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Punjab polls: Amarinder invited to Badal’s swearing-in

Chandigarh: Notwithstanding the bitter political wrangling between them during the high-octane poll process in Punjab, SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal has decided to invite his political rival Congress’ Amarinder Singh for his swearing-in as chief minister for the fifth term.

Besides Amarinder, CLP leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s name also figures in the list of invitees for the swearing-in ceremony on March 14 at Chappar Chiri in Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) district.

Sources close to Badal said he will send formal invitations to Punjab Congress top leaders urging them to forget the traditional political rivalry.

In the letter of invite to be sent to the Congress leaders, Badal has appealed to them to forget political rivalry and start afresh for the larger interest of welfare and development of the state, they said.

In the run up to the Assembly polls, allegations and counter-allegations between Amarinder and Badal used to be larger part of their speeches during public gatherings.

The long list of invitees also include Uttar Pradesh’s newly-elected CM Akhilesh Yadav, his father and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, his father and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, Himachal Pardesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Madhya Pardesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

Among others invited are BJP leaders L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

The SAD-BJP alliance got absolute majority in the 117-member House, winning 68 seats whereas opposition Congress managed to get only 46 seats.

 

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BJP loses in Ayodhya for the first time since 1992

Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost in Ayodhya Assembly constituency for the first time since the Babri Masjid was demolished on Demcember 6, 1992. BJP candidate Lallu Singh lost to Samajwadi Party’s Tej Narayan Pandey alias Pawan Pandey in the results declared on Tuesday.

Pandey won Ayodhya by a margin of 5,405 votes. While Pandey got 55,262 votes, Singh came in second with 49,857 votes. Ved Prakash Gupta of the Bahujan Samaj Party secured 33,481 votes to come in third and Independent candidate Gulshan alias Bindoo was fourth with 22,023. Congress’s Rajendra Pratap Singh ended a distant fourth with just 9,710 votes.

Ayodhya is one of the five assembly constituencies in Faizabad in Central Uttar Pradesh and had been the laboratory of the BJP.

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UP elections 2012: 25 per cent votes cast till noon

New Delhi: Polling for the seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections covering 60 constituencies began on a slow note on Saturday with around 22 per cent of voters exercising their franchise till noon.

Polling on 60 seats in ten districts began at 7 am and would continue till 5 pm, chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said.

The Election Commission expects heavy turnout in this phase also in keeping with the trend seen in the earlier rounds where voting percentage has witnessed an unprecedented rise.

More than 1.82 crore voters in this phase of polling, which was earlier scheduled for February 4 but was later postponed to March 3, would decide the fate of 962 candidates including some political veterans.

This final phase covers Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in which more than 1.82 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise.

Besides Samajwadi Party’s Muslim face Mohammad Azam Khan, who is contesting from Rampur, fate of minister in Mayawati government Omvati from Nagina seat, BSP MP Jugal Kishore’s son Saurabh from Kasta and Rastriya Parivartan Dal head DP Yadav, considered heavyweight from Sahsawan seat, would be decided in this concluding phase.

The impact of BJP MP from Aonla Maneka Gandhi, her son and BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, Union Minister and MP from Dhaurara seat in Lakhimpur, Jitin Prasad and Congress MP Azharuddin in their constituencies would be keenly watched by political observers.

In the 2007 assembly polls, out of 57 constituencies BSP had emerged the biggest party bagging 27 seats, while SP and BJP had got 17 and nine seats respectively.

While Rashtriya Parivartan Dal (RPD) of DP Yadav had got two seats, Congress and others got one seat respectively.

After denial of his entry in the SP, Yadav has fielded candidates from his own outfit. SP has also put all its strength to increase its tally in these districts.

Rashtriya Lok Manch of Amar Singh and local Rampur MP Jaya Prada’s influence would be on test as they tried their best to ensure defeat of Azam Khan in his home turf.

As far as Congress is concerned, impact of party general Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who addressed 211 rallies and conducted roadshows covering 18 assembly constituencies from November 14 till February 29 including this region would also be at test in this phase.

