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BJP sure of 300 in UP; Congress sure of Punjab

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Verdict 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Even as the BJP tsunami swept over Uttar Pradesh and Manipur even, with Goa still in the balance as the clock struck 2:10pm on Saturday (March 11), there were two more observations critical to the elections that have turned all predictions upside down.

The Aam Admi 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, with the BJP striding towards the 300 figure and beyond, the results of the infighting of the Samajwadi Party are showing up. Shivpal Yadav, who was removed just before the elections, appeared in a victory mode, cheering and saying:  “Sabhi logon ko badhai.” Earlier, he had tweeted: “Ye ghamand ke haar hai.”

Shivpal Yadav

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. They are leading in 7 seats, having won only one. How would Rahul Gandhi explain to the SP their demand of 100 seats and how his party has handled it?

Mayawati Bahujan Samaj Party has been virtually washed away, leading in 16 and having won only 2. 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.

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 t his state, with the BJP now ahead in 256 seats, having already won 49.

CM Akhilesh Yadav’s SP is leading in a paltry 43, having won only 10, Congress at just 8 and 1 and Mayawati’s BSP at 15 and 2.

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.

Here are the top leaders:

Kunda: Raja Bhaiyya leading, Gayatri Prajapati trailing;

Moradabad: BJP’s Alaka Roy leading; Varanasi South: Neelkanth Tiwari, BJP, leading.

Quotes:

Somnath Bharti said: “We don’t indulge in politics of religion or caste and never will. Yes, its 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: “BJP going to break its own record. 1991 Kalyan Singh’s record. Responsibilities increased. Kaam bolta hai issue has become non-issue.”

Anila SIngh: “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.”

Voters of India have risen above caste, religion and other factors. People have reposed their faith in Modi. It is a new India: MoS Jitendra Singh. 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 and madarsa. We are giving them Quran in one hand, laptop in anothe

PUNJAB 

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal is ahead of AAP’s Bhagwant Mann by over 10,000 plus votes.Congress set for victory, leading in 26, having won in 51, BJP leading in none having won 3 and AAP leading in 4, won 17.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal will resign on Sunday itself.

Navjyot Singh Sidhu said: “This is a new year’s gift to Soniaji, Rahul and Captain saab (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 sweeps, leading in 44, having won 12, Congress leading in 9, won 3.

MANIPUR

BJP won or are leading in 26 seats, Congress 25 seats.

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 and Congress are tied at 14 seats.

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

Compiled by Sujit Bhar, Meha Mathur, Sucheta Dasgupta,
Prabir Biswas, Punit Mishra, Bhavana Gaur, Kh Manglembi Devi,
Ram Lagan and Amitava Sen

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Puri Jagannath temple’s Ratna Bhandar reopens after 46 years

Also among them were four servitors, Patjoshi Mohapatra, Bhandar Mekap, Chadhaukarana and Deulikaran, who took care of the rituals, they said.

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The Ratna Bhandar, the revered treasury of the 12th-century Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri, was reopened on Sunday after 46 years for an inventory of valuables and the repair of its structure.

According to officials, an eleven-member committee set up by the State government for the purpose entered the temple around 12 pm, and after performing rituals, the treasury was reopened.

Former Orissa HC judge Biswanath Rath, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Arabinda Padhee, ASI Superintendent DB Gadanayak and a representative of Puri’s titular king ‘Gajapati Maharaja’ were among the 11 people present when the treasury was reopened, officials added.

Also among them were four servitors, Patjoshi Mohapatra, Bhandar Mekap, Chadhaukarana and Deulikaran, who took care of the rituals, officials said.

Though the treasury was reopened, the inventory of valuables will not be carried out immediately, an official said.

Taking to X, the Chief Minister’s Office said, “On the wish of Lord Jagannath, the Odia community, with the identity of ‘Odia Asmita’, has started making efforts to move forward.”

The CMO further mentioned that the four gates of the Jagannath temples were earlier opened. Today, on people’s wishes, the Ratna Bhandar was opened after 46 years for a greater purpose, adding that, which was shared at 1.28 pm, the auspicious moment decided to reopen the treasury.

