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RK Nagar bypoll: Actor Vishal, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar out of race as EC rejects their nomination

The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected the nominations of Tamil actor Vishal and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar for the RK Nagar by-election. Deepa’s nomination was rejected by the poll body after several discrepancies were found in her form, ANI reported. The nomination of Vishal was also rejected. No reason was given for the rejection of his papers. Vishal, the president of Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council, had filed his nomination as an independent candidate for R K Nagar Assembly in Chennai on Monday. “I want to be the people’s representative to do good for them and fulfill all their requests and wishes,” he said after filling his nomination.Also readJayalalithaa death anniversary: Scores of people pay tribute to their ‘Amma’The nominations for the bypoll in Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa, who was the sitting MLA, last year began on November 27, with December 4 being the last date. Scrutiny of nominations is taking place on December 5 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be on December 7. Polling will take place on December 21 and counting of votes and declaration of results will take place on December 24. Also readRK Nagar bypoll: No interim relief from Madras HC to Dhinakaran faction for using ‘hat’ symbol Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who lost the battle for the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol when the Election Commission awarded it to the camp led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, has also filed his papers.AIADMK presidium chairman and party’s nominee E Madhusudhanan and DMK’s M Maruthuganesh have also filed their nominations with election officials here for the bypoll.
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Ahead of Rahul’s impending elevation, Congress leader says party’s presidential election is rigged

A week before the Congress presidential elections, party leader Shezhad Poonawalla dropped a clanger by claiming the election was rigged. It was widely reported that Rahul Gandhi would be elevated to President’s post unopposed in the next elections.He told Times Now that he had written to Rahul Gandhi’s office claiming the poll process was stacked in Gandhi’s favour.In his emails, he has claimed that those delegated who form the panel aren’t elected secretly as per party rules but had been appointed by state presidents who owed their careers to the Gandhis.He asked Gandhi to step down as Congress VP before contesting elections. He was quoted saying, “I want Rahul to be the Congress president not as a Gandhi but as Rahul.”Earlier he had tweeted: “Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sychophancy (sic).”He also tweeted to his brother Tehseen Poonawalla , who had castigated him on Twitter, saying: “A rigged election? Where one starts as VP, gets selected by hand-picked delegates selected by a bunch of selected state Presidents? Where 48pc candidates are dynasts? You serve the family – I will serve Mahatma Gandhi’s party & India. Love u too. But not more than my country.”Meanwhile, Tehseen Poonawalla wrote on Twitter that he was stunned and said he official gave up all ‘relationship with him politically’.Rahul Gandhi is expected to file nomination for the election to the Congress president’s post on December 4, party sources said.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ex-Union minister AK Antony are likely to propose his candidature.The notification for the election will be issued on Friday. Nominations can be filed till December 4. Following scrutiny of nominations on December 5, the list of valid candidatures will be put out on the same day at 3:30 pm.The last date of withdrawal of nomination for the election is December 11 and polling will take place on December 16 in case more than one candidate is in the race.Counting of votes and declaration of results will take However, the sources said that no other contender is expected to challenge Gandhi.”The Congress vice president is expected to file the nomination on the morning of December 4,” a source said.Meanwhile, forms were distributed today to state returning officials (PROs) appointed by the party for the organisational polls.The forms will carry names of Pradesh Congress committee (PCC) delegates, who in turn will nominate the contender for the top post. The number of delegates to be nominated varies from state to state.For example, a small state may have 10 delegates. Big states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra or Bihar may have 30-40 delegates.”It is a foregone conclusion that each delegate will back Gandhi’s nomination,” another source said. With inputs from PTI
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Gujarat elections 2017: 63 nominations filed in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixty-three candidates filed their nominations from 21 Assembly segments in Ahmedabad city and district on Friday, official sources said.Minister and BJP candidate from Vatva seat, Pradipsinh Jadeja, BJP nominee from Naroda seat, Balram Thavani and AAP candidate from Danilimda seat JJ Mewada, were among them.Though majority of the nominations were filed by independent candidates, some nominees from smaller parties such as Shiv Sena and Bahujan Samaj Party also filed their candidature.The Congress has not yet announced names for its candidates for the second phase, but the party is believed to have informed the chosen ones to keep their documents ready. Its two MLAs from Ahmedabad city, viz. Shailesh Parmar from Danilimda seat and Gyasuddin Sheikh (Dariapur), are almost certain to be repeated. The party has also sounded out the other candidates.The last day for filing of nominations is November 27.Meanwhile, Friday was the last day for withdrawal of nominations for the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase on December 9. Officials said that 1,280 candidates were in fray after scrutiny of papers, but the number will be lower due to cancellation and withdrawal of several forms.

