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KNOW YOUR MLA: Ellisbridge soon to be clear of traffic woes, says Rakesh Shah

Ellisbridge MLA Rakesh Shah has always said his priority is to make his constituency free of traffic snarls. Shah takes a jan sampark every Sunday in his constituency to keep touch with his voters.”The areas that fall under my constituency sees a lot of traffic problems. If need be, we will build more underbridges and overbridges to ease the problem,” said Shah. He said the constituency has its roads, gutters and water systems in place. “So, I don’t think we need to concentrate much on them,” said Shah.He said some of the demands that have come from voters include construction of more parks and areas for senior citizens to mingle with and interact. “We will look at building more parks and open areas for senior citizens and children,” said Shah. He said they are also looking at creating multi-level parking places in the Navrangpura area,” said Shah.

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Slaughter cow and get killed, BJP MLA warns

BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja has once again courted controversy by warning that those who smuggle and slaughter cows will be beaten up and killed. Ahuja was responding to a query about an alleged cow smuggling incident on Saturday, wherein villagers in Ramgarh, his constituency in Alwar district, thrashed a suspected cow smuggler.Ahuja’s threat came a day after he denied Saturday’s attack, insisting that the suspected cow smuggler suffered injuries after the vehicle he was travelling in overturned.Talking about his favourite topic, cows, Ahuja said, “Gautaskari karte hain, isliye maar khate hain. Maar khaane ke liye gaye hi kyon? Gautaskari karoge aur gaukashi karoge to yun hi maroge kyonki janta mein gay ke prati aastha hai.” (They get beaten up because they smuggle cows. Why did they do it?. People who smuggle and slaughter cows will get killed because people revere cows.)This is not the first time Ahuja has kicked up a storm.His statement against JNU students — that 3,000 used condoms, 2,000 empty liquor bottles, 10,000 cigarette butts and 4,000 beedi stubs are found in JNU every day — had created a major controversy, leaving his party red-faced and subject to severe ire, especially from JNU students.In another instance, Ahuja went on record to say that Pahlu Khan, who was lynched by cow vigilantes, had died of heart attack, even before his postmortem report was out. He had also claimed he was a ‘gaurakshak’ and his ‘men’ patrolled highways at night to ‘catch’ cow smugglers.Ahuja put his party men in another embarrassing situation when, during an interaction of BJP MLAs with national party president Amit Shah in Jaipur, he had asked Shah when the Ram temple would be constructed.

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KNOW YOUR MLA: Maninagar MLA promises LED streetlights, cardiac dept

Traditionally a BJP bastion and a seat from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested thrice, it was very difficult for MLA Suresh Patel, who has won the second time in a row, to look at areas that needed development. Two years, and now Patel, who won with a margin of 75199 votes, has charted out plans for his constituency.Quick enough to respond when asked his priorities, he said, “Modification of LG hospital by setting up a department of cardiology, completion of work to ensure no waterlogging during monsoon and LED lights on streets are my priorities. Since the PM used to represent this constituency, the place has seen much development work. Since I took over this seat over the last two years, we have installed machines and improved roads to reduce waterlogging. Over 50% of work has been done. The remaining work will be finished in a year.”Suresh Patel of BJP took over the seat in 2014 after Modi quit as the legislative assembly member of Maninagar.

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KNOW YOUR MLA: Danilimda MLA seeks to clear constituency air

As the newly elected candidates get ready to represent you for the next five years, DNA reviews the credentials and promises of each so you know what to expect from their term governing your constituency. Today, the focus is on Shailesh Parmar.Parmar, who has been elected from Danilimda for the second time, specifically spoke about seeking a solution to the health concerns surrounding the Pirana dumping site, which is blamed for polluting the air in the constituency. “Pirana is a major risk to the well-being of the people residing near it. I have raised this question a lot of times in the assembly house. I will keep hammering on the issue for a solution,” Parmar said.In 2012, he won by a margin of 14,300 votes. Five years later, he has won from the same seat by a margin of 32,500. He believes that a direct connect to the local people has contributed to his popularity and raised his vote share from last time.”I have been doing door-to-door campaigning for long and have noted the issues of the people. My priority is to ensure the supply of potable tap water to each household in my area.I also want to provide gardens and other public amenities,” he added.

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Cong rebel Ratansinh Rathod wins

Congress rebel from Lunawada, Ratansinh Rathod, won as an independent candidate by a margin of 3,200 votes.Rathod, a member of Indian National Congress for two decades, was fired by the party when he didn’t recall his nomination after the party decided to field Paranjadityasinh Paramar from the constituency.Parmar is the son-in-law of veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.When DNA contacted Rathod after he won the election, he said, “I was a congress candidate but turned a rebel after I was denied the party mandate. I had served the party for a long time. But I am happy now that I have won. I haven’t decided to join any party as of now, and might not join any.”He said his priority is to provide a god drainage system and proper water infrastructure in his constituency.

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Himachal Elections 2017: BJP wins close to two-third majority, several top leaders including Dhumal defeated

Even as several top leaders of both the Congress and the BJP, including its chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, today faced humiliating defeats in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh managed to register a win, albeit with a slim margin.The Congress was reduced to just 21 seats in the 68-seat HP assembly although Singh won from the Arki constituency with a margin of 6,024 votes against the BJP’s Rattan Singh Pal. Virbhadra’s son, Vikramaditya Singh, also won in his maiden attempt from the Shimla rural constituency, which was earlier represented by the outgoing chief minister. Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal conceded defeat to his Congress rival Rajinder Singh Rana in the contest for the Sujanpur Assembly seat.The BJP’s Inder Singh Gandhi defeated Congress cabinet minister Prakash Chaudhary in the Balh constituency. Senior-most minister Kaul Singh of the Congress lost the polls from Drang and his daughter Champa Thakur suffered defeat at the hands of the BJP’s Anil Sharma in Mandi. State BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti lost to Satpal Singh Raizada of the Congress from the Una constituency seat. In Dharmshala constituency, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma was defeated by ex-BJP minister Kishan Kapoor with a margin of 2,820 votes. In Bharmour constituency, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri lost to Jia Lal of the BJP by 6,873 votes.In Dehra Constituency of Kangra, BJP leader Ravinder Ravi and Congress veteran Viplove Thakur were defeated by Independent candidate Hoshiar Singh. In Solan, the Congress’s sitting MLA and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment D R Shandil defeated his son- in-law and first timer Rajesh Kashyap of the BJP by 971 votes. Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur lost his seat in Darang to the BJP’s Jawahar Thakur by a margin of around 2,000 votes. Arun Kumar of the BJP defeated G S Bali, the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, in Nagrota Bagwan constituency.

