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Weak campaign led to party’s loss, local leaders to blame: Dikshit

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New Delhi, April 26, 2017: Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said that her party did not campaign aggressively enough to win the civic polls but exonerated the party high command from any blame for the loss, putting the defeat squarely on local leaders.

She also said that despite being elected thrice in a row to be the Chief Minister of Delhi, she had not been invited to campaign for party candidates for the municipal polls.

“Congress did not campaign in an aggressive way. It did not do what it should have done to win the Delhi civic polls,” Dikshit told reporters.

“Responsibility of the MCD elections rests with local leaders (Ajay Maken, the Delhi Congress chief). The high command cannot be pulled into this. It is the Pradesh Congress Committee which should bear the blame,” Dikshit said while speaking to India Today TV.

Her comments came as Maken announced his resignation from the party post following the party’s rout.

Asked why she did not campaign for Congress candidates, Dikshit said: “I was not invited for any of the campaign programmes. If I would have been informed, I would have certainly done so.”

Her remarks came as counting trends showed the BJP heading for a clean sweep in all three MCD bodies.

On Congress leaders Arvinder Singh Lovely and Barkha Singh Shukla leaving the party to join the BJP and pointing fingers at a weak leadership for the grand old party’s downfall, Dikshit said: “No blame can rest on one person, a party is a collective responsibility.”

Asked why Delhi’s middle class which once voted for her for years has now come out to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP, Dikshit said: “This vote is neither for Modi nor myself.”

Dikshit said the media should ask the “right people in the party” the question why she was not engaged in the campaign process despite the fact that the party fought the election on the work that she had done in the city during her 15 years in power.

On allegations by the AAP of tampering with EVMs, and on the Arvind Kejriwal-led party’s future, Dikshit said: “It is the way they function that has caused their votes to vanish.”

“There is a question mark on the kind of work the Aam Aadmi Party does.”

“There has been no work done in Delhi since AAP came to power. They need to introspect,” Dikshit added.

Asked whether the AAP’s loss signalled an end to the “AAP kind” of politics, Dikshit said: “Well, they have no kind of politics. All they do is blame…AAP’s future is obvious from today’s results.”

“Winners and losers have different versions to the problem (of EVM tampering). But in a case like this, the government and the Election Commission should come up with a solution.”

She pointed to the Punjab elections, in which the Congress won, saying the party never raised any issue over the EVMs.

She also said the Congress will bounce back. “The Congress is going through a bad phase. The BJP also did for a long time. We will also come back. Congress’ soul resides in India, people will understand.”

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Gujarat election: EC orders repolling in 6 booths of 2nd phase on December 17

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New Delhi, 16 December: Election Commission on Saturday (16th December) announced repolling in 6 polling stations of Gujarat on Sunday. The polling stations include Vadgam, Viramgam, Daskroi, and Savli.

The Election Commission also informed that the counting of votes of 10 polling stations would be done through counting of slips in VVPAT. As the Presiding officers in 10 polling stations in Visnagar, Becharaji, Modasa, Vejalpur, Vatva, Jamalpur-Khadia, Savli & Sankheda didn’t clear from the Control units the votes cast during mock poll.

In the second phase of Gujarat election two of the booths where repolling will be conducted fall under the Vadgam seat where polling was suspended after ink marks were found on the election symbol of Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani on the EVM and a BJP candidate raised an objection.

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Punjab municipal polls on Sunday, all arrangements made

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Chandigarh, Dec 16: Punjab’s State Election Commission has made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of municipal polls on Sunday.

The ruling Congress, main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance are contesting the polls December 17.

It would be the first big electoral outing for all three after the assembly elections in March.

“The process of voting to elect representatives to three municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats would begin on Sunday at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.,” a spokesman of the State Election Commission said on Saturday.

The results will be declared on Sunday evening.

Polling would be held for the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala.

The election for the municipal corporation of Punjab’s largest city, Ludhiana, was not being held as the electoral rolls were not updated.

Polling would also be held for 327 wards of the 29 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats.

Candidates in 90 wards have won unopposed, the spokesman said.

There would be a total of 873 polling stations in the state, having 1,938 polling booths. A total of 8,000 election staff and 15,500 police personnel would perform duties at these polling stations.

The Akali Dal-BJP and AAP have accused the ruling Congress of misusing its power in the run-up to the municipal polls.

A total of 413 candidates are in the fray in 85 wards of Amritsar where 769,153 voters will exercise their franchise.

In Jalandhar, 305 candidates are in the fray from 80 wards. The number of voters there is 560,261. In Patiala, election will be held in 57 wards in which 260,664 voters can exercise their franchise.

This is the first big election in the state after the Congress government, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, came to power after assembly poll results in March.

The Congress won 77 out of 117 seats in the assembly. The AAP finished second with 20 seats.

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Looking into Congress complaint against PM: EC

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New Delhi : The Election Commission on Thursday said it is looking into the Congress’ complaint of violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, and also clarified that it has not filed an FIR against Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress has accused the Prime Minister of breaking the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by taking out a ‘road show’ after casting his vote on Thursday.

“We have received this complaint in the afternoon, this is being examined and we will let you know,” Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said in response to a question.

After coming out of the polling booth at Ranip, in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister stood on the steps of the vehicle in which he was travelling and waved to the crowd on the road and showed his inked finger. He continued to do so for 10 to 15 minutes.

Sinha also clarified that the poll panel did not register any FIR against Rahul Gandhi for his TV interviews, and has only sent him a notice, seeking his response in five days.

“I would like to inform that yesterday morning a complaint had come about the interview being shown repeatedly on some channels. Due diligence was done. First of all no FIR has been filed against Rahul Gandhi,” Sinha said.

He said other complaints made by the Congress are also being examined.

He said the poll panel gave representatives of the Congress party time for a meeting, and heard the allegations that they had to make.

“Till about midnight, the Commission deliberated and even in the thick of elections, we immediately sought a report from the Chief Electoral Officer,” he said.

Sinha said the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat sent a report by around mid-day on Thursday on “all points and allegations made by the delegation of Congress”.

“Based on that the matter is under examination. Commission will soon brief on that,” he said.

“Commission has to put in due diligence before taking a decision. The report had been received at mid-day, the entire Election Commission has been busy. The Commission is still doing deliberation on the report received from the Chief Electoral Officer. We will let you know as the Commission takes a decision on it,” he said.

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