Election News: Denied MCD Poll Ticket, Ex-AAP Councillor Climbs Tower; HP Polling Party Suspended for Taking EVMs in Private Vehicle

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced its second list of 117 candidates for the December 4 polls to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi

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Last Updated: November 13, 2022, 23:50 IST

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The former AAP councillor climbed a transmission tower in New Delhi. (ANI)

A former AAP councillor in Delhi, allegedly unhappy over not getting a ticket to the upcoming MCD polls, climbed a transmission tower near Shastri Park Metro Station. Police and fire brigade teams have reached the spot. A polling party in Shimla’s Rampur was suspended after it was intercepted by a group of Congress workers on Saturday night for allegedly transporting Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in private vehicles. Following protests by the Congress, the members were suspended by the district election commission authorities. Read More

Nov 13, 2022 22:38 IST

Gujarat Polls: Cong Declares 39 Candidates in 5th, 6th Lists; Fields Mevani from Vadgam

The party first released its fifth list with six candidates including Manhar Patel from Botad in place of Ramesh Mer. Later in the evening, it released a list of 33 candidates, taking the total number of candidates declared so far to 142.

Nov 13, 2022 20:54 IST

Gujarat Elections 2022: AAP's CM Face Isudan Gadhvi to Contest from Khambhalia Seat

Aam Aadmi Party’s Gujarat chief ministerial face, Isudan Gadhvi will contest the Assembly elections from Khambhalia seat in his home district of Devbhumi Dwarka, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday. READ MORE

Nov 13, 2022 19:05 IST

Himachal Pradesh Elections: Record Turnout at 75.6 Percent, Say Poll Officials

Himachal Pradesh registered a record voter turnout at 75.6 per cent in the assembly polls, according to data available with state poll authorities. The final turnout recorded in the 2017 assembly polls was 75.57 per cent.

Nov 13, 2022 18:06 IST

MCD Polls: Broken Roads, Waterlogging, Garbage Mismanagement Among Key Issues

Broken roads, waterlogging and garbage mismanagement are some of the key issues that the residents in the national capital have been facing for years, according to the Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) of north, east and south Delhi. READ MORE

Nov 13, 2022 16:07 IST

AAP-Load Files: Simultaneous MCD, Gujarat Polls Force Team Kejriwal to 'Divide, to Rule'

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will be held on December 4 and the results will be declared on December 7. The Delhi elections come three days after the first phase of polling in Gujarat and one day before the second and last phase of polling in the state. The MCD poll results will be declared a day before the results for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are out on December 8. READ MORE

Nov 13, 2022 15:12 IST

SP Candidate Dimple Yadav to File Nomination for Mainpuri Bypolls Monday

Samajwadi Party candidate for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypolls Dimple Yadav is likely to file her nomination papers on Monday, a senior party leader said.

The 44-year-old wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav will file her nomination at the Mainpuri collectorate on Monday afternoon, Alok Shakya, district president of the Samajwadi Party’s Mainpuri district unit, told PTI.

Dimple Yadav’s candidature is seen as the SP’s efforts to carry forward the legacy of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav on the seat, considered a stronghold of the party since 1996. Her selection is also seen as an attempt to unite party cadres ahead of the bypoll.

The by-election for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat is fixed for December 5 and the result will be declared on December 8. (PTI)

Nov 13, 2022 15:03 IST

WATCH | Ex-AAP Leader Alleges Corruption, Climbs Tower for Not Getting Ticket to MCD Bypoll

Nov 13, 2022 14:57 IST

Read | BJP, Cong or AAP? Himachal Records Moderate Polling As Voters Brave The Cold to Elect New Govt

After weeks of intensive poll campaigning and voting, the countdown has begun for D-day (results day) in Himachal Pradesh where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping change ‘riwaaz’ (tradition) and retain the power and Congress put up a spirited fight to make a comeback. Despite starting off well, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost its steam through the campaign, making it a two-party battle in the hill state.

Since 1985, the ‘Devbhoomi’ has not repeated any government and picked between the BJP and the Congress. Both parties have consistently received around 40% of the stable vote share (except in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when the Congress vote share was reduced to 27 per cent). The outcomes have always been neck and neck. READ MORE

Nov 13, 2022 14:40 IST

'Darkness' in Telangana to Disappear Soon, Munugode Bypoll Proof That BJP Will Come to Power: PM Modi | Recap

As part of his two-day visit to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the BJP cadre in Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport on Saturday. During his speech, he showed confidence that BJP will surely come to power in Telangana. Citing BJP’s performance in the recently concluded Munugode bypolls, PM Modi said he is inspired with the BJP activists from Telangana. “They are very courageous and fighting against oppression without fearing anyone,” he said. READ MORE 

Nov 13, 2022 14:30 IST

Cong, AAP Make OPS Restoration Demand Major Poll Plank in Gujarat

With this promise, the opposition parties aim to garner the support of lakhs of government employees who are up in arms against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the new pension scheme.