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RK Nagar By-poll: AIADMK distributrd Rs 100 crore among voters, alleges DMK’s Stalin; seeks ‘appropriate action’

DMK working president MK Stalin has alleged that the ruling AIADMK distributed over Rs 100 crore to voters ahead of the by-election in Chennai’s RK Nagar. In a letter to the Election Commission, Stalin claimed that the AIADMK paid Rs 6,000 to each voter.Stalin has asked the polls body to take appropriate action against AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan.”Take appropriate and necessary action against AIADMK and the erring officials and to ensure free and fair election RK Nagar Assembly Constituency,” he said in the letter.The RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was represented by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, goes to the bypoll on December 21. DMK is going all out to wrest the seat from its arch rival after over two decades. AIADMK is also leaving no stone unturned to retain the seat. Also read RK Nagar by-poll: Madras HC dismisses plea to disqualify AIADMK and DMK candidates Chief Minister Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and ministers are criss crossing congested lanes and by lanes of RK Nagar in Chennai. At the same time, AIADMK sidelined group, led by T T V Dhinakaran, is trying hard to prove to his rivals in mainstream AIADMK that he is the heir to Jayalalithaa’s welfare legacy. Also readRK Nagar Bypoll: 59 candidates in the fray for Jaya’s vacated seatDhinakaran, nephew of jailed leader V K Sasikala and contesting as an independent, is campaigning with vigour. Madusudanan, ruling AIADMK candidate, is also banking on his popularity in North Chennai, besides his party’s strength. Also readRejected, accepted, rejected: Drama unfolds over Vishal’s election nomination papers for RK Nagar bypollDMK nominee Marudu Ganesh, also a local up and coming party functionary, has accused the ruling regime of graft and assures he will address people’s issues, all of which have been left “unaddressed” by the ruling party. Jayalalithaa won the seat by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes in the 2015 bypoll. She retained it by a reduced margin of about 40,000 votes last year. From 1991 till the last year’s Assembly election, DMK has won the seat only once in 1996. In 2015, P Vetrivel (AIADMK) vacated the seat to pave the way for Jayalalithaa to contest after she was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in disproportionate assets case. (With PTI inputs)

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Gujarat Elections: ‘No question of any challenge’, says CM Vijay Rupani who’s contesting against richest candidate

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday dismissed any questions of challenge and urged people to come out and vote in large numbers in the first phase of the state elections.Voting for the first phase of the crucial Gujarat assembly polls is underway on 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions.”People should come out in large numbers to vote. We are very confident, no question of any challenge,” Vijay Rupani told the media.Gujarat Assembly Constituency number 69 — Rajkot West — has been a prestige seat for the BJP. Rupani is contesting as BJP candidate against Congress candidate Indranil Rajguru, who is also richest in this pollsIndranil had won the last polls in 2012 from neighbouring constituency Rajkot East but has shifted to this seat.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress asks for mobile jammers outside rooms guarding EVMs to prevent riggingThe seat has maximum upper caste voters – more than 50% of total votes. Other caste combination is 25,000 Brahmins and Lohana each, 20,000 Baniyas and around 10,000 Kshatriya Rajput voters.There are 22,000 votes of a minority community and around 15,000 Schedule Caste (SC) community voters are there.Also readNaMo and the ‘unch-neech’ of the Gujarat campaign trailA total of 977 candidates are in fray for the first phase polls.The election is viewed as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of soon-to-be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Hardik Patel’s ‘shadow’ moves far from PAAS over Congress tiltThe campaign shaped up as a duel between Modi and Gandhi, and often turned personal.

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Actor Vishal meets CEO over nomination

A day after his nomination as an independent candidate for the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll was rejected, actor Vishal Krishna on Wednesday complained to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Lakhoni. Vishal sought a reversal of the decision by the Returning Officer (RO) of RK Nagar Assembly Constituency who rejected his papers after accepting it initially.In a written complaint submitted to the CEO, the actor detailed on Tuesday’s events that led to the ultimate rejection of his nomination papers. “People know what happened yesterday. They know how a rejected application was reconsidered before being rejected again. I have submitted a complaint to him (Lakhoni) on all that happened,” Vishal told reporters at the Secretariat after the meeting.Interestingly, the actor has wrongly addressed the complaint to the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission who is the authority to hold local body polls instead of the CEO.On Tuesday, the RO’s office saw a dramatic situation when RO K Velusamy rejected Vishal’s nomination, prompting the actor to stage a dharna. Vishal had later claimed his nomination was accepted, and ‘thanked’ the EC for the same. However, the RO, late in the night, said Vishal’s nomination was rejected after a summary enquiry.The actor also sought to raise the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind’s office through their twitter handles. He also said that he planned to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to lodge a ‘complaint’.Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisami, while addressing his party workers in RK Nagar, denied any role of his party in the rejection of the actor’s nomination. He said that the election authorities would not have rejected the nomination if the papers found to be in order.
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Gujarat elections 2017: Will Saurabh Patel card help BJP win Botad?

