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Court Seeks Clarity on OTT Film Certification Amidst Controversial Content

Court Seeks Clarity on OTT Film Certification Amidst Controversial Content The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has asked the Centre as to which authority undertakes film certification for the display of content on OTT and social media platforms. The court has asked the Centre and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to file a counter affidavit apprising it whether there is any other arrangement for OTT films or whether CBFC is authorised to give certificates to them too. The court has fixed August 13, 2024, for the next hearing of the case. The order was passed by a bench of justices Rajan Roy and Om Prakash Shukla on a PIL filed by Dipankar Kumar. In the petition, Kumar has alleged that objectionable comments have been made on the people of Bihar in 'Taktavar Policewala'- a Hindi adaptation of the Telugu movie 'Dhee Ante Dhee'. The petitioner said that the film, originally made in the Telugu language in 2015, is available on YouTube and demanded cancellation of the censor board certificate of the film. While hearing the petition, the court-appointed advocate general Kuldeep Pati Tripathi as amicus curiae and asked him to cooperate in the hearing of the case. After watching the film, the amicus curiae told the court that it contains very objectionable dialogues, which can lead to discrimination based on region, bitterness among people of different states and disturbance of public peace. On this, the court sought a reply from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and CBFC. The court has also made it clear that if the reply is not received by the next hearing, a gazetted officer of the CBFC will have to appear for the hearing through video conferencing.

devdiscourse 22 May 2024 12:30 am

DC Edit | Low voter turnout not healthy for democracy

As the elections to the 18th Lok Sabha covers its major portions with voters in 428 of the 543 constituencies exercising their franchise by the fifth of seven phases, the low turnout of voters remains a concern for all, as reflected by the note of the Election Commission of India. While the first four phases saw a collective 66.95 per cent voting, the figure for the fifth was substantially lower at 60.4 per cent. The EC had earlier called upon voters in the fifth phase, which covered the big cities of Mumbai and Lucknow, to shed their urban apathy. Its exhortation does appear to have reverberated with the electorate, who in their large numbers chose to skip the exercise and either remain indoors or go off on a tour, thanks to the extended weekend facilitated by the voting on a Monday. As per EC, Maharashtra recorded its lowest polling at 54.33 per cent; Uttar Pradesh also has a lower 57.79 per cent of voters pressing the button on the electronic voting machine. On the higher side, West Bengal had a voting of 76.05 per cent. It does not augur well for democracy, which is still a work in progress in this country, to have almost half of its electorate say no to one of its key elements the election. Pundits will come up with a number of reasons for the voter apathy, which may vary from the perception that the outcome has already been decided and that their votes do not count or will not make a difference to an understanding that that their lives are not going to change, whatever the results. The urban apathy that the EC is worried about has a lot to do with such thought processes which would be tough to change in the short term. A refreshing change is seen in rural areas across the nation where political processes are reflected in the day-to-day lives of the people. The people there believe that they are responsible for the democratic Constitution of the country and hence have a stake in the running of the nation. They believe political parties are answerable to them and the vote is the tool to send the message across. They need not be told about shedding their apathy; they know that they cannot afford to be apathetic or indifferent to what is happening around them. They are the political force that has struck at the right time in our history and sent the self-righteous, self-serving politician for refresher courses in democratic governance. India as a nation owes them its gratitude for the safekeeping of its democracy. The higher turnout in militancy-torn Baramulla is refreshing. At 58.17 per cent the highest in three decades more than half of the voters of the constituency have come out and spoken about their choice to represent them in the Lok Sabha. The people of the state have often been vilified for their disinterest in the democratic process but the fact remains that given a chance they would never let it go. It is for the government now to build on the trust and help the state return to the national mainstream. Elections to the state Assembly will be a fitting start to the process.

Deccan Chronicle 22 May 2024 12:13 am

Rajnath slams Kejriwal's 'work from jail', targets him over Maliwal's 'assault' in CM residence

Rajnath slams Kejriwal's 'work from jail', targets him over Maliwal's 'assault' in CM residence Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a poll meeting here in the national capital, saying he has disappointed the people of Delhi by insisting on running his government from jail. Singh who held a roadshow in support of North West Delhi candidate Yogendra Chandolia also asserted that the BJP-led alliance will win over 400 seats and that Narendra Modi will return as prime minister for a third time in a row. ''It has happened for the first time in the history of India that a jailed chief minister has asserted that he will run the government from there. We have heard about work from home, work from office but it is the first time that we are witnessing work from jail. Kejriwal has disappointed the people of Delhi,'' Singh said. The defence minister also lashed at Kejriwal over the alleged assault on AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at his residence. ''A woman was beaten in the 'sheeshmahal' (a reference to Delhi CM's official residence) and Kejriwal has not uttered even one word about it. His PA who is accused was seen with him in Lucknow from where I am contesting the elections,'' Singh said. ''The Delhi chief minister lacked any shame and should be shown the doors,'' he said. The senior BJP leader also trained guns at Congress saying it has nothing to do with building the nation. Kejriwal has insulted his guru Anna Hazare who wanted him not enter politics, and the Congress too broke the faith of Mahatma Gandhi who advised that the party should be disbanded after Independence, Singh said. ''I assure you on behalf of the BJP that here a person may break the confidence of the people and may not fulfil what he says but our party will stand with people and maintain their faith and confidence,'' he said. Urging people to vote for BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, Singh said, the Modi government has made India the fifth largest economy of the world in 7-8 years, after coming to power in 2014. India was also poised to become the world's third-largest economy by 2027, he said. Singh asserted that India was going to be a superpower and no force in the world could stop it from achieving its goal. ''We do not want to become a superpower to attack any country or take control over it. India is a country that believes in the philosophy of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (the world is a family),'' he said. Three days before the end of the campaigning for Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, the top leadership of BJP, including party chief JP Nadda and Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, have sharpened the attack on the opposition INDIA bloc and asserted that the Modi government was headed towards a huge victory. The BJP chief took part in roadshows of BJP's South Delhi candidate Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and Chandni Chowk candidate Praveen Khandelwal. Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma held a roadshow in support of West Delhi BJP candidate Kamaljeet Sahrawat and addressed a public meeting in South Delhi constituency as he too targeted Kejriwal. ''The one who promised to eradicate corruption in Delhi is now completely immersed in corruption,'' Sharma charged. He claimed that the country has undergone a transformation after 2014 under Modi's leadership. ''After 2014, the economy, which was at 11th position globally, is now the 5th largest. In the next two years India will be the third biggest economy and then become the biggest economy of the world,'' the Rajasthan CM said. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also campaigned for the party candidate in North West Delhi constituency. Polling in seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 25.

devdiscourse 22 May 2024 12:02 am

FSSAI Clears MDH and Everest Spices of Ethylene Oxide Contamination

FSSAI Clears MDH and Everest Spices of Ethylene Oxide Contamination Food regulator FSSAI has not found any trace of ethylene oxide in samples of spices of two major brands MDH and Everest that were tested in 28 accredited laboratories, sources said. According to them, reports from six other laboratories are still pending. Last month, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) started taking samples of spices in powder form of all brands, including MDH and Everest, from across the country in view of quality concerns flagged by Hong Kong and Singapore. The Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) had asked consumers not to buy certain spice mix products of MDH and Everest, citing the presence of ethylene oxide beyond the permissible limit. These products are MDH's Madras Curry Powder, Everest Fish Curry Masala, MDH Sambhar Masala Mixed Masala Powder, and MDH Curry Powder Mixed Masala Powder. According to sources, a pan India drive was initiated on April 22 through all the commissioners of food safety of states and Union Territories and regional directors of FSSAI. It included extensive inspections of the spice manufacturing units and also sampling and testing of products manufactured for sale and distribution for consumption in the domestic market. Sources said the samples of Everest spices were picked up from their two manufacturing facilities. As many as 25 samples from MDH have been lifted by FSSAI from their 11 manufacturing facilities, they said. Each of the products sampled was analysed for compliance with various quality and safety parameters including pesticide residues. These samples were also analysed for Ethylene Oxide (ETO) at NABL-accredited laboratories notified by FSSAI. The laboratory reports received so far were examined by the scientific panel at FSSAI and observed that the samples showed no traces of ethylene oxide, sources said. Similarly, test reports of over 300 samples of spices of other brands were also examined by the scientific panel and those also conclusively indicated no presence of ethylene oxide, they added. The scientific panel comprises eminent scientists from the Spice Board, CSMCRI (Gujarat), Indian Spice Research Institute (Kerala), NIFTEM (Haryana), BARC (Mumbai), CMPAP (Lucknow), DRDO (Assam), ICAR, National Research Centre on Grapes, (Pune). The Spice Board has also issued guidelines to the spice exporters for using ETO as a fumigant for sterilising spices to deal with microbial contamination as per the standards of importing countries, sources said.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 11:26 pm

