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Now, Chhattisgarh minister compares state roads with Hema Malini’s cheeks, here’s how CM Bhupesh Baghel reacted

A video is doing rounds on the internet wherein Chhattisgarh Minister of Commerce and Industries Kawasi Lakhma can be heard comparing the smoothness of the road with Hema Malini’s cheeks.

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Indian politicians have a history of comparing their state roads with celebrities’ cheeks. After Shiv Sena leader Gulabrao Patil last year, a Chhattisgarh minister recently compared the state roads with the veteran actor and the Bharatiya Janata Party MP, Hema Malini.

A video is doing rounds on the internet wherein Chhattisgarh Minister of Commerce and Industries Kawasi Lakhma can be heard saying that 15 years ago there were no roads in the Narayanpur district. He then says the state government constructed several kilometres of roads in the constituency and now the smoothness of the roads is like Hema Malini’s cheeks.

But what grabbed the attention was that the Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel sitting behind him and smiling at the sexist remark made by Lakhwa.

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Last year, Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Gulabrao Patil compared the roads in his constituency in Jalgaon district with Hema Malini’s cheeks. He had said that he will resign if the roads were not smooth like the actor’s cheeks.

The RJD-supremo, Lalu Prasad Yadav, when he was the Chief Minister of Bihar, had also said that the roads of Bihar were like the cheeks of Om Puri, and will be made like the cheeks of Hema Malini.

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Gujarat Assembly Election results tomorrow: BJP set to sweep polls, say exit polls

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.

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Results of the elections to the Gujarat Assembly will be out on December 8, Thursday. The second and last phase concluded on Elections 2022 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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In Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

The Congress leader resumed his Bharat Jodo Yatra on its 91st day on December 7 and marched towards Kota from Darra Station Ganesh Mandir.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in Kota, Rajasthan and said Lok Sabha TV only shows the speaker’s face throughout.

Speaking during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kota, Congress MP said his party want to speak on demonetisation, GST, or China issue in the Parliament, however, their mics are turned off and the camera never comes towards them.

Further, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the Bharat Jodo Yatra has been taken out to save the country, its constitution, and democracy.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi resumed his Bharat Jodo Yatra on its 91st day on December 7 and marched towards Kota from Darra Station Ganesh Mandir. The yatra started from Darra station in the Sangod area which is represented by Congress MLA Bharat Singh. Rahul Gandhi also interacted with students studying in coaching centres in Kota.

The Yatra was joined by Congress’ General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala, Sachin Pilot, and social activist Aruna Roy. Rahul Gandhi also interacted with padayatra on his way to Kota.

Meanwhile, the Winter Session of Parliament began on Wednesday and will continue till December 29. Reports said the Centre’s agenda for this session includes 16 new bills.

Some of the bills scheduled for introduction in the Winter Session of Parliament are the Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022. The Repealing and Amending Bill, of 2022 will seek to repeal redundant and obsolete laws, reports said.

On Tuesday, Union Minister Rajnath Singh chaired an all-party meeting to seek cooperation from all parties for the smooth functioning of the session. Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were also present in the meeting, reports further said.

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MCD election live blog: AAP dethrones BJP after 15 years, wins majority

Kejriwal Government has succeeded to unseat the BJP in the Delhi MCD after 15-year-rein. The win comes contrary to the BJP’s spokesperson Ajay Sherawat’s statement who had claimed the win for the BJP.

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Kejriwal Government has succeeded to unseat the BJP in the Delhi MCD after 15-year-rein. The win comes contrary to the BJP’s spokesperson Ajay Sherawat’s statement who had claimed the win for the BJP.

The Kejriwal-led Party till now has crossed the halfway mark by winning 126 wards out of 250 wards after pulling far ahead of BJP as the Saffron party fail to chase behind even after bagging 97 wards according India Today’s report.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha while talking to the media has launched an attack on the MCD ruling BJP as he stated that BJP got a befitting reply from the people of Delhi and added that that the people have voted for the one who works for development. In his statement, people by voting for Arvind Kejriwal in MCD has cleansed Arvind Kejriwal from BJP’s allegations.

According ABP’S report, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is leading in 134 seats, whereas BJP is moving ahead in 103 seats. The grand old party is failing to maintain double digits as they lead in 9 seats. Other party candidates are moving ahead in 4 seats.

