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Jalandhar bypoll: AAP’s Sushil Kumar Rinku registers thumping win over Congress’s Karamjit Kaur

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Sushil Kumar Rinku today registered a thumping victory, by over 58,000 votes, over Karamjit Kaur Chaudhary—the candidate from Rinku’s former party, Congress—in the Jalandhar bypoll thus breaking the grand old party’s 24-year-old grip on the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat.

The Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat has been vacant since the demise of Congress MP Santokh Chaudhary who passed away due to a heart attack on January 14 while participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra alongside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Chaudhary’s demise necessitated a by-poll for the vacant constituency seat with the Congress fielding the deceased leader’s wife Karamjit Kaur in what was essentially a four-pronged battle between the grand old party, the AAP, the Akali-BSP combine and the BJP.

The ruling AAP dispensation had fielded Sushil Kumar Rinku, a former Congress leader, who was dismissed from the Congress for “anti-party activities”, and later, on April 5, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann.

Rinku was previously the Congress MLA from the Jalandhar West constituency in the previous assembly.

In a tweet, Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring said the party humbly accepts the people’s mandate and congratulated the AAP and its winning candidate Sushil Rinku.

The official count stands with the AAP securing 3,02,097 votes, beating the closest rival, Congress that secured 2,43,450 votes, while the Akali-BSP combine came in at third with 1,58,354 and the BJP ending up at the tail end with 1,34,706 votes.

Senior AAP leader Raghav Chadha who is currently in Delhi where he is reportedly getting engaged to actor Parineeti Chopra said the people of Jalandhar, the home of his maternal grandparents, have made the day even more special and memorable for him.

The BJP had fielded Sardar Indar Iqbal Singh Atwal in hopes of gaining some ground for the saffron party in Punjab ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

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Mamata Banerjee to meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai

She will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that she will meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the current political situation in the country.

Speaking to reporters today before leaving for Mumbai to attend the wedding of Mukesh Ambani’s son, as requested by Ambani, Banerjee said she will meet all the leaders in Mumbai tomorrow including Akhilesh Yadav.

The TMC supremo said that she is going to Mumbai as people know that Mukesh Ambani ji’s son is getting married. They have extended the invitation multiple times, and Mukesh Ambani ji has attended the Biswa Bangla convention multiple times upon Bengal’s invitation, she added. She said that she might not have gone, but since Ambanis have repeatedly asked her to come including Mukesh ji, his son, and Neeta ji, she decided to go, Banerjee further said.

On being asked about her political engagements in Mumbai, the West Bengal Chief Minister said she will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

Banerjee said she would also go to Sharad Ji’s place and made an appointment to meet him as well. Akhilesh is also coming tomorrow and she could meet him as well. She will return the day after tomorrow, the TMC chief said.

The Shiv Sena, TMC, NCP, and SP are part of the Opposition bloc INDIA at the national level along with the Congress.

The Trinamool Congress chief also pointed out a fake video being circulated by the BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya and a section of the media for highlighting the video, ahead of Assembly bypools on Wednesday, that TMC men beating up a person inside a club.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked Congress on Sunday for preserving Article 370 of the Constitution, due to which terrorism increased in the country. He further added that BJP will never let another division of the country happen. Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

Addressing the people Shah said they had made Modiji the prime minister for the 2nd time and he abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.  He compared the situation to earlier times in the valley, when the Army had to be taken along for hoisting the tricolour, at that same Lal Chowk (Jammu and Kashmir) to the situation now when the shobhayatra of Lord Krishna is being taken out. The rally was organised to garner support for B P Saroj, the BJP candidate from the Machhlishahr Lok Sabha constituency in Jaunpur.

Shah further added that the divisive policies of the Congress want to divide the country again but BJP will never let that happen again. The Union Home Minister accused the grand old party of spreading lies that if PM Modi comes to power for a 3rd time at the centre then he will abolish reservation.

Shah Pointed out that the prime minister has been in majority for the last 10 years and he did not use it to abolish reservation. Shah said, he wanted to ask (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi that when their government was in power for 10 years, what did Uttar Pradesh get in that period? The UPA government gave Rs 4.9 lakh crore to Uttar Pradesh in 10 years as compared to the NDA government which gave Rs 19.11 lakh crore.

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu to crush the Aam Aadmi Party since its popularity among the people is rising too fast. Kejriwal was addressing Aam Aadmi Party workers at the party office in New Delhi where he claimed the AAP’s bank accounts would be frozen after elections and they will be brought on the roads and left without an office.

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them.  He further added that through Operation Jhaadu, AAP’s big leaders will be arrested; they are being arrested, and in the coming days, Aam Aadmi Party’s bank accounts will be frozen.

Kejriwal pointed out that ED’s lawyer has already given this statement in court that soon after the election, AAP’s bank accounts will be frozen. He said that if they freeze their accounts now, then AAP will get sympathy. As a result after the election, ED will freeze AAP’s bank accounts. He said AAP’s party office will be cleared out, and the party will be brought to the streets.  Kejriwal said these are the 3 plans made by the BJP.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that no gold or money has been recovered from him, and the BJP, by creating false cases has got AAP leaders arrested. Kejriwal recalled that since the time he came to power in 2015, many allegations had been against him by the BJP. He said after the liquor policy scam has happened people are asking them if the scam happened then where is the money. He pointed out that in other places, when raids happen, notes and gold are recovered, but here nothing was found. Kejriwal asked the people that where is all the money? He said BJP had made fake cases and arrested AAP leaders.

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