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UP BEd Result 2024 out at bujhansi.ac.in, direct link to download UP BEd JEE result here

UP BEd Result 2024 announced by Bundelkhand University, Jhansi on June 25, 2024. Visit bujhansi.ac.in, log in with user ID and password to download scorecards. Results include candidate details, total marks, state and category ranks. Exam on June 9 featured two papers with MCQs on various subjects, each lasting 180 minutes.

The Times of India 25 Jun 2024 6:57 pm

SunSource Energy commissions 3 open access solar plants in Uttar Pradesh

Solar solutions provider SunSource Energy on Tuesday announced the commissioning of three open access solar power plants totalling a capacity of 45 MWp in Uttar Pradesh. Located in Jhansi and Lalitpur districts on a combined area of 150 acres, these projects have a total capacity of 45 MWp and signify the continued commitment of SunSource Energy to expanding its footprint in the state, a company statement said.

The Economic Times 25 Jun 2024 4:02 pm

Jilted lover shoots woman dead in Jhansi hours before her wedding

Kajal Ahirwar was attacked by Deepak Gautam at a beauty parlour in Sipri Bazar before her wedding, amidst bridal preparations. Deepak, the jilted boyfriend, disrupted the ceremony by breaking a glass pane with a gun, highlighting the tragic event.

The Times of India 25 Jun 2024 1:22 pm

CCTV Visuals Spot Big Cat at Shamshabad Home

Hyderabad: Forest department officials reported on Monday that a big cat was captured on CCTV wandering into a residence in Jhansimiyaguda area, Shamshabad. District forest officer Sudhakar Reddy stated, The big cat, which has recently caused panic, was seen walking inside an independent house in Jhansimiyaguda area on Sunday night. Sudhakar Reddy explained that during the previous incident, the department managed to capture the big cat while it was within the airport boundaries. However, this time it was spotted outside the airport perimeter. We have collected pug marks from the house, but we are still verifying if it's a leopard, he added. In response to the situation, Rajendra Nagar MLA V. Prakash Goud inspected the area and urged the forest department to install camera traps. Seven camera traps have been set up to capture the leopard, and villagers have been alerted, he mentioned. A month ago, a leopard with two cubs was sighted roaming in the RGIA premises. Forest officials had then set up five cages and successfully captured the animals after four days, relocating them to the Amrabad tiger reserve.

Deccan Chronicle 25 Jun 2024 12:30 am

'Come Out, You've Betrayed Me...': In Jhansi, 22-year-old Woman Shot Dead by Ex-boyfriend on Wedding Day

The incident took place only hours before the wedding when the woman was getting her makeup done at a salon and was in the final stage of getting ready

News18 24 Jun 2024 9:04 pm

Railway Ordered to Compensate Passenger for Stolen Luggage

Railway Ordered to Compensate Passenger for Stolen Luggage In a recent ruling, a consumer commission has mandated the Indian Railway to provide compensation exceeding Rs 1.08 lakh to a passenger who had their luggage stolen during transit. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (Central District) determined the railway's negligence led to this incident, which occurred in January 2016 on the Malwa Express between Jhansi and Gwalior. The commission, consisting of President Inder Jeet Singh and member Rashmi Bansal, highlighted that it had jurisdiction over the matter as the complainant boarded the train from New Delhi, maintaining continuity of the journey till Indore. Reprimanding the railway for lack of action and rejecting its claim of passenger negligence, the commission concluded that the complainant's efforts to file an FIR revealed considerable harassment and inconvenience. The commission awarded the complainant Rs 80,000 for the stolen valuables, Rs 20,000 for damages related to harassment and mental agony, and Rs 8,000 towards litigation costs. The ruling underscores the responsibility of the railways to ensure the safety and security of passengers and their belongings.

devdiscourse 24 Jun 2024 7:08 pm

Man, 60, Murders Woman, Dumps Body Parts Inside 2 Trains, Arrested: Cops

A man who cremated his 40-year-old wife four days ago in this Uttar Pradesh district was reunited with her after she was found alive about 600 kilometres away in Jhansi, police said on Sunday.

NDTV 23 Jun 2024 11:58 pm

Man Reunited with Dead Wife Found Alive 600km Away

Man Reunited with Dead Wife Found Alive 600km Away In a bizarre turn of events in Uttar Pradesh, a man reunited with his 'dead' wife who was found alive 600 kilometers away in Jhansi. Ram Sumer, aged 60 from Gorakhpur, had lodged a complaint after his wife, Phoolmati, went missing on June 15. Four days later, a woman's body was discovered and identified as Phoolmati's leading to cremation rites. The twist surfaced when a post-mortem report revealed the woman had been strangled. Police traced Phoolmati's mobile phone to Jhansi, showing communications with Shubham from Sultanpur, who confirmed Phoolmati was alive. The inquiry continues to unravel the truth behind this mystery.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 7:27 pm

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NDTV 22 Jun 2024 7:34 pm

Tragic Heatstroke Incident: Head Constable's Sudden Demise Sparks Probe

Tragic Heatstroke Incident: Head Constable's Sudden Demise Sparks Probe In a tragic turn of events, Head Constable Brij Kishor, aged 52, succumbed to a suspected heatstroke at Kanpur Central station on Tuesday, as confirmed by senior police officials on Wednesday. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Collectorganj) Mohd Mohsin Khan emphasized there was no negligence in the treatment provided to Kishor, a resident of Jhansi, who had been en route to his native place. Initial investigations reveal that Kishor fell unconscious after feeling dizzy at the station gate. He was promptly aided by Sub-Inspector Jag Pratap Singh, who administered CPR and took him to the hospital. However, a video of the incident went viral, showing a colleague recording Kishor in an unconscious state. The ACP clarified that the video was made by the SI to gather information, and not intended for public dissemination. Despite the efforts to revive Kishor, he unfortunately passed away during treatment.

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 1:10 am

From Manu to Warrior Queen: A Look at the Life of Rani Lakshmi Bai on Her Death Anniversary

Jhansi: Rani Lakshmi Bai, also known as Laxmi Bai, was born on November 19, 1835, in Kashi (Varanasi) into a Brahmin family. Her father, Moropant Tambe, worked for Peshwa Baji Rao II. She died on June 18, 1858, at Kotah-ki-Serai near Gwalior during a valiant battle against the British East India Company. As the queen of the Maratha princely state of Jhansi, located in present-day Uttar Pradesh, she became a prominent figure in the Indian War of Independence in 1857, symbolizing resistance against British rule. Originally named Manikarnika Tambe and affectionately called Manu, she was born to Moropant Tambe and Bhagirathi Sapre, a Marathi Karhade Brahmin couple. Her mother passed away when she was just four years old. Manu's father worked for Peshwa Baji Rao II in Bithoor, who nicknamed her Chhabili for her playful nature. Educated at home, she grew up more independent than most girls her age, excelling in shooting, horsemanship, fencing, and mallakhamba, alongside her friends Nana Sahib and Tatya Tope. In 1842, she married the Maharaja of Jhansi and was renamed Rani Lakshmibai in honor of the Goddess Laxmi. Following her husband's death, she led a fierce resistance against the British, ultimately dying on June 18, 1858. Her loyal troops ensured her body was taken away, honoring her wish to avoid capture by the British. Rani Lakshmibai became a leading symbol in the 1857 War of Independence. She often rode on horseback, sometimes with a small escort or in a palanquin, and was known for her horses, Sarangi, Pavan, and Baadal. Historical records indicate she rode Baadal during her escape from the fort in 1858. Her palace, the Rani Mahal, is now a museum. Battle at Jhansi and Final Sacrifice The British attacked Jhansi on March 21, 1858. Despite requesting reinforcements from Tatya Tope, his forces were defeated. Rani Lakshmibai personally supervised the defense of the fort. On April 3, 1858, General Rose stormed the fort, and by April 5, Jhansi had fallen under British control. According to historian S.N. Sinha, Rani Lakshmibai, disguised as a man, left the fort on April 4 or 5 and headed towards Kalpi, where the revolutionaries planned a resistance that ultimately failed. They then moved to Gwalior, achieving initial success. On June 18, 1858, the British attacked again, leading to a retreat and her death in the ensuing battle. General Rose reported that she ordered a funeral pyre and lit it herself. Another account suggests she chose death over living under British rule. Twenty years later, Colonel Malleson wrote in History of the Indian Mutiny that despite her faults from the British perspective, her countrymen would remember her as someone who, driven by ill-treatment, rebelled and lived and died for her country. Rani Lakshmibai's bravery, courage, and fighting spirit are commemorated with numerous statues across India. Institutions named in her honor include Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education in Gwalior, Laksmibai National College of Physical Education in Thiruvananthapuram, and Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College in Jhansi. The Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University in Jhansi was established in 2013, and the Rani Jhansi Marine National Park is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A womens unit of the Indian National Army was named the Rani of Jhansi Regiment. In 1957, two postage stamps commemorated the centenary of the rebellion. Rani Lakshmibai's dedication to Indian independence is celebrated in novels, poetry, and film, solidifying her legacy as a hero of India's fight for freedom. Temperatures Soar to 45 Degrees Celsius in Northern Rajasthan When Does Jordan Peele's Fourth Movie Release in Theaters? Breaking! Fire Breaks Out at Garments Factory in Delhi's Gandhi Nagar, Dousing Operation Underway

News Track 18 Jun 2024 6:12 pm

Gujarat homeopath pays Rs 16 lakh for MBBS course from UP, gets degree in just 1 month

A shocking case of medical education fraud surfaced in Mehsana, Gujarat, where Suresh Patel paid for a forged MBBS degree from Bundelkhand University in Jhansi through Dr. Prem Kumar Rajput and others.

The Economic Times 18 Jun 2024 12:01 pm

Homeopath pays Rs 16L for MBBS seat, gets 'degree' in a month

A homeopath in Mehsana, Gujarat paid Rs 16.32 lakh to Dr. Prem Kumar Rajput for an MBBS degree from a university in Uttar Pradesh. The forged degree, issued by Bundelkhand University in Jhansi and endorsed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), led to an FIR five years later.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 2:11 am

Rani Lakshmibai Death Anniversary: How was the last day of the queen of Jhansi? Know the heroic story of warrior Lakshmibai

The first freedom movement to liberate India from the slavery of the British was fought by a woman. This fight is also called a rebellion against the British soldiers. The leader of this movement was Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, who gave a tough time to the British at the age of just 16. Her heroic saga is recorded in the pages of history and is told to every child in the form of a story or tale so that they become courageous. This is an incomparable example of women's empowerment. June 18 is the death anniversary of Rani Lakshmibai, which is remembered as her sacrifice day. In the last battle of her life, she wrote such a unique story of bravery on the last day, which will be remembered for centuries. Let us know the heroic saga of Rani Lakshmibai and how was the last day of her life. Biography of Rani Lakshmibai Rani Lakshmibai was born on 19 November 1828 in a Marathi family in Banaras. Her childhood name was Manikarnika and people affectionately call her Manu. In 1842, she was married to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Nevlekar of Jhansi. After marriage, she was named Lakshmibai. After marriage, her son died at the age of just four months. After 11 years of marriage, the Maharaja also died. Rani Lakshmibai, who was broken by the loss of her husband and son, adopted Maharaja Gangadhar's cousin Damodar as her son to handle her empire. However, the British refused to accept the adopted son Damodar as the heir of Jhansi and turned against Lakshmibai. They asked to hand over the fort of Jhansi to the British rule. Invasion of Jhansi The British, under the leadership of Sir Hughrose, laid siege to Jhansi on 23 March 1858 and attacked the next day. The army of Jhansi taught a lesson to the British army. She kept protecting the fort somehow but on 2 April, the British planned to attack the fort of Jhansi and started heavy shelling. The British army was successful in infiltration. The queen of Jhansi left the fort To save the lives of the queen and Damodar Rao, they had to leave the fort and go to Tatya Tope or Nana Saheb. Lakshmibai tied Damodar Rao on her back and jumped from the fort on horseback. During this, her horse died. But she reached Kalpi. On 22 May, the British attacked Kalpi and the queen had to flee from there along with her companions. Rani Lakshmibai, Tatya Tope and Rao Saheb reached Gwalior. The British attacked Gwalior on 17 June. The queen fought directly with the British. During this time, the queen was in the attire of a soldier. During the fight, the queen was shot. She was bleeding a lot, and then a sword hit her head and she was martyred. (PC: Instagram)

Kalam Times 17 Jun 2024 4:35 pm

Railways forms panel to look into speed limit violations by train drivers

NEW DELHI: Concerned over loco pilots (train drivers) violating speed limits, the Railway Board has constituted a committee to look into such instances. The committee is tasked with finding out the reasons that prompt the drivers to overlook the prescribed speed limits at various points. The violation of speed limits poses a serious threat to train safety. A source in the railways cited a case of speed limit violation reported on a river bridge where the driver violated the speed restriction of 20 kmph and took the train at above 100 kmph. Since the bridge was under maintenance, it could have turned into a major accident. Sources also cited another incident where the driver and the assistant loco pilot of the Gatiman Express, which is Indias first semi-high speed train, drove at 160 kmph between Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi and Virangana Lakshmibai Jhansi Junction in UP. Similarly, drivers of Malwa Express, running between Katra and Indore, had also violated the speed limits. The board issued a circular to all zones on June 3 where it has stated that members of a committee formed to review the caution orders to drivers and train managers (guards) would interact with loco pilots via video conference to understand issues at the field level. In a meeting on June 5, more than 180 loco pilots and loco inspectors participated. At the virtual meeting, a plethora of suggestions and reasons were collected, said a source, adding that strict action would be taken against drivers if they are found overlooking the speed limits. Generally, speed restrictions are imposed on the rail routes only when repairing of tracks or bridges is going on and the railway provide complete route charts to loco pilots. An official said some drivers suggested that a train guard should remind a driver on a walkie-talkie 3 km before the starting point of the speed limits.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:06 am

At 47.6C, Prayagraj hottest in country; 5th time in 10 days

Heatwave in UP continued with Prayagraj hitting 47.6C. Jhansi, Kanpur IAF station, Varanasi, and others also saw high temperatures in June, while Lucknow reached 45.6C.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 7:42 am

12 pilgrims injured as bus rams into truck in Chandauli

In Jhansi village, a tragic bus accident occurred on Sunday morning, injuring 12 pilgrims from Jharkhand and West Bengal on their way to Kedarnath shrine. Three seriously injured pilgrims were referred to Varanasi for treatment. The group of 30 pilgrims had hired the bus for the pilgrimage. The injured were taken to the district hospital for medical care.

The Times of India 16 Jun 2024 7:20 pm

Railway Board to study to find out why drivers violate speed limits

The Railway Board has set up a committee to find out the reasons for the violation of speed restrictions by train drivers at various points between originating and destination stations which is detrimental to safe train operations. According to sources, the Board came into action after recent incidents in which two train drivers violated the speed restriction of 20 kmph at a river bridge, which was under maintenance and drove their trains at 120 kmph speed. In the first incident, the loco pilot and assistant loco pilot of the Gatiman Express, India's first semi-high-speed train which runs at 160 kmph speed between Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi and Virangana Lakshmibai Jhansi Junction in Uttar Pradesh, violated the advisory speed restriction between Jajau and Mania railway station near Agra Cantt. Just a couple of days after the Gatiman incident, the drivers of another train Malwa Express, which runs between Katra (Jammu) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh), too committed a similar violation at

Business Standard 16 Jun 2024 3:01 pm

Selection trials for Natl Hockey Cship on June 18, 19

Excelsior Sports Correspondent JAMMU, June 15: Selection trials for 2nd Hockey India Junior Men-Women North Zone Championship to be held at Jhansi (UP) will be held on June 18 & 19 at Hockey Playfield Simbal Camp , Jammu at 4 pm. Organisers said players born on or after 01-01-2006 are eligible for trials. Players should be registered with Hockey India. The post Selection trials for Natl Hockey Cship on June 18, 19 appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 16 Jun 2024 5:01 am

UP ke do ladke aced IAFs 213 graduation course

Two boys from Uttar Pradesh, Flying Officer Happy Singh and Flying Officer Taufeeq Raza, excelled in the Indian Air Force's 213 graduation course. Happy Singh from Bijnor district received top honors, while Raza from Jhansi district was recognized for his achievements in the ground duty officers course.

The Times of India 15 Jun 2024 10:42 pm

14 killed, 12 injured as tempo traveller carrying tourists falls into Alaknanda river in Uttarakhand

14 killed, 12 injured as tempo traveller carrying tourists falls into Alaknanda river in Uttarakhand Fourteen tourists were killed and 12 injured when a tempo traveller skidded off the road and fell into Alaknanda river on Badrinath national highway here in Uttarakhand on Saturday, officials said. The tourists were on the way to Chopta when the accident happened around 11.30 am near Raitoli village. The vehicle carrying 26 people rolled 200 metres down the gorge and into the river, they said. Ten people died on the spot while four others succumbed later in hospitals, according to the district administration. Two persons were declared dead at Rudraprayag district hospital while two were declared brought dead at AIIMS, Rishikesh. Three of the dead are yet to be identified, according to hospital authorities. The driver of the tempo traveller, Karan Singh, is also among the dead. Victims of the accident were residents of Noida, Mathura, Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh, Haldwani of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana. Rescue and relief personnel had to navigate extremely adverse terrain to reach the badly mangled vehicle. Senior officers, including District Magistrate Saurabh Gaharwar, Superintendent of Police Vishakha Ashok Bhadane monitored the rescue and relief operations being carried out by the police and Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). A woman was flung from the vehicle due to the accident but later she was rescued from the bushes around 80 metres off the road, the SDRF said. Garhwal Inspector General of Police KS Nagnyal said the vehicle was carrying the tourists to Chopta. On Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami's instructions, seven persons seriously injured in the accident were taken to AIIMS, Rishikesh through heli-ambulance, while six others were admitted to Rudraprayag district hospital, he said. A health bulletin issued by AIIMS-Rishikesh said that out of the seven injured brought to the hospital, two were brought dead. Trauma surgeon of AIIMS, Rishikesh, Dr Ruby Kataria said that a team of doctors of the trauma department is engaged in the treatment of five other injured. The injured have suffered deep injuries in many parts of their bodies and almost all of them are in critical condition, the doctor said. The chief minister has directed the district magistrate to investigate the incident, officials said. CM Dhami later reached AIIMS, Rishikesh and enquired about the condition of the injured and urged doctors to provide necessary treatment to them. The families of the injured have been contacted and they were assured of all possible help from the state government, the CM said. Officials have also been directed to ensure effective control of such accidents in the state, he said. The chief minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased. The state government will provide Rs 40,000 to the seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to others injured in the accident. The injured will also get Rs 50,000 from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). President Droupadi Murmu, PM Modi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and other leaders expressed grief over the loss of life. Terming the accident heartbreaking, the Prime Minister's Office posted on X, ''My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in this. Along with this, I wish all the injured a speedy recovery.'' President Murmu condoled the loss of lives in the accident and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said,''The local administration and SDRF teams are engaged in relief and rescue work and all possible help is being provided to the injured.'' In a post on X, Vice President Dhankhar said he was pained to hear about the loss of lives in the accident. According to Uttarakhand government data, 1,674 accidents were reported in the state in 2022, in which 1,042 people died and 1,613 were injured. The country reported 4,61,312 road accidents with 1,68,491 deaths and 4,43,366 injuries the same year.