The AAP has won the 106 seats while the AAP’s counterpart BJP has won 85 wards according to State Election Commission. As the counting of votes closes toward conclusion, it is fair to suggest that the Aam Aadmi Party will unseat the Bhartiya Janata Party from the MCD after 15-year-long rein.

So far AAP is pulling away from BJP in the trends and till now the Arvind Kejriwal-led party have bagged 92 wards, whereas AAP’s counterpart BJP has won 73 wards, according to Times Now. it is also reported that 93% of votes have been counted so far.

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann stated that first Arvind Kejriwal unseated 15-yr-long incumbency of Congress rule in Delhi and will continue to do the same by dethroning the 15-yr-long BJP Incumbency in MCD. Punjab CM further added that this shows that people of Delhi don’t like politics of hatred, they vote for schools, hospitals, electricity, cleanliness & infrastructure.


Despite AAP’s much anticipated win in MCD elections, the BJP Spokesperson Ajay Sehrawat stated that the trends are going in BJP’s favor and further claimed a win for the BJP in the civic body elections. Sehrawat’s claims are contrary to the voting trends that favors the Aam Aadmi Party.

According to reports, the 82 percent of votes has been counted so far and as per for the NDTV reports, the AAP is leading in 131 wards, whereas, the BJP is leading in 104 wards. The grand old party is at 10 and other party candidates are leading in 4 wards.


Aam Aadmi party’s candidate from Sultanpuri A ward, Bobby Kinnar, has bagged a win for the AAP. Bobby Kinnar, who belongs to transgender community, has made history by winning and also contesting in a Civic body election.

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta has claimed that the people of Delhi will take revenge from the Delhi CM and cited the issues of alleged corruption the Delhi CM indulged in. Delhi’s BJP chief further claimed a 4th term for the BJP in the MCD election.

The new voting trends suggest that AAP is leading in 129 wards, while the Saffron party is at 105 and the Congress is leading in 11 wards. Other parties till now are leading in 5 wards. 68% votes have been counted so far. According to States Election Commission, AAP has won 25 whereas BJP has won 26, grand old party has also succeeded to win 3.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Saurabh Bhardwaj told the media that the reason the BJP was postponing the MCD 2022 election in fear of the BJP losing their throne in the Civic Body. He further claimed that the Delhi people wants to see a change in power this year.


According NDTV’s reports, the AAP is leading in 131 wards, whereas the BJP is at 103. The grand old party comes back to 10 whereas the other candidates lead in 5 wards. The BJP and AAP have won 14 wards each as the neck and neck competition continues for the Civic Body Election.

According to Times of India reports, the trend continue to favor Aam Aadmi Party as AAP leads in 129 seats, while the BJP moves behind on 106. The grand old party is improving its tally as they lead in 11 wards.

The latest change in the stats show that the AAP is leading at 128 and BJP at 111 while the Congress trails behind in on 7, according to Times Now. Reportedly Punjab’s CM Bhagwant Mann and AAP MP Raghav Chadha reached the Delhi CM residence as the vote counting continues.

According to ABP, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is leading in 129 wards, while the BJP is closing in by leading in 106 wards. The grand old party has also hit double digits by leading in 10 wards, whereas others lead in 5 seats.


The Aam Aadmi Party continues to spark change in the trends as they lead in 122 wards. AAP’s counterpart BJP catches on at 115 and the Congress continues to trail behind at 8. Other party candidates lead in 5 according NDTV.

AAP makes a comeback as the Kejriwal-led party moves ahead on 123 whereas BJP find themselves in a turntable situation as they close in on AAP by leading on 121 seats. The Congress Party is leading at 6.

The BJP party is leading at 123 seats, whereas the Kejriwal-led party leads at 119 and the Congress continue to trail at 8, according to reports of Times Now.

According to State Election Commission data report, the Saffron party is leading by on 107 as AAP is closing in on 95. The Grand old party is ahead in 9 wards and NCP is at 1 and independents is leading in 3 wards.


The latest trends shows that BJP leads on 122 whereas its counterpart AAP is at 95 and the Congress shows a bit improvement by leading on 9 seats. Independent lead on 3 wards, whereas NCP is at 1. BJP Vice President, Rajeev Babbar stated that even thought the voting trends show the BJP below 90, the BJP will succeed to retain power in the MCD and it will be a BJP mayor.