EC orders repolling at booth where boy voted multiple times

The Times of India 21 May 2024 11:10 pm

Ruckus in Akhileshs Azamgarh rally, cops use force to control unruly crowd

LUCKNOW: In the third such instance in three days, a stampede-like situation cropped up at the election rally of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Azamgarh on Tuesday. Chaos erupted and the unruly crowd went berserk as the SP chief arrived for the event at a fair ground in the town of Saraimeer. The police had to use a mild force to prevent the charged party workers from reaching the stage. Akhilesh Yadav was in Azamgarh to seek support for his partys Lalganj candidate Daroga Prasad. Despite repeated appeals by the SP chief, party workers jostled with each other climbing over wooden barricades which came down crumbling at the rally venue. As the ruckus escalated, the rally turned into a bedlam forcing the cops to cane charge the crowd. Visuals from the scene showed broken chairs and torn streamers littering the ground. The Lalganj seat will vote in the sixth phase of general elections - on May 25. It was the third time that a rally led by SP chief ended in disorder. Earlier on May 19, when INDI Alliance partners Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav arrived in Phulpur to address a joint rally, the crowd climbed the stage breaking the barriers and posing a major security threat to the duo who had to rush out without addressing the crowd so as to prevent any untoward incident. On May 20, a similar scene was witnessed in Sant Kabir Nagar when Akhilesh reached to address a poll rally in support of his party candidate.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:18 pm

INTERVIEW| 'It will be 2004 moment' on June 4; 'hugely impressive' turnaround in UP: Jairam Ramesh

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said a 2004 moment will be witnessed on June 4 with the INDIA bloc getting a clear mandate in the Lok Sabha polls and asserted that a primary factor in the alliance's strong performance would be a hugely impressive turnaround in Uttar Pradesh. In an interview with PTI , Ramesh also used cricketing terminology to claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was nurturing a communal pitch, but his party had refused to play on it and had also successfully navigated his googlies and bouncers. The Congress general secretary exuded confidence that the June 4 results day would be reliving of the 2004 moment when the saffron party was unseated from power despite its 'shining India' campaign. This is a 2004 moment, you will see. People keep asking me who will be the prime minister, I must remind you that the results of the 2004 election came out on May 13, 2004. By May 17, it was clear that Manmohan Singh was going to be the prime minister. This time it may be even quicker, and in any case, elections in India are not a beauty contest, not a 'kaun banega PM', it is about which coalition will get a mandate, Ramesh told PTI. We are a party-centred democracy. We are not like the American system, it is not a beauty contest between individuals, it is a choice between parties. This is a 2004 moment. In 1962, a film was released based on the Sherlock Holmes mystery -- 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' -- 'Bees saal Baad' starring Waheeda Rehman and Biswajeet...what happened in 2004, 'bees saal baad', you will see that repeating, he said. Ramesh also expressed confidence that there would be a dramatic turnaround in Uttar Pradesh. Noting that the road to Delhi is through Lucknow because Uttar Pradesh has 80 seats, Ramesh pointed out that the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra had gotten a tremendous response in places such as Prayagraj, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Lucknow, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Aligarh, Moradabad, Amroha and Sambhal. In Uttar Pradesh, youth, women, SCs, STs, and OBCs came out in support of the yatra, he said. I think there has been complete disenchantment and disillusionment with the PM because the people are fed up with him. He (Modi) is tired, he is jaded and he is faded. One of the primary contributing factors in our strong performance on June 4, when the results come out, would be a hugely impressive turnaround in UP, Ramesh said. In the 2019 polls, the BJP had won 62 seats, NDA ally Apna Dal got 2 seats, while the Mahagathbandhan (SP, BSP, RLD) had won 15 seats and the Congress got one. PM will never tell you this...: Jairam Ramesh INDIA bloc confident of stopping BJP from getting majority: Kharge 'Hindu-Muslim rhetoric and no Viksit Bharat' Ramesh alleged that Modi had been indulging in polarisation throughout the election and preparing a communal pitch, but the Congress refused to play on that and pursued its 'paach nyay' agenda. Ramesh's attack came over Modi's remarks in an interview with PTI in which he had said that he has never uttered a word against minorities and the BJP has ot just today but never acted against them. I don't want to use the cricketing language too much. There is a pitch which he nurtures every day, and we still have nine days more. The campaigning ends on May 30. What new things he will bring on the communal pitch, only he knows, because he is the 3D masterthe master of distortion, diversion and defamation, Ramesh said. He (PM Modi) is trying to bowl googlies, he is trying to bowl bouncers; he is doing 'bodyline' but we have successfully navigated his googlies and bouncers. We've bowled a few googlies and bouncers back at him, which he has tried to avoid but has not been able to avoid, Ramesh said in a lighter vein. Ramesh claimed that Modi's entire campaign from April 19 has been based on communalisation with Hindu-Muslim rhetoric throughout and o talk of Viksit Bharat, Modi ki guarantee, or issues of the farmers, youth, women, workers, SCs, STs and OBCs. Asked about the remarks, Ramesh told PTI , What nonsense is he talking about? This prime minister is fast losing his memory. He has never had any adherence to the truth. He is 'jhoothjeevi' , but now what he says today, he forgets tomorrow and says he never said it. Of course he has been attacking the Congress party and has been talking of Hindu-Muslim, he said. Ramesh said the PM had raised the issue of the 'Muslim League' imprint on the Congress manifesto, the mangalsutra remarks and the allegation that the Congress will give reservations on the basis of religion, which were all ogus statements. This is the prime minister who, when asked some years ago whether he had any remorse at the killings during the Gujarat riots, said even when a small puppy comes under a car, one feels bad. This is the language that he has used, Ramesh said. Speak on inflation, jobs, not mangalsutra, Priyanka dares Modi Meanwhile, Ramesh said that the combined effort of the 'paanch nyay pachchees guarantee' programme, the campaigning by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who have campaigned so magnificently, that has worked in the party's favour. Ultimately, it is the people who want to vote for us. It is 'people versus Modi', not just the INDIA 'janbandhan' versus Modi; it is the farmers versus Modi, women versus Modi; it is labour versus Modi; it is youth versus Modi; it is the social engeneering, the SCs, STs, and OBCs against Modi, the Congress general secretary said. This is an election when people are rising up very quietly and sending a message to this jaded and faded prime minister. You are the outgoing PM and on June 4, you will be going out, Ramesh said. Elections have been held on 428 seats, but just after two phases, it was clear that the INDIA bloc will get a decisive mandate and the BJP will be 'saaf' in the South and half in the North, West, and East, he said, adding that his assessment is based on the feedback from workers and social organisations. After April 19, PM Modi's language has changed. He did not talk about viksit bharat but started his Hindu-Muslim rhetoric, mangalsutra, religion-based reservations, buffaloes, what all he has not said... he is preparing a communal pitch but we are not leaving our pitch of 'paanch nyay pachchees guarantees', he said. I think the PM is rattled. He used to talk about 400 paar and Modi ki guarantee, but has forgotten about that. He is the outgoing Prime Minister and INDIA bloc will get a clear and decisive mandate on June 4, Ramesh said. After the fifth phase on Monday, voting has been completed in 428 constituencies out of 543 in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Two more phaseson May 25 and June 1are remaining now. The counting of votes is on June 4. Interview | BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says PM Modi Why is Modi 'silent' on caste census? On Prime Minister Modi's remarks in the interview, asserting that even if one assumes he acts out of self-interest, his own welfare lies in the welfare of the Constitution, Ramesh said that on November 26, 1949, the Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly and BR Ambedkar made a speech a day before in which he said that without the Congress, the Constitution would not have been made possible. Four days after the Constitution was adopted, the Organiser, which is an RSS publication, says there is nothing Indian about the Constitution because there are no 'manuvadi values'. Subsequently, MS Golwalkar, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Mohan Bhagwat, Bibek Debroy, so many spokespersons have been attacking this Constitution, saying the time for this Constitution is over, Ramesh alleged. The Congress leader said the Constitution is a flexible document that can be amended, but to do away with the document altogether lock, stock and barrel is another thing. Ramesh claimed that when Atal Bihari Vajapayee became the prime minister, LK Advani and company wanted a committee to review the basic structure of the Constitution. They appointed Justice JMNR Venkatachaliah, a very distinguished former chief justice, to head the panel but he said I am not going to be a party to doing away with the basic structure of this Constitution, he said. Subsequently, the BJP-led dispensation had to change the nature of the committee to one that would review the workings of the Constitution, he said. We (the Congress) of course boycotted that commission. So this has always been the objective of the BJP and the RSS. They are deeply uncomfortable and hostile to the idea of BR Ambedkar's Constitution because one of the pillars of this Constitution is social justice and the road to social justice is through reservation, he said. Ramesh asked why Prime Minister Modi is silent on the issue of the caste census. He also asked the prime minister to clarify his stance as to whether he will remove the 50 percent cap on reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs. Why has the PM not said a word on this? He is going around spreading an epidemic of lies that the Congress is giving reservations based on religion. Where have we given reservations based on religion? The 1994 reservations in Karnataka, which he keeps referring to, were given to minoritiesMuslims, Christians, Jains, and Buddhistsbased on socio-economic criteria, and that is how they were introduced in the reservation law, he said. Subsequently, the PM, in an interview to a TV channel had said he himself given reservation to Muslims by adding them to the OBC list. If the PM does it, it is not a religion-based reservation; if the Congress does it, even though it is based on socio-economic criteria, it is religion-based, Ramesh said. Asked about the prime minister's remark that his Adani-Ambani comments were validated by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's comments, Ramesh said he does not know what the context of Chowdhury's remarks was but Modi should be asked why action has not been taken against the two businessmen. Congress provided quotas to minorities but not on basis of religion: Jairam Ramesh