Can Gujarat BJP’s flamboyant leader Saurabh Patel who was once considered a successor to PM Narendra Modi and then to Anandiben Patel in the state pull a coup of sorts and rescue BJP in Patidar bastion of Botad.Saurabh has been away from the limelight since Vijay Rupani replaced Anandiben Patel as CM. Armed with an MBA degree from USA, Saurabh is the son-in-law of Ramnikbhai, the elder brother of late Dhirubhai Ambani. In Patel villages in the constituency, which has both Kadva and Leuva Patel, there is a discerning anger against the BJP. To make the matters worse for the ruling party, Congress has fielded a Leuva Pate leader DM Patel.But the development works done by Saurabh in the constituency when he represented it thrice before shifting to Akota Assembly seat in 2012, are recalled by people. BJP dropped its sitting MLA Maniya Thakarshibhai Devjibhai, who had won the seat with 86,184 votes in 2012 assembly polls. Complaints are galore in the constituency that the development pace triggered in the constituency by Patel, then a high- profile minister in Gujarat government, came to a halt between 2012 and 2017.That both the BJP and Congress are so keen on the constituency is clear from the fact that while BJP risked two seats dropping one sitting MLA and shifting the other, the Congress also brought in DM Patel, replacing Manhar Patel it earlier named for Botad just hours before the deadline for nomination filing expired to give a challenge the Gujarat’s former minister.At Sitaram Nagar in Botad, a BJP supporter Kalpesh Darbari says, “BJP would have lost the election had it not brought in Saurahbhai. DM Patel was initially in Congress. He then joined BJP and became Chairman in the marketing yard. This time he is back in Congress and contesting as MLA. But he is a light weight in comparison to Saurabhbhai.”In the nearby Sethadi village dominated by Patels, the issue of Patidar agitation for reservation kicks up a heated debate. “Saurabh Patel will not get our votes due to lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) this time. Yes we had earlier been voting for BJP but not this time,” says Jayesh Lania.In Nagalpad, Ankesh Patel who works in Morbi Ceramics, said, “Saurabh Patel will get some votes from the community, which has been a traditional BJP supporter. Darbaris, Prajapatis, Brahmins, Baniya, Dalvadis, Rawaldeo and some other smaller castes of OBC give a favourable response towards BJP.”At Nagalpad, Kalubhai Samant says “500 to 600 Rawaldeo community members went to Saurabh Patel recently and requested for a boundary wall to their shamshan. He has agreed.” He says he ”samaj” has been voting for BJP for long and there is no change even now.In the Koli- Patel (OBC) dominated Dhanduka Assembly segment BJP MLA Kolipatel Laljibhai Chatrubhai is contesting against Congress’ Rajesh Koli, a lawyer. Youth Congress worker overseeing the social media campaign of the constituency says he is baffled how Rajesh Koli’s name was announced as the district president of Congress Harpal Singh and Raju Bhai were stronger candidates.PADMAVATI AND PAANIAt Rayaka Village, the Rajput youths talk with gusto about Padmavati controversy. “We had protested against the release of the film. We are happy that the film was not released,” says Harpal Singh. Maganbhai in Botad recalls how the area faced acute water crisis which was resolved after Saurabh represented the constituency.
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Actor Vishal to contest Tamil Nadu bye-poll

Taking everyone by surprise, actor Vishal, president of Tamil Nadu Producers Council and general secretary of South Indian Artistes Association, on Saturday announced that he would be contesting the December 21 RK Nagar Assembly Constituency by-poll as an independent candidate.The actor said he took the decision after consulting with his friends and supporters on Saturday.Sources said he will file his nomination papers to contest in the RK Nagar seat, which was held by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Monday. “He will explain why he took the decision and also to his plan to enter politics after filing the nomination papers,” the source said.While interacting with friends and supporters, the actor told them that the time had come for him to enter politics as he could not sit and watch anymore.”I know the risk involved . I am prepared to face it,” one of his close friends quoted him as saying.Amid talks of Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan entering politics, the actor has surprised everyone by his sudden announcement. The announcement marks the continuation of the trend of film personalities entering politics in Tamil Nadu. DMK founder CN Annadurai and his successor M Karunanidhi were successful film scriptwriters who went on to become the chief ministers, AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran and party supremo Jayalalithaa were successful film stars.Vishal also openly took on BJP’s national secretary H Raja during the controversy involving Tamil movie Mersal and he also took on the ruling AIADMK in the recent case of a Tamil producer committing suicide following harassment by a financier.Political analyst Gnani felt that it was too early to talk about the impact of actor Vishal’s entering the fray in the RK Nagar. “We don’t know why he is contesting, what kind of politics is he going to pursue and who will he oppose? We can only know if there will be an impact if we had answers to these questions, ” he said.
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MLAs write to civic chief on marine litter

