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Exit polls predict Congress win in Rajasthan, divided on other states



All exit polls for elections to five state assemblies, results of which will be out on Tuesday, Dec 11, are unanimous about a Congress victory in Rajasthan but are divided about their predictions for Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Exit polls for Telengana and Mizoram had not been reported till the time of writing.

Taking an aggregate of all exit polls – ‘poll of exit polls’ it called it – the NDTV said it was a close call in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

About Madhya Pradesh, the channel held that BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan may not return to power for a fourth term, an aggregate of five exit polls showed. Making a composite assessment, it said the BJP will get 112 seats in the state, short of the halfway mark of 115 in the 230 member assembly; the Congress will get 107 seats. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party will get 2 seats.

In Chhattisgarh, too, the BJP might have cause to worry. According to a similar assessment of the predictions shown in the chart above, the BJP, led by Chief Minister Raman Singh, will get 42 seats, while the Congress will win 41 of the state’s 90 seats. The Ajit Jogi-Mayawati alliance will get 5 seats, the aggregate of six exit polls shows. The majority mark in the assembly lies at 46.

Rajasthan, which has not voted for the same party for two consecutive terms in the last 20 years, will this time pick the Congress, continuing the trend, according to the poll of exit polls. In the 200-member assembly, the BJP will win 74 and the Congress 117, an aggregate of two exit polls have predicted. Mayawati’s BSP will win one seat.

The exit polls came in as the election process concluded with end of voting in Rajasthan and Telangana at 5 pm today. Voting in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram was held on November 28. In Chhattisgarh, it was held in two phases on November 12 and 20. The results will be declared on December 12. The Election Commission had imposed a month-long ban on the exit polls till the elections to all states had concluded.

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Rahul Gandhi: Congress to protest against Surat court’s verdict in the defamation case, march at Vijay Chowk today

Heavy security has been deployed at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi today.



Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s sentence to 2 years in jail by a Surat Court in connection with a defamation case has brought turmoil in the political air of the nation.

The Party has organised a march to Vijay Chowk to protest against the verdict sentencing Rahul Gandhi to 2 years in jail in the defamation case. Reports said heavy security has been deployed at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi today.

Congress’ general secretary-in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh on Thursday informed that the party president Mallikarjun Kharge called for a meeting of opposition parties on Friday.

Ramesh said more than 5o MPs met at Mallikarjun Kharge’s house. The Congress President and CLP leader will also have a meeting for programmes to be held in different states against the verdict.

Congress general secretary called the verdict so unfortunate as far as the party is concerned.

Reports further said the party is also planning to meet President Droupadi Murmu with other parties to discuss the matter and raise the issue in the second half of the Budget Session in the Parliament today.

BJP national spokesperson JP Nadda claimed that Rahul Gandhi has a huge arrogance but little understanding. Taking it to Twitter, Nadda made a series of tweets and alleged that lies, personal slander, and negative politics are integral to Gandhi’s politics.

He further wrote Gandhi has shown a pathetic and casteist mindset by comparing OBC communities to thieves, however, his latest tirade is not surprising.

Have a look at the tweet thread here:

Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram on Friday said robust political discourse is the essence of democracy and the law ought not to be set in motion to silence leading voices of the democratic Opposition.

He further wrote a noisy appreciation of the might of the law must be tempered by calm introspection on the plight of democratic voices.

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Rahul Gandhi wouldn’t need to fear disqualification if he had not done this

Observers had been upbeat on the Congress’s chances despite the “Aayega Modi hi” slogan and potential allies talking of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance.



Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh

Rahul Gandhi is finding himself in the eye of the news cycle storm after a Gujarat court convicted him of defamation for his 2019 remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rahul Gandhi faces up to 2 years in jail for taking the Prime Minister’s name along with IPL founder Lalit Modi and fugitive businessman Nirav Modi and wondering if all Modis are thieves. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP leader Purnesh Ishvarbhai Modi at Adajan police station in Surat district.