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:36 pm

Modi's 'Communal Pitch' vs. Congress' '2004 Moment': A June 4 Showdown

Modi's 'Communal Pitch' vs. Congress' '2004 Moment': A June 4 Showdown Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said a ''2004 moment'' will be witnessed on June 4 with the INDIA bloc getting a clear mandate in the Lok Sabha polls, and asserted that a primary factor in the alliance's ''strong performance'' would be a ''hugely impressive'' turnaround in Uttar Pradesh. In an interview with PTI, Ramesh also used cricketing terminology to claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was nurturing a ''communal pitch'' but his party had refused to play on it and had also successfully navigated his ''googlies and bouncers''. The Congress general secretary exuded confidence that the June 4 results day would be reliving of the ''2004 moment'' when the saffron party was unseated from power despite its 'India Shining' campaign. ''This is a 2004 moment, you will see. People keep asking me who will be the prime minister, I must remind you that the results of the 2004 election came out on May 13, 2004. By May 17, it was clear that Manmohan Singh was going to be the prime minister. This time it may be even quicker, and in any case, elections in India are not a beauty contest, not a 'kaun banega PM', it is about which coalition will get a mandate,'' Ramesh told PTI. ''We are a party-centred democracy. We are not like the American system, it is not a beauty contest between individuals, it is a choice between parties. This is a 2004 moment. In 1962, a film was released based on the Sherlock Holmes mystery -- 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' -- 'Bees saal Baad' starring Waheeda Rehman and Biswajeet...what happened in 2004, 'bees saal baad', you will see that repeating,'' he said. Ramesh also expressed confidence that there would be a ''dramatic turnaround'' in Uttar Pradesh. Noting that the road to Delhi is through Lucknow because Uttar Pradesh has 80 seats, Ramesh pointed out that the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra had gotten a tremendous response in places such as Prayagraj, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Lucknow, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Aligarh, Moradabad, Amroha and Sambhal. In Uttar Pradesh, youth, women, SCs, STs, OBCs came out in support of the yatra, he said. ''I think there has been a complete disenchantment and disillusionment with the PM because the people are fed up with him. He (Modi) is tired, he is jaded and he is faded. One of the primary contributing factors in our strong performance on June 4 when the results come out, would be a hugely impressive turnaround in UP,'' Ramesh said. In the 2019 polls, the BJP had won 62 seats, NDA ally Apna Dal got 2 seats, while the Mahagathbandhan (SP, BSP, RLD) had won 15 seats and the Congress got one. Ramesh alleged that Modi had been indulging in polarisation throughout the election and preparing a ''communal pitch'', but the Congress refused to play on that and pursued its 'paach nyay' agenda. ''I don't want to use the cricketing language too much.There is a pitch which he nurtures everyday, we still have nine days more. The campaigning ends on May 30. What new things he will bring on the communal pitch only he knows, because he is the 3D master -- master of distortion, diversion and defamation,'' Ramesh said. ''He (PM Modi) is trying to bowl googlies, he is trying to bowl bouncers, he is doing 'bodyline' but we have successfully navigated his googlies, bouncers...we've bowled a few googlies and bouncers back at him which he has tried to avoid but he has not been able to avoid,'' Ramesh said in a lighter vein. However, more seriously, it is the combined effort of 'paanch nyay pachchees guarantee' programme, the campaigning by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has campaigned so magnificently, that has worked in the party's favour, he said. ''Ultimately it is the people who want to vote for us. It is 'people versus Modi', not just the INDIA 'janbandhan' versus Modi, it is the farmers versus Modi, women versus Modi, it is labour versus Modi, it is youth versus Modi, it is the social engineering, the SCs, STs, OBCs against Modi,'' the Congress general secretary said. ''This is an election when people are rising up very quietly and sending a message to this jaded and faded prime minister '-- you are the outgoing PM and on June 4 you will be going out,'' Ramesh said. Elections have been held on 428 seats but just after two phases only it was clear that the INDIA bloc will get a decisive mandate and the BJP will be 'saaf' in the South and half in North, West, and East, he said, adding that his assessment is based on the feedback from workers and social organisations. ''After April 19, PM Modi's language has changed. He did not talk about viksit bharat but started his Hindu-Muslim rhetoric, mangalsutra, religion-based reservations, buffaloes, what all he has not said... he is preparing a communal pitch but we are not leaving our pitch of 'paanch nyay pachchees guarantees','' he said. ''I think the PM is rattled...he used to talk about 400 paar and Modi ki guarantee, but has forgotten about that. He is the outgoing Prime Minister and INDIA bloc will get a clear and decisive mandate on June 4,'' Ramesh said. After the fifth phase on Monday, voting has been completed in 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.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 6:11 pm

FSSAI clears Indian spices of ethylene oxide contamination in nationwide testing blitz

FSSAI clears Indian spices of ethylene oxide contamination in nationwide testing blitz By Shalini Bhardwaj The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced that extensive testing of spice samples across the country has revealed no traces of ethylene oxide (ETO), a cancer-causing chemical, following recent concerns raised by the Hong Kong Food Authority, according to the sources. The investigation was triggered after the Hong Kong Food Authority recalled certain spice products from M/s Mahashian Di Hatti Pvt Ltd (MDH) and M/s Everest Food Products Pvt Ltd (Everest) due to ETO levels exceeding permissible limits. In response, the FSSAI launched a nationwide inspection drive on April 22, involving all State and Union Territory Food Safety Commissioners and Regional Directors. Under this initiative, 34 samples of Everest and MDH spices were collected for testing. Specifically, 9 samples from Everest's facilities in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and 25 samples from MDH's facilities in Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan were analysed. The comprehensive testing process covered a range of quality and safety parameters, including moisture content, insect and rodent contamination, heavy metals, aflatoxins, pesticide residues, and various microbiological contaminants. Most critically, these samples were also tested for ethylene oxide at NABL-accredited laboratories notified by the FSSAI. Of the 34 samples, 28 lab reports have been received and examined by the FSSAI's Scientific Panel, which confirmed the absence of ETO in all tested samples. The remaining six reports are still pending but are expected to align with the current findings. In addition to the specific brands in question, the Scientific Panel also reviewed test reports from over 300 spice samples of other brands collected nationwide. These results similarly showed no presence of ETO, reinforcing the safety of domestically available spices. The Scientific Panel that oversaw the analysis included experts from prestigious institutions such as the Spice Board, CSMCRI (Gujarat), Indian Spice Research Institute (Kerala), NIFTEM (Haryana), BARC (Mumbai), CMPAP (Lucknow), DRDO (Assam), ICAR, and the National Research Centre on Grapes (Pune). In light of these findings, the FSSAI reassures consumers about the safety of spices available in the Indian market. Moreover, the Spice Board has issued updated guidelines for spice exporters regarding the use of ETO as a fumigant to comply with the microbial contamination standards of importing countries. Ethylene oxide is used to sterilise spices but can pose health risks, including cancer, if the residue exceeds safe levels. This level differs by country, which complicates matters for exporters. The Spices Board of India's mandate for ethylene oxide testing aims to ensure that Indian spices meet these diverse international standards, protecting consumer health and maintaining market access. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 4:29 pm

Poll fest dampener: Many booths fail to provide basic infra

The Times of India 21 May 2024 1:43 pm

Hospital's initiative keeps their 'aastha' in voting intact

The Times of India 21 May 2024 1:10 pm

Stats and records of KL Rahul in IPL 2024

Lucknow Super Giants missed out on a playoff berth in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL).