With marine litter and massive garbage dumping in Mumbai’s waterbodies becoming a talking point courtesy the Versova Beach clean up controversy, elected representatives too seem to now be taking the issue seriously and suggesting that measures need to be taken at the earliest to tackle the growing nuisance.Two MLAs — Ameet Satam from Andheri (west) who has Juhu Beach in his constituency and Dr Bharati Lavekar from Versova who has the Versova Beach in her constituency — have written to the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta suggesting him to implement measures to ensure that the garbage dumped in the city’s four rivers and their tributaries does not enter the creek.While Satam spoke about the usage of trash brooms (floating barriers that block litter), Lavekar suggested using contraptions on the locations where the creek enters the sea, setting up toilets, and waste to energy plants close to beaches. “It’s time to come up with certain mechanisms to stop trash from entering our oceans. We have already shown BMC a demonstration of putting trash booms at points where our nullah’s enter the sea. The same trash can then be collected and excavated,” Satam said in his letter.Meanwhile, Lavekar in her detailed letter apart from talking about initiating the cleaning up of Versova Beach along with 19 other beaches emphasised on the importance of a systematic beach clean up plan. “There will have to be two kinds of clean up carried out on the beaches. One of them is placing contraption which might be as simple as a net to ensure that all the garbage and plastic coming from rivers does not enter the sea.”
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Why BJP is comfortable in Gujarat despite Congress onslaught: Inside party’s formidable messaging machinery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite all-out attack launched by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat BJP is not ruffled. The confidence stems from the vast machinery it has built in every nook and corner of Gujarat to connect with its primary members. BJP has married its content and messaging strategy aided by technological support.To start with, Surat itself has 3200 WhatsApp groups operated by BJP workers, which are directly linked with each and every office bearer of the party. These groups further diversify when the content reaches primary members for distribution. “In a minute’s time, we have the capacity to touch base with 6 lakh people,” said PVS Sharma, BJP’s in-charge of South Gujarat.BJP has also tweaked its social media strategy. It is heavily banking on WhatsApp and Twitter platforms than Facebook. The war room boys feel that Facebook content is not instantaneous. i.e it doesn’t directly reach all users in real-time. For this very reason, BJP has WhatsApp groups at assembly level, Shakti Kendra and booth levels.
ALSO READ Gujarat Elections | All the ‘kichad’ thrown at me will help lotus bloom: PM Modi BJP has tried to connect with the workers and primary members in a three-pronged manner.Every assembly segment in Gujarat has a dedicated call centre. The job of the call centre through the election is to reach out to all primary members. They are harnessing the data which BJP collected during its missed call campaign. For example, Surat BJP has created a database of 11 lakh individuals who are its primary members.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to fight as independent candidate from Vadgam ConstituencyThe call centres check all the missed calls they received and verified the numbers and personal addresses before connecting with them. It helped them to identify primary members up to booth level.The job of the call centre is to establish a personal connect with the voters. “We make them feel part of BJP’s larger family. From this set, Panna Pramukhs too are identified who are given responsibility of 40 to 45 voters. Their job during elections is to ensure that out of the list, all BJP sympathisers come out to vote.
ALSO READ Paresh Rawal compares PM Modi to Gautam Buddha, urges Gujaratis not to vote along caste lines These call centres are coupled with one war room in each district to monitor political developments in the area. The second component of the electoral strategy is the Audio Bridge, a technology BJP is using to connect all its rural workers. There are 35 constituencies in Surat and BJP has been able to connect almost all rural workers through the Audio Bridge technology. The call is initiated from a BJP district office and workers connect to the number. The Con call has the capacity to handle 1400 people at time. Sources say that the HQ can even monitor the numbers of the calls dropped during con call and they are immediately requested to connect again. Sources say that Audio Bridge was deployed in rural areas specifically because of limited bandwidth capacity.The last leg of the triad is Video Conferencing. It connects Central Offices with field offices of the candidates. The Central Offices have ensured that cameras with 360 degree views are installed to get a ground feel of the camp offices of the candidates. It is this formidable machine which is keeping BJP confident. Insiders say that if they can mobIlise their own primary members, through their elaborate messaging machinery, they will comfortably win this election. Jury is still out on it.

Son vs protege: CM’s son Vikramaditya faces tough challenge from Pramod Sharma in Himachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prestige of chief minister Virbhadra Singh is at stake in Shimla (Rural) constituency where his son Vikramaditya is facing a stiff challenge from the chief minister’s protege Pramod Sharma, who is contesting as a BJP candidate.The announcement of BJP ticket to Sharma came as surprise for the party as it had no potential candidate to take on Vikramaditya, who has made a debut in electoral politics.The chief minister, who had won from here by more than 20,000 votes in 2012, had nursed the constituency well and vacated the seat for his son and himself shifted to Arki.Initially, the Congress was claiming that it was a cakewalk but entry of Sharma has upset all calculations as he hails from Sunni-Bhajji, area which has lager chunk of votes.This constituency was carved out in the delimitation carried out in 2010 and parts of Shimla, Kusumpti and Sunni area was included in it.Sunni was part of Kumarsein constituency which was scrapped in delimitation and Kotgarh and Kumarsein areas were merged into Theog Constituency while Sunni was included in newly created Shimla (Rural) constituency.Sharma, who was denied a Congress ticket from Theog in 2012, had contested as an independent and polled 4480 votes.The BJP candidate had polled 8,892 votes against 28,889 votes polled by Virbhadra Singh and he selected this constituency for his son in the hope that it was a safe seat.Tthe chief minister said that works worth Rs 1300 crore were taken up in this constituency during the past five years and Congress is seeking votes in the name of development.Sharma has dubbed the election a contest between ?royalty and commoner?, though he is avoiding attacking the chief minister or Vikramaditya.Sharma’s campaign has picked up fast but BJP rebel Mohan Dass Sharma is also in the fray in the four cornered contest, causing worry to the party.The BJP has expelled him but his supports are undeterred and making all out efforts to stay in the contest.In 2012, there was a surge in favour of the Congress but this time it is level playing field and the BJP is trying to convince the electorate that it would form the next government and that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is 83 years old, would not be in a position to call the shots.Virbhadra Singh has campaigned for his son, asking people to vote for development.There are 71,073 votes in this predominantly rural but literate constituency including 36,047 men, 34226 women and 800 service voters.With commissioning of 800 MW Koldam project by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a lot of development has taken in Sunni area and both the BJP and the Congress are claiming credit for it.