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 10:28 pm

Tragic Tractor-Trolley Accident Claims Five Lives in Madhya Pradesh

Tragic Tractor-Trolley Accident Claims Five Lives in Madhya Pradesh In a tragic accident, five people, including an 11-year-old girl, lost their lives and 20 others were injured after a tractor-trolley overturned in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district early Friday, police reported. The victims were en route to the Ratangarh Mata shrine when the vehicle veered off the road near Maithana Pali at around 4:30 am. The tractor-trolley then overturned and plunged 15 feet into a culvert, according to a police officer. Karnik Shrivastava, Bhander Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), suggested that the driver might have fallen asleep, leading to the fatal accident. Authorities identified the deceased as Sonam (11), Kranti (17), Seema (30), Kamni (19), and Roshni (17). Seventeen of the injured were admitted to Datia district hospital, while two others were referred to Gwalior and one to Jhansi for further treatment. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav expressed profound sorrow over the fatalities, as confirmed by an official.

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 7:11 pm

Tragic Accident Claims Four Lives in Madhya Pradesh Temple Trip

Tragic Accident Claims Four Lives in Madhya Pradesh Temple Trip A devastating accident resulted in the death of four individuals, including two girls and two women, and left 20 others injured early Friday in Madhya Pradeshs Datia district. Police reported that the victims were traveling to the Ratangarh Mata shrine when their tractor-trolley veered off the road and plunged 15 feet into a culvert near Maithana Pali at around 4:30 am. Details on the cause of the incident remain unclear, according to Datia Superintendent of Police Virendra Mishra. Mishra noted that an injured girl has been referred to Gwalior for treatment, while another victim was taken to Jhansi. The rest of the injured are receiving treatment within the district. Investigations are ongoing as authorities work to determine what led to the tragic accident that marred the temple pilgrimage.

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 9:29 am

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery: Jhansi Orthopaedic Hospital Announces The Launch of Revolutionary Medical Technology

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 11: When it comes to bringing new technologies and innovative techniques to the sphere of medicine and health care, Jhansi Orthopaedic Hospital has always been at the forefront. For years, Jhansi Orthopaedic Hospital has been providing high-quality orthopaedic care designed around the individual needs of a patient. Now, Jhansi Orthopaedic Hospital has announced the launch of robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery, a ground breaking advancement poised to revolutionize orthopaedic care in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. This state-of-the-art technology sets a new standard for precision and efficiency, offering a transformative solution for patients requiring knee replacement surgery.

Business Standard 11 Jun 2024 4:05 pm

TGCSB Arrest Hacker, Accused of Breaching TSCOP Data, in Delhi

Hyderabad: Jatin Kumar, a 24-year-old BCA student from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, who has been arrested by Telangana Cyber Security Bureau (TGCSB) from his hideout in Delhi for hacking the police apps Hawkeye and TSCOP, reportedly used fake identity and transacted in cryptocurrency using multiple addresses. In order to track down the tech-savvy youth, the TGCSB investigation team had to use advanced software, police sources said. We have collected details of similar offences committed by him. Jatin is facing trial and the chargesheet is yet to be filed against him, sources said. Jatin had been arrested by the cyber special branch of the Delhi polices Dwarka unit. The bureau has seized technical evidence from him and is trying to retrieving data to identify his associates and the others who have purchased data illegally using cryptocurrency, sources said. Our teams were aware that Jatin had breached the TSCOP app but did not react immediately as he would be alerted. However, our teams were running a parallel operation the day we came to know about the breach and finally got him. Our teams are completing official formalities to get him into custody on a transit warrant from Delhi, a senior police officer disclosed. Immediately after coming to know about the breach, TGCSB took measures to prevent further hacking into the apps, sources disclosed. Jitin has not revealed the data he had sold and about his foreign-based associates, sources said, while adding that they would get a clear picture after questioning him. He has reportedly been into hacking since 2019 and has saved the breached data in his system. His PDF files have already been seized by the Delhi police. We still are not sure if Jatin is the actual culprit, a police officer said. We suspect that there are other professional hackers behind him. An official from the Dwarka police said, We are coordinating with TS police on legal formalities. We have provided information about Jatin's methods to the Telangana police. The TGSCB team said that Jatin had initiated comprehensive monitoring and vulnerability assessment & penetration testing (VAPT) not only from the TS police but also gained access across police data stored in the external and internal data storage networks and mobile apps in Delhi, Mumbai and other metro cities, police suspect.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 8:56 pm

CBI Arrests NHAI General Manager in Rs 10-lakh Bribery Case

CBI Arrests NHAI General Manager in Rs 10-lakh Bribery Case The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has apprehended Purushottam Lal Choudhary, a general manager at NHAI based in Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh, in connection with a Rs 10-lakh bribery scandal, officials confirmed on Sunday. Six additional suspects, including NHAI consultant Sharad Verma, resident engineer Prem Kumar Sinha, and four employees of PNC Infratechnamely Satyanarayana Anguluri, Brijesh Mishra, Anil Jain, and Shubham Jainwere taken into custody on Saturday evening, according to authorities. The accused were allegedly accepting bribes for the final handover, the issuance of a no-objection certificate, and the processing of the final bill for the Jhansi-Khajuraho Project awarded to PNC Infratech by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

devdiscourse 10 Jun 2024 12:21 am

Telangana police arrested Hawkeye app hacker

Some hackers have in the past offered stolen data and software for sale online. Wealthy Singapore is hyper-connected and on a drive to digitise government records and essential services, including medical records which public hospitals and clinics can share via a centralised database. Some hackers have in the past offered stolen data and software for sale online. Wealthy Singapore is hyper-connected and on a drive to digitise government records and essential services, including medical records which public hospitals and clinics can share via a centralised database. Hyderabad: The Cyber Security Bureau (TGCSB) police arrested a hacker involved in breaching the Hawkeye mobile app. The accused has been identified as Jatin Kumar, a 20-year-old student from Greater Noida, sources told Deccan Chronicle. The cyber cops, using advanced tools, identified the hacker who had posted details of the breach on databreachforum.st and offered to sell it for $150. The hacker, a resident of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, provided the Telegram IDs Adm1nfr1end and Adm1nfr1ends for buyers to contact him regarding the Hawkeye and TSCOP data, respectively. Police said Jatin had attempted to mask his identity but the cyber police utilised social engineering techniques to track him down in Delhi. The CSB registered a case (9 of 2024) based on the data breach involving Hawkeye, with subsequent reports on the TSCOP and police SMS services apps, Director-General of Police Ravi Gupta said in a press release on Sunday. Our teams arrested the accused in Delhi on Saturday and he will be brought to city Hyderabad on transit remand, Gupta said. The accused has a history of cybercrimes, having been previously involved in a similar case of hacking and was earlier arrested by a special cell of Dwarka police station in New Delhi (201 of 2023), the DGP said. The accused had confessed to the city cyber cops that he had leaked data regarding Aadhaar cards and critical information related to other agencies. The probe is ongoing, with efforts to identify any additional accomplices involved in this case, Gupta said. The DGP said sensitive or financial data of any the user has been compromised in the backing. The Hawkeye app only retains user information such as mobile numbers, addresses, and email IDs as part of its data repository, he said. Prima-facie, it was suspected that because of a weak or compromised password, the intruder might have obtained access to certain segments of Hawkeye data. With regard to the TSCOP app, DGP Gupta said it was utilised for in-house tasks, guaranteeing no collection of confidential or financial user data. He said it does not collect any visitor or hotel management data. Hence, it is absolutely incorrect to say that TSCOP pushed / gave such data to any third party, Gupta clarified. Therefore, certain related media reports that appeared in newspapers are denied. In the case of the SMS server URL of the Hyderabad city police, the intruders claims were false as the URL had been defunct and unsubscribed since April 2022, with Hyderabad city police to use it long before that, the DGP said. In addition to investigating the data breach incident, we have initiated comprehensive monitoring, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing across all police internal and external networks, web and mobile applications, as well as cloud and endpoints to identify and address any security weaknesses, so as to prevent any future breach, the state police chief said. The DGP congratulate senior police officials Bhaskaran, Viswajit Kampati, K.V.M. Prasad and their team for detecting this case in record time under the supervision of Shikha Goel, director of the Cyber Security Bureau.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 10:24 pm

Highway Corruption Scandal: NHAI General Manager Arrested in Bribery Case

Highway Corruption Scandal: NHAI General Manager Arrested in Bribery Case In a significant crackdown, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has apprehended Purushottam Lal Choudhary, the General Manager of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) stationed in Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh, for allegedly accepting a Rs 10 lakh bribe. Officials reported on Sunday that Choudhary, alongside six othersincluding an NHAI Consultant, his Resident Engineer, and four employees of a private companywere taken into custody on Saturday evening. Sources close to the investigation revealed that the accused were implicated in receiving bribes pertaining to the final handover, issuance of a no-objection certificate, and processing the final bill for the Jhansi-Khajuraho Project awarded to the implicated private company by NHAI.

devdiscourse 9 Jun 2024 10:12 pm

20-year-old from Delhi arrested for hacking Hawk Eye and TSCOP applications of Telangana police

The hacker, who is a student from Noida and a native of Jhansi, had posted details of the breach on databreachforum.st, offering the compromised data from the two applications for sale at $150

The Hindu 9 Jun 2024 7:32 pm

Unable to Fund Education Abroad Student Dies by Suicide After

Nalgonda: A 20-year-old student, whose family was reportedly unable to fund his studies in Germany, made a video call to his sister to tell her that he was going to die by suicide, and sent her location. The family immediately informed the Nalgonda Rural police. By the time the police reached the spot, the student had died by suicide, Nalgonda Rural police. Police said the victim, Koradala Shivamani, had discontinued his BSc (Agricuture) cource at a college at Hyderabad, and wanted to join a nursing course in Germany. He had enrolled with the government-run Telangana Overseas Manpower Company (Tomcom) for facilitation in training in the German language and selecting colleges abroad. Tomcom officials said the process including training and accommodation in Germany would cost Rs 3.5 lakh. Shivamanis father K. Shanker, an autorickshaw driver, he tried to borrow the money but failed. According to the police, Shivamani went to his house in Chandanapally from Hyderabad about three days back. He left the house on Friday morning. At 3 pm, he made a video call to his sister Jhansi at 3 pm and informed her that he would die by suicide and shared the location. Nalgonda railway police shifted the body of the victim to the Government General Hospital mortuary for autopsy and began an investigation.

Deccan Chronicle 7 Jun 2024 11:46 pm

Barring two, NDA wins all in North Coastal Andhra

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jana Sena Party (JSP), has scored a landslide victory in the 2024 general elections in the erstwhile Visakhapatnam district, comprising Visakhapatnam, Anakapalle, and Alluri Sitharama Raju districts. The clear electoral mandate of the NDA in the district underscores the strategic prowess of the tripartite alliance and strong support for its agenda as it is set to win two out of three Lok Sabha segments. In terms of Assembly constituencies, the TDP-JSP-BJP alliance has secured all the seats, barring Araku Valley and Paderu. Visakhapatnam LS TDP candidate M Sribharat defeated Botcha Jhansi of the YSRC with a record margin. Similarly, BJP candidate CM Ramesh won the Anakapalle MP seat, defeating YSRC candidate Budi Mutyala Naidu. YSRC Araku Lok Sabha candidate Chetti Thanuja defeated the BJP candidate and former MP Kothapalli Geetha. In the ballot battle between the Guru and Shishya, TDPs Ganta Srinivas Rao is heading towards another electoral victory against Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao of YSRC in the Bheemili constituency. Gantas win over his former disciple reflects the intricate dynamics of local politics and the electorates assessment of leadership capabilities. It is interesting that Ganta has remained undefeated in the electoral arena since he made his debut in 1999. The defeat of key YSRC candidates across the Visakhapatnam district can be attributed to several factors. One significant aspect is the perceived failure of the incumbent administration to effectively address critical issues such as civic infrastructure, traffic management, environmental concerns, and lack of job opportunities. The electorates dissatisfaction with the lack of tangible progress on these fronts has likely influenced their voting decisions, leading to a loss of confidence in the ruling governance. Contributing to the landslide victory in the State, the TDP-JSP-BJP alliance made a clean sweep in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Parvathipuram-Manyam districts by winning all the 19 Assembly segments and two Lok Sabha seats. Interestingly, this is the first time all the Assembly seats have been won by a single party or alliance after 1951 in the erstwhile Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. In the NDAs thumping victory, several ministers and senior politicians of the YSRC, including Botcha Satyanarayana, Dharmana Prasadarao, Dharmana Krishna Das, Tammineni Seetharam, Peedika Rajanna Dora, Seediri Appalaraju, Pamula Puspha Srivani, and Sambangi Chinna Appalanaidu, lost their ground. Though the YSRC senior leaders Botcha Satyanarayana and Pidika Rajanna Dora were in competition until the first ten rounds of the counting, they ended up losing to their counterparts by substantial majorities. NDAs cohesive campaign resonated with voters The alliance formed by the TDP, BJP, and JSP presented a formidable challenge, with their cohesive campaign strategy and united front resonating with voters across the region. Whereas, the Jana Sena, which is said to be a nominal contender in North Andhra, has won both the seats it contested. Its Nellimarla candidate Lokam Madhavi registered a thumping victory against sitting MLA Baddukonda Appalanaidu with nearly a 39,000-vote difference

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:48 am

Dynastic fortunes swing in Andhra Pradesh elections

TIRUPATI: The Andhra Pradesh state assembly elections saw mixed fortunes for the state's powerful political dynasties, with some reinforcing their grip while others faced setbacks. The Nara family continued their dominance, with father-son duo Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Lokesh of the Telugu Desam clinching massive victories. Naidu secured a majority of 48,184 votes in his bastion, Kuppam, over his rival. With this, Naidu has won his eighth term as MLA from Kuppam. Lokesh registered his first victory by securing a record majority of 91,431 votes against his YSRC rival. From the legendary Nandamuri clan, former chief minister and Telugu Desam founder NT Rama Rao's son Nandamuri Balakrishna retained his winning streak in Hindupur with a majority of 32, 597 votes against TN Deepika of the YSRC. The most powerful Yeduguri Sandinti (YS) family witnessed both triumph and defeat. YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy, secured an easy win in Pulivendula with a 61,687 votes majority. However, his sister YS Sharmila, leading the state Congress, lost to another YS family scion, YS Avinash Reddy, in Kadapa LS. The family's internal dynamics and rivalries have played out on the electoral stage. This could signal a shift in their influence, observed Ramakrishna Reddy, a political analyst. Other dynasts tasting victory included Kotla Jayasurya Prakash Reddy (Dhone), son of ex-CM Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy; Kinjarapu Atchannaidu (Tekkali), the TDs state chief, Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu, son of late Union minister Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu in Srikakulam. The YSRC's Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, the strongman of YSRC, won in Punganur along with his son PV Mithun Reddy (Rajampet) and brother Peddireddy Dwarakanatha Reddy (Thamballapalle). However, several political families faced defeats. The Botsa family, including YSRC minister Botsa Satyanarayana, former MP Botsa Jhansi Lakshmi and Botsa Appalanarasayya, lost their seats to the TD. The Mekapati family, with a legacy under Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, failed to win a single seat, with son Vikram Reddy and brother Rajagopal Reddy losing Atmakur and Udayagiri respectively. Nedurumalli Ramkumar Reddy of YSRC, son of former CM Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy, faced defeat in Venkatagiri. Six-term Kovur MLA Nallapareddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy also lost his bastion to TD's Vemireddy Prashanthi Reddy. The voters have shown that they are willing to break away from dynastic loyalties. While one family won multiple seats, with father, son, and brother emerging victorious, another family failed to secure a single seat. This could mark the end of an era for some dynasties, opined Reddy.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 7:52 am

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

Jhansi 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 6:03 am

Fire in three coaches of Taj Express in Delhi, no casualties

New Delhi: Three coaches of the Jhansi-bound Taj Express train caught fire in southeast Delhis Sarita Vihar on Monday. No one was injured in the incident as passengers managed to get out of the affected coaches in time, officials said. The cause of the fire was not known immediately and the railway police are investigating 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 3 Jun 2024 11:29 pm

MP: Uma Bharti Predicts 450 Plus for NDA in General Elections, Says Opposition Collapsed

Bhopal: A day before the announcement of the results of the 2024 general elections, senior BJP leader and former Union minister Uma Bharti on Monday took everyone by surprise by predicting that the BJP-led NDA may cross the 450-mark. Ms Bharti who has been on a spiritual tour of Himalayas since last two months took to social media site X to forecast that I will not be surprised if NDA gets more than 450 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. Terming the pilgrims thronging to religious places of significance in Himalayan region as bellwether, she said that her interactions with them during her stay in the area have convinced her that NDA will win more than 450 seats in the polls. Pilgrims from across the country visit various religious places in Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. I was interacting with them during my stay in the region to gauge their pulses. I am convinced after interactions with them that NDA will get more than 450 seats, she said. Interestingly, no exit poll aired on June one has predicted a victory of such scale for NDA in the general elections. India Today-Axis My India has forecast the maximum 361-401 seats for NDA, while Todays Chanakya predicted 335 seats to the BJP and 400 to the BJP-led alliance. The BJP had coined the 400 paar slogan for NDA in the Lok Sabha polls. Former chief minister Ms Bharti who last contested the Lok Sabha polls from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and subsequently became a member in the Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre, has attributed a possible landslide victory for NDA in the polls to the miserable failure of the Opposition to emerge as an alternative force by putting forth their ideology effectively before the people. The campaign by the Opposition all through the elections had centred on Modi bashing and was highly negative. The Opposition did not highlight the real issues (facing the people), she said. The Opposition has collapsed. A new Opposition should emerge to strengthen the democracy in the country, she added. Ms Bharti had stayed away from the last two LS elections citing preoccupation with her mission for conservation of Ganga.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 9:06 pm

YSRC rebel MLC Indukuri disqualified

Vijayawada: YSRC rebel MLC Indukuri Raghu Raju has been disqualified under the anti-defection law. AP Legislative Council chairman Koyye Moshenu Raju issued a disqualification order on Monday. The council chairmans decision comes after Indukuri failed to turn up for the in-person hearings on May 27 and May 31, 2024. Indukuri Raghu Raju reportedly remained in touch with the Telugu Desam leader Nara Lokesh and conspired to defeat Srungavarapukota (S Kota) candidate Kadubandi Srinivasa Rao and Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha candidate Botsa Jhansi, both belonged to the YSRC. The MLC crossed over to the TD from the YSRC. Following this, the YSRC whip, Palavalasa Vikrant, filed a complaint with the council chairman about his defection. Subsequently, the chairman issued summons to Raghu Raju and asked him to appear before the Legislative Council in person. However, he skipped the hearing twice, citing health reasons.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 7:39 pm

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

UP B.Ed. JEE 2024 Admit Card delayed: Where and how to download when out

UP B.Ed. JEE 2024 admit card has been released today, May 30, 2024 by the Bundelkhand University Jhansi. The admission test is scheduled to be conducted on June 9, 2024. Result date is not yet confirmed. Check here for the direct link of the hall ticket, important dates and other details.