NewsBytes 21 May 2024 1:08 pm

Will to vote wins over their physical hurdles

The Times of India 21 May 2024 1:07 pm

EOW Arrests Long Absconding Proprietor Of QUICK CLICK AD MEDIA For Cheating Rs 2 Cr

Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing, Bhubaneswar arrested a long-absconding proprietor of an LLP company from the Indiranagar police station area in Lucknow, UP for cheating Rs 2 crore. The accused has been identified as Bimalananda Bhuyan of Orkel village in Malkangiri district. The arrested accused was produced before the court of ACJM-II, Lucknow, and brought [] The post EOW Arrests Long Absconding Proprietor Of QUICK CLICK AD MEDIA For Cheating Rs 2 Cr appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 21 May 2024 12:30 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Netas Take Poll Position At Booths

The Times of India 21 May 2024 12:26 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024: INDIA bloc will form govt after June 4, says Arvind Kejriwal in press conference

New Delhi, May 21: The fifth phase, considered the most urban among the seven phases, saw voting in several high-profile constituencies, such as Amethi, Rae Bareli, and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, along with six constituencies in Mumbai, Hajipur in Bihar, and Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. According to data from the Election Commission of India [] The post Lok Sabha Election 2024: INDIA bloc will form govt after June 4, says Arvind Kejriwal in press conference appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 21 May 2024 11:49 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Baramulla Surpasses Voter Turnout in Mumbai, Thane, Amethi, Lucknow in Fifth Phase

Jammu and Kashmirs Baramulla surpassed the turnout in big cities including Thane, Kalyan and various constituencies in Mumbai in Maharashtra.

News18 21 May 2024 11:32 am

ET Make in India SME Regional Summit in Lucknow to highlight the citys thriving labour-intensive industries

The second session of this years ET Make in India SME Regional Summit will be held in Lucknow with a special focus on uplifting the citys MSMEs.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 10:03 am

Rahul Gandhi persuades villagers not to boycott polling

The Times of India 21 May 2024 9:27 am

Petrol, Diesel Fresh Prices Announced: Check Rates In Your City On May 21

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News18 21 May 2024 8:31 am

Lucknow slips below its 2014mark, records 52.23% polling

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:51 am

Rahul reaches Rae Bareli to supervise booth mgmt

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:49 am

Good voter turnout in Mohanlalganj

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:41 am

Cong wants to give peopleswealth to Rohingya Muslims

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:37 am

Old Lko votes more among 5 assembly seats

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:12 am

AAP will spread like Raktbeej if you vote for them: Yogi

The Times of India 21 May 2024 5:09 am

Fifth Phase Voting: Fate of Top Leaders Sealed in EVMs

New Delhi : The fate of several top leaders and Union ministers like Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got sealed in the EVMs as voting for the fifth phase took place on Monday with an overall voter turnout of 57.54 per cent. Mumbai, Howrah, Baramulla, Ladakh, Amethi, Rae Bareli and Lucknow were among the metros that voted amid an intense heatwave. Voters from 49 constituencies across six states and two Union territories voted in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls. The voting for the second phase of Assembly elections in Odisha also took place simultaneously. There were reports of violence from West Bengal and complaints of EVM malfunctioning from Uttar Pradesh. Chief minister and Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjees youngest brother Swapan Banerjee, also known as Babun, could not cast his vote on Monday after his name was not found in the voters list. Despite violence and intimidation reports, West Bengal had the highest voter turnout of 73 per cent, while Maharashtra had the lowest at 49.04 per cent. Bihar, too, had a poor turnout of 52.82 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir had 54.67 per cent, Jharkhand recorded 63 per cent, Ladakh 67.15 per cent, Odisha 60.72 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 57.79 per cent. In Mumbai, several film stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, were among those who came out to vote and also urged people to come out of their homes. The half-dozen Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai were along with 13 constituencies that voted in the fifth and last phase of elections in Maharashtra. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is nursing a hand injury and just returned from her trip to the Cannes Film Festival, was also seen at a polling booth. Aamir Khan and his ex-wife Kiran Rao posed for cameras after voting at a polling booth in Bandra. The actor also urged people to come out and cast their votes. Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri, son Aryan, daughter Suhana and younger son AbRam were also photographed entering a polling station in Bandra. Actor Hema Malini, whos a BJP candidate from the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, said she is hopeful that voters turnout will be good. Captains of industry, including bigwigs from the houses of Tatas, Ambanis and Birlas, joined fellow citizens in the financial capital. Some, like finance industry veteran Deepak Parekh, also spoke about the challenges, like the long wait times faced by people at booths, pointing out that the delay in sweltering heat may dissuade voters from stepping out of their homes and casting their ballot. Voting centres in many neighbourhoods of south Mumbai started witnessing queues very early in the morning, with Tata Sons chairman N. Chandrasekaran being among the first of the India Inc. leaders to exercise their franchise. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das voted with family members at a school near his official residence in south Mumbai, while the richest Indian Mukesh Ambani, who resides a few blocks away, turned up at the same school later in the evening with his wife Nita and son Akash in tow. Noted industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla ecstatically told reporters that his 19-year-old younger daughter Advaitesha also cast the vote for the first time along with him and her elder sister Ananya. With Mumbai known for voter apathy, many industry leaders appealed to electors to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise to choose their Lok Sabha representatives. In Uttar Pradesh, where voting took place for 14 constituencies, 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 Rae Bareli, represented by his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi earlier. 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. Mr Rajnath 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, has been 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. 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. In Leh, lieutenant-governor Brig. B.D. Mishra (Retd) and his wife Neelam Mishra were among those who cast their votes at Skara Yokma in Leh. Well-known climate activist Sonam Wangchuk, who was in the news recently for leading a 66-day sit-in protest in Leh over demands such as safeguards under the 6th Schedule for Ladakh and statehood, cast his vote in Leh's Ulyaktopo village. Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla constituency at 59.49 per cent registered its highest polling percentage in the last 40 years. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah, People's Conference president Sajad Gani Lone and jailed head of the Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) Sheikh Abdul Rashid alias Engineer Rashid were among the key candidates in the fray. In Jharkhand, a total of 11 candidates, including Kalpana Soren, the wife of jailed former chief minister Hemant Soren, are in the fray. The BJP has fielded Dilip Kumar Verma from the Gandey Assembly seat. The seat fell vacant after the resignation of Sarfaraz Ahmad, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 1:42 am

Youth who voted multiple times for BJP in Farrukhabad detained; repolling on May 25

LUCKNOW: The 17-year-old son of a village head has been detained for casting votes multiple times for BJP during the fourth phase of polling in Farrukhabad seat on May 13, police said on Monday. Repolling at the polling booth, where the alleged incident took place, will be held on May 25. A video of the purported incident, which has gone viral, was shared by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on social media. It showed the teenager pressing the EVM button eight times in front of the BJP candidate in the constituency, Mukesh Rajput. The son of Khiriya Pamaran village head Anil Thakur allegedly cast votes eight times at booth number 343 under the Nayagaon police station limits. The teenager recorded the video of his act and uploaded it on social media. FIR lodged after video of youth voting 8 times for BJP in Farrukhabad goes viral It became viral after the Samajwadi Party chief and Rahul Gandhi shared it on their X handles. Officials in Lucknow said repolling in polling booth number 343 at Primary school, Khiriya Pamaran in Farrukhabad constituency in Etah district will be held on May 25 between 7 am and 6 pm. Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Navdeep Rinwa had earlier said that a recommendation for repolling in the polling station concerned has been sent to the Election Commission of India. Naval Kishore Shakya, the SP candidate from the Farrukhabad Lok Sabha seat, which went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13, submitted a written complaint, following which a case was registered. Shakya also posted the video on social media and complained to the District Election Officer. The accused teenager has been detained and the matter is being investigated, SHO of Nayagaon police station Ritesh Thakur on Monday told PTI. Farrukhabad District Magistrate V K Singh said that taking note of the video posted by the SP chief, the assistant returning officer filed a complaint at Nayagaon police station based on which an FIR was registered. A case has been registered under the Representation of People's Act and IT Act, Singh said. The accused teenager has been detained and sent to the rehabilitation centre in Etah, the police said. Meanwhile, CEO Rinwa, in a statement, said, A video of a person voting multiple times has circulated in social media. Action has already been taken. He added that instructions have been issued to suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against all members of the polling party concerned. The CEO said that strict instructions to rigorously follow the procedure for voter identification have been issued to all District Election Officers for the remaining poll phases in the state. The Farrukhabad Lok Sabha seat consists of four assembly segments of Kaimganj (SC), Amritpur, Farrukhabad and Bhojpur, which are located in Farrukhabad district. The assembly segment of Aliganj is located in Etah district.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 12:23 am

