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  • AAP Plea Rejected by EC
    The plea by AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) has been rejected by the Election Commission yesterday, which urged it to cross-examine a petitioner seeking MLAs disqualification. The poll panel has said that “There is no occasion and need for the cross-examination of the petitioner as he is not a witness in the present proceedings and the respondents have failed to make out a case for calling any witness as pleaded in their applications. Therefore, this Commission dismisses the applications under consideration.”
    The plea was moved by the AAP lawmakers on May 16 in a bid to prove that the party MLAs were not holding the office-of-profit.
    2018-07-18 12:47:20 PM
  • Rajasthan Assembly Polls: Over 2 Lakhs EVMs to be Used
    The Chief Election Officer Ashwani Bhagat has stated that for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections, more than two lakh EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) would be used. The Assembly term is ending on January 20th next year and the state is likely to hold polls to the House towards the end of the year. Bhagat has ensured that all the machines are faultless and secure. He added that the EVMs were examined at the first-level by technical experts of Bharat Electronics Limited. He also gave the stats of machines being used - 64,000 control units, nearly 65,700 VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines, and a total of 76,700 third generation EVMs have been allotted.
    2018-07-18 12:45:57 PM
  • Deve Gowda: Alliance with Congress Only for 2019 Lok Sabha Polls
    JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda announced on Sunday that there would be no pre-poll alliance formed with Congress other than the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. He told the press the current situation was forcing it to align with Congress. He stated in Belagavi that “In the other elections, like local body polls, we will fight separate battles.” He also said that the district body formed with the current office-bearers would be dissolved and new would be formed based on party workers' recommendations. An ad-hoc committee would take its place for the time being.
    2018-07-17 01:52:41 PM
  • EC Emphasises on Voters' Data Security and Computer Literacy
    Election Commission yesterday convened a meeting for its staff and officers from southern states to stress the importance of protection of voters' data and being computer literate. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena and about 150 officials participated in it. The list of officials included the electoral officers from Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.
    Saxena emphasised that since all the work of EC (Election Commission) is handled through computers, all the officials should have a knowledge of computer and Internet. The officials were given training by experts on handling cyber security.
    2018-07-17 01:49:02 PM
  • YSR Congress to Vote against BJP Candidate for Post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman
    For the polls regarding Rajya Sabha deputy chairman post, YSR Congress has decided that it would vote against the candidate of BJP. The decision has been taken by YS Jaganmohan Reddy, the party chief, after having a meeting with regional coordinators at Anaparthi Assembly constituency's Gollala Mamidada village.
    The meeting ran for 3 hours after which the decision was finalised. Dharmana Prasada Rao, the party senior leader, has disclosed meeting details stating that BJP-led NDA government hadn't kept promises it made to the people and that was why the party had decided to vote against the saffron party candidate.
    2018-07-16 11:47:30 AM

  • Rajinikanth Favours 'One Nation One Election' Policy
    As there stands to be a mixed bag of opinions on holding the simultaneous elections to both Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, Rajinikanth too joined the bandwagon and has voiced his opinion on the matter. The actor turned politician yesterday cleared that he is in favour of Modi's “One Nation One Election” proposal. He told the press that holding simultaneous polls was a good idea since it would save both money and time. He added that he would reveal his decision on contesting 2019 Lok Sabha polls later. The Tamil superstar announced his entry into politics last December and is yet to reveal the name of his party.
    2018-07-16 11:43:53 AM
  • Former VP Hamid Ansari Opposes Simultaneous Polls
    Hamid Ansari, the former vice-president, has opposed the proposal of simultaneously holding the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. He also labelled the theory of ‘one nation, one election’ as an assault on democracy of India. He stated that “India is a diverse land. To have the thought of one big country our size having one election is just an unworkable idea. You require security to move in multiple phases even during an Assembly election. So how are you going to provide security across the nation if polls were to be held simultaneously.”