According to Times of India, the voting trend hints at slight change as the BJP is at 126, AAP at 118 while the grand old party leads on 6 seats. The AAP supporters have gathered outside the residence of Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to congratulate him for an anticipated win, according to reports.

The voting trends imply toward a slight change as the Saffron Party is leading at 132, whereas the AAP is leading at 112. The Congress continue to lead on 6 seats.

The BJP in the Civic body elections is leading with 127, however, the AAP is not far behind at 117. Congress continue to be lead on 6 seats according to Times Now reports.


According to official trends, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Zakir Nagar candidate Salma Khan leads from her ward, AAP’s Vijayalakshmi leads in Nangloi Jaat ward, other AAP leaders who are leading include Pankaj Gupta leading in Sangam Vihar, Bina in Mayur Vihar and Ravindra Bhardwaj in Aman Vihar ward. AAP’s candidates lead in Madangir, Chandni Chowk, and Amar Colony.

BJP’s Karol Bagh candidate Usha leads from her ward BJP whereas another BJP candidate Anil Kumar Sharma is leading from riot-affected ward Maujpur. Shyam Kumar Mishra wins Mohan Garden ward. The Saffron Party also is coming up ahead in Rohini A and Rohini F wards, and Green Park. BJP also leads in Laxmi Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Chirag Delhi, Sadar Bazaar, Karawal, Dabri and East Patel Nagar. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Renu Chaudhary winning Patparganj ward, which the home turf of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.


According to Times Now, The Kejriwal-led AAP is leading on 114, whereas the BJP is ahead on 129 seats. Congress changes trend as they lead on 6 seats. However, the AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed to stakes on 180 seats and further stated that mayor will be from the Aam Aadmi Party.

The battle for the Municipal body (Delhi) is coming up at a neck and neck contest between the BJP and the AAP as the BJP 120 and AAP is at 115. Congress sparks in trend as they lead on 12, and 3 others according to NDTV.

BJP is continues to lead on 127 seats, whereas, their counterpart AAP is catching on by taking a lead on 103 seats according to Times of India.

The Times Now has reported that the BJP is leading at 130 seats. The tussle between the BJP and the AAP has intensified as the BJP takes the lead. The grand old party is also trailing behind with just 4 seats.


The Vote counting for the MCD polls has commenced and the Aam Aadmi Party is eyeing to unseat the 15-year-long incumbency of BJP in the Delhi MCD elections. The civic body election were held on 4 December. In the early trends, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is winning in 100 seats, whereas its counterpart BJP is leading in 84 seats.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which has been in power in Delhi since 2015, looks set to emerge victorious in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections. The BJP, which has been holding the MCD for quite a while, looks like it will come second while the Congress will return single figures in the elections held to the city’s 250 wards.


An Aaj Tak exit poll said the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is expected to win on 160 seats or thereabouts. The Times Now exit poll predicted a similar end for the Aam Aadmi Party, projecting it winning some 150 wards.

The Aaj Tak exit poll predicts BJP winning 69-91 wards and on the other hand, Times Now exit poll predicts the BJP will gain power in 84-94 wards.


The returns for the Congress seem below par as mentioned earlier. The voter turnout for the municipal polls was just 50 per cent, the elections were held on December 4. It needs to be remembered that this is a municipal election and not a high-stakes Assembly election unlike the one in Gujarat, the results for which will be out on Thursday, December 8, along with results for Himachal Pradesh.

Though it may have been a civic poll, the BJP and the AAP had put forward their whole machinery to win.

Data from the State Election Commission showed that there were 1,45,05,358 registered voters in Delhi overall, of which 78,93,418 were men, 66,10,879 were women, and 1,061 transgenders.


This is the first civic election after delimitation. From 2012 to 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation—which were later reunified into a single MCD, which came back into being on May 22 this year. The North Delhi body is not to be confused with the New Delhi Municipal Council which is the civic body for what remains Lutyens’ Delhi.

The campaign promises the BJP had put forward, included waiver of property tax dues of 12 years among other things. This will be a fillip for the AAP since the Delhi government has been at the mercy of the MCD following the sweeper wage row which had led to the piling up of garbage all across the Capital.

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