Teen Detained for Multiple Voting in UP Polls, Repolling Announced

Teen Detained for Multiple Voting in UP Polls, Repolling Announced The 17-year-old son of a village head has been detained for allegedly casting votes multiple times during the fourth phase of polling in Farrukhabad seat on May 13, police said on Monday. Repolling at the polling booth, where the alleged incident took place, will be held on May 25. A video of the purported incident, which has gone viral, was shared by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on social media. It showed the teenager pressing the EVM button seven to eight times in front of the BJP candidate in the constituency, Mukesh Rajput. The son of Khiriya Pamaran village head Anil Thakur allegedly cast votes about seven to eight times at booth number 343 under the Nayagaon police station limits. The teenager recorded the video of his act and uploaded it on social media. It became viral after the Samajwadi Party chief and Rahul Gandhi shared it on their X handles. Officials in Lucknow said repolling in polling booth number 343 at Primary school, Khiriya Pamaran in Farrukhabad constituency in Etah district will be held on May 25 between 7 am and 6 pm. Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Navdeep Rinwa had earlier said that a recommendation for repolling in the polling station concerned has been sent to the Election Commission of India. Naval Kishore Shakya, the SP candidate from the Farrukhabad Lok Sabha seat, which went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13, submitted a written complaint, following which a case was registered. Shakya also posted the video on social media and complained to the District Election Officer. ''The accused teenager has been detained and the matter is being investigated,'' SHO of Nayagaon police station Ritesh Thakur on Monday told PTI. Farrukhabad District Magistrate V K Singh said that taking note of the video posted by the SP chief, the assistant returning officer filed a complaint at Nayagaon police station based on which an FIR was registered. A case has been registered under the Representation of People's Act and IT Act, Singh said. The accused teenager has been detained and sent to the rehabilitation centre in Etah, the police said. Meanwhile, CEO Rinwa, in a statement, said, ''A video of a person voting multiple times has circulated in social media. Action has already been taken.'' He added that instructions have been issued to suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against all members of the polling party concerned. The CEO said that strict instructions to rigorously follow the procedure for voter identification have been issued to all District Election Officers for the remaining poll phases in the state. The Farrukhabad Lok Sabha seat consists of four assembly segments of Kaimganj (SC), Amritpur, Farrukhabad and Bhojpur, which are located in Farrukhabad district. The assembly segment of Aliganj is located in Etah district.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 12:11 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

Around 58 pc voting in UP till 5 PM

Lucknow, May 20 (UNI) Around 58 percent of 2.7 crore voters exercised their voting rights till 5 PM in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, a poll official said here. The fate of several stalwarts including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Smriti Irani and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was sealed... The post Around 58 pc voting in UP till 5 PM first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 20 May 2024 9:30 pm

New mentor, general election and Kolkata's quest for third IPL trophy

AHMEDABAD: The last time Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL trophy in 2014, Gautam Gambhir was their captain and Yusuf Pathan their key batter. A lot has changed since then in the past decade. Both Gambhir and Yusuf retired from all forms of cricket years ago and forayed into politics. Here also Gambhir took precedence as he remained a member of parliament from 2019 to 2024 before announcing that he will not contest during this general elections while Yusuf is trying his luck as the TMC candidate in 2024 from Baharampur, a Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal. After the twin trophies, both parted ways with the Kolkata franchise, plying their trade with other teams. Gambhir even mentored Lucknow Super Giants before returning to Kolkata in 2024 as their mentor. Coincidentally, Yusuf is also back in West Bengal not with the team but as an MP aspirant given his previous connection with the state as KKR player. He also tried to invoke the emotional connection with the state after being announced TMC candidate by saying, I got immense love from West Bengal while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and I want to serve them back. Despite them being the third most successful team in the tournament in the last 16 seasons only behind five-time champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata have blown hot and cold since the inception of the league. Apart from their two title winning campaigns, they qualified for playoffs only five times before this season (2011, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021). Their best finish since the 2014 title came in 2021 when they lost the final to Chennai. With Gambhir back in the dugout, even though as a mentor, and Yusuf's fate and future with the state sealed after the fourth phase of election on May 13, Shreyas Iyer-led side became the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season. KKR's Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir during the 2016 IPL season (Photo | IPL) IPL 2024: Relentless training, net sessions in and out of country with Yuvraj behind Abhishek's explosive form Nine wins and three losses from 14 matches with the last two games getting washed out meant Kolkata finished as toppers after the league stage for the first time in the tournament's history. A lot of credit for the recent success should go to their openers Sunil Narine and Phil Salt as the duo played some fearless cricket to give robust starts to the team. The latter, however, has left for national duties ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies and this could be a big blow for the team. They have explosive wicketkeeper-batter from Afghanistan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, in their ranks to replace Salt. He was even named in the playing XI against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday but heavy downpour meant the match had to be abandoned after KKR opted to bowl. Game time before the playoffs would have done a world of good for Gurbaz but rain robbed him and the team of a great opportunity. For KKR, the season began with a narrow four-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad almost two months ago in the Eden Gardens. Both the teams have gone a distance since their first encounter, finishing first and second, respectively. They are up against each other once again with a place in the final at stake this time. Fans would definitely be waiting eagerly to see the contest between the two top sides when they take the field at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday but it's the players who truly would relish the challenges thrown at them during the contest. Heinrich Klaasen, who almost took SRH over the line single-handedly against KKR in their last meeting, has already thrown the gauntlet after playing a match-winning knock against Punjab Kings in Hyderabad on Sunday. I will definitely be supporting KKR tonight. We will definitely be awake and supporting KKR, he told the broadcaster as KKR win will help SRH finish second and he might also get a chance to avenge the loss in the league stage. But for that to happen, the 2016 champions not only have to outclass their opponents on the field but also outsmart Gambhir, who will be ready with several tricks up his sleeves given the master tactician he is. On his return, Gambhir had vowed that KKR will be in a much better position whenever he will leave the team and it seems the time is ripe for him to make that happen.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 9:23 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

Polling in 49 Lok Sabha Seats: How 6 States, 2 UTs Voted In Phase 5

Polling ends in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Gargi Rawat speaks to NDTV correspondents from Lucknow, Raebareli, Barrackpore, Baramulla, and Mumbai and breaks down the voting trends of the phase. Political analysts Amitabh Tiwari and Manisha Priyam analyse the voter turnout.

NDTV 20 May 2024 7:37 pm

'Would not want to bowl to him': Pat Cummins reveals he is 'scared' of bowling against this player

Abhishek Sharma impressed with explosive IPL batting, praised by Pat Cummins. Credits Brian Lara's guidance and highlights Nitish Reddy's role. Mentions aggressive strategy and past performances against Mumbai Indians and Lucknow Super Giants.

The Economic Times 20 May 2024 7:11 pm

Star Sports Clarifies on Rohit Sharma's Privacy Breach claim

New Delhi: IPL broadcaster Star Sports on Monday denied airing the audio of any personal conversation involving Rohit Sharma after the Indian captain accused the channel of reaching his privacy despite his requests to stop the recording. A video shared by Kolkata Knight Riders, involving Rohit and KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nayar, in which the former was purportedly seen contemplating his future at the Mumbai Indians, had gone viral on May 11. KKR subsequently deleted the video from its social media pages. On May 16, Rohit was seen having a chat with Dhawal Kulkarni ahead of MI's fixture against Lucknow Super Giants. The opener requested the broadcaster to turn off the audio when he noticed that the cameras were once again directed towards him. On Sunday, he accused the channel of airing a private conversation but Star denied the charge in a statement. The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at Wankhede stadium, for which Star Sports had authorised access, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines. No audio from this conversation was either recorded or broadcast. The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting for the audio of his conversation to not be recorded, got featured in Star Sports' live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this, the channel stated. Rohit had called for restrain while recording on-field moments. The need to get exclusive content and focused only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between the fans, cricketers and cricket. Let better sense prevail, Rohit said on Sunday. The channel said it was committed to protecting players' privacy. Respect for players' privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to, it stated.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 6:16 pm

Fifth-phase Lok Sabha polls pass off peacefully in 49 Parliament constituencies

New Delhi: The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections covering 49 Parliament Constituencies (PCs) across eight States and Union Territories (UTs) apart from simultaneous polling for 35 Assembly Constituencies of Odisha Legislative Assembly passed off peacefully on Monday. The polling percentage in these constituencies would be known later as voters were seen standing in queues before the completion of voting at 6 pm. The eight States and UTs where polling was conducted in the fifth phase were - Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Polling was also conducted in cities like Mumbai, Thane and Lucknow in this phase, which in the past suffered from urban apathy in voting. Until now, the Lok Sabha elections-2024 has seen the voter turnout at polling stations of about 66.95 per cent. Around 451 million people have already voted, during the first four phases of ongoing elections. Remaining phases of polls will continue till June 1 with counting of votes scheduled on June 4. Polling for 23 States and UTs covering 379 PCs was completed in a smooth and peaceful manner in the first four phases of the elections so far.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 6:06 pm

Broadcasters Issue Statement Addressing Rohit Sharmas Comments On breach Of Privacy, Claim It Went As Part Of Live Telecast

