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Rajy Sabha Elections 2022: BJP surprises with Subhash Chandra for Rajya Sabha in Rajasthan, Kartikeya Sharma’s entry trouble for Congress in Haryana

The Congress was expecting to win 10 seats in all but now it could end up losing a seat if cross-voting happens in Rajasthan and Haryana.

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The surprising entry of two media barons — Subhash Chandra of Zee and Kartikeya Sharma of NewsX – for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections as independent candidates could spell trouble for the Congress in seats in Rajasthan and Haryana.

Subhas Chandra, the owner of Zee and the chairperson of the Essel Group, is the 5th candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan. The Congress is in a position to win 2 of 4 seats in Rajasthan while the BJP is a position to win 1 seat.

The Congress has 108 MLAs and a surplus of 26 after securing 2 seats, however, a candidate needs to secure 41 votes to win one seat in the 200 MLA assembly of Rajasthan. The Congress has 30 surplus votes, but to win a second seat, the party need another 11. To win a third seat, the Congress needs 15 more votes.

In Rajasthan, the Congress has nominated Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari as their Rajya Sabha candidates.

In comparison with Surjewala and Wasnik, Tiwari is not in a safe position and could lose in case Subhash Chandra can manage the surplus votes of the BJP and also of some disgruntled Congress leaders who have openly questioned the fielding of outsiders from the state.

On the other hand, another media baron Kartikeya Sharma’s entry could mean trouble for Congress nominee Ajay Maken in Haryana. He is the son of former Congress leader Vinod Sharma and incumbent Ambala Mayor Shakti Rani Sharma and also the son-in-law of former Haryana speaker Kuldeep Sharma.

While Venod Sharma is not in Congress, Kuldeep Sharma is a veteran Congress man.

In a house of 90 MLAs in Haryana, the winning Rajya Sabha quota is 31 and the Congress has only 31 seats. However, it is not clear if Kartikeya’s association with veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s son will help.

Elections are due for two RS seats in Haryana for which the voting will be held on June 10. Today was the last day for filing nominations.

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Tripura Assembly Elections: BJP announces candidates for 48 seats, Congress pitches 17

Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha will contest from Bordowali constituency whereas Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik will contest from her native Dhanpur Seat.

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Ahead of Tripura assembly elections, the incumbent BJP announced their candidates for 48 seats on Saturday. Opposing Congress have also fielded candidates for 17 seats. The assembly elections for the 60-member Tripura assembly is due on February 16.

As per the reports, the Bharatiya Janata Party, out of the 48 fielded nominees, have pitched 11 women. The candidates for the rest of 12 seats, after pitching for 48, have not been announced yet by the saffron party. The remaining 12 seats which the BJP are yet to field for include two prime constituencies – Agartala and Suryamaninagar and the other 10 are the tribal reserved seats.

Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha will contest from Bordowali constituency whereas Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik will contest from her native Dhanpur Seat. Bhowmik lost the last elections against the former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

BJP Tripura’s state chief Rajib Bhattacharjee will contest from Banamalipur seat whereas the sitting MLA Moboshar Ali, who recently jumped ships and joined the BJP from CPI (M), will contest from Kailashahar constituency.

The six MLAs that were dropped by the BJP include Arun Chandra Bhowmik (Belonia), Biplab Ghosh (Matabari), Subhash Das (Nalchar), Mimi Majumder (Badharghat), Birendra Kishore Debbarma (Golaghati), and Parimal Debbarma from Ambasa).

It was reported that all the nine ministers including the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma got the party tickets to contest from their respective constituencies.

The BJP has only released their first list and the second list for the remaining 12 seats will be released soon.

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Congress’ Candidates

The Congress party that will be fighting in alliance with Communist Party of India (Marxist) against the incumbent BJP have fielded their 17 candidates. Congress’ senior leader Ashish Kumar Saha will contest from Bardowali constituency against Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha.

Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman who was a former BJP minister will be fighting from Agartala constituency. Congress has fielded Raj Kumar Sarkar for Badharghat Constituency who is pitched against her sister Mina Sarakar by BJP.

Congress’ alliance CPI(M) had also released the list of 43 seats

Check the whole list of candidates below

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MNM will be merged with Congress, reads official tweet from Kamal Haasan’s party, leaders say website hacked

Party official Murali Abbas, while informing the media about the hacking, said that the shared news merger is false and there is no grain of truth in the announcement of merger by the hacked account.

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News of Kamal Haassan’s political party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s website getting hacked came to light after the leaders of the party informed the media about the same. According to reports, the hacked website, www.maiam.com, shared news of the party’s intention of merging with the Congress.

Following the post on the website, the party leader Murali Abbas denied the post and informed the media that the website has been hacked.

Kamal Haasan’s party website had announced the merger as the post was titled Big announcement for 2024 Lok Sabha elections by Makkal Needhi Maiam. The shared press release by the hacked website also said that a formal merger will take place on January 30.

However, following the announcement by the hacked website, the website was taken down for maintenance. Party official Murali Abbas, while informing the media about the hacking, said that the shared news merger is false and there is no grain of truth in the announcement of merger by the hacked account.

Following the announcement on the hacked website, the Twitter handle of the party informed that the official website of the MNM has been hacked and also wrote that the people who did so were to disrupt the voice of democracy.

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The party handle also wrote that appropriate actions will be taken and the party will continue to stand tall.

Kamal Haasan and Rahul Gandhi’s march

The rumors of allyship between the Congress and MNM spread across party line and beyond after Kamal Haasan joined hands with Rahul Gandhi to march with him in his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi.

However, when asked about his move to walk with Rahul Gandhi, Haasan had refuted and said that it is one’s responsibility to reclaim the lost spirit of India. Haasan had also said that the yatra has transcended beyond politics.

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Bharat Jodo Yatra: Rahul Gandhi’s security cordon simply vanished, says Omar Abdullah; J&K police claim didn’t know of such large gathering

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Omar Abdullah joined Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra from Banihal in Kashmir on Friday

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Friday alleged that he’s witness that outer ring of the cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police “simply vanished” minutes after Rahul Gandhi marched into Kashmir with his Bharat Jodo Yatra via Banihal earlier today.

The former J&K chief minister wrote in a tweet he was looking forward to the 11-kilometre trek but unfortunately it had to be cancelled.

The yatra was stopped earlier today near Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, due to an alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by the erstwhile state’s administration.

Congress leaders alleged that Rahul Gandhi after crossing Qazigund, started his march towards south Kashmir’s Vessu, but the party workers noticed that the outer cordon maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir police, was lifted all of a sudden.

However, the J&K Police has refuted the allegations of a security lapse. In a series of tweets, the police claimed that organizers of the march had not told them that such a large gathering would be joining them from Banihal and full security arrangements were in place and deployments were done as per SOPs.

The police added that they were not consulted by organizers before halting the yatra, stressing that rest of the march went peacefully and maintained that foolproof security will be provided when the trek resumes.

Earlier, the Congress temporarily called off the yatra, accusing the local police and administration of crowd mismanagement and security lapse.

A senior Congress leader alleged that there was crowd mismanagement along the yatra route approved by the security apparatus.

Rahul Gandhi, who has planned to conclude his marathon Bharat Jodo Yatra with a grand rally in Srinagar on January 30 said that it was the responsibility of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to provide them security while hoping that rest of the yatra is provide with adequate security.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the party is holding discussions with the Jammu and Kashmir administration to ensure no further security lapses occur for the remainder of the march.

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