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21 killed in lightning strike incidents in Bihar

Patna: A total of 21 people died across Bihar in lightning-related incidents in the last 24 hours, the Chief Minister's Office said on Friday. The maximum number of six fatalities were reported from Madhubani, followed by four in Aurangabad, two from Patna, and one each from Rohtas, Bhojpur, Kaimur, Saran, Jehanabad, Gopalganj, Supaul, Lakhisarai and Madhepura districts, the CMO said in a statement. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has condoled the deaths and announced an ex gratia of Rs four lakh to the next of kin of each deceased. He also urged people to take all precautions during bad weather, avoid going outdoors unless necessary and follow advisories issued by the disaster management department from time to time. Rain and thunderstorms have been lashing Bihar for the past few weeks, and close to 70 people have been killed in lightning-related incidents since the beginning of this month.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jul 2024 8:45 pm

Chandigarh Diary | Booming dynastic politics in Haryana

The dynastic politics in the state is not just confined to the Lals and the Hoodas, several BJP and Congress leaders are also eyeing the upcoming assembly polls to launch their children. Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh has already announced his daughter Aarti Raos political debut in this election. Bhiwani-Mahendragarh MP Dharambir Singh, former MP from Sonepat Ramesh Kaushik and former minister Rambilas Sharma are also nursing political aspirations for their sons. In the Congress, Hisar MP Jai Prakash wants to introduce his son Vikas Saharans, ex-speaker Kuldeep Sharma wants a ticket for his son. Two senior officers await postings Two senior officers of the Punjab Police are without posting these days. Additional DGP Naunihal Singh and Inspector General of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar are awaiting posting. Naunihal Singh, a 1997 batch IPS officer, has served as Police Commissioner of Amritsar before his sudden transfer in November last year and is yet to be posted. He was attached with the Office of the Punjab DGP. After Bhullar took charge as Police Commissioner of Amritsar, he was transferred in June. Both Nauhinal and Bhullar have enjoyed plump postings in all state governments. Hopes on winning Dehra bypolls In the event of Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhus wife and Congress candidate Kamlesh Thakur winning the Dehra bypoll, the people of her native village Chamnal are ready with their wish list, the main being inclusion of their Nalsuha panchayat in Dehra from its current Jaswan-Pragpur assembly constituency. As of now, for every small and big administrative work villagers have to go to Dehra as the village falls in Dehra tehsil but their constituency happens to be Jaswan-Pragpur assembly seat. The seven villages are under Nalsuha Panchayat, and the area was under Jaswan-Pragpur constituency until 2012. Harpreet Bajwa Our correspondent in Chandigarh hsbajwa73@gmail.com

The New Indian Express 12 Jul 2024 7:38 am

Hisar Man Jailed For 10 Years For Smuggling 87 Kgs Of Marijuana In Gurugram

The Additional District and Sessions court of Gurugram recently convicted a man from Hisar for his involvement in drug smuggling activities in 2020. Balram, the accused, was caught transporting a huge stash of marijuana weighing 87 kilograms in his car. According to sources, the police had intercepted Balram's vehicle on the Gurugram-Sohna road near Alipur [] The post Hisar Man Jailed For 10 Years For Smuggling 87 Kgs Of Marijuana In Gurugram appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 10 Jul 2024 3:40 pm

Pregnant wife's salute, thousands in tears: Final adieu to Army commando in Haryana's Jind

In Jajanwala village along the Hisar-Chandigarh highway, thousands attended Pradeep Nains funeral. His pregnant wife, Manisha Nain, saluted him. The Kulgam-martyred commando received full military honors, with Kamal Gupta attending. Villagers hoisted the national flag and chanted Pradeep Nain Amar Rahe. His parents, sarpanch Janak Singh Nain, and others mourned.

The Times of India 9 Jul 2024 8:48 am

Woman hears 'son' cry on call with 'CBI officer', duped of Rs 1 lakh in Mumbai

A 59-year-old woman in Mumbai fell prey to a scam by a man posing as a CBI officer, losing Rs 1.2 lakh. The accused used a fake story about her son's arrest and manipulated her with a suspected deepfake audio. Police are investigating the case in Dahisar.

The Times of India 7 Jul 2024 1:05 am

SC seeks reply from states and UTs over inhuman conditions in prisons

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked states and Union Territories to file a detailed reply addressing the inhuman conditions in prisons. The apex court has already taken suo motu cognizance of the conditions in 1,382 prisons across the country, remarking that the problems plaguing jails in India continue to persist. The two-judge vacation bench of the top court, led by Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah said, The states/UTs in their proposed affidavits should address all the issues holistically, including inmate capacity enhancement/augmentation. Other logistics such as creation of posts of wardens/cooks/doctors/various jail staff etc. should also be factored in. The top court also said that prisoners and their rights are covered under Article 21 of the Constitution. While citing many judgments, the SC said that the court had pointedly said that prisoners are entitled to fundamental rights even while in custody. Amicus curiae (friend of the court) Gaurav Agrawal appointed by the court to assist in the matter, said Bihar was grappling with overcrowding in jails, especially district jails at Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Khagaria, Lakhisarai, Madhepura, and many others. The apex court, while taking into record all arguments, fixed the matter for further hearing to July 11.Cabinet Committee on Investment comprises Modi, Rajnath, Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, Giriraj Singh, among others. Harassment plea in top court against Bengal Guv A woman employee of the West Bengal Raj Bhawan, who has leveled sexual harassment charges against Governor CV Ananda Bose, moved the Supreme Court seeking a directions against the blanket immunity from criminal prosecution granted to Governor under Article 361 of the Constitution. The plea also sought a direction for a probe.

The New Indian Express 5 Jul 2024 8:45 am

On Camera, School Bus Crashes Into Several Vehicles, Rams Car Under Truck

A school bus with 40 children crashed into several vehicles in Haryana's Hisar this morning after its brakes reportedly failed. However, locals claimed that the driver was drunk.

NDTV 5 Jul 2024 12:06 am

Ransom surge shuts Hisar auto market

The Times of India 29 Jun 2024 6:35 am

A phone of her own

Across rural India, data show that girls are less likely to own smartphones than boys. Ashna Butani visits Haryanas Hisar district to understand the repercussions of the gap in ownership of digital devices on young women, their admission to college, and preparation for competitive examinations

The Hindu 28 Jun 2024 12:20 am

US Trade Agency Approves Grant to Develop Integrated Aviation Hub at Hisar Airport, Haryana

The integrated aviation hub planned for Hisar Airport in Haryana received a significant boost recently. At the ongoing US-India Aviation Summit in Washington DC, the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) announced it has approved grant funding to help create the new integrated hub. Enoh T Ebong, director of the USTDA, said the grant would support [] The post US Trade Agency Approves Grant to Develop Integrated Aviation Hub at Hisar Airport, Haryana appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 26 Jun 2024 3:33 pm

Hisar Aviation Hub: US Trade Body Approves Funding For Technical Assistance

TDA Director Enoh Ebong says Haryana Airports Development Corp. will select a US firm to perform this technical assistance.

Bloomberg Quint 26 Jun 2024 3:27 pm

US trade body approves funding to develop integrated aviation hub in Hissar

The US Trade and Development Agency supports the establishment of an integrated aviation hub at Hisar Airport in Haryana, aiming to strengthen India's supply chain network through enhanced cargo and logistics infrastructure. The agency's collaboration with the Haryana Airports Development Corporation reflects a shared commitment to advancing aviation capabilities in the region.

The Economic Times 26 Jun 2024 10:00 am

Bihar government cancels Rs 826 crore contracts awarded during 'Mahagathbandhan' regime

PATNA: The NDA government in Bihar has cancelled 350 contracts worth Rs 826 crore, which were awarded during the previous RJD-led 'Mahagathbandhan' dispensation in the state for supplying drinking water in rural areas, a minister said on Tuesday. The decision to cancel the contracts was taken after an inquiry by the Public Health Engineering Department revealed that there were irregularities in the process of selecting contractors, he said. During the previous RJD-led grand alliance regime in the state, many contracts were awarded by the department. An inquiry by the department revealed that due process was not followed in awarding 350 contracts worth Rs 826 crore. These were related to the rural water supply, including the installation of hand pumps and mini water supply systems, PHED Minister Niraj Kumar Singh told PTI. The department has handed over the preliminary inquiry report to the competent authority in the state government for a thorough probe, he said. I recently called a meeting of senior officials of the department after getting the report, and later the cancellation order was issued, he said, adding that strict action would be taken against those who would be found guilty. RJD leader Lalit Yadav was the PHED minister during the previous grand alliance government in the state. Altogether 1,160 contracts worth Rs 4,600 crore of the PHE department were awarded by the previous government in 17 months, Singh said. We have so far cancelled 350 contracts, the remaining are being examined, he said. The minister, however, refused to give details of the alleged irregularities detected by the department. It is not appropriate time to divulge the details as the matter is being investigated by a competent authority, he said. According to documents available by PTI, Banka district tops the list where a maximum of 106 contracts related to rural water supply systems have been cancelled, followed by Jamui (73), Lakhisarai (20), Aurangabad (18) and Ara (11). Commenting on the Bihar government's decision to cancel the contracts of the PHE department, RJD's state unit spokesperson Mrityunjay Tiwary, said, Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and BJP leaders are scared of our leader Tejashwi Yadav. The previous 'Mahagathbandhan' government in the state had executed several people-friendly projects and taken major decisions like employment to 7-8 lakh youths and providing social security to the economically and socially weaker sections of the society. The NDA partners are also scared of the impact of the welfare initiatives taken by the previous government, which benefitted lakhs of people in the state, he claimed. RJD is not scared of any probelet them (the NDA government) do whatever they want to, he added.

The New Indian Express 25 Jun 2024 10:59 am

Pay 5 Crores Or...: Men Fire Dozen Shots At Mahindra Showroom In Haryana

Three men arrived at a Mahindra car showroom in Haryana's Hisar and fired a dozen shots on Monday, showed a video. They left behind a note demanding Rs 5 crore ransom.

NDTV 24 Jun 2024 9:30 pm

Young Couple Gunned Down in Public Park in Hansi, Haryana

Hansi, Haryana: In a tragic incident of violence, a newly married couple were murdered in cold blood in Hansi town of Hisar district on Monday morning. The deceased have been identified as Tejvir Singh, a resident of Badala village in Narnaund and his wife Meena from Sultanpur village in Hansi. As per the police report, [] The post Young Couple Gunned Down in Public Park in Hansi, Haryana appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 24 Jun 2024 2:44 pm

L&T bags significant order for solar plant in Bihar

Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has won a substantial contract to construct a grid-connected solar plant with a battery energy storage system in Bihar, valued between Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore. The project in Kajra village, Lakhisarai district, will assist Bihar in utilizing renewable energy and overcoming climate change challenges.

The Economic Times 24 Jun 2024 12:26 pm

L&T Secures Major Solar Grid Project in Bihar

L&T Secures Major Solar Grid Project in Bihar In a major development, infrastructure powerhouse Larsen and Toubro (L&T) announced on Monday that it has secured a substantial contract for a grid-connected solar plant with a battery energy storage system in Bihar. According to the company, the significant order is valued between Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore. The power transmission and distribution arm of L&T will oversee the project at Kajra village in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. This solar initiative is a crucial part of the state's strategy to harness renewable energy resources, aiming at sustainable solutions to combat climate change while meeting the rising energy demands. The battery energy storage system is designed to store solar energy during periods of low demand and release it during peak times. Additionally, the system will manage generation fluctuations, provide frequency regulation, and support voltage stabilization. Notably, it features black start capability, enabling swift re-energization of the grid after outages. L&T, a USD 27 billion Indian multinational, is known for its engineering, procurement, and construction expertise across diverse global markets.

devdiscourse 24 Jun 2024 12:09 pm

BJP seeks to placate Jats in Haryana

CHANDIGARH: The BJP is mulling to placate the politically significant Jat community in Haryana in a bid to secure its position for the assembly polls scheduled for later this year. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the saffron party managed to win five of the ten seats. The rest went into Congress kitty, and of these fourRohtak, Sonipat, Hisar and Sirsa either fall in the Jat heartland or have Jat voters in the majority in at least half their assembly segments, underscoring the Jat communitys influence on Haryana politics. According to sources, recently a meeting was held in Delhi chaired by BJPs national president JP Nadda in which election in-chargesUnion minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Biplab Deb were present to discuss the Jat community voters. Sources said the party prospects were affected by the Jat agitation for reservations, three farm laws (now scrapped), the women wrestlers protest, and the Agniveer scheme. A section of leaders within the BJP feels the party would have done better to promote Jat leaders from within the party. The Jat faces of the party, such as Captain Abhimanyu, OP Dhankar and Subhash Barala, should have been given prominence in the state and the Centre, said a party leader. Moreover, the party leaders failed to gauge the ground reports that the Jat community felt neglected. Top party leaders have been given feedback by the party cadres that the reason why the party won only five parliamentary seats in these elections against the ten of 2019 as it focused on non-Jat communities, In addition, sources said the appointment of Nayab Singh Saini, an OBC leader, as chief minister of the state, replacing Manohar Lal Khattar, just before the Lok Sabha elections did not go well with them. Some believe the induction of Kiran Choudhary and her daughter into the BJP is seen as a step towards reconnecting with the Jat community. The Jats constitute around 26-28% of the states population but remain the most influential group and have dominated politics since the state. Kiran Choudhry factor According to observers, the induction of Congress leader Kiran Choudhary and her daughter Shruti Choudhary into the BJP is seen as a step towards reconnecting with the Jat community. Both hail from influential political families, and Kiran is the daughter-in-law of former chief minister Bansi Lal.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:31 am

Yoga got new identity at international level due to PM Modi's efforts, says Haryana CM Saini

Yoga got new identity at international level due to PM Modi's efforts, says Haryana CM Saini On the occasion of the 10th International Day of Yoga, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on Friday performed Yoga in Hisar and hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he earned global recognition for yoga and that over 200 countries are celebrating International Yoga day today. Yoga is not a part of our life but our way of living. Swami Ramdev brought yoga into our lives. With the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yoga got a new identity at the international level. Due to his efforts, the proposal of International Yoga Day was put forward in the UN and 177 countries agreed on it. Today, International Yoga Day is being celebrated in more than 200 countries, said Haryana Chief Minister He further added that in today's hectic life, Yoga is our source of energy. Until the vaccine came during the Coronavirus period, Yoga remained an important means of our life. We intend to get yoga reach every village in the country. Till now, around 850 Yoga Sahayaks have also been appointed. Yoga assistants will be strengthened by giving them training as dieticians, said the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav performed Yoga in Bhopal. Greetings to everyone on the occasion of International Day of Yoga...in a way, the whole world is a fan of Yoga now..., CM Yadav said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, Deputy CM Prem Chand Bairwa and other ministers of the state cabinet performed Yoga at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, on International Day of Yoga. Everybody should do yoga and keep themselves healthy...Yoga is our tradition...PM Modi has made Yoga famous across the world... said Rajasthan Chief Minister. Delhi Lt Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena performed Yoga in the national capital. ...Yoga should become a part of our lives. Yoga, which has been a tradition of India is now famous across the world. The whole world has started celebrating Yoga... the L-G said. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel along with others performed Yoga in Nadabet, Banaskantha. Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai performed Yoga on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. The programme was organised at the Science College ground in Raipur. Minister of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department Laxmi Rajwade was also present during the event. Karnataka BJP leaders, including state party chief B.Y. Vijayendra and C.N. Ashwathnarayan, perform Yoga in Bengaluru on International Day of Yoga. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

PM Modi to Inaugurate Hisar Airport: A New Era of Connectivity and Growth

PM Modi to Inaugurate Hisar Airport: A New Era of Connectivity and Growth Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the Hisar airport when flight operations commence, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini announced on Thursday. Speaking at an event in Hisar, Saini revealed that flights from Maharaja Agrasen Airport will soon begin to various destinations, marking a significant development for the region. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for several projects, including the airport expansion, valued at approximately Rs 544 crore, and applauded the dedication of Rs 339 crore for nine different development projects at the airport. This initiative will bolster connectivity, benefiting residents of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and neighboring states.

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 10:12 pm

Telangana: Two parked empty train coaches catch fire in Secunderabad, no one hurt

Telangana: Two parked empty train coaches catch fire in Secunderabad, no one hurt Two parked empty train coaches on Thursday caught fire in Telagana's Secunderabad. No casualties were reported in the incident and there was minimal damage to property, authorities said. Five fire engines rushed to the spot immediately after receiving information regarding the incident and the blaze was successfully extinguished. D Mohan Rao, Fire Station Officer, Secunderabad told ANI, A call about a fire in train coaches was received at 1050 hours today. Five fire engines were rushed to the site. The fire has been doused now. He further said, The two train coaches that caught fire are a pantry and an AC coach. The property loss is also of a lower gravity. A similar kind of fire accident occurred in Bihar on June 6 where a fire broke out in the coaches of a Patna-Jharkhand passenger train in Lakhisarai's Bihar. No casualties were reported in the fire incident. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 5:09 pm

Haryana to set up additional 800 MW thermal power unit

Chandigarh, June 17 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Singh on Monday said an additional 800 MW Ultra Super Critical Thermal Power Unit at the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Khedar in Hisar would be commissioned with an outlay of Rs 7,250 crore. This initiative will enable the state to achieve self-reliance in power []

bhaskarlive 17 Jun 2024 7:44 pm

Haryana Farmers Left Hanging as Crop Insurance Scheme Falters Again

As the sowing season picks up momentum once more, farmers in seven districts of Haryana have been dealt another blow, with no insurance coverage from private firms under the Centre's flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. For the third year running, growers from Mahendragarh, Gurugram, Hisar, Jind, Sonepat, Karnal and Ambala will not see any [] The post Haryana Farmers Left Hanging as Crop Insurance Scheme Falters Again appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 17 Jun 2024 4:15 pm

New Flight: Good News: Flights will start from Haryana for 5 states, check route and other details

Hisar Airport Flights: CM Naib Singh Saini will inaugurate Phase-2 of Hisar Airport on June 20. After Hisar district of Haryana, domestic airports will also be constructed in 5 other states, which include Karnal, Ambala, Panchkula, Narnaul and Bhiwani. Chandigarh. Flights to 5 states including the state capital Chandigarh are going to start from Maharaja [] The post New Flight: Good News: Flights will start from Haryana for 5 states, check route and other details first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 16 Jun 2024 12:00 am

Hisar Airport Set for Liftoff: Domestic Flights to Take Off in August

The city of Hisar in Haryana is all set for its biggest aviation milestone yet. In an important announcement, Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini revealed that domestic flight operations will commence from Hisar airport starting next month. Addressing a ceremony organised by the state civil aviation department in Panchkula today, the CM stated that Alliance [] The post Hisar Airport Set for Liftoff: Domestic Flights to Take Off in August appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 14 Jun 2024 2:53 pm

New Flight Service: Good news! Now new flights will be available from Hisar to these cities including Ayodhya from this day

New Flight Service: There is good news for the people of Haryana. The state government is going to start flights from Hisar Airport to five states including Chandigarh. An agreement was signed on Thursday with Alliance Air Aviation Limited regarding flights from Maharaja Agrasen Airport. Now the people of the state will soon be able [] The post New Flight Service: Good news! Now new flights will be available from Hisar to these cities including Ayodhya from this day first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 14 Jun 2024 11:10 am

Scorching heatwave continues in parts of north India, temperature remains above 40 deg C