Following Rohit Sharma: Following Rohit Sharmas public criticism of broadcasters of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 in which the India captain accused them of breach of privacy, Star Sports has released a statement in response to the 37-year-old batter. Rohit has spoken against the invasion of privacy of players as the official broadcaster of the IPL 2024 aired a private conversation of the former Mumbai Indians captain during a training session, despite being told not to record it. The lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation we are having in privacy with our friends and colleagues, at training or on match days. Despite asking Star Sports to not record my conversation, it was and was also then played on air, which is a breach of privacy. The need to get exclusive content and focused only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between the fans, cricketers, and cricket, Rohit posted on X on Sunday. Reacting to the Indian skipper's comments, the broadcasters issued a statement, clarifying their stance on the matter. A clip involving a senior Indian player and his post on social media have gained prominence since yesterday. The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at the Wankhede stadium, for which Star Sports had authorized access, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines. No audio from this conversation was either recorded or broadcast, it said in a statement. The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting for the audio of his conversation to not be recorded, got featured in Star Sports live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this. Star Sports has always adhered to the highest standards of professional conduct while broadcasting cricket all over the world. Respect for players privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to, it added. The incident in question was a clip of Rohit, who was seen having a private conversation ahead of Mumbai Indians final game of the season against the Lucknow Super Giants. It is altogether another matter that there is always a gap of 8 to 10 seconds between the actual action, and it being aired even in a 'live' broadcast. The gap is maintained to ensure no unwanted content is aired, The sequence of events began when the Kolkata Knight Riders shared a video featuring Rohit Sharma and assistant coach Abhishek Nayar. The video included audio of a light-hearted chat between the two, which was later deleted. Subsequently, during a live training session on Star Sports, Rohit Sharma was seen asking the cameras not to record any audio of his conversations with friends on the sidelines. Bhai yaar audio band kar bhai, ek audio ne meri waat laga diya hai, said Rohit to a cameraman on the training ground which was then shown on air by Star Sports.

CNMSports 20 May 2024 5:40 pm

Rohit Sharma's Privacy Breach Controversy with Star Sports

Rohit Sharma's Privacy Breach Controversy with Star Sports IPL broadcaster Star Sports on Monday denied airing the audio of any personal conversation involving Rohit Sharma after the Indian captain accused the channel of ''breaching'' his privacy despite his requests to stop the recording. A video shared by Kolkata Knight Riders, involving Rohit and KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nayar, in which the former was purportedly seen contemplating his future at the Mumbai Indians, had gone viral on May 11. KKR subsequently deleted the video from its social media pages. On May 16, Rohit was seen having a chat with Dhawal Kulkarni ahead of MI's fixture against Lucknow Super Giants. The opener requested the broadcaster to turn off the audio when he noticed that the cameras were once again directed towards him. On Sunday, he accused the channel of airing a private conversation but Star denied the charge in a statement. ''The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at Wankhede stadium, for which Star Sports had authorised access, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines. No audio from this conversation was either recorded or broadcast. ''The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting for the audio of his conversation to not be recorded, got featured in Star Sports' live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this,'' the channel stated. Rohit had called for restrain while recording on-field moments. ''The need to get exclusive content and focused only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between the fans, cricketers and cricket. Let better sense prevail,'' Rohit said on Sunday. The channel said it was committed to protecting players' privacy. ''Respect for players' privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to,'' it stated.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 5:01 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

Around 39.55 pc votes polled on 14 seats in UP till 1 pm

Lucknow, May 20 (UNI) Approximately 39.55 percent of over 2.7 crore votes were polled on 14 seats in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. According to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), a maximum 44.77 percent votes were polled in Barabanki, whereas Lucknow, where Defence Minister Rajnath... The post Around 39.55 pc votes polled on 14 seats in UP till 1 pm first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 20 May 2024 3:08 pm

Voter Turnout Peaks in Ladakh at 52%, Maharashtra Lags at 27% as of 1 pm, Updates Here

Voter Turnout Varies Widely in Fifth Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2024 -Today marks the fifth phase of voting in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2024, covering 49 parliamentary constituencies across six states and two Union Territories. The voting began this morning amidst high security and continued until 1 pm. As of 1 pm, Ladakh reported the highest voter turnout at 52.02%, while Maharashtra recorded the lowest at 27.78%. Voting commenced at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm, with voters in line by closing time still eligible to cast their ballots. According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5,409 third-gender electors, are participating in this phase. They will decide the fate of 695 candidates. This phase has seen prominent leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, Chirag Paswan, Omar Abdullah, and Rohini Acharya contesting across these constituencies. The 49 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs in this phase include 14 from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha, and 1 each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Here's the voter turnout percentage state-wise as of 1 pm: Bihar: 34.62% Jammu and Kashmir: 34.79% Jharkhand: 41.89% Ladakh: 52.02% Maharashtra: 27.78% Odisha: 35.31% Uttar Pradesh: 39.55% West Bengal: 48.41% Polling is ongoing, and final figures will be updated after voting concludes later today. BSP Looks to Make a Comeback in Delhi Despite Shrinking Vote Share Mamata Banerjee Gets Notice from Bharat Sevashram Sangha Monk, Here's Why Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes in Lucknow, Urges Citizens to Partake in Elections

News Track 20 May 2024 3:05 pm

LS polls: 39.55 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in UP

Lucknow: 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. Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 2:18 pm

Uttar Pradesh DGP Prashant Kumar casts vote for fifth phase in Lucknow

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The News Mill 20 May 2024 2:12 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

Bank holiday for Lok Sabha elections: Banks closed today in several cities for Phase 5 voting - check list

Today marks the fifth phase of voting for the 18th Lok Sabha elections, leading to bank closures in Mumbai, Lucknow, and Belapur. Maharashtra government mandates a paid holiday for workers who are eligible voters, aligning with May bank holidays. RBI categorizes holidays under different categories, and specific bank holidays in May will impact operations in Tripura, Mizoram, and Chandigarh.

The Times of India 20 May 2024 1:06 pm

They are not contesting but their shadow looms large over voters

Lucknow: They are not contesting the Lok Sabha elections but their shadow looms large over the regions where they wield influence. An example of this is former minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh a.k.a. Raja Bhaiya. Raja Bhaiya heads the Jansatta Dal but his party is not contesting the ongoing elections. We are not contesting because we Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 May 2024 12:52 pm

23.66 % voter turnout recorded in Phase 5 till 11 am, West Bengal leads with 32.7 % turnout

23.66 % voter turnout recorded in Phase 5 till 11 am, West Bengal leads with 32.7 % turnout The fifth phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls on May 20 across 49 parliamentary constituencies spread over six states and two Union Territories (UTs) saw a voter turnout of 23.66 per cent till 11 am, the Election Commission (ECI) said on Monday. While Bihar recorded a 21.11 per cent voter turnout, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 21.37 per cent, Jharkhand 26.18 per cent, Ladakh 27.87 per cent, Maharashtra 15.93 per cent Odisha 21.07 per cent and West Bengal 32.70 per cent, the poll body said. As per the ECI, over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, will decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting. The fifth phase is witnessing key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya are looking for electoral success. The eight states/UTs polling in phase 5 are Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Cities like Mumbai, Thane, and Lucknow are polling in this phase, which has in the past suffered from urban apathy in voting. Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha, and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In a bid to create a peaceful atmosphere for the electors, a total of 2,000 flying squads, 2105 static surveillance teams, 881 video surveillance teams, and 502 video viewing teams are keeping surveillance round the clock across the 94,732 polling stations. A total of 216 international border check posts and 565 inter-state border check posts are keeping a strict vigil on any illicit flow of liquor, drugs, cash, and freebies. Strict surveillance has been kept on sea and air routes, the ECI said. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 12:11 pm

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes in Lucknow, Urges Citizens to Partake in Elections

