[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In two of the major upsets in elections to four state assemblies, Telugu Desam Party of N Chandrababu Naidu has been ousted from Andhra Pradesh while in Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling of Sikkim Democratic Front is set to lose power for the first time since 1994.
Meanwhile, the faction-ridden Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka was in trouble with the BJP sweeping the state. The BJP was ahead in 24 of the state’s 28 Lok Sabha seats, restricting Congress and JD-S to only four with even JD-S patriarch HD Deve Gowda staring at a defeat. A meeting of JD(S) leaders was going on at the residence of party chief HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru, reported ANI.
The fate of Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was also under a cloud. The BJP was likely to move in for the kill and wean away a few of the MLAs from the minority Congress government.
As the early trends gave a clear majority to YSRCP in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and also the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is likely to resign in the evening today.
Chandrababu Naidu is expected to submit his resignation to the Governor around 5 pm today.
Jaganmohan Reddy is likely to take oath as the next chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30.
Among the 176 Andhra Pradesh Assembly seats, Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRCP is leading in a whopping 149 seats while the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is leading in only 24 seats.
Meanwhile, the supporters of Jaganmohan Reddy have already printed a nameplate for him with chief minister written under his name.
As per the current trend available now, YSRPC is leading with 150 seats, while TDP is leading on 23 seats and others are leading with just 2 seats.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
As per the current trend available, BJP is leading in 23 constituencies, Congress is leading in 4 constituencies and others are leading in 4 constituencies.
Former chief minister Gegong Apang, who gave BJP its first government in the North East 16 years ago but quit the party in January this year, is leading from the Tuting-Yingkiong Assembly constituency. He has remained chief minister of the state for 23 years. Apang is part of the Janata Dal(Secular) at present and is ahead of Alo Libang of the BJP by a thin margin of 99 votes.
In Doimukh Assembly constituency, Tana Hali Tara of the BJP defeated Nabam Vivek of the National People’s Party by 2,385 votes. In the 2019 Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections, Doimukh recorded a voter turnout of 72.55%. Doimukh is an falls in Papumpare district. The seat is reserved for Scheduled Tribe.
Official results are slowly trickling out from Arunachal Pradesh. In the Namsang Assembly constituency, Wangki Lowang of the BJP defeated Ngonglin Boi of the Janata Dal(United) by a margin of 1,682 votes. In the Nari-Koyu Assembly seat, Kento Rina of the BJP pipped Tojir Kadu of the Congress by a small[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is leading both of his MLA seats-Hinjili and Bijepur. He is leading with 9815 votes in Honjili and 11,795 in Bijepur seat. For the first time in his political history, Naveen contested from two seats. He is usually contesting from Hinjili seat but this time, he also stands from Bijepur in western Odisha as his party has witnessed a drastic shortfall of vote percentage in the rural polls in 2017 against BJP.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Sikkim Incumbent Chief Minister Pawan Chamling is leading both in Namchi-singhithang and Poklok-kamrang by 146 and 2,774 votes respectively. In Namchi-singhithang, he is leading against Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s Ganesh Rai while in Poklok-kamrang he is ahead of Kharka Bahadur Rai of the same party. Chamling is head of Sikkim Democratic Front and also the longest serving chief minister in the country.
Often derided for his strong arm tactics, Pawan Kumar Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has ruled Sikkim virtually uncontested and unquestioned for a much larger part of his 25 years in power. In 2014, SDF bagged 22 of the state’s 32 total seats in the legislative Assembly. But the million-dollar question is will he again sit on that coveted chief minister’s chair after 23 May?
As per the latest trends, challenger Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is ahead of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) in seven seats in the Sikkim assembly polls.
SDF, which is facing a strong anti-incumbent, is ahead only in three seats so far. SKM would need 17 seats to have a simple majority.
The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) chief and state chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. Chamling was seeking re-election for the fifth term. Appearing at the dinner meeting of BJP national president Amit Shah on May 21 in New Delhi, Chamling seemed confident of returning to power even though his party this time had to face an uphill task against the odds mounted by a strong contender, the SKM.
While in the 2009 assembly polls, SDF could win in all the 32 seats, in 2014 though, it came as a shocker to the party when a new entrant, the SKM, wrested ten seats from it. SKM could make it possible not only by eroding nearly 11% vote share of the SDF but also took away almost the entire vote share of the Congress, which was 27.09% in the 2009 assembly elections. In the 2014 assembly polls, SKM recorded 40.8% of the state’s vote share. Aside from Tripura, Sikkim is another northeastern state where the Congress had lost a considerable percentage of its vote share to another party.