The Times of India 30 May 2024 4:18 pm

Scorching Heatwave Grips Northern and Central India: Relief Expected Soon

Scorching Heatwave Grips Northern and Central India: Relief Expected Soon Large parts of northern and central India were in the grip of extreme heatwave conditions on Tuesday with the mercury crossing 50 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan's Churu and Haryana's Sirsa and settling nine notches above normal in Delhi. At least three weather stations in Delhi recorded maximum temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius or more. Mungeshpur and Narela in Delhi clocked 49.9 degrees followed by Najafgarh at 49.8 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. This was the highest maximum temperature recorded in the capital this season. However, Mungeshpur and Narela weather stations came up in 2022 and have records only for the last three years. The IMD said respite from the heatwave conditions could be in sight after May 30. It said that a fresh western disturbance was expected over parts of northwest India on Thursday which could bring isolated rainfall over the region on the weekend. IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra has attributed the heatwave conditions over northwest and central India to the absence of western disturbances during the latter half of May. Western disturbances are extra-tropical weather systems formed over the Mediterranean Sea that move from the west to the east. According to the IMD, 10 weather stations recorded the highest-ever maximum temperature and the highest for the month -- Agra-Taj (48.6 degrees Celsius), Dehri in Bihar (47 degrees Celsius), Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh (48.2 degrees Celsius), Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh (49 degrees Celsius), Narnaul in Haryana (48.5 degrees Celsius), Ayanagar-Delhi (47.6 degrees Celsius), New Delhi-Ridge (47.5 degrees Celsius), Rewa in Madhya Pradesh (48.2 degrees Celsius), Rohtak in Haryana (48.1 degrees Celsius), and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh (47.2 degrees Celsius). In some much-needed relief, south Rajasthan districts of Barmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Sirohi and Jalore recorded a drop in temperatures up to four notches on Tuesday due to moist wind incursion from the Arabian Sea, indicating the beginning of abatement of heatwave conditions over northwest India. Numerical weather prediction models showed that this decreasing trend would further extend northwards, bringing gradual respite from heatwave conditions from May 30 onwards. Also, the incursion of moist winds from the Bay of Bengal from Wednesday onwards is likely to result in a gradual fall in maximum temperatures over Uttar Pradesh from May 30, the IMD said. ''Today, heatwave to severe heatwave conditions prevailed over most parts of Rajasthan, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and in isolated pockets of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh,'' it said. It said that heatwave conditions also prevailed in many places over Vidarbha, in some pockets over Jammu and Kashmir and in isolated pockets of Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh. Churu in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the country with a maximum temperature of 50.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Sirsa-AWS in Haryana (50.3 degrees Celsius), Mungeshpur and Narela (49.9 degrees Celsius), Najafgarh (49.8 degrees Celsius), Sirsa (49.5 degrees Celsius), Ganganagar in Rajasthan (49.4 degrees Celsius), Pilani and Phalodi in Rajasthan and Jhansi (49 degrees Celsius). Warm night conditions in isolated pockets are very likely to prevail over Uttar Pradesh, east Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi over the next few days, the weather office said. The scorching heat prompted the Haryana government to advance summer vacations in all state-run and private schools to Tuesday. The deadly heatwave is testing power grids and leading to water shortages in parts of the country. According to the Central Water Commission, water storage in 150 major reservoirs in India dropped to just 24 per cent of their live storage last week, exacerbating water shortages in many states and significantly affecting hydropower generation. The Maharashtra irrigation department said that the water stock in Jayakwadi dam in the drought-prone Marathwada region stood at a mere 5.19 per cent of its capacity on Monday after recording an evaporation loss of 1.15 MCM (million cubic metres) in a single day due to the heat. The intense heat has already driven India's power demand to 239.96 gigawatts, the highest so far this season, with air conditioners and coolers in homes and offices running at full capacity. Experts anticipate that power demand could rise even further and surpass the all-time high of 243.27 GW recorded in September 2023. Severe heatwaves have impacted a large number of people in parts of India for three consecutive years, affecting health, water availability, agriculture, power generation, and other sectors of the economy.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 12:44 am

How poverty can be alleviated has been demonstrated by PM Modi: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

How poverty can be alleviated has been demonstrated by PM Modi: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti BJP's Fatehpur Lok Sabha candidate, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's concerted efforts towards poverty alleviation, emphasizing his focus on marginalized sections since assuming office in 2014. Since 2014, Prime Minister Modi has focused on those poor, a segment often overlooked by previous governments. While the Congress slogan was 'remove poverty' it failed to do so. How poverty can be alleviated has been demonstrated by the country's PM, Jyoti said. She highlighted how under PM Modi's rule, necessities such as shelter, food, healthcare, rural infrastructure, and electricity to a large number of people have been provided under Modi's leadership. The Prime Minister's vision encompasses both spiritual and national security, working from an inclusive perspective. Contrastingly, if I were to look back at the 10 years of Manmohan Singh's tenure, where was the government heading? Their own leaders were tearing papers in the parliament. What kind of government do they want? Do they want a government to be controlled with a remote? she added. Jyoti further addressed the contentious issue of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, asserting the BJP's commitment to spiritual inclusivity and criticized the opposition's alleged politicization of the matter. The same opposition used to say that ''Ram Lalla hum aayenge taarikh nahi batayenge' (would come to Ram temple but will not disclose the date) but by the grace of God, SC judges made a decision, after which the Ram Temple was built and Janmabhoomi Trust invited everyone. If everyone believes in Lord Ram, then he belongs to everyone. We don't return invitations, due to circumstances if we can't come then that's beyond our control; it's a separate matter. But they (the opposition) even returned the invitation, Jyoti said. Their politics regarding Ram Lalla was so selfish that they feared one community would be upset if they came. So, these people have no right to talk about the Ram temple, Jyoti added. The Ayodhya Ram Mandir was inaugrated on January 22 marking a significant milestone in India's cultural and religious heritage. She emphasized the BJP's stance of supporting the construction of the temple while accusing the opposition of playing divisive politics. ''Who stopped them from building? We have been saying from the beginning that if you build, we will support you. Our focus is on spirituality, not politics. Opposition will be better off if they don't mix the central point of our faith with political agendas. They are the ones who showered bullets on the karsevaks, who stood in court and said that the decision of Ram Lalla should not come. Why? Who played politics? It's these people (opposition) who said that if Ram Lalla's decision comes, one community will be upset. No community was upset even after the decision, Jyoti said. Regarding Amit Shah's statement on PoJK, Jyoti asserted it as an integral part of India and dismissed the opposition's criticism. ''Now they (Congress) are saying when our government comes, we will enforce Article 370. Will anyone accept that? It's (PoJK) a part of our country? It's a crown. It's pitiful to see their mindset. Where are they standing? It seems they are unaware of how the PM protected the borders, not just protecting but also giving the army a free hand that if anyone trespasses our borders, go into their homes and strike, Jyoti said. Union Minister Amit Shah on Saturday castigated the Congress for trying to frighten us by saying that the neighbouring country possesses atom bombs and asserted that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and we will take it. If the Home Minister has said something (to take back PoK), he must have thought and said it,' Jyoti added. she claimed they had compromised constitutional principles for political gain. Jyoti claimed that Rahul Gandhi's Parents made changes in the constitution for political gain. No one is bigger than the PM. The way the Opposition conducted propaganda in despair and frustration, I want to ask them questions. Did Baba Saheb Ambedkar(B R Ambedkar) include Muslim reservations in the constitution? In Karnataka, OBCs were given reservations by (Congress). Why? Wasn't the constitution under threat at that time when the entire country was turned into a prison during the Emergency? Who made amendments to the Constitution? Who made changes to the Constitution? Rahul Gandhi's father did, and Indira Gandhi did it for her own interests, Jyoti said. Niranjan Jyoti is eyeing to secure a third term as MP, contesting against SP's Naresh Uttam Patel from Fatepur. Polling completed for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the fifth round of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on May 20. These include Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Kaiserganj, and Gonda. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP emerged triumphant, securing 62 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati's BSP managed to secure 10 seats, while Akhilesh Yadav's SP garnered five. Conversely, the Congress party secured only one seat. The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats is underway and the counting of the votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 27 May 2024 12:23 pm

Efforts underway to bring more Cambodia victims home

Visakhapatnam: Total 60 individuals who became victims of human trafficking have been rescued so far from Cambodia. Among those rescued, 35 individuals are from north India and 25 from Visakhapatnam. Additionally, 24 individuals are from districts including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Tuni and Godavari. One individual rescued is from Bengaluru. Cybercrime circle inspector Bhawani Shankar told Deccan Chronicle that efforts are underway to rescue 40 more individuals in coordination with the Indian Embassy in Cambodia. The rescued individuals had been forced to skim Rs 120 crore from Indian individuals over the past two years, with the FedEx scam reported on Friday. Visakhapatnam MP candidate Botsa Jhansi expressed concern over the incident. She urged the Ministry of External Affairs to rescue people from both Cambodia and Kyrgyzstan. She commended the Visakhapatnam police commissionerate for its efforts in dismantling the human trafficking racket and safely bringing 60 individuals home. Ends/RS

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 12:27 am

Jhansi Rail Division Probes Geeta Jayanti Express Derailment

Jhansi Rail Division Probes Geeta Jayanti Express Derailment The Jhansi Rail Division has set up an inquiry to find out the reasons for the derailment of a coach of Geeta Jayanti Express while it was being brought to the station from the yard on Thursday. ''The train, which departs from Khajuraho for its destination station Kurukshetra, everyday at 6:35 pm, was being operated from the yard towards the station for passengers boarding when one of the coaches, S-2, got derailed,'' said Manoj Kumar, PRO, Jhansi Division (North Central Railway). He added, ''We have set up an inquiry to find out the reasons. Due to this derailment, the train departed at 11 pm, about four-and-a-half hours late from its scheduled departure.''

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 9:09 pm

Safety Breach: Gatiman and Malwa Express Drivers Suspended

Safety Breach: Gatiman and Malwa Express Drivers Suspended The drivers of Gatiman Express and Malwa Express along with their assistants have been suspended for running their trains at 120 kmph in a section where the cautionary speed limit was restricted at 20 kmph. The incident took place recently in which the trains' crews violated the precautionary speed limit in the same section, ie, between Jajau and Mania railway station near Agra Cantt, where a temporary speed restriction has been imposed due to an ongoing renovation work of a railway bridge. Prashati Srivastava, PRO, Agra Division, confirmed the incident and said disciplinary action has been taken against all concerned staff. In the first incident, the loco pilot and assistant loco pilot of the Gatiman Express, Indias first semi-high speed train which runs at 160 kmph speed between Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi and Virangana Lakshmibai Jhansi Junction in Uttar Pradesh, violated the advisory speed restriction after the train left Agra Cantt for Gwalior,'' said a railways source. Just a couple of days after the Gatiman incident, drivers of another train, Malwa Express, which runs between Katra (Jammu) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh), too committed a similar violation at the same spot and steered the train at 120 kmph, he added. The railways officials say that in a normal course, the said section allows all superfast as well as semi-high speed trains to run at 120 kmph. However, the repair work of a river bridge was recently started due to which this restriction of 20 kmph has been imposed. It seems that they might have forgotten to slow down the train at the caution. It is unexpected for loco pilots and it is a serious lapse as it could have risked hundreds of passengers' lives, said an official, associated with the operating department, adding the railways treats such lapses very seriously. The railways imposes speed restrictions for safe operation of the trains for various reasons such as track condition, ongoing track repair work, old railway bridges, station yard remodelling etc. The officials also say that before boarding the engine, the loco pilots and their assistants obtain a complete route chart along with advisories and cautionary speed limits from the concerned operating department and they are supposed to maintain the speed accordingly. The assistant driver calls out loudly these advisories and cautions and the driver repeats it to confirm. It is very surprising how both of them missed out on it, a railways source said. It happened with two trains. This indicates rising stress and harsh working conditions faced by the loco pilots. The railways should get to the bottom of the problem in the interest of passengers safety,'' said M. Thirumurugan, secretary general of Indian Railway Loco Runningmen Organisation -- a body of loco pilots. ''Loco pilots are also human beings whose minds can be bogged down with various issues, including their personal ones. The railways need to take the holistic approach, he added.

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 7:31 pm

UP Man Runs Over Elderly Man Twice While Reversing SUV In Jhansi | Video

The CCTV video, which is now viral on social media, shows a white Uttar Pradesh-registered Toyota Fortuner reversing in a narrow street when a man standing behind gets hit and falls under the SUV

News18 24 May 2024 10:52 am

70-Year-Old Man Dragged For Several Feet By SUV In UP's Jhansi

On a narrow street in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi, a Toyota Fortuner ran over a 70-year-old man who was behind the vehicle.

NDTV 23 May 2024 11:04 pm

PM Modi 'anti-tribal', plotted to topple Delhi, Jharkhand governments: Kejriwal

JAMSHEDPUR: Labelling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-tribal who put the allest tribal leader of the country behind bars, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused him of plotting to topple elected governments of AAP and JMM. He also launched a scathing attack on the BJP and its spokesperson Sambit Patra for remarks that Lord Jagannath is Modi's devotee and urged people to crush their arrogance. PM Modi plotted to finish AAP and JMM but we got stronger and he could not topple Delhi, Punjab, Jharkhand governments, Kejriwal said while addressing an election rally here. The PM put all his forces to keep me in the jail but I am a devotee of Bajrangbali and a miracle happened. I am on bail... soon Hemant Soren, whom he has kept in the jail, will be out... Soren's wife Kalpana is challenging Modi like 'Jhansi ki Rani'. No court has found Hemant Soren or Arvind Kejriwal guilty... it is nothing but PM Modi's 'gundagardi' (hooliganism), Kejriwal alleged. My arrest is wrong; no basis for ED to invoke PMLA: Ex-Jharkhand CM Soren tells SC Alleging that PM Modi hates tribals, the AAP supremo appealed to electors not to vote for the BJP as it would amount to betrayal with Jharkhand and the tribals. If you press the button with lotus symbol (of BJP), Hemant Soren will remain in jail...it will be a betrayal with the Jharkhand and tribal community. President Droupadi Murmu was not invited during the consecration of Ram Mandir only because she is a tribal...if tribals remain silent, oppression will continue, he said. The Delhi CM alleged that the BJP is seeking 400 seats as it wants to stop the reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs. He urged the people to emove PM Modi and save the nation because if Modi is re-elected, he Constitution and reservations would stand destroyed. Kejriwal asserted that the INDIA bloc will form the government at the Centre. Addressing the rally, Kalpana Soren said the central government conspired and put her husband behind the bars to influence the Lok Sabha polls. The government had also sent Kejriwal ji to jail but he is among us today, she said. The Union government is scared of Hemant Soren, who launched several welfare schemes, handled COVID pandemic effectively, ensured the return of migrant labourers and reunited them with their families during the lockdown, Soren said. Appealing to people to vote for JMM candidate for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat, Samir Mohanty, she said the keys of the jail's lock lies with their votes. AAP MP Sanjay Singh said, We tell them (BJP) to send us all to jail but we will keep fighting against the autocratic Modi regime. The country will function according to the Constitution not as per BJP's diktat. INDIA bloc inching closer to victory with each poll phase: CM Kejriwal

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:18 pm

PM Modi 'anti-tribal', plotted to finish AAP, JMM: Kejriwal

Jamshedpur: Labelling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-tribal who put the allest tribal leader of the country behind the bars, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused him of plotting to topple elected governments of AAP and JMM. He also launched a scathing attack on the BJP and its spokesperson Sambit Patra for remarks that Lord Jagannath is Modi's devotee and urged people to crush their arrogance. PM Modi plotted to finish AAP and JMM but we got stronger and he could not topple Delhi, Punjab, Jharkhand governments, Kejriwal said while addressing an election rally here. The PM put all his forces to keep me in the jail but I am a devotee of Bajrangbali and a miracle happened. I am on bail... soon Hemant Soren, whom he has kept in the jail, will be out... Soren's wife Kalpana is challenging Modi like 'Jhansi ki Rani'. No court has found Hemant Soren or Arvind Kejriwal guilty... it is nothing but PM Modi's 'gundagardi', Kejriwal alleged. Alleging that PM Modi hates tribals, the AAP supremo appealed to electors not to vote for the BJP as it would amount to betrayal with Jharkhand and the tribals. If you press the button with lotus symbol (of BJP), Hemant Soren will remain in jail, he said. Kejriwal urged people to emove PM Modi and save the nation because if Modi is re-elected he Constitution and reservations would stand destroyed.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 5:25 pm

Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in jail, his wife Kalpana challenging PM Modi like Jhansi ki Rani: Kejriwal in Jharkhand.

Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in jail, his wife Kalpana challenging PM Modi like Jhansi ki Rani: Kejriwal in Jharkhand. Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in jail, his wife Kalpana challenging PM Modi like Jhansi ki Rani: Kejriwal in Jharkhand.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 4:32 pm

Acche Din vs. Modi's Exit: Kejriwal's Bold Claims Ahead of Elections

Acche Din vs. Modi's Exit: Kejriwal's Bold Claims Ahead of Elections Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday tweaked the BJP's 2014 poll slogan to take a swipe at the prime minister, saying ''acche din aane waale hain, Modi ji jaane waale hain'' as he exuded confidence that the INDIA bloc will emerge victorious in this Lok Sabha election. The Aam Aadmi Party chief, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Kejriwal for the first time in election meetings on Monday, praised her for taking command of the poll campaigning in his absence and described her as ''Jhansi Ki Rani''. ''Today I have brought my wife also with me. She took charge of everything in my absence. When I was in jail, she used to come to meet me. I used to inquire about the well-being of my Delhiites through her and send my messages to you. She is like Jhansi ki Rani,'' Kejriwal said at a street corner meeting in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar constituency. Sunita Kejriwal also addressed the people and appealed to them to vote for AAP so that her husband is not sent to jail again. ''It is because of your blessings that my husband is here with us today. God helps those who do the right thing. Now if you don't want my husband to go back to jail, vote for AAP on May 25,'' she said. Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged liquor scam in Delhi. The apex court has granted interim bail to the AAP leader till June 1, the last day of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election, and asked him to surrender and go back to jail on June 2. Kejriwal again repeated his promise of full statehood for Delhi if elected to power. ''I am telling you on June 4, Modi ji's government will not be formed. Everywhere people are angry with them (BJP) due to inflation and unemployment during their rule. ''People have made up their mind to oust them...On June 4, acche din aane waale hain, Modi ji jaane waale hain ( good days are on their way, Modi is on his way out),'' he said. In 2014, Modi stormed to power on the popular slogan of 'Acche din aane waale hain' (good days are on their way). At another poll meeting in Shahdara, Kejriwal attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused him of using foul language for his political opponents including NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. ''This is not a good thing. He (Pawar) is an 84-year-old person. Modi ji is 74 years old. One should respect elders. He (Modi) said Uddhav Thackeray is not the real son of his father. What kind of 'sadak chaap' (ruffian) language is this? Does it behove the prime minister to say this? ''Sometimes he says the INDIA bloc will snatch your 'mangalsutra'. Despite running the country for 10 years, you do not have a single work to count. ''So, it is a matter of great sadness that in 10 years you have ruined the lives of people by bringing inflation and unemployment,'' the Delhi CM said at another street meeting in Patparganj. He also addressed roadshows in Kondli, Trilokpuri and Jangpura assembly segments of the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in support of AAP candidate Kuldeep Kumar. Kejriwal appealed to the Congress supporters to vote for AAP in the constituencies where its candidates were in the fray while asking his party supporters to do the same for Congress candidates. Polling in seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi is on May 25.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 12:42 am

Three villages under Jhansi Lok Sabha seat achieve rare feat, record 100 per cent turnout

LUCKNOW: Amid the hue and cry over the low voter turnout across the country, voters in at least three villages in Lalitpur district under the Jhansi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh achieved a rare feat by recording 100 per cent turnout in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Monday. Jhansi recorded an overall voter turnout of 63.70 per cent. The three villages are Saulda, Bahmaura Nagal and Budni Narahat. The voting started at 7 am and by 12 pm, the only polling booth number 277 in Saulda village recorded 100 per cent voter turnout. Saulda is a tribal village with a total electorate of 375 including 198 men and 177 women, under the Mehrauni assembly constituency of the Jhansi Lok Sabha seat. As per sources, the Lalitpur district administration walked an extra mile, with Lalitpur DM Akshay Tripathi buying air tickets for two people working in Bengaluru till Bhopal from his own pocket. From Bhopal, the DM got them ferried to Saulda village by a state government vehicle. Jharkhand: Despite one village boycotting elections, Hazaribagh manages to record highest voter turnout Saulda village head Shri Bai said that people of the village were made aware about the significance of exercising their franchise. Villagers responded and a 100 percent voting percentage was recorded. It is due to the tireless efforts and initiative of our Block Development Officer (BDO) Saurabh Burnwal that arrangements were made to bring home two labourers from Bengaluru and 30 from Indore by flight and bus respectively. The DM spent Rs 18,000 from his own pocket to get the voters to the village, Bai said. Similarly, the other two villages Bahmaura Nagal and Budni Narahat voted cent per cent. While Bahmaura Nagal has 441 voters including 235 males and 206 females, Budni Narahat has total 215 voters including 116 males and 99 females. Commending the turnout figure, Jhansi Commissioner Vimal Kumar Dubey appreciated the efforts of Lalitpur District Magistrate, village head and BDO. Chief Development Officer Kamalakant Pandey praised BDO Saurabh Burnwal for making efforts to achieve the feat. In the Jhansi Lok Sabha seat, the contest is between the BJP's Anurag Sharma, Congress candidate Pradeep Jain and the BSP's Ravi Kushwaha. Ten candidates are in the fray. UP records moderate 58 per cent voter turnout in the fifth phase of LS polls

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 11:00 pm

India Votes: Record Turnout in Baramulla & High Drama in West Bengal

India Votes: Record Turnout in Baramulla & High Drama in West Bengal Over 59 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Monday in 49 constituencies in six states and two Union territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, with Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir recording its highest-ever voting percentage. There were sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, besides EVM glitches at some booths in the state and neighbouring Odisha and complaints of slow voting in Maharashtra. West Bengal recorded the highest polling percentage at 73.14, while Maharashtra recorded the lowest at 53.51 per cent, with six Lok Sabha constituencies of Mumbai witnessing voting between 46 per cent to around 54 per cent per cent. Thane recorded a turnout of 49.81 per cent, according to the EC's voter turnout app. The EC had on Sunday flagged urban voter apathy in Mumbai, Thane and Lucknow and had urged people to come out and vote. Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, which was once militancy-infested, recorded its highest-ever voter turnout on Monday at 59 per cent, J-K Chief Electoral Officer P K Pole said. The Sopore assembly segment of the parliamentary constituency witnessed a healthy turnout of 44 per cent after recording single-digit polling percentages in the past couple of decades. ''The Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency witnessed a record voter turnout since parliamentary polls were first held here in 1967,'' Pole told reporters at the end of polling. The previous highest voter turnout in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency was witnessed in 1984 at 58.90 per cent. Former J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah is among 22 candidates contesting on the seat. Among other states, Bihar recorded 53.78 per cent turnout, Jharkhand 63.06 per cent, Odisha 62.23 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 57.79 per cent and Ladakh 68.47 per cent. The figures, the EC said, were ''approximate trend'' as data was still being collated. According to the figures made available by the Election Commission around 10 pm, the approximate polling percentage was 59.06. The last four phases have registered a total voter turnout of 66.95 per cent. With the end of polls in the fifth phase, voting has been completed in 25 states and Union Territories and 428 constituencies out of 543 in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Two more phases -- on May 25 and June 1 -- are remaining now. Counting of votes is on June 4. Scattered incidents of violence marred the polls in seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where TMC and BJP workers clashed in various parts of Barrackpore, Bongaon, and Arambagh seats. Till 4.30 pm, the state CEO's office received 1,913 complaints in connection including those related to EVM malfunctioning and polling agents being stopped from entering booths, an election official said. Clashes broke out between supporters of the TMC and BJP in the Khanakul area of the Arambagh constituency. In neighbouring Hooghly constituency, BJP sitting MP and party candidate Locket Chatterjee faced protests from TMC activists led by TMC MLA Ashima Patra. A huge police and central forces contingent was rushed to the spot. Violence was also reported from various parts of the Howrah constituency. In the Liluah area of Howrah, the BJP accused TMC workers of ''booth jamming'' leading to clashes between groups. The central police forces rushed to the area and dispersed them. In Bongaon constituencys Gayeshpur area, local BJP leader Subir Biswas was allegedly beaten by TMC supporters outside a booth. He was later shifted to the hospital. In the Kalyani area of the same constituency, Union Minister and BJP candidate Shantanu Thakur caught a person using the identity card of his rival TMC candidate Biswajit Das inside a polling booth. The person was later removed from the booth by central forces. TMC workers also held protests in some areas following allegations that central forces were assisting BJP workers in ''intimidating'' voters at some booths of Hooghly. In Uttar Pradesh, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 54.17 per cent, Lucknow 52.03 per cent Rae Bareli 57.85 per cent, Banda 59.49 per cent, Barabanki 66.89 per cent, Faizabad 58.96 per cent, and Fatehpur 56.90 per cent. Gonda recorded 51.45 per cent voting, Hamirpur 60.36 per cent, Jalaun 53.44 per cent, Jhansi 63.57 per cent, Kaisarganj 55.47 per cent, Kaushambi 52.60 per cent, and Mohanlalganj 62.53 per cent, according to the Election Commission. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency was around 52.25 per cent. ''There was no violence anywhere in the state. About 250 complaints regarding slow voting and EVMs were received by the EC,'' according to Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa. In three booths in the Jhansi constituency in Lalitpur district, 100 per cent of polling was reported. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is in the fray from Rae Bareli which was represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier, visited different polling booths in the constituency and posed for pictures with local residents. He also interacted with Congress booth workers in Bachhrawan and visited a Hanuman temple in Churuva. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) are among those in the fray in seats in Uttar Pradesh. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was among the early voters in Lucknow. ''I have voted and I appeal to all voters to exercise their franchise,'' she said. Defence Minister Singh, who is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow, cast his vote at a polling booth in Vipul Khand here and also appealed to the people to vote. Irani, who is seeking a re-election from Amethi, cast her vote in the constituency. The Congress alleged EVM malfunctioning ats several places and accused the BJP of not allowing people to cast votes in three booths in Bela Khara village in Rahi block. According to reports from Kaushambi, voters of Hisampur Madho village boycotted the polls. The villagers told the officials that they would consider voting only after an assurance from the administration that a road and railway bridge connecting the village to other areas would be built. In Maharashtra, Mumbai residents faced delays, slow-paced voting process and long queues amid sultry weather conditions, with Shiv Sena (UBT) and Congress raising concern. Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed a press conference where he accused the EC of delaying the poll process deliberately at the behest of the Modi government. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, said he first complained to the EC about the slow pace of voting in the city and claimed Thackeray was blaming the Modi government only because the opposition was staring at a defeat. Thackeray was preparing the ground to face the results on June 4, Fadnavis added Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray also claimed there were a lot of complaints from electors about facilities outside polling booths. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya alleged that Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders Sanjay Raut and Sunil Raut were found involved in ''corrupt practices'' outside their polling booth at Bhandup in Mumbai. The former MP also claimed that two activists of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) were arrested for ''illegal and corrupt practices of using a fake EVM''. However, MLA Sunil Raut, who is the brother of Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut, dismissed the allegations saying a dummy electronic voting machine (EVM) was kept outside the 100-metre radius of the polling booth for educational purposes. Still, the police removed it under ''political pressure'', he claimed. Politicians, sportspersons and prominent persons from the financial sector exercised their franchise at polling booths in different parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde along with his family members, including his son and sitting Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde, voted at a booth in his political turf, Thane. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray and their families also cast their votes. A 56-year-old election officer died after suffering a heart attack at a polling booth in the Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency In Odisha, some unidentified persons allegedly hacked an auto-rickshaw driver to death near Sarsara in Bargarh district. The deceased was carrying some voters to the polling booth. While the family members claimed it was a political murder, police say personal enmity is the reason behind the crime. EVM glitches were also reported at some places in Odisha. Jharkhand saw a voter turnout of 63 per cent in the Lok Sabha election. In the Gandey assembly by-poll where jailed former chief minister Hemant Soren's wife Kalpana Soren is the JMM candidate, 68.26 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise. Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar said seven FIRs were registered for violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) - two each in Palamu, Latehar and Hazaribagh and one in Giridih. ''Polling was boycotted across two booths in Hazaribagh and one in Panki,'' he said. Electors from five Maoist-hit villages in Jharkhand's Chatra district on Monday cast their votes in large numbers for the first time in their booths since the state's creation in 2000. Earlier, polling booths for voters of Garia, Amkudar, Pathel, Baniabandh and Sikid villages in Kanhachatti block were relocated due to security threats from Maoists and people had to walk for 10-11 km on difficult terrain to exercise their franchise Over 8.95 crore people, including 4.26 crore females and 5,409 third-gender electors, were eligible to vote in this round and 9.47 lakh polling officials had been deployed across 94,732 polling stations. According to the Election Commission, the voter turnout in the fourth phase stood at 69.16 per cent, 3.65 percentage points higher than the corresponding phase in the 2019 parliamentary elections. The turnout percentages was 66.14, 66.71, 65.68 and 69.16 per cent in the first four phases. In the second phase of the 2024 elections, the turnout was recorded at 66.71 per cent as against the 69.64 per cent in the second phase of the 2019 polls. In the first phase of the ongoing general elections, a 66.14 per cent turnout was recorded. In the 2019 polls, the turnout in the first phase was 69.43 per cent. The poll panel said the final turnout will only be available after the results, with the counting of postal ballots and its addition to the total voting percentage. Polling for 23 states and Union territories and 379 seats has been completed so far.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 10:25 pm

UP records moderate 58 per cent voter turnout in the fifth phase of LS polls

LUCKNOW: Voter turnout across the 14 Lok sabha seats in UP that went to polls in the fifth phase of the general elections on Monday remained a moderate 58 per cent with Lucknow recording the lowest voter count. Voting also took place for the Lucknow East assembly by-polls. The polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. According to the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Navdeep Rinwa, the figures are likely to be revised later. The seats that went to polls on Monday included the high-profile Rae Bareli, Amethi and Lucknow constituencies. Notably, Mondays turnout is in sync with the fifth-phase turnout of 2019 general elections which went a little over 58 per cent. While Rae Bareli recorded 57.85 per cent voter turnout, Amethi recorded 54.17 per cent, followed by Lucknow which saw the lowest voter turnout in the state with 52.03 per cent. Barabanki recorded the highest voter turn out in the state with 66.89 per cent. At the same time, 100 per cent polling was reported in three booths in the Jhansi constituency in Lalitpur district. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency was around 52.25 per cent. The voter turnout in other constituencies, according to data provided by the Election Commission is as follows: Banda recorded 59.46 per cent, Barabanki 66.89 per cent, Faizabad 58.96 per cent, Fatehpur 56.90 per cent, Gonda 51.45 per cent, Hamirpur 60.36 per cent, Jalaun 53.44 per cent, Jhansi 63.57 per cent, Kaisarganj 55.47 per cent, Kaushambi 52.60 per cent, Lucknow 52.03 per cent and Mohanlalganj 62.53 per cent. There was no violence anywhere in the state. About 250 complaints regarding slow voting and EVMs were received by the EC, CEO Rinwa said. A total of 144 candidates were in the fray for the fifth phase of general elections in UP. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) were among those in the fray. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was in the fray from Raebareli. Over 2.71 crore voters were eligible to exercise their right across the 14 constituencies.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 10:03 pm

High-Stake Political Battles Highlight Fifth Phase of Uttar Pradesh Polls

High-Stake Political Battles Highlight Fifth Phase of Uttar Pradesh Polls A voter turnout of approximately 58 per cent was recorded in Uttar Pradesh where polling was held for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 14 constituencies. Voting also took place for the Lucknow East assembly bypoll. The polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. According to Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa, around 58 per cent of voting was recorded till 6 pm in the state. The figures may be revised later. Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 54.17 per cent, Banda 59.46 per cent, Barabanki 66.89 per cent, Faizabad 58.96 per cent, Fatehpur 56.90 per cent, Gonda 51.45 per cent, Hamirpur 60.36 per cent, Jalaun 53.44 per cent, Jhansi 63.57 per cent, Kaisarganj 55.47 per cent, Kaushambi 52.60 per cent, Lucknow 52.03 per cent, Mohanlalganj 62.53 per cent and Rae Bareli 57.85 per cent, according to the Election Commission. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency was around 52.25 per cent. ''There was no violence anywhere in the state. About 250 complaints regarding slow voting and EVMs were received by the EC,'' Rinwa said. In three booths in the Jhansi constituency in Lalitpur district, 100 per cent of polling was reported. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) are among those in the fray. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. More than 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the 14 constituencies and 144 candidates are in the fray. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was among the early voters in Lucknow. ''I have voted and I appeal to all voters to exercise their franchise,'' she said. Defence Minister Singh, who is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow and is pitted against sitting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Lucknow Central Ravidas Mehrotra, cast his vote at a polling booth in Vipul Khand here and also appealed to the people to vote. Irani, who is seeking a re-election from Amethi, cast her vote in the constituency. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited different polling booths in Rae Bareli and posed for pictures with the local residents. He also interacted with Congress booth workers in Bachhrawan and visited a Hanuman temple in Churuva. In a post on X, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, said, ''Booth number 5, Rasulpur in Sareni in Rae Bareli is closed since 8 am (and) voters are going back. So this is how (the target of) 400 (seats) will be crossed!'' In other posts, the Congress alleged EVM malfunctioning and accused the BJP of not allowing people to cast votes in three booths in Bela Khara village in Rahi block. SP candidate from Gonda constituency Shreya Verma complained to the Election Commission that fair polling was not taking place at booth numbers 180 and 181 in the Mankapur area. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi while SP candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. In the Kaisarganj Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. In the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is taking on SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) Awadhesh Prasad. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between R K Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and SP's Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is looking to score a hat-trick, is pitted against SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, in the Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is taking on Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. The Lucknow East assembly seat bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023. Votes for all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and assembly bypolls will be counted on June 4.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 8:35 pm

'Jhansi ki rani': Kejriwal's special pitch for wife Sunita

In a special praise for wife Sunita, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday described her as Jhansi ki Rani' and commended her for taking charge of the Lok Sabha election campaign in his absence. Today I have brought my wife also with me. She took charge of everything in my absence. When I was in jail, she used to come to meet me. I used to inquire about the well-being of my Delhiites through her and send my messages to you. She is like Jhansi ki Rani, Kejriwal said at a street corner meeting in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar constituency.

