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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel raises concern of poaching in Himachal Assembly Election, claims Congress’s win

As the vote counting continues in the favor of Congress in the Himachal Assembly elections on Thursday, reports surfaced which hinted toward the grand old party transferring their Himachal winning candidates to Chhatisgarh in fear of them being poached by the Saffron Party.

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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel raises concern of defection in Himachal Assembly Election, claims Congress party win

Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel addressed a media press conference in the wake of the grand old party’s lead in Himachal Assembly Elections on Thursday. In his address, the Congress leader raised caveat about defection and also told the media that the party has to be careful of BJP’s alleged horse-trading attribute.

As the vote counting continues in the favor of Congress in the Himachal Assembly elections on Thursday, reports surfaced which hinted toward the grand old party transferring their Himachal winning candidates to Chhatisgarh in fear of them being poached by the Saffron Party.

The Chhatisgarh CM has, however, quashed the rumors by stating that the party is not planning to bring the winning candidates to Chhatisgarh. But he did raise concern over the BJP’s horse trading practices and told the media that the party would have to take care of the candidates.

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Bhagel, further was asked about his take on the voting trends in the Himachal Elections to which he rebuted that it won’t be wise to say anything even as vote counting is still underway, however, the party had hoped to assume incumbency in Himachal Pradesh and can see it can see it happening.

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According to reports, the grand old party are pulling ahead in the voting trends as they plan to unseat the BJP from Himachal Pradesh. The Congress Party are leading in 39 seats which surpasses the majority mark. The ruling BJP, according to trends, are trailing behind by leading only in 26 seats.

Himachal Pradesh’s tradition to vote out incumbency after every 5 years have turned in the favor of the grand old party in 2022 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. The BJP on the other hand had initially started in a seesaw battle with the Congress however, the grand old party pulled away in the end as they lead in 39 seats.

The Himachal Pradesh election were held on 12 November and the Votes were scheduled to be counted on December 8.

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JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha lashes out at Nitish Kumar, says CM unable to exercise his own volition

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar.

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Upendra Kushwaha

Janata Dal (United) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday lashed out at Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar and said the CM is unable to exercise his own volition.

Speaking at a press conference, he also cited it to be the reason for JD(U)’s vulnerability.

Kushwaha further said he has been asked to clarify what he meant by claiming his own share in the party that Nitish Kumar demanded at the unforgettable rally of 1994 when Lalu Prasad Yadav didn’t want to give their leaders due.

He further dismissed Nitish Kumar’s claims that he was appointed as the Chairman of the JDU Parliamentary Board out of respect. Even after being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Board, he cannot nominate a member and no attention was paid to his suggestions, claimed Kushwaha.

On Monday, Kushwaha alleged that his convoy was attacked at Jagdishpur in the Bhojpur district of Bihar. Reports said the JD(U) leader was travelling to Buxar from Bhojpur to attend a private event.

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In a tweet, Kushawa alleged that a few people started pelting stones at his convoy while it was passing Nayka Tola crossing and he managed to escape. He also informed that the people who attacked his convoy covered their faces.

However, Bhojpur superintendent of police Pramod Kumar dismissed the claim and said there was a fight between supporters of Kushwaha and his opposition.

In 2017, Upendra Kushwaha merged his Rashtriya Lok Samata and returned to the JD(U). He alleged that parliamentary board chiefs are unable to exercise their powers. He split with Nitish Kumar’s party twice. After the split in 2013, his party went down and suffered defeats in multiple elections including the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 and the assembly elections of 2020.

Kushwaha started his political career in 1985 and served as National General-Secretary, of Yuva Janata Dal, from 1988–93.

Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces retirement from electoral politics, says will work to ensure PM Modi is re-elected in 2024

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Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa announces retirement from electoral politics, says will work to ensure PM Modi is re-elected in 2024

Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa

Veteran BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced his retirement for electoral politics on Monday, however, he maintained that he will continue to be active in politics to ensure that BJP is back in power in the state and PM Narendra Modi gets a third term in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to reporters in Belagavi, Yediyurappa,80, revealed that he won’t be contesting in upcoming Assembly elections due to his age but stressed that his only aim now is to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected in next year’s elections and the BJP returns to power in Karnataka.

Yediyurappa, who is also a member of the BJP’s Central Parliamentary Committee, is in a tussle with local BJP leadership over getting his son B.Y. Vijayendra a befitting position in the party. The former CM announced that his son would contest polls from Yediyurappa’s Shikaripura Assembly constituency, however, he said that he would respect the party’s final decision on the matter.

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Reports quoting BJP insiders claim that the BJP strongman is slighted within the party and prevented from undertaking independent yatras and tours.

Yediyurappa said that he has already as MLA and CM and announced that he will help build the party by touring and do everything in his power to bring back BJP in power.

The BJP leader resigned as Chief Minister in July 2021 and was replaced by current Karnataka CM Basvaraj Bommai. Yediyurappa began his electoral politics as “Purasabha’ president in Shikaripura and in 1983 was elected to represent the constituency. Since then, he has won eight times from Shikaripura.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka in Srinagar goes viral | WATCH

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

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Rahul Gandhi snowball fight with sister Priyanka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a loving moment is Kashmir’s Srinagar city as the brother-sister duo enjoyed a playful snowball fight ahead of mega rally scheduled to conclude the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

In videos and pictures posted on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi is seen grabbing fistfuls of snow and dumping them on Priyanka’s head as the siblings enjoy the snowfall in Srinagar city. The videos and pictures have gone viral on social media.

Other pictures show Priyanka and Rahul play-fighting and hurling snow at each other as Congress workers look on.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress national general secretary joined his brother on the last leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kashmir on Saturday.

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Gandhi’s marathon trek concluded with the unfurling of the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Sunday and a mega rally is scheduled today before the Wayanad MP wraps up his yatra.

The former summer capital of the erstwhile state was sealed in view of the yatra and movement of common citizens was restricted, police had said on Sunday.

Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders, resumed the march from Pantha Chowk at 11 am and reached Lal Chowk around noon where Gandhi hoisted the tricolour.

Earlier, Congress had temporarily halted the march on Friday, January 27, near Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, due to an alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by the erstwhile state’s administration.

Congress leaders alleged that Rahul Gandhi after crossing Qazigund, started his march towards south Kashmir’s Vessu, but the party workers noticed that the outer cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police, was lifted all of a sudden.

However, the J&K Police has refuted the allegations of a security lapse. In a series of tweets, the police claimed that organizers of the march had not told them that such a large gathering would be joining them from Banihal and full security arrangements were in place and deployments were done as per SOPs.

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