 

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UP elections 2012: voting begins for the last phase

New Delhi: Polling for the seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections covering 60 constituencies began on a slow note on Saturday with around 11 per cent of voters exercising their franchise in first two hours.

Polling on 60 seats in ten districts began at 7 am and would continue till 5 pm, chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said.

The Election Commission expects heavy turnout in this phase also in keeping with the trend seen in the earlier rounds where voting percentage has witnessed an unprecedented rise.

More than 1.82 crore voters in this phase of polling, which was earlier scheduled for February 4 but was later postponed to March 3, would decide the fate of 962 candidates including some political veterans.

This final phase covers Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in which more than 1.82 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise.

Besides Samajwadi Party’s Muslim face Mohammad Azam Khan, who is contesting from Rampur, fate of minister in Mayawati government Omvati from Nagina seat, BSP MP Jugal Kishore’s son Saurabh from Kasta and Rastriya Parivartan Dal head DP Yadav, considered heavyweight from Sahsawan seat, would be decided in this concluding phase.

The impact of BJP MP from Aonla Maneka Gandhi, her son and BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, Union Minister and MP from Dhaurara seat in Lakhimpur, Jitin Prasad and Congress MP Azharuddin in their constituencies would be keenly watched by political observers.

In the 2007 assembly polls, out of 57 constituencies BSP had emerged the biggest party bagging 27 seats, while SP and BJP had got 17 and nine seats respectively.

While Rashtriya Parivartan Dal (RPD) of DP Yadav had got two seats, Congress and others got one seat respectively.

After denial of his entry in the SP, Yadav has fielded candidates from his own

outfit. SP has also put all its strength to increase its tally in these districts.

Rashtriya Lok Manch of Amar Singh and local Rampur MP Jaya Prada’s influence would be on test as they tried their best to ensure defeat of Azam Khan in his home turf.

As far as Congress is concerned, impact of party general Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who addressed 211 rallies and conducted roadshows covering 18 assembly constituencies from November 14 till February 29 including this region would also be at test in this phase.

 

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60 per cent turnout in 6th phase of UP poll

Lucknow: The high stakes battle for power in Uttar Pradesh entered the last lap on Tuesday with 60 per cent peaceful voting in the sixth and penultimate round of the assembly elections that end next week.

The turnout among the 2.11 crore voters was in keeping with the high percentage in the last five rounds. Polling in 68 constituencies across 13 districts in western Uttar Pradesh had begun at 7 am and ended at 5 pm.

“Today appears to be more like the first phase when polling crossed the 60 per cent mark”, chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha told IANS at the close of balloting.

“The highest turnout was reported from Saharanpur district, where it touched nearly 65 per cent, while the lowest was reported from Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida) at about 56 per cent,” he added.

In Agra too, there was high voting with the polling percentage crossing 51 per cent at 3 pm, two hours before polling ended.

“Polling started at 7 am and it is heartening that about 60 per cent of the 2.17 crore voters responded to echoing appeals of the Election Commission to exercise their franchise”, Sinha said, adding: “This is way ahead of the turnout of barely 46 per cent at the last assembly election,” Sinha said.

The fate of 1,103 candidates was sealed in some 30,000 electronic voting machines installed at 21,317 polling stations across the districts of Saharanpur, Prabudh Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat. Ghaziabad, Gautam Buidh Nagar, Panchseel Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mahamaya Nagar, Mathura and Agra.

Though the belt is notorious for its feudal traditions, this phase had 9,391,585 women listed as voters, the highest, besides 712 eunuchs.

Except for two minor incidents, polling remained peaceful all over the otherwise volatile belt of western UP. According to reports, police used mild force to disperse a ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and his supporters who were creating a ruckus at a polling centre at Singhani Gate area of Ghaziabad because of a delay in issuing voter slips.

Some people attempted to create some ruckus at a polling centre at Ahmadia Hameedia College in Man-Tola locality of Agra over alleged inconsistencies in the electoral rolls.

While the elections were proceeding peacefully, there were some glitches as well. Key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal was on his way to Goa but returned from the airport to vote from Ghaziabad only to find his name missing from the voters list.

Among the candidates testing their luck in the sixth phase was Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhury.

