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Rajya Sabha election: Congress’ Ahmad Patel’s fate remained undecided till late

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was a cliffhanger of an election to Rajya Sabha in Gujarat, the results of which, expected by evening, were still awaited till late night.. The one seat on which the entire drama was centred was that of Congress strategist, party chief Sonia Gandhi’s right hand man, Ahmed Patel. Other contenders and other states took a backseat. Suspense hung heavy till the last moment, even going well past the expected deadline.

In the hotly contested election, the dispute at the end was over a couple of votes. The Congress has asked the Election Commission to invalidate the vote of two of its legislators who, after showing their ballot papers to the Congress election agent, also showed the BJP’s agent how they had voted, which the party said violates polling norms. The attempt is to bring down the total number of votes needed by each candidate today. Senior BJP leaders too have approached the Election Commission to counter the Congress’s objections. Counting of votes has been delayed because of this.

Never has one Rajya Sabha seat been so fiercely contested. For Ahmed Patel and the Congress, there was more at stake than just one seat, for it would directly reflect on the party high command, its ‘first family’.

As voting began in the morning, the Congress and Patel exuded confidence. “We have the numbers,” they said.

He needs 45 Gujarat legislators to have voted for him to win his Rajya Sabha seat back.

Ahmed Patel, political Secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was counting on 44 of the Congress’ 51 MLAs to support him – the others seen as loyalists of rebel leader Shankarsinh Vaghela.

Two of the Congress MLAs are believed to have cross voted and shown their votes to BJP president Amit Shah. On the other hand, the Congress is supposed to have got the votes of one legislator each of NCP and JD(U). Of the two NCP MLAs, one had said he had voted BJP.

Vaghela had exited the Congress two weeks ago and soon after six Congress MLAs resigned, three of them joining the BJP. One of them, Balwantsinh Rajput, is the BJP’s third candidate today against Patel.

The six who resigned can’t vote and that brought the strength of the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly down to 176. Each of the four candidates contesting needed to win 45 first preference votes.

Of the BJP’s 121 MLAs, Amit Shah and Smriti Irani have 45 each, and the remaining 31 were with Balwantsinh Rajput. The BJP also counted on cross voting. If neither Ahmed Patel nor the BJP’s Balwantsinh Rajput gets 45 votes to win directly, second preference votes of each MLA come into consideration.

Already on an edge, the Congress moved the Election Commission to disqualify its two MLAs who had cross voted. The BJP leadership also rushed in. Delegations of the two parties went to the EC to argue their case, the drama going on till late in the night.

The BJP alleged that the Congress raised objections about its two MLAs showing their votes to Amit Shah belatedly, after it became clear that Ahmed Patel was losing. Patel, however, said the party had brought it to the notice of returning officer immediately. The Congress said the video footage also showed this.

The Congress demanded the votes of these two MLAs be invalidated. Congres leader Anand Sharma said cited the case of Haryana to say, “One of our MLAs had mistakenly showed his vote in Haryana & his vote was rejected, same was done in Gujarat so should be rejected.”

Ahmad Patel said that his party had complained about ballot papers being shown to Amit Shah in the morning itself. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Viral: Residents of Omaxe society face UP government’s bulldozer justice, resident asks have fundamental rights of people vanished | Watch

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

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A video from UP’s Noida has been making rounds on the internet where residents of the Grand Omaxe society in UP can be seen blasting the bulldozer culture started by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. In the video, the resident can be seen saying that the alleged encroachment done by is false and asked the Media to come along with him, he further can be heard saying that these people will get exposed.

The media in reply can be heard that they are not being allowed to see the alleged encroached area of the resident, to which the resident can be seen losing his cool and blasting the government officials asking the media if the fundamental rights of people have vanished. The resident further asked when did India turn into the Republic of China. He further added and asked are Iran? has Uttar Pradesh turned into Iran?

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The Omaxe Society of UP’s Noida recently came into the limelight when a video went viral where Politician Shrikant Tyagi had an altercation with another resident. Subsequently, after the video went viral, Tyagi was arrested for abusing and pushing a woman on camera.

