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Union Home Minister Amit Shah promises quota for Pahari, Gujjar and Bakerwal communities in Jammu and Kashmir

Amit Shah said that justice Sharma has recommended Scheduled Tribes status for Paharis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would implement the recommendations.

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Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Monday promised a quota for Pahari, Gujjar and Bakarwal communities in Jammu and Kashmir. He was addressing a rally in Rajouri in the state.

Amit Shah said that justice Sharma has recommended Scheduled Tribes status for Paharis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would implement the recommendations.

He said that these communities faced discrimination because they did not get reservations and they stood as the bulwark against terrorism.

The union home minister further said that the Modi government removed Articles 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution. Now, Paharis and other communities would get their rights. It was only possible after the removal of these articles from the Indian constitution.

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Amit Shah also claimed that scraping of Articles 370 and 35A has not only brought democracy to the grassroots but also helped check insurgency and enabled a crackdown on terrorism in the valley. It was the achievement of the Modi government as he was implementing a policy of hot pursuit against terrorists and separatists like Hurriyat.

The senior BJP leader also criticized political opponents in the state. He said that just three families used to rule Jammu and Kashmir but now the power was with 30,000 people elected to panchayats and district councils.

He also said that news of stone pelting used to come from Jammu and Kashmir. Now, there was no news of stone pelting. Because Narendra Modi has worked to empower the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. From independence till 2019, industrial investment of 15 thousand crore rupees came to Jammu and Kashmir. In these three years, from 2019 till now, industrial investment of 56 thousand crore rupees has come to the state.

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BJP’s Gujarat landslide win marred by Himachal Pradesh hiccup

The BJP’s record victory can be ascribed to the heavy-duty campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah which seemed to have struck a chord with the people.

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The BJP’s election-winning magic continued in Gujarat with it looking to win more than 150 seats in the Gujarat Assembly, creating a new record besting its 2002 haul of 127 seats despite the mismanagement in Morbi which led to the death of over 150 people in a bridge collapse.

A BJP victory was expected as exit polls clearly hinted that the BJP would come clear with ease in the 182-member Gujarat House.

Wednesday is the D-Day with the results of the elections to the assemblies of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh being declared today. The Congress, again, slumped to a bad show and looked to net less than 20, Bharat Jodo or not. The Morbi bridge collapse seemed not to have reminded voters to go in for a reality check and despite having such a big administrative fiasco to highlight, the Congress failed in translating the disappointments with the Bhupendra Patel government. So much so that the BJP won all three seats around Morbi as well.

The BJP’s record victory can be ascribed to the heavy-duty campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah which seemed to have struck a chord with the people. The other high-profile campaigner, the Aam Aadmi Party, marked its debut in the Gujarat Assembly with 7 seats. Though a creditable performance, the Punjab buzz could not be replicated in the land of the Mahatma by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. The Congress has reason to be upset with AAP since it has eaten into its votebank but that maybe a minor factor given the massacre at the ballot box.

In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress seemed to enjoy a spot of sunshine from the string of electoral defeats plaguing it where anti-incumbency and factionalism had weakened the BJP. Outgoing Chief Minister Jairam Thakur won convincingly from Seraj as did the rest of the party but couldn’t beat the Congress in the state’s continuing custom of swapping parties every 5 years. Like many would remember, Thakur’s feat was similar to the Sachin Tendulkar 100 in a match India lost in the late 1990s. In the 68-member House, the Congress was inching towards 40 seats. The BJP was at 26. Resort games likely soon.

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Gujarat Assembly Election Results Live Updates: Congress’ Jignesh Mevani trails in Vadgam

In major seats, BJP’s Rivaba Jadeja has again taken lead from Jamnagar. CM Bhupendra Patel is leading from Ahmedabad. BJP’s Hardik Patel is trailing from Viramgam.

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Congress’ Jignesh Mevani is now trailing in Vadgam, early trends by the EC suggested.


Dalit leader and Vadgam’s sitting MLA from Congress Jignesh Mevani took a lead from the BJP’s Manibhai Vaghela. Mevani contested the 2017 assembly elections independently and won the Vadgam seat which has Dalit and Muslim-dominated voters.


Union Minister Rajnath Singh said there is pro-incumbency in Gujarat and the BJP is creating a new record as the people of the state have immense faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The AAP’s CM candidate, Isudan Gadhvi is leading over Congress’ sitting MLA Vikram Madam from Khambhalia with 13,658 votes. However, the party flopped in the state despite of massive campaign.


Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP failed to find their momentum as they trail behind at just 6 seats whereas the Congress Party stagnated at 18. The Incumbent BJP continues to dominate as they further move ahead in 154 seats.


BJP’s Kantilal Amrutia is leading from Morbi against Congress-fielded Patel Jayantilal Jerajbhai. Gujarat’s Morbi recently jumped the to headlines after the recent bridge collapse which led to 135 deaths.


BJP is set to break its own 2002 Gujarat Assembly 127 seats record as the Saffron party leads in 151 seats. Whereas the grand old party stagnated at 22 and AAP at 8.

Congress’s Jignesh Mevani continues to trail as the Vadgam candidate trails from his constituency according to trends. On the other hand, BJP’s 4-time MLD Babubhai Bokhiria trails from Porbandar.

The incumbent BJP further gains at 145 whereas the Congress fail to stir up any momentum as they lead in 22 seats. The AAP also improves as they gain 11 seats and other independent candidates gain 4.

Congress’s Jagdish Thakor claims that the grand old party will form government despite the poor performance by the Congress. The BJP continue to dominate as they gain 143 seats according to trends.


BJP workers reach the party office to claim early victory owing to the recent trends. According to reports, the workers reached the party office in heavy numbers and were seen performing Garba.

BJP further gains 144 seats as the Saffron Party continue to dominate, whereas the grand old party trail behind by leading in 26 seats. AAP stagnated in 10 according to recent trends.

Jignesh Mevani from Vadgam trails according to recent trends, however, Congress’s Arjun Modhwadia leads from Porbandar. BJP’s Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, leads from Jamnagar.

The Grand old party continue to further catch up on the ruling BJP as they lead on 38 seats, while the Saffron party pulls further ahead at 141. AAP changes momentum and catches up on to Congress by leading in 9 seats. Others lead on 2 seats.

The grand old party fail to continue the momentum as they lead in 34 seats whereas the ruling BJP had 139 seats. Congress’s Jignesh Mevani holds strong as he continues to lead from Vadgam. Aam Aadmi Party gains on 8 seats while others are at 2.


A slight change trends according to NDTV as BJP gains 137 seats whereas Congress slows down and leads in 37 seats. AAP gains on 6 seats. BJP’s Alpesh Thakor leading from Gandhinagar South.

Congress slowly catching on behind the ruling BJP as they lead in 40 seats while its counterpart, the saffron party leads in 135 seats.

Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife Rivaba Jadeja leads from her constituency as the BJP leads in 118 seats whereas the grand old party lead in 34 seats according to NDTV. AAP gaining traction as they lead in 4 seats.

CM Bhupendra Patel leading from Ghatlodia, whereas Congress’s Jignesh Mevani is leading in Vadgam. AAP’s Isudan Gadhvi leads from Khambalia according to NDTV.

Narendra Modi-led BJP is leading in 91 seats, whereas Congress follow slowly behind by leading in 34 seats. AAP is still in at 1 according to the Times of India.


The voting trends according to NDTV have given a big lead to BJP in 61 seats, whereas its counterpart, Congress can be seen chasing behind in 19 seats. AAP continue to lead in 1 seat.

The ruling party continue to pull ahead as they can be seen leading in 29 seats, whereas Congress fail to chase behind at 10. AAP also leads by 1 seat.

The early trends according to NDTV, show the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party pulling ahead of others as they are leading at 9 seats, whereas, Congress can be seen chasing behind in 4.

The vote counting for the Gujarat assembly election has begun, stay tuned for more updates. The main parties who will be contesting for 182 seats are BJP, Congress, AAP, AIMIM, TMC, CPI, BTB, and NCP.


Results of the elections to the Gujarat Assembly will be out on December 8, Thursday. The second and last phase of the Gujarat Assembly Elections concluded on December 5. The first phase of voting took place on December 1.

According to the Election Commission of India, approximately 58.68 per cent of polling was recorded till 5 pm in the second phase of voting.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to clean sweep in Gujarat, exit polls predicted. The News X-Jan Ki Baat Exit Polls 2022 says BJP will win 117-140 seats while Congress+NCP will secure 34-51 seats and AAP is likely to win 6-13 seats.