Nov 13, 2022 13:43 IST

BJP Faces Rebellion Ahead of Gujarat Assembly Polls; 5 Leaders Threaten to Contest as Independents

At least one sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and four former legislators have threatened to contest as independents after being denied tickets by the BJP for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.

While some of these disgruntled leaders have said they will make their next move after consulting supporters, former BJP MLA and the party’s known tribal face Harshad Vasava already filed his nomination papers on Friday as an independent from Nandod seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates.

Nov 13, 2022 13:32 IST

Delhi MCD Polls: Unhappy Over Not Being Given Ticket, Former AAP Councillor Climbs Transmission Tower

Nov 13, 2022 13:24 IST

Himachal Pradesh Elections 2022: 74.05% Voter Turnout, Slightly Lower than 2017

Over 74 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Himachal Pradesh which went to polls on Saturday, according to latest figures.

In 2017, the turnout was recorded at 75.6 per cent.

The hill state has an electorate of over 55 lakh.

Himachal Pradesh Elections 2022: 74.05% Voter Turnout, Slightly Lower than 2017
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Nov 13, 2022 13:06 IST

Himachal Elections: Polling Party Suspended for Transporting EVMs in Private Vehicle in Shimla

A polling party in Shimla’s Rampur was suspended after it was intercepted by a group of Congress workers on Saturday night for allegedly transporting Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in private vehicles instead of government vehicles. Following protests by the Congress, the members were suspended by the district election commission authorities, reports ANI.

Nov 13, 2022 12:53 IST

Gujarat Polls: Rajguru vs Rupani for Rajkot East Battle

The main opposition party has fielded Rajguru from Rajkot East from where he had won in 2012 before quitting to contest from Rajkot West in 2017 against the then-Chief Minister Vijay Rupani of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He joined the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP after quitting the Congress in April this year, only to return to the principal opposition party, saying it was the best option for defeating the BJP in Gujarat.

Nov 13, 2022 12:30 IST

Polls Near, Rahul Gandhi Must Divert His Yatra from MP to Gujarat Where AAP Looks to Eat Into Congress Share | Read

When the election campaign in Gujarat will be at its peak between November 20 and December 5, Rahul Gandhi will be walking in those 16 days in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh as part of his ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

The Congress has repeatedly said the Yatra is not about elections. But it would look stark to any political observer that Gandhi would be walking through the state next door while skipping Gujarat during the period which would see a confluence of political campaigners in the high-stake election battle. After all, it was Rahul Gandhi who was the top campaigner for his party in the 2017 Gujarat elections when his party ran the BJP close by winning 77 seats and reducing the saffron party to below the 100 mark. Gandhi’s ‘Temple Run’ had then caught eyeballs.

This time, however, Congress schedulers have inexplicably skipped Gujarat from the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ schedule. Rahul Gandhi also did not take a break from the Yatra to visit poll-bound Himachal Pradesh for a campaign, though Congress state chief Pratibha Singh had earlier told News18 that Gandhi had assured her he would come briefly. The Congress pitch in Gujarat seems lackluster in Gandhi’s absence with no clear chief ministerial face and many described the party to be on a ‘silent campaign’ with leaders like Hardik Patel leaving it.

Polls Near, Rahul Gandhi Must Divert His Yatra from MP to Gujarat Where AAP Looks to Eat Into Congress Share | Read

Nov 13, 2022 12:15 IST

With 48 Seats, Saurashtra Region Holds Key to Power in Gujarat; Close Contest on Cards

Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, which accounts for 48 out of the total 182 Assembly seats in the state with a sizable Patidar and Other Backward Class (OBC) population, has the potential to tilt the power game in favour of or against the ruling BJP or opposition Congress in the next month’s elections.

In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Congress had bagged 28 seats in this region, improving its previous election’s tally of 15 and helping it restrict the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory count to 99. Political observers attributed the grand old party’s impressive show in the region to the 2015 Patidar community’s quota agitation that targeted the BJP government. (PTI)

Nov 13, 2022 11:37 IST

Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Harbhajan Singh Among AAP's Star Campaigners for MCD Polls

Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and Rajya Sabha MP Harbhajan Singh are among 30 AAP star campaigners for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on December 4.

MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam, who recently quit as minister amid a row over attending a religious conversion event in Delhi, Rajya Sabha members Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and ND Gupta also feature in the list which also includes party MLAs such as Durgesh Pathak, Vishesh Ravi, Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj and ministers.

The 250-ward Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) goes to polls on December 4 and the counting of votes will take place on December 7.

Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Harbhajan Singh Among AAP's Star Campaigners for MCD Polls
Rajendra Gautam resigned from his post in Kejriwal Cabinet last month after a controversy erupted over his presence at the religious conversion event (Image: Twitter)
Nov 13, 2022 11:22 IST

BJP Subverting Independence of Election Commission, Alleges Mehbooba Mufti

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday accused the BJP of subverting the Election Commission to an extent that it was no more an independent body.