On the Ratna Bhandar, the Inspection Committee Chairman Justice Biswanath Rath said that, as scheduled, and as known to everybody, the government has already come out with the required SOPs in three parts. He said one is for the opening of the Ratna Bhandar, then taking custody of ornaments and valuables stacked in both the ‘bhandars’ section-wise to pre-allocated rooms inside the Garbha Griha.

He added that the team convened a meeting in which they decided to go ahead with the opening and taking care of the ornaments. As per the discussion in the meeting and suggestions of the ‘Purohits’ and the ‘mukti mandap’, the right time for opening of the Ratna Bhadar is 1.28 pm, he said.

Rath also shared the process, which will be carried out with two sets of video recordings and there will be two certifications. It will be a challenge since the committee does not know the position inside since it last opened in 1985, he added saying, they will open the locks today, in any case.

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Congress appoints Gaurav Gogoi as Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha

Kodikunnil Suresh has been appointed as the Chief Whip.

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The Congress has appointed Gaurav Gogoi as the party’s Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha. Kodikunnil Suresh has been appointed as the Chief Whip, while Manickam Tagore and Md. Jawaid have been appointed as Whips in the Lower House.

Taking to X on Sunday, Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal announced the decision and said CPP Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker informing him about the appointment of the Deputy Leader, Chief Whip, and two Whips for the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha.

Congratulating the new appointees, he wrote, “Guided by LOP Shri Rahul Gandhi ji, the Congress and INDIA parties will energetically champion the people’s causes in the Lok Sabha.”

The decision comes barely two weeks before the Union Budget is set to be presented in the Lok Sabha.

Speaking to the media on July 14, Congress leader P Chidambaram detailed his expectations from the Union Budget scheduled to be presented on July 23 and said that the Prime Minister must address unemployment and price rise. He further drew attention to retail inflation as per the government data is 5.1%, and go towards rural areas, it is more than that.

The former Finance Minister said food inflation is 10% and if the budget addresses unemployment and price rise, he will give it 50 out of 100. The remaining 50 will depend upon what policies they follow, the Congress leader added.

The first Union Budget (2024-25) will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha on July 23, with the Parliament session commencing a day earlier and scheduled to conclude on August 12.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the President of India, on the recommendation of the Government of India, has approved the proposal for summoning both Houses of Parliament for the Budget Session, 2024, from July 22, 2024, to August 12, 2024, (subject to exigencies of Parliamentary Business). Union Budget 2024-25 will be presented in Lok Sabha on 23 July, 2024, he said in a post on X.

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Bypolls results: INDIA bloc sweeps 10 seats, 2 for BJP, independent 1, across 7 states

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC.

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The Opposition bloc INDIA swept the by-elections winning 10 out of 13 seats, while the BJP won only two seats across seven states. The independent candidate, Shankar Singh, won the Rupauli seat in Bihar’s Purnea, defeating JDU’s Kaladhar Prasad Mandal by a margin of 8,246 votes.

In Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Mohinder Bhagat has won the Jalandhar West Assembly seat, defeating his rival, BJP candidate Sheetal Angural, by a massive margin of more than 37,000 votes. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leading on 4 seats in West Bengal.

The by-elections in 13 Assembly constituencies across seven States concluded on July 10. The Assembly seats included Badrinath and Manglaur seats in Uttarakhand; Rupauli in Bihar; Raiganj seat, Ranaghat Dakshin seat, Bagda and Maniktala seat in West Bengal; Vikravandi in Tamil Nadu; Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh; Jalandhar West in Punjab and Dehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh.

In Himachal Pradesh, Kamlesh Thakur, wife of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, has won the Dehra constituency. The Congress has secured the Nalagarh seat as well, while the BJP managed to win the Hamirpur seat.

On the by-elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC. Thanking the people of Bengal, she said this victory is the victory of the people.

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Pawan Khera said that these by-elections which were held on 13 seats are very important. For the second time in one and a half months, the people of the country gave a strong message to the BJP, he added.

He said the message was very clear in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader also spoke about the by-poll result in Uttarakhand and said the party has won both its seats, Badrinath and Manglaur. In Himachal Pradesh, Congress won 2 out of 3 seats, he further said.

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