Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate based on ‘public opinion’ through a phone-in poll, the Congress on Monday termed the campaign a ‘fake’. Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu said the AAP is in a race to win the elections by deceit, and has created an illusion and fake perception of their party and leaders and misled the public. “AAP launched a private number to host the fake contest to elect their CM candidate by popular vote. A private line was launched to receive and record responses. AAP announced the CM candidate by popular vote of 21,59,475 responses received within a span of 4 days whereas the population of state of Punjab is over 2 crore. That does not even make their candidate a viable option, “ Mr. Sidhu said. “Even if one were to believe that they received such responses, the math doesn’t add up. In normal circumstances, a toll-free number can still hold some load. However, there is no way a private … [Read more...] about Punjab Assembly elections | AAP ‘faked’ phone-in poll for CM nominee: Sidhu
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It’s time for the local elections 2021 , where around 48million people will be eligible to vote. Voters in England, Scotland and Wales will take on the polls on Thursday, May 6 for a number of elections – including local councils, devolved governments, police commissioners and mayors. Many people might have already sent off their postal votes – but others will be waiting for the election day itself to cast their votes. So you might be wondering what time you can head to the polling station, and where your nearest one is. Here is everything you need to know about casting your vote today. What time do polling stations open? Polling stations will open at 7am ( Image: PA) Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 6. This will allow plenty of time for everyone to vote. However, you won’t be allowed to vote after 10pm – unless you get to the polling station and there is a long queue. However, you won’t be able to join … [Read more...] about Local elections 2021: What time do polling stations open and close today?
The nerve centre of the upcoming assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh is the key for the BJP to stamp its authority on national politics. With 403 assembly seats, the state has numerous factors at play, prime among them caste equations. The ruling saffron party will once again win with a majority, but the Samajwadi Party-led alliance was predicted to become the single largest opposition in the state, CNN-News18’s ‘poll of polls’ showed on Friday. The BJP will lose a significant chunk of over 60 seats that seems to be a massive climbdown for the party that stormed the 2017 elections and defeated the grand alliance of SP-BSP. Pollsters have recorded opinion on the performance of four major contenders — BJP, SP alliance with RLD, BSP and Congress. The faces for the parties are incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, respectively. The halfway mark for any party to gain majority is 202. Nonetheless, the opinion … [Read more...] about Poll of Polls: In UP’s Caste Crucible, CM Yogi Predicted to Return to Power; SP to Make Significant Gains
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati locked horns on Twitter on Sunday, with the bitter exchange bordering on personal attacks. While it was the former chief minister who launched an attack on Adityanath’s Gorakhpur monastery, the CM’s Twitter handle for his official website left no stone unturned in churning out shrill replies. Mayawati addressed the all-important western UP vote bank in her tweets, saying the public in that part of the state was unaware that Yogi’s Gorakhpur monastery was “no less than a big bungalow”. The BSP supremo tweeted: “1. Probably Western U.P. The public does not know that the monastery built by Yogi ji in Gorakhpur, where he resides most of the time, is no less than a big bungalow. It would have been better if I had told about this as well. 1/3” 1. शायद पश्चिमी यू.पी. की जनता को यह मालूम नहीं है कि गोरखपुर में योगी जी का बना मठ जहाँ वो अधिकांश निवास करते हैं, वो कोई बड़े बगंले से कम नहीं है। यदि इस बारे में भी यह बता … [Read more...] about UP Polls: CM Yogi, Mayawati Lock Horns in Rare but Bitter Twitter Exchange Over Gorakhpur Monastery
The NDA on Monday announced its seat sharing arrangement for the Punjab Assembly polls, with the BJP to fight on 65 seats, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Loktantrik Congress on 37 seats and the Akali Dal (Sanyukt) led by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa fighting on 15 seats. Punjab Assembly has a total of 117 seats. Making the announcement, and flanked by allies Mr Singh and Mr Dhindsa along with Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Shekhawat who is party in charge for the Punjab polls, BJP president J P Nadda said that the seat sharing could be adjusted for a seat or two this way or that, but that largely this would be the broader contour of seat sharing between the parties. Alliance for Security “We are coming together in this alliance not just with the aim of changing the government in Punjab, but to provide a stable government for the security of the state and of the entire country. Punjab shares 600 kms of border with Pakistan which has used the borders to smuggle in drugs, arms and … [Read more...] about Punjab Assembly polls | NDA firms up alliance, BJP senior partner for first time