    2018-07-13 02:08:14 PM
  • Former Rajya Sabha MP Suggests Verification of Politicians through Aadhar Card
    Ambeth Rajan, the former MP from Rajya Sabha, has urged the Election Commission to verify the political parties' members through Aadhar Card. He wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat stating that in recent years there has been a rise in the number of bogus members who misuse public funds. Issue of conversion of black money to white money by political parties was also mentioned in the letter. He stated that “In order to curb this menace, it is required that every political party who claims some person as its member shall also provide Aadhar card of that person dully verified and maintained by the said political party on the website maintained by your office.”
    2018-07-13 02:06:03 PM
  • ECI Passes Order of Removal of Madhya Pradesh CEO
    The ECI (Election Commission of India) has passed the order of transfer of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Madhya Pradesh, Saleena Singh. Saleena, who is a 1986 batch IAS officer, will be replaced with VL Kantha Rao who is a 1992 batch officer. Sources suggest that the decision has come into the light because of ECI being unhappy with her functioning.
    Earlier, the ECI asked for a panel of eligible officers for the post of CEO and finally zeroed on VL Kantha Rao. Rao served the post of Additional Chief Electoral Officer during the 2013 elections.
    2018-07-12 02:39:25 PM
  • Telangana: Election Commissioner Reviews Production of VVPATs and EVMs
    Ashok Lavasa, the Election Commissioner of Telangana, yesterday visited the ECIL (Electronics Corporation of India Limited) to review the production of VVPATs and EVMs. Instructions were issued to the concerned officials by him, according to a release from Chief Electoral Officer's office. The release said “Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner of India has visited ECIL today forenoon (11.7.2018) along with the Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain to review the position on production of EVMs and VVPATs at the ECIL and issued suitable instructions to the concerned officials.”
    2018-07-12 02:36:55 PM
  • Kalia: New Employment Promise to Youth is a Cruel Joke
    State Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra made a promise to provide private and government jobs for young people that have given up drugs after spending time in the rehabilitation center. The whole idea has been mocked by Punjab’s former Minister and senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia, who labeled it as a 'cruel joke with the state youth.' He said that the decision would throw the youth off the track and now they would take to drugs to get a job. He also shed light on the non-fulfilment of providing jobs to the youth under a different scheme. He stated “Even after 15 months of its rule, the Congress Government has failed to keep the election promise to the youth of Punjab of providing a job in a family under the banner of ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri.”
    2018-07-11 02:17:26 PM
  • Congress Rejects Simultaneous Polls
    Congress yesterday rejected the proposal of simultaneously holding the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, going against the grain when the proposal is getting high acceptance. The party condemned it saying that it hits the core of democracy. Abhishek Manu Sanghvi, the Congress spokesperson, has stated “Any such proposal would be an anti-thesis to the democracy in India and would go against the grain of basic structure of Constitution. It is also against the letter and spirit of Democracy. The federal structure of our polity would stand decimated by such an authoritarian and autocratic step.”
    2018-07-11 02:16:12 PM
  • JD(U) to Go Solo in Upcoming Polls
    According to the latest announcement by the Janata Dal (United), the party is going to contest alone in the upcoming polls of state assembles in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. In a press conference, JD (U) secretary general KC Tyagi stated that “JD (U) will contest the election on its own in selected seats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Some media reports say we are helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but we are neither supporting them nor opposing them, we are not helping them.”
    The party also announced that it would not contact Congress until there's clarity on its stance on RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal).
    2018-07-10 05:18:44 PM
  • SC Asks Gujarat HC to Not Proceed on Petition against Patel's Election
    The petition filed against Congress leader Ahmed Patel by the BJP leader Balwantsingh Rajput, which challenges Patel's election to Rajya Sabha, will not be taken up by the Gujarat HC, as per the Supreme Court's order. Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, and Chief Justice Dipak Misra have even issued a notice to Balwantsingh, on Patel's plea, in order to seek a stay on the petition proceedings. In his plea, Patel contended that “The election petition filed in the High Court cannot challenge the order of the Election Commission. This petition is not maintainable and should be dismissed.”