NEW DELHI: Temperatures in most parts of north India remained above the 40 degree Celsius-mark as heatwave conditions persisted on Tuesday, with Delhi's Narela and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh recording highs of 47.1 degrees Celsius. Delhi sweltered under intense heat as the Safdarjung observatory, considered the official marker of the national capital, noted a high of 43.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above the normal average. The Narela weather station recorded the highest temperature in the city at 47.1 degrees Celsius, they said. Other weather stations, such as Najafgarh recorded a high of 46.6 degrees Celsius while Aya Nagar recorded 44.8 degrees C, Ridge 45 degrees C and Palam 44.1 degrees C, the bulletin said. The national capital was on orange alert, which stands for e prepared in the colour codes of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest maximum temperature in the state at 47.1 degrees C. Varanasi recorded a high of 45.3, Baghpat and Fursatganj 45.2 degrees C each, Fatehpur 45 degrees while the state capital Lucknow saw a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees C. Meanwhile, light rains occurred in Agra. In Rajasthan, Churu was the hottest place with a high of 45.6 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said. Light rain was also observed in some parts of the state today. Sriganganagar recorded 45.1 degrees, followed by 44.8 degrees each in Fatehpur and Bikaner. Pilani recorded a high of 44.7 degrees C, Sangaria 44.3 degrees, Barmer 44 degrees while it was 43.5 degrees each in Jaipur, Alwar and Jaisalmer. Isolated heatwave returned to Jammu with the maximum temperature in the city settling at 43 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal during this part of the season, the meteorological department said. The city, which reeled under heatwave for most part of the last month, got relief on June 7 when the temperature dropped to 37.6 degrees Celsius. However, the day temperature once again shot up in Jammu to 41.2 degrees Celsius on Monday amid prediction of dry weather and return of isolated heatwave from June 11 till June 17. In Himachal Pradesh, the weather remained dry as Neri in Hamirpur district was hottest place in the state with a high of 44.8 degree Celsius. Una recorded a high of 42.8 degrees, Dhaulakuan 42.6 degree Celsius, Hamirpur 40.8 degree and Sundernagar 40 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature remained above normal at most places and Neri recorded a low of 28.3 degree, followed by Dehra Gopipur 26.0 degree and Paonta Sahib 25.0 degree. The MeT station in Himachal has predicted dry weather in lower and mid hills on June 12 and 13 and rains at isolated places in higher hills from June 12 to 14. In Haryana, Nuh reeled at 45.9 degrees Celsius and Hisar recorded a maximum temperature of 44.8 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Ambala in Punjab clocked a high of 44.1 degrees Celsius and Karnal registered 42.6 degrees C. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered, recording a maximum of 43.9 degrees Celsius, it said. Hot weather conditions also continued in Gurugram and Faridabad, which recorded maximums of 43.4 and 44.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. Amritsar also reeled under intense heat at 45.1 degrees C followed by Pathankot at 44.7 degrees C, Bathinda 44.4 degrees C, Ludhiana 44.3 degrees C, Gurdaspur 44 degrees C and Faridkot 43 degrees C, the weather department added.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 9:47 pm

Blaze Onboard: Minor Fire Disrupts Patna-Jasidih Memu Train Service

Blaze Onboard: Minor Fire Disrupts Patna-Jasidih Memu Train Service A minor fire broke out in the Patna-Jasidih Memu train at Kiul station in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, railway officials confirmed on Thursday. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and the fire was successfully extinguished. At 5.24 pm, passengers alerted authorities as smoke billowed from a coach. Firefighters quickly brought the situation under control, and train services, along with other affected routes, resumed by 7.45 pm, according to a statement by East Central Railway (ECR) Chief Public Relations Officer Saraswati Chandra. The official further stated that an inquiry has been initiated to ascertain the cause of the fire. ECR General Manager Tarun Prakash and other senior officials visited the site for a thorough assessment.

devdiscourse 7 Jun 2024 12:05 am

Fire Breaks Out In Coaches Of Patna-Jharkhand Passenger Train In Bihar

A fire broke out in the coaches of a Patna-Jharkhand passenger train on Thursday in Lakhisarai's Bihar.

NDTV 6 Jun 2024 10:10 pm

Mumbai North Lok Sabha Live Updates: Piyush Goyal Leads In Initial Postal Ballot Trends

The Mumbai North constituency comprises six Vidhan Sabha seatsBorivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop and Malad West.

Bloomberg Quint 4 Jun 2024 8:40 am

Hisar Election Result 2024 Live Updates: Counting of Votes Starts Today

Hisar Election Result Live Updates: Get all the latest news and updates on Lok Sabha elections 2024 results on The Quint.

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 5:47 am

Reduction in heat wave intensity in next three days: IMD

NEW DELHI: A reduction in the intensity of heatwave conditions is likely in the country over the next three days, the weather office said on Sunday. Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh was the hottest in the country with a maximum temperature of 46.2 degrees Celsius. Sirsa in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan sizzled at 45.4 degrees Celsius followed by Jhansi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh which recorded 45.2 degrees Celsius each, and Prithvipur in Madhya Pradesh and Bhiwani in Haryana at 45.1 degrees. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said heat wave conditions over northwest, central and east India were likely to continue with reduced intensity during the next three days. The maximum temperature in the national capital settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal for the season. Aya Nagar in south Delhi recorded 43.4 degrees Celsius, Ridge 43.7 degrees Celsius, and Palam 43.5 degrees Celsius. Light rain with thundershowers were experienced in parts of Rajasthan. The weather department has predicted more light to moderate rain in parts of Bikaner, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer and Jodhpur divisions. Jaipur MeT department Director Radheshyam Sharma said the maximum temperature will settle below 45 degrees Celsius in the coming days and relief from the heat wave is expected. Today, maximum temperatures have fallen by 3-4 degrees Celsius over some parts of East Madhya Pradesh; by 2-3 degrees Celsius in some parts of interior Odisha, Vidarbha, Punjab and by 1-2 degrees Celsius over some parts of Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh & adjoining East Rajasthan, it said. It said maximum temperatures are in the range 43-45 degrees Celsius over some parts of north Rajasthan, south Haryana, Delhi, north Madhya Pradesh and southeast Madhya Pradesh; in the range 41-43 degrees Celsius over many parts of Punjab, remaining parts of Haryana, Delhi south Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh; over some parts of west Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Telangana and south Interior Odisha. The weather office said hot and humid weather is very likely to prevail over isolated pockets of Bihar during June 2-4, Konkan & Goa on June 2-3; Odisha on June 5-6. Among other places in Haryana, Bhiwani recorded a high of 45.1 degrees Celsius while Rohtak recorded a high of 44.2 degrees. Ambala recorded a maximum of 42.3 degrees Celsius, Hisar registered a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius while Gurugram and Faridabad registered 42.5 degrees Celsius and 43.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. Chandigarh recorded a high of 42.4 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Bathinda reeled at a maximum of 45.1 degrees Celsius. Amritsar recorded a high of 43.5 degrees Celsius, Ludhiana 42.2 degrees Celsius while Patiala's maximum settled at 42.6 degrees Celsius. Gurdaspur recorded a high of 43.4 degrees Celsius while Faridkot's maximum settled at 42.5 degrees Celsius. The heat wave conditions persisted in Jammu which recorded the maximum temperature at 41.6 degrees Celsius, 2.2 notches above the season's average, the meteorological department said. However, the day temperature in Jammu was 1.3 degrees Celsius less than that of the previous day, a spokesperson of the Met department said, adding that the city may witness relief from the prevailing conditions after June 4. He said hot and dry weather over the plains of Jammu division is likely to continue till June 4. After that during the next three days, Jammu may see light to moderate rain or thunder in many places with gusty winds in a few places. The weather is likely to remain partly cloudy on June 8 and 9, the spokesperson said. He said Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district, recorded a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius and a low of 24.8 degrees Celsius. Srinagar, on the other hand, recorded a maximum of 30.3 degrees Celsius against 27.5 degrees Celsius the previous day, the spokesperson said, adding the day temperature in the city was four degrees above normal.

The New Indian Express 2 Jun 2024 11:52 pm

Tragedy in Meghalaya: Families Devastated by Fatal Landslide

Tragedy in Meghalaya: Families Devastated by Fatal Landslide State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) personnel on Friday recovered the bodies of three persons at Nongpriang village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district, bringing the death toll to four in the rain-triggered landslide, officials said. ''All four bodies have been recovered,'' Sohra civil subdivision officer Saloni Verma said. On May 30, a landslide at the village had washed away all four family members along with their RCC house. The victims include Phisar Nongrum (75 years), Kynmaw Syngai (70 years), Benti Riahtam (60 years), and Lumlang Riahtam (16 years). Since Thursday evening, the SDRF team, along with residents of Nongpriang village, has been tirelessly conducting search and rescue operations and initially recovered the body of Phisar Nongrum. On Friday afternoon, the body of Lumlang Riahtam was recovered, and after continuous search efforts, the team finally found the bodies of Kynmaw Syngai and Benti Riahtam, a police officer told PTI. East Khasi Hills DC SC Sadhu had earlier announced that an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh would be given to each of the victims' next of kin. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla said he, along with representatives of Sohra, would visit the victims' families to pay respects and hand over the compensation cheques.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 10:12 pm

1 killed, 3 trapped in Sohra landslide

SHILLONG, May 30: One person was killed while three others were believed to be trapped after a major landslide struck their houses at Nongpriang village in Sohra in the wee hours of Thursday. The persons were identified as Phisar Nongrum (75), Kynmaw Syngai (70), his wife Benti Riahtam (60) and their youngest son Lumlang Riahtam [] The post 1 killed, 3 trapped in Sohra landslide appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 31 May 2024 2:27 am

EKH-o aa rurongdapa mane sak 4 sia, sak 3-ni manggisiko mankuja

SHILLONG: Bristibar pringchibara, East Khasi Hills ajani Shella Block ningo donggipa Nongpriang songo, mikkarang jimbee waangani jaman nok tegniko aa rurongdapaha aro ia asel onganio mande sakbri siaha indiba sakgittamni manggisikode mankujaenga ine kobor onaha. Koborko onani gitade, aa rurongdapa mane sianggipa mandeara bilsi 75 onggipa Phisar Nongrum ongachim aro gimakuenggipa manderangara, bilsi 70 onggipa [] The post EKH-o aa rurongdapa mane sak 4 sia, sak 3-ni manggisiko mankuja appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 31 May 2024 2:20 am

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India Large parts of northern and central India remained in the grip of a sweltering heat wave on Wednesday with the maximum temperature in the national capital soaring to a 79-year high. While Delhi's primary weather station Safdarjung observatory recorded a maximum of 46.8 degrees Celsius, the weather officials in the city were left baffled when Mungeshpur reported 52.9 degrees prompting the IMD to examine the automatic weather station in the locality for possible errors in its sensors. Cities and towns across Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh sizzled at maximum temperatures in excess of 47 degrees Celsius with Rohtak and Prayagraj logging 48.8 degrees, the highest temperatures recorded in the country on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the IMD, both Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and Rohtak in Haryana broke records for the highest maximum temperature ever recorded for the month. Prayagraj had clocked a maximum of 48.4 degrees Celsius on May 30, 1994. For Rohtak, the previous all-time high maximum was 47.2 degrees on June 6, 1995. But, it was the maximum temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur, a densely populated locality amid fields and open spaces on the fringes of the national capital that left weather scientists flummoxed. ''It looks abnormal and it is an outlier when compared with other weather stations in the national capital region,'' IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said in a statement. Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju also directed the IMD to verify the weather station in Mungeshpur for possible errors as the maximum temperatures had witnessed a slight decline on Wednesday from the 49.9 degrees recorded at three weather stations in the national capital. The weather office has said the heat wave conditions were likely to abate over the next couple of days due to a western disturbance, rainfall, thunderstorms and moist south-westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea to northwest India. Una, one of the entry points for Himachal Pradesh, logged a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 45.2 degrees observed on May 24, 2013. Karwar in coastal Karnataka also recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees, the hottest in May in the state. The previous record for 37.6 degrees was on May 5, 2022. Amid intense heat wave conditions in the state, the Bihar government ordered the closure of all private and government-run schools, coaching institutes and anganwadi centres until June 8. The decision came in response to reports of several students fainting due to extreme heat wave conditions. Incidents of students fainting were reported from Sheikhpura, Begusarai, East Champaran, and other regions due to the scorching heat. Meanwhile, the IMD has forecast that heat wave conditions are expected to persist for another three or four days in the state. Officials from the Bihar Disaster Management Department advised people to avoid heat exposure, stay cool, and prevent dehydration. In Haryana, intense heat prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees and Karnal 42.2 degrees. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees, Patiala 45.7 degrees, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. Intense heat conditions also prevailed in Rajasthan despite the maximum temperatures falling by one to three degrees Celsius. Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district was recorded as the hottest place in the state with 48.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu, where the day temperature was 47.7 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 11:26 pm

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab The ongoing heat wave conditions in Haryana and Punjab continued unabated on Wednesday, with the mercury soaring to 48.8 degrees Celsius in Rohtak. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered, recording the hottest day of the season so far at a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius. According to the meteorological department here, while blistering heat swept Rohtak in Haryana, among other places in the state, intense heat also prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees Celsius. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius and Karnal 42.2 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees Celsius, Patiala 45.7 degrees Celsius, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 10:11 pm

Intense heat wave sweeps Haryana, Punjab; Mahendragarh sizzles at 47 degrees

Haryana and Punjab are in the grip of intense heat wave conditions with Mahendragarh recording the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Various cities like Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Bathinda, Faridkot, and Gurdaspur are experiencing high temperatures, as per the Meteorological Department.

The Times of India 26 May 2024 11:16 pm

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C Haryana and Punjab continued to remain in the grip of intense heat wave conditions, with maximum temperatures hovering above normal limits on Sunday. Mahendragarh in Haryana sizzled, recording the maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Rohtak and Hisar sweltered recording maximum temperatures of 46.7 degrees and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ambala recorded a high of 44.8 degrees, Karnal 43.7 degrees, Sirsa 46.8 degrees while sizzling heat wave swept Gurugram at 45.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, was also under the influence of intense hot weather conditions. The maximum temperature here settled at 44.5 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded the maximum of 44.8 degrees, while Patiala 45.7, Pathankot 44.5, Bathinda 45.2, Faridkot 44 and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. According to the MeT Department, heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are likely to continue in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh during May 26-29.

devdiscourse 26 May 2024 11:03 pm

Tragic Accident on Hisar-Delhi Highway Claims Five Lives

Tragic Accident on Hisar-Delhi Highway Claims Five Lives Five of a family were killed and four others injured after their car overturned near the Sector 27-28 crossing here on the Hisar-Delhi National Highway on Sunday, police said. They said the driver lost control of the vehicle. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital. SHO Sadar Police Station Suresh Kumar said that those killed in the accident were residents of Sirsa in Haryana and Maur Mandi in Punjab. PTI Cor SUN ANB ANB

devdiscourse 26 May 2024 9:29 pm

No bridge, villagers boycott elections in Haryana's Yamunanagar

CHANDIGARH: A voter turnout of 55.93 percent was recorded in Haryana on Saturday till 5 pm in its 10 Lok Sabha seats and polling remained peaceful, poll officials said, adding that the figure could increase as data is being compiled. In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the overall poll percentage was 70. Meanwhile, residents of Tapu Majri village in Yamunanagar district, which has a total of 436 votes, boycotted the polling over their pending demand for the construction of a bridge over the Yamuna. If a bridge is constructed on the Yamuna river in the area of our village, we will have to travel only 10 km to reach Yamunanagar, said Ashok Kumar, a villager. According to the EC data, Sirsa recorded the highest turnout at 59.57 percent, followed by Ambala at 58.44 percent, Kurukshetra (58.38%), Rohtak (58.28%), Bhiwani-Mahendragarh (56.11%), Karnal (55.71%), Sonipat (55.49%), Hisar (53.85%) and Faridabad (53.64%). Gurugram registered the lowest turnout at 51.75%. There are 2,00,76,768 registered voters, including 94,23,956 women and 467 transgender people, chief electoral officer Anurag Agarwal earlier said. Voting was also held for the bypoll to the Karnal assembly seat, where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is in the fray. First-time voters expressed their enthusiasm at being part of the exercise. The youth are a countrys backbone and everyone should exercise their right to vote, said a first-time voter in Panipat. Meanwhile, an independent MLA from Badshahpur, Rakesh Daulatabad, died of a heart attack on Saturday.

The New Indian Express 26 May 2024 8:14 am

Haryana Witnesses Smooth Polling with 46.26% Voter Turnout by 3 PM

Haryana Witnesses Smooth Polling with 46.26% Voter Turnout by 3 PM Polling is going on smoothly in Haryana with its 10 Lok Sabha seats recording a voter turnout of 46.26 per cent till 3 pm. Voting is also underway for the bypoll to the Karnal assembly seat where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is in the fray. The bypoll was necessitated by his predecessor Manohar Lal Khattar's resignation. According to Election Commission (EC) data, after polling began at 7 am, the overall turnout till 9 am was 8.31 per cent, rising to 22.09 per cent at 11 am, 36.48 per cent at 1 pm and touching 46.26 per cent at 3 pm. Officials said polling is going on smoothly across the state. Voting is underway amid tight security and will conclude at 6 pm. There are 2,00,76,768 registered voters, including 94,23,956 women and 467 people from the transgender community, Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal earlier said. According to EC data, Kurukshetra had the highest turnout till 3 pm at 50.17 per cent followed by 49.44 per cent in Sirsa. Gurugram registered the lowest turnout at 41.33 per cent. Ambala recorded a turnout of 48.31 per cent, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh 47.25 per cent, Faridabad 42.33 per cent, Hisar 45.28 per cent, Karnal 46.24 per cent, Rohtak 49.08 per cent and Sonipat 46.14 per cent. In 2019, the BJP had swept Haryana, winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats. For the Karnal assembly bypoll, the voting percentage stood at 41 till 3 pm. A total of 223 candidates, including Khattar, two Union ministers and Congress stalwart Kumari Selja, are in the Lok Sabha election fray in Haryana. These include 207 men and 16 women. From the Karnal assembly seat, nine candidates are in the fray. Agarwal said keeping in mind the current hot weather conditions, the provision of additional resources at polling centres has been made in all districts, including arrangements for cold water, coolers, fans and tents. Arrangements have also been made for wheelchairs and shades for the assistance of voters aged 85 and above and persons with disability. Khattar and Saini were among the first to cast their votes at their respective booths. Saini, accompanied by his family members, cast his vote in his native Mirjapur Majra village in Ambala district's Naraingarh. Khattar exercised his franchise at Karnal's Prem Nagar. Before casting his vote, Saini offered prayers at a temple and also paid obeisance at a gurdwara. The BJP's state chief and outgoing Kurukshetra MP, Saini was sworn in as chief minister on March 12. While he is contesting the assembly bypoll, Khattar is the BJP candidate from the Karnal Lok Sabha seat. Saini, Khattar and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda appealed to voters to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise. Khattar, who is up against Haryana Youth Congress chief Divyanshu Budhiraja, said in Karnal that everyone must come forward to participate in the ''festival of democracy''. Saini, facing Congress' Tarlochan Singh in the bypoll, appealed to every eligible voter to cast their vote. The country has scaled new heights of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Haryana has also moved on a path of development under the BJP government, Saini told reporters after casting his vote. Hooda and his son Deepender Singh Hooda cast their votes in Rohtak district. Deepender Singh Hooda, who is contesting on a Congress ticket from Rohtak against the BJP's incumbent MP Arvind Sharma, also urged voters to exercise their franchise. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala exercised his franchise in Kaithal while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala cast his vote in his native village in Sirsa district. Haryana is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and the opposition Congress on most seats. However, seats such as Hisar are seeing multi-cornered contests. From Hisar, Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who joined the BJP ahead of the polls, is contesting against two members of the Chautala clan -- Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Naina Chautala and INLD's Sunaina Chautala. Former Congress MP Jai Prakash is also in the fray. First-time voters expressed their enthusiasm at being part of the democratic exercise. ''The youth are a country's backbone and everyone should participate in this festival of democracy by exercising their right to vote,'' said a first-time voter in Panipat. Ranjit Singh Chautala and his family members cast their votes in Sirsa. JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala and his wife Naina Chautala also cast their votes, along with their sons -- former deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala in Sirsa. At the polling booth, Ajay Singh Chautala touched the feet of his uncle Ranjit Singh Chautala and sought his blessings. Naina Chautala, who also sought Ranjit Singh Chautala's blessings, told reporters that elections are for politicians what board exams are for children. ''We have done our work and now it is over to the people,'' she said. In Hisar's Adampur, BJP leaders Kuldeep Bishnoi, his wife Renuka Bishnoi and son Bhavya Bishnoi, an MLA, cast their votes. The Congress' INDIA bloc partner AAP is contesting from Kurukshetra, where it has fielded its Haryana unit chief Sushil Gupta against the BJP's Naveen Jindal and the INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala. Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are seeking re-election from Gurugram and Faridabad, respectively. From Gurugram, the Congress has fielded senior leader Raj Babbar. Selja is contesting from Sirsa. The JJP has fielded candidates from all 10 Lok Sabha seats, INLD from seven and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from nine. Chief Electoral Officer Agarwal earlier said 20,031 polling stations have been set up. These include 19,812 permanent and 219 auxiliary stations. He said the EC had made ''Chunav ka Parv - Desh ka Garv'' so that citizens participate enthusiastically in the elections. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the elections, Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur said.