She alleged that the Election Commission has become “an extension” of the BJP. “It will do whatever the BJP tells it to do.” “Election commission has been subverted to an extent that it is no more the independent body of which the country was proud. Our election commissioners were invited by other countries to seek expert advice on conducting elections,” Mufti told reporters in Khiram area of Anantnag district.

Nov 13, 2022 11:08 IST

Gujarat Polls: Political Careers of Rupani, Nitin Patel Almost Over After They Were Denied Tickets

It is virtually the end of the political road for former Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and his then deputy Nitin Patel after both `declined’ to contest the next month’s Assembly elections in the state.

The reason the two leaders, who were active in Gujarat politics for more than three decades, gave for not contesting the elections was that they wanted to make way for the next generation.

But political observers think that they were effectively denied tickets as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to present more fresh faces this time to nullify the anti-incumbency factor.

“I have decided not to fight election this time. The BJP gave me the chance to be the chief minister of Gujarat for five years. Now they have made me in-charge of Punjab….I haven’t even demanded a ticket,” Rupani told reporters on Wednesday, a day before the BJP announced its first list of candidates.

Gujarat Polls: Political Careers of Rupani, Nitin Patel Almost Over After They Were Denied Tickets
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A former AAP councillor in Delhi, allegedly unhappy over not getting a ticket to the upcoming MCD polls, climbed a transmission tower near Shastri Park Metro Station. Police and fire brigade teams have reached the spot. A polling party in Shimla’s Rampur was suspended after it was intercepted by a group of Congress workers on Saturday night for allegedly transporting Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in private vehicles. Following protests by the Congress, the members were suspended by the district election commission authorities.

The high octane Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, which went to polls on Saturday, saw a 72.72% voter turnout as per data on Saturday night. The assembly poll is a crucial test for the BJP which is hoping to beat precedent and return to power while the Congress has urged voters to go by tradition of voting out the incumbent.

Voting started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm. While it had a slow start, with only 5% polling in the first hour, it slowly picked up pace over the afternoon.

It notched up to 37.19 percent by 1 pm and till 3 pm, the state recorded a 55.65 per cent turnout.

The highest polling of 62.75 per cent was recorded in Lahaul and Spiti district, followed by 60.38 per cent in Sirmour and 58.9 per cent in Mandi, the home district of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

BJP President J P Nadda cast his vote and said that he was confident that the BJP would win and Jairam Thakur would be CM again.

State Congress Chief Pratibha Singh said that the party is confident of winning 40-45 seats, as per ANI. 5.02% voter turnout was recorded until 9:00 am. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Twitter urged voters to turn up in large numbers for the ‘festival of democracy’. He said every vote will help build a prosperous Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi in a tweet greeted young voters and asked voters to register a new record.

MCD Election 2022

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced its second list of 117 candidates for the December 4 polls to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The party had declared its first list of 134 candidates on Friday for the 250-member house. It also announced its list of 30 star campaigners. The list includes names of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam, who recently quit as minister amid a row over attending a religious conversion event, and former cricketer and sitting Rajya Sabha member Harbhajan Singh.

The Delhi BJP on Saturday as well issued its first list of 232 candidates. The remaining 18 candidates will be announced later, the party said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal had dared the BJP to tell the public about five things that they have done in the civic body in the last 15 years.

Meanwhile, after the list was announced on Friday, the BJP attacked AAP over the inclusion of MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam as a star campaigner for the MCD polls. The saffron party accused AAP of taking an “anti-Hindu” stand.

Gautam had resigned last month from the Arvind Kejriwal-led government after courting controversy over attending a religious conversion programme in which Hindu deities were allegedly insulted.

The 250-ward Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) goes to polls on December 4 and the counting of votes will take place on December 7.

Gujarat Election 2022

The Congress on Saturday released its fourth list of nine candidates for the Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to be held in December in two phases. The total number of candidates declared so far by the party is 104. The Congress had last Friday released its first list announcing the names of 43 candidates for the elections.

Among the candidates named in the fourth list are Malubhai Kandoria from Dwarka, Mansinh Dodiya from Talala and Jaykantbhai Patel from Bharuch.

The party also released the election manifesto for the Gujarat Assembly elections on Saturday with 11 commitments which include waiving the farmers’ loan up to Rs 3 lakh and implementing the Old Pension Scheme in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced candidates for six more seats in the Gujarat Assembly elections. With this, the ruling party has announced the names of candidates for all 89 seats, out of the total 182, that will go to polls in the first phase of the two-phase elections. Overall, the BJP has so far named candidates for 166 Assembly segments as it had issued the first list of 160 candidates on November 9.

Meanwhile, the AAP, which is also trying to establish a stronghold in the state, released its 15th list of 3 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections. The party has fielded Mahindra Rajput from Sidhpur, Lalji Parmar from Sidhpur and Mahendra Patil from Udhana.

Elections for the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 8.

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