Ahead of Diwali, Varun Gandhi gifts sewing machines, hand-pulled carts to manual scavengers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to light a lamp in the lives of manual scavengers this Diwali, BJP MP Varun Gandhi distributed sewing machines and hand-pulled carts to a hundred people in his constituency on Monday.”I celebrate Diwali with those who need it the most. We start our mission to make Sultanpur the 1st manual scavenging free district in India,” he tweeted.Manual scavenging has been declared unlawful by the government but is still rampant, he said.In the last one year, every day one person was killed while cleaning manholes, the MP added.”They (manual scavengers) are the poorest of the poor and they will not leave this and switch to other modes of employment unless they have alternatives,” Gandhi told PTI.He had made arrangements for training the people of Sultanpur, his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and tied up with some NGOs for this, he said.All those working as manual scavengers in the district will be trained for three months and during this process will be paid Rs 6,000 per month, Gandhi added.Men will be trained in producing food items such as biscuits and jams, while women will be trained in textile related activities.All the expenses related to training and the cost of sewing machines and carts which were distributed today would be personally borne by him, the MP said.​

Karnataka: Pedestrian dies after being hit by SUV in which Yeddyurappa’s son Raghavendra was travelling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pedestrian died after being run over by an SUV in which the former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s son Raghavendra was travelling.The incident took place in in Madapura area cross in Honnali taluk while the MLA was on his way to ShikharipuraA case has been registered at the Nyamati Police Station and further investigation is ne.According to reports, the deceased has been identified as Suresh, a resident of the same village. Raghavendra is a member of 14th Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He represents Shikaripura Assembly Constituency. He is also a former member of Parliament.

Battle for Bawana: Polling gets underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting began this morning for the Bawana Assembly constituency by-election in Delhi, in which the BJP, the AAP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest. Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations. The voting began at 8 am, officials said. The Assembly seat that falls in the north-west Delhi area is reserved for the SC category. Eight candidates are in the fray in the election that is being carried out through 379 polling stations. The counting will take place on August 28. All three major parties are eyeing a victory in the bypoll, being seen as the barometer of their political influence. Though the AAP enjoys an overwhelming majority in the Assembly with 65 MLAs, a victory in the bypoll would be a shot in the arm for the party after successive setbacks in the civic polls, the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election and the Punjab and Goa polls. The AAP has fielded Ram Chander from the constituency The BJP, which has just four members in the 70-member House, hopes to maintain its winning streak in the national capital where it is working hard to make a comeback. The other major contender is of the Congress, which is trying hard to open its account after being relegated to zero seat in the legislative Assembly. It has fielded its former three-time MLA from Bawana, Surender Kumar. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues and top AAP leaders campaigned hectically in the constituency. The BJP has fielded Ved Prakash, who won from Bawana in 2015 Assembly elections on an AAP ticket. He had resigned from the MLA post and quit the AAP to join the BJP in March this year. The number of male, female and third gender electors are 1,64,114; 1,30,143; and 25, respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776. Out of 379 polling stations in the constituency, 311 have less than 1,000 registered electors, while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors, it said. The overall polling percentage for Delhi in Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015, was 65.63 per cent and 67.12 per cent respectively. The corresponding polling percentage in Bawana constituency had stood at 61.14 and 61.83 per cent respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Jolted’ Varun Gandhi donates Rs 5 cr to Sultanpur hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>‘Jolted’ by the tragedy at Gorakhpur’s government hospital, BJP’s Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi on Monday pledged Rs 5 crore from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADs) fund. The funds will be used to build a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in the district hospital of his constituency Sultanpur.“The human tragedy in Gorakhpur has left me jolted,” said Varun Gandhi in an open letter posted on his Twitter handle on Monday morning that immediately started trending on social media giving some respite to the saffron party amid all the bad publicity. The wing would have an ICU consisting of 100 beds and uninterrupted access to water for drinking and sanitation, electricity and oxygen supply and three ambulances catering specifically to children, he said.

Kejriwal seeks appointment with LG to discuss law & order in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought an appointment with Lt Governor Anil Baijal to discuss the law and order situation in his constituency of New Delhi. In a letter to all resident welfare associations in the constituency, the chief minister said a large number of residents complained of deteriorating law and order situation and that he has sought an appointment with the LG to discuss the same. “People have complained of increase in thefts, chain- snatching incidents, eve teasing etc. Especially women are feeling very unsafe,” he said in the letter. He also asked the RWAs to give detailed information about the crimes that have taken place in their areas. Kejriwal also asked the associations to give suggestions to improve the law and order situation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt staffers can’t visit MLA homes, offices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has issued a circular barring government officers from visiting homes or personal offices of MLAs for any official purpose.The circular was issued after some government officers visited Congress leader Ravi Naik’s residence in Ponda to discuss issues regarding the development of his constituency.This meeting was brought to the notice of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had raised the issue in the last Assembly session.The circular instructs government officers to hold official meeting in either chambers of ministers or offices of deputy collectors at taluka level.”MLAs do not have government office to hold meetings. If there is an issue related to the constituency, where shall we meet officers?” senior Congress MLA and former CM Ravi Naik said, adding that, “Such circulars can only be intended to suppress an opposition MLA from performing,” he said

Kejriwal tells AAP MLAs to meet people in constituencies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With some AAP MLAs still to start meeting people in their respective constituencies, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked party legislators to submit their plan by Sunday about their planned visits in their areas. In a letter to party MLAs yesterday, the Delhi chief minister reminded them that few MLAs are still to start the exercise. Kejriwal has himself started meeting residents in his New Delhi constituency. As part of measures to reconnect with Delhiites, lack of which was identified as one of the reasons for the party’s loss in the MCD polls, the party leadership had decided that all party legislators will be visiting different areas of the their constituencies, at least on Saturdays and Sundays. “I request all legislators that they should put in place a plan about their visit in their constituency with exact dates. I am of the belief that every MLA can cover each and every colony of their constituency in two months. “I request all to prepare and send their plans by Sunday,” Kejriwal said in his letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tribute paid to ex-Lok Sabha Speaker Hegde on birth anniv