Over 1,200 nominations for first phase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1,215 nominations have been filed for the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase on December 9, official sources said. Tuesday was the last day for filing of nominations.According to officials, as many as 377 nominations were filed on Monday to go with the 111 filed earlier, taking the total number to 488. As is always the case, most of the nominations were filed on the last day.Majority of the candidates of the BJP, Congress and other parties such as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Shiv Sena, filed their nominations on Tuesday, and so did many independent candidates.However, the number will come down as nomination forms of dummy candidates will be rejected during scrutiny on Wednesday. A clear picture about the candidates left in fray will emerge only on Friday, which is the last day for withdrawing nominations.The filing of nominations for the second phase of polling on December 14 also commenced on Monday. 93 seats in north and central Gujarat will go to polls in phase two.

Gujarat elections 2017: EC to notify second phase of polls today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The formal notification for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, which are slated to be held on December 14, will be issued on Monday. The first phase of polling is scheduled for December 9.As per the election schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the gazette notification, which marks formal commencement of the election process in 93 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the second round, will be issued on November 20.A senior official said that the process for conducting the Assembly elections in 93 constituencies of central and north Gujarat will begin with issuance of the notification on Monday.Incidentally, the last day for submission of nominations for 89 seats going to polls in the first phase is November 21. The BJP has declared candidates for 60 of the 89 seats, while Congress is yet to announce any candidate. The BJP has also announced names of 46 candidates, who will contest in the second phase. The Congress’s initial list is expected to be announced by Sunday night, according to party insiders.In addition to BJP, which has won five straight Assembly elections in Gujarat since 1995, and Congress, which is looking to end its 22-year-old drought in the state, a number of other parties are also in the fray.These include Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (U). The last two are in talks with Congress for seat sharing.SCHEDULE FOR PHASE-2Notification – Nov 20Last day of nominations – Nov 27Scrutiny of nominations – Nov 28Last day for withdrawal – Nov 30Date of polling – Dec 14Date of counting – Dec 18

3 independents poll nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three nominations have been filed for the first phase of the upcoming Assembly elections, the formal notification for which was issued by the Election Commission on Tuesday. State’s Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said in a release that three independent candidates have filed their nominations on the first day. “One nomination has been filed for Bhuj constituency, one for Talaja and one for Bhavnagar West constituency,” he said.Eighty-nine out of 182 Assembly seats in the state are slated to go to polls in the first phase of elections on December 9.

Naidu meets Advani, Joshi before filing nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NDA’s vice president candidate M Venkaiah Naidu today met BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Mahonar Joshi before his filing papers, a government official said. Advani and Joshi are members of the BJP’s margdarshak mandal. The BJP’s Parliamentary Board had yesterday picked Naidu as the NDA’s vice presidential nominee. He and joint opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi filed their nominations today for the August 5 vice presidential poll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP parliamentary board to meet tomorrow on VP candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP parliamentary board would meet here tomorrow to pick the ruling NDA’s vice presidential candiadate. A parliamentary board member said the meeting is expected tomorrow evening. An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for August 5. July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations. The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament. The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and BJP has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez poll: Meira Kumar to file nomination tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar will file her nominations tomorrow, the last date for filing of nominations, in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a number of opposition leaders. According to sources, Kumar will file a set of four nomination papers which will be proposed and seconded by leaders of a number of opposition parties. She will file her papers at 11:30 AM in Parliament before the Lok Sabha Secretary General, the returning officer for the July 17 presidential election. “Leaders of every opposition party will get an opportunity to propose or second the nomination of Meira Kumar, their joint candidate,” said a senior Congress leader. Leaders of a number of opposition parties including CPI- M’s Sitaram Yechury and TMC’s Derek O’Brien and other leaders representing opposition parties like the DMK, SP, BSP, RJS and JMM, will also accompany her during her nomination filing. The 75-year-old Kumar is the joint opposition candidate of 17 non-NDA parties against the ruling NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, will launch her campaign from June 30 from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, soon after the scrutiny of nominations on June 29. She said that for her it is a battle of ideologies and not a ‘Dalit versus Dalit’ fight. Kumar had earlier made an emotional appeal to the electorate comprising MPs and MLAs to cast their vote with their “inner conscience”. She also said the president’s post cannot be used for narrow political interests. Taking a leaf from former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s appeal made during the 1974 presidential poll in favour of V V Giri, Kumar said, “This is that moment when one should heed to the inner voice of conscience and set the course of the nation.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

