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  1. Lion of Rajputana

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    I have long believed that it's time for BJP to drop Akali Dal. I think BJP should co-opt Amarinder wholesale, the way they have with other leaders and parties in other states.
     
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    So things are beginning to look pretty rough for BJP in South India. They're in a tough spot in Karnataka where they were hoping to win (apparently the turnout for their Parivarthana rally was way lower than expected), in Telangana the TRS is in control and Congress seems to be on the ascendancy (including snapping up Revanth Reddy), and the initial plan to co-opt the AIADMK into NDA seems to have run into multiple roadblocks with the continued bickering between OPS-EPS factions and with Dhinakaran's little rebellion.

    Would be a damn shame if they miss out on so many crucial opportunities at once.

    On the other hand, with the defection of Mukul Roy and possible defections of people like Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Suvendu Adhikari etc., the BJP seems to be serious about challenging in 2019 and 2021 in Bengal.
     
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    He is arguably even more out of touch with Indian politics and the sentiment of the Indian public than the parties he supports, and has a pretty flexible relationship with reality as well.
     
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    This greatly complicates the BJP's plans to co-opt a united AIADMK and take over in Tamil Nadu. I wonder what's gonna happen now.


    Why the war within AIADMK is far from over
    Members of the O Panneerselvam camp are unhappy over not getting a fair share in the power cake.
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    Minutes after the ruling AIADMK was recognised by the Election Commission as the real AIADMK on Thursday, O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami were at the party office, distributing and eating sweets. Colleagues flashed smiles, making the party look picture-perfect.

    Less than 48 hours later, the cookie crumbled. At the MGR centenary function in Madurai on Saturday, the first major event since the victory at Nirvachan Sadan, EPS much to the surprise of many, made it a solo show. The plan as many in the party saw it was to showcase party unity and exult at having shown TTV Dhinakaran and Sasikala group its place. Taken aback at the snub, the OPS camp went public with its disapproval, pointing out that no invites were extended to any of its members, including the deputy chief minister.

    "It is disheartening to hear that OPS was not invited to the event," said OPS confidant, Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan, making it a point to emphasise that it was his faction that was instrumental in retrieving the two leaves symbol for the party. The symbol was frozen after OPS split from the party in February and only after the merger three months back, the EPS-OPS factions came together to pitch for the symbol.

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    Why the insult was too apparent is because OPS as the party coordinator, heads the AIADMK and EPS is his deputy in the party, a reversal of roles from the government. Madurai was the chief minister's way of showing OPS who the boss with the real power is. What is likely to unravel in the next few days and weeks, is the coming apart of an uncomfortable marriage of convenience between the EPS and OPS camps that was virtually forced on them by Delhi.

    What is Palaniswami's game plan? The chief minister reckons that he has emerged as the winner in the battle to get the two leaves symbol. His government, even though numerically in a minority with only 111 MLAs, according to the Election Commission, has gained legitimacy as a result of the EC decision. He has now swiftly with the help of his loyalists in the cabinet, moved on to the next course of action - show Panneerselvam his place and let him know that he cannot see himself as an equal in the AIADMK.

    This, in Palaniswami's scheme of things, is necessary because the deputy CM is deemed to be more popular than EPS. By virtue of having revolted against Sasikala, OPS is seen to have a halo over his head, even though it has considerably diminished in the last 10 months, more so after he patched up with the government blessed by the same Mannargudi clan.

    The AIADMK also has always been a one-leader party. EPS, obviously imagines that having wrested the symbol just like Jayalalithaa did after MGR's death in 1987, he is the claimant to her political legacy. Panneerselvam is an irritant in that path and Team Palaniswami that includes the likes of revenue minister RB Udhayakumar, has decided to sideline OPS.

    What EPS is banking on is the fact that he has both the symbol and the government now. OPS, despite the goodwill for him and the support from Delhi, could not manage to wean away more than a dozen MLAs from the ruling camp. Though there are whispers that OPS could launch a dharmayuddham 2.0, his supporters need to remember that sequels are usually made only for a successful campaign, not a venture that faded out after a major box-office opening.

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    Once Team OPS protested, a concession was made in the form of a plaque that carried Panneerselvam's name as well. This relation would suit EPS, for it will position him in the role of someone who can mollify by throwing some crumbs, if the OPS group makes a noise. At the same time, Panneerselvam and company would come across as egoistic leaders, hankering after being given importance and positions of authority.