The Times of India 20 May 2024 8:02 pm

Kejriwal Rallies with 'Jhansi Ki Rani': AAP Push for Delhi

Kejriwal Rallies with 'Jhansi Ki Rani': AAP Push for Delhi Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday tweaked the BJP's 2014 poll slogan to hit out at the prime minister, saying ''acche din aane waale hain, Modi ji jaane waale hain'' as he exuded confidence that the INDIA bloc will emerge victorious in this Lok Sabha election. The Aam Aadmi Party chief, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Kejriwal for the first time in election meetings on Monday, praised her for taking command of the poll campaigning in his absence and described her as ''Jhansi Ki Rani''. ''Today I have brought my wife also with me. She took charge of everything in my absence. When I was in jail, she used to come to meet me. I used to inquire about the well-being of my Delhiites through her and send my messages to you. She is like Jhansi ki Rani,'' Kejriwal said at a street corner meeting in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar constituency. Sunita Kejriwal also addressed the people and appealed to them to vote for AAP so that her husband is not sent to jail again. ''It is because of your blessings that my husband is here with us today. God helps those who do the right thing. Now if you don't want my husband to go back to jail, vote for AAP on May 25,'' she said. Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged liquor scam in Delhi. The apex court has granted interim bail to the AAP leader till June 1, the last day of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election, and asked him to surrender and go back to jail on June 2. Kejriwal again repeated his promise of full statehood for Delhi if elected to power. ''I am telling you on June 4, Modi ji's government will not be formed. Everywhere people are angry with them (BJP) due to inflation and unemployment during their rule. ''People have made up their mind to oust them...On June 4, acche din aane waale hain, Modi ji jaane waale hain ( good days are on their way, Modi is on his way out,'' he said. In 2014, Modi stormed to power on the popular slogan of 'Acche din aane waale hain' (good days are on their way). At another poll meeting in Shahdara, Kejriwal attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused him of using foul language for his political opponents including NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. ''This is not a good thing. He (Pawar) is an 84-year-old person. Modi ji is 74 years old. One should respect elders. He (Modi) said Uddhav Thackeray is not the real son of his father. What kind of 'sadak chaap' (ruffian) language is this? Does it behove the prime minister to say this? ''Sometimes he says the INDIA bloc will snatch your 'mangalsutra'. Despite running the country for 10 years, you do not have a single work to count. So, it is a matter of great sadness that in 10 years you have ruined the lives of people by bringing inflation and unemployment, the Delhi CM said. Polling in seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi is on May 25.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 7:31 pm

LS polls: 47.55 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: A voter turnout of 47.55 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 14 constituencies.Voting is also taking place for the Lucknow East assembly bypoll. The polling began at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm. According to the Election Commission, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 45.13 per cent till 3 pm, Banda 48.08 per cent, Barabanki 55.35 per cent, Faizabad 48.66 per cent, Fatehpur 47.25 per cent, Gonda 43.23 per cent, Hamirpur 48.87 per cent, Jalaun 46.22 per cent, Jhansi 52.53 per cent, Kaisarganj 46.01 per cent, Kaushambi 43.01 per cent, Lucknow 41.90 per cent, Mohanlalganj 51.08 per cent and Rae Bareli 47.83 per cent. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency at 3 pm stood at 42.53 per cent. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) are among those in the fray. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. More than 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the 14 constituencies and 144 candidates are in the fray. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was among the early voters in Lucknow. I have voted and I appeal to all voters to exercise their franchise, she said. Defence Minister Singh, who is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow and is pitted against sitting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Lucknow Central Ravidas Mehrotra, cast his vote at a polling booth in Vipul Khand here and also appealed to the people to vote. Irani, who is seeking a re-election from Amethi, cast her vote in the constituency. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited different polling booths in Rae Bareli and posed for pictures with the local residents. He also interacted with Congress booth workers in Bachhrawan and visited a Hanuman temple in Churuva. In a post on X, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, said, Booth number 5, Rasulpur in Sareni in Rae Bareli is closed since 8 am (and) voters are going back. So this is how (the target of) 400 (seats) will be crossed! In other posts, the Congress alleged EVM malfunctioning and accused the BJP of not allowing people to cast votes in three booths in Bela Khara village in Rahi block. SP candidate from Gonda constituency Shreya Verma complained to the Election Commission that fair polling was not taking place at booth number 180 and 181 in the Mankapur area. According to reports from Kaushambi, voters of Hisampur Madho village boycotted the polls. With not a single villager reaching the polling station till 10.20 am, administration officials were busy trying to convince the villagers to vote. The villagers, however, told the officials that they would consider voting only after the administration gave them an assurance to build a road and railway bridge connecting the village to other areas. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sitharu, Mahendra Srivastava said voting had not started at the polling booth of Hisampur Madho village till 10.20 am and officials were trying to convince the villagers to exercise their right to franchise. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi while SP candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. In the Kaisarganj Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. In the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is taking on SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) Awadhesh Prasad. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between R K Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and SP's Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is pitted against SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, in the Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is taking on Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. The Lucknow East assembly seat bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023. Votes for all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and assembly bypolls will be counted on June 4.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 4:44 pm

High Stakes and High Turnout: Key Leaders Cast Votes in UP's 5th Phase

High Stakes and High Turnout: Key Leaders Cast Votes in UP's 5th Phase A voter turnout of 47.55 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 14 constituencies. Voting is also taking place for the Lucknow East assembly bypoll. The polling began at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm. According to the Election Commission, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 45.13 per cent till 3 pm, Banda 48.08 per cent, Barabanki 55.35 per cent, Faizabad 48.66 per cent, Fatehpur 47.25 per cent, Gonda 43.23 per cent, Hamirpur 48.87 per cent, Jalaun 46.22 per cent, Jhansi 52.53 per cent, Kaisarganj 46.01 per cent, Kaushambi 43.01 per cent, Lucknow 41.90 per cent, Mohanlalganj 51.08 per cent and Rae Bareli 47.83 per cent. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency at 3 pm stood at 42.53 per cent. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) are among those in the fray. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. More than 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the 14 constituencies and 144 candidates are in the fray. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was among the early voters in Lucknow. ''I have voted and I appeal to all voters to exercise their franchise,'' she said. Defence Minister Singh, who is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow and is pitted against sitting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Lucknow Central Ravidas Mehrotra, cast his vote at a polling booth in Vipul Khand here and also appealed to the people to vote. Irani, who is seeking a re-election from Amethi, cast her vote in the constituency. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited different polling booths in Rae Bareli and posed for pictures with the local residents. He also interacted with Congress booth workers in Bachhrawan and visited a Hanuman temple in Churuva. In a post on X, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, said, ''Booth number 5, Rasulpur in Sareni in Rae Bareli is closed since 8 am (and) voters are going back. So this is how (the target of) 400 (seats) will be crossed!'' In other posts, the Congress alleged EVM malfunctioning and accused the BJP of not allowing people to cast votes in three booths in Bela Khara village in Rahi block. SP candidate from Gonda constituency Shreya Verma complained to the Election Commission that fair polling was not taking place at booth number 180 and 181 in the Mankapur area. According to reports from Kaushambi, voters of Hisampur Madho village boycotted the polls. With not a single villager reaching the polling station till 10.20 am, administration officials were busy trying to convince the villagers to vote. The villagers, however, told the officials that they would consider voting only after the administration gave them an assurance to build a road and railway bridge connecting the village to other areas. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sitharu, Mahendra Srivastava said voting had not started at the polling booth of Hisampur Madho village till 10.20 am and officials were trying to convince the villagers to exercise their right to franchise. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi while SP candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. In the Kaisarganj Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. In the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is taking on SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) Awadhesh Prasad. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between R K Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and SP's Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is pitted against SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, in the Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is taking on Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. The Lucknow East assembly seat bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023. Votes for all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and assembly bypolls will be counted on June 4.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 4:29 pm

High-Stakes Voting: U.P. Records 39.55% Turnout by 1 PM in 5th Phase of Lok Sabha Elections

High-Stakes Voting: U.P. Records 39.55% Turnout by 1 PM in 5th Phase of Lok Sabha Elections A voter turnout of 39.55 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 14 constituencies. Voting is also taking place for the Lucknow East assembly bypoll. Polling began at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm. According to the Election Commission, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 38.21 per cent till 1 pm, Banda 40.20 per cent, Barabanki 44.77 per cent, Faizabad 40.77 per cent, Fatehpur 39.85 per cent, Gonda 36.67 per cent, Hamirpur 40.71 per cent, Jalaun 39.50 per cent, Jhansi 43.61 per cent, Kaisarganj 38.50 per cent, Kaushambi 36.25 per cent, Lucknow 33.50 per cent, Mohanlalganj 41.43 per cent and Rae Bareli 39.69 per cent. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency stood at 34.03 per cent. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun) are among those in the fray. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the 14 constituencies and 144 candidates are in the fray. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati was among the early voters in Lucknow. ''I have voted and appeal to all voters to exercise their franchise,'' she said. Defence Minister Singh, who is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow and is pitted against sitting Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Lucknow Central Ravidas Mehrotra, cast his vote at a polling booth in Vipul Khand here and also appealed to people to vote. Irani, who is seeking re-election from Amethi, cast her vote in the constituency. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited different polling booths in Rae Bareli and met locals. He also posed for pictures with the public. He interacted with Congress booth workers in Bachhrawan and visited a Hanuman temple in Churuva. In a post on X, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, said, ''Booth number 5, Rasulpur in Sareni in Rae Bareli is closed since 8 am (and) voters are going back. So this is how (the target of) 400 (seats) will be crossed!'' In other posts, the Congress alleged EVM malfunctioning and accused the BJP of not allowing people to cast votes in three booths in Bela Khara village in Rahi block. Samajwadi Party candidate from Gonda constituency Shreya Verma complained to the Election Commission that fair polling is not taking place at booth numbers 180 and 181 in the Mankapur area. According to reports from Kaushambi, voters of Hisampur Madho village boycotted the polls. With not a single villager reaching the polling station till 10:20 am, administration officials were busy trying to convince the villagers to vote. The villagers, however, told the officials that they would consider voting only after the administration gives them an assurance to build a road and railway bridge connecting the village to other areas. Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sitharu, Mahendra Srivastava said voting had not started at the polling booth of Hisampur Madho village till 10:20 am and officials were trying to convince the villagers to exercise their right to franchise. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi while SP candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. In the Kaisarganj Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. In the Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is taking on SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) Awadhesh Prasad. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between R K Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and SP's Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick, is pitted against SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, in the Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is taking on Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. The Lucknow East assembly seat bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023. Votes for all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and assembly bypolls will be counted on June 4.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 2:05 pm

LS polls: 12.89 percent voter turnout recorded till 9 am in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: A voter turnout of 12.89 per cent was recorded till 9 am in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 14 constituencies.Voting is also taking place for the Lucknow East assembly bypoll. Polling began at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm. According to the Election Commission, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 13.45 per cent till 9 am, Banda 14.57 per cent, Barabanki 12.73 per cent, Faizabad 14 per cent, Fatehpur 14.28 per cent, Gonda 9.55 per cent, Hamirpur 13.61 per cent, Jalaun 12.80 per cent, Kaisarganj 13.04 per cent, Kaushambi 10.49 per cent, Lucknow 10.39 per cent, Mohanlalganj 13.86 per cent and Raebareli 13.60 per cent. The polling percentage in the Lucknow East assembly constituency stood at 10.88 per cent. Besides Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) and Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani (Amethi), those in the fray are Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun). Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the 14 constituencies and 144 candidates are in the fray. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. From the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi while Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. Defence Minister Singh is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow. He is pitted against sitting SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow Central. Union minister Irani has been fielded from the neighbouring Amethi constituency. In the Kaisarganj Lok Sabha constituency, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. The Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is eyeing a hat-trick, and Awadhesh Prasad, the SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) assembly constituency in Ayodhya district. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between R K Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel of the SP. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick of wins, is up against SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, in the Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is pitted against Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. The Lucknow East assembly seat bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 11:03 am

LS polls: Polling begins for 14 seats in fifth phase of elections in UP

LS polls: Polling begins for 14 seats in fifth phase of elections in UP Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh covering 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, which will decide the fate of five Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, began on Monday morning. Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. The Election Commission said voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. The seats going to polls in the fifth phase are Lucknow, Mohanlalganj (SC), Rae Bareli, Amethi, Jalaun (SC), Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaisarganj and Gonda. Besides Defence Minister Singh (Lucknow) and Minister for Women and Child Development Irani (Amethi), those in the fray are Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun). Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.71 crore voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights on Monday and 144 candidates are in the fray. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it has fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. For the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi. Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. Defence Minister Singh is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow. He is pitted against sitting SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow Central. Union minister Irani has been fielded from the neighbouring Amethi constituency. In Kaisarganj Lok Sabha seat, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is seeking a hat-trick, and Awadhesh Prasad, the SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) assembly constituency in Ayodhya district. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is up against SP's Shreya Verma. The electoral contest in Banda is between RK Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel of the SP. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick of wins, will be facing SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, for Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is pitted against Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP in Jalaun. Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. A bypoll in the constituency was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 7:09 am

SP, Congress are standing out as 'Ram vidrohi': UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya

SP, Congress are standing out as 'Ram vidrohi': UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya Uttar Pradesh's Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday criticised the Samajwadi Party and Congress and labelled them as 'Ram vidrohi' for declining the invitation to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony. SP and Congress are standing out as 'Ram vidrohi'. They declined the invitation to Pran Pratishtha ceremony. What does this show? They paid tribute to the mafia Mukhtar Ansari. Their thoughts are clear, they can never stay away from appeasement politics. BJP's path is clear, we will never do appeasement politics. BJP never made Ram Temple a political issue, he told ANI. Maurya expressed confidence that the BJP and its allies are poised to win the 2024 Lok Sabha election, leading to the re-election of the current Prime Minister. He emphasized that the nation stands with the Prime Minister. Our analysis is the same as it was before and the result will also come in the same way on June 4...BJP and its alliance are going to win...Once again PM will become Prime Minister. The nation is standing with him, he told ANI. He also predicted a loss for Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party in the Lok Sabha election, citing public disapproval of those who support goons and mafias. Who is lying, the public can see this very well...In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Akhilesh Yadav claimed to win more than 60 seats, but they got only 5 seats...This repeated many times...4 times public has defeated them...In 2024 also this will repeat because the public does not go with goons and mafias, he told ANI. The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh are being conducted in seven phases. The first four phases have already concluded. The fifth phase will take place in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh on May 20. These include Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Kaiserganj, and Gonda. Additionally, a by-election will be held in the Lucknow East Assembly constituency. The remaining Lok Sabha seats will go to polls on May 25 and June 1. The votes will be counted on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 May 2024 11:25 pm

Vision of 'Abki Baar, 400 Paar' needs to be realised to make PoK a part of India: CM Yogi