Exit Polls of TV9 Gujarati predicted BJP to win 125-130 seats, Congress+NCP 40-50 seats, and AAP 3-5 seats. The Republic- P-MARQ exit polls had BJP winning between 128-148 seats, Congress+NCP 30-42 seats, and AAP 2-10 seats.

The Times Now-ETG exit polls say the BJP is likely to win 131 seats, the Congress+NCP is expected to secure 41 seats, and AAP is likely to win 6 seats.

Prominent seats in the second phase of voting were Viramgam from where Hardik Patel is contesting on the BJP ticket, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel’s Ghatlodia in Ahmedabad, and Gandhinagar South from where BJP’s Alpesh Thakor is contesting.

For those unversed, exit polls are surveys carried out by media organisations outside the polling booths through sampling methods to forecast the likely results of the elections before the final outcome is declared. The counting of votes for the Gujarat Assembly polls will be conducted on December 8.

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Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party fielded candidates in all 16 seats this year while Congress is contesting in 90 seats and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has pitted candidates in 2 seats.

Reports said around 833 candidates contested across the 93-seat polling for the second phase of voting in the state. These are prominent seats for the Bharatiya Janata Party which has dominated for almost three decades now.

This year, Gujarat witnessed a three-way tough fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party, and Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel also cast their votes and PM Modi also urged people to step out to vote.

Reports said the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls saw low turnout with a 34.7 per cent turnout was recorded till 1 pm on December 1.

The Exit Polls hint at a clean sweep for the ruling BJP in the Gujarat Assembly election as according to Aaj Tak-Axis My India the saffron party is at 140 and the grand old party is trailing behind at 23, the Aam Aadmi Party has predicted to have performed poorly as they are at 15.

As per the ABP News-Cvoter, the BJP is again sweeping the election at 134 as opposed to Congress, who are at Congress 37 as per exit polls; the Aam Aadmi Party is also falling behind at just 7.

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2022 Live Updates: Congress’ Rohit Thakur wins from Jubbal-Kotkhai, party at 38 seats; BJP at 27

The counting for the 68 seats in the Himachal Assembly shows Congress putting up a tough fight against the BJP. The Congress is at 31, the BJP at 34, one seat short of majority.

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Former chief minister Ram Lal Thakur’s son and Congress leader Rohit Thakur has won the Jubbal-Kotkai seat. The party has won a total of 38 seats leaving behind the BJP which is at 27.


BJP’s Rakesh Kumar registered his win from the Sundernagar Assembly constituency. The party has won a total of 28 seats.


According to the latest EC trends, Congress is leading in 38 seats in Himachal Pradesh while the BJP is at 27 and AAP has not yet opened its account in the state.


Chief Minister Jairam Thakur wins from the Seraj seat leading with a total of 20,000 votes. He emerged as the winner for the 6th consecutive term.


Congress is taking a strong lead in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election 2022 counting 34 seats and BJP is trailing behind with 29 seats, others are at 5 and AAP is at 0.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera showed full confidence in the people of Himachal Pradesh, he said that Congress will form its government in Himachal.


Latest trends show that Congress is still in lead with 32 seats but BJP is not far away with 31 seats, others are scoring up with 5 seats and AAP is still at 0.

Independent candidates KL Thakur and Hiteshwar Singh took a lead in Nalagarh and Banjar Assembly constituencies, respectively. Congress candidate Kishori Lal is leading from the Baijnath constituency.


Congress can be seen leading in Himachal Pradesh with 33 seats and BJP is trailing behind with 30 seats, others are at 4 and AAP is still looking for a seat to open their accounts.

Congress candidate Harish Janartha is leading from the Shimla constituency while Saffron party candidate Ravi Kumar Mehta is leading from Shimla Rural. BJP candidate from Rampur Assembly seat Kaul Singh Negi is giving a tough fight to Congress’s Nand Lal.


BJP’s Rajat Thakur leading in Dharampur assembly seats, while Congress’ Chander Shekhar is trailing. BJP’s Rajat Thakur is leading with 4324 votes.

According to the Election Commission of India, BJP candidate Mulkh Raj from Baijnath constituency is leading with 2308 votes while Congress’ Kishori Lal is trailing with 2022 votes. And Congress candidate Vinod Sultanpuri from the Kasauli assembly seat is leading by 906 votes.


A neck-and-neck fight can be observed in Himachal Pradesh. Congress can be seen leading with 34 seats while BJP is not far behind at 31 seats, others have 3 sets and AAP is still at 0.