    What can OPS really do now? On the Tamil Nadu political chessboard, it is obvious he has been outmanoeuvred by EPS. He has few options, one of them being not to put in his 100 per cent in the RK Nagar bypoll campaign. Jayalalithaa's erstwhile constituency goes to polls on December 21 and the pressure will be on EPS to ensure a victory. If the CM cannot ensure a win even with the symbol, the knives will be out.

    The other option for OPS is to mount pressure on EPS to accommodate more members of his team in the cabinet. Barring OPS, who got the twin posts of party coordinator, and deputy CM and K Pandiarajan, who was taken into the ministry, none of the other OPS team members got any share in the power cake. Already Maitreyan has gone public stating that even though the merger has taken place, the hearts are not in sync. December 2017, like the same month last year, promises to be eventful. The AIADMK saga is anything but over.

    Original Link: https://www.dailyo.in/politics/aiad...lithaa-tamil-nadu-politics/story/1/20780.html
     
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    BIG news from Gujarat... RAHUL GANDHI signed his name as a non-Hindu in Somnath temple register!!

     
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    Election Commission
    28-May, 2018 14:28 IST

    The ongoing bye-elections and interruption of poll in the States of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are an exaggerated projection of reality.

    The Election Commission of India has said that the Commission allocates sufficient reserve of EVMs and VVPATs for every General/Bye election to the Lok Sabha or State Legislative Assembly. It is pertinent to mention that during commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs, apart from EVMs and VVPATs required for deployment at every polling station, adequate number of reserve EVMs and VVPATs (around 20-25%) are prepared to replace any defective machine on poll day at the polling station. These reserve EVMs/VVPATs are kept with Sector Officers, who replace the defective EVMs/VVPATs, if any report on non-functioning of EVM/VVPAT received from any polling station. Since each sector Officer is entrusted with only 10-12 polling stations, the time taken to replace any EVM/VVPAT at a polling station is normally less than 30 minutes. The replacement of defective EVMs/VVPATs during actual polls is a normal process and does not vitiate the integrity or credibility of the poll process in any way whatsoever.

    Further, there are reports being aired in some news channels of polling being cancelled in 35 booths in 11-Bhandara-Gondiya Parliamentary Constituency in Maharashtra, is not based on facts. Also, the reports emerging in some quarters about EVMs/VVPATs failing in 25% polling booths in the same PC are also incorrect. It is clarified that voting has not been cancelled in any polling station in 11-Bhandara-Gondiya PC and voting is continuing smoothly after necessary replacements, where ever required. However, as and when a report from RO/DEO/CEO regarding long interruption of polling is received, the Commission takes a decision on those matters on case to case basis.

    The Commission undertakes a comprehensive examination and root-cause analysis of all the defects observed in the machines through the Technical Experts Committee of the Commission and necessary remedial actions are being taken for smooth conduct of poll process.
     
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    politically-crucial Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, Lok Sabha by-polls are being held in Bhandara-Gondiya and Palghar parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra, and to the Nagaland seat.

    Voting began on Monday for bye-elections in 10 Assembly constituencies spread across 10 States, and four Lok Sabha seats.



    The Assembly by-polls are held in Maharashtra (Palus Kadegaon constituency), Uttar Pradesh (Noorpur), Bihar (Jokihat), Jharkhand (Gomia and Silli), Kerala (Chengannur), Meghalaya (Ampati), Punjab (Shahkot), Uttarakhand (Tharali) and West Bengal (Maheshtala).

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    Kairana saw 30.6% voter turnout whereas in Noorpur Assembly (Bijnor), 33% polling has been recorded by 1 p.m.

    Allegations of rigging in the Noorpur bypoll in U.P. saying that EVMs in most of the booths in areas were "selectively" not functioning, reports The Hindu Correspondent.

    "Is this a technical fault or failure of election management or a conspiracy to deprive people their voting rights? At this rate, the foundations of democracy will be shaken."

    "Scientific rigging.. noorpur mai 90 booths per selectively machine kharab. No engineer available, DM irresponsibly behaving.