devdiscourse 25 May 2024 4:03 pm

Haryana Polls 2023: Smooth Voting with Enthusiastic Turnout

Haryana Polls 2023: Smooth Voting with Enthusiastic Turnout Polling is going on smoothly in Haryana with its 10 Lok Sabha seats recording a voter turnout of 36.48 per cent till 1 pm. Voting is also underway for the bypoll to the Karnal assembly seat where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is in the fray. The bypoll was necessitated by his predecessor Manohar Lal Khattar's resignation. According to Election Commission data, after polling began at 7 am, the turnout till 9 am was 8.31 per cent, rising to 22.09 per cent at 11 am and touching 36.48 per cent at 1 pm. Officials said polling is going on smoothly across the state. Voting is underway amid tight security and will conclude at 6 pm. There are 2,00,76,768 (two crore) registered voters, including 94,23,956 (94 lakh) women and 467 people from the transgender community, Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal earlier said. According to data, Sirsa had the highest turnout till 1 pm at 44.84 per cent, followed by Kurukshetra at 40.06 per cent, while Gurugram registered the lowest at 30.59 per cent. Ambala recorded a turnout of 38.12 per cent, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh 38.37 per cent, Faridabad 33.92 per cent, Hisar 34.99 per cent, Karnal 35.69 per cent, Rohtak 38.15 per cent, and Sonipat 37.07 per cent. In 2019, the BJP had swept Haryana, winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats. In the Karnal assembly bypoll, the turnout at 1 pm was 29 per cent. A total 223 candidates, including Khattar, two Union ministers and Congress stalwart Kumari Selja, are in the Lok Sabha elections fray in Haryana. These include 207 men and 16 women. For the Karnal bypoll, nine candidates are in the fray. Agarwal said keeping in mind the hot weather conditions, additional arrangements, including cold water, coolers and fans, and tents, have been made at polling centres in all districts. Arrangements have also been made for wheelchairs and shades for the assistance of voters aged 85 and above and persons with disability. Khattar and Saini were among the first to cast their votes at their respective booths. Saini, accompanied by his family members, cast his vote in his native Mirjapur Majra village in Ambala district's Naraingarh. Khattar exercised his franchise at Karnal's Prem Nagar. Before casting his vote, Saini offered prayers at a temple and also paid obeisance at a gurdwara. The BJP's state chief and outgoing Kurukshetra MP, Saini was sworn in as chief minister on March 12. While he is contesting the assembly bypoll, Khattar is the BJP candidate from Karnal Lok Sabha seat. Saini, Khattar and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda appealed to voters to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise. Khattar, who is up against Haryana Youth Congress chief Divyanshu Budhiraja, said in Karnal that everyone must come forward to participate in the ''festival of democracy''. Saini, facing the Congress' Tarlochan Singh in the bypoll, appealed to every eligible voter to cast their vote. The country has scaled new heights of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Haryana has also moved on a path of development under the BJP government, Saini told reporters after casting his vote. Hooda and his son Deepender Singh Hooda cast their votes in Rohtak district. Deepender Singh Hooda, who is contesting on a Congress ticket from Rohtak against the BJP's incumbent MP Arvind Sharma, also urged voters to exercise their franchise. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala exercised his franchise in Kaithal while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala cast his vote in his native village in Sirsa district. Haryana is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and the opposition Congress on most seats. However, seats such as Hisar are witnessing a multi-cornered contest. From Hisar, Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who joined the BJP ahead of the polls, is contesting against two members of the Chautala clan -- the Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Naina Chautala and the INLD's Sunaina Chautala. Former Congress MP Jai Prakash is also in the fray. First-time voters expressed their enthusiasm at being part of the democratic exercise. ''The youth are a country's backbone and everyone should participate in this festival of democracy by exercising their right to vote,'' said a first-time voter in Panipat. Ranjit Singh Chautala and his family members cast their votes in Sirsa. JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala and his wife Naina Chautala also cast their votes, along with their sons -- former deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala in Sirsa. At the polling booth, Ajay Singh Chautala touched the feet of his uncle Ranjit Singh Chautala and sought his blessings. Naina Chautala, who also sought Ranjit Singh Chautala's blessings, told reporters that elections are for politicians what board exams are for children. ''We have done our work and now it is over to the people,'' she said. In Hisar's Adampur, BJP leaders Kuldeep Bishnoi, his wife Renuka Bishnoi and son Bhavya Bishnoi, an MLA, cast their votes. The Congress' INDIA bloc partner AAP is contesting from Kurukshetra, where it has fielded its Haryana unit chief Sushil Gupta against the BJP's Naveen Jindal and the INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala. Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are seeking re-election from Gurugram and Faridabad, respectively. From Gurugram, the Congress has fielded senior leader Raj Babbar. Selja is contesting from Sirsa. Chief Electoral Officer Agarwal earlier said 20,031 polling stations have been set up. These include 19,812 permanent and 219 auxiliary stations. He said the Election Commission coined the ''Chunav ka Parv - Desh ka Garv'' slogan so that citizens participate enthusiastically. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the elections, Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur said.

devdiscourse 25 May 2024 3:33 pm

India's Richest Woman Savitri Jindal Votes, Says PM Modi Will Get 3rd Term

BJP leader and richest Indian woman with $33 billion net worth, Savitri Jindal, whose youngest son Naveen Jindal is also in the fray, on Saturday cast her vote in her hometown Hisar in Haryana.

NDTV 25 May 2024 1:00 pm

Haryana Lok Sabha Polls: Early Voter Turnout and Key Contests Unveiled

Haryana Lok Sabha Polls: Early Voter Turnout and Key Contests Unveiled Haryana recorded a voter turnout of 8.31 per cent in the first two hours of polling for its 10 Lok Sabha constituencies. Polling is also underway for the bypoll to the Karnal assembly seat where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is in the fray. The bypoll was necessitated by his predecessor Manohar Lal Khattar's resignation. There are 2,00,76,768 (two crore) registered voters, including 94,23,956 (94 lakh) women and 467 people from the transgender community, Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal earlier said. According to Election Commission data, the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh constituency recorded the highest turnout during the first two hours after polling began at 7 am at 10.26 per cent while Faridabad registered the lowest at 5.46 per cent. Ambala recorded a turnout of 6.92 per cent, Gurugram 6.20 per cent, Hisar 7.44 per cent, Karnal 9.29 per cent, Kurukshetra 9.92 per cent, Rohtak 10.22 per cent, Sirsa 9.81 per cent and Sonipat 9.33 per cent. In 2019, the BJP had swept Haryana, winning all 10 Lok Sabha seats. A total of 223 candidates, including Khattar, two Union ministers and Congress stalwart Kumari Selja, are in the Lok Sabha elections fray in Haryana. These include 207 men and 16 women. Voting began amid tight security and will continue till 6 pm. Khattar and Saini were among the first to cast their votes at their respective booths. Saini, accompanied by his family members, cast his vote in his native Mirjapur Majra village in Ambala district's Naraingarh. Khattar exercised his franchise at Karnal's Prem Nagar. The BJP's state chief and outgoing Kurukshetra MP, Saini was sworn in as chief minister on March 12. While he is contesting the assembly bypoll, Khattar is the BJP candidate from Karnal Lok Sabha seat. Saini, Khattar and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda appealed to voters to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise. Khattar, who is up against Haryana Youth Congress chief Divyanshu Budhiraja, said in Karnal that everyone must come forward to participate in the ''festival of democracy''. Saini, facing the Congress' Tarlochan Singh in the bypoll, appealed to every eligible voter to cast their vote. The country has scaled new heights of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Haryana has also moved on a path of development under the BJP government, Saini told reporters after casting his vote. Hooda, whose son and Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda is contesting from Rohtak against the BJP's incumbent MP Arvind Sharma, also urged voters to exercise their franchise. Haryana is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and the opposition Congress on most seats. However, seats such as Hisar are witnessing a multi-cornered contest. From Hisar, Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who joined the BJP ahead of the polls, is contesting against two members of the Chautala clan -- the Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Naina Chautala and the Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) Sunaina Chautala. Former Congress MP Jai Prakash is also in the fray. First-time voters expressed their enthusiasm at being part of the democratic exercise. ''The youth are a country's backbone and everyone should participate in this festival of democracy by exercising their right to vote,'' said a first-timer voter in Panipat. Ranjit Singh Chautala and his family members cast their votes in Sirsa district. JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala and his wife Naina Chautala also cast their votes, along with their sons -- former deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala. At the polling booth, Ajay Singh Chautala touched the feet of his uncle Ranjit Singh Chautala and sought his blessings. Naina Chautala told reporters that elections are for politicians what board exams are for children. In Hisar's Adampur, BJP leaders Kuldeep Bishnoi, his wife Renuka Bishnoi and son Bhavya Bishnoi, an MLA, cast their votes. The Congress' INDIA bloc partner AAP is contesting from Kurukshetra, where it has fielded its Haryana unit chief Sushil Gupta against the BJP's Naveen Jindal and the INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala. Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are seeking re-election from Gurugram and Faridabad, respectively. From Gurugram, the Congress has fielded senior leader Raj Babbar. Selja is contesting from Sirsa. The JJP has fielded candidates from all 10 seats, INLD from seven and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from nine. Chief Electoral Officer Agarwal earlier said 20,031 polling stations have been set up. These include 19,812 permanent and 219 auxiliary stations. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the elections, Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur said.

devdiscourse 25 May 2024 10:32 am

Polling in Haryana for 10 seats; former CM Khattar, Union ministers in the fray

CHANDIGARH : In the Lok Sabha elections, Haryana will witness a four-cornered contest with the ruling BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal, and Jannayak Janta Party all competing independently. It remains to be seen whether the state will once again deliver a decisive verdict or if the seats will be split. Voting will take place in the 6th phase on May 25. The BJP was the first party in the state to announce all its ten candidates, aiming to replicate its previous performance by retaining all seats. In the 2019 elections, the party won all ten LS seats. This time, Congress has allied with the AAP for the first time in Haryana. The Congress will contest nine out of ten seats, while AAP will contest from Kurukshetra. In Kurukshetra, Abhay Chautala of INLD will face off against Sushil Gupta of AAP, who is contesting as the INDIA bloc candidate, and Naveen Jindal, who recently joined the BJP. Former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of the BJP is pitted against Divyashu Buddhiraja of Congress in Karnal. In Rohtak, it is Deepender Hooda of Congress versus the sitting BJP MP Arvind Sharma. In Hisar, the candidates are Nanina Chautala of JJP, Sunaina Chautala of INLD, Ranjit Singh of BJP, and Jai Parkash of Congress. In Ambala, it is Banto Kataria of BJP against Varun Chaudhary of Congress, while in Faridabad, the BJP has again fielded Krishan Pal against Congresss Mahendra Pratap. In Gurugram, the BJPs sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh will face Bollywood star Raj Babbar of Congress. The INLD and JJP have also fielded their candidates for the upcoming elections. The BJP is focusing on the OBC vote bank, replacing Manohar Lal Khattar with Nayab Singh Saini, an OBC leader, as the state has 8% OBC voters. The BJP hopes that Jat votes will be divided among Congress, JJP, and INLD, who have a substantial Jat vote bank. The BJPs strategy is to secure the non-Jat and urban votes.

The New Indian Express 25 May 2024 7:40 am

Haryana Votes: High Stakes Lok Sabha & Karnal By-Election

Haryana Votes: High Stakes Lok Sabha & Karnal By-Election Polling began on Saturday morning for the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana and the by-election to the Karnal Assembly seat. More than two crore voters are eligible to cast votes to decide the fate of 223 candidates, including former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, two Union ministers and Congress stalwart Kumari Selja, in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats. Voting began at 7 am amid tight security arrangements and will continue till 6 pm, officials said. Among the early voters was former chief minister Khattar, the BJP's candidate from the Karnal Lok Sabha seat, who exercised his franchise at a booth in Karnal's Prem Nagar. For the Lok Sabha seats, there are 207 male and 16 female candidates. In 2019, the ruling BJP had won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Polling also began for the by-election to the Karnal Assembly seat, where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is contesting. For the Lok Sabha seats, Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar and Congress heavyweights Kumari Selja and Deepender Singh Hooda are among the contestants. There are nine candidates in the fray for the Karnal Assembly seat. The bypoll was necessitated after Khattar's resignation as MLA. There are 2,00,76,768 registered voters in the state, which include 94,23,956 women and 467 transgender voters, Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal had said earlier. Chief Minister Saini, who is the state BJP chief and outgoing MP from Kurukshetra, was sworn in as the chief minister on March 12, replacing Khattar. While the chief minister is fighting the Karnal assembly by-poll, Khattar is the BJP candidate from the Karnal parliamentary seat. Among other candidates, Khattar is facing Haryana Youth Congress president Divyanshu Budhiraja, while Saini faces the Congress' Tarlochan Singh. Haryana is witnessing a direct fight between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress on most seats. However, seats like Hisar are witnessing a multi-cornered contest. From Hisar, Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who joined the BJP ahead of polls, is contesting against two members of the Chautala clan -- the JJP's Naina Chautala and the INLD's Sunaina Chautala. Besides, former Congress MP Jai Prakash is also in the fray from the seat. The Congress' INDIA bloc partner Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting from Kurukshetra, where it has fielded its state unit chief Sushil Gupta against the BJP's Naveen Jindal and the Indian National Lok Dal's Abhay Singh Chautala in a triangular battle. Union ministers Inderjit Singh and Gurjar are seeking re-election from the Gurugram and Faridabad parliamentary seats, respectively. From Gurugram, the Congress has fielded its senior leader Raj Babbar. The Congress' Selja and Deepender Hooda are contesting from Sirsa and Rohtak, respectively, where they face the BJP's Ashok Tanwar and Arvind Sharma. The Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have also fielded their candidates. The JJP's 10, BSP's nine and the INLD's seven candidates are contesting the Lok Sabha polls. Chief Electoral Officer Agarwal earlier said that 20,031 polling stations have been set up in the state, which include 19,812 permanent and 219 auxiliary polling stations. Ninety-nine polling stations are being operated entirely by women staff. Apart from this, 96 polling stations are being manned by youth employees and 71 polling stations by PwD employees, he said. As many as 5,470 polling stations have been set up in urban areas and 14,342 polling stations in rural areas, Agarwal said. He said more than 96,000 officers and employees (except security forces) will be on duty at the polling stations. Besides this, flying squads and observers along with micro-observers will be present at different polling stations, the official said. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the election, Director General of Police, Shatrujeet Kapur said. Votes will be counted on June 4.

devdiscourse 25 May 2024 7:20 am

Stage set for sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls, two former CMs among prominent candidates