Vision of 'Abki Baar, 400 Paar' needs to be realised to make PoK a part of India: CM Yogi Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Sunday said that the vision of securing over 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections needs to be realised to integrate Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into India. The vision of 'Abki Baar, 400 Paar' needs to be realised to make PoK a part of India, UP CM said. He highlighted his extensive visits to 10 states and the ongoing preparations for the formation of a new government in the country. The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting in Rampur Khas in support of BJP candidate Sangam Lal Gupta. He said, Everyone in the whole country and the world seems confident about the election results. Slogans of 'Fir ek baar, Modi Sarkar' and 'Abki baar, 400 paar' are echoing across the nation, adding to the woes of Congress and the SP. Reflecting on PM Modi's decade-long tenure, the Chief Minister underscored India's enhanced global stature and successful efforts in countering terrorism and Naxalism. Asserting India's strength, he emphasised that any provocation would be met with a firm response. Criticising the Samajwadi Party, he labelled it as sympathetic to terrorists, citing instances of past attacks during SP's state governance and Congress' central rule. Whenever these two form an alliance, disaster happens, he added. The Chief Minister emphasised the renown of Pratapgarh's gooseberry and its contribution to the region's identity. He also mentioned the honour of having a medical college here named after Sonelal Patel. Reflecting on past governance, he highlighted the hardships faced by the populace during the Samajwadi Party's reign, including hunger-related deaths, a lack of medical care leading to fatalities, farmer suicides, and widespread insecurity among daughters and businessmen. However, contrasting the scenario, he mentioned that 80 crore citizens now benefit from free ration distribution across the nation, with additional plans for health insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh for individuals above 70 years under the leadership of PM Modi. Criticising Congress and the SP for their alleged lack of developmental agendas, he emphasised his administration's commitment to progress. We have done development and have also done such work that will improve both the world and the afterlife. We also built a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, fulfilling centuries-long aspirations, he added. The Chief Minister highlighted that Ayodhya has now transformed into a 'navya' Ayodhya and this is why the whole world is resonating with 'Jo Ram ko laye hai, hum unko layenge'. Expressing devotion to Lord Ram, he emphasised a holistic vision for the nation, focusing on welfare, poverty alleviation, and developmental initiatives. Conversely, he condemned those opposing Ram, associating them with corruption, immorality, and fostering criminal activities like mafia and terrorism. All of them have the same DNA. Together, they spread anarchy and create riots. They used to create disturbances on every festival and occasion. Today, all troublemakers have been dealt with accordingly, Yogi added. Taking a dig at the SP and Congress, CM Yogi said, These people want to impose Jizya tax once again in the country through inheritance tax. Their plans should never be allowed to succeed. BJP will never let Aurangzeb be born again, who was the most cruel ruler in history and who killed his brother and imprisoned his father. Even in the Muslim community, no one names their children after Aurangzeb. Shifting focus to Pratapgarh's development, the Chief Minister emphasised the need to integrate the region into comprehensive growth strategies. Promising a tailored plan for Pratapgarh's economic advancement, he envisioned the establishment of industries to attract job seekers from around the world. Emphasising the BJP's dedication to safeguarding citizens' rights, the Chief Minister criticised the INDI alliance's proposal for reservations based on religious grounds. Expressing concern over the potential volatility of their stance, he cautioned the public against falling for their rhetoric, characterised by falsehoods, manipulation, and caste-based division. BJP is necessary for the development and security of the country. SP made you yearn for development, employment and water, and now it's your turn to make them yearn for votes, he added. Urging support for Sangam Lal Gupta, he assured that Gupta would prioritise both development initiatives and advocacy for citizens' rights. On this occasion, former Minister Suresh Rana, District In-Charge Kaushlendra Singh Patel, former Minister Rajendra Pratap Singh Moti, Dr Shivakant, Rajkumari Ratna Singh, MLAs Rajendra Maurya, Jeetlal Patel, Umesh Dwivedi and other dignitaries were present. The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh are being held in seven phases. Polling in the first four phases has already been completed. The fifth phase of elections will be held in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh on May 20, in Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Kaiserganj, and Gonda, while there will be a by-election in the Lucknow East Assembly constituency. Polling for the remaining Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 25 and June 1. The counting of votes will be done on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 May 2024 9:03 pm

LS polls: Rahul, Smriti, Rajnath among key candidates on Monday's 5th phase in Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh , which will decide the fate of five Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, will be held on Monday. The seats going to polls in the fifth phase are Mohanlalganj (SC), Rae Bareli, Amethi, Jalaun (SC), Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaisarganj and Gonda. Besides Defence Minister Singh (Lucknow) and Minister for Women and Child Development Irani (Amethi), those in the fray are Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj), Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and Union Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Jalaun). Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.68 crore voters are eligible to exercise their polling rights and 144 candidates are in the fray. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it had fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. In the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded KL Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates contest rest of the seats. Defence minister Singh is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow. He is pitted against sitting SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow Central. And from the neighbouring constituency of Amethi, Irani is in the poll fray. Loyalty towards family, caste or party? What will decide the elections in Rae Bareli and Amethi? In Kaisarganj Lok Sabha seat, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh , son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is seeking a hat-trick, and Awadhesh Prasad, the SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) assembly constituency in Ayodhya district. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is facing a contest from SP's Shreya Verma. The main electoral contest in Banda is between RK Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel of the SP. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick, will be facing SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, for Kaushambi (SC) constituency. And in Jalaun, BJP minister Verma is eyeing a sixth term and is pitted against Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP. Meanwhile, voting will also take place for the assembly by-poll in the Lucknow East assembly constituency. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of BJP's stitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023. Amethi: A tryst with destiny that wasnt to be Lok Sabha polls: Lord Ram on my side, says Samajwadi Party candidate in Ayodhya fight

The New Indian Express 19 May 2024 6:42 pm

Fifth phase: Raebareli, Amethi among 14 UP seats going to polls on Monday

Lucknow: Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, which will decide the fate of four Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, will be held on Monday.Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. The seats going to polls in the fifth phase are Mohanlalganj (SC), Rae Bareli, Amethi, Jalaun (SC), Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaisarganj and Gonda. Besides Defence Minister Singh (Lucknow), Minister of Women and Child Development Irani (Amethi), those in the fray are Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj) and Minister of State of Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur). Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.68 crore voters are eligible to exercise their polling rights and 144 candidates are in the fray. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it had fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. In the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi. The Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. Defence minister Singh is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow. He is pitted against sitting SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow Central. From the neighbouring constituency of Amethi, Irani is in the poll fray. In Kaisarganj Lok Sabha seat, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is seeking a hat-trick, and Awadhesh Prasad, the SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) assembly constituency in Ayodhya district. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is facing a contest from SP's Shreya Verma. The main electoral contest in Banda is between RK Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel of the SP. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins, will be facing SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, for Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. Bypoll in the Lucknow East assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023.

Deccan Chronicle 19 May 2024 11:25 am

Phase five LS polls: Rae Bareli, Amethi among 14 UP seats going to polls on Monday

Phase five LS polls: Rae Bareli, Amethi among 14 UP seats going to polls on Monday Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, which will decide the fate of four Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, will be held on Monday. Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. The seats going to polls in the fifth phase are Mohanlalganj (SC), Rae Bareli, Amethi, Jalaun (SC), Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Kaisarganj and Gonda. Besides Defence Minister Singh (Lucknow), Minister of Women and Child Development Irani (Amethi), those in the fray are Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj) and Minister of State of Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur). Rahul Gandhi is in the fray from Rae Bareli, which was represented by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier. Over 2.68 crore voters are eligible to exercise their polling rights and 144 candidates are in the fray. The BJP gave tickets to 11 of its sitting Lok Sabha MPs in this phase, while it had fielded new candidates in Barabanki (SC) seat and Kaisarganj. In the INDIA bloc, the Congress has fielded K L Sharma from Amethi, Tanuj Punia from Barabanki (SC) and Pradeep Jain 'Aditya' from Jhansi. The Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates are in the poll fray on the rest of the seats. Defence minister Singh is eyeing a fourth term from Lucknow. He is pitted against sitting SP MLA Ravidas Mehrotra from Lucknow Central. From the neighbouring constituency of Amethi, Irani is in the poll fray. In Kaisarganj Lok Sabha seat, the contest is between BJP's Karan Bhushan Singh, son of former MP and ex-president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, and SP's Bhagat Ram. Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, which covers the temple town of Ayodhya, will see a contest between sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh, who is seeking a hat-trick, and Awadhesh Prasad, the SP MLA from Milkipur (SC) assembly constituency in Ayodhya district. In Hamirpur, the poll contest is between BJP's Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, eyeing a third term, and SP's Ajendra Singh Lodhi. In Gonda, BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, who is eyeing a fifth term, is facing a contest from SP's Shreya Verma. The main electoral contest in Banda is between RK Singh Patel, who is seeking a third term, and Krishna Devi Shivshankar Patel of the SP. Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is eyeing a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins, will be facing SP's Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP leader Indrajeet Saroj, for Kaushambi (SC) constituency. Voting will also take place for the assembly bypoll to Lucknow East assembly constituency. Bypoll in the Lucknow East assembly constituency was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Ashutosh Tandon on November 9, 2023.

devdiscourse 19 May 2024 10:06 am

Amit Shah makes strong case for Smriti victory

LUCKNOW: Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a 2-km road show in Amethi on Saturday as the Lok Sabha constituency, known to be the bastion of Gandhi family, has turned out to be a battle of prestige for the BJP and the Congress. Addressing the crowd in the roadshow, Shah refuted the Congress claim that Amethi and Rae Bareli were their family seats. In a democracy it is the people, not a family, who send the candidate to Parliament, he said questioning if any of the Gandhi family members turned up in Amethi or Rae Bareli during the pandemic. Shah, atop a four-wheeler turned into a rath (chariot), was flanked by party candidate Smriti Irani and UP BJP chief Bhupendra Chaudhury, among other leaders. Wading through a huge crowd of BJP cadre and people of Amethi, the roadshow, which commenced from Ramleela Ground culminated at Devipattan temple. Groups of saffron-clad youth could be spotted at various locations along the roadshow route dancing, blowing conch shells and beating damroos while the party supporters fluttered BJP flags shouting the slogans. Asking the people of Amethi to opt between PM Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he accused the latter of fleeing to Wayanad after losing Amethi in 2019. Now Rahul Baba is back in Rae Bareli. I have been in Rae Bareli for three days and can say with confidence that he is losing from there also, he said. Earlier, the Union Home Minister addressed two poll rallies in Jhansi-Lalitpur and Banad in the Bundelkhand region of UP. All the four seats of Bundelkhand, including Jhansi, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun (SC), will vote in fifth phase on May 20. While addressing a poll rally in Jhansi, land of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Shah reached out to people asking them to fight the desi Angrez just like they fought against the British during the freedom struggle. He asked people had to choose between two categories of leaders. On one hand there are leaders who have been behind `12 lakh crore scams, born with a silver spoon and go to Thailand for vacation, on the other, there was PM Narendra Modi who has his tenures both as CM and PM unblemished. He was born in a poor family and never took a holiday, Shah said. He also targeted Samajwadi Party as the one who ordered firing at the Ram bhakts in Ayodhya in 1990. On the other hand, we have Modi, who got the Ram Janmabhoomi case pursued, won it, and eventually got a temple constructed in Ayodhya, Shah asserted. He reiterated that the opposition leaders avoided going to the Ram Temple consecration ceremony for the sake of their vote bank. He claimed that Congress vote bank politics stood exposed as its leaders advised to keep away from the PoK as Pakistan had atom bomb. We are not afraid of their vote bank. We would take back the PoK, which is an integral part of India, he said. The home minister said that there was a time when Bundelkhand was known for `Bahubalis. Give us the mandate, and we will ensure that Bundelkhand will give udyogpatis (industrialists), he said, adding that the area would soon be known for nestling the ambitious defense corridor that would wheel out state-of-the-art weapons.

The New Indian Express 19 May 2024 8:38 am

Barabanki LS polls: BJP's Rajrani Rawat to take on Congress' Tanuj Punia following Upendra Singh Rawat's exit

Barabanki LS polls: BJP's Rajrani Rawat to take on Congress' Tanuj Punia following Upendra Singh Rawat's exit In Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki, which will go to the polls on Monday (May 20) in the fifth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has fielded Rajrani Rawat for the seat, while Congress has nominated Tanuj Punia as an INDIA bloc candidate. The Barabanki constituency, an SC seat, is witnessing an interesting contest amidst the withdrawal of the BJP's sitting Member of Parliament, Upendra Singh Rawat, from the election race. Rawat's withdrawal came after the circulation of an alleged obscene video. This Lok Sabha seat comprises six Assembly constituencies--Kursi, Ram Nagar, Barabanki, Zaidpur, and Haidargarh. In 2019, Upendra Singh Rawat of BJP secured victory from Jhansi by garnering 535,917 votes (46.4 per cent), while SP's Ram Sagar Rawat garnered 425,777 votes (36.9 per cent). Congress' Tanuj Punia stood third with 159,611 votes (13.8 per cent). Meanwhile, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Priyanka Singh Rawat of BJP won the seat with 454,214 votes (42.5 per cent), while Congress' P.L. Punia secured 242,336 votes (22.7 per cent). BSP's Kamla Prasad Rawat came in third with 167,150 votes (15.6 per cent). Notably, 2009 marked the comeback of Congress in Barabanki for the first time since 1984. P.L. Punia secured victory in Barabanki to become the first Congress candidate to win after 1984. Rajrani Rawat, who is the District Panchayat President, will face the election battle for the first time. Meanwhile, the Congress-SP alliance's Tanuj Punia will face elections for the second time. Taking to her official X handle, Rajrani Rawat urged the people to vote for the saffron party. I salute all the respected people. I tried my best to reach out to all of you, I tried my best to knock on every village and house, but still, I could not reach some places... I request and appeal to all of you to once again, plant lotus in Barabanki, she said. She added, I will respect your vote, all-round development of Barabanki is our goal. All of you are requested to give your support and blessings by pressing the button on the lotus symbol on May 20 and make your Rajrani Rawat victorious with huge votes. The BJP candidate in her campaign also targeted the opposition and said, Those who looted the country, those who demanded proof of the valor of the army, those who questioned the existence of Ram, those who set a record of scams, have come together today to form a 'Thugbandhan', you all should be cautious of them. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing public rallies in Barabanki, also blasted the Congress and SP and targeted them over the matter of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the divisive, appeasement, and anarchic policies of the Congress and INDI alliance. Meanwhile, Congress' Tanuj Punia is targeting the BJP over jobs, the Constitution, and democracy. After the fourth phase of voting, it has become completely clear that the public is making the INDIA win. In the fourth phase itself, BJP's slogan of crossing 400 should be read as 4 because the public has started the countdown for them. The public is defeating the ones who are playing with farmers, youth, businessmen, employees, students, women, sportspersons, jobs, livelihood, Constitution and democracy..., Punia said In a post on X. In another post, Punia urged people to vote for the Congress and said, Defeat inflation, unemployment, hatred and injustice with your one vote. Press the hand button on May 20, vote for Congress. Notably, SP and Congress are allies in the opposition INDIA bloc formed to take on the BJP in the ongoing 2024 general elections. In the 2019 polls, the BJP emerged triumphant, securing 62 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, while two seats were clinched by its ally Apna Dal (S). Mayawati's BSP managed to secure 10 seats, while Akhilesh Yadav's SP garnered five, and the Congress Party secured only one seat. In the 2014 elections, the BJP secured 71 out of 80 seats. SP secured five seats, while Congress garnered only two seats. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 May 2024 7:55 am

May 20 polls: Three way battle in Jhansi among BJP, Congress and BSP

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The News Mill 19 May 2024 12:18 am

Lok Sabha Polls: Dimple Yadav holds roadshow in support of SP candidate in Gonda

Lok Sabha Polls: Dimple Yadav holds roadshow in support of SP candidate in Gonda Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav on Saturday held a road show in support of the party's Gonda Lok Sabha seat candidate Shreya Verma. Later, while addressing the people in Gonda, ahead of the fifth phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections on May 20, Dimple Yadav said SP is the only party that knows how to maintain relationships and responsibilities. Shreya Verma is contesting against two-time sitting BJP MP Kirtivardhan Singh for the Gonda Lok Sabha seat. Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda parliamentary constituency will be held in the fifth phase on May 20. In the fifth phase, elections will be held in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, including Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Kaiserganj, and Gonda, while there will be a by-election in the Lucknow East Assembly constituency. The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh are being held in seven phases. Polling in the first four phases has already been completed. Polling for the remaining Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 20, May 25, and June 1. The counting of votes will be done on June 4. In the 2019 general elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP won 62 out of 80 seats, and its ally Apna Dal (S) won two seats. Mayawati's BSP won 10 seats, while Akhilesh Yadav's SP won five. The Congress party secured only one seat. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 May 2024 11:52 pm

LS polls: 49 constituencies in eight states and UTs to vote in fifth phase on May 20

LS polls: 49 constituencies in eight states and UTs to vote in fifth phase on May 20 People from 49 constituencies across eight States and Union territories will be voting in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 20, during which several key candidates will be in the fray. The states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal will be going to polls in the fifth phase, along with two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. Notably, the fifth phase is the smallest in terms of number of seats being polled across all seven phases. The following seats will vote on May 20 across the eight states and Union Territories: Maharashtra: Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central and Mumbai South. Uttar Pradesh: Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad/Ayodhya, Kaiserganj and Gonda. Bihar: Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saran and Hajipur. Jharkhand: Chatra, Koderma, Hazaribagh. West Bengal: Barrackpur, Bangaon, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly and Arambagh. Ladakh: The sole constituency of Ladakh, will go to polls first time since the abrogation of Article 370. Jammu and Kashmir: The Baramulla constituency will go to polls first time since the abrogation of Article 370. From Rahul Gandhi to Smriti Irani, from Karan Bhushan Singh to Chirag Paswan; many big names will have their fate at stake during the fifth phase of general elections. Other big names like Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya will also be seeking electoral success. Congress leader Kishori Lal Sharma, the Gandhi family's close aide, has been fielded against Smriti Irani in Amethi. Being tasked with wresting power from the BJP, KL Sharma has exuded confidence in winning the polls. He is up against incumbent MP and Union Minister Smriti Irani. She ended the Gandhi family's stint in 2019 by defeating Rahul Gandhi by over 55,000 votes. Rahul Gandhi, who also contested from Wayanad, will be aiming to retain the lone standing bastion of the party in the state -- Raebareli. On Friday, Sonia Gandhi in her public address, had urged people to vote for her son, Rahul Gandhi. I am handing over my son to you, you have to accept him just like you accepted me, he won't disappoint, she said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be aiming for a third straight win in Lucknow. He will face Samajwadi Party candidate Ravidas Mehrotra in this seat Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the first time is up against Congress' Bhushan Patil from the Mumbai North seat. BJP has fielded 26/11 special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, replacing two-time MP Poonam Mahajan against Congress' Varsha Gaikwad from Maharashtra's Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat. After much contention, BJP dropped Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Singh from Kaiserganj after sexual harassment allegations by female wrestlers. The party has fielded his son Karan Bhushan Singh from the seat, who will be seeking to retain his family stronghold. LJP (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan is aiming to carry forward his father Ram Vilas Paswan's legacy. He is pitted against RJD's Shiv Chandra Ram. Rohini Acharya, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, is contesting against BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy who registered resounding wins against Lalu Prasad's kin in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In the first general elections in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Baramulla will go to polls on May 20. National Conference (NC) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is pitted against Sajad Lone of the Peoples Conference (PC) and Mir Mohammad Fayaz of the Peoples Democratic Party. Ladakh is going to polls as a separate union territory for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 bifurcated the erstwhile state into UTs J-K and Ladakh. BJP's Tashi Galsyan is pitted against Congress candidate Tsering Namgyal. The general elections are being held across seven phases. The first four phases were held on April 19, April 26, May 7, and May 13, while the subsequent phases are scheduled on May 20, May 27 and June 1. The counting of votes will happen on June 4. While Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third straight term in power, while the Opposition INDIA bloc is aiming to wrest back power from the incumbent BJP. (ANI)