While convicting Gandhi, Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma granted him bail for 30 days for him to file his appeal, which would be in a higher court.

It is a coincidence that if Rahul Gandhi had not ripped up a Manmohan Singh government ordinance to protect legislators (MPs/MLAs/MLCs) convicted of criminal offences from disqualification, he could have escaped this Surat court judgment unscathed. But since the ordinance was withdrawn by the Manmohan Singh government, a legal protection that could have saved him and others can be looked upon wistfully.

The United Progressive Alliance-II regime had been at the receiving end of Opposition assaults over perceived corruption scams including 2G, coalgate and the railway cases, implicating ministers of allies Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Rashtriya Janata Dal among others.

The general perception of those years was that the allies were responsible for the falling goodwill of the Congress minority government. Though multiple parties including the Aam Aadmi Party went on the offensive, the biggest gainer from the hit on the Congress was the BJP.

Possibly, the UPA bigwigs could read among the tea leaves what lay ahead of them. Rahul Gandhi’s trashing other ordinance happened in the first few weeks of September 2013 when then PM Singh was away in the United States. The highlight of the next week was Narendra Modi being chosen as the BJP’s PM candidate above veteran leader LK Advani. What happened hence is well-known.

The Rahul Gandhi-led march, the Bharat Jodo Yatra, had won some eyeballs at the man’s ability to pull off the march with relative elan. Following the Hindenburg Research report on Adani, the Congress had shown some verve and fight in a marked departure from the grand old party dismissal.

A remark from spokesperson Pawan Khera on Modi saw Delhi Police armed police haul him off a flight at Delhi airport in connection with three FIRs against Khera, one in Assam and two in Uttar Pradesh.

Observers had been upbeat on the Congress’s chances despite the “Aayega Modi hi” slogan and potential allies talking of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance. The Surat court decision could spark greater opposition coherence since Arvind Kejriwal himself came out in support of Gandhi.

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Shiromani Akali Dal offers legal assistance to those arrested during Amritpal Singh clampdown

Recently the Akali Dal Chief also put out a series of tweets that stressed on the unity and integrity of India and further condemned the divisive outfits for polarising the communal harmony in Punjab.



Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal

Day after Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal slammed the AAP government over the law and order situation by dubbed the hunt of pro-Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh and his aids as a conspiracy to defame the Sikh community for communal polarisation and electoral benefits. Akali Dal on Wednesday swung in to offer legal assistance to those arrested during the clampdown.

As per the reports, Sukhbir Singh Badal took to Twitter for the second consecutive day to talk about the Amritpal Singh crackdown and wrote that his party has agreed to offer complete legal assistance to all Sikh youth arrested in the ongoing extra-constitutional crackdown in Punjab.

The tweet by Badal also read that they are offering legal aid in order to safeguard the rights of the youth from being violated by the AAP Government in Punjab. The tweet also put out the contacts of the legal aid that the families of the arrested can approach to access.

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Recently the Akali Dal Chief also put out a series of tweets that stressed on the unity and integrity of India and further condemned the divisive outfits for polarising the communal harmony in Punjab. The tweet also read that the Sikh community has always been at the forefront of making sacrifices for the nation.

In another tweet, Badal wrote and claimed that attempts are being made to malign the Sikh community for electoral benefits. He further wrote and affirmed to the Punjabi community that Akali Dal will fight for every community including all minorities. Another tweet also slammed the arrest of the innocent youth and dubbed it to be a bid done under the garb of the crackdown of Amritpal Singh.

He further urged the authorities to stop the arrest to clear the Punjabis from feeling insecure in the state. As per the reports, so far the Punjab Police have arrested more that 100 associates of Amritpal Singh and held them for questioning. The prime accused Amritpal Singh, who spoke in favour of Khalitan, continues to be at large as the man hunt continues.

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