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Birbhum incident: BJP MP Roopa Ganguly breaks down in Rajya Sabha, demands President’s rule in West Bengal

Roopa Ganguly demanded that there should be President rule in the state as the condition of West Bengal is deteriorating with each passing day.

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BJP MP from West Bengal, Roopa Ganguly on Friday broke down with tears over the mass killing in Birbhum. She demanded that there should be President rule in the state as the condition of West Bengal is deteriorating with each passing day.

Ganguly in Rajya Sabha said that they demand President’s rule in West Bengal. She further said that mass killings are happening there, people are also fleeing from that place. She concluded by saying that the state is no more liveable.

Earlier, she also moved zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over violence in West Bengal’s Birbhum.

Read Also: Navjot Singh Siddhu takes a dig on Arvind Kejriwal, shares old video where Delhi CM says Bargari case culprits can be arrested within 24 hours

What happened in Birbhum?

In the Rampurhat area of West Bengal’s Birbhum on Tuesday, around eight people were burnt to death and a mob allegedly set houses on fire following the killing of the TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh.

In this case, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed demanding an inquiry by a central agency. Currently, Special Investigation Team (SIT) is investing in the case. On Wednesday, the court took cognizance of this case and it is expected that Calcutta High Court will pronounce the order on this today in the Birbhum mass killing case.

On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Birbhum area and met with the family members and relatives of those who were killed in the tragic incident. Banerjee said that she never believed something so barbaric can happen in modern Bengal. Mothers and children were killed. Your family members died but it is her heart that was crushed.

She also said that Police will ensure the strictest punishment is handed out to culprits responsible for the Rampurhat carnage. The case filed before the court should be watertight.

In other news, Arvind Kejriwal gave a fiery speech in Delhi Assembly, and soon after that, he started trending on the internet. Well, right after that Congress leader Navjot Singh Siddhu took a dig on him by sharing Delhi CM’s old video where he can be seen making a statement over the Bargari sacrilege case.

India Political News Live Updates: Calcutta HC transfers Birbhum killings investigation to CBI

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The State Election Commission announced on Sunday that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) overall voting percentage for all 250 wards was approximately 45 per cent as of 4 pm.

The overall voter turnout for the Delhi civic elections on Sunday was just approximately 30 per cent, which may be considered a lukewarm response to the AAP and BJP’s high-pitched campaign. This is an increase from an even worse turnout of 18 per cent up until noon and 9 per cent up until 10.30 am.

Following a dip in temperature, the voting percentage in national capital civic bodies reached 18 per cent till 12 noon.

Just about 9 per cent of eligible voters had cast ballots as of Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said the State Election Commission. This low voter participation was a result of Delhi’s chilly winter.

Elections for civic bodies are currently taking place in the national capital under heavy security.

According to the State Election Commission, a large team of election officials and security organisations made enormous efforts to make the essential preparations for holding elections at 13,638 polling stations dispersed around Delhi.

68 model polling places have been set up with amenities including a waiting space or lounge, candy or toffee delivery to voters, a selfie station, and Civil Defence Volunteers to assist those with disabilities and senior residents.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths. These steps are necessary to maintain electoral integrity and guarantee that all political parties and candidates have an equal opportunity to compete.

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

In the first municipal election held in the capital following the ward delineation, the BJP, which has controlled the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is hoping to continue its winning ways while the Aam Aadmi Party, which holds a majority in the Assembly, is hoping to gain ground.

After the new delimitation procedure, this is the first civic election. From 2012 until 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC—which were later reunified into an MCD, which had officially been established on May 22.

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MCD polls: Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

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Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

As the Delhi Municipal Corporation has turned to polls, the residents of North Katewara village in North West district are claiming to have boycoted the MCD elections.

They have alleged that the authorities have neglected their appeals of development.

They say that owing to the absence of proper roads, drains, the villagers have decided not to cast their votes. The authorities have ignored their grievances and so they will not vote.

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

More than 1.45 crore eligible voters in Delhi are exercising their right to vote in what is being viewed as a three-cornered race with the BJP, AAP, and the Congress as the key contenders. The city’s three civic bodies were reunited for the first time at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections in 2022. Given that many services are provided by the MCD and the Delhi government overlap, such as primary education and health care, the AAP wants to establish comprehensive control over the civic body’s governance of Delhi.

Municipal elections may seem less significant than state or national elections, yet they have a much greater impact on an urban resident’s daily life. No organisation has a greater impact on the lives of Delhi residents than MCD, which also manages elementary education, collects rubbish, maintains colony roads, operates crematoriums, and registers births, deaths, and weddings.

Shanti Bala Vaidya, 106, cast her ballot in the Delhi MCD among early voters

One of the early voters in the Delhi civic council elections was 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya at the Deputy Ganj voting station in the Bara Hindu Rao neighbourhood, according to PTI. Since she began voting, she has never missed an election, according to her daughter Kamla. Vaidya is mute and only understands Bengali.

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CM Kejriwal urges citizens to not vote for corrupt, Manoj Tiwari appeals for re-election as 450 voters missing from list

There are 250 wards up for election, which will end at 5:30.

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Kejriwal urges citizens to not vote for corrupt, Manoj Tiwari appeals for re-election as 450 voters missing from list

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his family cast their vote at Civil Lines polling booth for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls on Sunday and made an appeal to the citizens to vote wisely and not to vote for corrupt candidates.

On the other hand, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has alleged that names of as many as 450 voters were missing from the voters list as they were BJP supporters. He added that this was a big conspiracy by the Delhi government and that he will file a complaint against this and will appeal for cancellation of polls and re-election.

Meanwhile, after he casting vote, the Delhi CM made an appeal to people to cast vote in large numbers. He said that garbage was being seen everywhere and that it was an opportunity to clean the national capital. He also urged to vote for the party which has been doing development work and not for the party that hinders the development work.

Pick the honest party to win. Don’t cast your vote for crooked candidates. Vote for decent people rather than those who engage in violence, corruption, or unpleasant language. Delhi’s chief minister added that it was time to clean Delhi in the next five years.

There are 250 wards up for election, which will end at 5:30.

The high-stakes civic elections, which are primarily considered as a three-way race between the BJP, the AAP, and the Congress, will feature around 1.45 crore eligible voters and 1,349 candidates.  

On December 7, the votes will be tallied.

Data from the State Election Commission shows that there are 1,45,05,358 registered voters in Delhi overall, including 78,93,418 men, 66,10,879 women, and 1 061 transgender people. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has 250 wards (MCD).

13,638 voting places have been put up by the Delhi State Election Commission.

After the new delimitation procedure, this is the first civic election. From 2012 until 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC—which were later reunified into an MCD, which had officially been established on May 22.

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