Stage set for sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls, two former CMs among prominent candidates The penultimate round of the mammoth Lok Sabha battle will see polling on 58 seats across seven states and a union territory on Saturday with the Election Commission having made all arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful polling. The sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls includes eight seats in Bihar, all 10 seats in Haryana, one seat in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Jharkhand, all seven seats in Delhi, six in Odisha, 14 in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal. A total of 889 candidates are in the fray. Forty-two assembly constituencies in Odisha are also going for polls in the sixth phase. Assembly elections are being held in the state simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections in the state. All parliamentary seats in Delhi and Haryana will go to the polls in this phase. The prominent candidates in the fray include two former Chief Ministers - Manohar Lal Khattar and Mehbooba Mufti. Khattar is contesting as the BJP candidate from Karnal and Mehbooba Mufti as the PDP nominee from Anantnag-Rajouri. Some of the prominent candidates in the fray include Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra and former Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. Bansuri Swaraj, Somnath Bharti, Manoj Tiwari, Kanhaiya Kumar, Dinesh Lal Yadav alias 'Nirahua', Dharmendra Yadav, Abhijit Gangopadhyay, Agnimitra Paul, Naveen Jindal, Raj Babbar, Deepender Singh Hooda, Kumari Selja and Aparajita Sarangia are among other prominent candidates in the fray. Some of the key seats in this phase include New Delhi, North-East Delhi, North-West Delhi and Chandni Chowk in the national capital and Sultanpur and Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag-Rajouri, West Bengal's Tamluk, Medinipur, Haryana's Karnal, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Rohtak and Odisha's Bhubaneswar, Puri and Sambalpur are some of the other key seats. Stakes are high for the BJP as also for Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and other constituents of INDIA bloc in this phase of the election. The riveting contest in Delhi has AAP and Congress jointly taking on the BJP, which won all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital in the last two elections. While Congress is contesting on three seats in the national capital, AAP is contesting on four. The two parties are part of the INDIA bloc. The BJP campaign has been bolstered by rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other party leaders. Senior leaders of Congress have also held rallies in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been released on interim bail by the Supreme Court in the Delhi excise policy case, also sought votes for AAP and Congress candidates. AAP and Congress have also joined hands in Haryana where BJP won all the seats in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Some seats in the state, including Hisar, are witnessing multi-cornered contests. Apart from BJP and Congress, the electoral stakes are high for INLD, Jannayak Janata Party in Haryana. The state will also go for assembly polls months after the Lok Sabha election. Odisha is also seeing some key battles in Sambalpur, Bhubaneshwar and Puri. Election Commission said that the concerned CEOs and state officials have been directed to take adequate measures to manage the adverse impact of hot weather or rainfall wherever predicted. Polling stations will have ample shade, drinking water, ramps, toilets, and other basic facilities to ensure that polling takes place in a comfortable and secure environment. The Election Commission appealed to voters to turn out in large numbers at polling stations and vote with responsibility and pride. It specially reminded voters in urban centres like Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad about the right and duty to vote and break the trend of urban apathy. Polling has already has been completed on 428 parliamentary constituencies for 25 states and UTs in the first five phases of general elections. Over 11.13 crore voters include 5.84 crore male, 5.29 crore female and 5120 third gender electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls. Around 11.4 lakh polling officials will be involved in conducting his phase of election. Over 8.93 lakh registered over 85-year-old voters, 23,659 voters above 100 years and 9.58 lakh PwD voters have been provided the option to vote from the comfort of their homes in the penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls. Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu and Kashmir will also vote tomorrow. The poll panel had revised the date of polling from May 7 to May 25 after it received representations for shifting the poll date. The Lok Sabha will be completed on June 1 after the seventh phase of polls in which voters from 57 constituencies will exercise their franchise. The results will be declared on June 4. A look at key constituencies in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls. DELHI: All seven constituencies will be voting in this phase. BJP won all seven seats in 2014 and in the 2019 general elections. 1) Chandni Chowk: BJP has replaced sitting MP Harsh Vardhan with debutant Praveen Khandelwal to face Congress' JP Agarwal, who is a veteran of Lok Sabha battles. He has fought parliamentary elections 10 times and has been elected four times to Parliament. 2) East Delhi: Harsh Deep Malhotra of the BJP is pitted against Aam Aadmi Party's Kuldeep Kumar, popularly known as Monu. Kuldeep Kumar is MLA from Kondli seat. 3) New Delhi: Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of late Union minister Sushma Swaraj, is facing AAP's Somnath Bharti from the seat. 4) North East Delhi: BJP's sitting MP Manoj Tiwari is pitted against Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar, a student leader from JNU, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls unsuccessfully as a CPI candidate from Bihar's Begusarai. 5) North West Delhi: Former BJP MP Udit Raj is seeking to make a comeback from the reserved constituency. The former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer is pitted against Yogender Chandolia of the BJP, who has served as mayor of North Delhi. 6) South Delhi: BJP's Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, MLA, is facing Aam Aadmi Party's Sahi Ram Pehalwan in this constituency. 7) West Delhi: Kamaljeet Sehrawat from the BJP is facing Mahabal Mishra from AAP. Mishra is a three-time MLA and a former MP. BIHAR: Eight out of the total 40 constituencies in the state will be polling in this phase. 1) Valmiki Nagar: The constituency was earlier known as Bagaha. JD(U) has pitted Onil Kumar as the NDA candidate against RJD's Deepak Yadav. 2) Paschim Champaran: BJP's sitting MP Sanjay Jaiswal is facing Madan Mohan Tiwari of Congress. 3) Purvi Champararan: BJP's Radha Mohan Singh is in the fray as NDA candidate against Rajesh Kushwaha of Vikassheel Insaan Party and of INDIA bloc. Vijay Kumar Sahani of Rashtriya Jansambhavna Party is also in the fray. 4) Sheohar: Lovely Anand of the JD-U is contesting against Ritu Jaiswal of RJD. 5) Vaishali: Sitting MP Veena Devi of the LJP (Ram Vilas) is facing Vijay Kumar Shukla of the RJD. 6) Gopalganj: Sitting JD(U) MP Alok Kumar Suman is taking on Prem Nath Chanchal of Vikassheel Insaan Party and Dinanath Manjhi of AIMIM. 7) Siwan: RJD's Awadh Bihari Chaudhary is pitted against Vijay Lakshmi Devi of JD(U) 8) Maharajganj: BJP's Janardan Singh 'Sigriwal' is contesting against Akash Kumar Singh of the Congress. HARYANA: The state bordering Delhi has multi-cornered contests on some of its 10 seats with a former Chief Minister also in the fray. 1) Ambala: This city, which is famous for appliances manufactured here, is seeing a contest between BJP's Banto Devi Kataria, who is the widow of late MP Rattan Lal Kataria, and Varun Chaudhary of the Congress. Kiran Punia of the JJP and Gurpreet Singh of the INLD are also in the fray. 2) Kurukshetra: A three-cornered contest is taking place between BJP's Naveen Jindal, AAP's Sushil Gupta, and INLD's Abhay Chautala. 3) Sirsa: Former Union Minister Kumari Selja of Congress is pitted against Ashok Tanwar of BJP. 4) Hisar: Ranjit Singh of the BJP is facing INLD's Sunaina Chautala, JJP's Naina Chautala and Jai Prakash of Congress. 5) Karnal: Former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is taking on Congress' Divyanshu Budhiraja. 6) Sonipat: Mohan lal Badoli of BJP is pitted against Satpal Brahmachari of the Congress. 7) Rohtak: Incumbent BJP MP Arvind Sharma is facing Deepinder Singh Hooda of the Congress and Ravinder of JJP. 8) Bhiwani-Mahendragarh: BJP's Dharambir Singh is pitted against Rao Dhan Singh of Congress and Bahadhur Singh of the JJP. 9) Gurgaon: Union Minister MP Rao Inderjit of the BJP is facing actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar. 10) Faridabad: Union Minister Krishan Pal Gujjar is facing Congress veteran Mahendra Pratap Singh while the JJP has fielded Nalin Hooda and INLD has fielded Sunil Tewatia. JHARKHAND: Four out of a total of 14 constituencies in the state will see polling in this phase. 1) Giridih: AJSU's Chandra Prakash Chaudhary is pitted against JMM's Tundi MLA Mathura Mahato and student union leader Jairam Mahato. 2) Dhanbad: BJP's Baghmara MLA Dulu Mahato and Congress' Anupama Singh, wife of the party's Bermo legislator Kumar Jaimangal, are in the electoral battle. 3) Ranchi: Congress' Yashaswini Sahay, daughter of former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, is facing BJP's sitting MP Sanjay Seth. 4) Jamshedpur: BJP's sitting MP Bidyut Baran Mahato is contesting against JMM's Baharagora MLA Samir Mohanty. ODISHA: Six out of total 21 seats will face polls in this phase. 1) Sambalpur: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is contesting against Nagendra Kumar Pradhan of Congress and Pranab Prakash Das of the BJD. 2) Keonjhar: In this constituency reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, Ananta Nayak from the BJP is facing Binod Bihari Nayak of the Congress and Dhanurjaya Sidu of the BJD. 3) Bhubaneshwar: In the capital city of Odisha, BJP's Aparjita Sarangi is in contest against Syed Yashir Nawaz of Congress and Manmath Kumar Routray of the BJD. 4) Dhenkanal: Rudra Narayan Pany of BJP, Sushmita Behra of the Congress and Abhisnash Samal of BJD are in contest from this constituency. 5) Puri: BJP's Sambit Patra is facing Arup Mohan Patanayak of the BJD and Jay Narayan Patnaik of the Congress. 6) Cuttack: Bharturari Mahtab of the BJP is facing Suresh Mohapatra of the Congress and Santrut Misra of the BJD. Uttar Pradesh: Fourteen out of a total of 80 constituencies will be voting in this phase. 1) Sultanpur: BJP's Maneka Gandhi is up against Bhim Nishad of the SP and BSP's Udraj Verma. 2) Pratapgarh: Sitting MP Sangam Lal Gupta of the BJP is facing SP Singh Patel from the Samajwadi Party. 3) Phulpur: Praveen Patel of the BJP is facing SP's Amaranth Maurya and Jagannath Path of BSP. 4) Allahabad: This pilgrim city will see a contest between Neeraj Tripathi of the BJP and Ujjwal Rewati Raman Singh of the Congress. 5) Azamgarh: Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua' of the BJP, Dharmendra Yadav from the SP and BSP candidate Sabeeha Ansari are in fray. 6) Jaunpur: BJP candidate Kripashankar Singh is facing SP's Babu Singh Kushwaha and Shyam Singh Yadav from BSP. The other constituencies going for polls in this phase are Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Machhlishahr and Bhadohi. West Bengal: Eight out of 42 seats in the state will go to the polls in this phase. 1) Tamluk: The headquarters of the Purba Medinipur district will see a contest between BJP's Abhijeet Gangopadhyay, Debangshu Bhattacharya of Trinamool Congress and Sayan Banerjee of CPI-M. Abhijeet Gangopadhyay is a former High Court judge. 2) Kanthi: This parliamentary constituency will see contest between Shomendu Adhikari of the BJP, Uttam Barik of the TMC and Urbasi Banerjee of Congress. 3) Ghatal: BJP's Hiranmoy Chattopadhyay is pitted against Deepak Adhikari of the Trinamool Congress and Tapan Ganguly of CPI. 4) Jhargram: The reserved is seeing a face-off between BJP's Panat Tudu, Kalipada Saren of TMC and Sonamani Tudu of CPM. 5) Medinipore: BJP's Agnamitra Paul is contesting against June Maliah of Trinamool and Biplab Bhat of CPI. 6) Purulia: Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of BJP is in the fray against Nepal Chandra Mahato of the Congress and Shantiram Mahato of the Trinamool Congress. 7) Bankura: Subhas Sarkar of BJP is facing Arup Chakraborty of TMC and and Nilanjan Dasgupta of CPM. 8) Bishnupur: Khan Saumitra of BJP, a sitting MP, is contesting Sujata Mondal of TMC and Sital Chandra Kaibartya of CPM on the reserved seat. Jammu and Kashmir: The Union Territory has seen enthusiastic turnout in the earlier phases. Anantnag-Rajouri is seeing keen battle between People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, Mian Altaf of the National Conference, and Zafar Iqbal Manhas of Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party. (ANI)

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 9:26 pm

Hisar Constituency of Haryana Lok Sabha Election 2024: Date of Voting, Result, Candidates List, Main Parties, Schedule

Hisar Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana will witness a competitive battle in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on 25th May. In the 2019 elections, BJP's Brijendra Singh emerged victorious with a significant margin.

The Times of India 24 May 2024 6:29 pm

Former Haryana CM Khattar seeks blessings at Baba Lakkar Nath temple before Lok Sabha election in Haryana

Former Haryana CM Khattar seeks blessings at Baba Lakkar Nath temple before Lok Sabha election in Haryana A day before the sixth phase of Lok Sabha voting, BJP candidate for Karnal Lok Sabha seat Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday visited the Baba Lakkar Nath temple in Bazida Roran to seek blessings. Khattar will cast his vote at booth number 174 located in Prem Nagar on Saturday. While talking to the media, Khattar appealed to the public to vote in large numbers. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Manohar Lal Khattar, a two-time Chief Minister of Haryana, as its candidate for the Karnal Lok Sabha seat. He will be contesting against Divyanshu Budhiraja from the Congress, Virender Maratha from the Sharad Pawar faction of the Nationalist Congress Party, and Devendra Kadyan from the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). This four-way battle makes the Karnal constituency a critical and closely watched contest in Haryana. Polling will take place in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana and for the Karnal assembly by-poll on Saturday. Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is contesting the Karnal byelection. Ten Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana include Ambala, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Sirsa, and Sonipat. The BJP had won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana in the 2019 general elections. In the 2014 elections, the BJP won 7 seats, while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) won 2 seats and the Congress secured only one seat. Campaigning ended for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday in which 58 constituencies spread across eight states and a UT will go to the polls on Saturday. The general elections are being held across seven phases. The first five phases were held on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, and May 20 while the subsequent phases are scheduled on May 25, and June 1. Votes will be counted on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 5:32 pm

Jobs, farmers' protest, Smart City: Cong raises issues as PM campaigns in Haryana, Punjab

New Delhi: The Congress Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his silence on the ongoing farmers' protest in Punjab and on the issue of unemployment in Haryana, as he canvassed for the BJP in the two states on the last day of campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Haryana's Mahendragarh during the day and is scheduled to speak at another in Patiala in neighbouring Punjab. In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked, Today's questions for the outgoing PM's visit to Patiala: Why is the outgoing PM silent even after 100 days of farmer protests? What happened to the outgoing PM's allegations of corruption against Capt. Amarinder Singh? Why has Patiala been left out of the Smart Cities Mission? he asked. The Congress leader also alleged that despite repeated promises, the BJP government has failed to provide permanent employment opportunities in Haryana and instead, it is promoting temporary contractual jobs through Skill Employment Corporation. Ramesh said it has been 100 days since Punjab's farmers began their latest protest against the Modi government. Since 2020, more than 850 farmers have lost their lives and more than 400 have been injured in protests, he said. Farmers are demanding a legal guarantee for MSP, farm loan-waivers, and increases in MGNREGA wages for labourers. Despite their clear demands for a dialogue, the outgoing PM continues to ignore their protests, instead meeting them with barricades and teargas wherever they go. Now, he is even threatening to withdraw MSP for farmers who engage in stubble-burning. Why is the PM so vindictive towards India's farmers, the Congress leader asked. He claimed that the Congress 'Nyay Patra' -- the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls -- has promised a legal guarantee for MSP, a loan-waiver for farmers, and an increase in the MGNREGA daily wages to Rs 400. Does the BJP have any plan to make farming more remunerative, Ramesh asked. Training his guns on the PM over the issue of corruption, he said that in a classic demonstration of its washing machine powers, the BJP has given tickets to leaders against whom the outgoing PM had once levelled serious allegations of corruption. Ramesh said that during his 2014 campaign, Modi, when he was still the chief minister of Gujarat, launched a scathing attack on former then Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, accusing him of not disclosing the details of foreign bank accounts allegedly held by his wife Preneet Kaur, the current BJP candidate from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat. He had labelled them lootere and demanded they bring back the black money they stashed abroad. Now, the outgoing PM has not only welcomed them with open arms but is also campaigning for them. Why is the outgoing PM campaigning for leaders who he accuses of having black money stashed in foreign accounts? he asked. He also alleged that Patiala has been left out of successive rounds of the Smart City Programme despite being an education hub and an important centre of trade and commerce. In 2015, even Preneet Kaur, who is now the BJP's candidate from the city, had criticised this decision. She said that she failed to find reason why Patiala has not been included in the list of the cities to be developed as 'Smart City'. Why have the outgoing PM and the BJP neglected this bustling and historic city, he asked. In another post on X on the Prime Minister's campaign in Haryana, Ramesh said, Outgoing PM. Now that we have his attention, here are today's questions for him in Mahendragarh: Who made Haryana Number 1 in unemployment? Why has BJP slowed down private investment in Haryana? Why are Bhiwani residents being forced to protest for clean drinking water and proper sewerage? Citing the latest data from the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE), Ramesh said Haryana has the highest unemployment rate in India at 37.4 per cent, far surpassing the national average. Despite repeated promises and announcements, the BJP government has failed to provide permanent employment opportunities. Instead, they are promoting temporary contractual jobs through the Skill Employment Corporation, he said. This neglect has left about two lakh government posts vacant, and the recent decision to shut down Hisar Doordarshan Kendra has further exacerbated the unemployment crisis, leaving dozens jobless and wasting valuable infrastructure, Ramesh said. The BJP's approach, characterised by hollow assurances and a lack of concrete action, has consistently failed the youth. Did the outgoing PM and the BJP ever plan to create better opportunities for Haryana's youth? he said. Ramesh further said that having received just one per cent of all bank-assisted private projects in India in 2022-23, Haryana ranks in the bottom five states on this metric.

Deccan Chronicle 23 May 2024 7:21 pm

Gurgaon LS polls: BJP's Rao Inderjit Singh eyeing third win, contesting against Congress' Raj Babbar

Gurgaon LS polls: BJP's Rao Inderjit Singh eyeing third win, contesting against Congress' Raj Babbar Haryana's Gurgaon, which is set to go to polls in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 25, will witness the battle between Congress' Raj Babbar, who has been a three-time Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh, and BJP's sitting MP and former Minister, Rao Inderjit Singh. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rao Inderjit Singh of BJP bagged 881,546 votes (60.9 per cent) while Congress' Capt. Ajay Singh garnered 495,290 votes (34.2 per cent). Bahujan Samaj Party's Chaudhary Rais Ahmad stood third with 26,756 votes (1.8 per cent). In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections also, Rao Inderjit Singh of BJP secured victory by garnering 644,780 votes (48.8 per cent) while Zakir Hussain of Indian National Lok Dal secured 370,058 votes (28.0 per cent). Congress' Rao Dharam Pal secured 133,713 votes (10.1 per cent) and came third. Both BJP and Congress are trying to woo the voters of Gurgaon by focusing on local issues. On one hand, Raj Babbar said that he is not too concerned about national issues but local ones and that he is not contesting against any particular person or party but against apathy. I am not thinking about national issues but local. I have an old relationship with Gurgaon. Those who are coming from Delhi don't know that this place is the most backwards in the interiors... My fight is not with any person or party but with problems, I am contesting against apathy, Babbar said. Taking to his official X handle, Babbar claimed that people are not receiving tap water. He said, The major urban areas of Gurgaon are deprived of their basic amenities. The infrastructure is so inadequate that these areas lack piped water supply and suffer from inadequate drainage. These conditions clearly indicate the extent of injustice the people here have faced from the government. Expressing confidence in the victory of Congress, Babbar claimed that his party would sweep the state. Gurugram is where people from across the state of Haryana live. It is a city in which people from all over Haryana and people from everywhere can be seen... Gurugram means Haryana and it is also a cosmopolitan city. This is unique... Looking at their response, it seems that Congress Party is winning all 10 seats in the state, Babbar said. On the other hand, Rao Inderjit Singh, taking to his official X handle, posted a Vision Document for the upcoming term (2024-29) which included Health services will start available in Rewari AIIMS; construction of Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) with the aim of providing safe, reliable and intercity mobility services; extension of Metro to Sector 9 of Old Gurgaon; connecting Mewat region to rail network through Orbital Rail Corridor with the aim of promoting overall development of Mewat region and connecting it to the mainstream; implementation of Punjab Land Conservation Act, 1900 for Green Gurgaon; to free Dharuhera-Bhiwadi from water logging by constructing water link; and clean Gurgaon Mission in which a strong system of sanitation and waste management to be developed in the entire Gurgaon Lok Sabha in a planned manner. A General seat, the Gurgaon Parliamentary constituency includes nine assembly constituencies of Gurgaon, Badshapur, Sohna, Pataudi, Bawal, Rewari, Nuh, Ferozepur Jhirka and Punhana. Haryana has 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, including Ambala, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Hisar, Karnal, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Voting in Gurgaon is scheduled for May 25. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 7 out of 10 Lok Sabha seats whereas Congress could not win any seat in the state. (ANI)

devdiscourse 22 May 2024 11:31 pm

Lok Sabha election: Caste equations, angry farmers and Agniveer scheme pose challenges for BJP in Haryana

Haryana to vote for 10 Lok Sabha seats on May 25 with uncertainty over BJP govt. Recent changes, challenges from Jats, farmers' protests, and key contests in Rohtak, Hisar, and Sirsa shape the election dynamics.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 11:57 pm

Three Chautalas vie for Hisar LS seat

CHANDIGARH: High drama is unfolding in Haryanas Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, where three members of the influential Chautala family are locked in a multi-cornered fight. Two are bahus (daughters-in-law) while the third is a chacha-sasur (uncle-in-law). Indian National Lok Dal candidate Sunaina Chautala, wife of Ravi Chautala who is the son of INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautalas younger brother late Pratap Singh Chautala, is pitted against Jannayak Janta Party (JJP)s Naina Chautala, wife of JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala, another son of Om Prakash Chautala. And taking on both of them is BJPs Ranjit Singh Chautala, who is none other than the brother of Om Prakash Chautala. While the three close relatives are fighting among themselves, the Congress has fielded three-time MP Jai Prakash as its candidate. Although the three Chautalas have been following separate political paths, this is the first time they are contesting from the same seat. Naina, 57, is the mother of ex-Haryana deputy CM Dushyant Chautala while Sunaina, 47, is the general secretary of INLDs womens wing. Ranjit, 78, son of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, is an independent MLA who joined the BJP recently. While the Chautala family contest has evoked much curiosity, the candidates are unfazed. It is not a family war but a battle of principles, says Sunaina, adding: The main issues we are focusing on are inflation, unemployment, and water crisis. Naina, a two-time MLA, is credited with holding statewide all-women rallies to create political awareness among women. She believes her rapport with women voters will swing the result in her favour. However, Ranjit asserts the BJP is poised to win all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, just like last time, on the back of the Modi wave. As for Congress Prakash, he claims he has better connect with the people. In 1989, he had won the Hisar LS seat as a Janata Dal candidate and served as Union Minister. In 1996, he again won from Hisar on Haryana Vikas Party ticket. Later, he joined the Congress and got elected as the Hisar MP in 2004.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:01 am