    2018-07-10 05:16:28 PM
  • AIMIM Preparing Early for Polls
    Expecting an early election in Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief, has stepped up its party's promotional activities - kicking off public outreach programmes of the party in the city and across the state. Public interactive programmes including paidal daura (campaigning on foot) and public meetings at a number of places in the city are on party's checklist before the polls.
    Even during the month of Ramzan, several leaders of the party attended the Dawaat-e-Iftar arranged at mohalla level. Some leaders even attended the Saher or pre-dawn meal get-togethers.
    2018-07-09 12:59:49 PM
  • A Mix Reaction of Parties on Simultaneous Polls
    On Sunday, Janata Dal United (JDU) announced that it was in favour of holding simultaneous polls to both state Assemblies and Lok Sabha. However, the party member KC Tyagi stated that the party did not think it would be easy to implement that. Other parties that are in support of the proposal are Samajwadi Party (SP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
    On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party hasn't shown support for the proposal. In addition, the party member Aashish Khetan had a meeting with Law Commission Chairman and members and expressed his view that simultaneous elections would damage the parliamentary democracy and federalism.
    2018-07-09 12:49:08 PM
  • Paswan Labels Himself Cementing Force in NDA
    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan has called himself the cementing force in the ruling NDA in Bihar. He said that “So far, the talks which I had with Nitish Kumar and senior BJP leaders in Delhi last time, I can tell you that there is no problem within (Bihar) NDA,” he told reporters here. “I am optimistic that the NDA will remain intact (in Bihar)…I am a cementing force. I am there to keep the NDA intact.”
    He added that the poll strategy could be finalised in a couple of minutes if the coalition partners “share the same view.” However, he did not elaborate on party's strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls due next year.
    2018-07-07 11:17:00 AM
  • EC Can Hold Simultaneous Polls for Lok Sabha and State Assemblies
    Experts are unclear whether the Election Commission of India (ECI) would hold simultaneous polls to Assemblies of the states, which have their terms expiring either in 2018's second half or 2019's second half, and Lok Sabha. Section 14(2) in the Representation of the People Act, 1951, allows EC to conduct elections to both Lok Sabha and state Assembly six months before their term expires. However, former Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath is not in favour of using the Act for this purpose. He said “It’s a mechanical provision. It can’t be taken for granted either for postponing or advancing the polls, unless the particular House is vacant or dissolved. EC can’t invoke this provision curtailing the respective terms of the House.” He also called using this provision to hold simultaneous polls undemocratic.
    2018-07-07 11:13:15 AM
  • SC to Pass Order on WB EC on 6 August
    The Supreme Court has questioned the flip-flop move of West Bengal State Election Commission. The Commission first announced the extending of the deadline of nomination filing for the panchayat polls and then the very next day took its decision back. The court has decided to pass an order on the issue on 6 August. On the night of 9 April, the state poll panel had taken note of a number of complaints regarding the intending candidates being obstructed from submitting their nomination papers and were told about the extension of the deadline to 3 PM next day. And the decision was cancelled the very next day.
    2018-07-06 11:11:20 AM
  • Karnataka Budget Waives off Rs 34,000 Crore Farm Loans
    HD Kumaraswamy, the Karnataka's Chief Minister, presented his first budget yesterday. The main highlight of it was the waiver of Rs 34,000 crore farm loans - the waiver, however, is applicable to a loan of up to Rs 2 lakh. The CM will also recognize the farmers' efforts who cleared their dues timely; the CM would credit Rs 25,000 or the loan amount (whichever is less), back to their accounts.
    Additionally, under the Anna Bhagya scheme, 1 kg of sugar, 1/2 kg toor dal at a subsidized rate, 5 kg of rice free of cost will be given to a below poverty line (BPL) card holder.
    2018-07-06 11:09:49 AM
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