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  • Moderate voting in phase three of UP elections: 59.75% voters Turnout
    The high octane political battle for the phase three ended today on Sunday the 19th February. It was not a very high voting day though the climate was good for voting, but people did not show the enthusiasm that was expected of them, as it was held in the twelve districts over which the Samajwadi Party has a sway.  Only around ten percent voting was recorded in the first two hours which though picked up later but did not keep the momentum.   The sluggish voter may be a bad news for SP and also BSP which have pinned high hopes on this phase and wanted to seize the SP seats. The division of Muslim votes would be in the minds of many political leaders especially the BJP which gains a lot if the Muslim vote is divided amongst the SP and the BSP. Though BSP chief Mayawati looked confident after casting her vote but what BSP voters think is totally another story.  Interestingly, Mulayam Singh Yadav did not campaigned for the SP in general but went out to ask voters to vote for his younger brother Shivpal Yadav and daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav. This might have some bearing on Akhilesh’s prospects. It is a do or die battle for Shivpal whose whole political career is at stake. After being sidelined by Akhilesh if he is unable to win his own seat his political career would be all but over. BSP and BJP want to take full advantage of the family feud. Their hopes are pinned on the disgruntled SP workers. This phase would also test the popularity of Rajnath Singh who hails from Lucknow. During the third phase, the Election machinery was also on the toes to make arrangements for 24 million voters. Back in 2012 these 69 constituencies polled 59.75%. This time also the final figure hovers around the same number. The voting percentage in the first and second phases this time has been 64.22% and 65.16% votes.
    2017-02-19 05:40:26 PM
  • Moderate voting in Uttar Pradesh
    So Far it has been moderate voting in the third phase of Uttar  Pradesh elections. A total of 53% people have exercised their franchise till 3 PM. Voting is expected to pick up in the second half of the election. While most of the leaders of Samajwadi Party including Akhilesh yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and other family members exercised their franchise in the first half of the day. Mayawati of the BSP and Rajnath Singh and Sakshi Maharaj of the BJP  were other prominent leaders  vote early in the day. A total of 69 constituencies in 12 districts are voting today to choose 69 MLAs from the 829 candidates  . The fate of Rita Bahuguna, who recently joined the BJP and is fighting from Lucknow cantonment against the Mulayam Singh’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav would be decided in this phase. The fate of prominent SP leader  Shivpal, the estranged uncle of Akhilesh Yadav would also be sealed today. The districts where voting is being held are  Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Kannuaj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Sitapur and Auraiyya. These districts fall in Eastern Uttar Pradesh which is a SP stronghold. Meanwhile Mayawati has said that she was confident that people like the first two phases would opt for the BSP over the BJP and SP-congress alliance. Taking a jibe at the prime minister she said people would choose the daughter of UP rather than choosing an adopted son. Modi had earlier said that he was an adopted son of UP. 
    2017-02-19 04:03:56 PM
  • Third phase of UP elections : 53% voting till 3 pm
    The third phase of Uttar Pradesh elections is underway. The voting began at 8 AM and till 3 PM  53 percent voters exercised their franchise. The elections for the third phase are being held in 69 constituencies spread across 12 districts  of Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Kannuaj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Sitapur and Auraiyya. These districts fall in Eastern Uttar Pradesh which is traditional supporter of Samajwadi Party. Etawah and Mainnpuri districts are stronghold of Mulayam Singh clan. A total of 826 candidates belonging to six national parties and several regional parties and independents are in the fray.  There are 2.41 crore voters in the third phase who would  be exercising their franchise. The election commission has set up 16,671 polling centers and 25,603 polling stations for the phase three. Special security arrangements have been made for the sensitive constituencies. The results would be out on March 11.
    2017-02-19 10:43:50 AM
  • Irom Sharmila has only Rs. 2.6 lakhs, own no house or vehicle
    According to an affidavit filed by  Activist Irom Sharmila, she has only has Rs 2.6 lakh in her possession and does not own  any land or house. Sharmiila is fighting against the present chief minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh from Thoubal.   Irom sharmial was on fast unto death for  16 year demanding repeal  of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. She ended her fast last year and launched her own PRIJA party which is fighting the election in Manipur for the first time.