Mumbai Metro Boosts Voter Turnout with Election Day Discount

Mumbai Metro Boosts Voter Turnout with Election Day Discount Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Limited (MMMOCL) on Monday said more than 1.13 lakh people availed of the special 10 percent discount on ticket fare it had announced for the election day. Polling for the fifth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra took place during the day. A spokesperson of MMMOCL said a total of 1,13,414 passengers travelled on Metro line 2A and Metro line 7 till 5 pm. Six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai went to polls on Monday. MMMOCL operates Metro Lines 2A between Andheri West and Dahisar East and 7 between Dahisar East to Andheri East. The discount was aimed at boosting voter turnout, it said.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 12:04 am

Amit Shah Slams Congress on Nepotism and Haryana Development at Jhajjar Rally

Amit Shah Slams Congress on Nepotism and Haryana Development at Jhajjar Rally Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday launched a sharp attack against the Congress over nepotism and alleged senior party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda's focus is on making his son chief minister and not on Haryana's development. At a poll rally here, considered a stronghold of the Hooda family, he said, ''Sonia (Gandhi) wants to make her son prime minister and (Bhupinder Singh) Hooda ji wants to make his son CM.'' ''Hooda's attention is focused on his son and not on Haryana's development. Can those who work for their sons work for the youth of Jhajjar?'' he asked the gathering. Jhajjar comes under the Rohtak parliamentary constituency from where the BJP's Arvind Sharma is seeking re-election. Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda's son Deepender Singh Hooda has been fielded from the seat by the Congress. Claiming the Congress will draw a blank in Haryana as it did in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fight is against corruption and ''parivarvaad'' (nepotism). While the BJP-led NDA has decided that Modi is its prime ministerial candidate, no one knows who is the leader of the ''gamandiya gathbandhan'', he said in a swipe at the opposition INDIA bloc. ''They have a formula of five prime ministers in five years. Can a country run like this? In this project of having five PMs in as many years, who will give a befitting reply to Pakistan? If a Covid-like crisis comes, who will save (people)? Who can send Chandrayaan (to the Moon)? The answer is clear -- Modi, Modi, Modi,'' he said. Exuding confidence that the NDA will win more than 400 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said the Congress is spreading lies that the BJP will end reservation if it gets a majority in this general elections. ''Till the time the BJP has even a single MP in Parliament, no one can touch reservation.'' He claimed that while on one hand, PM Modi is protecting reservation, on the other hand, the Congress is giving reservation to Muslims and making attempts to snatch the quota of SCs, STs and OBCs. ''In Karnataka and Telangana, Congress gave Muslims 4 per cent and 5 per cent reservation, respectively. Whose quota was lessened? Of the OBCs,'' the BJP leader said. Before addressing the poll meeting in Jhajjar, Shah attended rallies in Karnal and Hisar. At the rally in Karnal, Shah praised former Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, saying his government stopped the ''sale'' of jobs. ''Under the BJP's rule, jobs are given on merit. It was Khattar who made Haryana 'viksit' (developed).'' ''In Haryana, Khattar gave 12 expressways, opened 77 colleges, gave 13 universities, opened eight medical colleges, gave two new airports and opened 16 new hospitals,'' Shah said. He said after Khattar, youth leader Nayab Singh Saini is in command. ''I want to tell the people of Karnal that we may have taken your chief minister (Khattar as CM was also MLA from Karnal), but want to assure that Karnal (assembly) will remain CM city and after the polls too,'' Shah said. Saini replaced Khattar as chief minister in March. Saini is fighting the Karnal assembly bypoll after Khattar resigned as MLA. Khattar is the BJP candidate from the Karnal Lok Sabha seat. Comparing the Modi government's initiatives for the farming sector with those during the Congress rule, Shah said that earlier, the agriculture budget used to be around Rs 22,000 crore. ''The Modi government raised this budget to Rs 1.25 lakh crore. The Modi government broke all records of paddy purchases. Earlier, paddy of 76 lakh farmers used to be procured. Modi ji procured paddy of 1.22 crore farmers,'' Shah added.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 8:27 pm

After June 4, Rahul to begin Congress Dhundo Yatra, says Shah

Hisar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday, May 20, said after June 4, Rahul Gandhi will have to take out a Congress Dhundo Yatra as the grand old party will not even get 40 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. After addressing a rally in Haryanas Karnal, Shah kept up his attack on Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 6:26 pm

After June 4, Rahul Gandhi will have to take out 'Congress Dhundo Yatra': Amit Shah

HISAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said after June 4, Rahul Gandhi will have to take out a Congress Dhundo Yatra as the grand old party will not even get 40 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. After addressing a rally in Haryana's Karnal, Shah kept up his attack on the Congress on various fronts at another public meeting in Hisar, where he campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Lok Sabha poll candidate, Ranjit Singh Chautala. Asking the gathering if it wants to know the results after four phases of polling in the general election, Shah said the BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has already secured majority with more than 270 seats. He asserted that after the three remaining phases of polling, the saffron party's tally of seats will go past 400. Shehzadon, damadon-wali Congress will not even get 40 seats, Shah claimed. Pointing out that the shehzada (prince) of the Congress, Rahul baba (Rahul Gandhi), had taken out the Bharat Jodo Yatra, he said, After June 4, Rahul baba will have to take out the 'Congress Dhundo Yatra'. The Congress will not be seen even with binoculars, he said. The Lok Sabha poll results are scheduled to be declared on June 4. Shah said Modi's Vikas ka Kamal is blooming everywhere in Haryana. He said for the voters, on one hand there is Congress, during the rule of which scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore took place, and on the other hand there is Modi, who also served as the Gujarat chief minister for years and no one could level an allegation of corruption involving an amount of even 25 paise on him. On one hand there is Rahul baba, who was born with a silver spoon, and on the other hand there is the prime minister who was born in a poor family, Shah said. He claimed that Gandhi heads to Thailand and Bangkok when temperatures increase in India. Remember my words, the (poll) results will be declared on June 4 and Rahul baba will head for a vacation on June 6, he added. The senior BJP leader said on the other hand, Modi has worked without a single off day for more than two decades, including when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. You have to decide between the two, he told the gathering. Attacking the previous Congress-led government at the Centre, he said, Aliya, Maliya, Jamaliya from Pakistan used to enter India every day, carry out bomb blasts and (then prime minister) Manmohan Singh never used to utter a word. After the Modi government came, it carried out surgical and airstrikes and eliminated terrorists in Pakistan in reply to the Uri and Pulwama terror attacks, he said. After facing successive election defeats, the Congress now wants to win the polls on the basis of lies, Shah said while slamming the grand old party for claiming that the BJP would do away with reservation if it gets 400 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress has given reservation to Muslims. You give us 400 seats, the BJP will end this unconstitutional reservation, he said. Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Shah claimed that the former Congress chief has said if the INDIA opposition bloc comes to power, it will bring back instant riple talaq. He also claimed that the Modi government has ended terrorism and Naxalism in the country. Referring to Haryana's services to the nation -- contributing to its food needs, its soldiers safeguarding the borders and sportspersons bringing laurels for the country -- Shah said the state has taken the nation forward in all the three fields. Slamming the Congress, he accused it of perpetrating the Bofors scam, the helicopter scam and thousands of crores of rupees of scams. Fertiliser, rice, Commonwealth Games scams took place during its rule. The Congress filled its coffers in all these three sectors (agriculture, sports and defence). Shah said the Modi government has procured foodgrains worth Rs 20 lakh crore at the minimum support price (MSP), the highest by any government since Independence. Seeking to puncture the opposition's claim that there has been no development here in the last 10 years, he said Haryana has emerged as one of the fastest-developing states in this period with a 8-per cent economic growth. Haryana collects the maximum GST (Goods and Services Tax) per capita and is at the top in ease of doing business, he said. Every second car in the country is manufactured in Haryana, Shah said. Attacking the previous Congress regime in Haryana, Shah said, (former chief minister Bhupinder) Hooda sahib, what have you done? You were the darbari of damad (former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra). Congress ka hath, Dilli ke jeeja ke sath, par unke shasan mein, desh ki janta khali hath (the Congress's hand is with Delhi's son-in-law and the people of the country remain empty-handed during its rule), he said. Slamming the previous Congress regime in Haryana, Shah said it was the government of darbari, damad and dealers. Pointing out that the BJP government in Haryana has undertaken development projects, he said, Earlier, the chief minister used to be of Rohtak or Sirsa (pointing to regional bias in awarding development projects). For the first time, the chief minister is of entire Haryana and equitable development has been undertaken. About M L Khattar, who was replaced by Nayab Singh Saini as the chief minister in March, Shah said the former was on the top post for 10 years and the BJP has now decided that he will serve the nation and the party in Delhi.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 6:08 pm

Lag Off Ceremony Of Bugyal Fachu Kandi Trek (8936 Ft)

Jaipur : A team of fourteen members from the Dot On Target Division of Sapta Shakti Command is poised to embark on the challenging Bugyal Fachu Kandi trek (8936 ft). The Expedition was flagged off by Major General Amit Talwar, General Officer Commanding, Dot On Target Division. The flagging-off ceremony took place at Hisar Cantonment ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 19 May 2024 7:54 am

Chandigarh Sizzles at a Scorching 44.5C!

Chandigarh Sizzles at a Scorching 44.5C! The maximum temperature in the city reached 44.5 degrees Celsius as hot weather conditions continued unabated in Haryana and Punjab, the weather office here said on Friday. According to the Meteorological Department, the common capital of the two states was hotter by six notches above the season's normal limits. Rohtak and Sirsa in Haryana recorded identical maximums of 45.8 degrees Celsius, while heatwave also swept Hisar, Karnal and Ambala, which recorded temperatures of 45.5, 43.4 and 43.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, it said. Bhiwani recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said. In Punjab, the maximum temperature in Amritsar reached 44.3 degrees Celsius, while in Faridkot it was 43 degrees Celsius, it said. According to the weather office, the mercury settled at 44.4 degrees Celsius in Patiala and Pathankot, and 43.8 degrees Celsius in Ludhiana. Gurdaspur recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius while Mohali registered a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius, it said.

devdiscourse 17 May 2024 11:59 pm

Lok Sabha polls: It's a battle of Chautalas in Jat-dominated Hisar

The Hisar Lok Sabha seat in Haryana has a history of winning candidates switching parties between elections, reflecting the intense political rivalry among the state's prominent families. This time, three members of the Chautala dynasty are vying for the seat, amidst the backdrop of historical family feuds. While the families of Devi Lal, Bhajan Lal, and Birender Singh have historically contested here, the current contest features three Chautala clan members representing different parties. BJP has fielded Ranjit Singh Chautala, JJP has Naina Chautala, and INLD has Sunaina Chautala.

The Economic Times 16 May 2024 12:29 am

LS Polls: Haryana with 16 beats neighbour Punjab in fielding women candidates

CHANDIGARH: Four major parties in Punjab have fielded only six women candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, with BJP picking three, Congress two, and SAD one. AAP has not fielded any woman candidate. In neighbouring Haryana, parties have fielded 16 women and one in Himachal Pradesh. The Aam Aadmi Party was the first to announce candidates for all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab but it has not given ticket to any woman. Tuesday was the last day to file nominations. BJPs three women candidates are Preneet Kaur, wife of former CM Amarinder Singh, from Patiala; Anita Som Parkash, wife of Union minister of state Som Parkash, from Hoshiarpur (reserved); and former IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu, daughter-in-law of Akali Dal leader SS Maluka, from Bathinda. Preneet was the Congresss MP, but she quit the party and joined the BJP. Congress two woman candidates are Yamini Gomar from Hoshiarpur and Amarjit Kaur Sahoke from Faridkot, both reserve seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, from Bathinda for the fourth time. A former Union minister, Harsimrat defeated Raninder Singh, son Amarinder Singh, from Bathinda in 2009 LS polls. She defeated her brother-in-law Manpreet Singh Badal of Congress in 2014, and current Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring in 2019. A former government schoolteacher, Sahoke resigned from her job in 2013 and joined SAD and was elected as a zila parishad member. She also remained chairman of the zila parishad from 2013 to 2018. She contested assembly elections from Jagraon in 2017 but was defeated. Then she quit SAD and joined Congress. The 49-year old Gomar was AAP candidate from Hoshiarpur and came third. She resigned from AAP in 2016 and joined the Congress. It is unfortunate that AAP has not given representation to any woman in the parliamentary polls. The party often talks about women empowerment and equality but could not find even a single woman candidate, said Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress leader. In Haryana, BJP has given ticket to Banto Kataria from Amabla (reserved) and Congress to former union minister and ex-state unit president Kumari Selja from Sirsa.INLD has announced Sunaina Chautala from Hisar and she faces her cousin sister-in-law Naina Singh Chautala of JJP. Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Aggarwal said that after withdrawal of nominations, 223 candidates, including 16 women, are left in the contest for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Hisar has the maximum women candidates three out of 28. Kurukshetra has most number of candidates at 31, but only one woman. At Ambala, 14 candidates, including two women, are contesting. In Sirsa, one woman is among 19 candidates. Karnal has two women candidates, Rohtak two, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh two, Gurgaon one, and Faridabad two. In Himachal, BJP has fielded actress-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut from Mandi.

The New Indian Express 15 May 2024 8:13 am

This star was married while still in school, tortured after husband's death, became politician; later found dead in...

Sonali Phogat's unexpected death in Goa at the age of 42, left the entire nation in shock. She was one of the most popular Big Boss 14 contestants, a television personality who started her career as an anchor in Hisar, Haryana.

DNA India 14 May 2024 2:57 pm

Two Dynasties Clash in Haryana, Excluding Bhajan and Bansi Lal Lineage

Two Dynasties Clash in Haryana, Excluding Bhajan and Bansi Lal Lineage Ever since Haryana was carved out as a separate state way back in 1966, its politics has revolved around four prominent political families -- those of Devi Lal, Bhajan Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Earlier, Haryana's three famous Lals, Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal, ruled the state by turn for decades. Before the BJP came to power on its own strength in 2014, it was the Hooda family which called the shots. The kin of the two famous Lals, former chief ministers Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal, who over the years had been entering the fray during the parliamentary polls, have not got the ticket from their respective parties. However, four members of the family of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, popularly known as 'Tau' Devi Lal, have entered the contest from the Hisar and Kurukshetra seats. Interestingly, three members of the Devi Lal family -- Lal's son Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who switched over to the BJP recently; JJP MLA Naina Chautala (57), who is wife of JJP chief and Devi Lal's grandson Ajay Singh Chautala; and Sunaina Chautala (47), wife of INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautalas cousin Ravi Chautala -- are contesting against each other from the Hisar parliamentary seat. Ravi is the son of Devi Lal's son late Partap Singh Chautala. INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala is contesting from the Kurukshetra seat. However, Shruti Choudhary, grand daughter of former chief minister Bansi Lal, has been denied the Congress ticket from the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat. The ruling BJP too did not consider fielding Kuldeep Bishnoi or his son Bhavya Bishnoi from the Hisar seat. Kuldeep is former chief minister Bhajan Lal's younger son. The Congress has fielded sitting MLA Rao Dan Singh from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh while the BJP went with Ranjit Singh Chautala from Hisar. Shruti Choudhry was elected MP from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh in 2009, but BJP's Dharambir Singh defeated her in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Earlier, her late father Surender Singh and grandfather Bansi Lal held the Bhiwani seat on multiple occasions. In 2009, Bhajan Lal was elected from Hisar as a candidate of his own outfit Haryana Janhit Congress (BL). After his demise, his son Kuldeep Bishnoi won the seat in the 2011 bypolls. In 2019, Kuldeep's son Bhavya Bishnoi unsuccessfully contested the Hisar seat when he was in the Congress. He was defeated by former Union minister Birender Singhs son, a bureaucrat-turned-politician Brijendra, a BJP candidate. Now, Kuldeep and Bhavya are in the BJP while Birender Singh and Brijendra Singh left the BJP recently to join the Congress. From Rohtak, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hoodas son Deepender Singh Hooda, at present a Rajya Sabha MP, has entered the contest from the family stronghold. Deepender is a three-time former MP from Rohtak and in 2019 he lost to BJP's Arvind Sharma, against whom he is pitted again this time. A few days ago, when Kuldeep Bishnoi was asked by reporters that his supporters were upset after the BJP did not consider him as a candidate from Hisar, he had quipped, ''The workers have feelings... when any leader does not get a ticket, it is the human nature that they are disappointed. But that does not turn into opposition. ''Through you (media), I appeal to all the workers that now is the time to work hard and strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Modi. We have to again form the BJP government at the Centre,'' Bishnoi had said. Reacting to the Congress denying her ticket from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Shruti Choudhary said, ''I got a chance in 2009 and I worked with honesty and dedication for the area. As an opposition member, I continued to raise the issues of my people... earlier this constituency (Bhiwani) was nurtured by my grandfather and my father.'' On not getting the ticket this time, she said the party's decision has to be accepted. ''I want to tell my workers not to be disappointed,'' she said. Congress leaders Shruti Choudhary and Kiran Choudhary also said they accept the party's decision. Polling for all the 10 seats in Haryana will be held in the sixth of the seven-phase elections on May 25.

devdiscourse 13 May 2024 5:32 pm

Haryana's Dalit and Non-Jat Powers Vie for Influence Amid Absence of Jat Stalwarts

Haryana's Dalit and Non-Jat Powers Vie for Influence Amid Absence of Jat Stalwarts Ever since Haryana was carved out as a separate state way back in 1966, its politics has revolved around four prominent political families -- Devi Lal, Bhajan Lal, Bansi Lal and the Hoodas. Earlier, Haryana's three famous 'Lals' -- Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal -- ruled the state by turn for decades. Before the BJP came to power on its own strength in 2014, it was the Hooda family which called the shots. The kin of the two famous Lals -- former chief ministers Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal -- who over the years had been entering the fray during the parliamentary polls, have this time been sidelined and have not got the ticket from their respective parties. However, four members of the family of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal, popularly known as 'Tau' Devi Lal, have entered the contest from the Hisar and Kurukshetra seats. Interestingly, three members of the Devi Lal family -- Lal's son Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who switched over to the BJP recently; JJP MLA Naina Chautala (57), who is wife of JJP chief and Devi Lal's grandson Ajay Singh Chautala; and Sunaina Chautala (47), wife of INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautalas cousin Ravi Chautala -- are contesting against each other from the Hisar parliamentary seat. Ravi is the son of Devi Lal's son late Partap Singh Chautala. INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala is contesting from the Kurukshetra seat. However, Shruti Choudhary, grand daughter of former chief minister Bansi Lal, has been denied the Congress ticket from the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat. The ruling BJP too did not consider fielding Kuldeep Bishnoi or his son Bhavya Bishnoi from the Hisar seat. Kuldeep is former chief minister Bhajan Lal's younger son. The Congress has fielded sitting MLA Rao Dan Singh from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh while the BJP went with Ranjit Singh Chautala from Hisar. Shruti Choudhry was elected MP from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh in 2009, but BJP's Dharambir Singh defeated her in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Earlier, her late father Surender Singh and grandfather Bansi Lal held the Bhiwani seat on multiple occasions. In 2009, Bhajan Lal was elected from Hisar as a candidate of his own outfit Haryana Janhit Congress (BL). After his demise, his son Kuldeep Bishnoi won the seat in the 2011 bypolls. In 2019, Kuldeep's son Bhavya Bishnoi unsuccessfully contested the Hisar seat when he was in the Congress. He was defeated by former Union minister Birender Singhs son, a bureaucrat-turned-politician Brijendra, a BJP candidate. Now, Kuldeep and Bhavya are in the BJP while Birender Singh and Brijendra Singh left the BJP recently to join the Congress. From Rohtak, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hoodas son Deepender Singh Hooda, at present a Rajya Sabha MP, has entered the contest from the family stronghold. Deepender is a three-time former MP from Rohtak and in 2019 he lost to BJP's Arvind Sharma, against whom he is pitted again this time. A few days ago, when Kuldeep Bishnoi was asked by reporters that his supporters were upset after the BJP did not consider him as a candidate from Hisar, he had quipped, ''The workers have feelings... when any leader does not get a ticket, it is the human nature that they are disappointed. But that does not turn into opposition. ''Through you (media), I appeal to all the workers that now is the time to work hard and strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Modi. We have to again form the BJP government at the Centre,'' Bishnoi had said. Reacting to the Congress denying her ticket from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Shruti Choudhary said, ''I got a chance in 2009 and I worked with honesty and dedication for the area. As an opposition member, I continued to raise the issues of my people... earlier this constituency (Bhiwani) was nurtured by my grandfather and my father.'' On not getting the ticket this time, she said the party's decision has to be accepted. ''I want to tell my workers not to be disappointed,'' she said. Congress leaders Shruti Choudhary and Kiran Choudhary also said they accept the party's decision. Polling for all the 10 seats in Haryana will be held in the sixth of the seven-phase elections on May 25.