devdiscourse 18 May 2024 11:37 pm

Uttar Pradesh Transforms Under Modi and Yogi Leadership: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Highlighting Uttar Pradesh's transformation from a state known for producing country-made pistols to cannon balls, Union home minister Amit Shah said at an election rally in Lalitpur on Saturday that the state started developing only after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister and Yogi Adityanath the chief minister. Mr Shah also addressed an election rally in Banda and took part in a roadshow in Amethi in favour of BJP candidates. Canvassing for his party candidate from Jhansi Anurag Sharma, who is eyeing a second term, Mr Shah said, There was a time when country-made pistols were produced in Uttar Pradesh. But Mr Modi built a defence corridor in Bundelkhand and now cannon balls are made here. He added that if Pakistan makes any mistake, the shells made in Bundelkhand will be used to destroy them. Slamming Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's atom bomb remark that has sparked a political row, he said, Mr Aiyar said Pakistan should be respected as it has the atom bomb and not ask for PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) from the country. But this is Narendra Modi's government. We are not afraid of the atom bomb. PoK belongs to India and will remain so. We will take it. In a purported video clip that went viral on social media, Mr Aiyar is heard saying India should give respect to Pakistan as it is a sovereign nation and engage with it as it also possesses the atom bomb. Making a clarification, Mr Aiyar had said the video was old and dredged up now that the BJP's election campaign is faltering. The Congress said it totally disagreed with the remarks made by him some months ago. In a veiled attack on the Opposition, the Union minister said, This land fought against the Mughals and the British. Now Bundelkhand also has to fight against the desi angrez present in our country. Urging people to vote in favour of the BJP, the home minister said, This election is for the development of the country, for securing the country. This election is an election to protect our religion and culture. This election is to make India great. It is for the welfare of the poor in the country. And to quench the thirst of Bundelkhand. Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition, Mr Shah said, In this election, on one side there is the INDIA bloc which has committed a scam of `12-lakh crores. On the other hand, there is Mr Modi, who has together served for 23 years as a chief minister and Prime Minister, but no one can level a corruption allegation of even `25 paise on him. \On one side are (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi and (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav, who were born with a silver spoon. On the other hand, there is our leader, Mr Modi, who was born in the house of a poor tea seller, the senior BJP leader said. On one side, there is the Samajwadi Party, which opened fire on Ram bhakts . On the other side, there is Mr Modi, who is building the Ram temple, he added. The home minister said the Congress party wants to divide the country into two halves -- South India and North India -- but no one can break India as long as the country is run under Mr Modi's leadership. Later, while addressing an election rally in Banda in favour of BJP candidate R.K. Singh Patel, Mr Shah pointed out that this election is between those who opened fire on Ram devotees and those who built the temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. The Union minister reminded the gathering that the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh had opened fire on karsevaks and devotees of Lord Ram during the Babri Masjid demolition and turned Saryu river red with blood. Mr Shah also said Mr Yadav, his wife and Dimple Yadav, Mr Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi did not attend the 'pran pratistha' ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya as they are afraid to lose their votebanks. Attacking the INDIA bloc and Mr Gandhi, the Union home minister said the Opposition Alliance members have said they will have different Prime Ministers on a rotational basis. But Rahul baba, this is not a grocery shop. To run the country, a strong Prime Minister is needed, one who has a 56-inch chest, he added. Sharpening his attack on the Opposition, he said, This entire ' ghamandia gathbandhan ' (arrogant alliance) is an alliance of familists who work only for their sons and daughters. Sharad Pawar wants to make his daughter Supriya Sule the chief minister, while Uddhav Thackeray wants the same position for his son Aditya Thackeray and Mamata (Banerjee) wants it for her nephew. And Mrs Gandhi wants to make her son the Prime Minister. In Uttar Pradesh, on the last day of campaigning for the fifth phase of polling in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Mr Shah took part in a roadshow taken out to garner support for Smriti Irani, the BJP's Lok Sabha poll candidate from Amethi. Mr Shah and Ms Irani greeted people in an open-top vehicle decorated with saffron flags, banners and flowers, with the slogan of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre written on it. As the roadshow started from the Ramlila Maidan and proceeded till the Devipatan temple, the crowd raised the Jai Shri Ram slogan. The Jhansi, Banda and Amethi Lok Sabha seats will vote in the fifth phase on May 20.

Deccan Chronicle 18 May 2024 9:47 pm

Its time to fight against Desi Angrez in country: Amit Shah

Jhansi/Banda,UP, May 18 (UNI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that Bundelkhand fought against the Mughals and the British, and now it is time to fight against the Desi Angrez in our country. Addressing election rallies, the Union Minister said that the four phases of elections have concluded, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi... The post Its time to fight against Desi Angrez in country: Amit Shah first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 18 May 2024 9:22 pm

'I can say with confidence that Rahul Baba is losing from Rae Bareli,' asserts Amit Shah

LUCKNOW: In a last-minute push to BJP's poll campaign in the prestigious seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that he is confident that Rahul Gandhi is losing from Rae Bareli this time. Asking the people of Amethi to opt between PM Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he accused the latter of fleeing to Wayanad after losing Amethi in 2019. Now Rahul Baba is back in Raebareli. I have been in Raebareli for three days and can say with confidence that he is losing from there also, he said. Campaigning in 14 UP Lok Sabha constituencies, including Amethi and Raebareli, ended on Saturday evening as the voting is slated to take place on Monday, May 20. Shah held a 2-km road show in Amethi on Saturday, where he chose to denounce the Congress' claim that Amethi and Rae Bareli, widely considered as the bastion of Gandhi family, were their family seats. In a democracy it is the people, not a family, who send the candidate to the Parliament, Shah said questioning if any of the Gandhi family members turned up in Amethi or Raebareli during the pandemic. Shah, atop a four-wheeler turned into a Rath (chariot), was flanked by party candidate Smriti Irani, UP BJP chief Bhupendra Chaudhury, senior BJP leaders and the party MLAs, including Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh, of the assembly segments under Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. Wading through a humongous crowd of BJP cadre and local people, the roadshow, which commenced from Ramleela Ground culminated at Devipattan temple passing through Rajarshri Rananjai Tiraha, Gandhi Chowk and Sagra Tiraha amid the chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shree Ram. Groups of saffron clad youth could be spotted at various locations along the roadshow route dancing, blowing conch shells and beating damroos while the party supporters could be seen waving BJP flags and shouting the slogans. By holding the massive roadshow in Amethi where Congress has fielded KL Sharma against BJPs Smiriti Irani, Shah sought to firm up partys prospects in Raebareli and other adjoining seats including Sultanpur. Notably, Irani had emerged as giant killer in 2019 when she had defeated Rahul Gandhi by a margin of 55,000 votes. However, in Raebareli, BJPs Dinesh Pratap Singh had lost to Sonia Gandhi by a margin of over 1.67 lakh votes. In fact, Congress had won just Raebareli seat losing other 66 seats which it had contested in Uttar Pradesh in 2019. Earlier, the Union Home Minister addressed two poll rallies in Jhansi-Lalitpur and Banad-- in the Bundelkhand region of UP on Saturday. All the four seats of Bundelkhand including Jhansi, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun (SC) will vote in fifth phase on May 20. While addressing a poll rally in Jhansi, land of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Amit Shah reached out to people asking them to fight the desi Angrez just like they fought against the British and Mughals during the freedom struggle. He asked the people to choose between two categories of leaders. On one hand there are leaders who have been behind, Rs 12 lakh crore scams, born with a silver spoon and go to Thailand for Vacation, on the other, there was PM Narendra Modi who has his tenures both as CM and PM unblemished. He was born in a poor family and never took a holiday, Shah said. He also targeted Samajwadi Party as the ones who ordered firing at the Ram Bhakts in Ayodhya in 1990. On the other hand, we have Modi, who got the Ram Janmabhoomi case pursued, won it, and eventually got a temple constructed in Ayodhya, Shah asserted. Shah reiterated that the opposition leaders avoided going to the Ram Temple consecration ceremony for the sake of their vote bank. He claimed that Congress vote bank politics stood exposed as its leaders advised to keep away from the POK as Pakistan had atom bomb. We are not afraid of their vote bank. We would take back the PoK, which is an integral part of India, he said. Shah also claimed that after four phases, the BJP had crossed 270 mark. Now it is sure that Modiji will become PM for the third consecutive time and make India the third largest economy in the world, he said. The home minister said that there was a time when Bundelkhand was known for `Bahubalis. Give us the mandate, and we will ensure that Bundelkhand will give `udyogpatis (industrialists), he said, adding that the area would soon be prominently known for nestling the ambitious defense corridor that would wheel out state-of-the-art weapons. In Banda, he reached out to the women voters, saying that it was the BJP who empowered the women by giving them 33% reservation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. He took a potshot at the opposition for not having a definite PM candidate. If voted to power, they would make their leaders PM one-by-one every year, he said. There cannot be a PM stronger than Modi, who possesses a chest of 56 inches, he said.

The New Indian Express 18 May 2024 9:14 pm

Earlier country-made pistols were produced in Uttar Pradesh; now, cannon balls are manufactured: Home Minister Amit Shah

The Union Home Minister was addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradeshs Lalitpur in favour of BJPs Jhansi candidate Anurag Sharma.

The Hindu 18 May 2024 4:37 pm

Earlier country-made pistols were produced in UP, now cannon balls are manufactured: Shah

LALITPUR (UP), May 18: Union Home minister Amit Shah on Saturday highlighted Uttar Pradeshs transformation from a state known for producing country-made pistols to one now manufacturing cannon balls. Addressing an election rally in Lalitpur in favour of BJPs Jhansi candidate Anurag Sharma, who is eyeing a second term, the Union home minister said the state started developing only after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister and Yogi Adityanath the Chief Minister. There was a time when country-made pistols were [] The post Earlier country-made pistols were produced in UP, now cannon balls are manufactured: Shah appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 18 May 2024 4:15 pm

Earlier country-made pistols were produced in UP, now cannon balls are manufactured: Shah

Amit Shah highlighted Uttar Pradesh's transformation under Narendra Modi, from producing country-made pistols to manufacturing cannon balls at an election rally in Lalitpur in support of BJP's Jhansi candidate Anurag Sharma eyeing a second term, with Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister.

The Economic Times 18 May 2024 4:14 pm

Khammam man kills mother, daughters; financial issues suspected

Khammam : In a gruesome incident, a man killed his mother and two children at Gopalapet village of Thallada mandal in Khammam district in the early hours of Saturday and escaped. Pittala Venkateshwarlu was living with his mother and two children in his house at Gopalapet. He killed his mother Pichamma(60) and his two daughters Neeraja(10) and Jhansi (6). After committing the crime he fled from the place. The locals found the three were lying dead in the house and informed the police. It is suspected that family dispute and financial problems were the reason behind the crime. More details are awaited. The wife of Venkateshwarlu died years ago under suspicious condition.

Deccan Chronicle 18 May 2024 10:29 am

LS polls fifth phase: Fate of 5 Modi Ministers at stake in 14 UP seats

LUCKNOW: The political heartland of India will witness voting on 14 seats, including a couple of high-profile constituencies and fate of five Union ministers, in the fifth phase on May 20. The 14 seats comprise not only Congress citadels Rae Bareli and Amethi but also Ayodhya, the nerve centre of BJPs Hindutva plank. In fact, this phase will decide the tone and tenor of the sixth and seventh rounds, which will be concentrated across 27 seats of Purvanchal. Moreover, four constituencies of Bundelkhand will decide whether to let BJP achieve a hat-trick or vote for change. The BJP had swept the phase in 2019 by winning 13 of the 14 seats in fray. While the BJP had wrested Amethi from Congress, Sonia Gandhi had retained Rae Bareli as the only party MP from UP in 2019. The SP and BSP drew a blank in 2019 and 2014. In 2024, while Congress is contesting on two seats, ally SP is contesting on rest 12 seats. Rae Bareli One of the most prominent seats of fifth phase is set for a fight between Rahul Gandhi and BJP MLC and Yogi minister Dinesh Pratap Singh who had switched over to the saffron party in 2018. BSP has fielded an OBC nominee. Amethi Another high-profile seat witnesses a battle of nerves between Union minister Smriti Irani and KL Sharma, a representative of Congress first family of four decades. Smriti had defeated Rahul Gandhi in 2019 in Amethi and she is seeking a second term. BSP has fielded Nanhe Singh Chauhan. Faizabad The seat of Ram temple is set to test BJPs Hindutva plank. However, Faizabad has never been the saffron stronghold in the true sense. The Congress captured the seat in 2009, BSP won it in 2004 and SP in 1998. The BJP won the seat in 1991, 1996, 2014 and 2019. In 2019, BJPs Lallu Singh, five-time MLA and an MP twice, retained it defeating SPs Anand Sen. This time the contest is multi-cornered with SP having fielded its nine-time MLA Awdhesh Prasad, CPI former IPS officer Arvind Sena and BSP Sachhidanand Pandey. Lucknow The real challenge before the BJP is winning margin of MP Rajnath Singh who is seeking a third term carrying forward the legacy of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had represented Lucknow five times in the Lok Sabha from 1991 and 2004. Lucknow parliamentary constituency is the BJPs citadel. The party has never lost this seat since 1991. Singh won the seat in 2014 and 2019. Mohanlal Ganj and Barabanki Both the reserve seats are adjacent to Lucknow with Pasi community holding the key. Mohanlal Ganj BJP candidate and Union minister of state Kaushal Kishore is trying his luck for the third term in a row. Challenging him are the SPs RK Chaudhary and the BSPs Rajesh Kumar. Barabanki Another seat adjoining Lucknow has have tendency of changing winners each time. However, the BJP won the seat in 2014 and retained it in 2019. Pasis among the SCs and Kurmi voters among OBCs are decisive in the constituency. There are over 20% Muslim voters. In 2024, BJP replaced its MP Upendra Singh Rawat with Rajrani Rawat and Congress fielded Tanuj Punia, son of former bureaucrat and Congress leader PL Punia. Gonda BJP MP Kirti Vardhan Singh, from the royal family, is in the fray for the third consecutive term. Challenging him is SPs Shreya Verma, the granddaughter of party stalwart Beni Prasad Verma, and BSP pitted a Brahmin Saurabh Mishra. Fatehpur BJP has repeated its MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti who had defeated BSPs Sukh Lal Verma, as the joint SP-BSP candidate, in 2019. The SP fielded its state chief Naresh Uttam, a Kurmi by caste, and the BSP put stakes on Manish Sachan. Kaiserganj BJP has fielded Karan Bhushan Singh, son of Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, SP has named Baghatram Mishra and BSP has made the contest interesting by fielding another Brahmin Narendra Pandey. Kaushambi The reserved seat is set for in interesting battle between BJP MP Vinod Sonkar and one of the youngest SP candidates Pushpendra Saroj, son of SP MLA Indrajeet Saroj. Bundelkhand Four seats Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur and Banda.

The New Indian Express 18 May 2024 8:04 am

High-profile seats of Rae Bareli, Amethi to vote in Phase-V in UP, fate of 5 Union ministers at stake