K Chandrasekhar Rao re-elected as president of TRS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was today re-elected as the president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the party he formed in 2001. Telangana’s Home Minister and election officer Nayani Narasimha Reddy announced that Rao was unanimously elected as the party president, ahead of the party’s 16th plenary which began here today. The party leaders and workers, who were present at the press conference held by Reddy at Telangana Bhavan (TRS headquarters here), raised slogans and distributed sweets as Rao’s election was announced. Rao, who was deputy speaker of the then undivided Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly when N Chandrababu Naidu was Chief Minister, quit the TDP and formed the TRS in Hyderabad in 2001 to fight for a separate Telangana state. Riding on a wave of support in the 2014 Assembly elections, Rao became the first Chief Minister of Telangana on June 2, 2014, the day the state came into existence. As per the election schedule, the process of filing the nominations for the party president’s post began on April 14 and continued till April 18. The nominations were scrutinised on April 19 and yesterday was the day for withdrawl, he said. The state Cabinet ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, zilla parishad chairpersons, chairmen of state-run corporations, heads of agriculture marketing committees and presidents of district party units submitted separate sets of nominations for the post of party president, Reddy said. “Total 12 sets of nominations were received. There was only one name, of KCR, in all the 12 sets. Our leader KCR’s name was proposed unanimously. All filed nominations seeking leadership of KCR,” he said. The TRS is holding its plenary today and would organise a massive public meeting on April 27 in Warangal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj India demands reconsideration of rejected nominations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav today met the Delhi Election Commissioner, seeking his direction to returning officers concerned to reconsider rejection of nomination papers filed by 24 candidates of his party. “Nominations of 24 of our candidates have been rejected arbitrarily during scrutiny. We have requested Commissioner S K Srivastava to direct the Returning Officers concerned to reevaluate the nomination papers,” he said. Yadav, who spent more than four hours waiting for the Commissioner at the EC office, claimed the nominations were rejected due to “small errors”. “The nomination of a woman candidate was cancelled as she did not specify her gender. One of the documents did not have signature and leaving the column for father’s, mother’s, husband’s name blank were some of the reasons,” he said. The Delhi State Election Commission had yesterday rejected around 40 per cent of 4,605 nominations filed for the April 23 elections to the three municipal corporations during scrutiny of documents. “Such rejections make a mockery of democracy and violate written rules,” the Swaraj India leader said. He also alleged that candidates of big political parties were allowed to make corrections in their papers. “The AAP and BJP candidates were making corrections in front of us, but we were treated differently,” he claimed. Yadav said the Commissioner assured him of instructing all ROs to reevaluate all nominations that have been rejected. “All our candidates will go to the ROs with their applications. We are hopeful of getting justice,” he said. Meanwhile, independent candidates and those belonging to minor parties protested and raised slogans against the EC for rejecting their nominations in a similar way. “One of our candidates’ nomination was rejected for not striking off a particular word,” said Girish, zone co-ordinator of Bahujan Samaj Party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bribery video causes unrest in BJP’s Nashik unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video posted by a BJP party worker on social media has brought to the fore the alleged monetary transactions undertaken by BJP aspirants to file their nominations. BJP declared the final candidate list on Friday with only 122 names, crushing the hopes of a large number of aspirants who hoped to contest the elections.This led to unrest within the party and allegations that those bribing were being given party nominations started circulating. On Saturday, a video went viral which shows a BJP office bearer asking for Rs 2 lakh. The other person, also an office bearer at the BJP office, is heard stating that everyone has to pay and that cheques will also be accepted. The video does not clarify the reason for the money or when the video was shot.It is said to have been taken by a candidate who was seeking party nomination but was asked to pay again. Many party members stood by the office bearers, saying that the party image is being maligned, while others stated that loyal party activists are being neglected.

Tribal bodies demand Zeliang govt’s resignation in Nagaland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tribal organisations in Nagaland today demanded the resignation of the TR Zeliang-led government in the aftermath of the killing of two persons and injuries to several others in clashes between the police and a mob. The demand was made by the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), comprising Naga tribal organisations, during the send-off service of the two deceased at the Agri-Expo junction in Dimapur this afternoon. After the send-off service, the bodies of the two deceased were rallied through NH 29. The burial service will be held in the state capital here tomorrow. JCC representative Vekhosayi, while condoling the demise of the two persons during last night’s public movement against the government’s decision to hold polls today to 12 councils, said “their sacrifice should not go in vain”. The JCC also demanded the suspension of the police personnel “involved in the indiscriminate firing”, along with the Dimapur Police Commissioner. It also urged the government to nullify the polling held to the 12 town councils spread over the state today. Meanwhile, business establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained closed as the JCC has called for an indefinite bandh since last night. A government vehicle was set ablaze for defying the bandh call in Dimapur today. During the day, a government-registered motorcycle was reduced to ashes while the vehicle of former chief secretary Lalthara, who is currently the Advisor to Chief Minister TR Zeliang, was also smashed by bandh supporters. The State Civil Secretariat and Office of the State Election Commission also remained closed for the day, while the ministers preferred to move in private vehicles. Despite the boycott call of the tribal organisations, polling to nine town councils — Jalukie, Peren, Naginimora, Tobu, Tizit, Pungro, Shamator, Aboi and Noklak — were held peacefully. However, no voter turned up in Tening and Longkhim, while unruly mobs went into a rampage and damaged all the 11 polling stations as well as the EVMs in Longleng, because of which polling could not be held. Nagaland has 32 councils, which include three municipal councils and 29 town councils. Nominations in six councils were not filed, while the candidates of four councils withdrew from the fray, in compliance with the tribal organisations’ directive of boycotting the polls with a 33-per cent women reservation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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