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J&K: Opposition leaders sent back from Srinagar airport; had gone to see ‘ground situation’

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J&K: Opposition leaders sent back from Srinagar airport; had gone to see ‘ground situation’

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A dozen leaders of Congress and other Opposition parties who landed at Srinagar airport today (Saturday, Aug 24) were sent back to Delhi, news agency ANI reported.

The leaders had said they were going to “see the ground situation in the state”, where restrictions have been in place since the beginning of this month.

The J&K administration, which is under the Union government, had asked political leaders “to cooperate and not visit Srinagar”.The Jammu And Kashmir Information and Public Relations Department on Friday tweeted political leaders should not “not visit Srinagar as they would be putting other people to inconvenience” at a “time when the government is trying to protect the people of Jammu and Kashmir from the threat of cross border terrorism and attacks…”

Restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre withdrew special status from the state and divided it into two union territories on August 5.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1566649662323{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #e0e0e0 !important;}”]Meanwhile, while journalists have been protesting restrictions, the Press Council of India has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and J&K government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state, PTI reported.

The application filed by the PCI has sought the intervention of the apex court in the petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times. Bhasin had sought the removal of restrictions on communication which she said were coming in the way of journalists’ right to exercise their profession.

The application on behalf of the PCI was filed by advocate Anshuman Ashok on Friday. In the application, the PCI has justified the communication blockade saying that due to the security concerns there can be reasonable restrictions on the media.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Among the parties that were part of the Opposition’s all-party delegation that landed at Srinagar were Congress, CPI(M), CPI, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and the DMK.

Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma were the senior Congress leaders other than Rahul Gandhi who flew to Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad has been stopped at Jammu airport twice, most recently on Tuesday, and was “forcibly” sent back to Delhi both times.

“We are all responsible political parties and leaders. We are not going to break any law. The Jammu and Kashmir situation is very concerning. It’s close to 20 days. No news for 20 days. The government says the situation is normal. But then they don’t allow leaders to go? Haven’t seen such contradiction… If it’s normal, why aren’t we allowed?” Azad said before he left for the airport this morning in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Manoj Jha and Dinesh Trivedi from the Trinamool Congress were part of the delegation, said reports.

They had planned to visit other parts of the state. So far, the government has not allowed any political leader to enter the state.

Some 400 politicians, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are under arrest in Jammu and Kashmir

Earlier this month Governor Satya Pal Malik had invited Rahul Gandhi –offering a state aircraft – tosee the situation on the ground. “I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Malik said on August 11, to Mr Gandhi’s comments that reports of “violence and deaths” had come from Jammu and Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi accepted the invitation two days later, but the Governor decided to withdraw the invitation for putting “pre-conditions” for the visit.

“Rahul Gandhi is politicising the matter by seeking to bring a delegation of opposition leaders to create further unrest and problems for the common people,” Malik had said in a statement.

Some 400 politicians, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are under arrest. The restrictions are still in place at several areas in the state.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court for production of party leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, who has been under detention in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370, the party said today.

The writ petition has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, the CPI(M) said.

Tarigami, a member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and four-time MLA of the dissolved Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has not been keeping well, party sources said.

Yechury had travelled to Srinagar earlier this month to visit Mr. Tarigami but was denied entry.

Meanwhile, The Indian Express reported that the Centre has reached out to two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, raising the possibility of re-opening some space for political dialogue in the Valley.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Paresh Dhanani accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of planning to enslave Gujarat within the confines of self-centeredness and terror.

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Gujarat Congress MLA reach with cylinder on his bicycle

Paresh Dhanani, a Congress MLA from Gujarat, cast his vote in an odd way by riding his bicycle while carrying a gas cylinder.

The Congress MLA from Amreli rode a bicycle with a cylinder attached to it to the voting booth in an effort to draw attention to the problems of high fuel prices, inflation, and unemployment.

Watch the viral video here:

Paresh Dhanani accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of planning to enslave Gujarat within the confines of self-centeredness and terror.

Dhanai said that Gujarat was manipulated by the BJP into becoming a slave inside the confines of fear and selfishness. Because of the government’s shortcomings, unemployment and inflation are consistently rising.

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More over 3.5 lakh people died from Corona, a gas cylinder costs over Rs 1100, energy is expensive, the cost of transportation has skyrocketed, education is being privatised, government schools are closing, and transportation prices have skyrocketed. He said that he thinks the BJP’s collapse has caused a great deal of sorrow.

He added that he had voted against inflation. He also said that his vote will bring out a new government and fresh prospects for the youth. A chage in leadership will occur and Congress will come to power.

Tight security measures are in place as voting for the Gujarat Assembly election’s first phase begins.

In 89 constituencies across 19 districts in Kutch, Saurashtra, and South Gujarat, voting is taking place.

The EC said that a state-level monitoring room has been setup in Gandhinagar where the first phase of voting at 13,065 polling booths in 19 districts is being broadcasted live.

The Chief Electoral Officer also oversees the operation at the monitoring room in Gandhinagar.

The entire arrangements have been put in place in accordance with the Election Commission’s directives. Voting is taking place in the first phase at a total of 25,430 polling places. Out of these 13,065, live webcasts of polling places are available.

On December 8, the votes will be counted. On the same day, the results of the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will also be announced.

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Gujarat Polls: Ravindra Jadeja, whose wife is BJP candidate, casts vote; his Cong ally father says not a family problem

Ravindra Jadeja has appealed to the citizens of Gujarat to vote in large numbers.

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Ravindra Jadeja

Voting for the phase-1 in 19 districts of Gujarat has begun on Thursday and 4.92 per cent voting has been recorded till 9 am.