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh, the political heartland of India, will witness voting in 14 seats in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 20, with the fate of five Union ministers at stake. The 14 seats which will vote in the upcoming phase comprise not only the Congress citadels of Rae Bareli and Amethi but also Ayodhya, the nerve centre of the BJPs Hindutva plank. In fact, the fifth phase will decide the tone and tenor of the remaining sixth and seventh phases of the ensuing election which will be concentrated across 27 seats of Purvanchal. Moreover, four constituencies of Bundelkhand would also decide whether to let the ruling saffron brigade achieve a hat-trick or vote for a change going beyond the benefits of welfare schemes extended by the Modi government. Similarly, the political stature of the tainted Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of the BJP, the six-time Lok Sabha MP, would also be put to test in Kaiserganj where his son is contesting as a proxy as he is caught in the sexual harassment case of ace female wrestlers of the country. The ruling BJP had swept the phase in 2019 by winning 13 of the 14 seats. While the BJP had wrested Amethi from the Congress, former AICC chief Sonia Gandhi had managed to retain Rae Bareli as the only party MP from UP in 2019. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party had drawn a blank in this phase in 2019 and 2014. In the fifth phase, while the Congress is contesting in two seats Rae Bareli and Amethi its ally, the SP, is contesting in the remaining 12 seats. Rae Bareli is 'karmabhoomi' of both my 'mothers' Sonia and Indira Gandhi: Rahul At a glance Rae Bareli: One of the most prominent seats of the fifth phase is set for a fierce fight between former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who has switched from his bastion Amethi replacing his mother and sitting MP Sonia Gandhi. He is being challenged by the BJPs MLC and Yogi government minister Dinesh Pratap Singh who had switched over to the BJP from the Congress in 2018. The BSP has fielded an OBC Thakur Prasad Yadav here. Amethi: Another high-profile seat witnesses a battle of nerves between Union minister and sitting MP Smriti Irani and KL Sharma, a low-profile representative of the Congresss first family of four decades. Smriti had defeated Rahul Gandhi in 2019 in Amethi and she is seeking a second term. The BSP has fielded Nanhe Singh Chauhan. Faizabad: The seat of the Ram temple is set to test the BJPs Hindutva plank. However, Faizabad has never been a saffron stronghold in the true sense. The Congress captured this seat in 2009, BSP won it in 2004 and the SP in 1998. The BJP won the seat in 1991, 1996, 2014 and 2019. In 2019, the BJPs Lallu Singh, five-time MLA and an MP twice, retained it defeating SPs Anand Sen by securing 48.65% of votes. Buoyed by the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the BJP hopes to win this seat with a huge margin in 2024. This time the contest is multi-cornered with the SP having fielded its 9-time MLA Awdhesh Prasad, while former IPS officer Arvind Sena of the CPI and Sachhidanand Pandey of the BSP are also in the fray. Lucknow: The real challenge before the ruling BJP is the winning margin of sitting MP Rajnath Singh who is seeking a third term carrying forward the legacy of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had represented Lucknow five times in the Lok Sabha from 1991 and 2004. The Lucknow parliamentary constituency is the BJPs citadel. The party has never lost this seat since 1991. BJP veteran and defence minister Rajnath Singh won the seat in 2014 and 2019. With no prominent candidate facing him, Rajnath Singh is expected to make a hat-trick. The SP has fielded sitting MLA Ravi Das Mehrotra while the BSP has given the ticket to a Muslim Sarwar Mallik. Time is an everchanging entity, Rae Bareli now Modi citadel: BJP candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh Mohanlal Ganj: This reserved seat is adjacent to Lucknow with the Pasi community holding the key. BJP candidate and Union minister of state Kaushal Kishore is trying his luck for the third term in a row. Challenging him are the SPs RK Chaudhary and the BSPs Rajesh Kumar. Barabanki: Another reserved seat adjoining Lucknow, this has the tendency of changing winners each time. However, the BJP won the seat in 2014 and retained it in 2019. Pasis among the SCs and Kurmi voters among OBCs are decisive in the constituency. There are over 20% Muslim voters here. In 2024, the BJP replaced its sitting MP Upendra Singh Rawat with Rajrani Rawat and the Congress has fielded Tanuj Punia, son of former bureaucrat and Congress leader PL Punia. The BSP has fielded Shiv Kumar Dohre. Gonda: The BJPs sitting MP Kirti Vardhan Singh, hailing from the royal family, is in the fray for the third consecutive term. Challenging him is the SPs Shreya Verma, the granddaughter of party stalwart and prominent Kurmi leader Beni Prasad Verma, while the BSP has pitted a Brahmin Saurabh Mishra. Fatehpur: The BJP has repeated its sitting MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti who had defeated the BSPs Sukh Lal Verma, who was the joint SP-BSP candidate, with 54% of the votes in 2019. The SP has fielded its state chief Naresh Uttam, a Kurmi by caste, and the BSP has pinned its hopes on Manish Sachan. Kaiserganj: The BJP has fielded Karan Bhushan Singh, son of sitting MP Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, while the SP has fielded Baghatram Mishra and the BSP has made the contest interesting by fielding another Brahmin Narendra Pandey. Kaushambi: Adjacent to the Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency, this reserved seat is set for an interesting battle between the BJPs sitting MP Vinod Sonkar and one of the SPs youngest candidates, the debutant Pushpendra Saroj who is the son of SP MLA Indrajeet Saroj. The BSP has fielded Shubh Narain Gautam, a retired area development officer. Bundelkhand Jalaun: It is set for a three-cornered fight featuring Union Minister Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma of the BJP, Narayan Das Ahirwar of the SP, and Suresh Chandra Gautam of the BSP. While Verma has been a five-time MP and is seeking a third term from Jalaun, both the SP and BSP candidates are making their debut. Jhansi: This land of warriors is witnessing a showdown between Anurag Sharma, the sitting BJP MP, and Pradeep Jain Aditya of the Congress. The BSP has fielded Ravi Prakash making the contest three-cornered. Hamirpur: It is set for a tough contest between Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel of the BJP and Ajendra Singh Rajput of the SP. Chandel is seeking his third term while the BSP has given an interesting dimension to the fight by fielding a Brahmin Nirdosh Kumar Dikshit. Banda: The BJP has repeated its sitting MP RK Singh Patel to clash with Krishna Patel of the SP, along with Mayank Dwivedi of the BSP who is depending on the votes of upper castes.

The New Indian Express 17 May 2024 10:53 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Bundelkhand Water Crisis ! | Jhansi | Lalitpur

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NDTV 17 May 2024 3:18 pm

PM on his side, BJP nominee claims edge in poll

BJP's Anurag Sharma in Jhansi faces challenge from INDIA bloc's Pradeep Jain Aditya. Sharma, backed by PM Narendra Modi's popularity, confident due to party's micromanagement of elections. He criticizes INID alliance, highlighting SP and Congress' limited constituency-based approach. Sharma emphasizes development in Bundelkhand, including free ration scheme and industrial projects.

The Times of India 17 May 2024 4:27 am

In Bundelkhand, BJP banks on ration & shasan to ride out anti-incumbency

Bundelkhand region in UP, including Jhansi, sees improvements with projects like Har Ghar Nal, defense corridor, and BIDA. Political dynamics involve BJP, SP-Congress alliance, and issues like unemployment and development. The region has four LS seats and faces murmurs of anti-incumbency. The SP-Congress alliance aims to challenge the BJP stronghold by uniting caste groups.

The Times of India 17 May 2024 3:32 am

Kejriwal embraced Congress, against whom Anna protested, says Yogi Adityanath

Kejriwal embraced Congress, against whom Anna protested, says Yogi Adityanath Strongly rebutting the remarks of Aam Aadmi Party National President and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted on Thursday that 'Kejriwal has lost his mind after going to jail' and added that the Delhi CM has embraced Congress against whom Anna Hazare had protested. Kejriwal, who shattered Anna Hazare's aspirations and sided with the corrupt, is now targeting me. Kejriwal has embraced Congress, against whom Anna protested... he added. CM Yogi made these comments while addressing an election rally for the Hamirpur-Mahoba Lok Sabha seat in Tindwari town in Banda district. He urged the public to cast their votes in favour of the party candidate Pushpendra Singh Chandel from this constituency. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath remarked that following his incarceration, Kejriwal likely realised his imprisonment might have been indefinite. He has shattered Anna Hazare's hopes. It must be disheartening for Anna to witness the kind of politics that has arisen from his movement, said Yogi, suggesting that Anna Hazare might never forgive him for this betrayal. Yogi also noted that since assuming power, the Aam Aadmi Party has surrounded itself with corrupt individuals. On a jocular note, Yogi added that with Kejriwal in jail, the people of Delhi felt a sense of relief, as if their 'cough' had subsided, but his release would likely cause them to 'cough' again. In his address, the Chief Minister highlighted the significance of the Tindwara Assembly, noting its historical importance in shaping the nation's trajectory. This assembly has not only produced a Chief Minister for the state but also a Prime Minister for the country. When I was invited to participate in a programme here, I felt compelled to attend, he said. He underscored the remarkable transformation witnessed in Bundelkhand over the past decade. Previously, this region was dominated by various mafias, including the mining mafia, land mafia, forest mafia, and dacoits. The SP and Congress were complicit in protecting these criminal elements, he remarked. They would nominate such individuals as public representatives, allowing the mafia and dacoits to exploit the populace and plunder the region's resources. As a result, the youth of Bundelkhand were compelled to migrate, while daughters and sisters faced the arduous task of fetching water from afar. Asserting that the people have witnessed a transformation in Bundelkhand over the past decade, Yogi declared, This is just the beginning. Bundelkhand will once again lead the country. Gone are the days when daughters and sisters had to travel miles to fetch water. Every household will now have access to tap water, and that too, purified through RO systems. He continued, In terms of connectivity, every road is being expanded to accommodate two lanes and four lanes. Tourist destinations are being developed to attract visitors. Our defence corridor will be so robust that when our soldiers fire cannons on the border, it will proudly display 'Made in Banda'. In the past, youth here struggled to find employment. However, in the next five years, the tables will turn, and the world will come here seeking job opportunities. By linking Jhansi to Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur, and Banda, we aim to establish developed cities comparable to Noida and Greater Noida, he concluded. In a scathing critique of the opposition, the CM asserted that those who once left Bundelkhand yearning for water and development, compromised the safety of sisters and daughters, robbed youth of job opportunities, and plundered resources, should now be made to yearn for every vote. Ensure that such individuals lose their deposits in the current elections. He further remarked that parties like SP, Congress, AAP, and RJD belong to the same category. When they come into power, they exploit the common man. Fortunately, we have witnessed the transformation of India. The nation's reputation is growing globally, with welfare schemes benefiting the poor. 80 crore poor are reaping the benefits of ration, 50 crore people have their Jan-Dhan accounts opened, 12 crore farmers received the benefits of Kisan Samman Nidhi, toilets have been constructed in 12 crore households, 10 crore households received gas cylinder under Ujjawala Scheme, houses have been constructed for 4 crore poor people. All these are Modi's guarantees, he said. Uttar Pradesh's Banda will go into polls in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 20. (ANI)

devdiscourse 16 May 2024 11:51 pm

Video: Fined Rs 1,000, UP Man Now Drives His Audi With A Helmet On

Every time he walks towards his Audi, Bahadur Singh Parihar straps on a helmet. Not because he is driving a Formula 1 car or going rally racing in Dakar, but because he was fined Rs 1,000 by the traffic police in Jhansi the last time he didn't do so.

NDTV 15 May 2024 11:26 pm

This is how love will grow in a long distance relationship?

In today's interconnected world, many couples find themselves in long-distance relationships (LDRs) due to various circumstances such as work, education, or family obligations. While distance can pose challenges to maintaining a strong emotional connection, it also offers opportunities for personal growth and deepening intimacy. Communication: The Lifeline of Long-Distance Love Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship, and it becomes even more crucial in long-distance relationships. Regular communication helps bridge the physical gap and allows partners to stay connected on an emotional level. Prioritizing Quality Over Quantity In long-distance relationships, it's not always possible to communicate as frequently as in traditional relationships. Therefore, prioritizing the quality of communication over quantity is essential. Make the most of the time you have together by engaging in meaningful conversations and actively listening to each other's thoughts and feelings. Embracing Technology: Bringing You Closer Than Ever Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it easier than ever to maintain a sense of closeness despite physical distance. Video calls, instant messaging, and social media platforms allow couples to share experiences, exchange affectionate gestures, and stay updated on each other's lives in real-time. Creating Shared Experiences Even when miles apart, couples can create shared experiences by participating in activities together virtually. Whether it's watching a movie simultaneously, cooking the same recipe while video calling, or playing online games together, finding ways to bond over shared interests fosters a sense of togetherness. Building Trust and Security Trust forms the foundation of any healthy relationship, and it's particularly vital in long-distance relationships where physical proximity is limited. Be open and honest with each other, communicate openly about your feelings and concerns, and reassure your partner of your commitment to the relationship. Maintaining Independence and Pursuing Personal Growth While being in a long-distance relationship requires a certain level of dependence on each other for emotional support, it's also essential for individuals to maintain their independence and pursue personal goals and interests. Encourage each other to grow as individuals, support each other's ambitions, and celebrate achievements together. Planning for the Future: Hope in the Distance Having a shared vision for the future is essential for sustaining a long-distance relationship. Discuss your long-term goals, aspirations, and plans for eventually closing the distance. Knowing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel can provide comfort and motivation during challenging times. Managing Expectations and Coping with Challenges It's important to acknowledge that long-distance relationships come with their fair share of challenges. From feelings of loneliness and insecurity to jealousy and miscommunication, couples may encounter obstacles along the way. By managing expectations, being patient with each other, and addressing issues openly and constructively, couples can navigate these challenges together. Celebrating Milestones and Cherishing Moments Together In a long-distance relationship, celebrating milestones and cherishing the moments spent together becomes even more significant. Whether it's a virtual anniversary celebration, surprise care package, or planning visits to see each other whenever possible, finding ways to express love and appreciation strengthens the bond between partners.Despite the physical distance that separates them, couples in long-distance relationships can cultivate love and nurture their connection by prioritizing effective communication, embracing technology, creating shared experiences, building trust, maintaining independence, planning for the future, managing challenges, and celebrating moments of togetherness. With patience, commitment, and a shared vision, love can indeed flourish across any distance. UNESCO Honors Ramcharitmanas and Panchatantra: Literary Treasures Leave Lasting Impact Rahul Gandhi's Speech at Jhansi Rally: Defending the Constitution and Promising Financial Security for the Poor India-Cambodia Direct Flight Service Set to Take Off on June 16

News Track 15 May 2024 2:02 pm

LS polls: UP fifth phase to witness high-profile contests

Lucknow, May 15: As Uttar Pradesh inches closer to the fifth phase of polling on May 20, the prestige of several high-profile candidates will be at stake. In the fifth phase, voting will be held on 14 Lok Sabha seats including Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Raebareli, Amethi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambhi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Kaiserganj and [] The post LS polls: UP fifth phase to witness high-profile contests appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 15 May 2024 1:06 pm

Andhra Pradesh: Ambati Rambabu demands re-polling in six booths in Sattenapalli segment

VIJAYAWADA: Minister for Water Resources Ambati Rambabu complained to the Election Commission of India about the violent incidents that took place in the Palnadu region and demanded re-polling in six polling booths under the Sattenapalli segment. Speaking to the mediapersons on Tuesday, he claimed that rigging took place in two polling booths each in Dammalapadu, Narnepadu, and Cheemalamarri, and requested re-polling after verifying the webcasting footage at those centres. Besides stating that the police department has failed to maintain law and order, Ambati observed that the last-minute transfers made by the Election Commission were the reasons for the situation. Recalling that the elections were held peacefully when YSRC was in opposition, the Minister alleged that the police did not responded over calls and reached the spot, where the violence took place, very late. He demanded the ECI to conduct a detail inquiry on the police failure during the polling. He cited the example of the attack on the vehicle of his son-in-law in Narnepadu as an example of the violence initiated by the TDP and the polices failure to control the situation. He further alleged that TDP leader Kanna Lakshminarayana followers resorted to rigging in Dammalapadu. I dont understand why a minister is put under house arrest and the rival is allowed to roam free, he asked. Asserting that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be the Chief Minister and YSRC will form the government, Ambati said, June 4 will clear the illusions that Naidu and Co are living in. Meanwhile, Minister for Education Botcha Satyanarayana and his wife Botcha Jhansi, who contested for the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat, exuded confidence over the victory in the elections. Speaking to the mediapersons, Botcha said after June 4, a pro-poor government will form and Jagan Mohan Reddy will be sworn in as Chief Minister. He said out of frustration, TDP is resorting to violence, but YSRC has been maintaining restraint. People know Naidu means deceit and on June 4, the reality will be revealed, he added.

The New Indian Express 15 May 2024 10:00 am

Cadres coordinating well on ground: SP, Congress

On Tuesday alone, while Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi held a joint address in Jhansi, senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge held joint addresses in Maharajganj and Bansgaon.

The Economic Times 15 May 2024 12:06 am

Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav hit out at PM Modi for 'ignoring' farmers, youngsters

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of working for arabpatis and ignoring farmers and unemployed youngsters. Addressing a joint rally near the Rani Jhansi fort here, the alliance partners said they would work for the youths and farmers if the INDIA bloc government comes to power.

The Economic Times 14 May 2024 9:39 pm

Rahul Gandhi resolves to protect constitution, scrap Agniveer scheme

LUCKNOW: INDIA bloc partnersCongress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadavlaunched a tirade on PM Narendra Modi Modi-led BJP over the issues related to alleged threat to Indian constitution, reservation to poor, and Agniveer Scheme, in Jhansi on Tuesday. Addressing the gathering at a joint rally to seek support for Congress candidate Pradeep Jain, Akhilesh Yadav focused on the 'dwindling' fortunes of the BJP while Rahul Gandhi continued his narrative to scrap Agniveer scheme and 'to safeguard Constitution' from saffron brigade. Rahul Gandhi reiterated that the upcoming election was crucial for safeguarding the Constitution. He asserted that without the Constitution, the poor people of India 'won't belong anywhere.' The day this (showing a miniature of Constitution) is gone, your land rights, reservation, public sector everything will be gone. I.N.D.I.A bloc, Akhilesh Yadav, Khargeji and I are protecting this Constitution..., Gandhi claimed. Rahul fighting from Rae Bareli boost for INDIA bloc in UP, BJP heading for 'huge setback' in state: Pilot Assuring the gathering of their joint effort to give a better dispensation, Rahul Gandhi said: There will be a revolutionary work, no government in the world has ever done it. They (BJP) are making 22 billionaires, we are going to make crores of millionaires. A woman's name will be selected from each family and Rs one lakh per year will be transferred in bank accounts of crores of woman. The Congress leader promised that the INDIA bloc would scrap the military recruitment scheme, introduced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, if voted to power. Agniveer scheme- which makes one of the prominent features of the opposition narrative, Rahul Gandhi promises to throw the scheme in the dustbin. Rae Bareli is 'karmabhoomi' of both my 'mothers' Sonia and Indira Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi asserted that the country did not need two kind of martyrs. One that gets pension, the other that does not. One whose families are taken care of, the other whose families are not. He linked the military recruitment scheme to Adani saying that India's armed forced did not want the Agniveer scheme and that the PM had introduced the programme o benefit Adani. Claiming that the graph of BJP was coming down after four phases of voting, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that people were preparing for the farewell of the ruling party from the country. Four phases of elections are over and BJP's graph is falling. The people of Jhansi are preparing for BJP's 'vidai ki jhanki' (farewell). Those, who were talking about doubling farmers' incomes, have given the farmers nothing but sufferings. Under their govt farmers are in trouble, he said. Lok Sabha polls: Samajwadi Party's red caps boost Congress' chances in Amethi, Rae Bareli All praise for the Congress and reflecting on its past initiatives, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said: Whenever I come to Jhansi, I remember the Sainik School. When the Congress government was in power at centre and an SP government in UP, then Rahul ji said that we needed a Sainik School for Amethi. Then I said that one Sainik School will not be sufficient in Uttar Pradesh, you will have to provide more. After this, Congress gave three military schools to Uttar Pradesh. The joint Congress-SP rally held on Tuesday aimed at galvanising support for Pradeep Jain, the one fielded by Congress. He had previously won Jhansi Lok Sabha seat in 2009. Jain's candidature is seen as pivotal in countering the incumbent BJP's influence in the region. The electoral contest in Jhansi has intensified with the entry of new candidates, notably, Ravi Prakash Kushwaha from the BSP, making it a triangular contest.

The New Indian Express 14 May 2024 9:34 pm