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rich tributes were paid to former Lok Sabha Speaker K S Hegde on his birth anniversary at a function in the Parliament House today. Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia led the parliamentarians in paying floral tribute at a portrait of the former Speaker. A booklet containing the profile of Hegde, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries. Hegde was an eminent parliamentarian and a highly reputed jurist. He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1952 and was a member of the House till 1957, when he resigned following his appointment as a judge of the then Mysore High Court. Later, he functioned as the Chief Justice of Delhi and Himachal Pradesh High Courts. In 1967, he was appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court, where he continued till his resignation on 30 April, 1973. In 1977, Hegde was elected to the Sixth Lok Sabha from Bangalore South Constituency. On July 21, 1977, he was elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, following the resignation of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy. Hegde passed away on May 24, 1990.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi must also speak about Varanasi’s widows- Yechury

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not only express concern about the plight of ?Muslim Sisters? but also about widows of his Parliamentary Constituency, Varanasi. Addressing a programme here, Yechury took a dig at Modi?s concern about Muslim women, who are victims of triple talaq. ?If the Prime Minister is really sympathetic towards women then why is he not talking about the widows of his constituency?? questioned Yechury. Questioning why are widows not allowed to remarry, Yechury said the largest number of widows in the world who are not allowed to remarry are in Prime Minister?s constituency. The CPI (M) leader said the Uniform Civil Code should only be enacted in the country after discussing it with all other religions. ?If you want Uniform Civil Code to be enacted in the county then discuss it with all other religions. And, let us come to a conclusion to reform various practices in all the religions,? said Yechury.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurdaspur: Will Vinod Khanna’s wife step in?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Gurdaspur gears up for a by-election following the death of MP Vinod Khanna, the late actor’s wife Kavita Khanna’s name is being fielded by local BJP workers to complete the developmental work initiated by her husband.Vinod Khanna, a four–time MP, first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, and went on to retain the seat till 2009, when he lost to the then Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa. In 2014, he was chosen to contest the election and re-claimed the seat with a vote margin of 1.36 lakh.With two years to go for the next Lok Sabha polls, the constituency is now gearing up for a bypoll, with the names of actors Akshay Kumar and Rishi Kapoor doing the rounds.”Apart from being his (Vinod Khanna) wife, she has been actively campaigning during previous polls and has been overseeing the work in the constituency in his absence. She would be able to connect with the people,” says Vijay Verma, BJP General Secretary, Gurdaspur.Sources say she has expressed her willingness to complete the projects which the late actor had planned for the constituency.

MLA stages fast protesting officials’ ‘non-cooperation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An MLA of ruling AIADMK (Amma) today caused a flutter resorting to a three-hour fast in neighbouring Tirupur, alleging that some officials were not cooperating for implementation of welfare schemes. S Gunasekaran, representing Tirupur South constituency, arrived near Tirupur Kumaran Memorial at around 8 a.m and announced his decision to sit on the fast, police said. He claimed that a section of officials were not extending support for implementing various government schemes to the people of the constituency. As party workers and members of the public gathered at the spot and enquired about the fast, District Collector S Jayanthi rushed to the place. After holding discussions with the MLA, she assured to look into the matter, following which Gunasekaran withdrew his stir, which lasted for nearly three hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Srinagar LS bypoll: Repoll in 38 polling stations on Apr 13

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fresh elections will be held in 38 polling stations of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday which saw unprecedented poll-day violence on Sunday. The 38 polling stations are spread across five assembly segments of the parliamentary constituency. While 16 polling stations or booths are located in Chadoora, eight are in Budgam, five in Beerwah, one in Khan Sahib and eight in Chararisharief. The polling stations are based in 30 locations or buildings across Srinagar. Violence had marred the polling in the byelections and eight persons died and several got injured in firing by security forces on rampaging mobs in various parts of the constituency. The constituency recorded merely 7 per cent voter turnout. Almost 70 per cent of the polling booths in Budgam district were abandoned by the polling staff due to the spate of violent protests in several areas, officials said. Army was called out to help quell the rampaging mob which pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs to set a polling booth ablaze in the Ganderbal district of the Srinagar constituency. With the EC ordering repoll, speculation that the Srinagar bypoll could be countermanded on account of violence is now virtually ruled out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Anantnag bypoll deferred, to be held on May 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anantnag bypoll, scheduled for April 25, has been deferred and will now be held on May 25, reported ANI.Ruling PDP was in favour of postponing the bypolls to Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency while Opposition Congress and National Conference demanded holding it as scheduled on April 12. They put these views at a meeting of all parties called by the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to discuss holding of the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypolls, officials said here. They said the meeting also discussed holding repolling in the areas that witnessed widespread violence during Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll yesterday.The meeting was attended by representatives from PDP, BJP, Congress, National Conference, other state parties and independent candidates.”NC’s Akbar Lone, Congress representative Usman Majid and GN Monga called for holding the by-polls in Anantnag seat as per schedule on April 12 while NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar asked the CEO to take into account relevant circumstances before arriving at a decision,” the officials said.The Opposition representative also objected to holding any re-poll in Srinagar Constituency where eight persons were killed during large-scale violence around polling stations in various parts on Sunday. “The PDP representatives maintained that their leader Tassaduq Mufti has made the party stand clear on the issue this morning at a press conference. The PDP wants the by-poll be postponed in view of the prevailing situation to safeguard human lives,” the officials added.Tasaduq Mufti had appealed the EC to postpone the by-poll.The Chief Election Commissioner reviewed the situation with local administrators through video conference. The state CEO will submit a detailed report on the discussion to the Election Commission of India, the officials said.With inputs from PTI.