devdiscourse 13 May 2024 4:32 pm

Every vote can help Narendra Modi win more than 400 seats: BJP candidate from Begusarai Giriraj Singh appeals to voters

Every vote can help Narendra Modi win more than 400 seats: BJP candidate from Begusarai Giriraj Singh appeals to voters Union Minister and BJP candidate from Begusarai Giriraj Singh cast his vote for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections today in Patna, Bihar. Speaking to reporters after casting his vote at a polling booth in Lakhisarai, the BJP leader said, I want to appeal to the voters of Bihar that they must go out and vote. One vote can cause the fall of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and every vote can help Narendra Modi win more than 400 seats. Your one vote will give strength to the poor... Amidst a contentious debate over the issue of Muslim reservation, the Union Minister launched a scathing attack on RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, accusing him of perpetuating the religious divide for political gains. People like Lalu Prasad Yadav would previously speak about backward communities to divide them into castes. Today, by giving reservations to the Muslims, they want to snatch the jobs of other backward Hindu communities, said Giriraj Singh. Polling for the 96 parliamentary constituencies spread over 10 states and Union Territories is underway. Polling for all 175 seats of the State Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh and 28 seats of the State Legislative Assembly of Odisha also started simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. Voting for the first three phases was held on April 19, April 26 and May 7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is seeking a third term cast his vote in Gujarat's Gandhinagar in the third phase. Of the 96 Lok Sabha seats, 25 are from Andhra Pradesh, 17 from Telangana, 13 from Uttar Pradesh, 11 from Maharashtra, eight each from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, five from Bihar, four each from Jharkhand and Odisha, and one from Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 1,717 candidates from 10 States/UTs will contest elections in phase 4 of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission of India said. The fourth phase is witnessing key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC leader Mahua Moitra, BJP leader Giriraj Singh, JDU's Rajiv Ranjan Singh (Lalan Singh), TMC leaders Shatrughan Sinha and Yusuf Pathan.BJP leaders Arjun Munda and Madhavi Latha, and Andhra Pradesh Congress Chief YS Sharmila are also looking for electoral success. Baharampur, Hyderabad, Krishnanagar, Begusarai, Munger, Srinagar, Asansol, Kannauj, Kadapa, and Khunti are some of the prominent Lok Sabha seats where voting is underway. The next round of polling would kick off on May 20, May 25 and June 1. The counting and the results will be declared on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 13 May 2024 8:08 am

3 Dushyant MLAs meet Khattar, Congress knocks at Haryana Governor doors

CHANDIGARH : While the Nayab Singh Saini government in Haryana faces a crisis after withdrawal of support by three independent MLAs, the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) stares at a split as about half of the 10 legislators of the party are not toeing the line of party leader Dushyant Chautala, sources said. Meanwhile, the Congress submitted a memorandum to Governor Bandaru Dattatreya demanding that the minority BJP government in Haryana be dismissed. Chautala demanded a floor test. In a twist to the political events in the state, three JJP MLAs Devender Singh Babli, Jogi Ram Sihag and Ramniwas Surjakhera met former CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Panipat on Thursday evening, sources said. After the meeting Dhanda claimed that the meeting was not related to politics. Khattar said many MLAs are in touch with the BJP and there is nothing to worry about. Their arithmetic is not like they are thinking, he said, adding that the BJP has personal relations with many JJP and Congress MLAs. It would be a big deal even if the opposition can manage all its MLAs, Khattar said. Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini said the Opposition was misleading people. He said the Congress should inform the governor about the number of MLAs supporting the opposition. He also recalled the floor test he won in March. You ask Dushyant Chautala how many MLAs he has got, Saini said. BJP candidate from Hisar Ranjeet Singh Chautala said, People leave when they realise they wont be getting ticket for polls. Many will come with us as well, he said. Leader of Opposition and former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the Congress has 30 MLAs but raised doubts about whether all 10 JJP MLAs are onboard with their party. We have 30 MLAs. Regarding JJP, it would have been better had they paraded 10 MLAs before the governor. There is no dispute about our MLAs. Some of JJPs MLAs are supporting someone else. Let them go to the governor with their 10 MLAs, he said. Both the Congress and JJP have demanded that the Saini government either resign on moral grounds or face a floor test. Meanwhile, the Congress submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor demanding that the minority BJP government in Haryana be dismissed. Governor had left for Telangana for some work. Saini government has no right to continue because it has come in minority, senior Congress leader B B Batra said, urging the governor to dissolve the Assembly. JJP MLAs meet Khattar In a twist to the political events unfolding in Haryana, three JJP MLAs Devender Singh Babli, Jogi Ram Sihag and Ramniwas Surjakhera met former CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Panipat on Thursday evening, sources said.

The New Indian Express 11 May 2024 9:19 am

Stones Thrown At JJP MLA Naina Chautala's Convoy In Haryana, 6 Injured

The convoy of JJP's sitting MLA and party's Hisar Lok Sabha candidate Naina Chautala was allegedly attacked by some people in Roj Khera village of Jind district leaving six injured, the party leaders said.

NDTV 10 May 2024 8:46 pm

Travel tips: There is a gathering of devotees in these temples of Bihar, tourists arrive in lakhs

Bihar also has an important place among various states of India which is known for its rich history, art, dance and heritage. Bihar has a glorious history of more than 3000 years in which temples also have great importance. Bihar is also considered the birthplace of the world's two largest religions, Buddhism and Jainism. Talking about tourism in Bihar, the tourist places here include many temples which reflect the culture and history of this place. Today in this episode, we are going to tell you about some such temples of Bihar which are visited by lakhs of tourists every year and there is a gathering of devotees every day. Let us know about these temples... Janaki Temple There is a grand Janaki temple in Punaura village, 5 km west of Sitamarhi city, which is considered to be the birth place of Mother Sita. The story related to this is that once there was a severe famine in Mithila and King Janak was advised to plow the fields. After worshiping Mahadev, when King Janak was plowing, an earthen vessel emerged from the ground, in which Mother Sita was found in her infant state. Now there is a Haleshwar temple at this place and it is believed that a king named Videha built this Shiva temple here for Putreshti Yagya. There is also a lake named Janaki Kund here, bathing in which is said to give birth to a child. Mother Sita's marriage also took place at this place and the ancient Peepal tree is still present as a witness to this. Let us tell you that this place is located at a distance of about 4 hours from Patna where the distance between them is about 138 kilometers. You can reach here by road and train also. Mangala Gauri Temple If you are in the holy city of Gaya, you must visit Mangala Gauri Temple, one of the most famous temples of Bihar. Mangala Gauri Temple is one of the 18 Shaktipeeths of India. It is mentioned in sacred texts like Padma Purana, Vayu Purana, Agni Purana. This holy temple is dedicated to Sati. It is believed that a part of Sati's body had fallen at this place. The architecture and grandeur of this small temple is something that will definitely fascinate you. This temple remains open from 6 am to 8 pm. Ashokdham Temple Ashokdham Temple is also known as Indramaneshwar Mahadev Temple. This temple is located in Lakhisarai, Bihar. On the day of Mahashivratri, lakhs of devotees come here to worship Lord Shiva. According to the official website of Lakhisarai district, on April 7, 1977, a boy named Ashok had discovered a huge Shivalinga from under the ground here. On 11 February 1973, Shankaracharya of Jagannathpuri laid the foundation stone of the temple complex here. The present temple was renovated on 15 November 2002 under the Shri Indradamneshwar Mahadev Temple Trust. Mahavir Temple Mahavir Temple located near Patna Junction is one of the most sacred Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This is one of the best and oldest Hanuman temples in the country. Mahavir Temple is the most famous temple of North India. Lakhs of devotees visit the temple every year. The statue of Sankat Mochan holds a special place in the hearts of the devotees. On the holy occasion of Ram Navami, thousands of devotees come to this temple for darshan and worship. This temple, associated with the faith of millions of devotees, is known for its religious importance and beliefs. There is a belief about this temple that the wishes of every devotee who comes here is definitely fulfilled, no devotee returns empty handed from here. Mithila Shakti Peetha Located in Darbhanga near the border of India and Nepal, this Mithila Shakti Peeth is considered to be one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. This Peetha has great importance in Sanatan Dharma. It is believed that the left shoulder of Goddess Sati had fallen at this place. The idol of Goddess Uma and Lord Mahodar is installed in this temple, people come from far and wide to worship it. In this Shakti Peeth, Uma is worshiped in the form of Mahadevi. Let us tell you that the distance from Patna to Darbhanga is 139 kilometers where you can go by train as well as by road. Vishnupad Temple Vishnupad temple is situated on the banks of Mokshadayini Falgu river in Gaya district which is also described in Ramayana. This temple is also known for its grandeur and splendor. The height of this temple is about 100 feet while the Sabha Mandap has 44 pillars. Vishnupad temple has a 40 cm long footprint of Vishnu with nine symbols including Shankam, Chakram and Gadham. Let us tell you that it is built on a solid rock and silver work has been done on it. Regarding the name of this temple full of grandeur, it is believed that it was named after the demon named Gayasur. There is a long story behind this too. On the occasion of Pitru Paksha, a huge crowd of devotees gather here and people come here to offer prayers to their ancestors. It is believed that by seeing the feet of Lord Vishnu after the tarpan, all the sorrows are destroyed and the ancestors reach the sacred world. Let us tell you that the distance from Patna to here is about 100 kilometers and you can easily reach here by train, bus, taxi. Baba Garib Nath Temple Baba Garibnath Temple of Lord Shiva, located in Muzaffarpur, is one of the ancient temples of Bihar. According to religious beliefs, this temple is three hundred years old. Earlier there used to be a dense forest at this place. There were seven Peepal trees in the middle of this forest. While cutting trees, a blood-red substance started coming out from them and a huge Shivalinga was found inside one of them. After which the worship of Lord Shiva started here. Patan Devi Temple The history of Patan Devi Temple in Patna, the capital of Bihar is considered quite interesting. Local people believe that this temple protects the city of Patna and hence the temple is also known as Rakshika Bhagwati Patneshwari. Patandevi temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths where the thigh of Mata Sati had fallen. Idols of Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali are also installed inside this temple and worship is done here with great pomp during the days of Navratri. After marriage, the new couple comes here for darshan and pray for good luck and happy married life. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 9 May 2024 3:53 pm

'Bahu' vs 'bahu' vs 'chacha sasur': Chautalas fight among themselves in Hisar LS seat

HISAR: The stage is set for a riveting electoral battle in Haryana's Hisar Lok Sabha constituency where three members of the influential Chautala family, split along political lines, have locked horns. Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) MLA Naina Chautala, and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Sunaina Chautala -- the two 'bahus' or daughters-in-law of the Chautala clan -- and BJP's Ranjit Singh Chautala are pitted against each other. Ranjit Chautala is the brother of the fathers-in-law of Sunaina Chautala and Naina Chautala -- a relationship sometimes referred to as 'chacha sasur'. The Congress has fielded three-time MP and veteran leader Jai Prakash from the seat. Naina Chautala (57) is the wife of JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala and mother of former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. INLD Women Wing general secretary Sunaina Chautala (47) is the wife of party leader Abhay Singh Chautala's cousin Ravi Chautala. Ravi Chautala is the son of INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala's younger brother late Partap Singh Chautala. While both the INLD-JJP candidates claimed to do more for the welfare of the state's farmers -- a sizeable voting group -- the BJP nominee expressed confidence that the development work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ensure the party's victory on all 10 seats. Sunaina Chautala said the voters will confront her BJP and JJP rivals on the issue of the farmers' protest that went on for 13 months against the now-repealed farm laws. Under the BJP rule, farmers, Anganwadi and ASHA workers, employees, and sarpanches were on the path of agitation in support of their demands, said Sunaina Chautala. The BJP and the JJP had formed an alliance in Haryana after the 2019 Assembly polls. It ended in March 2024 as chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar resigned to make way for a new BJP government led by Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini. She also questioned the BJP candidate's claims of development in the state, saying it was not visible on the ground. It has become clear that the BJP-JJP only want power, she added. Sunaina Chautala pointed out that Abhay Chautala, who was the lone MLA of his party, resigned from the assembly amid the farmers' stir in support of them. She said her party is following the principles and carrying forward the ideology of the late Jat patriarch Chaudhary Devi Lal. On the other hand, Naina Chautala said everyone knew who the real well-wisher of the farmers was as she asserted that her son Dushyant Chautala, as the deputy CM, ensured timely payment to farmers after timely procurement of their produce. Ranjit Chautala, meanwhile, did not seem to be perturbed with his relatives entering the poll fray and said it was their democratic right. He expressed confidence that the BJP would win all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana just like in the previous general elections and that Narendra Modi would become the prime minister for the third time. During the last 10 years, the prime minister has taken the country on the path of development and in his third term, this pace will further accelerate. Haryana too has witnessed development during the past nine-and-a-half years, Ranjit Chautala told PTI. Ranjit Chautala (78) resigned as Independent MLA in March giving up his membership from the Rania segment in Sirsa district after he joined the BJP, which nominated him from the Hisar seat. He continues to be a Minister in the Nayab Singh Saini-led BJP government. He is former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's son and the brother of INLD chief and former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. This is not for first time that members of the Chautala clan have crossed swords as more than two decades ago, Ranjit Chautala -- nominated by the Congress -- had contested from the Rori assembly seat against his brother Om Prakash Chautala. Similarly, Ajay Chautala and Ravi Chautala have also fought against each other from Dabwali. The polling for all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana is scheduled to be held in the sixth phase on May 25. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Naina and Ajay Chautala's son Dushyant, who was then sitting MP from Hisar, had lost to BJP's Brijendra Singh. Singh recently joined the Congress. Of the 10 seats it is contesting in the state, the Congress has named nine candidates, including Jai Prakash from Hisar. The Kurukshetra seat is being fought by AAP, a constituent of the opposition's INDIA bloc. Jai Prakash, popularly known as 'JP', is a three-term MP from Hisar. He also remained a MLA from Barwala Assembly seat in Hisar district in 2000 and from Kalayat in Kaithal in 2014. Making his electoral debut, he won the Hisar Lok Sabha seat as the Janata Dal candidate in 1989 when he also served as the Union Minister. In 1996, he won from Hisar on a Haryana Vikas Party ticket. Later, he joined the Congress and won the 2000 Assembly poll from Barwala. In 2004, he again got elected as the Hisar MP. People are fed up with the BJP ruled and a Congress wave is sweeping the state, claimed Jai Prakash. Former chief minister late Bhajan Lal had won Hisar seat as Haryana Janhit Congress candidate in 2009, his son Kuldeep Bishnoi won the bypoll after his father's demise in 2011 and in 2014 Dushyant wrested the seat as INLD member then. Bishnoi is now with the BJP. The parliamentary constituency covers the entire Hisar district and parts of Jind district as well. In the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, there are 9,52,598 male voters, 8,32,569 female voters, and 11 transgender voters. The Jats are the dominant caste in Hisar with one-third of total votes. After Haryana came into existence as a separate state in 1966, the Congress won the seat on five occasions. But it has not tasted victory during the past two decades.

The New Indian Express 9 May 2024 9:45 am

Haryana: JJP Expresses Willingness to support Cong, CM Saini Rejects Minority Claims

Haryana: JJP Expresses Willingness to support Cong, CM Saini Rejects Minority Claims BJP's former ally Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) on Wednesday said it is ready to help the Congress bring down the BJP government in Haryana, a day after three Independent MLAs withdrew support to it. However, Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini asserted that his government is not in any trouble. Independent MLAs Sombir Sangwan (Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri) and Dharampal Gonder (Nilokheri) withdrew support to the ruling BJP in Haryana on Tuesday and announced that they would back the Congress, which claimed that the Saini government is reduced to a minority and demanded the imposition of President's rule. The fast-paced political developments in the state come at a time when Lok Sabha polls are just a fortnight away and Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in October. Speaking to reporters in Hisar, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala said if a no-confidence motion is brought against the Saini government, they will vote against the government. ''I want to tell Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda that going by the present numbers in the Assembly, when this government is in a minority, if a step is taken that this government is brought down during (Lok Sabha) elections, then we will fully consider to support them in this from outside''. ''Now, Congress has to think whether they will take a step to bring down the BJP government,'' Chautala said. He also ruled out reviving his party's alliance with the BJP. The two parties had snapped ties in March. ''I have made it quite clear that JJP will not go with BJP now,'' Chautala said and demanded that Saini should either prove majority or submit his resignation. The 90-member Haryana assembly at present has an effective strength of 88 with Karnal and Rania assembly seats being vacant. The BJP has 40 MLAs, the Congress 30 and the JJP 10 in the House. INLD and Haryana Lokhit Party has one member. Independents are six. The government has the support of two of the Independent legislators. ''The government is not in any trouble, it is working strongly,'' Chief Minister Saini told reporters at Sirsa while replying to queries on the withdrawal of support. The chief minister was in Sirsa to campaign for BJP candidate Ashok Tanwar. Hitting out at the Congress, Saini said the opposition party's actions are only aimed at fulfilling the personal aspirations of some people. But the people of Haryana will not let the Congress' designs succeed, the chief minister said, adding the entire country is witnessing the ''misdeeds'' of the opposition party. ''The Congress knows that it cannot fulfil the aspirations of people and misleads them. It tries to create confusion that the (state) government is in a minority. The government is in no trouble and it is functioning strongly,'' he asserted. In Chandigarh, while replying to a question, Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta said that the Saini government had won the trust vote on March 13. ''How can we say that the government is in minority? It is intact and running as it was earlier,'' he told reporters Asked if a no-confidence motion can be brought against the government, the Speaker said, ''Usually, when a no-confidence is brought, another one can only be brought six months after that. It is a technical matter.'' Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan said the party will write to the governor stating that the Saini government is in a minority after the three Independent MLAs withdrew support to it and that it should be dismissed, President's Rule imposed in the state and fresh polls announced. It also asked the JJP, the INLD and Independent MLA Balraj Kundu to write similar letters to the governor to give credence to their claim of opposing the BJP. Aked about some JJP MLAs indicating support to the BJP after his party pulled out of the coalition government in March, Chautala said notices have been issued to three of them and they have been asked to submit a reply. He said his party MLAs are bound by whip and if anyone wants to extend support to anyone else they will have to resign first. Saini had replaced Manohar Lal Khattar as chief minister in March and the JJP's four-and-a-half-year-old post-poll alliance with BJP had come to an end. State Assembly polls in Haryana are due in October while the Karnal Assembly bypoll is scheduled for May 25 along with voting to the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Saini, the MP from Kurukshetra in the outgoing Lok Sabha, is the BJP candidate for the bypolls and if he wins, the party's strength in the Assembly will rise to 41.

