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BJP crosses 300 in UP; Congress grabs Punjab

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The BJP wave grew into a tsunami and threw all calculations awry. Once considered a small challenger, the saffron party emerged the biggest victor on March 11, crossing the 300 mark in the total 403-member UP assembly. The Samajwadi Party was kept within the 50 mark, while their party in alliance, the Congress, could not even manage to reach double digits.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was bewildered, having won 19 seats.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has failed to find favour with the electorate. It has struggled to find a footing in both Punjab and Goa, where it pushed into, with huge preparations and it certainly failed to become a logical alternative to the BJP except in the urban area of Delhi. It is time for Arvind Kejriwal to introspect and find a reason why it failed at the grassroots.

The Manipur verdict is moving down a path nobody expected it to take. Irom Sharmila’s defeat was a wakeup call, and by the time things started getting less ambiguous, the BJP had crept up into a position where it would not need a helping hand from rebel MLAs.

In Uttar Pradesh, as BJP striding crossed the 300 mark, the results of the infighting of the Samajwadi Party are showing up. Shivpal Yadav, who was removed just before the elections, appeared in victory mode, cheering and saying:  “Sabhi logon ko badhai.” Earlier, he had tweeted: “Ye ghamand ke haar hai.”

It was a sad reflection of the way things are, and Mulayam Singh Yadav, yet to make a comment, would not be happy with the way things were handled in a complex state by his son Akhilesh. Shivpal’s comments hit right into the heart of the party.

Congress comes in next, not in numbers, but in accountability. How would Rahul Gandhi explain to the SP their demand for 100 seats and how his party has handled it? Interestingly, Akhilesh wants the alliance to continue.

Mayawati’s party has virtually been washed away. She has claimed that the EVMs had been tampered with; she said she wants to go to court, start a movement. All in vain; because the verdicts have been overwhelming.

In Uttarakhand, all early drama was washed away with Chief Minister Harish Rawat losing both seats he contested. He has resigned.

Here are the basics of each state, with some special quotes.

UTTAR PRADESH

The colour of Holi this year is just one: saffron. So it seems as the Uttar Pradesh results started coming in. All exit polls, as usual, were proved wrong in this state, with the BJP at last reading, having won 304 and leading in eight seats.

Demonetisation has had no effect so far, loss of jobs has not reflected in the showdown and the steady growth of the Modi wave has turned into a tsunami now.

Rahul  Gandhi: “I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand.”

Kapil Sibal, Congress: “Just as you can’t blame Modi for BJP’s defeat in Punjab, you can’t blame Rahul Gandhi for our defeat in UP.”

Somnath Bharti: “We don’t indulge in politics of religion or caste and never will. Yes, it’s Modi’s win, but hum log lage rahenge, logon ko aware karne ke liye.”

Surendra Rajput, Congress spokesperson:  “It’s Modi’s win and congrats to him for that. But we expect that he will fulfill the promises that he has made, not indulge in jumlas. We do alliances for something constructive. It’s up to the voter to give a stamp of approval on it.”

Pankaj Singh, Rajnath Singh’s son, won from Noida. Says Singh: “BJP going to break its own record. 1991 Kalyan Singh’s record. Responsibilities increased. Kaam bolta hai issue has become non-issue.”

Anila Singh, BJP spokesperson: “The way corruption has become rampant. It’s important to open files to set example. This was our promise. To give them a transparent government.”

MoS Jitendra Singh: “Voters of India have risen above caste, religion and other factors. People have reposed their faith in Modi. It is a new India. The message is at multiple levels.”

Deepak Mishra, SP spokesperson: “Every time SP has lost, it has introspected, worked on its shortcomings and emerged stronger next time.”

Mohsin Raza: “Congress had given them (Muslims) topi andmadarsa. We are giving them Quran in one hand, laptop in another.”

PUNJAB

Congress won 76 seats, leading in 1; BJP won 3: AAP won 20; SAD won 15.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said he will resign on Sunday.

Navjot Singh Sidhu said: “This is a new year’s gift to Soniaji, Rahul and Captainsaab (Amarinder Singh). People have defeated evil forces and dharma has emerged victorious.”

Amarinder Singh: “Punjab voters have made the right choice/Man of the match in Punjab.”

Ambika Soni: “Many contributed to Punjab results.”

UTTARAKHAND

BJP won 56 seats, leading in 1; Congress won 11.

MANIPUR

BJP won 20 seats, leading in 1; Congress won 26.

Irom Sharmila has lost.

Congress’ Ibobi Singh won.

GOA

The anti-BJP forces were not in the picture with only the Congress still the major force against it.

BJP won 13 seats; Congress won 16, leading in 1.

Laxmikant Parsekar, Goa CM, lost to Congress’ Dayanand Sopte in Mandrem and has resigned.

