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Shiv Sena gives BJP a deadline | Devendra Fadnavis and 10 others sworn in | Modi will never bring black money to India: Sharad Yadav | Shahi Imam's invite to Sharif does not merit response: Governmen | Omar dumps Ganderbal, to contest from Sonawar and Beerwah |

Elections in India

Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand Elections

The Election Commission on 25th October declared the dates for the much awaited assembly elections in the 87 assembly seats of J and K and 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand. Voting in the state of J&K and Jharkhand will be held in five phases, dating from November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th, December 14th and last phase on December 20th. The Model code of conduct has been imposed in both the states and are said to not hamper the relief work under process in J and K, which faced the worst floods in 100 years. The election commission also stated that the decision to go to polls in J and K was taken after thorough talks with all concerned political parties, and it was only the National congress (Ruling party), which wanted to further defer the election dates. The only party to play its cards for now in J and K is the BJP, which has decided to contest for all 87 seats in the state on its own.

After the success in 2014 General elections, BJP is very positive and confident of winning the majority in Jharkhand. In 2009 also, BJP in alliance with JMM had won the maximum seats in the state. To fight the issues of poverty and Naxals, people are demanding for a strong, active and stable government in the state.
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Map showing the upcoming Elections in India 2014 No. of assemblies - 87, Ruling party - JKNC, Chief Minister - Omar Abdullah No. of assemblies - 90, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Bhupinder Singh Hooda No. of assemblies - 70, Ruling party - President's rule, Chief Minister - Vacant No. of pcs - 1, Name of pcs - Beed, No. of assemblies - 288, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Prithviraj Chavan No. of assemblies - 81, Ruling party - JMM, Chief Minister - Hemant Soren Punjab Himachal Pradesh Uttrakhand No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies -Kairana, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan No of assembliess - 1, Name of assemblies - Rajkot West, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Chhattisgarh No of Pcs - 1, Name of Pcs - Kandhama,Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Telangana Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Goa Kerala Puducherry Tamilnadu Bihar Sikkim West Bengal No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Kanubari (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Assam Meghalaya Mizoram No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Hiyanglam, Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Northern Angami-II (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014
Date of Poll:Phase-INov 25, 2014
Phase-IIDec 2, 2014
Phase-IIIDec 9, 2014
Phase-IVDec 14, 2014
Phase-VDec 20, 2014
Counting Date: Dec 23, 2014
Date of Poll:Phase-INov 25, 2014
Phase-IIDec 2, 2014
Phase-IIIDec 9, 2014
Phase-IVDec 14, 2014
Phase-VDec 20, 2014
Counting Date: Dec 23, 2014
Polling Date:Nov 25, 2014
Counting Date:Dec 23, 2014
Phase – I Important Notifications
EventJ & KJharkhand
Date of Issue of NotificationOct 28, 2014Oct 29, 2014
Last date of making nominationNov 5, 2014Nov 5, 2014
Date of ScrutinyNov 7, 2014Nov 7, 2014
Last date of withdrawalNov 10, 2014Nov 10, 2014
Date of Poll Nov 25, 2014Nov 25, 2014
Date of CountingDec 23, 2014Dec 23, 2014
Date of Completion of ElectionDec 29, 2014Dec 29, 2014
Constituencies going for ElectionGurez, BandiporaChatra (SC), Gumla (ST)
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Shiv Sena gives BJP a deadline

The Shiv Sena has given the BJP a dealing to decided the future of the alliance - one way or another - before the vote of confidence. The Maharashtra governor had given the BJP time till the 15th of November to  hold a trust vote. Sources in Shiv Sena say Unless there is an agreement before that date, the Sena  will not support the government.   The BJP won123 seats and needs 22 more seats to win the vote. Sharad Pawar's National Congress party has said it will abstain during the vote in a show of support for the minority government.(News Reports)

Devendra Fadnavis and 10 others sworn in

10-member of the BJP led by Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in yesterday in a lavish ceremony at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.The Cabinet ministers sworn in included, BJP core committee members Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde, Prakash Mehta, tribal leader from neighbouring Palghar district Vishnu Sawra, and Chandrakant Patil.Dilip Kamble and Vidya Thakur were sworn in as ministers of state.

Modi will never bring black money to India: Sharad Yadav

JD-U president Sharad Yadav Friday said the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betraying the people and the country on the issue of bringing black money stashed abroad as he will never bring it back."BJP has no intention to bring back the black money from foreign banks," the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president told reporters here.He said black money will never return to India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Modi are fooling people and they also know it"BJP had spent hundreds of crores (of rupees) on election campaign during the Lok Sabha polls, how can it (BJP) bring back black money," he asked."BJP and Modi have failed to fulfil their promises to bring back black money soon after coming to power," he said.(IANS)

Shahi Imam's invite to Sharif does not merit response: Governmen

As the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid drew flak from Muslims for inviting the Pakistan prime minister to his son's anointment as his successor but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government refused to get drawn into the controversy, terming his remarks as "voices from the wilderness".Asked to react to the invite to Nawaz Sharif, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: "We don't respond to voices from the wilderness who are always clawing to get space, and your mind space."The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) in Aligarh accused the Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of insulting Indian Muslims by inviting Nawaz Sharif to a Nov 29 dinner to mark the anointment of his son Shaban, 19, as the Naib Imam.India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) president Sirajuddin Qureshi has also criticized the Shahi Imam's remarks.(IANS)

Omar dumps Ganderbal, to contest from Sonawar and Beerwah

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided Friday to contest assembly elections from Sonawar and Beerwah constituencies, instead of seeking re-election from his family's traditional Ganderbal seat.The National Conference (NC) parliamentary meeting, chaired by Abdullah, Friday issued list of 22 candidates for the assembly elections - 15 from the Kashmir Valley and seven from the Jammu region.Abdullah will contest elections from Sonawar in Srinagar d istrict and also from the Beerwah constituency in Badgam district.After three generations and 39 years, the Abdullahs have chosen not to contest from Ganderbal. seat.Abdullah had won from Ganderbal in 2008, avenging his 2002 defeat at the hands of Qazi Muhammad Afzal of the Peoples Democratic Party.(IANS)

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Has Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari sought to create a political controversy by inviting Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif for the anointment ceremony of the naib imam while ignoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
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In an election, various candidates of different parties contest against each other, out of which the people elect their representative. The stages of the election process of India include delimitation of constituencies wherein the entire area (the whole country in the case of Lok Sabha elections and that particular state in the case of Legislative Assembly elections) is divided into constituencies. After the demarcation of constituency, the voters' list of each constituency is prepared and published and nomination papers are filed by the candidates. Thereafter, nomination papers are scrutinised. The next stage is the campaign by all the candidates and the parties. The election campaign ends 48 hours before the polling. The last step is the counting of votes and declaration of result.

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  • NDAWon
  • BJP282
  • TDP16
  • SHS18
  • SAD4
  • PMK1
  • Others18
  • Total336
  • UPAWon
  • INC44
  • RJD4
  • NCP6
  • RLD0
  • JMM2
  • Others3
  • Total59
  • Third FrontWon
  • CPM9
  • CPI1
  • RSP(A)0
  • AIFB0
  • SP5
  • Others72
  • Total87
  • All OthersWon
  • AIADMK37
  • AITC34
  • TRS11
  • YSRCP9
  • AAP4
  • Others3
  • Total98
  • Odisha
  • PartyWon
  • BJP10
  • BJD116
  • INC15
  • Others4
  • Sikkim
  • PartyWon
  • BJP0
  • SDF22
  • INC0
  • Others10
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