On Monday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his wife, Savitri Singh, cast their votes in Lucknow during the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Singh, the incumbent MP and BJP candidate for the Lucknow constituency, called on voters across the country to participate in the electoral process. I urge all voters in Lucknow and nationwide to come out and vote today, bringing along your family members. This is our appeal, Singh told the media. Expressing confidence in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Singh added, The NDA aims to win over 400 seats this time, although I won't predict the exact number. In Lucknow, Singh is contesting against Samajwadi Party candidate Ravidas Mehrotra and Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Sarwar Malik. After voting, Singh and his wife showed their inked fingers, signifying their participation in the democratic process. Singh's son, Pankaj Singh, an MLA from Noida, also cast his vote. He encouraged voters to turn out in large numbers, saying, I request all voters to vote in record numbers. The stronger the voter turnout, the stronger our democracy. I particularly urge young voters and women to participate actively. Vote for a self-reliant and developed India. The third phase of the Lok Sabha elections is critical, with the Defence Minister's appeal underscoring the importance of voter turnout in shaping the country's future leadership. Lucknow, one of 80 parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, plays a significant role in the Lok Sabha due to its large population. Historically, the Congress has won the Lucknow seat six times, while the BJP has won eight times. The constituency gained prominence when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee represented it, winning five times after initial defeats in the 1950s and 1960s. Addressing a public meeting earlier, Rajnath Singh emphasized his efforts to fulfill Vajpayee's vision for Lucknow. We have worked hard to realize Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji's dreams for Lucknow and remain committed to further advancing it. Lucknow currently ranks tenth globally, and we aim to elevate it to the fifth position, Singh said. The Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency comprises five assembly segments: Lucknow East, Lucknow West, Lucknow Central, Lucknow North, and Cantt. There are 3,933,017 registered voters, including 2,082,888 men, 1,849,960 women, and 169 third-gender voters. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Lucknow had a voter turnout of 54.72%. Rajnath Singh won with 633,026 votes, securing 56.70% of the total, defeating SP's Poonam Sinha and Congress' Acharya Pramod Krishnam. In 2014, Singh also won, receiving 561,106 votes and 54.52% of the vote share, defeating Congress' Rita Bahuguna Joshi. Besides Lucknow, other constituencies voting today in Uttar Pradesh include Kaiserganj, Amethi, Mohanlalganj, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambhi, Faizabad, Barabanki, Raebareli, and Gonda. Polling for all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh is being conducted in seven phases, with vote counting scheduled for June 4. PM Modi Accuses Congress and JMM of Corruption and Public Wealth Theft I am Handing Over My Son to You.., Sonia Gandhi's Emotional Appeal in Raebareli EC Issues Notice to BJP Candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay for Remarks Against Mamata Banerjee

News Track 20 May 2024 12:05 pm

Mamata Banerjee Gets Notice from Bharat Sevashram Sangha Monk, Here's Why

On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused certain monks from three organizations of urging voters to support the BJP. In response, Swami Pradiptananda of Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) sent her a legal notice on Monday, demanding an unconditional apology within 48 hours for naming him and alleging that some monks were working for the BJP. Pradiptanandas lawyer, Billwadal Bhattacharyya, stated in the notice that Banerjee should immediately hold a press conference to issue an unconditional apology and retract her harmful and false statements. The notice also warned Banerjee to stop making such defamatory remarks against Pradiptananda. The notice further mentioned that if Banerjee did not respond within four days, it would be assumed that she intended to widely spread the defamatory content to harm Pradiptanandas reputation. Pradiptananda, who serves as the BSS secretary in Aurangabad, Beldanga (Murshidabad), and Payradanga (Nadia), and is known as Kartick Maharaj, reserves the right to take criminal action against her. At a rally in Hooghly on Saturday, Banerjee expressed her respect for monks but clarified that not all monks are the same. She mentioned Kartick Maharaj by name, accusing him of political involvement and stating he would not allow TMC election agents in polling booths. Banerjee criticized him for being directly involved in politics and alleged he was harming the country, while still maintaining respect for the Bharat Sevashram Sangha. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Banerjee of defaming ISKCON, RKM, and BSS to protect Muslims and infiltrators, claiming these groups are TMCs vote bank. Modi, at a rally in Bankura, said Banerjee was insulting Bengals heritage and culture and urged voters to respond to TMCs appeasement politics. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Votes in Lucknow, Urges Citizens to Partake in Elections PM Modi Accuses Congress and JMM of Corruption and Public Wealth Theft I am Handing Over My Son to You.., Sonia Gandhi's Emotional Appeal in Raebareli

News Track 20 May 2024 12:05 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

Espresso and tonic: rise in tonic water popularity leads to experimental mixes

Health-conscious consumers drive trend as soft drink gets added to unusual spirts and flavours Tonic water first appeared in early 19th-century India when medicinal quinine was mixed with soda and sugar and given to British soldiers to prevent malaria. The first known record of its pairing with gin was in 1868 from the Oriental Sporting Magazine, where partygoers called for the cocktail and thin cigars at the end of a horse race in Lucknow, India. But since then, as the popularity of non-alcoholic beverages and demand for new flavours grows, drinkers have been mixing tonics with more surprising tastes. In recent years, it has been found in everything from port and tequila to coffee, with younger drinkers and those interested in the health benefits of quinine driving the trend, according to industry experts. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 May 2024 10:30 am

In Ram's Ayodhya, a battle of prestige

The Times of India 20 May 2024 10:25 am

Over 20,000 polling agents brave heat to discharge duty

The Times of India 20 May 2024 10:23 am

ET Make in India SME Regional Summits second session to be held in Lucknow

After a successful first show at Hyderabad, the ET Make in India SME Regional Summit will host its second show in Lucknow on May 25.

The Economic Times 20 May 2024 10:11 am

Polling underway for 14 LS seats in UP

Lucknow, May 20 (UNI) Polling for 14 seats in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, which will seal the fate of several stalwarts including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Smriti Irani and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, began on Monday amid tight security arrangements. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Navdeep Rinwa... The post Polling underway for 14 LS seats in UP first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 20 May 2024 10:06 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Are banks closed in Mumbai today? Check here

Bank Holiday today in Mumbai, Belapur, Lucknow, and other cities due to Lok Sabha Elections phase 5 voting. A total of 49 constituencies across six states and two Union Territories will go to polls on Monday.

Livemint 20 May 2024 9:29 am

Shah targets Oppn over Art 370, Ayodhya temple consecration

LUCKNOW: Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and the country would reclaim it, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Sunday at poll rallies in Prayagraj and Jaunpur, both set for polls in the sixth phase on May 25. Rahul baba (Rahul Gandhi), I am saying this on the pious land of Prayagraj that PoK is ours and it will be ours and we shall take it back. You kept Article 370 in abeyance for 70 years. People backed Modi and he abrogated it, Shah said at the rally in Sangam city. Slamming the Congress both in Prayagraj and Jaunpur for spreading a false fear over the abrogation of Article 370 by saying that it would lead to massive blood bath in the Valley, Shah said, Five years have passed since the abrogation of Article 370. Leave alone the talk of bloodbath, no one has the guts to throw even a piece of gravel in Kashmir today. He claimed that the stand of the Congress over Article 370 led to the rise of terrorism in the country. In Kashmir, the Army had to be taken along to hoist the tricolor. In that same Lal Chowk (in Srinagar), now the shobhayatra of Lord Krishna is being taken out, Shah said in Jaunpur. Shifting the focus of his discourse to Ram temple and consecration of Ram Lalla in his abode, the home minister criticised the top leadership of both the Congress and ally Samajwadi Party for declining the invite for Pran Pratishthha ceremony, claiming that it was the reflection of their sentiments towards Lord Ram. When the temple trust members invited them for consecration ceremony, they did not go because they were worried about their vote bank. We are not afraid of anyone. Modiji not only built the Ram temple but also decorated the court of Kashi Vishwanath. Now Somnath temple is being embellished with gold, he said during the campaign in eastern Uttar Pradesh. In Jaunpur, Shah claimed that the ensuing election was an opportunity before the people of the state to make a choice between the Ram Bhakts, who ended a wait of 500 years in enthroning Ram Lalla in his abode, and those who not only doubted the existence of Lord Ram but also unleashed atrocities on kar sewaks during the temple movement. Battle between Ram bhakts & non-believers In Jaunpur, Shah claimed that the ensuing election was an opportunity before the people of the state to make a choice between the Ram Bhakts, who ended a wait of 500 years in enthroning Ram Lalla in his abode, and those who not only doubted the existence of Lord Ram but also unleashed atrocities on kar sewaks during the temple movement.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 8:57 am

BJP spreading lies via police to defame AAP, says Minister Bharadwaj

NEW DELHI: AAP leader and Cabinet Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Sunday said that the dispute between Swati Maliwal and Bibhav Kumar is shocking as BJPs Delhi Police remains an interested party. He said that this is shocking thing that here Swati Maliwal called Delhi Police and after some time that information was leaked by the police in the media. He alleged that the police leaked the photocopy of DD entry which was recorded in police headquarters. Never in the history, has media given the DD entry of call made in 112. Bharadwaj said, When the media people came to know about Maliwal and Bibhav Kumar for the first time, how did you get to know? Today let us look at this entire sequence of events to see which party is interested in this matter. A woman made a call on 112. Thousands of calls are received on 100 and 112 number daily. But as soon as Swati Maliwal called, this news was given to the media. Who gave it to the media? None other than the BJPs Delhi Police. Swati Maliwal did not file her complaint, which was not digested well by the BJP. In the history till date, I have never seen the DD entry of the call made to number 112 and the photocopy of the details in the DD entry being shared with the media by Police. Why ? The BJPs Delhi Police had deliberately released it to the media as Delhi police is now the interested party, they have their political interests in this matter, he said. He alleged that the BJP and Delhi Police have been planting false news in the media ever since this alleged incident took place. Bharadwaj said that BJPs police is continuously spreading lies among the public. Everyone knows that Bibhav was with the CM in Lucknow. He got a flight ticket in his name, he went further, everyone knows this. But the police planted the news in the media that Bibhav is absconding.