    2017-02-18 02:57:37 PM
  • Devendra Fadnavis campaigns through a 3D mobile app
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is using  digital media for campaigning. He is using  hologram technology to woo voters in the civic polls. The BJP is using the 3D holograms of the Maharashtra chief minister through a mobile app to impress the voters of Mumbai.
    2017-02-18 02:51:15 PM

  • MNC fields 11 non Maharashtrians in BMC election
    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,   has  given tickets to non-Maharashtrians. It is fighting for 201 seats in the BMC elections being held in Mumbai .Party spokesman Vageesh Saraswat said all the eleven candidates were active members of the party and office-bearers in various frontal units. "They are not just non-Marathi speaking but deserving candidates who are living and working in the state and consider themselves a part of Maharashtra and Mumbai," he said.MNC is known to be against the migrants in the past.
    2017-02-18 02:47:43 PM
  • Mukul Roy says TMC would play a role in government formation in Manipur
    National vice-president Mukul Roy of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) is confident that his party would be decisive in forming government in Manipur after the upcoming state Assembly elections. He told the reporters in Imphal that no party was likely to secure the majority and so his party’s role would be crucial in forming the government. 
    2017-02-18 02:45:19 PM
  • Fierce battle of votes in Lucknow Cantt
    Lucknow cantt constituency in Uttar Pradesh will see a high profile contest between two women.  Two women candidates from prominent political families are fighting from here. While Rita Bahuguna who joined BJP recently is  a seasoned politician Aparna Yadav the wife of younger son of Mulayam Singh Yadav is exuberant and energetic politician. Both have extensively campaigned for their seat. 
    2017-02-18 02:38:19 PM
  • Dimple Yadav hits out at PM for broken promises and wiping away the savings of women
    Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an election rally criticized the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi for  demonetization . In the rally she said it affected farmers and women the most. She said the savings of the women have been wiped out by the prime minister. She also accused the PM for making a false promise of giving five crore gas connections which no one got but added Samajwadi party would distribute pressure cookers once it was back in power.
    2017-02-18 02:33:09 PM
  • BJP says Akhilesh shielding Gayatri Prajapti
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has cornered Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for allegedly protectingTransport Minister Gayatri Prajapati in an rape case. Earlier Supreme Court had ordered than an FIR is filed against Transport Minister Gayatri Prajapati in  a rape case, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, state general secretary of the BJP said that the case also shows that there is anarchy in UP.
    2017-02-18 02:27:07 PM

  • Akhilesh Yadav apologizes for the follies of his MLA
    Akhilesh Yadav in an election meeting in Bakshi Ka Talab constituency apologized for the follies of his sitting MLA but asked them to still vote for Samajwadi Party as their vote against the SP candidate would be a vote against him.  SP is facing anti-incumbency against Gomti Yadav who is pitched in a tough battle against the SP rebel Rajendra Prasad Yadav fighting on RLD ticket.
    2017-02-18 02:15:33 PM
  • Mayawati says BJP and SP may join hands after elections
    Mayawati has said that Akhilesh has a tacit understanding with Narendra Modi and they might join hands after the assembly election. Earlier Akhilesh had accused Mayawati of forgining a clandestine alliance with the BJP. She also attacked Modi for given time of 10 months to the BJP leaders to cleanse their black money.   
    2017-02-18 02:13:00 PM
  • Priyanka in her first rally says UP doesn’t need an adopted son
    Priyanka Gandhi Vadera who is campaigning for the congress party in Raebareli and Amehti, in her first election speech in Maharajganj attacked prime minister and said that he UP doesn’t need an adopted son and certainly doesn’t need an outsider for development. She went on to say that each and every youth of UP was capable enough to contribute for the development of the state. In another rally in Raebareli Rahul Gandhi termed PM as villain Gabbar Singh of Sholay film.