The final tally of seats in all the five states:

FINAL Election Result 2017

FINAL Election Result 2017

Written with contributions from Sujit Bhar, Meha Mathur, Sucheta Dasgupta,
Prabir Biswas, Punit Mishra, Bhavana Gaur, Kh Manglembi Devi,
Ram Lagan, Anthony Lawrence, Amitava Sen, Anil Shakya, Anubhav Tyagi and Ravi Kumar

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PM Modi pays tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary

PM Modi also unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi.

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PM modi paid tribute to Guru Ravidas on his 647th birth anniversary. Remembring him today, the PM said, his message on harmony will continue to inspire generations.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM Modi shared a video captioned it saying, respectful tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, the PM conveyed his best wishes everyone across the country. He further said, his message based on equality and harmony will continue to inspire every generation of the society.

Meanwhile, yesterday PM Modi unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi. He also addressed the people gathered their. At the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali temple in Seer Govardhanpur, close to BHU, the Prime Minister dedicated a recently installed statue of Sant Ravidas that is close to Ravidas Park.

Addressing teh audiance PM Modi complimented the devotion of participants from all across the country, especially those from Punjab, saying that because of their presence, Kashi started to resemble a miniature version of Punjab.

PM Modi also inaugurated a number of development projects around Sant Ravidas Janmasthali at the event, with a combined budget of about Rs 32 crores. The foundation stone was placed for the Sant Ravidas Museum and the park’s beautifying, which is projected to cost approximately Rs 62 crore. These developments also include improvements to the infrastructure.

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Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP after young unemployed man hangs himself over paper leak in UP’s Kannauj

Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government after a 28-year-old unemployed man hanged himself over the paper leak in Kannauj. He said it’s a dream to find a job under its regime.

Samajwadi Party chief, taking to X, further attacked the BJP for their negligence in terms of providing jobs to youths. Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

He further expressed his sadness over the news and said it upset with the tragedy of joblessness, a young man from Kannaj, identified as Brajesh Pal, committed suicide by hanging himself.  

Before doing this he burned all his degrees. Giving up life is not a solution. Only struggle finds the way to a solution. Expecting a job in the BJP government is a dream, Yadav added.

According to police, the 28-year-old unemployed man burned all his education certificates and committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in the Bhoodpurwa area here.

Police further stated that student Pal had recently appeared for a police recruitment exam and was upset over the paper leak. On February 22, he killed himself.

In a suicide note, he blamed joblessness behind his major move to kill himself. He further wrote, now I am upset. What is the use of degrees when one cannot get a job, he wrote.

In his note, Pal wrote that he had betrayed his family, and asked them to marry off his sister in a very good manner. His father works in a private job in Delhi. He was the only son of his parents. Pal’s body has been sent for post-mortem, Sadar Police Station SHO Vishnu Kant Tiwari said.

The UP Police constable exam held on February 17 and 18 faced both exam paper leaks and cases of impersonation. Since then, there has been a growing demand for a redo of the exams. Many districts’ candidates demanded exam cancellation after discovering a leaked paper on WhatsApp before entering the exam hall, as reported.

Meanwhile, Lucknow witnessed a massive protest over paper leaks in two recruitment exams held in UP.  

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PM Modi slams Rahul Gandhi over junkies in Varanasi remark, says people who aren’t in their senses seeing junkies everywhere

The Prime Minister added in the last elections the people of Varanasi have made him Banarasi. He hailed Sant Gadge Maharaj and credited him for freeing the society from stereotypes and working for the welfare of the Dalits and deprived.During his visit the Prime Minister also paid tribute to saint and social reformer Gadge Maharaj on his birth anniversary.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi on Friday. At the gathering PM Modi took a veiled attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his nasheri yuva in Varanasi remark, and said those who are not in their senses are seeing junkies everywhere.

Earlier Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said in Varanasi he had observed some youth in an intoxicated state were lying on the street and dancing at night. He had commented that the future of Uttar Pradesh is intoxicated. The Prime Minister in response reiterated his parivaarvaad dig at the Congress and accused the grand old party of corruption and appeasement.

The Prime Minister threw light on his government’s contribution for farmers and the poor. He said animal husbandry is a medium to make women self reliant and a support for small and landless farmers. He remained vocal for local to advertise small artisans.

During his visit the Prime Minister also paid tribute to saint and social reformer Gadge Maharaj on his birth anniversary. The Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister has won the Lok Sabha seat from this constituency in the last two general elections.

The Prime Minister added in the last elections the people of Varanasi have made him Banarasi. He hailed Sant Gadge Maharaj and credited him for freeing the society from stereotypes and working for the welfare of the Dalits and deprived.

The Prime Minister said Babasaheb BR Ambedkar was a great admirer of Gadge Baba. He added That Gadge Baba was also greatly influenced by Baba Ambedkar as well. Gadge Maharaj was a social reformer from Maharashtra. His real name was Debuji Zhingraji Janorkar. He was born in Shendgaon village in Anjangaon Suriji Taluka in Amravati district, Maharashtra.

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