or anti-social elements enjoying the patronage of chief minister Khattar were freely roaming around and threatening voters and that the environment was being vitiated,” Sibal said.

The opposition party alleged complete lack of action on the part of the local authorities in controlling the deteriorating on-the-ground situation in Kaithal and urged the poll panel to take steps.

“The elections in Maharashtra and Haryana have reached a decisive phase. We came to the EC to ensure a level-playing field in both the states,” Sibal said.

“The Congress party has submitted a memorandum to the EC as a follow-up to its earlier plea alleging criminal intimidation of voters in Kaithal,Adampur, Gohana, Garhi Sampla and said that these areas as sensitive assembly seats and Manohar lal Khattar government is influencing voters,” Sibal said

“We fear that selective polling booths, the numbers of which we have given to the EC, must be protected and the EC has assured us that it will not allow anything like that to happen and if extra CPMF (Central Paramilitary Forces) is required, then they will try and arrange to secure the sensitive booths ,” he added.

The EC has assured the Congress that it is taking care of the situation, officials are in touch with the administration as well as the observers and that all steps will be taken to ensure that the election is conducted in a free-and-fair atmosphere.

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After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning: Ahmed Patel

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New Delhi, May 30: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday said that since 1947 India has been self reliant but BJP discovered it’s meaning now.

“Since 1947 India has been self reliant.British left us with nothing,but successive govts made us self reliant in military & space capacity, food & milk supply and financial reserves,” he tweeted.

“After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning.Better late than never,” Patel said on Modi’s self-reliant India campaign after government failed to control the spread of COVID-19.

“Which milestone is this government celebrating ?GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years . And this does not even take into account the impact of the Corona pandemic,” he said.

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Yashwant Sinha criticises Modi over economy

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New Delhi, Yashwant Sinha, a strong critic of the Narendra Modi government made a satirical remark against Prime Minister over the decline in economic growth rate as GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years .

“The sharp decline in economic growth rate in the first year of Modi-2 is not because of any fault of this govt but because of Pt Nehru. If he had not ruled India from 1947 to 1964 India today would be growing at double digit,”former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha tweeted.

” The growth figures of earlier quarters of the last fiscal had to be revised downwards because of the lockdown imposed on March 25. The govt cannot be blamed for this. I am warning all critics in advance,” he added.

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SC junks plea to set aside Kerala MP election

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court declined to set aside the election of United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate N.K. Premachandran from Kollam parliamentary constituency in Kerala for allegedly making statements against the entry of women of all age groups in Sabarimala temple.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy refused to entertain an appeal filed by CPI-M candidate K.N. Balagopal, who lost to Premachandran by close to 1.5 lakh votes in the last general election.

The bench said it does not see how such a comment could lead to disqualification. Besides, there is no sufficient material, which could lead to disqualification, added the bench.

According to P.V. Dinesh, who represented Balagopal, the bench dismissed the petition through a one-line order. Balagopal, in the election petition, had cited statements made by Premachandran against LDF and the CPI-M, where he allegedly said the leaders of these political parties do not hold any faith in Lord Ayyappa, and if elected, they would allow entry for women of all age groups in the Sabarimala temple. This would offend the faith of the believers, said Premachandran.

In January, the Kerala High Court upheld the election of Premachandran from the Kollam Lok Sabha constituency. Justice P.B. Suresh Kumar rejected the petition filed by Balagopal challenging the election of Premachandran.

Balagopal had told the High Court that Premachandran had delivered a speech and distributed pamphlets in connection with the Sabarimala issue, allegedly as an attempt to woo the voters. The High Court had observed that the election petition did not make out a cause of action.

Balagopal’s lawyer contended before the top court that Premachandran’s speech was an appeal to the voters to get him elected to stop all age-group women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple. The lawyer before the top court claimed that the nature of such statements qualifies as corrupt practices under the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Therefore, it is appropriate to set aside his election.

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