Telangana’s revenue growth would be over 15%, says KCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said the revenue growth of the state government would be more than 15 per cent. “The state’s economic growth is very good. State Own Revenue (SOR) for the second quarter for 2016-17 is 21 per cent. The Union Finance Ministry put the growth at 19.5 per cent. The growth rate can never be less than 15 per cent,” a release from the Chief Minister s Office quoted Rao as saying in a conference with district Collectors and other officials. Talking about the sheep distribution scheme of the government, he said the state should become a leading exporter of meat. He said sheep population is about 44 lakh in the state according to a government survey and another 84 lakh sheep will be purchased from outside the state for distribution. “The Chief Minister declared that sheep breeding will become a permanent feature for the Telangana state government and what is initiated now is only sowing seeds for a greater tomorrow. Initially, the sheep breeding may create wealth of Rs 20,000 crore in next two years, but ultimately it will touch the sky,” the release said. On the promise of ruling TRS to construct two-bed room houses, Rao said in each Assembly Constituency 1,400 houses would be constructed, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uncertainty over by-poll dates after heavy rains in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uncertainty looms large over the upcoming by-elections after unseasonal snowfall and heavy rains create a flood-like situation in the restive Kashmir valley.The first phase of by-elections for Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency of central Kashmir is slated to be held on Sunday. The last day of the polls is on Friday, but the flood alarm has left people in doubts over the final poll dates.Election authorities are keeping their fingers crossed given the rising water levels in Jhelum and its tributaries. Sources are not ruling out the chances of postponing the polls if a flood is officially declared in Kashmir.”If there is a natural calamity, or if the rain persists, we will take a call. But as of now, the polls are on schedule,” Shri Shantmanu, Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, told DNA.Two days of incessant rains have swelled Jhelum and its tributaries prompting the Mehbooba Mufti government to declare a flood alert. Water level at Jhelum was recorded at 19.70 feet at 5 pm at the Sangam gauge, which is 1.70 feet above alarm level and three inches below flood declaration level. Flood is declared is when the water level touches 21 feet at Sangam. Jhelum however was flowing at 10 feet at Asham gauge three feet below the alarm level.”Due to continuous rains since the morning of April 5, the gauge at Sangam has touched the alert level of 18 feet. People residing along the embankments of Jhelum and in low lying areas of south and central Kashmir are advised to remain vigilant,” said Latief Ahmad Malik, Superintending Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Srinagar circle.Weather reports said that the rains and snow in April have beaten a 10-year record. “The weather is likely to improve from Friday and the rate at which water level in Jhelum was rising, has also started slowing down,” said an official spokesman.All schools and colleges have been shut till Monday due to the inclement weather and flood-like situation in the valley. Srinagar-Jammu highway was also closed due to landslides and around 10 flights were cancelled on Thursday.Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti directed the engineers of Flood Control Department to deploy all their men and machinery for patrolling the banks of rivers and streams at the spots which are prone to breaches.

Am a pakka non-vegetarian but people should avoid eating what is prohibited in Constitution: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Food is a personal choice but one should avoid consuming what is restricted in the Constitution, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today.”Aapko jo khana hain voh khao…par jo samvidhan main prohibited hain usko mat khaon (One can eat his food of choice, but avoid eating that food which is prohibited as per our Constitution),” he told reporters here. The Information and Broadcasting minister was responding to a query regarding a BJP nominee for the upcoming by-election in Malappuram in Kerala reportedly promising supply of good beef from clean slaughter houses in his constituency, if elected.”Food is a personal choice, but at the same time there are certain restrictions in the Constitution. So, in certain areas, certain things have to be respected by one and all. “What is prohibited as per Constitution in states…follow that. What is there as per law… follow it. I am a ‘pakka’ (staunch) non-vegetarian and will continue to so, and there is no restriction. I am the direct example (sic),” the BJP leader said.Venkaiah’s statement came at a time when the BJP-ruled states are pushing for stricter laws against cow slaughter, whereas in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is cracking the whip on illegal abattoirs.

EC issues notification for Srinagar LS bypoll on Apr 9

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission of India today issued the notification for By-election to Srinagar Lok Sabha Constituency, which is scheduled to go to polls on April 9. “As per the notification, last date of filing nominations has been fixed on March 21, while as scrutiny of papers will be held on March 22 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 24,” an official spokesman said here. He said as per the notification, elections will be held on April 9 and counting of votes will be held on April 16. The voting hours has been fixed from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, he added. The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was vacated by former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra who had resigned last year in protest against alleged “brutalities” on Kashmir protesters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Manipur records 87 percent voter turnout in Imphal East till 5 p.m.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A total of 87 percent voter turnout was recorded till 5 p.m. today in Imphal East of the two-phased Manipur Assembly elections. It was its highest ever for the constituency. With 38 constituencies going for polls, the elections will fight on 60 seats. Security arrangements were made for the electorate at 2,794 polling stations that have been set up across the state. The final figure for the voter turnout will be available only when these poll parties return. The second-phase will be held on March 8.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ansari’s lawyers said that he has been elected from the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mau seat for a record four times and he is willing to give an undertaking to the court that he will not violate its order. This was strongly opposed by the poll panel which had said the release of the accused would have a direct impact on the conduct of free and fair election in the constituency. The trial court had on February 16 granted him custody parole. The EC had also said the judgement would have far-reaching consequences on the poll panel’s power. “We have material to oppose the accused’s parole,” it had argued. It had said that his release may create fear in the mind of the voters if he was allowed to roam around in the constituency. The BSP had welcomed the jailed gangster-turned- politician and his family after his Qaumi Ekta Dal merged with the party ahead of the UP Assembly polls. The 2005 murder case was transferred from Ghazipur in UP to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2013 on a plea filed by Alka Rai, the wife of Krishnanand Rai. Ansari, who is at present lodged in Lucknow jail, has over 40 criminal cases against him, including that of murder and kidnapping.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena clinches Thane Municipal Corporation with majority, NCP relegated to opposition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena sweeped Thane Municipal (TMC) polls with a clear majority by bagging 67 seats in the 131 member corporation, while National Congress Party became the second largest party and was relegated to opposition.Shiv Sena party workers gathered at 12 vote counting centres on February 23 to celebrate their victory. Though NCP managed to come strong, results did not work out in their favour as they managed to secure only 34 seats. It was followed by BJP with 23 seats, Congress with 3 and 4 seats to others.Najeeb Mulla, accused in Suraj Parmar suicide case and a NCP leader, won the elections against Shiv Sena and BJP in ward no 10. Eknath Shinde, Guardian Minister and Senior Shiv Sena leader, said, “We are happy with the results and we have shown our strength in the civic polls.”Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s son Purvesh and wife Parisha were also elected to the corporation. Parisha Sarnaik said, “We are happy that we got support from people. I am proud that we will be able to represent people in corporation.” Parisha defeated a former senior Congress leader Sudhakar Chavan, “Its a tribute to the renowned builder Suraj Parmar who was forced to end his life,” she said.MLA Pratap Sarnaik, said, “The results are overwhelming and we are happy that Thanekars believed in us and voted for us. We believe in development and will provide all the amenities required.”On the other hand, Sumit Bhoir, son of MLA Subhash Bhoir from Kalyan Constituency lost to Babaji Patil,a senior leader from NCP.Sandeep Malvi, PRO for Thane Municipal Corporation said, “We will be conducting the further procedure for the formation of corporation in this week and Civic Chief will preside over the meeting.”