After his arrest, the Noida authorities rolled in with bulldozers to demolish the illegal structures constructed on the encroached land. The residents of the society had welcomed the decision taken by the authorities as many of them came in support of the bulldozer action taken by the government on Shrikanth Tyagi’s residence.

However, in a sudden turn of events, the residents of the Omaxe society, who were celebrating the bulldozer action, became victims of it themselves as the municipal corporation of Noida rolled into the society to demolish any illegal construction done to it.

The probe by the Noida authority was influenced by Shrikant Tyagi’s wife, who alleged that only her family was subjected to actions in the encroachment issue, whereas, other residents who had done the same are not subjected to the same punishment.

The residents of the Omaxe society were given a 48-hour notice, however, some reports claim that some residents were not given any notice and this action by the authorities came as a surprise to them. The residents of the society can be seen protesting outside the gate of their society, imploring the authorities to not carry out these actions.

Despite incessant impeding and imploring by the residents, the authorities carried out demolition on the encroached land of the residents.

The Supreme court of India recently cautioned and instructed the UP to strictly adhere to due process before carrying out the removal of unauthorized structures.

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8 men repeatedly raped and filmed 17-year-old Rajasthan girl, blackmailed her for Rs. 50,000

After being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

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A shocking incident came into light from Rajasthan’s Jaipur, when a 17-year-old girl was repeatedly gang raped by 8 men Bhiwadi. The incident took place in December last year when the accused forced the victim to ₹50,000 for the video of the sexual assault.

The torment didn’t stop there, the 17 years old was asked to pay Rs. 2.5 lakhs and when she failed to do so, the accused released the video clip where the 4 men were forcefully having sexual intercourse with the girl.

On Thursday the father of the 17 year old filed a Police complaint after the video circulated for some time and reached him. However, the girl didn’t say a word about the sexual assault or the blackmail.

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But after being told that an FIR has been filed against he four men, 17 year old Rajasthan girl then detailed the sequence of events to her family.

The father said in his complaint that his daughter was raped by 8 young men last year in December. The accused belong to from Bhiwadi, not far from where he lived. The eight men first raped and filmed the assault and later blackmailed her for money.

This January, the girl was gang raped again and was later forced to pay ₹50,000 to keep the video a secret by the same accused 8 men. Police said the men later demanded more money. When she could not pay the ₹2.5 lakh that they demanded, they released the video on social media. Girl’s medical examination has been conducted.

And seems like the state of Rajasthan is doing nothing about the fact the maximum numbers of rape in India happen in their state. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, Rajasthan recorded 6,337 rape cases in 2021, the highest in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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Varanasi lecturer removed for his FB post asking women to read Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days

Several students from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith filed complaints against the guest lecturer and his FB post being a anti-Hindu message.

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A shocking incident took place in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi when a guest lecturer from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV) was dismissed over his Facebook post. Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam’s entry was restricted in to the college campus after he suggested women to read the Indian Constitution rather than fasting for 9 days during Navratri.

Dr. Gautam took to his Facebook handle and posted a status writing that instead of fasting or 9 days in Navratri, Hindu women should rather read Indian Constitution and Hindu Code Bill these 9 days so as to avoid the slavery and crimes that they face.

This FB post gathered a lot of attention on social media followed by several students of the same college filling complaint against the guest lecturer about it being an anti-Hindu message. And the incident ended by MGKV removing the guest lecturer “with immediate effect” due to the resentment caused among students and the environment of the varsity being affected.

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The guest lecturer Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Gautam received lot of back lash on social media as well. People called it a rather regressive post and called out the man for not understanding the real essence of Navratri and the importance of it. But the lecturer also got support from some social media users that the man is entitled for his opinion and no organization can close doors on the basis of personal opinion.

Four days ago, another shocking incident from Varanasi had taken over the headlines, when a a French woman who was in India on her tour, found herself naked in bed after her drink was spiked by a man who posed as a local guide in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.

Reports say the woman tourist from France suffered serious stomach illness after her drink was spiked by a man before she was leaving for her home. Following the incident, the woman filed an FIR under Section 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code with the Bhelupur police.

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