devdiscourse 8 May 2024 4:09 pm

With Dushyant's support, Congress seeks dismissal of Haryana BJP government

CHANDIGARH: The Congress on Wednesday sought the imposition of President's Rule followed by fresh polls in Haryana after three Independent MLAs withdrew support to the BJP dispensation, reducing the Nayab Singh Saini government to a minority in the state assembly. The party said it would write to Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya to demand that the BJP government be dismissed. It also asked the JJP, the INLD and Independent MLA Balraj Kundu to write similar letters to the governor to give credence to their claim of opposing the BJP. Meanwhile, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala said that if Leader of Opposition B S Hooda takes steps to bring down the Nayab Saini government, his party would support the move. I want to tell Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda that going by the present numbers in the Assembly, if a step is taken that this government is brought down during (Lok Sabha) elections, then we will fully consider to support them in this, Chautala told reporters in Hisar. Now, the Congress has to think whether they will take a step to bring down the BJP government, he said. Talking to reporters in Sirsa on Wednesday, Haryana CM Nayab Singh Saini asserted that his government was not in trouble and was working strongly. We are going to write to the Governor that three Independent MLAs have withdrawn support and they have extended support to our party. the government is in the minority and they have no right to stay in power. We will demand that the government be dismissed, President's Rule be imposed and fresh elections be held, Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan said. Likewise, the JJP should also write a letter that the government be dismissed. INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala and Independent MLA Balraj Kundu, who claim to be opposing the government, should also write similar letters to the Governor, he added. Bhan said the three Independent MLAs have already written to the Governor regarding their withdrawal of support. The three Independent MLAs -- Sombir Sangwan (Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri) and Dharampal Gonder (Nilokheri) ,on Tuesday withdrew support to the BJP government in Haryana and announced they would back the Congress. Saini had replaced Manohar Lal Khattar as chief minister in March and the JJP's four-and-a-half-year-old post-poll alliance with BJP had come to an end with Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala saying they will not be part of the new government headed by Saini. BJP govt not in trouble, says Haryana CM after three independent MLAs withdrew support BJP's Jawahar Yadav said there was no danger to the BJP government in the state. He said the Saini government won a trust vote on March 13 and if it has to prove its majority on the floor of the House, it will do so. The government which has the support of two other Independents is now two short of the majority mark in the 90-member House which has a current strength of 88. Among the three Independent MLAs who withdrew their support, Gollen fought as an Independent and defeated Congress party's Satbir Bhana in the 2019 Haryana assembly polls. He had unsuccessfully fought the 2014 assembly polls on a BJP ticket. He had remained chairman of the Haryana Tourism Corporation. Gonder defeated BJP nominee Bhagwan Das Kabirpanthi from the Nilokheri seat in the 2019 assembly polls. He had remained the chairman of the Haryana Forest Development Corporation. Sangwan won the Dadri assembly seat by defeating JJP nominee Satpal Sangwan in the previous assembly elections. He had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly polls. In recent days, some JJP MLAs have hinted at supporting the BJP. The BJP has 40 MLAs, the Congress 30 and the JJP 10 in the House. If the opposition seeks a no-confidence motion in the state assembly, the BJP may need JJP MLAs to abstain. As the intervening period between holding two assembly sessions should not be more than six months, the governor will have to summon the House before September 13. State Assembly polls in Haryana are due in October while the Karnal Assembly bypoll is scheduled for May 25 along with voting to the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Saini, the MP from Kurukshetra in the outgoing Lok Sabha, is the BJP candidate for the bypolls and if he wins, the party's strength in the Assembly will rise to 41. The Saini-led BJP government in Haryana on March 13 won the trust vote by a voice vote in the House after he took oath as the new chief minister replacing Khattar.

The New Indian Express 8 May 2024 1:53 pm

'Bahu' vs 'bahu' vs 'chacha sasur': Chautalas fight among themselves in Hisar Lok Sabha seat

The Hisar Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana is witnessing a compelling electoral battle involving three members of the influential Chautala family, now divided politically. Naina Chautala of JJP, Sunaina Chautala of INLD, and Ranjit Singh Chautala of BJP are competing, representing different factions within the family.

The Economic Times 8 May 2024 10:21 am

Haryana Government Loses Majority as Three Independent MLAs Withdraw Support

Haryana Government Loses Majority as Three Independent MLAs Withdraw Support Three Independent MLAs on Tuesday withdrew support to the BJP government in Haryana and announced they would back the Congress, reducing the Nayab Singh Saini government to a minority in the state assembly. The government which has the support of two other Independents is now two short of the majority mark in the 90-member House which has a current strength of 88. In recent days, some Jannayak Janata Party MLAs have indicated support to the BJP though the JJP pulled out of the coalition government in March. The BJP has 40 MLAs, the Congress 30 and the JJP 10 in the House. Independent MLAs Sombir Sangwan (Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri) and Dharampal Gonder (Nilokheri) announced their decision at a press conference in Rohtak in the presence of Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress chief Udai Bhan. ''The government should resign. President's rule should be imposed in the state and elections held. This is an anti-people government,'' Hooda said. Meanwhile, JJP leader Digvijay Singh Chautala said Hooda should initiate the process to ''bring down the government which has lost trust of people''. He also said Hooda should immediately meet the governor and apprise him of the situation. The Congress said in a statement the three MLAs have already sent letters to the governor saying they have withdrawn their support to the government. At the presser, Gonder said, ''We are withdrawing support to the government and have decided to extend support to the Congress. We have taken this decision due to various issues, including those of farmers, inflation and unemployment.'' Speaking at the presser, Udai Bhan said, ''The three Independent MLAs have extended their support to the Congress... The BJP government earlier had support of 10 JJP MLAs and Independents, but the JJP also withdrew support and now Independents are also leaving. ''Nayab Singh Saini government is now a minority government. Saini should tender his resignation as he does not have right to stay even for a minute,'' the Congress leader said. The assembly elections in Haryana are due in October. Hooda expressed his gratitude to the three MLAs for their support and said they have taken this decision keeping in mind the public sentiments. The leader of the opposition said there is a wave in favour of the Congress in the country including Haryana and that the Independent MLAs have taken this decision respecting the sentiments of people. He claimed people have made up their mind to form the Congress government in the state. Talking to PTI over phone, JJP's Digvijay Chautala said, ''Hooda says the government is in a minority. He is the Leader of Opposition and should immediately meet the governor and apprise him of the developments.'' When asked whether JJP will extend support to the Congress, Chautala said, ''I am not saying JJP is willing to support and form a government with the Congress. At least the government that has lost trust of people, Hooda should initiate the process to bring it down.'' He also said that in addition to meeting the governor, Hooda should also open a channel of communication with the JJP, which has 10 MLAs. At the presser in Rohtak, Gollen said, ''We had given our support to the BJP government with honesty. But today unemployment is at its peak, and inflation and farmer issues are there. Every section of society is fed up. People are facing lot of issues with Parivar Pehchan Patra (family ID card) and property ID system.'' When asked why they did not speak up on these issues earlier, Gollen said even during farmers agitation, they had raised their voice. Sangwan said, ''During farmers' agitation, we opposed their (BJP govt) wrong policies. I also raised issues like inadequate staff in schools.'' Replying to a question, he said, ''We will support the Congress to help it win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.'' Meanwhile, Haryana AAP president Sushil Gupta, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Kurukshetra with Congress' support, also said the BJP government is in a minority. ''I request the governor that this government should be dismissed immediately,'' he said, adding that Chief Minister Saini has no right to continue and should step down. The Saini-led BJP government in Haryana had on March 13 won the trust vote by voice vote in the House after he took oath as the new chief minister replacing Manohar Lal Khattar. Recently, several MLAs of JJP have come out in support of the ruling BJP. Khattar, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Karnal, had resigned as MLA from Karnal. Former Haryana minister Ranjit Singh Chautala also resigned in March as MLA. He was an Independent MLA from Rania segment and resigned on March 24 as he joined the BJP, which has announced his candidature for Hisar Lok Sabha seat.

devdiscourse 8 May 2024 12:21 am

Haryana BJP Govt Reduced to Minority, 3 Independent MLAs Withdraw Support

Haryana BJP Govt Reduced to Minority, 3 Independent MLAs Withdraw Support Three Independent MLAs on Tuesday withdrew support to the BJP government in Haryana and announced they would back the Congress, reducing the Nayab Singh Saini government to a minority in the state assembly. The government which has the support of two other Independents is now two short of the majority mark in the 90-member House which has a current strength of 88. In recent days, some Jannayak Janata Party MLAs have indicated support to the BJP though the JJP pulled out of the coalition government in March. The BJP has 40 MLAs, the Congress 30 and the JJP 10 in the House. Independent MLAs Sombir Sangwan (Dadri), Randhir Singh Gollen (Pundri) and Dharampal Gonder (Nilokheri) announced their decision at a press conference in Rohtak in the presence of Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress chief Udai Bhan. ''The government should resign. President's rule should be imposed in the state and elections held. This is an anti-people government,'' Hooda said. The Congress said in a statement the three MLAs have already sent letters to the governor saying they have withdrawn their support to the government. At the presser, Gonder said, ''We are withdrawing support to the government and have decided to extend support to the Congress. We have taken this decision due to various issues, including those of farmers, inflation and unemployment.'' Speaking at the presser, Udai Bhan said, ''The three Independent MLAs have extended their support to the Congress... The BJP government earlier had support of 10 JJP MLAs and Independents, but the JJP also withdrew support and now Independents are also leaving. ''Nayab Singh Saini government is now a minority government. Saini should tender his resignation as he does not have right to stay even for a minute,'' the Congress leader said. The assembly elections in Haryana are due in October. Hooda expressed his gratitude to the three MLAs for their support and said they have taken this decision keeping in mind the public sentiments. The leader of the opposition said there is a wave in favour of the Congress in the country including Haryana and that the Independent MLAs have taken this decision respecting the sentiments of people. He claimed people have made up their mind to form the Congress government in the state. At the presser, Gollen said, ''We had given our support to the BJP government with honesty. But today unemployment is at its peak, and inflation and farmer issues are there. Every section of society is fed up. People are facing lot of issues with Parivar Pehchan Patra (family ID card) and property ID system.'' When asked why they did not speak up on these issues earlier, Gollen said even during farmers agitation, they had raised their voice. Sangwan said, ''During farmers' agitation, we opposed their (BJP govt) wrong policies. I also raised issues like inadequate staff in schools.'' Replying to a question, he said, ''We will support the Congress to help it win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.'' The Saini-led BJP government in Haryana had on March 13 won the trust vote by voice vote in the House after he took oath as the new chief minister replacing Manohar Lal Khattar. Recently, several MLAs of JJP have come out in support of the ruling BJP. Khattar, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Karnal, had resigned as MLA from Karnal. Former Haryana minister Ranjit Singh Chautala also resigned in March as MLA. He was an Independent MLA from Rania segment and resigned on March 24 as he joined the BJP, which has announced his candidature for Hisar Lok Sabha seat.

devdiscourse 7 May 2024 9:08 pm

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Saini Contests in Karnal Assembly Bypoll; Ex-CM Khattar Figures in LS Race

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Saini Contests in Karnal Assembly Bypoll; Ex-CM Khattar Figures in LS Race Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini Monday filed nomination for the Karnal assembly bypoll while his predecessor M L Khattar, Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar and JJP's Naina Chautala filed their papers for respective Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. On the last day of filing of nomination for the Lok Sabha polls, Congress' Jai Prakash also filed his papers from Hisar seat. Saini filed nomination papers for the Karnal Assembly bypoll, necessitated by the resignation of his predecessor Khattar, who also filed his papers for the Karnal parliamentary seat. The last date for filing of nominations for Karnal assembly seat was also May 6. Before filing their nominations, Saini and Khattar held a joint road show in Karnal. The bypolls for the Karnal assembly segment are also being held with the Lok Sabha polls for 10 seats in Haryana in the sixth phase of general elections on May 25. Union Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Gurjar, who is seeking re-election from Faridabad, filed his nomination from the seat. Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Naina Chautala and Congress' Jai Prakash filed their nominations from the Hisar seat. Former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Haryana Congress president Udai Bhan accompanied Jai Prakash, a former MP, when he went to file his nomination papers from Hisar. Naina was accompanied by her husband and JJP chief Ajay Singh Chautala and her two sons -- former deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala and JJP leader Digvijay Singh Chautala. Saini, the MP in the outgoing Lok Sabha from Kurukshetra constituency, was sworn in as the chief minister on March 12, replacing Khattar. On March 13, Khattar resigned as an MLA from the Karnal assembly seat and on the same day was named as the BJP candidate for the Karnal Lok Sabha seat. The nomination process for the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana and for the Karnal assembly seat bypoll began on April 29. The deadline for filing nominations ended on May 6. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on May 7 and the candidates can withdraw their nominations until May 9.

devdiscourse 6 May 2024 10:10 pm

Haryana LS polls: Deepender Hooda, Ashok Tanwar file nominations for Rohtak

Haryana LS polls: Deepender Hooda, Ashok Tanwar file nominations for Rohtak Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda and BJP nominee Ashok Tanwar on Saturday filed their nomination papers from the Rohtak and Sirsa seats respectively for the Lok Sabha elections. Polling for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana will take place on May 25. Hooda was accompanied by his father and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan and party MLA BB Batra while filing the nomination papers at Rohtak. The Congress has fielded Hooda, a Rajya Sabha MP, from the Rohtak parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented by Bharatiya Janata Party's Arvind Sharma. He had unsuccessfully contested from the Rohtak seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. BJP nominee from Sirsa, Tanwar, was accompanied by Haryana chief minister Nayab Singh Saini, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Barala, BJP candidate from Hisar, Ranjit Singh Chautala, and Sirsa MLA and Haryana Lokhit Party chief Gopal Kanda when he filed his nomination papers. ''I express my gratitude to the people for their unprecedented love and support. Sirsa's faith in Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji was firm and will remain so,'' said Tanwar in a post on X. Tanwar, a former MP from Sirsa, had quit the AAP and joined the BJP earlier this year. Before that, he had quit the Congress in 2019 and joined AAP in 2022. In between, he had floated his party and even joined the Trinamool Congress for a brief period. The seat is presently represented by BJP's Sunita Duggal. From Sirsa, the Congress has fielded party general secretary and former Union minister Kumari Selja.

devdiscourse 4 May 2024 5:07 pm

Tata Steel SEZ, Hygenco Sign MoU To Bolster Indias Green Fuel Sector

Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Limited (TSSEZL) and HHP Five Private Limited (Hygenco) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a green hydrogen and green ammonia project at TSSEZLs Gopalpur Industrial Park (GIP) in Odishas Ganjam district. Under this definitive agreement, Hygenco will acquire land in GIP, located in Odishas Ganjam district, to set up its green hydrogen, green ammonia, and derivatives unit. Hygenco, a pioneer in producing low-cost green hydrogen, aims to produce 1 million tonnes per annum (1 Mn TPA) from this plant in phases. The company aims to commission the initial phase of the project by December 2026. Manikanta Naik, managing director (MD), TSSEZL, said, We are very happy to have Hygenco on board with us. With this, the total committed capacity of green hydrogen and green ammonia manufacturing at the Industrial Park is now around 2.6 Mn TPA. This solidifies our Industrial Park as a green hydrogen and ammonia hub in India. Our endeavor has been to create a conducive environment where our customers find the necessary infrastructure to conduct their business, as we continue to work on further strengthening the offerings at GIP. The augmentation of the power and water infrastructure, which is critical to the green hydrogen and ammonia industries, will further facilitate the green fuel sector. On the occasion, Amit Bansal, founder and CEO, Hygenco, said, Having already demonstrated our mettle by commissioning India's first green hydrogen project earlier this year, we will extend the application of our superior technology to this project, thereby producing the lowest-cost green ammonia for our clients. In line with our strategic vision of being a dominant player in this sector worldwide, the produce from this plant in the initial phase will be exported, for which advanced discussions with various clients are already taking place. The green ammonia produced at this facility will be exported through the existing Gopalpur Port facility located close to GIP. The Utility Corridor, which is under development, between GIP and Gopalpur Port will provide a boost to the logistics and pipeline connectivity for the project. Hygenco has signed several binding long-term offtakes of green hydrogen in India, including our countrys recently commissioned first megawatt scale plant in Hisar, Haryana. Previously, TSSEZL had signed similar agreements with other manufacturers for setting up green hydrogen and ammonia projects of 1.6 Mn TPA at Gopalpur Industrial Park.

Deccan Chronicle 4 May 2024 12:44 am

JJP MLA Sihag's Support for BJP's Chautala Reflects National Priority

JJP MLA Sihag's Support for BJP's Chautala Reflects National Priority JJP MLA Jogi Ram Sihag on Friday announced his support for Ranjit Singh Chautala, the BJP candidate from the Hisar seat in Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections, saying national interest is above party. Sihag also said he has been impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of taking the country on a path of development. Extending his support to Ranjit Singh Chautala, Sihag -- the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) MLA from Barwala in Hisar district, said it was a ''collective decision'' taken with his supporters. ''It was not my decision alone. All present in the gathering decided that national interest is above all and party comes later,'' Sihag later told PTI over phone. ''Therefore, me and my supporters have decided to extend support to Chaudhary Ranjit Singh (Chautala),'' he said. Asked about defying his party, which has fielded Naina Chautala from the seat, Sihag said, ''As I said, the decision has been made keeping the country's interest in mind party comes later.'' He added that he and his supporters will campaign for Ranjit Singh Chautala. Speaking on Modi's ''vision'', Sihag said, ''The country is making rapid progress under Modi ji's leadership. Today, our country is looked at with great respect by other nations. This was not the scenario 10 years ago.'' Sihag's decision to support the BJP candidate, however, has not gone down well with the JJP leadership. Former deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala said strict action will be taken if any JJP member is seen under the symbol of a rival outfit. ''If anyone wishes, he can resign from the assembly and from the party. But this trick that they absolve themselves of responsibilities of their own party to support another party will not work,'' the JJP senior leader said in Ambala. ''He (Sihag) had won (the assembly polls) on a JJP symbol. If anyone indulges in such activities, then legal action permitted under election rules will be initiated,'' Dushyant Chautala added. Sihag had last month written to the JJP leadership and sought relief from all party posts, citing personal reasons. The JJP has faced several setbacks since its alliance with the saffron party in Haryana came to an end, with many leaders joining the BJP and the Congress. The JJP's Haryana unit chief Nishan Singh quit last month and joined the Congress. The BJP-JJP alliance in Haryana came to an end in March after the saffron party replaced Manohar Lal Khattar as chief minister with Nayab Singh Saini. Polling for Haryana's 10 Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 25.

devdiscourse 3 May 2024 11:08 pm

Mumbai Voting Day Alert: Get 10% off Mumbai metro fares on May 20th; Check details inside

The MMMOCL operates metro line 2A between Andheri (west) and Dahisar (east) and line 7 between Dahisar (east) and Andheri (east). The initiative will boost voter turnout through the systematic voter education and electoral participation (SVEEP) programme to encourage Metro commuters to fulfil their civic duty and vote in elections, the release stated.