    2017-02-18 01:56:22 PM
  • Rajnath Singh on a hectic election tour
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has had a hectic election schedule this month, he has been touring Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and is now back to Uttar Pradesh where he is addressing a series of election meeting.  He addressed rallies in Mahmoodabad, Misrikh in Sitapur and at Tirwa in Kannauj and took jibe at the opposition and elaborated upon the promises of the BJP.  He is also speaking about how the Modi government was giving a fitting reply to Pakistan  and how the Akhilesh government has failed the people and indulged in corruption. The third phase of polling in UP is scheduled for Sunday the 19th February.  
    2017-02-18 01:50:43 PM
  • Will Akhilesh vote for his uncle Shivpal?
    An interesting situation has been created in Etawah where Shivpal, the estranged uncle of Akhilesh Yadav is fighting the election SP ticket and Akhilesh has to cast his vote.  Earlier in a rally in Etawah Akhilesh had accused Shivpal for dividing the family and creating differences between him and his father. He did not name him though, but the message was loud and clear. The Samajwadi party and the Mulayam Singh Yadav family is still a single entity but has simmering discontent within. Akhilesh has already sidelined his uncle and is  the national president of Samajwadi party.
    2017-02-18 11:26:16 AM

  • Campaigning for third phase of UP election ends, voting tomorrow
    The acrimonious campaign to the third phase of UP election came to an end on February 17. In the third phase 69 constituencies across 12 districts of Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki and Sitapur would go to poll.The voting would be held on February 19, 2017. Voter turnout is expected to be high in these politically sensitive districts which include the capital of Uttar Pradesh Lucknow. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah extensively toured and campaigned for the third phase, the Samajwadi Party campaign was led by Akhilesh himself. Rahul and Priyana also pitched in for the congress and asked to call the PM’s bluff of ache din. They also attacked the Modi government for demonetization.
    2017-02-18 11:18:52 AM
  • Azam Khan say Muslims have more kids as they have no work!
    The minister in the Samajwadi Party, Azam Khan has given a controversial statement.While speaking at a rally in Allahabad on Friday he said that Muslims had more children because they did not have any work.  He implored the prime minister to give work to Muslims. Azam Khan also attacked Modi for demonetization in which even his mother had to stand in a queue to withdraw money from the bank. U.P would now be going to the third phase of polling on Sunday the 19th February
    2017-02-18 11:01:21 AM
  • Bitter Battle for BMC
    The election of BMC in Mumbai has made old time friends into foes. Shiv Sena and the BJP who were fighting the elections earlier together have this time broken their alliance and are going solo for the BMC Asia’s riches civic body which has an annual budget of Rs. 38,000 crore. It is a battle of survival for Shiv Sena as the erstwhile partner BJP is ruling the state and if it loses BMC it would be out of the political reckoning in the state. Uddhav Thackerya has bitterly criticized Devendra Fadanavis for corruption and incompetence in every single public meeting while BJP is blaming Shiv Sena for the follies in the BMC. The two parties are going to voters with the new promises. Whose promises people buy would be only known after results are out.
    2017-02-17 12:49:25 PM
  • Exit and opinion polls banned ahead of BMC elections in Mumbai
    The State Election Commission of Maharashtra has barred the opinion and exit polls from February 14 to February 21. State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said orders have been issued to the effect that no candidate will be able to issue ads in print or in electronic media after the campaign period ends. Besides no channel would be able to telecast opinion and exit polls from February 14 to 21.
    2017-02-17 12:13:11 PM
  • Mayawati confident of winning 300 seats, criticizes pollster of bias against BSP
    Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati in an election rally in Barabanki has said that she was confident of a win the UP election and secure 300 seats. She also criticized the pollsters for not giving proper weightage to the BSP and deliberately ignoring the electoral strength of the Bahujan Samaj Party. She termed the Akhilesh government as”corrupt, anarchic and criminal” which failed to protect the Dalits, minorities and women in the state.
    2017-02-17 11:33:09 AM



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