There are 788 candidates in the fray for these seats in 19 districts of the state. In the first phase, more than two crore voters will cast their vote. Out of 89 seats in the first phase, BJP has maximum 58, Congress has 26 and BTP has 2, NCP has one seat.

Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was seen exercising his franchise at the polling station in Jamnagar. Jadeja’s wife, who is also a candidate for BJP from Jamnagar, voted in Rajkot earlier in the day.

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Ravindra Jadeja has appealed to the citizens of Gujarat to vote in large numbers.

Notably, it is a matter worth mentioning that even though Ravindra Jadeja’s wife was running for elections from BJP, his father and sister campaigned for the Congress.

After casting his vote, Ravindra Jadeja’s father Anirudhsinh Jadeja had said that he was with Congress. He added that party matters were different from family matters and that they should stay with their party, which has been with them for years. My son knows that it is a party’s matter and not a family problem, he concluded.

On the other hand, Naina Jadeja, sister of Ravindra Jadeja, has said that this was not the first time that such an incident was happening that a family was divided in different parties. She added that many families in Jamnagar have members working for different parties.

Be satisfied with your ideology and give your 100 per cent and the better party will win, Naina Jadeja said, adding that her love for her brother will stay the same.

The counting and results for both the phases of elections are elated to be declared on 8 December 2022.

Gujarat Polls: A glance at key candidates, constituencies that vote today

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Gujarat Polls: A glance at key candidates, constituencies that vote today

On the numerous constituencies that will vote on Thursday morning, a tough contest is anticipated as the BJP seeks to hold onto power and the AAP seeks to make inroads into yet another state.

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Gujarat Election

The phase-1 polling has begun in Gujarat on Thursday and after weeks of intense campaigning by all the political parties, Gujarat’s citizens are ready to cast their votes in the first round of the assembly elections.

The fate of political parties will be decided by over 2 crore

With 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts in Kutch, Saurashtra, and South Gujarat up for election today. Political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party have been racing to make election promises.

Voting is being held from 8 am to 5 pm, according to the Indian Election Commission.

There are now 39 political parties running for office, and they have fielded 788 candidates, including 718 men and 70 women.

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is taking a chance by attempting to capitalise on anti-incumbency and concerns like inflation and unemployment in order to gain power, while the state’s current ruling BJP is displaying confidence in maintaining its 27-year reign.

On the numerous constituencies that will vote on Thursday morning, a tough contest is anticipated as the BJP seeks to hold onto power and the AAP seeks to make inroads into yet another state.

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Jamnagar North (Jamnagar)

The first on the list is Jamnagar North, where the contest is between Rivaba Jadeja of the BJP, the wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Bipendrasinh Jadeja of the Congress, and Karsan Karmur of the AAP.

Ahir Jivanbhai Karubhai Kumbharvadiya, a candidate for the Congress, was defeated by incumbent MLA Dharmendrasinh Merubha in the 2017 Assembly elections.

The race for the seat gained attention after a political spat between two members of the same family came to light. Rivaba, who is running for office for the first time, is supporting the BJP, while her sister-in-law and father-in-law are supporting the Congress candidate.

Morbi

The second name on the list is Morbi, which gained attention after the recent tragedy in which a suspension bridge collapsed into the river, killing over 130 people.

Kantilal Amrutiya, a replacement for the outgoing MLA and Cabinet Minister Brijesh Merja, is running against Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel of the Congress and Pankaj Ransariya of the AAP.

In an effort to pressure the administration over the Morbi tragedy, the opposition parties brought up the matter of “mismanagement” in the incident during the campaign.

Prior to Amrutiya’s loss to Merja, a member of the Congress in 2017, the BJP had previously won the Morbi Assembly seat in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007, and 2012, according to records.

Merja later joined the BJP and won the Morbi by-elections once more. In 2022, the BJP will have Merja and Amrutiya.

Khambalia (Devbhoomi Dwarka)

The seat gains significance because Isudan Gadhvi, the AAP’s nominee for chief minister, is running from here. Vikram Madam of the Congress and Mulu Ayar Bera of the BJP are his opponents.

The BJP and AAP are anticipated to engage in a close race in the triangular conflict. Ahir Vikrambhai Arjanbhai Madam, a Congress contender, was successful in winning the seat in 2017. Congress has changed who will be running in the 2022 elections.

Rajkot West (Rajkot)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi previously ran in a by-election for Rajkot West in 2002. Vijay Rupani, a former chief minister, ran from the location in the 2017 Assembly elections.

Darshita Shah, a two-time deputy mayor, will compete against Dinesh Joshi of the AAP and Mansukhbhai of the Congress on the BJP ticket.

The seat, which the BJP has held since 1985, is regarded as one of its strongholds.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, Rupani defeated INC candidate Indranil Rajguru by a margin of 53,755 votes to win the seat.

Devboomi Dwaraka

The BJP’s Pabubha Manek is running against the AAP’s Nakum Lakhmanbhai Boghabhai and the Congress’ Malubhai Kandoria, who hasn’t lost an election in 32 years for the Devbhoomi Dwarka seat.

Manek had won the first three elections (1990, 1995, and 1998) as an independent leader. After joining the Congress, he won the seat in 2002. Later, running for the BJP, he prevailed in the Assembly elections of 2007, 2012, and 2017.

Manek defeated Ahir Meraman Markhi of the Congress in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections by a margin of 5,739 votes.

Katargam (Surat)

Gopal Italia, the state president of the AAP and a prominent Patidar leader, has been nominated by the constituency and is expected to engage in an exciting fight for the seat. He had been instrumental in the 2015 Patidar quota movement. He will compete against BJP candidate Vinodbhai Amrishbhai Mordiya and Congress candidate Kaplesh Variya, a member of the Prajapati community (OBC).

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