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EC recommends disqualification of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in office of profit case

The Election Commission said that he himself extended a mining lease and it was a matter of the office of profit. It sent its recommendation to the Jharkhand Raj Bhavan.

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The Election Commission of India today recommended the disqualification of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren from the state Assembly for violating an electoral law in a mining lease case.

The EC said that he himself extended a mining lease and it was a matter of the office of profit.

Reports said that the EC sent its recommendation to the Jharkhand Raj Bhavan.

The BJP filed a petition and sought Hemant Soren’s disqualification for violating section 9-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

However, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s spokesperson said claimed that it was just a rumors. He said that until officially confirmed best to dispel rumors, visible to everyone who the petitioner was and what was motivating them.

Denying these claims of media reports, the Chief Minister said that the news was drafted by the BJP leaders and their puppet journalists. This blatant misuse of constitutional authorities and public agencies and its complete takeover by BJP HQ in Deendayal Upadhay Marg in this shameful manner was unseen in Indian Democracy.

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According to the constitution, the EC gives its report to the governor in a sealed form.

On July 8, the Enforcement Directorate officials conducted raids at several locations associated with Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s MLA representative Pankaj Mishra. The raids were conducted at 18 locations, including Sahibganj, Berhait, and Rajmahal.

Apart from Pankaj Mishra, the ED has also carried out raids at the residences of businessmen Raju, Patru Singh, and Twinkle Bhagat, who are said to be linked to him. Apart from this, the ED has also raided three businessmen dealing in the stone industry, including Krishna Sah in Barharwa.

On May 11, The ED arrested Hemant Soren’s close aide and IAS Pooja Singhal in a money laundering case in Ranchi.

Reports said Singhal was grilled by the ED for nearly nine hours. She appeared before the central agency with her husband regarding the ongoing investigation related to the fraud case of MGNREGA funds in Khunti.

Under Article 192 of the constitution, the EC has the power to recommend the governor on the office of profit issues. But the final decision will be taken by the governor.

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2022 Live Updates: CM Jairam Thakur wins

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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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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Gujarat Assembly Election Results Live Updates: BJP set to break its own record, leads in 157 seats

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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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 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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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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