Congress state president Pratibha Singh says the party is quite confident about its victory in Himachal Pradesh. She further added that Congress will definitely win 41 seats easily in the 68-member Assembly.


Candidates who are leading from Himachal Pradesh include CM Jai Ram Thakur from Seraj constituency, BJP candidate Puran Chand from Darang constituency, Chetan Bragata from Jubbal Kotkhai, Anil Sharma from Mandi Sadar and Congress candidate Jagat Singh Negi from Kinnaur.

Reportedly, 2 BJP rebels who contested as Independents are leading in Himachal Pradesh. Another BJP rebel, KL Thakur is leading in Nalagarh. On the other hand, Congress rebel Ashish Kumar is also leading in his seat and Ashish Kumar is ahead in Hamirpur.


With the changing stats from Himachal Pradesh, BJP Chief Suresh Kashyap broke the silence and said that BJP is not at all nervous and is confident that the people of HM will support them. On the other hand, Congress’ Khimi Ram is leading from the Banjar constituency and Harish Janartha is leading from the Shimla constituency.

Fresh records show that Congress is close to the majority with 35 seats, while BJP is not far behind with 31 seats. Others have 4 seats and AAP is still at 0. BJP’s Anil Sharma is leading from the Mandi constituency and Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh is leading from Shimla Rural.


BJP is leading on 36 seats with Congress not far away at 30, others have 2 seats and AAP is still looking for a seat to open their accounts.

BJP is close to the majority with 35 seats and Congress is not much behind with 33 seats and others have 1 seat. Grand old party’s Suresh Bhardwaj is leading from Kasumpti and Bansi Lal from Anni constituency. Even Rohit Thakur is trailing from Jubbal-Kotkhai.

BJP leading in 39 seats, Congress follows behind 27 and AAP still struggling to open its account while others gained 2 seats


Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is leading from the Seraj constituency

According to NDTV, the Saffron party leading the early trends with 17 seats, Congress 11 seats while AAP is still struggling.

The early trends in Himachal Pradesh have come in the favor of the BJP as they are at 9 whereas Congress can be seen leading on 3 seats.

The vote counting for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has begun, stay tuned for more updates. The counting will be held for 68 seats in which Bhartiya Janata Party, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party and others will be contesting for.


Himachal Pradesh is to witness a close fight between the BJP and the Congress for the 68-member Assembly, said exit polls on Monday, the day polling ended in the second phase in Gujarat.

With the halfway mark at 35 in the Himachal House, four exit polls predicted a BJP victory with the party expected to win 36 seats, just one over the halfway number. The exit poll projections seemed to favour the Congress’s return in the state. Congress is also expected to get some 30 seats. Thus, the BJP and the Congress are in a neck-and-neck competition. This also holds true if one goes by the trend in Himachal Pradesh of people alternating between the two big parties.

The single-phase polls in Himachal Pradesh on November 12 registered a record 75.6 per cent polling on all 68 seats. In the 2017 Assembly elections, the voter turnout was 75.57 per cent.

While 76.4 per cent of women voters exercised their franchise, only 72.4 per cent of male voters did the same in 2022. The voting percentage for the third gender was 68.4 per cent. There were 27.88 lakh men and 27.36 lakh women in the electorate overall, with 38 voters registered as third genders.

The state election department focused heavily on 11 constituencies with low voter turnout in the 2017 elections for the assembly, according to the SEO statement.

The voter turnout finally increased in nine of these constituencies—Dharampur, Jaisinghpur, Shimla, Baijnath, Bhoranj, Solan, Kasumpati, Sarkaghat, Jaswant Pragpur, Hamirpur, and Badsar—by up to seven per cent of the 11 seats.

The Dharampur seat had a 6.93 percentage point increase from 63.6 per cent in 2017 to 70.54 per cent in the recent election. However, the percentage decreased significantly in Shimla and Baijnath, from 63.93% in 2017 to 62.53% and from 64.92% in 2017 to 63.46%, respectively.

The exit polls predict a close fight between the grand old party and the saffron party according to Aaj Tak-Axis My India the BJP is at 29 whereas its counterpart is at 35, however, as per the ABP News-Cvoter exit poll prediction the BJP is at succeeding with 37 whereas the Congress is at 28. The Aam Aadmi Party has failed to change any flare in the voting trends as the exit polls predict nothing for AAP in Himachal Pradesh.

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