The Economic Times 3 May 2024 3:17 pm

Haryana: BJP, Congress, and INLD Candidates File Nominations for Lok Sabha Elections

Haryana: BJP, Congress, and INLD Candidates File Nominations for Lok Sabha Elections BJP candidate Ranjit Singh Chautala, Congress' Kumari Selja and INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala were among the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers on Wednesday for the May 25 Lok Sabha polls for the ten seats in Haryana. Haryana Minister Ranjit Chautala, who resigned as an Independent MLA and joined the BJP last month, is contesting from Hisar. Congress general secretary and former Union minister Selja is contesting from the Sirsa (reserve) seat while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala has entered the fray from the Kurukshetra seat. Among other candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday include BJP's Banto Kataria from Ambala (reserve) and Congress' Satpal Brahmachari from Sonipat seats. Haryana Youth Congress president Divyanshu Budhiraja, who is contesting against former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, filed his nomination from Karnal. Ranjit Chautala was accompanied by former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while Selja was accompanied by senior Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, Birender Singh and Kiran Choudhary. Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat accompanied Banto Kataria, wife of former Union minister late Rattan Lal Kataria. Rattan Lal Kataria, who passed away last year, was the BJP MP from Ambala (reserve) constituency. Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress chief Udai Bhan accompanied Brahmachari in Sonipat and Budhiraja in Karnal. In Kurukshetra, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal was present when Abhay Chautala filed his nomination papers while Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Rahul Yadav Fazilpuriya filed his nomination papers from the Gurugram seat. Addressing a gathering in Ambala before Banto Kataria filed her nomination, Chief Minister Saini said the BJP will win all the 10 seats in Haryana with a big mandate. He said the ''double-engine'' government has carried out development in all spheres. He appealed to voters of Ambala to send Banto Kataria to the Lok Sabha with a victory margin of more than five lakh votes. In Hisar, Khattar said that the BJP-led government will return to power at the Centre, saying people have seen six decades of the Congress rule versus the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi dispensation during the past ten years. Addressing a gathering in Kurukshetra, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal appealed to voters to make Abhay Chautala victorious. ''INLD and SAD are like two brothers. Both are parties of farmers, labourers and the poor. The relations between the two parties are not political, but heart-to-heart,'' he said. In his address, Abhay said that falsehood is being spread on social media that if he wins from Kurukshetra, he will shake hands with the BJP. ''I want to make it clear that such a question does not arise. I will neither go with the BJP nor the Congress,'' he said. He also alleged that the national parties want to finish regional parties like SAD and INLD. In Sirsa, Congress' Selja said these polls are to save democracy in the country. She also said the country cannot be divided on lines of caste and religion. In Sonipat, Hooda claimed the people of Haryana have decided to bring the Congress to power in the Assembly polls later this year. The nomination process for the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana, for which polling will be held on May 25, began on Monday. The deadline for filing nominations is May 6. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on May 7, and candidates can withdraw their nominations until May 9.

devdiscourse 1 May 2024 8:30 pm

Haryana: Key Candidates File Nominations for Lok Sabha Elections

Haryana: Key Candidates File Nominations for Lok Sabha Elections BJP candidate Ranjit Singh Chautala, Congress' Kumari Selja and INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala were among the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers on Wednesday for the May 25 Lok Sabha polls. Ranjit Chautala, who joined the BJP last month, is contesting from Hisar. Congress general secretary and former Union minister Selja is contesting from the Sirsa (reserve) seat while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala has entered the fray from the Kurukshetra seat. Among other candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday include BJP's Banto Kataria from Ambala (reserve) and Congress' Satpal Brahmachari from Sonipat seats. Ranjit Chautala was accompanied by former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while Selja was accompanied by senior Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, Birender Singh and Kiran Choudhary. Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat accompanied Banto Kataria, wife of former Union minister late Rattan Lal Kataria. Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress chief Udai Bhan accompanied Brahmachari in Sonipat. In Kurukshetra, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal was present when Abhay Chautala filed his nomination papers. Jannayak Janta Party's (JJP) Rahul Yadav Fazilpuriya filed his nomination papers from the Gurugram seat. The nomination process for the ten Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana, for which polling will be held on May 25, began on Monday. The deadline for filing nominations is May 6. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on May 7, and candidates can withdraw their nominations until May 9.

devdiscourse 1 May 2024 4:11 pm

Left grapples with BJP surge in 'Leningrad of Bihar'

Left grapples with BJP surge in 'Leningrad of Bihar' A strong presence of the Left had earned Begusarai the epithet Leningrad of Bihar but the Red brigade here is now grappling with the saffron surge. The BJP fielded Union Minister Giriraj Singh again from Begusarai, while CPI nominated Awadhesh Rai, as the united opposition candidate in the seat where the situation has changed much compared to that in 2019. But the key change, the mindset of the voters, was noticed even earlier. The ideological drift was, perhaps, best witnessed in the watershed elections of 2014, when the seat was won by late Bhola Singh on a BJP ticket, decades after he had begun his political career as an MLA of the CPI. Five years later, with Bhola Singh no more, the BJP brought in here Giriraj Singh, an outsider who inflicted a crushing defeat on local Kanhaiya Kumar. The electoral battle this time is not as eyeball-grabbing as it was in 2019, thanks to the electrifying presence of Kanhaiya Kumar, who had launched a spirited campaign, to which many celebrities like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar and Prakash Raj had lent their heft. The CPI debutant, who has since moved to the Congress which has fielded him from Delhi North East, was badly hit by the RJDs decision to field its own candidate who cut into the anti-BJP votes, offering Giriraj Singh a victory on the platter, with a margin of over four lakh votes. Five years down the line, though, many variables seem to have changed. The outsider tag against Singh, who hails from Barahiya in Lakhisarai district, right across the Ganges, may no longer stand. But the absence of an over-arching narrative of nationalism fuelled by the Pulwama terror attack leaves the Union minister devoid of the ballast that he would have liked for his dog-whistling rhetoric. Moreover, unlike in 2019, the RJD, arguably the strongest regional party in Bihar, is not trying to play spoilsport this time. Its chemistry with the Left has also been tried and tested in the 2020 assembly polls when CPI(ML), CPI and CPI(M) together came out with a better-than-expected performance. In the assembly polls, the CPI bagged two seats, both in Begusarai, where the RJD also notched up as many, while the BJP-JD(U) combine could win only three. Unlike predecessor Bhola Singh who was a party-hopper, having tried his luck in a number of parties before joining the BJP, Giriraj Singh is a dyed-in-the-wool RSS man, who had earned his spurs as an ABVP activist. Tall and powerfully built, the Union minister has proudly prefixed Shandilya, his gotra, to his profile on X, and moves around sporting a fiery red tilak on his broad forehead and a tuft of hair dangling from the crown, warning all those who come his way that here is a man who wears his Hindutva on his sleeve. Singhs incendiary election speeches in 2014 had earned him a 48-hour ban by the Election Commission which again censured him five years later for utterances targeting a particular community. The hardliner is clearly unfazed as was evident from the speech he gave after he filed his nomination papers, declaring, with unmatched swagger, We do not need the votes of pro-Pakistan traitors''. A complaint was promptly raised before the EC by veteran CPI leader Shatrughan Singh who highlighted communal overtones in the BJP leaders speech and claimed that if the Union minister had, indeed, credible information that Begusarai had pro-Pakistan elements then he must be tried for not raising the matter with the authority at his command. A video recently went viral in which Singh can be seen accosted by locals seeking an apology for ''calling the people of Begusarai deshdrohi (traitors)''. ''We voted for you despite you being an outsider. A son of our soil (Kanhaiya) lost to you. But you did nothing for the area. Now you should apologise for using such language'', they can be heard saying in the local dialect. ''Am I not a son of Begusarai'', Singh replies, with indignation writ large on his face. Notably, the CPI is also Singhs principal challenger, with former MLA Awadhesh Rai as the party candidate. The choice of Rai, an OBC Yadav, appears counterintuitive in a seat which has, so far, always elected an upper caste Bhumihar, except in 2009 when JD(U)'s Monazir Hassan became the Begusarai MP. The RJD, which has been the most preferred party of the numerically powerful Yadavs, seems all too mindful of the challenge. A reason why the RJD's de facto leader Tejashwi Yadav accompanied Rai when he filed nomination papers. Yadav targeted Giriraj Singh for ''doing nothing except Hindu versus Muslims in the last five years''. The RJD leader also asked voters, at an election rally, ''Do not trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi's guarantee. These people are like Chinese goods which come with no guarantee''. On May 13, when electors will cast their votes in Begusarai, they will, among other things, demonstrate whether the chemistry between RJD and Left is potent enough in a parliamentary election. The constituency has 21.86 lakh eligible voters.

devdiscourse 1 May 2024 2:30 pm

Congress faces backlash from 'ignored' contender in Gurgaon LS seat selection

Congress faces backlash from 'ignored' contender in Gurgaon LS seat selection The Congress on Tuesday announced the candidature of senior party leader Raj Babbar from the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat. Minutes later, Congress leader Ajay Singh Yadav, a contender for the seat, hit out at the Haryana unit of the party over a ''deep-rooted'' conspiracy ''to crush senior leaders''. Babbar's name was announced a day after the nomination process began for all the 10 seats in Haryana where polling will be held in the sixth phase on May 25. From Gurgaon, former Haryana Minister Yadav was also a contender. As Babbar's name was announced by the party, Yadav took to X to express his unhappiness. ''I will abide by the decision of the National leadership. But there is a deep-rooted conspiracy of few congress Haryana state leaders to crush the senior Congress leaders,'' Yadav, who is the party's chairman of the OBC department, said without taking any names. ''I am and will always work for the Congress Party,'' Yadav added. With Babbar's announcement, the Congress has announced candidates for all the nine seats it is contesting in Haryana. The Kurukshetra seat is being fought by the Aam Aadmi Party, a constituent of the opposition INDIA bloc. It was being speculated that the party would field Babbar from Gurgaon where BJP veteran and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh is seeking re-election. Yadav's son is Congress' sitting MLA from Rewari. Considered Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda's bete noire, Yadav is not the only leader who has been ignored. While Kiran Choudhary, a sitting MLA of the Congress, was eyeing a ticket for her daughter Shruti Choudhary from the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh seat, Birender Singh's son Brijendra Singh was a ticket hopeful from the Hisar seat. Birender Singh, a former Union minister, and Brijendra Singh, the outgoing Lok Sabha MP from Hisar, had left the BJP recently and joined the Congress. Most of the nine Congress candidates who have got tickets in Haryana for the May 25 polls are loyalists of former chief minister Hooda. At a press conference here on Monday, Hooda and state Congress chief Udai Bhan had said that no party leader is upset when asked about reports that senior leader Kiran Choudhary and Birender Singh were unhappy. Hooda and Bhan had maintained that the final decision to allot tickets is made by the party's high command. The BJP had earlier targeted the Congress over alleged infighting in its state unit and claimed it had delayed the announcement of candidates. Last week, the Congress had announced the names of eight of its candidates from Haryana. Former Union minister Kumari Selja has been fielded from Sirsa and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda from Rohtak. The party's Haryana youth wing president Divanshu Budhiraja has been fielded from the Karnal seat against former state chief minister and BJP candidate Manohar Lal Khattar. The ruling BJP named its candidates for six Lok Sabha seats in Haryana on March 13, three days before general elections were announced. It named the remaining four candidates on March 24.

devdiscourse 30 Apr 2024 11:08 pm

Khattar Contends Congress Faces Challenges in Post-Election Analysis

Khattar Contends Congress Faces Challenges in Post-Election Analysis Former Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday claimed there is panic in the Congress after sensing their defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Khattar said the Congress is in panic mode and added the grand old party leaders have due to this resorted to making statements that mislead the public. The BJP leader said that two phases of the seven phase elections have been held and there are indications of good results in favour of the NDA. Khattar was addressing the 'Vijay Sankalp' rally in Adampur, about 40 km from here. BJP leaders Kuldeep Bishnoi and his MLA-son Bhavya Bishnoi were also present on the occasion. Amid reports that he was earlier staying away from campaigning in the Hisar seat as he was upset over being denied the Lok Sabha ticket from the parliamentary constituency, Kuldeep Bishnoi had on Thursday asserted that was not the case and he would put best efforts to ensure victory of the party candidates on all 10 seats in Haryana. He said the people of Adampur area can never forget what Congress did to them in 2005. The former chief minister was referring to the Congress picking up Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was then MP from Rohtak, as the state's chief minister when the grand old party had won the assembly polls with overwhelming majority. Khattar said the Congress ignored the hard work of Bhajan Lal and made someone else the chief minister in his place, adding this hurt the people of this area and now the people of the area will not shy away from taking revenge. Former Haryana chief minister late Bhajan Lal is Kuldeep Bishnoi's father. Appealing to make BJP's Hisar Lok Sabha candidate Ranjit Singh Chautala victorious from the seat, he said that he will raise the voice of this region in the Lok Sabha and the demands and problems of this region will be fulfilled on priority. A proposal to name a railway station in the name of Bhajan Lal has already been sent, while we have already announced the name of a chowk in Hisar, he reiterated. Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA who last month joined the BJP, said that he has family ties with the Bhajan Lal family. In the election of Bhavya Bishnoi, he went from village to village and appealed for votes and the public made him MLA from Adampur, he said. Addressing the rally, Kuldeep Bishnoi said that he had a relationship with Adampur for years and this relationship is not political but that of a family. The people of the area should not have any kind of doubt in their mind, should not be misled by anyone and should make Ranjit Singh Chautala victorious from this area with a huge majority and send him to the Lok Sabha, he said. Adampur MLA Bhavya Bishnoi addressed Ranjit Singh as a future MP. He said that whenever he went to Khattar or Ranjit Singh with any demand, both of them fulfilled it without any delay and he still believed that their blessings would be on him in future also. Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subhash Barala, Haryana's Health Minister Dr Kamal Gupta, Deputy Speaker in Haryana Assembly Ranbir Gangwa and State General Secretary Surender Poonia were also present in the rally.

devdiscourse 29 Apr 2024 11:26 pm

Former Haryana JJP Leader Joins Congress

Former Haryana JJP Leader Joins Congress The JJP's former Haryana unit chief Nishan Singh, who recently quit the party, joined the Congress on Monday. Former Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) state general secretary Ramesh Godara and another leader Rahul Makkar also joined the Congress. Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda welcomed them and said the party is getting overwhelming support from various sections. He also asserted that the Congress will form the next government in Haryana. Hooda assured the three leaders, their supporters and others who joined the party of due respect in the Congress. Former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan, Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda and party leader Ashok Arora were present during the joining. Nishan Singh said whatever responsibility the party leadership assigns him, he will fulfil it with dedication and hard work. Hooda also said, ''There is a clear indication from the way the Congress is getting overwhelming public support that it will form the next government in Haryana.'' The INDIA bloc is getting full support in the Lok Sabha elections, he added. AAP, a constituent of the INDIA bloc, is contesting the Kurukshetra seat while the Congress has fielded candidates from the remaining nine. Urging people to support the INDIA bloc, Hooda said these elections are for saving democracy and the Constitution. Replying to a question, both Hooda and Bhan said there is no infighting in the Congress and everyone is unitedly fighting the polls. Both the leaders said no party leader was upset, replying to a question about senior leaders Kiran Choudhary and Birender Singh being unhappy. Hooda and Bhan maintained that the final decision to allot tickets is taken by the Congress high command. While Congress MLA Chouhdary was eyeing a ticket for her daughter Shruti from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Birender Singh's son Brijendra Singh was the hopeful from Hisar. Both Birender Singh and Brijendra Singh -- the outgoing Hisar MP -- left the BJP recently and joined the Congress. On the BJP's alliance with the JJP coming apart after the saffron party last month replaced Manohar Lal Khattar with Nayab Singh Saini as chief minister, Hooda alleged that the two parties are still hand-in-glove. ''They entered an agreement to break the alliance and the people understand this. The fight (in the Lok Sabha polls) is between the Congress and the BJP. There is no place for vote cutters,'' he said. Asked about BJP leaders facing opposition from farmers in some parts, Hooda said, ''I have said many times that BJP leaders should not be stopped from coming to villages. They should be stopped from going to the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha.'' Attacking the BJP government in Haryana, Hooda said, ''As far as Haryana is concerned, in 2014, the state which was ahead in per capita income, per capita investment and law and order is today number one in unemployment, inflation, crime.'' Bhan claimed a wind is blowing in favour of the Congress in Haryana and the BJP will be routed. Haryana's 10 seats will go to the polls in the sixth phase on May 25.

devdiscourse 29 Apr 2024 10:10 pm

Power Games | Hooda fells three families in one stroke

Dynasty Talk Hooda fells three families in one stroke There was a time when Haryana was known as the land of three Lals Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal. All three headed the state government at different times. Devi Lal went on to become deputy Prime Minister during V P Singhs Prime Ministership. Then came two other political families Hoodas and the Singhs (led by Birender Singh, who is a maternal grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram). While the patriarchs of the three Lal families have long gone, their scions have been locked in a struggle that has lasted several decades. The rise of the Hooda family is threatening the survival of Lal descendents as well as the family of Birender Singh. In the current elections, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has succeeded in ensuring that Lok Sabha tickets are denied to the three prominent families despite their best efforts to win the nomination. He got the Bhiwani-Mahendragarh ticket for his loyalist Dan Singh by ousting Shruti Chowdhary, who is the daughter of Bansi Lals daughter-in-law Kiran Chowdhary. Hooda convinced the Congress leadership that Shruti, who had lost the last Lok Sabha election by a margin of over four lakh votes, had no chance of winning this time either. He proposed the name of his loyalist Dan Singh for the seat. Kiran fought for weeks against Hoodas attempt to wrest control of Bhiwani. This delayed the Haryana list as the party had to form a special committee to look into the matter. The decision ultimately went in Hoodas favour. He has similarly persuaded the party against giving a Congress ticket from Hisar either to Birender Singhs son Brijendra Singh, who is a sitting BJP MP from from the constituency, or to Bhajan Lals son Kuldeep Bishnoi, who wanted to quit BJP and return to the Congress. Hooda argued that the party had given everything to Birender and Kuldeep, but they deserted Congress for greener pastures. They want to now return as the partys fortunes appear to be reviving in the state. He said the party should prefer loyalists over deserters. The leadership agreed and nominated Jai Prakash for the Hisar seat. Internal Rumblings BJP struggles to handle mercurial Bishnoi Former chief minister Bhajan Lals son Kuldeep Bishnoi is giving sleepless nights to the BJP, which he has joined after quitting the Congress. He was expecting to be fielded as a BJP candidate from the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency. But the party has nominated Ranjit Singh Chautala, son of former deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal and brother of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. An angry Kuldeep has reportedly refused to campaign for the party in the state. His son Bhavya Bishnoi is the MLA from the Adampur assembly segment of the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency. Attempts to persuade Kuldeep, who has earlier represented the constituency in the Lok Sabha, proved futile. The party then rushed chief minister Nayab Singh Saini to talk to him. Saini met Kuldeep at his Golf Links residence in New Delhi. In the meeting, Kuldeep stuck to his two demands of fielding him from Hisar and making his son a minister. He reportedly told Saini that as a Congress Working Committee member, he used to distribute tickets to candidates, but in BJP he has to fight for his own ticket. He said the denial of ticket has dealt a big blow to his political career. The meeting ended without any agreement as Saini did not make any commitment on Hisar. According to sources, former chief minister M L Khattar spoke to Kuldeep after his meeting with Saini and reminded him of his cases relating to disproportionate assets and some other issues and asked him to focus on sorting them out. Khattar told Kuldeep that in the meantime the party would give more responsibility to his son. But instead of accepting Kuldeeps demand for making Bhavya a minister in the state, the party has made him the head of its youth wing in Haryana. Kuldeep has not taken his sidelining well and is unlikely to take a plunge into campaigning for the party. Sources said the state may see a realignment of forces before the assembly elections later this year.

The New Indian Express 29 Apr 2024 7:41 am

Denied ticket by Cong., ex-Hisar MP Brijendra Singh holds internal politics responsible

Denial of tickets to the two leaders again brought to fore factionalism in the partys State unit as both Chaudhary Birender and Ms. Kiran Choudhry dont get along well

The Hindu 29 Apr 2024 2:07 am