    Almost 90% of officers in Noorpur have their phones switched off, Mr. Singh says. "Administration ko message hai kaise bhi jeetna hai (It has been indicated to the administration to ensure victory at any cost)."

    EVM related issues have been reported in booths in each of the five Assembly segments in Kairana. Shamli: 47 booths, Kairana 13, Gangoh 48, Nakud 38, and Thana Bhawan 9.

    The constituency fell vacant after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh, whose daughter Mriganka Singh is now the party’s candidate for the bypoll.


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    Kerala
    Voting for the Chengannur Assembly by-election began amid tight security at 7 a.m. on Monday. The constituency witnessed a turnout of 33% till 11.30 a.m.

    The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair. As many as 1,99,340 voters will decide the fate of 17 candidates who are in the fray. The main candidates are Saji Cherian (CPI(M)), D. Vijayakumar (Congress) and P.S Sreedharan Pillai (BJP).

    The CPI(M) led ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) is eyeing to retain the seat, while the Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) is trying to wrest the seat it had lost in 2016 Assembly poll, after several years of dominance. Making it a triangular fight, the NDA, which came a close third in 2016 election is hoping for a surprise victory.

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    Punjab

    About 38% voting has been registered till 1 p.m. in the bypoll for the Shahkot Assembly seat, according to EC officials. 1,72,676 voters will decide the fate of 12 candidates in this constituency.

    The Shahkot bypoll was necessitated following the demise of Akali MLA Ajit Singh Kohar in February this year.

    The ruling Congress has fielded Hardev Singh Laddi while Akali Dal has given ticket to Kohar’s son Naib Singh Kohar. The Aam Aadmi Party has nominated Rattan Singh Kakkar Kalan for the Shahkot bypoll.

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    Bihar

    Death of his father Mohd. Taslimuddin who was representing Araria parliamentary constituency as an RJD MP.

    The polling per cent has been recorded at 18% by 10:30 a.m. in Jokihat Assembly bypoll in Araria district of Bihar, reports The Hindu correspondent

    The bypoll was necessitated after the JD(U) candidate Sarfaraj Alam had vacated the seat to contest the Lok Sabha bypoll from Araria seat on RJD ticket after death of his father Mohd. Taslimuddin who was representing Araria parliamentary constituency as an RJD MP.

    This time RJD has fielded Shahnawaj Alam, younger brother of Mr. Sarfaraj Alam and third son of Mohd, Taslimuddin, against JD(U) candidate Murshid Alam, against whom several criminal charges are pending.

    However, leaders from both the parties have claimed to win the minority-dominated Jokihat seat.

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    Meghalaya

    65.35% polling in Ampati
    About 65.35% voting has been registered till 1 p.m. in Meghalaya's Ampati Assembly seat bypoll until 11 a.m. The constituency has 24,181 voters.

    The bypoll was necessitated after former CM Mukul M. Sangma vacated the seat while retaining the Songsak seat. His daughter Miani D. Shira hopes to retain the seat for theCongress. Her prime rival is Clement G. Momin of National People's Party which heads the ruling alliance with BJP and other regional parties. Also in the contest is Subhankar Koch, an Independent.

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    Maharashtra

    The bypoll in Palghar was necessitated due to the death of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga in January this year.

    In Bhandra-Gondia, Nana Patole quit as the BJP MP and resigned from the ruling party to return to the Congress earlier this year, necessitating the by-election.

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    Nagaland

    The Lok Sabha bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of Neiphiu Rio from the Lok Sabha to contest the Nagaland Assembly election in February. Rio is presently the Chief Minister of the State.

    60% polling recorded till 1 p.m. in Nagaland. Total number of voters in the State are 11,97,436 of which 60,7589 are male and 58,9847 female

    Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said that all arrangements had been made for the peaceful conduct of the bypoll to the lone Lok Sabha seat in the northeastern state.

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    West Bengal

    Around 33% voting was recorded in the Maheshtala Assembly bypoll till 11 a.m. on Monday, an Election Commission official said.

    The TMC has fielded Dulal Das, husband of late party MLA Kasturi Das whose death has necessiated the by-poll, while the BJP, which is trying to emerge as the main challenger to the TMC, has nominated Sujit Ghsosh, former joint director of the CBI. The Left Front, on the other hand, has given ticket to Prabhat Chowdhury, a local.