SP govt hampering development in Mathura: Hema Malini

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mathura MP Hema Malini today alleged she was not getting support from the SP government in carrying out development works in her constituency and the proposals in this regard are either “stymied or delayed” by the Akhilesh Yadav administration. “We are committed to carrying out a lot of development works but the Samajwadi Party government does not support us. The proposals we send from Mathura either get stuck at Lucknow or are worked upon at a very slow pace. “There will be better coordination and development projects will be spurred if the governments at the Centre and in the state are led by the same party. Therefore, I urge you to vote for BJP,” she said while addressing public meetings in Mat and Baldev assembly seats in support of party’s candidates. On demonetisation, she said the decision has put to inconvenience only those have black money and the common man has not been troubled.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EC guidelines to ensure prohibition during polling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission today issued extensive guidelines to the District Election Officers to ensure prohibition during the period of 48 hours starting from 5 pm on February 2 till 5 pm on February 4 for conclusion of polls in Punjab to be held on February 4. Giving details on this, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, V K Singh said the guidelines have been issued in accordance with the provisions enacted in the Section 126 Representation of Peoples’ Act 1951. According to the guidelines, the ongoing campaigning in all the 117 assembly constituencies and Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling date. Subsequently all the political leaders, functionaries or party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period, said Singh. Necessary guidelines have been issued to the police and civil administration all across the state to ensure that outsiders who are not required leave immediately. All the political parties have also been briefed on this so that the EC directive could be followed, said Singh. The commission has also directed the election and police administration to keep a close check on the community centres, guest houses and lodges so that the outsiders, if any, could be kept housed without causing any disturbance during the electoral process. The identity cards of those who stay there in the constituency would also be checked, he added. He also said that the administration has been asked to ensure all those who have been under security cover could remain there in the constituency in which they are the registered voters, till the poll day. Adding further, he said that these directions would not be applicable on the contesting candidates or the state heads of the political parties but they would be allowed to move only between their state party office and their residence about which the Election Commission has already been informed. Singh also said that the plying of the two wheelers would also be restricted 24 hours before the polling date. These restrictions would not be applicable to the two wheelers carrying an ailing, physically challenged or the officers/employees who are discharging government duties, added Singh. The Election Commission has also imposed complete prohibition on broadcasting or propagating election-related material on TV, radio or newspapers. Any such material influencing the voters would not be permissible during the 48 hours before the poll. However, any advertisement being published in the newspapers on February 3 and 4, requires prior permission or certification from the EC, added Singh. He further said that all electronic media advertisements, except the bulk SMS, IVRS and social media are banned for broadcast during the last 48 hours ending with poll that is starting from 5 pm of February 2 till 5 pm of February 4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: BSP expels Sahibabad MLA Amarpal Sharma for anti-party activities

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP expelled its MLA from Sahibabad constituency of Ghaziabad district on charges of indiscipline and anti-party activities on.”Amarpal Sharma, the MLA from Sahibabad seat, has been expelled from BSP for indiscipline and anti-party activities,” a party release issued on the behalf of Ghaziabad district unit president Premchand Bhartiya said.”Sharma was not giving enough time to the constituency due to which there was anger and frustration among party cadres. Besides, he was not taking interest in party activities like public meetings and cadre camps,” the release said.He was mostly spending time in Delhi for his personal works, it added.

Pune: Playwright Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s bust vandalised, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat orders inquiry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maratha organisation Sambhaji Brigade allegedly vandalised the statue of Marathi poet and 19th century playwright Ram Ganesh Gadkari at Pune’s famous Sambhaji Park.The organisation has alleged that Sambhaji was wrongly portrayed by the writer in ‘Rajsanyas’. Four men uprooted the bust and then threw it into the nearby Mutha river. The garden is located along Jangli Maharaj Road.Reacting to the incident, Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat said that orders have been given to the police to conduct an inquiry into the alleged vandalism of the bust.Vinayak Mete, who is heading the committee for Arabian sea Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial, said, “Even if at all one wants to contest Gadkari’s writing in the said play, removing statue was wrong.””Gadkari was a great writer, poet and protesting by removing the statue was not correct,” Mete addedMeanwhile, Medha Kulkarni, an MLA from Kothrud Constituency, alleged that repeated incidents like removal of Dadoji Konddev statue and now Gadkari’s bust raised doubt about whether ruling parties in Pune Municipal Corporation supported their acts. Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap announced that the bust will be reinstalled.(With inputs from Shailendra Paranjpe)