The impact of the Congress-RLD combine on the Jat and the Muslim voters, who dominate large parts of the 13 districts, was on test. While the Samajwadi Party (SP) vied desperately for the Muslim vote, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tried hard to retain its chunk of 35 seats won in 2007.

Four of the 13 districts witnessing the poll have a substantial Muslim population ranging between 25-39 per cent, while the remaining nine districts have 18-22 per cent Muslims.

Counting of votes for this high stakes battle will be done March 6.

 

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UP polls: 24 per cent voting in first 4 hours

Lucknow: Polling picked up in the sixth phase of UP assembly elections covering 68 seats with about 24 per cent of the over 2.17 crore voters exercising their

franchise in the first four hours.

“Polling started at 7 AM and 23.88 per cent votes were polled in the first four hours,” Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said.

Maximum 28.87 per cent polling was recorded in Hathras district. Among other districts, 27 per cent votes were polled in Saharanpur, 24 per cent each in Agra and Aligarh, 23.5 per cent in Bulandshahr, 22.6 in Gautam Buddha Nagar, 21.5 in Muzaffarnagar, 22 per cent in Panchsheel Nagar and 24.5 per cent in Meerut.

Polling in Noida, Dadri and Jewar assembly seats in Gautam Budhh Nagar was going on peacefully.

In Bhatta Parsaul, which was the centre of the land acquisition row, farmers were seen coming out to vote. Their leader Manvir Singh Tevatia, who had spearheaded the farmers’ agitation, is fighting election from jail. The area falls under Jewar Assembly seat.

Congress has fielded Dhirendra Singh from Jewar. He was the man on whose bike Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had reached Bhatta Parsaul last year.

In Chief Minister Mayawati’s native Badalpur village, farmers had lined up to cast their vote. BSP has fielded Satvir Gujjar, sitting MLA from here, while Congress has fielded Samir Bhatti.

Bhatti had once served as MLA from Dadri and his father Mahinder Singh Bhatti was twice MLA from here. BJP has fielded Nawab Singh Nagar, who was twice elected MLA from here in the past. Samajwadi Party has fielded Raj Kumar Bhatti as candidate.

In Noida, which has become an assembly seat for the first time, a good turnout is expected. Earlier Noida was part of Dadri assembly seat and rural voters used to decide the winning pattern here.

Mahesh Sharma is BJP candidate from Noida while VS Chauhan is Congress candidate. Om Dutt Sharma is BSP candidate while Sunil Choudhary is the SP candidate.

 

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UP polls: Digvijaya slams BJP, says Uma is ‘imported’ mascot

Kanpur: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday attacked the BJP saying he felt sorry that an ‘outsider’ from Madhya Pradesh had been projected as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in UP.

He said, he felt sorry for state BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra and Surya Pratap Shahi who were not considered fit to be UP CM, instead an ‘imported’ outsider like Uma Bharti had been brought in which was a poor reflection on the state leadership of BJP.

Digvijaya said if he was an outsider campaigning in UP like Baba Ramdev says, then so was Uma Bharti and that too as a Chief Ministerial candidate.

He lambasted SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for claiming that he would abolish Value Added Tax (VAT), saying such impractical promises had been made earlier as well, but they do not work.

He also regretted that while Congress was censured by Election Commission on the issue of minority quota, BJP got away scot-free by including Ram Mandir issue in its manifesto.

Digvijaya claimed Congress would not support any party if it got enough seats, instead he expressed confidence that the party would form the government in the state.

 

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UP: Ajit Singh’s son caught on camera taking cash

Lucknow: Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary has been booked by the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct. The MP from Mathura and party chief and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh’s son was caught on camera taking Rs 70,000 from a local leader during an election rally in Mathura.

He then passed the cash to his party candidate, who returned the money to him. Chaudhary later passed the cash on to his brother-in-law, who was accompanying him on the campaign trail.

“We have sent a notice to Chaudhary seeking his explanation. He was caught on camera accepting money at Govardhan Assembly constituency in Mogarra area here,” ADM (City) Ram Awatar Raman said.

The Assembly constituencies that fall under Mathura will go to vote on February 28.