As Uttar Pradesh elections 2022 approach, one of the seats in the spotlight is Azamgarh. The seat, for long, has been considered a Samajwadi Party bastion, but that is no longer the case. A look at the result trends since the 2009 Lok Sabha elections shows BJP and BSP having made significant gains in Azamgarh. In fact, the BJP had won the Azamgarh seat in 2009 by fielding a Yadav face who was earlier a winning candidate for both the SP and BSP. When Ramakant Yadav won the seat in 1996 and 1999, he was a Samajwadi Party candidate. He contested and won the seat for the BSP in 2004. Yadav switched to the BJP in 2009 and again won the seat, bagging 35.13% votes, while the BSP and SP won 28.18% and 17.17%, respectively. In 2014, when SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav won the seat, he secured 35.43% votes, followed by BJP’s Ramakant Yadav who won 28.85% votes. BSP candidate Shah Alam won 27.75% votes. In 2019, Akhilesh Yadav fought under the SP-BSP alliance, he got 60.36% votes, … [Read more...] about UP Polls: No Longer an SP Bastion, Azamgarh May Spring Some Surprises for Akhilesh Yadav
On Saturday, several days after my son stopped testing positive for the coronavirus, I took him out for ramen and then to the movies. The theater was about half-full; it required masks but also served food and cocktails, which you could, obviously, unmask to consume. I wouldn’t have gone three weeks ago, when Omicron was at its height and my family hadn’t been infected yet. But now everyone in my household except me has had it — I’ve been protected by either dumb luck or my Moderna booster — and so, in my own life, the stakes of a positive test have gone down. I’m probably not living that much differently from those who declare themselves #DoneWithCovid. The phrase was trending on Twitter on Monday morning, in response to a declaration by my former colleague Bari Weiss on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” “I’m done with Covid! I’m done!” she said. Weiss described making an all-out effort to avoid Covid early on. “And then we were told you get the vaccine. You get the vaccine and you get … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Be ‘Done With Covid’?
In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the consolidation of Jat votes in the western part of the state ensured a massive win for the BJP, but the party is facing a challenge from the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which got a new lease of life during the farmers’ agitation. The BJP maintains that not all Jats are with the RLD, and it believes that the regional outfit, by stitching an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, is likely to secure Muslims votes as well. “Traditionally, RLD is considered a Jat party. For the Muslim community, parties don’t matter as long as they can defeat the BJP. The fact that this region doesn’t have either the BSP or SP is making Muslims support the RLD. RLD has got benefited from the farmers’ protest and the situation risen out of it,” said Satyapal Singh, BJP MP from Bhagpat. Singh says he believes that the Bahujan Samaj Party is not in a fight except for a few seats, and this leads to the conclusion that only SP can defeat the BJP. “In western UP, … [Read more...] about BJP Reaching Out to Farmers’ Union in a Bid to Counter RLD’s Growing Clout Among UP Jats
A day before the last day of filing nominations for Phase 1 of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is grappling with candidate issues on as many as three seats, including its traditional seat of Siwalkhas where Jat-Muslim fault lines have remerged despite best efforts of the party. The party has been forced to change its candidate for Chaprauli in Baghpat district after protests from locals. Its Jewar candidate and big-ticket import, Avtar Singh Bhadana, withdrew from the assembly seat on Thursday. Now, there is a demand to change the SP-RLD candidate from the Siwalkhas seat in Baghpat. The party cadre has been camping at the house of RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary in Delhi asking that a Jat be given the ticket instead of SP candidate and former MLA Gulam Mohammad. This is also exposing the Jat-Muslim rift in Baghpat after the RLD ran a campaign over the last six months through ‘Bhaichara Sammelans’ (brotherhood summit) to unite the two communities. Union … [Read more...] about Jat-Muslim Fault Lines Re-Emerge in Traditional RLD Seat; Candidates Changed in Two Constituencies
In October, we invited students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences for our second annual personal narrative writing contest . Three months, 60 judges and nearly 9,000 entries later, we have selected seven winners, as well as 130 additional finalists, that stood out for their superb storytelling, moving messages and artistic use of language. These 600-word essays offer us a peek into the lives of teenagers and the moments that have shaped them: a meal from a mother’s home country; a father’s terminal illness; a sexual assault; an unexpected first love. And while these essays struck us because of their uniqueness, underneath they were stories that almost anyone, anywhere could relate to — stories about family and belonging, about claiming one’s identity, about seeing the world (and oneself) anew, about cherishing life in the face of death. Below, we are publishing the seven winning narratives in full. We hope that, like our judges, you’ll admire … [Read more...] about The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Personal Narrative Contest