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    Jharkhand


    18% polling in Silli, 14% in Gomia
    Over 18% polling was recorded in the first two hours of bypoll to the Silli Assembly seat while around 14% votes were cast in Gomia Assembly constituency in Jharkhand on Monday. Till 9 am, 18.22 per cent and 14.14 polling were recorded at Silli and Gomia Assembly constitiencies respectively, the election official said.

    In Jharkhand’s Gomia Assembly seat, though there is a total of 13 candidates, but the main contest is between BJPs Madhavlal Singh, AJSU’s Lambodar Mahto and Jharkhand Mukti Morchas Babita Devi, wife of disqualified MLA Yogendra Mahto.

    In Silli, also in Jharkhand, of the total ten candidates, the main contest will be between the former deputy chief minister and AJSU president Sudesh Mahto and Seema Mahto, wife of disqualified MLA Amit Mahto.

    The by-poll in both Gomia and Silli Assembly seats were necessitated following the conviction of Yogendra Mahto (Gomia) and Amit Mahto (Silli). Both were elected on JMM tickets in the 2014 Assembly elections.

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    MP from Odisha’s Kendrapara constituency, Baijayant Panda, resigned from the Biju Janata Dal on Monday.

    Mr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, a ferro alloy producer, was suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities on January 24.

    The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.


    “It is with deep anguish, hurt and sorrow that I have decided to quit the kind of politics into which our BJD has descended,” wrote Mr. Panda in his three-page resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.

    Mr. Panda said that he will be separately conveying his decision formally to the Lok Sabha Speaker to accept his resignation from the House.

    Mr. Panda’s father and noted industrialist Bansidhar Panda passed away in Bhubaneswar on May 22. Mr. Patnaik, who condoled the late industrialist’s demise, had not visited their house to pay his last respects.
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    Reports of faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) emerged from various parts as voting began today in bypolls for four Lok Sabha and ten assembly seats across the country. Although, the Election Commission denied that voting machines failed on “large scale”, opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh complained that voters in Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly seats had been cheated because of glitches. The votes will be counted on May 31. (PTI)
     
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    https://www.hindustantimes.com/indi...ad-accident/story-dsPpW4EFVNcSMXczhQ6SJI.html
    Newly-elected Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda suffered severe injuries and died instantly in an accident in Bagalkote, Karnataka.
    india Updated: May 28, 2018 12:26 IST
    Former union minister and newly-elected Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda died in a road accident in Bagalkote district early on Monday, a senior police official said.

    Nyamagouda was on the way to his constituency Jamkhandi from Goa when the car he was travelling in tried to avoid a lorry and hit a road side parapet wall, District Superintendent of PoliceVamshikumar told PTI.

    The 70-year-old lawmaker was in New Delhi and had returned to Goa by flight before he proceeded to his constituency by car, he said.

    Nyamagouda had suffered severe injuries and died instantly, he said.

    He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

    Nyamagouda was the union minister in the PV Narasimha Rao ministry in 1990-91.
     
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    Election Commission
    28-May, 2018 16:58 IST
    ECI is with CIC on the issue of Political Parties covered under the purview of RTI Act

    In context of some media reports today interpreting that Election Commission of India contradicts Central Information Commission’s directive on Political parties covered under the purview of RTI Act, it is clarified that Election Commission of India goes by the CIC order of 3rd June, 2013 that national parties would be public authorities for the purposes of RTI Act and in pursuance of this all the information about the contributions received by them as well as their annual audited accounts, as and when submitted to the Commission are put in public domain.

    As regards consultation with leaders of different political parties before presenting electoral bonds is concerned, this issue has been transferred to Ministry of Finance as it might concern them and not the Election Commission of India.

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    May 28, 2018 17:39 IST

    Former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav (C) and his son Akhilesh Yadav (L) have moved the Supreme Court seeking “appropriate” time to vacate their official residences in Lucknow. A plea has been filed in the backdrop of the May 7 apex court judgment that had struck down an amendment in a state legislation allowing former chief ministers to retain government accommodation even after demitting office. (PTI File)

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    The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri H.D. Kumaraswamy calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on May 28, 2018.[​IMG]

    The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri H.D. Kumaraswamy calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on May 28, 2018.
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