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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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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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The Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Today said he was inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but not Narendra Modi to mark his son's annointment as the Naib Imam, saying the Indian PM was yet to win the confidence of the country's Muslims.Syed Ahmed Bukhari, however, said he had invited four Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, for the Nov 29 dinner to mark the occasion."We have invited the prime minister of Pakistan as we have had relations with him since my (late) father's time, unlike with Modi, whom we have not invited,"."Modi has not done anything for Indian Muslims even after coming to power. Indian Muslims have not forgiven him for the 2002 Gujarat riots," the senior Bukhari said.( IANS)

Uddhav Thackrey may skip swearing In ceremony

As Bharatiya Janta Party  (BJP) gets all its preparations for tomorrows grand swearing in Ceremony of its first government in Maharashtra, there were indications that shiv sina chief and other party members might not attend the swearing-in ceremony. New CM Devendra Fadnavis reportedly personally called NCP head Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackrey to invite them for the swearing-in ceremony to be held in Mumbai.

Shiv Sena to be spectator in tomorrow's swearing in ceremony

 BJP's first Govt. in Maharashtra is to be sworn in tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium, former ally and in talks for alliance into new Govt., Shiv Sena will be confined to the role of a spectator. "No Shiv Sena leader will be inducted," BJP General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said today. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has yet to accept the invitation to tomorrow's grand event. Some of the shiv sainiks feel that exclusion from the first cut of the government was a public insult that makes a future alliance unacceptable.(News Reports)

Yasin Malik's supporters protest his arrest in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik's supporters protested against their leader's arrest Today.Malik was reportedly leading a campaign to boycott upcoming assembly election in J&K, for which he was taken into preventive custody .The supporters even pelted stones at the police in the city's Maisuma area, after which the police resorted to firing of tear gas and a baton charge to disperse the supporters.(News Reports)

Shahi Imam invites Nawaz Sharif but leaves out PM Narendra Modi for son's anointment

Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, recently named his 19-year-old son Shaban Bukhari as his successor. The ceremony to be held on 22nd November , where Shabhan Bukhari will be anointed as the 'Nayab Shahi Imam' (Vice Imam). The Shahi Imam has sent out invitations to several Indian and foreign political leaders, nearly 1,000 religious leaders from across the world. Also on the invitee list is Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, Bukhari has failed to invite his own Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Though, invitations have been sent out to Ministers like Rajnath Singh and Dr Harsh Vardhan.(News Reports)

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Following are the major types of elections in the country:
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Election Process in India
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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