The Sikkim assembly also has a seat reserved for the state’s monks. The Sangha assembly seat has no physical jurisdiction but an MLA is elected by the monks registered with the state’s 51 monasteries. As per the state election office, 3,293 voters would elect the MLA from the Sangha seat. It also includes 69 nuns.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
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AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh arrested in connection with money laundering case linked to Delhi liquor policy
The Enforcement Directorate has mentioned Sanjay Singh’s name in its charge sheet. According to the investigating agency Dinesh Arora a middle man said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Unplugged Courtyard.
The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh after searches were conducted at his residence in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. The central investigating agency questioned Sanjay Singh for 10 hours before arresting him.
Houses of several people close to the AAP MP were also searched. The Enforcement Directorate had named Sanjay Singh in its charge-sheet. According to the investigating agency, Dinesh Arora, a middle-man, said he had met Singh during a party in his restaurant, Unplugged Courtyard.
Before leaving his home with the ED officers, Sanjay Singh touched his mother’s feet to take her blessings. Sanjay Singh’s father said they would cooperate fully with ED officials. He added he told his son Sanjay not to worry. He said the future was positive for them as the government will change soon.
AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the move showed BJP’s desperate measures as it stares at defeat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Delhi Education Minister Atishi tweeted the BJP’s fear of losing to the INDIA alliance is clearly visible. She said Sanjay Singh worked for the people of Delhi and wondered why they don’t open an ED office in the AAP headquarters itself. Atishi added the BJP is surviving by making false allegations against AAP.
The Enforcement Directorate had arrested then Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case. Large number of comments from different political leaders of different parties started coming immediately. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said the way the AAP leaders used to write letters it seemed there was no one as honest as them. Tiwari added the AAP leader’s co-accused have turned approvers. He said the flame will not end with Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain but will reach Arvind Kejriwal as well.
Government hikes subsidy for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603.
Union Minster Anurag Thakur announced the Central government has hiked the subsidy amount for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per LPG cylinder on Wednesday. Anurag Thakur said the subsidy will bring an additional financial implication of Rs 7680 crore for the financial year 2023-24.
Ujjwala beneficiaries are paying Rs 703 per 14.2 cylinder as against the market price of Rs 903. After this announcement they will pay Rs 603. The decision has been made one month after the central government reduced the price of the price of cylinders for domestic cooking gas by Rs 200 for all customers.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by PM Modi on May 1, 2016 in UP’s Ballia. The scheme aims to provide cooking gas like LPG to the people of rural India. The scheme focuses on offering LPG connections to women from disadvantaged groups, forest dwellers, Antyoday Anna Yojana (AAY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), SC/ST communities and BPL households.
The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of PMUY for release of 75 lakh LPG connections over three years from the financial year 2023-24 to 2025-26. The 75 lakh additional Ujjwala connections take total number of PMUY beneficiaries to Rs 10.35 crore.
The decision to give additional subsidies for Ujjawala beneficiaries has come ahead upcoming elections in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Congress has repeatedly attacked the BJP government at the centre as it is an important issue. It was also a part of BJP’s election campaign in 2014 when Congress was in power at the centre. The decision has been taken by the Union government at a time when domestic LPG cylinders are available at a retail price of Rs 1103 per LPG cylinder.
Rasabali: Famous sweet dish of Odisha’s Kendrapara district gets GI tag
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha.
The Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai under the ministry of Commerce and industry gave the GI tag to the sweet dish, which is known as Kendrapara Rasabali. Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangha and the rural infrastructure development and employment department had applied for GI tag for Rasabali. They had submitted the supporting documents to the registry.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to X (formerly twitter) and said it is a matter of pride for Odisha to get the GI tag for Kendrapara Rasabali. Patnaik added Rasabali has special importance to tradition and food culture of Odisha. The origin of the sweet dish is from the 262 year old Sree Baladevjew temple. The presiding diety of the shrine is offered Rasabali as bhog. Rasabali finds its place among the chappan bhog at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
The tag is a matter of pride for the sweetmakers. The recognition gives the product its own identity and image. Baishnab Panda, president of Kendrapara Rasabali Makers association was delighted and said the sweet will get better exposure now. Kendrapara’s Rasabali is one of the most delicious sweets in India. But it is not getting marketed properly due to poor export facilities and poor promotion.
Kendrapara Rasabali Mistanna Nirmata Sangh had prepared a dossier in the year 2021 in order to claim geographical identification tag for the sweetdish. Basudev Das a researcher of Kendrapara said the request had been submitted to the state government. The government further forwarded the request to the office of Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai.
The GI tag will help Kendrapara Rasabali to get more prominence in the market. This will in turn help the makers to fetch a better price for the sweetdish. According to NandaKishore Parida This GI certification will help in stopping the adulteration of Kendrapara Rasabali. As a result the sweet dish will fetch better prices in the market.