Chaudhary, sitting MP from Mathura, is also contesting Assembly polls from Maant seat.

 

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Rahul, Akhilesh, Jayant: Young faces of UP dynasties

New Delhi: The old order changeth, yielding place to the new… Alfred Tennyson’s immortal words are playing out again in the dusty heartlands of Uttar Pradesh where three sons are preparing to carry on their political legacies. For Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary, out to prove they are worthy inheritors, this could well be a make-or-break election.

Rahul Gandhi is son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the late Rajiv Gandhi, a fifth generation leader of the Nehru-Gandhi family; Akhilesh Yadav is son of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav; while Jayant Chaudhary is son of union minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh.

There’s plenty in common. All three are leading their party’s campaign, all are MPs from Uttar Pradesh and are cutting their teeth in this election for power in India’s most populous state currently ruled by Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Congress has tied up with the RLD to take on the BSP, SP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the gruelling polls, spanning 403 assembly seats and being held over seven p hases between Feb 8 and March 3.

Is this a continuation of dynastic politics, a sign of India’s unchanging feudal times or a sign of a resurgent youth willing to give up all to herald change? The opinions are sharp and divided.

Chaudhary, 33, who is mainly campaigning in western Uttar Pradesh where his party is contesting most of its 47 seats, said his role in the campaign should not be seen as sign of generational transition.

“I don’t think it is reflection of generational transition. He (Ajit Singh) is president… Yes, I have a fair deal of responsibility,” Chaudhary, who unlike Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav is contesting the assembly election from Mathura, told IANS.

Chaudhary, whose grandfather Charan Singh was a former prime minister, has been raising issues of land acquisition, corruption and injustice to farmers. He said the fact that young leaders from political dynasities were playing a role in the election reflected “the sentiment on the ground as well”.

Rahul Gandhi, 41, has a lot riding on the outcome of the election in a state where the Congress has been out of power for almost 22 years and now has only 22 seats in the assembly. He has set a hectic pace for himself, addressing over 100 rallies, and visiting villages, interacting with farmers and Dalit in their homes.

For Akhilesh Yadav, 38, the electoral challenge is equally daunting with the SP seen as the natural gainer of an anti-incumbency sentiment. Relatively low profile, he has been steadfast in his campaign at the grassroots level. Though decisions in the SP are still taken by his father, he is credited with reshaping the party’s thinking by going beyond caste mobilisation.

The BJP was scathing and said it was not relying on dynasty to deliver votes. “Their campaign is dynastic, ours is dynamic,” Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

SP MP Mohan Singh did not agree. “Where is the harm if they are are sons of leaders. They are going through the struggle (to get votes),” Mohan Singh told IANS.

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said it was natural for parties to give prominence to young leaders as majority of country’s population comprised people below the age of 35.

Political analysts added that dynastic politics was not specific to a few states and young leaders leading the poll effort was a healthy trend.

According to Nisar-ul-Haq of Jamia Millia University, the youth coming to the forefront of politics would result in greater thrust on performance. “It is a very good trend. Power should come in the hands of the youth… If the youth do not perform who else will,” he said.

“Young leaders are talking of development. They are talking less of traditional issues… There is definite change in political discourse (in these elections),” said IGNOU’s A.S. Narang.

Now to March 6, when the votes will be counted and the effectiveness of the trio will be known to all.

 

Source:http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rahul-akhilesh-jayant-young-faces-of-up-dynasties/231431-37.html

After Khurshid, Beni Prasad makes quota promise

New Delhi: After the Election Commission shut the Salman Khurshid Muslim quota promise chapter, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has also made a similar promise.

At a public rally in Farrukhabad, the Congress leader said, “Muslims will be given more facilities, Muslims will be given reservation.”

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh was also present at the meeting.

The Election Commission had on Wednesday put a lid on the standoff with Law and Minorities Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid after he expressed regrets over his “defiance” of the poll body over his remarks on sub-quota for minorities in government jobs in Uttar Pradesh.

The Commission, led by Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and two Election Commissioners VS Sampath and HS Brahma, met and reviewed the matter in the light of the “regret” letter received from Khurshid and decided not to pursue the matter against him any further in the light of his “clear change of position”.

 

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