The New Indian Express 20 May 2024 8:15 am

Petrol, Diesel Fresh Prices Announced: Check Rates In Your City On May 20

Check latest petrol, and diesel prices in Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Noida, and Gurugram on May 20, 2023

News18 20 May 2024 8:06 am

UP Lok Sabha Polls 2024 Phase 5: BSP President Mayawati casts vote in Lucknow, says she is hopeful of change

UP Lok Sabha Polls 2024 Phase 5: In the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati emphasized the importance of development and welfare issues while casting her vote in Lucknow. She urged all political parties to prioritize these issues. Mayawati expressed hope for a change in power this election, noting the public's silent but observant demeanor. Over 8.95 crore voters across various states and union territories will decide the fate of 695 candidates. Key leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh, and others are contesting in this phase.

The Economic Times 20 May 2024 7:49 am

LS polls Phase 5 voting begins: Anil Ambani, Akshay Kumar among early voters

Mumbai: Voting for the fifth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2024 began on Monday morning across 49 parliamentary constituencies spread over six states and two Union Territories (UTs) amid tight security and arrangements. Industrialist Anil Ambani cast his vote for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections today in Mumbai. Actor Akshay Kumar was also among the first at his designated polling booth to cast his vote. #WATCH | Actor Akshay Kumar shows the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in Mumbai. He says, ...I want my India to be developed and strong. I voted keeping that in mind. India should vote for what they deem is right...I think voter pic.twitter.com/mN9C9dlvRD ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2024 Actor Farhan Akhtar and sister Zoya Akhtar also arrive to cast their votes at Mount Mary Convent High School in Bandra. The voting started at 7 am and will continue until 6 pm, with those in line by the closing time still allowed to vote. According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), polling for 35 assembly constituencies of the Odisha legislative assembly will also take place simultaneously on Monday. As per the ECI, over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, will decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting. The fifth phase will witness key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya are looking for electoral success. Eight states/UTs going for polls in phase 5 are: Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.Cities like Mumbai, Thane, and Lucknow are going to the polls in this phase, which has in the past suffered from urban apathy in voting. The commission especially calls upon these city dwellers to erase the stigma by turning out in higher numbers.Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha, and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In a bid to create a peaceful atmosphere for the electors, a total of 2,000 flying squads, 2105 static surveillance teams, 881 video surveillance teams, and 502 video viewing teams are keeping surveillance round the clock across the 94,732 polling stations. A total of 216 international border check posts and 565 inter-state border check posts are keeping a strict vigil on any illicit flow of liquor, drugs, cash, and freebies. Strict surveillance has been kept on sea and air routes, the ECI said. The ECI said that the polling stations are ready to welcome the voters with ample shade, drinking water, ramps, toilets, and other basic facilities to ensure that polling takes place in a comfortable and secure environment. The concerned CEOs, DEOs, and state machinery have been advised to take adequate measures to manage hot weather conditions in areas where it is forecast, it added.The Commission has called upon voters to turn out in greater numbers at polling stations and vote with responsibility and pride. Until now, the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 have seen a voter turnout at polling stations of about 66.95 per cent.Around 451 million people have already voted during the first four phases of the ongoing general elections, the ECI added. ECI has partnered with a host of prominent figures to appeal to and motivate voters to cast their vote during the ongoing elections.The remaining phases of the polls will continue until June 1, with the counting of votes scheduled for June 4. Polling for 23 states (UTs) and 379 PCs was completed in a smooth and peaceful manner in the first four phases of the general elections.With the conclusion of four phases, polling for general elections has crossed the halfway mark, with polling completed in 23 states/UTs and 379 parliamentary constituencies. Polling is also completed in general elections for the state legislative assemblies of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Andhra Pradesh and the 28 assembly seats of the Odisha State Assembly. The results of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will be announced on June 4.

Deccan Chronicle 20 May 2024 7:48 am

Voting underway in 5th phase of LS polls, several bigwigs in fray

New Delhi: Voters in 49 Lok Sabha seats in eight states/UTs, spanning Ladakh to Odisha, and UPs Awadh and Bundelkhand to bustling Mumbai and its surroundings, began heading to polling stations Monday to exercise their franchise in the fifth phase. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North), and Smriti Irani (Amethi), Congress leader []

orissapost 20 May 2024 7:10 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

Phase 5 LS polls to decide fate of Rahul, Smriti, Rajnath among others

New Delhi: Voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which covers 49 seats across six states and two union territories (UTs), is set to decide the electoral fate of leaders from some of the high-profile constituencies, including Raebareli, Amethi, and Lucknow. Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are from Uttar Pradesh, 13 from Maharashtra, 7 from West Bengal, 5 from Bihar, 3 from Jharkhand, 5 from Odisha, and one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The fifth phase will witness key contests in various constituencies. Leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya will be seeking electoral success. Key candidates and constituencies in Phase 5 polls: Raebareli: Rahul Gandhi, who also contested the 2024 Lok Sabha polls from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, is facing Congress defector and three-time MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh of the BJP in Raebareli. Rahul represented Amethi from 2004 until 2019. In her first public address in the ongoing election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, Congress leader and AICC President Sonia Gandhi urged the people of Raebarelli to accept his son Rahul Gandhi just like they accepted her, while assuring that he won't disappoint them. I am very happy that I got the opportunity to come among you after so long...You all gave me the opportunity to serve you as an MP, this is the biggest treasure of my life. For the last 100 years, the roots of our family have been connected to the soil of this land. This relationship is as pure as Ganga Maa. It started with the farmer's agitation for Awadh and Raebareli, Sonia Gandhi said, addressing the public meeting. Sonia Gandhi held the seat for four consecutive terms since 2004, before she took the Rajya Sabha route to the Parliament this year. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed confidence on Wednesday that BJP candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh will defeat Rahul Gandhi here and took a dig at the Congress leader, stating that he should have told people of Wayanad in Kerala that he will contest from two seats. Anyone can contest from anywhere, but Rahul Gandhi should have said before the elections that he is going to contest on two seats. I think, from a democratic point of view, it is not right to hide it. He should have told the people of Wayanad about it and then asked them to make their choice. When you see a threat in a post-poll survey, and then you come to Raebaerli, I think it is not correct, he said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that Uttar Pradesh paves the way for the country, and the BJP will face its heaviest defeat here. INDIA Alliance and Akhilesh Yadav are going to win here. I give it to you in writing, a storm of INDIA Alliance is coming to Uttar Pradesh. I give it to you in writing, BJP is going to face its biggest defeat in the country, here in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said. Uttar Pradesh has made up its mind that a change has to set in here, that a change has to set in in India, and that is why the decision has been made. The public has made up its mind, he added. Amethi: Congress leader Kishori Lal Sharma, also the Gandhi family's close aide, has been fielded against Smriti Irani in Amethi. Congress leader Kishori Lal Sharma has expressed confidence in winning the polls. Not contesting to lose. I have faith in the alliance, Sharma said in an interview with ANI. He said that the Amethi constituency was developed by the Gandhi family and urged voters to vote for the INDIA bloc based on their development work. The Gandhi family developed this constituency. Vote for us based on our development work and our (the Gandhi family's) legacy. Vote for them (BJP) for the development work they have done, he said. Kishori Lal Sharma, a close associate and loyalist of the Gandhi family, is originally from Punjab's Ludhiana. He has been working for the Congress Party in Amethi for years. BJP candidate Smriti Irani said that people in the constituency have understood that development is possible when the leader has good character and the government has clarity in its policies. The people of Amethi have accepted me as their family. I am a voter in Amethi now. The people have understood that if the government is clear with its policy and the leader has good character, then a lot of development is possible in very little time, Smriti Irani told ANI here on Monday. The Amethi seat has been represented by Rahul since 2004, and he remained a member of Parliament from the constituency until 2019. His father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, too, was an elected member of Amethi in the Lower House from 1981 till his death in 1991. Sonia Gandhi contested elections from there in 1999 before passing the baton on to Rahul in 2004. Lucknow: Defence Minister and BJP candidate Rajnath Singh will face Samajwadi Party candidate Ravidas Mehrotra in this seat. Rajnath Singh will be aiming for a third straight win in Lucknow. Rajnath Singh in 2019 had defeated Samajwadi Party Poonam Shatrughan Sinha with over 6.3 lakh votes. He had defeated Congress candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi by a margin of 2,72,749 votes in 2014. Rajnath Singh said that he tried to fulfil the dreams of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and left no stone unturned for the city's development. We have diligently worked towards realising Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji's vision for Lucknow, and we remain committed to advancing it further in the future. Lucknow currently ranks tenth globally, and we aim to elevate it to the fifth position, Singh said.

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