Counting of votes is under way on June 26 in three Lok Sabha and seven Assembly seats spread across five states and Delhi where bypolls were held on June 23. Counting began at 8 a.m. under multi-tier security cover. At first, postal ballots will be counted and then EVMs opened. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha is among the key candidates whose fate will be decided. Tripura has the highest number of four seats — Agartala, Jubarajnagar, Surma and Town Bardowali. Mr. Saha, who is contesting from Town Bardowali, needs to win this election to continue as chief minister. He is a Rajya Sabha member who was sworn in last month after the then chief minister Biplab Deb's sudden resignation. Polling in Tripura on Thursday was the highest at 76.62%. Lok Sabha bypolls were held in Rampur and Azamgarh constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and Sangrur seat in Punjab. The other constituencies where Assembly bypolls were held were Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, Mandar in Jharkhand's Ranchi district … [Read more...] about Counting of votes under way in 3 Lok Sabha, 7 Assembly seats
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The Election Commission has so far declared results for six Assembly constituencies and two Lok Sabha seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won the Town Bardowali, Jubarajnagar and Surma Assembly seats from Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur parliamentary seat. The party lost to YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh’s Atmakur constituency where Mekapati Vikram Reddy was declared winner. Meanwhile, AAP conceded defeat in Punjab’s Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll, congratulating SAD (Amritsar)‘s Simranjit Singh Mann on his victory. Durgesh Pathak, won the Rajinder Nagar Assembly bypoll for the party in Delhi. Sudip Roy Barman of Congress has won the Agartala constituency, giving the party its sole member in the Tripura Assembly. The party is currently leading on the Mandar seat in Jharkhand. Lok Sabha bypolls were held in Rampur and Azamgarh constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and Sangrur seat in Punjab. The other constituencies where Assembly bypolls were held were Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, Mandar in … [Read more...] about Bypoll results 2022 live updates | BJP wins Rampur Lok Sabha seat, leads in Azamgarh; AAP loses Sangrur
The story so far: U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday officially recognised the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915-16 as “an act of genocide”. Mr. Biden’s announcement on the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day could infuriate Turkey, America’s NATO ally. Up to 1.5 million Armenians are estimated to have been killed in the early stage of the First World War within the territories of the Ottoman Empire. In 2019, the U.S. Congress passed resolutions calling the slaughter a genocide, but the Donald Trump administration stopped short of officially calling it so. Was it a genocide? According to Article II of the UN Convention on Genocide of December 1948, genocide has been described as carrying out acts intended “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”. Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who coined the term “genocide” in 1943, had written that he had been influenced by atrocities against Armenians as well as the Nazi killings of … [Read more...] about Explained: What happened to Armenians in 1915?
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is perfecting the art of losing elections, but forming governments,” wrote CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, commenting on the current political crisis in Maharashtra. This is a rather ironic statement from a party which has perfected the art of not fighting elections, but managing Rajya Sabha seats through political networking. Nevertheless, this charge is repeated by Opposition parties, sections of the media and political commentariat. The BJP is able to arm-twist its opponents, and destabilise governments. Just see what they appear to be doing in Maharashtra. Is this ‘democracy’? Of course, none of this commentary takes into account what the people of Maharashtra actually voted for. In the 2019 Assembly elections, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won a comfortable majority of 161 out of 288 seats. The vote share of the winning combine was 42%, while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress together scored only 32%. A closer analysis of the … [Read more...] about BJP Arm-twisting Opponents Is a Myth; Congress Still Has Greater Leverage Across India
Trust Poonam Pandey to pull off the boldest outfit with utmost ease. On Saturday, Poonam was seen out and about in Mumbai wearing a risque crop top. The Lock Upp alum ditched a bra underneath, making the short crop top a risker outfit to wear. Poonam picked out a sleeveless white crop top which she teamed up with a pair of cargo pants. The paparazzi spotted the actress and approached her to take a few pictures with her. She not only posed for pictures for the paparazzi but also agreed to a couple of selfies with fans. Poonam also blushed when a paparazzo called her ‘cute.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) Last month, Poonam made the headlines after a charge sheet was filed by Goa’s Canacona Police against her and her husband Sam Bombay. The charge sheet was filed for ‘committing an obscene act in 2020’, multiple reports suggested. According to an India Today … [Read more...] about Poonam Pandey Risks Wardrobe Malfunction With Her Dangerously Short Crop Top; Watch Video
Poonam Pandey has been one of the strongest contestants of Lock Upp who had survived inside the atyachaari jail for so many weeks before being evicted just days before the grand finale. The actress, inside the show, had opened up about everything- from her failed marriage, domestic abuse, wanting to end life to how her family was ostracized. Now, in a recent interview, Poonam has revealed that she has lost her sense of smell because of domestic abuse. View this post on Instagram A post shared by poonam pandey (@poonam_pandey_offical) Talking to ETimes, Poonam Pandey revealed, “I can’t smell things, I ask people around me about the smell. That’s how I smell things. When the domestic violence happened with me, I lost the sense of smell completely. With brain haemorrhage, it is connected…But honestly, I am mentally and physically much stronger right now.” Poonam had opened up about suffering from a brain … [Read more...] about Poonam Pandey Lost Sense of Smell After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage As Result of Domestic Abuse
Munawar Faruqui has been making headlines ever since he emerged as the winner of Kangana Ranaut’s controversial reality show Lock Upp. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the comedian will be participating in the stunt-based reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 12. However, if recent reports are to be believed, Munawar has now backed out from Rohit Shetty’s show. The shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 has already begun and all contestants are in Capetown (South Africa) for the same. While celebrity contestants including Shivangi Joshi, Mohit Malik and Pratik Sehajpal among others have been dropping behind-the-scenes pictures and videos on social media, Munawar is nowhere to be seen. Amid all this, Munawar Faruqui held an Instagram live session for his fans on Wednesday (June 8). While the comedian thanked fans for showering love on his new song, he did not mention anything about Khatron Ke Khiladi. This has again left everyone wondering if Munawar will be seen in the stunt-based … [Read more...] about Lock Upp Winner Munawar Faruqui To Not Participate In Khatron Ke Khiladi 12?
Defiant Boris Johnson has said it would be “crazy” for him to quit - even if he loses BOTH of today’s crunch by-elections. Polls opened at 7am in Wakefield, which Labour are tipped to regain, and Tiverton and Honiton where Lib Dems claim to be “neck and neck”. The PM admitted the Tories could suffer a double defeat in the Red Wall and ‘Blue Wall’ - despite a 24,000-strong majority in Tiverton. But he rebuffed suggestions the results would be his personal responsibility - or that he would finally throw in the towel. The Prime Minister will be 5,000 miles away at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting when the results roll in. Moments after the verdict that could doom his premiership, he will speak to 54 nations alongside Prince Charles in Kigali, Rwanda - followed by a press conference. ( Image: Getty Images) The Mirror asked how much he would be personally responsible for the results - and whether he’d throw in the towel if he lost both. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says it would be ‘crazy’ for him to quit even if he LOSES crunch by-elections